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Art


ART EXHIBITS

Elevator, recent work from the artist collective Blind Squab (Irene Bindi, Aston Coles, Celia Coles, Martin Finkenzeller) will be on display through July 29.

Where the Two Came to Their Father – A Navajo War Ceremonial will be on display through Sun., Aug. 5. This exhibition features stencil prints from a 1943 portfolio by artist and ethnologist Maud Oakes (1903-1990), who recorded the Diné (Navajo) ceremony called Where the Two Came to Their Father.

Student shows will be featured throughout the year: T.J. Sikorski from Mar. 6-11, Maxwell Ganter from Mar. 20-25, Paul Santikko from Mar. 27-Apr. 1, Zac Carlson from Apr. 3-8, Amanda Synder and Victoria Fortenberry from Apr. 10-15, Sara Miller and Megan Swanson from Apr. 17-22, Laura Hensel and Alex Guy from Apr. 24-29, and Monique Rogers and Meagan Hunstad (online show) from May 1-6.

For information, visit the Tweed Museum website, email the Tweed Museum, or call 218-726-8222.


Music


CONCERTS AND EVENTS


Ovation Guest Artist Series Concert: Geraldine McMillian, soprano, and David Mayfield, piano, will perform on Wed., Mar. 28 at 7:30 pm.

The UMD Symphony Orchestra - 11th Annual Concerto Competition Concert, conducted by Jean R. Perrault, will be presented on Fri., Mar. 30 at 7:30 pm.

A faculty artist recital with Tom Pfotenhauer, trumpet, will be performed on Thurs., Apr. 5 at 7:30 pm.

Guitar ensembles, conducted by Billy Barnard, and classical guitar ensembles, conducted by Jacob Jonker, will be presented on Mon., Apr. 9 at 7:30 pm.

All events will be held in the Weber Music Hall, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit the Department of Music website or call 218-726-8561.


Theatre


THEATRE EVENTS

Medea, by Euripides, translated by Alistair Elliot and directed by Ann Aiko Bergeron, will be presented March 8, 9, 10, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm and March 25 at 2 pm in the Dudley Experimental Theatre.

For information, call the UMD Box Office at 218-726-8561 or see the Department of Theatre website.


Athletics

HOCKEY-MEN'S

The UMD Men's Hockey team will host Minnesota State-Mankato for the first round of the WCHA playoffs on Fri., Mar. 9; Sat., Mar. 10; and Sun., Mar. 11 at 7:07 pm. Games will be played at Amsoil Area.

HOCKEY-WOMEN'S

The UMD Women's Hockey team will host the Frozen Four on Fri., Mar. 16 at 5 pm and 8 pm and on Sun., Mar. 18 at 3 pm. All games will be played at Amsoil Area.

SOFTBALL

The softball team will host Minnesota State-Mankato on Sat., Mar. 24 at noon and 2 pm, Southwest Minnesota State on Sun., Mar. 25 at noon and 2 pm, and Minnesota State-Moorhead on Wed., Mar. 28 at noon and 2 pm. All games will be held at Junction Avenue Field.

For more information, contact the UMD Athletic Office at 218-726-7518.

VOTE FOR HOCKEY AWARD

UMD hockey player Jack Connolly is in the running for the Lowes' Senior CLASS Award. Vote once a day online and once a day on facebook.


Lectures/Workshops/Classes

MULTICULTURAL CENTER EVENTS

All month long, KUMD will run 60 second spots about local women who make history. Tune into 103.3 to listen. Sponsored by KUMD.

The Brown Bag Lecture "Grandmothers For Peace," sponsored by the Women’s Resource and Action Center and the Women’s Studies Department, will be held on Wed., Mar. 7 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268.

The film Pray the Devil Back to Hell, sponsored by LWV Duluth, Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies, the Women’s Resource and Action Center, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, and the Women’s Studies Department, will be shown on Wed., Mar. 7 at 6:30 pm in Teatro Zuccone. A discussion by Doris Parker, executive director of the Liberian Women Initiatives of Minnesota (LIWIM), will follow the film.

A Luncheon for International Women's Day, sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center and the Women’s Studies Department, will be held on Thurs., Mar. 8 at 11:30 am in Griggs Center. For more information, contact the Women's Resource and Action Center at 218-726-6292 or 218-726-8444.

A film on stuttering, sponsored by Access for All, will be shown on Thurs., Mar. 8 from 3-4:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.

The film The Way Home, sponsored by the UnFair Campaign, will be shown on Mon., Mar. 19 from noon to 1:30 pm in KSC 273.

The Brown Bag Lecture "Human Trafficking," presented by Shunu Shrestha from PAVSA, will be presented on Wed., Mar. 21 from noon-1 pm in KSC 268. This lecture is sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action Center.

The Disability Display Timeline, sponsored by Access for All, will be presented on Wed., Mar. 21 from 1-4 pm in the Kirby Lounge.

The film Until the Violence Stops, sponsored by V-Day UMD and the Women's Resource and Action Center, will be shown on Wed., Mar. 21 at 5 pm in BohH 90.

A panel discussion, "Women's Empowerment, Women's Education: Closing the Equity Gap," with panelists Mary Cameron, Linda LeGarde Grover, and Emily Serrano, will be held on Thurs., Mar. 22 at 4 pm in the UMD Library Rotunda. This event is sponsored by the Women's Resource and Action and Women's Studies Department.

