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Vol. XL No. 27; September 15, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents September meeting summary.
--Feature: The Revolution Will Be Quantified.
--Founders Weekend commemorates UMM's 50th anniversary.
--People: U in the News features U faculty cited in the media; and more.

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

BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING SUMMARY: At the Sept. 8 Board of Regents meeting, the board heard an update on strategic positioning by President Bruininks; reviewed the annual University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report; approved the recent agreement between the U and the Metropolitan Council related to the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line, and heard results of the University's 2009 reputation survey. The board also received an introduction to new UMD chancellor Lynn Black and recognized the newest Regents Professors. For more information, see Board Summary.

FEATURE: How people have worked, formed families and migrated. How they've worshipped and whether they could read. For U.S. history since 1850, the Minnesota Population Center's demographic database is the largest ever assembled. For more information, read "The Revolution Will Be Quantified."

FACULTY AND STAFF UNIVERSITY-WIDE ARE INVITED TO JOIN UMM IN CELEBRATING Founders Weekend, Sept. 23-26. The weekend will commemorate UMM's 50th anniversary and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the West Central School of Agriculture. The celebration includes green campus tours, documentary screenings of Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts; a "Blooming Where We're Planted" history panel, and a street dance. On Sunday, the exact day UMM’s first students began in 1960, a Founders Day program will officially mark the milestone, and the new Welcome Center and Robert B. DeWall Memorial Courtyard will be dedicated. For more information, see Founders Weekend.

PEOPLE: U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



A FOUR-PART SEMINAR SERIES COVERING RATIONALE AND BEST PRACTICES FOR SUCCESSION MANAGEMENT AT THE U will be offered by the Office of Human Resources Oct. 21, Nov. 11, Dec. 2, and Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Coffman Union. Campus leaders and managers who would like to know more about planning to create sustainable leadership that fills key organizational positions are encouraged to attend. For more information, see succession management.

STUDENT-STAFF DIRECTORY: DEADLINE FOR UPDATES TO INDIVIDUAL LISTINGS is Sept. 28. Go to "Update Personal Information" at Employee Self-Service.

A SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SPH) GLOBAL HEALTH INSTITUTE IN UGANDA explored the concept of "One Health," which attempts to break down disciplinary silos to link animal health, human health, and the environment in order to identify, prevent, and respond to emerging diseases. Twelve SPH students studied alongside students from seven African countries and the Caribbean at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, Aug. 1-13. For more information, see One Health.


"AUTUMN COLORS ART EXHIBIT" will take place at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library, Sept. 13-Oct. 16. UMC assistant professor Sonia Spaeth is a featured artist. For more information, see art exhibit.

A CELEBRATION OF SARGEANT STUDENT CENTER'S 5TH ANNIVERSARY will include a social gathering with cake and ice cream during Thursday Commons, Sept. 16. The event will also showcase features, services, and staff of the facility through a "Sargeant Student Center Road Trip" with brief detours to adjacent buildings. For more information, see Thursday Commons.

THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION (EDA) CENTER WILL HOST A RESEARCH BROWN-BAG Sept. 22, noon-1 p.m., Alseth NWSA Business Board Room, Dowell Hall. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to learn about UMC faculty projects and about how to get involved in a project through the EDA Center. For more information, see EDA brownbag.

UMC WELCOMED 121 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FOR FALL SEMESTER. Although final reports are not complete, new countries represented this year include India, Cameroon, and Turkmenistan. Of the 121 students, 37 are new to the campus and include 26 degree-seeking students and 11 students enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) Program.


THE UMD BAGLEY OUTDOOR CLASSROOM HAS BEEN AWARDED LEED PLATINUM CERTIFICATION, becoming the first building in the U system to achieve the certification. The building is super-insulated and was designed to be net neutral for energy consumption. The nearly 2,000 square foot Bagley Classroom was designed by internationally noted Duluth architect, David Salmela, and was built largely by UMD facilities management staff. It is the fourth LEED certified building on the UMD campus. For more information, see platinum green.

