Tuesday, October 3, 2006 * Volume 24, Number 3

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Four UMD M.Ed. students from the Morris area, Jim Beauregard, Jill Beauregard, Casey Wagner, and Mike Cihak, have completed their final project, a 47-minute DVD titled “Meth in the Heartland: A Community's Response.” The four students are enrolled in the UMD/UMM cooperative M.Ed. program. The topic of the DVD is the illegal drug methamphetamine, which is destroying the lives of men, women and children in communities across the nation and has forced states, cities and communities of all sizes to take notice. The project involved research, writing, and the creation of the DVD, along with the creation of a website housed on the Morris Police Department's homepage (http://www.ci.morris.mn.us/pd/), which contains a streamed version of the DVD. The DVD was recently shown on Pioneer Public Television, and resulted in positive feedback, along with numerous requests for copies from public health agencies, prisons, treatment centers, and corporations, to name a few. In addition, the streamed version has already been viewed by audiences around the world. The group plans to present to the Department of HUD officials from Washington later this month.

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Last year, 14% of UMD faculty and staff contributed gifts totaling $368,308 to benefit UMD students and programs. The Faculty and Staff Campaign begins October 2, 2006 and runs through June 30, 2007. Please consider participating again this year. For more information, contact the UMD Development Office at 726-7989.

UMD opened a new $12.4 million Sports and Health Center Addition on September 5. The addition is the northland’s largest and most comprehensive athletic and recreational facilities. The 46,000-square-foot facility has two exercise rooms, a 37-foot climbing wall, a recreational gymnasium, a two-level cardiovascular fitness center, and offices for the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program. With three times the space, the facility allows more UMD students the opportunity to exercise. Some of the highlights of the new facility include: floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Malosky Stadium, air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and a core conditioning system called Kinesis. The addition features two weight-training rooms -- one for recreational users and a 10,000-square-foot weight-training room for student athletes. The Minnesota Legislature and UMD students helped fund the project.

UMD will give 20% off UMD wear and gifts at UMD Stores street level with a UMD football game ticket the weekend of that game. Attend the UMD Football Homecoming Game October 7 and get a free UMD Stores mini football (while supplies last). Wear UMD wear and get 20% off UMD wear every Friday in October at UMD Stores street level. EXPRESS is located at 109 Kirby Plaza, across from Northern Shores Coffee Shop, and offers a great combination of food, beverages, UMD wear, paperback books, and more. It also offers services including The Mail Center and photo developing. For store hours, events, and merchandise visit www.umdstores.com.

Phi Sigma Sigma, UMD’s sorority dedicated to lifelong learning and making a difference in the lives of others, is going to New Orleans. The group is going to build a house with Habitat for Humanity from Jan 6 - 13, 2007. They will be conducting fundraising efforts during fall semester. Watch for their table in the Kirby hall on upcoming Wednesdays. For information contact Rachel King at king0415@d.umn.edu.


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