Wellness Rewards increase
The U's Wellness Program begins a new year Oct. 1, with additional savings opportunities, more offerings, and more points. This year employees who earn 400 points (individual) or 600 points (employee and spouse) can reduce their 2016 annual UPlan rates by $400 or $600 respectively by participating in wellness activities. As in past years, the program offers ways for employees to lose weight, stay active, manage a chronic condition, and reduce stress. StayWell Online is also improved, making it easier to access and manage points.
Atwood leads U.S. delegation to human rights conference
Professor Brian Atwood, the chair for Global Policy at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, will lead the United States delegation to a key human rights and democracy conference of the Organization for Security and Cooperation (OSCE) in Europe. The OSCE, an organization of 57 states, from Europe, Central Asia, and North America, includes the governments of the United States, Russia, and Ukraine.
This OSCE "Human Dimension Implementation Meeting" (HDIM) is being held in Warsaw, Poland, through October 3. It provides an opportunity for governments and non-governmental organizations in the 57 participating states to collaborate to advance human rights and fundamental freedoms. The U.S. delegation will meet with human rights activists, as well as with international experts from across Europe and Eurasia who will participate in events highlighting human rights and democracy concerns.
School of Social Work receives $1.28 million grant
SSW has received a $1.28 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The three-year grant will fund an initiative to increase the number of graduate-level social workers who are trained in mental health and substance abuse services for children, adolescents, and transitional youth aged 16 to 25. The project, called the Minnesota Social Work Initiative in Behavioral Health, aims to recruit and train 90 social work master's degree students who are dedicated to providing mental health and substance abuse services to the target populations. Training will focus on teaching students research-supported treatment and assessment methods for work with families and individuals, as well as skills for interprofessional collaboration.
New director of benefits and compensation
Ken Horstman has been named director of benefits and compensation, replacing Dann Chapman who retired in September after 13 years as the University's director of benefits. Horstman will oversee and administer the University's competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, wellness, disability, retirement, and flexible spending accounts. He will also provide leadership for the University's compensation philosophy, strategy, design and implementation, and other reward and recognition programs.
U in the News
Professors Roger Feldman and Lynn Blewett comment at MinnPost on explaining MNsure; professor Robert Kane writes on why elder care in America isn't working at Forbes magazine; Research led by professor Bin He is cited in the International Business Times that shows Yoga and meditation give brain power a boost; assistant professor Seth Lewis comments in the Star Tribune on a new elite social media site; professor Michael Ostherholm comments at WCCO TV on the Ebola outbreak; anthropologist Michael Wilson's research is cited in the Los Angeles Times in a story titled "Monkey see, monkey kill: The evolutionary roots of lethal combat."
University Senate meetings
The University Senate and Faculty Senate will meet Oct. 2, 2:30 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. The agenda includes a Strategic Planning discussion and a report from President Kaler.
P&A Senate meeting
The P&A Senate will meet Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m., 1-451 Moos Tower. Topics include an employee engagement discussion and a U of M Community Fund Drive update.
John Tate Awards nomination deadline
Nominations for the 2014-15 John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising are due Jan. 13, though colleges or campuses may have earlier internal deadlines. The Tate Awards recognize and reward high-quality academic and career advising. They call attention to the contribution advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.
Frontiers in the Environment: Urban Innovation
"How Might the Twin Cities Catalyze Needed Global Urban Innovations?" will be discussed by a panel of urban planning experts, including Patrick Hamilton, IonE resident fellow and director of the Science Museum of Minnesota's Global Change Initiatives; Ann Hunt, environmental policy director for the City of St. Paul; Peter Frosch, director of Strategic Partnerships, Greater MSP; and Mike Greco, program director of the Resilient Communities Project. Oct. 8, noon-1 p.m., R-380 Learning and Environmental Sciences, St. Paul, and online via UMConnect.
Living through WWII
Listen to the true story of living through WWII through the eyes of Mary (Noe') Sass—an immigrant from Budapest, Hungary, who survived the war and cancer, and who was named in 2013 as one of the most inspirational people of Grand Forks, ND. Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.
Health Careers Center trip
Carl Spacker Open Golf Tourney
The UMC Turf Club will host the 11th annual Carl Spacker Open Golf Tournament Oct. 3, Minakwa Golf Course. Tee times begin at 3 p.m. Open to students, faculty, staff, and the community.