Women on the Wall, sponsored by UMD Recreational Sports Program, will be held at the inland wall on Thurs., Mar. 22 from 5-7 pm. Free equipment rental is included.

Open Mic Night, sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Association, will be held on Thurs., Mar. 22 from 7-10 pm in Kirby Rafters.

A performance of A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer will be held on Fri., Mar. 23 at 7 pm in BohH 90.

The film Race: The Power of an Illusion: The House We Live In, sponsored by the UnFair Campaign, will be shown on Mon., Mar. 26 from noon-1:30 pm in KSC 273.

The film Quest for a Homeland, Part 1 will be shown on Tues., Mar. 27 at noon in KSC 273B (TV Lounge). This event is sponsored by the Latino/Chicano Student Programs and the Latino/Chicano Student Association.

The film Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority and Title IX Presentation will be shown on Tues., Mar. 27 from 1-3 pm in the Kirby Rafters. Lisa Erwin, vice chancellor for student life, will speak following the film. This event is sponsored by Asian Pacific American Student Programs, Asian Pacific American Association, Department of Women Studies, and the Diversity Commission.

A lecture "Girls Are Not For Sale" will be presented by Rachel Lloyd on Tues., Mar. 27 at 6 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. Lloyd is the founder of GEMS, a nationally recognized organization that provides services to commercially sexually exploited women and domestically trafficked youth in the U.S. This event is sponsored by the Duluth Trafficking Task Force, Office of Cultural Diversity, and the Women's Resource and Action Center.

The film The Struggle in the Fields, Part 2 will be shown on Wed., Mar. 28 at noon in KSC 273B (TV Lounge). This event is sponsored by the Latino/Chicano Student Programs and the Latino/Chicano Student Association.

A lecture "Border Politics From Above and Below: Fighting for Democracy in Spite of Elections" will be presented by Macrina Cardenas de Alarcon on Thurs., Mar. 29 at noon in the Library Rotunda. Cardenas de Alarcon is a community activist and educator from Tijuana, Mexico. This event is sponsored by Latino/Chicano Student Association, Latino/Chicano Student Programs, and the Royal D. Alworth, Jr. Institute for International Studies.

UMD GLBT will take part in the annual GLBT Lobby Day at the State Capitol on Thurs., Mar. 29. A coach bus will leave UMD Ordean Court at 7:15 am and return at 5:30 pm. Learn about GLBT issues and the importance of speaking with elected officials. To sign up, contact Angie Nichols.

The film Taking Back the Schools, Part 3 will be shown on Thurs., Mar. 29 at noon in KSC 273B (TV Lounge). This event is sponsored by the Latino/Chicano Student Programs and the Latino/Chicano Student Association.

The film Fighting for Political Power, Part 4 will be shown on Fri., Mar. 30 at noon in KSC 273B (TV Lounge). This event is sponsored by the Latino/Chicano Student Programs and the Latino/Chicano Student Association.

For more information, contact Susana Pelayo-Woodward.


DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES EVENTS

The lecture "Minnesota Water Sustainability-Looking Far into the Future" by Deborah L. Swackhamer, program director, Water Resources Center, UMTC, will be presented on Wed., Mar. 7 from 3-5 pm in Chem 200.

The lecture "Modeling and Measuring the Morphology of Fossil Algal Structures: Do the Mesabi Range Stromatolites Hold Clues to the Continent Orientation and the Dynamics of the Ancient Earth-Moon System?" by George Ojakangas, associate professor, Department of Physics, Drury University, Springfield, Mo., will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 22.

The lecture "Plate Tectonics: When a Well-Known Theory Isn't So Well Known" by Scott Clark, assistant professor, Department of Geology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be presented on Thurs., Mar. 29.

The lecture "What Can Travertine Deposits Tell Us About Past Climate?" by Nikki Strong, visiting assistant professor, Department of Geology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, will be presented on Thurs., Apr. 5.

All lectures are held at 3:30 pm in LSci 175, unless otherwise noted. Refreshments are served at 3 pm. For more information, contact the Department of Geological Sciences.


ALWORTH INSTITUTE EVENTS

Alworth Institute Special Events:
A special program, Women Rising Up for Peace and Justice: Mighty Be Our Powers, will be held on Wed., Mar. 7 from 6-8:30 pm at Teatro Zuccone, 222 Superior St., Duluth. This event will feature a screening of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Doris Parker, executive director of Liberian Women's Initiatives of Minnesota, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards. The film focuses on the Liberian women, led by 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, that held peaceful demonstrations that led to an end to the civil war in Liberia.

An International Women's Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held on Thurs., Mar. 8 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Griggs Center at UMD. The Keynote Speaker will be Doris Parker, executive director of Liberian Women's Initiatives of Minnesota. For more information about the luncheon, contact the Women's Resource Action Center 726-6292 or 726-8444.

Alworth Institute International Lecture Series:
The lecture "Counteracting Modern Threats and Challenges: Terrorism and Human Trafficking" will be presented by Kirill Boychenko and Tajik Sohail Habib, 2011-2012 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, on Mon., Mar. 19 at 4 pm in MonH 70.

