A weekly news digest for University of Minnesota, Morris faculty, staff, and students
Vol. 5, No. 36: August 13, 2014
In this issue:
- Morris Faculty, Staff, and Students Return
- Morris Value Recognized by Forbes Magazine
- Alayna Johnson '15 Spends Summer at Harvard Forest
- Morris Sun Tribune Reports on Campus Effectiveness Ratings
Monday, August 18, 10 a.m.
Morris Area High School (151 South Columbia Avenue, Morris, MN 56267)
Fall Professional Development Day
Tuesday, August 19, 9 a.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
Faculty and Staff Welcome Back Picnic
Tuesday, August 19, 5 p.m.
Campus Mall (Rainsite: Student Center, Oyate Hall)
Wednesday, August 20, 9 a.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery
Opening Faculty/Staff Convocation
Wednesday, August 20, 3 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
Thursday, August 21, 5:30 p.m.
Minnesota Lakes Martime Museum (205 Third Avenue West, Alexandria, MN 56308)
New Student Orientation
Sunday, August 24-Tuesday, August 26
UMM Community Picnic
Sunday, August 24, 4:30 p.m.
Tug Lake (Rainsite: Dining Hall)
Student Activities Fair
Tuesday, August 26, 5:30 p.m.
Campus Mall (Rainsite: Dining Hall)
UMM Alumni Association Freshman Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, August 26, 6 p.m.
Campus Mall (Rainsite: Dining Hall)
Fall Classes Begin
Wednesday, August 27
News and announcements:
The University of Minnesota, Morris is among the best educational values in the nation.
The grants will help Morris support at-risk students.
The summer programs provide students tools for college success.
"Indigenous American to Indigenous Borneo-Adventures in Biology and Biodiversity" is led by Michael Ceballos.
His work will improve biomass plant emissions and functionality.
Tisha Turk, associate professor of English, researches new media literacy and fandom.
The team studies the effects of sound in data analysis.
Francis Reed '16 and Benjamin Odegaard '16 look for invasive species, write articles, and take water samples.
The group plays with the freedom of jazz and a love of pop and rock tunes.
WCSA alumni celebrated an all-class reunion, the campus dedicated the Legacy Courtyard, and Morris alumni gathered in New York, Midway Stadium, Washington, DC, and Cumberland, Wisconsin. Enjoy these photos and more!
The women's basketball team finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.527 GPA and tied for the 13th-best GPA in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The team's success earned it a place in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association 2014 Academic Top 25.
The women's track and field squad earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) 2013-14 Track and Field All-Academic Team honors. This is the second consecutive year in which the Cougars have received this honor.
Alayna Johnson '15, Poplar, Wisconsin, has spent her summer doing ecological research at Harvard Forest, a department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University. Johnson is working with Chris Williams, associate professor of geography at Clark University, to examine the relationship between climate and deforestation.
Kia Kolbinger '17, Becker, is interning at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis as a choreographic assistant for the upcoming musical Golden Boys. Kolbinger is one of two choreographic assistants responsible for teaching cast members choreography for the large production numbers.
Natasha Myhal '15, Cleveland, Ohio, has been interning at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana, under a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates through the University of Minnesota. Myhal is working on a restoration project for a plant that is culturally significant to tribes in the area.
Work by Jessica Larson, professor of studio art, is on exhibit at the Textile Center in Minneapolis through August 16. Larson's Woman Troubles challenges expectations of both beauty and embroidery conventions.
Ted Pappenfus, professor of chemistry, received an award from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) for his poster presentation at the 23rd International Conference on Chemical Education (ICCE) in Toronto, Canada, on July 15. His paper, titled "A Convenient Microscale Microwave Synthesis of Acetylferrocene," describes an approach to introduce students to microwave chemistry as a synthetic tool for green chemistry. Alumni Sarah Goergen '13 and Chase Gerold '13 contributed to the work.
Jim Hall, director of information technology, gave a keynote presentation at the GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC) in France. Hall has been working with the development team of GNOME, an open-source desktop environment, to identify problems and solutions to GNOME applications.
In the news
The Morris Sun Tribune reported on the University of Minnesota, Morris's recent ranking as the most effective public, four-year institution in Minnesota. This is the second consecutive year in which the Midwestern Higher Education Compact has recognized Morris for its effectiveness and efficiency.
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