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Vol. XXXIX No. 11; March 18, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--The March Federal Relations Report includes good news for research universities.
--The Board of Regents March meeting focused on the economy and budgetary challenges.
--People: UMC bookstore manager Leanne Butt received the 2009 Exceptional Service Award; and more.

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

MARCH FEDERAL RELATIONS UPDATE: Congress checks FY 2009 funding off its list. After a year of teeth gnashing and garment rending, Congress passed the remaining federal budget for FY 2009 on March 10, five months into the fiscal year. The omnibus bill contains good news for research universities and college students. For more information, see March Federal Relations Report.

THE MARCH BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING took on a serious tone as consequences of the souring economy became tangible. State economist Tom Stinson provided the regents with an overview of the state economy and its effects on the U. The regents approved an adjustment to the 2008-09 operating budget to reflect a $20 million unallotment from the state. The proposed Regents Scholarship changes were considered in committee. Newly elected members of the board were sworn in March 12. For more information, see March Board of Regents.

PEOPLE: Leanne Butt, UMC bookstore manager, received the 2009 Exceptional Service Award; Joseph Resch, former Head of Neurology, died Feb. 28; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THE SUCCESS OF A BURGEONING CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION IN A TIME OF ECONOMIC DOWNTURN might seem unlikely. But University of Minnesota staff member Eric Schnell is seeking to turn the tide of generosity one wave of a dollar at a time. For more information, read the story, "Positive change, one dollar at a time."

BELL BONDING BILL: The Senate Capital Investment Committee has released its 2009 bill. It includes $59 million in bonding for the University, for the Bell Museum of Natural History and HEAPR projects. The bill is scheduled to go to the full Senate for a vote on March 16. For more information, see the State Relations update.

A REVISED ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY, PROCEDURES, AND FORMS ON FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE (FMLA) are now available. Eligible employees receive 12 weeks of leave related to their own or their family's serious health conditions, or for birth, adoption, or foster care placement. FMLA protections now include military family leave. The types of paid leave that can be used now include compensatory time for newly initiated FMLA leaves. New customized forms are available for each leave type. For more information, see the FMLA Policy.

THE CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES (CTS) will host the 2009 International Transport Economics Conference, June 15-16. The conference brings together researchers, practitioners, and policy makers interested in questions of transport economics. Online registration is available, with early registration rates until May 15. For more information, e-mail David Levinson or conference coordinator Sara Van Essendelft, or call 612-624-3708. For more information and registration, see Transport Conference. CTS is part of System Academic Administration.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: The U of M Southeast Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and the U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute are announcing a $100,000 RFP to support a U research project that utilizes novel analytical approaches to strengthen the infrastructure of regional food systems in the southeast region of the state. For more information, e-mail Erin Meier. Exploratory meetings for potential applicants will take place March 18, 10-11:30 a.m., Humphrey Institute, and April 3, 1-2:30 p.m., St. Paul campus. For more information, see healthy foods or sustainable partnerships.


THE 71ST ANNUAL HONOR BANQUET, sponsored by the Minnesota Red River Valley Development Association, will take place March 21, noon, Sahlstrom Conference Center. Individuals from northwest Minnesota counties will be honored as Valley Farmers and Homemakers for the examples they have demonstrated in their family lives, communities, and farming or agribusiness operations, and their efforts to conserve natural resources. For more information, see banquet.

KEEPING CHILDREN SAFE FROM PESTICIDES, a photo and voice display, followed by the documentary A Sense of Wonder: Rachel Carson's Love of the Natural World and Her Fight to Defend It, will take place March 24, noon-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

THE ANNUAL RIVER WATCH FORUM will showcase the work of approximately 200 regional students and the results from their river and stream monitoring efforts. March 18, 8:30 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. program, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.


UMD TWEED MUSEUM OF ART is the sole beneficiary of the $3.2 million Marguerite L. Gilmore Charitable Foundation--a bequest from the estate of Duluth resident and retired teacher, the late Marguerite Louise Gilmore. The gift is designated to the Tweed Museum "to acquire art of high quality with a focus on three-dimensional art." The museum will also include photography, a favorite hobby of Ms. Gilmore. For more information, see the Tweed Museum.

UMD STORES IS HOSTING A FOOD DRIVE throughout March. Nonperishable food items may be dropped off at any UMD store. The food items will be donated to CHUM Emergency Food Shelves. Minnesota FoodShare Campaign and the Feinstein Foundation will match contributions received in March.

WEBER MUSIC HALL EVENTS: A Faculty Artist Recital: Faculty at Play II will be presented March 23, 7:30 p.m. Free. Guitar Ensemble Concert will take place March 25, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8/$7/$5/$3. For more information, call 218-726-8877 or see tickets.