The lecture "Sisterhood of War – Minnesota Women in Vietnam" will be presented by Kim Heikkala, adjunct instructor, History Department, St. Catherine University, and author of the book Sisterhood of War – Minnesota Women in Vietnam on Thurs., Mar. 29 at 7 pm MonH 70.

The lecture "Roots and Challenges of Insurgency in India" will be presented by Drs. Anuradha and Kamal Chenoy, professors, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, on Thurs., Apr. 5 at 4:30 pm in the Library Rotunda.

For more information, contact the Alworth Institute or call 218-726-7493.

The Alworth Institute Reading Group:
The Reading Group will discuss Mighty Be Our Powers by Leymah Gbowee on Tues., Mar. 20 at 7pm in KSC 355-357.

The Alworth Institute Brown Bag Lunch Lectures:
The lecture "Pakistan Revisited: Between the West and the Worst" will be presented by Waqas Ahmad, graduate student, and Hammad T. Quddusi, undergraduate student, UMD Engineering Management Department, on Thurs., Mar. 22 at noon in the Library Rotunda.

The lecture "Border Politics from Above and Below: Fighting for Democracy in Spite of Elections" will be presented by Macrina Cardenas de Alarcon, community activist and educator, Tijuana, Mexico, on Thurs., Mar. 29 at noon in the Library Rotunda.

The lecture "Transforming Agricultural Development and Production in Africa: Learning from Local Practitioners" will be presented by Randel Hanson, assistant professor, UMD Geography Department, on Thurs., Apr. 5 at noon in the Library Rotunda.

The Alworth Memorial Lecture:
The lecture "India and her Neighbors: The Foreign Policy Projections & Strategic Partnerships of a Rising Power" will be presented by Anuradha Chenoy, professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, on Wed., Apr. 4 at 7 pm in the Library Rotunda.

For more information, contact the Alworth Institute or call 218-726-7493.


PLANETARIUM

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium offers free public shows every Wed. and Fri. evening and on some Thursdays. All shows begin at 7 pm, unless otherwise noted. The Planetarium presents the following: "Stargazing Tonight" on Wed., Mar. 7, "Carl Sagan's Cosmos" on Thurs., Mar. 8 and Mar. 22, "Astronomy Lessons" on Fri., Mar. 9, "Arrowhead Astronomy Society Presents: The Timeline of Time" on Wed., Mar. 15, "UFOs" on Fri., Mar. 16, and "Galaxies" on Wed., Mar. 28 and Fri., Mar. 30. Private shows are available by appointment for groups of 10 or more.


DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

A lecture by UMD teaching assistants, Samantha Jaworski and Chase Gomez, will be presented on Fri., Mar. 9.

A lecture by UMD teaching assistants, Margarita Geraskina and Nicole Heinks, will be presented on Fri., Mar. 23.

A lecture by UMD teaching assistants, Paul Steffen and Nick Czerniecki, will be presented on Fri., Mar. 30.

A lecture by UMD teaching assistants, Wil Goetsch and Emily Kalinowski, will be presented on Fri., Apr. 6.

All lectures are held from 3-4 pm in LSci 175 , unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.


DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SEMINARS

A lecture by Annelie Lindberg-Livingston will be presented on Fri., Mar. 9. Tim Craig will host the seminar.

A lecture by Allison Coffin will be presented on Fri., Mar. 23. Al Mensigner will host the seminar.

A lecture by Bjorn Bauer will be presented on Fri., Mar. 30. Jennifer Liang will host the seminar.

All lectures are held at 3:15 pm in LSci 185, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Department of Biology.


BOULDER LAKE EVENTS

Boulder Lake offers the following events: Mapping Your Land with GPS - Part of the Minnesota Family Woodlands Conference on Fri., Mar. 9 and Sat., Mar. 10, and Up North Winter Sport Sampler - Courage Duluth on Sat., Mar. 17. For more information, including times, costs, registration, and driving directions, visit the Boulder Lake website, contact John Geissler or call 218-721-3731.


VISUAL LECTURE SERIES

Gregory Volk, New York-based art critic and freelance curator, will give a lecture on Tues., Mar. 20.

Rocky McCorkie, photographer, living and working in San Francisco, Calif., will give a lecture on Tues., Mar. 27.

Annual Student Show Jurors, Scott Stulen, Walker Art Center, and Bud Rodecker, graphic designer, will give a lecture on Tues., Apr. 3.

Brian Collins, chief creative officer of COLLINS, a firm dedicated to inventing branded experiences, digital interactions, and communications, will give a lecture on Tues., Apr. 19.

Eva Cronquist, an adjunct faculty member in art education, Linneaus University, Växjö, Sweden, and Margareta Wallin-Wictorin, senior lecturer in art history and visual culture, Linneaus University, Växjö, Sweden, will give a lecture on Tues., Apr. 24. Following the talk, there will a co-sponsored School of Fine Arts and Duluth-Sweden Sister Cities reception at the Tweed Museum of Art.

All lectures are held at 6 pm in MonH 70, unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit the Department of Art and Design website or call 218-726-8225.


