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Weekly Bulletin

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

Vol. 6, No. 30: April 15, 2015

Editor: Jenna Ray
The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, April 21, at 4 p.m. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor.

In this issue:

Featured events:

Mixed Student Recital

Thursday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

National Undergraduate Research Week Brown Bag Presentation: Broc Kokesh

Friday, April 17, 12 p.m.
Imholte Hall 114

Clarinet Private Lessons Student Recital

Friday, April 17, 5:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Chris Kluwe Talk

Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Morris Area High School Auditorium (151 South Columbia Avenue, Morris, MN 56267)

Fashion Trashion Runway Show

Jess Larson as emcee

Friday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre


15 Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium


Saturday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Student Center, Imholte Hall, and Humanities Fine Arts


Killer Wingfield Theatre Company Presents: Thanksgiving in July and Jared Brings Dad

Saturday, April 18, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 19, at 4 p.m.
Student Center's Edson Auditorium

Chamber Orchestra Concert

Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Chamber Concert

Tuesday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

GWSS Lecture: "Our Right to Tell to Tell Our Stories"

Wednesday, April 22, 4 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts 6

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Visits Morris

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The campus's waste management practices were featured as a positive example of recycling at sports facilities.


Ivan Ramler '02 to Serve as Science and Math Visiting Alumnus

Ramler, assistant professor of statistics at Saint Lawrence University, will give a public lecture on life as an applied statistician on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. He will conduct several other events for students during his visit, April 25-28.

You're Invited: CST 20th Anniversary Celebration

The Center for Small Towns will host an informal open house on Thursday, April 23, from 2-4 p.m. to commemorate its 20-year anniversary. CST has invited some of the original founders back to campus as well as many community and campus partners. Faculty and staff are invited to celebrate Morris's 20-year commitment to this outreach work.

Upgrade News: What to Expect throughout Cutover

April 10-20: Core Systems Unavailable (or View Only)
PeopleSoft systems will be unavailable or view-only. Access to email, Moodle, the Internet, and many other systems will be available. If you rely on reporting, you also might want to view the blog post "Reports before, during and after the Upgrade." This is a good time to complete education and training for the new systems if you haven't done so already.

April 20: Upgraded Systems Launch
This is the target date for the new systems to begin operating. The transition is proceeding as expected.

Call centers will be available to help with questions. The Upgrade website also features helpful resources, including a Readiness Checklist and a Login Guide.

This Week in Photos:

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Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research grant for 2015. A biology and environmental studies major, Hoidal is the first current student from Morris to receive a Fulbright award and the second Morris recipient this year. She will use her Fulbright award to spend a year in Copenhagen researching the protein-rich grain amaranth and climate change-resilient agricultural policy.

Kylan Hill '15, Aitkin, and Kelsi Kolle '15, Saint Cloud, are two of 16 finalists for the annual Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award. The award, which is given to one male and one female student-athlete from UMAC member institutions, recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate a healthy balance by achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and service while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Elena Machkasova, associate professor of computer science, and 12 students participated in the 2015 Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS) at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. The Computer Science Discipline earned awards in all three student categories:

At the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Athletic Director/President's meeting, Athletic Director Mark Fohl was honored for his service to the conference. Commissioner Corey Borchardt presented Fohl with a plague to dedicate his service. He has served as athletic director at Morris since 1987.

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) has announced the recipients of the 2015 Community Engagement Awards:

The awards recognize Morris students, faculty, and staff as well as community partners who have shown exemplary work and commitment to OCE programs.

In the news

Mary Jo Forbord, Morris Healthy Eating coordinator, was interviewed by Today's Dietitian for its recent "Organic vs Conventional: Which Is Better?" feature.


Daniel Leske '73 is the subject of a recent PRNewswire release. Leske is an artist and the author of The Joy of Heaven.


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.