UMD Bulldog Update
September 4, 2012

Welcome Back!

Greetings from the Office of Student Life! It's my favorite time of year when all things seem possible - straight A's, perfect class attendance, and a year rich with great experiences.

Welcome to the Bulldog Update! This is UMD's electronic newsletter, designed to keep you informed and up-to-date about activities on campus and in the Duluth community. It's a way to learn about the events and activities to help you make those possibilities above a reality!

There are a number of reasons for this format

  • It limits the information you receive to a weekly digest of events and activities. It's anti-spam!
  • The electronic format is paperless and supports UMD's commitment to sustainability.
  • The newsletters are archived at the Bulldog Update website! It's easy for you to find, so please consider bookmarking the site.

So now it's your turn - read up, jump in, and get engaged! Here's to a great academic year.

Wishing you success and GO BULLDOGS,

Lisa Ann Erwin, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Student Life


Audition for UMD Jazz Bands!

WE WANT YOU!! to be part of UMD JAZZ. If you are interested in playing Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Piano, Guitar, Bass or Drums in one of UMD's Jazz Big Bands or Jazz Combos, than we want to hear you play! Come join us for another great year!!

Auditions will happen during the first week of classes. You should sign up for a Jazz Band Audition time on the Jazz Bulletin Board in the Humanities hallway, 2nd floor by Humanities 245. Auditions will occur on Wednesday, September 5th and Thursday, September 6th, and Friday September 7th.

For further information, see the jazz bulletin board, or email Ryan Frane ( or Tom Pfotenhauer ( Jazz Bands are taken for credit and will count towards Liberal Education - Category 10.

Campus Life

Diversity Funds Available!

Diversity Funds are available for Student diversity projects:

  • Effective 2012-2013, $2,000.00 has been allocated on a recurring basis for diversity initiatives for students and/or student organizations.

Limited funds are available to support students or student organizations that focus on diversity, discrimination, social justice, sexual harassment prevention, equal opportunity/affirmative action and inclusivity.

  • Small Grants (up to $300.00) may be awarded to individual students or student organizations.
  • Major Grants ($301 and above) may also be awarded to individual students or student organizations.

Applications are accepted beginning July 1 of each year and will continue on a rolling basis throughout the academic year as long as funds are available. Click here for information on the grant guidelines and application.

For questions, please send an email to or call 726-7912

Equity Education and Diversity Grant Review Committee
Mary L. Cameron, UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity
Joie Acheson Lee, UMD Kirby Student Center, Student Activities
Cathy Rackliffe, UMD Department of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity

Campus Services

Financial Aid Requirements Change for Master's and Doctoral Students

Financial aid satisfactory academic progress quantative standards have changed for master's degree and doctoral students. Read more...

Study Abroad 101

This is an open session to all students to learn the basic steps to study abroad. This is a great intro for students who know they want to study abroad but don't know where to start, or for those who have found a program and want to know the "next steps". Come join us! Please visit the IEO calendar of events.

Fall Job & Internship Fairs

There are several job and internship fairs this fall, both on campus and within driving distance. These fairs are open to current UMD students and recent graduates.




  • Seniors seeking employment after graduation. Don't wait until spring to start looking!
  • Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors looking for an internship to gain experience in your field or to "try out" a career. Some majors require an internship.
  • Freshman gathering information on careers or employers, to help with planning your career. Anyone looking for summer jobs, training programs, volunteer opportunities, or a chance to network with employers.


Getting Ready for the Job Fair Workshop - September 6, 11, 25, 26 and October 18
Getting Ready for E-fest Workshop - September 13
Resume Drop-in Hours - Tuesdays and Wednesdays
More Resources on our website

LinkedIn Drop-in Hours

Thursdays, starting September 6
1 to 3 pm
SCC 22

So you've heard about LinkedIn, and even developed a LinkedIn profile, now what's the next step? Come to our NEW LinkedIn Drop-in Hours! Our staff will give you immediate feedback and suggestions on your current profile.

Similar to our Resume Drop-in Hours, no appointment is needed for these 10-15 minute sessions. Bring your laptop! (Please see us if you do not have a laptop available.)

Resume Drop-in Hours

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, starting September 4
2 to 4 pm
SCC 22

Get immediate feedback on your resume, no appointment necessary! These 10-15 minute sessions are for students who already have a written resume and have reviewed the Resume Guidelines in the Career Handbook. You MUST bring a paper copy of your resume to the session, and then receive feedback from Career Services staff.

If you are a beginning resume writer, develop your resume prior to attending one of these sessions by using the Resume Writing section of the Career Handbook.

Getting Ready for the Job Fair Workshop

Thursday, September 6
4 to 5 pm
SCC 22

Find out what to do ahead of time, proper attire, making a good impression, questions to ask, and what to do after the fair.

UMD Calendar lists all events. Previous issues are archived at the Bulldog Update site. For more information about the Bulldog Update e-mail

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