Tuesday, February 28, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 11

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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.

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. 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.

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) is a national theatre program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide. Over 600 academic institutions throughout the country showcase their talents at this competition. Theatre majors Ben Elledge, Brittany Parker, Annie Ragsdale, and Sarah Schmitz competed in the KCACTF’s Region V competition for the Irene Ryan Scholarship.

Elledge was named one of the two winners for the region. He and scene partner, Matt Olsen, will travel to Washington, D.C., in April for the national competition at the Kennedy Center. This marks Elledge’s second time he has won the top acting prize at the regional level, and is also the fourth time in the last six years a UMD actor has won this honor.

Parker was named the second runner up, and Ragsdale was awarded the TVI scholarship. Casey Martin was named the Stage Management Fellow for Region V and received the Silver Wrench award for best student contribution in the Stage Crew Showdown.

The Man of Infinite Sadness was deemed one of the best shows at the regional competition and is one of three KCACTF Region V productions being held for the national festival in April. The crew of The Man of Infinite Sadness also received the Golden Handtruck award, UMD Theatre’s second in three years.

UMD won several awards at the Lake Superior Advertising Federation “Addys” in February. The CSE Swenson Science Building Opening invitation designed by WestmorelandFlint, received high praise, with a Gold Addy Award and Judges Row Award. Three UMD Athletics projects designed by WestmorelandFlint received awards: “Season Tickets” Billboard received a Silver Addy Award, the “Women’s Basketball Program” received a Silver Addy Award, and the Athletics Program Campaign received a Gold Addy Award. Mariana Waisman, Department of Art and Design faculty member, received a Silver Addy Award for the Art and Design promotional brochure. Graphic design student Daniel Jacobson received a Student Gold Addy for an animation project entitled “Club Three|Four,” and graphic design student Nathan Maydole received the first place LSAF scholarship award of $1,250 for a Neighborhood Housing Services public service campaign.

administrative NEWS

Recognize outstanding student, staff, and faculty leaders by nominating members of the UMD community for one of the 11 awards. Forms are available in the Student Activities Office, located across from the Kirby Information Desk. Nomination forms are due by Tuesday, March 21.

Supporting materials, including letters of recommendation and essays are due on Tuesday, April 4. The award celebration will take place at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday April 23.

Contact Laura Young in the Student Activities Office at 726-7169 or lyoung@d.umn.edu or Brandee Polson at pols0036@d.umn.edu with questions.

Sue Smith, University of Minnesota, Employee Benefits Counselor, is coming to UMD on April 6 and April 7. 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.

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.

The winner of the Student Employee of the Year Contest is Kyle LeNeau from the Department of Information Technology Systems and Services. He was nominated by Melissa Jokela. The first runner-up is Brandon Richards and the second runner up is Matt McCabe. There were a total of 22 nominees this year.

The UMD Stores street level offers an “item of the week.” UMD Kid’s Wear is 25% of for February 27 - March 5. Spring merchandise is arriving every day. See the latest in thirst quenching technology with bottle opener flip-flops in men’s and women’s sizes. 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 has graduation caps, gowns, tassels, announcements, rings, and diploma frames available for purchase. 2006 calendars are 50% off and academic year calendars and planners are now 75% off.

UMD Stores, Etc. has a bargain CD and DVD sale February 27 - March 3 and a Spring Break Sale March 6-10, featuring shorts, tanks, tees, suntan lotion, sunglasses, beach towels, back packs, and much more.

Thank you for your donations during the “OUT COLD” sale and clothing drive in UMD Stores, Etc. last week. All donations went to the Damiano Center. Special thanks to the UMD Knit Wits for inspiring this great event.

The UPS Mail Center is open in UMD Stores, Etc., Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Customers can buy stamps and mailing supplies, and have their packages shipped.

UMD Stores street and lower levels will be open during Spring break, March 13 - 19. The street level store will be open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday - Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. The lower level will be open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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


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