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Vol. XXXIX No. 39; December 2, 2009
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief publication calendar: Brief will not be published on Dec. 30 and Jan. 6. Publication will resume on Jan. 13. All submissions for the Jan. 13 issue are due no later than noon, Jan. 8.

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Inside This Issue
--Save the date: 2010 legislative briefing.
--The U FY 2009 annual report is now available online.
--People: Jasjit Ahluwalia has been awarded the 2010 Cullen Award; and more.

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

SAVE THE DATE: 2010 LEGISLATIVE BRIEFING. The legislative briefing and reception will take place Jan. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. President Bruininks will preview the U's 2010 legislative request and talk about the challenges higher education faces in a difficult economy. Guest speaker Mary Lahammer will share insights as a U alumna and political journalist. A live videocast of the event will be available to all campuses. The briefing is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students to speak on behalf of the U. Details will be posted Dec. 16 on the event registration page.

THE U FISCAL YEAR 2009 ANNUAL REPORT IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE. In an effort to reduce the costs associated with this publication, hard copies are not being distributed. The annual report includes the independent auditors’ report, financial statements, footnotes, and management's discussion and analysis. To view the report, see the 2009 Annual Report PDF. For questions regarding the report, e-mail Terri Carlson.

PEOPLE: Jasjit Ahluwalia, executive director of the Center for Health, has been awarded the 2010 Cullen Award; a retirement recognition for UMC associate professor Charles “Chuck” Habstritt will be held Dec. 9; UMD playwright Tom Isbell's family musical production Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe will appear at the Kennedy Center from Dec. 5-30; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



THREE NEW ONLINE SERVICES HAVE BEEN LAUNCHED for U faculty, staff, and students. A new events calendar allows sorting of campus events by sponsor, location, audience, or categories, including arts and culture, conferences, workshops, seminars, lectures, sports and recreation, and more. New interactive campus maps work much like Google Maps, with navigational tools such as zoom, aerial view, detailed building information, and "print to PDF." Social networking guidelines have been developed for U-wide use. "For more information about the development and implementation of these online services, and to stay current on these and future projects, see the eCommunications blog.

THE SUCCESSFUL MANAGER'S LEADERSHIP PROGRAM WILL HOLD A FREE INFORMATION SESSION (SMLP). Mid- to top-level managers are invited to learn how the SMLP can help them effectively apply sound leadership principles. Dec. 10, 10-11 a.m., 210 Donhowe. For more information, see SMLP information session.

NEW EDUCATION ABROAD TOOL: Education abroad offices systemwide have launched a new online profile and application system that will help students connect with the University about their education abroad interests, apply for a program, and track the steps needed to manage their departure. The system also includes PeopleSoft pages and UM reports for staff and administrators. Students interested in programs for fall 2010 and later will find the profile and application on their campus’s education abroad Web site. For more information, see education abroad.

THE TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM'S sixth cohort began its training in October on the Twin Cities campus. Eighteen talented University employees are tackling process improvement projects that will benefit departments and colleges well into the future. Projects include efforts to streamline department processes and reduce unnecessary steps and costs, as well as student improvement and more. Cohort six participants will resume their training in January and complete the program in spring 2010. For more information, see TLP sixth cohort.


A PERFORMANCE OF POETIC CAPTIVITY, a drama written and directed by UMC senior Deborah Halstad that focuses on the sacrifices of the country's service men and women, will take place Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. A free will offering will be taken at the door, and all proceeds will support the Disabled American Veterans charity. For more information, see Poetic Captivity.

AG AND NATURAL RESOURCES ACTIVITIES DAY will bring some 1,300 high school students to the Crookston campus. The competition, held at UMC for more than 30 years, is overseen by faculty in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. Last year nearly 50 high schools participated in the event. Dec. 4. For more information, see natural resources activities day.


UMD HOLIDAY MUSICAL PERFORMANCES INCLUDE Vocal Jazz (Lake Effect and Chill Factor), Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m.; Sounds of the Season: Chamber and Symphony Orchestras (UMD Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra), Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.; Sounds of the Season: Choral Ensembles (Concert Chorale), Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m.; Sounds of the Season: Concert Band and Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Concert Band), Dec. 6, 4 p.m. Tickets: adults $8, seniors $7, students $5, UMD students $3. For more information, see UMD music.

