Tuesday, April 10, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 12

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Faculty members will be recognized at a special campus reception on Monday, April 30, 2:30 - 4 p.m. in Griggs Center.

The Jean G. Blehart Distinguished Teaching Award will be presented to Carmen Latterell, associate professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Latterell is the author of over twenty research articles and two books. Her main area of research concerns the improvement of mathematics education at all levels. This honor is given each year to a faculty member who has made contributions to the teaching mission of UMD that are of extraordinary quality.

Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards will be presented to Colleen Belk, instructor, Department of Biology; Linda Rochford, associate professor, Department of Marketing; Robyn Roslak, associate professor, Department of Art and Design; Jean Stevenson, assistant professor, Department of Education; and Janelle Wilson, associate professor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology. Outstanding Faculty Adviser Awards are given each year to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding service to their students.

The Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award will be presented to James Klueg, professor, Department of Art and Design. Klueg is professor and ceramics area head in the Department of Art and Design, where he has taught since 1986. This award is given annually to a faculty member in the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Fine Arts who has an exceptional and effective teaching style that emphasizes the worth of research in a learned discipline and the maturing impact scholarly activity has on the development of human attitudes and values.

Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Association Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education, a University of Minnesota System Award, will be presented to Praveen Aggarwal, associate professor, Department of Marketing. Aggarwal teaches undergraduate and graduate Marketing courses in the Labovitz School of Business and Economics. This honor is awarded to exceptional candidates nominated by collegiate units in their quest to identify excellence in undergraduate education.

John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, a University of Minnesota System Award, will be presented to Julie Westlund, director, Career Services. Westlund has served as the director of UMD’s Career Services since 1988. She provides individual and group career counseling to hundreds of students and alumni each year. The John Tate Award recognizes and rewards the contribution that academic advising makes in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.

Note: Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award was presented to Randall Gordon, professor, Psychology on December 14, 2006.

The UMD Commission on Women is currently accepting large grant applications for Fall Semester 2007.
For grant information and applications visit http://www.d.umn.edu/comwomen/grant/guidelines.php. The application deadline for small grants, $300 or less, will be accepted throughout academic year. The deadline for major grants, $301-$1000, for Fall semester 2007 programs is April 16. For questions or to send grant applications, contact Stacey Stark at slstark@d.umn.edu or 726-7438.

Tineke Ritmeester, professor, Department of Women’s Studies, and Mags David, library assistant will receive the GLBT Breaking the Silence Award, a UM system-wide award, at 4 p.m. on May 3 in the McNamara Alumni Center, U of M Twin Cities. The award is given for improving campus climate for GLBT individuals and for the first time in its history UMD has received the award.Ritmeester and David were nominated by the UMD GLBT Services office and GLBT Advisory Commission.

It is time to update the UMD Faculty and Staff Experts List which is on-line at http://www.d.umn.edu/currents/experts/. Faculty and staff who wish to be included should submit the following information: name, title, work phone, work address, home phone (optional), e-mail address, web address (optional), and three to nine topic descriptors. Already included faculty and staff should review their listing and submit any changes.

Departments are asked to send notification for faculty and staff who are no longer at UMD. See the entire list of names: http://www.d.umn.edu/currents/experts/names_only.html.

Changes and submissions will be accepted until Friday, May 4. Send submissions to Currents at currents@d.umn.edu with “Expert List” in the subject line.

Karla Woodfill, senior health education major with school concentration and currently student teaching at Duluth’s Central High School, was recently elected to be student representative to the Board of Directors of the American Association for Health Education. She is the only student representative to the board which oversees the professional organization of 8,000+ health educators. Woodfill was the 2006 School Health Major of the Year from the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and will graduate in May 2007. Also attending the national convention were 2006 Community Health Education Major of the Year, Ben Stringer, 2007 School Health Major of the Year, Maria Campanaro, and 2007 Community Health Major of the Year, Rachel Gilbertson. All received recognition for AAHE for being outstanding health education students.

A retirement party for Bruce Gildseth will be held on Wednesday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m. in Griggs Center. He is retiring as Vice Chancellor for Academic Support and Student Life after 30 years of service to the campus community. For info, call Lucy at 726-6176.

Five faculty members and five graduate students from UMD made presentations at the First China International Conference on Speech Therapy, held in Beijing, China on April 7-9. Paul Deputy, dean, College of Education and Human Service Professions joined Mark Mizuno, Lynette Carlson, and Jolene Hyppa-Martin, from the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Lynne Bye from Department of Social Work making presentations at the event. The five UMD graduate students that took part in the conference were Amanda Stearns, Tara Watterson, Colette Murphy, Jill Muecke and Kathryn Guerttman. For more information on the conference see: http://www.d.umn.edu/csd/china.

administrative NEWS

Discover a “Brighter U” with energy saving products and ideas during the UMD Stores Express Energy Event April 9 - 20. Purchase energy saving lighting products and Minnesota Power will donate to the UMD on-campus bus program for every qualifying product sold. Items include selected light bulbs, floor lamps, table lamps, and desk lamps. This event is sponsored by Minnesota Power, UMD Stores, UMD, and Daugherty’s Hardware & Appliance.

Watch for “Items of the Week” specials on UMD wear and gifts in UMD Stores street level. UMD Stores EXPRESS features weekly sales events and offers convenient services including The Mail Center, fax service, and photo developing.

The UMD Book Drive is April 23-27. Buy an extra book at the bargain book sale in UMD Stores EXPRESS, and donate it to the UMD Book Drive. UMD Stores is working with elementary education students, through their community service learning project, to provide books to local schools. A portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the UMD Book Drive.

Mark your calendars - UMD Stores Final Sale will be May 7-9 in Kirby Student Center. Cash for Books Buyback will be May 4, 7-11 in UMD Stores EXPRESS.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. An additional bus will now be available every Friday. The new Friday express bus leaves UMD at 10:30 a.m. and the regular bus departs daily from Kirby Student Center at 3:50 p.m. The Friday express bus has an easy connection to the airport. Change buses in St. Paul and get to the airport by 2:10 p.m. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level or online at www.jeffersonlines.com.

For store hours, events, and merchandise visit www.umdstores.com.

KUMD has announced upcoming in-studio performances. Jeremy Messersmith will be in the studio at 3 p.m. on April 11, Lucy Kaplansky will be in the studio at 1 p.m. on April 16, and Mighty Fairly at 1 p.m. on April 20. Listen to Celtic Connections, at 9 a.m. on Sundays. It offers listeners a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the Celtic heritage of places like Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and other parts of North America where the Celtic influence has been felt.
For more info, check out http://www.kumd.org.

UMD departments can recycle retired or obsolete electronic equipment (e-waste) through April 20. The project is part of a grant from the U-Services Beautiful Uday Program. The initiative is designed to serve as an educational outreach to the campus community. UMD is required by State and Federal Law to recycle electronic waste because of the hazardous material components. If improperly disposed, these toxic materials will be released into the environment through incinerator ash, or leach out of landfills to negatively impact natural resources. Televisions and computer monitors, flat and CRTs computers and computer peripherals, laptops, audio/stereo equipment, VCRs, DVD players, video cameras, telephones, fax, and copy machines, cellular phones, wireless devices, video game consoles, and other electronic devices are included. The program does not cover household e-waste. Contact local recyclers to dispose ofhousehold e-waste properly. See http://www.pca.state.mn.us/oea/plugin/recyclers-household.cfm#events. For info contact Mahjoub Labyad, http://www.d.umn.edu/ehso, 726-7273.


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