September 20, 2017

Vol. XLVII No. 29

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • Features: Cultivating a culture of curiosity; Planting grass seed? Most Twin Citian residents water too much.
  • People: Melissa Koenig is the recipient of a 2017 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award; and more.

Top News

Cultivating a culture of curiosityElise Armani and Lexi Herman

Two U of M students curated an exhibit at the Walker Art Museum. The exhibit, “Cultivating the Garden,” celebrates the history and evolution of the Walker’s outdoor Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Planting grass seed? Most Twin Citian residents water too mucha typical lawn

Early fall may be prime time for planting grass seed, but a recent U of M Extension survey shows many Twin Cities residents could be grossly overwatering. The report is part of a two-year study designed to help homeowners and communities save money and be more efficient with watering practices.


Melissa Koenig is the recipient of a 2017 Sara Evans Faculty Woman Scholar/Leader Award; Eric Watkins recently received a $5.4 million grant to increase low-input turfgrass use nationwide; the College of Pharmacy is part of a $35 million grant award; Michael Goh has been named interim VP for Equity and Diversity; Marilyn Higgins has been named interim executive director of UROC; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Sept. 25 - Immigration Policy Briefing

This briefing will address the most recent announcement about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and other immigration policy issues, including the upcoming Supreme Court hearing on the travel ban and extreme vetting for visas. Noon-1 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrop, and streaming live online.

Register and learn more >

Sept. 26 - Learn how to foster employee engagement

Supervisors can learn how to foster a culture of employee engagement through meaningful challenges, support, and resources during the Employee Engagement Supervisory Development webinar. Participants can get their questions answered by employee engagement experts from Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources. Noon-1 p.m.

Apply for IAS faculty fellowships

The application period for 2018-19 Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) faculty fellowships is now open. Applications are due by Oct. 23.

Apply and learn more >

Extension podcast: Minnesota's Economy 101

Extension Economist and Professor of Applied Economics Laura Kalambokidis, who is also Minnesota's state economist, shares in this podcast that Minnesota’s economy continues to grow, and is supported by a strong and dedicated workforce. She also gives insights into things happening in our economy that are creating challenges for employers and communities around the state.

Healthy Living Through Nature

Experience a new series of make-your-own-products classes at the U of M Landscape Arboretum. The classes explore fun and fascinating ways nature can enhance well-being, including spa products, medicinal plants, aromatherapy, and more.


Studying abroad is trip of discoveryCharli Schocker

Studying abroad is much more than an opportunity for students to travel. For Charli Schocker, an agricultural education major from Hines, MN, her learning abroad trip to New Zealand is proof.

Sept. 21 - Founder’s Day

On UMC Founder’s Day in 1966 (51 years ago) classes began at the University of Minnesota Technical Institute. University Relations has developed a short video paying tribute to Founding Provost Stanley Sahlstrom and Chancellor Emeritus Donald Sergeant, who led the campus through critical periods in its history.

Apr. 6 - UMC Chancellor Inauguration

Mary Holz-Clause will be inaugurated as the sixth chancellor of the University of Minnesota Crookston. Students, faculty, and staff who are involved in the planning of campus activities and events are asked to avoid scheduling competing events for that date.

U delegation explores program development in Morocco

A U of M delegation, including a number of individuals from the Crookston campus, traveled to Morocco on Sept. 16 to explore the development of programs with partners across the country. UMC campus representatives include Barbara Keinath, Kim Gillette, Harouna Maiga, Rob Proulx, Venugopal Mukku, and Oxana Wieland, along with Rani Bhattacharyya and John Vreyens of Extension and Mary Rogers of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.


Alworth Institute International eventsearth

Throughout the year, UMD’s Alworth Institute offers its International Lecture Series, which draws upon UMD faculty as well as visiting international educators who speak on timely topics. In addition, the institute’s Martha B. Alworth International Brown Bag Series features a wide range of presenters who share international travel experiences and personal insights. Lectures are no charge and open to the public.

