April 16, 2002, Volume 19 number 14

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On Friday, May 3 the proposed University of Minnesota Duluth Integrated Biosciences (IBS) Graduate Program will hold an open forum for the UMD community at 1:30 p.m. in room 130 of the School of Medicine. When approved, the IBS program will replace seven existing biological/biomedical graduate programs on the UMD campus. The IBS program plans to offer a M.S. degree granting program beginning Fall 2003 and a Ph.D. degree granting program beginning Fall 2004. The purpose of the May 3 meeting is to provide information on the proposed program and to answer questions from interested students, staff and faculty.
For information contact Matt Andrews at 726-7271 or mandrews@d.umn.edu.

The comedy The Movie Game by UMD alumnus Adam Hummel, is one of four full-length plays selected by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on April 17 and 18.

The American Geological Institute (AGI) announced that William E. Crain and Robert L. Heller (posthumous) will receive the William B. Heroy, Jr. Award for Distinguished Service. The award presented in March in Houston, at the American Association on Petroleum Geologists. Heroy Award is presented annually to a geoscientist in recognition of outstanding service to the Institute and to the geoscience profession.

Crain and Heller were instrumental in generating the vision and support for the development of AGI’s new and innovative secondary-school Earth science curricula. They initially secured financial support from Chevron Corporation to begin the development of Investigating Earth SystemsT, a nine-unit program for middle-school students. In 1997, Crain continued this effort, together with Jan van Sant, executive director of the AGI Foundation, and Thomas Hamilton of EEX Corporation, in successfully raising $2.5 million for AGI educational programs. Crain also enlisted senior geologists of major petroleum corporations and independent producers to actively support the goals and participate in the activities of AGI and the AGI Foundation.

Crain had a distinguished career as a geologist and senior executive with Chevron Corporation before retiring in 1994 as vice president of Chevron’s worldwide exploration and production activities and a member of Chevron’s board of directors. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth and served in the U.S. Air Force. Crain is a long-time member of the AGI Foundation.

To date, the Investigating Earth SystemsT curriculum has been adopted in 26 states. This program, along with the 5-unit Earth System Science in the Community (EarthCommT) for grades 9-12, is being developed in accordance with the National Science Education Standards and the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Both curricula consist of inquiry-based modules that can be used as stand-alone units or as a full course presented in any order. They are commercially available from It’s About Time Publishing (www.its-about-time.com).

Vice Chancellor Vince Magnuson is pleased to announce that Tom Isbell, School of Fine Arts, has been awarded the Horace T. Morse Award-Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Education. Magnuson and Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin will host a reception from 2:30 - 4 p.m. in Griggs Center to honor Isbell and the recipients of the UMD Outstanding Adviser Award, the Blehart Award, Tezla Award and the Anderson Scholar/Teacher Award.

Susan Hatfield will speak on “Assessment - evaluation - accountability - important concepts for programs for seeking continued funding and/or accreditation” from 8:30-11:30 a.m., on Thursday, April 18, in the Kirby Bullpub.

Hatfield has taught in the Communication Studies Department at Winona State University since 1981, and served as chairperson of that department from 1991-2000. She has been involved in assessment activities on her campus. In addition, she has recently served as her campus’ Higher Learning Commission Self Study Coordinator, and is a consultant/evaluator for that organization.

An Assessment Planning Workbook will be shared and refreshments will be served. Please contact Jackie Millslagle at 726-7191if you plan to attend.

The spring Campus Assembly meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 in Kirby Ballroom B. Agendas will be mailed to assembly members before the meeting and copies will be on file in the library. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served at 1:30 p.m.

The tenth annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards will recognize the Arrowhead’s entrepreneurs at a luncheon ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22 at the D.E.C.C. Joel Labovitz, founder of Labovitz Enterprises, is scheduled to be keynote speaker. The lunch is $25 per person. Call 726-7298 to make reservations. The Labo Awards celebrate the many contributions that entrepreneurs make to the Arrowhead.

For more information please contact Patricia A. Samberg Executive Administrative Specialist, UMD Center for Economic Development at 218-726-7298


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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

UMD staff recognition day will be held from 2:30-4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22 in the dining center. The event is in honor of all UMD employees. There will be ice cream, cake and beverages, plus a gift for each staff member attending the celebration. The event is sponsored by the Professional Staff Council, Auxiliary Services, Chancellor’s Office, Office of Finance & Operations and Council of Academic Professional & Administrators.

An all-UMD receptoin will be held honoring all faculty who have won the Horace T. Morse Award, Oustanding Adviser Awards, Jean G. Blehart Award, Albert Tezla Award, and the Sabra and Dennis Anderson Award from 2:30-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 in the Grigg’s Center. The event is hosted by Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin and Vice Chansellor Vince Magnuson.

Staff, students and faculty of UMD are invited to join the “Nightwalk” for Campus Safety from 9-10 p.m. on Monday, April 29. The purpose of the “Nightwalk” is to walk together, covering all outside, and several inside, areas of the campus.

Campus safety recommendation forms are available and recommendations may can be sent to Finance and Operations (500 DAdB) by Monday, May 6, 2002. Your comments will be used by Finance and Operations and the UMD Safety, Health and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee to make plans for campus improvements.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please call Greg Fox at 726-7101.

Campus Books Events:
There will be a color film enlargement special from through Friday, April 19. Some exclusions apply.
There will be a 20% off general book sale on Wednesday, April 24. Some books are not included.
Campus Books is sponsoring a workshop from 10:15
- 11:15 a.m. during Take Your Daughters to Work Day on Thursday, April 25. The girls will tour the UMD Stores and have some fun running cash registers, answering phones, stocking shelves and assisting customers.
Commencement ticket hand-out will continue through Friday, April 26.

Bulldog Shop Events:
From Monday, April 22 through Saturday, April 27, get a free cooler with the purchase of certain products over $25.

The Alworth Institute is currently planning its International Brown Bag series for the 2002-2003 academic year. If anyone is interested and willing to share their travel experiences as a brown bag for the Institute, please contact Cindy Christian at 726-8616 or alworth@d.umn.edu. Our brown bags have covered regions across the globe and range from individuals sharing their international research to travelogues to discussions of topics of international interest.
Alworth Brown Bags are usually held on Thursdays at 12:00 noon, but there is some flexibility in scheduling.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
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