New athletic scholarships
UMD's Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced three new endowed scholarships for 2014-15: The Bruce Fishback Men's Hockey Scholarship, the Allen W. Decker Football Scholarship, and the Ron Metso Men's Basketball Scholarship. UMD currently has 35 athletic scholarships.
A Doll's House
A new adaptation of Isben's A Doll's House by Tom Isbell, professor in the Department of Theatre, will run Oct. 2-11, Marshall Performing Arts Center. Isbell is also directing the production. In addition, the Norwegian-inspired art exhibit "The Four From the North" will be on display in the lobby.
5K walk/run & food festival
The first Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm 5K walk/run and food festival will take place Oct. 5, 10 a.m., UMD Farm. The food festival will feature veggies and fruit grown on the farm, as well as locally made beef hotdogs, grass-fed beef burgers, and more. Faculty and students will be on hand to answer questions about the farm and sustainable agriculture.
2014 UMD Homecoming
The complete UMD 2014 Homecoming schedule has been announced and once again, the Homecoming Parade, which makes its way through downtown Duluth, is one of the highlights. The parade, slated for Oct. 16, 6 p.m., enjoyed a comeback last year after a 40-year hiatus.
UMM named a Military Friendly School
UMM has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly Schools list is the premier resource for post-military success. It provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.
A Community Coffee event will be held in honor of U of M Regents Richard Beeson, Thomas Devine, and Abdul Omari on Oct. 4. The public is invited to the meet-and-greet event, hosted by UMM Chancellor Johnson. The regents are visiting Morris as part of their annual program of connecting with campuses across the state.
John Q. Imholte commemoration
UMM will host a gathering in memory of the late Chancellor Emeritus John Q. Imholte Oct. 4. For 40 years, Imholte played an integral role in the creation and operation of the UMM campus. The event will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UMM Alumni Association.
2014 Jooinn Lee Lecture
Michaelle Browers, associate professor of politics and international affairs and director of Middle East and South Asia studies at Wake Forest University, will deliver the 2014 Jooinn Lee Lecture on Oct. 7. She will address the history of the concept of citizenship and its relationship to equality in Arab political thought.
Community Fund Drive kicks off
U of M faculty and staff have been giving back to the community through the Community Fund Drive, the U's annual charitable giving campaign, since 1931. The Community Fund Drive kicks off Oct. 1 and continues until Oct. 31. Faculty and staff can donate to a federation or charity through either payroll deduction or a one-time gift. This year's goal is $1.45 million.
Quit & Win
Stay tobacco free in November and win up to $1,000 in Amazon gift cards! Quit and Win is open to faculty, staff, and students who currently use tobacco products and meet eligibility requirements.
Five Issue Area Networks named
The Office for Public Engagement has named five Issue Area Networks designed to connect units and departments addressing important societal issues on the Twin Cities campus. The networks will serve as the first point of contact for responding to funding opportunities, accessing community partners, and leveraging resources that support community-engaged research, teaching, and outreach.
NIH public access policy compliance
Staff at the Bio-Medical Library can help researchers seeking assistance with NIH public access policy. Library staff will assist with the article approval process, author's rights, copyright process, bibliography, and more.
Fresh Seasons Café to host grand opening
The Fresh Seasons Café and Juice Bar, located in the University Recreation and Wellness Center (East Bank), will be celebrating its grand opening Oct. 1-3. Free food and juice samplings, discounts on featured menu items, and prize drawings will be available all three days.
Literary Analysis of World Bank Reports
The World According to the Bank: An Analysis of World Bank Reports, 1946-2010, will be the topic of the next Thursdays at Four lecture series, Oct. 2, 4 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop. Franco Moretti, Stanford University, will give a semantic, stylistic study of World Bank reports.
WAM Artist Talk
"Anishinaabensag Biimskowebshkigewag" (Native Kids Ride Bikes) is an exhibition featuring lowrider bicycles created by urban Native youth, contemporary Indigenous artists, and non-Native university students in Michigan. The exhibit (Oct. 3-Jan. 4) explores the theme of bikes and mobility—physical and economic—to reflect on sustainable transportation and its impact on contemporary Indigenous ways of life. A talk with the artist, Dylan Miner, will take place Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Weisman.
