Tuesday, January 31, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 9

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The Facilities Management team will receive a 2005 Governor’s MnGREAT Award for environmental leadership for the Glensheen Low Impact Development and Shoreline Protection Project. The project at the historic estate was completed in collaboration with the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District, Wisconsin Sea Grant, and the Minnesota Board of Soil and Water. UMD team members are Erik Larson, Wade Lawrence, Peggy Dahlberg, Sheryl Lind, and Dan McClelland. The award ceremony will be Feb. 15 at the annual conference of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

UMD women’s hockey will host the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament for the second time in 2008. When Duluth hosted in 2003, 5,167 fans saw UMD defeat Harvard 4-3 in overtime at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center--an all-time record attendance for a women’s hockey final.

The UMD Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Services Office received a $2,500 grant from Pfund, a foundation that celebrates and strengthens GLBT communities. The grant will be used to provide public education and outreach to northeast Minnesota groups and organizations about anti-gay marriage amendments and the impact on GLBT families. UMD will work collaboratively with OutFront Minnesota, the state’s leading GLBT organization. For more information contact Angie Nichols at 726-7300.

The Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute (GLMRI), a collaboration of UMD and the U of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS), has been awarded a $2 million federal grant for its work maintaining and promoting maritime transportation on the Great Lakes. The GLMRI was designated a National Maritime Enhancement Institute for the Great Lakes by the U.S. Maritime Administration last June. for information contact 726-7446 or info@glmri.org.

Governor Pawlenty held a news conference at UMD on January 13, where he announced he will recommend $15.3 million for a new building for the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. The new structure is planned to be 65,000 square feet, approximately 1.5 times the size of the current School of Business and Economics. The project is partially funded by a $4.5 million gift from Duluth natives Sharon and Joel Labovitz. Total cost of the building is estimated at $23 million, with $7.7 million from University funds.

The first public videophone stations in northern Minnesota are now open to the public at UMD, located in the library and the Multicultural Center. Videophones allow deaf and hard-of-hearing people who use American Sign Language to communicate with others who have videophones and with hearing people through the Video Relay Service. A demonstration was held at an open house Dec. 16. The system was created by Sorenson Video Relay Service. For more information contact Nancy Diener at ndiener@d.umn.edu, 726-8709 (voice), or 726-7380 (TTY).

The American College Theater Festival (ACTF) selected New York University’s MFA graduate Brian Tanen’s play The Man of Infinite Sadness for the ACTF’s Region V Festival of the Kennedy Center/ACTF. It is one of nine plays from 193 entries in a seven state region. The Man of Infinite Sadness was presented earlier in January at the regional competition on the campus of Concordia College. This is the forth time in five years that UMD Theatre has been selected to participate at the KCACTF Region V Festival.

The three wildlife dioramas featuring paintings by well-known local artist and UMD alumnus Carl Gawboy have been successfully removed from the UMD Life Science Building. The Life Science Building is currently undergoing a $15.2 million renovation to prepare state-of-the-art facilities for the College of Pharmacy, Duluth and the UMD Department of Biology.

Painted when the building was constructed in 1968, the artwork was fastened to plaster walls. The painstaking removal process was successfully completed by the UMD Facilities Management Department. The three paintings include: a depiction of Hawk Ridge, a winter scene of a cedar swamp, and a beaver pond. The dioramas have been crated and placed in storage until an appropriate new home for them is found.

administrative NEWS


Sue Smith, University of Minnesota, Employee Benefits Counselor, is coming to UMD on February 24 for individual consultations in the Regents’ Room, 520 DAdB. Sue will be able to answer questions related to retirement, medical/dental benefits, optional retirement, short term/long term disability, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and other benefits related questions.

To make an appointment, call Lita Condes Wallace at 726-7822. The next and last Employee Benefits Counselor visit this Spring is on April 6 and April 7.

National Student Employment Week 2006 will be celebrated April 9 - 15. This is a perfect opportunity to recognize and reward students for their important contributions. Nominate outstanding student employees for “Student Employee of the Year” through the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators.

Provide nominations to the Student Employee of the Year Committee, 255 Darland by February 8. Nomination forms are located on the student employment website: www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/studentjobs and click on National Student Employment Week.

Contact Barbara Gundersen if interested in serving on the “Student Employee of the Year” selection committee or with any questions at bgunders@d.umn.edu.

Participate in the annual Winter “OUTCOLD” Carnival Office Decorating Contest for a chance to receive a pizza party. OUTCOLD week is February 20 - 25. Have decorations up all week to add to the festive atmosphere. The judges will be reviewing all entries on Wednesday, February 22 starting at 11 a.m. To enter the contest, email Brandee Polson at pols0036@d.umn.edu by February 12.

The College of Pharmacy, Duluth, is offering free appointments to anyone interested in learning more about his or her medication therapies. The Pharmaceutical Care Clinics pair students enrolled in the College of Pharmacy, Duluth, and a faculty supervisor with a volunteer community member. The students, under the supervision of a faculty member, screen for drug interactions, answer questions, and provide a personal medication care plan. There are still two dates available for the one-hour appointments. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 726-6800.

The 100-Mile Challenge is back for Spring 2006 UMD’s Wellness program. The Department of Human Resources encourages all faculty and staff to do physical activities totalling 100 miles (or 200,000 steps or 1,500 minutes) from January 30 to April 30. For more information, log form, incentive gifts, and registration form see http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/wellness/spring06/.

Health Connections, sponsored by UPlan Wellness, is a multi-step, multi-year initiative designed to provide the latest online tools and resources needed to improve health and longevity. Participation begins when with a short series of online questions about health history, nutrition, physical activity, seat belt use, etc. The assessment is voluntary and confidential. When completed, the user will receive a taxable, lump sum reward of $65. A second payment of $65 dollars is also available when any one of the improvement programs is completed at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/wellness/healthconnections/index.html.

UMD Stores street level will feature an “item of the week” promotion throughout February starting with women’s hoods at 25% off. Register to win a Valentine gift package February 1 through 13. Jefferson Lines is offering daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level.

UMD Stores lower level will feature a photo special on single 4x6 prints and picture CD, February 13 - 24. Select 2006 calendars and planners are now on sale, while supplies last.

UMD Stores, Etc. will have a “SUPER” sale Jan. 30 - Feb. 3, featuring football-related items. Register to win prizes daily, and an electronics sale February 6 to 10. The UPS Mail Center is open in UMD Stores, Etc., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Customers can buy stamps and mailing supplies, and have their packages shipped.

UMD Stores is a proud sponsor of UMD Bulldog Basketball. Receive a free UMD Stores chip clip at the game on Saturday, February 11, while supplies last.

Grad Fair 2006 is Wednesday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Kirby Ballroom. Any departments and organizations interested in reserving a booth, contact Teri Glembin at tglembin@d.umn.edu.

See what’s new online at www.umdstores.com.

It is time to update the UMD Faculty and Staff Experts List which is on-line at http://www.d.umn.edu/currents/experts/. Faculty and staff who wish to be included should submit the following information: name, title, work phone, work address, home phone (optional), e-mail address, web address (optional), and three to nine topic descriptors. Already included faculty and staff should review their listing and submit any changes.

Changes and submissions will be accepted until Friday, February 18. Departments are asked to send notification for faculty and staff who are no longer at UMD. Send submissions to Cheryl Reitan at creitan@d.umn.edu with “Expert List” in the subject line.


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