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"Hot Lips," a 1989 work by Hispanic artist Gronk.

"Hot Lips," a 1989 work by the Hispanic artist Gronk is one of the works in the Weisman's current exhibit "Chicano Visions: American Artists on the Verge" through January 2, 2005.

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From M, winter 2005

Places of honor on campus
Two landmarks under way near the McNamara Alumni Center will honor academic achievements and distinguished alumni. The Alumni Wall of Honor is at the southeast corner of the Gateway Plaza, at Oak Street and Washington Avenue. It includes a wall with the names of more than 1,000 recipients of the University's Outstanding Achievement Award, its highest alumni honor. The oxidized steel wall runs north-south along Oak Street and its northern portion includes a representation--created by thousands of tiny lights--of how the night sky appeared on the date the University was chartered. To the west of the alumni center, the first portion of the Scholars Walk is under way. Designed to honor the U's greatest intellectual achievements, this part of the walk includes monuments to Nobel Prize winners, national academy members, and others. The walkway will eventually extend 2,000 feet west from the alumni center across Northrop Mall to Appleby Hall on the Mississippi River bluff. At the eastern end of the Scholars Walk, a Regents Plaza will include names of University Regents and recipients of the Regents Award. On the Gateway Plaza, more grass and benches are being installed to make the grounds more inviting. For more information on the plaza and surrounding area, visit the McNamara Alumni Center.

Benefit update: Weisman Art Museum
One of the Twin Cities' finest collections of 20th century American art resides within the distinctive Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art. University of Minnesota Alumni Association members get $5 off the price of a year-long individual or dual membership. Membership to the Weisman Art Museum includes a subscription to the WAM newsletter, invitations to and discounts on openings and special events, a 10 percent discount in the Museum Store, and benefits at other Twin Cities museums. The Weisman, overlooking the Mississippi River at the southeast end of the Washington Avenue Bridge, opened 11 years ago and is the U's official art museum. In addition to modern American masters, the collection is known for ceramics, Mimbres pottery, and Korean furniture.

For more information, visit the Weisman. For more on UMAA membership and other benefits, visit the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Legislative know-how
Alumni and friends who are serious about supporting the University in 2005 have a unique chance to learn details about what the U is requesting from the state for the next two years. The University of Minnesota Legislative Network's annual Legislative Briefing is set for the evening of Thursday, January 27, 2005, in the McNamara Alumni Center. University officials, legislators, and others will discuss the funding request and describe ways to make effective contacts with legislators and other elected officials. The Legislative Network is a University effort that helps grassroots volunteers express support for the University to their elected officials. For more information on the network and the request, visit the Legislative Network.

Go Gopher bowling
With the Gopher football team rolling to its fifth bowl appearance in six years, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association once again has organized the University's official bowl tour. Although which bowl the Gophers may go to was not known at press time, those interested in traveling can find out more or sign up for updates at the UMAA Web site.

Join and get fired up
Alumni and friends of the University have one more reason to join the University of Minnesota Alumni Association-join for three or more years and receive a free hardcover copy of We Got Fired: And It's the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Us, by best-selling author and businessman Harvey Mackay (B.A. '54). Mackay's sixth book tells the inspiring stories of famous and successful Americans who bounced back from having been fired to become richer for the experience. We Got Fired is filled out with short essays, motivational sayings, and a collection of tips from Donald Trump. New and renewing UMAA members can receive the book by joining online at and entering promotion code N5MBP on the membership form.

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