A weekly news digest for University of Minnesota, Morris faculty, staff, and students
Vol. 5, No. 14: December 4, 2013
In this issue:
- Carol Concert Promises a Festive Experience
- Rasmussen Travels with Delegation to Germany
- Morris Students Attend the 5th Annual UMACS Conference
- Jim Cotter and Tammy Rittenour '96 Featured in the St. Cloud Times
Jane Addams Project
Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111
Spanish Conversation Table
Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe
Russian Conversation Table
Fridays, 4 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe
Donna Chollett Book Reception
Wednesday, December 4, 5-7 p.m.
Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar: Marynel Ryan Van Zee (History)
Thursday, December 5, 5 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109
Art Club Holiday Sale
Thursday, December 5, 5-9 p.m.
Friday, December 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery
Chancellor's Holiday Reception
Friday, December 6, 2-4 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
Friday, December 6, 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 8, 3 p.m.
Assumption Catholic Church (209 East Third Street, Morris, MN 56267)
Dance Ensemble: Dance with Me Tonight
Friday, December 6, 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 7, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium
Winter Concert-UMM Symphonic Winds and Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
News and announcements:
The Minnesota delegation will attend a conference to explore energy opportunities between Minnesota and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Morris invites incoming first-year students to compete for its competitive scholarship packages.
The goal of the project is to create a website that provides information about historical sites along the Minnesota River.
Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, and Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, are leading an effort to photograph western Minnesota's growing Latino population.
Last month Morris students attended the fifth annual Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) conference at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Of the 14 students present at the conference, 12 presented their research and sustainable initiatives to other students, staff, and faculty from across the Midwest. Alicia Beattie '13, Hastings, Bryce Blankenfeld '14, Goodridge, Kali Dale '14, Bemidji, Sharice Fontenot '17, Vidor, Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, Peter Kavale '16, Duluth, Brittany Grady '17, Kaiserslautern, Lily Mahan '17, Edina, Sienna Nesser '14, St. Anthony Village, Kristian Nyberg '14, Minnetonka, River Ostrow '14, St. Paul, Tim Sheehan '16, Minneapolis, Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, and MN GreenCorps member Heidi Eger '13 presented on a variety of themes, including composting, clean energy organizing, and working with small towns on sustainability efforts. Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson also gave a speech addressing sustainability and campus culture.
Morris's anthropological teaching collection is now named the Donna L. Chollett Anthropological Teaching Collection, in honor of Donna Chollett, associate professor of anthropology. Chollett was instrumental in creating the extensive teaching collection that is used for multiple classes in the Anthropology Discipline, and it is now one of the best collections in the country.
The Linux Journal has published an article by Jim Hall, director of information technology, in its forthcoming December issue. Linux Journal is a monthly magazine about Linux as well as free and open source software. The title of Hall's article is "It's about the User: Applying Usability in Open-Source Software."
Michael Lackey, associate professor of English, received a glowing review from Publisher's Weekly for his forthcoming Truthful Fictions: A Conversation with American Biographical Novelists. The collection includes interviews with 16 biographical novelists and addresses the differences between biographical fiction and history, the nature of the novel form, and the writing process. Publishers Weekly calls it both "absorbing" and "vibrant." Truthful Fictions will be released by Bloomsbury in February 2014.
Jill Doerfler '01, associate professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, served on the team that wrote a proposed constitution for the White Earth Nation, which was approved late last month. Doerfler played a major role in the process leading up to the vote. Her recent work on the constitutional reform effort was supported by a UMD Strategic Initiative Grant and by the White Earth Nation through UMD's Tribal Sovereignty Institute.
In the news
Jim Cotter, professor of geology, and Tammy Rittenour '96, assistant professor of paleoclimatology and quaternary geology at Utah State University, were featured in a recent article by the St. Cloud Times. Cotter and Rittenour are researching evidence of glaciers and their movement across the Minnesota landscape.
Work by Barbara Burke, associate professor of communication, media, rhetoric, is featured in a blog post of the Texas Social Media Research Institute (TSMRI). Burke argues that, in agritourism, successful new social media users can generate long-term awareness of the activities and events in their communities.
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