RSOP EVENTS

Recreational Sport Outdoor Programs (RSOP) offers the following events: "Ultra-lite Backpacking Planning" on Thurs., Mar. 22 from 6-8 pm in SpHC 119; "Maple Syruping: From Trees to Pancakes" on Mon., Mar. 26 from 5-7 pm at Bagley Nature Area Classroom; and "Minnesota Firearms Safety Course" Thurs. Mar. 29-Apr. 19 from 6-9 pm at Bagley Nature Area Classroom. For more info and registration, visit the Recreational Sports Outdoor Program website.


SPECIAL EVENTS


INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION EVENTS

Study Abroad 101 is held every Wed. during spring semester at noon in 311 KSC across from the Dining Center. It is a weekly open information session for students to learn the basics of study abroad at UMD. This session guides students on how to find affordable study abroad and other international opportunities that will work for their budget, academic, and personal goals. For more information, visit the IEO website.


UNFAIR CAMPAIGN EVENTS

A special program, Women Rising Up for Peace and Justice: Mighty Be Our Powers, will be held on Wed., Mar. 7 from 6-8:30 pm at Teatro Zuccone, 222 Superior St., Duluth. This event will feature a screening of the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Doris Parker, executive director of Liberian Women's Initiatives of Minnesota, will introduce the film and lead a discussion afterwards. The film focuses on the Liberian women, led by 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Leymah Gbowee, that held peaceful demonstrations that led to an end to the civil war in Liberia. This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by UMD, Women's Studies, DAIP and the League of Women Voters.

The film Unnatural Causes will be shown on Thurs., Mar. 8 and Mon., Mar. 12 at 6:15 pm at the Duluth Public Library, Green Room, 520 W. Superior St. This free event is sponsored by the St. Louis County Public Health Dept.

The film The Way Home will be shown on Mon., Mar. 19 at noon in UMD’s Kirby Student Center Room 273. This free event is sponsored by the U of M.

The film RACE: The Power of Illusion: The House We Live In will be shown on Mon., Mar. 26 at noon in UMD’s Kirby Student Center Room 273. This free event is sponsored by the U of M.

For more information, visit the UnFair Campaign website. Also visit the UMD's Campus Climate initiatives website.


TECHFEST

TechFest 2012 will be held on Fri., Mar. 23 from 9 am-3 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. Proposals are being accepted through Fri., Mar. 9 on the ITSS TechFest website.


EDDY LECTURES

The Spring Edwin Eddy Lecture "Clinical Decision Making in Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech" by Ruth Stoeckel, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, will be held on Sat., Mar. 24 from 8:30 am-4 pm in LSBE 118. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. This course will emphasize clinical decision-making regarding diagnosis and treatment of Childhood Apraxia of Speech based on best available evidence. Considering the relative contributions of co-occurring articulation disorder, phonological disorder, and/or dysarthria will be discussed.

The cost is $60. For more information and to register, visit the CSD Department website.


LAKE SUPERIOR SERVICE-LEARNING REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Attend the Lake Superior Service-Learning Regional Conference, Thurs., Mar. 29 and Fri., March 30, for the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized service-learning leaders, network with other educators and service-learning professionals across the region, and explore how to create sustainable partnerships and best practices supporting service-learning. In addition, attendees will acquire hands-on skills to apply and integrate service-learning as an evidence-based teaching strategy. Visit the conference web page for more information and to register.

The registration deadline has been extended to Wed., Mar. 14. Contact Michelle Hargrave, director of the Office of Civic Engagement, with questions, 218-726-7125. This conference is organized by UMD's Office of Civic Engagement, University of Wisconsin-Superior, The College of St. Scholastica, and Lake Superior College.

 

TEA AT THE TWEED

Tea at the Tweed will be held on Wed., Apr. 4 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. This event is sponsored by the Commission on Women and is a networking opportunity for UMD women. For more information, visit the Commission on Women website.


UMD SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE WORKSHOPS

Instructor Cindy Hale will lead the following UMD Sustainable Agriculture Orchard and Integrated Pest Management Workshops:
Session 1: Introduction to Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sun., Apr. 15
Session 2: Spring Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sat., May 19
Session 3: Early Summer Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sat., June 2
Session 4: Mid-Summer Orchard Tree and Pest Management, Sat., July 7
Session 5: Late-Summer Harvest, Orchard Tree & Pest Management, Sat., Aug. 4
Session 6: Fall Harvest, Orchard Tree & Pest Management, Sat., Sept. 8

All workshops are held from noon-3 pm. This series of six workshops can be taken individually ($15 per session) or as an entire series (6 sessions for $75). The workshops are geared towards small growers of all skill levels, whether they have one backyard tree or a small orchard. For more information, visit the Sustainable Agriculture Project website. To register, contact Kelly Bray

 

CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE

The Office of Civic Engagement will hold its second annual CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service on Sat., Apr. 21, as a culmination to National Volunteer Week. This community day provides an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to give back to the Duluth community by working on a number of site-based projects with local agencies. There will be a rally in the Ward Wells Field House, and volunteer projects throughout the community. Registration to participate in this event is open through March 30. Groups and individuals are welcome to register. Visit the CHAMP Day web page for event details. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.


COMMUNITY WELLNESS DAY

The third annual Community Wellness Day will be held on Sat., Apr. 28 from 11 am-3 pm in Romano Gym. The event is a community collaboration aimed at promoting four key aspects of community wellness: health, safety, financial literacy, and environmental awareness. There will be approximately 60 vendors representing these topics.

