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Vol. XL No. 30; October 6, 2010
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents will meet Oct. 7-8.
--Features: A smarter way of looking at power; True Colors.
--Brief monthly top three.
--People: Alum and women's sports pioneer Linda Wells was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award; and more.

Campus Announcements and Events
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THE BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET OCT. 7-8. The Regents will tour two new University building projects—the Amplatz Children’s Hospital and the Science Teaching and Student Services Building. In addition, President Bruininks will present his recommended state biennial budget request for 2012-13, which the board will act on at its November meeting. The board will also act on the University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report. For more information and live streaming of the board meeting, see Board of Regents.

FEATURE: A smart power grid is a more intelligent way to deliver electricity. U researcher Massoud Amin is dedicated to developing a "smart grid" for electric power in the United States, which would save money and boost energy security. For more information, read "A smarter way of looking at power."

FEATURE: It's a gray day in the West Bank's Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. But while the sun is doing nothing to cast colors in a favorable light, the colors here are so vivid that they're shouting back all the same. Thanks to a grant from the U's Good Neighbor Fund and a lot of children armed with paint, the neighborhood is getting even louder. For more information, read "True Colors."

BRIEF MONTHLY TOP THREE: In case you missed them, the top three features appearing in Brief during the month of September, as measured by readership numbers, were "Life imitates art," "A map of a different color," and "The ReUse Warehouse is coming to you."

PEOPLE: Alum and women's sports pioneer Linda Wells was honored with an Outstanding Achievement Award; U in the News features U faculty cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



RESULTS OF THE FOURTH BIENNIAL PULSE SURVEY ARE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE. Thank you to everyone who completed the 2010 Pulse Survey—the response rate rose for all employee groups this year by almost 1,000 respondents, the highest response rate ever. While there were some notable shifts in employee satisfaction on a few issues, overall satisfaction indicators held relatively steady. We are confident that each employee’s unique perspective and thoughtful feedback will help to influence positive change and make the University an even better place to work. For more information, see Pulse Survey results.

GRADUATE SCHOOL POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE, appointed by the Senate Committee on Education Policy, is now reviewing and updating existing graduate education policies currently found in a variety of formats, including the Graduate School catalog and constitution. A significant effort is being made to get feedback on the proposed policies. The group's goal is to present policies to the senate at the end of spring semester 2011. Until new policies related to student processes are approved, existing policies remain in place. For more information, see review committee.

ENCORE TRANSITIONS SCHOLARSHIPS are available in a limited number from the Office of Human Resources. "Encore Transitions: Preparing for Post-Career Life," is a new program designed to help U of M employees prepare for a successful post-career life by focusing on personal, professional, and social satisfaction, as well as financial preparation. Open to faculty and staff who have at least a 75 percent time, benefits-eligible appointment and who are either 50-54 years old with 15 or more years of service, 55 years old with five or more years of service, or who have 30 years of service, regardless of age. Scholarship request forms must be received by Oct. 11. For more information, see Encore Transitions or email Encore.

SAVE THE DATE: FOCUSING ON THE FIRST YEAR CONFERENCE. Join a campus-wide discussion for faculty, staff, and administrators about academic and developmental issues related to first-year students. Keynote speaker and special guest Shane Lopez is research director and a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Clifton Strengths School. Feb. 16, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Coffman Union. For registration and information about submitting a program proposal, see First-year conference.

VOTE NOVEMBER 2, 2010. The November 2 General Election is less than a month away. Learn more about pre-registration, absentee voting, and more at the Office of the Secretary of State. To find your polling place, use the polling place finder online tool. To view the OHR policy on employee leave for voting, see voting leave.


THE NUMBER OF DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENTS AT UMC for fall semester has hit historic highs, marking a five-year trend of increasing enrollment and a third year of record enrollment. While these figures are preliminary until the Board of Regents October meeting, UMC expects to see an 11 percent increase over last year. For more information, see enrollment up.

