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Awards and appointments: April 2005

By Gayla Marty

Associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese Fernando Arenas.
Fernando Arenas, professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies, Twin Cities, has been awarded a 2005 Guggenheim fellowship. He is a pioneering scholar of the Portuguese-speaking world. For more information, see below.


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  • Some items have appeared in Brief as indicated. U AWARDS TO FACULTY AND STAFF

Recipients of the 2005 President's Award for Outstanding Service are John Anderson, professor of biochemistry, molecular biology, and biophysics, Twin Cities; Beverly Atkinson, senior academic adviser and associate director of undergraduate studies, English, Twin Cities; Elizabeth Blake, professor emeritus of French and former vice chancellor and dean, Morris; Patricia Ferrieri, professor of laboratory medicine, pathology, and pediatrics, Twin Cities; Beatrice Magee, senior scientist, genetics, cell biology, and development, Twin Cities; Marvin Jon Ross, station biologist and associate director, Itasca Biological Station; and M. Bruce Schelske, director of the TRIO Student Support Services Programs, General College, Twin Cities. The awards recognize active or retired faculty and staff who have provided exceptional service to the U. This year's recipients will be recognized at the Board of Regents meeting May 12 and at a reception at Eastcliff June 1. For more information about the awards, see the U Senate guidelines.

The 2005 Breaking the Silence Awards, which honor U community members for work to improve the campus climate for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people, will be given to founding members of the Coalition for a Respectful U, Twin Cities campus: Jerie Smith, Lutheran Campus Ministry; Doug Donley, University Baptist Church; Neil Elliott, University Episcopal Center; and Sharon Stiefel and Amy Olson, Hillel. The five will be honored tomorrow at Lavender Graduation, April 28, 4-6 p.m., Coffman Union. For more information, see the news release.

The 2005 John Tate Award recipients for excellence in undergraduate advising are Josh Borowicz, continuing education student services and advising, Twin Cities; Leslie Meek, psychology, Morris; Mary Ellen Shaw, General College student services, Twin Cities; and Gary Thomas, cultural studies and comparative literature, Twin Cities. They will be honored in a ceremony April 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Radisson Hotel Metrodome, Minneapolis, following an advisers conference. For more information, see the Office of Academic Affairs and Provost Web site. (Brief, April 13.)

Duluth award-winning faculty members will be honored at a reception May 4. They are Paul Cannan, English, College of Liberal Arts, Jean G. Blehart Teaching Award; Sue Damme, education, Stanley Wold, music, Doug Dunham, computer science, Shee Wong, finance, and Linda Belote, sociology/anthropology, Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award; Janice Kmetz, art and design, Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award; and Jon Pierce, management studies, Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. 3 p.m., in the Griggs Center. For more information, see "UMD faculty win awards".

Jon Pierce, management studies, has also received the UMD Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award for 2004-05, which provides opportunities to present developing research to a broad audience. Pierce will give a public lecture, "Work and Organization Research: A Behavioral Science Perspective," May 2, 3:15 p.m., 185 Life Science Building. A reception will follow in the Griggs Center. For more information, see the news release.

UMD Outstanding Service Awards were presented to 11 staff members at a ceremony in the Kirby Student Center ballroom April 26: Constance Johnson, Management Studies; Mahjoub Labyad, Environmental Health and Safety; Linda Marnich, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Mary Jean Menzel, Continuing Education; Robert Nygaard, Athletics; Linda Olcott, Facilities Management; Steve Patterson, Informational Technology Systems and Services; Vickie Rindal, Student Life and First Year Experience; Frank Simmons, Information Technology Systems and Services; Linda Witzke, Education; and Marie Zhuikov, Minnesota Sea Grant. In addition, Project Award recipients were honored: Cheryl Anderson, Facilities Management; Matt Coleman, Psychology; and Joshua Richard, Information Technology Systems and Services. For more information, see the service awards Web site.

Morris will hold its 14th annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner April 28. Honorees will include Pareena Lawrence, economics, Alumni Association Teaching Award; Seung-Ho Joo, political science, Faculty Distinguished Research Award; Leslie Meek, psychology, Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising; William Eiler, Plant Services (Teamsters), Ann Kolden, Division of Science and Mathematics (AFSCME), Rose Murphy, College of Continuing Education (civil service), Outstanding Staff Awards; and Karla Klinger, College of Continuing Education, 2005 Morris Academic Staff Award. Maggie Larson, special events coordinator and LeFave House manager, is the staff recipient of the Mary Martelle Award; Isaiah Brokenleg is the student recipient. Five faculty and staff employees will be recognized on the occasion of their retirement: Karla Klinger, senior academic adviser, CCE; Lois Koehntop, principal accounts specialist, Plant Services; Jeane Purdy, instructor, English; Dwight Purdy, professor, English; and Ruth Thielke, registrar and transfer specialist, Office of the Registrar. For more information, see the news release.