Sept. 26 - Visual Culture Lecture series with Christine BaeumlerChristine Baumler

Christine Baeumler, associate professor in the U of M Twin Cities’ Department of Art, will present as part of the Visual Culture Lecture series. An environmental artist, Baeumler’s projects focus on transforming urban sites. She is a recipient of the Bush Foundation Fellowship and the McKnight Artist Fellowship Award. 6-7 p.m., 70 Montague Hall.

At the theatreAntigone poster

Assistant Professor Jenna Soleo-Shanks is directing Antigone. This ancient play, presented through a modern translation, asks questions about duty, power, and politics that are still relevant today. The production runs Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 3­7, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 1, 2 p.m., Dudley Experimental Theatre, Marshall Performing Arts Center.

Find tickets >


UMM makes U.S. News Top-10 list 19 years in a rowtop ten poster

U.S. News & World Report has again named the University of Minnesota Morris one of the nation's Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges. This is the 19th consecutive year in which Morris has been included in the annual college ranking.

New alumni go on to graduate schoolgraduation hats

University of Minnesota Morris alumni have gone on to attend outstanding graduate schools, and members of the Class of 2017 are no exception. Torri Jordan '17 and Megan Schrader '17 are two of the many new Morris grads starting the school year at exceptional institutions.

Sept. 29 - Oct. 1 - UMM Homecoming 2017UMM alums

UMM invites faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and friends to participate in this year's Homecoming celebration. Homecoming festivities include sporting events, reunions, performances, and more.

Sept. 29 - Chancellor Behr inaugurationMichelle Behr

UMM will celebrate the inauguration of Michelle Behr as chancellor. All are invited to attend or to watch the event streamed online. 1:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center. A reception will follow in Oyate Hall.


UMR to host monthly Diversity Dialogues

UMR hosted a Diversity Dialogue on Sept. 14, with guest speaker Marissa Hill-Dongre, director of the U of M Immigration Response Team. Hill-Dongre spoke on the topic of undocumented individuals and the DACA program. Throughout the academic year, the UMR Student Engagement Team and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee will continue to host monthly dialogues around various topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Sept. 26 - Cambodian Refugees Living in America

At the next UMR Connects, Kim Sin will share his personal reflections on Cambodian refugees living in America. This presentation will give participants a better understanding of what it is like to live in a new country, and how he is currently living out his dreams. 7 p.m., 417 University Square.

Twin Cities

Meeting diverse campus needs: New and expanded foods and facilities

The University is committed to a welcoming and respectful campus climate for all. This fall, the Twin Cities campus community will have several new or expanded options, including the addition of kosher, halal, vegan, and vegetarian foods; the installation of multi-purpose stations that can be used for feet washing and other purposes; and continued progress on lactation spaces and gender neutral restrooms.

Learn more at Campus Climate >

Sept. 19 - Oct. 13 - Why Treaties Matter exhibit

Explore the relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian nations and the U.S. government in Minnesota at an exhibit on display in Walter Library. Hosted by the College of Liberal Arts in cooperation with the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Try the U of M Search tool

A number of improvements have recently been made to the U's main search. Search websites, people, the department directory, news, and campus maps all from the same search interface. Use the feedback button on the side of the page (or bottom for mobile) to provide feedback.

IPUMS Data Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation invites you to register for its IPUMS Data Training Workshops to learn how to access and use the world's largest repositories of demographic data. Workshops take place on select Friday afternoons, 12:30-2:30 p.m., 440 Blegen Hall. No charge and open to the public, but registration is required and seating is limited.

Sept. 26 - Save more for retirement

In addition to the University’s primary retirement plans, you can save more for retirement through the University’s voluntary retirement investment plans. Faculty and staff can invest through payroll deduction in the Optional Retirement Plan and the Section 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Register through ULearn to attend a workshop to learn more about the plans and your investment options. 2:30 p.m., 210 Donhowe Building. University benefits consultants are available to answer other questions about retirement plans at 612-624-8647.

