Education notes

John O'Neill
John O'Neill

  • The UMD Department of Art & Design announced that John O'Neill, assistant professor of graphic design, received a $5,000 award from Teach Access on the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day. O'Neill was one of 15 faculty members nationally to receive the 2021-22 award.

  • Grant award winners are asked to use the money to revamp one of the courses they teach and are expected to publish, present or exhibit their work. O'Neill chose the Graphic Design V course for the spring of 2022.

Learning notes

  • Dieu Do of Virginia was selected to be a student commencement speaker at one of three undergraduate commencement ceremonies Hamline University held for the Class of 2021. Do earned the honor through an application process that considered scholarship, leadership and service to the community.

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Good people

  • The Altrusa International Club of Duluth recently received the "Letha H. Brown Literary Award," for its Literacy Project “Free Lil Libraries.” at the District Seven Annual Virtual Conference. The club will attend the international conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, in July.

    Each library was built by students from Community Action Duluth. The libraries are used for food and hygiene items.

    Project coordinators Carolyn Schnoeder, Donna DeToffol and Carol Lonke welcome donations. They can be reached at altrusaduluth@gmail.com.

  • Altrusa International of Duluth, Inc., presented Sue Bussa and the SPIN Water Filter Project with a $4,000 grant. SPIN will use this money to provide reusable water filters to remote villages in Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. Additionally, money will go toward educational materials and school supplies.

Altrusa International of Duluth, Inc. presented Sue Bussa and the SPIN Water Filter Project with a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the International Foundation on May 1. 
Altrusa International of Duluth, Inc. presented Sue Bussa and the SPIN Water Filter Project with a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the International Foundation on May 1. 
Altrusa International of Duluth, Inc. presented Sue Bussa and the SPIN Water Filter Project with a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the International Foundation on May 1. 
Altrusa International of Duluth, Inc. presented Sue Bussa and the SPIN Water Filter Project with a grant in the amount of $4,000 from the International Foundation on May 1. 

  • The American Red Cross presented the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center with the Northern Minnesota Chapter’s 2020-21 Blood Services “Partner of the Year” award. Last Veterans Day, nearly 200 blood donations were in danger of not being available to hospitals because of the pandemic. The DECC team added a second day of access. Since then, the DECC has welcomed back blood drives and is a valued partner in these efforts.