Tuesday, July 24, 2007 * Volume 24, Number 16

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UMD Continuing Education is offering a new CnEd course this fall titled Strategic Planning. The purpose of the course is to teach students how to integrate knowledge of self with knowledge of the market place in order to develop career plans. Emphasis will be on learning effective job and internship search strategies.
The course is listed at www.umn.edu/courseinfo under CnEd 3535. For information, contact Torina Stark at 726-8146 or tstark@d.umn.edu.

International Student Services is seeking help. Over 50 new international students from more than 20 countries will begin arriving in mid-August. Volunteers are needed to provide temporary housing, occasional meal invitations and outings, or transportation for shopping trips, rummage sales and small errands. Students renting apartments will be in need of furniture and household items. Donations would be appreciated, as would temporary storage space for items both large and small. If you would like to help, please contact Karin Robbins at 726-8962 or by email at krobbin1@d.umn.edu.

UMD professors and students working aboard the Blue Heron research vessel and in the LLO’s X-ray fluorescence laboratory will appear in the fourth episode of “Faces of Earth,” a series this summer on Discovery’s Science Channel. The ITRAX X-ray fluorescence core scanner at the lab, seen analyzing sediment cores recovered from African tropics, is one of only six in the world and two in the United States. The series will be broadcast on Thursdays, July 23-Aug. 9; UMD will be featured Aug. 9.

Duluth-based medical school interns are working in hospitals and clinics throughout Minnesota this summer. Conceived by Ray Christensen, assistant dean for rural health, the program is giving 40 students who have completed their first year of medical school a taste of working and living in rural and smaller communities for two to six weeks.
High school students from Duluth, Proctor, Two Harbors and Esko visited the medical school in Duluth last month. The 23 students were participating in the second annual North Shore Health Occupations Today (HOT) program sponsored by the Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center. HOT is designed for high-ability high school students who have an interest in healthcare careers.
Native American students studying medical fields at the medical school celebrated the conclusion of the program on July 20 with a summer awards banquet. The keynote speaker was Lorentz Wittmers from the department of molecular physiology. The summer program is organized and sponsored by the Center of American Indian and Minority Health (CAIMH). Due to a major loss of federal funding, only 17 students could be accommodated this year compared to 56 last year and some of the programs were shortened.

Minnesota Sea Grant's Web site (www.seagrant.umn.edu) now offers a screensaver that visitors can download for free. Donated by Minnesota nature photographer, Chris Benson, the screensaver features images of Lake Superior and Duluth. The site host a massive amount of information about Lake Superior and surrounding communities. That's why over 700,000 computer users stopped at the Sea Grant site last year.

UMD announced a new Bachelor of Science degree program in Civil Engineering to begin in Fall 2008. Plans for a new building to house the program are also underway. The program will emphasize: Water resource engineering, transportation, structural engineering and geotechnical engineering. Funding for a building to house the new program is included in the University capital bonding request to be presented to the Minnesota Legislature in the upcoming legislative session. If successful, groundbreaking would take place in the summer 2008, with building completion set for September 2010.

On July 18, hoisted 50 feet in the air on a construction crane, UMD Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin, along with benefactors Sharon and Joel Labovitz, and Boldt Construction Company construction superintendent Stuart Simmons, placed an American flag atop the tallest part of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics building currently under construction. The ritual, called a “Topping off” ceremony, is a long-standing tradition in the building trades---performed in celebration upon completion of the highest part of a building under construction

A partnership between KUMD Radio, 103.3 FM and the UMD journalism program has been formed. The collaboration will enable the program to expand from a minor to a major academic program. The new partnership will allow the College’s Journalism Program to offer hands-on studio and industry courses to be taught. For information, contact Linda Krug, CLA dean, at 726-8982, or lkrug@d.umn.edu.

administrative NEWS

As of September 1, 2007, smoking will be prohibited on all UMD property. The only exception to the policy is that University housing facilities will not have to be smoke-free until May 19, 2008. This action is in response to recommendations from the UMD Student Health Advisory Committee and the UMD Campus Safety, Health and Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee.
The smoking ban includes indoor facilities and the campus grounds, as well as all university vehicles. UMD will provide support for smokers including smoking cessation programs. For a complete policy description please see http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/Policies/smoking.html.

UMD Stores Sidewalk Sale will be July 25-29 in Kirby Plaza. Stop by for great savings on UMD wear and gifts, art supplies, snacks, computer supplies, office and school products, and much more.
UMD Market Day in the Plaza is held every Wednesday from 2-4:30 p.m., through September 26. Visit the farmer’s market and UMD Stores sidewalk sales while listening to local musicians. See Michael Monroe on July 25 and August 8, Chad Salmela on August 1, Brian Joens on August 15, Gable & Galynn on August 22, and Hattie Peterson and Jimi Cooper on August 29. Listen to KUMD every Tuesday morning at 8:15 a.m. to find out what’s happening at Market Day in the Plaza. http://www.kumd.org. UMD Market Day in the Plaza is sponsored by Farmer’s Market, UMD Auxiliary Services, UMD Stores, RSOP, U of M Employee Wellness Program, and UMD Human Resources.
UMD Stores will soon be carrying more “green” items including the “Leakey Collection” necklaces, Eco Kotton winter hats from LogoFit, and recycled tees by a Duluth company called Cut Loose. A selection of Royal Canadian Mounted Police merchandise from the Tweed Museum is now available in UMD Stores street level. New Fall UMD Wear arriving every day. UMD Stores street level has a wonderful selection of UMD and Duluth-themed gift items.
Online textbook and laptop reservations close at midnight on August 23. Students can pick up their reserved textbooks at UMD Stores EXPRESS and their laptops at UMD Stores Computer Corner during check-in weekend, September 1-3 from 10 am - 4 pm.
For store hours, events, and merchandise visit www.umdstores.com.

One update will correct both the UMD campus directory published book and the UMD on-line directory. Updates must be completed by August 17, 2007.
See http://www.d.umn.edu/unirel/campusdirectory.html. For information 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 and needs faculty and staff to participate. From August 24-30 they will go backpacking on Isle Royale. From August 28-31, they will go canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail, rock climbing and hiking the North Shore, and sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands. Also, a hiking/canoeing/climbing/relaxing trip will be based out of cabins near the Gunflint Trail.
For more information contact Tim Bates at 726-8743 or visit the freshman trips website at http://www.umdrsop.org/trips/freshman5.html.


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