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Awards and appointments June 2006

By Gayla Marty

Darlyne Bailey
Darlyne Bailey was named dean of the reconfigured College of Education and Human Development and assistant to the president beginning October 1. See June 2, below.

June 30

Morris campus chancellor Sam Schuman steps down today after 11 years at the helm. He will return to teaching after a year's sabbatical at the University of New Mexico. For a recap of Schuman's outstanding legacy at the U's "ivy league on the prairie" campus, see "Schuman steps down as Morris chancellor."

June 28

University of Minnesota alumna Nicole Swanson was crowned Miss Minnesota June 18 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. Swanson graduated from the School of Music, Twin Cities, in 2005 with a degree in viola performance. Her pageant platform was "Music is Instrumental," in which she made the case for the importance of music to children's overall success in school. She will compete in the Miss America pageant in Los Angeles this fall. Read more in "Music is instrumental in Miss Minnesota pageant."

June 26

Kent Pekel
Kent Pekel, executive director of the new Consortium for Postsecondary Success.

The executive director of the newly created Consortium for Postsecondary Academic Success will be Kent Pekel (left), beginning July 1. The new consortium has been established to engage and include educators, faculty and staff, and representatives from school districts, state education organizations, and the business community building collaborative efforts and addressing other critical education issues. Pekel was most recently a senior policy associate for America's Choice, Inc., where he coordinated the launch of the State Alliance for High Performance, a national initiative to help states raise student achievement. He previously served five years in leadership for the St. Paul Public Schools. For more information, see the news release.

Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology at Morris, is the recipient of a Shoreland Habitat Restoration Program grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. UMM faculty, staff, and students and community volunteers gathered at Kuchenreuther's home on Lake Crystal in Morris June 22-23 to plant about 4,000 native plants along the shoreline of her home. For more information, see "Giving back to the earth" and the grant program site.

June 23

University of Minnesota, Morris, head women's basketball coach Randi Peterson has accepted the position of head women's basketball coach and assistant athletic director at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Peterson coached the Cougar women for three years, including one year as head coach. She was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Coach of the Year after leading the Cougar women to their first-ever UMAC post-season tournament. Peterson hails from Cedar Falls, Iowa. For more information, see the news release.

June 21

About 130 civil service and bargaining unit staff members from across the U system attended a celebration June 20 to honor those marking milestones of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years at the U. They were hosted at Eastcliff by U First Lady Susan Hagstrum and greeted by Regent Hunter and Vice President Carrier. Read the story, "Celebrating milestones in a great workforce."

June 20

Over 200 people gathered at the Campus Club on the Twin Cities campus June 19 to recognize the accomplishments of the 2005-06 President's Emerging Leaders (PEL), who have completed five projects linked to strategic positioning goals. Three former PEL participants who died this year were honored at the event: Tony Diggs, Student Activities Office, PEL 2001-02; Ann Kranz, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, PEL 2004-05; and Javier Silva-Biotti, Academic Health Center, PEL 2005-06. Read the story, "Emerging leaders forge ahead."

Kristie Jacobsen has been named assistant director of residential life and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug (ATOD) coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, beginning in July. She is a recent graduate of California State University, Chico, where she has worked in the campus housing program. For more information, see the news release.

A group of 26 University of Minnesota students took third place in the National Student Advertising Competition--the premier contest for U.S. college advertising students--in San Francisco June 11-12. The U is the only school in the country to send a team to the competition in four out of the past five years. Led by Shannon Brown, Nicole Brubaker, Kathryn Dudkiewicz, and Heidi Keel, the team included a total of 26 juniors and seniors enrolled in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC), College of Liberal Arts. Senior fellow Howard Liszt is their faculty adviser. Read the story in UMNnews, "A successful campaign."

June 13

Three more Fulbright Scholarship winners for 2006-07 have been announced: Catherine Kirchman, German studies, College of Liberal Arts, '05 (Germany); Luis Xavier Morera, doctoral student in history, College of Liberal Arts (Spain); and Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr, Medical School (Venezuela). For short descriptions of their projects, see U students win Fulbrights.

