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Vol. XXXIX No. 35; November 4, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Open Enrollment is online through Nov. 30.
--Feature: U part of $185 million funded global pandemic team.
--People: Henning Schroeder has been named vice provost and dean for graduate education; and more.

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

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS ONLINE THROUGH NOV. 30. Those satisfied with medical and dental plan choices do not need to re-enroll. By doing nothing, current plans will continue into 2010; however, to have a flexible spending account in 2010 one must enroll. For more information, see the Guide for UPlan Benefits Enrollment PDF. Options for changes include selecting different medical/dental plans; adding or canceling coverage; adding or canceling dependents from coverage; participating in health care or dependent daycare flexible spending accounts; and adding or increasing the amount of long-term disability insurance. For more information, see Employee Self-Service or watch a narrated presentation.

FEATURE: THE U IS PART OF A $185 MILLION funded team tasked to improve global response to emerging pandemics. The multidisciplinary team will implement a United States Agency for International Development cooperative agreement. The project, called RESPOND, is one of five that will work together to preempt or combat the first stages of emerging zoonotic pandemics. The College of Veterinary Medicine’s new Ecosystem Health Program, National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and Center for Animal Health and Food Safety were instrumental in obtaining funds to join RESPOND. John Deen will be the director of the project at the U. For more information, see "U part of global pandemic team."

PEOPLE: School of Pharmacy professor and associate dean for research and graduate studies Henning Schroeder has been named vice provost and dean for graduate education; Jean Quam has been appointed dean of the College of Education and Human Development; Bradley Carlin has been named head of the Division of Biostatistics at the School of Public Health; Karen Seashore has been named the inaugural holder of the Robert Holmes Beck Chair of Ideas in Education; UMM Professor Emeritus of Theatre Raymond Lammers has died; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



IMPLEMENTATION OF GOOGLE APPS FOR THE U REMAINS ON SCHEDULE. The Office of Information Technology will implement a phased roll out, beginning with students, and will continue until all eligible members of the U community have been invited to sign up. For more information, see Google initiative.


MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL VISIT UMC. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a forum featuring regents Clyde Allen (chair), Richard Beeson, and Venora Hung. Nov. 5, 12:15-2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

STUDENTS IN FIELD STUDIES IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SMALL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT presented at the Fifth Annual Bemidji Chamber of Commerce Business Expo in late October. The hour-long presentation "21st Century Marketing: Facebook and Twitter" was given to more than 40 Bemidji area business professionals. For more information, see field studies.


UMD JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT will include performances by Jazz Ensemble I, directed by Ryan Frane; Jazz Ensemble II, directed by Tom Pfotenhauer; and the Big Time Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Randy Lee. Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m., Marshal Performing Arts Center. Tickets: adults $12, seniors $10, students $7, UMD students $5. For more information, see jazz or call 218-726-8561.

THE ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE presents Christopher Boucek, associate, Middle East Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speaking on "Extremist Rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia." Nov. 4, 7 p.m., UMD Library rotunda. For more information, see extremist rehab.

THE ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE is also holding a brown-bag event presented by David Beard, UMD Writing Studies Department, on the topic of "The Spaces of the University: Minnesota and Cambridge, UK." Nov. 5, noon, UMD Library rotunda. For more information, see brown-bag.

THE OVATION ARTIST SERIES presents Ismir Sate Conservatory Soprano, Jeanette Thompson. Thompson won the Gold Medal at the Queen Elizabeth Competition in Brussels. She has performed as a soloist in Verdi's Requiem, Brahms's German Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and Poulenc's Gloria. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Weber Music Hall. For tickets and more information, see music or call 218-726-8877.


A RESEARCH GRANT OF $130,000 was awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to associate professor of physics Matthew "Len" Keeler, with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Keeler is developing a new way to measure and interpret the behavior of highly excited atoms. The grant will be used to conduct an experimental investigation of the influence of background gas collisions on the classical orbits of Rydberg electrons. For more information, see NSF Grant.

THREE STUDIO ART PROFESSORS ARE EXHIBITING THEIR WORK in the Winds of Inspiration, Winds of Change invitational exhibition. Michael Eble, Jess Larson, and Jenny Nelson were invited to contribute artwork that relates to wind, wind turbines, or to their predecessors, windmills. Through Nov. 8, Hillstrom Museum of Art, Gustavus Adolphus campus, St. Peter. For more information, see wind exhibit.

CAMPUS CAMP WELLSTONE will be held Nov. 6–7 at UMM. The event is open to anyone interested in learning leadership and organizational skills. Camp Wellstone will be brought to Morris through a collaboration of student organizations. For more information, see learning leadership.


THE U MARCHING BAND WILL PERFORM AT UMR ON NOV. 18. The event is free and open to the public, thanks to the generosity of community sponsors, including UMR. Area high school band members are invited.

THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION FEATURES an in-depth story on Rochester's health-sciences program, which admitted its first students in September. UMR is trying three distinct strategies to improve learning. For more information, see UMR in The Chronicle

Twin Cities:

UPCOMING SCHOOL OF MUSIC EVENTS: Bergen Woodwind Quintet, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall (the event is part of the Bergen Woodwind Quintet's residency); "Shape Note Singing Workshop" with acclaimed instructor Tim Eriksen, Nov. 6, 11:10 a.m.-noon, Ferguson Hall, Room 280. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, see Bergen Woodwind Quintet and Shape Note Singing.

