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Vol. XXXIX No. 30; September 30, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Earth on the edge
--People: Susan Noakes of the Department of French and Italian will hold the first appointment of the new Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair program; and more.

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

EARTH ON THE EDGE. The University's Jon Foley is on a team that has specified how far the Earth can be pushed on climate change, freshwater use, ocean acidification, and other factors and still avoid the irreversible or the catastrophic. The team says that global environmental "tipping points" can no longer be ignored. For more information, see the news release.

PEOPLE: Professor Susan Noakes of the Department of French and Italian will hold the first appointment of the new Arts, Design, and Humanities Chair program; seven groups and two individuals will receive Alumni Association awards for outstanding service and programming; U in the News features a selection of U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE INSTITUTE ON COMMUNITY INTEGRATION (ICI) traveled to Zambia to continue the work of the Twin Cities-Zambia Disability Connection. The partnership between ICI and four Twin Cities disability organizations provides advanced leadership training in disability advocacy, policy, and services to government officials, missionaries, and educators. For nearly three weeks they traveled around Zambia working to improve the status of children and adults with disabilities. For more information, read "Disability knows no boundaries."

THE U OF M NEWS SERVICE AND JAMES KAKALIOS WON A MIDWEST EMMY AWARD for the "Science of Watchmen" video produced last February. The YouTube video of Kakalios interspersed rich and vivid visual elements of the movie itself with intriguing didactic monologue from the physics professor. The News Service informs the public about the U's research, discoveries, unique offerings, events, and more. Subscribe to the U's videos at U of M YouTube. For more information, watch the video.

YOUTH VOICES CONFERENCE AT THE MINNESOTA LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will offer garden-based programs, teaching what works in the world of youth garden programs, what else is needed, and what role adults can play. $60 Arboretum members; $70 nonmembers; special rate for teachers/practitioners and students by calling 952-443-1422. Halfprice without lunch. Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oswald Visitor Center, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

U-WIDE GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL DAY will represent more than 100 graduate and professional programs from throughout the country. The event provides students the opportunity to speak with representatives from law, business, education, health sciences, and other graduate and professional programs, and will feature workshops on applying to and funding graduate and professional school. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. For more information, see graduate school.

THE UNIVERSITY IMPLEMENTED NEW SOFTWARE that will make the U's existing directory of home, mailing, and billing addresses compliant with United States and Canadian postal standards. This new software will run periodically throughout the year to look for new addresses to clean and to check that existing addresses are still conforming to postal standards.


FALL CONVOCATION WILL BE HELD AT NOON, Oct. 1, Kiehle Auditorium. Crookston Student Association president Thomas Haarstick will serve as master of ceremonies. Featured speaker Kim Pederson, manager for market planning at Otter Tail Power Company, will discuss the Campus Energy Challenge. Chancellor Charles Casey and Vice Chancellor Tom Baldwin will recognize student academic achievement. Fall season varsity coaches will recognize their respective teams and provide team updates.

MORE THAN 20 BUSINESSES HAVE SIGNED UP to take part in the Crookston Community Maroon and Gold Fridays program. On Sept. 18, student communications assistant Stephanie Onken and Regal the Eagle randomly visited three local businesses and distributed complimentary game passes and buttons. The goal of the program is to encourage local community spirit in support of UMC.

THE HEALTH CARE AUXILIARY OF MINNESOTA ANNUAL CONFERENCE featured presentations by Jan Aamoth and Deanna Patenaude, both of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, along with Kenneth Johnson, business instructor, and assistant professor Kevin Thompson. Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) represents 90 health care auxiliaries in Minnesota totaling in excess of 21,000 persons volunteering in services to hospitals and long-term care facilities.


UMD ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY (EHS) Web site was reviewed and rated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and listed for use as a technology supported learning resource by DOE staff. The site was included in the top 25 among American research universities by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. UMD’s Web site was also noted for its user-friendly design, content, and technical features. For more information, see environmental health and safety.

THE NEWLY REMODELED UMD EDUCATION BUILDING (located in the former School of Business and Economics) has been named Education Endaszhi-gikinoo'amaading, which means "place of teaching and learning together." Dean Paul Deputy said the new name was chosen not only to honor the history, culture, and contributions of the Ojibwe people to Minnesota, but also to confirm UMD's commitment to training American Indian educators. The abbreviation for the building is EduE. Faculty and students began using the building this fall. For more information, see the EduE.

"ANDY WARHOL: POP AND POLAROID" runs through May 16 at the Tweed Museum. The 48 black-and-white photographs and 102 Polaroids are from the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy program. The collection features the famous and the unknown, in Warhol’s serial style: a single image progresses in groupings of four, six, and as many as nine repeated images. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Tweed or call 218-726-8222.


