February 12, 2002, Volume 19 number 10

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UMD’s Fifth Annual Safety Awareness Fair will be held in the Kirby Ballroom from noon - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20. This year’s focus will be on ergonomics and multiple chemical sensitivities. Informational booths and workshops will be offered during the fair. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 726-6827.

A new exhibition of material from the Ramseyer-Northern Bible Society Museum Collection is on display on the second floor of the UMD Library. The display, entitled, “Bible Illustration Through the Centuries” includes an example of a wide range of technological innovation, from early illuminated manuscripts, to wood block prints, metal engraving and color lithography. Examples include the work of the popular 19th-Century illustrator Gustav Doré, editions incorporating the art work of the Renaissance masters, and 20th-Century visual interpretations of the Bible. For further information on this collection, please call 726-8102 or visit www.d.umn.edu/lib.

TECHFEST 2002 is taking place on Friday, April 5, 2002, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom. The Call for Proposals is currently out and we encourage anyone who has not participated to participate. Please go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/etrg/techfest/ to fill out the Call for Proposals form online or contact Sheri Pihlaja, spihlaja@d.umn.edu, or 726-6975 for more information.

Campus Books Events:
   There will be a color film reprint special from February 18 - 22.
   On Wednesday, February 20, get 20% off general books. Some books are not included in the sale.
Marketplace Events:
   There is still time to register for the Valentine bear in the Marketplace. No purchase is necessary. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, February 13.
   Get 20% off Valentine Cards from February 11 - 13.

The UMD Alumni Association in conjunction with Barnes & Noble will hold a week-long book drive starting on Monday, March 4. Books purchased for donation will receive a 10% discount and will go to support the Darland Connection program. On Saturday, March 9, Barnes & Noble will sponsor an all-day book fair and host a story time at 11 a.m. featuring Champ, Clifford, the Big Red Dog and special guest reader Duluth Chief of Police Scott Lyons. Donate a new book and help a child learn to read.

The Corporate Volunteer Council is sponsoring the Have a Heart Clothing Drive for the month of February. Warm a heart with a gift of used outerwear from your closet. Items needed include all outerwear, blankets, sheets, towels, washcloths, and sleeping bags. all donated items should be taken to the Clothing Exchange at the Damiano Center in Duluth where they will be given to people in need at no charge.

Communication Sciences and Disorders teamed up with the UMD School of Medicine to capture a win at the Fifth Annual Golf Classic at the Northland Country Club this past summer. The winning team included Ed Stauffer (Med School faculty), Tammi Platnik (Med School graduate), Mark Mizuko (CSD faculty) and Michelle Tessier (CSD staff). The team won the event with an eagle on their final hole. The Golf Classic is sponsored by the Medical School to support research scholarships for UMD medical students.

academic NEWS

The UMD Department of Music received notice from the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music that the Department’s application for Renewal of Membership was approved and its accreditation continued in good standing until the years 2010-11. The Commission commended the department for “its exemplary self study” and the visiting evaluators were impressed by many aspects of the music program, and noted that the music unit was “a very well-run department.” Music Department Head Judith Kritzmire, an experienced evaluator for NASM, said “it is very unusual for a music department to achieve full compliance with every NASM standard and to receive continued accreditation status immediately following the NASM review. It is a tribute to the fine work of our faculty and the university that this very complimentary and successful review was accomplished.” Kritzmire prepared and wrote the self-study document required as part of the accreditation review.

A conference on research-in-progress in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies will take place on Friday, April 19 at UMD and Glensheen. This is the 22nd annual conference at UMD on aspects of social history, current popular culture, culture of the Americas and relevant comparative studies. Topics from past conferences include literary images of Metis women, the new mythology of masculinity, popular television audiences, contemporary white supremacy groups, the culture of sled-dog racing, landscape in British detective fiction ... and so on. Presentations should be accessible to a multidisciplinary audience. This is a one-day conference; presentations should be 20 minutes. Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be sent by March 15 to Jan Stanaway in 369 ABAH, call 726-8548 or email proposals to: phil@d.umn.edu. The keystone address and reception will be held at Glensheen. The conference is free and open to the public.

The College of Education and Human Service Professions has announced the selection of Dr. Jackie Millslagle as the new associate dean. Millslagle was most recently the director of CEHSP Student Affairs at UMD and has infused that office with numerous innovative and positive initiatives. Prior to this, Millslagle was registrar and director of enrollment services at Northern State University at Aberdeen South Dakota.

Four students from UMD’s The Movie Game won awards at the Region V American College Theatre Festival (ACTF), in Lincoln, Nebraska. They have been invited to attend the National ACTF at the Kennedy Center in April 2002. Andrew Bennet and first alternate Pegah Kadkhodaian won the Irene Ryan Acting Award. Brook Carl won the Mehron Makeup Award. Jeffrey Peterson won the Barbizon Award for Scenic Design and alumnus Adam Hummel won the Playwrighting Award.

administrative NEWS

The UMD Library and the Friends of the Duluth Public Library are seeking nominations for the Fourteenth Annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA). The award recognizes books which best represent northeastern Minnesota’s history, culture, heritage or lifestyle. The books must have been published in 2001 and may be of any genre, including fiction, non-fiction, photography, poetry or children’s literature. To nominate a book for the award, visit the NEMBA website at www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemba. Nominations must be postmarked by March 1. An awards reception honoring all nominated authors will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at the UMD Library.


Now that e-mail has been designated the official means of communication at UMD, the Library is experimenting with e-mail notification methods for students, staff, and faculty. The first phase will be “friendly reminder” e mails that will go out before materials are actually overdue. You may receive a message beginning, “This is to remind you that the UMD Library materials listed below will be due within the next week . . .” If, after receiving such a message, you immediately call the Circulation desk (726-6120) during hours when the Library is open, you can renew materials before they become overdue and avoid problems such as blocked privileges. If you are really Library savvy and have learned how to do online renewals with your Library PIN, you can renew materials through the Library home page by clicking on “Circulation Services” and choosing the “Renew Materials” panel. This works well if your library account is in good standing and you have not exceeded the maximum number of renewals. You can bookmark the online renewal feature at http://lib.d.umn.edu/uhtbin/cgisirsi/0/0/29/167/X/3.
   Call the Library at 726-6120 if you have any problems renewing via the Web, and a staff member will assist you. UMD faculty, staff, and students who primarily use e-mail services other than their official UMD e-mail address should be sure to forward all UMD e-mail to their other service.

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Departments are urged to post their events on this comprehensive calendar. For information on how to post events, contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996 or e-mail creitan@d.umn.edu.

Many UMD faculty and staff are choosing to read Currents on the web instead of receiving a paper copy. An e-mail reminder is sent to umd.business.announce@d.umn.edu on the publication date of each issue. The paper copies of currents go to each department. If you want to read on the Web instead of on paper, contact your department office to reduce the number of Currents sent. Thanks!

Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
Currents can be viewed at www.d.umn.edu/currents

Currents is printed regularly throughout the school year. College of Liberal Arts student, Jenny O'Neill helped edit this issue of Currents.
The Fall Semester 2001 schedule continues as follows:
The Spring Semester schedule is:
Deadline: Wednesday, January 23;
Print date: Tuesday, January 29.
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Print date: Tuesday, February 12.
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Print date: Tuesday, February 26.
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Print date: Tuesday, March 12.
Deadline: Wednesday, March 27;
Print date: Tuesday, April 2.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 10;
Print date: Tuesday, April 16.
Deadline: Wednesday, April 24;
Print date: Tuesday, April 30.

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