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Vol. XXXIX No. 22; June 24, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: 2009 summer publication dates will be June 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 will hold a June 24 meeting to act on an operating budget.
--Feature story: Design for the other 100 percent.
--Feature story: Things to do at the U this summer.
--People: Michael Sommers has received the 2009 Enduring Vision Award from the Bush Foundation; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING JUNE 24, 10 a.m., to act on the president's recommended operating budget for FY 2010. The board will also vote on the resolution related to alcoholic beverage sales on campus. Boardroom, McNamara Alumni Center. For more information on the Board of Regents and live streaming of the meeting, see board budget.

FEATURE STORY: DESIGN FOR THE OTHER 100 PERCENT. In his new book, College of Design dean Tom Fisher shows the role of design in creating and fixing world problems, from banking and auto industry meltdowns to the threat of a pandemic. And in a recent editorial in the Chronicle of Higher Education, he writes that College of Design students should play a big part in the fix. For more information, read about the ethics of design.

FEATURE STORY: IT'S A SUMMER OF ENDLESS TO-DOS AT THE U. Nothing says "summer is here" like music, art, food, water parks, and squirrels. The U of M has plenty of everything to keep you (and your family) having fun this summer. But you'll have to scurry if you want to do it all. For more information about summer activities at the U, read "Water parks, the Weisman, and an Arboretum, oh my!"

PEOPLE: Michael Sommers has received the 2009 Enduring Vision Award from the Bush Foundation; history professor Donna Gabaccia has been named to the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Public Humanities; Irma McClaurin has been named to the Committee of Scholars for Ms. Magazine; UMM associate professor of biology PZ Myers was recently awarded the title of Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Society; Steve Yussen has been named editor of Educational Researcher; the Carlson School received a Global Leadership award at the Lenovo Think Tank ’09 event; Steven Case, CyberOptics founder and former U engineering professor, died in an airplane accident in Crystal; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



NEW WEB SITE ORGANIZES U OPPORTUNITIES. U faculty and staff members have access to countless entertainment, education, and discount opportunities on and off campus. The new Web site "UPerks" makes finding these benefits a little easier. For more information, see UPerks.

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE: PROBLEM OR PROCESS? Things change in life. Sometimes we like the changes and sometimes we don't, but we often react to these changes automatically in a fight or flight manner. Ultimately, the one constant that we can control is our own attitude. For more information, see organizational change.

PRESIDENT'S EMERGING LEADERS (PEL) were honored on June 17 with a graduation ceremony at McNamara Alumni Center for the 2008-09 cohort. Program coordinator Dave Dorman lauded the cohort for modeling the U’s commitment to excellence. For more information, see PEL graduation.

U OF M MOMENT: Own a cat, help your heart. A key to heart health might be a little furrier than you think. Researchers have discovered that cat owners have a lesser chance of experiencing heart attacks than non-cat owners. Neurology professor Adnan Qureshi led the study. The feature, as well as archived audio content, can be found at U of M Moment.

MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM'S "Toast & Taste." Enjoy samplings of in-season, fresh local cuisine from 19 of the Twin Cities' best specialty restaurants, plus tastings of Minnesota wines, local brews, and Prairie Organic Vodka at the arboretum's Toast & Taste event. Live music and cooking demos too. Reservations: $60 members or $80 nonmembers. Walk-ins welcome. June 24, 7-9 p.m. For registration and more information, see Toast & Taste.


UMC'S CENTER FOR ADULT LEARNING (CAL) has been selected to serve as the U's digital campus calling center. It will provide coverage for all five coordinate campuses and will maintain student support and a referral call center to respond to student inquiries concerning for-credit and noncredit online programs. For more information, see calling center.

THE CLASS OF 1959 will be the honored during the Northwest School of Agriculture’s (NWSA) alumni reunion, June 26-27. The theme this year is “Rock ‘n Roll Goes Hawaiian." Classes from 1929, 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, and 1964 will hold special meetings. Hosted by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. For more information, see reunion.


