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HOOK, LINE AND SIPPER
UMD PLAYS COMEDY GAME
UMD WOMEN GRAB THEIR
SECOND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
JAMES I. SWENSON SCIENCE BUILDING:
TAKING SCIENCE STUDENTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
SOLON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
NEW ALUMNI DIRECTOR FOCUSES ON THE
TAKING THE BUS SERIOUSLY
PROFESSOR FOR A DAY
LINE AND SIPPER
A team of students flaunted the talent of UMDs Industrial Engineering
Department by winning the international design competition at the
American Society of Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
in New York City. ASME is a nonprofit organization that focuses on
the educational, technical, and research issues of engineering, and
sets industrial and manufacturingstandards around the world.
ASME competitions have challenged students to create things like a
somersault mechanism, a stair climber, aliquid
transport mechanism, a machine that could retrieve rocks from Mars,
and other complicated oddities.
This year UMDs Mike Anderson, Dave Halverson, Mike Lackore,
and Joe Higgins were part of an ASME team that designed and constructed
a fishing rod that would allow a quadriplegic person to cast a lure.
The rod and reel were to be controlled by using a sip and puff
technology, and were judged on the accuracy of the cast. The assignment
was inspired by the lack of outdoor sporting equipment powered by
this sip and puff technology for persons with disabilities.
For instance, a quadriplegic may control a wheelchair by utilizing
this technology yet they cant participate in certain sports
in which this technology could easily be applied, like fishing.
The project began in the fall semester of 2000 as the students used
trial and error as their method to success. Their design took them
to first place in the regional competition in South Dakota, and won
them a trip to the ASME competition.
Still, these young men did not stop! After perfecting their product
even further, losing bulk and duct tape to present a cleaner more
efficient version of their design, they joined 12 university teams
from the U.S. and India in the international competition in New York.
Is it that these students are from the land of 10,000 lakes that they
were able to create such a capable piece of equipment? After all,
Minnesotans have been known to fish in extreme situations. Perhaps
their success can be attributed to the superb Industrial Engineering
Department at UMD, led by David Wyrick, associate professor and head
of the department. All speculations aside, no one is surprised by
the brilliance of these minds, or doubts the success of this exceptional
university and students.
PLAYS COMEDY GAME
The Movie Game, a comedy written by UMD alumnus Adam Hummel, was selected
by the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) to be performed at
the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in April. This marked the fifth
time that the UMD Department of Theatre has been selected to present
a production at the Kennedy Center. This is the highest honor a college
theatre program can receive. The Movie Game was one of only four full-length
plays selected from over 600 participating productions nationwide
to be performed at the festival.
Several Movie Game student actors were recognized in Washington D.C.,
as some of the best theatre students in the nation. Adam Hummel won
the Region V student playwriting award as well as the national Mark
Twain Comedy Playwriting Award for The Movie Game.
In addition, Andrew Bennett was chosen as one of two actors, selected
from over 350 students in ACTF Region V, as a finalist for the national
Irene Ryan Acting Award. Brook Carl received the Region V Barbizon
first place award in makeup design for the Fall 2001 UMD production
of Cabaret, and represented Region V at the national festival. Jeffrey
Peterson was chosen as the Region V Barbizon first place award winner
in scenic design for The Movie Game.
WOMEN GRAB THEIR SECOND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
UMD became the first repeat national champions in womens college
hockey on March 24, 2002 when the Bulldogs claimed their second-straight
NCAA Womens Frozen Four championship by defeating Brown University
3-2 in the title game in Durham, New Hampshire. Sophomore forward
Tricia Guest scored the game winning goal with just 4:56 minutes remaining
in regulation play while Kristina Petrovskaia and Erika Holst also
added goals in the final game. Goaltender Patricia Sautter recorded
33 saves to keep Browns high-powered offense in check.
Forward Joanne Eustace and defenseman Larissa Luther were selected
to the Frozen Four All-Tournament team for the Bulldogs. Maria Rooth
was named an NCAA All-American (first team) for the second year in
a row and was also an All-WCHA first team selection for the second
time in as many years. Fellow junior wing Erika Holst earned a spot
on the All-WCHA second team. The Bulldogs finished their third season
of varsity hockey with an overall record of 24-6-4.
Unique among the nations elite teams, UMDs roster includes
five 2002 Olympians. Rooth and Holst helped propel Sweden into the
medal round, Tuula Puputti and Hanne Sikio skated with Finland, and
Petrovskaia was a member of the Russian entry. In addition, Jenny
(Schmidgall) Potter, who skated with the Bulldogs in 1999-2000 and
is expected to rejoin UMD next season, played for the silver medal-winning
U.S. team at the 2002 Winter Games
The Bulldogs will set their sights on a third consecutive national
crown next March. Thats when UMD will host the 2003 NCAA Frozen
Four at the DECC in Duluth.
I. SWENSON SCIENCE BUILDING: TAKING SCIENCE STUDENTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL
UMD is changing again. It is embarking on its fourth new construction
project in a five-year period and this time the science programs will
feel the welcome impact.
This spring the Minnesota Legislature approved the final funding for
the new UMD James I. Swenson Science Building. And it is just in time.
