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Weekly Bulletin

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

Vol. 5, No. 35: July 16, 2014

Editor: Jenna Ray
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, August 12, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:


Featured events:

Morris Area Farmer's Market

Mondays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.
East Side Park (corner of East Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue, Morris MN 56267)

Blood Drive

Wednesday, July 16, 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

West Central School of Agriculture All-School Reunion 2014

Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m.
Student Center

Dedication of Legacy Courtyard

Saturday, July 19, 2:30 p.m.
Welcome Center Legacy (North) Courtyard

STELLAR Welcome Presentation

Monday, July 21, 9:30 a.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Morris at the Saint Paul Saints

Thursday, July 24, 5 p.m.
Saint Paul Saints Baseball Club (1771 Energy Park Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55108)

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris Featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015


The guidebook delivers an insider's look at the "best and most interesting" schools in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain.


Morris Commissions New Sculpture

Full shot

The sculpture honors past, present, and future generations of the campus.


University of Minnesota Supports Youth Charities Statewide

The University will donate its share of Pennsylvania State University's forfeited bowl revenue.

Sigma Delta Pi Chosen to Present at International Conference

Morris's chapter is one of four chosen to present in Panama City.

Chemistry Students Study Metal-Organic Frameworks

Student research contributes to understanding Alzheimer's treatments.

McQuarrie and Kim Explore Differential Equation Models

Undergraduate summer research fosters early professional experience.

Students Spend Summer Conducting Immunology Research

Student researchers gain lab experience researching Human Herpesvirus 6.

Biology Students Study Stomach Bacteria

Timna Wyckoff's students are studying Helicobacter pylori.

Genova Receives Imagine Fund Award for Research in Argentina

The project will focus on race and the national family.

Narváez Receives Imagine Fund Award for Research on Chinese Indentured Labor

His work will address Chinese laborers in Cuba and Peru during the 19th century.

Miller Receives Imagine Fund Award for Project on Man Booker Prize

Miller will create a database to analyze patterns in Booker selections.

CST Students Work With Family Economic Success Program

Jacob Bibeau '15 and Ricardo Rojas '16 gathered data from west central Minnesota.

Wente Aims to Understand Consumer Needs in Grant County

Jordan Wente '15 is working with Grant County to better understand consumer needs and desires in the area.

Thiede '14 Reflects on Four Years With CST

Thiede entered, organized, and analyzed information and helped educators engage with students throughout the state.

Morris Area Farmers Market Makes Access to Healthy and Affordable Food Easy for Low-Income Minnesotans

The market provides affordable options for fresh, healthy food by collaborating with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota (Blue Cross). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can utilize benefits with a special incentive called "Market Bucks." The incentive matches EBT card purchases with up to $5 in coupons each market day, which customers can use to purchase additional SNAP-eligible foods at participating farmers markets.

Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program Update

The latest edition of Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program's (ESUP) The Upgrade is available now. In this issue:

-VP Levine assumes executive leadership of ESUP as Dean Elde retires
-ESUP Student team meets in-person to collaborate, share progress
-OIT shifting resources to ESUP
-ESUP Reporting information sessions and program status update

View this issue and more at upgrade.umn.edu.

This Month in Photos

Flowers outside Science entrance

The Morris Class of 1964 celebrated its inaugural 50th reunion, the University installed a new sculpture, and the Morris campus flourished with summer color. Enjoy these photos and more today!

Read more news.


The University of Minnesota, Morris was named the most effective public four-year institution in Minnesota by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC). In preliminary working papers released last month, MHEC adds that Morris is "quite efficient," graduating more students than expected at a reasonable price.

Jana Koehler '00, financial aid administrator, received the Outstanding New Professional Award at the Minnesota Association of Financial Aid Administrators (MAFAA) conference in May. The award is given to newer members of MAFAA for their outstanding contributions to their institutions and the financial aid profession. Koehler currently serves as the directory coordinator for MAFAA and will serve on the 2014-15 executive council as the University of Minnesota Sector Representative.

Gary Wahl '93, assistant professor of studio art, is a finalist for the Minnesota Museum of Art's sponsored 2014 Minnesota Biennial. Wahl is one of 36 finalists whose work is being showcased at the exhibition. The biennial runs through August 14.

Keith Brugger, professor of geology, was coauthor with colleagues at the University of Stockholm on two papers presented at the Annual Meeting of the European Geophysical Union in April. The first, "Investigating Flow Pathways and Transit Times for the Dispersal of Hydrocarbon Pollution on Rabots Glacier, Kebnekaise, Sweden" presented the results of a study attempting to track the fate and environmental impact of contaminants released as a result of a fatal crash of a Norwegian military aircraft in March 2012. The second paper, "Pathways and Transits Time of Meltwater in the Englacial Drainage System of Rabots Glacier, Kebnekaise, Sweden," examined how water is transported through glaciers and how it affects the dynamics of glacial flow, including the glacier's response to climate change.

Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history, presented a paper on "May Alcott Nieriker's Life Writings: Travel, Transition, and Transformation as a 19th-Century American Woman Artist" at the International Association for Biography and Autobiography Conference in Banff, Alberta, Canada.


Costume designer Mathew LeFebvre '87, right, is one of three 2014-15 McKnight Theatre Artist Fellows. The fellowship provided Lefebvre development funds to help with new theatrical projects.

Heidi Eger '13 and River Ostrow '14 collaborated with Morris Community Education to host a week-long summer camp, Adventures on the Prairie. They led elementary students through a series of science projects, nature observations, and journal entries to learn more about the prairie and the environment.

Estar in el Prairie, a photo project by Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center and Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, was on display at the Institute on the Environment's (IonE) Commons: Meeting and Art Space. The project documents demographic change throughout rural Minnesota and aims to bridge cultural gaps in the area.

Goodnough in action

Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, and Anna Pratt '15, Shoreview, participated in the Rural Climate Dialogues hosted by the Jefferson Center and Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. Goodnough spoke to the the Citizens Jury about Morris's renewable energy work. Pratt spoke to high-school students about extreme weather and climate.

Vasilikie Demos, professor emeritus of sociology, co-authored a new book, Gendered Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (Part B). This is the second book in the series, which examines gender within the context of global violence.


Julie Eckerle, associate professor of English, co-organized a conference at the Chawton House Library in late June. The conference, "Romance and its Transformations, 1550-1750," explored the romance genre in Britain over the course of 200 years.

Michael Lackey, associate professor of English, edited a new book, Conversations With Jay Parini. The book contains a series of interviews Lackey conducted with the renowned American author and academic. Parini was the featured speaker at Morris's 2012 Barber Lecture.

FreeDOS, a free replacement to MS-DOS created by Director of Information Technology Jim Hall, recently turned 20 years old. Hall began development on FreeDOS in 1994 after Microsoft announced it would no longer be supporting MS-DOS with Windows 95. While FreeDOS is still in development, it runs many original DOS programs and receives additional support from other developers.

Britta Buchanan '15 is spending eight weeks at an internship with the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum in Washington, DC. She has researched Montgomery Blair, postmaster general under Abraham Lincoln, and is set to have her summer research published online. Buchanan prepared for this opportunity through research experiences at Morris and a Morris Academic Partnership with Marynel Ryan Van Zee, associate professor of history.


In the news

Student Mitch Finzel was featured in a story by the Morris Sun Tribune. The article focuses on Finzel's passion for digital art and his upcoming autobiographical film, which recently won an online contest.


The Morris Sun Tribune reported on the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns, hosted by the Center for Small Towns. The symposium challenged the rural narrative in Minnesota.


Upper body shot

The Minneapolis Star Tribune discussed a healthy eating campaign led by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota, an organization assisted by the efforts of Mary Jo Forbord, Morris Healthy Eating coordinator.


The Minnesota Farm Guide featured the Minnesota Ag Ambassadors Institute, an event hosted at Morris. The event's theme was Diversity in Agriculture. It taught participants about intercultural communication and social etiquette.

Brian McDonald '14 was mentioned in a news release by the University of Massachusetts. McDonald formerly played football at Morris and has now been drafted to the UMass football team.

Kristin Invie '05 and her ten-member women's choir were featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune column on the best local Minnesota music albums in 2014. The choir recently remade an album by Neil Young.

Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, spoke with Paul Stagg at KWLM radio in June about the Morris campus's 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award and its renewable energy leadership.

Carol Pederson Meyer '60 was featured in an article from the Alexandria-based quarterly magazine Definitive Woman. The article highlighted Meyer's experiences at the West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) and her continued dedication to education. As a member of the WCSA Alumni Association Board of Directors, she endowed two scholarships for the University of Minnesota, Morris to show gratitude for her education on the old campus.

Minnesota Campus Compact's latest publication, Asset-Based Community Engagement in Higher Education, features an article on the University of Minnesota, Morris titled "The University of Minnesota Morris as an Asset-Based Institution."

The St. Cloud Times ran an article on Amanda Hansen '06. The story highlights Hansen's cake decorating experiences and her artistic interests. She placed third at the International Dairy-Deli Bakery Association cake decorating competition in June.

Abigale Bodene '15, Forest Lake, was mentioned in an article by the Morris Sun Tribune. Bodene was named Miss Midwest 2014 and appeared in the Prairie Pioneer Days parade in Morris.


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.