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Vol. XLIII No. 2; January 16, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--U of M exceeds legislative performance goals.
--State Relations Update.
--Features: Legacy of a dream.
--People: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Kate Knuth to a two-year term as a citizen member of the state's Environmental Quality Board; and more.

University News and Events
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THE U OF M HAS EXCEEDED PERFORMANCE GOALS SET BY THE LEGISLATURE in 2011, earning more than $4.8 million (or one percent) in state funding that was held back from its appropriation pending the achievement of at least three of the five goals. While the University was required to meet three of the measures, it exceeded all five. The goals mandated by legislation required the U to increase institutionally-provided financial aid to students; degrees awarded; Twin Cities campus undergraduate graduation rates; research and development expenditures; and sponsored expenditures funded by business and industry. For more information, see performance goals.

STATE RELATIONS UPDATE: On Jan. 8, both the Minnesota House and Senate convened for the 88th legislative session. On Jan. 7, two members of the House, Rep. Terry Morrow (DFL–St. Peter) and Rep. Steve Gottwalt (R–St. Cloud), resigned from the legislature after accepting job opportunities. Representative Morrow's resignation leaves vacant the vice chair position of the House Higher Education Finance and Policy Committee. In other news, President Kaler held a press briefing Jan. 11 at the Capitol to discuss the U's 2014–15 biennial budget request. He also responded to concerns that have recently appeared in the press regarding administrative costs, clarifying misinformation about data that was used by media and giving examples of how the U has reduced costs and become more efficient. For more information, see State Relations.


FEATURE: Innovative scholarships combined with tested federal TRiO programs are helping first-generation college students like Philip Binns close the achievement gap. Binns earned an "I Have a Dream" scholarship, which was created as an incentive for low-income Minnesota kids to graduate from high school and then college. A series of innovative efforts that began with the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964, TRiO programs continue to address social and cultural barriers to education. For more information, read "Legacy of a dream."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has appointed Institute on the Environment Boreas Leadership Program director and former state legislator Kate Knuth to a two-year term as a citizen member of the state's Environmental Quality Board; Joachim Savelsberg was honored with the 2012 Freda Adler Distinguished Scholar Award by the American Society of Criminology; U in the news includes highlights of Today's News, which features U faculty and staff cited in the media daily. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

REGISTRATION FOR THE FOCUSING ON THE FIRST YEAR CONFERENCE will close Jan. 18. The biennial conference hosted on the Twin Cities campus Feb. 13 is a forum for faculty and staff to strategize and discuss academic and student development issues related to first-year students. Jennifer Keup, director of the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, will be the keynote speaker. The topic of her presentation is "Peer Leadership in Higher Education: Learning From National Data." For registration and more information, see First Year Conference.

Awards and funding opportunities

APPLICATIONS FOR INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY (IAS) 2013–14 Research and Creative Collaboratives are due Jan. 31. The collaboratives promote interdisciplinary activity that transcends departmental divisions. IAS seeks participation from all colleges, schools, and campuses at the University and encourages graduate student participation. Collaboratives may be convened by faculty, students, or staff, but should show evidence of faculty participation. The maximum award amount is $12,000, but proposals for smaller amounts are encouraged. For more information and application instructions, see IAS collaboratives.

THE GRANT-IN-AID OF RESEARCH, ARTISTRY, AND SCHOLARSHIP spring 2013 application deadline is Feb. 11. Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), GIA funds are awarded to support independent faculty research or artistic endeavors. For more information, see OVPR funding.

DISTINGUISHED McKNIGHT UNIVERSITY PROFESSORSHIP AWARDS recognize outstanding faculty members who have recently achieved full professor status. The nomination deadline for 2013 awards is Feb. 22. For nomination information, see 2013 awards. For more information about the award and recent recipients, see McKnight. For additional information, email Chris Bremer or call 612-625-6176.


2013 LOCAL FOODS COLLEGE will begin Jan. 22 and continue on Tuesday evenings through mid-March. The eight-session series is designed to help farmers increase the capacity of farm operations by building production, business, and marketing skills. The series will be available via webinar at locations throughout northern and central Minnesota, and via personal computer. For more information, see Local Foods.

ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS have been signed with Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead and Anoka Technical College in Anoka. The agreements make bachelor of science degree options at UMC available to students both online and onsite. For more information, see agreements.


UMD CIVIL ENGINEERING CAREER FAIR takes place Jan. 28–29. The event gives students the opportunity to meet with companies engaged in all aspects of civil engineering design, including environmental, geotechnical, land development, structural, transportation, and water resources; and to learn about career employment and summer internships. For more information, see Career Fair.

