Tuesday, September 4, 2007 * Volume 25, Number 1

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Check your personal listing at: http://www.d.umn.edu/people/. This information is the data that will appear in the UMD Campus Directory. The deadline for the Campus Directory book is September 17.
If something needs to be changed, added or deleted, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click on “People” on 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. Individuals are not permitted to change every piece of information. For help for staff listings, contact Audrey Olson, 726-6740, arolson@d.umn.edu. For help for faculty and P&A listings, contact Tracy Priley, 218/726-7538, tpriley@d.umn.edu.

The 2007 Recipient of the Biennial Award for Great Lakes Science presented by the International Joint Commission (IJC) of Canada and the United States, is Gerald Niemi, director of the Center for Water and the Environment at the UMD Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). The award recognizes Niemi for his leadership in the Great Lakes Environmental Indicators (GLEI) project and acknowledges him as an outstanding scientist whose research has had a positive influence on environmental quality and the health of the Great Lakes basin ecosystem. See http://www.nrri.umn.edu/default/newsrelease/jniemiaward.htm.

Keeping Lake Superior great is the goal of the “Making a Great Lake Superior 2007” conference to be held October 29-31 in Duluth. It will focus on the most pressing issues facing Lake Superior. Lake Superior Basin residents, educators, resource managers, and researchers are invited to attend this meeting at the DECC. The program will include a plenary presentations, contributed sessions, exhibits, posters, evening socials, pre-conference community gatherings, and post-conference field trips.
The conference will be the first carbon-neutral conference of its size ever held in Duluth. Organizers are taking steps to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, use locally produced products, and reduce waste.
For information and registration visit http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007 or contact Minnesota Sea Grant at (218) 726-8106.

Student Lisa Humphrey is one of six to receive a Consuelo W. Gosnell Memorial Scholarship awarded by the National Association of Social Workers. This scholarship recognizes master’s degree candidates in social work “who have demonstrated a commitment to working with, or who have a special affinity with American Indian/Alaska Native and Hispanic/Latino populations, or in public and voluntary nonprofit agency settings.” Lisa received a $3,000 scholarship for the 2007-2008 academic year. The award honors Consuelo Gosnell, a Mexican born social worker who “worked diligently to ameliorate conditions for critically under served American Indians and Latinos.”

A bachelor of science degree in Civil Engineering will be offered at UMD beginning Fall 2008. The UMD engineering programs currently enroll more than 750 students and include: Chemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

The UMD Department of Chemical Engineering was ranked fifth in the nation for Best Undergraduate Chemical Engineering Programs (public and private) by the U.S. News & World Report issue of “America’s Best Colleges,” 2008 edition. The entire UMD Engineering Program was ranked 38th in the nation for Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs. UMD ranked tenth among Top Midwest Public Universities with Master’s Programs and 50th over-all among all Midwest Universities with Master’s Programs.

UMD was awarded a $400,000 grant by National Science Foundation to purchase of high-tech scanning electron microscope (SEM). The specialized electron microscope is capable of extraordinarily high resolution imaging. For example, it can provide, in great detail, a look into the complex structure of the eye of a very small fly-- as one might see in a science museum or text book. In addition, the scanning microscope will operate at near atmospheric pressure, allowing better examination of organisms than the high vacuums of other high-powered microscopes. The microscope can be employed with a variety of materials, both living and non-living, and is about the size of the average refrigerator. It will be installed in the Chemistry Building by early 2008.


Projected freshmen enrollment at UMD this year is 2,225 with 87% of freshman living on campus. Projected total enrollment is estimated at 10,700 students (up from 10,400 last year). The projected total of new students is 2,700 (which includes 2,225 freshmen and 475 new transfer students). A total of 3,020 students will live on campus in the 07-08 school year.

The Lake Superior Bi-National Forum awarded LakeSuperiorStreams.org the 2007 Environmental Stewardship Award in the Community/Organization category for the United States. The project, in partnership with Western Lake Superior Regional Stormwater Protection Team, was also a finalist for the Minnesota Environmental Initiative 2007 Education Award. Members of the LakeSuperiorStreams.org team are Rich Axler, George Host, Norm Will, Jerry Henneck, Elaine Ruzycki, Gerry Sjerven and Jane Reed from NRRI and Cindy Hagley and Jesse Schomberg from UMD’s Sea Grant Program.
LakeSuperiorStreams.org uses web-based delivery and interactive animations of real-time stream data to address sustainability issues in western Superior watersheds. The project has evolved in concert with the Western Lake Superior Regional Stormwater Protection Team (more than 25 organizations).

administrative NEWS

An Employee Benefits Counselor will be at UMD on Thursday and Friday, September 13 and 14, for individual consultations. To make an appointment, call 726-7822. The next visit of a Benefits Counselor is November 2.

The UMD women’s hockey team will have a strong presence at the annual Canadian National Team Fall Festival in Prince George, BC. Sophomore Emmanuelle Blais will accompany freshmen Haley Irwin and Laura Fridfinnson as three of forty-one players selected from the talent-rich Canadian pool. Assistant coach and former UMD standout Caroline Ouellete will also take to the ice at the festival, which runs from August 31 through September 9.

Group Fitness Classes begin September 10. Passes are on sale now in the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program office, SpHC 153. For a complete schedule of classes and class descriptions, go to www.umdrsop.org. UMD faculty and staff may purchase Annual Facility and Group Fitness passes for 2007-2008 by payroll deduction for a limited time. This is not a pre-tax deduction. Payroll deduction forms are available in the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program Office, 153 SpHC. You must bring your U-card with you when purchasing passes. Costs are: Annual Facility pass $131 ($65.50 per 2 pay periods). Annual Group Fitness pass without a Facility pass $125 ($62.50 per 2 pay periods). Annual Group Fitness pass with a Facility pass $105 ($52.50 per 2 pay periods). For more information call 726-7128.

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.

The UMD Cruden-Riggs GLBT Scholarship reached the $25,000 endowment level in July with just over $10,000 raised this past year, Founded in 2002 by Mary Dragich as the first GLBT Foundation Fund for UMD, an important goal has been reached. Angie Nichols would like to see this fund continue to grow at the rate it has. There is also a that have been created for UMD students. For information about the scholarship, the Leadership Fund or the Program Fund, contact Angie Nichols at 726-7300.

Add value to your UMD Food Service Gift Card or your Northern Shores Coffee Shop gift card online with a credit card. The gift cards work like debit cards and patrons can go to the UMD Food Service home page and follow the link to add value. Make the initial gift card purchase at the following locations: UMD Plaza Food Court, Northern Shores Coffee Shop, Center Court Grill, or the U Card Office. The gift card never expires. For information, contact the U Card Office or call 726-8814.

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