There will be two commencement ceremonies again this year. The UMD Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony is set for Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. in the UMD Romano Gym. The UMD Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony is set for Saturday, May 17 at noon at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC). Over 1,000 students are participating in the ceremony. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
Energy is an increasingly popular subject around the world, and UMD is responding with several initiatives to provide students with heightened awareness of the complex energy field. The end of this semester marks the end of a senior-level course in energy conversion systems attended by 23 students in MIE, Chemical Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. This interdisciplinary course will be offered again during Fall Semester, 2008. And to broaden energy awareness campus-wide to students in any field of interest, a new freshman honors course in renewable energy, ECE 1501, has been approved and will be initially offered during Spring Semester, 2009.
This academic year saw the completion of a study of campus energy consumption and greenhouse gas production that provides insight into the associated footprint of each degree granted. Significant progress was also made on studying the establishment of a new campus entity that would formally address important energy issues of the state and region. For information contact Tom Ferguson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Five faculty members and nine health education majors in the Department of HPER attended the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) held in Ft. Worth, TX, April 8-12.
HPER Department Head, Mark Nierengarten, attended NCATE folio training for physical educators.
Jane Carlson, assistant professor, presented a poster entitled “Purpose Driven Grading” in a session sponsored by National Association of School-based Physical Education.
Ladona Tornabene, associate professor, presented a four hour pre-conference workshop on “Increasing Joy Through Motivational Goal Setting: Strategies for Educators/Practitioners.”
She joined Amy Versnik Nowak, assistant professor, and Lisa Vogelsang, adjunct assistant professor, in presenting “Photography! An Innovative Health Promotion and Health Education Tool” in a session sponsored by American Association for Health Education (AAHE).
In a technology-based poster session, Versnik Nowak made a presentation entitled “CPR: Resuscitating Critical Thinking Using Calibrated Peer Review,” a research project funded by a grant from The Archibald Bush Foundation for innovative teaching and technology strategies. Assisting in this presentation were UMD health education majors, Julia Kemkes and Elizabeth Strausser.
Georgia Keeney, associate professor, presented an AAHE sponsored session describing and demonstrating Universal Learning Design principles applied to health education, “Universal Design for Health Educators - Process and Goal.”
Andrea Miller, UMD’s Health Education Major of the Year, received recognition during the AAHE Majors of the Year awards ceremony.
CHILDHOOD-NATURE PLAY SYMPOSIUM
Julie Ernst and graduate environmental education students hosted an Early Childhood-Nature Play Symposium at Hartley Nature Center on April 29 for 30 early childhood and environmental education professionals in Duluth.
Through their program evaluation course (EnEd 5625) and a grant from the Office for Public Engagement, students conducted a needs assessment to investigate the amount of time preschool-age children are playing outdoors and the type of and setting for this outdoor play. They also investigated motivations for and barriers to outdoor play, and in particular, the influence of income and access on opportunities for unstructured play in natural settings.
The symposium provided an opportunity for developing strategies for raising awareness of the value of outdoor play in natural settings and addressing disparities identified by the needs assessment in efforts to encourage and facilitate opportunities for outdoor play for all young children in Duluth.
For more information, contact email@example.com or visit www.childrenandnature.org for additional information on the connection between unstructured play in natural settings and children’s health and development.
PURCHASING CARD TRAINING
Purchasing for the University is easier with a University Purchasing Card. A training session is offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 19 in Kirby 355. Advanced registration is not necessary. If unable to attend this session, call 726-7168 to make other arrangements.
The Spring textbook buyback will be May 14-15 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and May 16 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
UMD Stores Final Sale will be through May 14 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Kirby Student Center. Save up to 60% off UMD wear, gifts, art supplies, snacks, books, DVDs, computer supplies, and office and school products.
UMD Market Day in the Plaza is every Wednesday (May 21 - September 24) from 2-4:30 p.m. and features the farmer’s market, live music, artist’s booths, UMD Stores sidewalk sales, penny-an-ounce fountain pop, and 1/2-price coffee. (Beverage specials available in UMD Stores only.) The music line up for May and June are: Val Turcotte, Dave Mehling, DJ Path Annu, James Moors, Michael Monroe, and Jerree Small. Visit http://www.umdstores.com or listen to KUMD 103.3 fm on Tuesday mornings at 8:15 a.m. to find out what’s happening at Market Day in the Plaza each week. http://www.kumd.org. UMD Market Day in the Plaza is sponsored by Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, UMD Auxiliary Services, UMD Stores, Plaza Food Court, UMD Wellness Program, and UMD Department of Human Resources.
UMD Stores will host the 2008 Tri-State Bookstore Conference June 16-19. College bookstores from around Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota will be here to participate in educational and informational sessions and a trade show at the DECC.
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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