Also, Joel Salatin has been invited to be the keynote speaker. Salatin is an alternative farmer from Swopes, Va. He has been featured in the documentary Fresh: The Movie, Michael Pollan's New York Times bestseller, The Omnivore's Dilemma, and the Academy Award nominated independent documentary, Food, Inc. The event is free and open to all. For more information, visit the Health Services website.



Glensheen


GLENSHEEN EVENTS

The historic Congdon estate, Glensheen mansion, is open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm; first tour begins at 10 am, and last tour begins at 3 pm. Weekday tours are available upon request, based on availability.

For tickets or more information, visit the Glensheen website, email Glensheen, or call 218-726-8910.


Other Events - Faculty and Staff


WELLNESS/HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM (HIP) WORKSHOPS:

The following workshops will be offered:
Yoga on Wed., Mar. 14 at noon in SpHC 33. Bring a mat or email mycoach if a mat is needed.
Learn More About Diabetes on Tues., Mar. 20 at noon in Garden Room, KSC.
Cooking Demo - Crawfish and Shrimp Étouffée on Tues., Mar. 27 at noon in SpHC 119.
Visit the Wellness/Health Improvement Program (HIP) website to view descriptions of the workshops. Registration is not required except for the cooking demos in order to provide enough food for everyone.


ITSS ECLASS AND SELF-PACED TRAINING

The following eClass is offered:
Web Accessibility 101, March 19 to March 30
For more information and registration links, visit eClass website.

The following Self-Paced Training is offered:
Copyright 101: What is Copyright? (No specific start or end dates)
Copyright 102: Copyright for Faculty (No specific start or end dates)
For more information and registration links, visit the selfpaced training website.


TOUR NRRI

On Tues., Mar. 20 from 11 am -1 pm, take a 40-minute tour through Natural Resources Research Institute's halls and labs and see examples of their applied research projects. A shuttle bus will pick attendees up at Solon Campus Center at 11 am. A free lunch will be provided at NRRI following the tour. RSVP is necessary to determine shuttle and lunch needs. Registration is limited to 25 participants. Contact June Kallestad or call 720-4300.


TECHNOLOGY TUESDAY'S @ Two Series (TTT)

The spring 2012 TTT series will be held in Kirby Plaza 175. The topics are:
Mar. 20: Open Educational Resources (OER)
Mar. 27: University Technology Support from a non-University Source
Apr. 3: Captioning Web Content

More information about the TTT series can be found on the ITSS website.


EQUITY AND DIVERSITY CERTIFICATE

The Twin Cities Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is offering an Equity and Diversity Certificate, designed to help participants develop tools for advancing equity and diversity in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. The certification has two levels—basic and advanced—and is free of charge and open to faculty and staff.

This semester, half of the OED Certificate program will be offered at UMD:
OED Certificate workshop 1, Being an Ally in the Work of Equity and Diversity, will be held on Mon., Mar. 26 from 1-3 pm in KSC 333.
OED Certificate workshop 2, Leadership in the Context of Equity and Diversity, will be held on Tues., Mar. 27 from 10 am-noon in the KSC Garden Room.
OED Certificate workshop 3, Working Effectively in Groups and Diversity Committees, will be held on Tues., Mar. 27 from 1-3 pm in the KSC Garden Room.

The second half of the OED Certificate program is anticipated to be offered in fall semester 2012: Communicating on Issues of Equity & Diversity; Evaluating our Efforts on Equity & Diversity; and Educating about Equity & Diversity: Facilitating Challenging Conversations.

To register or learn more about the Equity and Diversity Certificate, access frequently asked questions, or contact Anne Phibbs, OED director of Education, at 612-625-9973.


TECH TALK PLUS

Tech Talk Plus #3 will be held on Thurs., Mar. 29. Tech Talk Plus #4 will be held on Fri., Apr. 13. All sessions meet from noon-1 pm in EduE 142.

Tech Talk Plus offers a forum for faculty from all disciplines to come together over lunch and discuss uses and abuses of educational technology. RSVP to Leane Rutherford or call 218-726-6207. For information on Tech Talk Plus events, visit the Instructional Development Services website.


JUST US

The workshop "Sustainability Meets Diversity" will be held on Fri., Mar. 30 from 12-1:30 pm in EduE 142

Just Us is an ongoing training and discussion group for faculty and staff on creating curriculum/programming to address cultural competence, racism, and establishing a more welcoming climate for all faculty, staff, and students.

For more information, contact Leane Rutherford or call 218-726-6207.


INSTRUCTIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERVICE WORKSHOPS

The workshop "UMD Faculty Share Best Practices for Active Learning" will be held on Wed., Apr. 11 from 12-1 pm.

All sessions meet in KSC 268. For more information, contact Leane Rutherford, call 218-726-6207 or visit the Instructional Development Services website.


HUMAN RESOURCE WORKSHOP

The workshop "Creating a Respectful Workplace" will be held on Tues., Apr. 12 from 9-11 am in the KSC Garden Room. Come learn how to create a respectful work environment and a more welcoming campus community. The presenters will be Mary L. Cameron, associate director, UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, and Joie Acheson Lee, assistant director, UMD Kirby Student Center and Student Activities. Register online. To request a disability-related accommodation, contact Cathy Rackliffe, 218-726-6827, at least two weeks prior to the event.


