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Vol. XLIII No. 32; October 16, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting highlights.
--Features: New weapon against killer of baby pigs; MN-IP licensing.
--People: The NIH has recognized Associate Professor Demetris Yannopoulos with a Transformative Research Award, and Assistant Professor Anna Tischler with the New Innovator award; and more.

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AT ITS OCTOBER MEETING, THE BOARD OF REGENTS approved the U of M 2014 Capital Request to the state legislature. The $290 million request ($66 million from University funds) includes numerous projects connected to serving the science fields, which will help the University comply with one of the performance metrics within the 2013 omnibus higher education bill. The board also examined forward-thinking space utilization strategies, and formally approved the 2013 University accountability report. For more information, see the news release.


FEATURE: Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) has recently entered the Western Hemisphere and struck swine herds in at least 17 states, including a handful of cases in Minnesota. But because PEDv may masquerade as a more benign pathogen, there's a need for a quick and definitive test. Just 12 weeks after being asked to help, a team at the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has unveiled a rapid, reliable, and inexpensive test. For more information, read "New weapon against killer of baby pigs."

FEATURE: MN-IP, or Minnesota Innovation Partnerships, is a U of M program launched in 2011 to provide more security and flexibility to companies interested in sponsoring research at the U. In the first MN-IP sponsored research agreement to be finalized, an interdisciplinary research team in the College of Science and Engineering has partnered with Adama Materials to create reinforced plastics used to make a broad variety of high-performance products. For more information, read MN-IP licensing.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The NIH has recognized Associate Professor Demetris Yannopoulos with a Transformative Research Award, and Assistant Professor Anna Tischler with the New Innovator award; the Bentson Foundation has donated $10 million to the School of Nursing's Doctor of Nursing Practice program; Gillian Roehrig, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, has been selected for the Association for Science Teacher Education 2013 Award II - Outstanding Mentor of the Year; Suzi Pyawasay of CBS Student Services has won the Minnesota Personnel Association's Voice of Inclusion Award; alumnus Lars Peter Hansen and former Department of Economics faculty member Robert Shiller have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Economics; 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

AN EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT SURVEY was sent to benefits-eligible faculty and staff systemwide via email on Oct. 14 from the Hay Group, the external vendor administering the confidential survey. Completion of the survey will help the U to fulfill its research and teaching mission by using feedback to create a workplace in which people thrive. Complete the Employee Engagement (E2) Survey by Nov. 1. Results will be shared in early 2014 and will guide action plans developed by campus leaders.

TOWN HALLS ON THE HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (HRMS) UPGRADE portion of the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP) will be held to solicit feedback and share information regarding coming changes and new functionality. Interested faculty and staff are invited to attend one of three upcoming HRMS upgrade sessions: Oct. 31, 3-4 p.m., 166 Tate Lab; Nov. 7, 3-4 p.m., 2-206 Carlson; and Nov. 14, 3-4 p.m., 415 Alderman Hall. Attend in person or online via UMConnect. RSVP via ULearn. For more information, see HRMS and ESUP.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT'S COMMONS MEETING AND ART SPACE will celebrate the opening of its newest exhibit, Tales of Environmental Turbulence: the Common Trails of Art and Science, Oct. 17, 4:15 p.m., R350 Learning and Environmental Sciences building. The Commons Meeting and Art Space is designed to highlight the intersection of science and the arts.


ENROLLMENT AT UMC FOR FALL 2013 HAS AGAIN SURPASSED PREVIOUS RECORD LEVELS. The highest enrollment in the history of UMC now stands at 1,813 degree-seeking undergraduates, exceeding fall 2012's record of 1,802 and continuing a seven-year growth trend. For more information, see record enrollment.

FALL SEMESTER CONVOCATION will be held Oct. 17,12:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium. Crookston Student Association President Alexmai Addo will serve as emcee. The keynote speaker will be Bill Peterson, professor and department head for the Math, Science and Technology Department. For more information, see convocation.

