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- April 16 - New Book by UMD Dean Focuses on “Flyover Country”
- A new book by UMD's Susan Maher goes in-depth in the Great Plains. More about "Deep Map Country."
- April 9 - Minnesota Book Award Winner Presents Organic Farming and Writing Topics
- Atina Diffley, Minnesota author of a memoir about organic farming, visits UMD on April 15.
- April 7 - U.S. Small Business Administration Honors CED
- The UMD Center for Economic Development and Northeast regional office of the Minnesota Small Business Development Center Network, has been named the Minnesota SBDC Center of Excellence.
- April 2 - UMD Overman Lecture: Death Penalty Litigation Attorney Ken Rose
- The 2014 Ben & Jeanne Overman Distinguished Speaker Series will featured Ken Rose, senior staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham, North Carolina, who will present “The Bo Jones Story and My Fight to Save Death Row Inmates.” The free lecture will be held on Wed., Apr. 16, at 7 pm in the 4th Floor Rotunda of the Kathryn A. Martin Library.
- April 2 - Three Events Highlight 2014 Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration
- UMD Associate Professor Deborah Petersen-Perlman will present “My Jewish Journey” on April 17, a screening and post-film discussion of "The Devil's Arithmetic" will be held on April 17, and children’s author Jane Yolen will present "The Swallows Still Fly Around the Camp Chimneys: The Lasting Impressions of Holocaust on Writers and Child Readers" on April 23.
- March 31 - Sigurd Olson Lecture “Yellowstone: More Valuable Than Gold”
- On Thurs., Apr. 10, Mike Clark, former executive director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, will speak about the Coalition’s efforts to halt mining adjacent to Yellowstone.
- March 20 - UMD’s Dinner with Champions Connects Grads with Employers
- UMD's Dinner with Champion celebrates student athletes while connecting them to the UMD community.
- March 19 - UMD to host Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice Expo
- An upcoming expo at UMD invites discussion on issues of equity, diversity, and social justice.
- March 17 - UMD Professor Identifies Key Components Behind Plant Nectar’s Creation and Secretion
- Associate Professor Clay Carter in the Department of Biology and his colleagues had their work on nectar creation and secretion published in Nature.
- March 14 - Sherlock Holmes at Glensheen
- Honoring its tradition of Living Literature, Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate, presents The Hound of the Baskervilles, April 3, 4, and 5.
- March 13 - Water World Week Events
- UMD celebrates fresh water with a series of free and open-to-the-public events Mar. 25–27
- March 12 - Northland Community Wellness Day, March 29
- This free event, held UMD’s Romano Gym, features local businesses, organizations, and resources promoting healthy families and communities.
- March 10 - Student-Led Investment Fund Tops $1 Million Mark
- Managed by students in the LSBE Financial Markets Program, the Bulldog Fund, LLC, now has over $1,000,000 in total assets.
- March 10 - LSBE’s Health Care Management Program Fully Certified
- The Labovitz School of Business and Economics’ (LSBE) Health Care Management Program has attained the Association of University Program in Health Administration (AUPHA) Full Certified Undergraduate Program Membership.
- March 10 - UMD Hosts "Teaching the Holocaust" for K–12 Educators
- Three workshops will provide attendees with tools, resources, and discussion themes for educating young people on the Holocaust.
- March 10 - UMD Chancellor receives Honor from Alma Mater
- Chancellor Black has been awarded the Alumni Honor Citation from the University of Kansas.
- March 10 - UMD Heroes Fund Growing
- Military-style UMD Heroes dog tags may be purchased for $5 each at UMD Stores and Holiday Stationstores throughout the Duluth area with all proceeds benefiting the Heroes Fund. Currently the fund is only available to those who attend the College of Education and Human Service Professions. With increased monies, the fund would be available to any UMD student who is a veteran, active service member, active Reservist or National Guard member who may need financial support as they pursue their education.
- March 10 - Northland Roof Failure:
UMD Structural Engineering Faculty Discuss "Snow Loads"
- UMD faculty answer questions about building codes, insulation, drifting snow and other factors impacting snow loads on roofs.
- March 6 - LSBE Fellow Named Minnesota's Top Financial Advisor
- Barron's has named Richard Brown, senior fellow at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics and CEO of JNBA Financial Advisors, the top financial advisor in Minnesota.
- February 27 - KUMD Celebrates Women's History Month
- Throughout the month of March, KUMD honors Minnesota's women leaders and trailblazers.
- February 26 - Super Gay Cabaret 2014 to be Held at UMD on Feb. 27 and 28.
- UMD's Gay Cabaret will feature musical theater acts that celebrate sexual identity.
- February 26 - UMD Starts Demolition on Stadium Apartments
- Demolition on Stadium Apartments, built in 1972 for 312 residents, begins this week at UMD. The expense of major maintenance and bringing the building up to code was cost prohibitive.
- February 20 - New NRRI Director Named
- Alumnus Rolf Weberg has accepted the position of director of the Natural Resources Research Institute.
- February 18 - UMD Athletics Seeks Members for New Advisory Board
- UMD Athletics has formed the Bulldog Fan and Community Advisory Board and is seeking members who will provide ideas, suggestions, and feedback on fan experience and community engagement.