Campus News

Academic News


CALL FOR TECHFEST PROPOSALS

Proposals are being accepted for TechFest 2012 through Fri., Mar. 9. Submit a proposal via the TechFest website to assure a booth. TechFest will be held on Fri., Mar. 23 from 9 am-3 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom.


WHAT IS AMERICA?: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals for a 90-minute workshop as part of the event "What is America" Apr. 16-21 that will include a series of lectures and discussions, as well as a day of tabling and music, followed by a concert in Romano Gym. Applications are being accepted online through Sun., Mar. 18. Contact Aaron Irvine or Danny Frank with questions regarding this event or the submission process.


CHAMP DAY OF SERVICE REGISTRATION

Registration is open through March 30 for the second annual CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service on Sat., Apr. 21, as a culmination to National Volunteer Week. Groups and individuals are welcome to register. This community day provides an opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to give back to the Duluth community by working on a number of site-based projects with local agencies. There will be a rally in the Ward Wells Field House, and volunteer projects throughout the community. Visit the CHAMP Day web page for event details. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.


RAYMOND W. DARLAND ALL-AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate students for the Raymond W. Darland All-American Scholarship Program. The scholarship program was established in 1976 by Regent Emeritus Richard L. Griggs in honor of Provost Emeritus Raymond W. Darland. Three scholarships of $3,916 will be awarded to offset the cost of tuition in 2012-13.

In order for a student to qualify, the following criteria shall be used by the committee in selecting nominees:

1. Recipients must obtain junior status or higher during the 2011-12 academic year. They must have enough coursework remaining to attend full-time during the 2012-13 academic year.

2. Race, color, creed, sex, residence, or field of study, are not to be used as factors in selecting recipients.

3. Full consideration shall be given to the nominee's scholastic record, character, citizenship, leadership on campus, and the nominee's potential to serve as a leader in the future. Preference shall be given to students who indicate a desire and willingness to contribute to the future of our country.

Faculty or staff members may nominate a student by submitting: 1) a letter of nomination identifying the candidate and the candidate's qualifications; 2) a current UMD unofficial transcript; and 3) the candidate's resume indicating community and campus involvement.

Nominations must be made by faculty and administrative staff; no self-nominations will be accepted. Nominations must be received by Nancy Carl in the Financial Aid Office, 184 Darland Administration Building by Fri., Apr. 6.


NATIONAL STUDENT EMPLOYMENT WEEK

UMD Human Resource and Equal Opportunity, the Office of Student Employment, and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations encourage campus departments to celebrate their student employees by participating in an office decorating contest during National Student Employment Week. Offices must be decorated by Tues., Apr. 10. The winner will be awarded an office pizza party compliments of UMD HR. To sign up or for more information, contact Barb Gundersen, 218-726-8297. The judges for this event include Chancellor Lendley C. Black, Jean Conner from the Chancellor's office, Vickery French from the office of Executive Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Cheryl Reitan from UMD External Affairs.

The winner of UMD's National Student Employee of the Year is Sam Ginsberg, student marketing director from KUMD and the Basement, nominated by Ira Salmela, Maija Morton and Vicki Jacoba.

The first runner-up is Nate Levendosk, sustainability student assistant in communication from UMD Office of Sustainability/UMD Facilities Management, nominated by Mindy Granley.

2nd RUNNER-UP - Lacey Solheid - Traditions Manager of Kirby Student Center from UMD Kirby Student Center. Nominated by Joie Acheson Lee.


WORLDQUEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

On Feb. 23, the Alworth Institute hosted its 4th WorldQuest International Trivia Competition. Twenty-three teams of eight competed to answer questions on flags and capitals; geographical features and international borders; and, people and events in the news. Several teams of UMD students, faculty and staff competed, as well as teams from the University of Wisconsin Superior and the local community. The winners were:
First Place - MPSO'ers, the UMD Multicultural Pharmacy Student Organization
Second Place - Isan Haklari (Human Rights), a group of community members, UMD faculty, and UWS students
Third Place- COSMOS, a UWS team
Fourth Place - Geriatric Geographers, a UMD University for Seniors Team

The Team Spirit Award went to the Snow Leopards, a team of international students from Pakistan. This is their third win in this category. The Team Costume Award went to Cold Turkey, the team sponsored by the UMD International Education Office. For more information about the WorldQuest International Trivia Competition, contact the Alworth Institute.


SUPPORT THE U

Chancellor Lendley C. (Lynn) Black invites students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends of the U of M, who believe in higher education's role in pushing the state of Minnesota forward, to join him in actively engaging elected officials in the University's initiatives and other key issues, including UMD's American Indian Learning Resource Center project that is now before the 2012 Minnesota Legislature.

To learn more about actions that can be taken, including contacting elected officials and writing letters to the editors of Minnesota newspapers, visit the Support the U website. The entire campus is encouraged to watch two videos. One video answers the question: "What is a Research University?" The second video features President Kaler urging people to advocate for the U of M. Both videos can be found on the Support the U gallery site.


Administration News


KUMD

KUMD is celebrating National Women's History Month throughout March, by recognizing local women who have made a difference. Listen each weekday at 7 am, 11 am, and 4 pm for a different spotlight on Northland Women who have made our community a better place to live. Listen to past features on the KUMD Audio Archives page.

