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August 27, 2014
In this issue: Classes Resume on the Morris Campus Morris Receives Great Lakes Continuation Grant Morris Rises in Sierra Club Rankings Wencl '08 Named in Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
July 16, 2014
In this issue: Campus to Host WCSA All-School Reunion Morris Included in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2015 Morris Commended by Midwestern Higher Education Compact Mitch Finzel Featured in the Morris Sun Tribune
June 11, 2014
In this issue: Morris Will Hold its First 50th Reunion Morris Receives Prestigious Climate Leadership Award Vandenberg '03 Receives Distinguished Service Award for MACAC Burks Interviewed on SiriusXM's Doctor Radio
May 6, 2014
In this issue: Campus to Celebrate 51st Commencement Natalie Hoidal '15 Named a 2014 Udall Scholar Kari Hanson '14 Accepted by Carnegie Mellon Summer School Prairie Arts and Culture Bulletin Announces Sylke Boyd's Exhibit
April 30, 2014
In this issue: Annual Senior Studio Art Student Exhibit II Opens Green Prairie Community Awarded LEED Green Building Certification Truckers & Turnover Paper Included in Undergraduate Research Highlights Yvette Butler '11 Published on CNNOpinion
April 23, 2014
In this issue: Faculty and Staff Honored at Annual Recognition Dinner Chancellor Emeritus John Q. Imholte Fondly Remembered Bradley Deane Receives All-University Horace T. Morse Award Dennis Anderson '73 Quotes Tom Hennen '66 in the Star Tribune
April 16, 2014
In this issue: Soup and Substance To Chew On Local Sustainable Food Morris Premieres New Sustainability Leadership Program Jordan Wente '15 Named a 2014 Truman Scholar 30th Annual CNIA Powwow Featured in the Morris Sun Tribune
April 9, 2014
In this issue: Morris to Hold its 14th Undergraduate Research Symposium Tiwaloluwa Ajibewa '14 Leaves his Mark at Morris Students Present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research Steve Lang '89 Reminisces in a Column for the Big Bend Sentinel
April 2, 2014
In this issue: 36th Annual Jazz Fest Begins This Week Help Morris Win Climate Leadership Awards Video Contest Sheri Breen Receives the 2014 UMMAA Teaching Award Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson Mentioned on TwinCities.com
March 26, 2014
In this issue: Morris Campus Welcomes Elder in Residence Burks Receives Faculty Distinguished Research Award Nancy Carpenter's Latest Book To Be Released Next Week Letter by Rebecca Dean Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 19, 2014
In this issue: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit Opens All Invited to Attend Prairie Gate Literary Festival Burks Chairs Transportation Research Board Committee AT060 Morris Campus Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal
March 12, 2014
<h3>In this issue</h3><ul><li>HHMI Careers in Biology Alumni Speaker Series Continues</li><li>Center for Small Towns Announces Its 2014 Symposium</li><li>Students Present at March Meeting of the American Physical Society</li><li>Morris Commended by the Minneapolis Star Tribune</li></ul>
March 5, 2014
In this issue: Spring Break 2014 To Be Held Next Week Morris Again Named Best Value by Kiplinger's Burks Presented at the Antigua Experimental Economics Conference Tim Grove Quoted by Yahoo! Sports
February 26, 2014
In this issue: Morris Campus Student Association Candidates Debate Michael Lackey's Latest Books Released Women's Basketball Earns UMAC Championship Jason Squinobal Receives Artist Quick Start Grant
February 19, 2014
In this issue: Susan Seim Listberger '07 To Deliver Next Careers in Biology Lecture Partnerships with Local Schools Inspire Teacher Education Advisory Committee Harris and Lund Receive Homeland Security and Emergency Management Professional Certificates Center for Small Towns Partners with Greater Than MN to Conduct Survey of West Central Minnesota
February 12, 2014
In this issue: GWSS Works in Progress Discussion Series Continues Cafe Scientifique to Explore the Good, the Bad, and the Honey Work by Julia Dabbs Published in Critical Perspectives on Roman Baroque Sculpture Barbara Burke Profiled by Latvian Newspaper Liesma
February 5, 2014
In this issue: Meiningens Student Theatre Presents BENT Alumnus Drew Schield '12 Contributes to PNAS Fourteen Professors Receive 2014 Imagine Fund Awards Wente '15 and Hoidal '15 Appear on The Uptake
January 29, 2014
In this issue: French Film Festival Continues with Couleur de peau: Miel Alumna Keni Zenner '12 Gives Back to the Community Morris Named a 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Finalist Jake Grussing '05 Featured in the Minneapolis StarTribune
January 22, 2014
In this issue: Speaking in Tongues Brings World Music to Morris Chancellor Johnson Elected Chair of AASHE Board Hoidal '15 and Ledermann '17 Meet with Minnesota EQB
January 15, 2014
In this issue: Campus to Take Part in MLK Day of Service Speaking in Tongues to Perform at Morris Biology Faculty Receive Grant In Aid Awards Bart Finzel Featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
December 11, 2013
In this issue: Last Day of Instruction for Fall 2013 MN Higher Ed "Listening Tour" Coming to Morris Morris Named a 2014 Best-Value Public College by Kiplinger's Personal Finance Karin Wolverton '97 to Appear in Silent Night on PBS
December 4, 2013
In this issue: Carol Concert Promises a Festive Experience Rasmussen Travels with Delegation to Germany Morris Students Attend the 5th Annual UMACS Conference Jim Cotter and Tammy Rittenour '96 Featured in the St. Cloud Times
November 27, 2013
In this issue: Campus Closed for Thanksgiving Break DuHamel Performs at Carnegie Hall Work by Schultz and Larson Published by Lexington Books Matt Hardy '01 Profiled by TECHdotMN
November 20, 2013
In this issue: UMM Jazz Ensemble Welcomes the Season with Winter Holiday Concert Carol Concert Promises a Festive Experience Students Present at American Physical Society Prairie Section Fall 2013 Meeting Tammy Berberi Quoted by Inside Higher Ed
November 13, 2013
In this issue: Gloria Ladson-Billings Delivers Closing Address Education Students Travel to Chicago Cyrus Bina Honored at Northeastern Illinois University Tammy Berberi Featured in The New York Times
November 6, 2013
In this issue: Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments Continues EPA Recognizes Morris for Leading Green Power Use Ray Schultz Named the Third UMM Founders Scholar Brendan Brandt '04 Appears in Audi for America TV Spot
October 30, 2013
In this issue: Performing Arts Series Continues with Zenon Dance Company Gloria Ladson-Billings Will Conclude Visit to Morris Students Awarded Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo Scholarship Nic McPhee Featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 23, 2013
In this issue: Peter C. Falkum '80 to Deliver 2013 Latterell Visiting Alumnus Lecture Morris to Host Third Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments Lackey's The Haverford Discussions Released by University of Virginia Press Dan Moore '07 Mentioned in the Morris Sun Tribune
October 16, 2013
In this issue: Briggs Library Associates Book Sale To Be Held Morrisons' Generosity Creates Beautiful Space Matt Zaske Receives IT Outstanding Service Award Jim Hall Featured in University Business
October 9, 2013
In this issue: Performing Arts Series Continues with Susan Werner's Hayseed Project Theatre Discipline Announces Upcoming Season Students Win National Sustainability Leadership Award Tammy Berberi Interviewed by Minnesota Daily
October 2, 2013
In this issue: MCSA Hosts Mental Health Awareness Week Susan Werner to Bring Hayseed Project to Morris KUMM Serves as State Headquarters for College Radio Day Laura McClendon '03 Featured in the Star Tribune
September 25, 2013
In this issue: Campus Celebrates Homecoming 2013 Dean of the Humphrey School to Deliver Lee Lecture Michael Ceballos Receives NSF I-Corps Teams Grant Jill Doerfler '01 Profiled by the Duluth News Tribune
September 18, 2013
In this issue: Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market and Fall Feast Enrollment Hits Eleven-Year High Morris Named a Military Friendly School Student-Citizen Partnership Featured in Morris Sun Tribune
September 11, 2013
In this issue: Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminars Resume Morris to Host Gloria Ladson-Billings This Fall Morris Named a Top 10 Public Liberal Arts College Livingston Receives Pay it Forward Stevens County Award
September 4, 2013
In this issue: Mike Super to Open Performing Arts Series Morris Excels in Effectiveness and Efficiency Morris Honored as a 2013 College of Distinction Work by Pete Wyckoff Featured in Senior Perspective
August 28, 2013
In this issue: 2013 Fall Semester Begins Green Prairie Community Opens its Doors Morris One of Sierra Magazine's Top 40 "Cool Schools" Morris Commended by MHEC and The Star Tribune
August 14, 2013
In this issue: Fall Classes Begin August 28 Morris Students 'Dig' Summer Break Morris Recognized in "America's Top Colleges" Stephen Burks Quoted in August Issue of Safety + Health
July 16, 2013
In this issue: Morris to Host WCSA All-School Reunion Alumni Stay Connected through Barbershop Quartet Morris Featured in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 Morris and the 2013 RAC Summit Commended by the NEA
June 12, 2013
In this issue: Summer Session II Begins Leah Hoyt '13 Builds Connections with Alumna Spring Grant-in-Aid Award Recipients Announced Commencement 2013 Featured on ABC, NBC, and C-SPAN
May 8, 2013
In this issue: Campus to Celebrate 50th Commencement National Science Foundation Extends Funding for REU Barbara Burke Receives Fulbright Award Morris Mentioned in The Huffington Post
May 1, 2013
In this issue: Dakota Iapi Teunhindapi : We all Cherish the Dakota Language to Premiere at Morris Morris Campus to Celebrate its 50th Commencement UMMAA Announces 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients Morris Featured on MPR's The Daily Circuit
April 24, 2013
In this issue: Campus Celebrates Spring Recognition Dinner Sustainability Semester to Premier this Summer Morris Included in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges Stephen Burks Quoted in the New York Times "Bits" Blog
April 17, 2013
In this issue: HFA Gallery Showcases Work of Graduating Seniors Students Bring Technology Education to Rural Minnesota Argie Manolis Receives 2013 Morris Academic Staff Award Naomi Wente '13 Profiled by Bluestem Prairie and Twin Cities Daily Plane
April 10, 2013
In this issue: Dean of the Humphrey School to Deliver 2013 Jooinn Lee Lecture Undergraduate Research Symposium to Celebrate Student Achievement Athena Kildegaard Featured in the latest issue of Rain Taxi Craig Peterson '99 Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio News
April 3, 2013
In this issue: University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler Visits Campus 2013 Rural Arts and Culture Summit to be Held in Morris Recipients of the 2012-13 Outstanding Support Staff Awards Announced Michael Weatherly '93 to be Featured at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance
March 27, 2013
In this issue: Burbach '95 to Deliver First Careers in Biology Alumni Speakers Series Lecture French Poetry Contest Will Celebrate Language and Verse 2013 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition Graces HFA Gallery Goodnough Assists with MNSCU Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Leadership Workshop
March 20, 2013
In this issue: Catch Dessa with Special Guest Aby Wolf and Her Claws in Concert Rittenour '96 to Serve as Science and Math Visiting Alumni Speaker Jennifer Deane Receives all-University Horace T. Morse Award Soup and Substance Recap in the Morris Sun Tribune
March 13, 2013
In this issue: Campus Observes Spring Break On-Site Composting Comes to Morris Jong-Min Kim Receives Faculty Distinguished Research Award 29th Annual CNIA Powwow Mentioned in This Week from Indian Country Today
March 6, 2013
In this issue: Nakai, Eaton, Clipman Trio Concludes 2012-13 Performing Arts Series 35th Annual Jazz Fest Set to Begin Friday, April 5 Ann DuHamel Awarded Music Teachers National Association Grant Troy Goodnough Speaks at Gordon Rosenmeier Center for State and Local Government
February 27, 2013
In this issue: AISES Region V Conference Comes to Morris New Peer Listening Program Begins March 4 Michael Lackey to Give Lecture at the St. Clair Drake Center Morris Sun Tribune Features Green Prairie Community Construction
February 20, 2013
In this issue: Third Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival Begins Senator Al Franken to Serve as 2013 Commencement Speaker Natalie Hoidal '15 Organizes MNYEN Conference Michael Lackey Profiled by the Morris Sun Tribune
February 13, 2013
In this issue: GWSS Discussion Series Resumes Morris Students Speak Up on Behalf of the U of M Cyrus Bina's Latest Book Released by Palgrave Macmillan Madison Anderson '13 Appears in Winds of Change Magazine
February 6, 2013
In this issue: Theatre Discipline Presents God of Carnage Jean M. O'Brien to Speak at Inaugural Wilbert H. Ahern Distinguished Lecture Jennifer Lund Receives RFC 1999-2012 Community Difference Maker Award Jim Hall Featured in Computerworld.com Developer Interview
January 30, 2013
In this issue: Symphonic Winds Begin Winnipeg Tour 2013 Morris Will Welcome Community of Scholars Visitors Thirteen Professors Receive all-University Imagine Fund Awards Results from the Truckers & Turnover Project Featured in January's Catalyst
January 23, 2013
In this issue: So Percussion to Perform at Morris Construction Complete on Saddle Club Horse Shelter Morris Named Top Public Liberal Arts College by About.com Construction of Green Prairie Community Featured in the Star Tribune
January 16, 2013
In this issue: All Invited to Participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Matt Little '07 Takes Mayoral Oath of Office Cyrus Bina Presents at Allied Social Science Associations Annual Meeting Windy Roberts Featured by Minnesota Public Radio News
December 12, 2012
In this issue: Fall Semester Final Exams Conclude HFA Gallery to Present LOCAL COLOR: Artists from the Lake Region Michael Lackey Secures New Book Contract Work by Sheng Xiao Featured in Agenda
December 5, 2012
In this issue: Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series Concludes Scarborough Promotes Urban Forestry with GreenCorps Paul Grove and Matt Johnson Named Assistant Athletic Directors Tap Payne and Ken Hodgson Profiled by The Morris Sun Tribune
November 28, 2012
In this issue: Holiday Art Sale Tradition Continues Morriscapes Will Benefit PRCA Ann DuHamel to be Featured in Christmas with the Orchestra Stephen Burks Interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio
November 21, 2012
In this issue: Café Scientifique to Focus on Experimental Physics Seth Elsen '13 Works to Improve Local Public Access Station Stephen Burks Featured on SiriusXM81's Doctor Radio Ben Leonard '97 to Appear on This American Life
November 14, 2012
In this issue: Morris to Host Jeff Lieberman in a Convocation Reid Ronnander '14 Surveys Four-Township Area Near Ely Eric Klinger Presents at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology Jon Anderson and Stephen Burks Noted in Heavy Duty Trucking and Transport Topics
November 7, 2012
In this issue: Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments Showcases Faculty Achievement Rilee Moulton '14 Working to Survey Health Service Providers in Rural Minnesota Morris AISES Named National College Chapter of the Year Arne Kildegaard Appears on Minnesota Public Radio
October 31, 2012
In this issue: Morris Theatre Discipline Will Travel Back to Laramie, Wyoming Eugenio Zapata to Present "Fantasies & Illusions" in Morris Rebecca Dean to Participate in the 2012-13 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program Minnesota Daily Notes Morris for its Jump in Sierra Magazine's "Cool Schools"
October 24, 2012
In this issue: Kathleen Dean Moore Will Discuss "The Work of the Writer in a World of Wounds" Tickets Available for the 2012 Carol Concert—'Twas the Night Before Christmas Samuel Gockel '13 Awarded GlaxoSmithKlein Fellowship Craig Peterson Thanks Morris Honors Students for Volunteering Their Time
October 17, 2012
In this issue: Briggs Library Associates Book Sale Returns to Campus HFA Gallery Requests Proposals for Outdoor Sculpture "Clean Energy in Our Community: University of Minnesota, Morris" Named "Best Promotional Video" Organic Valley Farmers Stop at the University of Minnesota, Morris
October 10, 2012
In this issue: Campus Prepares for Fall Break 2012 Noted Writer and Environmental Ethicist Kathleen Dean Moore to Speak at Morris Bill '96 and Kari '95 Roberts Selected as Latterell Visiting Alumni Linda Keller '13 Commended by Down the Backstretch
October 3, 2012
In this issue: Midwest Philosophy Colloquium Returns to Morris Piano Solos Will Accompany Sculpture Installations in The Enchanted Garden Preludes Morris Rises 68 Places in Washington Monthly Rankings Coach Dan Magner Becomes the Winningest Women's Soccer Coach in Morris History
September 26, 2012
In this issue: University of Minnesota, Morris to Host Michele Norris in a Convocation Singer-songwriter Eric Vincent Brings Contemporary French Music to Morris University of Minnesota, Morris Named a 2013 Military Friendly School Morris Healthy Eating Initiative Profiled by the Morris Sun Tribune
September 19, 2012
In this issue: 2012 Homecoming Festivities Begin Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Works in Progress the Focus of New Discussion Series Morris Named one of U.S. News's Top 10 Public Liberal Arts Colleges for the Fourteenth Consecutive Year Chris Butler Awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship Bradley Deane Honored by the North American Victorian Studies Association
September 12, 2012
In this issue: 2012 Barber Lecture will explore the connection between fiction and history Homecoming 2012 events kick off Tuesday, September 18 Women's swimming and diving team achieves Scholar All American status Alumnus announces his candidacy in the Victoria mayoral race
September 5, 2012
In this issue: Morris Leaps 22 Places in Nationwide Sustainability Survey Ray Schultz's Production of Burn This "Sizzles" in Michigan James Barbour and Arne Kildegaard mentioned in Biomass Magazine Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminars Commence This Week
August 29, 2012
In this issue: Welcome Weekends events continue Celebrate Labor Day with the Community Engagement Day of Service Save the Date for the 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments UMM men's soccer team named second in UMAC Preseason Coaches' Poll New UMM parent gives a wistful account of move-in day
August 22, 2012
In this issue: Welcome Weekends events planned Morris Leads Minnesota Public Universities in "America's Top Colleges" Rankings University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy Ray Schultz receives fourth Wilde Award nomination
August 15, 2012
In this issue: Opening Faculty/Staff Convocation Welcome Weekend includes movie, concert, dance, local farms tour and casino night Tournées Festival of French Films begins Siobhan Bremer to appear on Guthrie stage
July 18, 2012
In this issue: Morris at the St. Paul Saints complimentary tickets UMMAA announces 2012 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Save the Date for the 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments Mike McGill '12 earns the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Sportsmanship Award
June 13, 2012
In this issue: Symposium on Small Towns held Thursday, June 14 First Morris International Gilman Scholar Travels to Egypt Two Awarded University President's Award for Outstanding Service Kim Ukura '08 has been named one of four winners of the first Independent Book Blogger Awards
May 9, 2012
In this issue: Talk about Morris for a chance to win two FREE Twins tickets Office of Community Engagement Awards Commencement Events Faculty Research Enhancement Fund (FREF) Program Awards Record Amount of Funds
May 2, 2012
In this issue: Michael Lackey Reception and Book Signing Fifth Annual Bread 'n Bowls Midnight Pancake Breakfast Margaret Kuchenreuther receives Outstanding Community Service Award Morris featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges"
April 25, 2012
In this issue: Talk about Morris Inaugural Elder-in-Residence Program begins Meningens present Medea Spring athletes continue to shine Lackey receives NEH stipend and publishes a new book
April 18, 2012
In this issue: Don Shelby participates in Climate Change Conversation at 11:30 "The Role of Paratroopers in D-Day" 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Track athletes shine
April 11, 2012
In this issue: Melosi Presentation on History of Nuclear Energy Tonight 2012 Jooinn Lee Lecture Naomi Wente named 2012 Udall Scholar Borchers and Parker are among the 13 finalists for the UMAC Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award
April 4, 2012
In this issue: Midwest Philosophy Colloquium: Honor and Ethics 7th Annual UMMy Awards Schubert Trio to perform on campus Melosi to present on history of nuclear energy
March 28, 2012
In this issue: Prairie Gate Literary Festival Midwest Science of Origins Conference "The Emperor's New Clothes" Spring Children's Show Schubert Trio to come to Morris Steinman highlights GreenCorp in Blog
March 21, 2012
In this issue: Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception 28th Annual Circle of Nations Indigenous AssociatioN (CNIA) Powwow Summer Courses Offer Classroom and Online Instruction Tracy Anderson featured in Morris Sun Tribune Sunspots column
March 14, 2012
In this issue: Clayton Daughenbaugh to speak on Redrock Wilderness Summer Session registration begins Concert Choir tours East Coast and Canada Duane Koslowski '82 to be inducted into Wrestling Hall of Fame PZ Myers to deliver Harding Lecture at SDSU
March 7, 2012
In this issue: Wyckoff discusses climate change at Honors Lecture Series Prairie Yard and Garden</i> turns 25 CNIA presents 28th annual Powwow Alumnus Timothy Cleary to honor Tuskegee Airmen Morris athletes honored by UMAC
February 29, 2012
In this issue: 2012 State of the University Address Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams Trio Lorca and Ann DuHamel Concert Korean culture immersion in store for Morris student Jazz ensemble will participate in Elmhurst College's annual jazz festival
February 22, 2012
In this issue: No Place Called Home, Thursday, February 23 Welcome Center receives LEED Gold rating Women's basketball are UMAC Champs Arne Kildegaard plans to connect the dots around the Center for Small Towns, Morris Sun Tribune
February 15, 2012
In this issue: Pride of the Prairie Spring Local Foods Mardi Gras Dinner Asking the Big Questions-Minnesota Politics Morris Student to Lead Water Management Effort Dan Flies and Matt Hardy featured in Minnesota Monthly Mehr tops UMAC Three Weeks in a Row PZ Myers Opens Darwin Event at Washington State
February 8, 2012
In this issue: Tickets still available for humorist John Hodgman this Saturday Athena Kildegaard book readings and signings Two Morris students to study the Latino experience in Morris Morris ranks high on new Zimride system Renewable energy highlighted in Midwest Energy News
February 1, 2012
Issue highlights: Legislative Briefing February 1 Chinese Spring Festival Dinner February 2 Community of Scholars February 3 and 4 Athena Kildegaard nominated for Minnesota Book Award
January 25, 2012
Issue highlights: Science Advocate and Humanitarian Shawn Otto Event Tomorrow Step Afrika! Fourth in the Season's Performing Arts Series Twelve Faculty Members Receive All-University Imagine Fund Awards
January 18, 2012
Issue highlights: Byers and Richardson Art Exhibit Opening Thursday Kiplinger's ranks Morris on 2012 Best Value in Public Colleges list John Hodgman tickets on sale Tuesday, January 24 Ranelli and Thompson honored with SEED awards David Fluegel quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 14, 2011
Issue highlights: Carol Concert on Pioneer Public Television Professor Rothchild awarded Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship Invitation to participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service Dining Services retirees recognition gathering photos Division of Humanities recognition gathering photos
December 7, 2011
Issue highlights: Symphonic Winds concert features Tubachristmas, wind band works, and a pre-concert talk Carnicle '12 and Myhal '14 recognized at AISES National Conference Seth Elsen '12 explores renewable energy options for Upper Sioux Community Young alumni gathering photos Buchanan, associate professor of French, publishes article and encyclopedia entry
November 30, 2011
Issue highlights: CNIA Lecture: Elizabeth Castle and Madonna Thunder Hawk GreenCorps announces funding and new members President Kaler and coordinate campus chancellors sign national Student Aid Alliance's petition Evening with the Chancellor alumni event in New York City slideshow Ranelli '13 and Thompson '13 receive Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Award
November 23, 2011
In this issue: Speaker: perspective on Argentina Co-founded by Teresa Luckow Peterson '91, Dakota Wicohan reconciles past and future Cougar Nation T-shirts available Art Club holiday art sale—mark your calendars! Carol Concert tickets now available
November 16, 2011
In this issue: Anything Goes runs November 16-19 Asking the Big Questions to discuss American Indian Tribes in Minnesota Cotter and Woods investigate Willmar wastewater dumping Men's soccer makes NCAA debut Catey Brannan performance mentioned at Broadwayworld.com
November 9, 2011
In this issue: Gieske '14 receives Minnesota Broadcasters Association Wychor Scholarship Professor of Mathematics David Roberts receives inaugural Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant Thomas Roloff '11 helps small cities thrive Anything Goes publicity slideshow Black Student Union supports area food shelf Morris Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition teams excel at 2011 event
November 2, 2011
In this issue: Unusual Suspects Improv Show Students attend Midwest Power Shift gathering Distinguished Alumni remarks now online Latterell Visiting Alumna Jennifer M.K. Rogers '02 campus photos Halloween Reading slideshow
October 26, 2011
In this issue: Convocation: Mars, Venus, or Planet Earth? Women and Men in a New Millennium Students prepare for careers through the LSAMP program Three professors receive the 2012 ACS sustainability award Briggs Library Associates book sale slideshow Morris faculty, students, and alumni present 19 papers at Geological Society of America Meeting Alumna Tracy Johnson receives FOX 9 Award
October 19, 2011
In this issue: Briggs Library Associates Book Sale includes books from the late Tom McRoberts Moliere Than Thou: free performance Free October Community Meal features traditional American Indian menu Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast Visiting Latterell Alumna Jennifer Rogers '02 presentation Photos from the 1961–1966 Cougar football players gathering Cougar women's golf team finishes NAC Tournament runner up UMMers donate to the PRCA Silent Auction
October 12, 2011
In this issue: Morris launches rideshare social network Welcome Center honored with Sustainable Design Award Floating World literary journal call for submissions UMAC honors for Collin Anderson '14 and Derek Dionne '13 Dugan Flanders '11, Paynesville, served as a Young Ambassador in Northern Ireland
October 5, 2011
In this issue Driggs Lecture to explore Germans fascination with American Indians Ray Schultz trades professorship for a crown 2011 Homecoming week photos Essay contest open to all University students UMMers in 2011 Horizontal Grandeur exhibition
September 28, 2011
In this issue: 2011 Homecoming week activities Barber Lecture: memory and trauma within contemporary Spanish literature and culture Wind Turbine Dedication photos Morris representatives at inauguration festivities photos Kelli Hamilton '12, Delano, Student Athletic Advisory Committee regional UMAC and MIAC representative
September 21, 2011
In this issue: Morris campus to participate in presidential inauguration Campus to host Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference Students, staff, faculty, and public invited to wind turbine dedication this weekend Free September Community Meal features fall meal of chili and apple crisp Washington Monthly's national ranking includes Morris
September 14, 2011
In this issue: "De-Disneyfying the Fairy-Tale Film" Inaugural Honors Lecture "Ten Years after 9/11" Open Forum Morris named to U.S. News Top 10 Public Colleges list Winds of Change Names Morris One of Top 200 Institutions in Support of American Indian Students Stoked Exhibition Reception Photos
September 7, 2011
In this issue: HFA Gallery Opening Reception Welcome Picnic for students, faculty, and staff Brown bag lunch on volunteer opportunities New sports management major kicks off this fall Troy Goodnough interviewed for Star Tribune story on bottled water
August 31, 2011
In this issue: Cougar Fest this weekend Annual Fall Day of Service on Labor Day Pappenfus among consortium of researchers awarded National Science Foundation funds Inaugural Alumni and Students Networking Day planned for Homecoming 2011 Canterbury Park Young Alumni Event photos
August 24, 2011
In this issue: Tournees Film Festival begins August 31 New University of Minnesota President Kaler campus visit photos Students track benefits of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) Work by Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art, chosen for Phipps Center for the Arts exhibit Paul "PZ" Myers, associate professor of biology, awarded 2011 International Humanist Award
August 17, 2011
In this issue: Open meeting with University of Minnesota President Kaler Forbes ranks Morris on Top Colleges Lists STELLAR introduces international students to campus, community, and Minnesota Morris featured in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012 Morris at the St. Paul Saints photos
July 13, 2011
In this issue: Morris at the St. Paul Saints complimentary tickets Professor Finzel begins service as interim dean UMMAA announces 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients UMAC honors 35 Morris student-athletes Morris campus featured in "Power Potential"
June 15, 2011
In this issue: Don't Miss the Friends of Cougar Football golf outing 2011 Commencement video and photos now online Donna Chollett, Morris associate professor of anthropology, receives a 2011 Imagine Fund Award Men's track & field places 10 athletes on UMAC All-Conference team Morris students lead University campuses in three-year graduation rates.