- February 12 - UMD Softball 1 Four Mandy Matula Fund Established
- The fund honors the late Mandy Matula who was a starting pitcher and utility player with the Bulldogs from 2007-08 to 2010-11 and will provide financial support for the Bulldog softball program.
- February 12 - NOvA Experiment Sees First Long-distance Neutrinos
- UMD's Alec Habig, professor of physics, is one of the scientists on this international neutrino research project. His work, as he phrases it, is to determine "at exactly which time should we fish for the needle in the data haystack?"
- February 11 - LSBE Dean Amy Hietapelto Featured Guest at “Downtown Live”
- The Greater Downtown Council event will be held on Wed., Feb. 19 at Zinema at Zeitgeist Arts, 222 East Superior Street, Duluth.
- February 6 - New Director of Housing Named
- Jeremy Leiferman, from Brandeis University, has been chosen as the new director of Housing and Residence Life.
- February 5 - 2013-2014 UMD Chancellor's Awards Announced
- Three faculty, Angela Sharp, instructor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, John Goodge, professor, Department of Geological Sciences, and Kathy Heltzer, instructor, Department of Social Work, will give special lecture presentations.
- January 30 - UMD's Sixth Annual Darwin Day Lecture: Evolution of African Fish
- Professor Walter Salzburger, from the University of Basel, Switzerland, presents, "Darwin's dream ponds: The cichlid fishes of the East African Big Lakes."
- January 28 - Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship Established at UMD
- UMD's College of Liberal Arts is hosting a reception on Friday, February 7, 2014 to celebrate the Larry Oakes Journalism Scholarship.
- January 23 - A Stellar 2013 Fall Sports Season for UMD Intercollegiate Athletics
- Student-athletes earn great GPAs and honors.
- January 7 - Football Head Coach Curt Wiese Named 2013 Division II Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
- Five local charities and the UMD Alumni Association will benefit from donations made by Liberty Mutual.
- January 7 - UMD Receives Grant to Document Mille Lacs Band's History
- UMD has received a significant grant to help the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe research its rich history.
- January 3 - UMD Theatre selected for KCACTF Regionals
- UMD's Theater Department is hosting an encore performance of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove in anticipation of their run at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.
- December 18 - Professor Joseph Gallian Receives 40 Years of NSF Support
- Funding from the National Science Foundation helps to support a summer program, Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), that Gallian founded and has run at UMD since 1977. His first NSF grant was in 1975, and with this latest award, he is funded through 2016.
- December 16 - Annual Joseph Maiolo Holiday Reading to be held at UMD
- UMD will present the Joseph Maiolo Annual Holiday Reading on Thursday, December 19 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Weber Music Hall.
- December 12 - Four Sustainability Projects Funded by the Institute on the Environment
- Four interdisciplinary initiatives on sustainability funded on UMD campus.
- December 6 - December 11: UMD’s Cultural Entrepreneurship Students Connect with Community
- “CUE & A” showcases the students’ first semester studying cultural entrepreneurship.
- December 6 - UMD Civil Engineering Department Conducts Unique Concrete Stress Test
- Students in the Civil Engineering Depart conduct two unique stress tests on 16-foot-long concrete beams.
- December 3 - University of Minnesota Duluth Professor Honored as a 2013 AAAS Fellow
- Tom Johnson from UMD's Large Lakes Observatory Named as AAAS Fellow.
- November 27 - Six UMD Students Accepted into McNair Scholars Program
- Six UMD students from populations underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math fields have been accepted into the McNair Scholars Program.
- November 26 - Bulldogs Host Team Russia at AMSOIL
- As they prepare for the Winter Olympics, Team Russia will play two exhibition games against the UMD women’s hockey team. Head Coach Shannon Miller has mentored Team Russia since June 2011.
- November 15 - UMD’s Department of Art and Design Receives National Accreditation
- UMD’s Art and Design department receives a ‘stamp of approval’ of national significance.
- November 14 - CEHSP Professor Honored
- Professor Aydin Durgunoglu, interim head of the Department of Psychology in the College of Education and Human Service Professions, will receive the 2013 Award for Global Engagement for her work on adult literacy in Turkey.
- November 8 - Round-the-Clock Watch: UMD ROTC to Honor Vets with 24-Hour Vigil
- UMD's ROTC program is recognizing Veteran's Day with a 24-hour vigil.
- November 5 - Minnesota Politicians and Civil Rights Activist Mandy Carter Discuss U.S. Politics
- The talk “Winning Back the House in 2014” brings together Minnesota politicians and Mandy Carter, a nationally known civil rights activist.
- November 5 - New Bachelor of Social Work Launched
- The curriculum has a special focus on services to American Indians and their communities. The skills students learn are transferrable when working with a variety of different groups and settings.
- November 4 - Career & Internship Services Hosts Daniel Seddiqui
- Author Daniel Seddiqui, author of 50 Jobs in 50 States: One Man's Journey of Discovery Across America, will give a presentation on Wed. Nov. 6 at 4 pm in the Kirby Student Center Ballroom, as part of National Career Development Month.
- October 30 - Presentation: "Diversity and Discrimination: Personal and Scientific Perspectives."
- Author Daniel Seddiqui and UMD Professor Randall Gordon will present on the topic of “Diversity and Discrimination: Personal and Scientific Perspectives” on Thurs. Nov. 7 at 3 pm in the Griggs Center. This event is open and free to the public.
