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Vol. XLII No. 21; June 20, 2012
Editor: Adam Overland,

Brief summer publication calendar: July 11 and 25, Aug. 8 and 22, and Sept. 5. The weekly schedule returns Sept. 12.

Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents June meeting summary.
--Features: Nocturnal wanderings; Guiding the U; 2012–14 McKnight Land-Grant Professor Joshua Feinberg; For the Common Good: Land-Grant 150 (video).
--People: Pamela Wheelock has been named as the new vice president for University Services; and more.

University News and Events
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BOARD OF REGENTS JUNE MEETING SUMMARY: The U's Board of Regents worked through a robust agenda at its June meeting. Regents heard the Report of the President, which included his intent to reinstate the Regents Scholarship at 100 percent for employees seeking a first degree. Committees received an update about the costs of the U faculty/staff health insurance plan (UPlan) and the success of the associated Wellness Program. Additional information included an update on the space utilization initiative, plans for the Enterprise System Upgrade, and a detailed analysis of the cost of delivering the U's mission. The board also heard from the Special Committee on Executive Compensation about its recommended changes to executive compensation and transition policies. For more information, see the June summary.


FEATURE: Of all the behaviors associated with sleep, sleepwalking is likely the most mysterious. After all, everybody can relate to stories of bizarre dreams. But how do we account for people being half awake and half asleep at the same time? As it turns out, sleepwalking is far more prevalent—and "normal"—than we might have imagined, according to research by U neurology professor Mark Mahowald. For more information, read "Nocturnal wanderings."

FEATURE: University of Minnesota Board of Regents executive director and corporate secretary Ann Cieslak will retire—reluctantly, due to medical reasons—after 13 years with the board. Cieslak has, by all accounts, relished her behind-the-scenes role for a group of very visible individuals. Cieslak has served seven Board of Regents chairs and three University presidents, and staffed two presidential searches. She calls the latter task "the stripes on your uniform." For more information, read "Guiding the U."

FEATURE: It pulls the needle of a compass north, birds rely on it to migrate, honeybees orient themselves by it—and without it, life on earth would be impossible. The earth's magnetic field is a force that guides life all around us, and McKnight Land-Grant Professor Joshua Feinberg studies its effects to determine what was happening millions of years ago. For more information, read "Magnetic properties."

FEATURE: FOR THE COMMON GOOD: LAND GRANT 150. This July marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act, which created the land-grant universities—and Minnesota's one and only land-grant research university. To celebrate on the Twin Cities campus, join President Kaler, Abe Lincoln, and Goldy for an ice cream social July 20, 1–2 p.m., Northrop Plaza. Learn more about what it means to be land-grant institution and watch the video at

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: Pamela Wheelock has been named as the new vice president for University Services; 2012 Minnesota Futures Grants award recipients are Emad Ebbini and Lawrence Wackett; U in the News features U faculty and staff cited in the media. Read about these topics and more in People.



Administrative information

ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY UPDATE: Nine administrative policies made their way through the policy development and review process this quarter. The policy drafts, with a range of topics including changes to the Regents Scholarship Program, the Cell Phone policy, a new provision in the Emeritus/Emerita Title for Retired Faculty policy, and more, are now available for 30-day review at the UWide Policy Library. Sign up for the quarterly policy enewsletter, Policy Post, to receive up-to-date information regarding policy changes.

A CAMPUS CONVERSATION: The Office of Human Resources is fundamentally rethinking how it works. The office is increasing its HR expertise and adding teams to optimize delivery of its services. Kathy Brown ,VP of Human Resources, will discuss OHR's strategic transformation initiative, followed by an open discussion. June 26, noon–1 p.m., 114 STSS. RSVP if you plan to attend, or watch live online the day of the event via UMConnect.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M LANDSCAPE ARBORETUM will host its annual Garden Tours July 15, 17, and 18, touring four spectacular West Metro private gardens. Tour participants will be transported in air-conditioned buses (complete with restrooms) to view the gardens, and the package includes lunch/brunch on an outdoor Arboretum terrace as well as live music. All proceeds benefit the Arboretum. Cost: $55 for July 15 and $50 for July 17 and 18. For reservations and more information, see Garden Tour.


UMC FACULTY MEMBERS HAROUNA MAIGA AND LYLE WESTROM, both of whom teach in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, have been promoted to the rank of professor. Their promotions were approved at the May 2012 meeting of the Board of Regents.

