Tuesday, July 15, 2008 * Volume 25, Number 17

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UMD held groundbreaking ceremonies on July 11, 2008 for the $15 million Civil Engineering building to be constructed on the North East corner of the campus just off St Marie Street. The state-of-the-art teaching/training center is designed to house the new Bachelor of Science degree program in Civil Engineering which will admit its first freshman students this fall. The structure will be the sixth new building to be constructed on the UMD campus since 2000.

Duluth, a city with some of the strongest Finnish roots in the United States, will host Finnish President Tarja Halonen on July 25. Halonen was invited to the event by UMD and the organizers of FinnFest, an annual Finnish-American festival.

She will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree for public service from UMD, highest award given by UMD. The award will be presented to her by Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin, at the DECC. “Her outstanding leadership on behalf of the rights of women, and workers, and the poor have made her an international role model,” Martin said in a news release, “and she is truly deserving of this high award.”

Halonen was first elected to the country’s Parliament in 1979 and was re-elected four times. In 2000 she was elected the country’s president. She was re-elected in 2006. Tickets are available at the Kirby Student Center.

This fall, UMD will welcome new international students from over seventeen countries including: Bolivia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, India, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Moldova, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand and Vietnam. International Student Services is looking for short term, temporary housing (two nights to three weeks) and/or other assistance for some of these students. If you could help, or would like more information, please contact Trisha O’Keefe, 726-7531 or pokeefe@d.umn.edu.

The UMD Women's Hockey Team was honored by President George W. Bush at a White House ceremony in Washington, D.C. on June 24. The team won the 2008 NCAA Division I national championship. In the past eight years, the UMD women’s hockey team and head coach Shannon Miller have been honored four times at the White House. The Bulldogs finished their 2007-08 season with a 34-4-1 record, the best for any UMD women’s hockey squad in the program’s nine-year history.

Angie McDermott, from Austin, Minn., was crowned Miss Minnesota on June 14, 2008 in Eden Prairie. McDermott has a communications degree from UMD and hopes to work in public relations and event planning. Her winnings include a $6,000 scholarship and $750 for her first-place scores. McDermott’s platform is “Higher Education: Journey to Your Dream,” which features a curriculum-based program for fourth- and fifth-graders. The platform is an issue contestants will work toward improving in the state. McDermott will compete in the Miss America competition in January.

administrative NEWS

UMD Market Day in the Plaza is every Wednesday thru 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 in UMD Stores only.) This week Juliana Bertelsen will offer free chair massages from 2 - 4:30 pm. Juliana is a massage therapist with RSOP and Justin Paul Salon. She also owns ‘Over The Top’ Dance Studio in downtown Duluth. Matt Mulliner, UMD Apple Campus Representative will offer computer demonstrations. Dan Burrows is the featured musician. 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 each week. http://www.kumd.org.

UMD Stores welcomes visitors to FinnFest 2008, July 23-27. Visit the UMD Stores booth during the Tori (market place) at the DECC in Duluth.

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

One update will correct both the UMD campus directory published book and the UMD on-line directory. You may begin to update at any time and all updates must be completed by August 15, 2008. The Twin Cities Directory site is now "live" and taking changes for next year's directory.. See http://www.d.umn.edu/unirel/campusdirectory.html. For information contact Cheryl Reitan at 726-8996, creitan@d.umn.edu or Andy Manteuffel at 726-6927, amanteuf@d.umn.edu.

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