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From M, spring 2005

Alumni Annual Celebration CNN anchor Aaron Brown will discuss pressing topics in the news business at the University of Minnesota Alumni Association 2005 Annual Celebration on Tuesday, May 10. The event begins with a reception inside Coffman Union at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30. The keynote presentation is set to begin at 8 p.m. inside Northrop Memorial Auditorium Brown, a former University of Minnesota journalism student and native of Hopkins, Minnesota, came to prominence anchoring CNN's coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He is now anchor for most breaking news stories and hosts "NewsNight with Aaron Brown," CNN's regular evening newscast. Before joining CNN, Brown worked with ABC's national newscasts. He has won three Emmys and a duPont-Columbia Award for his work. Tickets are available for the entire evening or for the program only, and alumni association members will receive special discounts. For ticket information, call 612-624-2345 or see the alumni association Web site.

Legislative difference The 2005 legislative session is nearing the halfway mark, but it isn't too late for University alumni and friends to make a difference. By joining the University of Minnesota Legislative Network, volunteers learn how to encourage legislators to fund the U's budget and building requests. In the current session, the University is asking for a $42 million increase for each of the next two years, and pledges to match that amount with internal savings of $30 million and a 5.5 percent tuition increase. In 2004, the U suffered a permanent $185 million cut in its base funding from the state. The University has also resubmitted its 2004 capital bonding request, which would largely go for needed upgrades and major maintenance needs to many of its aging buildings. The University system, including outreach and research stations, has 700 buildings more than 30 years old. See page 9 for more legislative news. For the latest on the current legislative session and how to join the Legislative Network, see the network's Web site.

Benefit spotlight: Center for Spirituality and Healing The technique of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction teaches awareness of what influences our health and wellbeing and how to consciously deal with issues like chronic pain, stress, and the challenges of everyday life. One of the nation's leading teaching and researching centers on alternative and complementary medicine, the U's Center for Spirituality and Healing offers Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training and other programs for the public designed to help people achieve total wellness. Now, UMAA members can get a 10 percent discount on CSH offerings like the stress reduction series, the Inner Life of Healers seminar, and more. National Institutes of Health recently named CSH a Developmental Center for Complementary and Alternative Medical Research--one of only three such centers in the nation. For more information, see the center's Web site.

Event Spotlight: Distinguished Teaching Awards Every graduate has stories of professors who inspired and enlightened him or her. That's why the University of Minnesota Alumni Association helps fund the Distinguished Teaching Awards and organizes the ceremony and reception honoring each year's recipients. Drawing on nominations from colleagues and supporting letters from peers and former students, the awards recognize great teaching efforts in both the undergraduate and the graduate and professional areas. The 2005 ceremony and reception, which is open to the public, is set for April 24 inside the McNamara Alumni Center on the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus. For more on the event, including the 2005 recipients, see the alumni association Web site.