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JAMES I. SWENSON BUILDING
RACE, SLAVERY, AND AMERICAN HISTORY
UMD ENGINEERING IN TOP TEN MIDWEST COLLEGES
ALL THAT GLITTERS
PROFESSOR FOR A DAY
INTO THE UMD ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Five alumni and friends of UMD were recently inducted into the inaugural
UMD Academy of Science and Engineering, which has been established
to give public recognition to distinguished alumni and special
friends of the College of Science and Engineering, who have brought
distinction to themselves through their participation, commitment,
and leadership in their chosen profession.
Those honored were:
Jerome Klun - Bachelor of Arts, Biology, 1961
During 37 years of entomological research, Klun has worked with the
chemical nature of host-plant insect resistance in corn and has made
discoveries in the field of insect chemistry and behavior that have
had significant impact on agriculture, science and technology. Klun
was awarded a Ph.D. in Entomology by Iowa State University in 1965.
He is the author of 114 peer-reviewed scientific publications and
five patents and is recognized internationally in his field. Klun
and his wife Harriet live in Potomac, Maryland.
Casmir Ilenda, Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, 1969
Ilenda grew up in Proctor, Minnesota. He was the co-author of two
publications at UMD while performing undergraduate research with Chemistry
Professor Ronald Caple. Casmir was the recipient of a NSF graduate
fellowship his senior year that enabled him to obtain his Ph.D. in
organic chemistry at the University of Colorado. As a senior scientist
with Rohm and Haas, he has been involved with many successful endeavors,
from plastics to fiber optic lighting systems. This work has lead
to 14 patents. In 1991, Ilenda was awarded the Otto Haas Award
of Scientific Achievement by his company, Rohm and Haas. Ilenda
and his wife Beverly live in Holland, Pennsylvania.
William E. Crain, Bachelor of Arts, Business and Economics, 1953;
After graduating from UMD, Crain, a Duluth native, received a MS in
geology from the University of Minnesota. He joined Chevron in 1957
as an exploration geologist, and retired in 1994 as director and vice
president of Chevron Exploration. Crains commitment to earth
science education earned him the University of San Francisco Medallion
Award and the American Geological Institutes (AGI) Explorer
award. In 2002, he and the late Chancellor Emeritus Robert Heller
received the AGIs William B. Heroy Jr., Award for distinguished
service: together they generated the vision and support of AGIs
inquiry-based, secondary school Earth Science curricula. Crain currently
lives in Danville, California with his wife, Jean, who graduated with
an English degree from UMD in 1951.
David L. Karpeles, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, 1956
After Karpeles graduated from UMD, he continued his graduate studies
in mathematics. His interests eventually turned to real estate investment
in southern California, and in 1981 Karpeles received an award from
California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., for developing an affordable
housing plan. Karpeles, with his wife Marsha, began collecting historical
documents in 1978 and established seven Karpeles Manuscript Libraries,
including one in Duluth, which today preserves the largest private
collection of original manuscripts in the world. Karpeles is author
of 60 historical monographs relating to the Librarys holdings.
He and Marsha Karpeles live in Santa Barbara, California.
Howard Hanson, faculty member, 1947-1985
Hanson helped found the UMD Department of Physics, arriving at UMD
in 1947 with three other new faculty. He served as head of the department
from 1951 until 1984, just before his retirement from the faculty
in 1985. Hanson received his bachelor degree from St. Cloud State
and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison. Hanson was active in both the American
and the Minnesota Area Associations of Physics Teachers and was instrumental
in leading the department to its present size, including the addition
of the graduate program and increased emphasis on research, without
detracting from the undergraduate teaching mission. Hanson and his
wife, Agnes, live in Duluth, Minnesota.
JAMES I. SWENSON
Taking science students to the next level
The new James I. Swenson Science
Building is quickly becoming reality. UMD broke
ground for the new facility on August 29. Starting with a $7.5 million
gift from Jim Swenson, a 1959 UMD chemistry graduate, and his wife,
Susan, the Minnesota Legislature followed suit with $25.5
million of funding to build a new facility for the chemistry and biology
departments at UMD. Set to open for spring semester of 2005, the James
I. Swenson Science Building will serve over 1,000 students per semester
with new faculty-student research and teaching labs, undergraduate
research areas, a student study room, and a lounge area. UMD
is one of the leading institutions in the nation in terms of providing
opportunities for undergraduate students to do research with a faculty
member, said James Riehl, Dean of the College of Science and
Engineering. The state-of-the-art building will provide additional
space for undergraduate research.
RACE, SLAVERY, AND AMERICAN HISTORY
In fall 2002, Ronald Sundstrom, UMD alumnus
and Duluth native, who is now a professor in the field of race theory
and African American philosophy, returned to campus for a series of
lectures. Sundstroms current research involves race theory and
African American philosophy and their intersections with issues in
the philosophy of social science, and political and social philosophy.
He has published several articles on race and the metaphysics of social
categories, and he is currently working on a book that extends his
work on social categories to questions concerning segregation and
distributive justice. The work is entitled, Race and Place: Social
Space, Human Categories, and the Politics of Place.