- October 30 - "Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” Events
- UMD’s Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee will host three free public events in conjunction with the “Lawyers Without Rights” exhibit on display at the Federal Courthouse, 515 West First Street, in downtown Duluth.
- October 25 - UMD to Host "Soiree of Seasons"
- UMD programs are collaborating to present an evening dedicated to all things farming.
- October 23 - UMD Faculty Member Presents at International Symposium
- UMD Faculty to present at International Symposium this week, discussing issues related to gender, violence, and human rights.
- October 22 - UMD's 25th Anniversary Engineering/Industry Scholarship Banquet
- The Swenson College of Science and Engineering celebrates 25 years of support for UMD engineering programs.
- October 21 - Duluth's Acclaimed Writers to Mingle with UMD's Future Writers: UMD Hosting Writing Studies Showcase
- The Writing Studies Showcase is designed to introduce UMD students to people who are professional writers.
- October 14 - Public Lecture: Preferences for Health Care at the End of Life: Rural-Urban Differences
- UMD's Center for Ethics and Public Policy will sponsor a lecture by Dr. Charles Gessert on Thurs., Oct. 24.
- October 11 - "Web of Life" Discussion with American Writer and Activist, Starhawk
- Ecofeminist Starhawk will lead discussions at UMD on local sustainable design and preserving the area watershed.
- October 10 - Die Fledermaus
- UMD’s Die Fledermaus, an operetta about revenge, mistaken identities, and a secret rendezvous, opens October 17.
- October 10 - LSBE Senior Fellow Receives New Generation Influencer Award
- Richard Brown, senior fellow at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE), has been named the recipient of Financial Planning Magazine‘s 2013 New Generation Influencer Award for his role in developing the TD Ameritrade Institutional Learning Lab at LSBE.
- October 9 - New Master of Arts in Psychological Science program launches
- An open house will be held on Fri., Oct. 18 in Bohannon Hall 351 from 1:15-2 pm. The MAPS degree offers three different emphases: Clinical-Counseling Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and General-Experimental Psychology.
- October 8 - CEHSP Inducts Distinguished Alumni
- UMD's College of Education and Human Service Professions names four as Distinguished Alumni: Dr. Angela Burda, Mr. Rick Smith, Lt. Gov. Yvonne Prettner Solon, and Mr. Paul Vesterstein.
- October 2 - UMD Communication Department host “Home-Comm-ing” Event
- This “friend raiser” will feature Duluth Mayor Don Ness who will talk about initiatives to increase professional opportunities for college graduates in the Duluth.
- October 2 - School of Fine Arts Inducts Three Alumni into Society of Prometheans
- SFA alumni, Chad Albers, Bonnie Flesland, and Bill Shipley, were honored for their accomplishments as graduates and as representatives of the School of Fine Arts.
- October 1 - "Preeminent Native American Filmmaker" Presenting at UMD
- Chris Eyre, who's been called "a great American filmmaker" will be at UMD on October 23 presenting his film, "Skins"
- September 30 - UMD Renames Library in Honor of Former Chancellor
- Because of Kathryn A. Martin's commitment to the university, the UMD library will be renamed in her honor.
- September 27 - UMD Inducts New Members into UMD Academy of Science and Engineering
- UMD recently honored four alumni and one professor with induction into the prestigious academy
- September 25 - UMD Homecoming Parade in Downtown Duluth - Thursday, October 3 at 6 p.m.
- UMD is taking its homecoming parade off campus and into the community on October 3, 2013.
- September 20 - Elementary School Named in Honor of UMD Staff Member Ruth A. Myers
- Duluth elementary school named after Ruth A. Myers, staff member and American Indian education leader.
- September 19 - UMD Proud: Six of the Duluth News Tribune's "20 Under 40" are Bulldogs
- The Duluth News Tribune's "20 Under 40," announcing 20 leaders younger than 40, is bulldog strong!
- September 18 - UMD Athletic Hall of Fame Inducts Six
- Six Bulldogs -- Amory Bodin (football), Guy "Goose" Gosselin (men's hockey), Tom Maas (golf), Jenny (Warrick) Reierson (soccer), Maria Rooth (women's hockey), and Chris Swiatkiewicz (baseball) -- will be inducted into the UMD Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 20.
- September 18 - Russian Olympic Team Will Set Up Camp In Duluth With Miller's Oversight
- UMD Women's Hockey Coach Shannon Miller is Russia's mentor through an International Ice Hockey Federation mentoring program and helped secure Duluth and AMSOIL as Russia's home base from Nov. 20 until Dec. 2
- September 16 - Community Involvement Fair Offers Students Numerous Options
- Over 40 organizations that partner with UMD will offer volunteer and community-based learning opportunities.
- September 16 - Farm to Fork at UMD: September 17-19
- An early Food Day celebration has UMD focused on the farm: events Tuesday through Thursday, September 17-19.
- September 11 - NRRI Receives Funding to Research Impacts of Human Activities in Great Lakes Basin
- UMD's Natural Resource Research Institute will take part in a $2.9 million multidisciplinary research effort for Great Lakes restoration projects funded by the University of Michigan Water Center.
- September 3 - Brian Kobilka, Nobel Prize Recipient Returns to UMD
- Recipient of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Brian Kobilka, will present a lecture at 3:15 p.m. on Sept. 13 in Chemistry 200.
