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Three-mile drive at the arboretum.

Fall colors along the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum's Three-Mile Drive highlight the ever-changing landscape of the arboretum's public gardens. UMAA members now get a discount on arboretum membership.

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From M, fall 2004

U experts hit the road

Some of the world's leading experts on bioterrorism, prescription drug prices, building democracy in Iraq, stem cells, election ads, and other current issues are appearing in unlikely places. This fall and winter, numerous University faculty experts are speaking around the state and country at events sponsored by University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA) chapters. These groups, based in specific geographic regions, often join with other community organizations to bring the timely and topical presentations to their communities.

Michael Osterholm (M.S. '78, M.A. '80, Ph.D. '80), director of the U's Center for Infectious Disease Research and Prevention, will speak November 16 in Stillwater, Minnesota, at the first of a series of Conversations in the Valley, sponsored by the St. Croix Valley Chapter. Osterholm is a frequent commentator on infectious diseases like SARS and the avian flu and on terrorist threats like contamination of water supplies or anthrax attacks.

Other events include prescription drug pricing expert Steven Schondelmeyer speaking at the Willmar chapter on October 20. Planning is underway for more conversations with U experts at chapters around Minnesota and across the country.

Mentor Connection: fun and energizing

Steven Broste (B.A. '71, B.A. '74, M.S., '81), director of biostatistics for Medtronic's neurological division, thought being a mentor "might be an opportunity to contribute something," he says. "I found it fun....Students are always energizing to be around." Broste was matched with graduate student Quiling Shan in the School of Public Health Alumni Society mentor program, one of 18 college-based programs on campus organized by the UMAA's Mentor Connection.

The Mentor Connection gives tips and sponsors events that help both parties get the most out of the relationship. Mentor relationships are intentionally flexible, allowing the pair to figure out how to best work together. Some meet every few weeks, while others may meet only a few times during the school year--for workplace tours, a day of job-shadowing, or for discussions about industries and landing interviews--with follow-up by phone and e-mail. The only qualification for a mentor is a desire to pass along insights and experiences about the work world. Alumni mentor programs, including a new one through General College, sign up volunteers in early fall.

New benefit: Arboretum

UMAA members now save some green on visits to one of the Twin Cities' most idyllic spots. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum offers alumni members $5 off a regular basic membership, which includes free admission to the arboretum's 1,000 acres of woods, prairies, wetlands, and formal gardens; discounts on merchandise and classes; and free advice from the U's Yard and Garden Line.

Fall Fest for Homecoming

A new event begins homecoming week this year on the Twin Cities campus. Fall Fest 2004: Connecting U is a day of public events and open houses on the St. Paul campus highlighting the work being done in the colleges housed there. Fall Fest 2004 will be Sunday, October 17, and begins with the Farmer's Share Breakfast. The homecoming football game has been set for Saturday, October 23, against Illinois. Kickoff and pregame parade times will be announced.

How to connect For more information on all these events and opportunities, and on becoming a UMAA member, visit or call 800-862-5867 or 612-624-2323.

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