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The Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action invites nominees for the Lillian H. Williams Award. Williams was the founding director of the University of Minnesota’s Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action. The award was established in 1986 to recognize individuals and units within the University community who exemplify Williams' spirit and commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Nominations are sought for individuals and units that have shown their commitment through the education of the community on issues and topics related to equity, diversity, and the struggle against discrimination and harassment. In addition, individuals and units that can show deep involvement in an initiative that supports EOAA’s goal of promoting a University culture where students, staff, and faculty succeed professionally and thrive educationally are also encouraged to be nominated

Provide a one paragraph nomination of an individual or unit for this award to Felecia Franklin in the Office for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action by Fri., Sept. 14, 2012. Nominations should describe how the nominee’s work is consistent with the qualities described above. The staff of the EOAA Office will review the nominations and select an award recipient. The recipient of the award will be announced on Oct. 9, 2012 at the EOAA Fall Liaison Conference. In addition the recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque and posted in the EOAA Office with the names of past award recipients.


The UMD Diversity Commission invites UMD faculty, students, staff, and administration, as well as interested community organizations, to propose meaningful and interactive workshops, presentations, lectures, films with discussion, and other educational formats that address issues of equity, diversity, and multiculturalism for the 2012 Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism, entitled "Diversity: Why?. . . and what's in it for me?" It will be held on Thurs., Oct. 25 in the Kirby Ballroom.

Tentative schedule is as follows:
8-8:45 am: Registration, Welcome, and Continental Breakfast
9-9:50 am: Concurrent Sessions
10-11:30 am: Concurrent Sessions
11:30-12:50 pm: Featured Panel Presentation (over lunch)
1-1:50 pm: Concurrent Sessions
2-3:30 pm: Concurrent Sessions and Films
4-5:00 pm: Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy “Rusty” Barcelo, President, Northern New Mexico College

To propose a session, provide the following information by Mon., Sept. 17:
Session title; program description (500 characters or less); session format (e.g., interactive workshop, film with discussion, discussion circle, lecture, etc.); presenter(s)’ contact information (name, professional title, affiliation, phone number, email address); session time needs (50 minutes or 90 minutes); time preferred (early morning, late morning, and early afternoon); audio/visual equipment needs (projector, laptop computer, CD player, DVD player, other); and special accommodations for the presentation. Send proposals to Susana Pelayo-Woodward or Joie Acheson Lee.


The Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Council submitted two reports to Chancellor Lendley C. (Lynn) Black and Executive Vice Chancellor Andrea Schokker this past May: 1) Enrollment Goal Recommendations and 2) Recommended Enrollment Goal Strategies. Both reports are available on UMD's SEM website. Opportunities to provide feedback on the recommendations will be provided during the fall semester. In the meantime, questions or comments can be emailed to SEM.


A change to the Regents Scholarship Program now provides 100 percent tuition coverage for eligible employees pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Tuition coverage for all other University employees remains at 75 percent. This change takes effect fall semester 2012. For more information, visit the Regents Scholarship Program online.


In an effort to reduce the volume of email sent out by the office of Academic Affairs and to provide an archive of announcements, regular updates will be posted on the Academic Affairs homepage, rather than sending campus-wide email. Bookmark their homepage and check it on a regular basis for updates.

The Academic Affairs page also provides a link to Executive Vice Chancellor Andrea Schokker's blog where items of interest on initiatives from their office or items from Chancellor's Cabinet will be posted. Questions may be directed to the office of the vice chancellor of Academic Affairs.


Career Services has released a report of what 2011 UMD graduates are doing. The full Graduate Follow-up Report as well as quick highlights are available online. For more information, contact Julie Westlund, director of Career Services, 218-726-8964.


Continuing Education (CE) will begin moving their focus to non-credit-bearing outreach/extension courses beginning in the summer of 2013. This will move all credit bearing courses back into their academic homes within the colleges. CE will be sending an email to all department heads as well as faculty who had credit courses with them last summer with more details. This will allow CE to focus on their mission of outreach/extension and to clarify the distinction between CE and UMD's academic units. Faculty members planning a summer course should submit a plan through their dean rather than CE. Visit the Continuing Education website.


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.

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


Accessible transportation assistance is available on the UMD Campus. Departments are encouraged to arrange transportation for individuals with mobility limitations at the same time they arrange their other University-sponsored travel transportation needs.

