Tuesday, February 14, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 10

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COMMUNITY/REGIONAL RESEARCH
The Center for Community and Regional Research (CCRR) invites proposals for cooperative research projects involving community-based public sector or private non-profit agencies. Research topics must fit into a broadly defined Community and Regional Studies curriculum and provide opportunities for student involvement. Eligible projects typically focus on topics originating in the social sciences and humanities (especially urban studies, geography, sociology, political science, women's studies, history, American Indian studies, economics, anthropology, psychology, social work and related disciplines), although projects originating in the natural sciences are also fundable.

The Center will support a portion of the cost of community-based research projects if certain eligibility requirements are met and funds are available. Each project must involve students and applications must be made by a faculty or staff supervisor from UMD. For details on eligible projects contact Lawrence M. Knopp, Jr., at ccrr@d.umn.edu or visit http://www.d.umn.edu/ccrr.


COMMENCEMENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
It’s never too early to start planning for commencement! The Commencement Committee is once again looking for volunteers for UMD’s commencement ceremonies. The Graduate Program Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, in the Romano Gymnasium. Volunteers are needed from 5 - 7 p.m. to hand out programs, to line up the graduates, and to answer guest and student questions.

The Undergraduate Program Ceremony will be held at noon, Saturday, May 13 in the DECC Arena. Guest tickets are required for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. So far, about 1,020 students are participating in the ceremony. 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, to hand out programs, and to help guests in the VIP section. It's a lot of fun! This is a great opportunity to be part of UMD's largest annual celebration. Call Lucy Kragness at 726-6176, if interested.

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INFO

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 last Employee Benefits Counselor visits this spring are on April 6 and April 7.

NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK
National Student Employment Week 2006 will be celebrated April 9 - 15. This is an 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 Monday, February 21. 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.

“OUT COLD” WINTER CARNIVAL
Participate in the annual Winter “Out Cold” Carnival Office Decorating Contest for a chance to receive a pizza party. Out Cold week is February 20 - 25. Keep 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 15.

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD
Congratulate the winners of the Outstanding Service Award on Tuesday, March 21, 2006 at 3 p.m. in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Continuous Service Award recipients include Tim Bates, Stephanie Boisjoli, Kora Cavanaugh, Christine Ebert, Ginger Johnson, Steven Johnson, Jan Miller, Bonnie Peterson, Laura Piotrowski, Dan Tomhave, and Judy Zomerfelt. Project awards went to Erik Larson and Candice Richards, John Rashid, Randy Hedin and Juline Smith, and James Luttinen.

PHARMACEUTICAL CARE LAB

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.

UMD AND UPLAN WELLNESS PROGRAMS
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 INFO
The UMD Stores street level offers “items of the week.” For February 13 - 19 women's tees are 30% off and for February 20 - 26, sport hoods are 25% off. 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 CDs, February 13 - 24. 2006 calendars are 50% off and academic year calendars and planners are 75% off.

UMD Stores, Etc. will have an “I (heart) a Good Sale” February 13 - 17, featuring up to 50% off UMD wear and gifts, art supplies, snacks, office and school products, and much more. The “Out Cold” sale and clothing drive in UMD Stores, Etc. will feature UMD winter wear, snacks, bargain books, and gifts February 20-24. Receive an extra 10% off purchases when you donate clothing items at the store. 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.

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

UMD Stores is a sponsor of UMD Bulldog Hockey and Friday, February 24 is fan appreciation night. UMD Stores will give away an authentic UMD hockey jersey to the winner of the blow-up musical chair contest on the ice during the period break.

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

UPDATE EXPERTS LIST
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. Faculty and staff who are already included 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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Carrie Larsen helped edit this issue of Currents.
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Spring Semester 2006 Schedule:
Deadline: Wed., February 22; Print date: Tues., February 28.
Deadline: Wed., March 22; Print date: Tues., March 28.
Deadline: Wed., April 5; Print date: Tues., April 11.
Deadline: Wed., April 19; Print date: Tues., April 25.
Deadline: Wed., May 3; Print date: Tues., May 9.

UMD CALENDAR OF EVENTS
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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 Recreational Sports Outdoor Program — http://www.umdrsop.org/
UMD School of Medicine — http://penguin.d.umn.edu/
UMD School of Pharmacy — http://www.pharmacy.umn.edu/duluth/
UMD Stores — http://www.umdstores.com/
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
Glensheen — http://www.d.umn.edu/glen/

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