Grad Teaching Assistant Orientation
Orientation for all new graduate teaching assistants at UMD was held from
August 31 through September 2. Over fifty graduate assistants participated
including several international students from Germany, Norway, India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, and China. Emphases included development
of English speaking skills, use of computer technology, microteaching,
student engagement, and classroom learning environments. Deborah Petersen-Perlman
was the overall coordinator. Assisting her was LeAne Rutherford (Instructional
Development Service, Karin Robbins (Foreign Student Advisor), and Lynda
John and Rachel Komarek (both from Communication Sciences and Disorders).
Two current Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students, Jessica
Callellius and April Zwiefelhofer, also contributed. This years orientation
continues a program that was started over ten years ago.
UMD IN U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
The UMD Department of Chemical Engineering was ranked fifth in the nation
for Best Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Programs by the just-released
U.S. News & World Report rankings of Americas Best Colleges,
2005 edition. The UMD Engineering Program was ranked 33rd in the nation
(tie) for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. UMD was ranked ninth
among Top Midwestern Public Universities with Masters Programs,
and 42nd overall among all Midwest Universities with Masters Programs,
public and private. For more info see www.usnews.com.
GEOLOGY STUDENT NEWS
Graduate student, Lindsay Powers, UMD Large Lakes Observatory (LLO), was
the lead author of an article in the July issue of Geology magazine. It
describes the work of a research team including Powers, LLO faculty members
Thomas Johnson and Josef Werne, and three researchers from the Netherlands.
The team applied a sea-surface temperature reconstruction method, TEX-86,
to lakes. This will allow continental temperatures over millions of years
to be reconstructed and will be a valuable tool for paleoclimatologists,
resulting in better climate-model development.
UMD CAMPUS IN NY TIMES CROSSWORD
DULUTH was the answer to the clue, A University of Minnesota campus
site, in The New York Times crossword puzzle on June 21.
50 YEARS OF TEACHER EDUCATION
The UMD Department of Education marks 50 years of national accreditation
for teacher preparation. It was one of 283 institutions recognized by
the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
The UMD Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) office will conduct two
identical informational workshops during September intended for all faculty,
especially those new to the campus and those who have not had experience
in the submission of funding proposals to external agencies and organizations.
Departmental staff who have budgetary responsibilities may also find the
presented information to be helpful. They will be held in the Kirby Garden
Room from 1 3 p.m. on Tuesday, September 28 and from 8 10
a.m. on Wednesday, September 29. Contact the UMD SPA office at 726-7582
to reserve a place.
UMD WINS DRAGON BOAT RACE
The alumni, staff, students and friends dragon boat team, UMD Bulldogs,
won the Gold Medal in the Silver division in this years Lake Superior
Dragon Boat Festival held on August 28. The team members were: Skeeter
Moore, Terry Hanson, Chris Liskiewicz, Ann Peterson, Dawn Moran, Ira Mimmo
Turunen, Lance Shively, Lawrence Johnson, Iran Kidd, Bill Watson, Sue
Moore, Michelle McAteer, Greg Sandager, Andrea OBrien, Cindy Hommerding,
Beth Esselstrom, Joakim Flygh, Randy Carlson, Mark Moran, Greg Batinich,
Tracy Lundgred, Dick Moore, and Andy Cramer.
NEW FOOD COURT
The new Plaza Food Court is open, located on the second floor of the
Kirby Plaza building. It currently offers five choices for dining, including:
Burger Hub, the Daily Special, Grab N Go, Sweet Dreams & Wraps, Taste
of Italia. The Center Court Grill, a dining area complete with wait service
and a unique menu, will open soon. The Dining Center on the third floor
of the Kirby Student Center serves all-you-can-eat meals. Menus are available
LIBRARY ACCESS FROM OFF-CAMPUS
Faculty, staff, and students who access UMD library databases, full text
journals and electronic reserves from off campus should note that the
library has a new method for allowing users to connect to online materials.
A new EZproxy server replaces the old proxy server. For assistance, email
email@example.com or call the library at
726-6546 or 726-8129.
