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Vol. XLIII No. 28; September 18, 2013
Editor: Adam Overland,

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Inside This Issue
--Board of Regents meeting summary.
--Features: From military to MBA; Urban clinics; The civil rights issue of our generation.
--People: U researchers have been awarded a $5.7 million NIH grant to test a new treatment approach in the fight against HIV; and more.

University News and Events
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AT ITS SEPTEMBER 13 MEETING, THE BOARD OF REGENTS discussed the U's accountability report, the 2014 Capital Request to the state legislature, and the U's progress and future plans on achieving Operational Excellence. President Kaler told the board that the U would commit to $90 million in administrative cost savings between fiscal years 2014 and 2019. The board also heard a report on compensation from the Office of Human Resources. For more information, see the news release.


FEATURE: The University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management welcomes veterans seeking an MBA with a package of financial, peer, and programmatic support. Its Veterans Initiative helps qualified veterans navigate the transition to what is often a completely different world, but one where they can continue contributing to the nation and society. For more information, read "From military to MBA."

FEATURE: The U's Medical School was ahead of the curve when it designed a novel program to expose students to urban family medicine nearly 20 years ago. Often, such exposure encourages students to consider a career in primary care medicine—where a shortage awaits those patients who will be newly insured when the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented next year. For more information, read urban clinics.

FEATURE: Millions are disenfranchised by the U.S. education system, says recent graduate Adam Iversen. Iversen participates in the group Students for Education Reform, which seeks to bring awareness to the achievement gap—the discrepancy in performance across racial lines and income levels—and advocate for policies that will help close it. For more information, read "The civil rights issue of our generation."

Awards, appointments, and other announcements

PEOPLE: U researchers have been awarded a $5.7 million NIH grant to test a new treatment approach in the fight against HIV; two federal agencies have awarded a $2 million grant for a multi-institutional research effort centered at the U's Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve; 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

A NEW JOURNAL launched by the U of M Retirees Association (UMRA) will be a vehicle for a broad variety of high-quality articles on topics that may not be encouraged by or suitable for publication in conventional scholarly journals. The Journal of Opinions, Ideas and Essays (JOIE) will be accessible to anyone with electronic access to the University Digital Conservancy. UMRA invites submissions from any member of the U community. For more information, see JOIE.

Award and funding opportunities

IMAGINE FUND GRANTS are available to support projects in the arts, humanities, and design. Tenured or tenure-track faculty (as well as certain, other full-time faculty appointments) from all campuses are invited to apply for support in one of two areas: innovative research and special events. Deadlines are Oct. 29 for individual faculty research awards and Nov. 29 for the special events awards. For more information, see Imagine Fund.


UMC WAS RANKED number one in this year's U.S. News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges. The rankings for 2014 mark the 16th consecutive year the Crookston campus has appeared in the top four and signals a return to the top spot from number two in 2013. For more information, see number one.

THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY'S North Central Section recently selected the Crookston Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society as its student chapter of the year. The chapter is advised by John Loegering, associate professor in natural resources at UMC. For more information, see Wildlife Society.

A DELEGATION FROM JUNGWON UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH KOREA recently visited the UMC campus. The group discussed potential collaborations with UMC. Junwon University President Byunghwan Ahn and UMC Chancellor Fred Wood signed a friendship memorandum. For more information, see collaboration.


U OF M PRESIDENT ERIC KALER will meet with UMD students to learn about issues and opportunities on campus. Sept. 20, 11 a.m.–noon, 245 Kirby Plaza. For more information, see President Kaler.

UMD'S VISUAL CULTURE LECTURE SERIES will welcome Mary Abbe, "Art Chat" writer for the Star Tribune, Sept. 24, 70 Montague Hall, 6 p.m. Abbe will discuss her career interviewing artists, museum directors, curators, and collectors. For more information, see Abbe.

UMD WAS RANKED as one of the highest Return on Investment (ROI) colleges in Minnesota by, a resource for college affordability. AC Online analyzed 145 colleges in Minnesota and named UMD as one of the top three public institutions and seventh overall. For more information, see ROI.


UMM IS ONE OF THE NATION'S TOP TEN PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2014 college rankings. This is the 15th consecutive year in which UMM has been included on this list. It also ranked 154th in the top tier of the National Liberal Arts Colleges list. For more information, see Top 10.

ENROLLMENT IS UP AT UMM. The campus welcomed 469 freshmen and 99 new transfer students for the fall 2013 semester. This is a 13.5 percent increase over fall 2012 and the campus's highest freshman enrollment in 11 years. For more information, see Enrollment.

UMM WILL CELEBRATE HOMECOMING 2013 Sept. 23–29. Alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to participate in a wide variety of activities, including sporting events, reunions, alumni and student networking opportunities, performances, and more. For more information, see Homecoming 2013.

UMM WILL HOLD A PUBLIC DEDICATION OF THE GREEN PRAIRIE COMMUNITY Sept. 28. The new residence hall invests in a sustainable future by encouraging green community outreach and research and by offering students leadership opportunities beyond the classroom. For more information, see dedication.

UMM WILL HOST GLORIA LADSON-BILLINGS, an American pedagogical theorist and educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education, as the 2013 Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts. Ladson-Billings will visit area schools and provide lectures, workshops, and discussions to UMM students Sept. 23–27. She will deliver a public keynote address Sept. 24. For more information, see Ladson-Billings.