- September 3 - UMD Among "Best Lifetime Return on Investment"
- A new survey ranks UMD as a top return on investment.
- September 3 - Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration: "Recognizing an Unsung Hero"
- Sheila Isenberg, award-winning journalist, author, and adjunct faculty member at Marist College, will present "Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille" on Sept. 10 at Temple Israel.
- August 28 - UMD to Welcome Freshmen at Student Move-in Day
- More than 2,000 freshmen will be welcomed to UMD at Student Move-In Day on Thursday, August 29.
- August 22 - Josh Berlo: Exciting Accomplishments
- Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Josh Berlo has added some new projects that will increase emphasis on fan experience and engagement, while continuing to grown the national profile of UMD Athletics.
- August 21 - Special Operations Response Team Exercises Held at UMD
- Area response team members conducted hostage rescue training in UMD's vacant Stadium Apartments in order to further enhance their response skills.
- August 20 - Keeping Universities Safe: UMD Offers Training
- UMD presents a seminar dealing with campus safety. Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, an internationally recognized expert on school violence, presents "Lessons from Columbine and Virgina Tech."
- August 20 - UMD Makes Top 25 List of GLBT-Friendly Universities
- UMD met the criteria of 4.5 stars or above in eight areas to score a spot in the Top 25 GLBT-friendly campuses.
- August 16 - Twin Ports CFO Group Formed
- A new group of Twin Ports financial managers seeks to find cost saving measures through collaboration.
- August 6 - University of Minnesota Duluth Survey Reveals High Employment Success Rate for Recent Graduates
- Good news: Survey reveals UMD Grads have high employment success rate.
- July 31 - UMD to Host Three Tribal Consultation Sessions
- UMD hosting consultation tribal consultation sessions, seeking to hear the ideas, themes, and needs of Indian Country.
- July 29 - UMD Announces New Master of Liberal Studies Degree
- Flexibility and forging connections are the goals of UMD's new Master of Liberal Studies program, which starts this fall.
- July 9 - CED Offers Unique Economic Development Educational Program
- UMD Center for Economic Development will hold the 20th Annual Upper Midwest Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC) July 2226, 2013.
- July 3 - Glensheen Mansion Becomes Only Blue Star Museum in Region
- Glensheen Mansion, located on the historic Congdon estate on the shores of Lake Superior, will hold a press conference on July 3 at 11:30 a.m. to announce its induction as a Blue Star Museum.
- July 2 - Six to be Inducted into UMD Athletic Hall of Fame
- Amory Bodin (football), Guy "Goose" Gosselin (men's hockey), Tom Maas (golf), Maria Rooth (women's hockey), Jenny (Warrick) Reierson (soccer) and Chris Swiatkiewicz (baseball) will become the newest additions to UMD's Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 20.
- June 27 - UMD's Music Department Announces Recent Achievements
- A productive summer: UMD's music department announces lengthily list of student and faculty achievements.
- June 27 - Brian McInnes Named Blandin Foundation Trustee
- Associate Professor Brian McInnes, Department of Education, has been selected to join the Blandin Foundation's board of trustees.
- June 25 - KUMD and UMD Team Up to "Stuff the Truck" to Benefit Damiano Center
- Free tickets to Twin Ports Bridge Festival Available.
- June 24 - Concerts by the Lake, a Glensheen Tradition of Giving Back
- Glensheen puts a new twist on a community favorite.
- June 20 - Alumna Named to Hall of Fame
- UMD All-American softball second baseman Patty Becker will be enshrined into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on July 10.
- June 19 - Outstanding Scholar-Athletes
- A group of 16 Bulldog student-athletes were named to the UMD Athletic Academic Scholar List for compiling the highest grade point average during the 2012-13 school year in their respective sports.
- June 19 - A Year Later: Managing Flood Effects with Rain Gardens, Increased Awareness
- On the anniversary of last year's massive flood, Minnesota Sea Grant is teaching residents to manage effects with rain gardens.
- June 18 - UMD Partners to Assist Non-Profit Organizations
- The Office of Civic Engagement and Career Services, along with departments from CSS, UWS, and the United Way, are offering a free workshop to help local non-profits successfully connect with students.
- June 17 - UMD Announces New Major, First of its kind in the United States: Cultural Entrepreneurship
- UMD defining Cultural Entrepreneurship through newly-approved program.
- June 14 - UMD Chancellor Affirms Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Social Justice on Duluth's Day of Remembrance
- UMD students, staff, and faculty will continue to join with the Duluth-Superior community in fostering partnerships to promote and support diversity, inclusiveness, and social justice initiatives.
- June 10 - UMD Names Faculty Fellow for Intercultural Initiatives
- UMD announces selection of new Faculty Fellow for Intercultural Initiatives.
- June 6 - UMD Professor Honored by Arrowhead Regional Arts Council
- A UMD professor will be honored this weekend for his innovative work in the Duluth music scene.
- June 4 - UMD Ranked Top College for Return on Investment
- The University of Minnesota Duluth has been listed as one of the most affordable Minnesota colleges by The College Database.
- May 31 - Rebuilding Nations Through Youth: UMD and Partners Presenting The Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project
- This summer marks the third-annual Minnesota Indigenous Youth Freedom Project, a program with the mission to rebuild nations through youth.