May 11, 2011
In this issue: Forty-eighth Commencement on May 14 Sarah Buchanan, associate professor of French, receives Imagine Fund grant for Mali research trip Tara Greiman '11 researches Internet's impact on regional businesses for UMVRDC City of Morris garners intern Zac Van Cleve '13 through Students in Service Cougar men's track & field team wins the 2011 UMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships • Poems by Vicki Graham, professor of English, included in a new anthology
May 4, 2011
In this issue: Consumers Digest ranks Morris in top five in nation in college value Jennifer Rothchild, associate professor of sociology and anthropology, receives Teaching Award Naomi Wente '13 receives Newman Civic Fellow Award Students experience valuable job shadowing at Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services GreenCorps member Kate Saddison '11 improves safety and encourages walking and biking
April 27, 2011
In this issue: Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner Michelle Page receives all-University Horace T. Morse Award Cougar athletes "walk a mile in their shoes" Alumni Asche and Winkelman engage young minds through Brain Gym Research paper by Nadine Frasseto '12 published in spring 2011 issue of Metamorphosis
April 20, 2011
In this issue: Earth Week speaker Jim Farrell to talk on "On The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and College Culture "EESOME" 2011 Senior Art exhibit opening reception Taste of Asia this weekend Enjoy URS, Quidditch, and Fashion Trashion photos Associated Press story includes interviews with David Fluegel '97, Barb Hesse, Ben Winchester '95
April 13, 2011
In this issue: Expert on Congress and legislative politics Sarah Binder to give Jooinn Lee Lecture Sophie, the spring children's theatre production—preview photos Rock band Rooney to perform on campus Students to present work at Undergraduate Research Symposium Economist and author Chris Farrell to speak on campus Professor Neil Leroux receives Faculty Research Award Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society
April 6, 2011
In this issue: 33rd Annual Jazz Fest this week Community Coffee to be held in honor of President Robert Bruininks Reading by Athena Kildegaard and creative writing students Professor Cyrus Bina's new book released Photos from inaugural Prairie Gate Literary Festival
March 30, 2011
In this issue: Sarah Culberson to give World Touch Cultural Heritage Week keynote address Coal and climate policy expert Barbara Freese to speak at Morris Turnbull '99 chosen as new men's soccer coach Morris hosts Minnesota's first intercollegiate Ground Quidditch tournament Lise Gumpel, professor emeritus of German, shares childhood story with Star Tribune
March 23, 2011
In this issue: Prairie Gate Literary Festival Thursday through Saturday, March 24–26 Coal and climate policy expert Barbara Freese to speak at Morris Monday, April 4 Tim Grove named UMAC women's basketball coach of the year Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs appointed to the Commission on Judicial Selection
March 9, 2011
In this issue: Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts screenings E-Quality's Pride Week Venice exhibition includes print by Tracy Otten, associate professor of studio art Summer term registration opens on March 23 Unusual Suspects compete at national level
March 2, 2011
In this issue: 2011 State of the University address A Midsummer Night's Dream with an electronic twist Symphonic Winds to feature premier of Carucci's Scaphoid Void Privratsky brothers immersed in University of Minnesota politics Students In Service projects taking off in west central Minnesota University of Minnesota students' Rally for Affordability
February 23, 2011
In this issue: Free February Community Meal to feature Minnesota favorites Prairie Gate Preview of writer Kiese Laymon Theatre students excel at regional theatre festival Will Dolezal '11: Going brown to get green at the University of Minnesota, Morris "A Prairie Home Companion" photos
February 16, 2011
In this issue: Concert Choir to perform on "A Prairie Home Companion" Campus Activities Council presents "Heads vs. Feds" Pride of the Prairie Community Foods Dinner New virtual tour offers visit to Morris campus from afar Prairie Gate Literary Festival announced Cougar women are UMAC champs again
February 9, 2011
In this issue: Meiningens to perform Recent Tragic Events Article by Andrea Lund '11 published in Metamorphosis Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. releases Jennifer Deane's new book Schneiderman '11 and Lovander '12 research published in leading chemistry journal Cougar women's cross-country team receive UMAC All-Academic Team honors
February 2, 2011
In this issue: Community of Scholars brings 200 prospective students to Morris Second Prairie Gate Preview—Philip Bryant, poet Symphonic Winds to collaborate with Dance Ensemble in concert Basketball fans support Perham high school athlete Zach Gabbard Cougar athletes earn UMAC All-Academic Team honors
January 26, 2011
In this issue: Reception for Associate Professor of English Brook Miller in celebration of book release First Prairie Gate Preview—Poet Tom Hennen New wind turbine under construction Concert Choir to perform on "A Prairie Home Companion" Cougar women basketball earns NCAA top rankings
January 19, 2011
In this issue: Legislative Briefing tonight, January 19 Morris campus documentary to air on Pioneer Public Television Martin Luther King Day of Service freedom bells Kiplinger's ranks Morris as Best Value in Public Colleges 2011 list
December 15, 2010
In this issue: University of Minnesota Legislative Briefing, streamed live to campus "A Prairie Home Companion" show tickets are now on sale Twelve Morris faculty receive Universitywide Research Enhance Funds
December 8, 2010
In this issue: Morris receives 10-year reaccreditation Reception for Morris students participating in Art for Our Children service learning project "A Prairie Home Companion" Morris show tickets on sale beginning Friday, December 10 Welcome Center receives 2011 Minnesota Construction Association Award "The Adventures of a Railfan," a photography exhibit by Mike Vandenberg '03
December 1, 2010
In this issue: Art Club Holiday Sale showcases work by student, faculty, and area artists Carol Concert features The Wind in the Willows theme Vangstad receives ACUHO Support Staff Recognition Award for Upper Midwest Region Rosales '11 honored at Universitywide OED awards event—Chancellor Johnson serves as speaker Linda Keller '13 earns All-America honors
November 24, 2010
In this issue: Personal finance expert Chris Farrell to give free public presentation on campus Carbon 101 workshop planned for a public audience Abram "Abe" Henry '11 completing internship with the U.S. Department of State Pappenfus and students present at E3 2010 conference Carol Ford featured in MPR story
November 17, 2010
In this issue: Photos of Senator Amy Klobuchar's visit to Morris campus Chinese I students excel in Karaoke Contest for language students–watch videos Poem by Professor Vicki Graham in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Students attended statewide Blandin Foundation broadband conference Treehugger.com features story on Welcome Center
November 10, 2010
In this issue: Kolaya and Kildegaard present a works-in-progress fiction and poetry reading Employee Health and Benefit Fair and flu shot clinic for faculty and staff Tickets now on sale for Concert Choir's "A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols" Morris well represented at 2010 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America John Stuart Ingle, artist and professor emeritus of studio art, memorialized in Star Tribune
November 3, 2010
In this issue: Latterell Alumnus Brent Heeringa '99 to give public presentation on startups, research, and teaching Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market and Fall Feast on Tuesday, November 9 University of Minnesota, Morris ad on startribune.com home page today Community donates big for Trick or Can Drive for the Food Shelf
October 27, 2010
In this issue: Briggs Library Associates Annual Book Sale Festival of the Winds ART: fall theatre production Three music majors receive national award Students invited to submit research papers for publication
October 20, 2010
In this issue: Bouquet Skyships and proximity exhibit opening reception Free October Community Meal features local foods Computer science student team takes first at Digi-Key competition Enjoy Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts DVD at home Cougar volleyball selected as national finalists for Play of the Week
October 13, 2010
In this issue: Morris hosts Global Issues Honor Consortium 2010 Homecoming highlights slideshow Morris receives grant from the American Indian Education Foundation Hands-on gasification workshops offered Vicki Graham, professor of English, serves as Visiting Poet at Northland College
October 6, 2010
In this issue: 2010 Homecoming—a 50th birthday extravaganza! Barber Lecturer to speak on language, photography, and light Minnesota Historical Society awards a grant to Gross, associate professor of history Bruno '13 helps spruce up Wheaton's mainstreet Come-and-go info session for students interested in short-term study abroad
September 29, 2010
In this issue: 2010 Midwest Philosophy Colloquium explores Chinese Philosophy Festival of Spanish Language Cinema begins on October 3 Founders Weekend festivities slideshow Morris registers as charter participant in sustainability rating system Chrissy Kolaya receives a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant
September 22, 2010
In this issue: Founders Weekend Celebration this Thursday through Sunday Fall Community Meal scheduled for next week Asking the Big Questions explores faith and spirituality Founders Weekend online band contest winners announced Kristin Kaster Lamberty '00 receives 2010 Learning Challenge award
September 15, 2010
In this issue: Tournées Film Festival's first screening Celebrate U! appreciation celebration for faculty and staff W.J. Rorabaugh to speak on "Hippies in the 1960s" as Driggs Lecturer An invitation to celebrate on Founders Weekend, September 25 and 26 Solid enrollment growth at Morris
September 8, 2010
In this issue: Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Marisol Reyes speech Acclaimed Minnesota men's a cappella ensemble opens Performing Arts Series 2010 Cougar Fest set for September 11 Free estate and gift planning seminar Tournées Film Festival begins on campus Flicker featured in nationally touring art exhibit Lund receives Outstanding Ally Award
September 1, 2010
In this issue: Andrew Christianson '04 presents chemistry seminar Fulbright reception for Marisol Reyes Morris makes Best Colleges list in U.S. News and Forbes rankings Inaugural chemistry award recipient Gwen Bitker '11 experiences the strength of bonds Keep an eye out for Jim Hall, new IT director, on campus and in the community MHE leader Naomi Wente '13 facilitates partnership with Pomme de Terre Foods Coop
August 25, 2010
In this issue: Morris Chamber Community Picnic Anderson '73 and Jackson '74 chosen as Distinguished Alumni Award recipients Football teams from 1975–78 to be inducted into Cougar Hall of Fame Senior Legacy 2010 BikeShare Program underway Attention seniors—don't miss the Senior Meetings!
August 18, 2010
In this issue: New Student Orientation Fall 2010 Wyckoff receives National Science Foundation grant to study Minnesota forests Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Marisol Reyes arrives on campus 2010 Celebration exhibition opens in HFA Gallery Carucci composes theme music for "Postcards" television program
July 14, 2010
In this Issue: West Central School of Agriculture Alumni All-School Reunion Truckers & Turnover Project research team hosts special guests on campus Gildea '83 sworn in as Minnesota State Supreme Court chief justice Relay for Life: Celebrating…10-year cancer survivor Renee Kloos
June 16, 2010
In this issue: Parents and Colleges ranks Morris as a Top 10 Best Value Public University Morris to host Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Professor Marisol Reyes West Central School of Agriculture Alumni Association places plaques on historic district buildings 2010 Spring Break Photo Contest winners
May 12, 2010
In this issue: Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010 Van Gooch retirement celebration planned for Saturday, May 22, 2010 Pappenfus and Alia receive grant for solar cell research Nate Christensen receives Boren Scholarship to study in Turkey
May 5, 2010
In this issue: Michelle Page, associate professor of education, receives UMMAA Teaching Award Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art, chosen for Pine Needles summer residency 2010 All-University Imagine Fund Award recipients announced Call for alumni artists Leanne Larson and Yang Mee Moua artwork chosen for library
April 28, 2010
In this issue: Jim Gremmels: Celebration of Life Campus Relay For Life Bert Ahern, professor of history, retirement gathering Rudney, professor of education, receives the all-University Horace T. Morse Award Chemistry professors awarded National Science Foundation grant
April 21, 2010
In this issue: Senior Art Show opening and reception As You Like It, an eco-friendly production opens on Thursday Students to present research and creative work at Undergraduate Research Symposium Barber Lecturer de Rachewiltz to speak on the last of the German troubadours
April 14, 2010
In this issue: Fashion Trashion runway show on Friday Taste of Asia Dinner on Saturday Media Service's documentary to be aired on Twin Cities Public Television French Poetry Contest winners Morris geology well represented at conference
April 7, 2010
In this issue: Former undersecretary of state for political affairs to give Jooinn Lee Lecture tonight Noted playwright, director, and actor Leigh Fondakowski to visit campus this week Community Coffee for University of Minnesota President Bruininks Campus invited to participate in Class of 2010's BikeShare program
March 31, 2010
In this issue: Ribbon-cutting ceremony for new convenience store French students help Haitian girls start new life in Minnesota Graduating seniors-don't miss Grad Fest 2010 Morris's Putnam math team ranked nationwide New Cougar Web site
March 24, 2010
In this issue: Open meetings with Higher Learning Commission consultant-evaluators Professor Bart Finzel will speak at four public healthcare forums Photos of Young Alumni Service Project Maddy Gerber '10 receives NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Smashing Magazine includes Morris Web site in online showcase
March 10, 2010
In this issue: Pay It Forward Tour 2010 Campus receives grant for biomass gasification course Gremmels Celebration of Life date announced Gwen Rudney honored with 2010 Morse-Alumni Award
March 3, 2010
In this issue: Black Student Union (BSU) hosts annual Soul Food Dinner Young Alumni Service Project at Feed My Starving Children Jon Anderson and Stephen Burks presented papers, lectures in Australia The University of Minnesota, Morris featured in Minnesota Conservation Volunteer
February 24, 2010
In this issue: Editor Jay Miskowiec to speak on "Towards a Metaphor of Translation" Enjoy photos from the Alumni Association Midwinter event Alumna Karin Wolverton '97 cast in the opera La bohème O'Connor siblings featured in story on NCAA Web site
February 17, 2010
In this issue: Meiningens to present The Vagina Monologues Alumni Association Midwinter event at Como Park Conservatory Professor of Economics and Management Cyrus Bina interviewed on WCCO 830-AM
February 10, 2010
In this issue: Community Meals continue this spring Order tickets now for 2010 Jazz Fest Sprinter Megan Croatt '10 named UMAC Player of the Week
February 3, 2010
In this issue: Symphonic Winds present a collaborative concert Boren Scholarship Deadline Wednesday, February 10 Team of five Morris students present research at statewide Blandin Foundation conference Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina quoted in MinnPost.com article
January 27, 2010
In this issue: University of Minnesota, Morris celebrates "Piano Month" throughout February May Session and Summer Term 2010 courses announced Morris Young DFL chapter named 2009 Campus of the Year at state convention Ray Schultz interviewed about "Shakespearean Tidbits: An Evening of Reading and Monologues"
January 20, 2010
In this issue: Schultz and Wellington to perform "Shakespearean Tidbits: An Evening of Readings and Monologues" Study abroad application system launched Journal of Ecology publishes results of Professor or Biology Peter Wyckoff and Rachel Bowers '03 research Professor Emeritus of Psychology Eric Klinger quoted in New York Times article
December 16, 2009
In this Issue: 2010 marks significant milestones in Morris campus's history Summer Term 2010 courses announced University of Minnesota, Morris alumna Shannon Lambert '01, named the 2009 L'Oréal Women of Worth Morris student Ashley Gaschk '10, Bismark, N.D., appears in workday Minnesota article
December 9, 2009
In this Issue: Kadima Chanukah Celebration FREE H1N1 flu shot/mist clinic Professors Chris Cole and Jon Anderson's research published by Global Change Biology Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina interviewed by WCCO's Don Shelby
December 2, 2009
In this Issue: UMMAA sponsors fourth annual Senior Banquet Biomass facility design earns American Institute of Architecture Honor Award for Architecture Computer Science Discipline chosen as a partner in the Upper Midwest Information Assurance Faculty Development Project Swedes' visit to Morris campus is learning experience for all&#8232
November 24, 2009
In this Issue: Morris Community Meal Monday, November 30 Enjoy Alumni Association Movie Night Photos Associate Professor of Biology Pete Wyckoff and Rachel Bowers '03 co-author article published by the Journal of Ecology University of Minnesota, Morris mentioned in The Minnesota Daily article
November 18, 2009
In this Issue: Concert Choir to provide prelude music at 9th annual Morris Parade of Lights USA/P&A Forum on Student Learning Outcomes Associate Professor of Art History Julia Dabbs publishes book-Life Stories of Women Artists, 1550-1800 Star Tribune writer Dennis Anderson '73 pays tribute to Professor Emeritus Jim Gremmels
November 11, 2009
In this Issue: 32nd annual Carol Concert tickets on sale Morris campus strategic partner in the launch of new Minnesota GreenCorps program Soccer teams place 10 on 2009 All-UMAC teams Kau Chee Vang '09 appears on the front page of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Nov 4, 2009
In this Issue: 2009-10 theatre season opens with adaptation of Sophocles' Greek tragedy Thank you from James, Charity, and Laine Ciaramitaro Morris teams place at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) competition Professor of History Bert Ahern featured in "Making midlife course changes," story
October 28, 2009
In this issue: Annual Trick or Can for the Stevens County Food Shelf Enjoy October alumni event photos Professor Len Keeler receives $130,000 National Science Foundation grant Director of Admissions Bryan Herrmann interviewed regarding University of Minnesota, Morris fall 2009 enrollment
October 21, 2009
In this issue: Local foods showcased in Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship deadline Five Cougars named UMAC Players of the Week University of Minnesota, Morris featured in the National Association of College and University Business Officers publication
October 14, 2009
In this issue: Asian Student Association (ASA) "Morris Idol 2009" Semi-finals Enjoy Homecoming 2009 Photos Professor of Geology Keith Brugger and Kurt Refsnider '04 Co-author Gasification Researcher Jim Barbour Featured in DomesticFuel.com Article
October 7, 2009
In this issue: Jill Doerfler '01 to give 2009 Driggs Lecture Fosgate, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, Advises and Encourages Theatre Majors Six Cougar Softball Team Members Make 2009 All-Academic Team Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina Interviewed by WCCO 830-AM
September 30, 2009
In this issue: Homecoming 2009—Back in Black! Division of Science and Mathematics Invitational Exhibition at PRCA Professor of History Harold Hinds honored by Minnesota Genealogical Society University of Minnesota, Morris Featured in Star Tribune Article
September 23, 2009
In this issue: Public invited to attend Community Meal Monday, September 28, 2009 POSTPONED: Seasonal flu shot clinic for students Three Cougars named UMAC Player of the Week Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy interviewed by the Minnesota News Network
September 16, 2009
In this issue: Sixth Annual Cougar Fest Saturday, September 19 POSTPONED: Seasonal Flu Shot Clinic for Students at University of Minnesota, Morris First-Year Student Athlete Linda Keller Selected UMAC Player of the Week University of Minnesota, Morris Mentioned in Nature.com Article
September 9, 2009
In this issue: Alumni to present 2009 Fringe Festival's Rumspringa the Musical on campus Study Abroad Information Session: China and Greece Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Ray Schultz Receives Wilde Award Gasification Researcher Jim Barbour featured in USDA-ARS Magazine
September 2, 2009
In this issue: Gallery exhibit opening reception Jenna Benson '07, provides bio-chemistry seminar Carol Ford's book, The Northlands Winter Greenhouse Manual, featured
August 26, 2009
In this issue: Welcome Weekend—"Unusual Suspects" Improv Show Nearly 600 served at Alumni Association Freshman Ice Cream Social The University of Minnesota, Morris mentioned in Solve Climate story
August 12, 2009
In this issue: Ultimate Marvels of Morris: New Student Orientation 2009 GreenCorps Offers Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors Alumna and Artist Lonnie Broden Featured in Recent Star Tribune Article
July 15, 2009
In this issue: 6th Annual University of Minnesota, Morris at the Saints Game Gateway Program Closing Banquet Eble's Grand Isle Featured
June 17, 2009
In this issue: Alumni Association on the road to Alexandria Academic All-Conference award winners announced Ray Schultz recognized for theatre work Timna Wyckoff featured in organic dairy research video
May 6, 2009
In this issue: Student Honors and Awards and Commencement Will Weaver public venues Stephen Burks' research featured in top general science journal Former staff, students, faculty in the news
April 29, 2009
In this issue: Opera Workshop Will Weaver will give Commencement keynote Arne Kildegaard on MNN
April 22, 2009
In this issue: Taste of Asia Dinner Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner Computer Science paper nominated Alumna Alana Peterson named Al Franken's state director
April 15, 2009
In this issue: Senior Art Exhibition Chemistry discipline receives ACS certification Thirteen faculty receive Imagine Fund Awards "Jack and the Beanstalk" is children's theatre show
April 8, 2009
In this issue: Undergraduate Research Symposium Tara Greiman is a Udall Scholar Jess Larson in Allure magazine Concert Choir performance to air on Pioneer 90.1
April 1, 2009
In this issue: Campus meeting with President Bruininks, VP Jones Truman Scholars named Mock Trial team advances to national competition Jim Cotter on KSTP radio
March 25, 2009
In this issue: Latterell Lecture Volunteers provide flood relief assistance Students at political science conference U.S. News & World Report online
March 11, 2009
In this issue: Asking the Big Questions book club guest speaker New campus logo, Web site unveiling Sandra Benitez is WTCH Week keynote speaker Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education mention Morris
March 4, 2009
In this issue: Study Abroad Story Night Inaugural Dr. Jooinn Lee Lecture Mock Trial team excels KARE 11 story mentions Morris
February 25, 2009
In this issue: State of the U address Science Museum site features PZ Myers Matt Lauer selected to Madison Scouts Morris campus interviews with KWLM radio
February 18, 2009
In this issue: CAC Films/MPIRG co-sponsor "FLOW" Roger Wareham named grants development director Julie Eckerle publishes KSAX-TV on campus
February 11, 2009
In this issue: Play in a Day Financial Aid uses Weblog, Facebook Rebecca Webb story reprinted Olson-Loy interview for national Student Affairs Today
February 4, 2009
In this issue: Jewish Arbor Day Advance Jazz Fest Ticket Orders Concert Choir, Martin Seggelke at MMEA Margaret Kuchenreuther on Prairie Yard and Garden
January 28, 2009
In this issue: Dance Program Recital Warm Up To Giving Stephen Burks at Social Science Association meetings Nancy Carpenter comments in the Daily
January 21, 2009
In this issue: Morris Community Meal Community of Scholars Van Gooch is Science Museum online Scientist Looking Back at David Hoppe's research
December 10, 2008
In this issue: Meiningens presents "Closer" Third annual Senior Banquet Ted Pappenfus and Owen Kinsky research published Arne Kildegaard study mentioned
December 3, 2008
In this issue: Jim Keady: Behind the Swoosh Life Center art public reception Tynell Kocer scores 1,000th career point To Boeing and Back story in Echo Press
November 25, 2008
In this issue: Holiday Art Sale Cougar Sports Network ready to launch Martin Seggelke is guest conductor Student-created Web site
November 19, 2008
In this issue: Performing Arts Series: pianist Chu-Fang Huang Carol Concert advanced tickets on sale Mock Trial team is successful Biomass grant in the news
November 12, 2008
In this issue: International Country Fair Next Generation Energy Grant Christian DeVries named league coach of the year Chancellor profiled in Minnesota Women's Press
November 5, 2008
In this issue: "Our Town" theatre production Green Jobs Task Force holds public meeting Paul Grove inducted at Mayville UMM and alumna Lorie Skjerven Gildea in the news
October 29, 2008
In this issue: CAC Films presents "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" Undergraduate Research Symposium planning meeting Kudos to MSP's Mike Miller Collin Sandoe and Jenna Sandoe in the news
October 22, 2008
In this issue: Cougar soccer action Rocky Mountain Institute plans UMM visit On the Road with UMMAA
October 15, 2008
In this issue: Doug Lennick lecture: Moral Intelligence Dig Pink volleyball match to benefit breast cancer Dave Swenson to chair ACUI conference Cyrus Bina editorial in Asia Times
October 8, 2008
In this issue: Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast UMM receives first ACORE award Cihak, Butler, Boleman film accepted to festival Michael Lackey interview
October 1, 2008
In this issue: Biomass facility dedication Reception for international students Vicki Graham poems published Troy Goodnough interviewed about biomass facility
September 24, 2008
In this issue: Survivor - UMM Homecoming 2008 Annual Driggs Lecture PZ Myers invited lecture Students as catalysts for sustainability on KVLY
September 17, 2008
In this issue: Bus from Morris to the Twin Cities Stay connected to UMM Minnesota poets will read from new anthology State Fair panel to air on tpt
September 10, 2008
In this issue: Asking the Big Questions Midwest Philosophy Colloquium Nic McPhee, students get Best Paper award Judy Korn story in Asian Pages
September 3, 2008
In this issue: Don't miss Cougar Fest this Saturday! Annual Barber Lecture Burke attends Moscow conference Heather Waye interviewed for salamander story
August 27, 2008
In this issue: Gallery opening exhibit has China focus Fueled by the wind Douglas Williams is delegate to DNC Paula O'Loughlin is among U's RNC political experts
August 13, 2008
In this issue: Dr. Cheryl Contant begins appointment Fall Semester nears UMM reclassified to UMAC, NCAA Division III
July 16, 2008
In this issue: Tiffany Thielke is Relay for Life co-chair West Central School of Agriculture Reunion Saturday Gateway welcomes 25 students
June 11, 2008
In this issue: Construction updates on and off campus Creative Study Institute Showcase Day UMM at the St. Paul Saints game
May 7, 2008
In this issue: John Hanson is Killam Fellow Kellcee Baker named Udall Scholar Student honors and awards and Commencement events on the horizon
April 30, 2008
In this issue: Farewell events for Jean Sasek and Dian and Andy Lopez Sixth Annual Symposium on Small Towns Student Leadership Awards announced
April 23, 2008
In this issue: Severe Weather Awareness Week Senior Art Show begins Thursday Staff and faculty recognition event May 1
April 16, 2008
In this issue: New campus digital image collections Multi-ethnic Mentorship Program presentations Beautiful U Day at UMM Thursday
April 9, 2008
In this issue: Gateway Center Project in state's bonding bill Briggs Library Associates annual meeting New digital image database
April 2, 2008
In this issue: Chancellor to give Senate testimony in Washington, D.C. Public Engagement Day Friday at UMM Annual Recognition Dinner is May 1
March 26, 2008
In this issue: Julie Pelletier receives UMMAA Teaching Award Asteroid named for PZ Myers Jazz Fest, Undergraduate Research Symposium coming in early April
March 12, 2008
In this issue: Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Barry McQuarrie are Horace T. Morse award recipients Congressman Keith Ellison will deliver Commencement address Sherman Alexie will provide WTCHW keynote
March 5, 2008
In this Issue: CREB fuels UMM's energy goals Horace T. Morse recipients announced Capital Request update
January 27, 2008
In this issue: Jazz Fest ticket order forms Academic Center for Enrichment Open House Mock Trial Team takes first place
February 20, 2008
In this issue: UMM joins STARS Symphonic Winds members selected for honors band Cougar basketball teams advance to post-season play
February 13, 2008
In this issue: Kiplinger ranks UMM a "best value" Environmental studies major begins next fall Driggs Lecture is February 25
February 6, 2008
In this issue: Benefit events for Brian Curtis UMM Young Alumni Service Project University Sesquicentennial Web site debuts
January 30, 2008
In this issue: New NWF report includes UMM mention Community of Scholars event this weekend Spring Semester Chancellor's Office Hours announced
January 23, 2008
In this issue: Hilda Ladner named director of MSP Bradley Deane to direct Honors Program Prairie Yard and Garden season underway
December 12, 2007
In this issue: Blog all about it Symphonic Winds musicians selected to Honor Band View slide show of India trip
December 5, 2007
In this issue: Green prairie living and learning community First Year Seminar Jamboree Second Annual Senior Banquet
November 28, 2007
In this issue: Grant to enhance TREC program Carol Concerts will tape to air on PPTV Al Franken touts green campus on YouTube
November 28, 2007
In this issue: Grant to enhance TREC program Carol Concerts will tape to air on PPTV Al Franken touts green campus on YouTube
November 28, 2007
In this issue: Grant to enhance TREC program Carol Concerts will tape to air on PPTV Al Franken touts green campus on YouTube
November 28, 2007
In this issue: Grant to enhance TREC program Carol Concerts will tape to air on PPTV Al Franken touts green campus on YouTube
November 20, 2007
In this issue: Next vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean named UMM part of next Heritage Gallery exhibit
November 14, 2007
In this issue: UMM represented in Grand Parade of Lights Men's, women's basketball home games to be Webcast Cornell U scholar will give Barber Lecture
November 7, 2007
In this issue: Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser a success Senate and Capital Investment Committees to visit Adopt-a-Tree program in downtown Morris
October 31, 2007
In this issue: Women's and men's soccer advance to conference tournaments Festival of the Winds is November 9-10 Students showcased at residence hall, computer science conferences
October 24, 2007
In this issue: Register for Advanced Biomass Workshop Multi-Ethnic Student Program gathering
October 17, 2007
In this issue: Advanced Biomass Workshop UMM part of Heritage Gallery exhibit
October 10, 2007
In this issue: Over 200 attend annual Scholarship Jubilee Board of Regents holds October meeting at UMM Al Franken visits
October 3, 2007
In this issue: Campus Historic Preservation Plan receives award U of M Board of Regents, President Bruininks here next week
September 26, 2007
In this issue: UMM among 100 best colleges for women Homecoming fun continues Saving the Planet...One Campus at a Time
September 19, 2007
In this issue Paula O'Loughlin is first director of ACE Statewide education alliance receives $2.45 million NSF grant Chancellor to present during Saving the Planet event
September 12, 2007
In this issue: Media Services nominated for an Emmy USDA delegates and State Commissioner of Finance visit Homecoming is A Red Carpet Affair
September 5, 2007
In this issue: Ken Burns' "The War" preview screening at UMM Cougar Fest is September 15 Lifelong Learning courses announced
August 29, 2007
In this issue: UMM among "Best in the Midwest" Cougar football to be simulcast
August 29, 2007
In this issue: UMM among "Best in the Midwest" Cougar football to be simulcast
August 15, 2007
In this issue: Roland Guyotte is interim academic dean UMM at Summer Field Day Fall Semester classes, New Student Orientation
July 11, 2007
In this issue: Biomass groundbreaking is July 27 Friends of Football Golf Outing Be the smiling face of UMM
June 13, 2007
In this issue: Chancellor Johnson joins Climate Commitment pledge Summer county fairs "I Heart Rusty" St. Paul Saints event
May 9, 2007
In this issue: Volunteer at a fair this summer Rusty Kath and UMM at the St. Paul Saints Concert Choir tour to Scandinavia
May 2, 2007
Next week's (May 9) issue of <i>Weekly Bulletin</i> will be the final issue for the academic year. <i>Weekly Bulletin</i> will be published monthly throughout the summer. In this issue: Tim Grove named head coach Student Honors and Awards ceremony Commencement
April 25, 2007
In this issue: UMM cited in Princeton Review Echoes of the Cry of the Marsh to air Paterson Award recipient named
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 18, 2007
In this issue Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program presentations
April 11, 2007
In this issue: Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium
April 4, 2007
In this issue: Former chancellor's father dies Symposium on Small Towns Outstanding Support Staff Awards
March 28, 2007
In this issue: Eagan Heath is a Truman Scholar Historic Preservation Plan presentation Creative Study Institute
March 21, 2007
In this issue: Sarah Buchanan receives Alumni Association Teaching Award UMM will partner with Alexandria to offer lifelong learning courses State of the U reset for April 5
March 21, 2007
In this issue: Sarah Buchanan receives Alumni Association Teaching Award UMM will partner with Alexandria to offer lifelong learning courses State of the U reset for April 5
March 7, 2007
In this issue: Regents consider biomass heating plant plans, budget Katherine Sullivan Scholarship Horace T. Morse Award Faculty Distinguished Research Award
February 28, 2007
In this issue: World Touch Cultural Heritage Week Meet the U GLBT Commission Jazz Fest 2007
February 21, 2007
In this issue: The inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium Todd Hickman named head football coach
February 14, 2007
In this issue: - Prairie Yard and Garden celebrates its 20th season - State of the U address
February 7, 2007
In this issue: Campus Wars Jazz Fest tickets Beautiful U Day grants
January 31, 2007
In this issue: The Home Grown Economy conference Head football coach search update Women's Week
January 24, 2007
In this issue: Search begins for head football coach Faculty create endowed scholarship Fifth and sixth graders learn to Plan-It-Green
January 24, 2007
In this issue: Search begins for head football coach Faculty create endowed scholarship Fifth and sixth graders learn to Plan-It-Green
January 17, 2007
In this week's issue: Coach Crandall's resignation, Gallery features works by Tracy Otten, faculty garner national media attention.
December 13, 2006
In this issue of Weekly Bulletin: faculty and student accomplishments, announcements and application deadlines. This is the final Weekly Bulletin for the Fall Semester. Weekly Bulletin will resume its weekly schedule on January 17.
December 6, 2006
About 50 students from UMM will participate in the ninth annual Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat (MSLR) in late January. The retreat, which is coordinated through the Office of Student Activities, will be held January 26-28, 2007, at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls.