Chemistry and biology have changed dramatically since the construction
of the Chemistry (1948) and Life Science (1968) Buildings. The two
science buildings simply have not been able to accommodate the growing
number of students and the changing practices of scientific research
UMD science alumni and faculty have made vital contributions to research,
industry, medicine, health care, and science education throughout
the history of UMD. To strengthen UMDs tradition of educating
talented scientists, UMDs science programs have added new instruments,
new programs, and increased undergraduate research opportunities.
Now, they will add a new building to house all of the activity, including
chemistry and biology teaching laboratories and increased facilities
for faculty and staff research.
UMD is grateful to Jim and Susan Swenson, who through the Swenson
Family Foundation, have made a generous gift to UMD to help fund the
new building. Jim, a 1959 chemistry graduate, is a strong advocate
for undergraduate research opportunities at UMD.
The groundbreaking ceremonies for the new science building will be
held next October 3 - 4. For more information please contact the College
of Science and Engineering at 218-726-6995 or toll-free 866-999-6995.
MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
UMD lost a good friend in the passing of Minnesota State Senator Sam
Solon on December 28, 2001. Just last summer UMD renamed the Campus
Center the Solon Campus Center in honor of Solon and his long lasting
and often fierce commitment
to UMDs projects and programs. His widow, Yvonne Prettner Solon,
UMD alumnae (BS 79, MA 81), has established a scholarship
in her late husbands name.
Those wishing to honor the memory of Senator Solon can make a gift
to the UMD Sam Solon Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o UMD University
Relations, 1049 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812. For information
Elaine Hansen at 218-726-6793 or Maryann Soleim at 218-726-8993.
ALUMNI DIRECTOR FOCUSES ON THE FUTURE
Delano, shown here with Alumni Board President, John Kratz, is the
new UMD alumni director. As a native Duluthian, Patty has watched
the development of UMD and is excited about the positive impact UMD
has on students, alumni and the community. She and the Board hope
to build strong connections with UMD alumni by developing an interactive
website, creating an e-news letter, designing an alumni career mentoring
program, and expanding social activities. She would love your ideas.
To contact her, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-726-8829.
THE BUS SERIOUSLY
The U-Pass Program, established at UMD in September 2000 to address
the construction-related reduction of on-campus parking, was an overwhelming
success in 2001-2002. The Duluth Transit Authority (DTA) provided
an average of more than 2,000 rides daily. Thats up from the
1,000 rides per day it provided during the same period the first year.
Campus parking congestion has been minimized as a direct result of
the U-Pass Program. It will continue to be difficult to find convenient
on-campus parking during UMDs expansion, but it wont be
impossible, thanks to the U-Pass program. More than 700 campus parking
spaces will be eliminated by the time UMD is done with campus construction,
which is expected to continue for the next two years.
According to John Brostrom of UMD Auxiliary Services, Parking
has essentially become a non issue on campus since the
implementation of the U-Pass Program, even though enrollment has surged
the past three years from 8,504 in 1999, to 9,087 in 2000 and to a
record enrollment of 9,380 in 2001.
The U-Pass Program at UMD, which includes special campus routes and
free rides for students, faculty and staff, is 80 percent
funded through a federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality grant,
with UMD providing the 20 percent local share.
The U-Pass Program is part of a long-range plan to move the student
union and create a high-tech transit center at UMD. This transit center
will be more than just an area to wait for the bus. It will include
informational kiosks and electronic schedule displays with real-time
bus arrivals and transit information. This Intelligent Transportation
Systems technology, which uses Global Positioning, will integrate
the DTA into a statewide transportation communications initiative.
The first phase of the construction, the student union area in Kirby
Plaza, will start in fall 2002, and the UMD transit center construction
will follow in the second construction phase.
FOR A DAY
UMDs School of Business and Economics (SBE) hosted its first
Professor for a Day last October. Eighteen SBE alumni
returned to campus for a day of activities, which included speaking
to classes, participating in panels, one-on-one sessions with students,
a Breakfast with the Dean, and a reception with members
of the SBE Board of Advisors, SBE faculty, student volunteers and
SBE student organization officers.
Other alumni who participated in the Professor for a Day
were: Amber Kellen (BBA 00); Dr. Joseph Leek (MBA 99);
Richard Nichols (BS 76); Chris Steele (BAc 80); Ed Wegerson
(BA 75, JD 78); and Tom Wiedell (BS 70, MBA 01).
Participating alumni represented Best Buy, Moline Machinery, General
Mills, Pillsbury, Allete, Minnesota Power, US Bank, DTE Energy, Miller-Dwan
and McGladrey & Pullen. The alumni hold positions such as chief
financial officer, senior vice president, president, director of marketing,
human resource director, vice president of finance, senior accountant
and tax staff.
The event was a success. Alumnus Jerry Zanko said, It was obvious
to everyone who participated that the day took a great deal of planning
and hard work, and the results bear that out. I was proud to be a
part of the program, and I would willingly volunteer to participate
in the future.
The School of Business and Economics intends to make the Professor
for a Day an annual event. To volunteer your expertise to this
or other events, contact Elaine Hansen at 218-726-6793.
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