Tuesday, April 13, 2004; VOLUME 21, NUMBER 13

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COMMISSION ON WOMEN, GRANT APPLICATIONS
The UMD Commission on Women is currently accepting grant applications for the 2004-2005 academic year. Grant information and applications are available online at: http://www.d.umn.edu/comwomen/

The application deadline for small grants, $300 or less, will be accepted throughout academic year. The deadline for major grants, $301-$1000, for Fall semester 2004 programs is April 15.

Funding is provided for proposals that meet the Commission on Women mission of enhancing the environment for women at UMD; presentations/events that are generated from and delivered on campus; lectures, based on the speaker’s focus; travel to conferences is funded only when knowledge gained from the conference will directly impact a large group of women at UMD.

Send grant applications to Nancy Damberg at 209 Darland Administration Building. For questions e-mail Nancy Damberg at ndamberg@d.umn.edu or call 726-6966.

UMD UNDERGRADS AT NCUR
Faculty members Steve Hedman, Tim Holst, Bob Lloyd, Lyle Shannon, and Steve Sternberg will accompany a group of UMD research students to Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis to attend the 18th National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 15-17. The program focus is on helping to build communities of students and faculty scholars spanning the academic disciplines ranging from sciences to creative arts. The UMD students attending and presenting are: Thom Taylor -- CEHSP, Philomina Varghese -- CEHSP, Jason Caddy – CLA, Barbara Pierson -- CLA, and from CSE -- Julie Glasscoc, Nicole Klatt, Angela Merritt, Abul Mohsin, Ricole Raitz, Jessica Strange, Karl Wimmer.

COMMENCEMENT
There will be two commencement ceremonies again this year. The undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held Saturday, May 15 at noon at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. The graduate student ceremony will be held Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the Romano Gymnasium.
Commencement is very important to the students who participate and to their families. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

UMD STUDENTS TAKE THE CHALLENGE
“Challenging Ourselves to Be Better Educators,”was the title of this years annual student outdoor educators’ conference that took place at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. UMD students Melissa VanDergeest, Abby Siegel and Mark Bratlie presented at the conference and Siegel was elected president of the conference board for 2004-2005. The conference was attended by nearly 100 students from 8 different schools.

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PLANNED GIVING SEMINAR
Robert L. Peterson, estate planning attorney, will present a seminar from 10 - 11 a.m. on April 14 in the Regents Room. Learn how to control your taxes during retirement and have more cash flow. Also learn how gift annuities and other planned giving vehicles can help reduce taxes. Refreshments will be served and each attendee will receive handouts that will be of assistance when managing assets during retirement
For more information contact Tricia Bunten at 726-6995.

TAKE OUR CHILDREN TO WORK DAY
UMD will be participating in “Take Our Children To Work Day” on Thursday, April 22. This is a free event open to UMD employees. Supervisors must grant permission to be able to sponsor a child/children and children should be between the ages of 8 and 12. Visit http://www.d.umn.edu/student/MLRC/WRAC/takeourchildrentoworkdayhome.html for registration, workshop descriptions, permission letter for schools and essay form.

CAMPUS WOMEN BOWL
UMD Campus Women is presenting “Bowl, Pizza, and Pop” for staff, family and friends from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23 at Skyline Bowling Lanes. Ten dollars per person includes bowling for two hours, shoes, pizza, pop, and door prizes. Space is limited. Registration online at
http://www.d.umn.edu/~lwallace/CampusWomen/bowling.pdf

ANNUAL DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARDS CEREMONY
The Annual Distinguished Teaching Awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 26 at the McNamara Alumni Center’s Memorial Hall. All members of the University community are invited to this special ceremony and reception to honor 13 distinguished educators for their contributions to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. Award recipients are inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, in recognition of the significance of their teaching excellence.

Recipients join their Academy colleagues from all four campuses to provide important leadership to the University community, serving as mentors, advisers, and spokespersons for the University’s teaching mission.
To register for this event, go to http://www.alumni.umn.edu/distinguishedteaching or call 612-624-2323.

COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES NEED VOLUNTEERS
The Commencement Committee is once again looking for volunteers for UMD’s commencement ceremonies.
Volunteers are needed to hand out programs, line up the graduates, and answer questions at the Graduate Program Ceremony from 5 - 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 in the Romano Gymnasium.

UMD is requiring guest tickets for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held at noon on Saturday, May 15 in the DECC Arena. Volunteers will receive a special seat in the VIP section on the arena floor for the commencement ceremony. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. - noon to help the graduates line up, hand out programs, and help guests in the VIP section. This is a great opportunity to be part of UMD’s largest annual celebration. If you are interested in volunteering, please call Lucy Kragness at 726-6176 or e-mail commence@d.umn.edu. Volunteers will review their responsibilities at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12 in the Regents Room.

LINDA LARSON-COMMISSION ON WOMEN, WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Linda Larson Commission on Women, Woman of the Year Award was created in 2002 to honor women at UMD who exemplify going above and beyond to benefit women at UMD. All members of the UMD community may nominate any current or former UMD faculty or staff woman for this award.

The award will be presented at the Celebrating Women Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, May 5. A luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom and an evening supper/open house will be held from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room.
Contact the Commission on Women (comwomen@d.umn.edu) for more information.

UNIVERSITY WELLNESS PROGRAM
The University Wellness Program was established to create a better workplace for employees by encouraging a culture where employees are more physically active. One goal is to reduce health care costs by encouraging healthy lifestyle choices. In the coming year, employees can look for online information and resources that will help them become more informed health consumers.

So, groove your body for 10 minutes three times a day, trek the U, and take the Chancellors Challenge and follow the distance markers.
For more information, visit www.do-groove.com. The program is sponsored by the American Heart Association, BlueCross BlueShield, and UMD Human Resources.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARDS
This year’s Outstanding Service Awards for UMD staff will be presented at 3 p.m. on April 27 in the Kirby Ballroom. A reception will follow the ceremony. CONTINUOUS SERVICE awards will be presented to: Spring Billiar, Barb Erickson, Marjorie Erickson, Corey Fischer, Avis Hedin, Molly Larson, and James Vileta. PROJECT AWARDS will be presented to: Sharyl Beaudin, Matt Beckman, Lynne Erickson, Paula LeBlanc, Rick Menz, Bob Nygaard, JoAnn Morley, Renee Wanner, Douglas McKercher, Joyleen Vicki Schneider, Laura Carlson, Jason Davis, Joel Ness, Sarah Paro, Roger Petry, Doug Vandenberg, Joseph Holtermann, Darlene Morris, Tom Malefatto, Travis Mayne, Betty Greene, and Linda Kinnear.

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