Sept. 30 - Pathways to Self-Care and Wellness for Empowering Girls and Women from Indigenous Communities and Communities of Color

Twin Cities community advocates and U of M faculty will lead a panel discussion focused on strategies to empower girls and women from indigenous communities and communities of color in improving well-being. By attending the event, participants will be eligible to apply for grant funding towards community-University collaborative projects. 9 a.m.-noon, Walker Community United Methodist Church.

Registration and more information >

Humanities Without Walls seeking applications

Humanities Without Walls is currently seeking applications from faculty for "The Work of Humanities in a Changing Climate." Faculty interested in submitting a proposal should contact Jennifer Gunn, director of the Institute for Advanced Study (as well as their department chair and dean) by Oct. 1 with an email indicating intent to apply. The email should include project title, as well as external collaborators and institutions. Full proposals are due Oct. 31.

Oct. 5 - Faculty Senate to discuss liberal education requirements

The Twin Cities delegation of the Faculty Senate will hold the first of a series of meetings on potential revisions to Twin Cities campus undergraduate liberal education requirements. All members of the University community are invited to attend. 2:30-5 p.m., 25 Mondale Hall. The meeting will also be streamed live via WebEx.

Oct. 5 - UROC open house

The U’s Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center’s (UROC) annual open house is a celebration of community-University partnerships with tours, displays, live music, food, and a sneak peek of “Bridges: We Are Stronger Together” in the UROC Gallery. The event will also feature a tribute to former UROC executive director and current Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development chair Heidi Barajas. 3-7 p.m., UROC.

Oct. 5 - Performing the Archive: At Buffalo, The Creation of a New Musical

Amma Y. Ghartey-Tagoe Kootin uses archival materials to dramatize the 1901 Pan-American Exposition and its vastly different portrayals of African Americans. 7 p.m., Coffman Theater.

Reservations and more information >

Mini Bioethics Academy

Registration is open for the fall Mini Bioethics Academy, a three-evening education series taught by experts in bioethics and sponsored by the U’s Center for Bioethics. Topics include: Dying of Meaningless Work (Oct. 11), Food Justice & Bioethics: A Community Based Approach (Oct. 18), and The Ethics of Environmentally Responsible Health Care (Oct. 25).

Register and learn more >

Gain confidence as a leader

Those new to managing the work of others who want to become more confident in leading people, building and managing a team, and achieving results are invited to register (by Oct. 19) for “Leadership Essentials,” offered by Leadership and Talent Development in the Office of Human Resources and the College of Continuing Education. The program meets Oct. 23 and 30 and Nov. 6 and 13.

Oct. 19 - In Their Own Words: The Tretter Collection Transgender Oral History Project

This University Libraries event features vignettes from the project, materials from the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies, and entertainment from recording artist Venus Demars. 5-7:30 p.m., Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Reservations and more information >

Nov. 1 - Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Award Lecture

Professor Ananya Chatterjea, Department of Theater Arts and Dance, will receive this award and present an excerpt from Shyamali, a dance piece about women's stories of dissent, speaking up, and refusing silence. This event asks audiences to respond to subjugated, embodied histories. Sponsored by the Women's Center in the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and University Libraries. 4-6 p.m., Barker Center for Dance.

RSVP to attend >

UMTC Featured EventsChina exhibit art

Sept. 21 - Exhibit: A Window On China
Sept. 21 - More than a Word: Native American Cultural Appropriation and Naming Sports Teams
Sept. 22 - Minnesota State Policy & Politics, Part 2
Sept. 22 - ART and Activism: Louise Erdrich and Edgar Heap of Birds
Sept. 23 - Honoring Finland President Sauli Väinämö Niinistö
Sept. 27 - Artist Talk with Beth Lipman
Oct. 11 - Book Launch for Miles Lord by Roberta Walburn

Events Calendar >