You may have noticed white cabinets in some corridors and lobbies
around campus. They contain the Heartstart Automated External Defibrillator
(AED). AEDs are used for emergency resuscitation of someone experiencing
sudden cardiac arrest. The Environmental Health and Safety department
wants employees who work near the AED locations to be trained to use them.
If a trained rescuer is not present, others will be able to follow the
visual and audible instructions. The equipment will detect whether the
person in distress needs the AED. Also, the cabinets have a local audible
alarm that will activate when opened to alert people in the area that
there is a medical emergency. The AEDs have been approved by Health Services.
Training sessions will be offered for workers who are assigned to workstations
located in the vicinity of the AED units. For information on the University
of Minnesotas PAD (Public Access Defibrillation) program, visit
the Dept of Emergency Management website at http://www.dem.
umn.edu/main/defib.html. For information or questions about the UMD
PAD program contact Norbert Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org,
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 email email@example.com.
ROCK POND FILLS IN AGAIN
The water level of UMDs Rock Pond is gradually being restored after
careful drainage to eradicate exotic fish species threatening Tischer
Creek and possibly Lake Superior. The pond appeared to be a fish dumping
area for some time. It is refilling naturally and is expected to be full
by late fall. The Outdoor Program plans to use it as a learning lab. Credit
for the cooperative effort goes to several UMD departments: Housing, Facilities
Management, Department of Education, Outdoor Program, Department of Biology,
Natural Resources Research Institute, and Minnesota Sea Grant--as well
as to the Bagley Nature Center Committee and the Minnesota Department
of Natural Resources.
INSTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OUTSTANDING UMD FACULTY
SEND FACULTY/STAFF NEWS
Get the word out immediately about UMD faculty achievements. Deans, Directors
and Department Heads are asked to encourage staff within the departments
to send notices to Currents. Information about articles and books published,
conference presentations and awards are accepted. The Currents Newsletter
is web search engine friendly. All of the items sent for faculty/staff
news are available to international web browsers immediately after the
issue is printed. To contribute to Currents, email your items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.
To submit material to Currents e-mail email@example.com.
Currents can be viewed at www.d.umn.edu/currents
Currents is printed regularly throughout the school year. Students Heather
Ziebell and Anne Brugman helped edit this issue of Currents.
Remaining Fall Semester 2004 Schedule:
Deadline: Wed., September 15; Print date: Tues, Sept 21.
Deadline: Wed., September 29; Print date: Tues, October 5.
Deadline: Wed., October 13; Print date: Tues, October 19.
Deadline: Wed., October 27; Print date: Tues, November 2.
Deadline: Wed., November 10; Print date: Tues, Nov 16.
Deadline: Wed., December 1; Print date: Tues, December 7.
UMD CALENDAR OF EVENTS
See the web page: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdevents.
Departments are urged to post their events on this comprehensive calendar.
For information on how to post events, contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBSCRIBE TO CURRENTS
Individuals can choose to subscribe to an e-mail/web version of Currents
or to subscribe to a paper copy. E-mail/web subscribers will receive a
e-mail notice about Currents on the Web for each new issue. Paper copies
will only be sent to those who request them.
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UMD WEB PAGES
For more info about UMD departments and programs contact the following
UMD Home http://www.d.umn.edu
Alworth Institute http://www.d.umn.edu/~alworth/
UMD Athletics http://www.umdbulldogs.com
UMD Campus Events http://www.d.umn.edu/calendar/
UMD Minnesota Sea Grant http://www.seagrant.umn.edu
UMD Music http://www.d.umn.edu/music/
UMD Outdoor Program
UMD School of Medicine http://penguin.d.umn.edu/
UMD Theatre http://www.d.umn.edu/theatre/
UMD Tweed Museum of Art http://www.d.umn.edu/tma/
Natural Resources Research Institute www.nrri.umn.edu
CHANGE YOUR PERSONAL INFO IN THE CAMPUS DIRECTORY
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
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.
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