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Vol. XXXIX No. 16; April 22, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland, brief@umn.edu

Inside This Issue
--State Legislative Summary.
--Thirty-five U employees have been recognized for ideas submitted at February's Quality Fair.
--People: John Freeman and A. Stephen Polasky have been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and more.

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


STATE LEGISLATIVE SUMMARY: The House Higher Education biennial budget bill passed through the committee process, and a floor vote is expected this week. The Senate bill passed off the floor last week. For a comparison of the proposals, see legislative summary PDF.

THIRTY-FIVE U EMPLOYEES HAVE BEEN RECOGNIZED WITH WORKING SMARTER AWARDS based on ideas they submitted at February's Quality Fair. The Office of Service and Continuous Improvement and the Improvement Liaisons, sponsors of the fair, sought ideas that would help departments and the U increase revenue, cut costs, improve service, or increase sustainability. The top 99 ideas were submitted to President Bruininks's executive team. For more information, see Quality Fair.

PEOPLE: John Freeman and A. Stephen Polasky have been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; UMM assistant professor of English Bradley Deane is this year's recipient of the Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award; U philanthropist Larry Bentson died April 12; linguistics student Dustin Chacón has won a Beinecke Scholarship; 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:

UPLAN MEMBERS EARN $65 BY TAKING THE WELLNESS ASSESSMENT BY APRIL 30. The 20-minute health questionnaire can be taken during an employee's scheduled workday. Faculty and staff who are covered by the UPlan Medical Program (and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners) can each earn $65 for completing the assessment. For more information, see Wellness Assessment, or begin the assessment.

WALK-IN HEALTH SCREENINGS provide faculty and staff with personal health information that's useful in taking the wellness assessment. In the Twin Cities, faculty and staff can participate in a walk-in health screening April 28, Great Hall, Coffman Union. Tests will be administered by Boynton Health Service, sponsored by the Wellness Program. For more information, including available tests and times, see health screenings.

FACULTY AND ACADEMIC PROFESSIONALS WHO ASSEMBLE EXAM RESULTS using the Office of Measurement Services (OMS) for courses will now be able to retrieve results from a secure portal site managed by OMS. The new portal allows instructors to access and download their files from a single location. The process eliminates delays, provides a more secure transmission, and reduces paper reports. For more information, see the OMS portal or call OMS at 612-626-0307. OMS is part of System Academic Administration.

THE CIVIL SERVICE COMMITTEE is seeking representation from four broad areas of the U: (1) one seat, senior vice president of academic affairs/provost; (2) two seats, senior vice president for health sciences, (3) one seat, at large; and (4) one seat, Morris. For an application and more information, see Civil Service Committee. Application deadline is April 24. E-mail Peg Wolff with questions.

TEN TIPS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIFE. Plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day; calculate your personal expenses and commit to a budget; share garden space with your community; Feng Shui your day. Just a few of the tips from the spring issue of Wellness Works. For more information, see Ten spring tips.

ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF TREES ON ARBOR DAY. Landscape beautification, living screens, and green spaces can reduce noise while increasing property value. Home energy costs can be reduced 25 to 30 percent with properly placed trees. Selecting the right tree for the site is an important landscaping decision. For more information, see U of M Extension.

Crookston:

SUSTAINABILITY WEEK is ongoing until April 24. A theme highlights each day, and a booth located in the Sargeant Student Center has educational materials with information on the day's theme. For more information, see sustainability week.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION CENTER AT UMC recently announced the selection of five technical assistance requests from economic development agencies across Minnesota to constitute its 2009 work plan. For more information, see center.

THE COMMUNICATION PROGRAM IS MARKING ITS FIFTH ANNIVERSARY. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are invited to a reception April 28, noon-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Guests will have an opportunity to visit with communication faculty and students, play Guitar Hero, and enjoy refreshments. For more information, see anniversary.

Duluth:

MR. ENVIRONMENT: THE WILLARD MUNGER STORY will be presented April 22, 2 p.m., UMD Library Rotunda. Mark Munger is a district court judge and author of the recent publication about Minnesota's longest serving member of the House of Representatives. For more information, call Jodi Carlson at 218-726-7880.

WOMEN'S RESOURCE AND ACTION CENTER BROWN BAG: A compilation of writings by women in prison reveals the connection between incarceration and the violence that brings them there. Any One of Us will be performed by members of UMD V-Day, April 22, noon, Kirby Rafters. $2 or a food donation, with proceeds benefiting the Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault. For more information, see brown bag.

SHAKESPEARE'S MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Tom Isbell, will be performed April 23-25, 29-30, and May 1-2, 7:30 p.m., as well as April 26, 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. For tickets, see Nothing or call 218-726-8561.

A GEOLOGY SEMINAR entitled "Recessional Phases of the Superior Lobe in the Western Lake Superior Basin" will be given by Howard Hobbs, senior scientist at the Minnesota Geological Survey, April 23, 3:30 p.m., 175 Life Science. For more information, e-mail Laura Chapin.

ACCESSIBLE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC, a Chicago-based nonprofit promoting the performance and understanding of contemporary music, will present a night of music April 24, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. For tickets, see new music or call 218-726-8877.

Morris:

IMAGINE FUND WINNERS INCLUDE 13 MORRIS FACULTY. The Imagine Fund is supported by the McKnight Foundation to support research, projects, and creative works in the Humanities. For more information on the UMM award winners, see Imagine Fund.

