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Weekly Bulletin

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

Vol. 6, No. 8: October 15, 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, October 21, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:


Featured events:

Asking the Big Questions-"Are We Alone: The Search For Life in the Cosmos"

Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Briggs Library. McGinnis Room

Briggs Library Associates Book Sale

shoppers at sale

Thursday, October 16, 12-7 p.m.
Friday, October 17, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall.

Chamber Concert

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

First Half Semester Classes End

Friday, October 17
Morris Campus

Fall Break

Monday, October 20-Tuesday, October 21
Morris Campus

Second Half Semester Classes Begin

Wednesday, October 22
Morris Campus

Elementary Education Application/Information Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 5 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris Welcomed Delegation from Germany

The delegation explored research being done on energy and renewable agriculture.

Works by Weeks and Ibarra Grace Morrison Gallery

collage of two works

Wheel Within a Wheel and Seeds of Babel open on October 30.


Keeler Conducts Local Foods Research

Maria Keeler '16 is researching growers and producers of local foods in the west central region.

Take the Employment Engagement Survey

Make your voice heard by completing the 2014 E2 Employee Engagement Survey by Friday, October 31. The survey will help University leaders understand your perspective on workplace issues and develop action plans to improve your department and the University overall. Responses to the survey are completely confidential.

Mark your calendars: Employee Health and Benefit Fair

Plan to attend the Employee Health and Benefit Fair on Monday, November 10, from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Visit with vendors representing medical plans, flexible spending accounts, employee benefits, retirement savings, dental plans, employee wellness, and more. Free flu shots will be available from 12-1 p.m. Door prizes, give-aways, and a light lunch will be provided.

Upgrade Program Update Available

The latest edition of The Upgrade is available now. In this issue:

-Change in Name from ESUP
-Enhanced Upgrade Education Page
-Upgrade Key Messages

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

This Week in Photos

Nye at podiuim

The campus came alive with fall color, and Bill Nye the Science Guy visited Morris. Enjoy these photos and more!


Read more news.



upper body shot

The Hummingbird's Tongue, a new collection of poems by Professor of English Vicki Graham, was released this month by Red Dragonfly Press. In these finely detailed poems, Graham has transformed her understanding of the complexities of biological processes into love songs for the earth.


Jennifer Rothchild, associate professor of sociology and GWSS, presented "'Whose breasts Are They?': Deconstructing Gender in Breast Feeding Advocacy Programs" at the Powell Center for Women's Health annual conference on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. The poster she presented was co-authored by Karen Mumford, Haley Van Cleve '14, and Matt Johnson '10.

Jess Larson, professor of studio art, will take part in the Women's Art Institute panel discussion "Fiber Arts: Women's Work and/or Feminist Statement" on Wednesday, November 5, at St. Catherine University in Saint Paul. Larson will present and discuss her work.

Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, will moderate a candidate forum for House District 12A candidates on Thursday, October 16, in Morris. The forum is hosted by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities


In the news

Elijah Mayfield '07 is the subject of a story by EdSurge. Mayfield's LightSide Labs, which uses machine learning to develop a writing assistant that offers feedback and suggestions as students work through paper drafts, was recently acquired by Turnitin, one of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world.

promotional shot of family

Ryan '06 and Kim Johnson Kasl '06 were featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The Kasls recently moved their two children into a 207-square-foot Tiny House near Braham and were featured on FYI's Tiny House Nation.



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.