- May 30 - Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment and Institutional Effectiveness Named
- Dr. Monica Bruning, from Iowa State University, will lead the areas of Admissions, Registrar, Financial Aid, Students in Transition, Assessment/HLC, Strategic Enrollment Management, and Institutional Research.
- May 28 - CED's Northeast Minnesota Small Business Development Center Honored
- The Internal Revenue Service selected the UMD Center for Economic Development's Northeast Minnesota SBDC for an "Excellence in Partnering" award.
- May 20 - University of Minnesota Graduates Duluth Pharmacy and Medical School Students
- Future doctors and pharmacists graduate from the Duluth campus this month, continuing strong tradition of rural and tribal community focus.
- May 20 - UMD Professor and Colleagues Honored
- Professor Aydin Durgunoglu, Department of Psychology, and her colleagues were honored by the EMpower Foundation for literacy programs in Turkey.
- May 15 - LLO Buoy Data Pours In
- UMD's meteorological buoys provide real time data for scientists, meteorologists and the public.
- May 13 - Management Club Team Places Second
- Three students from UMD's Management Club placed second in the Junior Achievement Corporate Titan Challenge. They were the only student team that participated in the competition that included teams from local businesses.
- May 13 - Unprecedented: UMD to Commence First Tribal Administration Class
- MTAG description: Meeting the need: UMD's very first Master of Tribal Administration class graduates this week.
- May 13 - UMD Offers Majors Combining Marketing and Graphic Design
- UMD launches two majors that answer a single critical needpreparing students to create effective marketing campaigns.
- May 10 - Glensheen Appoints New Interim Director
- New Leader at Historic Estate: Glensheen announces new interim director.
- May 10 - Third Annual Champ Day of Service Supports the Community
- UMD students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteer in annual day of service.
- May 9 - Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs to Speak at UMD's Graduate Program Ceremony
- The Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs will present the commencement address at UMD's Graduate Ceremony on Thursday, May 16.
- May 8 - UMD 2013 Commencement Ceremonies Scheduled
- A first for UMD: Two bachelor's degree ceremonies. The details on the May 18 event and the May 16 graduate program ceremony.
- May 7 - 34 Years at 3300 London Road: Glensheen's Complimentary Community Day
- In 1979, Glensheen became a historic house museum. 34 years later, the estate is celebrating its longevity with a day dedicated to the Duluth community.
- May 5 - UMD Art Education Program Presents Faces of Earth: Art by Children and Youth
- A UMD community art partnership brings together UMD alumni who teach art, elementary and high school students, and the public for a lively exhibit and art workshop.
- May 3 - UMD to Host "Pet Away Stress"
- UMD to host "Pet Away Stress" on Wednesday, May 8; soothing students' with pre-exam jitters with dogs up for the task to 'chillax'.
- May 2 - Senior Taylor Kosey to Speak to UMD Commencement
- An article by UMD sophomore Hayley Westphal highlights the accomplishments of senior Taylor Kosey who graduates in May with a degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and minors in Psychology and Deaf Studies.
- May 2 - "Roots of Rescue"UMD Graduates' Documentary Premiers in Duluth
- UMD graduates premiere documentary about a transformational road trip to Alabama. Their mission was tell the story of a culture of dog abuse. Instead they were inspired by the spirit of those who rescue.
- May 2 - Aune Nominated for Community-Engaged Scholar Award
- Professor recognized for exemplary community-engaged scholarship.
- May 1 - Large Lakes Observatory Research Alters Knowledge of Human Population Growth
- UMD researchers determined the ancient Toba volcanic eruption did not cause drop in human population.
- April 26 - African Night Celebrates African Culture with Speakers, Music and Dance
- African Night brings alumni speakers, music and comedy to UMD on April 26.
- April 26 - UMD Listed in Princeton Review's "Guide to Green Colleges"
- After years of sustainable accomplishments, UMD receives recognition in Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.
- April 25 - UMD's Swenson Civil Engineering Building Makes AIA's Top Ten Green List
- Swenson Civil Engineering Building selected for American Institute of Architects (AIA) honor.
- April 24 - UMD Graduation Rates Increase
- More UMD students are graduating in five years or less.
- April 24 - 21st Annual Labo Awards Recipients Announced
- The Joel Labovitz Entrepreneurial Success Awards recognize small business owners who have dared to dream, taken risks, and invested in the region.
- April 24 - UMD Professor Named College of Pharmacy Department Head
- Associate Professor Grant Anderson has been named department head for Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy's department on the Duluth campus.
- April 23 - Public Invited to Northland Community Wellness Day
- This free event will be held at UMD Romano Gym on Saturday, April 27, 11 am3 pm. Keynote speaker, Minnesota author Paul Batz, will present at 1 pm in the Marshall Performing Arts Center.
- April 23 - Cancellation: Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Event
- The lecture "Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille" is cancelled and will be rescheduled for fall 2013.
- April 18 - UMD Highlights Open Studio and Student Exhibition
- See the creativity of UMD art students at an Open Studio and Student Exhibition on April 27.
- April 15 - UMD's Kjell R. Knudsen Assists Business School Accreditation Standards Committee
- Kjell R. Knudsen helped create new business school accreditation standards necessary for schools to stay current and create new opportunities.
