Tuesday, March 28, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 12

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STUDENT WEB CONTEST WINNERS

The winners of ITSS’s annual Student Web Contest are Jeffrey Sharkey and Bryan LaCore. Each will receive a $500 award. Winners will demonstrate their web site at TechFest on Friday, March 31. Their websites can be viewed at: http://www.d.umn.edu/~shar0213/design/jallert/ and http://www.d.umn.edu/~laco0046.

CALL FOR LABO NOMINATIONS
The 14th Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards (Labo Awards) will celebrate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota on May 17 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Awards may also be given for the David A. Martin Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics will announce the Business Person of the Year. Nominators need to provide the name, address and telephone number of the nominee and a brief description of nominees accomplishments, the award category, and the name, address, and telephone number of individual making the nomination. The nomination categories include: Micro-Entrepreneur Award, Emerging Entrepreneur Award, Established Entrepreneur Award, Mature Entrepreneur Award, and Innovation Award. For information, contact Patricia A. Samberg at 726-7298 or toll free 888-387-4594.

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EMERGENCY SIRENS
The UMD EHS Office has informed the campus about warning sirens that are activated as an alert of any outdoor emergency, such as a tornado, toxic spill, or enemy/terrorist attack. The UMD community is asked to take action by turning on a radio or television to hear information about the emergency, which will be broadcast over the Emergency Alert System (EAS). In the case of tornado warnings, people should take cover inside any well constructed building and stay away from windows and off of top floors.

The emergency sirens in the city, including the one on top of Lake Superior Hall, are owned, operated, and maintained by the City of Duluth and are tested at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. “Tone alert” radios will soon be placed in department offices around campus for immediate notification of an emergency affecting the UMD campus. These radios will sound a tone, alerting department secretaries to pick up the receiver and listen for an important message. These radios will also be tested monthly. For more information, contact Norbert Norman at nnorman@d.umn.edu.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INFO
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.

HEALTH SERVICES AWARDED
Health Services has been awarded the certificate of accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, Inc. (AAAHC). In order to achieve accreditation, Health Services underwent an extensive on-site survey of its facility and services that evaluated all aspects of patient care. Health Services provides medical services, counseling, and health education all aimed at the specific needs of today's college student. This is the fifth consecutive time Health Services has received a three-year accreditation.

OUTSTANDING FACULTY ADVISER AWARD
The winners of the Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are Tom Beery, instructor of health, phys ed, and recreation, College of Education and Human Service Professions, Geoff Bell, assistant professor of management studies, Labovitz School of Business and Economics, Craig Grau, associate professor of political science, College of Liberal Arts, Vicky Lehman, assistant professor of art and design, School of Fine Arts, and Bilin Tsai, professor of chemistry, College of Science and Engineering.

The Outstanding Faculty Adviser Award is given to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to the University through advising. The all-campus faculty award reception to congratulate these outstanding faculty advisers will be held Tuesday, May 2, 2:30 - 4 p.m. in Grigg’s Center.

SCORE OFFICE WITHIN CED
The UMD Center for Economic Development is providing space for a new SCORE branch office called Lake Superior Region SCORE. SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” provides a source of free and confidential small business advice to help business owners -- from idea to start-up to success. SCORE members from northwest Wisconsin merged with Duluth members to form the new office. SCORE is a volunteer, non-profit organization and a resource partner with the Small Business Administration. The services to entrepreneurs include face-to-face small business counseling, online business advice (www.score.org), and low-cost workshops ( www.umdced.com/workshops). For information contact 726-7298, lsr@scoremn.org, or visit www.scoremn.org.

UMD WEBSITE RECEIVES AN “A”
The National Research Center for College and University Admissions Enrollment Power Index program recently reviewed over 3,000 college websites. High School students from across the U.S. scored every college website in the country. They looked for many key features, such as the ability for students to apply online, find tuition or financial aid information or even the ability to contact an admissions office to set-up a campus visit. They also graded the college on the ease of navigation. The students gave each college a “grade” that ranged from “A” to “F.” UMD received an “A;” only 130 schools received such a high grade, and that put UMD’s website in the top five percent of all colleges.

UMD STORES INFO
New spring UMD wear and gifts have arrived! The UMD Stores street level “item of the week” through April 2 is Bulldogs Arch Tees at 20% off and for April 3-9 is UMD Bulldog Sweatpants (available in oxford, graphite, and maroon) at 20% 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, Etc. will have a “March Madness” sale March 27-31, featuring 25% off UMD wear, 30% off backpacks, and much more. The “Crazy Sale” is April 3-7 with clearance pricing on UMD wear including “less than perfect” merchandise. 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.

Wednesday, April 12 is the “Egg-stravaganza Sale” at all UMD Stores locations. Crack open an egg and get a free prize or 20-80% off your purchase.

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

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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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