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Vol. XXXIX No. 19; May 13, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: The last issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 20. 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
--Board of Regents May meeting highlights.
--The state legislature is set to adjourn, but much of the budget still needs resolution.
--People: Thirteen University faculty and staff were recently awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Service; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS MAY MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: The University Board of Regents held its monthly meeting May 6-8 on the Twin Cities campus. The board considered a range of topics, including the six-year capital improvement plan, the Regents Scholarship, faculty compensation, and more. For more information see May meeting.

THE MINNESOTA STATE LEGISLATURE IS SET TO ADJOURN MAY 18. At this time, much of the state budget still needs to be resolved, including the budget for higher education. Legislators are now working around the clock to reach agreements. Constitutionally, Minnesota must have a balanced budget by June 30. If the legislature does not complete its work by midnight, May 18, a special session will be necessary. For the most current information on the state's budget and how it affects the U, see the budget PDF. As the state budget develops, updates to the University's budget will be posted at The economy and the U.

PEOPLE: Thirteen University faculty and staff were recently awarded the President's Award for Outstanding Service; UMD names recipients of Outstanding Service Awards and faculty awards; UMD professor Thomas Farrell is retiring; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



FEATURE: Taking stock: U researcher hones tool for unemployed job seekers. For the tens of thousands of Minnesotans who have joined the ranks of the unemployed, finding a new job can boil down to using the various tools at their disposal, whether  browsing job postings, using the Internet to post a resume, or networking with friends and acquaintances. U researcher Connie Wanberg is leading the refinement of one of those tools. For more information, read "Taking stock."

CONNECT @ HOME: RETIREMENT PLANNING IN THE CURRENT ECONOMY. The current economy has had financial impact on many aspects of family life, including plans for retirement. Stay aware of your retirement funding status and take the action steps needed to achieve long-term retirement goals. For more information, read extension educator Shirley Anderson-Porisch's latest column, Connect @ Home.

THE USE OF UNIVERSITY TRADEMARKS, LOGOS, COLORS, AND SEAL POLICY is now official. The graphic standards site has been updated. In addition, new resources include templates for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and InDesign; wordmark unit combination templates; and templates for Web headers and footers. University Relations is available to consult, advise, assist development, and answer questions on brand policy specifics. Workshops will be held in June to answer questions regarding the policy and related standards. Interested participants should e-mail Laura Johnson. For more information, see brand policy.

THE MANURE CHRONICLES: MICHAEL TORTORELLO says he has no truck with chickens. "And yet, on a recent Friday afternoon I had an appointment to keep with 30 of them, on an odd little river island in downtown Minneapolis." The adjunct assistant professor of English recently began writing a gardening blog for the New York Times, chronicling his adventures in gardening at his Minneapolis home. In the latest installment, Tortorello quotes from U extension soil scientist Michael Schmitt, and Jeff Gillman, a professor of horticultural science. You can access Tortorello's blog and other U blogs at Faculty and Staff.

THE TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CONFERENCE luncheon will feature keynote speaker Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times best-selling author of Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us). Lunch and keynote presentation is $30. May 19, Sheraton Bloomington Hotel, 7800 Normandale Blvd. The conference, sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS), runs May 19-20. For a full conference schedule, fees, and registration, see CTS conference. CTS is part of System Academic Administration.

A NEW FACEBOOK APPLICATION TO FOSTER STUDENT NEWS-SHARING is under way involving a partnership between researchers in learning technologies and new media and the Minnesota Daily. Researchers will use data provided by 16- to 25-year-olds to investigate how online social network sites within Facebook can engage youth. The study seeks to discover which strategies work best to engage in current events and how the Internet can be used to educate, inform, and connect students. For more information, see Minnesota Daily Facebook or the March news release.


MORE THAN $25,000 WAS RAISED IN TWO DAYS to help fund scholarships for student-athletes at UMC. Director of athletic fundraising Bill Tyrrell was the focus of a special effort on April 23 to raise money for athletic scholarships. Student-athletes joined Tyrrell in his third annual Student-Athlete Walk With Bill. The walk raised more than $8,000, bringing the three-year total for the event to approximately $29,000. For more information, see fund-raising.

CONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW CAMPUS RESIDENCE HALL APARTMENT COMPLEX is progressing on schedule and on budget. Sheet rock installation and painting have begun in the north wing, and furniture and fixtures have been ordered. To watch the progress, view the evolving photo gallery online.

THE ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF CELEBRATION AND AWARDS PROGRAM on May 11 included faculty and staff from UMC, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Regional Extension, and the Area Health Education Center. The program recognized years of service and included the presentation of distinguished service awards for 2009.


THE UMD GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY will take place May 14, 7 p.m., Romano Gymnasium. Advanced degrees will be awarded to 170 of the 225 students who will receive graduate degrees this year. UMD professor and distinguished geoscience researcher Vickie Hansen will deliver the commencement address.

