Tuesday, December 9, 2008 * Volume 26, Number 7

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UMD student Thom Rieck will attempt to set an indoor rowing world record for the most meters accumulated in a 24-hour period. On Dec. 11, Rieck will attempt to break the Concept2 Indoor 24-hour World Record and set a Guinness World Record. The current world record is 186,098 meters, set by German Jochen Trueb on March 23, 2008.
In order to achieve this record, Rieck will have to make sure the rower accumulates some number of meters each hour. This means, that even if Rieck is able to break the world record with several hours ago, he can’t quit.
Rieck has been interested in the sport of indoor rowing ever since he came to UMD in 2004. He will be sponsored by Burrito Union, which will be supplying bean and rice burritos for him as he rows his way to the record.

Communication Sciences & Disorders’ faculty members and students have another record year at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention (ASHA) in Chicago with 91% of the second year graduate class (11 students) presenting papers and posters. (See Faculty and Staff News.) They have established a partnership with Ewha Womens University in Seoul, South Korea to develop teaching, research, and services activities between the two programs in communication disorders.Students will interact and study in the field of speech-language pathology with an international perspective. The graduate program in communication disorders at Ewha Womens University is rated the top graduate program in communication disorders in Korea. The Edwin H. Eddy Foundation has provided tuition support for two students from Ewha Womens University to attend UMD this spring semester.

Vicki Hansen, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, is the recipient of the 2008-2009 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Research. Faculty members who receive this award are honored for their excellence in research, scholarly contributions to their field and for their dedication to student research in education.
Hansen received her award on Mon, Dec. 8 where she presented a seminar of her current research entitled “A Tipping Point for Earth, How did Plate Tectonics Start?”

The 30-60-90 Student Success Roadmap is now available online at www.d.umn.edu/roadmap, or under “Quick Links” on the UMD homepage.
Coupled with the credit goals of 30 credits (sophomore status), 60 credits (junior status), and 90 credits (senior status), the roadmap provides key benchmarks on a clearly marked route to a successful college experience at UMD.
The 30-60-90 Roadmap is intended to communicate consistent expectations to students, to guide student actions, to facilitate discussions between academic advisors and students, and to reinforce the important role each member of our community plays in promoting student success. Most UMD freshmen have already been introduced to the Roadmap in classes and at registration. The online 30-60-90 Roadmap also includes links to the numerous campus resources aligned with supporting student success.


Feb. 1 is the deadline for nominations to the 21st annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, presented by the University of Minnesota Duluth Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library. These awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage or lifestyle of northeastern Minnesota.
The award categories have been increased from four to six, with the addition of separate awards for Poetry and Memoir/Creative Nonfiction. The other continuing categories include General Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, and Children’s Literature.
To be eligible, a book must have been originally released in 2008. Prizes will be awarded in the amount of $300 and a plaque for each winner and a plaque for each honorable mention selected.
To nominate a book, visit the NEMBA Web site at www.d.umn.edu/lib/nemba. Complete a nomination form and send it, along with one copy of each nominated book, and the $25 entry fee for each title to UMD Library, c/o Brenda Bonnema. For information, call 726-6843 or e-mail bbonnema@d.umn.edu. A free, community reception honoring all nominated authors will be held on Sun., May 17 at the UMD Library.

The 2009-10 (final), 2010-11 (tentative) and the 2011-12 (tentative) academic calendars have been posted on the UMD website at http://www.d.umn.edu/calendar/academic_cal.html. For info, contact Vickery French at 726-7104 or vfrench@d.umn.edu.

administrative NEWS

Use the UMD reusable tote bag for 10 purchases and get entered in a drawing for monthly prizes. Support UMD’s “Adding Up To Zero” www.addinguptozero.com.

Register to win an art supplies gift package valued at $325 in UMD Stores street level through Dec. 12.

Online textbook buyback is available at http://www.umdstores.com.

Previous generation iPod 8GB Nanos are now on sale in UMD Stores Computer Corner for only $129.

Cash for books buyback is in UMD Stores EXPRESS on Fri, Dec. 12 from 8 am - 3 pm, Mon. - Tues., Dec. 15-16 from 8 am - 4 pm, Wed.-Thur., Dec. 17-18 from 8 am - 6 pm, and Fri., Dec. 19 from 8 am - 3 pm.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. The weekend “Movie Express” bus service is also available.

For store hours, events, and merchandise visit http://www.umdstores.com. Sale locations vary and some restrictions apply to sales listed.

Tune in to KUMD at www.kumd.org on Tues. and Fri. at 8:15 am to hear a holiday series about caring and sharing. PAVSA, Bethany Crisis Nursery, Life House, Neighborhood Housing Services, Boys and Girls Clubs, the Human Development Center and others are featured. The stories also run the week of Dec. 22 during the Northland Morning show. Win prizes! Take the KUMD “I Love My Music” Survey at www.kumd.org.

UMD’s web Photo Library has many new photos. Hundreds of UMD's best images are available for faculty and staff to use in university related publications, printed items, as well as on the web. These images will help departments and programs show off the beauty and diversity of UMD. To see the web site go to http://www.d.umn.edu/photolibrary/. For information, contact UMD photographer Brett Groehler at 726-7115.

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