CLASSES WILL NOT MEET DURING A FACULTY IN-SERVICE DAY OCT. 8. Topics will include learning outcomes. All faculty and interested staff are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, see faculty in-service.

THE OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS IS SPONSORING A PASSPORT DRIVE for students, faculty, staff, and the public who need to apply for passports. Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. For more information, see passport drive.

2009 UMC GRADUATE MICHAEL KNUDSON has been appointed to serve as a Minnesota GreenCorps staff member working in the area of green infrastructure and stormwater management. Knudson, a natural resources management major, will be based in the Center for Sustainability. For more information, see GreenCorps.


"ON THE GROUND: U.S. POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, AND IRAQ," will be presented by former U.S. Foreign Service officer Thomas Hanson as part of the Royal D. Alworth Jr. Institute for International Studies lecture series. Oct. 6, 7 p.m., 4th Floor Rotunda, Library. Free and open to the public. For more information, see lecture.

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR A "BUCKTHORN PULL: REMOVING EXOTIC SPECIES" event Oct. 12, 3-7 p.m., Bagley Nature Area Kiosk. Buckthorn is an invasive species that is smothering native species. Pizza, instruction, and tools will be provided. Volunteers should bring gloves, work clothes, and water. For more information, or to sign up, call 218-726-7128 or stop by the 153 Sports and Health Center.

UMD WILL HOST A FREE "HEAD OF THE LAKES JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR," open to all students and recent alumni. Students must register at the door on the day of the event. Employers will be seeking candidates for internships and full-time positions, as well as promoting their company. Oct. 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Kirby Student Center Ballroom. On-campus interviews in conjunction with the Fair will be held Oct. 13-14. For more information, see careers.

THE NINTH ANNUAL WEBER CONCERT AT WEBER MUSIC HALL will feature the UMD Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, University Singers, and Concert Chorale. All reserved seating, $15. Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. For more information, see Weber Concert.


HOMECOMING 2010, OCT. 8-10, continues UMM's 50th birthday celebration. Highlights include the traditional tailgating event and football game, the Homecoming Concert featuring alumni and current students, "Groupie Reunions," and a celebratory dinner. For more information, see homecoming.

THE RAYMOND J. LAMMERS PROSCENIUM THEATRE WILL BE DEDICATED Oct. 9. Lammers was instrumental in creating the UMM theatre and speech disciplines in the early 1960s. In the 1970s, he was involved in the design of the Humanities Fine Arts program and the creation of the theatre facilities. He founded the UMM children's theatre program. For more information, see dedication.

2010-11 BARBER LECTURE: "Flash! Photography, Writing, and Surprising Illumination” will explore the language, associations, and poetics of sudden, startling, flashes of light. Kate Flint, professor of English at Rutgers University and specialist in the areas of literature and visual culture, presents. Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts. For more information, see lecture.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HISTORY STEPHEN GROSS has been awarded a grant by the Minnesota Historical Society to support the Walden Township Historical Records Survey project, a collaboration between UMM, the Pope County Historical Society, and Walden Township. The project will create a model for identifying locally unexamined and neglected sources. For more information, see historical records grant.

A CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS community outreach project funded by the Bremer Foundation allowed student Sam Bruno the opportunity to help Wheaton, Minn., develop short- and long-term goals for its Main Street area. Faculty mentors Tom Gausman, lecturer in economics and management, advised on economic and business decisions. Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art, advised on the look and feel of the revitalized street. For more information, see revitalized Main Street.


UMR LIBRARIAN MARY BETH SANCOMB-MORAN'S BLOG "Impromptu Librarian" highlights the power of social media in schools when she helps bring a UMR professor into a high school classroom in Florida. For more information, see Impromptu Librarian.

