Tuesday, June 24, 2008 * Volume 25, Number 16

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art EVENTS  


"Simon Schama: The Power of Art" a video produced by WDSE-TV that works in conjunction with the current
"Portrait, Identity, Culture" exhibition is now being shown in the Main Gallery.

“Apart at the Seams: Drawings and Paintings by Sylvia Schuster and Allen D. (Big Al) Carter” is on display through November 2.

“Portrait, Identity, Culture: Across Time, Space and Meaning,” selections from the permanent collection, is on display through August 10.

Selected Illustrations of Royal Canadian Mounted Police from the Potlatch Collection is on display through September 7.

For Tweed Museum information go to www.d.umn.edu/tma, contact tma@d.umn.edu, or call 726-8222.


The Sieur Du Luth Summer Arts Festival presents weeks of entertainment.

The play The Mousetrap will be directed by Tom Isbell and presented on June 26-28, July 2, 3, 5, and 9-12 at 7:30 p.m., June 29, July 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. in Marshall Performing Arts Center.

The opera Il Trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi will be performed from July 17 – 19 at 7:30 p.m. and July 20, at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. It is directed by David Walsh and conducted by Gaetano Colajanni.

The Opera Gala will be performed on July 22 in the Weber Music Hall.

The International Gala will be held on July 24 in the Weber Music Hall.

The opera Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns will be performed on July 31, August 1, and 2 at 7:30 p.m., and August 3 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. It is directed by Hervé Van der Meulen and conducted by Pierre Calmelet.

Jazz Concerts produced by Ryan Frane will be performed on July 7 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weber Music Hall.

UMD pianist Ryan Frane along with Mathieu Penot on drums and Fabricio Nicolas playing bass, both from Paris,

France will be featured at 7:30 p.m. on July 7. "Matta 'bout Bone" will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 21 featuring the music of Tim Stratioti and Tom Matta.

A series of Chamber Music Concerts produced by Ted Schoen will be held on June 30, July 14 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Weber Music Hall. Beethoven and Schubert features Betsy Husby, cello; Theodore Schoen, Clarinet;
Alexander Chernyshev, piano and members of the Highland String Quartet and is held on June 30.

The Northern Lights Music Festival is held at 7:30 p.m. on July 14 and includes smart young musicians from the local phenomenon that is the Northern Lights Music Festival, which is based in Biwabik.

“The Winds of Summer” features music of Bach, Ibert, Gershwin and Joplin performed by the UMD Faculty Woodwind Quintet and is held at 7:30 p.m. on July 28.

Concerts by the Lake at Glensheen, produced by Lori Melton will be held on Wednesdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6, 13, 20, 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Glensheen, the Historic Congdon Estate. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be canceled. For more information visit http://www.umdartsfest.com/home.php.

athletic EVENTS

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EVENTS, faculty and staff

The Self-Paced Training classes, Copyright 101: What is Copyright? and Copyright 102: Copyright for Faculty can be found at: http://www.d.umn.edu/itss/support/Training/SPLA/itss.html.

EVENTS, lectures, workshops

On June 25, Brian Walstrom will presents the "Southern Sky" discussing thousands of stars we never see. On July 2, the Planetarium staff will present Stargazing Tonight, an overview of everything appearing in the sky during the month of July. It is suitable for all ages. On July 9, The Arrowhead Astronomical Society will do a presentation, followed by their monthly meeting. Private shows available by appointment for groups of 10 or more. See list of shows at http://www.d.umn.edu/planet/programs

UMD offers a variety of private summer music lessons for students in the areas of piano, jazz piano, voice, brasswinds, woodwinds, and strings. Fine Arts Academy music programs are fully accredited by the National Association of School of Music. For information, call Kathy at 726-7011.

special EVENTS

The UMD Department of Biology and Fisher Scientific will host the first annual ‘Science Fair Picnic’ on June 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard and atrium of the Swenson Science Building. Faculty, staff and students are welcome to celebrate summer. Representatives from scientific equipment companies will be on hand to showcase the latest tools in laboratory support. Food, beverages, games, and prizes will be provided from 11-1. Talk with colleagues and vendors as well as compete for prizes.

The vendors that will be on hand include Fisher Scientific, University Stores, Kimberly Clark, BD Bioscience, MediaTechWhatman, Kimble Chase, Thermo Scientific, Millipore, Shimadzu, Mallinckrodt, New Brunswick, and Lonza. For information contact Frank A. Maragi at 726-7035.

The Farmers Market at UMD - Market Day at the Plaza runs every Wednesday until September 24 in front of Kirby Plaza (outside UMD Stores). Vendors from the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota will sell locally produced items such as vegetables, fruits, etc.

Participate in wellness classes, browse the Sidewalk Sale, listen to the music provided by local musicians, etc. See: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/wellness/farmersmarket/ The events are sponsored by Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association, UMD Auxiliary Services, UMD Stores, Plaza Food Court, UMD Wellness Program, and UMD Department of Human Resources.

The 2008 View From the Lake trips aboard the L.L. Smith, Jr. Research Vessel focus on the importance of forests and trees in protecting water quality and habitat in Lake Superior and its rivers and streams. Each three-hour trip features information on forest ecology, benefits that trees and forests provide, and how to promote the retention, regrowth, and maintenance of trees in the community. This program is co-hosted by University of Wisconsin Extension and Minnesota Sea Grant. To register see http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/vfl/ or call 218-726-8106. Several cruises still have openings.