THE FOOTBALL COACH OF THE YEAR CONTEST, sponsored by Liberty Mutual, recognizes coaching excellence both on and off the field. UMD football coach Bob Nielson will be a favorite again this season. The contest will award four coaches $50,000 for charity and $20,000 for their alumni associations. An additional $10,000 prize will be awarded to the alumni association that rallies the most votes for their coach. The contest begins Sept. 14. Voters may cast a ballot each day through Dec. 4. Vote at coach of the year.

THE UMD GEOGRAPHY INFORMATION SCIENCE (GIS) PROGRAM IS EXPANDING. This fall, a GIS minor and GIS certificate will be offered. Five new courses were created to round out a strong curriculum in geospatial technologies. The program builds on the core by exploring both traditional and novel methods for geo-visualization. For more information, email department chair Olaf Kuhlke or call 218-726-6300.


THE 26TH ANNUAL O. TRUMAN DRIGGS DISTINGUISHED LECTURE, "Hippies in the 1960s," will be given by W.J. Rorabaugh, professor of history at the University of Washington. Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Driggs Lecture complements the yearlong 2010 Celebration recognizing UMM's opening in September 1960. For more information, see Driggs lecture.

CAMPUS POLICE LIEUTENANT JENNIFER LUND was named this year’s recipient of the Outstanding Ally Award by the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The organization is committed to ending sexual violence in Minnesota. For more information, see Lund.

"STOKED: FIVE ARTISTS OF FIRE AND CLAY" is a nationally touring art exhibit featuring the work of Kevin Flicker ’74, ceramics instructor, and two former students, Samuel Johnson ’96 and Anne Meyer ’04, with noted ceramicist Richard Bresnahan. All three studied under Bresnahan as apprentices. The show is on exhibit at the Alice R. Rogers and Target Galleries on the Saint John's University campus in Collegeville. For more information, see artists.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF THEATRE SIOBHAN BREMER will direct Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire, at The Barn Theater in Willmar. Her cast and crew include Brittany Ottum ’12, stage manager, who is completing a directed study with Bremer, and PSEO student James Aronson who plays the role of Jason. For more information, see theatre.


THE BOARD OF REGENTS heard a presentation by UMR Chancellor Lehmkuhle on the Rochester Downtown Master Plan. The 20-year plan is designed to accommodate the growth requirements of a permanent UMR campus, the Mayo Clinic's growth expectations, and the needs of the community and visitors to the community. For more information, see the Post-Bulletin.

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 a review (via a sneak preview) of an exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Women's Center, and previews ranging from gubernatorial forums to apples and pumpkins at the Landscape Arboretum, 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.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: DOUGHNUTS WITH COPS. University Police Chief Greg Hestness and the University of Minnesota Police Department will serve doughnuts and coffee to the University community as part of Fall Campus Safety Awareness Week, Sept. 20-24. Find them Sept. 21 in front of Coffman; Sept. 22 in front of the Transportation and Safety Building; and Sept. 23 at the St. Paul Student Center. Additional events include residence hall safety activities and a campus safety pledge. 

THE 1602 RICCI MAP, KNOWN AS "THE IMPOSSIBLE BLACK TULIP," will go on display beginning Sept. 15, Anderson Gallery, Wilson Library. The map was created by Jesuit Matteo Ricci and Mandarin Zhong Wentao and is the oldest surviving Chinese map to depict the Americas. The James Ford Bell Trust purchased the map last fall. A special event, featuring professor of Ming history Ann Waltner, will formally launch the exhibit on Sept. 23, 7 p.m. Reservations are required at Ricci Map. For more information, see Ricci exhibit or call 612-624-1528.

THE BELL MUSEUM LAUNCHES A NEW MONTHLY FILM SERIES highlighting the quirky side of science and pop culture, Sept. 16. Through provocative subjects and unconventional narrative, the film series aims to spark curiosity and conversation about scientific discovery, human-animal interactions, and environmental challenges. Films have been selected for topical appeal, as well as artistic value. For more information, see Bell film night.

SYMPOSIUM: "Making, Selling, Buying, and Using: Emerging Issues in Product Design" will take place Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Day program: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Digital Technology Center, Walter Library; Evening program: 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Campus Club. For more information, see design.