THE COALITION FOR A RESPECTFUL U will meet next on the topic of white privilege. The group is designed for social justice allies and advocates across colleges and departments committed to a safe and inclusive campus climate for students and employees. Nov. 6, noon-1:30 p.m., 323 Coffman Union. For more information, see coalition.

A CELEBRATION OF THE U OF M EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (UMEMS) will take place as part of the National Collegiate EMS Foundation's 2009 Collegiate EMS Week, Nov. 9-15. The U is one of the first in the United States to provide campus-based emergency medical services. UMEMS was created in 1978 to provide assistance during times of disaster, as well as first aid for the public, employees, and students at U events. Nov. 8, 7-9 p.m. (dinner at 7, program at 8), Eastcliff. RSVP to celebration.

THE WEST BANK ENERGY SHOWCASE will offer a chance to learn about upcoming recommissioning projects and how every individual can help save energy and money. Free coffee and donuts for those who take the energy pledge, as well as games and prizes including an iPod Nano drawing. Take the pledge today at "It all adds up." Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-noon, Carlson School of Management atrium.

"LOCAL FOODS AND CONSUMER DEMAND," the Food Industry Center fall 2009 networking conference will take place Nov. 10, 1-5 p.m., Coffman Union. Using the theme of "Local Foods and Consumer Demand," the conference will address topics through a number of lectures, including "Supply and Marketing Issues in Local Food Supply Chains"; "Microbial Safety and Risks of Natural and Organic Foods"; "The Cooperative Business Model: Hip Not Hippie"; and more. For registration, see networking.

ELECTRIC CARS will be the topic at the Center for Transportation Studies annual fall luncheon. Dan Davids, president of Plug In America, will give a brief history of electric cars in America and discuss the vehicles that are coming soon to the marketplace. Nov. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. For registration and more information, see electric cars.

STUDENT VETERANS APPRECIATION DAY will honor veterans Nov. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. This program will include the ROTC Joint Services Color Guard, Northrop Brass Quintet, and veteran speakers. Prerecorded messages from service members stationed in Iraq to veterans or families attending the U will be shown, and a memorabilia display, courtesy of the Minnesota History Center, will share artifacts from conflicts. A multimedia exhibit, "Warrior to Citizen: Stories of Minnesota's Most Recent Veterans," will share personal stories from those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Free coffee, juice, and donuts in the morning, as well as a free lunch beginning at 11 a.m.

UNIVERSITY AWARDS AND HONORS WORKSHOP will provide information on putting together nominations for the honorary degree, Outstanding Achievement Award, Award of Distinction, Alumni Service Award, and naming of buildings, with a session on naming in connection with financial transaction. Free, but registration is required. Nov. 12, 9-10:30 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For registration and more information, e-mail Vickie Courtney.

WORLD USABILITY DAY will feature speakers on usability topics, a participatory recycling activity, and an open house at the Usability Services Laboratory. Sponsored by the Office of Information Technology and the Digital Technology Center. Nov. 12. For more information, see usability day.

THE GRAND OPENING of the new learning environment in 50 Coffey Hall will take place Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. It will be an opportunity for the University community to explore the new learning environment, meet with Tech Stop staff, and demo a SMART board and other new teaching tools. At 10:30 a.m. there will be a short welcome by associate dean of CFANS Jay Bell and associate vice president and associate CIO of OIT Ann Hill Duin. For more information, see learning environment.

"BECOMING A FULL PROFESSOR" PROMOTION AND TENURE WORKSHOP is for Twin Cities associate professors tenured in the last three years. The workshop will feature a discussion with Arlene Carney, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs. Nov. 16, 1-3 p.m., 110 Shevlin Hall. For registration and more information, e-mail Cheryl Johnson.

A HEALTHY FOODS, HEALTHY LIVES INSTITUTE (HFHL) LUNCHEON offers graduate and undergraduate student leaders the opportunity to learn more about the work of the Institute, meet with other students working on food and health issues, and discuss opportunities for expanded student involvement in HFHL's initiatives. Nov. 17, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., St. Paul Student Center. For more information or to attend the luncheon, e-mail Kristine Igo.

LIBERAL EDUCATION (LE) COURSE REVIEW UNDER WAY. Since the U Senate approved new LE requirements and course guidelines for fall 2010, the Council on Liberal Education has recertified more than 245 courses, with many more under review. Departments should propose LE courses ASAP in order to be reviewed before the fall 2010 class schedule is posted. For approved courses, see list of courses. For course proposal guidelines, see liberal education.

NORTHROP AUDITORIUM WILL HOST THE ZAC BROWN BAND with Sonia Leigh, Levi Lowrey and Nic Cowan as part of the group's "Breaking Southern Ground Tour." Dec. 5, 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Northrop ticket office or at 612-624-2345.

MORE EVENTS include Extreme Googling: Collaboration Tools (Nov. 5); I Write, Therefore I Learn? (Nov 6); 2010 Census: Stand Up and Be Counted! (Nov. 8); The Publicly Engaged Grad Student: How Public Engagement Can (Should?) Change (Nov. 9). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS: Golden Gophers | UMD Bulldogs | UMM Cougars | UMC Golden Eagles

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