September 23, 2015

Vol. XLV No. 30

Editor: Adam Overland (


Inside This Issue

  • AAU survey data on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct released.
  • Features: Goldy Discovers; A Champion for Education and Housing.
  • People: UMTC has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine; and more.

Top News

AAU survey data released

The Association of American Universities (AAU) has released results from the Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities (UMTC) was one of 27 universities to partner with the AAU on the survey, and more than 8,000 UMTC students participated. Experts from across campus will now dig more deeply into the data and partner with student government leaders to assess U of M programming and services.

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Goldy DiscoversA baby goldy gopher doll

We all dream—even Goldy Gopher. But who we become depends on what we do with our dreams, and on how we go about making them reality. After all, one doesn't just become Goldy.

Watch, as baby Goldy discovers >

A Champion for Education and HousingArchie Givens

He's dedicated to building affordable housing and closing the achievement gap. Now former Gopher football player Archie Givens is being honored as this year's UMTC homecoming grand marshal.

Read more >


The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has received the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine; Professor Catherine Squires has been named director of the RIGS (Race, Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexuality) Initiative; U in the News features highlights of U faculty and staff cited in the media.

People >

U-Wide News

Call for proposals: IonE Mini Grants

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) is accepting proposals from interdisciplinary groups of faculty, staff, and students throughout the University for Mini Grants of up to $3,000 each to spark new collaborations. Proposals are due Oct. 4.

Learn more > Online Courses, a library of online training videos, is available at no charge to all current U of M faculty, staff, and students. It provides access to nearly 2,000 courses for all skill levels in more than 140 specialties.

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Sept. 23 - Darryl Strawberry

Baseball great and four-time World Series champion Darryl Strawberry will share his story of highs and lows on and off the baseball field and how he transformed his life through faith and recovery. No charge and open to the public. 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium.

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New UMC website delayed

The launch of UMC's new website using the Drupal platform has been pushed back to mid-November to allow for additional work and refinement. Look for a preview session in the coming weeks.

Sept. 26 - Family and Community Weekend

Admissions and the Student & Family Experience will host Family and Community Weekend Sept. 26. Current students and their families as well as prospective students and their families will take part in a series of events throughout the day.

Jewish Refugees in Shanghai exhibit

The Confucius Institute at UMC will present the exhibit "Jewish Refugees in Shanghai" Sept. 28-Oct. 2, Eagles Nest; and Oct. 3-4, Carnegie Library.

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Downing named Minnesota Sea Grant directorJohn Downing

John A. Downing has been hired as the director of Minnesota Sea Grant. He is currently a Regent's Excellence Professor of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology and chair of the Environmental Science Graduate Program at Iowa State University. He begins in January.

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MSW Names Outstanding Field Supervisorlogo of turtle

The Department of Social Work has named Steven Stranberg Kassof the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding MSW Field Supervisor and Civic Engagement Award. The honor recognizes a field supervisor who goes above and beyond in their work with MSW students and in the community.

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'Why Treaties Matter' exhibitwhy treaties matter poster

"Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations," an exhibit created through a partnership between the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and the Minnesota Humanities Center, will be on display at the Tweed Museum of Art Sept. 2-Oct. 4. The exhibit was approved by Minnesota tribal governments and is designed to help viewers better understand Minnesota land, its use, and the treatment of the area's Indigenous peoples.

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2015-16 music eventstrio of musical instrumentalists

The School of Fine Arts' Department of Music offers a wide range of events throughout the year. Whether you enjoy choral ensembles, jazz concerts, or operatic productions, you'll find it.

Events and tickets >


Oct. 2-4 - UMM Homecoming 2015students cheering in stands

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

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Sept. 28 - Peter SagalPeter Sagal

UMM will present Peter Sagal, host of National Public Radio's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me, on Sept. 28. Sagal is an author, humorist, and commentator on current events. His talk is titled "Current Events: Why Satire Is the Only Reasonable Response to the Times We Live In." 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Student Center.

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MacArthur Genius visits UMMGary Paul Nabhan

UMM hosts renowned ethnobiologist and MacArthur Genius Gary Paul Nabhan Sept. 21-Oct. 2 and Nov. 15-21. Nabhan is an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. As the 2015 Distinguished Visiting Professor for the Liberal Arts, he will take part in lectures, discussions, workshops, and classroom visits.