The public is invited to a Fuse Duluth event, Access Duluth, with Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin from 11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, in Kirby Ballroom. The event honors Dr. Kathryn A. Martin, the first woman Chancellor in the University of Minnesota system. Enjoy candid conversation with Chancellor Martin to learn about the challenges and successes she has had throughout her career. The event ($10/$15) is held by Fuse Duluth is a division of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the UMD Alumni Office. The mission of Fuse is to inform, network and connect young people so they can become engaged with our community. A community influenced by young people will attract and retain young people. Preregister by contacting Breanne DeFoe at 218-740-3758 or bdefoe@duluthchamber.com.

UMD departments, faculty, and staff are participating in FinnFest 2008. Themed “Sharing the Spirit of Finland,” the event welcomes everyone and will run July 23-27, at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC) and other locations around town -- including some at UMD. It’s the first FinnFest in Duluth since 1992, when UMD hosted the festival.

According to FinnFest 2008 co-chair and UMD Music Department Head Jeanne Doty, the festival is “a five-day event with more than 300 programs, including lectures, concerts, panel discussions, youth activities, shopping, displays, exhibitions, dances and tours.”

“We are grateful to the hundreds of volunteers who are making this festival a success,” said co-chair Diane Skomars, UMD’s Director of Development.

The President of the Republic of Finland, Tarja Halonen, has been invited to FinnFest. At the same time, she will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree for public service from UMD, (see Campus News). Another special feature is a concert by the Minnesota Orchestra, directed by Osmo Vänskä.

A Fashion Show and Luncheon will be held in the UMD Kirby Ballroom on Saturday July 26, from 12 - 2 p.m. Tickets are $30. The event includes lunch and a fashion show featuring a Scandinavian/European style luncheon and a fashion show of contemporary Scandiavian fashions.

UMD is also participating by helping provide decorative banners for the FinnFest welcome area. Kelsey Engel, art education major, received a UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) grant to assist Associate Professor Alison Aune on the development of a cross-cultural Finnish folk art and design curriculum. The practical application of the curriculum involved creating banners for FinnFest 2008. Engel, Aune and 28 other UMD education students developed and taught lessons on Finnish design to first, third and fourth graders in Susan Ranfranz’s art classes at Laura MacArthur School. The banners these classes created will be on display during FinnFest.

The Tweed Museum of Art will host a FinnFest reception, lecture and tour on Saturday July 26, from 2-4 p.m. in conjunction with the exhibition “Honoring Tradition: Finnish and Sami-inspired Textiles.” The work includes rag rugs, transparencies, poppana, felting, clothing, woven wall hangings, takana, raanu, rya, and other textiles. Vintage Finnish textiles will provide historical context for the exhibit. Participating artists include: Mary Erickson, Paivi Homola, Laurie Jacobi, Irene Johnson, Susan Johnson, Edith Karlstrand, Ruth Koski, Karen Lamppa, Annika Martilla, Wynne Mattila, Mel Olsen, Joyce Seppala, Carol Sperling, and Mary Wovcha.
General festival information is available at www.finnfest2008.com.

Alumni who attended UMD anytime during the 1960s are invited to a reunion, Decade of the 60s, July 31 to August 3. To register call 726-8829.

Events include: a cocktail reception at The Inn on Lake Superior, a Music Showcase in UMD’s Weber Music Hall, Dancing under the Stars with the Whitesidewalls, and a cocktail party, dinner and dance at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center. ($130/$150 person). Optional events include: golf and lunch at Nemadji, Swenson College of Science and Engineering open house, Dean’s Reception and lectures, Labovitz School of Business and Economics open house, ROTC open house, Glensheen Mansion tour with UMD alumni authors of Will to Murder followed by wine and cheese reception on the terrace, mini reunions and Sunday brunch. See http://www.umd60sreunion.blogspot.com/ for a complete listing.

Faculty and staff are needed for the following trips offered to first year students from August 25-28, 2008: Canoeing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Hiking/canoeing/climbing/relaxing based out of cabins (at camp Menogyn) near the Gunflint Trail, Backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail, Rock climbing the North Shore, Sea kayaking in the Apostle Islands, Transfer Student Adventure Sampler in and around Duluth/Jay Cooke State Park and Backpacking on Isle Royale will be held from August 22-28.
For more information, contact Tim Bates at 726-8743 or tbates@d.umn.edu.

The first ever, U of M System-Wide GLBTA Summit, to be held September 26-27, is hosted by UMD. It is a gathering of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members doing GLBTA work on all five UM campuses. The goals of the event include networking and strengthening relationships. For information see: http://glbta.umn.edu/summit/ or contact Angela Nichols at 726-7300.

glensheen EVENTS

Glensheen mansion is celebrating its 100th year in Duluth. Every Thursday evening at 5 p.m. through August 14, Glensheen offers special tours focused on aspects of the estate. "The Congdon Family Staff" will be featured on June 26, "What to Do? Passing the time 1908 Style with the Radio, Victrola, etc.," will be held on July 3, "By Land or By Sea: how the Congdon's Traveled" will be held on July 10 and August 21, "A Dog's Life: The Congdon Pets, Farm Animals, and Wildlife" will be held on July 17 and August 28, "The Inner Workings: Innovations at the Estate" will be held on July 24, "Construction Junction: Materials and Methods in the Building" will be held on July 31, and "Art and Artists: the Glensheen Art Collection "will be held on August 15.

A special symposium, The Congdon Legacy: The effect on the community, the State and the U.S. will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 at the Tweed Museum of Art followed by a tour of the Glensheen exhibits at the Tweed. The Festival of Fine Art and Craft will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday August 16. The region’s finest artists participate in the show and sale. It has been named a “best bet” by the Duluth News Tribune and is attended by thousands every year.

Glensheen is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through October 19; first tour begins at 9:30 a.m., and last tour begins at 4 p.m. For information e-mail glen@d.umn.edu or call 218-726-8910.

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