By Gayla Marty
Professor Terry Collins was named acting director of General College, Twin Cities, beginning July 11. See "U appointments," below.
EXTERNAL AWARDS TO U FACULTY, STAFF, AND STUDENTS
Six students and two alumni of the Graduate School have received Fulbright scholarships for study abroad in 2005-06. The students are Jane DeRonne, communication studies, Germany; Jennifer Illuzzi, history, Italy; Barbara Martinez, conservation biology, Madagascar; Lynne Newton, anthropology, Oman; Jeanine Refsnider, conservation biology, New Zealand; and Michelle Wieland, conservation biology, Democratic Republic of Congo. The alumni are Jason Schaller, sociology, '04, Korea; and Robert Strand, business administration, '05, Norway. Fulbright scholarships are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. For more information, see the news release.
Regents professor G. Edward Schuh (left) was awarded Brazil's National Order of Scientific Merit, Gra Cruz, from the Ministry of Science Technology April 26. The ceremony in Brasilia was attended by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and other dignitaries, including the president of the Brazilian Academy of Science. Schuh was honored for lifetime contributions to Brazil and its agricultural institutions. In the early 1960s, he helped to establish the first graduate program in agricultural econoomics at the Federal University of Vicosa, which was celebrating the graduation of its one-thousandth student. For more information, see the news release.
Students Melinda Stiles and Katie White, College of Liberal Arts, won the Program of the Year award for their bid presentation at the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH) May 28 in Syracuse, New York. They developed their proposal based on "Fill the Bus," a campus clothing drive coordinated by U students with the support of Housing and Residential Life and units of University Services and the Office of Student Affairs. Ardell Sanders, U Village apartment coordinator and adviser to the University of Minnesota delegation, supported the students' work throughout spring semester. NACURH is the largest student-run organization in the world, and the conference was attended by 2,400 delegates from all 50 states, Canada, and Australia. Stiles and White will represent NACURH at the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I) conference in Milwaukee in July.
Journalism professor Dona Schwartz was selected as one of ten finalists for the prestigious Santa Fe Prize for Photography for her project In the Kitchen, which the jurors described as "brilliantly observed." The prize recognizes and rewards gifted and committed photographers who have completed or are near completion of a meaningful body of work. The award process is by nomination only. Selections from the series are on view at the annual juried exhibition at the Photographic Resource Center, Boston University gallery, May 20-June 26. For more information, see Schwartz's faculty profile and the prize Web site.
U APPOINTMENTS Anthony Baraga (right) was elected June 10 by the Board of Regents for a two-year term as chair beginning July 1. Baraga, a retired radiologist from northern Minnesota, is president of Medical Imaging North. He served previously as chief of staff at Hibbing General Hospital, Chisholm Memorial Hospital, and Mesabi Regional Medical Center-University. He earned a bachelor of science degree and a medical degree from the University of Minnesota. Baraga was elected as a regent in 1999 and 2005.
The board elected as vice chair Patricia Simmons, a physician and a professor of pediatrics at the Mayo Clinic and Medical School. Simmons received a bachelor's degree from Carleton College and a medical degree from the University of Chicago. She was elected as a regent in 2003.
For more information, see their profiles on the Board of Regents Web site. (From Brief, June 15.) Terry Collins has been appointed interim dean of General College, beginning July 11. Collins, a longtime General College faculty member, is a recipient of the Morse Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award and the President's Award for Outstanding University Service, among other awards. His teaching and research interests include basic writing, disability studies, and the role of emerging technologies in higher education. Collins will assume the dean's responsibilities from David Taylor, who will become provost at Morehouse College in Atlanta. For more information, see the news release. (From Brief, June 29.) Pamela Holsinger-Fuchs has been appointed Crookston campus's interim vice chancellor for student services and enrollment management. She previously served as director of student activities and service learning and becomes one of two vice chancellors at Crookston. For more information, see the news release. (From Brief, June 15.) Richard Howard has accepted the position of director of the Office of Institutional Research and Reporting (IRR) and will join the University this summer. Howard will come from Montana State University in Bozeman, where he is a professor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Development and has directed the office of institutional research; he has directed similar offices at the University of Arizona, North Carolina State University, and West Virginia University. At Minnesota, he will hold a non-tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Educational Policy and Administration. For more information, see the IRR Web site and his current faculty Web page. Dante Cicchetti, a leader in developmental psychopathology at the University of Rochester, New York, has been appointed to the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, and the Institute of Child Development, College of Education and Human Development. Cicchetti has made major contributions in the fields of developmental psychology and children's mental health. In his new position, he will hold two endowed chairs and direct an interdisciplinary center that collaborates with the city of Minneapolis. He is an alumnus of the University and has also served on the faculty at Harvard University. For more information, see the news release.
