The Magazine of the University of Minnesota Duluth
As we go to print, U. S. Congressman James L. Oberstar is planned to be the featured speaker at UMD commencement ceremonies set for Saturday, May 13. Congressman Oberstar will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for public service, the university's highest honorary award.
Chancellor Martin said, "Jim Oberstar is one of Northern Minnesota's most prominent citizens. He has made immense contributions to the economic and social vitality of our region and our university. UMD is proud to have him with us, and to recognize and honor his outstanding achievements."
First elected in 1974, Congressman Oberstar is currently serving his 13th term as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. Among numerous awards, he most recently received the 1999 Great Lakes Maritime Task Force Great Lakes Legislator of the Year Award and the 1999 National Association of Counties Legislator of the Year Award.
Oberstar has been a long-time supporter of UMD and its educational mission. He has worked with Chancellor Martin on several projects including the establishment of the UMD Center for Freshwater Research & Policy. The Center was created in 1998 and serves as an umbrella for freshwater research and policy projects.
He helped secure federal funding for a number of programs at the UMD Natural Resources Research Institute (NRRI). He also helped raise funds for the UMD School of Medicine remodeling and assisted the university to acquire the Coleraine Minerals Research Laboratory on the Minnesota Iron Range. In addition, Oberstar was instrumental in establishing the University of Minnesota Sea Grant Program, housed at UMD.
The Graduate School commencement speaker will be Professor John Pastor, winner of the Fall 1999 Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Research. Pastor is a professor in the Department of Biology and a senior research associate at the Natural Resources Research Institute.
The UMD University Singers have been invited to sing 25 minutes of solo music in a concert at Carnegie Hall directed by UMD School of Fine Arts Dean Wm. Robert Bucker. Bucker will direct the entire concert which features a professional symphony ensemble, three university choirs and one high school choir. The concert is scheduled at Carnegie Hall for May 7. The Carnegie Hall performance was made possible through the professional associations of Dean Bucker. Before coming to UMD in 1997, Bucker was the Director of the Education Department at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. He led the largest performing arts educational program in the country which is supported by a professional company.
In the long-running smash-hit off-Broadway musical comedy, Dames At Sea, Hometown Girl meets Hometown Boy-Turned-Sailor in Big-Time New York. Though troubled waters threaten to rock the boat, the hero steers a straight course to a triumphant and happy ending! Dames runs July 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, 28, 29, August 2, 3 at 8 p.m.
The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, by John Bishop, will be performed on July 12, 13, 21, 22, 26, 27, August 4, 5 at 8 p.m. This ingenious and wildly comic romp, enjoyed a long and critically-hailed run both on and off Broadway. Poking antic fun at the more ridiculous aspects of "show-biz" and the corny thrillers of Hollywood's heyday, the play is a non-stop barrage of laughter as those assembled (or at least those who aren't killed off) untangle the mystery of the "Stage Door Slasher."
All performances are in the Marshall Performing Arts Center. For ticket information call (218) 726-8564.
Scott Sandelin, a member of the University of North Dakota coaching staff since 1994 and a former All-American defenseman, has been named UMD's head men's hockey coach. Sandelin, 36, is winding down his third year as an associate head coach with the Fighting Sioux. During his six-year tenure in Grand Forks, North Dakota has won one NCAA title, three Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular season championships, two WCHA playoff crowns and earned four straight berths in the NCAA tour.
A native of Hibbing, Sandelin capped off his four-year playing career at North Dakota in 1985-86 by being named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. He captained the Fighting Sioux that season and also was an All-WCHA first team pick and an All-American second team selection. Named North Dakota's Most Valuable Player as a senior, Sandelin went on to play six years of professional hockey, including stints with the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, and Minnesota North Stars. Sandelin also skated for Team U.S.A. at the 1989 Goodwill Games, the 1986 World Championships, and the 1984 World Junior Championships.
Sandelin, who graduated from North Dakota in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, becomes the 12th head coach in the 56-year history of the Bulldog hockey program. He succeeds Mike Sertich, who resigned this past season after 18 years at UMD's head coaching helm.
Successful Review for the School of Business and Economics
Friday March 3, 2000 started as many other days did at the School of Business and Economics (SBE). After several years of intense effort, a number of visits from the peer review team members, and mountains of paperwork, everyone at SBE was waiting, and not necessarily patiently, for word from the AACSB (the International Association for Management Education Board) regarding accreditation for the UMD School of Business and Economics.
Late that afternoon, the world changed for SBE. Dean Kjell Knudsen received a telephone call officially notifying him that SBE had been awarded accreditation at the AACSB Board meeting being held in St. Louis, Missouri. When he spoke to a gathering of students, faculty and staff, he was finally able to announce that SBE had achieved accreditation of its undergraduate Bachelor of Accounting (BAc) in accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in finance, management (human resource management and organizational management), management information systems, and marketing, and its graduate MBA program.
This accreditation is meaningful for the School, as it places the UMD School of Business and Economics in an elite group of 350 business schools that have received separate accreditation from this
prestigious international association. This is the same association that accredits schools such as the Carlson School of Management, the Harvard School of Business and the University of Chicago. In Minnesota there are now three graduate MBA programs that are accredited, and four undergraduate programs. There are approximately 1200 schools of business in the United States.
In order to maintain the accreditation, SBE has embarked on a program of continuous improvement, assessing educational outcomes, and aligning activities with its mission to become the SCHOOL OF FIRST CHOICE . . . for an education our students can use tomorrow.
Additional information about the UMD School of Business and Economics can be found on the website at http://sbe.d.umn.edu.