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Vol. XL No. 9; March 10, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--The Board of Regents will meet March 11 and 12.
--People: Morse-Alumni Award recipients for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education; and more.

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

THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET MARCH 11 AND 12, McNamara Alumni Center. Included on the agenda is a discussion of how the U meets the needs of student veterans, a presentation on Minnesota's economy, a presentation on the strategic plan for the new Biomedical Discovery District on the East Bank, a discussion of the budget framework and strategies for the coming year, and more. For more information, see Regents.

PEOPLE: Morse-Alumni Award recipients for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education are Scott Abernathy, David Blank, Kent Kirkby, Gwen Rudney (UMM), Julie Schumacher, and Paul Siliciano; recipients of the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education are Linda Bearinger, Alvin Beitz, Kang Ling James (UMD), Ruth Mazo Karras, Joseph Konstan, Rory Remmel, J. Ilja Siepmann, and Robert Sorenson; senior vice president Robert Jones has announced a UROC interim leadership team, including Heidi Barajas, Rose Brewer, and Geoff Maruyama; senior vice president for health sciences and dean of the Medical School Frank Cerra plans to retire Dec. 31; agronomy professor Ronald Phillips will retire at the end of May; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



NEW FACTS AND FIGURES: University Relations has released the 2010 version of the Facts and Figures publication. The document includes the latest information on system enrollment numbers and tuition rates, as well as research funding totals and notable rankings. For more information, and to download the PDF or order high quality prints, see Facts and Figures.

MINNESOTA IS IN TROUBLE. Experts will unite for three evening events: A Thriving Economy and Competitive Business Environment, March 23; A Healthy Minnesota, March 30; A Workforce Prepared for the Global Economy, April 6. Speakers have 10 minutes each to present their solution to a pressing challenge. Program 5-6:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center. Refreshments 4:30-5 p.m in the atrium. For more information, see Minnesota's Challenge.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT (FSA) CLAIMS DEADLINE IS MARCH 31. Employees with a remaining balance in their health care and/or dependent care FSA for plan year 2009 must send claims for expenses incurred through March 15, 2010, to Employee Benefits (via campus or U.S. mail) by March 31 for payment. Pursuant to IRS regulations, any funds remaining in accounts after March 31, 2010, will be forfeited. To view your account balance, see FSA balance. For more information, call Employee Benefits at 612-624-9090 or 1-800-756-2363, option 3.

THE PRESIDENT'S EMERGING LEADERS (PEL) PROGRAM IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for its 2010-11 cohort. The program is designed to identify and further develop the leadership skills of talented P&A, Civil Service, and bargaining unit staff. PEL offers participants a structured but flexible development opportunity, featuring both educational and experiential components. Staff may self-nominate. Application deadline is April 1. For more information, see a PDF of the informational flyer or the PEL website.

THE CENTER FOR HEALTH EQUITY'S Research Core is implementing an external grant review program to support a select number of meritorious applications for external peer review prior to their submission to a funding agency. The program, available immediately, is open to full-time University post-doctoral fellows, research associates, and faculty with appointments at the assistant professor level or above whose proposals fit within defined categories. For more information, see external grant review.

REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems. Supported by a $1.9 million endowment, the position represents a strategic opportunity to explore and influence the future of Minnesota agriculture at a time when it must increasingly respond to both global markets and local opportunities. The appointment is full or part time, for up to one year. The chair will focus on the role of agriculture in developing sustainable communities, landscapes, and food systems. Application deadline is April 16. For more information, see endowed chair.

A REPORT ON THE PEER REVIEW OF TEACHING IS NOW AVAILABLE. The report and its recommendations are the culmination of 18 months of work conducted by a committee of faculty and staff. They were charged by Arlene Carney, vice provost for faculty and academic affairs, with recommending best practices for the peer review of teaching. Rubrics for various aspects of the peer review of teaching are also available. For more information, see peer review.

CENTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN CHILDREN'S MENTAL HEALTH (CECMH) is cosponsoring a professional series, called "Research to Practice: New Approaches to Diagnosis, Assessment, and Intervention in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders," at the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health 2010 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference. U faculty will provide a detailed review of applied research, best practices, and translation of research to practice and policy. Presentations take place April 27, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, see CECMH or email Cari Michaels.

U OF M MOMENT: The United States’ subprime mortgage crisis led to plummeting housing prices, a record number of foreclosures and eventually, our current recession. The rash of foreclosures isn’t over, says design, housing and apparel professor Jeff Crump. Crump, who studies foreclosure patterns, believes another round of housing trouble could be just around the corner, this time affecting America’s suburbs. For more information, listen to "Foreclosure crisis not over."

THE OFFICE OF PLANNING AND ANALYSIS (OPA) WANTS TO CLARIFY the announcement made last week regarding University surveys: the protocol applies only to survey and sampling activities managed through OPA, by either the Office of Measurement Services or the Office of Institutional Research. For more information, see survey protocol.


THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE has named UMC to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The honor is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. For more information, see community service PDF.

THREE HUNDRED REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS will visit UMC to learn about different careers from local professionals during Career Day, sponsored by the Crookston Chamber Education Committee. The event takes place in several locations on campus, March 16, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, see career day.

UMC SPRING BREAK IS MARCH 15-19. Campus offices are open, but no classes are in session.


UMD LABOVITZ SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS helped raise a record $100,000 for Duluth's Special Olympics at the Duluth Polar Bear Plunge held Feb. 20. The Labovitz School partnered with the Duluth Police Department and JNBA Financial Advisors in raising the amount. More than 650 "plungers" included LSBE dean Kjell Knudson and LSBE financial markets program director Joe Artim, along with hundreds of UMD students. Richard Brown, a newly named senior fellow at the Labovitz School, is on the board of Special Olympics Minnesota. For more information, see polar bear plunge.

THE FACTORY GIRLS, presented by the UMD Theatre Department, is a funny, compassionate play that tells the story of five women working in a Northern Ireland shirt factory. The play was written by playwright Frank McGuinness and will be directed by theater professor Tom Isbell. March 11-13 and March 23-27, 7:30 p.m., and March 28, 2 p.m., Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: adults $17, seniors/students $13, children $8, UMD students $6. For more information, see UMD Theatre or order tickets by phone at 218-726-8561.

UMD ALWORTH INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE will host a lecture: "The Obama Administration: A New Start for Nuclear Arms Control?" March 10, 7 p.m., 4th floor, UMD Library Rotunda. Presented by William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative, New America Foundation. Hartung will discuss potential changes in U.S. nuclear arms control policy under the Obama administration, and comment on the changes in the overall military budget. Free and open to the public. For more information, see nuclear lecture.


THREE UMM FACULTY HAVE RECEIVED INAUGURAL GRANTS from the new Minnesota Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Voters approved the Minnesota Legacy Amendment in 2008. The fund supports activities in the areas of arts access, arts education, and arts and cultural heritage. For more information, see Inaugural Grants.


"LIVING ON A SHRINKING PLANET: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE," will feature Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment. Foley's work focuses on global environmental systems and their interactions with human societies, with a particular focus on land use, food systems, climate change, and the sustainability of earth's biosphere. March 23, 7 p.m., 417 University Square, 111 South Broadway.

Twin Cities:

PREVIEW/REVIEW: UNIVERSITY EVENTS AND LECTURES is a periodic column highlighting events and lectures recently past and soon to come on the UMTC campus. This issue features events and topics ranging from a lecture on "Comic Amusement, Emotion, and Cognition," to "Military Justice in an Age of Terrorism," and much more. Faculty and staff are invited to contribute to the column. Submissions are subject to review by the Brief editor. For more information, see preview/review

THE UNIVERSITY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, with solo performances by U of M Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition co-winners Eric Neseth and John Hammarback, will perform March 10, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see orchestra performance.

REGINA CARTER PRESENTS Reverse Thread March 15, 7:30 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall. Acclaimed as one of the most transcendent voices of contemporary violin, Regina Carter performs music from her upcoming album, a contemporary interpretation of infectious African folk melodies from Mali, Senegal, Uganda, and more. Discounts of $4 for advance faculty/staff tickets, or $20 rush tickets, are available. For more information, see Reverse Thread.

LECTURE: "The Means to Grow Up: Reinventing Apprenticeship as a Developmental Support in Adolescence" presented by Robert Halpern, president of the Erikson Institute in Chicago. March 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, see grow up.

VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE will be replaced on the UMTC campus starting March 23. The upgrade is needed because the U's vendor will no longer support current equipment and software. VPN users will not be required to update their current VPN software due to the upgrade, and should be able to connect normally. For more information, see the VPN website or email OIT VPN.

AUTHORS BOB McCHESNEY AND JOHN NICHOLS will give a lecture and book signing on their collaboration, The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution That Will Begin the World Again. March 25, 6 p.m., 130 Murphy Hall. Free and open to the public, no registration necessary. For more information, see American journalism.

GRADUATE STUDENTS IN TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE are invited to attend a four-part seminar series with practical lessons on how to bring technologies to market. "Launching a Consumer Internet Startup" is the second seminar in the series. The series is sponsored by 3M and organized by the Gary S. Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship, Carlson School of Management. March 27, 8 a.m.-noon, 1-105 Hanson Hall. Register by emailing technology. For more information, see 3M Seminars on Technology Commercialization.

MORE EVENTS include Argentine Policies: The Role of Power, Resistance, Protest (March 11); Geography Coffee hour: Speaker-Reecia Orzeck (March 12); Cozy Winter Tea (March 13); Plant Breeding Symposium (March 15). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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

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