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Fall News and Notes

In this issue: ICP alums win major grants; recent program awards and honors; and more.

Welcome to the fall edition of c.c.e. times, the College's e-newsletter publication. As always, please remember all of our best stories come from YOU--the readers! Do you have an idea for a profile or feature story? Are you aware of a newsy or noteworthy tidbit? Send us an e-mail!

News and Notes

IBH honored by UPCEA
In September, the Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health program (IBH) received the 2013 Celebration of Excellence Award for Innovative Credit Program from the University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA)-Central Region.

The groundbreaking IBH program is designed to address a growing need for qualified behavioral health professionals trained to work with individuals experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Innovative in both its content and delivery, the program provides easy access to courses, integrates learning with real world application in clinical settings, employs an online platform for clinical field supervision, and utilizes a dynamic portfolio process for student evaluation and graduate readiness.

IBH graduates go on to serve as change agents in the community, practicing and modeling integrated treatment approaches, and providing quality care to an underserved population.

Dr. Julie Rohovit (Program Director & Faculty Director) accepted the award on behalf of the program at the UPCEA Central Region Conference September 25-27 in Minneapolis.

'Urban Oasis' idea wins big
Eric Sannerud, an ICP alum with a self-designed major in food systems, partnered with former U of M epidemiology fellow Tracey Sides and other University alumni to win a $1 million grant to help improve St. Paul.depot.jpg

The "Urban Oasis" project received the most votes from Minnesotans as part of the Forever Saint Paul Challenge, a competition organized by the Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Idea Open. It emerged from a pool of 946 ideas to be one of three finalists, and then garnered over half of the more than 16,000 votes cast by the public to pick a winner.

The Urban Oasis, or food hub, will be the focal point for local produce, fish, and meat, and would combine a food processing operation with a kitchen, a classroom, a café, and an events center. It will also help transform an abandoned, graffiti-littered building in the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, east of Lowertown on St. Paul's East Side between I-94 and the Mississippi River.

Next Generation Environmental Leaders are national award winners
ICP graduates Emma Wright ('13) and Christy Newell ('12) were among the members of a team of University of Minnesota students (Next Generation Environmental Leaders) who were selected as winners of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2013 Student Sustainability Leadership Award.

The students were presented their award at AASHE's national conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This remarkable interdisciplinary collaboration - featuring students from two University of Minnesota campuses and several colleges and departments - was lauded for more than 12 months of work that culminated with a transformative panel at Governor Mark Dayton's 2013 Environmental Congress.

Construction Quiz Bowl results
On October 4, two University of Minnesota teams representing the Construction Management program participated in the Annual Construction Quiz Bowl Regional Championships, competing against other collegiate teams from Stout, Wisconsin, and Moorhead and Mankato, Minnesota.

The U of M teams finished first and second, competing against each other in the tie-breaking final round. J.E. Dunn Trophy winners were Rachel Dana, Vanessa Lunardelli, Ryan Kriesel, and Marque Garczynski. Runner-up team included: Kyle McMonigal, Marcelo Ferraz de Toledo, John Mullaney, and Dustin Haan. Both teams were coached by Construction Management faculty member Peter Hilger.

R-A-D! Radio K garners accolades in the Big Apple
KUOM (Radio K) took home three College Radio Awards at the annual CMJ (College Music Journal) Music Marathon on October 17. The station received honors for: Best Community Resource; Most Creative Programming; and Biggest Champion of the Local Scene. In addition, KUOM was one of four finalists for station on the year.RADK CMJ award.jpg

Station representatives Nailah Taman, Alex Simpson, Marcheta Fornoff, Abbie Gobeli, and Morgan Luther were on hand to accept the awards.

CMJ is a worldwide resource for musicians, entertainment and industry professionals, college radio tastemakers, and the press; CMJ is considered by many to be the ultimate arbiter of all things musical. The annual Music Marathon, which began in 1980, features over 1,400 live performances in more than 80 of New York City's greatest nightclubs and theaters.

In conjunction with the musical performances, CMJ also presents over 100 informative conference events with renowned speakers, an Entertainment Business Law Seminar and College Day, programmed especially for college and non-commercial radio programmers. This year's Music Marathon was October 15-19 in New York City.

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