Monday Minute, October 19, 2009

Dear Colleagues,

You probably all know by now that Minnesota's Solar Decathlon entry, Icon House, came in fifth overall, which is the highest any first-time participant university has ever achieved since the first competition. We won first place in two of the 10 events, for lighting design and engineering, which testified to the great effort by students from this college and the Institute of Technology.

Both colleges had advisory board meetings and a joint reception at the house in Washington DC on Friday. Our students and faculty looked both elated and exhausted, having hosted public tours almost every day and then running the house through its paces with reviewers sometimes late into the night. So many people -- students, faculty, staff, and donors -- did so much to give of their time, ideas, labor, and funding, and it is of that, as much as the house itself, that we should be proud.

Speaking of giving, the Community Fund Drive (CFD) is underway and we are planning a "rummage sale" as a way to raise money for the drive. The sale will happen this Thursday from noon-1 p.m. in McNeal Hall, and this Friday from noon-1 p.m. in Rapson Hall.

Donations for the sale can be brought in over the next three days. McNeal drop-off location is 32 McNeal, Rapson drop-off location is 67 Rapson. Please consider donating gently used items that you feel a student/staff/faculty population would be interested in purchasing. All proceeds from the rummage sale will go directly to the CFD on behalf of CDes. This is a great opportunity to reduce, reuse, and recycle unused items.

Questions about the sale can be directed to any of the CFD volunteers: Warren Bruland, John Grosen, Sara Grothe, Char Klarquist, Constance Severson, Tiffany Thayer, Kathy Witherow.