The 2005 Best Directors of Graduate Studies (DGS) Award recipients are Steven Girshick, mechanical engineering; Claudia Neuhauser, ecology, evolution, and behavior; Edward Schiappa, communication studies; and Evan Skillman, astrophysics. Best DGS Assistant Award recipients are Jessica Eastman, curriculum and instruction; Sharon Kressler, geology; Julie Prince, chemical engineering and materials science; and Terence Rafferty, architecture; all are employed on the Twin Cities campus. The Graduate School will host a celebration and awards ceremony, also recognizing outstanding teaching assistants. May 5, 2-4 p.m., 101 Walter Library. For more information, see the Graduate School Web site. (Brief, April 13.)

Six Twin Cities campus faculty, staff, and students will be honored at the annual Celebrating University Women Awards Celebration tomorrow, April 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Madelon Sprengnether, English, will receive the Distinguished Women Scholars Award for the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Arts. Jane Davidson, mechanical engineering, will receive the Distinguished Women Scholars Award for the Sciences and Engineering. Mary Jo Maynes, history, will receive the Mullen, Spector, Truax Women's Leadership Award. Elizabeth "Lizzie" Greene, family practice and community health, will receive the Civil Service and Bargaining Unit Award. Elizabeth Borer and Lindsey Hillesheim will receive the Sharon Doherty Award. For more information, see the Office of University Women Web site. There may be space available to attend; please call 612-625-9837 or e-mail

2005 recipients of the University's distinguished teaching awards were honored and inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers April 25. For more information, including a photo, see the U of M Alumni Association Web site. (Brief, March 9.) EXTERNAL AWARDS TO U FACULTY AND STAFF Fernando Arenas, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese studies, Twin Cities campus, has been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for 2005 in recognition of his distinguished scholarly achievement and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Arenas focuses on the Lusophone, or Portuguese-speaking, world from Africa to Brazil and focuses on the economic, political, and cultural forces of contemporary globalization. For more information, see the news release.

Beverly Balos, professor of clinical law, will receive the Sheila Wellstone Gold Watch Award from WATCH, an organization dedicated to improving the justice system's response to violence against women and children. Balos participated in drafting Minnesota's Domestic Abuse Act, one of the first statutes in the nation to address domestic violence. The event will be held April 28 in Minneapolis. For more information, see the WATCH Web site.

Laurel Hirt, service learning coordinator in the Career and Community Learning Center (CCLC), Twin Cities, has been awarded the 2005 Sister Pat Kowalski Leadership Award by Minnesota Campus Compact. The biennial award is given to leaders in higher education who demonstrate strong and sustained leadership in advancing campus civic engagement, including development of relevant policies and infrastructure. Hirt will receive the award at the Minnesota Campus Compact annual meeting May 10 in St. Paul. Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs, director of student activities and service learning at the Crookston campus, will also receive the award; see the news release. (Brief awards summary, February 23, 2005.) For more information about the Kowalski Award, see "Awards" on the Minnesota Campus Compact Web site.


The new director of Glensheen Historic Estate, Duluth, is Wade Lawrence, effective April 11. His appointment was announced by UMD College of Fine Arts dean Jack Bowman. Lawrence came from Charleston, South Carolina, where he was assistant image director of Drayton Hall, a National Historic Landmark. He has strong ties to the Duluth community and previously worked as a photographer and consultant for the St. Louis County Historical Society as well as an architectural draftsman with D. E. Stanius & Associates. For more information, see the news release.