UMM'S CHEMISTRY DISCIPLINE HAS BEEN CERTIFIED by the American Chemical Society. Morris is one of 20 schools in Minnesota with a certified program.

Rochester:

A COLUMN IN THE ROCHESTER POST-BULLETIN SUGGESTS that Soldiers Field Golf Course is an unlikely location for UMR expansion. For more information, see the Post-Bulletin.

Twin Cities:

MSP HOME TOUR: MEET YOUR NEIGHBORS…and peek inside their homes. If you've been putting off that bathroom or kitchen remodel out of a gnawing fear that you could end up with a toilet where the oven should be, it might be time to try a low-commitment jaunt down inspiration lane this weekend during the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour of "real homes, real people, and real ideas." For more information, see MSP Home Tour.

U OF M MOMENT: In the past, Beautiful U Day has been an annual event focused on campus aesthetics. This year the priority is energy conservation. Tim Busse, University Services communications director, says the day's "It All Adds Up" theme is about getting everyone on campus together to think about the little ways to cut energy consumption. The feature, as well as an archive of more audio content, can be found at U of M Moment. For additional information, see the news release.

U ATHLETICS HAS RECEIVED THE HIGHEST NCAA CERTIFICATION. The intercollegiate athletics program has received official certification from the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Committee on Athletics Certification. It's the highest form of certification from the NCAA. For more information, see the news release.

"THE CHANGING COMPETITIVE POSITION OF PUBLIC RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES" will be presented by M. Peter McPherson, president of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, April 30, 3:30 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. The event will be followed by a panel of local higher education representatives. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required at 612-625-5002.

OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (OIT) WILL BE MAKING CHANGES TO MULTI-LINE TELEPHONES. If you have 12- or 30-button telephone, an OIT technician will standardize its features and layout. The changes will not remove phone features, but some features may need to be accessed differently. Phones will be converted within the next year. To see if you will be affected by the change, visit OIT telephone. For more information, including a complete list of changes to your telephone and a schedule, see telephone changes. E-mail phones or call 1-HELP with questions.

HEADS UP: HEADS DOWN DURING STATEWIDE TORNADO DRILL DAY April 23. Fairview is participating at 1:45 p.m. and 6:55 p.m. Metro emergency sirens will sound and Fairview will follow with announcements over the public address system. The U is not participating in the drill. The University's TXT-U service can provide emergency messages to all who use cell phones. For further information on TXT-U, weather, and other emergencies, see emergency preparedness.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA OPERA THEATRE PRESENTS LEOS JANACEK'S JENUFA. April 23-25, 7:30, p.m., and April 26, 1:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. A preperformance discussion begins 45 minutes before each staging, in the lobby. Tickets: $20 general admission; $10 U students. For more information, see opera or call 612-624-2345.

BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONY NO. 9 will be performed at Northrop Auditorium, featuring the University Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs. May 1, 8 p.m. For more information, see Beethoven. For tickets, call the Northrop Ticket Office at 612-624-2345.

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGIST SEARN CARROLL WILL VISIT THE U for a public lecture, honorary doctorate, and commencement address. The lecture, entitled "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for Origins of Species," is based on his new book. May 15, 7:30 p.m., Bell Museum. A reception and book signing will follow. Free, with seats available first come, first served.

"PUBLIC HEALTH 2050: Impact of Technology on the Field of Public Health" will take place June 4, 8:30 a.m.-noon, theater, Coffman Union. Free, but advance registration is requested. For registration and more information, see public health.

THE 2009-10 POLICY FELLOWS PROGRAM AT THE HUMPHREY INSTITUTE is now accepting applications. The program equips participants with core leadership competencies to inspire, organize, and work effectively with others to advance the public good. Applicants from government, private, and nonprofit sectors are all welcome. For more information, see applications, e-mail cspg@umn.edu, or call 612-625-8330. Applications are due June 15.

THE SPLIT ROCK ARTS PROGRAM returns this summer with workshops and retreats in creative writing, visual art, and design. Earn academic credit and escape the city for a retreat at Cloquet Forestry Center, or stay in the city and immerse yourself in art for three or five days. For registration and more information, see Split Rock Arts or call 612-625-1976.

HOMECOMING 2009: THE ULTIMATE HOMECOMING will be filled with new traditions, many that focus on engaging academic units and increasing visibility of the U's core academic mission. Homecoming Week activities can provide unique, low cost opportunities to showcase units, departments, or colleges to wide and varied audiences. Oct. 4-11. For more information and to sign up, see homecoming.

UNIVERSITY DINING SERVICES IS HOSTING A SPECIAL GUEST CHEF EVENT ON EARTH DAY, April 22, Bistro West Restaurant, lower level, Humphrey Center. For more information, see guest chef.

EAT AN "ODE TO SPRING" BUFFET AT THE CAMPUS CLUB featuring many fresh and local products. The dinner is cosponsored by the School of Music, and all members of the University are welcome. May 1, 5 p.m., reservations required. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include "Planning Communities as if People Eat: The Role of Urban Planning in Building Sustainable Food Systems" (April 24); Field Trip: Spring at Nine Mile Creek (April 25); Curbing Cancer's Growth in the Body: Advances in Research and Treatment (April 26); Sustainability Goals Open Forums (April 27). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.


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