Twin Cities:

THE U'S COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE RAISES more than a million dollars every year for Minnesota charities. The annual fund-raising effort, which runs Oct. 1-31, enables members of the campus community to pull together to raise awareness and money for hundreds of local charities. The U has teamed up with respected, well-run organizations that support social services, education, arts, the environment, and health, to make it easy for faculty and staff to give. When you pledge, you will be eligible for weekly and grand prize drawings. For more information, see fund drive 2010.

CIVIL SERVICE AND BARGAINING UNIT-WOMEN'S ACTION NETWORK (CSBU-WAN) FALL RECEPTION. All U of M Civil Service and Bargaining Unit staff are invited to attend. Cookies and refreshments will be served. Bring your own lunch. Oct. 7, noon-1 p.m., 278 McNeal Hall, St. Paul campus. CSBU-WAN provides leadership resources to improve and enrich the professional environment for CSBU women at the U. The CSBU-WAN receptions are part of Discover Exceptional Women Week. For more information, see fall reception.

DISABILITY SERVICES AND THE OFFICE FOR EQUITY AND DIVERSITY will host an inaugural "Advancing Access for Everyone" celebration. The event includes performances, an awards ceremony honoring the contributions of those who have taken extra steps to promote accessibility, and a dessert buffet. Oct. 11, 2-4 p.m. (program at 2:30), Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. For more information, see Disability Services.

COMMUNICATING AT THE U is a three-part series of training sessions designed to help U employees with essential communication principles. Sessions cover communicating across differences and conflict, identifying and interacting with stakeholders, and navigating the unique University culture. The courses are intended to be taken as a series but may be taken individually. Classes begin Oct. 12. For registration and more information, see communicating.

THE TEACHING WITH WRITING PROGRAM OFFERS A SERIES OF FREE EVENTS EACH SEMESTER to support and stimulate teachers across the University. Part-time, full-time, adjunct, and graduate student instructors from any and all disciplines are welcome. For registration and more information, see upcoming events.

GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL DAY: More than 100 graduate and professional programs from across the country will be represented at the U's Graduate and Professional School Day. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from law, business, education, health sciences, and a variety of other graduate and professional programs. The event will also feature workshops on applying to and funding graduate and professional school. Free and open to the public. Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Union. For more information, see CLA Career Services or call 612-624-7577.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC'S 10th ANNIVERSARY COLLAGE CONCERT will honor President Bruininks and his wife Susan Hagstrum for their contributions and leadership of the University of Minnesota. The concert is a non-stop showcase of all that the School of Music has to offer, including performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music, and band ensembles, as well as operatic interludes and solo performances by faculty and students. Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see concert.

REMINDER: U WOMEN OF COLOR FALL WELCOME will be Oct. 21, 9-11 a.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union. This year's event features speakers on the theme, "A New Decade of Community-Inspired Leadership," as well as presentation of the annual UWOC Tapestry Award. For more information, email UWOC.

UPCOMING SPLIT ROCK SEASONAL RETREATS INCLUDE "Triggering Town: The Transformative Power of Place," "Creative Nonfiction for Health Care Professionals," "Winter Landscape Photography," and "Reinventing Your Future." Faculty and staff who take the courses for credit can apply the Regents Scholarship to discount the cost. Retreats take place Thursday through Sunday at the Cloquet Forestry Center. For more information, see upcoming retreats or call 612-625-1976.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATIONS are being accepted until Nov. 15. This grant is for assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research, including genetic mechanisms of cancer, molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, development of novel cancer therapeutic models and translational research, cancer immunology, and immunotherapy. Funding of up to $30,000 is available for the one-year seed grant. For an application, email grant application. For more information, call Nancy Morgan at 612-625-2912.

MORE EVENTS include the final Farmers Market of the year (Oct. 6); Google: Increasing Productivity and Collaboration (Oct. 7); Extreme Heat in Cities: Notes from the Front Lines of Climate Change (Oct. 8); Studying Food: Land Grant Universities and the New Food Movement—Branden Born (Oct. 11); School of Music All-School Convocation with Keynote Speaker Paul Phoenix (Oct. 13). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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