November 29, 2006
First-year students will participate in the annual First Year Seminar Jamboree Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the Student Center. Students will present what they have learned in their section of First Year Seminar. There are 27 sections of First Year Seminar exploring a variety of topics, all of which surround the theme of human diversity. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu . The UMM Class of 2007 will be honored during the First Annual UMM Senior Banquet, which is being sponsored entirely by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association. The semi-formal occasion, for which seniors will receive a formal invitation, will be held Friday, Dec. 8, in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. Only those students who plan to graduate in December 2006 or May 2007 may attend. Contact Carla Riley, director of alumni relations and annual giving, with questions, ext. 6394.
November 15, 2006
Campus Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough will be the Scientist on the Spot on Science Buzz, a new Science Museum of Minnesota exhibit and Web site. Goodnough will field questions November 21-December 21 about the UMM gasification project. Find out more at http://dev.smm.org/buzz
November 8, 2006
Retired Multi-Ethnic Student Program Director Bill Stewart and his wife, Ida, traveled to Chicago with MSP Assistant Director Mike Miller, MSP Executive Office and Administrative Assistant Bonnie Tipcke and Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Carla Riley on November 3 to attend an MSP alumni gathering which was held that evening at the historic Chicago Firehouse. Joining the group at the Firehouse was Chancellor Jacquie Johnson who enjoyed the opportunity to meet and mingle with the alumni who were in attendance, and Admissions Counselor Tara Schmidt, who was recruiting in Chicago. The group returned to Minnesota the next day after an exciting evening of reconnecting with former friends and making new ones. A number of those who attended the event from the Chicago area suggested that they are considering coming to UMM next year for Homecoming! Watch for photos from the Chicago event at www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/MSP2006/MSPchicago2006.html Advanced sale of tickets are now available for the 2006 UMM Carol Concerts performed by the UMM Choir under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Performances of this annual Holiday event will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Morris Area Concert Hall. This year's concert, "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," carries on the carol concert tradition with a little extra! Order your tickets now! In honor of the Whos in Whoville, "roast beast feast" will be served before each concert. The feast will be prepared and served by Bello Cucina in the Elementary School dining area one and a half hour prior to each performance. Tickets for the performance alone are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, children and students. The "roast beast feast" is an additional $10 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, 600 East Fourth St, Morris, MN 56267. For further information call the UMM Music Office at (320) 589-6234.
November 1, 2006
The Cougar football team captured their first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship last Friday during Dome Day at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. In the process, UMM won their seventh straight game, the most since the 1986 team equaled that number. The win was number seven on the year, the most wins since 1986 when UMM Cougar football was 7-1-2. After a bye week, the Cougars will close out the 2006 season at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, against Concordia College in the Fargo Dome. Read details of the game at <a href="http://www.morris.umn.edu/athletics/football/2006_News/Dome.html">Dome Day</a>. The Center for Small Towns at UMM and the City of Morris together have won the Carter Partnership Award for Campus-Community Collaboration. The award was presented by Minnesota Campus Compact during ceremonies held October 30 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/. The Pride of the Prairie Farmers' Market and Fall Feast will be held Thursday, Nov. 9. Enjoy locally grown food and entertainment. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/. The public is invited to meet noted author of books for children and young adults John Coy at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Morris Public Library. Coy will read from selected works, speak about the state of children's literature and on the life of a writer. Refreshments will be served. The event is sponsored by Briggs Library Associates and Friends of the Morris Public Library.
October 25, 2006
The Cougar football team will play in their first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship game this Friday, Oct. 27, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. UMM will meet Rockford College in an 8 p.m. game. A pre-game reception, hosted by the UMM Alumni Association, will be held at the Metrodome starting at 6:30 p.m. Plans are underway to send a fan bus to the game. For more information and updates regarding bus transportation contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. For more information about the UMAC Championship game, tickets, parking, etc., visit the Metrodome Web site. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu UMM will join only 25 institutions nationwide in creating a national higher education steering committee on renewable energy. Lowell Rasmussen, UMM's associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, has been invited to serve as a founding member of the Higher Education Steering Committee (HEC) of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Rasmussen has played a significant role within the University of Minnesota in initiating renewable energy projects and developing partnerships across the University that advance sustainable energy priorities. Mike S. Adams, a professor of criminology and sociology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will deliver a lecture, titled "How to Make Friends and Annoy Feminists," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in 109 Imholte Hall. The public is invited to attend the free lecture and reception to follow. Adams' visit to Morris is being co-sponsored by The Counterweight, UMM's conservative student publication, along with the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee and Young America's Foundation. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu The UMM mathematics discipline will host the second of two regional meetings for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. The MAA regional meeting brings together mathematicians from colleges and universities in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. UMM last hosted the meeting in 1999. An event to rename Independence Hall in honor of UMM's third chancellor David C. Johnson will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the area of Indy/Gay Lake. In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the Independence Hall main lounge. The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Representatives from the Center for Small Towns and the City of Morris together will be attending the 2006 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus - Community Collaboration where CST and the City are one of five finalists for this statewide award. The award banquet will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. Senator John Glenn will give the keynote address and present the recipient of the award. Read more about UMM as an award finalist at www.mrs.umn.edu/services/cst/press/carter/iindex.htm
October 11, 2006
UMM will attempt to break a Guinness Book of World Records record for the largest food drive by a non-charitable organization in a 24-hour period. Bring (heavy) non-perishable food items to the Food Service Building lobby or loading dock between the hours of noon-11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Students will also Trick-or-Can for food throughout Morris from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on October 18. Food collected on and off campus will benefit the local Stevens County Food Shelf. Volunteers are needed to help with this food drive especially from 6 p.m.-11:59 p.m. to record the collected items. Volunteer for an hour or two by contacting Carol McCannon, ext. 6083. Watch for more details at www.morris.umn.edu Greg Cuomo, former head of the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, and Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator at UMM, will be Scientists on the Spot during Science Buzz, hosted by the Science Museum of Minnesota. Cuomo will field questions October 20-November 20 about the wind turbine located at the WCROC and Goodnough will field questions November 21-December 21 about the UMM gasification project. For more information, see http://www.smm.org/buzz
October 4, 2006
Leo Treadway, communications and development manager for the Minnesota Valley Humane Society, has donated his personal journals, manuscripts and records on GLBT topics to the Rodney A. Briggs Library. "We are honored that Leo Treadway has chosen UMM as the recipient of these GLBT materials," said LeAnn Dean, director of the Library. "We eagerly look forward to the time when, with the help of other members of the UMM community, the entire collection will be accessible and available to the wider community for research and scholarship on the Gay Movement, Human Rights, HIV/AIDS education and advocacy and the GLBT religious community." A story is scheduled for the "National Coming Out Day" issue of <i>Lavender</i> (early October). Al Franken will host "The Al Franken Show" live and in person in Edson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the Air America Radio broadcast, which will air live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. A book signing will follow the broadcast. This event is hosted by the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee and the Student DFL. Doors to Edson Auditorium will open one-half hour prior to the broadcast. Tickets are not necessary for this free, first-come seating event. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/.
September 27, 2006
Al Franken will host "The Al Franken Show" live and in person in Edson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the Air America Radio broadcast, which will air live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. A book signing will follow the broadcast. This event is hosted by the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee and the Student DFL. Doors to Edson Auditorium will open one-half hour prior to the broadcast. Tickets are not necessary for this free, first-come seating event. Read more at morris.umn.edu/.
September 21, 2006
Homecoming 2006: "The Great Outdoors" continues this weekend. For a complete list of Homecoming events and other details, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/ARHomecoming.html or contact the Office of Alumni Relations, ext. 6066. To celebrate the Community Outreach Partnership Center's (COPC) Partnership between the City of Morris and UMM, a COPC Partnership Fall Kickoff event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of activities are planned for project participants. Organizers are also promoting this as a time for the general public to learn more about the program. A COPC Partnership community display highlighting the projects will be on exhibit in the Morris Public Library Conference Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. Kinnard D. Wright, head of the COPC grant project from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., will be in Morris and on hand at the community display site. Visit morris.umn.edu for Kickoff details. Listen to KMRS "Community Connection" shows at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 26 and 28, for more information from David Fluegel, Center for Small Towns and Melanie Fohl, City of Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority director (Tuesday), plus an interview with Kinnard Wright (Thursday). Al Franken will host "The Al Franken Show" in person in Edson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the Air America Radio broadcast, which will air live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. This event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee and the Student DFL. Watch for more details at morris.umn.edu/.
September 14, 2006
Troy Goodnough has been appointed as UMM's first campus sustainability coordinator. The responsibilities of the newly established position include creating a campus sustainability plan assisting faculty and students with research, projects and curricula promoting green building, landscaping and recycling policies and serving as a resource to the community and to the region. Goodnough, along with Greg Cuomo, head of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, will be Scientists on the Spot during "Science Buzz," a program of the Science Museum of Minnesota during October-December. Watch for more details on the UMM home page and at www.smm.org/buzz/ Professor Kathleen Neils Conzen, University of Chicago professor of history, will present the 2006 Driggs Lecture, "Why They Fought: Immigrant Colonists and Minnesota's Civil War," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in HFA Recital Hall. Reception follows. Watch for further details at morris.umn.edu Join the fun in "The Great Outdoors" during this year's Homecoming weekend festivities, scheduled for September 22-24. For a complete list of Homecoming events and other details, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/ARHomecoming.html or contact the Office of Alumni Relations, ext. 6066.
September 6, 2006
Bring an outerwear donation and join the fun during this Saturday's Cougar Fest. Concessions open at 5 p.m. Activities start at 5:30 p.m. On the grounds surrounding Big Cat Stadium. Admission is free for Cougar fans! Professor Kathleen Neils Conzen, University of Chicago professor of history, will present the 2006 Driggs Lecture, "Why They Fought: Immigrant Colonists and Minnesota's Civil War," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in HFA Recital Hall. Reception follows. Watch for further details at morris.umn.edu Join the fun in "The Great Outdoors" during this year's Homecoming weekend festivities, scheduled for September 22-24. For a complete list of Homecoming events and other details, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/ARHomecoming.html or contact the Office of Alumni Relations, ext. 6066.
August 29, 2006
UMM is one of 163 colleges named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review in its 2007 Best 361 Colleges rankings. The publication's goal is to "identify some of the colleges and universities that [they] feel stand out within each region." The book's ranking lists are posted at www.PrincetonReview.com Big Cat Stadium is nearing completion. It is expected that the stadium, a UMM/Morris Area High School shared-use football facility, will be ready for the September 1 MAHS football game and the September 2 Cougar UMM football opening season game versus Lawrence University. Kickoff for the Cougars will be at 7 p.m. Watch for further updates and information about the stadium in the local media. The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, governor of Louisiana, will give the Opening Convocation for students who will participate in the 2006 First Year Seminar at UMM. The governor's address, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Edson Auditorium, is open to the public. Additional seating will be available in Turtle Mountain Café. Gov. Blanco is the mother-in-law of Michael Eble, assistant professor of studio art and curator of the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/
August 23, 2006
UMM welcomes new Chancellor Dr. Jacqueline Johnson. Prior to UMM, Dr. Johnson served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Martin's College in Washington and chair of the department of anthropology and sociology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Johnson holds a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Macalester College, St. Paul. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/ UMM is again ranked number four in the list of five top public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2007 rankings of America's Best Colleges. This is the sixth consecutive year that UMM has achieved this status and has been the only college in the Midwest on the list. Big Cat Stadium is nearing completion. It is expected that the stadium, a UMM/Morris Area High School joint-use football facility, will be ready for the September 1 MAHS football game and the September 2 Cougar UMM football opening season game versus Lawrence University. Kickoff for the Cougars will be at 7 p.m. Watch for further updates and information about the stadium on the UMM Web site at www.morris.umn.edu and in the local media. The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, governor of Louisiana, will give the Opening Convocation for students who will participate in the 2006 First Year Seminar at UMM. The governor's address, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Edson Auditorium, is open to the public. Gov. Blanco is the mother-in-law of Michael Eble, assistant professor of studio art and curator of the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/ Jim Gremmels, who became the first men's basketball coach at UMM during the team's inaugural season in 1960 and was hired as one of UMM's original 13 faculty members, will be inducted into the Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame during the UMM Alumni Association Annual Banquet on Friday, Sept. 22, as part of Homecoming weekend. UMM will be part of the U of M systemwide exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, August 24-September 4. UMM alumni, students, staff and faculty will staff the exhibit September 2-4. Jazz combo, "Funky Gumbo," will perform on the U stage in front of the exhibition building from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. UMM also had display booths throughout the summer at the West Otter Tail County Fair (Fergus Falls), Stevens County Fair (Morris) and Douglas County Fair (Alexandria). Join the fun during the third annual UMM Cougar Fest on Saturday, Sept. 9. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 5:30 p.m. Concessions stands open at 5 p.m. Free inflatable games, face painting, music and more will be part of the fun. Cheer on the Cougars when they meet Carleton College during non-conference football action. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. under the lights of Big Cat Stadium. Admission to the game is free.
July 13, 2006
A delegation of students and adults from Jiashan, China has arrived on campus. Students are taking courses in "Perspectives on Globalization: Local, National, and International," taught by Pam Solvie, education, and English as a Second Language, taught by Nancy Pederson, UMM alumna. UMM students Tata Tromatka, Natalie Kinsky and Christa Mims are teaching assistants. In addition to courses and other campus activities, students will tour Superior Industries, Fehr Dairy, City Hall and schools in Morris, among other tours eat hotdogs at Morris Mayor Carol Wilcox's lake home and ride in the Prairie Pioneer Days Parade on July 16. UMM will be the featured "Member Spotlight" now through mid-August on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) home page:http://www.aashe.org/ UMM has been a member of AASHE since Winter 2005. You can still volunteer to staff the UMM booth during local and area county fairs! In an effort to increase awareness of and knowledge about UMM two new fairs have been added to the schedule this year, with hopes of adding more fairs next year. Fair dates are: West Ottertail County Fair (Fergus Falls): July 20-July 22 Stevens County Fair: August 10-13 Douglas County Fair: August 17-20 Minnesota State Fair: September 2-4(Labor Day Weekend). All volunteers will receive mileage reimbursement and free entrance and parking (if applicable) to the fair at which they work. Christine Mahoney at mahoneyc@morris.umn.edu to volunteer. Fair sub-committee members are Christine Mahoney and Judy Riley, University Relations Carla Riley, Alumni Relations Jillian Hiscock, Admissions Mike Cihak, Media Services and Rebekah Deutl, student.
June 14, 2006
High school students from the upper Midwest -- and China -- will spend two weeks at UMM participating in the 21st Summer Scholars program July 9-21. Students will take one of two college-level classes that focus on several of today's most newsworthy and compelling topics: "The Reemerging Threat of Infectious Disease," taught by Peter Wyckoff and Timna Wyckoff, biology, and "Dissent and Freedom of Expression in Today's World," taught by Paula O'Loughlin, political science, and Chris Butler, English. In a first for this long-running program, high school students from Jiashan, China, will join the program through UMM's recent exchange initiatives with China. Several of the Jiashan students will be placed in the "Disease" or "Dissent" courses, while others will be in American culture/ESL class, taught by Pam Solvie, education, and Nancy Pederson, ESL instructor and UMM alum who teaches in the Alexandria schools. For information on the Summer Scholars program contact Karen Ellis, elliskj, or ext. 6463. The UMM Alumni Association Board has named Jon Mukand '80 and Stuart Starner '65 as 2006 UMMAA Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. The awards will be presented during the Alumni Association Annual dinner meeting on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, as part of UMM's Homecoming celebration. An effort to increase awareness of and knowledge about UMM is the focus of an increased presence at local and county fairs this summer. Two new fairs have been added to the schedule this year, with hopes of adding more fairs next year. The campus community is invited to volunteer to staff the fair booths. Volunteer for more than one shift and at more than one fair if you wish. Fair dates and shift times are: West Ottertail County Fair (Fergus Falls): July 20-July 22 (3-4-hour shifts Stevens County Fair: August 10-13 (2-hour shifts) Douglas County Fair: August 17-20 (4-4.5-hour shifts) Minnesota State Fair: September 2-4(Labor Day Weekend: 4-hour shifts) (NOTE: Due to the Saturday, Sept. 2, Cougar football home game, an attempt is being made to change the dates for UMM's participation at the State Fair.). Alums and current students will also be invited to staff the fair exhibit. UMM staff who wish to volunteer should check with their supervisor first. We ask supervisors to please be flexible with their employees' schedules if possible during the fairs. All volunteers will receive mileage reimbursement and free entrance and parking (if applicable) to the fair at which they work. And, the rewarding feeling of raising the awareness of UMM! Contact Christine Mahoney at mahoneyc@morris.umn.edu to volunteer. Fair sub-committee members are Christine Mahoney and Judy Riley, University Relations Carla Riley, Alumni Relations Jillian Hiscock, Admissions Mike Cihak, Media Services and Rebekah Deutl, student. The team from Morris Area High School was the overall winner of the 2006 "Academic Challenge" competition. The team earned an all-expense paid trip to compete in Washington, D.C., for the National Academic Challenge Competition in June. "Academic Challenge" is produced by Media Services at UMM and airs on Sundays each spring on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. The Cougar football team will travel abroad for the first time in Spring 2007. Cougar Head Football Coach Ken Crandall is coordinating the trip through Global Football. The team, along with others who want to make the trip, will to travel to Italy where the players will have two practices and one game against a club team. The 11-day trip will include travel to Milan, Venice and Florence, each for a two- day stay. The trip will end with three days in Rome. Highlights of the trip will include visits to St. Mark's Square, the Coliseum, Vatican City and the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. For more information, contact Coach Crandall at 320-589-6432.
May 3, 2006
Following interviews with four finalists for the position of UMM chancellor, the Chancellor Search Committee has submitted its report to University President Robert Bruininks and Vice President Robert Jones. The committee was asked to provide a confidential, unranked list of candidates with a summary of their strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Frank Cassell has withdrawn as a candidate. President Bruininks and Vice President Jones will select UMM's next chancellor from a pool of very highly qualified individuals. It is hoped that a UMM chancellor will be announced before the end of the current semester. UMM has joined the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Dillard University in New Orleans to create the Global Issues Honors Consortium (GIHC). The GIHC aims to increase the number of highly qualified, well-prepared students of color in graduate and professional programs in a variety of fields and with an international focus. The consortium is being established with a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information on the Global Issues Honors Consortium contact UMM Faculty Coordinator Bart Finzel at ext. 6195 or finzelbd@morris.umn.edu. UMM will be an exhibitor at the Living Green Expo Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the State Fairgrounds. The Expo is Minnesota's largest environmental event. The Division of Education faculty invites the campus community to attend the "Education Exposition 2006," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates on Wednesday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall. The annual Student Honors and Awards day is set for Friday, May 12. The day's events will include: Native American Honoring Ceremony in Oyate Hall, 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Honors & Awards Parents' Reception 6 p.m., Student Center Honors and Awards Ceremony 6:45 p.m., Edson Auditorium and Honors Recital, HFA Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Commencement Day is Saturday, May 13. A schedule for the day includes: Humanities Division Reception, 11 a.m., Cougar Room Education Division Reception, 11 a.m., Alumni Room Social Science Division Reception, 11 a.m., University Room and Science and Math Division Reception, 11 a.m., Science Atrium Students assemble for the ceremony, 12:30 p.m., HFA Commencement ceremony, 1:30 p.m., Campus Mall. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/. Student and staff representatives from UMM will attend the inaugural Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference May 17-19. "Learning from Success: Steps Toward More Sustainable Campuses" will be the focus of the conference, which will be sponsored by the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville, the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, and the Bush Foundation, with additional assistance from Minnesota Campus Compact.
April 27, 2006
The Search Committee for the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving reminds the campus community that Allison Friedly's public presentation will be given this Friday, April 28, from 2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF LOCATION: Allison's presentation will take place in the ALUMNI ROOM of the Student Center instead of the Prairie Lounge. Allison will talk briefly on the topic "The Keys to a Successful Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Program." This will be followed by a question and answer session. Please plan to attend. The search committee welcomes your feedback. An evaluation form will be provided at the presentation and will be accessible on the Web by Friday. The Computer Science Seminar II Conference for Spring 2006 will take place this Friday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Science 2185 and 2200. Eight students will be presenting the results of their research on a large variety of topics. All are invited to attend. UMM students cordially invite everyone to "say goodbye right" to Sam and Nancy Schuman during a farewell picnic from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, on the Campus Mall. Alternate site is Oyate Hall. Blair Jasper, MCSA president, will emcee a short program at 5 p.m., which will include a performance by the "Barbershop Quartet." The annual Student Honors and Awards day, which recognizes and honors the achievements and contributions of UMM students in a variety of ways and venues, is set for Friday, May 12. The day's events will include: Native American Honoring Ceremony in Oyate Hall, 4 p.m., followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Honors & Awards Parents' Reception 6 p.m., Student Center Honors and Awards Ceremony 6:45 p.m., Edson Auditorium and Honors Recital, HFA Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Commencement Day is Saturday, May 13. A schedule for the day includes: Humanities Division Reception, 11 a.m., Cougar Room Education Division Reception, 11 a.m., Alumni Room Social Science Division Reception, 11 a.m., University Room and Science and Math Division Reception, 11 a.m., Science Atrium Students assemble for the ceremony, 12:30 p.m., HFA. Chancellor Sam Schuman will give the address during the Commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/. Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will take center stage early this June to show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" - the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6 & 7 at UMM. Partners in the combined event this year include Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Minnesota Power and the West Central Initiative have signed on as sponsors thus far and organizers are looking for additional sponsors. The registration fee is $60 MPR members receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is up and running and open to anyone. Children's activities are planned and housing is available on or off-campus. For more program information and to register visit www.centerforsmalltowns.org or www.minnesotaruralpartners.org, or call (320) 589-6451. For sponsorship information, call Jane Leonard at 651-645-9403 or e-mail at jleonard@minnesotaruralpartners.org.
April 19, 2006
Morris and Jiashan, China, officially became sister cities as part of the International Sister City Program when an official document was signed in Jiashan April 17. Chancellor Schuman, Mayor Carol Wilcox, and others from UMM and the city of Morris are currently in China. UMM's China exchange program offers UMM students a May Term or semester in China while students from China study at UMM. Chinese students will participate in UMM's 2006 Summer Scholars Program. For more information, visit www.morris.umn.edu/. Beautiful U Day Dedication of the UMM Alumni Memorial Labyrinth will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 (tomorrow), in the field adjacent to the UMM North Parking Lot, next to the horse barn and the Social Science building, with a talk by Rev. Dr. Ward Bauman from the Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville, Minn. The public is invited to attend. Peter Orr, plant services, Eric Klinger, psychology faculty, and Sam Schuman, chancellor, will be honored along with faculty and staff award recipients during the 15th annual Faculty and Staff Recognition dinner. The campus community is welcome to attend the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Oyate Hall. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. the same day at LaFave House. Return the previously e-mailed form to RSVP or contact Maggie Larson, ext. 6053, for information. The campus community is invited to attend a Farewell Picnic for Sam and Nancy Schuman from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, on the campus Mall. This picnic-style event is sponsored by MCSA and Special Events. A short program will be held at 5 p.m. on the Mall's natural stage. Back-up site is Oyate Hall. All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend. The annual Student Honors and Awards day, which recognizes and honors the achievements and contributions of UMM students in a variety of ways and venues, is set for Friday, May 12. The day's events will include: Native American Honoring Ceremony in Oyate Hall, 4 p.m. dinner at 5:30 p.m. Honors & Awards Parents' Reception 6 p.m., Student Center Honors and Awards Ceremony 6:45 p.m., Edson Auditorium and Honors Recital, HFA Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Commencement Day is Saturday, May 13. A schedule for the day includes: Humanities Division Reception, 11 a.m., Cougar Room Education Division Reception, 11 a.m., Alumni Room Social Science Division Reception, 11 a.m., University Room and Science and Math Division Reception, 11 a.m., Science Atrium Students assemble for the ceremony, 12:30 p.m., HFA. Chancellor Sam Schuman will give the address during the Commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/. Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will take center stage early this June to show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" – the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6 & 7 at UMM. Partners in the combined event this year include Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Minnesota Power and the West Central Initiative have signed on as sponsors thus far and organizers are looking for additional sponsors. The registration fee is $60 MPR members receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is up and running and open to anyone. Children's activities are planned and housing is available on or off-campus. For more program information and to register visit www.centerforsmalltowns.org or www.minnesotaruralpartners.org, or call (320) 589-6451. For sponsorship information, call Jane Leonard at 651-645-9403 or e-mail at jleonard@minnesotaruralpartners.org.
April 12, 2006
Under the recently revised Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classification system, UMM has been identified as a more selective, exclusively undergraduate, four-year public liberal arts institution with a high concentration of majors in the arts and sciences. The classification also notes UMM's small, highly residential atmosphere. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/. Public presentations by the final candidate for the position of UMM chancellor, Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, will be Monday, April 17. Cassell will give a formal presentation at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall as well as a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by informal remarks at 6 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch/. Reminder that feedback on the candidates is due by Friday, April 21, to Sue Gooch (goochsl Sci 1535) or Nancy Carpenter (carpenne Sci 2085). The Historic Preservation Plan Display Committee has created the visual display that illustrates the rich history of the Morris campus buildings and of the people who have lived, studied, and worked within them, fulfilling the University of Minnesota mission of education, research and outreach. The campus community is invited to celebrate the history of the campus and the completion of this project during an informal celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 13, in the Student Center lobby. Light refreshments will be served. Members of the committee are Susan Granger '80, Gemini Research Matt Ottinger '06 Therese Buchmiller, assistant professor of studio art Judy Korn '95, University Relations Annie Olson '05 and Stephen Gross, assistant professor of history. Mike Cihak, media services Tom Rach, Brad Svea and Lowell Rasmussen, plant services and Nancy Pederson, Getty Grant coordinator, also made vital contributions to the project. UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman, along with two long-time employees of the campus community – Peter Orr, plant services, and Eric Klinger, psychology faculty, will leave the campus community at the end of this academic year. Orr and Klinger, who will be retiring, and Schuman will be honored along with faculty and staff award recipients during the 15th annual Faculty and Staff Recognition dinner. The campus community is welcome to attend the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Oyate Hall. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. the same day at LaFave House. Return the previously e-mailed form to RSVP or contact Maggie Larson, ext. 6053, for information. The campus community is invited to attend a Farewell Picnic for Sam and Nancy Schuman from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, on the campus Mall. This picnic-style event is sponsored by MCSA and Special Events. A short program will be held at 5 p.m. on the Mall's natural stage. Back-up site is Oyate Hall. All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend. The annual Student Honors and Awards day, which recognizes and honors the achievements and contributions of our students in a variety of ways and venues, is set for Friday, May 12. The day's events will include: Native American Honoring Ceremony in Oyate Hall, 4 p.m. dinner follows at 5:30 p.m. Honors & Awards Parents' Reception 6 p.m., Student Center Honors and Awards Ceremony 6:45 p.m., Edson Auditorium and Honors Recital, HFA Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Commencement Day is Saturday, May 13. A schedule for the day includes: Humanities Division Reception, 11 a.m., Cougar Room Education Division Reception, 11 a.m., Alumni Room Social Science Division Reception, 11 a.m., University Room and Science and Math Division Reception, 11 a.m., Science Atrium Students assemble for the ceremony, 12:30 p.m., HFA. Chancellor Sam Schuman will give the address during the Commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/
April 5, 2006
Public presentations by four candidates for the position of UMM chancellor are underway. Candidates and presentation dates are Beth Barnett, U of Scranton (April 5) Jacqueline Johnson, Buena Vista U (April 10) John Miller, Eastern Oregon U (April 12) and Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (April 17). Each date includes a formal presentation at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall as well as a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by informal remarks at 6 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch/. Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" – the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6 & 7 at UMM. Partners in the combined event this year include Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Minnesota Power and the West Central Initiative have signed on as sponsors thus far. The registration fee is $60 Minnesota Public Radio members receive a 10 percent discount. Children's activities are planned and housing is available on- or off-campus. For more program information and registration information visit www.centerforsmalltowns.org or www.minnesotaruralpartners.org, or call ext. 6451.
April 5, 2006
Public presentations by four candidates for the position of UMM chancellor are underway. Candidates and presentation dates are Beth Barnett, U of Scranton (April 5) Jacqueline Johnson, Buena Vista U (April 10) John Miller, Eastern Oregon U (April 12) and Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (April 17). Each date includes a formal presentation at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall as well as a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by informal remarks at 6 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch/. Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" – the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6 & 7 at UMM. Partners in the combined event this year include Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Minnesota Power and the West Central Initiative have signed on as sponsors thus far. The registration fee is $60 Minnesota Public Radio members receive a 10 percent discount. Children's activities are planned and housing is available on- or off-campus. For more program information and registration information visit www.centerforsmalltowns.org or www.minnesotaruralpartners.org, or call ext. 6451.
April 5, 2006
Public presentations by four candidates for the position of UMM chancellor are underway. Candidates and presentation dates are Beth Barnett, U of Scranton (April 5) Jacqueline Johnson, Buena Vista U (April 10) John Miller, Eastern Oregon U (April 12) and Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (April 17). Each date includes a formal presentation at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall as well as a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by informal remarks at 6 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch Minnesota's small towns and rural areas will show how they are "Working Better Together for the Common Good" – the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6 & 7 at UMM. Partners in the combined event this year include Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Minnesota Power and the West Central Initiative have signed on as sponsors thus far. The registration fee is $60 Minnesota Public Radio members receive a 10 percent discount. Children's activities are planned and housing is available on- or off-campus. For more program information and registration information visit www.centerforsmalltowns.org or www.minnesotaruralpartners.org, or call ext. 6451.
March 29, 2006
Public presentations by four candidates for the position of UMM chancellor will begin next week. Candidates and presentation dates are Beth Barnett, U of Scranton (April 5) Jacqueline Johnson, Buena Vista U (April 10) John Miller, Eastern Oregon U (April 12) and Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (April 17). Each date includes presentations at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall and 5:30 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch Chancellor Search Committee Chair Nancy Carpenter and committee member Charles Glasrud will be the guests on KMRS (1230AM) "Community Connection" from 8:45-9 a.m. April 4. About 60 UMM students have submitted research projects for this year's UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). Following review of the projects by the URS Committee, presentations will be given during the 6th annual Symposium on Friday, April 21. The event, open to all, celebrates student scholarly achievement and informs the campus community about the variety and quality of research on campus. Opening ceremony will begin at 2:45 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. Oral presentations will be given in Science rooms 1020, 1030, 2190 and 2200 between 3:30-5:30 p.m. Poster presentations will be given from 5:45-7 p.m. in Oyate Hall. For more information about the UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/urs/info.html
March 22, 2006
Janet Schrunk Ericksen, associate professor of English, is the 2006 recipient of the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award. Janet has been at UMM since 2001. In addition to her teaching and research, she serves as discipline coordinator of English, and has been the assistant chair of the Humanities Division this year. Thanks to the generosity of the UMM Alumni Association, the Morris campus recognizes its outstanding professors through the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award, an annual award created by the alumni in 1994. The purpose of the award is to honor individual UMM faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. The campus community is invited to attend a Farewell Picnic for Sam and Nancy Schuman on Monday, May 1, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. This picnic-style event is sponsored by MCSA and the Office of Special Events. A short program will be held on the berm, with the time to be determined. The back-up site is Oyate Hall. All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend. Please mark your calendars now!