DANCE STUDENTS WILL PERFORM "THE SHOULD," choreographed by guest artist Jeffrey Peterson, at the American College Dance Festival. March 18-22, Barbara Barker Center for Dance. The Morris group will perform in an adjudicated concert March 21, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. Free. For more information, see dance.

THE 31ST ANNUAL JAZZ FEST will feature renowned Morris campus jazz ensembles, three guest jazz artists, the Alumni Jazzers, and more than 800 high school jazz musicians. All that jazz will take place April 2-4. For more information, see jazz.

MORRIS YOUNG ALUMNI PACKED FOOD BOXES for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, March 12, at Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood. The packages are distributed to low-income seniors and mothers with children under six.


IBM/UMR SUMMER COMPUTER PROGRAMMING WORKSHOPS for grades 9-12 include Web page design and beginning C++ game programming. July 20-24, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., UMR. The workshop fee of $350 per student includes text, software, lunches, and snacks. For more information, see computer camp or call 507-280-4658.

Twin Cities:

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE will host open meetings March 25, 2:30-3:20 p.m., 402 Walter Library, and March 30, 3:35-4:25 p.m., B25 Classroom Office Building (St. Paul campus). Faculty, staff, and students are invited to the meetings to discuss reshaping the current structure of the Graduate School. Meetings will be available online via UMConnect through a link available prior to the meeting on the provost's Web site. The committee can also be reached by e-mail.

REGENTS PROFESSOR LECTURE SERIES: Elaine May, Regents Professor of American Studies and History, will present "Explosive Issues: Sex, Women, and the Bomb in Cold War America," April 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Her talk will be followed by a reception. The event is the second of the semester in the series. For more information, see regents lecture.

FIRST ANNUAL U OF M PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FAIR will be held April 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Coffman Union. Certified career management professional Trudy Canine, founder of Pathfinder, an executive coaching, career management, outplacement, and human resources consulting firm, will give the keynote address. The fair will include breakout sessions and an information expo featuring training and development organizations from across the U. Keynote address is limited to 200 participants. For more information, see professional development.

WRITE WINNING GRANTS is a daylong seminar for U faculty and staff who have had exposure to writing grant applications through training, mentoring, or personal experience. The seminar addresses practical and conceptual aspects important to proposal writing. Program content is appropriate for senior graduate students, postdoctoral research fellows, and junior faculty members. Space is limited to 100. April 23, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Radisson University Hotel. For more information and registration, see write grants.

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY FOR TAILGATING ON FOOTBALL GAME DAYS. With the completion of the new stadium, the University will allow tailgating in surface lots on football game days. The policy and tailgating rules will help frame the on-campus football experience, as well as promote a safe campus environment. Comments on the policy are welcomed. For more information, see tailgating.

NURSING RESEARCH DAY. Creating Synergy: Linking Nursing Research and Practice will take place April 24, noon-4:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. The featured speaker is Ada Sue Hinshaw, dean of the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Hinshaw was the first permanent director of the National Center of Nursing Research and the first director of the National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health. Free, but registration is required. For more information, see nursing.

TANGO DANCE AND MUSIC JAM. A free tango class and music jam with visiting instructors Homer and Christina Ladas from San Francisco will take place March 23, 4:30-6 p.m., tango class; 7-9 p.m., tango jam, Coffman Union. Free. For more information, see tango.

UNIVERSITY VIDEO USERS COMMUNITY (UVUC) will hold its quarterly meeting March 27. The professional peer network of video professionals at the U work in all types of video, including production, presentation, networking, event coverage, and classroom use. For more information and to join UVUC, see quarterly meeting.

AN OPEN RECEPTION FOR "MIMICKING MONET," an exhibition of works by Michael J. Peters, will take place March 27, 4-6 p.m., 3rd floor gallery, Boynton Health Service. The exhibit runs through April 30. Free. For more information, see exhibit.

20TH AND 21ST CENTURY FRENCH AND FRANCOPHONE STUDIES INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM, "Séismes/Seismic Shifts," will challenge participants to consider how seismic shifts in literature, philosophy, art, politics, racial and sexual consciousness, media, and technology are registered on historical, social, cultural, and aesthetic seismographs. Sponsored by the Department of French and Italian. March 26-28, Coffman Union.

CALL FOR HOMECOMING ROYALTY NOMINATIONS: A new nomination process for Homecoming royalty asks faculty and staff to nominate undergraduate (with at least 60 credits) and graduate/professional students to be the 2009 Homecoming king and queen. Examples might include students who work with faculty or staff and possess strong leadership skills. The application process begins March 23, with a deadline of April 27. To nominate a student, e-mail homecoming.

MORE EVENTS include Limon Dance Company (March 19); 2009 Plant Breeding Symposium (March 20); Nature Explorers: Magnificent Mammals (March 20); Frans Lanting Nature Photography Seminar (March 21); "Civic Engagement in America: Will the 2008 Election Matter?" (March 23); Global Policy Workshop: Labor Rights in East Asia ( March 24). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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