MAKE YOUR MARK: ANGELS FOR A CAUSE will raise money for clean water in Ethiopia and attempt to break the Guinness World Record for making snow angels (the current record is 8,963). Students, faculty, and staff will join Duluth Rotarians and others for the event Feb. 9, UMD campus. For more information, see Snow Angels.


MATT LITTLE '07 began a two-year appointment as the newest mayor of Lakeville, MN, on Jan. 7. Administering the oath of office was Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea '83. At 28, Little is the youngest mayor in Lakeville's history. He credits his political success to his undergraduate experience at UMM as well as his awareness of ties between the University and local community. For more information, see Mayor Matt Little.

THE 26TH SEASON OF PRAIRIE YARD AND GARDEN begins Jan. 17. The television series is produced in association with Pioneer Public Television by UMM's Roger Boleman, director, and Michael Cihak, assistant director of marketing communication and design in Instructional and Media Technologies. Larry Zilliox, former U of M Extension educator, hosts the popular program—one of Minnesota's top resources for gardening information. For more information, see Prairie Yard and Garden.

THE OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND THE OFFICE OF EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INTERCULTURAL PROGRAMS invite members of the campus and greater community to participate in the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 21. The vision for the day is to bring together faculty, staff, community members, and students to reflect on the life of Dr. King while serving the Morris community. For more information, see MLK Day of Service.


THE UMR CONNECTS THEME for the month of February is "Ethics, Morality, and Ethical Dilemmas," with the first event taking place Feb. 5. Supporting the University's overall mission of public engagement and outreach, UMR CONNECTS is a free weekly series connecting the Rochester community and visitors to speakers and panels on a variety of engaging topics. For more information, see UMR CONNECTS.


Administrative information

PRESIDENT KALER IS SEEKING NOMINATIONS for a Faculty Athletics Representative who will serve as one of two delegates to the NCAA, Big 10, and Western Collegiate Hockey Association representing the UMTC campus on athletic issues that affect the institution. Learn more about the selection process and responsibilities (PDF), and about the qualities sought in a representative (PDF). To apply, send a letter stating the nominee's qualifications and interest along with a résumé (self-nominations will be accepted). Nominations are due Jan. 25 to Liz Eull, deputy chief of staff, Office of the President, 202 Morrill Hall, or via email at

U LIBRARIES IS OFFERING FREE WORKSHOPS to give faculty, staff, and students a jump on the semester. Topics include Tools for Organizing Your PDFs; Zotero: Basics; Mendeley: Get Organized; Google: Advanced Searching; and more. For a complete list, see Workshops.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE ANNUAL FEAST OF WORDS DINNER will feature emeritus professor of history Ted Farmer. Farmer will present "Chinese Whispers: When Words are Dangerous," Jan. 24, 5 p.m., Campus Club. For more information, see Feast of Words.

THE DISTINGUISHED VISITING SCHOLAR SERIES ON HEALTH DISPARITIES RESEARCH continues with scholar Jeffrey Henderson in "The Curious Case of Cancer: Profound Geographic Variation in American Indian/Alaska Native Cancer Incidence, and Lessons to be Learned," Jan. 30, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Mayo Auditorium. Henderson is the founder, president, and CEO of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health in Rapid City, SD. For more information, see Visiting Scholar Series.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR MINI MEDICAL SCHOOL's winter programming, "Through the Ages," about health issues throughout life, from pregnancy and infancy to regenerative medicine and long-term care. Mini Medical School takes place Mondays, Feb. 4–March 4. Cost: $65 for faculty, staff, and students. For more information, see Mini Medical School.

THE RHETORIC OF CERTAINTY: Art and policy intersect as the Minnesota Opera and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs convene a public conversation inspired by the world premiere of Doubt. Librettist John Patrick Shanley and other distinguished panelists will explore the rhetoric and political implications of certainty and the natural human aversion to doubt, particularly in the context of the opera's setting (Vatican II and the Civil Rights movement) and the war in Iraq—the event that provided the playwright with his inspiration. Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Rarig Center. Free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required.

MORE EVENTS include Technically Speaking—Leading with Emotional Intelligence (Jan. 17); Carlson MBA Webinar—Part-Time Program (Jan. 18); Soil Saturday: Playing with Sand (Jan. 19); Martin Luther King Jr. Tribute (Jan. 20); The House We Built: Feminist Art Then and Now (Jan. 22); 2013 Legislative Briefing (Jan. 23); SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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