FINDING AND SUPPORTING HEALTHCARE IN THE CONGO: FIELD NOTES FROM THE RESPOND TEAM. U public health experts Cheryl Robertson (School of Nursing) and John Deen (College of Veterinary Medicine) host an open dialogue about their recent experience in Africa’s Congo Basin. Sept. 23, 10-11:30 a.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium. For more information, see Congo field notes.

THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S STUDY SPEAKERS' SERIES will present "Multicultural Storytelling: A New Process for Community Engagement," Sept. 23, 3-4:30 p.m., and "Risk and Resilience in Homeless and Highly Mobile Children," Oct. 5, 3-4 p.m., Wilder Center, St. Paul. A brief presentation about the National Children's Study and plans for the Ramsey County location will follow each talk. Free and open to the public. For reservations, email Laurie Ukestad. For more information, see speaker series.

NATIONAL PRESS CLUB PRESIDENT AND U ALUM Alan Bjerga will discuss "Power and the Press: Covering Washington in the Obama Era," Sept. 28, 4 p.m., conference center, Murphy Hall. Free and open to the public. For more information, see press club.

THE OFFICE FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS IS SEEKING FACULTY AND STAFF TO SERVE AS MEMBERS of the 2011-12 Administrative Units and Student Organizations Student Services Fees Committees. These committees play a vital role in determining how Student Services Fees are allocated. The committees begin training in November and conduct their work from late January through March/April. Committee work may occur during evenings and weekends. For more information, see student service fees or email Megan Sweet by Oct. 1.

THE RAPTOR CENTER'S DUKE LECTURE will feature researchers David Mech and Mark Martell. Martell and Mech will discuss their research with wolves, ospreys, and bald and golden eagles in "Tracking Apex Predators." A reception will follow with an opportunity to meet some of the center's educational birds. Oct. 1, 4 p.m, 215 Ben Pomeroy Student Alumni Learning Center, St. Paul. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Raptor Center lecture.

THE WOMEN'S COUNCIL'S THIRD ANNUAL P&A WOMEN'S FALL RECEPTION will feature guest speaker Susan Hagstrum, spouse of President Bruininks. Oct. 6, 3:30-5 p.m., Eastcliff. RSVP to Stacia Madsen. For more information, see Women's Council.

MINNESOTA NANOTECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE: The sixth annual conference will offer discussions on nano materials, characterization, devices, energy, and medicine. The Nanofabrication Center will also offer introductory seminars. Oct. 7-8, Radisson University Hotel. A reception and poster session will be held the evening of Oct. 7. For registration and more information, see Nano conference.

A SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS ON CAMPUS WORKSHOP will be conducted by Ted Bonar of the Center for Deployment Psychology. The daylong training opportunity is hosted by the Office for Student Affairs, University Counseling and Consulting Services, and Boynton Health Services/Mental Health Clinic. A morning program (8:30 a.m.-noon) is targeted at all faculty, staff, and students who work with veterans. An afternoon program (1-5 p.m.) is directed at campus mental health professionals. Free. Oct. 7, St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave St. Paul. Enrollment is limited to 100. For registration and more information, email Lizzy Baker-Myhre.

RETURNED PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS are planning a student group, social events, and volunteer projects. Those who are, or know, returned volunteers are invited to email Peace Corps, or call 612-626-5311.

THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT U STAFF BOWLING LEAGUE is looking for two or more teams as well as individual bowlers to join existing teams. Current and retired staff are welcome. Season starts in early September and runs through mid-April at Midway Pro Bowl, Snelling and University Avenues, St. Paul. For more information, see U bowling, email Scott Murdoch, or call 612-625-0745.

SAVE THE DATE: “Carlson on Sustainability" will feature top business leaders, academics, and policy makers from around the world discussing the role of marketing in fostering the adoption of sustainable products and practices. Presented by the Institute for Research in Marketing in collaboration with the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Institute on the Environment. Oct. 20-22. For registration and more information, see marketing.

MORE EVENTS include U of M Open House at the Southern Research and Outreach Center (Sept. 16); "Telling Scientific Lives and the Return of Biography" (Sept. 17); Gopher Football vs. USC (Sept. 18). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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

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