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Weekly Bulletin

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

Vol. 6, No. 34: June 17, 2015

Editor: Jenna Ray
This is the final Weekly Bulletin of the academic year. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, July 14, at 4 p.m. Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor.

In this issue:

Featured events:

Weed ID Class

Wednesday, June 17, 5:15 p.m. West Central Research and Outreach Center, Horticulture Display Garden

1965 50th Reunion

1965 campus shot

Friday, June 19-Saturday, June 20 Morris Campus


Summer Session II Begins

Monday, June 22 Morris Campus

Independence Day Holiday

Friday, July 3 Morris Campus

Gateway Begins

Monday, July 13 Morris Campus

Changes in Nature Workshop

Monday, July 13-Friday, July 17 Morris Campus

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris Is a Consumers Digest Top-5 Value in Public Colleges and Universities

campus building

Among 50 public institutions cited, Morris scored third in the nation.


Morris Earns 2015 Environmental Initiative - Community Action Award

The award honors innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental results by harnessing the power of partnership.

Morris Joins Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR Low Carbon IT Campaign

Morris saves energy by shifting campus computer usage.

National Science Foundation Award Supports UMM S-STEM

The project is designed to encourage the success of rural and American Indian students in four-year colleges and the sciences.

Athletic Director Mark Fohl to Retire after 28 Years


Fohl came to Morris in 1985 and became the athletic director in 1987.


Buchanan '15 and Macnab '15 Take Part in Century America Digital Humanities Project

Britta Buchanan '15 and Colm Macnab '15 document local history and the Great War.

Joul '18 Acts as Rural Housing Advocate

Maura Joul '18, Saint Cloud, worked with Habitat for Humanity and the Center for Small Towns.

Center for Small Towns Celebrates 20 Years

This spring marks the 20th anniversary of the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns.

Rural Arts and Culture Summit Promotes Engagement, Initiative, and Creativity in Small Towns

Hosted by the Center for Small Towns and Springboard for the Arts, the summit celebrated art and culture programs in rural areas.

Bees Create Buzz on Campus

The bees will foster education and collaboration throughout the Morris community.

City of Morris Observed Honor and Remember Weekend

Mayor Sheldon Giese declared the weekend of May 22-25, 2015, Honor and Remember Weekend. At this time citizens were encouraged to show gratitude to Stevens County veterans.

This Month in Photos:

students at commencement


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The athletic department has announced its annual student-athlete awards: Cody Hickman '15, Morris, was awarded the Arnold Henjum Award, and Molly Olson '15, Lakeville, Kendra Wycoff '15, Montrose, and Emily Auch '15, Benson, shared the Willis Kelly Award. John Hastings '15, Bloomington, and Kelsi Kolle '15, Sartell, were named Senior Honor Athletes.

Si Chen '15 was one of two 2015 Mestenhauser Student Award for Excellence in Campus Internationalization recipients. The awards were presented at a ceremony celebrating accomplishments in international education and global engagement across the University of Minnesota.

Kaitlin Kamm '17, Kasota, jumped 1.59m to place 18th at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Outdoor Championships.

Eric Terres '15, Melrose, was named to the Midwest All-Region Third Team by the American Baseball Coaches Association and was named All-Region by

Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history, presented a paper on "Making the Invisible Visible: The Exemplarity of Older Women Artists in the Early Modern Period" at a conference on Women and Ageing: New Cultural and Critical Perspectives at the University of Limerick, Ireland, in May.

Cyrus Bina, distinguished research professor of economics, led a discussion on the context of Edward Snowden's affair and the recent Supreme Court decision that prohibited the use of gragnet gathering of information on United States citizens following a screening of CITIZENFOUR at the Grand Arbor Theatre in Alexandria in June.

Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, attended the 2015 Upper Midwest Civic Engagement Summit, held June 9-10 at the Gustavus Adolphus campus in St. Peter. Goodnough presented lessons learned from sustainability-related community engagement work in the Morris area.

Andy Spofford '07 has been named North Branch Area Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Sophie Bishop '17, Zimmerman, Peter Kvale '16, Duluth, Katie Ledermann '17, Mahtomedi, Austin Tipper '18, Palatine, Illinois, Jasmine Paron '16, Shakopee, Faith Bradley, Minnesota GreenCorps member, Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, Jim Barbour, biomass energy scientist, Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor of finance and facilities, Tony Nemmers, general manager of dining services, Ed Brands, associate professor of environmental studies, Viktor Berberi, assistant professor of Italian, Sheri Breen, associate professor of political science, and Clement Loo, associate professor of environmental studies attended the 2015 Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference, held June 17-19 at Bemidji State. Bishop, Ledermann, Tipper, Bradley, Barbour, Goodnough, Nemmers, and Loo presented at the event. Erika Bailey-Johnson '99, sustainability director at Bemidji, was the lead conference organizer. Tipper, Paron, Brands, Breen, Berberi and Loo were supported by the Sustainability Leaders for the Future program by a grant through the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

In the news


Rebecca Dean, associate professor of anthropology, and archaeology students were interviewed by WDAY News. According to reporter Catherine Ross, the team "is restoring peace to the final resting place of some Minnesota pioneers" by excavating the Boerner family cemetery near Herman.


Jim Hall, director of information technology, is mentioned in a story by GNOME. Hall is working with a student as part of the Outreachy project to do usability testing on open source software.

Kristen Peterson '05 was featured in Definitive Woman. Peterson recently opened Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool in Alexandria.

Kristie Swenstad '10 was profiled by the Echo Press. Swenstad discusses her love for the outdoors, which was borne of her Morris experience.

According to her blog, Kayla Zimmer '10 is running for the Miss North Dakota International title on a platform of empowering young women.

Lera Hephner '15 is quoted in a story by DL Online. Hepner recently shared her experiences with Detroit Lakes High School graduates.


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 Information Technology, 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.