SOUND! THE NEW WEBER MUSIC HALL
COMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM
MINNESOTA GOVENOR JESSE VENTURA
UMD ALUMNI AND YOUNG READERS
STEP UP TO UMD'S NEW LIBRARY
THE NEW WEBER MUSIC HALL
by World-Famous Architect, Cesar Pelli
Wm. Robert Bucker, students Mike Lofthus and Kari Amstutz, Kathryn
A. Martin and Mary Ann and Ron Weber.
UMD held groundbreaking ceremonies in October for the UMD Weber Music
Hall. The 21,600 square foot building, designed by noted architect
Cesar Pelli, features a 350-seat performance hall topped by a sweeping
copper dome. The building is named for alumni Mary Ann and Ron Weber
in honor of their generous gift toward its design and completion.
We are grateful that Ron and Mary Ann shared our vision for
the participation of a world-class architect in the creation of a
state-of-the-art facility, said Dr. Wm. Robert Bucker, dean
of the School of Fine Arts. Mary Ann and Ron Weber, both alumni of
UMD were present at the groundbreaking ceremonies. The University
makes a tremendous intellectual and financial contribution to the
entire north country, said Ron Weber, chairman of the board
for Normark Corporation. Through this gift, we hope to enhance
UMDs facilities and make the university experience even more
pleasant for students. Mary Ann recalled her days as a student
for the audience and Ron said his years at UMD were some of the happiest
days of his life.
UMD is fortunate to have Master architect Cesar Pelli as part of the
team. Pelli, who grew up in Tucuman, Argentina; received a Master
in Architecture degree from the University of Illinois; worked with
Eero Saarinen; was dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University;
and now heads an internationally recognized architectural firm in
New Haven, Connecticut.
Pelli has designed over 100 buildings and public and cultural spaces
using unique technologies and innovative construction techniques with
glass, stone, metal and brick. His diverse worldwide projects include:
World Financial Center and Winter Garden in New York City, Kukui Gardens
in Honolulu, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur City Centre, North
Terminal at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, North Carolina
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, Ohio Center for the
Arts at Cincinnati, and Gaviidae Common in downtown Minneapolis. His
buildings can also be found on many college and university campuses,
including Vassar College, Trinity College, Princeton University, Yale
University, Rice University, University of California/ Riverside,
and University of Washington/ Seattle.
In Duluth, Pelli is working with Stanius Johnson Architects. Ken Johnson,
of Stanius Johnson, is the designer of the new UMD library, which
opened in September.
Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin said, The new Weber Music Hall
will provide the final arm of an Arts Triangle on the
UMD campus joining the Tweed Museum of Art and the Marshall
Performing Arts Center around the perimeter of Ordean Court. We know
the Music Hall will become a campus and a community destination providing
enrichment and enjoyment, and further defining UMD as an exciting
regional arts center.
The buildings public performance area will include a stage able
to accommodate a 70-piece orchestra and seating for an audience of
350. A chorus loft behind the stage area will allow expansion of audience
seating to over 400 which would totally surround the stage. The building
will provide state-of-the-art acoustics for both live performances
and high-quality audio-video recording of events. Accent
lighting is designed to accommodate a variety of performance and artistic
needs. All of the building will be fully accessible including lobby,
green room, box office, rest rooms, coat room, storage, elevator,physical
plant, and audience, performance, rehearsal and media spaces.
The UMD Music Department has more than doubled in size in the last
six years with a significant increase in technological emphasis. Enrollment
is just over 100 undergraduate music majors, with 24 graduate students,
and 450 performing ensemble participants. Each year UMD music ensembles
perform over 100 concerts, with a total attendance of 15,000 people.
Approximately 5,300 undergraduate students from every college at UMD
enroll in music courses each year.
With this new building UMD will be engaged in a wonderful new
era of educational and cultural growth, said Bucker.
IN THE CLASSROOM
Technology is changing the way things are done, including the way
UMD trains teachers. Chalk and chalkboards are making way for laptop
computers, internet connections and power outlets.
The College of Education and Human Service Professions is a national
leader in improving how teachers use computers in the classroom. UMD
received a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Education grant to integrate
technology into university and school curriculum. During the next
three years, UMD will study how instructors are teaching English,
reading, social studies and science at three Duluth-area schools that
volunteered for the study. Then teachers and university faculty will
modify lesson plans using everything from the internet to video-conferencing
and computer spreadsheets to improve teaching.