March 15, 2006
Chancellor's Search Update: As the timing for on-campus visits by finalists for the position of UMM Chancellor approaches, the Search Committee would like to inform the campus community of tentative scheduling. If all goes as expected, full-day candidate visits will be scheduled sometime between March 29 through April 7. Please note that these dates are tentative this is simply a preliminary announcement so that the campus community can plan accordingly. As soon as these dates become firm and the finalists are identified, all information will be made available. The Chancellor's Search Web site is <a href="http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch">Chancellor'sSearch</a>.
March 1, 2006
All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the State of the U address, presented in person by University President Robert Bruininks from the Proscenium Theatre, beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 2). The address will be broadcast from UMM to all other campuses of the U. Dr. Pareena Lawrence is a recipient of the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. UMM remains the collegiate unit within the University with the highest concentration of Morse award winners. Lawrence will be recognized for her achievement at the all-University Morse-Alumni Awards Program at 3:30 p.m. April 24 in the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. UMM will add men's soccer to its intercollegiate athletics program beginning Fall 2006, it was announced by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy. According to Olson-Loy, the decision is a response to increased interest in soccer among Minnesota youth. The new men's soccer program will also create a new partnership with the Morris Cougars' award winning women's soccer program. Read more at <a href="http://www.morris.umn.edu">http://www.morris.umn.edu</a>
February 22, 2006
Jim "Doc" Carlson '65, UMM professor of music, was be inducted into the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 17, during the MMEA winter banquet. The award recognizes Carlson's excellence in teaching and the many contributions he has made to music education during his career. Read the story on the UMM news Web site. The campus is invited to attend the State of the University address, to be given by University President Robert Bruininks from the Morris campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting, as well as to other U coordinate campuses. Question and answer period will follow the speech. A reception will then follow in the HFA lobby area. Direct questions regarding this event to Judy Riley, University Relations, ext. 6050.
February 22, 2006
Jim "Doc" Carlson '65, UMM professor of music, was be inducted into the Minnesota Music Educators Association Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 17, during the MMEA winter banquet. The award recognizes Carlson's excellence in teaching and the many contributions he has made to music education during his career. Read the story on the UMM news Web site. The campus is invited to attend the State of the University address, to be given by University President Robert Bruininks from the Morris campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting, as well as to other U coordinate campuses. Question and answer period will follow the speech. A reception will then follow in the HFA lobby area. Direct questions regarding this event to Judy Riley, University Relations, ext. 6050.
February 15, 2006
UMM is included with the other U campuses in the expanded Founders Opportunity Scholarship program that will cover qualified incoming freshmen and transfer students. The program details were announced this week by University President Robert Bruininks. All undergraduate students from Minnesota who are eligible for a federal Pell Grant will be guaranteed scholarships and grants to cover 100 percent of their tuition and required fees, when the program is fully phased in. The guarantee will eventually benefit more than 4,500 low and moderate-income undergraduates each year across the University's four campuses. "When the Founders award program is fully phased in, we expect that more than 600 UMM students will benefit from it," said James Morales, UMM associate vice chancellor for enrollment. For more information about The Founders Opportunity Scholarship Program and other scholarships at UMM visit <a href="http://www.morris.umn.edu/financialaid/founders.html">founders</a>. The Cougar women's and men's basketball teams have both advanced to post-season play, a first for the Cougars to have both teams advance in the UMAC. Cougar women will play Northwestern at Aberdeen men will play St. Scholastica at Duluth. Action takes place next weekend, February 24-25. Watch for details on the UMM home page. Ticket order forms are available for Jazz Fest, Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8. Guest artists Nestor Torres and Reggie Watkins will join the UMM Jazz Ensembles. Forms can be picked up at the Student Center lobby Information Center, in Student Activities, or via mail as requested. All advance ticket orders will be processed on March 3. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail or bring your order to Student Activities. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in the Student Activities office on March 6. This is a sell-out event with more than 900 visiting high school jazz musicians participating in the three days of clinics and evening performances that will include at least 20 UMM jazz combos, the West Central All Stars and the UMM Alumni Jazz Band. For more information, call Student Activities, ext. 6080. University President Robert Bruininks will deliver the State of the U address from the Morris campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting, as well as to other U coordinate campuses. Question and answer period will follow the speech. A reception will then follow in the HFA Gallery. Direct questions regarding this event to Judy Riley, University Relations, ext. 6050.
February 8, 2006
For regular listeners of "A Prairie Home Companion," Andy Stein and the Shoe band, Prudence Johnson, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are household names. Add UMM music faculty member, Tim Sparks, and you have the makings of a rousing good time. Those who have tickets to attend this Saturday's live performance of "A Prairie Home Companion" at UMM will see these favorite APHC performers in person, along with the show's writer and host, Garrison Keillor. A few tickets remain for the "A Prairie Home Companion" live broadcast from the UMM P.E. Center, Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 4:45 p.m. General admission is $45 $15 for UMM students. For tickets, call 320-589-6356. All APHC ticket holders are invited to stop by Oyate Hall from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday for light refreshments at a pre-performance gathering of alumni and friends hosted by the UMM Alumni Association. An RSVP is not necessary to attend the reception but is appreciated for planning purposes. Please e-mail alumni@morris.umn.edu or call ext. 6066. The UMM bookstore will be open 1-5 p.m. An assortment of Garrison Keillor's books will be available for purchase. Ticket order forms are available for the annual Jazz Fest, Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8. Guest artists Nestor Torres and Reggie Watkins will join the UMM Jazz Ensembles. Forms can be picked up at the Student Center lobby Information Center, in Student Activities, or via mail as requested. All advance ticket orders will be processed on March 3. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail or bring your order to Student Activities. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in the Student Activities office on March 6. This is a sell-out event with more than 900 visiting high school jazz musicians participating in the three days of clinics and evening performances that will include at least 20 UMM jazz combos, the West Central All Stars and the UMM Alumni Jazz Band. For more information, call Student Activities, ext. 6080. University President Robert Bruininks will deliver the State of the U address from the Morris campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting, as well as to other U coordinate campuses. Question and answer period will follow the speech. A reception will then follow in the HFA Gallery.
February 1, 2006
President Bruininks will deliver the State of the University address at UMM at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting, as well as to other coordinate campuses of the University. An opportunity for questions will follow the address, which is open to the public. Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean Dr. John F. Schwaller has accepted the post of president of the State University of New York College at Potsdam, effective July 1, 2006. Dr. Judith Kuechle, chair of UMM's Division of Education, will assume the task of interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean through the fall semester of the 2006-07 academic year. Dr. Leslie Meek, psychology, will serve as assistant academic dean with Dr. Kuechle.
January 25, 2006
Tom McRoberts has been appointed as the director of Continuing Education and Regional Programs at UMM. McRoberts has held the joint positions of interim director of Continuing Education and Regional Programs and director of the Center for International Programs. He will continue as director of CIP through this academic year. McRoberts is a recipient of the University's Tate Award for Excellence in Advising. Most recently, he has overseen the reorganization of CERP and the reduction of its base budget as mandated by the Budget Task Force. UMM has received a record number of student applicants for admission for its fall 2006 incoming class. This year's 885 applicants have already surpassed last year's number at this time by 278, an increase of 46 percent. These are the most students who have applied to UMM in the last seven years. Read more at <a href="http://www.morris.umn.edu">http://www.morris.umn.edu</a> Tickets remain for the "A Prairie Home Companion" show coming to Morris on February 11. Call 589-6356 for credit card sales, or walk into the Office of Student Activities, lower level of the student center, to purchase. Student tickets (1 per student with student I.D.) are $15, and general admission tickets are $45. If you have questions please call Maggie Larson at 589-6053. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will deliver the State of the University address at UMM on Thursday, March 2, at 3 p.m. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting.
January 18, 2006
UMM is ranked ninth nationally among the top 15 schools as a best value for out-of-state students in the 2006 <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> magazine exclusive survey of the 100 best values among public institutions of higher education. UMM is the only university in Minnesota to make the list. Visit the Kiplinger Web site at http://www.kiplinger.com/personalfinance/magazine/archives/2006/02/colleges.html or read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu .
December 7, 2005
Friends and loved ones, including more than 100 service veterans from the region, packed the P.E. Center gymnasium at UMM to welcome home from Iraq the soldiers of Charlie Company during a ceremony held December 5. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu The annual holiday Toys For Tots program is underway until December 12. Bring new, unwrapped presents to Student Activities, the Common Cup Coffeehouse, or the Ranch House Restaurant to receive a coupon for $1 off any lunch entree at the Ranch House. You can also support Cougar basketball and help Toys for Tots by attending women's and men's basketball games on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10. Students who donate a new, unwrapped toy at the event will receive a free bag of popcorn. Non-students who donate a new, unwrapped toy at the event will receive free admission. Friday's matches begin at 5:30 p.m. for women 7:30 p.m. for men. Saturday's women's and men's games begin at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. For more information, contact Community Service and Volunteerism at campusco@morris.umn.edu, or Heather Pennie, UMM head volleyball coach and contact for SAAC, at penniehl@morris.umn.edu.
November 30, 2005
The P.E. Center gym is scheduled to be the site to welcome home members of Charlie Company, representing 150-plus members of the Morris and area National Guard, on Sunday, Dec. 4. The event, hosted by the Morris National Guard, will begin at 7 p.m. The troops are returning following over a year of service in Iraq. The departure ceremony in September 2004 was also held in the P.E. Center. The annual holiday Toys For Tots program is underway until December 12. Bring new, unwrapped presents to Student Activities, the Common Cup Coffeehouse, or the Ranch House Restaurant to receive a coupon for $1 off any lunch entree at the Ranch House. You can also support Cougar basketball and help Toys for Tots by attending women's and men's basketball games on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 9-10. Students who donate a new, unwrapped toy at the event will receive a free bag of popcorn. Non-students who donate a new, unwrapped toy at the event will receive free admission. Friday's matches begin at 5:30 p.m. for women 7:30 p.m. for men. Saturday's women's and men's games begin at 1 and 3 p.m., respectively. For more information, contact Community Service and Volunteerism at campusco@morris.umn.edu, or Heather Pennie, UMM head volleyball coach and contact for SAAC, at penniehl@morris.umn.edu.
November 23, 2005
The UMM Strategic Positioning Task Force has conducted over 60 focus groups over the past three weeks. The input from these focus groups will shortly be available on our web site www.morris.umn.edu/strategic We care about what all stakeholders have to say about UMM's future. For those unable to attend one of those focus group or those who wish to make additional comments, we are now offering an on line survey with several questions for your consideration. We would appreciate it if you could complete the survey by December 1, 2005. To complete the survey click on the following link www.morris.umn.edu/strategic/facultystaff and follow the 'Click here to take survey' link. An original composition, titled "Magnificat," written by senior music major, Ben Karlen, will be featured during the 27th Annual Carol Concerts. Performances of this annual holiday event by the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Ken Hodgson, will be Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Performances, this year on the theme, "Jeg Er Saa Glad" Our Scandinavian Tradition (We are So Glad)," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the HFA Proscenium Theatre. The UMM Christmas Flute Ensemble will again provide the prelude to the Carol Concerts, beginning one half hour prior to each performance. The Ensemble, which includes 18 UMM students and members from Morris and surrounding communities, will perform nine Scandinavian, as well as some traditional, carols.
November 16, 2005
The HFA building is the recipient of an American Institute of Architects Minnesota 25-Year Award. Designed in the early 1970s by Ralph Rapson, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, Ralph Rapson and Associates, Minneapolis, the structure houses facilities for speech communication, theatre arts, music and fine arts academic disciplines for the Morris campus. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu A Web site is available and updates are posted for the UMM chancellor search. Open forums to gather input will be held November 21-22 (see a complete schedule on the Web site). Academic Search Consultation Service has been retained to assist in the process. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch Marvin A. Lewis, a professor of Spanish and director of the Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will give The Barber Lecture in Literature. Lewis will speak on the topic, "Afro-Hispanic Literature and the Canon," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in HFA Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the HFA Gallery. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu Tickets are now available for the 2005 UMM Carol Concerts, performed by the UMM choirs under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Performances of this annual Holiday event, this year on the theme, "Jeg Er Saa Glad" Our Scandinavian Tradition (We are So Glad)," will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! Due to the limited number of seats in the Proscenium Theatre and the high demand for seating, advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267.
November 16, 2005
The HFA building is the recipient of an American Institute of Architects Minnesota 25-Year Award. Designed in the early 1970s by Ralph Rapson, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, Ralph Rapson and Associates, Minneapolis, the structure houses facilities for speech communication, theatre arts, music and fine arts academic disciplines for the Morris campus. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu A Web site is available and updates are posted for the UMM chancellor search. Open forums to gather input will be held November 21-22 (see a complete schedule on the Web site). Academic Search Consultation Service has been retained to assist in the process. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch Marvin A. Lewis, a professor of Spanish and director of the Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will give The Barber Lecture in Literature. Lewis will speak on the topic, "Afro-Hispanic Literature and the Canon," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in HFA Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the HFA Gallery. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu Tickets are now available for the 2005 UMM Carol Concerts, performed by the UMM choirs under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Performances of this annual Holiday event, this year on the theme, "Jeg Er Saa Glad" Our Scandinavian Tradition (We are So Glad)," will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! Due to the limited number of seats in the Proscenium Theatre and the high demand for seating, advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267.
November 9, 2005
Chancellor Search update: Several forums with Dr. Bill Franklin, the representative from the Academic Search Consultation Service who is assisting with the search, will be scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21-22, for campus and community members to offer their thoughts regarding UMM's next chancellor. Please mark these dates more details will be provided as soon as they are available. Marvin A. Lewis, a professor of Spanish and director of the Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will give The Barber Lecture in Literature. Lewis will speak on the topic, "Afro-Hispanic Literature and the Canon," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in HFA Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the HFA Gallery. Advanced sale of tickets are now available for the 2005 UMM Carol Concerts, performed by the UMM choirs under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Performances of this annual Holiday event, this year on the theme, "Jeg Er Saa Glad" Our Scandinavian Tradition (We are So Glad )," will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! Due to the limited number of seats in the Proscenium Theatre and the high demand for seating, advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267.
November 2, 2005
UMM was honored October 24 as a recipient of a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award for its commitment to on-site generation of renewable energy. The Green Power Leadership Awards for green power purchasers is a component of the U.S. EPA's Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program providing technical assistance and public recognition to organizations that switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs. Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and planning, and student Nick Peterson accepted the award during the National Green Power Marketing Conference held recently in Austin, Texas. UMM is one of only 11 sites selected to receive funding for the Biomass Research and Development Initiative, a joint effort of the USDA and the Department of Energy. The UMM award will benefit the biomass gasification project, a comprehensive demonstration of a community-scale biomass energy system. Visit the new UMM campus home page at http://www.morris.umn.edu/. This design represents hundreds of hours of work by people from all over campus. Technical advances have been incorporated, including rotating banner pictures and a much simplified way of updating the home page's content. Try refreshing the home page a few times you'll find more news there than ever before! With this design, the old, off-campus "splash page" has been retired. Each of the major "relationships:" future and current student faculty and staff member alumni and friends, and visitors now have their own "home page." Many office links are gone from the home page itself. You can still find all campus offices by following the "Directories" link.
October 26, 2005
A memorial service for UMM junior, Richard Thomas "Rick" Rose, was held Tuesday on the campus mall. The campus community is saddened that Rick, a biology major with an emphasis in teaching, a student coach, student athlete and friend, died as the result of an accident on the campus football field at the conclusion of Saturday's football game. Expressions of sympathy and condolences may be sent to Patricia Jo and Jerry Dean Rose, 3404 W. Wagonwheel Road, Benton City, Wash., 99320-8662. A memorial fund has been established by Rick's family. Contributions to the Rick Rose Memorial Fund can be made to any of the U.S. Bank branches.
October 19, 2005
The membership of the UMM Chancellor's search committee has been finalized. The members are as follows: Nancy Carpenter, chair, chemistry Jim Cotter, geology Pareeena Lawrence, economics Leslie Meek, psychology and alumna Sarah Buchanan, French Janet Schrunk Ericksen, English Gwen Rudney, education Greg Cuomo, WCROC: Cassie McMahon, Latrice Robinson, students David Swenson, Student Activities Maddy Maxeiner, External Relations and alumna Karen Ellis, Continuing Education and alumna Charles Glasrud, attorney and community member and Craig Swan, vice provost for undergraduate education, Twin Cities campus. Sue Gooch will provide staff support to the search committee. A public bid process has been launched to solicit requests for proposals from academic executive search firms to partner with the search committee in conducting an aggressive national search and recruitment process. Bids will be received by October 25, with selection of the search firm by November 1. Don't miss all the fun this weekend during UMM Homecoming. A "Viva Las Morris!" theme will be the focus for a variety of events, sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association and the Campus Activities Council Homecoming and Traditions Committee. Find a complete list of Homecoming events at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/UMM/HOMECOMING/ or contact the Office of Alumni Relations, ext. 6066. This weekend's Homecoming game versus Crown College will be both historic and nostalgic. Following 35 years of football competition on "Cougar Field" at UMM, Saturday's 1 p.m. kick off may be the last on the current playing field. Beginning with the 2006 football season, the Cougars will move to a new stadium that will be a shared facility with Morris Area High School. The field will be located adjacent to Cougar Field, directly south of the UMM P.E. Center. You're invited to be part of the history of Cougar Field this Saturday. Be there for the 1 p.m. kickoff!
October 12, 2005
Congratulations to all of us, and all area residents, for the spectacularly successful dinner October 10 at the new Morris Area Elementary School to benefit recent hurricane victims. The event raised nearly $20,000 for a good cause. Proceeds from recent UMM jazz group performances raised $845.75 for Katrina victim Nancy Burtchaell '88. UMM has been ranked third nationally among all public liberal arts colleges in the first annual Washington Monthly College Guide. The Washington Monthly College Guide ranks colleges based on a different set of criteria than other well-known rankings such as U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges. Unlike other college guides that base their rankings on academic excellence or affordable cost The Washington Monthly says, "Other guides ask what colleges can do for you. We ask what colleges are doing for the country." The UMM Strategic Positioning Task Force (UMM CRPC) has scheduled a "kickoff" event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Oyate Hall, to which the entire campus community is invited. Bliss Browne, founder of "Imagine Chicago," will serve as facilitator. The task force defines the goal of this event as raising awareness of the strategic planning process underway on campus, establishing lines of communications among interested participants, and collecting information about the UMM experience from students, faculty and staff. "Viva Las Morris!" will be the theme for an assortment of fun activities and events during UMM Homecoming 2005, October 20-23. Sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association, along with the Campus Activities Council Homecoming and Traditions Committee. A reception hosted by the UMM Multi-Ethnic Student Program in the MSP Lounge will kick off the weekend's events from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The reception will honor Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Dr. Paulette Fairbanks Molin '66 and Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao '95. The UMM Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Award Banquet is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, the Fall Ball, featuring UMM's Big Jazz Band, will begin at 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood. Tickets are $15, adults $5, UMM students. Proceeds from the event will benefit Imholte Scholarships, Humanities Phase III at UMM and Lakeside Ballroom Restoration. Free round-trip transportation hourly from UMM Student Center to the Ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. Cougar Quad Run on Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Regional Fitness Center. A ceremony to rename the historic UMM Social Science building John Q. Imholte Hall will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Social Science building site. A reception honoring Imholte, former UMM chancellor, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on the Camden Hall Veranda. The Homecoming Parade will begin on campus at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The UMM Alumni Association Tailgate party will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the grounds leading to Cougar Field. Cougar football kicks off versus Crown College at 1 p.m. on Cougar Field, followed at 4 p.m. by the UMM Alumni Association post-game celebration at LaFave House. Enjoy the UMM Alumni Association Brunch in the campus' Food Services building from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The annual Homecoming Band and Choir Concert, featuring the alumni Concert Band and Choir, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in HFA Recital Hall. Find a complete list of Homecoming events at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/UMM/HOMECOMING/ UMM is among nearly 300 institutions of higher education that will compete this year in College Bowl, "the varsity sport of the mind." In its 28th year, College Bowl is a game of academic knowledge and quick recall, featuring two teams of four players. UMM competition will begin with the Campus Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Humanities Fine Arts 42 (TV studio B). The deadline for teams to sign up is 4:30 p.m. October 26 in Student Activities.
October 5, 2005
UMM will join other residents from Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and Morris during a Stevens County Community Fundraiser for the residents affected by recent hurricanes. The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. (note time change) Monday, Oct. 10, in the new Morris Area Elementary School. Free food will be provided by local restaurants, along with music, dancing, a silent auction and raffles. Free bus rides from Morris Transit are available within the city limits by calling 589-1000. All proceeds will go to The Salvation Army and American Red Cross to assist Gulf coast residents. For more information call ext. 6083. There is a small "Sherman" tank rolling across the campus. It comes in the form of a black lab puppy named Sherman, who belongs for a short while to Karen Esler, the resident director of Clayton A. Gay Hall. Sherman and Esler are both part of Leader Dogs for the Blind, an organization based in Rochester, Mich., that has been providing animal helpers for more than 60 years. Esler will have the dog for a full year before he heads back to Michigan to enter the training that prepares the dogs to help with a variety of tasks. Read more on the UMM News Service Web site. To learn more about Leader Dogs check out the website at www.leaderdog.org Professor Marshall Eakin of Vanderbilt University will deliver the 21st annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the HFA Recital Hall. His topic will be "Does Latin America Have a Common History?" Dr. Eakin has held the Chair of Teaching Excellence, has been Carnegie Foundation/CASE Professor the Year in Tennessee, recipient of the Vanderbilt Alumni Education's Education Award, the Chancellor's Cup, the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and the Jefrey W. Nordhaus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, among other awards. A panel discussion and questions from the audience will follow the lecture. Panel will include Vicente Cabrera, professor of Spanish Stephen Gross, assistant professor of history and John F. Schwaller, vice chancellor and dean, and a specialist in Latin American history. The Driggs Lecture was founded in 1985 by history colleagues, UMM alumni, and friends of the late O. Truman Driggs, who taught history at UMM from 1963 until his death in 1989, and served as chair of the Division of the Social Sciences from 1968 to 1977. Is Iraq becoming another Vietnam? Learning Unlimited will address this topic with a program, titled "Reflections on Vietnam and Iraq," as part of the 2005 "War and Peace" Humanities Series, at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, at the Morris Senior Center. "Viva Las Morris!" will be the theme for an assortment of fun activities and events during UMM Homecoming 2005, October 20-23. Sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association, along with the Campus Activities Council Homecoming and Traditions Committee. A reception hosted by the UMM Multi-Ethnic Student Program in the MSP Lounge will kick off the weekend's events from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The reception will honor Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Dr. Paulette Fairbanks Molin '66 and Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao '95. The UMM Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Award Banquet is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, the Fall Ball, featuring UMM's Big Jazz Band, will begin at 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood. Tickets are $15, adults $5, UMM students. Proceeds from the event will benefit Imholte Scholarships, Humanities Phase III at UMM and Lakeside Ballroom Restoration. Free round-trip transportation hourly from UMM Student Center to the Ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. Cougar Quad Run on Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Regional Fitness Center. A ceremony to rename the historic UMM Social Science building John Q. Imholte Hall will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Social Science building site. A reception honoring Imholte, former UMM chancellor, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on the Camden Hall Veranda. The Homecoming Parade will begin on campus at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The UMM Alumni Association Tailgate party will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the grounds leading to Cougar Field. Cougar football kicks off versus Crown College at 1 p.m. on Cougar Field, followed at 4 p.m. by the UMM Alumni Association post-game celebration at LaFave House. Enjoy the UMM Alumni Association Brunch in the campus' Food Services building from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The annual Homecoming Band and Choir Concert, featuring the alumni Concert Band and Choir, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in HFA Recital Hall. Find a complete list of Homecoming events at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/UMM/HOMECOMING/
September 28, 2005
A team comprised of UMM staff, students and faculty (and friends) won the National Dodgeball League Dodgeball World Championship September 23-25 in Las Vegas. The team, the only one who competed from Minnesota, is comprised of Adam Sullivan (UMM student) Randi Peterson (UMM women's head basketball coach) Amy Van Arkle (friend of Randi) Aaron Thompson (UMM men's assistant basketball coach) Lori Sylvester (sister of Aaron) Chris Butler (English) and Nate Oakland (UMM women's assistant basketball coach). Twenty-four teams competed from states such as California, New York and Alaska. For more information about the National Dodgeball League visit http://www.nationaldodgeball.com/. <p>A reprise of a 1960 lecture, "Sirens Sing to Me," and a 2005 sequel, "Conquering Thanatos," will be presented by Henry Parker, Cunningham Distinguished Scholar/Professor, U of Tennessee-Martin and Ford Foundation Fellow. He will also give a First-Year Experience Presentation, "Making College Success Inevitable." Parker served on the UMM humanities faculty, 1961-65, and was UMM's first black professor. Public lecture Thursday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., Cougar Room, Student Center. Parker and his wife, Marilyn Crist, will visit UMM September 28-29. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/. A chance for girls in grades five through eight to explore science with professional scientists will be offered during UMM's "Super Saturday Science" beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Science building. A session for fifth and six graders is set for 9 a.m.-noon seventh and eighth grade students will participate from 1-4 p.m. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with scientists and science students. Find out more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ Residents from Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and Morris will come together during a Stevens County Community Fundraiser for the residents affected by recent hurricanes. The event is set for 5 to 8 p.m. (note time change) Monday, Oct. 10, in the new Morris Area Elementary School. Free food will be provided by local restaurants, along with music, dancing, a silent auction and raffles. Free bus rides from Morris Transit are available within the city limits by calling 589-1000. All proceeds will go to The Salvation Army and American Red Cross to assist Gulf coast residents. For more information call ext. 6083.
September 21, 2005
Adair, Della, and Friends in "Retrospective," a show of one- and two-piano, four-hands arrangements by Adair Horgen will be performed by Horgen and Della Conroy with appearances by other talented friends at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the concert hall at the new Morris Area Elementary School. There will also be pieces during which the audience can sing along. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Center. All proceeds benefit the PRCA. Call 585-5037 for more information. Geology Professor Keith Brugger will discuss the geologic record of climate change and its effect on ecosystems and civilization at Morris' first "Café Scientifique" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. The public is welcome to attend at no charge, and audience participation is encouraged. Café Scientifique is a new monthly series produced by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History that aims to bring expert-led discussions on provocative science topics out of the labs and into pubs, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the state. The museum has partnered with UMM to bring a year-long series of lively discussions on topics ranging from alternative energy to duck hunting to antibiotics and organic foods. For a list of scheduled cafés, visit www.bellmuseum.org. A reprise of a 1960 lecture, "Sirens Sing to Me," and a 2005 sequel, "Conquering Thanatos," will be presented by Henry Parker, Cunningham Distinguished Scholar/Professor, U of Tennessee-Martin and Ford Foundation Fellow. He will also give a First-Year Experience Presentation, "Making College Success Inevitable." Parker served on the UMM humanities faculty, 1961-65, and was UMM's first black professor. Public lecture Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., Cougar Room, Student Center. Parker and his wife, Marilyn Crist, will visit UMM September 28-29. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ UMM will again host "Super Saturday Science" beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Science building. The program gives girls in grades five through eight a chance to explore science with professional scientists. A session for fifth and six graders is set for 9 a.m.-noon seventh and eighth grade students will participate from 1-4 p.m. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with scientists and science students. Find out more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ Residents from Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and Morris will come together during a Stevens County Community Fundraiser for the residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. The event is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the new Morris Area Elementary School. Free food will be provided by local restaurants, along with music, dancing, a silent auction and raffles. Free bus rides from Morris Transit are available by calling 589-1000. All proceeds will go to the Salvation Army and American Red Cross to assist Gulf coast residents. For more information call 589-6083.
September 7, 2005
<p>Acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will open the 2005-2006 Performing Arts Series season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Edson Auditorium. Ticket information is available by calling Student Activities at ext. 6080, or visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts. Geology Professor Keith Brugger will discuss the geologic record of climate change and its effect on ecosystems and civilization at Morris' first "Café Scientifique" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. The public is welcome and audience participation is encouraged. Café Scientifique is new monthly series produced by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History that aims to bring expert-led discussions on provocative science topics out of the labs and into pubs, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the state. The museum has partnered with UMM to bring a year-long series of lively discussions on topics ranging from alternative energy to duck hunting to antibiotics and organic foods. For a list of scheduled cafés, visit www.bellmuseum.org. Café Scientifique is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the University's Council on Public Engagement. The Bell Museum is part of the University of Minnesota's College of Natural Resources.
August 31, 2005
Due to weather conditions in and around Louisiana, the visit and presentation by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has been postponed. Gov. Blanco was originally scheduled to be the Visiting Scholar and speaker for the First Year Seminar opening convocation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Tentative plans to reschedule the presentation are being considered. <p>Acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will open the 2005-2006 Performing Arts Series season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Edson Auditorium. Ticket information is available by calling Student Activities at ext. 6080, or visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts. Geology Professor Keith Brugger will deliver the cold, hard facts of glaciology, the science of snow and ice accumulation, and share some thoughts on the effect of global warming on Minnesota during Morris' first "Café Scientifique" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. Audience questions and participation is welcome. Café Scientifique is new monthly series produced by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History that aims to bring expert-led discussions on provocative science topics out of the labs and into pubs, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the state. The museum has partnered with UMM to bring a year-long series of lively discussions on topics ranging from alternative energy to duck hunting to antibiotics and organic foods. For a list of scheduled cafés, visit www.bellmuseum.org. Café Scientifique is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the University's Council on Public Engagement. The Bell Museum is part of the University of Minnesota's College of Natural Resources.
