Tuesday, February 13, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 9

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The UMD Student Success Work Team (SSW), that
received the second place award at the UM First Annual Quality Fair for “UMD’s Strategic Approach for Improving UMD’s Retention and Graduation Rates” have been invited to present their project to President Bruininks and his Executive Committee later this spring. SSW Team members include Paul Treuer, Stephanie Vine, Mary Keenan, Sue Darge, Jill Strand, Jennifer Imsande, and Matt Larson.

Student Employee of the Year Nominations are due February 15. See more information at http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/studentjobs/NSEW/.

The 15th Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards (Labo Awards) will celebrate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the Twin Ports and Northeastern Region of Minnesota on Wednesday, April 18, at the DECC. Nominations are open. Awards may also be given for the David A. Martin Entrepreneurial Leadership Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award. The 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 more information contact the Center for Economic Development at (218) 726-7298.

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UMD has been competing to save energy with 12 other campuses in Minnesota in an event called Campus Wars. The winner will be the school which is able to conserve the most energy as compared to February of 2006. MPIRG is calling on UMD faculty, staff and students to help UMD save money, help alleviate pollution and start down the responsible road of energy conservation. There are many things everyone can do:
1. Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.
2. Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. Plug any electronics into power strips and turn power strips off when not in use.
3. Common misconceptions sometimes account for the failure to turn off equipment. Many people believe that equipment lasts longer if it is never turned off. This incorrect perception carries over from the days of older mainframe computers.
4. There is a common misconception that screen savers reduce energy use by monitors; they do not. Automatic switching to sleep mode or manually turning monitors off is always the better energy-saving strategy.
5. Turn off the lights in any room you’re not using.
6. Close your curtains and shades at night; open them during the day.
7. Take advantage of daylight by only using lights if absolutely necessary.
8. Unplug battery chargers when the batteries are fully charged or the chargers are not in use.
9. Visit http://www.energystar.gov/ to purchase energy efficient computers, lights and other appliances.
These things seem small but with the more then the 10,000 people who are a part of the UMD community it will all add up. This can only work if everybody does their part and encourages others to do the same. Show Minnesota that UMD cares about the environment.
For more info contact Peter Starzynski, UMD MPIRG Organizer, 218-726-8157, mpirg@d.umn.edu, www.d.umn.edu/~mpirg.

The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth, is again offering Pharmaceutical Care Clinics to those interested in learning more about their medication therapies. This is an opportunity to meet with student pharmacists and a faculty member who will gather current health information related to medications, answer questions, and screen for possible drug interactions between all medications, vitamins, herbal products, and non-prescription products. A personal medication care plan will then be provided, which describes what to expect from medications, when to expect results, and list any precautions necessary while taking medications. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 726-6800.

KUMD radio’s on-air winter membership drive runs through Sunday, February 18. Note that UMD faculty and staff can pay for their memberships through payroll deduction. For more info about UMD's radio station or the pledge drive, contact Mike Dean at 726-7181.

Receive 30 percent off of “I (heart) UMD” tees now through February 18. Promotions through February 18 are 25 percent off women’s UMD hockey wear and 30 percent off all plush and pillows and for February 19 - 25 are 25 percent off all UMD hockey wear and 30 percent off UMD rah-rah items in UMD Stores street level. Out Cold Week is February 19 - 25 and to celebrate the Northland’s chilly temperatures, all blue merchandise will be 20 percent off in all UMD Stores campus locations.
The Red Cross Blood Drive is February 19 and February 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Kirby Ballroom. Listen to iPod tunes courtesy of UMD Stores Computer Corner and receive a 20 percent off coupon toward UMD wear and gifts as a thank you. E-mail Saundra at hols0079@d.umn.edu to register.
Grad Fair 2007 is on February 22 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. in the Kirby Ballroom. Graduating students can purchase caps, gowns, hoods, tassels, diploma frames, and generic announcements at a 20 percent discount on February 22, during Grad Fair 2007. If graduating students are unable to attend this event, visit http://www.umdstores.com and receive 20 percent off online graduation orders. The promo code is gradfair07. Rings may be purchased at http://www.jostens.com.
Receive a free UMD Stores mini basketball at both the women’s and men’s games on February 24, while supplies last.
UMD Stores EXPRESS Sidewalk Sale will be held through February 23, save up to 60 percent off UMD wear, gifts, art supplies, office and school products, computer supplies, general books, and snacks. For store hours, events, and merchandise visit www.umdstores.com.

KUMD has announced upcoming in-studio performances.
Mike Mangione began playing the drums at age seven and the guitar at age 13. This Chicago singer/songwriter returns to the KUMD studios on February 16, at 1 p.m. He will also perform later that night at Fitger’s Brewhouse.
Dave Mehling's vocals fit with his alternative style of music. Join KUMD for a session with this local singer/songwriter on February 16, at 3 p.m. He will also perform at Beaner’s Central at 8 p.m. later that night.
The Tom Feldman Trio mixes folk, soul, country, American, gospel and intelligent lyrics to create their own style. Join KUMD for a session with this Twin Cities trio on February 23, at 1 p.m. They perform at Beaner’s Central at 8 p.m. the same night.
Milwaukee’s Willy Porter is an acoustic guitarist with a moody baritone. This guitarist, singer and songwriter will be at KUMD on February 23 at 3 p.m. He will perform at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth at 7:30 p.m. the same night.
There is a new morning feature on KUMD 103.3. Join KUMD every Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. for their new “Session Watch” feature, which includes a short interview with state legislators from around the region. Representatives Thomas Huntley from Duluth and Mary Murphy from Hermantown have already participated. Duluth Representative Mike Jaros will be featured on February 14. Tune into KUMD 103.3 or listen live on the web at kumd.org.


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