Tuesday, January 29, 2008 * Volume 25, Number 8

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Praveen Aggarwal, Rajiv Vaidyanathan, and Linda Rochford, professors of Marketing,
Labovitz School of Business and Economics, have been honored with the Outstanding Article of the Year (2007) Award, by the Journal of Marketing Education. Their article, entitled: “The Wretched Refuse of a Teeming Shore: A Critical Examination of the Quality of Undergraduate Marketing Students,” was published in December 2007. Aggarwal, Vaidyanathan, and Rochford will be formally honored in April at the Annual Awards Dinner of the Marketing Educators' Association's Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, UT.

A new Ph.D program, IBS is set to begin in September 2008. The program will be one of
three in the nation, and it will offer a dynamic new integrative approach to the field of biology. UMD professor and head of biology department Matt Andrews is founding director. The program represents more than six years of planning and the collaboration of 60 scientists and faculty members. The program will have joint administration and teaching by UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering, Medical School-Duluth, College of Pharmacy-Duluth, UMD Natural Resource Research Institute, UMD Large Lakes Observatory, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-Duluth.

UMD has established a new service to send text messages to cellular telephones in case of an emergency or weather-related campus closing. The system was tested on December 4, when school was closed at 4 p.m. due to a severe snowstorm. The cellphone alerts can reach students quickly. Early results suggest that the emergency text message systems are one of the best methods of rapidly notifying a campus of an emergency. There is no charge from UMD for use, although regular cellular phone vendor charges for text messages will apply. In addition to each text message sent, an email message with the same content is sent to UMD email accounts. The UMD technology involves voluntary participation. There will be a monthly test of the system and it will be used for emergency communications only. UMD students, faculty and staff can sign up anytime. The following web site shows how people can receive emergency text messages.
https://www.d.umn.edu/emergency_alert/ For more information, contact the ITSS Help Desk at helpdesk@d.umn.edu or 218-726-8847. Or see http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/security/text-alert.html

UMD is aggressively reducing its impact on the environment. From reducing stormwater runoff to changing light bulbs, from encouraging mass transit to recycling, UMD is taking steps to minimize the use of resources. Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate--because if we each do a little something, it adds up. For more info, see http://www.addinguptozero.com/

Six students will receive 2007-08 Lake Superior Advertising Federation scholarships. Students were challenged to create two promotional pieces and a creative strategy on the topic of “Attracting & Retaining Young Adults in the Area” for the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. The competition was judged on December 14, 2007 by three past presidents of the Lake Superior Advertising Federation and David Hammer from the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Two first place scholarships will be awarded. The first place winners are Tricia Gunderson, a University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) graphic design and Spanish major, and Carrie Rust, a College of St. Scholastica (CSS) advertising and public relations major. They will each receive $800.

The four second place winners include: UMD communications major Lindsey Marie Schloer, UMD graphic design major Sombath Tran, CSS advertising and public relations major Leah Gordenier, and UMD communications major Danielle Nagler. Each second place winner will receive $100.

The awards will be presented at a Lake Superior Advertising Federation meeting in January or February 2008.

The 16th Annual Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards (Labo Awards) will celebrate entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota on April 22 at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. Nominators need to provide the name, company 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 information, contact Patricia A. Samberg at 726-7298 or e-mail slarson@umdced.com.

administrative NEWS

Barry Melcher, University of Minnesota, Employee Benefits Counselor, is coming to UMD on Friday, February 23 for individual consultations in the Regents’ Room, 520 DAdB. Barry will be able to answer questions related to retirement, medical/dental benefits, optional retirement, short term/long term disability, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and other benefits related questions.
To make an appointment, call Lita Condes Wallace at 726-7822. The next Employee Benefits Counselor visits this spring are on April 5 and April 6.

The new UPlan Fitness Rewards program, offered through the Office of Human Resources, rewards members for using the University recreational and fitness facilities at least 8 times per month (must check in at an entry point to record each visit on 8 separate dates). This benefit began on January 1, 2008.

The amount of the reimbursement is prorated based on the total cost of membership. For 2007-08, the reimbursement is $11 per month.

To register, visit the following link, http://www.umdrsop.org/(RSOP%20Web)/Participation/fitrewards.html. For more information about this program stop by 153 SpHC.

UMD Stores will be offering free on-campus delivery of single red roses and bouquets on Valentine’s Day, February 14. Orders will be taken through February 10. UMD campus offices, dorms, and apartments are included in the delivery area. UMD Stores carries Valentine’s Day candies and gift items that can be added to your delivery or purchased to-go. Fresh roses and bouquets will also be available for purchase in UMD Stores street and lower levels during Valentine’s week.

UMD Stores EXPRESS will be featuring enviro-friendly products February 4-8. Items include art pads made using wind-generated power, recycled paper, or hemp, recycled greeting cards, Zulu jewelry, Cut Loose Creations clothing, and items from vendors who support the World Wildlife Fund and American Wildlife Foundation. Many of these products are made using post consumer or post commercial waste.

UMD Stores EXPRESS Sidewalk Sale is February 11-15 and 18-22. Save up to 60% off UMD wear, gifts, art supplies, office and school products, computer supplies, general books, and snacks. EXPRESS also offers convenient services including The Mail Center and fax service.

The UMD Stores art supplies department is featuring DaVinci brushes for acrylic, oil, and watercolor at a great price. Flats, brights, rounds, filberts, and fans in synthetic or natural hair. Shop the NEW online art supply catalog under “art supplies” in the heading “what we offer” at http://www.umdstores.com.

UMD Stores is a proud sponsor of UMD Bulldog Basketball. Receive a free UMD Stores mini basketball at both the women’s and men’s games on Saturday, February 16, while supplies last.

Grad Fair 2008 is Thursday, February 21 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% discount. (*This discount does not apply to personalized announcements.) Several campus and community businesses will be available to assist in planning student’s graduation celebrations and preparations for post-graduation life. If graduating students are unable to attend this event, visit http://www.umdstores.com and receive 20% off online graduation orders Thursday, February 21, 2008. (ONE DAY ONLY) Promo code: gradfair08. Rings may be purchased at http://www.jostens.com.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level.

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

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