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The Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) subcommittee announced a call for grant proposals supporting action items aligned with improved undergraduate student success and retention. Faculty, staff, departments, and programs are eligible to submit proposals for consideration. Proposals should focus on new initiatives supporting student success in the freshman and sophomore years.

UMD has established the goal of increasing first-to-second year retention to 80% by fall 2018 – a four percent increase from the most recent rate. UMD is employing the 4-Pros framework, with its emphasis on Profile, Progress, Process, and Promise, to guide the campus conversation and to identify action items. Successful grant applications must show alignment with this framework. Proposals should address specifically how the project addresses one or more of the 4-Pros. More than sixty action items are already underway and are highlighted within the UMD SEM Action Plan for Student Retention. Additional information is available at

The priority grant proposal deadline is Wed., October 21, 2016. Additional grant proposals may be submitted after October 21 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis pending funding. Forward grant proposals to Jason Ellis, 420 Darland

The UMD Equity Education and Diversity Funding Program has changed its name to the UMD Diversity Education and Projects Fund. However, its focus remains the same, to improve campus climate by furthering Goal 2 of the UMD Strategic Plan.

Review the changes and requirements to apply for funds. Changes were made to the requirements, effective July 1, 2016. The biggest change is that the total amount funded has been reduced to a maximum of $500. This will allow for more programming and projects to take place thereby increasing the sharing potential with the campus community of diversity information learned and experienced. This funding program is for student projects, as well as Civil Service bargaining, and non-bargaining employees.

Questions should be directed to one of the committee members: Mary Cameron, Chair, 218-726-7912,; Joie Acheson Lee, 218-726-8740,, or Cathy Rackliffe, 218-726-6827,

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 Budget and Analysis, 210 DAdB. Questions regarding transportation arrangements, reimbursement requirements, and this procedure should be directed to Greg Sather, UMD Budget and Analysis, 218-726-6137 or email

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit information about events via the easy-to-use Bulldog Update form. The Bulldog Update is a weekly digest of campus activities and news that is sent to all students in the form of an email with links to more detailed information on the Bulldog Update website.

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Faculty and Staff News

Academic News

David Bowen, associate professor, Department of Art and Design has upcoming exhibitions: His work growth modeling device will be included in "Power to Change: Japan Media Arts Festival 20th Anniversary Exhibition" at Arts Chiyoda - Tokyo, through November. His work tele-present water will be featured in Eco Expanded City a group exhibition organized by WRO Center, taking place at Koszyki Hall, Warsaw, through December. His works landscape #1 and 46°41'58.365" lat. -91°59'49.0128" long. @ 30m will be included in "Borders & Projections" a group exhibition at Festival accès)s( - Pau, France, through December. His work tele-present water (small version) was included in "CODE_n," a group exhibition at ZKM - Karlsruhe, Germany, in September.

Gloria DeFilipps Brush, professor, Department of Art and Design, had photographic work included in the 2016 Rockford Midwestern Biennial at the Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Ill. Sarah Krepp, Dialogue Chicago founding director and professor emerita in the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, selected her work.

Douglas Dunham, professor, Department of Computer Science, attended four conferences in July, August, and September, giving talks at each one. Each talk was based on joint research with John Shier. The first paper, "Artistic Patterns: from Randomness to Symmetry," was presented at "Symmetry Festival 2016" in Vienna, Austria, in July. It has been published in the journal "Symmetry: Culture and Science," Vol. 27, No.4, pp. 392-402. The second paper, "Periodic Fractal Patterns," was presented at the 17th International Conference on Geometry and Graphics in Beijing, China, in August. It has appeared in the conference proceedings. The third paper, "Repeating Fractal Patterns with 4-Fold Symmetry," was presented at the "Bridges Finland" conference in Jyväskylä, Finland, in August. The paper appeared in the conference proceedings . Two prints designed by Dunham and Shier, "Finnish Fractal Flag" and "Fractal p4 Circle Pattern," were selected to be displayed at the conference art exhibit. The prints were donated to the University of Jyväskylä. The fourth paper, "Artistic Fractal Patterns" was presented at the Third ESMA (European Society for Mathematics and the Arts) Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia, in September. The paper will appear in the conference proceedings.

Susan Maher, dean, College of Liberal Arts, recently received the Delbert and Edith Wylder Award for Exceptional Service from the Western Literature Association (WLA). First established in 1993, this award is given to a longtime WLA member for exceptional contributions to the association.

Steve Sternberg, associate professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, is one of 16 individuals invited to advise the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on matters related to environmental justice. The advisory group will provide input and recommendations about ways to incorporate the principles of environmental justice into the agency’s work. For more information, visit the Environmental Justice Advisory Group webpage.

Special Recognition

Mindy Granley, director, Office of Sustainability, announced that UMD Sustainability will be celebrating Campus Sustainability Month in October along with hundreds of other campuses across the country. Visit UMD's Sustainability website to view information on events, student action, and operational updates. Email to request that they add events, seminars, or workshops to the Sustainability Calendar.

Center for Economic Development

CED co-sponsored a Veteran Entrepreneur Workshop coordinated with Congressman Rick Nolan’s office and the Small Business Administration. This workshop covered topics for veterans starting a business, coming back to a business from deployment, and alternative lending sources for veterans. Speakers for this workshop were Elaine Hansen, CED director, Mary Lundeen, CED business consultant, Jason Amundsen, owner of Locally Laid Egg Company, and others from Congressman Rick Nolan’s office, the Entrepreneur Fund, and the Veterans Business Outreach Center in Chicago.

