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Vol. XXXIX No. 21; June 10, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Brief publication calendar: Weekly on most Wednesdays during academic terms. Published every other week during the summer. 2009 summer publication dates will be June 10 and 24, July 8 and 22, August 5 and 19, and Sept. 2. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 16. The deadline for submissions is noon on the Friday before publication.

Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents June meeting takes place this week.
--Board of Regents will hold a public forum on the University budget.
--Feature story: "Romancing the U."
--People: The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation recently selected Christy Haynes as a 2009 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar; and more.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS JUNE MEETING AGENDA includes President Robert Bruininks' proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 and a preliminary state capital request for 2010. The president's proposed FY2010 operating budget takes into account the 7.4 percent biennial reduction in state funding as well as the potential for additional unallotment. It uses federal stimulus money to cap the in-state undergraduate tuition increase at $300, or 3.125 percent. For more information including the meeting schedule, see the news release.

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL HOLD A PUBLIC FORUM ON THE U'S BUDGET, June 17, 11:30 a.m., sixth floor boardroom, McNamara Alumni Center. The forum is open to individuals who wish to address the board regarding the U's fiscal year 2010 budget. Individuals wishing to speak should call 612-625-6300 or e-mail the board office by 3 p.m., June 10. For more information, see budget forum.

TURNING ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY INTO OPPORTUNITY. With a souring economy comes change; people wonder what they can count on and what the future holds. A focus on what’s going wrong can lead us to think that we have no options and that the future is hopelessly bleak. When current opportunities seem limited, it’s a good time to think deeply about what your next step might be. The Office of Human Resources offers resources on developing your career, taking charge of your finances, and spending some time renewing yourself. For more information, see opportunity.

FEATURE STORY: "ROMANCING THE U." For almost three decades, Clint Hewitt served as the U's associate vice president for campus master planning, which means he has helped shape the Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, and Morris campuses. Hewitt is quiet and unassuming upon an initial handshake, but take him out into his element--the campus landscape--and he quickly beams with pride for the place that recruited him when he was an assistant campus planner at the University of Michigan. He will be retiring in September. For more information, read "Romancing the U."

PEOPLE: The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation recently selected Christy Haynes as a 2009 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar; Martha Johnson has been selected as the director of the Learning Abroad Center; the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action recently announced the winners of the 2009 Lillian H. Williams Award; The Law School has chosen Jean Sazevich as the director of advancement; the Humphrey Institute has named Deborah Swackhamer the Charles M. Denny Jr. Chair for Science, Technology, and Public Policy; Mark Paller will serve in the role of executive vice dean for the University of Minnesota Medical School; 11 Twin-Cities students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships; Paul Cartwright, forever a Gopher and beloved professor, died at age 93; 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:

THE U WILL PARTNER WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO ADDRESS HEALTHY FOOD ISSUES to help ensure residents eat a more healthy, sustainable diet. Two research projects, funded by grants from the U’s Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute, involve partnerships between the U and the Little Earth community of Minneapolis, as well as groups in the western Lake Superior region of Minnesota and Wisconsin. For more information, see the news release.

GREAT GARDENING LINKS. It's gardening time in Minnesota, and inevitably, challenges will grow where tomatoes were expected. The U's Extension Service offers online diagnostic tools (with plenty of photos) to keep the weeds and insects at bay, and ensure plant health. For more information, see is it a weed, insects: the good, the bad, and the ugly, and sick plants: take two carrots and call me in the morning.

CIVIL SERVICE AND BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES celebrating employment milestones will be honored at a reception June 23, Eastcliff. Honorees are those who have celebrated or will celebrate work anniversaries of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, or 45 years of service between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009. For more information, e-mail Mary Selisker.

VIDEO: VERTICAL GARDENS. A U Extension educator shows how to get big taste in a small space. By growing fruits and vegetables in pots and trays instead of in the ground, you can more easily control factors such as soil type, says Extension horticulturist Karl Foord. Nothing in grocery stores compares. For more information, watch the News Service video.

Crookston:

GET IN THE SWING with summer golf tournaments while supporting scholarships for student-athletes at UMC. Staff can get a team together and participate in a series of tournaments planned by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations. For more information, see in the swing.

A RECEPTION FOR STAFF MEMBERS WHO COMPLETED DEGREES over the past academic year or who will complete degrees by the end of this summer was held May 22. At the reception, Chancellor Casey acknowledged the work done by each staff member and the commitment required to complete these degrees. For more information, see reception.

THE ANNUAL EXECUTIVE PLANNING RETREAT held at UMC included topics on UMC's financial future, recruitment and retention, advising, and program evaluation. The retreat was held June 2-3.

Duluth:

THE UMD FARMERS MARKET TAKES PLACE EVERY WEDNESDAY THROUGH SEPT. 30., 2-4:30 p.m., Kirby Plaza. The market features fresh produce, baked goods, flower and veggie plants, a variety of essential oils, handcrafted soaps, and more--along with crafters, artisans, and local musicians. For more information, see UMD farmers market.

THE TWEED MUSEUM OF ART FEATURES "Apart at the Seams: Drawings and Paintings by Allen D. (Big Al) Carter" through Aug. 16. Afternoon gallery talks take place every Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, see Tweed or call 218-726-8222.

DEPARTMENT OF WRITING STUDIES AND DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION FACULTY have established the first Duluth-based Graduate School Interdisciplinary Research Group in Rhetorical Studies. The collaborative group has secured a second Institute for Advanced Study grant to continue work in rhetorical studies. UMD faculty, who have been meeting for four years, include David Beard, David Gore, Kenneth Marunowski, Elizabeth Nelson, Juli Parrish, Michael Pfau, and Mark Huglen (UMC).

