Eye On U: Oats go up in smoke at university

Oat hulls approved fuel for Southeast Steam Plant
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a permit to the U of M to allow the burning of oat hulls as a supplement to more traditional fuels. Oat hulls are a renewable, locally produced fuel.

Management school to expand
After receiving $26.6 million in state funding this year toward the $39.9 million cost, the university will begin construction this fall on expansion of the Carlson School of Management building on the West Bank at 19th and Riverside avenues. The school hopes to raise $21 million more for construction costs and scholarships. Hanson Hall, named after alum Herbert M. Hanson Jr., will connect by skyway to the existing Carlson building, and provide room for at least 50 percent more students by 2008.

Oak Street/Huron clinic planned
Future facilities planned jointly by the Academic Health Center, Fairview Health Systems, and the University of Minnesota Physicians include an outpatient clinic facility in the Oak Street/Huron Boulevard vicinity.
Summer at Northrop outdoor concert series
The series has concerts from reggae and rock to salsa and light symphonic classic. Noon–1 p.m., Northrop plaza; in case of rain, inside the auditorium. For more information, see www.northrop.umn.edu.
Farmers market on campus
UPlan Wellness is sponsoring a market on Wednesdays through Aug. 30, 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Church Street mall, East Bank. Read more at www.umn.edu/ umnnews/ Feature_Stories/Farmers_market_ returns_to_TC_campus. html

Two local freshmen receive scholar awards
Sage Louise Dahlen, 2006 graduate of South High School, has been awarded the Dean’s Scholar Award. The award is $3,000 for each of four years. It is given to incoming students who have demonstrated exceptional academic performance and leadership. Damon Odum, also a 2006 graduate of South High, received several scholarships, including the Minnesota Gold Scholarship of $6,500 each year for four years.

U parking and bus pass rates posted for 2006–2007
Daily parking rates will rise to $3.50 (standard), $5.25 (premium and off-peak), and $2.25 (carpool). Contract rates will rise $1–$3 per month. Meters and hourly facility rates will remain the same. U-Pass and Metropass fees will rise $2, to $62, beginning with the fall passes. For more information, see www.umn.edu/pts/parkingrates.htm and buspass.umn.edu.

Golden Gophers to be part of new “Big Ten Channel”
Golden Gopher athletics will be part of a new television channel announced by the Big Ten Conference, university officials said. The new channel, scheduled to launch in August 2007, is a 20-year partnership between the conference and Fox Cable Networks. More information can be found at www.gopher sports.com.

U of M info
University of Minnesota information, directories, maps, and parking, can be found at www1.umn.edu/twincities. Also see news at www.umn.edu/umnnews and events at events.tc.umn.edu. University information by phone is at 612-625-5000.

Asian films on campus
Through Sept. 7, the U’s Institute for Advanced Study is hosting screenings of 11 films from various parts of Asia. These Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Indian films with English subtitles are shown on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Nolte Center, Minneapolis campus, free and open to the public. The series is part of an effort to make the U a local hot spot for foreign films. To learn about the series, go to www.umn.edu, and enter Asian cinema in the search box.

“Transforming the U”
The university is in the midst of reviewing its core strengths over several years with the goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities in the world. Most of the 36 task forces have published preliminary recommendations. They include merging three colleges. Search the university website for information.
Minnesota Centennial Showboat
The summer showboat features “Forty-five Minutes From Broadway,” by George Cohan, with melodrama, audience interaction, and the showboat’s signature olios. Through Aug. 26, Harriet Island, St. Paul. For more information, see http://www.showboat.umn.edu.

last revised: August 21, 2006