Possible sources for this transportation include Courtesy Cab (218-590-9222) or Northern Access (218-728-5464). Requests for reimbursement of costs should be submitted to the UMD Business Office, 209 DAdB. Questions regarding transportation arrangements, reimbursement requirements, and this procedure should be directed to Greg Sather, UMD Business Office, 218-726-6137.


UMD faculty and staff, who would like a studio portrait for UMD use, should stop by the photography office between 10:30 am-1:30 pm on Wed., Sept 5, or 1-3 pm on Tues., Sept. 11. No appointment is needed. Departments will determine if a photo is needed. The cost is $10, and the photo will be emailed to the department. Contact Brett Groehler in the photography office with any questions, 218-726-7115.


The ITSS Help Desk now offers a chat session. Visit the ITSS website and click on the "Chat with the Help Desk" link.

ITSS webmaster Andy Manteuffel and the Campus Web Committee have completed a pilot project to make part of the UMD web site more accessible to mobile devices. Most centrally-managed web pages (those linked directly from the UMD home page) now provide a more readable display when viewed with a mobile device. ITSS is seeking feedback from the campus community about this functionality before they expand this to additional pages. Send comments to Linda Deneen.

ITSS has completed a two-and-a-half-year project to add wireless networking services to UMD residence halls and apartments. Although all housing units have had a wired connection for each student for many years, ITSS had been receiving many requests for wireless network access to be added. All UMD Housing units now have wireless, except for Stadium Apartments. There are no plans to add wireless to Stadium. This project was funded by redeploying funds previously used to provide in-room telephones in Housing. Almost all students have cell phones and usage of in-room phones was very low. There are still house phones available to be used in emergencies, and students who prefer an in-room phone are able to pay extra to have one installed. A survey of students living in Housing showed a strong preference for wireless networking and very little interest in in-room phones.


UMD's Bike-to-Campus program started at the end of May, 2012, and in the three months of summer, 25 riders (all faculty/staff) rode to campus a cumulative total of 609 times. They biked 2,688 miles, saved 96 gallons of gas, reduced CO2 by 1,863 lbs., and burned 83,341 calories.

UMD employees can earn Wellness Points every time they ride their bikes to campus. Join the UMD Zap Bike Commuting Program. Contact Bryan French, bike-to-campus program coordinator, 726-6203, to have a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag installed on a bike.

The first RFID reader is located on University Drive between the Darland Building and the Lund Heating Plant. A second RFID reader has been installed near Stadium Apartments, along University Drive


KUMD's The Basement participated in numerous UMD Welcome Week events, providing music, workshops, and a pizza party for the incoming freshmen. The events included: "Move in Day" on Griggs Beach, "Welcome Home Dinner" on The Kirby Terrace, two "KUMD Behind the Mic Workshops," "Duluth Rocks" at the Kirby Bus Hub, and "The Basement's Annual Pizza Party" in The Gardenroom/Ballroom.

KUMD offers Northland Morning weekdays from 6-9 am for music, features, and interviews with a local perspective. This week, KUMD celebrates its 4th annual Sustainability Week. Guests will discuss sustainability of the environment and resources:

Wed., Sept. 5, 8 am: Mary Hanks, director of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Energy and Sustainable Agriculture Program

Thurs., Sept. 6, 8 am: Kathy Wood of the Wild Ones Arrowhead Chapter

Fri., Sept.7, 8 am: Tony Cuneo of Zeitgeist Arts

To hear audio from previous Northland Morning interviews, check out the Audio Archives Page.

KUMD sponsored events:

Democracy Now! 2012 Election Coverage:
KUMD's daily one-hour news program Democracy Now! has been be expanded to a two-hour broadcast during the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Amy Goodman and the Democracy Now! crew traveled to Tampa Bay for the Republican National Convention and are now off to Charlotte to report from the streets, to the suites, to the convention floor. The two-hour specials will air Sept. 5-7, 9-11am.

Lake Superior Harvest Festival:
Sat., Sept. 8, 10 am-4 pm at Bayfront Festival Park. KUMD is the official radio station and stage sponsor of the 19th Annual Lake Superior Harvest Festival, celebrating local farmers, artists, and musicians. Stop by the KUMD booth.

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

Wed., Sept. 5: 4th Street Feeling is Melissa Etheridge’s latest album, an autobiographical look at her hometown in Kansas.

Thurs., Sept. 6: Latin genre-crossing band, Ozomatli, have released Fire Away.

