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Scholars Walk.

Get connected, summer 2005

From M, summer 2005

Winning fiction

The winning entry in Minnesota magazine's sixth-annual fiction contest was published in the March-April issue of the alumni association magazine. Carol Ellingson (B.A. '70, M.A. '73), a St. Paul attorney who lives in Afton, Minnesota, wrote "The Eulogist," about a man asked to eulogize the woman he longed for in his youth. To read "The Eulogist" and to see guidelines for the 2006 contest, visit The seventh-annual contest is open to all University alumni and students, and the winner receives a $1,500 prize. Contest guidelines are also published in every issue of Minnesota magazine.

Summer in the city

Creative opportunities abound on the Twin Cities campus in the summer, and UMAA members are eligible for discounts. The Split Rock Arts Program has moved most of its five- or seven-day seminars in writing, visual arts, and creativity to the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. In part to be more convenient for participants, the move also takes advantage of campus facilities and cultural opportunities in the metro area. Five Tuesday evening Split Rock Soirees take place on campus, featuring that week's artist-instructors presenting and discussing their work followed by a reception. And a series of Curiosity Camps will allow participants to dig into a vast array of workshops that take advantage of U experts and facilities. Topics are expected to include gardening, literature, lab sciences, and more. UMAA members get discounts on all of these great creative opportunities. To learn more, visit and go to the "Enrich Your Life" section.

M Alumni Online goes live

Have you ever wondered what happened to your freshman-year roommate? Wouldn't you love to know if other University of Minnesota alumni work at a company where you're applying for a job? M Alumni Online, a free Web service that includes a directory of more than 350,000 U of M alumni and friends, is now available to help UMAA members make those and many more connections. Alumni directory listings include name, city, employer, U of M college, and graduation year. Some listings also include a "contact this person via e-mail" link, but specific e-mail addresses are not displayed. Alumni can choose to include more or less information in their directory listings once they've registered for the service. All U of M alumni may register for M Alumni Online and update their own directory listings, but only UMAA members may search the alumni directory and participate in the Alumni Career Network. The network features a Career Advisor Directory, where members can search for a mentor in their field or volunteer to become one. Job and risumi postings are also part of this service. Alumni who are not members may contact the UMAA at or 800-862-5867 for a number to use to register.

A homecoming for scholars

Make plans to come back to campus for homecoming 2005, which this year includes the dedication of the Scholars' Walk and Alumni Wall of Honor projects. The homecoming football game will be September 24, with other events taking place during the week leading up to the game. Designed to honor the academic achievements of U faculty and alumni, the Scholars' Walk connects the East Bank campus from west of Northrop Mall to the Gateway Plaza outside the McNamara Alumni Center on the eastern edge of campus. Monuments and artwork along the walk will honor Nobel Prize winners, national academy members, and other scholarly achievements. On the Gateway Plaza at the corner of Oak Street and Washington Avenue, the Alumni Wall of Honor nears completion. An oxidized steel structure echoes the alumni center's angular design. It narrows at the south end to a wall containing the names of every recipient of the U's Outstanding Alumni Achievement award.

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