May 14, 2002, Volume 19 number 16

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Facilities Management and Environmental Health and Safety invite you to participate in the second annual Campus Clean Sweep, Monday, May 20 - 22. Members of UMD’s custodial, grounds, recycling and customer service crews ail be ready to assist you with any of your cleaning needs. Services for the Clean Sweep will consist of: equipment disposal, hazardous materials disposal, office cleaning kits, extra recycling containers and extra trash runs.

Office cleaning kits and extra recycling bins can be reserved by calling Facilities Management at 736-8262. Arrangements for equipment disposal must be made through the Business Office at 726-8292. Hazardous material removal must be handled though the Environmental Health and Safety office at 726-7273.

Check your email each day beginning Monday, May 13 for additional information.. If you have any questions please call 726-8262.

“Party in the Pound” is the theme for this year’s UMD Homecoming, scheduled for September 23-29. The Homecoming Committee is busy arranging events for the exciting week, and wants to involve as many departments
as possible. The popular department decorating contest will be held again, so over the summer think about all the fun ways you can dress up your office. What about a department float to enter in the parade? It’s not too early to start planning to be a part.

The new website for Homecoming 2002 will soon be available at http://www. Check it and find out what you won’t want to miss. Come Party in the Pound!

academic NEWS

Ron Caple, professor, Department of Chemistry, received the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research for 2001 - 2002. Caple has made unique contributions to a relatively new field of chemistry — addition reactions in synthetic organic chemistry. His strong Russian connection has led to an active UMD exchange with Hanoi, Vietnam, and Pinar del Rio, Cuba. Over 1,000 new compounds have been synthesized as a result of his research.

This contest is to develop a Web site for an undergraduate course and/or Web-based materials for an undergraduate course. All UMD students are eligible to participate. Up to $500 in awards will be given out this year. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 31, 2003. Each student must have an identified faculty or departmental sponsor. For details on the contest and to submit your site, go to: If a student is interested and needs a faculty or department sponsor, or if faculty or a department are looking for a student sponsor, call Sheri Pihlaja at 726-6975 or email

administrative NEWS

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.

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 Our brown bags have covered regions across the globe and range from individuals sharing their international research to travel logs to discussions of topics of international interest.
Alworth Brown Bags are usually held on Thursdays at noon, but there is some flexibility in scheduling.

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

The design staff, The Department of Theatre, and Minnesota Repertory Theatre have been collecting all kinds of discarded cds from a variety of sources on and off campus. They have been experimenting with the reflective surface of the cd to create a scenic effect for an up and coming production in this years summer repertory theatre season. They believe they have the answer to a few visual ideas at this time, however, they don’t have enough of these cds to effectively do any sizeable project for the theatre.

Please donate your old, used, scratched, cds to the theatre department. Drop them off or send them through campus mail to Room 142 in the Marshall Performing Arts Center, The Computer Corner, or one of the computer labs on the UMD Campus.

The greenhouse at UMD recycles used, but still useable, flower pots. When cleaning out the garage this year bring any old pots to the UMD Biology greenhouse. For more info call Deb Shubat 726-7258.

With the end of the year fast approaching Food Services is asking that all trays, serving platters and utensils, and other items be returned.

Campus Books Events:
Cash for Books Buyback will be in the Kirby Ballroom from May 13 -17. Students are eligible to register for a mountain bike and gift certificates from the UMD Stores. Buyback hours are: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 13-15 and May 17. Buyback hours for May 16 are 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

May 14 and 15 there will be large savings on imprinted clothing and gifts, office, art and school supplies, food items, computer software, electronic products and much more.

The Split Rock Arts Program will be in session from Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, August 17.

Bargain books will be available in Campus Books throughout the summer.

UMD Stores:
The UMD Stores Final Sale will be in the Kirby Ballroom from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 13 - May 15. There will be savings on imprinted clothing and gifts, office, art and school supplies, food items, computer software, electronic products and much more.

For UMD store spring semester hours, call 726-7286 or browse our website at


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