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Accolades October 20, 2011

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Members of our CLA community, primarily in the Dance Program, did us proud at the 2011 Sage Awards, which honor choreographers, dancers, educators, presenters, scenic and lighting designers, visual artists and others who continue to make the Twin Cities a national center of dance.

Marcus Dilliard (Assistant Professor, Theatre Design/Tech) was the lighting designer for "Heaven" by Flying Foot Forum, whose creative team won a design award.
Toni Pierce-Sands (Teaching Specialist, Dance) was named Outstanding Dance Educator.
Linda Shapiro (former Cowles Program coordinator), a longtime dance writer and critic, won the Special Citation.
Emily Johnson's (BA Dance '98) company Emily Johnson/Catalyst won one of three Outstanding Performance awards for their production of "The Thank-you Bar."
Kaleena Miller (BFA Dance '06) and Galen Higgins (BA student, Dance)were double winners, receiving one of three Outstanding Performance awards for Rhythmic Circus's production of "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" and the Outstanding Ensemble award.
Finally, the costume design award went to Sonya Berlovitz for "Journey", a play based on the classic story "Hayy ibn Yaqzan" which was produced by Bill Beeman (Professor and Chair, Anthropology) for the Shared Cultural Spaces conference on Islam and the humanities, which took place at the U last February.

Associate Professor Bianet Castellanos (American Studies) is the recipient of a U of M Access Achievement Award. She was honored for her efforts to make her classroom materials accessible to all students.

Associate Professor Enid Logan's (Sociology) book, 'At This Defining Moment': Barack Obama's Presidential Candidacy and the New Politics of Race, has been published by New York University Press.

Professor Joachim Savelsberg (Sociology) and Prof. Ryan King (Ph.D. '05, Sociology; now at SUNY- Albany) have published American Memories: Atrocities and the Law (Russell Sage Foundation).

Grad student Heather O'Leary (Anthropology) has just received a Wenner-Gren Fellowship to support her ongoing research in India on water and water consumption in Delhi.

Professor Judith Martin has Died

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A message from Dean Jim Parente:
Today the College of Liberal Arts and the University mourn the loss of Professor Judith Martin, who passed away early Monday morning.

Judith Martin was a home-grown jewel at the U. She received her M.A. in American history and M.A. and Ph.D. in American studies here at the U. She began her service here as a research associate in the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in 1976, and held various term positions in CLA until she was hired as a professor in geography and director of the Urban Studies program in 1989.

Judith was an exemplary University citizen, one who senior administrators knew they could depend upon for thoughtful leadership and counsel. Her CV is filled with work on committees across the University, many of which she served as chair or vice-chair: Faculty Consultative Committee, University Senate, Senate Committee on Finance and Planning, and countless other committees on governance, planning, teaching, and students. She was an invaluable member of CLA's 2015 planning committee last year, and this year served on the provostal search committee.

Two All Beef Patties, Special Sauce...

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Whether or not you eat there, you know what to expect when you enter a fast food restaurant. You can quickly select a meal from a well-organized menu, you are not upset that your food comes in a bag, and you know that it is your job to bus the table.

Celebrate Homecoming with CLA

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CLA faculty, staff, students, alumni, family, and friends are encouraged to represent the college during Homecoming week.

Sunday, October 16: Thank U Day
Join the College of Liberal Arts team to perform various community service projects in and around campus on "Thank U Day", Sunday, October 16. CLA "Thank U" Day volunteers can stop by the CLA hospitality table on Northrop Plaza from 11:00 am to noon to enter a drawing for campus restaurant and U of M Bookstore gift cards. Additionally, CLA "swag" will be available while supplies last.

Volunteer projects run from noon to 3:30 pm. All "Thank U" Day volunteers must register to participate in advance.

Be "Golden" All Week

There are various other "golden" opportunities to give back during Homecoming week.

October 21: Homecoming Parade!
Finally, show your CLA pride! Walk and roll together in CLA's Homecoming parade unit the evening of Friday, October 21. Bring your spouses, partners, and kids; your wagons and strollers; and, of course, your maroon and gold. Register to march with CLA.

Hello, Colleagues and Friends in CLA

We're happy to announce that the 2011 Community Fund Drive has begun, and to introduce ourselves as the co-chairs of this year's drive. We sincerely hope you'll find a way to do your part for this outstanding cause.

What's the Community Fund Drive?
The CFD is a campus-wide effort to make it easy for faculty and staff to give back to our community through respected, well-run organizations that support social services, education, arts, and health. In our view, it's a great time to give back to the community. The need is even more critical than ever. Those of us who are employed and have our basic needs met are fortunate indeed, and most of us can do something to help those who are considerably less fortunate. Even a small donation can make a difference. Just a dollar or two each pay period can add up to significant sums when combined with contributions from your colleagues.