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Vol. XLIV No. 18; May 7, 2014
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Brief publication calendar: The last regular issue of Brief for the academic term will be May 21, after which Brief moves to an approximately every-other-week schedule. Summer publication dates will be June 11 and 25, July 9 and 23, and Aug. 6 and 20. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 10.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting May 8-9.
--Features: Pregnant and imprisoned; A new kind of school; Unfair Air?
--People: The U of M has received grants to support Chinese language instruction and a consortium of Chinese arts experts; and more.

University News and Events
Top News | University-wide | Crookston | Duluth | Morris | Rochester | Twin Cities


BOARD OF REGENTS WILL MEET MAY 8-9. Regents will review President Kaler's proposed FY15 $3.6 billion budget, which freezes tuition, cuts administrative costs, and invests in key academic priorities. Regents will also take comments from community members during a May 9 public forum. Additionally, Regents will review the U's proposed FY15 capital improvement budget.


FEATURE: U researcher Rebecca Shlafer evaluates a doula program at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee and finds that, by all accounts, the emotional support and labor coaching of doulas, along with a peer support group for pregnant inmates, has had a deep impact. For more information, read "Pregnant and imprisoned."

FEATURE: The U of M's College of Education and Human Development joined forces with a community to build the I. J. Holton Intermediate School in Austin, MN, which integrates the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. For more information, read "A new kind of school."

FEATURE: A University of Minnesota study led by IonE resident fellows finds that people of color in the U.S. generally live with 38 percent more air pollution than whites. For more information, read "Unfair Air?"

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: The U of M has received grants to support Chinese language instruction and a consortium of Chinese arts experts; IonE's Natural Capital Project will add three full-time research positions: a lead scientist, an ecologist, and an economist; Mary Schoenborn and Lynn Skupeko of University Libraries were awarded the 2014 "Librarian/Media Specialists of Merit" award at the State History Day ceremony; 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 AMENDMENT TO THE FACULTY RETIREMENT PLAN regarding covered salary and the waiting period for P&A employees was approved by the Board of Regents at its February meeting. Starting May 4, faculty earnings classified as summer research and summer session instructional earnings will be included as covered salary for all nine-month faculty. Beginning June 30, the waiting period for P&A employees to enter the Faculty Retirement Plan will be eliminated. Securian will contact employees currently in the waiting period in early June.

MOODLE 2.6 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2014 COURSES. This version has an enhanced grade book and works and looks better across all devices, including desktops, tablets, and phones. Training and self-help are available. Learn more.

A NEW EMAIL MARKETING TOOL, ExactTarget, will become part of the U's email marketing solutions. The U's Messaging and Calendaring service team is exploring the full capabilities of the tool and developing training in preparation for the rollout. Lyris will be retired once the rollout is complete. For more information, see email solutions.

ESUP UPDATE: Data quality is critical to the Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program (ESUP), which is why collegiate and administrative units are working with the HRMS upgrade team to fix inaccurate or incomplete data and align all the U's HR data with the new system and processes. The benefits of data cleanup will extend well beyond the upgrade, enabling automated workflows, improved reporting, and more targeted communication over the long term.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events


CLASS OF 2014 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES will take place May 10, 2 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium, with a reception for all online graduates at 9 a.m. and a pre-ceremony reception for all graduates at 11 a.m. in the Sargeant Student Center.

THE NATURAL RESOURCES CLUB launched the fourth decade of its annual spring pilgrimage to the Deer River Ranger District of the Chippewa National Forest on Apr. 26. The club planted about 1,600 white pine seedlings west of Big Fork, MN.

FACULTY AND STAFF AWARDS DAY LUNCH AND CELEBRATION will take place May 13, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Various year-end awards will be presented during the program.


UMD FACULTY WERE RECENTLY HONORED WITH TEACHING AWARDS. Professor Justin Rubin, Music, School of Fine Arts, received the Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award. Instructor Angela Sharp, Mathematics and Statistics, Swenson College of Science & Engineering (SCSE); Professor John Goodge, Geological Sciences, SCSE; and Instructor Kathy Helzer, Social Work, College of Education and Human Service Professions, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, for Distinguished Research, and for Outstanding Public Service, respectively.

PROFESSOR PRAVEEN AGGARWAL has accepted the position of associate dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE). Aggarwal has served as interim associate dean for almost two years, and as chair of the Marketing and Management Studies departments for seven years, and has championed numerous LSBE initiatives.

UMD's DANCE TEAM has been named the National Dance Association Division 2 Collegiate National Champions for the second consecutive year. The club team works without a coach. For video and more information, see Dance Team.

UMD's SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING CLINIC provides community members with free assessments and offers students majoring in communication sciences and disorders the opportunity to gain skills they will need in careers as speech pathologists, audiologists, and clinicians. Providing services at an extremely reduced rate, the clinic donates an estimated $100,000 worth of services to the community each year.


