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BENEFACTOR, AND ALUMNUS
This past October, students in the Labovitz School
of Business and Economics were joined by the public to hear a special
presentation by UMD benefactor Joel Labovitz
during the annual Professor for a Day event.
In May, 2003, Duluth natives Sharon and Joel Labovitz presented $4.5
million to UMD to name the school and a proposed building the Labovitz
School of Business and Economics (LSBE). The gift is the largest ever
for the Labovitz School of Business and Economics and the second largest
for UMD. The gift is dedicated to the construction of a new building
for the UMD Labovitz School of Business and Economics. UMD is going
to the Minnesota Legislature in 2004 with a proposal for the structure.
Joel Labovitz is the former CEO of the Maurices clothing chain, and
Professor for a Day is hosted by the Labovitz School of
Business and Economics and provided students with the opportunity
to meet with 18 UMD LSBE alumni and talk with them about career choices
GALLIAN NAMED PROFESSOR OF
University of Minnesota Duluth
(UMD) Professor of Mathematics Joseph Gallian was named the 2003 Minnesota
Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement
of Teaching. Gallian was honored at an awards luncheon in Washington,
D.C., in November. For this award which salutes the most outstanding
professors in the United States, Gallian was selected from among nearly
400 top professors in the country. Criteria for the award includes
extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, demonstrated
by impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; a scholarly
approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate
education in the institution, community, and profession; and support
from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.
Gallian has taught at UMD for over 30 years. Since 1977 he has directed
an annual undergraduate research program. The program allows Gallian
to select six to eight of the best undergraduate mathematics students
in the nation for a ten-week UMD summer research program. Over the
years 118 students have participated in Gallians program. Most
have presented their findings at the annual meeting of the American
Mathematical Society, and to date over 100 of the students papers
have been accepted for publication in mainstream professional journals.
PHARMACY COLLEGE OPENS
The University of Minnesota College of
Pharmacy celebrated the grand opening of its Duluth expansion on October
22. This marks the first expansion in the College of Pharmacys
110-year history. The expansion grew out of the overwhelming number
applicants and the knowledge that Minnesota has one of the highest
demands for pharmacists in the country. The College of Pharmacy Duluth
has begun with 52 first-year students whose curriculum emphasizes
pharmaceutical care in Greater Minnesota. The college is led by Stephen
Hoag, senior associate dean and head, who is excited about the opportunity
provide more services to the underserved areas of the state. The
program will emphasize opportunities and advantages of rural practice,
and we expect to be successful in serving Greater Minnesota. Our new
students are outstanding and show considerable leadership abilities.
We have been impressed with the level of support from UMD and the
community, he said.
Recurring funding for the program will come from the University of
Minnesota Academic Health Center (AHC) Education Endowment funded
with tobacco settlement funds. Start-up funding has come from the
AHC Endowment and private funding.
AWARD FOR INNOCENCE
A locally produced documentary has won a regional Emmy Award nomination
from the National Television Academys North Central Chapter
and has been submitted to PBS for national broadcast. Starting
in Innocence follows UMD associate professor Tom Isbell and
his students through the creative and emotional process they experienced
while producing the stage play, Dear Finder.
Dear Finder is the Holocaust play produced by the UMD
Theatre Department and selected for performance in the John F. Kennedy
Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Starting
in Innocence tracks the changing perceptions and attitudes of
the white, non-Jewish, Midwestern writers, cast and crew as they meet
survivors, read personal accounts and watch films about the
The year 2004 marks the tenth anniversary of the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust
Commemoration Series. The 2004 program features a major art exhibition
and lectures by participating artists. The
program, entitled, The Holocaust as Subject, is sponsored
by the Baeumler-Kaplan Holocaust Commemoration Committee in partnership
with the Tweed Museum of Art. The featured artist of the event is
Samuel M. Bak, a renowned painter, who will speak at 4 p.m. on April
20, 2004 in the UMD Ballroom. Several of Baks paintings will
be on exhibit in the Tweed Museum of Art from April 13 to June 13.
In addition, the Tweed Museum has purchased one of Baks paintings,
Creation of War Time II (1999) as well as one of his sketches.
The program will also feature the work of three additional artists
who work with Holocaust themes. Graphic artist and printmaker, Art
Spiegelman is best known for his Maus books which tell the story of
the Holocaust in the comic book genre. Photographer Debbie Teicholz
and installation artist Ellen Rothenberg will also be featured.
In keeping with the theme, on April 15, Dr. Stephen Fienstein, director
of the Center on Holocaust and Genocide Studies at the University
of Minnesota, will lecture on Holocaust Memorials Around the World.
Justin Rubin, UMD associate professor of music, will add to the commemoration
with a performance work entitled 6,000,000 in which people
will participate by attempting to draw 6,000,000 short black lines
to represent each of the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
A Rumble of Beauty,
an Uproar of Love
This January marked the beginning of more than another
calendar year. As actor/director Roberto Benigni stated it, the Italian
American Festival 2004 is a rumble of beauty and an uproar of
love. This festival celebrates an exchange of art, academics,
and culture between Duluth, Minnesota, and Palermo, Italy.