Dave Hansen holding a camera, leaning against a tree branch
Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station photo center director Dave Hansen.

Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station photo center director Dave Hansen (right) has won two silver awards from the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) in the 2006 Critique and Awards Program: one for a poster about the U's Itasca strawberry in the photo illustration class, and one for an ad about the U's Zestar apple in the print advertisement class. The awards were presented June 4 at the ACE International meeting in Quebec. For more information see the images and ACE.

Mike Roysland, a physical education teacher at Fosston High School with a combined 42 years of head coaching experience, has been named head coach of women's basketball at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Roysland has also coached girls' volleyball and boys' basketball and been recognized for superior coaching. For more information, see the news release.

Cathy Behr, UMC, '04, U of M-Twin Cities, '05, will become the assistant athletic director/senior women's administrator at the Crookston campus. Behr was a member of the Crookston Golden Eagles women's basketball team from 2000 to 2004. She returns to Crookston from Atlanta, where she completed an internship with the Women's Basketball Coaches Association in media relations and awards. For more information, see the news release.

June 12

Ken Keller, currently Charles M. Denny Jr. Professor of Science, Technology, and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, has been designated president emeritus of the University, the Board of Regents announced Friday. Keller joined the chemical engineering and materials science faculty in 1964 and later served as dean of the Graduate School, vice president for academic affairs, and from 1984 to 1988 as president. In 1996, he received a Distinguished Alumnus Award from Johns Hopkins University and this August will begin a three-year leave of absence to become director of Johns Hopkins' Bologna Center. For more information, see the news release and his faculty bio.

The regents conferred the title of dean on Craig Swan, vice provost for undergraduate education on the Twin Cities campus; his new title will be vice provost and dean of undergraduate education. Swan will head new initiatives to enhance the distinctive excellence of the University's undergraduate education, including a campus-wide honors program, writing across the curriculum, renewal and expansion of freshman seminars, renewal and expansion of the undergraduate research opportunities program (UROP), and substantially enhanced and centrally coordinated advising. For more information, see the Provost's directory and Swan's faculty bio in the Department of Economics.

June 8

Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies director Stephen Feinstein will give the keynote address at the educators' conference, "Teaching the Holocaust to Future Generations," June 26-29 at Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority, in Jerusalem. For more information, see the news release, Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and Yad Vashem.

June 5

The new head of the Department of Surgery will be Selwyn Vickers, M.D., beginning in August. Vickers is currently a professor of surgery and chief of gastrointestinal surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, and a leader in pancreatic cancer research. In 2005-06 he was named one of America's top doctors. For more information, see the news release.

June 2

Kathryn VandenBosch
Interim dean of the new College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences Kathryn VandenBosch. Photo courtesy of COAFES.

The interim dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) forming July 1 is Kathryn VandenBosch (left), head of the Department of Plant Biology. The new college brings together the existing College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences (COAFES); College of Natural Resources; and Department of Food Science and Nutrition from the College of Human Ecology. VandenBosch recently served as interim director of the Microbial and Plant Genomics Institute and was a member of the strategic positioning task force that developed the new college. The dean of COAFES since 1999 and vice president for agricultural policy, Charles Muscoplat, will become vice president for statewide strategic resource development. For more information, see news releases about the appointments and the permanent CFANS dean position posting. See also VandenBosch's faculty bio and Muscoplat's college page.

Terry Collins
Professor Terry Collins, interim dean, College of Education and Human Development.

General College interim dean and professor Terry Collins (right) has been named interim dean of the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) from July 1 to October 1, when the permanent dean, Darlyne Bailey, will arrive. General College and several programs from the College of Human Ecology will be integrated with the existing CEHD beginning July 1. For more information, see the news release, his faculty bio, and CEHD.

Awards, appointments, and other items of note about faculty, staff, and outstanding students and alumni of the University of Minnesota campuses are published here as reported and summarized in Brief, the internal news digest of the U. Submit items to Gayla Marty at

See also U Awards & Honors. Most awards listed on this page post names of recipients.