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Weekly Bulletin

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

Vol. 6, No. 1: August 27, 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, September 2, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:


Featured events:

Fall Classes Begin students on the mall

Wednesday, August 27
Morris Campus

Morris Community Welcome Picnic

Thursday, August 28, 5:30 p.m.
East Side Park

CAC Films Presents: Zombieland

Friday, August 29, 9:30 p.m.
Campus Mall

CAC Concerts Presents: Avian and Stealing Second

Sunday, August 31, 5 p.m.
Campus Mall

Labor Day Holiday

Monday, September 1
Morris Campus
No classes. Administrative offices closed.

Community Engagement Day of Service

student and youngster

Monday, September 1, 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Art Club Poster Sale

Tuesday, September 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, September 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Student Center, Oyate Hall

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris Earns Continuation College Success Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation

program logo

Continued funding sustains successful programs that boost retention and completion rates.


Sheehan Serves as NWF Campus Ecology Fellow

Sheehan increased climate literacy and clean energy usage in Minnesota.

Students Look at Atmospheric Conditions

Shelby Richard '15 and Jieying Jin '15 developed research tools for halo observation.

Fischer Educates Public about Honeybees

with bees

Kelly Fischer '17, Roseville, is developing a honeybee educational installation with the Prairie Ecology Bus Center.


Wente and Kildegaard Work on Solar Energy Project

Jordan Wente '15 and Arne Kildegaard are optimizing a solar energy plan for a local dairy.

Lindgren Improves Road Safety

Michael Lindgren '14, Crystal, assesses transportation and safety issues along Highway 68.

The Sketchbook Project Comes to Morris

All are welcome to contribute to this worldwide art collection.

Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program Update

The latest edition of Enterprise Systems Upgrade Program's (ESUP) The Upgrade is available now. In this issue:

-MyU Preview: MyU Homepage
-Nearly 400 Attend ESUP Update at All-HR Meeting
-Staff, Faculty, and Students Evaluate ESUP's Web Presence

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

Call for Submissions: 2014 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

Submissions for the fourth annual Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments are due no later than Thursday, September 4. The event will feature peer-reviewed (or equivalent) scholarly activity that took place between January 1 and December 31, 2013. For more information, contact Jayne Blodgett.

This Week in Photos

Pounce douses Jacquie and Sandy

The Office of Community Engagement presented its Community Needs and Assets findings, Morris alumni and friends visited the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum, students, staff, and faculty returned to campus, and Morris took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Enjoy these photos and more!


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student gardening on green campus

The University of Minnesota, Morris is one of Sierra magazine's top 40 "Cool Schools" for 2014. The Sierra Club's official publication ranks universities that lead sustainability initiatives and strive to protect and preserve the environment. Morris was ranked #31 in the nation, its highest ranking to date.


This summer Allison Wolf '15, Brooklyn Park, and Virginia Godfrey '15, Saint Paul, conducted public health-related research this summer through the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Undergraduate Research Program, the Center for Translational Science Institute, and the Center for Healthy Equity.

Samantha Mattson Gulon '91 has been inducted into the Minnewaska Laker Foundation Athletic Hall of Fame. As a Morris student, Gulon was a three-year starter for the women's basketball team and was named both Rookie of the Year and Conference Player of the Week. She now is a language arts instructor at Detroit Lakes Middle School.

After ten years, Badlands Natural History Association (BNHA) Executive Director Katie Johnston '07 has realized her dream of creating a children's book about the Badlands. "Growing up in the Badlands...I started to realize the lack of children's publications we had on the area," Johnston says. "I decided it would be fun to write a book." The book, Badlands: A to Z, will be released in September.

George and Pat

George Fosgate, professor emeritus of theatre arts, stars in a new Image 3D commercial. Fosgate is joined on screen by his wife, Pat.


In the news

Jeffrey Wencl '08 is mentioned in a recent Minneapolis Star Tribune article. Wencl, who worked with the Center for Small Towns as a student, discussed his work with Muriel Krusemark, Hoffman economic development coordinator.


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.