A NORTHWEST SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE (NWSA) ALUMNI REUNION will be held June 30. The schedule includes the Top Aggie luncheon, bus tours of campus, a video tribute, and a social and dance. Top Aggies for 2012 include Helen (Rasmussen) Tangen '41, Mark Chisholm '52 and Richard Olson '62. For more information, see NWSA reunion.

THE RETIREMENT RECEPTION FOR CHANCELLOR CHARLES H. CASEY and Barbara J. Muesing was attended by some 250 people on June 14. Guests included Regent Clyde Allen, U Services VP Kathleen O'Brien, Crookston Mayor David Genereux, executive director of the Minnesota Rural Health Association Judy Neppel, U Extension regional director Deb Zak, Northwest Research and Outreach Center director Albert Sims, and others. During the evening, Corby Kemmer, director of Development and Alumni Relations, announced the endowment of the Dr. Charles H. Casey and Barbara J. Muesing Scholarship Fund, which had exceeded $32,000 as of June 14.

MINNESOTA CAMPUS COMPACT held their annual awards ceremony in early June at Macalester College in Minneapolis. Recognition was given to UMC in three categories, including Presidents' Student Leadership Award, Presidents' Community Partner Award, and the Presidents' Civic Engagement Award. For more information, see awards.


A RARE PIECE OF POTTERY created by a group known as "The Saturday Evening Girls" has been discovered and is on display at the Glensheen Mansion. The artist, Sara Galner, worked with a group of young immigrant women who were employed to provide income for their families. The mansion is open daily through Oct. 21, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m. For more information, see pottery.

THE TWEED MUSEUM OF ART PRESENTS "Mni-Sota: Reflections of Time and Place," an exhibit featuring the work of 17 American Indian artists from the Minnesota region. Free community events celebrating the work of the artists are scheduled throughout the summer in a variety of locations. For more information, see "Mni-Sota."


UMM HAS BEEN AWARDED A FOUR-YEAR, $1.2 MILLION GRANT from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's new Science Education Initiative. One of 47 small undergraduate universities and colleges in the United States selected from a pool of 215, UMM's project was funded under the promoting "the persistence of all students in science" target area. For more information, see science education grant.


MOLLY OLSON, assistant director of admissions, has been appointed to the Minnesota Association of College Admissions Counselors Executive Board for a three-year term. She will be one of the chairs for the Minnesota Education Fairs (MEF) committee. Her duties will include organizing committee meetings, setting the fair schedules, training the site chairs, collecting and approving site reimbursements, and troubleshooting issues with each MEF site.


Administrative information

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA BIKE CENTER and Parking and Transportation Services (PTS) were recognized last week with an Award of Excellence from the International Parking Institute (IPI) for the Bike Center and its new RFID (radio-frequency identification) commuter validation program. U of M faculty and staff can earn "Wellness Points" and win prizes for participation in the program. For more information, see PTS Bike Center award.

REMINDER: CAMPUS SHUTTLE SERVICE has shifted to the summer session schedule on the UMTC campus. Campus Connector buses will run every 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 3. There will be no service on July 4. For more information about the Connectors and Circulators, see campus shuttle services.

A STRENGTHSQUEST EDUCATION SEMINAR will teach more about the strengths-based philosophy, a person's "Top 5," and how to use the StrengthsQuest program with students, staff, and faculty. Aug. 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., 312 STSS. For registration and more information, see StrengthsQuest.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA FARMERS MARKET WILL RETURN TO CHURCH STREET for its eighth summer season, offering students, faculty, staff, and anyone else happening by campus the season's best in berries, vegetables, fresh flowers, and more. All produce is locally grown and freshly picked from fields and gardens located within 2.5 hours of the Twin Cities. The market begins Wednesday, July 11, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Church Street pedestrian mall. It continues every Wednesday, rain or shine, through Oct. 10. For more information, see Farmers Market.

MORE EVENTS include Agronomy Field Tour (June 21); Salsa del Soul with Michael Hauser and A Touch of Spain and DJ Miguel Vargas (June 22); Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus presents "They Sang to Me" (June 23); It's Even Worse than It Looks: A Conversation with Tom Mann and Norm Ornstein (June 25); Alison Scott (June 27); Pet-a-Palooza (June 30); A Star-Spangled Salute to America with the Minnesota Orchestra (July 1); OED Certificate Workshop 3: Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees (July 10). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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