February 4, 2003, Volume 20 number 10

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University for Seniors (US) offers UMD faculty an opportunity to incorporate intergenerational interactions into their curriculum. Sharing Across GenErations (SAGE) will coordinate individual interviews or group presentations between US members and UMD students. Over the past seven years US members have cooperated with over fifteen different departments. For more information and scheduling please contact Mary Lee Lalich, Director University for Seniors at 726-6347 or mllalich@d.umn.edu.

All UMD faculty and staff are invited to participate in the nomination process for the 2003 Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award, designed to honor those faculty, staff and students who have made outstanding contributions to the University and external community in the areas of human rights and social justice. The awards will be presented at the University of Minnesota’s Community Service Award Recognition Ceremony. A $1,000 stipend will be awarded to each of the recipients. For guidelines, contact Sallye McKee, Associate Vice Provost at (612) 624-0594. Nomination materials are due by February 14, 2003.

UMD students in fields relating to the environment, and Native American and Alaska Native students in fields related to health care or tribal public policy, are invited to apply for Morris K. Udall Scholarships. Because environmental issues can be approached in a multi-disciplinary way, the scholarship is offered to students from a broad range of disciplines. Majors include: environmental engineering, agriculture, biology and other natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. To be considered, students must be nominated by their institution. The UMD Institutional deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 20, 4:30 p.m. at 209 Bohannon Hall. The scholarships, which are to be used for the 2003-2004 academic year, will be awarded in April.
Applications are available in 209 Bohannon Hall. For more information contact Rick J. Smith at 726-6293.

Eve Browning, Department of Philosophy, and Ron Marchese, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, along with 19 UMD students recently returned from a 17-day study seminar in Greece. The students celebrated the new year in Athens in the shadow of ancient monuments. They visited a number of archaeological remains including the “Olympic” sites of Delphi, Isthmia, Nemea, and Olympia. This was the first classical study seminar conducted by UMD. Along the way students and faculty had the opportunity to meet groups from colleges around the U.S. Next year’s trip has been planned to include a five-day tour of Crete and will have an environmental focus to include trail rides in two national parks in Greece where rare flora and fauna and the natural terrain will be studied.

A conference on research-in-progress in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies will take place on Friday, April 11 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 7 to Jan Stanaway in 369 ABAH, call 726-8548 or e-mail 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.

Abstracts are now being accepted for the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology, to be held June 28 – July 2, in Duluth. The theme of the meeting, “Conservation of Land and Water Interactions,” will focus attention on water, forests, wetlands, the Great Lakes, other large lakes and rivers of the world, marine and coastal systems, and associated biodiversity issues. The deadline for submission is January 10. For more information, see the meeting’s web site at www.d.umn.edu/ce/conferences/ scb2003 or contact Kris Lund at 2003@conservationbiology.org or 726-7810.

administrative NEWS

The Corporate Volunteer Council, of which UMD is a member, will have its annual “Have a Heart” clothing drive in February. Look in your closets for clothing you are not using, and donate to the Union Gospel Mission at 219 East First Street, the Salvation Army at 2101 West Superior Street, the Damiano Center at 206 West Fourth Street, and CHUM at 102 West Second Street. Items needed are: jackets, coats, sweaters, mittens & gloves, hats, boots, scarves, blankets and sheets. These emergency clothing distributors are always looking for good used clothing which are needed by the homeless, and others less fortunate. The Damiano Center also has an area where interview clothing is available for people who need to dress appropriately for job interviews. Miscellaneous toiletries will also be collected here at UMD in Humanities 494. If you have any questions please contact Cheryl Aker at 726-8149, or e-mail caker@d.umn.edu.

UMD will celebrate National Student Employment Week/Student Employee of the Year April 14-18. All departments are encouraged to nominate their outstanding student employees for this award. Nomination forms are available on the Student Employment website: www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/studentjobs, under forms. Nominations are due to Mary L. Cameron by February 17. Five UMD employees who have volunteered to serve on the Student Employee of the Year selection committee. For more information contact Mary at 726-7912.

All members of the UMD community are invited to nominate any current or former UMD faculty or staff woman for the Linda Larson-Commission on Women, Woman of the Year Award. The nomination should be in the form of a letter that includes the following: 1. The name of the woman being nominated including contact information for her; 2. A description of the activities that show outstanding contribution to the continuing improvement of women’s experiences at UMD and in Duluth at large; and 3. The name and contact information for the person(s) nominating this individual. Please deliver nomination letters to The Commission on Women’s office, 420 Darland Administration Building by March 30. This award will be presented at the Commission on Women’s Spring Lunch on May 7.

The Food Service Office is asking for your help in finding missing food trays. Please search your offices and kitchenettes for our burgundy food trays, return them to 270 Kirby Student Center, and your name will be entered in a special drawing to be held on March 1. We look forward to your participation.

Campus Books:
There will be a color film enlargement special from February 3-7. Some exclusions apply.
The UMD Stores Sidewalk Sale, with a “Southwest” theme, will be on Tuesday, February 11 and 12 in the Kirby Student Center (outside Campus Books) from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day. Save on imprinted clothing, gifts, greeting cards, food items, art and school supplies, electronics, PDAs, CDRs, calculators, computer software, general books, Videos, CDs, DVDs and more.
The Latino/Chicana Student Association will serve Nachos from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. both days. The Coffee Cart will serve a Southwestern Blend Coffee and a special soup will be served at the Soup Cart. Free photos will be taken in the photo booth from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 during the Sidewalk Sale.
On February 19 there will be a 20% off general book sale. Some books are not included.
From February 17 - 21 there will be a color film reprint special. Some exclusions apply.

Get 20% off your Valentine Card purchases from February 10 - 14.

Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
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The Spring Semester 2003 schedule is:
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