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Awards and appointments October 2005

By Gayla Marty and Cass Erickson

UMD dean James Riehl and two Polish colleagues.
Left to right: James Riehl, dean of UMD's College of Science and Engineering, and colleagues from the University of Wroclaw, Poland: Agnieszka Perec-Matysiak, faculty member, and Elzbieta Lonc, professor and director, Institute of Genetics and Microbiology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Riehl received a gold medal for 15 years of collaborative research and programs. See October 17, below.

October 31

The University's new grassroots legislative coordinator is Amy Reasoner, who joined the University Relations staff on the Twin Cities campus today. She most recently served as community advocacy director for the American Heart Association, where she more than doubled the group's number of advocates in nine months. For more information about the U's grassroots efforts, see the Legislative Network Web site.

October 28

Twin Cities campus Office of Disability Services director Bobbi Cordano received an Access Award from the Minnesota State Council on Disabilities October 27. The award recognizes creative and outstanding design solutions that eliminate or reduce employment barriers for people with disabilities. Minnesota House DFL leader Matt Entenza, who nominated Cordano for the award, praised her life of service and unflagging advocacy. The Office of Disability Services uses principles of universal design to promote accessible teaching, learning, work, service, and social environments. For more information, see the news release.

October 27

The Crookston campus awarded its highest honor, the Torch and Shield Award, to seven individuals at a banquet and ceremony October 26. All have provided leadership and aided in UMC's development. They are Harlene Hagen, Charles Hiller, Albert Peterson, Harold Peterson, Liz Quam, Doug Sandstrom, and Deborah Zak. The Torch and Shield Award has honored 196 UMC supporters since it was established in 1966. For more information, see the news release.

October 25

The Minnesota Medical Foundation board of trustees elected two new officers, Sidney Kaplan and Don Hodapp, and welcomed two new members for four-year terms, DeWalt (Pete) Ankeny, Jr. and Charles Wiser, Jr. October 24. For more information, see the news release.

October 18

Duluth campus professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry Ron Caple was recognized for outstanding service as a pre-pharmacy adviser with the Faculty Recognition Award from the U College of Pharmacy. Over 30 years, Caple has been the adviser of more than 10 percent of all student admitted to the College of Pharmacy. For more information, see the department's Web site.

Two University faculty members were named to the Minnesota Organic Advisory Task force today: Albert (Bud) Markhart, professor of horticulture, UMTC, and Bill Wilcke, Extension Service. The 14-member task force helps to support the growth of the state's expanding organic agricultural sector. The task force was named by Gene Hugoson, Minnesota Department of Agriculture commissioner. For more information, see the news release.

October 17

The dean of UMD's College of Science and Engineering, James Riehl, was awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Wroclaw, Poland, on the opening day of its academic year, September 30. Riehl was honored for 15 years of collaborative research with colleagues in the university's Institute of Chemistry and for initiating summer courses for UMD students co-taught by UMD and U of Wroclaw faculty. For more information, see the news release.

Former Morris campus chancellor Jack Imholte will be honored October 22 when the Social Science Building is renamed John Q. Imholte Hall. Imholte began his career at Morris as a professor of history in 1960 and was one of the campus's founding faculty members. He served as chancellor from 1970 to 1990. For more information, see the news release.

October 12

Longtime U supporter Robert Sparboe died suddenly October 8 while accompanying U professor and physician Gregory Vercelloti to a meeting in Boston. Sparboe served on the U of M Medical Foundation board and on the Carlson School of Management's board of overseers. He was the founder and CEO of Sparboe Companies. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 14, at noon, Wayzata Community Church; a memorial service will be held October 15 at Zion Lutheran Church. His obituary was published in the Star Tribune.

October 10

Professors Kamil Ugurbil and Anne Pusey, Twin Cities, were elected to the 225th Class of Fellows in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at its annual induction ceremony October 8 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ugurbil, radiology, biochemistry, and medicine, holds the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair of Radiology and serves as the director of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research. Pusey is the Distinguished McKnight University Professor and director of the Jane Goodall Center for Primate Research. New academy members are nominated and elected by current members and are leaders who have made contributions to society in diverse fields. For more information, see the AHC news release and Pusey's faculty profile.

The University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) recognized its top alumni, faculty, staff, and student volunteers in a reception and awards ceremony at the annual Alumni Leadership Summit, Friday, October 7, at the Campus Club in Coffman Memorial Union. On Saturday, October 8, from 8 a.m. to noon, the volunteers met for leadership seminars and networking at the McNamara Alumni Center. Award recipients are:

  • National Volunteer of the Year--Jim du Bois, College of Liberal Arts Alumni Society
  • Rising Star Award--Jenny Anderson, College of Human Ecology Alumni Society
  • Student Volunteer of the Year--Cheryl Kempton, College of Human Ecology Alumni Society
  • Program Extraordinaire Awards--Access Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts; Fall Fest 2004, Colleges of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Human Ecology, Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine; Lecture Series, St. Croix Valley Alumni Chapter; Lunch n' Learn, College of Pharmacy; and National Public Health Week, School of Public Health
  • Legislators of the Year, Sen. Keith Langseth, (DFL) Dist. 09; Sen. Richard J. Cohen, (DFL) Dist. 64; Sen. Lawrence J. Pogomiller, (DFL) Dist. 59; and Rep. Ron Abrams, Speaker Pro Tempore (R) District 43B
  • Grand Gold Award--College of Human Ecology Alumni Society
  • Chapters of the Year--Rochester Area Alumni and Friends of the University of Minnesota and Southwest Florida Chapter
  • Alumni Society of the Year--Institute of Technology Alumni Society
  • Alumni Service Awards--Jerry Noyce, past president, UMAA, and Mervyn DeSouza, College of Biological Sciences Alumni Society
  • For more information, see the UMAA 2004-05 Volunteer Award Recipients.

October 4

U alumnus Paul Sun, one of Taiwan's top agricultural leaders, will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals October 7. Sun received a master's in plant pathology from the University in 1966; in 1996, he became national policy adviser to the president of Taiwan. He was instrumental in creating the World Vegetable Center, the principal center for vegetable research and development in the world. For more information, see the news release.

October 3

University of Minnesota, Duluth, chancellor Kathryn Martin has been elected chair of the National College Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Presidents Council. Her term will run through January 2007. For more information, see the news release.

Bruce Cunningham, M.D., professor of surgery and director of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Twin Cities, was named president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at its annual conference in Chicago, Sept. 24-28. For more information, see the ASPS news release.

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

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