Tuesday, September 7, 2010 * Volume 28, Number 1 | PDF



campus NEWS

academic NEWS

The UMD Geography Information Science program is expanding. Beginning in fall 2010, a GIScience minor and GIScience certificate will be offered. Five new courses were created to round out a strong curriculum in geospatial technologies: Multimedia, Animated and Internet Mapping; GIS in Urban Analysis; GIS in Regional Sustainability Applications; Digital Image Processing and Analysis; and Spatial Statistics. The program builds on this core by exploring both traditional and novel methods for geo-visualization. For more information contact Olaf Kuhlke, geography department chair, at okulhke@d.umn.edu, geog@d.umn.edu, or 218-726-6300.

The Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) will host a workshop on campus Oct. 24-26, entitled “Water Sustainability and Climate in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa.” The workshop is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation. An interdisciplinary team of aquatic, climate, and hydrological scientists and engineers, and social scientists from UMD, UMTC, other American universities, NOAA, the University of Malawi, and the University of Mzuzu are meeting to formulate a major research initiative, designed to assess the impact of climate change and human activity on water sustainability in the East African Rift Valley. This is the first of two meetings for the research team. The second will be held in Malawi in January 2011.

administrative NEWS

Two dates have been set for UMD faculty and staff or others in need of a photo. Please see UMD photographer Brett Groehler in 302 Darland Administration Building on the following days: Wed. Sept. 8 from 10 am-noon.; Thurs., Sept. 9 from 2-4 p.m. No appointment is necessary during these times. Ask departments if photos are needed and for what purpose. Bring billing information and the name(s) of the person to whom the photos will be sent. There is a small charge for this service. For information, contact Brett Groehler at bgroehle@d.umn.edu or call 218-726-7115.

Two UMD teams placed first in their divisions in the Lake Superior Dragon Boat Races at Barker's Island on Aug. 28. The Women's Hockey team, sponsored by the Duluth Teacher's Credit Union, placed first in the All Female Challenge Class and sixth overall. The UMD Bulldogs, a team of faculty and staff sponsored by the UMD Chancellor's Office, placed first in the Education Challenge Class and 37th overall.

Semester and annual passes for facility and group fitness classes are on sale now in SpHC 153 and can be put on payroll deduction. The Annual Facilities Pass is $180, and the Annual Group Fitness Pass is $125. If you are not already enrolled in the Fitness Rewards Reimbursement Program, you may do so by logging on to http://www.umdrsop.org. Call the Rec Sports Department at 218-726-7128 for more info or visit http://www.umdrsop.org/.


ITSS has completed installation of classroom control devices in all UMD general-purpose classrooms. These devices make it easy for faculty members to connect their laptops to the various devices in the room, such as projectors and DVD players.

ITSS staff provided networking support for the Tall Ships Festival at Bayfront Park this summer. Working with a local vendor, the network included a wireless link from campus to Bayfront. This network enabled ticket sales as well as UMD goods on location.

ITSS and Housing collaborated last spring to survey students about their technology needs. The survey showed a minimal need for land-line telephones and a strong desire for wireless networking in Housing. The resulting plan calls for removal of land-line telephones and addition of wireless access points throughout Housing. Working through the summer, ITSS and FM staff installed wireless access points in all campus apartments. During the next two years, ITSS will do the same in the residence hall units.

A Brighter UMD Energy Event will be held Sept. 16-28 in UMD Stores Express. CFL light bulbs, desk lamps, table lamps, floor lamps, and more are specially priced through Minnesota Power to save energy and money. Minnesota Power will make a donation to the U-Pass Program for every product purchased through Oct. 31.
Shoppers support local charities (Safe Haven Shelter for Battered Women, UMD Office of Sustainability, and the COMPASS after-school program at the YMCA), when they don’t take a plastic bag through the UMD Stores “Wooden Nickel Program." Reusable bags and back packs are available for purchase at UMD Stores and plastic bag recycling containers are located at each entrance.

KUMD presents the Fall Membership Drive from Sept. 24 - Oct. 3. All staff, students, and faculty are welcome to join the community in volunteering to answer phones at this crucial time. The event involves lots of people, food, and fun. Email Ira at isalmela@kumd.org to receive information about a short orientation during the week of Sept. 20.

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