SAVE THE DATE: Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle will present the 2013 State of the UMR Campus Address on Nov. 9. More details to follow.


Administrative information

FINALISTS FOR THE GLBTA PROGRAMS OFFICE director position have been announced by the Office for Equity and Diversity. Stef Wilenchek, Owen Marciano, and Carmen Phelps will give public presentations on campus Sept. 18, 19, and 23, respectively. The presentations will also be live-streamed. For more information, including candidate vitas and feedback forms, see GLBTA director.

THE MINNESOTA POPULATION CENTER has scheduled 2013–14 Data Training Workshops. Participants will learn how to access and use the world's largest repositories of demographic data, including IPUMS, NHGIS, IHIS, ATUS-X, and NAPP. Workshops are free, but registration is required and seating is limited. Workshops take place Friday afternoons, S30C Wilson Library. For more information, see data training.

SIGN UP ONLINE TO GET A FLU SHOT at any U of M flu vaccination clinic. Easily schedule, change, or cancel an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information, see flu shot.

TEACH.UMN.EDU is a new website to find clear information about teaching careers and guidance on how to pursue teacher preparation at the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit

THE ANNUAL PRIMARY DATA CENTER MAINTENANCE and related service interruption is scheduled for Jan. 4–5, 2014. The outage is set for 6 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4, with restoration beginning at 6 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5. It is expected that all affected services will be restored by noon Sunday. For more information, see data center.

Lectures, exhibits, and other events

THE U OF M COMMUNICATORS FORUM is hosting several upcoming programs, including a welcome and kickoff event Sept. 18 with an update on IT systems; "Health Quest: Story of a UMN iPhone App," Sept. 20; "Communicators Monthly Mixer," Sept. 26; and "The Enterprise Portal: Your Future BFF," Oct. 24. For more information and to RSVP, see Forum events.

THE NEXT INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY THURSDAYS AT FOUR LECTURE will explore the emotional, social, and physical aspects of "placemaking" with curators and artists from the Nash Gallery exhibition "From Space to Place." Sept. 19, 4 p.m., 125 Nolte. For more information, see "From Space to Place."

A FORUM ON MAXIMIZING THE ROLE OF FREIGHT TRANSPORTATION in Minnesota's economy will feature Senator Amy Klobuchar, BNSF Railway CEO Matt Rose, former U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar, and other state leaders. Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m.–noon, Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School. Free, but registration is requested. For registration and more information, see freight forum.

U LIBRARIES will host an exhibit reception for "Life Lines: Works by Clarence Morgan" Sept. 20, 4–6 p.m., Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library. The exhibit, on display until Dec. 31, features the work of U professor Clarence Morgan, whose studio focus is centered on painting, drawing, and printmaking. For more information, see "Life Lines."

NORTHROP PRESENTS Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on Sept. 21, 8 p.m., State Theatre. The program will include famed Swedish choreographer Mats Ek's theatrically inventive piece, Casi-Casa, two pieces by resident company choreographer Alejandro Cerrudo, and a new world premiere by Robyn Mineko Williams. U of M faculty, staff, and student rush tickets are available. For more information, see Northrop.

COFFEE AND DONUTS WITH THE COPS returns for three days this fall. Meet UMPD officers and talk campus safety. UMPD will serve donuts and coffee beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the west end of the Washington Ave. Bridge, Sept. 24; the intersection of Church Street and the Scholars Walk, Sept. 25; and the St. Paul Student Center, Sept. 26.

NOBEL LAUREATE and former U of M faculty member Christopher Sims will lecture on "Inflation and Public Debt" Sept. 26, 3 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, followed by a presentation of an honorary degree by President Kaler and the Board of Regents. Free, but registration is required. For more information, see Sims lecture.

AMERICAN STUDIES SCHOLAR ANNETTE KOLODNY TACKLES MINNESOTA MYTH in her free lecture, "Who Was Really Here First? Vikings, Indians, and Solving the Mystery of Minnesota's Kensington Stone." Kolodny examines stories of first contact by Native, medieval Norse, and mainstream U.S. literary narratives, as well as these tales' continuing impact on North American culture and society. Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., Weisman Art Museum. For more information, see Annette Kolodny.

AN ALUMNI AWARDS CELEBRATION ON SEPT. 26 will honor outstanding alumni volunteers, groups, and programs. McNamara Alumni Center. For tickets and more information, as well as information about the award recipients, see celebration.

THE FALL RAPTOR CENTER RELEASE of rehabilitated birds will take place Sept. 28, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Carpenter-St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings, MN. Activities for the family will include: orchard rides, children's activities, and opportunities to meet The Raptor Center's education birds. Free. For more information, see Raptor Release.

CELEBRATE HOMECOMING AT SKI-U-MANIA, the Alumni Association's pregame celebration, Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center. U faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to attend and enjoy food, games, and entertainment, including the crowning of this year's Homecoming king and queen. For tickets and more information, see Ski-U-Mania.

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.

MORE EVENTS include OED Certificate Workshop 2: Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity (Sept. 19); Critical Conversations: Examining the Academy: Helping a Centuries-Old Institution Create a New Culture (Sept. 20); Homecoming 2013: Thank U (Sept. 22); Goldy's Homecoming Kickoff (Sept. 23); Red Cross Blood Drive (Sept. 24); Frontiers in the Environment (Sept. 25). SEE THESE AND MORE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS EVENTS.

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