March 4, 2003, Volume 20 number 12

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academic NEWS

UMD has recently acquired the new masters program, Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, with Stanley Burns, head. The proposal was a joint effort between Electrical and Chemical Engineering faculty with assistance from James Riehl, CSE dean, and UMD Chancellor Katherine Martin. The program was approved in February, 2003 by the Board of Regents. Classes will begin in the Fall of 2003.

Applications are now being accepting for the annual FinnFest USA ’02 Scholarship. Scholarships are available to full-time, junior, senior, or graduate level students at UMD and students planning to study abroad. Preference is given to students of Finnish heritage. Students must self-identify for eligibility. Application materials are available in 315 Darland Administration Building, deadline for application is April 21. For more information contact Maryann Soleim at 726-8993 or

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: The keystone address and reception will be held at Glensheen. The conference is free and open to the public.

The application process has begun for the National Sea Grant Knauss Fellows program. It is open to University of Minnesota graduate students interested in ocean, coastal, or Great Lakes policy. The one-year fellowship, based in Washington, D.C., begins in February 2004. This program pays a stipend and living expenses. Fellows are selected through a competitive process. Applications are due to
Minnesota Sea Grant by May 9.

administrative NEWS

The UMD Alumni Association and the Darland Connection along with Barnes & Noble booksellers, present the Third Annual Book Drive to Support Duluth Area Children from March 2 - 8.

Kindergarten through fifth grade books purchased for donation at Barnes & Noble will receive a 10% discount that week. The Alumni Association has a goal of 250 donated books to support the Reading Partner Program at Stowe Elementary School.

At 11 a.m., Saturday, March 8 there will be a story time featuring UMD’s Champ, Clifford, the Big Red Dog, Terry Cottingham, Stowe Principal and Duluth’s new Chief of Police, Roger Waller. Barnes & Noble will sponsor an all-day Book Fair with a percentage of net sales going towards additional books for Stowe Elementary School.

For more information call UMD Alumni Relations at 726-7164.

Techfest is searching for on-going booth demonstration that demonstrate successful ways to use technology. This demonstration might showcase a technical presentation, a computer application, a time/cost saving method of sharing information, or an application of technology we have not considered. Go to to submit your proposal. The call for proposal deadline is March 14. For more information contact Sheri Pihlaja at or 726-6975.

If you missed the first seven weeks of Group Fitness classes, now is your chance to get a pass for the next seven weeks. A seven-week pass entitles you to attend group fitness classes offered from March 24 - May 9 -- ONE PASS/ANY CLASS. The cost is $35 for faculty/student pass holders and $45 for others. Stop by the Recreational Sports and Outdoor Program office at 121 SpHC or call 7128. Additional details can be found at

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.

Departments are invited participate in Take Our Children to Work Day to be held at UMD on April 24. Departments are invited to present a 45-minute workshop on careers related to the department at either 9 -10 a.m. or 10:15 - 11:15 a.m. For more information call 726-6292.

An Academic Recognition Social was held at the Tweed Museum in February to honor on-campus apartment residents who had achieved a 3.5 term or cumulative GPA. Over 115 students attended. The event was sponsored by the Apartment Residence Life staff.

UMD won honors at the Lake Superior Ad Club Award competition in February. Current Graphic Design undergraduate student Matt Alvar won second place in the Ad Club Scholarship Competition He received a $500 scholarship for his campaign for a non profit organization. Janice D. Kmetz, professor, won an ADDY Award for a catalog designed for Tweed Museum of Art. In addition, UMD recent graduates Joe Gunderson, Hillary Albaquerque, Andy Asbury, and Jeff Ruprecht received numerous awards.


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