Listen to Northland Morning weekday mornings from 6-9 am for music, features, and interviews with a local perspective. Coming up this week:

Wed., Mar. 7 at 8 am, Kara Arzamendia, research director from the Children's Defense Fund of Minnesota, will discuss how the number of children living in high-poverty communities in Minnesota has nearly doubled over the past decade.

Wed., Mar. 7 at 8:15 am, on Green Visions, Nelson French of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, will talk about concerns for the St. Louis river area, the effect it has on environmental quality, and what the community can do to help.

Thurs., Mar. 8 at 8 am, Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, will discuss the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the new campaign that aims to make the public aware of the solutions to hunger with a goal to help about 90,000 Minnesotans put food on the table.

Fri., Mar. 9 at 8 am, KUMD will discuss the controversy in the UMD men's hockey student cheering section. Students are responding to Director of Athletics Bob Nielson's e-mail with a written apology and the opportunity to sign a petition.


World Café weekday afternoons from 3-5 pm features an eclectic mix of contemporary music and live performances and interviews. This week includes:

Wed., Mar. 7 : Willie Nile
Thurs., Mar. 8: A tuba summit featuring members of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Rebirth Brass Band, and Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Fri., Mar. 9: Sharon Van Etten


Live from Studio A offers interviews and performances. This week's guests includes:

Fri, Mar. 9 at 1 pm, High on Stress, a Minneapolis roots-rock band. They play that same night at Fitger’s Brewhouse in Duluth.

Friday, Mar. 9 at 2 pm, Moors and McCumber. Local singer/songwriter James Moors and Colorado musician Kort McCumber have teamed up for a second album. They will play a CD release show at Red Mug Coffee in Superior that same night.

UMD STORES

The seventeenth annual UMD Grad Fair is Thurs., Mar. 8 from 10 am-6pm in Kirby Ballroom. Graduation is the culmination of a lifetime goal for most students. Approximately 3000 students graduate from UMD each year, and the Grad Fair provides a unique opportunity for over 40 campus departments, organizations, and local businesses to highlight their products and services for students to for use before, during, and after their graduation. This one-day event gives graduating students an opportunity to receive 20% off their caps, gowns, hoods, tassels, diploma frames, announcements, and more. Those unable to attend this event should visit the UMD Stores website to receive 20% off online graduation regalia orders Thurs., Mar. 8, 2012 (one-day only).

Grad Fair 2012 Vendors will include: UMD Stores, Jostens, UMD Commencement Info, UMD Exit Counseling, UMD Career Services, UMD Athletics, UMD Financial Aid & Registrar, UMD Alumni Association, UMD Multicultural Center & GLBT Services, UMD Continuing Education, UMD Print Shop, U Card, UMD Catering, UMD Center for Economic Development, Apple Computer, Liberty Mutual, University Frames, UMD Recreational Sports Outdoor Program, Champ, Wells Fargo Bank - Kenwood, US Bank - Kenwood, TCF Bank, Visit Duluth, Cub Foods, Super One Foods, Coca Cola, KUMD - The Basement, Maurices, AAA Travel, Sheraton Duluth Hotel/Restaurant 301, Clyde Iron Works, Spirit Mountain, Saffron & Grey, Jefferson Lines Bus, & more! (*vendors subject to change)

Partnerships are essential in the UMD Stores mission to provide quality products and services to students, staff, faculty, and the community through friendly, efficient customer service. The UMD Print Shop and the U Card office are now a part of the UMD Stores family. The UMD Print Shop offers digital color and black & white copies, wide-format printing, laminating, business cards, brochures, forms, graphic design, and more. This is where The Mail Center and fax services will now be located. Current students can use their U Card for purchases at the Print Shop.

Fight Hunger: Drop off nonperishable food items at any of the UMD Stores locations through the month of March.

Books for upcoming author events are now available:
Kao Kalia Vang : The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir
Yoram Bauman, Ph.D. : The Cartoon Introduction To Economics, Volume 1: Microeconomics and The Cartoon Introduction To Economics, Vol. 2
Kim Heikkala : Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam

UMD Stores has partnered with MBS Textbook Exchange, the nation's largest textbook wholesaler, to offer the best prices for used books. Sell books anytime under "textbooks" and receive free shipping.


Shop UMD Stores. Get rewards. Every dollar spent at UMD Stores equals one point. Hit 1,000 points and earn a $10 UMD Stores Gift Card. Sign up for UMD Stores Rewards and receive 100 points just for signing up.

Jefferson Lines offers daily bus service, year round, from the UMD Campus to the Twin Cities. Purchase tickets at UMD Stores street level.

Don’t take a plastic bag and get a wooden nickel to drop in the charity bin. Bring a bag or purchase a reusable bag at UMD Stores. Local charities benefit from this conscious effort to go green at UMD Stores. (Purchases must be "baggable" merchandise to earn wooden nickels for charity.)

For store hours , events, and merchandise visit the UMD Stores website. UMD Stores is also on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

Eve Browning, professor, Philosophy, was the keynote speaker at the annual philosophy conference at Lewis University on Feb. 23. This year's conference topic was the philosophy of Descartes, and her talk was entitled "Emotional Machines? Descartes on the Passions of the Soul."