THE UMD UNDERGRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY will take place May 16, noon, Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The commencement will be UMD’s largest ever, with more than 100 faculty and 1,200 of the 1,800 students who will receive undergraduate degrees this year. Civic leaders, humanitarians, and internationally recognized entrepreneurs Lois and Jeno Paulucci will be honored during the ceremony. Mrs. Paulucci will be presented the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award, and Mr. Paulucci will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree for public service. Student speaker will be James Cook.

THE NORTHEASTERN MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS program will take place May 17, 12:30 p.m., UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center. The community celebration features a book fair and reception, and readings by the nominated authors. Keynote speaker is historian Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota: A History From the Inside Out. Free and open to the public. For information, call 218-726-7889 or see book awards.


UMM HAS PARTNERED WITH A LEADING design/build construction, engineering, energy services, and facilities management firm to help achieve the campus vision for 2010 of carbon neutrality and energy self-sufficiency. For more information, see carbon neutrality.

STUDENT EXCELLENCE WILL BE CELEBRATED during a series of events, beginning with the seventh annual honoring ceremony for American Indian graduates. A light reception will follow. May 15, 3:30 p.m., Oyate Hall. Honors Recital, 5 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Parents reception, 6 p.m., Turtle Mountain Cafe, For more information, see student excellence.

NEARLY 300 GRADUATING SENIORS WILL RECEIVE BACHELOR'S DEGREES during the 46th commencement, May 16. Division receptions begin at 11 a.m., Student Center. For more information, see commencement.


UMR WILL HOST THE ROCHESTER AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE "Business After Hours EXTRA!" with more than 80 booths from Rochester area vendors. The event typically draws more than 350 attendees and gives UMR a chance to introduce its new and existing programs to the community. May 21, UMR. For more information, see EXTRA!

LEASEHOLD IMPROVEMENTS TO THE UMR CAMPUS WERE APPROVED AT THE MAY Board of Regents meeting. The health sciences degree program (approved in Jan. and now recruiting freshman for fall semester) will require the addition of new organic chemistry and multipurpose science labs, the conversion of six constructed but unfurnished classrooms into learning studios, and additional support space.

Twin Cities:

THE SPRING 2009 PREPARING FUTURE FACULTY (PFF) RETREAT for graduate students and postdocs will be held May 21, 1-5 p.m., Heritage Gallery, McNamara Alumni Center. The retreat, facilitated by the Center for Teaching and Learning, offers teaching and career planning workshops as well as panel discussions designed to prepare participants for potential faculty positions in higher education. For more information and the complete workshop agenda, see PFF retreat.

TCF BANK STADIUM PLANNING UPDATE. The Golden Gophers will come back to campus 27 football seasons after their final game at Memorial Stadium. The new era begins when the Gophers play the United States Air Force Academy in the inaugural game in TCF Bank Stadium, Sept. 12. An update provides more information, from the benefits beyond football to game day traditions, policies, procedures, and more. For more information, see Back to Campus.

STIMULATING CHANGE IN HEALTH CARE IT is the theme for the 8th Annual Health Information Technology Institute. The pace of change is constant in health care IT, and the past year has brought more than usual. Keynote speaker Howard Burde will present the Obama administration's stimulus package from a national perspective, while Brian Osberg, deputy commissioner of human services for the State of Minnesota, will discuss state implications. May 20, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Carlson School of Management. $100 members, $25 full-time students, $130 nonmembers. For registration and more information, see change in health care.

ROOM FOR A LOOM? The Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel is selling the department's weaving floor looms on May 20 and 21, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A sale preview day will take place May 16, 1-3 p.m. For more information, see weaving sale.

THE MINNESOTA CUP is a statewide competition that seeks Minnesota’s new and innovative business ideas. The competition provides greater incentives this year by raising contest winnings to a total of more than $130,000 and expanding to six divisions. Entrepreneurs, inventors, and creative minds are encouraged to submit breakthrough business ideas by May 22. For more information, see Minnesota Cup.

"CARING FOR A PARENT WITH MEMORY LOSS: Practical Tips and Strategies," will take place May 30, 8 a.m.-4:45 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower. Free. The conference will provide information, support, and education for adult children, parents, community care providers, and other individuals. The presentations will focus on medication issues, legal and financial planning, depression, pain in persons with memory loss, and filling out Medicaid and Medicare forms. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail Joseph Gaugler or call 612-626-2485.

REGISTER FOR THE AUGUST TEACHING AND ENRICHMENT SERIES. The Center for Teaching and Learning offers 12 different teaching workshops at the start of the academic year to promote community among faculty and college instructors. The August series will be held Sept. 1-3, 9-11:45 a.m. New teaching assistants are invited to an orientation Aug. 31, 8 a.m.-noon. For a complete description of workshops, times, and locations, or to register, see enrichment series.

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGIST SEAN 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. For more information, see epic adventures.

MORE EVENTS include Strategic Planning and Measurement (May 14); MFA Exhibitions at the Nash (May 15); Field Trip: Spring Plants in the Big Woods (May 16); Minnesota Guitar Society Youth Guitarathon (May 17); Field Trip: Birding in Maplewood (May 19). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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