Morris:

TIMNA WYCKOFF AND DENNIS JOHNSON, UMM associate professor of biology and West Central Research and Outreach Center professor of animal science, respectively, are featured in a recent News Service Video. For more information, see the video within the feature story, "New milk model."

UMM RECENTLY OFFERED "RENEWABLE ENERGY WITH BIOMASS GASIFICATION," a newly developed three-credit course through Morris Continuing Education. Continuing Education was awarded a grant of $174,258 by the Renewable Energy Marketplace--Alliance for Talent Development initiative to develop the course. For more information or to find out about future offerings of this course, e-mail Karen Cusey or see the course Web site.

Rochester:

KTTC TV ACCEPTED AN OFFER FROM THE CITY OF ROCHESTER to purchase the station's old broadcast center building on 6th St. S.W. Leaders of UMR have been working on plans to grow its facilities for the biomedical informatics and computational biology (BICB) curriculum over the next 10 years, envisioning plans to draw thousands of students to downtown Rochester for classes. For more information, see KTTC TV.

Twin Cities:

BIOBLITZ 2009, a 24-hour race to count the Mississippi River's plants and animals, begins June 12. This year’s BioBlitz will take place in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a 72-mile-long national park that stretches from Dayton to Hastings, running through the downtown areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The event, coordinated by the Bell Museum, is free and open to the public. For more information, see BioBlitz 2009.

U TEAM WINS SOLAR CAR RACE: The U's Solar Vehicle Project team recently achieved a decisive first-place finish in the 2009 Formula Sun Grand Prix, a closed-track race at MotorSport Ranch in Cresson, Tx. With its latest solar-powered car, named Centaurus, the team of engineering students from the U's Institute of Technology completed 487 laps on the 1.7-mile, road-style track (827.9 miles total) throughout the three-day race. The U team also ran the fastest lap at two minutes and 20 seconds. For more information, see the news release.

SUMMER AT NORTHROP, now in its 55th year, will hold the first of its 25 free noon concerts on the Northrop plaza June 11. The official launch of the series is June 15, with complimentary Jimmy John's sandwich samples and ice cream treats from UDS served while supplies last. For more information, see the 2009 Summer Lineup PDF or call 612-624-2345.

A SNEAK PREVIEW OF "PIECES OF THE PUZZLE," a theatrical production that addresses student life issues will take place June 12, 9-10:15 a.m., Coffman Union Theater. Orientation Leaders perform the show throughout the summer during first evenings of New Student Orientation sessions. The program has evolved over the past 15 years and addresses content related to day-to-day work with new students.

UDS WILL OPEN NORTHROP GRILL JUNE 15 on the Northrop Plaza. Fresh summer favorites including hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, brats, and more. Northrop Grill is open 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, see UDS.

RESEARCH IN MICROBIOLOGY AND ITS IMPACT ON INFECTIOUS DISEASES, biotechnology, and engineering will be the topic of coordinated scientific symposia June 24-25, McGuire Translational Research Facility. Free and open to the public, with registration on-site. Poster sessions will be held on both days. Faculty or trainees interested in presenting posters should e-mail Jeff Gralnick or Paul Bohjanen. For more information, see symposia.

SIMULATIONS AND EXERCISES FOR EDUCATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS (U-SEEE) is accepting applications through June 18 for the July 2009-June 2010 U-SEEE Fellows Program. The program is an opportunity for U graduate students in public health, health-related fields, or education to gain specialized training in public health preparedness systems research and education. Awards are $20,000 per year for up to two years. For more information, see fellows program.

FOUR RECIPIENTS OF THE MEDICAL INDUSTRY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE interdisciplinary grants will present their findings at a seminar June 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m., 2-206 Carlson School. The event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Jessica Haupt.

TURTLEY AWESOME: The U OF M Children's Hospital is hosting a turtle derby, featuring a parade, BBQ, and turtle race. Departments and individuals (at the U and Fairview hospital) can sponsor a turtle. The event includes an art auction and merchandise. June 25, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Diehl Plaza (behind the Mayo Building). The event raises money for child and family programs at the hospital. Sponsorships ($30 for individuals or families, $50 for departments or units) must be purchased at merchandise locations by June 19. For more information, see Turtle Derby.

THE OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY'S TRAINING CENTER offers free or low-cost, in-person computer training courses, as well as online training options. Faculty and staff can gain new skills or brush up on expertise. For more information, see the Technology Training Center.

A NEW WEB SITE WILL FOCUS ON DISABILITY HISTORY. The U's Research and Training Center on Community Living, in partnership with the MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation, will create the national online resource documenting leadership in the developmental disabilities field over the past 150 years, using Wiki technology to encourage content contributions from current leaders. For more information, see disability history.

HAPPY HOUR AT THE CAMPUS CLUB returns this summer for all U faculty and staff. Club membership is not required. Drink and food specials may be enjoyed in the bar on the Terrace. June, July, and August, 3-6 p.m., weekdays. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include "Little Circus in Space": An exhibit of photography by Bruce Silcox in collaboration with Les Filles Circus (June 11); Summer Discovery Day Camp (June 10-Sept. 4); Nature Play: Honeybees (June 13); Great Northern Union Chorus Presents: "On to Fame 2009!" (June 14); New Primitives (June 15). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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