Over several months, Duluth and Palermo are sharing a
number of cultural experiences. The first of many musical and theatrical
productions was held in October as the UMD Departments of Music and
Theatre along with the Conservatorio Statale di Musica of Palermo
joined forces to perform Guys and Dolls in Duluth. They also brought
the production to Palermo in January.
The Big Band Show presented their first tribute to Italian Americans
in January in Palermo. They continue their tour in Hibbing, Minnesota,
on April 16 and Duluth on May 1.
On April 22, Duluth will host the world premiere of the musical The
Secret of the Talking Bird. The Italian opera, La Traviata will be
performed in Duluth April 29 - May 2 and again in Palermo in August.
Opening in January, original works of art created by UMD Art and Design
faculty and Duluth area artists, as well as a selection of Tweed Museum
of Art American paintings, were exhibited at Palazzo Sclafani in Palermo.
On April 28, the Tweed Museum of Art and North Shore Bank of Commerce
will feature original art from Palermos Accademia di Belle Arti.
Crossing the Waters: Italian American Connections shifts
the focus from art to academia. The conference is intended to encourage
dialogue among international scholars, to celebrate and increase the
understanding of ethnic and cultural traditions, and to explore the
past, present, and future connections between ethnic heritage in the
United States and communities of origin in Europe. It will feature
prominent speakers on the Italian American experience. The conference
is hosted by UMD and the Universita degli Studi di Palermo in collaboration
with the College of St. Scholastica and the University of Wisconsin
The crowning event of the Italian American Festival 2004 will be the
Italian American Heritage Celebration in Duluth on May 1 with special
activities presented by Italian heritage clubs including entertainment,
Italian culinary treats, a bocce ball tournament and an evening Heritage
Banquet. Duluth high school bands, orchestras, and choirs will present
a concert of Italian American music.
For more information, see the web site at
Calling the Plays
On and Off the Field
UMD head football coach Bob Nielson assumed his new position as the
Director of Athletics on December 1. Nielson has been head football
coach at UMD since 1999. In the fall of 2002 he was a finalist for
the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
Before joining UMD, Nielson was named NCAA Division III National Coach
of the Year for 1998 by the Football Gazette, served as associate
athletic director and head football coach at the University of Wisconsin-Eau
Claire from 1996 to 1999, and athletic director and head football
coach at Wartburg College from 1991 to February 1996.
Shannon Miller, (left) the first NCAA womens hockey
coach with a national championship team, and Kathryn A. Martin, (right)
the first woman chancellor in the University of Minnesota system,
meet with former first lady, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in Washington,
D.C. They attended a reception in May 2003 for the UMD womens
hockey team in honor of its third NCAA national championship title.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING ACADEMY
UMD College of Science and Engineering (CSE) inducted
five new members into the Academy of Science and Engineering in September.
The Academy was established to give public recognition to distinguished
alumni and special friends of CSE, who have brought distinction to
themselves through their participation, commitment, and leadership
in their chosen profession.
Laurence Skog, a 1965 Biology graduate from UMD, was
honored for his work with the Smithsonian Institution, and his research
in Biology and Botany that has led to 129 reviewed scientific publications,
three new genera and more than 20 new species of plants that he has
described, and at least two species of plants named for him.
James I. Swenson, a 1959 UMD graduate in Chemistry,
earned this honor through his industry-leading circuit board manufacturing
company, Details, Inc. The generosity of Jim and Sue Swenson through
the Swenson Family Foundation has been a powerful and enabling force
in the lives of countless students.
Dick Ojakangas, 1955 UMD graduate of Geology, joined
the faculty at UMD in 1964 and has been called the conscience of the
department. Throughout his tenure he has published at least 99 papers,
reports, maps and books. In 1999 his Ph.D. dissertation (published
in 1964) was recognized as a classic concept in Cordilleran
Geology, a high honor.
William Mularie, a Physics and Mathematics graduate
of UMD in 1961, was honored for his success in a number of private
and government organizations. In 1996 he retired from 3M after 30
years of employment in the private sector. Mularie also worked as
general manager and director of the CAT-ARC Division of Perkin-Elmer
Corporation, vice president of VacTec Systems, and director of the
National Media Laboratory. Mularie held government positions including
deputy director for science and technology for the National Imagery
and Mapping Agency (for which he received the Department of Defense
Distinguished Civilian Award), office director for the Information
Systems Office of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),
and science and technology directorate of the Central Intelligence
Agency. He is currently CEO of Telework Consortium.
Robert L. Senkler, a 1974 UMD graduate in Mathematics
and Statistics, was recognized for his work with Minnesota Life. In
started as an actuarial trainee in the Individual Insurance Division.
In 1994, after a number of achievements and promotions, he was
named president and chief executive officer of Minnesota Life. One
year later he was also elected chairman of the board.Families are
FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR
Duluth School of Medicine alumnus Dr. Eric M. Ossowski
has been named National Family Physician of the Year at the Annual
Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Dr. Ossowski entered the School of Medicine, Duluth (SOMD) in 1973
and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine,
Twin Cities in 1977. He returned to Duluth in 1997 to complete his
residency in Family Practice. Currently, Dr. Ossowski is Chief of
Family and Primary Care Medicine at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center.
Student Intern Amelia Anderson worked on Campus
Susan Beasy Latto was a contributing writer.
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