ANYTIME FITNESS cofounder and CEO Chuck Runyon will speak about the four phases of being an entrepreneur Oct. 22, noon, Bede Ballroom. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies. For more information, see Anytime Fitness lecture.

PRAIRIE GROUSE CONSERVATIONISTS from across the U.S. and Canada gathered at UMC Oct. 10-12 to share knowledge and appreciation of prairie grouse populations.


UMD IS CONDUCTING A COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAM PRIORITIZATION INITIATIVE of its services, programs, and courses to review how each area is aligned with UMD's mission and strategic plan. The initiative's goal is to ensure that UMD manages and allocates its resources to their fullest potential and in ways that meet the needs of students and the community. For more information, see prioritization initiative.

THE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION AND HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONS (CEHSP) honors its first group of distinguished alumni: Angela Burda, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Rick Smith, Dept. of Education; Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, Dept. of Psychology and Dept. of Social Work; and Paul Vesterstein, Dept. of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. For more information, see Distinguished Alumni.

THE OPERETTA DIE FLEDERMAUS, a comic story of seduction, revenge, and mistaken identity, set to music by Johann Strauss II, will take place Oct. 17-20, Marshall Performing Arts Center. The production is directed by instructor Alice Pierce and conducted by associate professor Jean Perrault. For more information, see Die Fledermaus.

AMBER-DAWN BEAR ROBE, guest curator of the Tweed Museum exhibit "Blood Memoirs: Exploring Individuality, Memory and Culture through Portraiture," will present a lecture Oct. 22, 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. The lecture is part of the Visual Culture Lecture Series. A reception will follow at the Tweed. In conjunction with the exhibit, internationally known filmmaker Chris Eyre will present his film Skins Oct. 23, 6-8 p.m., 70 Montague Hall. For more information, see "Blood Memoirs."


FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS, UMM'S ART GALLERY went without a formal name. Earlier this year the campus community unanimously elected to name the space after Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison, the donors who made its recent renovations and endowment possible. A dedication of the renovated gallery was held Oct. 12. For more information, see Morrisons' Generosity.

THE NEXT GENERATION ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS received the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Student Sustainability Leadership Award. The collaboration, featuring students from UMM and UMTC campuses, was lauded for work that culminated in Governor Dayton's 2013 Environmental Congress. For more information, see Sustainability Leadership Award.

TIM SHEEHAN '16 AND OTHER STUDENTS FROM UMM'S MINNESOTA PUBLIC INTEREST RESEARCH GROUP CHAPTER recently organized a public environmental forum with arctic explorer Will Steger and Fresh Energy's J. Drake Hamilton. Hosted by Clean Up the River Environment, the forum included presentations by Steger, Hamilton, and others.

THIS FALL TRIPLETS CLARA '17, MARYANNA '17, AND ANDREW KROSKA '17, ST. JOSEPH, came to call UMM home. Though they chose the campus for a variety of reasons, the siblings can now support each other while following their own paths. For more information, see Kroska Triplets.


UMR HAS HIRED A DIRECTOR OF ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT, tasked with leading and managing UMR's undergraduate enrollment efforts as the campus continues to grow. Karen Reilly joined UMR in late September and brings years of experience in higher education, most recently as the executive director of enrollment services at North Dakota State College of Science. For more information, see enrollment management.


Administrative information

COOLING-TO-HEATING TRANSITION SCHEDULES: With colder weather on the horizon, Facilities Management (FM) has begun transitioning buildings from cooling to heating, a process that takes several weeks. Some spaces may experience uncomfortable temperatures for a limited time. Contact the FM call center at 4-2900 if you experience uncomfortable temperatures in your space. For transition schedules and more information, see heating transition.

DONATE TO THE 2013 COMMUNITY FUND DRIVE TODAY at The fund drive continues through Oct. 31.

Award and funding opportunities

INSTRUCTORS ARE INVITED TO A TEACH ABROAD INFORMATION SESSION to learn about options to lead a group of students abroad in 2014-15. Oct. 25, 9-10 a.m., 289 Humphrey School. For more information about program models and proposal deadlines, see Teaching Courses Abroad or email Sarah Tschida.

NOMINATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY SERVICES STAR PERFORMER AWARDS are due Nov. 4. The awards honor those individuals or work teams who represent University Services values of excellence, integrity, accountability, and stewardship, and who go above and beyond to provide great service to the University community. For more information and a 2012 nomination form, see Star Performers.

THE CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY CONSORTIUM'S SCHOLARS PROGRAM application deadline has been extended to Nov. 4. For an application and more information, see CYFC Scholars.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

AN UPDATE FROM WASHINGTON with renowned political scientist, author, and current scholar at the American Enterprise Institute Norm Ornstein will take place Oct. 17, noon, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Described as Washington's "smartest political polymath," Ornstein will give insight into the dysfunction in Congress and other important developments at the nation's Capitol. For more information, see Update from Washington.

THE NEXT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY (IAS) THURSDAYS AT FOUR DISCUSSION, "The New Northrop," will explore the past and future of Northrop Auditorium with the architects of its renovation in conversation with University Relations, Northrop directors, and the IAS. Oct. 17, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte.

CENTER FOR BIOETHICS SEMINAR, "Re-engineering Ethics: The need for ethical innovation at the convergence of engineering and the life sciences," will take place Oct. 18, 12:15-1:30 p.m., 2-110 Weaver Densford Hall.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC WILL PRESENT THE 2013 COLLAGE CONCERT, an annual showcase featuring more than 300 students and faculty in a concert including performances by choral, orchestral, jazz, chamber, world music and wind ensembles, as well as solo performances. Free and open to the public. Oct. 19, 7:30 p.m., Ted Mann Concert Hall. For more information, see Collage Concert.

CIRQUE DE-STRESS returns to Coffman Union, after a successful debut last spring, featuring Circus Mojo, practical stress management tips, mental health resources, and therapy animals. Oct. 22, 9:30 a.m., with shows on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, see Cirque De-Stress.

IN CELEBRATION OF OPEN ACCESS WEEK, U LIBRARIES will host the presentation "The Ethic of Openness," by David Wiley. Oct. 22, 2:30-4 p.m., Coffman Theatre. The event encourages the academic community to come together to share and learn about open scholarship initiatives both locally and worldwide. Free and open to the public. For more information, see Open Access.

THE EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP FORUM, hosted annually by the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, will focus on the role of educational leaders in serving Hmong students and communities. A panel discussion will be held Oct. 22, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Campus Club, Coffman Union. Free. For more information, see Educational Leadership Forum.

A FOUR-PART SPEAKER SERIES ON ESSENTIAL LEADERSHIP LEARNING will be presented by the Urban Leadership Academy. The series will help school leaders to create instructional cultures where teachers continuously improve classroom practices. The first workshop will take place Oct. 23. Faculty, staff, and students receive a discounted rate of $75/workshop. For more information, see Essential Leadership.

U OF M LAW REVIEW ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM "The Future of Organized Labor: Labor Law in the 21st Century" will feature keynote addresses and panels with professors and practitioners from across the country, representing both the management and labor sides of the debate. Oct. 25, 8:15 a.m.-4 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. For more information, see Law Review symposium.

SCREENINGS OF THE ACCESS PRESS DOCUMENTARY THE REAL STORY will be hosted by the Disabled Student Cultural Center and Disability Services. The documentary explores the evolution of and biases in media coverage of disability issues in Minnesota and nationwide. Screenings are free and open to the public, with a panel discussion to follow. Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center; and Nov. 4, 5 p.m., Coffman Union. For disability accommodation, email Linda Wolford.

MORE EVENTS include Frontiers in the Environment (Oct. 16); UROC Community Day 2013 (Oct. 17); From Telex to Twitter: 30 years as a foreign correspondent (Oct. 18); The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Oct. 19); U-Spatial Symposium (Oct. 21); Regis Center 10th Anniversary: Faculty, Staff, Alumni Exhibitions (Oct. 22). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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