Tuesday, February 12, 2008 * Volume 25, Number 9

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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA DULUTH

As part of its evaluation of the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is seeking comments about UMD from the public, and from the faculty, staff, students, and alumni. The HLC is one of eight regional accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to provide institutional accreditation. HLC accreditation applies to institutions as a whole. Other agencies provide accreditation for specific programs. The comments submitted will be used as part of the periodic evaluation of UMD, which HLC has individually accredited since 1967. The current evaluation will involve a comprehensive visit on March 3-5, 2008, by a team representing HLC. Comments are to be mailed to HLC at: Public Comment on University of Minnesota Duluth, The Higher Learning Commission, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602.
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of UMD or its academic programs. Written, signed comments must be received by February 20, 2008. Comments should include the name, address, and telephone number of the person providing them. Comments will not be treated as confidential.
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and Employer.
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STUDENT EMPLOYEE NOMINATIONS
Student Employee of the Year Nominations are due February 18. Contact Barb at 726-8297 or bgunders@d.umn.edu with questions.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR TECHFEST
The deadline for the call for proposals is Friday, March 7. Techfest 2008 “A Decade of Technology at UMD 1998-2008” will be held on Friday, March 28, in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom. Go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/etrg/techfest/ to fill out the Call for Proposal online.
Contact Sheri Pihlaja at spihlaja@d.umn.edu, or 726-6975 with questions.

THEATRE DEPARTMENT NEWS
Student Martha Gagliardi was one of two winners of the Irene Ryan Scholarship audition in Omaha, Nebraska in January (343 students from seven states competed), as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. She will now go to Washington, DC in April with her scene partner Blake Farber for classes and workshops and to compete for the national prize along with 15 other actors. Martha was also the recipient of a 2008 Erin Wright Memorial Scholarship.
This is the fifth time in the last eight years that one of the Irene Ryan winners has come from UMD. In the final round, 16 students competed, three from UMD, including Dan Bigwood, named the First Alternate, and Jed Dixon. Martha did a scene from String (written by former UMD student Jessica Lind), a scene from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and a monologue from Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra. Tom Isbell coached all five of our Irene Ryan nominees.

UMD SHOWCASED ON THOMSEN CD
UMD talent is among the lineup of local musicians accompanying Sara Thomsen and her guitar on the new CD, “Everything Changes.” UMD folks include: Ryan Frane, Director of Jazz Studies, on piano; Dan Westerlund (‘77) on drums, Lance Rhicard (‘00) on dobro and banjo, Charles Leibfried (‘77) on trumpet, Assistant Professor of Psychology Paula Pedersen on harmony vocals; and former UMD student Rachael Kilgour on violin and vocals. The CD release concert is 7:30 pm, February 17 at Marshall School Fregeau Auditorium, 1215 Rice Lake Road, Duluth.
The Echoes of Peace Choir directed by Thomsen will perform at the concert and includes: Susan Perala-Dewey, Department of Writing Studies, Beth Ruark, Education Department, Faris Keeling (‘78 Med) clinical faculty, Bonnie Keeling (‘96) Department of Social Work, Jennifer E. Jones, Sociology/Anthropology, Robert Sand, ITSS, Penny Cragun, Disability Services, Trisha O’Keefe, International Student Services, Emily Gaarder, Sociology/Anthropology, Deb Shubat, Department of Biology, Mary Ness, Social Work Department, and current and former students.

administrative NEWS

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COUNSELOR VISIT
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.

PHARMACEUTICAL CARE CLINICS
The University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth, is again offering Pharmaceutical Care Clinics to those interested in learning more about their medication therapies. This is an opportunity to meet with student pharmacists and a faculty member who will gather current health information related to medications, answer questions, and screen for possible drug interactions between all medications, vitamins, herbal products, and non-prescription products. A personal medication care plan will then be provided, which describes what to expect from medications, when to expect results, and list any precautions necessary while taking medications. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 726-6800.

UMD STORES
UMD Stores carries Valentine’s Day candies, gift items, and fresh roses and bouquets during Valentine’s week. Receive 25% off red and pink UMD wear, all tees, Valentine’s gifts, and “Natural Life” products through February 17 in UMD Stores street level.

UMD Stores EXPRESS Sidewalk Sale is held through February 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.

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.

The UMD Stores art supplies department is featuring their art paper selection this month. BFK, Arches Cover Stock, Arches watercolor paper in cold press, hot press or rough, and Stonehenge paper in assorted colors and sizes. Many more brand name art papers available. Shop the NEW online art supply catalog under “art supplies” in the heading “what we offer” at http://www.umdstores.com.

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.

Out Cold Week is February 19-25 and to celebrate the Northland’s chilly temperatures, all BLUE merchandise will be 20% off in UMD Stores EXPRESS. UMD Stores and the UMD Knitting Club, Knit Wits, will be hosting a clothing drive in all store locations.

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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