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Vol. XXXIX No. 5; February 4, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--Federal Relations update.
--Faculty and staff are contributing suggestions to The Economy and the U Web site.
--People: Andrew Oxenham was honored by the National Academy of Sciences; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


FEDERAL RELATIONS UPDATE: Stimulus moves quickly in congress. There is an unusual rule in effect in Washington these days: the amount of funding at stake is inversely proportional to the amount of time allotted to consider it. Congress's alacrity reflects the deep concerns that House and Senate leaders and the new president have about the economy. In this era of superlatives, there has likely never been a funding bill better for higher education than the House's H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information, see Federal Relations Update.

THE ECONOMY AND THE U WEB SITE was launched Jan. 14 as a resource for faculty and staff to stay up to date on emerging budget news. A key feature of the site is a suggestion box where employees are contributing solutions to questions that will change periodically to address budget challenges. The first question posed on the site has generated an outpouring of responses about ways to conserve energy to reduce costs. For more information, see From common sense to common practice.

PEOPLE: Assistant professor of psychology Andrew Oxenham was honored by the National Academy of Sciences for extraordinary scientific achievements in psychology; the Center for Spirituality & Healing has named physician and former corporate managed care executive Archelle Georgiou a senior fellow; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.

CAMPUS ANNOUNCEMENTS AND EVENTS

University-wide:

STAY UP TO DATE ON THE ECONOMY AND THE U WITH AUTOMATIC UPDATES. Receive e-mails about updates, new communications, and related information by subscribing to the Economy and the U Web site. You can help contribute solutions to budget challenges by visiting the suggestion box, now asking "How can the U maintain the strength of its mission in lean times?" For automatic updates, enter your name and e-mail address (must be a umn.edu address) at subscription. For the suggestion box, see the Economy and the U.

THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS (OIP) announces Global Spotlight, its biennial focus on a region of the world and a pressing global issue. In 2009-10, the focus will be on Africa and the issue of water. OIP will sponsor events and activities to educate the campus and local community about the U's work. Departments systemwide are encouraged to incorporate Global Spotlight themes into events and programs. For more information, see Global Spotlight. OIP is part of System Academic Administration.

DARK AGES MAYBE NOT SO DARK? The Dark Ages only appear dark because few writers have illuminated the period's cultural richness. But archaeological sites tell a different story. Anthropology professor Peter Wells sets the record straight. For more information, see the story Dark Ages.

THE CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES (CTS) has a number of upcoming events. Intelligent Speed Adaptation, which can warn drivers and prevent speeding, will be the topic of a presentation at the 2009 Winter Luncheon. Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Innovative construction practices, infrastructure investment strategies, sustainable pavements, and more will be discussed at the 13th Annual Minnesota Pavement Conference, Feb. 12, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul. For more information, see CTS events.

A VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AT THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will include gourmet meals, orchid previews, and more. Feb. 14, 6:30 p.m. $60 members, $65 nonmembers. Call 612-624-7173 to reserve. For more information, see dinner.

Crookston:

EXPLORING TRIBAL GOVERNMENT, SOVEREIGNTY, AND CULTURE will be the focus of a presentation at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NROC). Guest speakers include Dawn Newman, American Indian and tribal partnership liaison with U Extension; Susan Beaulieu, who works with 4-H youth development; and Jennifer Garbow, part of Extension's family resource management team. Feb. 5, noon, Youngquist Auditorium, NROC. For more information, see presentation.

UMC WILL HOST SEVERAL EVENTS IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH. Highlights include former Minnesota Vikings player Chuck Foreman and the Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles. The Black Student Association and the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs are sponsoring the events. Free and open to the public. For more information, see black history.

UMC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Alvin Killough and his wife, Eryn, were guest speakers recently at Century College. Their presentation was part of a series of events focusing on both Black History Month and in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information, see speakers.

Duluth:

SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS PRESENTS THE TWIN PORTS WIND ORCHESTRA, Feb. 8, 3 p.m., Weber Music Hall. Tickets are $8/$7/$5/$3. For reservations, call 218-726-8877. For more information, see orchestra.

BROWN BAG PRESENTATION: "The Anglo American Roots of the New Rhetoric: A Visit to Cambridge University." UMD assistant professor of writing studies David Beard will present. Feb. 5, noon, fourth floor, Library Rotunda. For more information, see brown bag.

STARGAZING TONIGHT: What's up in the Sky for February! Feb. 4, 7 p.m., Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium. Free. For more information, see planetarium.

Morris:

COMMUNITIES 2050: BUILDING A LIVABLE, RENEWABLE, AND RESPONSIBLE FUTURE, is the theme of the Seventh Annual Symposium on Small Towns, June 2-3. The symposium will be preceded by the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability conference, May 31-June 1. For more information, see symposium.

ADVANCE TICKET ORDERS FOR THE ANNUAL MORRIS JAZZ FEST will be processed Feb. 27. Order forms can be obtained by calling student activities, 320-589-6080. The fest features guest artists Adam Rogers, Robin Eubanks, and Kenni Holmen, along with student jazz ensembles and alumni jazz musicians. Apr. 2-4. For more information, see jazz fest.