Larry Jacobs (right), professor of political science and national political analyst, has been named the first Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies in the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, beginning in June. Jacobs will continue serving on the faculty of the Department of Political Science, College of Liberal Arts, where he is a McKnight Land-Grant Professor. Jacobs directed the 2004 Elections Project for the Humphrey Institute and has written and commented widely on politics, government policy, and public opinion. The new chair is named in honor of the former U.S. vice president and his wife and will be part of the Humphrey Institute's new Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. For more information, see the news release.
Myron Orfield (left), associate professor of law and director of the Institute on Race and Poverty, has been awarded the 2005-06 Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs. Orfield plans to use resources provided by the appointment to outline the statutory powers of the Metropolitan Council in light of recent law suits against the regional body. He will also examine the performance of the regional legal framework in the Twin Cities metro area with respect to racial and social segregation. The Fesler-Lampert Chair is administered through the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). For more information, see a description of the chair and Orfield's faculty profile.
Jaime Moquin has been appointed as director of admissions at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Moquin formerly served as an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions, and associate director of admissions at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. She recently completed her tenure as a K-12 academic instructor within the Winter School District in Wisconsin and will begin her full-time duties at Morris July 18. (From Brief, June 15.) Melissa Mortellito has joined the University's Rochester center as a student support services assistant in the Department of Nursing. Mortellito will support the nursing staff and nursing students at UMR. She brings experience working with students in community colleges, learning centers, and elementary schools and holds a B.A. from Rutgers University.
Matthew Sumera, e-communications manager in University Relations (UR), will leave the University in August to pursue graduate studies in ethnomusicology. Current UR staff member Mike Nelson will assume responsibility for day-to-day management of the University Relations Web and digital communications team, and UR's Wokie Grigsby will work on communications technologies integration with partners from throughout the University.
Three dean candidates for the Carlson School of Management were named: John Delaney, associate dean and professor, Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, Michigan State University; A. Blanton Godfrey, dean, College of Textiles, North Carolina State University; and Alison Davis-Blake, senior associate dean and professor, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas. Public interviews began last week. The Carlson School is currently being led by co-deans Michael Houston and James Campbell. For more information, see the news release.
UMD mathematics professor Joe Gallian has been elected president of the Math Association of America. With a membership of 27,000, the MAA is the largest national professional society focused on undergraduate education. Gallian will begin his four-year term in January 2006. He has taught at UMD since 1972, authored five books, and published articles in many academic journals. His current research focuses on graph theory. For more information, see the news release and his faculty profile.
Morris campus alumna Angela Pawlak, '04, has been accepted by Teach For America, the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. More than 17,000 graduating seniors and alumni applied to the corps from all across the country this year. For more information, see the news release.
U HONORS AND AWARDS TO ALUMNI AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS Seven alumni (left) will be honored as Top Aggies by the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA), predecessor school of the University's Crookston campus, at the all-school reunion June 25. They are Keith Chisholm, '55; Dennis Driscoll, '50; Glen and Marlys (Love) Finkenbinder, '55; Lyle Kasprick, '50; Arnold Skeie, '55; and Merlin Skretvedt, '54. The award is the highest recognition given by the NWSA alumni association. Recipients will also receive an award for distinguished service. For more information, see the news release. (From Brief, June 1.) Paul Molitor, Major League Baseball Hall of Fame member and U alumnus, received the University's Outstanding Achievement Award at Eastcliff, the home of University presidents, May 17. Molitor is a St. Paul native and played for the Golden Gophers in the 1970s before spending 21 years in baseball, including the Minnesota Twins. The award is the highest honor the University can bestow on alumni.
Former University president Mark Yudof will be honored when the Riverbend Commons student housing complex is renamed Yudof Hall September 15. The Board of Regents voted to name the building on the U's East Bank in honor of Yudof because of his vision to create a community on the river by reconnecting the University with the Mississippi River and improving student life. Yudof served as the 14th president, 1997-2002, and is now president at the University of Texas. For more information see the news release.
Public health pioneer Leonard Schuman, who joined the University in 1954, died May 31 at the age of 92. Schuman served on the original polio vaccine trail that led to the population vaccination program in the 1950s. He also contributed to the first formal declaration that smoking causes cancer when he served on the first U.S. Surgeon General's Committee on Smoking and Health from 1962 to 1964. For more information, see the news release.