August 25, 2005
Chancellor Sam Schuman announced his retirement at the August 19 opening faculty and staff convocation effective June 2006. Schuman has been in senior leadership positions at the college for 11 years. "I am leaving our college at a time when it is thriving, successful, and looking toward an even brighter future. The faculty are teachers and scholars without peer our staff is skilled and committed our alumni are loyal our benefactors are caring and dedicated and UMM students are a magnificent treasure. I will watch with keen attention and modest pride the future strengthening of our college." As vice chancellor for academic affairs, Schuman led the semester conversion process and managed UMM's successful re-accreditation. Under his leadership as chancellor, UMM has benefited from more than $60 million in new construction on campus and raised nearly $10 million, close to double its goal, during Campaign Minnesota. Schuman was instrumental in accomplishing the successful transition to NCAA Division III status in intercollegiate athletics and led the effort to have the Morris campus declared a national historic district. The campus community welcomes Christine Mahoney as director of communications in the Office of University Relations/External Relations. Mahoney, a native of Chokio, was previously director of advertising at Grand Casino Hinckley. She holds a master of business communication from the University of St. Thomas, and a bachelor of science in mass communications from Moorhead State University. As director, Mahoney will advance the college's local, regional, and national visibility, and create an integrated and effective collegiate communications program. For the fifth straight year, UMM is ranked in the list of five top public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2006 rankings of America's Best Colleges. UMM continues as the only college in the Midwest to appear on the list. More at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ The Fiske Guide to Getting into the Right College 2005 ranks UMM as one of three of the "best college bargains" in the nation. Says the publication: "If you've ever taken a wrong turn on the way to Duluth, you may have stumbled upon one of the very best public liberal arts colleges in the countryŠMorris combines superb students, small classes, dedicated faculty, and an isolated prairie location." More at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ UMM is one of 158 schools who have received The Princeton Review's Best in the Midwest designation. "We believe these schools uphold the standards of our Best Midwestern College distinction and provide students with a wide breadth of excellent schools to consider," says Princeton Review publisher Robert Franek. UMM has been selected as a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award winner. The Green Power Leadership Awards are competitive awards that recognize outstanding commitments and achievements in the green power marketplace. The Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference will be held in Austin, Texas from October 24-26. The Fifth Annual Green Awards presentation will occur on the first evening of the conference. Organized by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions, both this conference and the National Awards are the ultimate green power marketing conference and competitive national recognition for the market-based deployment of renewable energy technologies. According to the University of Minnesota's 2005 Student Experience Survey, the Morris campus again surpassed all other campuses in key areas of student satisfaction. UMM boasted the highest percentage of students completing the bachelor's degree in approximately four years and the highest percentage of students ranking their campus's overall academic program as excellent. UMM also rose to the top with its percentage of 'extremely satisfied' students and had the highest percentage of students ranking the cost of attendance as 'excellent.' The 2005 survey, conducted every other year by the Office of Institutional Research and Reporting on the Twin Cities campus, has not yet been published on their website. The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, governor of Louisiana, will give the Opening Convocation for UMM's 2005 First Year Seminar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in Edson Auditorium, Student Center. Gov. Blanco will also meet on Thursday, Sept. 1, with small groups of First Year Seminar students. Gov. Blanco is the mother-in-law of Michael Eble, assistant professor of studio art and curator of the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery at UMM. Tickets for the UMM Performing Arts Series are now available. The 2005-2006 season opens on Saturday, Sept. 10, with guitarist/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III. The season will also offer performances by the following artists: ARENA dances, October 1 Red Priest, October 28 Break: The Urban Funk Spectacular, February 3 and Aquila Theatre, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," March 18, along with the world renown annual UMM Jazz Fest. Ticket information for both series and single tickets is available by calling Student Activities at ext. 6080, or visit www.morris.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts. All performances will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the UMM Student Center Edson Auditorium.
July 22, 2005
Fourteen students from six states are participating in the 11th annual Gateway Program through August 12. The four week transition program, designed to to recruit, retain, and graduate talented students of color at UMM, features courses in English, math and computer science along with seminars on financial aid, advising, and career planning. Age range of this year's participants extends 20 years apart from youngest to oldest. Students are from El Paso, Texas Las Vegas, Nev. Chicago, and cities in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. Spend an evening in the garden during the annual Horticulture Night, Thursday, July 28, 5-9 p.m., sponsored by the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Walking Tours include shore-land re-vegetation, a "Summer Celebrations" garden, a water garden, annual flowers, woody ornamentals, and new and unusual perennials. Demonstrations will cover landscape design tips for the backyard, a monarch larva monitoring project, culinary herbs, renewable energy, and grapes! Live music, food booths, a trade show and family activities will also be provided. The WCROC is located across Highway 59 from the Morris campus. "UM-Morris Day" -- Monday, Sept. 5, at the Minnesota State Fair -- will include UMM jazz combo, Funky Gumbo, on the U stage in front of the U of M exhibition building on Dan Patch Avenue. The combo will entertain alternately, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with WCROC's Mike Reese, who will talk about Renewable Energy. The Morris campus will also participate in the University wide exhibit inside the building. UMM students, alumni, staff and faculty will staff the exhibit during the Labor Day weekend, Saturday-Monday, Sept. 3-5. There is still time to volunteer to staff the Morris campus exhibits at both the Stevens County Fair, Aug. 11-14 (Thursday, Aug. 11 is fully staffed now!) as well as at the State Fair, Sept. 3-5. Contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050, or rileyjk to reserve a time. Note that the U of M web site will publicize the fair presence of all U campuses, including updates of which campus "celebrities" are staffing the UMM booth, and at what times. SIGN UP NOW! Mark your calendars now for the second annual COUGAR FEST: Saturday, Sept. 17. Games and concessions begin at 11:30 a.m. Cougar football kickoff at 1 p.m. UMM field, track field and surrounding grounds. Watch for details!
June 15, 2005
UMM announces the appointment of Jaime R. Moquin as director of admissions. Moquin recently completed her tenure as a K-12 academic instructor within the Winter School District in Wisconsin. She has also served as an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions, and associate director of admissions at Northland College, Ashland, Wis. Moquin will begin her full-time duties at UMM on July 18. You\'re invited to a public showcase that culminates this year\'s Henjum Creative Study Institute. Come and enjoy what the Institute\'s exceptional 6-12 graders have learned or created during two weeks of exploring such areas as character acting, raku, dance, jazz, improvisation, and digital storytelling and editing. Friday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in HFA Recital Hall. Join fellow UMM, MAHS and WCSA grads at a social gathering from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at LaFave House, during the Morris All-School Reunion weekend. All are welcome! Sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association. West Central School of Agriculture alumni will celebrate the school's 95th anniversary during their annual reunion July 16 at UMM. Anyone who attended, worked, or taught at the School of Agriculture from 1910-1963 is invited to attend. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Student Center. The reunion will also include campus walking tours, a brunch, the annual Alumni Association Business Meeting and an evening banquet. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a deluxe coach ride and guided tour of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Horticulture Gardens, and energy-generating wind turbine. For more information about the WCSA Reunion, visit the web at www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/WCSA/allSchoolReunion.html or contact Alumni Relations, ext. 6066.
May 4, 2005
Aida Martinez, director of the Multi-Ethnic Student Program, and graduating senior Isaiah Brokenleg will receive the Cesar Chavez Award during a ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, May 6. The event will be held at the corner of Cougar Circle and Cesar Chavez Avenue (in front of the Social Science building). Oyate Hall is the rain site. The award states: "For embodying the principles, leadership, and humanitarian qualities of the late legendary labor and civil rights leader. For the belief that ordinary people can make extraordinary social change when they are individually guided by, and bound together by, universal values and a common vision for a better world. For your contribution to the Latino Community, Communities of Color, and for support of Workers Rights while personifying the values embodied by Cesar E. Chavez which include: service to others, sacrifice, a preference to help the most needy, determination, non-violence, tolerance, respect for life, celebrating community, knowledge, and innovation we extend our sincerest appreciation." Eight student musicians will perform in the annual Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in HFA Recital Hall. Students are: Pulum Kim, Angela Adam, Katie Cunnien, Anna Harrington, Mark Bauer, Dustin Retzlaff, Terri Jo Schuft, and Alison Scherzer. The recital is free and open to the public. The excellence of UMM students will be celebrated during the 14th Annual Student Honors and Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in HFA Recital Hall. An Honoring Ceremony for Native American graduates will take place earlier the same day, at 4 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news The Division of Education faculty invites you to attend the "Education Exposition 2005," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates, on Wednesday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Oyate Hall. UMM alumnus, artist and Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao '95 will give the keynote address during the annual Commencement ceremony. Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, on the campus mall. Find a schedule of events leading up to and including Commencement day at www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/.
April 27, 2005
Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the second of two public lectures by renowned historian, scholar and composer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Dr. Reagon is the inaugural holder of UMM's first Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. Her lecture, "Lessons in Living: The African American Spiritual Tradition," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the First Lutheran Church in Morris. In addition, Dr. Reagon will be the guest conductor during a performance by UMM's combined choirs, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Hodgson. The performance, which will feature Dr. Reagon's compositions, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Assumption Church in Morris. A reminder to attend the 14th Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Oyate Hall. Enjoy the UMMRA pre-dinner reception at LaFave House beginning at 3:30 p.m. Honored guests during the dinner will be retirees Karla Klinger, Lois Koehntop, Jeanne Purdy, Dwight Purdy, and Ruth Thielke. Also being recognized: Pareena Lawrence, Alumni Association Teaching Award Leslie Meek, John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising recipient and Seung-Ho Joo, Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Mary Martelle Memorial Award recipients are Isaiah Brokenleg (student) and Maggie Larson (staff). Outstanding Staff Awardees will be given to William Eiler (plant services), Ann Kolden (AFSCME), and Rose Murphy (civil service). Karla Klinger is the 2005 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award. Scenes from "The Marriage of Figaro," "Così fan tutte," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Candide," "The Old Maid and the Thief," and "Mikado" will be performed during "Sex, Lies and Live Music," the annual Opera Workshop performance at UMM. Students in the opera workshop at UMM will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in HFA Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for UMM community and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in the Student Center lobby (look for the opera workshop table) or at the door. The Division of Education faculty invites you to attend the "Education Exposition 2005," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates, on Wednesday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Eight student musicians have been selected to perform in the annual Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in HFA Recital Hall. Performers were selected by a panel of judges based on each student's outstanding solo performances during the 2004-2005 academic year. Students are: Pulum Kim, Angela Adam, Katie Cunnien, Anna Harrington, Mark Bauer, Dustin Retzlaff, Terri Jo Schuft, and Alison Scherzer. The recital is free and open to the public. The excellence of UMM students will be celebrated during the 14th Annual Student Honors and Awards Ceremony to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in HFA Recital Hall. A parents' reception at 6:15 p.m. in the HFA Gallery area will precede the program. An Honoring Ceremony for Native American graduates will take place earlier the same day, at 4 p.m. in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. The public is invited to attend these events. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news UMM alumnus, artist and Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao '95 will give the keynote address during the annual Commencement ceremony. Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 on the campus mall. Find a schedule of events leading up to and including Commencement day at http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/ Over 4,000 area students have participated in the Henjum Creative Study Institute during the past 32 summers. This year's Institute, held annually at UMM, will continue the tradition of fun, interaction, learning and exploration. From Character Acting to Digital Graphic Editing, from Painting to Printmaking, a variety of courses are offered by the Institute, to be held June 6-17. This two-week summer enrichment program is offered to students in grades 6-12. Registration deadline is May 6. Late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. For more information, contact Jackie Anderson, at 1-800-842-0030 or 320-589-6456, andersjs@morris.umn.edu, or at www.morris.umn.edu/cerp/conferences/creative_study/.
April 20, 2005
The Theatre Discipline offers all unoccupied seats at student matinees of \"Cootie Shots\" to both the campus and general communities. Attendance at this Thursday and Friday (April 21-22) 1 p.m. performances is especially encouraged due to lack of attendance by local schools. Here is a list of all scheduled performances: Thursday, April 21, 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (traditional public performances) Wednesday, April 27, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m. and Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All seats are $2. Make check payable to UMM or have correct change, if possible. Make your reservations at the table in the Student Center or by calling or emailing the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249 and thrpub@morris.umn.edu. Only three years old and still growing, the Children's Garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center has become the place to come and have fun while learning about plants. The garden's coordinator, Chlene Anderson, shares her excitement for this project with host, Sue Gooch, during the next \"Prairie Yard and Garden.\" This segment will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, over Pioneer Public Television. Prairie Yard and Garden, produced by Media Services at UMM, is completing its 18th season. Here is a revised agenda for the Friday, April 22, Wind Turbine Commissioning ceremony: • Governor Tim Pawlenty will do his radio show from the WCROC office complex beginning at 9:06 a.m. Limited space for attendees. • UMM Wind Run/Walk will begin at 9:45 a.m. from the East Parking Lot. • Commissioning ceremony at the WCROC wind turbine site will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch. There will be free bus rides from the parking lot to the Wind Turbine site and back again. • Tours of campus and local renewable energy businesses begins at 1 p.m. More details about the wind turbine and the WCROC renewable energy project at www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/. All are welcome to attend two public lectures by renowned historian, scholar and composer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Dr. Reagon will join UMM April 26-May 3 as the inaugural holder of UMM's first Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. The first lecture, "I Decided to Stand": Selected Notes from the 40 Year Journal of a Freedom Singer," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the HFA Black Box Theatre. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the HFA Gallery. A second lecture, "Lessons in Living: The African American Spiritual Tradition," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the First Lutheran Church, Morris. In addition, Dr. Reagon will be the guest conductor during a performance by UMM\'s combined choirs, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Hodgson. The performance, which will feature Dr. Reagon\'s compositions, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Assumption Church, Morris. Register for the 14th Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner to be held Thursday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Enjoy the UMMRA pre-dinner reception at LaFave House beginning at 3:30 that afternoon. Honored guests at this year\'s dinner are retirees Karla Klinger, Lois Koehntop, Jeanne Purdy, Dwight Purdy, and Ruth Thielke. Also being recognized: Pareena Lawrence, Alumni Association Teaching Award Leslie Meek, John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising recipient and Seung-Ho Joo, Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Mary Martelle recipients are Isaiah Brokenleg (student) and Maggie Larson (staff). Outstanding Staff Awardees are William Eiler (plant services), Ann Kolden (AFSCME), and Rose Murphy (civil service). Karla Klinger is the 2005 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award. Enjoy French cuisine. Tickets at $20 per person can be reserved by calling Maggie Larson, ext. 6053.
April 13, 2005
Mayor Carol Wilcox and UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman are pleased to announce that the Morris community will be the beneficiary of a nearly $400,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Outreach Partnership Center's (COPC) grant was recently awarded to the University and will be administered by the Center for Small Towns, reaffirming the partnership between the campus and the community under the theme, "Adapting to Change: Managing Urbanization in Rural America." Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other dignitaries will celebrate Earth Day -- April 22 -- by dedicating the only public large-scale wind research instrument in the United States designed to conduct research on converting wind power into hydrogen. The 230-foot wind research turbine at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris is the foundation for an innovative wind-to-hydrogen project. It is one of four renewable energy systems under development within the University of Minnesota Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center in Morris. The turbine's commissioning will cap two days of activities at UMM and the WCROC with themes centering on renewable energy and the environment. Other planned events at the WCROC include: A meeting of the Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative beginning at 11 a.m. April 21 Displays of E-85, biodiesel, hybrid vehicles and other renewable energy items on April 21 and 22 WCCO "Good Morning Minnesota" radio show with Governor Pawlenty Renewable energy experiences for elementary and secondary students at 9 a.m. April 22 UMM Wind Walk & Run at 10:15 a.m. April 22 (A complete schedule of events is at http://energy.coafes.umn.edu): and Tours of the WCROC, UMM, DENCO Ethanol Plant and West River Dairy. A complete agenda and more information about renewable energy can be found on the UMM News Service web site at: http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/ or http://energy.coafes.umn.edu/ . The Multi-Ethnic Student Program invites you to attend the annual Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) student presentations on Thursday, April 14, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Alumni and University Rooms, Oyate Hall. The MMP was founded in 1991 by the Minority Experience Committee chaired by Gary Donovan, director of the Career Center. Each year, students of color are matched with faculty or staff mentors to work on projects or research that enhance their interest in a particular field of study or in graduate/professional study. The program ties in well with the committee's commitment to increasing opportunities for students of color at UMM. The13th annual Northern Plains Conference on Earlier British Literature is hosted by the UMM English discipline April 15-16. The event is open to the public. In keeping with its tradition of encouraging dialogue across historical periods and keeping teachers of British literature informed about and engaged with scholarship and criticism over a broad range of their teaching responsibilities, the NPCEBL will offer a program of papers on the literature of the British Isles from 500 to about 1688. Keynote Speaker: Paul Yachnin, McGill University, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, "Populuxe Art and Artisanal Value in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida" (open to the public) Friday, April 15 , 5.30-6.30 p.m., Science 3610.
April 5, 2005
The agreement reached March 30 between the Minnesota House, Senate and Governor fully funds both the biomass heating/cooling plant and the new college/community athletic field. The proposed allocation includes $5,800,000.00 for these two projects for UMM and the community. Pending final approval, this would enable the campus to take another major step towards energy independence and alternative fuels, and provides another opportunity to cooperate with the Morris Area School district, along with the shared-use track and the RFC, in recreational and competition facilities. The Search Committee for the Director of Communications at the University of Minnesota, Morris invites you to attend a presentation by the first candidate. Marcelyn Kropp will give a public presentation from 11 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 7, in the Science Auditorium. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Marcelyn Kropp holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications/public relations from California State University, Fullerton, and a master of arts in communications management from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication. Currently, she is completing her doctorate in mass communication/telecommunication, with a specialization in history, at Ohio University. Professionally, Marcelyn has over 25 years of professional experience in communications. The Director of Communications at UMM will advance the college's local, regional, and national visibility, and create an integrated and effective collegiate communications program utilizing a broad spectrum of media including new media technologies. We encourage you to attend this public presentation. Four female artists will headline the 27th Annual Jazz Fest this Thursday-Saturday at UMM. Jane Bunneton, soprano saxophone and flute Sarah Jane Cion, piano Sherrie Maricle, drums and Sarah Morrow, trombone, will perform along with UMM Jazz Ensembles. Contact the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information. See the results of Service Learning projects by UMM students during a reception at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue in Morris. Students in Therese Buchmiller's photography class and Jennifer Rothchild's sociology class interviewed and took photos of local farmers in order to learn about the importance of local, sustainable agriculture. Photos and writings will be on display along with artist profiles written by sociology students who interviewed local artists. Service Learning is a classroom experience that utilizes community service, community based research or other civic engagement activities to meet course goals and community needs. For more information contact Argie Manolis, Service Learning coordinator at ext. 6257 or by e-mail at manolis@morris.umn.edu. Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Symposium on Small Towns, coming to UMM June 7-8, 2005. This year's Symposium will explore the future of small towns and rural areas surrounding the theme, "Shaping Our Future." Participants will discuss which local and global trends are likely to continue, determine how rural communities will work to shape their future, and learn how our political framework will likely change and what this means to small towns. For registration and Symposium information, go to www.centerforsmalltowns.org, or call the Center for Small Towns at ext. 6451.
March 30, 2005
Sixteen teams of talented high school students from the area will compete in round one of Academic Challenge, produced by Media Services at UMM. Academic Challenge will air on Pioneer Public Television beginning Sunday, April 3. Renville County West versus Minneota will air at 3 p.m. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy versus MACCRAY will air at 3:30 p.m. Competition on Sunday, April 10, will include Redwood Valley versus Benson at 3 p.m., and Ortonville versus Minnewaska at 3:30 p.m. This is the 12th year that UMM has produced Academic Challenge. Teams are comprised of four students members and one or two alternates each who will answer a series of questions covering a wide variety of topics. The winning team of the final competition will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of UMM. Winning team members are also offered a scholarship if they choose to attend UMM. Find out more about Academic Challenge at www.morris.umn.edu/challenge/. The 5th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held at UMM on Friday, April 15. The Symposium celebrates student research from all academic disciplines. Learn about the variety and quality of research on campus. Oral and poster presentations will be held along with presentation awards and refreshments. Look for more details at www.morris.umn.edu/urs/info.html/. Academically talented high school sophomores and juniors from the Upper Midwest are invited to participate in the 20th annual Summer Scholars program scheduled for July 10-22 at UMM. Students take a college class, earn two credits, stay on campus, and experience the excitement and rewards of college life. Two new courses are offered in this year's program: "From Avian Flu to Ebola Zaire: The Reemerging Threat of Infectious Disease" (taught by Pete and Timna Wyckoff) and "Talking About a Revolution: Dissent and Freedom of Expression in Today's World" (taught by Nic McPhee and Paula O'Loughlin). For additional program and application information, contact: Karen Ellis, Continuing Education & Summer Session, ext. 6463 elliskj@morris.umn.edu or visit the Summer Scholars web site: www.morris.umn.edu/cerp/youth/summerscholars/. Rolling Plains Art Gallery, an education outreach program of the Plains Art Museum, is now exhibiting in Morris in front of the Morris Public Library. An exhibition space on wheels, the RPAG is an 8-foot by 48-foot semi-trailer converted to a climate-controlled, accessible art gallery developed to provide rural access to art. Admission is free to the public. Hours are Wednesday, March 30 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 3-8 p.m. Friday, April 1, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, noon-4 p.m. The RPAG 2004-2006 exhibition is an exploration of Identity and Vision in Minnesota and North Dakota. It reflects a search for beauty and inspiration with images that portray cultural traditions and heritage as well as the social, political, and economic issues of the day.
March 23, 2005
Leslie Meek, psychology, has been recognized as the recipient of the all-University John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The award, named in honor of John Tate, professor of physics and first Dean of University College, serves to recognize and reward high-quality academic advising, and calls attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals. Four female artists will headline the 27th Annual Jazz Fest April 7-9 at UMM. Jane Bunneton, soprano saxophone and flute Sarah Jane Cion, piano Sherrie Maricle, drums and Sarah Morrow, trombone, will perform along with UMM Jazz Ensembles. Tickets still remain for Thursday and Saturday performances. Contact the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information. UMM, along with the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the Morris community, invites your participation in a Run/Walk to the Wind Turbine Commissioning ceremony at the WCROC on Friday, April 22. Governor Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to attend the ceremony. The walk will be 1.6 miles the run 2.6 miles. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. from the East Parking Lot and ends at the WCROC wind turbine site just in time for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Stay for a free lunch. Free parking that day in the East Lot and a free shuttle service. Sign up for the Run/Walk by April 8 and get a free commemorative T-shirt. MCSA will table next week, March 28-April 1, in the Student Center lobby. Or sign up by calling the Office of Human Resources, ext. 6021.
March 9, 2005
THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HAS SELECTED PROF. SEUNG-HO JOO, political science, as this year's recipient of the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Founded in 2000, this award recognizes excellence in research among the faculty of UMM. Prof. Joo is an internationally known scholar whose reputation reflects well on the campus commitment to research. MINNESOTA REP. CY THAO '95 will provide the keynote address during this year's Commencement ceremony May 14. Thao holds bachelor's degrees from UMM in political science and studio art. He worked as an actor and an artist while he earned his teaching degree at St. Thomas University. He also taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and was the first executive director of the Center of Hmong Arts and Talent in St. Paul. Elected in 2002, Rep. Thao took office as the state's first Hmong member of the House of Representatives. He is the second Hmong member in the Legislature. An exhibit featuring Thao's paintings - "The Hmong Migration: Fifty Paintings" - was shown at UMM during the 2003-2004 HFA Gallery's exhibition season.
March 2, 2005
DR. PAREENA LAWRENCE, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THIS YEAR'S UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TEACHING AWARD. Thanks to the generosity of the UMM Alumni Association, the Morris campus recognizes the extraordinary contribution of a faculty member to teaching on the campus. The Functions and Awards Committee made the selection. Dr. Lawrence will be honored at the Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on April 28, and will be the speaker at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 13. FIVE HUNDRED STUDENTS, ALUMNI, AND STAFF from UMM were represented during Maroon and Gold Day at the State Capitol last week. The group met with over 150 legislators. Bryan Fisher, MCSA president and coordinator of the Morris campus contingent, testified before the House Committee on Higher Education Finance. NEARLY $840 WAS COLLECTED DURING THE CAMPUS TSUNAMI RELIEF DONATION DRIVE, coordinated by Community Service and Volunteerism in Student Activities. A total of $584.42 was collected for UNICEF - $103.00 from Women of Color Association $300 from IMANI (bracelet sale) and $181.42 from Community Service and Volunteerism tabling. A total of $252.79 was collected for the American Red Cross, all donations from Community Service and Volunteerism tabling.
February 23, 2005
THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY EXTENDS ITS CONDOLENCES to the families and friends of the three members of the Minnesota National Guard who died in Iraq this week. THE COUGAR MEN\\\'S BASKETBALL TEAM won their first ever UMAC post-season title this weekend. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/athletics/mbasketball/04_05_News/MBB_TRNY_CHAMP.htm/. STATE OF THE U ADDRESS, given by the University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, will be broadcast at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Science Auditorium. A phone connection will be available so that all U campuses can participate in a question-and-answer session following the speech. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. ABOUT 85 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, 11 FROM UMM, will present and defend their research papers during the highly regarded 2005 Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference, to be held at UMM March 3-5. In its first year as host. UMM is the first public institution and only the second Minnesota institution to host the event. UMM students have been presenting at this conference for several years. Wy Spano, director of the Masters Program in Advocacy and Political Leadership at UMD, will provide the keynote address. Those wishing to attend the opening banquet, which costs $10, should contact Paula O\\\'Loughlin, ext. 6205 or email oloughpl@morris.umn.edu. The public is invited to attend the conference presentations and panels. See www.morris.umn.edu/academic/polisci/PolSci_Brochurewebsite.htm for a complete schedule or call ext. 6200 for details. ENJOY HOME-GROWN FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT during the Pride of the Prairie Local Foods Expo, Farmer\\\'s Market and Dinner on Thursday, March 3. The Farmers\\\' Market and Local Foods Expo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. Purchase locally-grown food, chat with local farmers, and see some of the organizations helping to improve the availability of local foods in the community. A Spring Local Foods Dinner will be served from 4:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the Food Services building. Tickets for the dinner are available at the door or in the Student Center lobby through March 3 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily). Adult tickets are $10, off-campus student and children tickets are $6, and children under five eat free.
February 16, 2005
CONSTRUCTION OF THE WIND TURBINE at the West Central Research and Outreach Center has begun. Construction completion of the turbine, which boasts three blades, each 130-foot-plus in length, is expected by February 28. A dedication event is set for April 22. The turbine should provide up to 50 percent of the campus's electrical needs. THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AT UMM is 10 years old. The focus of the Center has not changed much in the 10 years of its existence: as part of Continuing Education and Regional Programs, it remains a primary outreach unit for the campus. By brokering University and staff resources, the Center assists small towns, local units of government, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations in rural west central Minnesota communities to successfully transition through this period of rapid change in rural America. THE PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE FARMERS' MARKET AND LOCAL FOODS EXPO will be held Thursday, March 3, 1- 4p.m. in Oyate Hall. Purchase locally-grown food, chat with local farmers, and see some of the organizations helping to improve the availability of local foods in our community. Pre-ordering of Farmers' Market products is encouraged. Send all orders to Kate Beyer at beye0085@morris.umn.edu. Orders must be received no later than Wednesday, Feb. 23. Spring Community Foods dinner will be served from 4:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the Food Service building. Breakfast for Dinner menu created by Sodexho Campus Services chef Chris Serio along with locally-grown music and poetry.
February 9, 2005
STATE OF THE U ADDRESS, given by the University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, will be broadcast at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Science Auditorium. A phone connection will be available so that all U campuses can participate in a question-and-answer session following the speech. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend. MARK YOUR CALENDARS: THIS YEAR'S "SPRING BALL" HAS BEEN MOVED TO FALL. This year's event will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 [the Friday of Homecoming weekend] to coincide with the opening of the new Lakeside Ballroom. UMM Jazzers will provide the music. Watch for further details.
February 2, 2005
THANKS TO NIGHT OWL MARK VAN OVERBEKE AND NEW DIRECTOR DAVID LOEWI, both of computing services, and all others who effected the name change of UMM's domain to "…morris.umn.edu." Computing Services staff is available to assist as the campus community makes necessary changes to email and web page information. Or, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/cs/whatsnew/urlchange.html for assistance. UMM HAS BEEN NAMED A COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION and will be featured in a nationwide guide to colleges and universities that provide opportunities that encourage students to make the most of their education. The guide's list of colleges was selected, not necessarily according to a college's national reputation or substantial budget. Rather, the selection team asked the question: "Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?" The guide, published by the Maryland-based Student Horizons, based the selection on four criteria: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/index.html.
January 26, 2005
UMM HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS A GREEN POWER PARTNER by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Morris campus has a long-standing tradition of students, faculty and staff working together to promote resource conservation. \\\"Much of the credit for this proactive approach can be attributed to the students and the student organizations on campus,\\\" said Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning. "The Morris Campus Student Association, MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group), and student residence hall organizations have all contributed, and encouraged the campus to become more environmentally responsible." Watch the media and the UMM News Service web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/index.html for more details. SNOW IN WINTER IN MINNESOTA IS NOT BREAKING NEWS. This, though, shared by Peter Orr, grounds, fleet and recycling supervisor, might be of interest: Four people do the snow removal on the Morris campus which includes 2.3 miles of road, 3.5 miles of sidewalk and 8 acres of parking. The crew tries to have everything open the first day and finish up on the second day following a typical snowfall. The Morris campus, along with other U campuses, is included in a story in UMNnews, which is linked from a snow report in this week's U Brief. THE SPRING SEMESTER DEAN'S LIST IS NOW ON LINE at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/acad_affairs/DeanListF04.html/. The list includes student's names and the names of their hometowns. Students who have requested suppression of information at any level are not included in posted or publicized Dean's Lists. The site also includes a link to Dean's List criteria.