- April 15 - UMD Planetarium Celebrates Astronomy Day with Free Events
- The public is invited to explore the solar system at planetarium events throughout the day during UMD's Astronomy Day, April 20.
- April 15 - Rescheduled Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Event
- Sheila Isenberg, award-winning journalist, author, and adjunct faculty member at Marist College, will present "Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille" on Tuesday, April 23.
- April 10 - New Dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics Named
- Dr. Amy Hietapelto, from Northeastern Illinois University, has been chosen as the new dean of the Labovitz School of Business and Economics.
- April 5 - UMD Receives Civic Engagement Awards
- UMD's efforts to promote volunteering in the community have been recognized by two prominent organizations.
- April 4 - 14th Annual Jankofsky Lecture
- Professor Emeritus Hans Henrich Hock, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will present a lecture entitled "Appropriating the Past: Language, Archaeology, and Ideology in South Asia" on Thurs., April 11 at 4 pm, in the UMD Library Rotunda.
- April 3 - New Athletic Director Named
- Josh Berlo, from the University of Notre Dame, has been chosen as UMD's director of intercollegiate athletics.
- April 3 - Third Annual CHAMP Day of Service
- A rally will be held on Saturday, April 13 to kick off UMD's third CHAMP (Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People) Day of Service. Last year's CHAMP Day of Service mobilized 328 volunteers who engaged in 1048 hours of service in a single day.
- March 29 - New Dean of the College of Education and Human Services Professions Named
- Dr. Jill Pinkney Pastrana, from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, has been chosen as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Services Professions.
- March 28 - UMD's 2012-13 Chancellor's Awards: Albert Tezla Teacher/Scholar Award and Outstanding Faculty Advisor Awards
- Chancellor's Award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:30 pm in the Kirby Rafters.
- March 28 - Public Invited to "Writing Nature" Literary Nonfiction Symposium
- The College of Liberal Arts will host a two-day symposium on April 8 and 9 that explores creative nonfiction writing with an environmental focus.
- March 26 - UMD's Baeumler Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration: "Recognizing an Unsung Hero"
- Sheila Isenberg, award-winning journalist, author, and adjunct faculty member at Marist College, will present "Mission Impossible: Varian Fry in Marseille" on Monday, April 15. An Alworth Institute brown bag presentation on "Nazi Concentration Camps: Sadism and Strategies for Cultural Annihilation" will be presented on Thursday, April 18.
- March 20 - Public Invited to View Muslim Journeys Collection
- The UMD Library will hold a reception and film screening on Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 pm, in the Library Rotunda, to introduce the public to the Muslim Journeys bookshelf collection.
- March 15 - Large Lakes Observatory Premieres Science Fridays on April 26
- Tour UMD's research vessel, the Blue Heron, and hear science talks during LLO Science Fridays at the Great Lakes Aquarium dock.
- March 13 - Congressman James Oberstar Presents on UMD Bicycling Infrastructure and Alternative Transportation
- Hear James Oberstar speak on alternative transportation and see Duluth's first alternative vehicle charging station.
- March 13 - UMD Initiates Antarctica Drilling Project with New Design Contract
- John Goodge and other researchers plan to build a platform/drilling system in Antarctica which has never been attempted on ice sheets before.
- March 12 - UMD Student Featured on "Native Report"
- An interview with sophomore Brigette Lacquette, who is majoring in physical education and American Indian Studies and plays defenseman on the UMD women's hockey team, will be broadcast on "Native Report" on March 21. Lacquette is a member of the Cote First Nation.
- March 5 - UMD/MnDOT Study of Winter Storm Traffic and Road Recovery
- Civil Engineering Professor Eil Kwon teamed up with MnDot to study how snowfall affects traffic speed, flow, and road conditions.
- March 4 - UMD American Indian Studies Research Showcase
- The Department of American Indian Studies is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a faculty and student research showcase on Tues., Mar. 12 from 5-7 pm in the UMD Library Rotunda. The public is invited.
- March 4 - UMD's Receives Fifth LEED Certification for Ianni Hall
- Ianni Hall receives recognition for its energy efficient opening windows, substantial insulation, low water usage, high efficiency lighting and automatic shut-off devices.
- March 2 - UMD Presents 2013 James Oberstar Transportation Forum on March 13
- Five speakers, including former U.S. Congressman James Oberstar will present information on U.S transportation infrastructure and setting transportation policy.
- February 28 - UMD German Grammar Guide App Launched on iTunes
- The free UMD German Grammar Guide app was developed by the students and faculty of UMD's Mobile Language Learning Group. The group is working on similar apps for Russian, Spanish, and French.
- February 25 - UMD Professor Receives Minnesota Excellence in Education Award
- Associate Professor Julia M. Williams, Department of Education, has received the 2013 Minnesota Excellence in Education Award. The award acknowledges her expertise in assessment and evaluation.
- February 21 - UMD Holds Second Campus Forum on Campus Climate
- A Campus Forum focused on creating an inclusive climate at UMD and within the community will be held on Feb 26.
- February 21 - Dean Kjell R. Knudsen of UMD's Labovitz School of Business and Economics Leaves Legacy of Success
- Kjell R. Knudsen's accomplishments are noted as he prepares to step down from his position as dean of LSBE.