Cindy Hale
, research associate, Jeff Hall, and their farm, Clover Valley Farms, located in Duluth, Minn., are featured in a new case study released by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA). This is the second case study in the “Profiles in Sustainable Agriculture” series that provides beginning and transitioning farmers with a unique virtual resource. Hale and Hall raise pastured poultry and hogs, produce herbs in a passive solar greenhouse, and use integrated pest management to grow heritage varieties of apples in new and restored orchards. The case studies may be viewed on the MISA website.


Susan Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, co-edited the book, Artifacts and Illuminations: Critical Essays on Loren Eiseley. She contributed an essay entitled "The Places Below:" Mapping the Invisible Universe in Loren Eiseley's Plains Essays" and along with Tom Lynch, co-wrote the introduction. The book is published by the University of Nebraska Press.


David McCarthy, professor, Department of Education, recently spoke at the National Association of Teacher Educators’ (ATE) National Conference in San Antonio, Tex. His speech focused on the identification and use of Cloud Computing and Web 2.0 technology tools in K-12 and higher education classrooms. He also had the opportunity to meet and discuss technology issues with Karen Cator who serves as Director: Office of Educational Technology - U.S. Department of Education - Washington, D.C.

McCarthy had the opportunity to meet and discuss K-12 education with Michelle Shearer, the national teacher of the year, and Kathryn E. Kosko, the national student teacher of the year. Further, he had the opportunity to meet and speak with Joana Salazar and Mireia Montane, co-chairs of ATE Europe, and was asked to speak at their conference this coming August. McCarthy has served seven years on the national ATE committee entitled Technology and the Future of Teacher Education and has recently been asked to chair that national ATE committee. Finally, he was recognized for his outstanding national service to this organization over the past 20 years by being honored with prestigious ATE Laurate award at their awards banquet. He will also be speaking again at the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC) National Conference in Washington D.C.


Ted Pedersen, professor, Department of Computer Science, presented a webinar to the Mayo Clinic Biomedical Informatics group in Rochester, Minn. on Feb. 21. The title of his presentation was "Measuring Semantic Similarity and Relatedness in the Biomedical Domain : Methods and Applications."


Natural Resources Research Institute News

Pavel Krasutsky’s research to develop a more efficient corn ethanol project was highlighted in the article “Making the most of DDGS,” Ethanol Producer Magazine, June 6, 2011 and in the article “Distillers grains’ hidden reserves,” Biodiesel Magazine, June 29, 2011.

Krasutsky gave a presentation titled “Integrated biorefinery to process DDGS into biofuels and other value-added products” at the 27th Annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop, held in Indianapolis, June 27, 2011.

Krasutsky’s research was published in an article titled “Minnesota Research Extracts More Value from Distillers Grains – New processes could improve economics of ethanol production” in the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council Newsletter, Feb. 7, 2012.


Minnesota Sea Grant News

Dale Bergeron, maritime transportation extension educator, is participating in a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers discussion about finalizing a 25-year dredge materials disposal plan for the Duluth Superior Harbor as well as strategies for beneficial reuse/recycling of these materials on Mar. 6.

Cindy Hagley, environmental quality extension educator, co-presented a workshop, “Teaching with Great Lakes Data – Catch the Wave!” with UMD graduate students Edwin Ngangji and Elizabeth Welsh at the Minnesota Conference on Science Education at the DECC in Duluth on Mar. 3. Also at the Conference, Marte Kitson, aquatic invasive species specialist, hosted “The Invasion Station – aquatic invasive species, the who, how, and what now of AIS education,” and Sea Grant-funded Researcher Elizabeth Minor, associate professor Large Lakes Observatory and Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, revealed what scientists are discovering about the chemistry of Lake Superior.

Douglas Jensen, aquatic invasive species program coordinator, won the Outstanding Invasive Species Outreach and Education Award for 2012 from the National Invasive Species Council. Jensen accepted the award at a National Invasive Species Awareness Week ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Mar. 1.

Jensen will be giving an invited presentation, “Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! in Your Neck of the Woods,” at the Minnesota Family Woodlands Conference at the DECC in Duluth, on March 9-10. A Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers! booth will also be featured during the conference.

Sharon Moen, communications coordinator, and Jesse Schomberg, coastal communities and land use extension educator, will appear on Northland News Center stations this month talking about surviving hypothermia. They will make their debut on Channel 6 at 6 pm on Mar. 6. A recurring Superior Science feature will air the first Tuesday of each month in the KBJR 6 pm news.

Schomberg will facilitate Northland NEMO's Watershed Game for 40 participants in the Leadership Duluth program at the DECC in Duluth on Mar. 14.

Minnesota Sea Grant uploaded a new suite of videos to the program’s YouTube channel. These videos about managing stormwater, raising baitfish, surviving rip currents and more are also accessible on the MN Sea Grant website.



Large Lakes Observatory News

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Medical School-Duluth News

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Pharmacy Department News

Anika Hartz, assistant professor, was invited to give a plenary talk entitled “Blood-brain Barrier P-glycoprotein: A New Target in Alzheimer’s Disease” at the 4th FEBS Special Meeting on ATP-Binding Cassette (ABC) Proteins held March 3-9, 2012, in Innsbruck, Austria.




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