Fri., Sept. 7: Animal Collective follow up 2009’s breakthrough album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, with the experimental new collection, Centipede Hz.


A new school year and a brand new look for UMD Stores. As students begin their fall semester at UMD, they will find everything they need for college in the renovated UMD Stores Lower Level in Kirby Student Center.

Join UMD Stores for their grand opening celebration September 17-21. The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a ribbon cutting celebrating the renovation on Mon., Sept. 17 at 8 am. Many of the store’s vendors will be available throughout the week to feature merchandise and assist with any questions about their products and services. In addition, all who attend can enter to win prizes and enjoy sales and discounts throughout the stores.

Textbooks, office and school products, general books, and the Computer Corner can be found in UMD Stores Lower Level. It will be open Mondays-Thursdays from 7:30 am-6pm and Fridays from 7:30 am-4:30 pm during the academic year, excluding holidays. Last updated in 1986, the new store is designed with maximum flexibility for efficient use of the current space, but also with an eye on the future. This renovated space features a new entrance and layout, more retail space, flexible fixtures, more demo space in the technology area, better lighting, and an improved overall shopping atmosphere.

UMD Market Day in the Plaza happens every Wednesday through Sept. 26, from 1:30-4:30 pm. Enjoy the farmers market, live music, and local art on Kirby Plaza in front of UMD Stores. In case of rain, the event will be held inside Kirby Plaza Bus Hub. UMD Stores will have specials inside the store during the Market each week. Visit the UMD Market Day website for more information and a list of music performers.

UMD Stores has three locations on campus, Street Level, Lower Level, and EXPRESS. UMD Stores also operates the UMD Print Shop, U Card Office, and The Bulldog Shop at Amsoil Arena. UMD Stores mission is to provide quality products and services to students, staff, faculty, and the community through friendly, efficient customer service in support of the University mission.

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

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had two photographs in the North of the 45th Exhibition Annual at the DeVos Art Museum at Northern Michigan University in Marquette from June 15-Aug. 5, 2012. Her work was selected by Wally Mason, director of the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee and former director at the Maine Museum of Art, and curator of over fifty photography exhibitions.

Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended three conferences this summer, giving talks at each. The first paper, "Patterns on Triply Periodic Uniform Polyhedra," was presented at the International Society of Art, Mathematics, and Architecture (ISAMA) Conference 2012, DePaul University, Chicago, Ill, in June. The paper will appear in the conference proceedings in the summer 2012 issue of Hyperseeing. Three geometric models were also displayed at the Art Exhibit of ISAMA 2012.The second paper, "Patterned Triply Periodic Polyhedra," was presented at the Bridges 2012 Conference, Towson, Md., in July and appears in the conference proceedings. Two geometric models were shown at a month-long art exhibit and another model was shown at the conference art exhibit. The third paper, "A Family of Butterfly Patterns Inspired by Escher," was presented at the 15th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics, Montréal, Canada, in August. The paper was also presented as a poster. In addition, Dunham's pattern "Butterflies 6-4" was chosen as the May image for the American Mathematical Society (AMS) calendar. One of Dunham's previous images, "Three Elements 4-5-3" was also published on the AMS Math Imagery web site.

Jill Jenson has been named faculty liaison for Writing and Learning. She will focus on the writing component of the new liberal education curriculum, including writing across the curriculum, helping to facilitate discussion on development of common course experience for all students, and developing writing support for faculty within the proposed Center for Teaching and Learning.

Liz Benson Johnson has been appointed interim director of the UMD Library. A search will begin this fall for a permanent director, replacing Bill Sozansky who retired in August.

Mary Keenan has been named the director of Strategic Enrollment Management. She was formerly the coordinator of Student Success Initiatives, focusing on graduation and retention. She serves as co-chair for the Strategic Enrollment Management committee that will be continuing their work in the coming year.

Ron Marchese, professor, Department of Ancient History and Archaeology, was recently notified that his book, Splendor & Pageantry: Textile Treasures from the Armenian Orthodox Churches of Istanbul (co-authored with Professor Emerita Marlene Breu of Western Michigan University) has been chosen to receive the R.L. Shep Ethnic Textiles Book Award by the Textile Society of America (TSA). This award is given annually by TSA to a publication that is considered to represent "the best book of the year in the field of ethnic textiles." Marchese and Breu's book was selected among fifteen nominated books. The award will be celebrated at the awards dinner of the TSA biennial conference in September in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Martin, associate professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology, presented the paper, "Peacekeepers, Juice and the Street" at the national meetings of Society for the Study of Symbolic Interactionists (SSSI) in Denver in August. The presentation presented data on interaction between police, protesters, and "peace teams" during recent political demonstrations in the U.S.