Education professor Joan Karp said the money would help UMD professors
and graduate students develop better training programs at UMD, Chester
Park Elementary School, Fond du Lac Tribal School and Duluth Central
High School. Karp said, Children easily and intuitively use
the internet and computers. We need to better prepare teachers to
use technology. We believe that the best way to develop models to
do this is to have University faculty and teachers working hand in
GOVENOR JESSE VENTURA VISITS UMD
A recent visit to the UMD campus by Governor Jesse Ventura drew a
large crowd of young adults. Venturas purpose for visiting colleges
and high schools all across the state of Minnesota has been to inspire
and encourage young people to become voters. In a meeting at UMD,
Ventura told 175 student leaders, Dont blow it, dont
ruin what my generation fought so hard to get, and Im talking
about the right to vote at age 18. The governor also spoke to
a group of 1,200 students at Duluths Denfeld High School, delivering
a similar message. Ventura encouraged students to vote, and using
himself as an example, he explained to students that a vote for a
third party candidate is not a wasted vote.
The students who saw Ventura at UMD felt that Venturas celebrity
is enough to get the attention of students, making them more likely
to listen to his message. They were unsure as to whether or not Ventura
was compelling enough to actually get more students to vote.
ALUMNI AND YOUNG READERS
Kids cant read without books! Sadly, many children in Minnesota
do not own a book, nor do they have access to books in their home or
UMD is participating in the University of Minnesota Literacy Initiative
in conjunction with Barnes and Noble Booksellers to sponsor a book drive
to benefit young readers. The goal of this book drive is to put books
into the hands of kids.
Interested individuals can stop by any Minnesota Barnes and Noble store
during literacy week, February 26 - March 3, and purchase a childrens
book. They will receive a 10% discount and the books will be donated
to a child, school, or community center. On Saturday, March 3, all 17
Minnesota Barnes and Noble stores will donate a percentage of the sales
from the day to the book drive.
UMD alumni volunteers will be there to greet customers from 1 - 4 p.m.
on March 3, at the Duluth Barnes and Noble store, at 625 W. Central
Entrance, in the Stone Ridge Shopping Center. Between 2 and 3 p.m. on
that same day, Champ will shake your hand and Chief of Police, alumnus,
Scott Lyons will read Dr. Seusss The Cat in the Hat and other
favorite books. Books purchased in Duluth and proceeds will stay in
Duluth and be given out locally.
University officials recently announced the acquisition of 13 etchings
by Pablo Picasso for the UMD Tweed Museum of Art. In addition, as
part of the 50th anniversary celebration, they acknowledged a unique
major foundation gift, and unveiled the new Tweed Donor Recognition
Wall. The 13 Picasso etchings, numbered and signed by the artist,
are drawings done in 1926-27. They were used in 1931 to illustrate
The Unknown Masterpiece, a short novel by Honore de Balzac.
They are set 83 of 99 produced. The etchings tell a story of an artist
frustrated by his desire to finish a work over a 10 year period of
time. Martin DeWitt, museum director, reported that this purchase
was made possible by donations given by the grandchildren of Alice
Tweed Tuohy. In addition to the etchings, university officials also
announced a gift of $250,000 to the Tweed by the Alice Tweed Tuohy
Foundation. Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin said, We are indeed
proud to mark this day of multi-celebration. The addition of the Picasso
etchings further highlights and expands Tweeds outstanding permanent
collection, which is one of the very finest in the Midwest.
UP TO UMD'S NEW LIBRARY
With the opening of a bright, spacious new library, UMD took a giant
step by offering students a wealth of new and exciting information.
The latest technology available at the library allows students more
educational opportunities than ever before, including more access
to computers, online resources, and the internet. Over 250 new computers
are available at reference desks, study carrels, and in classrooms.
There are also stations where students can plug in laptops. According
to Bill von Dran, a national consultant on University technology,
UMD is at the cutting edge of technology with its investment in the
new library,. Computer technology is not the only major addition to
the library. Several small conference rooms are available for students
to work on group projects. There are also more than 550,000 books
available in the library, and increased space gives the library room
to expand its existing print collection. In addition, Clear
and Silver Chandelier, a sculpture by international glass artist
Dale Chihuly, welcomes users to the librarys main lobby.
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