UMD'S SIEUR DU LUTH SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL kicks off June 24 with "An Evening with Kevin Kling," 7:30 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center. Events continue through Aug. 1 and include The Ice Fishing Play (by Kevin King), June 30-July 3, and July 7-12, at 7:30 p.m., and July 5, 11, and 12, at 2 p.m., Marshall Performing Arts Center; and Concerts by the Lake, Wednesdays in July, 7:30 p.m., Glensheen Lawn. Presented by the School of Fine Arts. For more information on these ticketed and free events, call 218-726-8561 or see Sieur Du Luth.

THE PUBLISHER AND AUTHORS OF WILL TO MURDER will launch the book's fourth edition June 24, with seatings at 6 and 8 p.m., at Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate. $20 per person in advance; $25 at the door. Friends of Glensheen discount rate is $15. For tickets and more information, call 218-726-8910 or see Will To Murder.


A SUMMER OPEN HOUSE FOR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS will take place June 26. The day's program will culminate in an outdoor picnic on the mall (rain location inside Oyate Hall), 12:30-1:30 p.m. All faculty and staff are welcome to enjoy a free picnic lunch and visit with guests. RSVP to Jessie Hass.

UMM AT THE SAINT PAUL SAINTS. The Office of Admissions, Office of Alumni Relations, and Annual Giving will be hosting the annual "Morris at the Saints" event, July 29, Midway Stadium, St. Paul. A complimentary tailgating event with prospective students and alumni begins at 4 p.m. The Saints take on the Sioux Falls Canaries at 7:05 p.m. RSVP information will be forthcoming. View photos from last year’s event.


POTENTIAL STUDENTS OF UMR'S bachelor of science in health sciences (BSHS) program can register for Discover BSHS Day, July 16, 1 p.m. The day gives students an inside look at BSHS. For more information, see Discover BSHS.

Twin Cities:

STAFF PROFILE: Anissa Lightner receives President's Award for Outstanding Service. As assistant director of student-athlete welfare, Anissa Lightner serves student-athletes at the U, helping them with personal and career development. Lightner recently received the President's Award for Outstanding Service. For more information, read "Serves her right."

A NEW LENS ON ALZHEIMER'S. The latest production from Live Action Set, a Twin Cities-based performance company, tackles the weighty topic of Alzheimer's disease. The company worked with the local Alzheimer's community, including researchers from the U, to develop a performance piece that educates as much as it entertains. The "tragic comedy" My Father's Bookshelf runs through June 28 at the Guthrie's Dowling Studio. Tickets are $18 to $34. For more information, read "A new lens on Alzheimer's."

FACULTY PROFILE: Li-Na Wei, newly Distinguished McKnight University Professor. In science, researchers who discover exceptions to established ideas often find it takes moxie to swim against the current. Meet Li-Na Wei, pharmacology professor and upstream freestyler extraordinaire.

UNILEVER'S CFO JIM LAWRENCE will speak at the Carlson School of Management’s First Tuesday Luncheon, July 7, 11:30 a.m., McNamara Alumni Center. Lawrence has served on a variety of boards at the U, including the Board of Overseers of the Carlson School of Management and the University of Minnesota Foundation Investment Advisors. Advance registration deadline is July 2. Fee of $28 includes lunch, and parking in the Washington Avenue Ramp. For more information, call 612-626-9634, see the news release, or send an e-mail message to First Tuesday.

CURIOSITY CAMP IS BACK. Curiosity Camps are one-day programs on topics ranging from collecting, to Minnesota winemaking, to baseball, to ancient Egypt. Most Camps begin with lively lectures and discussions with U faculty and community experts. These discussions set the stage for an enriching local field trip. Each camp costs $125, with reduced rates for faculty, staff, alumni, and students. For registration and more information, call 612-624-4000 or see Curiosity Camp.

MORE EVENTS include Noontime Concerts Series: Jeremy Messersmith (June 25); Tamayo & Bohemian Revolution at the Nash (June 26); presentation and reception with Abdi Roble and Doug Rutledge (June 27); Curiosity Camp: A Geology Tour of the Twin Cities (June 29); The Front Porch Swingin' Liquor Pigs (June 30); Nature Tots: Creepy Crawlies (July 2); "Stories of the Somali Diaspora: Photographs by Abdi Roble" (July 4); From Alexandria to Wikipedia: Media and Knowledge in the Modern World (July 6); Transnational Justice: Seeking Truth and Accountability for Systematic Human Rights Violations (July 7). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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