He presented two lectures, Reconciling Ourselves
to the Idea of Race: Struggling with the Moral Arguments For and Against
Race, and The Harms of Residential Segregation which
were co-sponsored by the Duluth NAACP.
Sundstrom grew up in the Morgan Park neighborhood
of Duluth and graduated from UMD in 1993 with a major in philosophy.
He was active in campus government and was president of the African
American Student Group. He received his Ph.D. from the University
of Minnesota in 1997 and is now an assistant professor of philosophy
at the University of Memphis.
UMD ENGINEERING RANKS IN TOP TEN
The UMD engineering program ranks among the Best Undergraduate
Engineering Programs in the Nation according to U.S. News and
World Reports 2003 rankings. UMD was ranked ninth among Midwest
Public Universities that offer a Masters Degree.
ALL THAT GLITTERS:
Studio glass from the collection of Don and Carol Wiiken
An exhibit of studio glass from the collection of Don and Carol Wiiken
of Oak Park, Illinois, was held in UMDs Tweed Museum of Art
last fall. An exhibition premier, the 35 glass works featured were
created by noted international artists including: Olle Alberiius,
Sweden; Harvey Littleton, Joel Philip Myers, Dale Chihuly, United
States; Monica Eaton, Germany; Judi Elliott, Australia; Louis LeLoup,
Belgium; and many others. The Wiikens, who have provided leadership
to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, have announced a generous
gift to the Tweed Museum of Art that will begin a world-class contemporary
glass collection unique to the Great Lakes region.
Joel Philip Myers, internationally renowned artist
and a leader in the contemporary studio glass movement, exhibited
a unique glass installation in conjunction with the Wiiken exhibit.
In his new work, Myers deals with the complex issues of contemporary
culture and the human condition. Myers is professor emeritus from
Illinois State University where he founded the studio glass program.
School of Fine Arts
Dean Jack Bowman brought more than just his water-ski boat with him
to Duluth he also brought new ideas to benefit the School of
Fine Arts and UMD. One of those ideas will take place Friday, February
The School of Fine Arts (Art and Design, Glensheen,
Music, Theatre, Tweed Museum) and community members are working together
to plan a School of Fine Arts fundraiser. This years event theme
is Mardi Gras, New Orleans style. The event will feature food, music
and a silent auction, all to take place at the historic Glensheen
estate. Tickets are $75 each. Call (218) 726-8921 for more information
or to make a reservation.
BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
ALUMNI TRANSFORM INTO PROFESSORS
Last October, the UMD School of Business and Economics held its second
annual Professor for a Day program. Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin welcomed
20 SBE alumni who had returned to campus to meet with other alumni
and students, to speak in classes, and to participate in panel discussions.
The day concluded with a reception in the Library Rotunda Room where
SBE Dean Kjell R. Knudsen thanked everyone.
This years participants were: Michelle Anderson
00 BAc (Bachelor of Accounting), currently an accountant at
Eikill & Schilling, Ltd.; Lori Collard 78 BA in Economics,
Director of Human Resources at Minnesota Power; Sean Dean, 94
BBA in Business Administration, founder and CEO of Citon Computer
Corporation; Todd Fedora, 87 BBA in Finance, a Senior Vice President
of M & I Bank in Superior, Wisconsin; Christopher Hoffman, 96
BA in Economics and BBA in Management, affiliated with the Hoffman
Group; Charles E. House, 62 BA in Business, a CPA and president
of Hansen House Company; Jeffrey Hovis, 76, BA in Accounting,
now semi-retired and a former Supervisor of Mutual Fund Accounting
at American Express; Douglas Huseby, 66 BS in Business and Economics,
the CEO and Founder of Becker Furniture World, and a recipient of
the 2002 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award; Rodney
Landin, 99 BBA in Marketing, an Inventory Analyst at Best Buys
corporate headquarters and a member of the UMD Alumni Association
Board of Directors; Steve Lauring, 83 BS in Economics and 84
MBA, Consumer Insights Director with General Mills/Pillsbury in Minneapolis;
Gregg McCall, 00 BBA in Finance, a Financial Advisor with U.S.
Bank; Steven Overom, 73 BS in Economics, a partner in the law
firm of Maki & Overom; Amir Permeh, 01 BBA in Marketing,
currently working with Hershey Foods; Marcia Rowell, 86 BA in
Economics and Mathematics, a Strategic Account Support Manager at
Minnesota Power; Jennifer Smith, 99 BAc, an accountant with
Eikill & Schilling, Ltd.; Christopher Steele, 80 BAc, retired
June 1, 2002, as Vice President, Finance Shared Services, Best Buy;
Shawnee Stephenson, 99 BAc, a tax staff accountant with McGladrey
& Pullen, LLP; Jean Sumner, 80 BAc, a Senior Vice President
at Wells Fargo Bank Minnesota, N.A.; Jennifer Svendsen, 99 BAc,
an accountant with McGladrey & Pullen, LLP; and Jerry Zanko, 71
BA in Political Science and Economics, the Manager of Employee and
Labor Relations at SMDC.
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