Martin and Janelle Wilson, associate professor, Department of Sociology & Anthropology had their article "Apple-Polishers, Ass-Kissers, and Suck-Ups: Towards a Sociology of Ingratiation," which explores power in organizations, published in the journal, The Qualitative Report 17:(August 2012):1-19.

Jon L. Pierce, professor, Department of Management Studies, has co-written a book, Psychological Ownership and the Organizational Context: Theory, Research and Application with Iiro Jussila, professor of Management and Organization, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland. The book was a finalist for the 2012 Academy of Management's George R. Terry Book Award. A central criteria is that book nominated are "judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the advancement of management knowledge" within the last two years.

Lisa Reeves has been named the interim director for Students in Transition (formerly called First Year Experience & Students in Transition). She was formerly in the Knowledge Management Center.

Lee Sims, former UMD graduate student in Integrated Biological Sciences; John Pastor, professor, UMD Department of Biology; Tali Lee, Department of Biology, UW Eau Claire; and Brad Dewey, coordinator, UMD Department of Biology, have published a paper entitled "Nitrogen, phosphorus, and light effects on growth and allocation of biomass and nutrient in wild rice". The paper will appear in the December 2012 print edition of Oecologia and is now available online.

Carrie Sutherland has been named the new development director for the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. She has worked in UMD's central development office since 2008.

Paul Treuer will serve as interim director of Supportive Services Program (SSP). The SSP department has moved from Student Life to Academic Affairs which will open up new possibilities for collaboration and programming.

Peter J. Willemsen, assistant professor, Department of Computer Science, had his efforts, specifically ones relating to his National Science Foundation grants, highlighted as part of the CUDA in Action Spotlights series of various researchers and scientists making headways using accelerated computing.

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Subhash Basak, along with Matthias Dehmer (University for Health Sciences in Austria), edited a book titled Statistical and Machine Learning Approaches for Network Analysis a compilation written by renowned researchers on current and classical methods to analyze networks statistically. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell, August 2012.

Minnesota Energy Resources presented Lab Director David Hendrickson with a $16,000 rebate check in August that reflects significant energy savings achieved at the NRRI minerals lab in Coleraine. The roofs of two metal facilities were insulated and water-proofed resulting in an annual energy saving of 32,400 therms and a one and a half year project payback. The rebate is part of Minnesota Energy Resources' Commercial & Industrial Turn-Key Efficiency Program, a program designed to help customers who use over 100,000 therms per year (one therm equals 10,000 BTUs). Insulating NRRI's 1950’s era buildings is the first stage of the lab’s commitment to reducing energy and electrical consumption.

Pharmacy Department News

Angela George, assistant professor, and colleagues presented a poster titled “Investigating Student Attitudes About Collaborating Across Cohorts and Campuses Using an Online Book Club” at the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Annual Meeting held July 2012 in Kissimmee, Fla. It was co-authored by Jeannine Conway; Karen Bastianelli, assistant professor; Jennifer Chen; George; Christene Jolowsky; Meg Little, teaching specialist; Nichole Rupnow; and Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor.

Michelle Johnson-Jennings
, assistant professor, received a subaward on an R01 NIH/NIDA funded project titled “American Indians, Substance Use, and HIV Risk Behaviors: Secondary Data Analysis of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.” Co-PIs on the $298,882 project are Drs. Eitle and Eitle of Montana State University.

Several staff received 2012 College of Pharmacy (CoP) Meritorious Service Awards at the CoP Employee Day celebration held in August at the Duluth Depot. Receiving P&A awards were: Terri Krause, administrative manager; Amy Renne, associate academic advisor; and Stacy Tomhave, coordinator. Receiving civil service/bargaining unit awards were: Anna Firoozi, executive operations/student services specialist; and Britt Johnson, junior scientist.

Assistant professors Daniel Tomaszewski, Sarah Schweiss, and Keri Hager, will publish "Pharmacist-Provided Ambulatory Patient Care: Progressing Pharmacy Practice and Preparing the Next Generation of Pharmacists" in Journal of Experimental and Clinical Medicine. Currently in press.

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