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UMR CONNECTS: Surviving, Thriving, and Giving Back

Rochester businessman Joe Powers has managed not only to survive the financial crisis of recent years but has succeeded in growing and expanding his business while also giving back. Powers will explain how he was able to succeed and the importance of philanthropy.

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Welcoming New Roles, New Faces To UMR Staff

Since the end of the last academic year, UMR has welcomed nine new staff members in a variety of roles, including three roles that are new to the University.

Meet them >

Twin Cities

Boynton flu clinicsflu shot logo of cow head

Help stop the spread of the flu by registering for a flu vaccination at no charge through Boynton. Clinics are open to all faculty, staff, and students (and dependents) who are 18 years of age or older. Walk-ins are welcome.

See the clinic schedule >

Sept. 30 - Frontiers in the Environment kickoffbig questions logo

IonE's popular Frontiers talks resume Sept. 30 in St. Paul and live online with a panel discussion about carnivory, entitled "Should we eat meat?" Additional upcoming events include "Why do we need community solar?" (Oct. 7); "How can spatial thinking solve environmental grand challenges?" (Oct. 14); and "Can we save biodiversity from climate change?" (Oct. 21).

See the full schedule >

Tools for Women Innovators workshop seriesposter of brain in action

The Creators Workshop: Tools for Women Innovators Focused on Technology Translation will offer both practical information and advice for women interested in exploring technology translation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship in an innovation economy. Open to researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of gender. Participants will explore opportunities, tools, and resources available at the University. The series starts Oct. 2.

Details and registration >

Oct. 5 - Public lecture: Virtual Life on 'The Islands'

The interactive, online virtual program coined "The Islands" is aimed at giving students the chance to fully engage in the research process while still maintaining a realistic context, all at the touch of a mouse. In Virtual Life on "The Islands": Fostering Real-World Research and Collaboration Skills through an Interactive Simulation, Michael Bulmer, senior lecturer in mathematics and statistics at the University of Queensland, will showcase the Islands and discuss goals and the future of the project. 1-2:30 p.m., Coffman Union Theater.

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Oct. 7 - Bringing in the Consumer: The Engine of Health Reform

A panel of national and state health care experts and consumer advocates will present a range of viewpoints on the rapid changes in health care coverage and the new options for receiving medical treatment that are making consumer literacy a top priority. A light lunch will be served after the event. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School.

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Campus Climate Design Labsphoto of people on northrop mall with text overlay "campus climate"

Faculty and staff on the Twin Cities campus looking for inspiration to start a campus climate project or who are interested in lending your thinking to one are invited to attend a Campus Climate Design Lab. Sessions will be offered Oct. 6, 6-9 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Union, and Oct. 8, 1:30-4:30 p.m., President's Room, Coffman Union.

Registration and more >

Oct. 11 – 'Telling Queer History'

Hear from featured storyteller Michael McConnell in "Telling Queer History," 2-4:30 p.m., 120 Elmer L. Andersen Library. In 1970, Michael McConnell and Jack Baker were the first couple to apply for a same-sex marriage license in the United States.

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Community Fund Drive begins Oct. 16

Mark your calendar for the Community Fund Drive, the workplace giving campaign for the Twin Cities campus. This year's campaign starts on Oct. 16 and ends on Nov. 13 and will include Give to the Max Day so that faculty and staff can support the causes they care about through payroll deduction.

SPH Global Health Certificate

The Global Health Certificate focuses on knowledge, skills, and attitudes to address health issues that transcend national boundaries, and that develop and implement solutions to health problems that require global cooperation. It is designed for students who have a strong interest in global health, who have a desire to understand cultures, and who want field experience that may prepare them for work in a global setting.

UMTC Featured Eventswomen's group

Sept. 24 - What instead? Community-Based Education Policy as the Alternative to Top-Down, Private Control

Sept. 25 - Incorporating Equity and Diversity in the Search Process

Sept. 25 - Celebrating University Women Awards and Recognition Program

Sept. 29 - Hibakusha Peace Talk by Ms. Michiko Harada

Oct. 7 - Let No Detail Go Unnoticed: The Republication of 'The North American Indian'

Events Calendar >