September 10, 2002, Volume 20 number 2

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The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) will continue its unlimited-ride U-Pass Program at UMD for the 2002-2003 school year. Students, faculty and staff qualify for free, unlimited rides on the DTA to and from campus or anywhere in the DTA service area. UMD is directly served by numerous routes throughout Duluth, although this year the DTA will not run the #22 London Road/UMD Shuttle as they did the past two years, since UMD will not be housing students on London Road this fall. More information about the U-Pass Program and DTA services at UMD can be found at

academic NEWS

Join Continuing Education for a tour of the Emerald Isle during winter break, January 8-20. Participants will visit County Kerry, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, Clonmel, Dublin, the Abbey Theatre, Sligo, Galway, Limerick, County Wicklow, the Dingle Peninsula, and more. Along the way, a local guide and storyteller will regale travelers with folktales, history, poetry, mythology, literature, and other stories. Academic credit is available; financial aid may be available. For more information, contact Pauline Nuhring at 726-6361, email, or check our website:

administrative NEWS

The UMD Library is one of a hundred voting sites around the state for the People’s Choice Award, a program sponsored by the Minnesota Center for the Book and the Minnesota Humanities Commission to celebrate America’s stories and Minnesota’s authors.

Vote for your favorite Minnesota female and male authors before voting ends on September 22. Instructions are included with the ballot box, located near the welcome kiosk on the first floor of the UMD Library.

Winners will be announced on October 12 during the second annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. The announcement will be covered on C-SPAN2/Book TV and local media.

The People’s Choice Award has been made possible by a grant from the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. First Lady Laura Bush and the Library of Congress Center for the Book are sponsoring the National Book Festival. For more information, visit the following Web sites: or

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Make sure your information is correct in the campus directory. First check your information by going to the “People” section on the UMD Home Page. If something is wrong, go to the faculty/staff area: and choose “Update Personal Information.” Enter your email log in and password. and check all the tabs across the top of the page. Questions? Contact Human Resources at 726-7161 or Academic Administration at 726-7103.

Accessible transportation assistance is available on the UMD Campus. Departments are encouraged to arrange transportation for individuals with mobility limitations at the same time they arrange their other University sponsored travel transportation needs. Possible sources for this transportation include Care Cab (723-1212) or Northern Access (728-5464). Requests for reimbursement of costs should be submitted to the UMD Business Office, 209 DAdB. Questions regarding transportation arrangements, reimbursement requirements, and this procedure should be directed to Greg Sather, UMD Business Office, 726-6137 or e-mail

This contest is to develop a Web site and/or Web-based materials for an undergraduate course. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to compete for up to $500 in awards. The deadline for submission is January 31. Student must have a 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


Campus Books Events:
Tony Dierckins will sign copies of his book, True North, in Campus Books on Wednesday, September 25, from noon - 1 p.m.

True North describes alternative and off-beat things to do and places to go on both the North and South Shores of Lake Superior.

Get a free T-shirt when you purchase any backpack in Campus Books, now through September 14.

There will be a color film reprint special on 35mm color film in Campus Books from September 16 - 21.

The last day to return fall semester textbooks with receipt is September 16 in Campus Books.

There will be a 20% off general book sale in Campus Books on Wednesday, September 18. Some exclusions apply.

The UMD Stores will be serving free ice-cream in the Marketplace from noon until 1:30 p.m. (or while supplies last) on Wednesday, September 18.

The UMD Stores will be giving out free College Bonus Bags (filled with goodies) on Monday, September 23 and Tuesday, September 24 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Campus Books.

On Wednesday, September 25, there will be free Photo Buttons from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. in Campus Books. Bring a favorite photo or have one taken at Campus Books.

For fall semester hours call the Bulldog Shop at 726-8520, Campus Books at 726-7286, Computer Corner at 726-6218, and the Marketplace at 726-822

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


Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
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Currents is printed regularly throughout the school year. Students Amelia Anderson and Heather Ziebell helped edit this issue of Currents.
The Fall Semester 2002 schedule continues as follows:

Deadline: Wednesday, September 18; Print: September 24.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 2; Print: October 8.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 16; Print: October 22.
Deadline: Wednesday, October 30; Print: November 5.
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