The new cohort of 25 President's Emerging Leaders for 2005-06 has been announced. The program provides a way to mentor, reward, and retain outstanding staff, a goal consistent with the goals laid out in the strategic positioning initiative. Participants attend educational seminars and work on a team project for several hours a week. The 2005 cohort is Gina Baas, Center for Transportation Studies; Kari Branjord, Office of Information Technology (OIT); Amy Brewster, Student Services and Advising, College of Continuing Education; Renee Fawcett, OIT; Pamela Flash, Center for Writing; Jill Froehlich, Housing and Residential Life; Erin George, University Libraries; Stephanie Helgeson, Intercollegiate and Intramural Athletics; Tim Hoaglund, Housing and Residential Life; John Jensen III, Academic Health Center (AHC); Twila Jensen, Facilities Management; Kathryn Johnson, Graduate School; Emily Johnston, College of Biological Sciences (CBS); Beth Koepke, Facilities Management; Jennifer Mein, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Office of Information Technology; Teika Pakalns, Patents and Tech Marketing; Heather Powell, U Card Office; Nicole Letawsky Shultz, CBS; Javier Silva Biotti, AHC; Valerie Stedman, School of Music; Dan Sward, Facilities Management; Bob Utke, Student and Professional Services; Lori Ann Vicich, Office of Human Resources; Maria Vuldjeva, International Education Office; Jan Williams, College of Veterinary Medicine. PEL is a program of the Office of Human Resources, Twin Cities. For more information, see the PEL Web site.


Governor Tim Pawlenty has appointed Margaret Moss, D.S.N., assistant professor, School of Nursing, to the Minnesota Board on Aging through January 2008. Moss specializes in American Indian aging and is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. She is also a member of the executive council for the University's Center for Gerontological Nursing. For more information, see the news release.

U HONORS AND AWARDS TO ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C., will be awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the University of Minnesota Duluth commencement May 14. He will also give the commencement address. A Duluth native, Moe has revitalized and expanded the National Trust's outreach to include renewal of inner cities by limiting urban sprawl as well as preservation, and he has ended the organization's reliance on federal fund, raising more than $135 million through private sources in five years. For more information, see the news release.

Bruce Dayton, longtime leader of the Dayton Co. and noted philanthropist, was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree in recognition of his service to humanity at an award dinner April 13 at the McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis. Dayton is regarded as a model of ethical and community-minded corporate leadership who helped shape the business and philanthropic culture of the Twin Cities and Minnesota. He has also served as a trustee of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for more than 60 years. For more information, see the news release.

Frank Trestman, alumnus, businessman, and philanthropist, will be awarded the University's Outstanding Achievement Award May 18 at Eastcliff. His distinguished career has included service to companies including McKesson, Best Buy, and Metris, as well as hospitals and foundations. For more information, see the news release. Lorraine Beaulieu, an internationally recognized counselor who led the mobilization of mental health professionals after 9/11, will be honored with the University's Award of Distinction at the College of Human Ecology commencement ceremony May 11 at Northrop Auditorium. Beaulieu's leadership and expertise allowed graduate students from the University's family therapy program to participate in service to construction workers at the World Trade Center site in the months after the disaster. For more information, see the news release.

The 2005 Hubert H. Humphrey Public Leadership Awards will be presented at a reception and dinner May 4 at the McNamara Alumni Center. They include the Honorable Lee H. Hamilton and the Honorable James R. Thompson, recipients of the Humphrey Institute Dean's Award, who served as cochair and member, respectively, of the 9/11 Commission and will receive the award in recognition of the commission's work; Ann Ellwood, creator of the national nonprofit MELD organization to meet the needs of new parents; Nancy Eustis, longtime professor of gerontology, leader in the Humphrey Institute, deputy director for the U Center on Aging, and cochair of the All-U Council on Aging; and David McCauley, whose public service in Coon Rapids and Anoka County has expanded to regional safety and medical services systems. For more information, see the news release.

The 2005 Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals will honor six U alumni and former students for leadership in their professional careers: Michael Illbruck, Germany, Carlson School of Management ('85, '87); Waddah Nasr, Lebanon, College of Liberal Arts (CLA) ('75); Mesut Senol, Turkey, a Humphrey Fellow, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs (2000-01); Yuri Stulov, Belarus, an IREX Fellow, CLA (1997-98); Paul Sun, Taiwan, College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences ('66); and Jan Veldhuis, Netherlands, Fulbright Scholar, CLA (1967-68). The winners are recognized individually in ceremonies hosted by their colleges at the U or in their home countries. The first in the 2005 group to be awarded will be Mesut Senol at graduation ceremonies for Humphrey Fellows in Minneapolis next month. The awards are sponsored by the Office of International Programs. For more information, see the news release.

Awards and appointments are published as a regular feature in Brief, the last issue of each month. Submit items to Gayla Marty at