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April 17, 2017 (Post Bulletin) -- One of Maura Lynch's first tasks as a University of Minnesota Rochester student may sound a little silly, but it's helped usher in a health-focused era on campus. Lynch, a Filipino adoptee raised in Philadelphia, raced through grocery store aisles last fall to gather ingredients for a healthy meal that would be her welcome to 29 classmates in UMR's new Health CORE program. Those 30 dishes were then passed around as introductions — and friendships — were made. The creative ice-breaker organized by Robert Reese, UMR's Health CORE coordinator, immediately broke down barriers as underrepresented students familiarized themselves with the new "living learning communities" in downtown Rochester.
April 15, 2017 (Post Bulletin) -- University of Minnesota Rochester has enough space to start building, but campus officials have a few things to figure out before that can happen.
April 15, 2017 (Post Bulletin) -- It's been a decade since the University of Minnesota Rochester opened its doors, embarking on a mission to create a health care-focused campus from scratch. Now, the small but growing university has its eyes set on a 10-acre expansion. But a sprawling campus isn't what college leaders have in mind. Instead, UMR's campus will be set downtown, opening up to the adjacent Soldiers Field Park, on a campus that's shared with the community. The "pedestrian-friendly" campus will be built around a tree-lined First Avenue with plazas and green space to draw people outside, encouraging biking, walking and use of public transportation. The multi-use campus buildings will be built on a "human scale" stretching at the most to eight stories. The best part for UMR: someone else is going to pay for it. The plan, built using what's called a "public-private partnership," or a "P3," will bring together several community organizations to share a space — and its rent. The model, though new, is one that's gaining traction with developers and colleges alike, throughout the country.
April 7, 2017 Congratulations to the students who earned a spot on the Chancellor's List. In addition to recognition here, a note has been added to their transcript. Students earn this distinction by earning a 3.666 GPA or higher and who completed a minimum of 12 credits on the A-F grading system. Detailed information is available on the Grading and Transcripts policy.
April 3, 2017 "Pull Back the Curtain" displays reveal facts and stats about disabilities at UMR in downtown Rochester. The six portable displays — on mental illness, depression, ADHD, deafness, learning disabilities, and addiction — are each covered with a curtain, inviting people to "pull back the curtain" to reveal information about each disability. The project aims to shine a light on the one in five Americans who has a disability. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, a disability is any condition that impedes vision, cognition, mobility, self-care or independent living. For Isaiah Grafe, who was born profoundly deaf, navigating everyday life with a disability is something he's used to. The 21-year-old University of Minnesota Rochester junior drew on his own experience with auditory neuropathy for a project that will be on display throughout downtown Rochester over the next month. "Pull Back the Curtain on Disability Awareness" is a series of six installations that aim to show the prevalence of disabilities and help the public better understand them.
March 24, 2017 The Minnesota Campus Compact Presidents' Awards for Public Engagement allows Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle to recognize the outstanding contributions and commitment to collaborative action by students, staff and faculty at UMR. The awards provide an opportunity for university presidents and chancellors to give statewide recognition to effective leaders in the development of campus-community partnerships. Lehmkuhle had the opportunity to recognize one honoree in each of the following three award categories
March 8, 2017 News on the genetics of addiction can crowd out information about its social and environmental context. Molly Dingel seeks to present addiction in its full, complicated web of causation.
March 4, 2017 (Post Bulletin) -- Professor Robert Dunbar put on his "thinking cap" on Thursday. The University of Minnesota Rochester neuroscience professor donned a knitted cap resembling a brain Thursday afternoon, thanks to UMR health sciences senior Paige Mogilefsky. Mogilefsky coupled her love for science with a recently discovered love for knitting to create the unique hat. She gifted the creation to Dunbar, someone who's taught her a lot about the brain as her development psychology, abnormal psychology, anatomy and physiology and neuroscience professor at UMR.
March 3, 2017 The University of Minnesota has announced Dr. Robb Dunbar is being honored as a 2016-17 recipient of the prestigious Morse-Alumni Undergraduate Teaching Award. The Morse Award is bestowed annually since 1965 upon exceptional teachers who are nominated by their colleges as a way to recognize excellence in undergraduate education. Recipients of the award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers and receive the title “Distinguished University Teaching Professor.” Dr. Dunbar is the first University of Minnesota Rochester faculty member to receive the award.
February 10, 2017 The Academic Innovation and Optimization working group, part of the Growth Planning endeavor in progress at UMR, is completing its executive summary in February, following a retreat and extensive faculty input in January. “Sustaining a culture of innovation” is a theme emerging from this planning process.