CED recruited regional businesses to participate in the Fall 2016 Marketing, Consumer Behavior, and Accounting - Student to Business Initiative (SBI) partnerships with LSBE faculty.  LSBE students participate in an active learning situation in teams, choose a business to work with during the semester, prepare a report covering the topics learned in the classroom, and make a final presentation to the business covering the the team findings. CED business consultants Jim Croyle, Curt Walczak and Lundeen provide technical expertise and Business Development Professional Sandi Larson is the SBI Program director.

At the request of the U.S. Small Business Administration, CED business consultants Walczak and Lundeen participated in the 148th Fighter Wing Re-entry Program in September to share information and resources for starting and stabilizing a business for interested veterans and their families.

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Minnesota Sea Grant News

Doug Jensen, Minnesota Sea Grant aquatic invasive species specialist, hosted a surrender event for unwanted aquatic fish, plants and reptiles in September in collaboration with Animal Allies, World of Fish and the Snake Pit. The next surrender event is scheduled for spring 2017.

Sharon Moen
, science writer, presented "The Dazzling Dr. Spilhaus" at the Bell Museum of Natural History's Cafe Scientifique in September at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis, Minn.

Moen participated in the University of Minnesota Duluth's Authors' Celebration in September in Duluth, Minn., by reading excerpts from With Tomorrow in Mind: How Athelstan Spilhaus Turned America Toward Tomorrow.

Jesse Schomberg, Minnesota Sea Grant coastal communities and land use planning extension educator, was featured in a Duluth News Tribune article on the installation of beach safety equipment at Park Point beachfronts.

Schomberg was also featured in a Budgeteer News article on beach cleanup during the Alliance for the Great Lakes Adopt-A-Beach event in September.

The St. Louis River Estuary was the classroom for a Workshop on the Water hosted by Minnesota Sea Grant and St. Louis County in September for local elected and appointed leaders and others seeking to build their knowledge and skills related to water resource management.

Minnesota Sea Grant began the new season of "The Sea Grant Files" with KUMD with these two episodes:

Natural Resources Research Institute News

Ron Moen, senior research associate, received the 2016 Distinguished Moose Biologist Award for contributions to the field of moose research and management, development of young professionals and involvement with the scientific journal Alces. He was recognized by his peers at the 50th North American and 8th International Moose Conference held in Brandon, Manitoba, in September.

Also at the conference, Moen gave an oral presentation titled "Estimating the effect of moose population decline on wolf diet in northeastern Minnesota.” Moen and J. Trevor Vannatta, graduate research assistant, presented a poster titled "Giant liver fluke in moose: Just a fluke?"

Eric Singsaas, initiative director, Wood Products & Bioeconomy, was interviewed by the Duluth News Tribune for input on warm temps and its effect on leaf color changing in the fall.

Pharmacy Department News

Dawn Carlson, assistant professor, received the Harold R. Popp Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the Minnesota Pharmacists Association (MPhA). The award was established in 1969 in honor of the late Senator Harold R. Popp to recognize one pharmacist annually for their outstanding service to the profession of pharmacy.

V. L. Sanders Thompson, Michelle Johnson-Jennings, assistant professor, A. A. Bauman, and E. Proctor, had their article, "Use of culturally focused theoretical frameworks for adapting diabetes prevention programs: A qualitative review," published in Preventing Chronic Disease 2015; Vol.12, pp.E60.

K. L. Walters, J. M. Simoni, T. T. Evans-Campbell, W. Udell, Johnson-Jennings, C. R. Pearson, M. M. MacDonald, and B. Duran, had their article "Mentoring the mentors of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities who are conducting HIV research: Beyond cultural competency," published in AIDS and Behavior 2016 Sep;20 Suppl 2:288-93. doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1491-x.

Meg M. Little, assistant professor, C. A. St Hill, K. B. Ware, Mike T. Swanoski, associate department head and associate professor, S. A. Chapman, M. N. Lutfiyya, and F. B. Cerra, had their article "Team science as interprofessional collaborative research practice: A systematic review of the science of team science literature," published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine 2016. doi: 10.1136/jim-2016-000216.

C. L. Palombi, assistant professor, Karen Bastianelli,  assistant professor, and Kerry K. Fierke, assistant professor, had their article "Living an educational mission to meet the needs of community and public health: Community engagement in pharmacy education," published in Pedagogy in Health Promotion 2016:2(4). doi: 10.1177/2373379916667750.

Sarah Schweiss, assistant professor, and Olihe Okoro, assistant professor, presented "Patient-Centered Diabetes Care: Considerations When Selecting Medications and Managing Your Patients' Diabetes" at the Head of the Lakes Diabetes Conference held at the University of Wisconsin - Superior in September.

Swanoski has been elected to serve on the Pharmacy Educators and Research Committee of the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP) for 2016-2017.

M. M. Derner, C. A. Linhart, L. M. Pederson, S. M. Saju, A. M. Heiden, L. A. Wohlford, Swanoski, and M. N. Lutfiyya, had their article, "Injuries in adults 65 years of age and older prescribed muscle relaxants," published in The Consultant Pharmacist 2016 Sep;31(9):511-7. doi: 10.4140/TCP.n.2016.511.

Yao Yao, assistant professor, gave an invited presentation titled "The Role of Laminin in Blood Brain Barrier Integrity and Muscle Development" at Sichuan University West China Hospital in Chengdu, China, in August

The Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences is mentioned in the Pine Journal story, "Moose Lake to hold community forum on opioid and heroin abuse."


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