Rochester:

UMR IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for the new bachelor of science in health sciences degree program, which offers a health sciences-focused curriculum and integrated career exploration. For more information, see BSHS application PDF.

Twin Cities:

A GARBAGE TRUCK WILL DUMP A TRUCKLOAD OF TRASH in front of Coffman Union at 9 a.m., Feb. 4. Volunteers will then pull out the cans, bottles, and newspapers that could have been recycled. The event is part of an effort to increase recycling on campus. It's part of the U's involvement in RecycleMania--a national competition and tool to promote waste reduction at university campus communities. For more information, see the news release, U recycling, and RecycleMania.org.

THE U'S REGIONAL SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIPS will present research findings on two local foods projects. "Philanthropic Funding of Local Foods Work" looks at the funding sources and priorities of Minnesota's foundations and their contribution to building local food systems. "Mapping Local Foods Assets in Minnesota" presents research on the potential for geographic mapping and planning of the state's future local food system. Feb. 4, 1:15-3 p.m., 306 Borlaug Hall.

PANEL DISCUSSION: "The Local and National Economies: Light at the End of the Tunnel?" will feature financial experts tackling the question of how best to manage the financial crisis at both the national and Minnesota levels. Free and open to the public. Feb. 4, 4-5:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium.

U OF M LIBRARIES HAS RECEIVED the Association of College and Research Libraries 2009 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. U Libraries was praised for developing excellent strategies to transform and rebrand the libraries to secure a valued position on campus. For more information, see the news release.

GOPHER FOOTBALL RETURNS TO CAMPUS SEPT. 12. With attendance expected at more than 50,000 people per game, football will transform the TC campus into a busy, spirited environment. It will also present challenges on home game days. When planning campus events for 2009 and beyond, be aware of the dates for the seven Saturday home games. More details will be forthcoming in the coming months. For more information see TCF Bank Stadium or Gopher football.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY will host daylong seminars and presentations by vendors Apple and Adobe. Learn about Apple's mobile-learning-environment platforms Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Adobe will present workshops Feb. 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Both events held at 332 Coffman Union and are open to the campus community. Free, but attendees should R.S.V.P. by Feb. 6, for Apple, and Feb. 19, for Adobe. For more information, see presentations.

PUBLIC FORUM ON POTENTIAL BIKE SHARING PROGRAM: Share your opinions at an open forum to discuss a public bike system on campus and throughout Minneapolis. Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see bike sharing.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE TWIN CITIES AT THE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT FAIR. The event provides staff, faculty, and students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities. Representatives from more than 90 organizations will be available. Feb. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see community involvement.

THE SUCCESSFUL MANAGER'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM can help U supervisors develop essential leadership skills. A free information session will be held Feb. 13, 10-11 a.m., 210 Donhowe. Sponsored by Organizational Effectiveness and the College of Continuing Education. For more information, program dates, costs, or to view the brochure, see successful manager or call 612-624-4000.

MIDWEST GREEK STEP SHOW TO BENEFIT URBAN 4-H. The fund-raiser features competitive step teams from traditional black college fraternities and sororities. All proceeds benefit Minnesota Urban 4-H, which provides learning opportunities for youth in the metro area. $15 to attend, open to the public. Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Northrop Auditorium. For more information, call Cara Miller at 612-624-8132.

HELP DESK CONSORTIUM ESTABLISHED. The Office of Information Technology (OIT) has developed a help desk consortium, bringing together representatives from nearly 40 campus IT help desks. The next meeting of the consortium takes place Feb. 18, 10-11:30 a.m., 401-402 Walter Library. R.S.V.P. to KTCragg by Feb. 16, noon. The meeting will also be available via UMConnect. For more information, see help desk.

THE CENTER FOR WRITING'S TEACHING WITH WRITING PROGRAM offers a series of panel discussions and workshops to all faculty members, TAs, and instructors. From hands-on workshops like Wiki Writing, Grading & Responding, and Summer Teaching, to panel discussions on a variety of topics and the Engaging Controversies series, the sessions are provocative--especially when paired with powerful coffee. For more information, see Teaching with Writing.

THE CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS. Individuals interested in English conversation with nonnative English speaking graduate students are invited to apply. Commitment is one hour a week for one semester. For more information, contact Aubrie Adams.

UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES NOW OFFERS ONLINE ORDERING for the M deli sandwich shop and the Terrace Caf?. UDS online ordering accepts credit cards, FlexDine, and Gopher Gold. For more information, see online ordering.

MORE EVENTS include University of Minnesota Quality Fair (Feb. 5); First Fridays: Focus on Our Founders (Feb. 6); Men's Hockey vs. Wisconsin (Feb. 8); Men's Basketball vs. Indiana (Feb. 10); What's Up in Sustainable Agriculture Seminar Series: Mill City Farmers Market (Feb. 11); "Who Owns Your Scholarship? Copyright, Publication Agreements, and Good Policy" (Feb. 16). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


Published by Internal Communications in the Office of University Relations at the University of Minnesota. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor at brief@umn.edu. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication. All Twin Cities event submissions are handled through the events calendar at http://events.tc.umn.edu.

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