January 19, 2005
Join the Office of Academic Affairs and Dean in welcoming David Loewi as the new director of Computing Services. Loewi (pronounced LOW-ee) assumed his new position effective January 10. Prior to UMM, he was a graduate assistant in Portland State University's Presidential Assessment Initiative, focusing on Quantitative and Information Literacy and the development of the University's undergraduate learning markers. He was a doctoral student in PSU's Systems Science/ Engineering and Technology Management holds a master of science degree in computer sciences and a Microelectronics and Computer Development Fellowship, both from the University of Texas—Austin and a bachelor of arts degree cum laude in fine arts (art history) from Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass. In an effort to boost disaster relief collections for tsunami disaster victims in southern Asia, Community Service and Volunteerism in the Office of Student Activities will conduct a campus-wide donation drive. Campus members are encouraged to sign up for a "tabling time" in the Student Center from January 18-28. There will be a donation box and information on the tsunami disaster. Call the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080, or stop by to sign up for a time. CSV has chosen to send its donations to American Red Cross, given its overwhelming local presence. For more information on the Red Cross Relief Efforts, visit their web site at http://www.redcross.org. Community Service and Volunteerism is glad to assist with any project ideas you or your organization might want to undertake that would benefit the relief effort. Imani student organization will sponsor the sale of silicone bracelets at $3 each, with all proceeds going to United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Choose from two bracelets: orange showing support for orphans of the tsunami: red showing support for orphans of AIDS. Each bracelet has "Don't Forget" written on the band. Advance order a bracelet via email to Chris Ervin, Imani co-president, at ervi0008@mrs.umn.edu. For more information on UNICEF relief efforts, visit their web site at http://www.unicef.org.
December 15, 2004
FROM BEARS TO TOYS TO ADOPTING FAMILIES AND MORE, CAMPUS GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS AT UMM WERE CREATIVE IN SHARING THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. UMM student organizations, along with individual students, staff and faculty partnered this year with Morris Area High School, Prairie Inn and Common Cup Coffeehouse to donate over $2,000 worth of toys (two pickup loads) to Toys for Tots. Theater faculty Siobhan Bremer's costume shop personnel, including floor person Liz Spohr and student Melinda Voigt, made designer teddy bears for the Toys for Tots drive. Other students involved in spreading holiday cheer included the Speech Team, which solicited toy donations at a recent performance, and the volleyball and softball teams who raised funds for W.E.C.A.N (to prevent child abuse) by bagging for tips at Willie's Super Valu. The Office of Student Activities, Pine Hall, Independence Hall, the women's basketball team, football team, and students Donnay Green and Tyler Ferguson, each adopted a family. These efforts were coordinated by Community Service and Volunteerism at UMM. In addition, Chancellor Sam Schuman was among those who rang the Salvation Army bell at Willie's Super Valu.
December 8, 2004
UMM VOLLEYBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS, along with other "celebrity" baggers, collected $500 in tips and $150 in Willie's Super Valu bags for the W.E.C.A.N. project (supporting child abuse prevention). A total of 2,880 bags were collected. Willie's Super Valu owner Paul Martin also donated $150 the night of the bagging event.
December 1, 2004
VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND DEAN, JOHN F. SCHWALLER, ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF RENOWNED HISTORIAN AND SCHOLAR, DR. BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON, as the inaugural holder of UMM's first Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. The appointment of Dr. Reagon, an internationally recognized professional in the field of the humanities, represents an historic moment in the academic life of the college, elevating UMM to the ranks of other distinctive liberal arts colleges, most of them older, where endowed professorships are hallmarks of the academic tradition. Dr. Reagon's stay at UMM is scheduled from April 26 through May 5. The Distinguished Visiting Professorship was made possible thanks to a generous Campaign Minnesota contribution by Dr. Elizabeth "Bettina" Blake, UMM vice chancellor and academic dean emerita and professor emerita of French. Her gift was matched by the University of Minnesota's Permanent University Fund. Dr. Reagon, a professor emerita of American University and curator emerita of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, is also a composer and song leader in the 19th century Southwest Georgia choral tradition. She founded the Grammy award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In the Rock in 1973. Dr. Reagon will teach courses and work with the choirs at UMM. In addition, she will give two public lectures, as well as a public performance on May 3 at Assumption Church in Morris. It is the intention to maximize her contact with students, to give students an opportunity to meet with her, a national and international professional in the field. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=215 UMM HAS RECEIVED A GENEROUS, UNSOLICITED CONTRIBUTION OF $55,000 FROM UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT ROBERT BRUININKS, in order to provide a guest suite at LaFave House. LaFave House, located at 305 College Avenue, will undergo further renovation to the first floor, with improvements to the master bedroom, bathroom, hallway, study and screened porch. This project is scheduled to be completed in time to provide accommodations for UMM's Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (see item above). The renovation funds are private gift dollars that were contributed to the University through Campaign Minnesota and earmarked for the President to use as he wishes for special projects such as this one. At the same time, the president also allocated $15,000 to enhance the visiting professorship. No funding from any UMM operating budgets will be used for the renovation. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=216
November 24, 2004
TO HONOR UMM'S FORMER CHANCELLOR AND DISTINGUISHED SOCIAL SCIENCE FACULTY MEMBER, the newly renovated Social Science building will be named John Q. Imholte Hall. "Because of Jack's long and distinguished service as UMM's chancellor, this naming opportunity falls within University and UMM guidelines. Because of Jack's lifetime of devoted service to our college, it also falls within the guideline of doing the right thing, for the right person, at the right time," said Chancellor Sam Schuman in making the announcement. "It is our hope to celebrate this new name for one of our core buildings next fall with the Imholtes and all their friends from campus and community," said Chancellor Schuman. One of UMM's founding faculty, and current professor emeritus of history, Dr. Imholte was first provost, then UMM chancellor from 1969-1990. VIEW THE WORK OF THIS SEMESTER'S FIRST YEAR SEMINAR STUDENTS during the FYS Jamboree in Oyate Hall on Thursday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Students will share what they've learned through presentations as inventive as the students themselves. Previous exhibitions have featured radio broadcasts, plays and videos, an Ellis Island immigration station, a Mayan astral calendar, and a Japanese internment camp. A COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSE ON "COMMUNITY AND AGING" OFFERED THIS FALL IN CONJUNCTION WITH A UMM SERVICE LEARNING COURSE ON "ADULTHOOD AND AGING," taught by Andrew Hostetler, will culminate in the Second Annual Morris Winter Fest on December 3-4. The two-day Fest will include: Friday, 6 p.m., Community potluck at Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria 7 p.m. Old Time Dance, MAES gym/auditorium Saturday, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Christmas Bazaar, Morris Senior Center.
November 17, 2004
PROFESSOR BEZANSON'S ARGUMENTATION CLASS invites the University community to view the campaign posters displayed in the niche outside of the Proscenium Theatre. Members of the course were divided into groups. Each group formed an ad agency that created a campaign to "sell" UMM to a specific audience. Targeted audiences included 5th-6th graders, junior high, folks who had not attended college, and the aged. Stop by an enjoy these students' creative efforts. STUDENTS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM AT UMM will partner with the Morris Area High School for the 2004 Toys for Tots drive through December 9. Newly purchased unwrapped toys can be taken to Student Activities, the Best Western Prairie Inn, Morris Area High School, Common Cup Coffee House, or Faith Lutheran Church. For every gift dropped off at the Student Center or the Prairie Inn, donors will receive a coupon for one dollar off any lunch entrée at the Ranch House Restaurant, Prairie Inn.
November 10, 2004
THE COMPUTER SCIENCE DISCIPLINE will host nine teams from four regional schools (including three teams from UMM) during this Saturday's (Nov. 13) ACM Regional Programming Contest. The event will be held in the Science building atrium. A total of 16 schools from Nebraska to Ontario will host over 200 teams across the region, all working to solve as many of the assigned programming problems as possible in a five-hour period. The highest scoring team in the region will advance to the International Finals, to be held in Shanghai, China, in April 2005. FACULTY AND STAFF DRESSED UP AS SUPERHEROES last Thursday to symbolize their pride in the student body, more than 80% of whom voted in the Nov. 2 election. Professor Paula O'Loughlin's American Government class came up with the idea.
November 3, 2004
UMM WILL PRESENT A FINANCIAL BUDGET INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR next Monday afternoon (Nov. 8) at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium for everyone who is interested in how UMM gets its funding, how these funds get distributed, and what our financial future holds for us. Presenters at this seminar will be: Bert Ahern - who will discuss the State of Minnesota's funding of higher education, and any trends that he sees. Jeff Ratliff-Crain - Will talk about the funding for the entire University of Minnesota system, how the University requests funding from the state, and the internal working of the U in regards to the budget. Maddy Maxeiner - Will share about fund raising at UMM and how the University Foundation works. Gary Strei - Will share how the process works for UMM to get funds from the University, tuition and U Fee revenues plus how UMM spends its money. Sam Schuman - Will conclude the session by sharing where we go from here and any other anticipated funding sources that UMM could secure in the future. Andy Lopez - Has agreed to emcee the session. This is open to the public all interested are welcome to attend. A brief question/answer period will be made available for those who have questions. THE RFC, NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, IS CELEBRATING WITH POSITIVE REVENUES. RFC revenue in 2004 was $416,000, up five percent from 2003, according to an August audit report. Most of the revenue growth came from higher program earnings for activities such as swimming lessons, classes, sports leagues, equipment and facilities rental, daily passes, and special events. These programs earned $112,000 last year, up $11,000 from 2003. The RFC also received a $9,500 grant from the Blandin Foundation. More about the RFC at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/rfc/ THE ANNUAL TRICK-OR-CAN FOOD DRIVE held October 27 on behalf of the Stevens County Food Shelf was a great success. Sponsored by Community Service and Volunteerism in Student Activities, students collected over 2,000 pounds of food and other items. Students would like to thank all those who donated items.
October 27, 2004
FIRST-EVER COLLEGIATE SWIMMING AND DIVING COMPETITION will be held in the P.E. Center pool this Friday, Oct. 29. Cougar women's swimming and diving team will host MSU-Moorhead beginning at 6 p.m. This will be the only home meet of the 2004-2005 season for the Cougars. They will head to St. Paul on Nov. 6 for a triangular at the College of St. Catherine with Augsburg beginning at 1 p.m. Head Coach David Molesworth said, "I am really excited to be in this position where we are starting a program. I think we have some great potential on our team and the team has already surpassed my expectations in certain areas. This group of women has already put in a lot of time and effort doing something (competitive swimming) that some of them have not done in 4-5 years. All teams have to start somewhere and for us October 29 is that place." More at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/athletics/Swimming/index.htm
October 20, 2004
"WELLSTONE!," AN 88-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PAUL WELLSTONE will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Edson Auditorium. A panel discussion will take place between each showing. "Wellstone!" chronicles the senator, whose re-election campaign and career as an activist and democratic statesman ended tragically in a plane crash just 11 days before the November 2002 election. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=188.
October 13, 2004
A GIFT TO UMM FROM MARTHA AND RALPH WILLIAMS, professor emeritus of music, has been used to purchase a beautiful, high quality quilted cover for the concert grand piano in the HFA Recital Hall. Ralph was UMM's first band and choir director when the college opened its doors in 1960. He is credited with helping establish a quality music program that has grown in excellence throughout the years. Ralph retired in 1978. He also assembled an orchestra with musicians from the University community and the surrounding area. Martha played violin in the orchestra for over 18 years. She is also an accomplished pianist. Martha served as UMM's post office supervisor until her retirement in 1992. THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AT UMM AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION SERVICE, REGIONAL CENTER – MORRIS have been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota. The grant will support the "Futures Festival: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies for Older Adults and Communities" event planned at UMM on November 12. The focus will be on vital aging, strengthening lifelong learning, and building vital communities in western Minnesota. THE SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET DIVISION will hold hearings from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in HFA Recital Hall. They will hear testimony from the Morris community, including UMM students, staff and faculty, on how tuition hikes affect students, the relationship between K-12 schools in the area and the U, and the relationship between the business community and the U. The hearings are open to the campus community. "WELLSTONE!," AN 88-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PAUL WELLSTONE which will make its world premiere in mid-October, will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Edson Auditorium. A panel discussion will take place between each showing. "Wellstone!" chronicles the senator, whose re-election campaign and career as an activist and democratic statesman ended tragically in a plane crash just 11 days before the November 2002 election. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=188
October 6, 2004
REGISTER BY OCTOBER 8 FOR THE 3RD ANNUAL SUPER SATURDAY SCIENCE, a program aimed at encouraging girls' interest in science. Download the registration form from http://www.mrs.umn.edu/satsci, or call Sharon Papiernik, USDA-ARS North Central Soil Research Conservation Lab, 320-589-3411. Registration forms can also be obtained from your daughter's science teacher. There is a $6 (or 2 for $10) registration fee. Scholarships also available. Super Saturday Science will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon, in Science. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=185 DR. LEONARD MUNSTERMANN, '64, RESEARCH SCIENTIST AT THE YALE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, will receive The Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association during the Alumni Association annual dinner to be held October 8 during Homecoming weekend. The award is presented annually to UMM alumni who have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, to public service, or in service to the University, thus reflecting favorably upon UMM. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=182 REMEMBER THE '70S? Pocket calculators made the slide rule obsolete…the home computer revolution began…Watergate…OPEC oil embargo…disco, punk rock…Star Wars, Hank Aaron, and Joe Namath…? Relive those '70s memories this weekend during UMM Homecoming 2004: A Funkadelic Flashback, October 8-10. Complete schedule of events at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/UMM/HOMECOMING/HOMECOMING2003.html or contact Alumni Relations, ext. 6066, for more information. THE SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET DIVISION will hold hearings from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in HFA Recital Hall. They will hear testimony on how tuition hikes affect students, the relationship between K-12 schools in the area and the U, and the relationship between the business community and the U. The hearings are open to the public. "WELLSTONE!," AN 88-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PAUL WELLSTONE which will make its world premiere in mid-October, will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Edson Auditorium. A panel discussion will take place between each showing. "Wellstone!" chronicles the senator, whose re-election campaign and career as an activist and democratic statesman ended tragically in a plane crash just 11 days before the November 2002 election. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=188
September 29, 2004
DON'T MISS THE FIRST-EVER COUGAR FEST THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 2. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 10:30 a.m. on the track field. Free inflatable games for the kids, face painting, concessions and more. Meet "Pounce," the Cougar mascot line up at 11:50 a.m. for the Cougar Canal that the football team runs through as they enter the field before the game. Then stay for Cougars vs. Blackburn College football, which begins at noon. The fun continues at half-time with a staff-faculty-community vs. students "who's got the power?" tug 'o war, a dance line performance and recognition of the Morris National Guard and UMM staff and faculty. Complimentary game passes available from the following Morris businesses: Willie's Super Valu, Coborn's, Ace Hardware and the Morris Chamber office. You need a complimentary ticket for admission to Cougar Fest. All Cougar Fest events are courtesy of UMM. THE UNITED STAFF ASSOCIATION (USA) AND THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT FUND (SDF) COMMITTEE at UMM have honored the memory of former USA staff member Judy VanKempen with a plaque, which they presented to Judy's husband, Smokey VanKempen, at the USA fall meeting. The plaque honors Judy, who worked in the UMM Bookstore, as a "master gardener, potter, quilter, lover of nature and the arts, and a firm believer in life-long learning." Contributions have been made in Judy's memory to the Staff Development Fund that will help support staff at UMM to continue their learning. The USA is comprised of AFSCME, Civil Service and Teamsters support staff members at UMM. SDF committee members are Jane Kill, chair Gail Hockert, Maggie Larson, Laura Thielke, Lynn Schulz, Jacki Anderson, Sue Schultz, and Barb Moses. UMM STUDENTS WILL ELECT TWO HOMECOMING AMBASSADORS. Nominations will be held at the Info Desk in the Student Center and at Food Service through 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Sept.29). Nominees will complete an application and a committee will review the applicants and select the most qualified. Candidates will be announced via e-mail during Homecoming week. Students will vote for their favorite by responding to the e-mail, or by casting a paper ballot at the Student Center from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday or Thursday, Oct. 6-7. Selected UMM Homecoming Ambassadors will be announced at the Pep Fest on Friday, Oct. 8, in the P.E. Center.
September 22, 2004
MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST-EVER COUGAR FEST on Saturday, Oct. 2. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 10:30 a.m. near the Cougar football field. Free inflatable games for the kids, food sales, and more. Then stay for the Cougars vs. Blackburn College football game, which begins at noon. Complimentary game passes will be available for faculty and staff. Watch and listen for more details. Cougar Fest is brought to you by the Office of Admissions, the Office of Student Affairs and UMM.
September 15, 2004
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS ANNOUNCED THE LARGEST SCHOLARSHIP FUNDRAISING DRIVE IN ITS HISTORY with a new program designed to double the impact of gifts for new endowed scholarships. The Promise of Tomorrow scholarship fundraising drive, recently announced by University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, will double the generosity of donors by matching the spendable income from newly endowed scholarships with funds from the University. The scholarship drive seeks to increase by 50 percent the number of new students who receive scholarships made possible through gifts to the University from private donors. To learn more about becoming a donor, contact Maddy Maxeiner at maxeinme@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6386. THE THEATER DISCIPLINE OPENS ITS 2004-2005 SEASON WITH "BLITHE SPIRIT" by Noel Coward. Get in the "spirit" of Halloween with this hilarious 1930s drawing room comedy involving séances, ghosts, and one nutty psychic. "Blithe Spirit" runs Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 28-30, at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on October 30, in the HFA Proscenium Theatre. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For additional information or advance ticket sales, call the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249.
September 8, 2004
THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS ANNOUNCED THE LARGEST SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE IN ITS HISTORY with a new program designed to double the impact of gifts for new endowed scholarships. The Promise of Tomorrow scholarship drive, recently announced by University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, will double the generosity of donors by matching the spendable income from newly endowed scholarships with funds from the University. The scholarship drive seeks to increase by 50 percent the number of new students who receive scholarships from gifts to the University. New scholarships will open the doors of opportunity to thousands more U of M students, including hundreds at the Morris campus. To learn more about the Promise of Tomorrow program and scholarship naming opportunities, contact Maddy Maxeiner at maxeinme@mrs.umn.edu or 320-589-6386.
September 1, 2004
A WHOPPING 94% OF STUDENT RESPONDENTS RATED THEIR UMM EXPERIENCE AS VERY SATISFACTORY OR MODERATELY SATISFACTORY, according to a recent annual survey including all four campuses of the University of Minnesota. In addition to being overwhelmingly satisfied, nearly 80% of UMM graduates indicated that they would begin their undergraduate work all over again at UMM. In the three years that the Morris campus has been involved in the survey, Morris campus graduates were the most satisfied of any within the University of Minnesota system. Student satisfaction with the overall quality of instruction at UMM is the highest in the University. UMM respondents were especially pleased with the high quality of instruction in both their introductory courses and also in their major areas. UMM students found their courses to be challenging and their faculty to be highly accessible. Over 70% said that a faculty member in their major department was the most important advisor or mentor to them while they were at UMM. Read more about the survey results at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php YOU\\\'RE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL CITY/CHAMBER WELCOME PICNIC on Thursday, Sept. 2 (that\'s tomorrow!), at East Side Park [located on East 7th Street the park with the band shell], from 5:30 to 7 pm. Free light supper, DJ, contests, prizes, FUN!!!!! Students, staff and faculty welcome to attend. Bring the entire family. Event is co-sponsored by the City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. THE FOOTBALL COUGARS ARE THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE NORTH DIVISION of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), according to voting by the leagues coaches, earning three first-place votes and 15 points. UMM, Northwestern and Martin Luther finished in a three-way tie for first place in 2003. Be a fan in the stands when the Cougars open their season this Saturday vs. Mayville (N.D.) State. Game time is 1 p.m. THE COUGAR WOMEN\\\'S SOCCER TEAM is the # 1 pick in the coaches\\\' UMAC pre-season poll. In their first year of UMAC competition, the Cougars posted an undefeated 12-0 conference record. The team\\\'s overall showing set new school records for the most wins in a single season (15) and the best single season winning percentage (.816). Look for their home opener, the 6th Annual Cougar Classic, on September 10. WOMEN\\\'S VOLLEYBALL gets underway tonight (Sept. 1) with a 6 p.m. contest vs. Gustavus Adolphus in the P.E. Center gym. WOMEN\\\'S CROSS COUNTRY gets underway September 4, 10:30 a.m. competition at the St. John\\\'s Invitational, Collegeville.
August 25, 2004
UMM IS AGAIN RANKED NUMBER THREE IN THE LIST OF FIVE TOP PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES IN THE NATION BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT in its 2005 rankings of America's Best Colleges. This is the second consecutive year that UMM has achieved this status, and has been the only college in the Midwest on the list. "UMM's continued ranking among the very top public liberal arts colleges in America is very good news. It is an important and wide-spread public recognition of the excellence of our college, its people and its instructional program," said UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman. "And, recognition by U.S. News provides important external validation of what all of us on campus already know about our educational rigor, our quality and our achievements." Among criteria that the rankings considered, 92% of UMM's faculty are full-time, and only 5% percent of its classes number more than 50 students. Sixty-eight percent of the courses have fewer than 20 students. Student to faculty ratio at UMM is 14:1. With 40% of freshmen in the top 10% of their class, UMM occupies the fourth highest ranking in its tier. Freshman academic profile is a key quality indicator, which UMM has consistently demonstrated throughout its over 40-year history. UMM was also recognized as one of the top 25 national liberal arts colleges at which students accumulated the lowest debt load. THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS, ALONG WITH NEW FACULTY AND STAFF, when classes resume for the Fall Semester on Monday, Aug. 30. New Student Orientation will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 26-29. Read more about it at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php A complete Orientation schedule is available at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/orientation/. FOUR SEATS ON THE U OF M BOARD OF REGENTS WILL BE OPEN IN 2005. The Regent Candidate Advisory Council is now recruiting candidates from the 2nd, 3rd, and 8th congressional districts, plus candidates for one at-large seat. (There are no student seats open this round.) Application deadline is December 2004. If you can help to identify qualified UMM alumni from these districts, please contact Liz Morrison, 589-1342, or morrison@info-link.net. MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 2, at East Side Park [located on East 7th Street the park with the band shell], from 5:30 to 7 pm. Free light supper, DJ, contests, prizes, FUN!!!!! Students, staff and faculty welcome to attend. Bring the entire family. If you'd like to volunteer to help serve food and/or clean up following the event – one shift is still available, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050, or rileyjk@mrs.umn.edu/. Event is co-sponsored by the City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. PLANNING A TRIP TO THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR? Be sure to stop by the U exhibit building. UMM is part of a U-wide exhibit, which provides an abbreviated showcase of outreach, student opportunities and research on each of the U's campuses UMM student researchers are pictured. UMM jazz combo, "Funky Gumbo," will entertain on stage in front of the U building from noon-4 pm on Monday, Sept. 6. Combo members are UMM students Casey Kavanagh, Tom Hencal, Dustin Retzlaff, Tom Nordlund, and non-UMMer Bill Engelbretson. The group's fair gig was promoted in the Sunday, Aug. 22, Mpls Star Tribune State Fair supplement. The U building at the State Fair is located two blocks west of gate five on Dan Patch Avenue.
July 14, 2004
DR. JAY ROSHAL, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF BIOLOGY, PASSED AWAY ON MONDAY, JULY 12. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 25, at his home. Cards may be sent to his wife, Hertha, at 2124 North Monroe Street, Arlington, VA 22207. Memorial donations may be sent to: Chicago Botanical Gardens, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Dr. Roshal was a professor of biology at UMM from 1960-1983, and the first chair of the Division of Science and Mathematics at UMM. THE CAMPUS WELCOMES JAMES D. MORALES, who has begun his duties as associate vice chancellor for enrollment. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in speech communication from the University of Utah, and a doctoral degree in education from the University of Minnesota. He has served for over 10 years in various admissions and enrollment management capacities. Most recently, he was director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. THE FALL FACULTY RETREAT will be held at Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria on Monday, Aug. 23, and the morning of Tuesday, Aug. 24 The theme for this fall is "Teaching and Learning for a Multi-Cultural Society." Registration deadline is Thursday, July 15, 2004. Please return your registration form today to Linda Pederson at the Faculty Center. MORRIS EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH will hold its Bible School closing event at the UMM P.E. Center and RFC July 23. About 450 adult and student participants are expected. THE "STUDENT SUICIDE: INSTITUTIONAL POLICY, LIABILITY AND PREVENTION" AUDIO CONFERENCE will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 28 in the Behmler Hall Conference Room. GRAB A COLLEAGUE AND VOLUNTEER TOGETHER AT THE UMM BOOTH DURING THE STEVENS COUNTY FAIR AUGUST 12-15. Faculty and staff volunteers have traditionally been the driving force each year behind the booth's rousing success. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with west central Minnesota (and beyond) fairgoers. Volunteer by e-mailing Judy Riley at rileyjk@mrs.umn.edu/ by August 10. Choose from the following 2-hour time slots [and an occasional 2-1/2 hr-slot]:  Thurs, Aug. 12: 6-8 pm, 8-10 pm Fri, Aug. 13: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10:30 pm Sat, Aug. 14: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10:30 pm Sun, Aug 15: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm. [6-8 pm closing slot already taken.] Exhibition booths are located inside the Lee Community Center adjacent to the Stevens County Fairgrounds. [A fan is provided as baseball afficionados know, every fan counts!] THE MORRIS CAMPUS WILL BE REPRESENTED, along with all University of Minnesota campuses, in a University-wide exhibit in the U building at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 6. The exhibit will provide an abbreviated showcase of outreach, student opportunities and research on each of the campuses. In addition, the UMM jazz combo, "Funky Gumbo," will entertain on stage in front of the U exhibition building from noon-4 pm on Monday, Sept. 6. Combo members are UMM students Casey Kavanagh, Tom Hencal, Dustin Retzlaff, Tom Nordlund, and non-UMMer Bill Engelbretson. The U of M building at the Minnesota State Fair is located two blocks west of gate 5 on Dan Patch Avenue.
June 24, 2004
SHARING BEST PRACTICES FOR HISTORIC CAMPUS PLANNING AND PRESERVATION IN THE UPPER MIDWEST WILL BE THE FOCUS when UMM hosts "Stewards of Past and Future: Exploring Tools for Historic Preservation on Campus" June 23 and 24. Sponsored by UMM and the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society, the conference is designed for facilities managers, planners, groundskeepers, and other stewards of historic campus buildings and landscapes. The conference will bring together campus staff and experts in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation to learn, compare notes, and discuss concepts and tools. For more information, contact Nancy Erdahl or Lowell Rasmussen, UMM Plant Services, UMM, Morris MN 56267, 320-589-6100, erdahl@mrs.umn.edu. Information is also available at www.mrs.umn.edu/preservation. Rasmussen and Sue Granger of Gemini Research in Morris will discuss this event on the Friday, June 18, "Community Connection" program, which airs each day at 8:45 a.m. on KMRS, 1230 AM. ABOUT 40 SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS will attend the University of Minnesota Extension Service "Lights, Camera, Action" Conference on campus July 7-8. The conference will offer students the opportunity to create a video performance, learn about the film editing process, and participate in the on-line 4-H Cyber Camp. MORRIS EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH will hold its Bible School closing event at the UMM P.E. Center and RFC July 23. About 450 adult and student participants are expected. THE "STUDENT SUICIDE: INSTITUTIONAL POLICY, LIABILITY AND PREVENTION" AUDIO CONFERENCE will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 28 in the Behmler Hall Conference Room. THE MORRIS CAMPUS WILL BE REPRESENTED, along with all University of Minnesota campuses, in a University-wide exhibit in the U building at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 6. The exhibit will provide an abbreviated showcase of outreach, student opportunities and research on each of the campuses. Leslie Zenk, admissions, and Judy Riley, university relations, coordinated the UMM exhibit. In addition, the UMM jazz combo, "Funky Gumbo," will entertain on stage in front of the U exhibition building from noon-4 pm on Monday, Sept. 6. Combo members are UMM students Casey Kavanagh, Tom Hencal, Dustin Retzlaff, Tom Nordlund, and non-UMMer Bill Engelbretson. The U of M building at the Minnesota State Fair is located two blocks west of gate 5 on Dan Patch Avenue. TIME TO SUIT UP AS WELL FOR THE UMM BOOTH AT THE STEVENS COUNTY FAIR August 12-15 in Morris. Faculty and staff volunteers are the key to making the booth a rousing success. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with west central Minnesota (and beyond) fairgoers who may be prospective students, parents of prospective students, donors or prospective donors. Or just volunteer to meet and greet, and make that important community connection. Grab a colleague and volunteer together at the UMM booth by e-mailing Judy Riley at rileyjk@mrs.umn.edu/. Choose from the following 2-hour time slots [note some are 2-1/2 hrs]: Thurs, Aug. 12: 6-8 pm, 8-10 pm Fri, Aug. 13: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10:30 pm Sat, Aug. 14: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10:30 pm Sun, Aug 15: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm. Exhibition booths are located inside the Lee Community Center adjacent to the Stevens County Fairgrounds.