- February 18 - UMD Professor Receives McKnight Land-Grant Professorship
- Hartz's research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that regulate blood-brain barrier function in Alzheimer's disease.
- February 14 - UMD Professors Receive Imagine Fund Awards
- Faculty from a wide range of disciplines are the recipients of the University of Minnesota's 2013 Imagine Fund Awards which support research in the arts, design, and the humanities.
- February 14 - Swenson Civil Engineering Building Honored by MCA
- The Minnesota Construction Association has bestowed the 2013 Award of Excellence in the green/sustainable construction category on UMD's James I. Swenson Civil Engineering Building.
- February 13 - New Scholarship Applicants Being Sought for
UMD's 2013-2014 FinnFest USA '92 Scholarship Awards
- FinnFest Scholarships are awarded to junior, senior, or graduate level students. Candidates must be enrolled full time at UMD and must be able to demonstrate financial need.
- February 12 - UMD's Fifth Annual Darwin Day Lecture: Rowan Barrett, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University
- Rowan Barrett, Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard University, will speak on Fri., Feb. 15. Barrett's topic is "Experimental Genomics of Adaptation to New Environments."
- February 12 - Sandra Steingraber: Biologist, Environmental Advocate, and Author
- Steingraber speaks Monday, March 4, on “The Impact of Chemical Exposure on Human Health”
- February 11 - UMD Athletic Director Search Underway
- Community members are encouraged to suggest names of potential candidates who might be appropriate for this key leadership position.
- February 7 - UMD Teams Participating in Duluth Polar Bear Plunge
- UMD students, faculty, and staff are participating in this year’s Duluth Polar Bear Plunge on Sat., Feb. 16 lakeside at Canal Park.
- February 6 - 2012-2013 UMD Chancellor's Awards Announced
- Three faculty, Lyle Shannon, instructor, Department of Biology; Steve Colman, director, Large Lakes Observatory; and Ladona Tornabene, associate professor, Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, will give special lecture presentations.
- February 5 - Tuskegee Airmen and Civil Rights Marcher To Speak at UMD
- Tuskegee Airman Lt. Col. (Ret.) Hiram Mann and COL (Ret.) Nathan Thomas, Jr., who participated in the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights March, will talk about their experiences. Joining them is Major (Ret.) Joseph Gomer, a Tuskegee airman from the Duluth area.
- February 1 - UMD Gets High Marks at Theatre Festival
- UMD received four awards and two commendations at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region V Festival.
- January 31 - Support the U Day on Feb. 7
- UMD students are encouraged to attend rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Thurs., Feb. 7.
- January 24 - Feb. 5 Brown Bag Talk: Fresh Water for the Ethiopian Hamar Tribe and Snow Angel Fundraiser
- UMD students with Ethiopian heritage will give a presentation about Ethiopia's culture. A talk about snow angel fundraiser follows.
- January 23 - CED Director Elaine Hansen Receives NASBITE CGBP Certification
- NASBITE CGBP Certification confirms advanced skills and knowledge in international trade
- January 17 - UMD Informs Students of Influenza Precautions
- As UMD students return to campus for spring semester, UMD urges influenza precautions.
- January 10 - UMD Civil Engineering Career Fair
- Companies dealing with civil engineering design will meet UMD civil engineering students at a career fair at UMD on January 28 and 29.
- January 2 - Larissa Trygg Named UMD Development Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations
- Larissa Trygg, leader in account management, marketing, and community relations, takes UMD position dealing with corporate and foundation giving.
- December 27 - FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off on January 5 at UMD
- UMD electrical engineering students serve as mentors to high school students in 2013 robotics contest.
- December 21 - Wiese Hired as New UMD Football Coach: Stromme Named Interim Athletic Director
- UMD Intercollegiate Athletics names a new football coach and an interim athletic director.
- December 7 - UMD's Derek Bromme on Tour with Lorie Line
- Derek Bromme, actor, singer, trombone player and adjunct faculty member in the UMD Department of Music, is touring with Lorie Line.
- December 7 - Holiday Reading by Local Author
- UMD English Professor Joseph Maiolo presents "Saint Matthew in Appalachia" on Wednesday, December 12 at 3:30 in the Weber Music Hall
- December 4 - Final Round! Vote for Bob Nielson 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
- Bob Nielson was named one of five finalists in Division II. Voting begins today!
- November 28 - Director of External Affairs Announced
- Gina Katzmark will join the University of Minnesota Duluth as the director of External Affairs, effective December 17.
- November 28 - Duluth Debuts as Top College Destination
- The American Institute for Economic Research (AIER) has ranked Duluth, MN as the 14th top location in the "Small Metro" category.
- November 26 - UMD Statesman Receives Two Best of Show Awards
- The Statesman placed among the top ten in two Associated Collegiate Press award categories.
- November 6 - Former UMD Chancellor Martin to be awarded honorary fellowship by University of Worcester
- Kathryn A. Martin will receive a Fellowship of the University and membership in the University of Worcester College of Fellows from November 6 - 9, 2012.
- November 5 - Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page
- Attend this free event on Thursday, November 15 at 11 am in the Kirby Student Ballroom
- November 2 - UMD CLA Development Director Appointed
- Jennifer Meyer has been named the new University of Minnesota Duluth Development Director for the College of Liberal Arts
- November 1 - UMD Holds "Shaping Our Future" Event on Higher Ed and Society
- UMD campus and community members consider different perspectives on the public purposes of higher education at an event on Nov. 15.