Telling Queer History
Telling Queer History is part of a series based on sharing stories in an open, informal, and participatory format. Featured storyteller Beth Zemsky leads this session, which focuses on the theme "awakening to your political consciousness." Oct. 5, 2-4:30 p.m., 120 Andersen Library.
The Secret Life of a Tweet
Joanne Richardson, digital information strategist for the U of M's River Life program, will discuss how social media help open new strategies for professionals, specifically scientists, to connect with interested audiences at the next Sip of Science, held the second Wednesday of every month. Oct. 8, 5:30 p.m., Aster Cafe, 125 S.E. Main Street, St. Anthony Main.
Crop Breeding for Zero Hunger
"Crop Breeding for Achieving the Zero Hunger Challenge" will be presented by professor M.S. Swaminathan, winner of the first World Food Prize and a leader of the Green Revolution. His talk is this year's Hayes-Phillips Award Lecture and Borlaug Memorial Lecture. Swaminathan will also be presented with an honorary degree from the U of M preceding his talk, and a reception will follow in the Larson Art Gallery. Oct. 13, 2 p.m., St. Paul Student Center Theater.
Engaged Scholar Workshops
Designed to help faculty take advantage of the benefits of community-engaged scholarship, Engaged Scholar Workshops offer strategies for conducting community-engaged teaching and research through discussions with experienced scholars, presentations, and hands-on exercises. Workshops begin Oct. 17, with "Understanding and Enhancing Students' Intercultural Development."
UMTC Featured Events
Made in Minnesota
The latest campaign launched on Sept. 22 for the University of Minnesota's Driven to Discover brand. This year's theme, "Made in Minnesota," is tied directly to the University's strategic plan to be preeminent in meeting the world's grand challenges. The campaign includes ads for TV, print, digital, light rail, and radio.
UMTC receives an INSIGHT Into Diversity Award
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has received the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award--a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion--the U of M Twin Cities will be featured along with 82 other recipients in the magazine's November 2014 issue. The Twin Cities campus also received the HEED Award in 2012 and 2013.
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the U of M based on the institution's exemplary diversity and inclusion initiatives, and ability to embrace a broad definition of diversity on campus--one that includes gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, veteran status, ability, and sexual orientation, as well as many other identities.
U Libraries recognized in Horizon Report
Numerous examples of the University Libraries' leadership in key organizational, service and technology development areas are recently highlighted in the internationally recognized New Media Consortium's 2014 Horizon Report Library Edition. Among the contributions mentioned are efforts to rethink the roles and skills of librarians. The Horizon Report also highlights the work to create Digital Course Packs, "a pilot project intended to streamline course content for faculty and students and make learning materials more affordable." The report mentions the Libraries' SMART Learning Commons, and its "dedicated staff to assist students with learning new technologies." The report also notes Minnesota's work to develop and expand research data management services and identifies the Libraries to be among "early adopters of mobile apps in academic and research libraries."
Allen Levine elected to Obesity Society leadership
Department of Food Science and Nutrition professor and former CFANS dean Allen Levine has been elected vice president of the Obesity Society. His term begins in November and is the first step toward becoming president of the society in three years.
U in the News
St. Anthony Falls Laboratory director Fotis Sotiropoulos comments at WCCO on the lab's recent $16 million renovation; Ann Masten talks children's natural resilience in MinnPost; the Law School's Claire Hill comments in the Star Tribune on a poll that shows two-thirds of Minnesotans think the government should outlaw corporate inversions; U of M director of admissions Rachelle Hernandez comments on the benefits of college in the Twin Cities; professor Kathleen Vohs comments in The Atlantic on how our environment can boost creativity.
Administrative Policies for review
Two policies covering retirement programs for tenured faculty and professional administrative staff with continuous appointments, and a revised policy on the Safety of Minors, are available for a 30-day comment period. The new Tenure Trade Program policy offers incentives, such as a cash payment, in exchange for surrender of tenure or rights to continuous appointment. The Phased Retirement Program policy changes the age eligibility criterion to a minimum of 55 by the beginning of the phased retirement, and makes a change to the medical and dental subsidy. The Safety of Minors policy now includes health and safety requirements, an updated registration form, and a requirements grid.