May 26, 2004
SEVERAL FOLKS WITH UMM TIES WILL BE AMONG THE DELEGATES WHO WILL REPRESENT THE CITY OF MORRIS IN ATLANTA JUNE 11-13 AT THE ALL-AMERICA CITY AWARDS. Morris was named one of 30 finalists on April 15 in its first application for the award. The city's delegation includes Sydney Beyer, Laura Delehanty, Sue Dieter, Chandel Dietz, Philip Drown, David Fluegel, Kellie Hesse, Ed Larson, Shelly Lund, Sal Monteagudo, Cindy Perkins, Carolyn Peterson, Mike Peterson, Sam Schuman, and Carol Wilcox. Efforts are underway to show support and raise funds for the All America City competition in Atlanta. AAC T-shirts are on sale at Willie's, Coborn's, and John's Entertainment. Mayor Wilcox has declared Fridays to be "AAC Support Day." A public community picnic will be held on Thursday, May 27, at East Side Park. Roast beef sandwiches, beans, beverages and chips will be served between 5-6:30 p.m. Rain site is the Regional Fitness Center. A sneak preview of the Morris presentation will be unveiled around 6:15 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested. DAVID MOLESWORTH HAS BEEN NAMED THE FIRST-EVER HEAD COACH for the women's swimming and diving team that will start in fall 2004. He will also serve as aquatics coordinator for the Regional Fitness Center. Molesworth received his master's degree in athletic administration from the U of South Dakota, where he served as a graduate assistant for two years. He has been an assistant coach for the men's and women's swimming and diving teams at USD, as well as the aquatic coordinator. A QUILT CRAFTED BY STUDENTS IN TAMMY FAUX'S FIRST YEAR SEMINAR COURSE on "The Story of Diversity and Social Justice" is on display this summer at the Kandi Mall in Willmar, near the entrance to K Mart. Students who participated making the quilt are: Donovan Cawley, Molly Friedmeyer-Vacek, Elizabeth Griepentrog, Dana Herrera, Alyssa Herzog, Rachel Lachapelle, Cassandra McMahon, Ronelle Siert, Melissa Touroutoutoudis, Vanessa Waltz, Christina Wood, Crystal Yang, Jessica Bassett, Tanya Champion, Melissa Greene, Aaron Hanson, Adam Hayes, Nicole Jacques, Julie Mills, Autumn McKnight, Jennifer Schreifels, Chris Taylor, See Thao, and Kari Witschen. DAVID SWENSON WILL JOIN THE CAMPUS IN MID-JULY AS DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES. Swenson has served as associate director of the Smith Campus Center and Student Programs at Pomona College for the past seven years. Prior to this appointment, he was program coordinator for Student Activities and Performing Arts at Pittsburg State University (KS). David earned his bachelor's degree in theater from Missouri Southern State College and his master's degree in counseling from Pittsburg State University. He has been active professionally, holding regional and national leadership positions in the Association of College Unions International and the National Association for Campus Activities. PEOPLE SHARING PROJECT IDEAS AND RESOURCES WILL BE A KEY FEATURE DURING THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS, JUNE 8-9 AT UMM. Registration through June 2 is open to the public. The Symposium will focus on the uniqueness of small towns and feature people taking responsibility for creating positive change in their communities. The Center for Small Towns at UMM and the Minnesota Association of Small Cities will co-sponsor the event in partnership with the Minnesota Extension Service. Musicians extraordinaire Peter Ostroushko and Arkadiy Yushin will provide an evening of outstanding music for all at 7:30 p.m. June 8 in Edson Auditorium. For information updates, a schedule of events, and registration, visit the Center for Small Towns web page at www.centerforsmalltowns.org, click on the symposium link, or call ext. 6451. Log on and tune in to audio announcements about the Symposium at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/cst/symposium/2004/media.htm. SHARING BEST PRACTICES FOR HISTORIC CAMPUS PLANNING AND PRESERVATION IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, WILL BE THE FOCUS when UMM hosts "Stewards of Past and Future: Exploring Tools for HistoricPreservation on Campus," a unique two-day conference on June 23 and 24. The conference, sponsored by UMM and the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society, is designed for facilities managers, planners, groundskeepers, and other stewards of historic campus buildings and landscapes. The conference will bring together campus staff and experts in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation to learn, compare notes, and discuss concepts and tools. Registration is $25, which includes all conference Sessions, materials, dinner on June 23, and a continental breakfast and lunch on June 24. Registration deadline is May 28, 2004. Space is limited. For more information, contact Nancy Erdahl or Lowell Rasmussen, UMM Plant Services, UMM, Morris MN 56267, 320-589-6100, erdahl@mrs.umn.edu. Information is also available at www.mrs.umn.edu/preservation.
April 28, 2004
DR. CYRUS BINA, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2004 UMM FACULTY DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD. The Award is given to faculty members who have undertaken valuable, sustained research and/or displayed artistic productivity over the course of their academic careers. In selecting recipients, factors taken into consideration include impact on one's field, scope of reputation, honors and awards received, scholarly publications, quality and quantity of work, and service as an evaluator of others' professional productions, among other factors. Prior to UMM, Bina has taught for over two decades in several institutions of higher learning. He is a prodigious researcher who has published several books and numerous journal articles. THE 13TH ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER WILL BE HELD APRIL 29. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at LaFave House. Dinner will be served in Oyate Hall at 7 p.m. Retirees who will be honored are: Marlys Buntje, Ron Cline, Mariam Frenier, Helen Kolden, Ardath Larson, Roger McCannon, Vernon Mohr, Virginia Schmidgall, Ray Sibul, Rose Thompson, Barbara Valnes, and Bruce Wakefield. Also to be recognized are: Gwen Rudney, 2004 recipient of the Alumni Association Teaching Award Pieranna Garavaso, recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Ferolyn Angell, 2004 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award the student (Christina Pacheco) and staff (Jennifer Lund) Mary Martelle recipients Outstanding Service Award recipients: Marlys Buntje for Civil Service, Helen Kolden for Teamsters, and Sue Schultz for AFSCME. Sam Schuman has received the all-University Breaking the Silence Award, and John Husted has received the all-University College of Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award. ACTOR, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST PETER COYOTE WILL GIVE THE GRADUATION ADDRESS AND UMM CHANCELLOR SAM SCHUMAN WILL PRESIDE DURING THE 41ST COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, on the campus mall. Rain site will be in the P.E. Center gym. Nearly 370 students will receive their bachelor of arts degrees from UMM this year. The UMM Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, will perform a pre-Commencement concert. Musical selections will be offered during the ceremony by the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Student Marshals will be Sara Kloek and Sarah Lofgren. Leading the faculty procession will be Faculty Marshal Jessica Larson, assistant professor of studio art. The "Star Spangled Banner" will be led by graduating senior Tara Salyards. The Honorable University Regent John Frobenius will address the graduates. Amelia Chouravong, graduating senior and recipient of the Curtis H. Larson Award, will speak on behalf of the graduating class. The Iron Bull Singers will present an Honor Song, played to recognize and pay tribute to special achievements. John F. Schwaller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, will present the graduating class. The Honorable University of Minnesota Regent John Frobenius will confer the degrees. A reception, hosted by Chancellor Schuman, will be held in Oyate Hall in the Student Center following the commencement ceremony. Graduates, their families and friends are cordially invited to stay and enjoy the fellowship of this special occasion. The Humanities Fine Arts Gallery features the 2004 Senior Student Exhibition, and is open to visitors before and after the commencement ceremony. Later the same day, the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will host a public reception for Peter Coyote from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center (630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris). Welcome Coyote to the Morris community and enjoy hearing him read a little from his own writing. EVENTS THAT SURROUND THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ARE: Honors Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in HFA Recital Hall. Student musicians, who have been selected by audition to perform are: Heidi Hendrickson, Angela Adam, Tom Nordlund, Benjamin Karlen, Casey Kavanagh, Terri Schult, Erin Kaiser, Tiffany Petron, Michele Olson, Julia Sharpe, KT Schwaderer, Lee Korby, Emily Varney, Stephanie Liesch, Amanda Howard, Alicia Mendez, Richelle Macies Native American Honoring Ceremony for 2004 Native American Graduates Friday, May 7, 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Student Honors and Awards Ceremony Friday, May 7, 7 p.m., HFA Recital Hall. A reception for parents, award recipients, and donors is held from 6:15 – 7 p.m. in the HFA Gallery area. Saturday, May 8, Division receptions [light brunch] from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as follows: Division of Education - Alumni Room, Student Center Division of the Humanities - Cougar Room, Student Center Division of Science and Mathematics - Science Atrium Division of the Social Sciences - University Room, Student Center. 12:30 p.m. - Students and faculty begin assembling for the commencement procession. Line up is in HFA. Students will process in random order. 1:30 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony on the Mall (rain site is PE Center) 3 p.m. Commencement Reception, Oyate Hall. The UMM Bookstore will be open from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 8 (Commencement day), and again following commencement to receive regalia. For updates and more information log on to HTTP://WWW.MRS.UMN.EDU/EVENTS/COMMENCEMENT/. THE DIVISION OF EDUCATION FACULTY invites you to attend the "Education Exposition 2004," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates on Wednesday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall. THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS, JUNE 8-9 AT UMM, will focus on the uniqueness of small towns and feature people taking responsibility for creating positive change in their communities. The Center for Small Towns at UMM and the Minnesota Association of Small Cities will co-sponsor the event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Musicians extraordinaire Peter Ostroushko and Arkadiy Yushin will provide an evening of outstanding music for symposium participants. The concert, to be held on the evening of June 8, is also open to the public. For information updates and registration visit the Center for Small Towns web page at www.centerforsmalltowns.org, click on the symposium link, or call ext. 6451. Log on and tune in to audio about the Symposium at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/cst/symposium/2004/media.htm.
April 21, 2004
A RECOMMENDATION BY MEMBERS OF THE UNITED LATINOS AT UMM HAS RESULTED IN RENAMING A CAMPUS STREET TO AVENIDA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ (CÉSAR CHÁVEZ AVENUE). The street links with Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (at the stop sign north of Humanities Fine Arts) and continues to the center of the campus (by Camden Hall and Social Science). In addition to the campus ceremony held April 20 to dedicate a new street sign, the occasion marked the first annual presentation of the César E. Chávez Awards. Awards were presented both to UMM student Phoebe Trepp, and to Bonnie Tipcke, staff member in the Office of the Minority Student Program. Award recipients were recognized "For embodying the principles, leadership, and humanitarian qualities of the late legendary labor and civil rights leader. For the belief that ordinary people can make extraordinary social change when they are individually guided by, and bound together by, universal values and a common vision for a better world. For (their) contribution to the Latino Community, Communities of Color, and for support of Workers Rights while personifying the values embodied by Cesar E. Chavez which include: service to others, sacrifice, a preference to help the most needy, determination, non-violence, tolerance, respect for life, celebrating community, knowledge, and innovation we extend our sincerest appreciation." Chávez was instrumental in the development of the National Farm Workers Association. In keeping with UMM's proud history as an agricultural school, the United Latinos, along with campus administrators, feel that this re-naming is appropriate for the University as well as for the rural, agricultural Morris area. STUDENTS INVOLVED IN SPRING SEMESTER'S NINE SERVICE LEARNING CLASSES, which have included partnerships with more than 15 agencies, schools, and nonprofits, will showcase their projects in Oyate Hall at the first Service Learning Expo on Monday, April 26, from noon to 3 p.m. Community members, faculty, staff and students are invited to learn more about service learning and the spring semester courses currently rounding out their projects. Students have volunteered to showcase their projects in addition to 15 or more hours of service to the community and countless hours writing reflective and research essays this semester. Please come to find out what they've been doing! EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RETIRING WITH OVER 300 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE TO UMM WILL BE RECOGNIZED DURING THE 13TH ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER APRIL 29. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at LaFave House, 305 College Avenue, where complimentary beverages and snacks will be served. Dinner will be served in Oyate Hall at 7 p.m. The menu is the "Oriental Express" and includes Hunan beef, chicken with snow peas, stir fried vegetables, fried rice and egg rolls. Dessert is Mandarin cake. The cost for the dinner is $20 per person. Retirees are: Marlys Buntje, Ron Cline, Mariam Frenier, Helen Kolden, Ardath Larson, Roger McCannon, Vernon Mohr, Virginia Schmidgall, Ray Sibul, Rose Thompson, Barbara Valnes, and Bruce Wakefield. Also to be recognized are: Gwen Rudney, 2004 recipient of the Alumni Association Teaching Award Pieranna Garavaso, recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Ferolyn Angell, 2004 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award the student (Christina Pacheco) and staff (Jennifer Lund) Mary Martelle recipients Outstanding Service Award recipients: Marlys Buntje for Civil Service, Helen Kolden for Teamsters, and Sue Schultz for AFSCME. Sam Schuman has received the all-University Breaking the Silence Award, and John Husted has received the all-University College of Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award. RSVP to Maggie Larson, LaFave House by the end of the day, Monday, April 26. Checks can be made payable to UMM. COMMENCEMENT EVENTS FAST APPROACHING Here is a brief listing of events that surround the culmination of the spring semester. Honors Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in HFA Recital Hall. Native American Honoring Ceremony for 2004 Native American Graduates Friday, May 7, 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Student Honors and Awards Ceremony Friday, May 7, 7 p.m., HFA Recital Hall. A reception for parents, award recipients, and donors is held from 6:15 – 7 p.m. in the HFA Gallery area. Saturday, May 8, Division receptions [light brunch] from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as follows: Division of Education - Alumni Room, Student Center Division of the Humanities - Cougar Room, Student Center Division of Science and Mathematics - Science Atrium Division of the Social Sciences - University Room, Student Center. 12:30 p.m. - Students and faculty begin assembling for the commencement procession. Line up is in HFA. Students will process in random order. 1:30 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony on the Mall (rain site is PE Center) 3 p.m. Commencement Reception, Oyate Hall. The UMM Bookstore will be open from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 8 (Commencement day), and again following commencement to receive regalia. For updates and more information log on to http://www.mrs.umn.edu/events/commencement/.
April 14, 2004
THE PHYSICS DISCIPLINE invites the public to view Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter from 9 to 10 p.m. Thursday, April 15 (tomorrow), using the telescope located in the campus observatory. (Note time change to accommodate Daylight Savings Time.) The observatory can be found in Science 4500, on the fourth floor of the UMM science building. Weather permitting, the planets will all be located in the evening sky. In the event of unsatisfactory weather, the event will take place on Monday, April 19, same time and place. FORTY STUDENT AND 50 FACULTY PAPERS will be presented during one of the nation's oldest computer science conferences, focusing on sharing creative thinking about computer-related issues. The 37th Annual Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium will be held April 16-17 at UMM. Luncheon speaker is the well-known Eric Roberts, professor of computer science at Stanford University. UMM alumna Kris Nelson, now a manager at US Bank, will give the opening address. Andy Lopez and Dian Lopez co-chair the event. More information can be found at http://mics.mrs.umn.edu/. Or link to the UMM news service web site at the end of Weekly Bulletin for the full article. TWO 20-MEMBER JAZZ BANDS FROM UMM will provide the beat during the fifth annual Spring Ball, hosted by Jim Gremmels, UMM professor emeritus of English, and Jack Imholte, former UMM chancellor and professor emeritus of history. The event is set for 8 p.m. this Friday (April 16) at Central Square in Glenwood. Arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and enjoy free dance lessons given by instructors from the UMM Swing Dance Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. Proceeds will go equally toward the UMM Humanities Phase III project, the John Q. Imholte Scholarship at UMM, and the Lakeside Ballroom Fund. THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AND THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SMALL CITIES, in partnership with the Minnesota Extension Service, will co-sponsor the Second Annual Symposium on Small Towns: Rural Communities Adapting to the New Century June 8-9 at UMM. With a unique focus on small towns and rural areas, this event features opportunities to learn and discuss our political framework and issues, showcase the best practices of small town projects, actively engage participants in project development, and celebrate towns and rural living. Participants will include residents of small towns and rural areas, staff of community and rural development organizations, elected officials, and others interested in the current happenings of small towns. Topical speakers, discussions, working sessions, and celebration will highlight this event. This symposium is a part of the President's 21st Century Interdisciplinary Conferences Series of the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit http://www.centerforsmalltowns.org, and click on "Symposium" or call the Center for Small Towns at ext. 6451 or contact the Minnesota Association of Small Cities web site at http://maosc.homestead.com/home.html
April 8, 2004
GET IN THE SWING DURING THIS YEAR'S SPRING BALL Friday, April 16, at Central Square in Glenwood. The UMM Big Jazz Band, with director James "Doc" Carlson, will provide the beat. This fifth annual fundraiser, hosted by Jim Gremmels, UMM professor emeritus of English, and Jack Imholte, former UMM chancellor and professor emeritus of history, is set for 8-11:30 p.m. Arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and enjoy free dance lessons given by instructors from the UMM Swing Dance Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. Proceeds will go equally toward the UMM Humanities Phase III project, the John Q. Imholte Scholarship at UMM and the Lakeside Ballroom Fund. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed couple and the best dancing couple. Also, a raffle for fabulous prizes. THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AND THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SMALL CITIES WILL CO-SPONSOR THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS: Rural Communities Adapting to the New Century June 8-9 at UMM. With a unique focus on small towns and rural areas, this event features opportunities to learn and discuss our political framework and issues, showcase the best practices of small town projects, actively engage participants in project development, and celebrate towns and rural living. Participants of the Symposium will include residents of small towns and rural areas, staff of community and rural development organizations, elected officials, and others interested in the current happenings of small towns. Topical speakers, discussions, working sessions, and celebration will highlight this event. This symposium is a part of the President's 21st Century Interdisciplinary Conferences Series of the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit http://www.centerforsmalltowns.org, and click on "Symposium" or call the Center for Small Towns at ext. 6451 or contact the Minnesota Association of Small Cities website at http://maosc.homestead.com/home.html
March 31, 2004
CHANCELLOR SAM SCHUMAN was selected to receive the all-University Breaking the Silence Award, for his continuing efforts to promote a fair and open working and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff at UMM, regardless of sexual orientation. The award will be presented at the annual Lavender Graduation and Awards Ceremony April 29 in the Twin Cities. FEROLYN ANGELL, DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE CENTER AND UMM DANCE INSTRUCTOR, has been awarded the 2004 UMM Academic Staff Award. The Academic Staff Award was established to annually recognize a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has made distinguished contributions to the mission of the University of Minnesota, Morris. SIXTEEN TEAMS OF TALENTED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE AREA are competing in round one of UMM Academic Challenge, produced by Media Services at UMM. Academic Challenge airs on Pioneer Public Television on Sundays beginning at 3 p.m. This is the 11th year that UMM has produced Academic Challenge. UMM ADMINISTRATORS AND THE CRPC HAVE REVIEWED AND ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATION BY THE UNITED LATINOS to rename the campus street, now named Center Avenue, to Avenida de César Chávez (César Chávez Avenue). The street links with Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (at the stop sign north of HFA) and continues to the center of the campus (by Camden Hall and Social Science). An official campus ceremony is being planned when the street signs arrive this spring. Today, March 31, is symbolic as the birth date of Chávez, who was instrumental in the development of the National Farm Workers Association. In keeping with UMM's proud history as an agricultural school, the United Latinos, along with campus administrators, feel that this re-naming is appropriate for the University as well as for the rural, agricultural Morris area. WELCOME UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT ROBERT BRUININKS AND HIS WIFE, DR. SUSAN HAGSTRUM, DURING A COMMUNITY BREAKFAST from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in the Cougar Room at the Prairie Inn. President Bruininks and Dr. Hagstrum, along with Regent Dallas Bohnsack and Joanie Bohnsack, will also be the guests of Chancellor Sam Schuman and Nancy Schuman for the 26th Annual UMM Jazz Fest performance on Friday evening. OVER 700 HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY JAZZ MUSICIANS will participate in clinics with jazz artists during the 26th Annual Jazz Fest beginning Thursday. Guest artists Wayne Bergeron and Kim Park will join UMM Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. James "Doc" Carlson, UMM jazz combos, alumni jazzers, and the West Central "All Stars" during performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. For ticket information contact Student Activities at ext. 6080. GET IN THE SWING AND JOIN IN THE FUN DURING THIS YEAR'S SPRING BALL Friday, April 16, at Central Square in Glenwood (formerly held at the Lakeside Ballroom). The UMM Big Jazz Band, with director James "Doc" Carlson, will provide the beat. This fifth annual fundraiser, hosted by Jim Gremmels, UMM professor emeritus of English, and Jack Imholte, former UMM chancellor and professor emeritus of history, is set for 8-11:30 p.m. Arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and enjoy free dance lessons given by instructors from the UMM Swing Dance Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. Proceeds will go equally toward the UMM Humanities Phase III project, the John Q. Imholte Scholarship at UMM and the Lakeside Ballroom Fund. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed couple and the best dancing couple. Raffle for fabulous prizes.
March 24, 2004
PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY PIERANNA GARAVASO is a recipient of the Universitywide Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. The honor is awarded to exceptional candidates and reflects the University's emphasis on the importance of high quality undergraduate education. It also contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing the work of the award winners to serve as a resource for the whole faculty. THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO JOIN OTHER MORRIS AREA RESIDENTS TO WELCOME UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT ROBERT BRUININKS AND HIS WIFE, DR. SUSAN HAGSTRUM, DURING A COMMUNITY BREAKFAST from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in the Cougar Room at the Prairie Inn. President Bruininks and Dr. Hagstrum, along with Regent Dallas Bohnsack and Joanie Bohnsack, will also be the guests of Chancellor Sam Schuman and Nancy Schuman for the 26th Annual UMM Jazz Fest, and will attend a Jazz Fest performance on Friday evening. WORLD TOUCH CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK EVENTS CONTINUE Mixed Blood Theatre will perform "Daughters of Africa," an eye-opening history of African American women, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 [tonight]. The film, "Ringu," Japan's all-time box office horror hit will be shown at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The annual CNIA 3K Peace Run will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in front of the Minority Resource Center. Later that evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Turtle Mountain Café, Denise Sweet, associate professor at UW-Green Bay, will give a poetry reading. An invitational Ethnic Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Oyate Hall. Following dinner, an inter-organizational dance mixer will be held for all students. The week will culminate on Saturday, March 27 with the annual CNIA Pow-wow. Grand entries will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the P.E. Center. IN THIS ELECTRONIC INFORMATION AGE we sometimes forget what it feels like to hold a book and absorb its contents. Horticulture books are no different than any other subject group in this regard. Host Sue Gooch pays a visit to Terrace Horticultural Books in St. Paul, where owner Kent Peterson provides a tour of his extensive collection of books on all aspects of plants and gardening. This segment will air on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. A NATIONALLY RENOWNED THEATER TROUPE, LE THEATRE DE LA CHANDELLE VERTE, will give one performance of a French play, "L'Illusion Comique" by Pierre Corneille, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Black Box Theatre. The play, which is open to the public, will be performed in French by a cast of French and American actors who have staged this play at Harvard University, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. All tickets are $4. For reserved tickets, contact UMM Professor of French Matt Senior, at 589-6298 or email: seniorm@mrs.umn.edu. GUEST ARTISTS WAYNE BERGERON AND KIM PARK WILL HEADLINE THE 26TH ANNUAL UMM JAZZ FEST April 1-3. Bergeron and Park will join UMM Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. James "Doc" Carlson, UMM jazz combos, alumni jazzers, and the West Central "All Stars" during performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. UMM's annual Jazz Fest draws over 700 high school and community jazz musicians to participate in three days of clinics with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians as their teachers. For ticket information contact Student Activities at 320-589-6080. A DELIGHTFUL EVENT FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IS SET FROM 10:30 TO 11:30 A.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 3, AT THE MORRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY. Story Time at the Library, sponsored by the TREC program, will welcome cast members from "The Hobbit," the children's theater production by UMM students. The cast will perform excerpts from the play as a preview of the full production, which opens April 16 in the Proscenium Theatre. They will also read passages from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel and involve children in some creative dramatic activities. All ages are welcome children ages 3-9 are especially encouraged to attend. THE UMM BRIGGS LIBRARY ASSOCIATES WILL HOLD ITS SECOND ANNUAL MEETING at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Briggs Library. Guest speaker will be Alan Davis, senior editor at New Rivers Press and director of the MFA program at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Davis has published two books, Alone with the Owl and Rumors from the Lost World. Among the Minnesota authors published by New Rivers Press are Gail Rixen, formerly of Chokio Philip Bryant, who will be reading in Morris later in April Diane Glancy and David Haynes. MORRIS AREA PRE-SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN HAVE BEEN INVITED TO CREATE MURALS WHICH WILL BE SHOWN DURING THE ANNUAL ICE CREAM AND LOLLIPOPS children's art exhibit to be held Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, at UMM. The exhibit, coordinated through Community Service and Volunteerism in the Office of Student Activities at UMM, will return this year to the Gallery of Humanities Fine Arts. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
March 17, 2004
GWEN RUDNEY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, is the 2004 recipient of the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award. Thanks to the generosity of the UMM Alumni Association, the Morris campus recognizes its professors for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education through this annual award, first given in 1997. The award will be officially presented by a representative of the UMM Alumni Association at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. May 7 in HFA Recital Hall. CHEMISTRY STUDENTS WILL PERFORM SENSATIONAL FEATS OF SCIENCE during the Science Sensations Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Science Auditorium. The showcase is a "dress rehearsal" for UMM students who will later present demonstrations at area elementary schools. The evening event is free and open to the public. THE BENEFITS OF USING PLANTS GOES WAY BACK IN OUR CULTURAL HISTORY, and among those many uses are the healing of our bodies. Marcia Neely, from Honey and Herbs in rural Benson, will share her knowledge on the medicinal value of plants with "Prairie Yard and Garden" host Sue Gooch as they wander through her garden of intriguing plants. This segment will air on Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. DIVERSITY CONSULTANT, HMONG STORYTELLER, COMEDIAN, AND RAP ARTIST, TOU GER XIONG, WILL PROVIDE PRE-WORLD TOUCH CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK ENTERTAINMENT at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in Oyate Hall. Director of three films, Chris Eyre will be the keynote speaker to kick off the 31st Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week. This year's theme is "Cultural Preservation through the Indigenous Peoples of the World." Eyre will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, in Edson Auditorium. On Tuesday, March 23, author Christina Garcia will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Mixed Blood Theatre will perform "Daughters of Africa," an eye-opening history of African American women, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. The film, "Ringu," Japan's all-time box office horror hit will be shown at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The annual CNIA 3K Peace Run will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in front of the Minority Resource Center. Later that evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Turtle Mountain Café, Denise Sweet, associate professor at UW-Green Bay, will give a poetry reading. An invitational Ethnic Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Oyate Hall. Following dinner, an inter-organizational dance mixer will be held for all students. The week will culminate on Saturday, March 27 with the annual CNIA Pow-wow. Grand entries will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the P.E. Center. OVER 50 DANCERS WILL PERFORM WHEN THE UMM DANCE ENSEMBLE presents its spring performance, "Canned Heat," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, in Edson Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $2 for students, $5 general admission. A $1,100 GRANT FROM THE LAKE REGION ARTS COUNCIL RECEIVED BY UMM GUITAR INSTRUCTOR MATT DINGO will bring guitar virtuosos Tim Sparks and Sandor Szabo to UMM as part of their Headstock Guitar Festival. The concert, titled Headstock, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in HFA Recital Hall. Dingo and his student will open for the guest artists. Tickets are $6 general admission/ $3 students and seniors. There is a public master class with Sparks and Szabo at 2 pm. Tickets for the master class are $25 and include admission to the concert. Contact Matt Dingo,ext. 6234, for more information. UMM IS THE FIRST COORDINATE CAMPUS TO BE ASKED TO PRESENT ITS RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH PART 1 training session to the other U of M campuses via ITV. The presentation, featuring UMM presenters Judy Kuechle, Gwen Rudney, and Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, will take place Thursday, April 8, from 9 a.m. - noon in HFA Room 7. While it is being broadcast via ITV, the session is open to UMM faculty and staff. As has been noted previously, in accordance with the Regents Policy, awards and accounts cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of this Principal Investigator Education Program. This is effective for external funds as well as internal funds from the Graduate School, such as Grant-in-Aid awards and Summer Research fellowships. Those whose research includes human subjects need to complete a separate training session as well. Upon approval of their administrative unit, all Faculty and P&A staff are eligible to be principal investigators for grants. For more information, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at warehamr@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6458. This announcement is for general information only. A separate note will also be sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 1 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO GET IN THE SWING AND JOIN IN THE FUN DURING THIS YEAR'S SPRING BALL Friday, April 16, at Central Square in Glenwood (formerly held at the Lakeside Ballroom). The UMM Big Jazz Band, with director James "Doc" Carlson, will provide the beat. This fifth annual fundraiser, hosted by Jim Gremmels, UMM professor emeritus of English, and Jack Imholte, former UMM chancellor and professor emeritus of history, is set for 8-11:30 p.m. Arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and enjoy free dance lessons given by instructors from the UMM Swing Dance Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. Proceeds will go equally toward the UMM Humanities Phase III project, the John Q. Imholte Scholarship at UMM and the Lakeside Ballroom Fund. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed couple and the best dancing couple. COME SEE THE BEGINNINGS OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and follow the loveable hobbit Bilbo Baggans on his amazing adventure through the land of Middle Earth when UMM theater performs its annual children's production, this year The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Public performances are 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, April 16-17, with an additional Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Admission is $2 per person. Invited student matinees for elementary schools are also scheduled for April 15-16 and 21-23. This production is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council though a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation. For more information about tickets and student matinees, contact the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249 or e-mail inquiries to thrpub@mrs.umn.edu.
March 3, 2004
A $1,100 GRANT FROM THE LAKE REGION ARTS COUNCIL received by UMM guitar instructor Matt Dingo will be used to bring renowned guitarist Tim Sparks to the campus. Sparks will host a master class, workshops for middle school and high school students, and a concert. The concert, titled Hedstoc, and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The workshops will be held March 26 in Morris area schools. The master class will be open to reservation. Contact Matt Dingo, ext. 6234 or dingom@mrs.umn.edu, for more information. THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE, one in which we all share in the production of our food, has been practiced for generations. Prairie Yard and Garden host Sue Gooch visits the Fernholtz Sisters, Kay and Annette, at their Earthrise Farm near Madison for an insight into their organic holistic approach to growing food. This segment will air Thursday, March 4. Looking for something to grow in place of turf grass? A ground cover may be just the answer. These wonderfully versatile plants often grow where little else will, and filling an area with rich textures. Mike Zins joins Sue Gooch on Thursday, March 11, for a tour of the ground cover displays at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Both segments air at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. OVER 50 DANCERS WILL PERFORM WHEN THE UMM DANCE ENSEMBLE presents its spring performance, "Canned Heat," at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, in Edson Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $2 for students, $5 general admission. COME SEE THE BEGINNINGS OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and follow the loveable hobbit Bilbo Baggans on his amazing adventure through the land of Middle Earth when UMM theater performs its annual children's production, this year The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Public performances are 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, April 16-17, with an additional Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Admission is $2 per person. Invited student matinees for elementary schools are also scheduled for April 15-16 and 21-23. This production is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council though a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation. For more information about tickets and student matinees, contact the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249 or e-mail inquiries to thrpub@mrs.umn.edu.
