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Vol. XLI No. 32; Oct. 19, 2011
Editor: Adam Overland,

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents October meeting summary.
--Features: Hope for a hungry planet; This Week @Minnesota; U of M Moment.
--People: Roger Caspers will receive the Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award from the Alumni Association; and more.

University News and Events
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BOARD OF REGENTS MEETING SUMMARY: The Board of Regents approved President Eric Kaler's recommended 2012 state capital budget request during its Oct. 14 meeting. The capital request asks for $169.4 million in state bonds to be matched by $39.7 million in University bonds, including $90 million in HEAPR (Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement) funding. The board also approved Karen Hanson as the next provost. For more information, read the meeting summary.


FEATURE: Agriculture has already consumed nearly 40 percent of the world's land and still a billion people—one-seventh of the world's population—suffer chronic hunger. With more than 2 billion more on the way by 2050, rising demands for biofuels and a meat-rich diet, and virtually no arable land left, our planet faces an unprecedented challenge, according to a U-led research team's analysis in the current issue of the journal Nature. For more information, read "Hope for a hungry planet."

THIS WEEK @MINNESOTA: Oct. 10-14. This installment of the weekly video feature from the U's News Service talks to the Juggling Club as they practice on Northrop Mall, witnesses the ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Physics and Nanotechnology Building, and learns about wearing pink at this Saturday's volleyball game in support of breast cancer awareness. For more information, watch "This Week @Minnesota."

U OF M MOMENT: The U of M's Tucker Center for Girls and Women in Sport, in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television, has produced a groundbreaking documentary, Concussions and Female Athletes. Nicole LaVoi, the Tucker Center's associate director, says the issue is of rising concern. Diane Wiese-Bjornstal, an associate professor in the U's School of Kinesiology, says concussions need to be taken very seriously and proper recovery is key. For more information, listen to the U of M Moment.

Awards, appointments, and other announcements
PEOPLE: Roger Caspers will receive the Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award from the Alumni Association; fourteen individuals will receive the 2011 Alumni Service Award at the at the 2011 Alumni Awards Celebration; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

THE 2011 DRIVEN TO DISCOVER MARKETING CAMPAIGN launched the week of Oct. 17 with a focus on the value and distinctiveness of the student experience at the U. The messages showcase how a student's passion can become their profession as they expand their knowledge and hone their skills on their journey of discovery. Television ads featuring student stories showcasing bee research and the dance program will appear on local stations. In addition, the campaign will feature airport baggage carousel displays at MSP, a first-ever for the airport. Other tactics include floor clings and scoreboard displays at TCF Bank Stadium, home page stories, and social media activities. For more information, see Driven to Discover.

THE U HAS JOINED WITH 32 OTHER LEADING INSTITUTIONS to launch the Billion Dollar Green Challenge. The goal is to invest a cumulative total of $1 billion in self-managed green revolving funds that finance energy efficiency upgrades on campus. The challenge is inspired by the exceptional performance of existing green revolving funds. The U established a revolving fund, the Energy Conservation Internal Loan Program, in 1998, and the Board of Regents adopted a policy on sustainability and energy efficiency in 2004. For more information, see Green Challenge.

THE CIVIL SERVICE SENATE will meet Oct. 24, 2:30–4 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower. The agenda includes discussion with Kathy Brown, vice president for human resources, and an overview of the Civil Service Employment Rules. The meeting is open to the public. For more information and coordinate campus ITV locations, see the agenda.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Addressing Global Challenges through International Research conference invites proposals or concept papers for panels, symposia, roundtable discussions, and poster sessions from faculty, researchers, and graduate students from across the U. The conference will highlight global research and encourage discussion on diverse global challenges, with a focus on building collaboration across disciplines, shared learning, and exploring the essentials of conducting research abroad. Proposal deadline is Nov. 11. Conference takes place Feb. 17. For more information, see proposals.