O. TRUMAN DRIGGS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE. Jill Doerfler, UMM alumnus and assistant professor of American Indian studies at UMD, will give the 25th annual Driggs Lecture. "You can go dig him out of his grave: Anishinaabe Resistance to Racialization in the 1910s" derives from Doerfler’s research into the question of tribal identity revealed in her investigation of fraudulent land sales on the White Earth Reservation in the early 20th century. Free and open to the public, Oct. 12. 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. For more information, see Driggs lecture.


UMR COHOSTED AN INTERNSHIP ROUNDTABLE with the Chamber's Business Learning Network on Sept. 24. The session facilitated dialogue on the benefits of internships to area organizations and potential enhancements of businesses' internship programs. For more information, see internship roundtable.

Twin Cities:

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR THE ANNUAL U SERVICES STAR PERFORMER AWARDS. Star Performer Awards are given out each fall to University Services employees and teams of employees who have received rave reviews from their customers over the past year. Award recipients are honored at the University Services Leadership Forum in November. Nominations are welcome from faculty, staff, and students on the Twin Cities campus. For more information, see Star Performer Awards.

AN EDIBLE EDUCATION. The University of Minnesota Edible Landscape was conceived in January 2009, while several inches of snow still covered the beds in the Demonstration and Trial Gardens on the St. Paul campus. With the rising cost of food, growing concern about 'food miles' and food safety, and the push toward eating locally, a demonstration of edible landscaping seemed a logical choice for the season. For more information, read "An edible education."

IT ALL ADDS UP iPOD GIVEAWAY. There will be two chances to win an iPod during the It All Adds Up Homecoming iPod Giveaway, Oct. 9. One iPod will be given away to faculty, staff, or students who have taken the energy pledge on the It All Adds Up home page and another to fans of the It All Adds Up-U of M Facebook page. The pledge consists of a commitment to take simple actions, like turning out the lights or taking the stairs, to help conserve energy. For more information, see the It all adds up home page and the Facebook page.

THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE is recognizing the 60th year anniversary of the People's Republic of China on Oct. 1 with a photo display at the University International Center. For more information, see Confucius Institute.

"WOMEN IN CHARGE! COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES FOR CONFIDENT WOMEN" will be presented by African American educator Tish Norman as part of the Discover Exceptional Women series. Free and open to the public. Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. For more information, see women.

UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE NORTHROP include Larry Ochs Sax & Drumming Core, Oct 8, 7 and 9:15 p.m., The Whole Music Club, Coffman Memorial Union; Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company, Oct. 11, 4 p.m., Northrop.

THE 17TH ANNUAL KUEHNAST LECTURE will be given by Dennis Baldocchi, Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley. Baldocchi, recipient of the American Meteorological Society's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Biometeorology, will deliver the lecture "Breathing of the biosphere: How physics sets the limits, and biology does the work." Sponsored by the Kuehnast Endowment and Sigma Xi. Oct. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., 335 Borlaug Hall. For more information, see Kuehnast Lecture Series.

U OF M STAFF RECEIVE A 10 PERCENT DISCOUNT on LearningLife Transition Workshops and Compleat Scholar courses. Upcoming LearningLife courses include Networking for Everyone (Oct. 5); Blueprint for a Successful Retirement (Oct. 17); and Financial Planning for Life (Oct. 29). Upcoming Compleat Scholar courses include Near Space (participants build and fly their own miniature spacecraft,) (Oct. 13); Great Composers and Their Cities: Vivaldi and Venice (Oct. 19); Politics of Wine, (Oct. 19); World War II: Europe and the Pacific (Oct. 20). For more information, see Compleat Scholar, LearningLife or call 612-624-4000.

INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN BEING ENGLISH CONVERSATION PARTNERS with nonnative English speaking graduate students enrolled in the international teaching assistant program can contact the Center for Teaching and Learning. Commitment is one hour a week for one semester. An orientation is provided. Sign up at English partner.

GAME DAY HOSPITALITY AT THE CAMPUS CLUB ON HOMECOMING is open to nonmembers. Campus Club Breakfast is offered before the game. Reservations are required. For more information, see Campus Club.

MORE EVENTS include Pride @ Work Fall Kickoff Picnic (Sept. 30); Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Cars and Renewable Energy: A Critical Marriage (Oct. 2); Homecoming Kick-Off (Oct. 5); Handling Discrimination Concerns Effectively (Oct. 6). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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