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Weekly Bulletin

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

Vol. 6, No. 31: April 22, 2015

Editor: Jenna Ray
The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, April 28, at 4 p.m. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor.

In this issue:

Featured events:

Music at the Library

Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Morris Public Library (102 East 6th Street, Morris, MN 56267)

Čhaŋkpé Ópi: Using Indigenous Methodologies as Engaged Resistance to Climate Change at Wounded Knee

Wednesday, April 22, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

CST 20th Anniversary Reception

Thursday, April 23, 2-4 p.m.
Welcome Center, Second Floor

Softball vs Concordia College

Thursday, April 23, 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
at Morris

Opening Reception: Senior Student Art Exhibit II

painting and viewer

Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison Gallery


Men's Tennis vs Martin Luther College

Friday, April 24, 3 p.m.
at Morris

Dance Ensemble Spring Show

Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium.

CAC Films Presents: Chasing Ice

Friday, April 24, 9:30 p.m.
Science Auditorium (2950).

31st Annual Tinman Triathlon

Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.
Regional Fitness Center

Symphonic Winds and Jazz Ensemble Send-Off Concert

Saturday, April 25, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Soup and Substance

Monday, April 27, 5:30 p.m.
Student Center, Moccasin Flower Room

James Lenfestey Reading and Conversation

Monday, April 27, 7:30 p.m.
Briggs Library, Lower Level

Bread 'n Bowls

Tuesday, April 28, 5:30 p.m.
Morris Area Elementary School (151 South Columbia Avenue, Morris, MN 56267)

Science and Math Visiting Alumnus Lecture

Tuesday, April 28, 7 p.m.
Science Auditorium (2950)

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Gill '16 Works with Morris Area Chamber of Commerce

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Sam Gill '16, Northfield, will help facilitate and organize upcoming programs and events.


Odegaard '16 Works With Green Island in Wadena

Benjamin Odegaard '16, Starbuck, is developing a plan for the new tourist destination.

Upgrade News: the Wait Is Over

The PeopleSoft systems upgrade (The Upgrade) launched on Monday, April 20. 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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Managing Director of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Christy Goldfuss and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced today that the University of Minnesota, Morris is among the 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardees. Morris is one of nine postsecondary recipients this year, the first in which institutions of higher education have been eligible.

Work by Satis Devkota, assistant professor of economics, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. The article, "What Factors Change Education Inequality in Nepal?", also has been published on Taylor & Francis Online. This research was done in collaboration with Professor Mukti Upadhyay of Eastern Illinois University.

Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts, recently performed a leading role in T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral for Compass Rose Theatre in the Washington, DC, area. The Capital Gazette called his performance "powerful and true." Schultz also brought his solo performance as Tennessee Williams in Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams to the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Since 2012 he has toured the production to various colleges and theatres throughout the country.

"Cognitive Skills, Personality, and Economic Preferences in Collegiate Success," an article from Morris's Truckers & Turnover Project (T&T), has been released online by the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. The paper analyzes the individual characteristics that predict the later graduation success in a sample of 100 Morris students on whom data was initially collected in 2007 (originally as a control group for a study of trainee truckers). Co-authors of the paper are Stephen Burks, professor of economics and management, Connor Lewis '15, Paul Kivi, Bemidji State University, Amanda Wiener '14, Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Lorenz Goette, University of Lausanne, Colin DeYoung, UM-TC, and Aldo Rustichini, UM-TC.

In the news


Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities, is quoted in a recent story by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rasmussen discusses solar energy and its role in the future of clean energy. According to Rasmussen, "solar is now the new frontier."

Sandra Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, and Trey Goodsell '17, Sisseton, South Dakota, are quoted in a story by the Minnesota Daily. The two discuss Morris's tuition waiver for American Indian students.

Alyssa Herzog Melby '07 was profiled by Southern Minn Scene. Melby discusses her return to Minnesota and her new position as executive director of the Northfield Arts Guild.

Sam Bruno '13 was interviewed by the Saint Cloud Times. Bruno, Great River Arts program support specialist, is working with students to create tiles from re-purposed garbage, which will hang in the center's exhibit space. The exhibit also will feature a Fashion Trashion component, complete with Morris students and wares.

Both the Morris Sun Tribune and KMRS/KKOK reported on last week's Celebration of Community Engagement. There members of the campus and greater community joined Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson and University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler to honor a long tradition of Morris community-university partnerships and this year's community engagement award winners.


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.