THE UPPER MIDWEST HIGHER EDUCATION RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM (UMW HERC) will hold its fall meeting on Nov. 3. Teresa Thompson of Fredrikson & Byron will lead participants in a workshop that looks at the legal implications of using social media for academic recruiting. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend. For more information, see fall meeting or email UMW HERC.


UMC'S HIGHEST HONOR, THE TORCH & SHIELD AWARD, will recognize the leadership of four individuals who have aided in the development of the Crookston campus, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), and Extension. Honorees for 2011 include Robert Nelson, registrar and institutional research director, UMC; Carol Windels, professor of plant pathology, NWROC; Li Shuming, president of Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic in Zhejiang, China; and Kathleen O'Brien, vice president of university services, UMTC. A recognition event will be held Oct. 26. For more information, see Torch & Shield.

THE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM AT UMC recently hosted an institutional evaluation visit by an assessment team representing the Minnesota Board of Teaching. The site visit was a follow-up to the Crookston campus earning initial institutional approval from the Minnesota Board of Teaching in 2007 to prepare students for state teacher licensure. For more information, see childhood education.

ENROLLMENT DATA: The number of degree-seeking students attending UMC for fall semester is at 1,600, an increase of 9.4 percent (up from 1,462) since last fall. UMC has seen an increase of 52 percent in degree-seeking students over the five-year period since 2006. For more information, see enrollment high.


FOOD, INC. DOCUMENTARY PRODUCER Robert Kenner, will speak about his film on Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Romano Gym. A question and answer session with Kenner will follow. Free and open to the public, this event will also be interpreted in American Sign Language. The event is a part of the first annual "Food Week" campus-wide initiative. For more information, see food week.

A FEDERAL MINING CLUSTER GRANT is aimed at boosting jobs and businesses in the mining industry. UMD's Center for Economic Development and Natural Resources Research Institute will receive a portion of the $1.9 million federal "Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge." For more information, see mining jobs.

A GALLERY OF SUCCESS AWARD was presented to UMD Department of Music associate professor Jean Perrault at his alma mater, Temple University. As part of the ceremony, Perrault's portrait was unveiled in the Great Court of Mitten Hall. For more information, see success award.


BOOK SALE: Oyate Hall will be filled with books for the annual Briggs Library Associates Book Sale Oct. 20–21. The event is an opportunity for people, especially students, to inexpensively build personal libraries. The sale includes a special donation of books from the late Tom McRoberts '68 and his family. McRoberts served as director of Continuing Education, the Center for Small Towns, and the Study Abroad Program. For more information, see book sale.

THE WORKS OF FRENCH PLAYWRIGHT AND ACTOR Molière will be performed in Molière Than Thou by actor Timothy Mooney, Oct. 21. The free performance, sponsored by the student French club, Entre Nous, is a one-man "parade" of some of the best-loved plays of France. For more information, see plays of France.

CINDERELLA will be performed by the Continental Ballet Company, to music by Rossini. Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. For more information, see Cinderella.

"FROM PHYSICS ON THE PRAIRIE TO THE PRACTICE OF PATENT LAW" will be presented by Jennifer M.K. Rogers, the 2011–12 Visiting Latterell Alumna. A physics and math major, Rogers is a patent attorney with Shumaker & Sieffert and active with the American Intellectual Property Law Association. Oct. 25. For more information, see alumna lecture.


THE U OF M NURSING COLLEGE BOARD WILL HOST A FUNDRAISER for the American Cancer Society Oct. 29. "Mummy Miles" is a three-mile costume extravaganza run, taking place at Soldier's Field. For registration and more information, see Mummy Miles.

AUTHOR AND UMR FACULTY MEMBER YUKO TANIGUCHI will speak at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) general meeting Oct. 19. For more information, see AAUW meeting.


