Tuesday, September 18, 2007 * Volume 25, Number 2

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UNIVERSITY FOR SENIORS
On Monday, September 24, the University for Seniors program begins its 19th consecutive year of providing Lifelong Learning opportunities on the UMD Campus to people over the age of 50. In addition to forty-two (42) study groups, several lectures and social events are being offered. Continuing Education sponsors the University for Seniors program. For information visit their website at http://www.d.umn.edu/goto/seniors or contact Carole Schweiger at 726-7637 or cschweig@d.umn.edu.

ONLINE GRADUATION PLANNER
The ground-breaking graduating planner system, offers students interactive planning for timely degree completion. Set to launch on the UMD campus during Fall Semester, the graduation planner brings together essential information systems such as: general education courses, requirements for a major, and recommended electives into one interactive online program designed for a student’s major field. The program is aimed to have a strong, positive effect on improved retention and graduation rates. The graduation planner is a dynamic web based tool that simplifies the degree planning process by providing students with all the course and program requirements needed to plan for graduation. This interactive tool is shared with students adviser who can then comment on plans, letting students know if they are on track in their coursework. UMD advisers will have the ability to view their advisee’s plans, comment online, or request a printed copy for advising sessions.
For more information visit http://www.d.umn.edu/kmc/gradplanner.html.

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FILM MADE IN VDIL
The premiere of a film produced in the Visualization and Digital Imaging Lab titled, 50/50: The American Divide was shown Tuesday, March 20 at the HHH Institute of Public Affairs. Zackery Swanson, a videographer and young conservative, and William Payne, director and middle aged liberal, (as well as associate professor, UMD Department of Theatre) set out in the 2004 presidential election to find out if the country was divided. Was there the red/blue “reality” that was being hyped by the mainstream media. What they found was an electorate that was more intelligent, more passionate about the political process and more reasonably centrist than the media were reporting. The DVD will be available for distribution in early October. For info, contact wpayne@d.umn.edu.

KRUSZ RETIRES FROM UMD LIBRARY
A retirement party for Adele Krusz will be held from 2 - 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, in the Library fourth floor rotunda reading room. For info, call 726-8102.

HOMECOMING DECORATING CONTEST
The Faculty/Staff Department Decorating Contest is back. The theme this year is “Bulldog Style.” Departments can sign up by emailing Christina Geissler at cgeissle@d.umn.edu by Tuesday, September 25. The first prize winners will recieve a Bulldog Pizza Lunch. Contact Christina for more information.

UMD STORES
UMD Market Day in the Plaza is held every Wednesday from 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Farmers Market has lots of great things to offer and there is live music in the plaza. Tim Nelson will perform on September 19 and Apple will perform on September 26. Experience a glass blowing demonstration by local artist, Jes Durfee. Listen to KUMD every Tuesday morning at 8:15 a.m. to find out what’s happening at Market Day in the Plaza. UMD Market Day in the Plaza is sponsored by Farmer’s Market, UMD Auxiliary Services (UMD Stores and Plaza Food Court), U of M Employee Wellness Program, and UMD Human Resources.

Save UMD football tickets and get 20% off UMD wear and gifts at UMD Stores. This offer is good Saturday and Sunday of the game attended.

UMD Stores Express is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 109 Kirby Plaza, across from Northern Shores Coffee Shop. They offer a good assortment of sale merchandise, UMD wear and gifts, magazines, greeting cards, health and beauty products, paperback books, beverages, snacks, and lunch items. Plus, convenient services including faxing and The UPS Mail Center to ship packages, and buy stamps and mailing supplies.

UMD Stores now carries more “green” items including the “Leakey Collection” necklaces, Eco Kotton winter hats from LogoFit, and recycled tees. Fall UMD wear is arriving every day. UMD Stores street level has a wonderful selection of UMD and Duluth-themed gift items.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. The daily bus departs daily from Kirby Student Center at 3:50 p.m. Riders with a U Card (student ID) will receive an additional 15% off regular daily service.

The new Movie Express Bus leaves UMD on Fridays at 2 p.m. and returns on Sunday evenings. Tickets are $24 one-way. Schedules are available at UMD Stores street level. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level or online at http://www.jeffersonlines.com.

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

KUMD-FM
KUMD is in the process of repairing their antenna and are on low power. If unable to hear them on the radio, try listening online at http://www.kumd.org. They hope to be back to full power soon.

Every Saturday from 8 a.m.- 10 a.m. Mountain Stage guarantees KUMD listeners the best seats in the house for new performers and established artists. It’s a two-hour weekly exploration of the exciting and spontaneous sound of live performance, offering intelligent, contemporary music seasoned with traditional and roots artists. For more information visit http://www.mountainstage.org.

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