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Weekly Bulletin

A weekly news digest for University of Minnesota, Morris faculty, staff, and students

Vol. 6, No. 32: May 6, 2015

Editor: Jenna Ray
This is the final Weekly Bulletin of the academic year. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, June 14, at 4 p.m. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor.

In this issue:

Featured events:

Final Exams

Wednesday, May 6-Thursday, May 7
Morris Campus

American Indian Honoring Ceremony

Friday, May 8, 3:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Honors Recital

Friday, May 8, 5 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Recital Hall

Honors and Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 8, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

Commencement Ceremony

students in regalia

Saturday, May 9, 1:30 p.m.
Campus Mall (Rainsite: P.E. Center Gymnasium)


May Session Begins

Monday, May 11
Morris Campus

Summer Session I Begins

Monday, May 18
Morris Campus

Come Grow With Us: Container Gardening

Wednesday, May 20, 5:15 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center, Horticulture Display Garden

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 25
Morris Campus

May Session Ends

Friday, May 29
Morris Campus

Rural Arts and Culture Summit

Tuesday, June 2-Thursday, June 4
Morris Campus

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Faculty and Staff Honored at 2015 Recognition Dinner


The event provides an opportunity to congratulate award recipients and to thank retirees for their service.


Morris Faculty Continue Academic Outreach

Past and current Morris faculty stimulate academic discussion with adults and seniors.

Call for Posters and Save the Date: Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

The fifth annual Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments, featuring scholarly accomplishments posters, will begin on Tuesday, November 10. This year's posters will highlight peer-reviewed (or equivalent) scholarly activity that took place between January 1 and December 31, 2014. Faculty, staff, and retirees are asked to choose a significant work from this time period that they would like highlighted and to submit it for inclusion by Thursday, September 3.

This Week in Photos:

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Todd A. Olson '83 and Dr. Richard Wehseler '91 have received the 2015 University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors alumni who make noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, or in service to the University of Minnesota.


The University of Minnesota, Morris will be listed on the US EPA ENERGY STAR website for its pledge to the ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign. In addition to saving energy and money, the campus's commitment encourages others to save energy, ultimately reducing global warming.

Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, will meet with Kathryn Sullivan Montovan '05 and her colleagues and students at Bennington College in Vermont. Goodnough will deliver two public talks and host workshops about the progress Morris has made to become a more sustainable campus and learn more about Bennington's efforts. He also will discuss models for changemaking and sustainability leadership.

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Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, Anna Pratt '15, Shoreview, Rachel Brockamp '17, Bruno, Megan Forcia '18, New Brighton, Sophie Bishop '17, Zimmerman, Minnesota GreenCorps member Faith Bradley, and Sustainability Director Troy Goodnough attended the 2015 Student Engagement Leadership Forum on Sustainability, held April 24-25 on the Crookston campus. Students presented on their efforts to make sustainable change on campus and in the community.

In the news

The University of Minnesota, Morris is featured on the Minnesota Pollution Control website. The campus is noted for its "winning approach to recycling" in sports facilities.

Morris also is mentioned in a recent editorial by the Minnesota Daily's editorial board. The article discusses the Minnesota House of Representatives' higher education omnibus bill, which proposed to boost state funding for the University of Minnesota's Morris and Crookston campuses.

Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson appeared on KMRS/KKOK's Community Connection on Monday, May 4.

Sophie Bishop '17, Zimmerman, Anna Pratt '15, Shoreview, and Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, are quoted in a story by the Morris Sun Tribune. The story discusses work being done in Stevens County related to climate change and public awareness.

Jennifer Rothchild, associate professor of sociology, Chris Butler, teaching specialist, and Satis Devkota, assistant professor of economics, recently discussed the impact of the Nepal earthquake with the Morris Sun Tribune. All three faculty members have deep personal and professional connections to the country.


All University of Minnesota, Morris events submissions should be submitted through the online events form.

Weekly Bulletin is the official campus newsletter for students, staff, faculty and friends of the University of Minnesota, Morris, prepared in cooperation by the Offices of University Relations and Computing Services, 600 East 4th Street, Morris, MN 56267. Each issue features a compendium of news and announcements, accomplishments and media coverage about the University of Minnesota, Morris.