CHANCELLOR'S AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH will be awarded to Joseph Gallian, professor of mathematics and statistics. The award is given each year to recognize the research and scholarly contributions of a UMD faculty member and to provide opportunities to present developing research to a broad audience. Following the ceremony, professor Gallian will present the seminar entitled "A Mathematics Sampler." Dec. 7, 3:30 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. A reception will follow in the Griggs Center (Kirby Student Center). Open to the public. For more information, call 218-726-7576 or see awards ceremony.

A ST. ANDREW'S NIGHT CELEBRATION evening includes local Scottish entertainment and a presentation by William Henderson, director, Alworth International Institute, entitled, "Burns’ Country: A Photographic Portrait." Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Griggs Center. For more information, e-mail Alworth or see Alworth online.

PERFORMANCE OF "SAUSAGE!" Dec. 3-5, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 6, 2 p.m.; Dec. 8-12, 7:30 p.m. Marshall Performing Arts Center. The Dec. 6, 2 p.m. performance will be American Sign Language interpreted, sponsored by the UMD Access for All program. For more information, see performing arts.


FORESTS IN WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA may be more resilient in the face of climate change than previous modeling studies would indicate. That is according to an article coauthored by associate professor of biology Pete Wyckoff and Rachel Bowers, ’03, titled "Response of the prairie/forest border to climate change: impacts of increasing drought may be mitigated by increasing CO2," recently published by the Journal of Ecology--an official journal of the British Ecological Society.

FOR THE PAST FOUR YEARS, UMM STUDENTS have combined their knowledge and love of art with a service-learning project for the community. This year, students in associate professor of studio art Michael Eble's painting courses are creating Morris townscapes, capturing scenes from throughout the community. Their work will be hung in the Common Cup coffeehouse, downtown Morris. For more information, see service-learning project or view the photographs online.


A SNEAK PEEK OF UMR will introduce potential students to the bachelor of science in health sciences degree. The brief campus visit will give attendees the information needed in determining whether UMR is right for the student. Dec. 4, 2-4:30 p.m. For registration and more information, see UMR sneak peek.

Twin Cities:

FRONTIERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT LECTURE SERIES has two more lectures this year, including "What Happens When 4,000+ Classrooms in 30 Countries Explore the Arctic Together?: Environmental Stewardship" with assistant professor Aaron Doering, Dec. 2; and "Sustainable Cities: Urban Design for Human Health and the Environment" with assistant professor Julian Marshall, Dec. 9. Lectures are noon-1 p.m, IonE Seminar Room 380, VoTech Bldg., St. Paul campus. Free and open to the public; no registration required. For more information, including a link to a live online broadcast, see the Frontiers page. The spring 2010 series kicks off Feb. 3.

THE WEISMAN ART MUSEUM STORE'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOPPING CELEBRATION begins Dec. 3. WAM members and U of M students, faculty, and staff save all week during the WAM Store's Discount Days with a 20 percent discount on everything in the store. Dec. 3 to 7. For more information, see Be Dazzled.

"SUCCESSFUL FACULTY MENTORING RELATIONSHIPS IN AN INTERDISCIPLINARY WORLD" is a workshop for faculty with interdisciplinary interests who wish to develop their mentoring skills or improve their mentoring relationships, or faculty who are seeking mentors. The workshop is also intended for administrators responsible for mentoring interdisciplinary faculty. Topics will include specific issues that arise for interdisciplinary faculty during the promotion-and-tenure review process and how effective mentoring relationships can ensure faculty academic and career success. Dec. 16, 3-5 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For registration, see OneStop. E-mail mentoring with questions or call 612-626-6104.

FINAL "IT ALL ADDS UP" iPOD GIVEAWAY. The last chance to win an iPod this semester from It all adds up will come on the last day of fall classes, Dec. 16. Enter to win an iPod by taking the energy pledge today at It all adds up.

WINTER BOWLING DEALS at the Student Unions and Activities Gamerooms are available to any staff, faculty, or department. Reservations made between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 will receive 15 percent off the total reservation and 10 percent off all advance food orders. For more information, see gamerooms.

MORE EVENTS include Design @ Noon (Dec. 2); Will newspapers survive? U of M media expert Nora Paul to speak about future for news organizations (Dec. 3); "The Wheat Flour Tortilla: Historical Origins of a Northern Mexican Icon" (Dec. 3); The Erosion of Writing Skills (Dec. 4); A Month in the Country (Dec 5); Discipline v. Discrimination ( Dec. 8); "Sex, Politics, and Transnational (Jewish) Comedy: The Films of Ernst Lubitsch (Dec. 9). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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

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