- October 31 - World Premiere of UMD Professor's Play at the Kennedy Center
- Tom Isbell's play, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, opens in Washington, D.C. on November 17.
- October 30 - Duluth Community's Children & Families Invited to UMD's Haunted Halls
- Wednesday, October 31 from 5pm-7pm with check-in at the UMD Lawrence A. Ianni Hall Lobby
- October 23 - 2012 UMD Zombie Fest
- Thursday, October 25 at 7 pm in UMD Bohannon Hall 90 to explore a variety of zombie-related topics
- October 22 - "Our Environmental Destiny" with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., vice chair and chief prosecuting attorney for Riverkeeper, will speak on "Our Environmental Destiny" on Friday, Nov. 9 at 7 pm in MPAC at UMD.
- October 22 - Mayor Ness to Present Duluth Food Day Proclamation at UMD
- Wednesday, October 24 at 11:30 am in the UMD Plaza Food Court
- October 18 - UMD Social Work Receives Grant to Support Mental Health Services
- UMD received a $440,000 federal grant to recruiting graduate students and to provide education and clinical experiences to address the mental and behavioral health needs of under-served populations.
- October 18 - Dawn Peterson Receives Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement Award
- Dawn Peterson, MSW, LICSW, was recognized as a field supervisor who has shown exceptional personal and professional civic engagement and has encouraged students involvement in their communities.
- October 17 - UMD Presents 2012 Summit on Equity, Diversity, and Multiculturalism
- The Summit entitled "Diversity: Why? ... and what's in it for me?" will be held on Thurs., Oct. 25 from 8 am-5 pm in the Kirby Student Center.
- October 16 - UMD Program Strengthened with $50,000 maurices Gift
- The Retail Marketing Analytics Program at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics will benefit from a $50,000 gift from maurices
- October 12 - Vote Bob Nielson for the 2012 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year
- Tweet today for Bob Nielson in the 2012 competition
- October 12 - New! UMD Maroon and Gold Street Signs
- Unveiling scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 at 6 pm with Mayor Don Ness in attendance
- October 12 - 2012 UMD Homecoming Events
- Join in on the fun that begins on Saturday, October 13 at 5:30 pm
- October 10 - UMD Researcher Receives Water Sustainability Grant
- Karen Gran, assistant professor of geological sciences, is one of the researchers on a five-year grant to study of interactions between water and land-use systems.
- October 10 - UMD Alumnus Brian K. Kobilka Receives Nobel Prize for Chemistry Research
- On October 10, 2012, UMD graduate Brian Kobilka (1977 Biology, Chemistry) won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- October 5 - Mathematical Excellence
- On November 1, 2012, Dr. Joseph Gallian will be announced as an AMS Fellow
- October 5 - Commemorating a Legend
- UMD Associate Professor Jean Stevenson presented at annual award ceremony
- October 5 - Fostering a Climate of Inclusion, Safety and Respect:
New Reporting Webpage and the Development of a Campus Climate Response Team
- UMD Student Forum on Monday, October 8 at 5 pm in Griggs Center
- October 3 - UMD Presents "An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities"
- UMD commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act and celebrates the 40th anniversary of the American Indian Studies Program at 7p.m. on Oct. 16 in the Kirby Ballroom.
- September 28 - Scholarship Named for Mike Munnell, First Graduate of UMD's American
Indian Studies Program
- Member of Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa honored with naming of scholarship
- September 27 - 2012 Heart Walk at UMD
- On Saturday, September 29, join the UMD and Duluth community at the 15th annual Heart Walk
- September 21 - 25th Anniversary of the UMD Alworth Institute
- Commemoration on Wednesday, September 26 from 7 pm - 9 pm in Bohannon Hall 90 at UMD
- September 14 - Students Finding Their Future
- Annual UMD E-Fest on Wednesday, September 19 from 10 am - 2 pm in the Kirby Ballroom
- September 14 - Youth Outdoor Education
- David Sobel presenting on Tuesday, September 18 at 4:30 pm in the UMD Weber Music Hall
- September 12 - UMD to Hold First of Three Land-Grant Commemorations on September 27:
UMD & Mineral Resources: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Land-Grant Perspective
- Five speakers examine the connection between UMD and the area's mineral resources at this event commemorating UMD's Land-Grant Heritage.
- September 12 - UMD Ranks High in U.S. News & World Report's Annual "America's Best Colleges" Edition
- UMD again receives high ranking from U.S. News & World Report for academics and accessibility.
- September 7 - UMD Swenson College of Science and Engineering Development Director has been Appointed
- Carrie Sutherland named the new SCSE development director
- September 7 - Minnesota Twins VS Kansas City Royals
- Join the UMD Alumni Association on Wednesday, September 12 at Target Field with Champ throwing the first pitch
- September 6 - UMD's Multicultural Learning Community
- Students opt to live in residential housing and attend events as a multi-ethnic group
- August 31 - 2012 UMD Student Move-In Day and the Chancellor's Convocation
- Thursday, August 30 from 9am-3:30pm is UMD Student Move-In Day. Friday, August 31 at 1 pm, Yvonne Prettner Solon is attending the Chancellor's Convocation
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