Monday Minute, September 14, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

With the opening of the new football stadium on campus, homecoming will become a more important part of every fall semester and we will have several opportunities this year for our college to show our flag.

On Sunday, October 4, from 12:30-2:00 p.m., we will host an alumni and friends reception at Station 19. The adjacent stadium will be open that day for public tours from 1-5 p.m., where you will see the work of our Center for Sustainable Building Research on display. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend either or both events. For more information, go to the alumni section of the college's Web site.

This year, we will also host a Student Scholar Showcase -- an exhibition of student research, art, and design -- in the stadium from 1-4 p.m. on Public Engagement Day, Wednesday, October 7, which will attract an audience of local high schools, colleges, corporations, and nonprofits. Please encourage your students as well as graduates you may still be in contact with from last year to participate; they need to sign up by September 18.

On Thursday evening, Oct 8 there will be an invitation-only awards event related to homecoming, at which three awards will go to Design Student and Alumni Board (DSAB) members: Janice Linster (Interior Design alum and former alumni board president) will receive the U of M Alumni Service Award; Mandy Lange (recent Graphic Design grad and former DSAB student member) will receive the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) Student Volunteer of the Year Award for her leadership and service; and the DSAB will receive the Program Extraordinaire Award for "Dirty Laundry."

Then, at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 9, the homecoming parade will take place. The University wants all freshman-admitting colleges to take part, and I urge you to encourage students to participate. Prospective students are a key audience segment for the parade, which will aid in our recruiting efforts.

Interested students should contact Kim Hindbjorgen ( or Lori Mollberg ( For more information on homecoming go to the University's homecoming Web site.