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News and Notes: Spring 2014 c.c.e. times

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Welcome to the spring 2014 issue of c.c.e. times! In this edition of News and Notes: Commencement 2014; big news from the Construction Management Program; awards, honors, and accolades; Top Coast Festival coming to the Twin Cities; and more!

As always, if you have something newsy or noteworthy, please send us an e-mail!

Commencement 2014
grad photo.jpgCongrats! On May 10, 348 students will become CCE alumni. The class of 2014 includes 56 credit certificate earners, 64 master's degrees, and 228 bachelor's degrees.

The ceremony is at Northrop Auditorium at 10 a.m., and is open to the public.

Of note: This is the final graduating class for the Program for Individualized Learning, which began in 1971 as one of the country's first University Without Walls (UWW) programs. A largely self-directed program, UWW allowed students (primarily adult learners returning to school), to design their own bachelor's degree program using course work and individualized learning projects. In 1986, the name of the program was changed from UWW to the Program for Individualized Learning (PIL) to better reflect the mission of the program.

Honors and Accolades for Adviser Karen Moon
Senior academic adviser (individualized degrees) Karen Moon is a recipient of the 2014 John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising.

KarenMoon_590x390.jpgThe award is named in honor of physics professor John Tate, who served as the first dean of University College (a predecessor of CCE), and serves to recognize and reward high-quality advising at the University of Minnesota. It calls attention to the contributions academic advising and career services make in helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. By recognizing professionals for their outstanding commitment to students, the Tate Award celebrates the role that academic advising and career services play in the University's educational mission.

"Karen's selection speaks highly not only of her inherent skills as an adviser, but also of the admiration and respect her colleagues have for her. We are so happy to see her honored like this," says Michelle Koker, CCE's director of undergraduate programs.

The award ceremony was held March 13, during the annual Tate Professional Development Conference.

MLS Alum named IonE Fellow
In February, Master of Liberal Studies alum Jonee Kulman Brigham ('12) was named a resident fellow of the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. Brigham's plans for the fellowship are to expand arts-integrated environmental education to high school students as co-investigators and active agents of authentic research and service projects, such as creating a public educational website about water infrastructure in their area.

The project builds on her interdisciplinary MLS thesis exploring arts-led environmental education and the story-telling potential of infrastructure. "The MLS program provided the supportive environment and inspiration to take my career in new directions that integrate areas I care about like the connections between culture, technology, and nature." Brigham is also a research fellow at the Center for Sustainable Building Research in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and an environmental artist at Full Spring Studio, LLC.

Top Coast Festival coming to the Twin Cities!
This spring, some of the best minds and problem solvers from around the country and region, along with public radio personalities will come together for the Top Coast festival--a multi-day event dedicated to tackling some of the tough problems facing today's society.

TopCoast Logo.JPGPresented by CCE and MPR News and running from May 31 to June 1, the Top Coast Festival is a celebration of real-world solutions featuring speakers from around the country, plus workshops and entertainment, with a goal of finding answers to the problems our country - and world - face. Presenters are leaders in the fields of politics, pop culture, health care, technology, food, and philanthropy, and include such names as Russell Simmons, Neil Blumenthal, Mark Leibovich, Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, and more.

Says Dave Kansas, chief operating officer for Minnesota Public Radio, "We hear and report on the challenges facing our communities and we thought it was time to bring together those who don't just want to talk about the problems, but rather address the question of how do we solve these important issues, while learning and having some fun in the process. In addition to some of the brightest minds in their respective fields, we'll have the energy, enthusiasm, and ideas of those attending the festival."

Registration is open and available at mprnews.org/topcoast.

Construction Management Program Accredited
The Construction Management program was granted its five-year renewable accreditation from the American Council for Construction Education (ACCE) on February 22 at the ACCE annual meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Says Peter Hilger, faculty co-director (with Ann Johnson) for the program, "It is a tremendous credit to this program, and we want to thank everyone who contributed to the herculean effort involved in assembling the book-sized accreditation document and participating in meetings with the accreditation team!

"The help, support, and patience of staff, faculty, advisory board members, and students have been instrumental as we worked to meet (and surpass!) the requirements to achieve the construction education 'gold standard.'"

Publishing
Undergraduate adviser (Bachelor of Applied Science programs) Tony Scott's first children's short story, "Of Shadows and Clouds", was published in the April-June 2014 edition of Skipping Stones--A Multicultural Literary Magazine.

David Oppegaard has a new book from Burnt Bridge press. The horror-Western earned a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and is available in paperback or for the Kindle.

U-Wide Updates
Following an uptick in crime on and off campus this past year, the U designed a multi-pronged, collaborative effort to reduce crime and keep students, faculty, and staff safe and secure. This coordinated approach is based on four E's: education, environment, enforcement, and engagement.

One facet of the new safety and security measures is the Building Access Pilot Program, which rolled out on February 3. The Pilot Program establishes three distinct levels of access to buildings, and the building hours vary depending on the use of the building. For example, classroom buildings will typically have different hours than administrative or office buildings.

To achieve this goal, exterior entrances will be classified as card-controlled, automated lock/unlock, or exit-only. This will eventually eliminate exterior door keys for entrances and allow the U community to have card access during nonpublic hours when buildings are locked.

West Bank buildings were converted at the end of March. Construction continues on East Bank buildings, which are on target for completion by the end of spring semester. Saint Paul buildings will follow and are expected to be brought online by mid-summer.

For complete details, including specific building hours, visit: http://safe-u.umn.edu/building-access-program.html.

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