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Summer Session 2011

Summer Session 2011, upcoming one-week overlap, and staffing

Summer session 2011 planning materials will be distributed in late February or early March.  If you have immediate questions regarding summer session curriculum please contact Assistant Dean Nanette Hanks (nhanks@umn.edu). 

Reminder: There will be a one-week overlap between Spring Semester 2011 and May Session 2011.  May Session begins on May 23, 2011 and Spring Semester does not end until May 29, 2011. This overlap may have scheduling and staffing implications for departments if they employ international graduate students.

Most graduate teaching assistants will be allowed to exceed 40 hours of work during the week of May 23-May 29, making it possible for them to hold both a Spring Semester 2011 appointment and a May Session 2011 appointment.  However, foreign nationals (including F1 and J1 student visa status) cannot exceed 40 hours of work during this one-week overlap under any circumstances, according to INS Regulations.   Please keep this in mind as you begin planning for May Session 2011 staffing. 

Change to Vacation Payout Process

The Vacation payout process has changed to run by pay period rather than daily. 

Effective immediately if an employee terminates within a pay period, vacation payout will occur the following pay period.  For example, if an employee terminates on 1/10/2011, the payout initiation will occur during the pay period ending 1/30/2011, to be received in the check on 2/9/11.  The process for initiating a vacation payout remains the entry of the termination information into HRMS.   Termination information that is not entered in a timely fashion will delay payouts.  Termination information must be entered by the close of the pay cycle for the pay period in which the termination occurred in order to be paid out the following pay period.   Terminations that are not entered by the pay cycle close will cause a delay of the payout. See the Change to Vacation Payout Process.doc for examples.

If you have questions regarding this change in procedure, please call the OHR Call Center at 612-625-2016.

Arthur "Red" Motley Exemplary Teaching Award

The College invites nominations for this year's CLA "Red" Motley teaching award. Faculty members must be nominated by at least five CLA undergraduate and/or graduate students.

A description of the award, nomination form, and dossier cover sheet may be downloaded (all are PDFs) on the CLA website or obtained from the CLA Undergraduate Programs Office, 115 Johnston Hall, (612) 624-8675.

Nomination Forms are due in 115 Johnston Hall by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4, 2011. The Undergraduate Programs Office will contact the home department of each nominated faculty member and will provide guidelines for preparing a complete nomination dossier. The department prepares the nomination dossier for the faculty member.

Dossiers are due in 115 Johnston Hall on Friday, April 1, 2011. Departments are asked to submit the original plus 9 copies.

The CLA Instructional Awards Committee will review the dossiers and make a recommendation to the Dean. If you need further information, please contact Barbara Schwab at 612-624-8675 or schwa133@umn.edu.

Campus Conversations provide a monthly forum to discuss issues of interest to the University community. All meetings are open to faculty, staff, and students.

The upcoming Campus Conversation: Safety and Security at the University of Minnesota will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. in room 150 Physics and will provide an overview of public safety on campus and the role we all can play to promote a culture of safety at the U.


  • Greg Hestness, Assistant Vice President for Public Safety and Chief, University of Minnesota Police Department
  • Robert Janoski, Director, Central Security
  • Gary Christenson, M.D., Director of the Mental Health Clinic at Boynton Health Service
Chief Hestness and Bob Janoski will describe how the University of Minnesota Police Department and the Offices of Central Security and Emergency Management work together to provide the tools, information, and infrastructure to promote campus safety and to respond to crime, emergencies, and crisis situations. Dr. Christenson will address the risk for violence in campus settings including those that may arise from mental health considerations, how to identify and address concerns regarding students and employees who may represent a risk to self and others, and review campus resources including mental health services, consultation services, and threat assessment services.

Please RSVP to intcomm@umn.edu if you plan to attend.

Visit this online link the day of the event, to join by UMConnect.

More about the presenters:

Greg Hestness
Hestness has served as the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety at the Universityof Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus, since August 2003. He is responsible for the Police, Emergency Management, and Central Security Departments. In April 2004 he assumed the secondary appointment of Chief of Police. Prior to his current role, he served on the Minneapolis Police Department for 28 years, including as Deputy Police Chief from 1994 to 2003. A Minneapolis native, he holds a B.A. from the University and an M.A. from St. Mary's University. He is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police, and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators Executive Development Institute.

Robert Janoski
Janoski has served as Director of Central Security for the past seven years, following a twenty-year career with the University of Minnesota Police Department. He is responsible for the University's physical and electronic security infrastructure system-wide. He is an alumni of the University, and the father of three U of M students, providing a unique, first-hand understanding of the safety concerns of employees, students, and parents.

Gary Christenson, M.D.
In addition to his role as Director of the Mental Health Clinic at Boynton Health Service, Dr. Christenson is an adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and previous representative of psychiatry to the Minnesota State Advisory Council on Mental Health. He is a member of the University of Minnesota's Provost's Committee on Student Mental Health, Behavioral Consultation Team, Community Response Team, and Employee Threat Assessment Team.

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