NATALIE HOIDAL '15, Forest Lake, has been named a 2014 Udall Scholar. This year the Udall Foundation awarded just 50 scholarships to sophomore- and junior-level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, and Native American health care. Hoidal is the fourth UMM student to receive a Udall scholarship.

JAYNE BLODGETT, assistant library director, is the recipient of the 2014 Academic Innovators Award. The award recognizes academic librarians who have made outstanding contributions to advance the missions of academic libraries in Minnesota through innovative projects, programs, or services. Blodgett has been the driving force for innovation in multiple areas of UMM's Briggs Library.

THE UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION (UMMAA) Board of Directors has named Barbara Gunderson Stowe '72 and Tim Goodmanson '86 recipients of the 2014 UMMAA Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors alumni who make noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, or in service to the University of Minnesota. For more information, see UMMAA.

UMM'S 2014 FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER was held Apr. 24. Hosted by Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson, the event provided the campus an opportunity to congratulate faculty and staff award recipients and to thank retirees for their service to UMM.


COMMUNITY LEADERS CONDUCTED MOCK JOB INTERVIEWS with UMR students to help them prepare for their future careers. Second-year students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program participated in 30-minute mock interviews, conducted with help from 30 community leaders who volunteered their time to sit down with students to give them a glimpse of what their future internship or job search could be like.


Administrative information

HOMECOMING PARADE REGISTRATION IS OPEN. To reserve a spot for your college, department, or organization, you must register online. Registration is first-come, first-served, and space is limited. This year will mark 100 years of Homecoming, celebrating Gopher pride and spirit, Oct. 12-18. The Homecoming Parade will take place Oct. 17, 7 p.m., and will again travel down University Avenue.

BOYNTON HEALTH SERVICE IS EXPANDING HOURS on the St. Paul campus this summer. Access the Gopher Quick Clinic, schedule appointments, and receive health coaching at both the St. Paul and Minneapolis locations. For hours and more information, see Boynton Health.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

"PERSONALITY, THE NUMBER FIVE, AND EVERYDAY LIFE" will be presented by Oliver P. John of the University of California, Berkeley, as part of the Department of Psychology's Spring 2014 Colloquium Series. May 9, 1-2:30 p.m., N639 Elliott Hall.

HEALTH REFORM 2015 will feature a discussion with local experts on a number of vital questions raised now that Minnesota has tackled the first year of MNsure. Registration is free. May 14, 2-3:15 p.m., Humphrey School.

SIP OF SCIENCE, held the second Wednesday of every month, will next feature "Minnesota Falls Dam Removal and River Restoration Project," with Tom MacDonald from Barr Engineering and Jim Bodensteiner of Xcel Energy. May 14. 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main St. RSVP and learn more.

RESOURCES FOR BUYING A HOME IN THE UNIVERSITY DISTRICT or elsewhere in Minneapolis for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it will be presented at an information session May 15, 4:30 p.m., 2-228 Carlson School of Management. For registration and more information, see homebuyer assistance through the City of Lakes Community Land Trust. Sessions are co-sponsored by the U's Office of Government and Community Relations and by the University District Alliance.

"EFFECTIVE ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES FOR STEM: Enhancing student learning when teaching 10 or 1000" will be presented by Ed Prather, executive director of the Center for Astronomy Education at the University of Arizona. Prather will model several active learning strategies, discuss research supporting their use, and discuss ways this research is forging a new instructional model for teaching STEM classes of any size. May 20, 9 a.m., 3-210 Keller Hall. Registration is required.

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN THE WORKPLACE, with Rosie Barry, will be hosted by the Project and Change Management Collaborators Group on May 22, 1:30-3 p.m., 312 STSS. The session will focus on understanding why change is challenging and how to build resilience in order to thrive. RSVP to attend.

EDUCATION DAY 2014, hosted by the College of Veterinary Medicine, will take place May 30, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Posters and electronic presentations are currently being accepted. Registration is free; walk-ins are welcome if space is available.

A CAREER INTEGRATION OF EDUCATION ABROAD CONFERENCE, hosted by the Learning Abroad Center and the Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, will take place July 21-22, The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis. International educators, career service and employer relations professionals, student service professionals, recruiters, and industry leaders will share best practices and innovations within the fields of education abroad and career services. Space is limited. See registration and conference session information.

MORE EVENTS include WAM Shop Spring Sale (May 7); Frontiers in the Environment with Sarah Hobbie: "A Watershed Approach to Understanding Urban Eutrophication" (May 7); Ann Waltner, Sacabuche, and collaboration across arts and humanities (May 8); Performing the Past and Provoking the Future: Symposium on Interdisciplinary Collaboration (May 9); Arboretum Auxiliary Annual Spring Plant Sale (May 10); "My Life in the Theater: I Always Said Yes!" featuring Wendy Lehr (May 12); The Other Side of Poverty in Schools (May 13). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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