Tuesday, May 9, 2006 VOLUME 23, NUMBER 15

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There will be two commencement ceremonies again this year. The Undergraduate Program Ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, May 13 in the DECC Arena. Once again, guest tickets are required for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. Over 1,000 students are participating in the ceremony. For more information see the web page: http://www.d.umn.edu/commencement.

During the ceremony, two honorary degrees will be presented: an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters will be awarded to world-famous nature photographer and filmmaker, Jim Brandenburg; and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for public service will be given to youth worker, education leader, and 1964 UMD graduate, Harry Oden. 

The Graduate Program Ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 11 in the Romano Gymnasium. Over 175 students will be awarded advanced degrees. Among those receiving degrees will be the first graduating class of the UMD Masters of Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL) program. Featured speaker for the event will be Dennis Falk, UMD professor of Social Work, and director of the UMD Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies.

The first Games Symposium was held on April 21, featuring gaming technologies and scholarships in an effort to promote and advance understanding of the important new medium of the video game. The Viz (Visualization and Digital Imaging) Lab at UMD sponsored the event, together with the GRAVEL (Games Research and Virtual Environment Lab) group from the UM-Twin Cities campus. Prize winners included Frank Leppa, Tony Rostvold, Kevin Keller, BJ Courchaine, and Mark Lind.

In April, four graduate students from the Master of Environmental Health and Safety Program presented papers at the Semiconductor Environmental Safety and Health Association (SESHA) Annual Conference in Santa Clara, California. Abstracts were submitted last fall by EHS students from UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado State, UT Houston, St. Louis University, Murray State, UW Stout, and UMD. The first place paper was “Risk Assessment of Bulk Versus Small Chemical Quantity Transfer during the Manufacture of Semiconductors: A Review Article of Silane Delivery Methods,” by Matthew VanWatermulen. The second place paper was “Nanotechnology: Can We Get as Safe as We are Small,”
by Paul Beck, and the third place paper was “Emergency Preparedness: Best Practices or Catastrophic Practices?” by Aubrey Gold.
All three papers have been forwarded for editorial review and will be published in the fall issue of the E-Journal of the Semiconductor Environmental Health and Safety Association. A fourth paper, “A Pilot Project to Relate Contributions of Occupational Health and Safety Programs in the Semiconductor Industry to Company Efficiencies,” by Gerald Ulleberg was also presented. Each student was awarded a $1,500 scholarship. Over the past 23 years, UMD MEHS students have won more scholarships and had more papers published than any other university. Dale Krageschmidt is the faculty SESHA research advisor for UMD students.

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. The project is to develop a Web site for an undergraduate course and/or Web based materials for an undergraduate course. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 26, 2007. Each student must have an identified faculty or departmental sponsor. For details on the contest and to submit your site, go to http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/etrg/webcontest.html.
If a student is interested and needs a faculty or department sponsor, or if the faculty or departmental sponsor is looking for a student, call Sheri Pihlaja at 726-6975 or email spihlaja@d.umn.edu.
2005 Graphic Design graduate Kayla Stern had a poster selected to be part of the AIGA Minnesota Design Show 2006. The poster was for the movie Fahrenheit 451 and can be viewed on the AIGA website http://aigaminn.org/designshow/winners/46ST.html. The poster was designed in a special UMD summer course taught by Tom Kovacs, former UMD professor and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign emeritus professor.

administrative NEWS

It’s time to update the UMD campus directory. One update will correct the published book and the UMD on-line directory. You may begin to update at any time and all updates must be completed by August 15. For instructions on the updating the UMD directories and the Twin Cities directory see: http://www.d.umn.edu/unirel/campusdirectory.html. If you need assistance, please don’t call the Help Desk. Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu or Andy Manteuffel at 726-6927, amanteuf@d.umn.edu.

Recreational Sports Outdoor Program is again offering Freshman Outdoor Trips August 29 - September 1, 2006. Faculty and staff are needed to participate. Trips include canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, hiking, canoeing, and climbing based in cabins near the Gunflint Trail, backpacking trip on the Superior Hiking Trail, rock climbing and hiking the North Shore, and sea kayaking trips in the Apostle Islands. For more information see “Outdoor Trips” at http://www.umdrsop.org/ or contact Tim Bates at 726-8743 or tbates@d.umn.edu.

Check your personal listing at: http://www.d.umn.edu/people/. This information is the data that will appear in the UMD Campus Directory. If something needs to be changed, added or deleted, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Click on “People” the UMD Home Page.
Step 2: Select “Updating Your Information” from the bottom of the page
Step 3: Enter your ID number (X.500 username) and password on the pop-up page
Step 4: Use the pulldown menu to choose General information, Personal addresses, Office addresses, Telephone numbers, Emergency Contacts and Directory Suppression.

Review all the areas and make necessary changes. Note: Individuals are not permitted to change every piece of information. For help for staff listings, contact Audrey Olson, 218/726-6740, arolson@d.umn.edu. For help for faculty and P&A listings, contact Julie Topie, 218/726-6993, jtopie@d.umn.edu.

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

The 2005-2006 awards represent the work of outstanding students, faculty and staff who have served our UMD/Duluth community well and positively impacted the lives of those they serve.

The Sieur Du Luth Award recipients are Collin Zimmerman and Jamison Tessner.

The Outstanding Staff Award recipient is Greg Fox.

The Outstanding Academic Advisor Award recipient is Susana Pelayo-Woodward.

The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award recipient is Barb Titus.

The Bulldog Award recipients are Melissa Bell, Elee Vang, Kristin Wahlund, Tiffany Varilek, Lee Church, Timothy Tangen, and Josh Breyfogle.

The Leadership Award recipients are Meghan Keil and Kari Johnson.

The Siggelkow Leadership Award recipient is Collin Zimmerman.

The Outstanding Student Organization Award recipient is Gamma Sigma Sigma.

The Outstanding Faculty Award recipient is Angela M. Sharp.

The Featherman Award recipient is Quinnita Morris.

The Arrowhead Award recipients are Santa Caballero, Abraham Daza, Angela Mendez, Melissa Cardenas, Jeni Kiewatt, Meghan Keil, Melissa Bell, Kristin Wahlund, Rana Jubran, Fasika Abraham, Semie Berhane, Sarah Stewart, Mikeal Love, Shaniqua Singleton, Matt Slinger, Tim Roth, Sean Pizinger, Shannon Ankarlo, Katy Dimick, Nicole Dullinger, Kristy Stovern, Emily Marshall, Rachel King, Kayla LaFreniere, Cheryl Olson, Leah Mirzamohammadi, Lindsay Siokla, Kjirsten Goran, Dan Billings, Matthew Stitz, Nick Hettwer, David Wermerskinchen, Mike Godfrey, Mark Knudson, Laura Sylvester, Katie Winkelman, Matt Hockett, Ashly Waggoner, Nick DeJulio, Kassi Kaas, Lee Church, Jessie Radtke, Yonathan Debesai, Brianna Peters, Jill Raymond, Cole Benson, Lindsey Koehler, Kari Johnson, and, Nate Maydole.


Questions? Contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996.

Carrie Larsen helped edit this issue of Currents.
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