Monday Minute, May 18, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

My heartfelt thanks to all who helped with and participated in our graduating student exhibition and party, and our graduation ceremony and reception this past Friday and Saturday. Rapson Hall sparkled with energy, the student work on display looked great, and the sense of elation among the graduating students and their families and friends pervaded the place. Regent Cohen and Vice Provost McMaster, both of whom had attended several commencements, remarked to me how smoothly ours went compared to others, and that had a lot to do with the exceptional planning and preparation that went on beforehand and behind the scenes. So, again, my thanks to all who had a part to play for a job very well done.

Events at the capitol have moved quickly, some of which affect us. You may have seen that the governor line item vetoed the Bell Museum again this year. President Bruininks has said that if it didn't get funded, that the University would take the Bell off of its list of priorities, so I will start having conversations with the University about a Plan B for us. I want to thank everyone who wrote letters or attended legislative hearings regarding the Bell. Eventually a new Bell Museum will be built, but it may not be in a timeframe that works for us. Also, if the governor decides not to call a special session and instead "unallots" higher education, we will likely have to cut more than already anticipated. We heard that we might be getting our letter this week from Central about our contribution to the current budget deficit, and once we know more, I will let you know. Until then, all I can say is that we have a lot of rough seas still ahead of us.

Tom

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Campbell offers insights on Michelle Obama's wardrobe

Fashion historian Kathleen Campbell (Goldstein Museum of Design) is featured in a UMNews video interview on Michelle Obama’s fashion choices, her impact on the US fashion industry, and the importance of Vogue editor Anna Wintour choosing Obama for the March cover of the magazine.

The Mrs. O weblog cites the Campbell video and credits Michelle Obama for “the potential ‘dressing up’ of our country’s increasingly casual approach to dress.”

Vladowsky’s Choice weblog also cites the Campbell video.

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Sundal completes Community Engagement Scholars Program

Architecture BS undergraduate student Andrew Sundal is the first College of Design student to complete the Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP). Students completing the program have completed at least nine credits of service-learning coursework, at least 400 hours of community service, and a series of reflective pieces. They have also completed an integrative community project that results in the creation of a sustainable project for a community organization. Sundal worked with the Wilder Foundation on a Center for Healthy Aging Program initiative with Leslie Van Duzer (Architecture). More information about CESP is available on the University’s Service Learning Web site.

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Fulbright Program for faculty

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the US government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” The Fulbright Program sends thousands of American scholars and professionals each year to approximately 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Application deadline is Aug. 1, 2009. US citizenship is required.The Fulbright faculty and scholars competition is administered at the University of Minnesota through the Office of International Programs.

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McClurg receives Judd Fellowship

Ten graduate and professional degree students were awarded fellowships in 2009 through the Walter H. Judd International Graduate & Professional Fellowships. One of the recipients, Jessica McClurg (MArch, Architecture & Historical Preservation) is from the College of Design. McClurg will study preservation practices in Japan to combat the stress of tourism on heritage sites. Her study will document the physical, economic, and cultural impacts that tourism has had on different heritage sites in Japan through physical measurements and documentation using photographs and detailed drawings. To gain a more rounded view of what is happening at these sites, she will also meet with local heritage experts to discuss the impact of tourism on the more intangible issues like economy and culture. A final photo essay will describe the findings of this exploration using both images and captions to present broader implications.

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Schlichting dance picked up by SCUBA

Last year, Chris Schlichting‘s (Student Services) dance, “Love Things,” was part of the Momentum series, a co-commission with the Southern Theater and the Walker Art Center. This year, Schlichting’s choreographic work was been picked up by the SCUBA Touring Network, a partnership between Velocity Dance Center of Seattle, ODC Theater in San Francisco, Philadelphia Dance Projects, and the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. The partership introduces emerging choreographers to new audiences. Camille LeFevre breaks the news of Schlichting’s dance getting picked up by SCUBA for MinnPost.com.

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Upcoming Goldstein exhibtion featured on The Curated Object

An upcoming Goldstein Museum of Design exhibition, Intersections: Where Art and Fashion Meet, is featured on The Curated Object. The exhibition, which runs from July 11-November 1, 2009, is inspired by University alumna Margot Siegel and features works of art from her personal collection and designer fashions from the Goldstein’s collection. Siegel was one of the founders of the Friends of the Goldstein and currently serves on the College of Design’s Advisory Board.

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Kumar part of team winning Acara Institute award

Landscape Architecture graduate student Karthikeyan Bharath Kumar is part of a team, named Reach Out Water Solutions, that won an award from the Acara Institute for a project they developed to provide clean water to the slums of Mumbai. The team’s Slum Water Program combines source water storage with UV water treatment and a novel distribution system to supply 50 liters of clean, low-cost water to community participants and 10 liters of potable water to pay-per-use customers at a reasonable rate.

The Reach Out Water Solutions team will travel to India on May 26, 2009 for two weeks.

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