Administrative information

TESTING OF UMTC'S NEW CAMPUS WIDE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM will begin Oct. 24, starting at 8 a.m. and ending no later than 6 p.m. Testing will continue through Oct. 27. Each siren will start with an audible alert tone and sound for 30 seconds, followed by the message "Attention! This is a test of the University of Minnesota Campus-Wide Emergency Alert System. This is only a test." For more information, see alert system test.

U OF M GUEST HOUSING is available for departments hosting visiting faculty members for a few months, including fully furnished rental units. Housing & Residential Life offers three fully furnished two-bedroom guest rental units at Pillsbury Court, a faculty and staff housing facility located in the Dinkytown area. For more information, see guest housing.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

HOMECOMING PARADE AND PEP FEST will take place Oct. 21, 7 p.m. The parade, featuring more than 80 entries, will travel down University Avenue. Pep Fest follows immediately afterward at TCF Bank Stadium, with a performance by hip-hop group Atmosphere. Pep Fest is a ticketed event. Event attendees are encouraged to park at the Oak Street Parking Ramp. The quickest way to access campus and the Oak Street Ramp will be to exit I-94 at Huron Avenue and follow directional signage to the ramp. For more information, see

THE CAMPUS CLUB welcomes nonmembers during Homecoming on Oct. 22 to enjoy pre-game hospitality. Reservations are required. For more information, see Campus Club.

2011–12 NORTHROP DANCE SEASON OPENER presents the Scottish Ballet, with two intense and celebrated works by master choreographers: Song of the Earth by Sir Kenneth MacMillan; and Kings 2 Ends, by Jorma Elo. Oct. 22, 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre. $20 faculty and staff or $10 student rush tickets are available the day of the show at the Orpheum box office. For more information, see Northrop.

A SUSTAINABILITY SYMPOSIUM will feature the work of undergraduates, graduate and professional students, and post-docs representing nine colleges around campus. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to stop by to learn about sustainability related research going on across the U. Oct. 26, 2:30–6 p.m., R350 Learning & Environmental Sciences. Free, but registration is requested. For more information, see symposium.

CURA HOUSING FORUM: "Girls in the 'Hood: Understanding How Place Matters for Kids," will examine the effects of the federal Moving to Opportunity Demonstration, which offered vouchers to families from distressed public housing in five cities to help them move to low poverty communities. Oct. 31, noon–1:30 p.m., 50 Willey Hall. For registration and more information, see housing forum.

THE SCHOCHET ENDOWMENT FOR GLBT STUDIES AND CAMPUS LIFE will present the ninth Spear Lecture in Public Policy featuring an interfaith panel discussion on same-gender marriage and social movements. Panelists from three faith perspectives will explore theological underpinnings regarding marriage and same-gender marriage. Nov. 1, 7–9 p.m. Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Reception to follow. For more information, see Spear Lecture.

THE INSTITUTE FOR MATHEMATICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS will sponsor "Cryptography: Secrets and Lies, Knowledge and Trust," a lecture about some of the mathematical and computational ideas, definitions, and assumptions that underlie privacy and security of the Internet and electronic commerce, featuring Avi Wigderson of Princeton. Nov. 3, 7 p.m., 175 Wiley Hall. For more information, see mathematics lecture.

A MEDITATION CLUB offers student-led meditation and brief yoga and qigong exercises weekly, and is open to faculty, staff, and students. The club has no religious affiliation. Thursdays, 12:15–1:15 p.m., Law School, subplaza level near Wiley Hall. For more information, see meditation.

MORE EVENTS include Helping Forests Thrive in the Face of Global Change (Oct. 19); UMCF Strategy Circle: Promoting Strategies on a Budget: Internal PR (Oct. 20); Celebrating University Women Awards & Recognition Event (Oct. 21); Encore Transitions: Pathways to Post-Career Life (Oct. 22); Restoring Resilience: Blending Science and Wisdom to Sustain a Healthy Mind, Mood and Heart with Henry Emmons (Oct. 25); Wind Energy Research Station Public Commissioning Event (Oct. 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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