February 25, 2004
THE WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND EXPERIMENT STATION HISTORIC DISTRICT HAS BEEN NAMED TO A NATIONAL LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the most intact examples of a residential agriculture high school still standing in the U.S., the WCSA was already entered on the National Register at a statewide level of significance in January 2003. The campus is also believed to be the earliest and most intact U.S. campus designed by prominent landscape architects Morell and Nichols. The Morris firm of Gemini Research, owned by Sue Granger '80 and Scott Kelly '78, working under contract with UMM, provided compelling documentation to the State Historic Preservation Office on behalf of the WCSA. "National recognition of the significance of the UMM/WCSA campus is important and appropriate because it affirms the role of rural education for farm boys and girls during the first half of the 20th Century," said Chancellor Sam Schuman. Granger added that "properties that are listed on the National Register with 'national' significance are thereby recognized as having significance to the history of the nation, rather than merely having significance to the state, or to a locality." National significance may gain more public recognition and support, said Granger.    GRANT MONEY RECENTLY AWARDED TO UMM BY THE GETTY FOUNDATION for the development of a preservation plan for the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District is being used not only to preserve campus buildings, but the trees and landscaping as well. UMM senior Jason Phelps is conducting a survey of campus trees in order to make monitoring and upkeep easier and more cost effective. Since September 2003, Phelps has collected information on about 675 trees, and estimates that another 600 remain in order to complete the survey. IT'S A GARDEN PARTY ON PRAIRIE YARD AND GARDEN! AN EVENING OF FLOWERS, FOOD, AND FUN, THE ANNUAL HORTICULTURE NIGHT IN MORRIS features guided tours and demonstrations in the research and display gardens. PYG host Sue Gooch visits with several researchers, as well as the coordinators of the display and children's gardens, to gain some insight into what is happening in horticulture at this University of MN research facility. This segment of "Prairie Yard and Garden" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.  BUILDING COMMUNITY, UMM COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S SPRING LUNCHEON, will be held from 12 (noon) -1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Oyate Hall. The luncheon of hot soup, fresh bread, lemonade and dessert will cost $3. Registration deadline is Thursday Feb. 19. To register, call, e-mail or use campus mail to contact Tammy Faux, CW coordinator, ext. 6281 or <fauxt>. During the luncheon there will be discussion on Audrey Arner's suggestions for Building Community. A summary of Arner's comments will be made available for those who were unable to attend the presentation (see above Feb. 24 event). GREAT CONVERSATIONS:  "The Loss of 9/11: Two Perspectives" is the topic of the next "Great Conversation" that will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Science 1020. The evening will feature best-selling author, Gail Sheehy and U of M Professor Pauline Boss. Sheehy's landmark work, Passages, was named one of the 10 most influential books of our time by the Library of Congress. She will discuss the losses of 9/11 with Boss, who is a U of M family social science professor and author of Ambiguous Loss. Sheehy's most recent book, Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope, is a study of the city that lost the most residents in the terrorist attacks. The series is free and open to the campus and community refreshments served. For more information contact Karen Ellis, ext. 6463 <elliskj@mrs.umn.edu>. ON FRIDAY, FEB. 27, UMM WILL WELCOME THREE GUESTS FROM THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS: David Hamilton, interim vice president for research Myrna Smith, director of faculty research and graduate fellowships and Anthony (Tony) Strauss, interim assistant vice president of patents, technology and marketing, who will participate in activities that are open to the entire campus. Hamilton, also a professor of genetics and cell biology, will talk about his research from 10:30-11:35 a.m. in Science 1020. There will be an opportunity from 1-2 p.m., also in Science Room 1020, for faculty to meet with Drs. Hamilton and Smith to discuss some of the research happening at UMM and to talk about how the University supports, and could better support, faculty research at this campus. Both Hamilton and Smith oversee programs that support UMM research Smith is in charge of both the grant-in-aid and summer faculty fellowship programs. Strauss, a 1976 UMM physics/philosophy alumnus, will talk about public-private partnerships, technology transfer, and the Office of Patents, Technology and Marketing. This activity, open to campus and community leaders, will be held from 10:30-11:35 a.m. The event will be held off campus with an exact location to be announced soon. These activities are hosted by the Grants Development Office, Dean's Office and the Center for Small Towns. For more information, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development, ext. 589-6458 or <warehamr>. THE CAVANI STRING QUARTET WILL PERFORM at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Edson Auditorium as a part of CAC Performing Arts Series. The Quartet, winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has appeared in the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently they performed Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan DeSilva at N.Y.'s Perlman Music Program. Tickets for the performance are $12 general $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 $4.50 for UMM students. In addition to the performance, the Quartet will offer a free public master class 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in HFA Recital Hall. For tickets and more information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. THE PHYSICS DISCIPLINE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO VIEW the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 1, using the telescope located in the campus observatory. The observatory, Science 4500, is on the fourth floor of the UMM ``science building. In the event of unsatisfactory weather, the event will take place on the next evening, March 2, same time and place. THE UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INVITES ALUMNI AND FRIENDS to the annual Midwinter Event Friday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn-St. Paul North, Imperial Room, 1201 West County Road E, St. Paul. UMM update at 7:30 p.m. Directions: One half mile south of I-694 at Lexington Avenue and County Road E. For more information contact UMM Alumni Relations at alumni@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6066.
February 18, 2004
THE ENTIRE CAMPUS COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO ATTEND AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORK OF THE BUDGET TASK FORCE from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Science Auditorium. The format will include an outline of the process taken, a chronological update, and a question and answer period. THE PROCESS OF CREATING A PLEASING LANDSCAPE can be a daunting task for the average homeowner. But when taken one step at a time, the end result is well worth the effort. John Koepke, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota, joins host Sue Gooch at the Ney Nature Preserve in Henderson for a discussion of this creative process. This segment of "Prairie Yard and Garden" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. DR. TAMAR RUDAVSKY, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, COLUMBUS, WILL ADDRESS THE 28TH ANNUAL MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM on "Soul Revisited: Immortality and Mortality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Federated Church, Morris. She will present a paper, "Religion and Science Reconsidered: Philosophical Implications of 'Angels and Demons,'" at 2:30 p.m. the same day in the Prairie Lounge. LECTURER AND AUTHOR JEAN KILBOURNE will present "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Edson Auditorium. Free and public. Kilbourne is a CAC Convocations lecture series speaker and keynote for UMM's Women's Week. Kilbourne is internationally known for her work on images of women in alcohol and tobacco advertising, and a well-known author. Her recent book, Can't Buy My Love How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as "a profound work that is required reading for informed consumers." BUILDING COMMUNITY - A TALK GIVEN BY AUDREY ARNER, IS PART I OF THE UMM COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S SPRING EVENT. The event will take place from noon-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Oyate Hall. The entire community is invited to participate in a sharing of ideas on how to build a strong community. BUILDING COMMUNITY, UMM COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S SPRING LUNCHEON, will be held from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Oyate Hall. The luncheon of hot soup, fresh bread, lemonade and dessert will cost $3. Registration deadline is Thursday Feb. 19. To register, call, e-mail or use campus mail to contact Tammy Faux, CW coordinator, ext. 6281 or <fauxt>. During the luncheon there will be discussion on Audrey Arner's suggestions for Building Community. A summary of Arner's comments will be made available for those who were unable to attend the presentation (see above Feb. 24 event). GREAT CONVERSATIONS: "The Loss of 9/11: Two Perspectives" is the topic of the next "Great Conversation" that will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Science 1020. The evening will feature best-selling author, Gail Sheehy and U of M Professor Pauline Boss. Sheehy's landmark work, Passages, was named one of the 10 most influential books of our time by the Library of Congress. She will discuss the losses of 9/11 with Boss, who is a U of M family social science professor and author of Ambiguous Loss. Sheehy's most recent book, Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope, is a study of the city that lost the most residents in the terrorist attacks. The series is free and open to the campus and community refreshments served. For more information contact Karen Ellis, ext. 6463 <elliskj@mrs.umn.edu>. ON FRIDAY, FEB. 27, UMM WILL WELCOME THREE GUESTS FROM THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS: David Hamilton, interim vice president for research Myrna Smith, director of faculty research and graduate fellowships and Anthony (Tony) Strauss, interim assistant vice president of patents, technology and marketing, who will participate in activities that are open to the entire campus. Hamilton, also a professor of genetics and cell biology, will talk about his research from 10:30-11:35 a.m. in Science 1020. There will be an opportunity from 1-2 p.m., also in Science Room 1020, for faculty to meet with Drs. Hamilton and Smith to discuss some of the research happening at UMM and to talk about how the University supports, and could better support, faculty research at this campus. Both Hamilton and Smith oversee programs that support UMM research Smith is in charge of both the grant-in-aid and summer faculty fellowship programs. Strauss, a 1976 UMM physics/philosophy alumnus, will talk about public-private partnerships, technology transfer, and the Office of Patents, Technology and Marketing. This activity, open to campus and community leaders, will be held from 10:30-11:35 a.m. The event will be held off campus with an exact location to be announced soon. These activities are hosted by the Grants Development Office, Dean's Office and the Center for Small Towns. For more information, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development, ext. 589-6458 or <warehamr>. THE CAVANI STRING QUARTET WILL PERFORM at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Edson Auditorium as a part of CAC Performing Arts Series. The Quartet, winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has appeared in the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently they performed Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan DeSilva at N.Y.'s Perlman Music Program. Tickets for the performance are $12 general $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 $4.50 for UMM students. In addition to the performance, the Quartet will offer a free public master class 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in HFA Recital Hall. For tickets and more information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. THE PHYSICS DISCIPLINE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO VIEW the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 1, using the telescope located in the campus observatory. The observatory, Science 4500, is on the fourth floor of the UMM ``science building. In the event of unsatisfactory weather, the event will take place on the next evening, March 2, same time and place. THE UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INVITES ALUMNI AND FRIENDS to the annual Midwinter Event Friday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn-St. Paul North, Imperial Room, 1201 West County Road E, St. Paul. UMM update at 7:30 p.m. Directions: One half mile south of I-694 at Lexington Avenue and County Road E. For more information contact UMM Alumni Relations at alumni@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6066. ADVANCED TICKET ORDER FORMS FOR THIS YEAR'S JAZZ FEST are available at the Info Center and the Office of Student Activities, and have been mailed to Performing Arts Season ticket holders. All advanced Jazz Fest ticket orders will be processed on Saturday, Feb. 28. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in Student Activities on Monday, March 1. The 26th Annual Jazz Fest will be held April 1-3. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE SPRING BALL UMM BIG JAZZ BAND FUNDRAISER. The annual event will be held on April 16 at Central Square in Glenwood. Time is 8 p.m. - midnight. UMM Jazzers will again provide ballroom dance music. Proceeds from the event will be distributed among the Lakeside Ballroom fundraising effort, the Imholte Scholarship Fund, and the HFA III project. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Watch for details.
February 11, 2004
SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING Winter brings snow. Excess snow may prompt questions such as where to park to avoid being plowed in or ticketed in the event of a citywide snow emergency. When a snow emergency is called by the City of Morris, the City will notify the Office of University Relations by 4 pm the day that a citywide snow emergency is declared. U Relations will then send a campus-wide e-mail to all students, staff and faculty and notify the Information Desk in the Student Center. Please be advised that vehicles are to be moved off all streets in Morris for the 24 hours a snow emergency is in effect (from midnight of the announcement to midnight the following evening). While vehicles on the streets are NOT ticketed until 24 hours after the streets are plowed curb to curb, we ask everyone's cooperation in moving their cars off city streets when snow emergencies are declared. Citywide snow emergency announcements are also broadcast on local Morris radio KMRS/KKOK [1230 AM/95.7FM], KQIC [102.5FM-Willmar] and KCLD [104.7FM-St. Cloud]. Let's work together to help each other as well as the City snow removal crews! ADVANCED TICKET ORDER FORMS FOR THIS YEAR'S JAZZ FEST are available at the Info Center and the Office of Student Activities, and have been mailed to Performing Arts Season ticket holders. All advanced Jazz Fest ticket orders will be processed on Saturday, Feb. 28. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in Student Activities on Monday, March 1. The 26th Annual Jazz Fest will be held April 1-3. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE SPRING BALL UMM BIG JAZZ BAND FUNDRAISER. The annual event will be held on April 16 at Central Square in Glenwood. Time is 8 p.m. - midnight. UMM Jazzers will again provide ballroom dance music. Proceeds from the event will be distributed among the Lakeside Ballroom fundraising effort, the Imholte Scholarship Fund, and the HFA III project. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Watch for details. THE LAWN IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE GREEN CARPET of our outdoor room. Establishing a new lawn or renovating an existing one takes some careful planning for optimum results. Host Sue Gooch joins Larry Zilliox in Alexandria for a discussion and demonstration of the tools and techniques necessary for creating a luxurious outdoor carpet. This segment of "Prairie Yard and Garden" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. THE PAINTINGS OF MINNESOTA STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND UMM ALUMNUS, CY THAO, will be featured during the next Gallery exhibition, February 12 through March 5. The exhibit will feature 50 paintings by Thao, which document the history of the Hmong people. Thao will be present at the public opening reception, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12. He will also give a public Artist Lecture titled, "Stories Without Words – The Hmong Migration," at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in HFA Recital Hall. He will also lunch with students at noon on Friday and speak to two political science classes. UMM WILL HOST ITS 5TH ANNUAL PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE COMMUNITY FOOD EXPO from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Student Center. The event is being organized by UMM senior, Anne Borgendale. Representatives from more than 20 west central Minnesota farms and local organizations, such as The Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and Pomme de Terre Foods, will present information and answer questions about agricultural, environmental, and food issues. This year's Expo will also feature a Farmer's Market with grains, root vegetables, meat, honey, yarn, and wool for sale. The Pride of the Prairie Spring Meal will also be held on February 17, 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the Food Service building. The locally produced meal will be prepared by Sodexho Campus Services and has a "Breakfast at Dinner" theme. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for off-campus students and children, children 5 and under - free. On-campus students can use their regular meal plan. Tickets at the door or in the Student Center lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on February 12, 13, 16, and 17. Event will also feature live, locally produced music. A week prior to the Expo, "Fast Food World: Perils and Promises of the Global Food Chain," a web cast panel discussion, can be viewed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Edson Auditorium. More on these events at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php/. DR. TAMAR RUDAVSKY, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, COLUMBUS, WILL ADDRESS THE 28TH ANNUAL MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM on "Soul Revisited: Immortality and Mortality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy" at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Federated Church, Morris. She will present a paper, "Religion and Science Reconsidered: Philosophical Implications of 'Angels and Demons,'" at 2:30 p.m. the same day in the Prairie Lounge LECTURER AND AUTHOR JEAN KILBOURNE will present "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Edson Auditorium. Free and public. Kilbourne is a CAC Convocations lecture series speaker and keynote for UMM's Women's Week. Kilbourne is internationally known for her work on images of women in alcohol and tobacco advertising, and a well-known author. Her recent book, Can't Buy My Love How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as "a profound work that is required reading for informed consumers." THE CAVANI STRING QUARTET WILL PERFORM at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Edson Auditorium as a part of CAC Performing Arts Series. The Quartet, winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has appeared in the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently they performed Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan DeSilva at N.Y.'s Perlman Music Program. Tickets for the performance are $12 general $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 $4.50 for UMM students. In addition to the performance, the Quartet will offer a free public master class 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in HFA Recital Hall. For tickets and more information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080.
February 4, 2004
ADVANCED TICKET ORDER FORMS FOR THIS YEAR'S JAZZ FEST are available now at the Info Center and the Office of Student Activities and have been mailed to Performing Arts Season ticket holders. All advanced Jazz Fest ticket orders will be processed on Saturday, Feb. 28. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in Student Activities on Monday, March 1. The 26th Annual Jazz Fest will be held April 1-3. MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE SPRING BALL UMM BIG JAZZ BAND FUNDRAISER. The annual event will be held on April 16 at Central Square in Glenwood. Time is 8 p.m. - midnight. UMM Jazzers will again provide ballroom dance music. Proceeds from the event will be distributed among the Lakeside Ballroom fundraising effort, the Imholte Scholarship Fund, and the HFA III project. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Watch for details. SWEET AND JUICY, IT'S HARD TO BEAT THE DOWN HOME TASTE OF A STRAWBERRY just plucked from the garden. Steve Poppe from Steve's Strawberries in Morris will explain how easy it is to grow these choice berries, and suggests varieties suitable for growing in the Upper Midwest. Poppe.will join host Sue Gooch during "Prairie Yard and Garden" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. MEININGENS WILL PERFORM THE SHADOW BOX at 7:30 p.m. February 5-7 (this weekend), with an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., all performances in the Black Box Theatre. The Shadow Box won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, as well as the Tony Award for Best Play that same year. Cristofer's stirring script allows one to look into the very mind and soul of the terminally ill and their loved ones. Senior theatre arts major Christopher Anderson directs the play for his senior theatre project. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information and ticket reservations, call the box office at ext. 6249 or e-mail thrpub@mrs.umn.edu. THE PAINTINGS OF MINNESOTA STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND UMM ALUMNUS, CY THAO, will be featured during the next Gallery exhibition, February 12 through March 5. The exhibit will feature 50 paintings by Thao, which document the history of the Hmong people. Thao will be present at the public opening reception, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12. He will also give a public Artist Lecture titled, "Stories Without Words – The Hmong Migration," at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in HFA Recital Hall. UMM WILL HOST ITS 5TH ANNUAL PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE COMMUNITY FOOD EXPO from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Student Center. The event is being organized by UMM senior, Anne Borgendale. Representatives from more than 20 west central Minnesota farms and local organizations, such as The Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and Pomme de Terre Foods, will present information and answer questions about agricultural, environmental, and food issues. This year's Expo will also feature a Farmer's Market with grains, root vegetables, meat, honey, yarn, and wool for sale. The Pride of the Prairie Spring Meal will also be held on February 17, 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the Food Service building. The locally produced meal will be prepared by Sodexho Campus Services and has a "Breakfast at Dinner" theme. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for off-campus students and children, children 5 and under - free. On-campus students can use their regular meal plan. Tickets at the door or in the Student Center lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on February 12, 13, 16, and 17. Event will also feature live, locally produced music. A week prior to the Expo, "Fast Food World: Perils and Promises of the Global Food Chain," a web cast panel discussion, can be viewed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Edson Auditorium. More on these events at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php/. JOIN IN A POETRY FEST: PAST, PRESENT AND DREAMS POETRY TO CELEBRATE WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Morris Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public. Charlie Fowler will serve as emcee for the program, which will feature local poets Gail Rixen, James Togeas, Doug Rasmussen, Athena Kildegaard, and several others reading their own works. The Poetry Fest is the second program in the 2004 Learning Unlimited series and is co-sponsored by the Saga Spinners. LECTURER AND AUTHOR JEAN KILBOURNE will present "Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction" at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Edson Auditorium. Free and public. Kilbourne is a CAC Convocations lecture series speaker and keynote for UMM's Women's Week. Kilbourne is internationally known for her work on images of women in alcohol and tobacco advertising, and a well-known author. Her recent book, Can't Buy My Love How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, was hailed by Publisher's Weekly as "a profound work that is required reading for informed consumers." THE CAVANI STRING QUARTET WILL PERFORM at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Edson Auditorium as a part of CAC Performing Arts Series. The Quartet, winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has appeared in the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently they performed Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan DeSilva at N.Y.'s Perlman Music Program. Tickets for the performance are $12 general $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 $4.50 for UMM students. In addition to the performance, the Quartet will offer a free public master class 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in HFA Recital Hall. For tickets and more information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080.
January 28, 2004
WHEN IT COMES TO OUR GARDENS, there are no more un-welcomed visitors than an invasion of damaging insects. Knowing something about these insects helps to understand how to manage the problem. Jeff Hahn, entomologist with the Yard and Garden Line, takes viewers on a tour of a typical garden pointing out unwanted "bugs" lurking in the foliage, and discussing appropriate methods of control. Hahn will join host Sue Gooch during "Prairie Yard and Garden" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.  A SHOW OF WORK BY MORRIS ARTIST JUDY FLICKER opens with a wine and cheese reception at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 630 Atlantic Avenue, from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, Jan. 30. Flicker paints in oils using flowing lines and bright colors-an influence of the German Expressionists. The reception will be an opportunity to meet the artist and learn about her work. THE UMM CONCERT BAND AND SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE, under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the HFA Recital Hall. Performance will feature two student soloists from within the band who will perform concertos: Jason Burns, euphonium, will perform "Fantasy" by Philip Sparke, and Eric Hansen, trombone, will perform "Concerto for Trombone" by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for general admission, and $1 for seniors and students. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SEND IN SUBMISSIONS FOR LEARNING UNLIMITED'S POETRY FEST Monday, Feb. 2, is the deadline to contact Anne Schwaller at 589-4394 or Charlie Fowler at 589-3106. Join talented folks like Jim Togeas, Athena Kildegaard, Gail Rixen and Doug Rasmussen who will be taking part in LU's first Annual Poetry Fest on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Titled "Past Present and Dreams: Poetry to Celebrate West Central Minnesota," the poetry festival will be held at the Morris Senior and Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue, at 1 p.m. Local poet and member of the UMM extended family, Charlie Fowler, will be the emcee, and will also read some of Tom Hennen's prose poems. Put this event on your calendar, invite your friends, send your students. THE MEININGENS STUDENT THEATRE ORGANIZATION, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE THEATER DISCIPLINE, ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF THE SHADOW BOX, performing at 7:30 p.m. February 5-7, with an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Written by Michael Cristofer, The Shadow Box won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, as well as the Tony Award for Best Play that same year. Cristofer's stirring script opens the eyes and allows one to look into the very mind and soul of the terminally ill and their loved ones. With profound honesty and candid humor, the play's characters reflect on life's simple joys while facing its harsh realities. Senior theatre arts major Christopher Anderson directs the play for his senior theatre project. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information and ticket reservations, call the box office at ext. 6249 or e-mail thrpub@mrs.umn.edu. PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF ART HISTORY FRED PETERSON will address the 82nd Annual Meeting and Program of the County Historical Society on Sunday, Feb. 8. Peterson will present his research and interpretation of the barn during the celebration of "The Year of the Barn," designated by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Social hour for the event at the Prairie Inn begins at 11:30 a.m. Music by Karl Retzlaff and Dr. Jeff Hauger from noon-12:30 p.m. Buffet meal at 12:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling the Museum at 589-1719 by February 4th. Cost is $13. Program by Fred Peterson will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event will also include a display of barn art and farm magazine cover contest series. The Museum has been selected as one of only five counties in Minnesota for the Smithsonian exhibit, "Barn Again: Celebrating an American Icon."
January 21, 2004
All members of the campus community are invited to share creative suggestions or comments that may help the Budget Task Force (BTF) II to identify $750,000 of new budget reductions for the 2004-2005 year. Please send comments to the BTF by Monday, Jan. 26. The BTF will receive input via e-mail at budget@mrs.umn.edu or anonymously through its web site at www.mrs.umn.edu/budget where suggestions can be made and minutes are posted. There is also a suggestion box located at the Information Desk in the Student Center lobby, or comments may be submitted to BTF Chair Lowell Rasmussen or any other BTF member (BTF members' names are listed on the web site.). James Morales has accepted the position of associate vice chancellor for enrollment, effective July 2004. Morales holds a B.A. from the University of Utah in speech communication, and an Ed.D. in higher education policy and administration from the U of M, Twin Cities. He is currently the director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that, he served in a number of positions, culminating in associate director, at the U of M, Duluth. He has served as president of the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color. Larry and Mary Larson from rural Willmar, who have been growing for the local farmer's market for many years, will share some of their tips and tricks for success in the vegetable garden during "The Market Garden." The Larsons will join host Sue Gooch during "Prairie Yard and Garden" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. A show of work by Morris artist Judy Flicker opens with a wine and cheese reception at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 630 Atlantic Avenue, from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, Jan. 30. Flicker paints in oils using flowing lines and bright colors—an influence of the German Expressionists. The reception will be an opportunity to meet the artist and learn about her work.
January 15, 2004
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $176,009 to UMM under the Grants To Combat Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses Program. UMM was one of only 10 new programs funded this year. The program provides a unique opportunity for higher education institutions to partner with police, prosecutors, members of the judiciary, victim advocates, health care providers and other related groups in order to reduce violent crimes against women on campus. These efforts are designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, ad stalking crimes on campuses. "We know from U.S. Department of Justice statistics that women on college campuses are at greater risk for sexual assault than women in the general population or in a comparable age group," said Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs. "This grant will support our efforts to foster a respectful, healthy campus community at UMM." Mary Meyer, U associate professor of horticulture, joins "Prairie Yard and Garden" host Sue Gooch at Noeremberg Gardens in Minnetonka to discuss the grasses featured in this lovely lakeside public garden. The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. "Prairie Yard and Garden" is produced by Media Services, and is a cooperative effort between UMM and Pioneer Public Television, KWCM, Appleton. "Existential Issues: Identity, Self, and Community" brings together the work of three artists who share similar concepts. Mike Stephens, Becki Smith, and Anthony Peruzzo, who look at life experiences as a human source for the production of their prints, sculptures, and drawings, will exhibit in the HFA Gallery Jan. 15 through Feb. 6. Public reception Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lecture by Peruzzo at 7:15 p.m. in HFA 2. About 40 UMM students will be recognized at halftime during Friday's men's basketball game as members of conference championship teams in men's golf, volleyball and soccer. Women's basketball competition begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m. Opponent is UMAC member, Crown College. Come and show your support for UMM athletes. Randall Kennedy, author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, will speak during Black History Month at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Edson Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Campus Activities Council Convocations. Kennedy's book discusses what he perceives as America's most famous derogatory word. U President Robert Bruininks kicks off the opening program of the 2004 "Great Conversations" series when he discusses "Nurturing the Creative Class" with best-selling author Richard Florida, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. in Science 1020 (via live broadcast to UMM). Bruininks and Florida will explore the importance of creativity to both community building and urban competitiveness, and discuss the latest thinking on how governments, universities, developers, and designers can work together to generate creative places and spaces. Florida is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, and recently designated Minneapolis as having one of the nation's top 10 "thriving creative classes." Series is free and open to the campus and community. Minnesota Public Radio will produce a live national call-in program to examine the impact of "bloggers" -- individuals and groups who are influencing political debate by publishing news and opinion on "web logs" or "blogs." The program, "The Blogging of the President 2004," will allow listeners to hear, and participate in, a national conversation on this new class of commentators, some of whom have become on-line celebrities. A popular movement in the last two years, blog energy and fundraising has helped propel Howard Dean's run for the presidency -- the tip of an Internet iceberg that is transforming American politics and culture. "The Blogging of the President 2004" will be produced by MPR with host Christopher Lydon and producer Mary McGrath, the Boston-based team that inaugurated the public radio discussion program "The Connection" in 1994. Tune in: 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, on all MPR news and information stations, including KNCM 88.5 FM in the Appleton/Morris area.
December 10, 2003
The UMM music discipline was awarded a $500 grant from the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA). This grant was used to help fund the 25th Annual UMM Concert Band Festival, which was held at UMM in November. The MBDA college workshop grants are to be used for clinics or workshops that directly benefit Minnesota band directors. The grant must constitute no more than 50 percent of the total clinic/workshop budget. The Festival included a conducting symposium in which seven high school band conductors participated, as well as the Festival Honor Band, in which over 120 high school students participated. Commission on Women, along with Women of Color Association, Women's Resource Center, MPIR and Women's Studies students, will sponsor a "Compeer Brown Bag" on Thursday Dec 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the MSP study lounge. A Celebration of Women, including poetry, songs, lyrics, bits and pieces of female literature. Come and go as your lunch time allows. Bring your lunch - dessert and beverages will be provided. Led by its program director Fred Farrell and supported by organizations such as the UMM Retirees Association, Learning Unlimited will again offer a host of lecture/discussion presentations at the Morris Senior Center every month on scheduled Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Of particular interest is the Poetry Fest, a celebration of West Central Minnesota, Past, Present and Dreams on February 11. Among the poets anticipated to read are Gail Rixen, Tom Hennen and James Togeas. An open invitation has been sent to all regional poets. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2004. Please contact Anne Schwaller, the LU coordinator, at 320- 589-4394, to register as a participant or to submit poetic offerings. Do you have fond memories of the West Central School of Agriculture? Would you be willing to share them as part of a program to develop a preservation plan for the former WCSA campus? UMM was recently awarded $180,000 from the Getty Grant Program to develop a written preservation plan for the WCSA and Experiment Station Historic District. As part of the process, photos of the campus are being borrowed from those who lived and worked here. For more information, contact Sue Dieter at 589-4394 extension 1818.
December 3, 2003
John Husted is one of only two recipients Universitywide to receive the 2003 Distinguished Teaching Award, given recently by the U of M College of Continuing Education. Husted "exemplifies long term excellence and has had a broad impact on our CCE programs," said Mary L. Nichols, dean of the College of Continuing Education. Husted began teaching in Continuing Education at UMM in 1977. In addition to lecturing at UMM, he maintains a long-standing private practice as a licensed consulting psychologist in Alexandria. He has taught more than 40 continuing education psychology courses in communities throughout the west central area. Students in Andy Hostetler's Adulthood and Aging service learning course along with area senior citizens and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance invite one and all to this weekend's Morris Winter Fest: Generating Connections, Connecting Generations. Events are: Friday, Dec. 5 -- Morris Elementary School Gym: 4-6 p.m. FREE dance lessons learn traditional dances of the region! Sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. 6-7:30 p.m. COMMUNITY POTLUCK! Please come and bring a dish to share! 7:30-10 p.m. Community Dance! Dance to the music of the Tickwoods and caller Jeanne O'Neil. Dance is $5/general admission, $3/students and senior citizens, and free for kids under 12. There will be a historical display and alternative fun activities for those who don't wish to dance. Saturday, December 6 --Morris Senior Center, 9-1:30 p.m., Senior Center Bazaar: Do some holiday shopping and enjoy homemade baked goods! Morris Transit will provide free rides from 4-9:45 p.m. on Friday and from 10-2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 589-1000 for a free ride to or from any of the events. For more information contact Argie Manolis, manolis@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6257. Advanced tickets are available to hear the beautiful sounds of the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, during the annual UMM Carol Concerts December 5, 6 and 7. The concerts are presented each year through the combined efforts of the music and the theater disciplines. The theme for this year's concerts is, "Joyeux Noel!" (Joyful Christmas–a French Christmas). Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A "Le Reveillon" (a traditional French meal served on Christmas Eve) Banquet will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $15 per person. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267. Also, ticket information and forms are available on line at the UMM Concert Choir Web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/~choir/ as are concert previews. Read more about this event at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=75 An 18-member Flute Ensemble will provide prelude music for the Annual UMM Carol Concert. The group is comprised of UMM students and community members, and the instrumentation will include C concert flutes as well as an alto flute, piccolos, and small percussion instruments, with piano accompaniment by Adair Horgen of Morris. Performance preparation has included approximately 15 pieces of Advent/Christmas music, several of which are of French origin, in keeping with this year's theme "Joyeux Noel," Christmas from France. Come early to hear the flute ensemble -- at 6:55 p.m. preceding the Friday and Saturday evening 7:30 performances (Dec. 5 or 6), and at 1:25 p.m. preceding the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances (Dec. 6 or 7). Flutists are: Amorette Borst, Katie Cunnien, Amanda Howard, Lee Korby, Judy Korn, Andy Korth, Richelle Maciej, Madonna Max, Alicia Mendez, Hope Miller, Amy Musielewicz, Michele Olson, Tiffany Petron, Patti Rach, Julia Sharpe, Sarah Shelton, Emily Varney, and Danielle Wiklund. Group is directed by Jeanne Richards. The UMM TREC (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) Program will host Storytime at the Library on Saturday, Dec. 6. TREC tutors will share stories and activities with children of all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the children's section of the Morris Public Library. Tim Poore will also translate the stories using American Sign Language. For more information, contact TREC Coordinator Sue Dieter at 589-4394. The UMM College Republicans invite members of the campus community to watch the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls duke it out in a televised debate, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the TV Lounge. Refreshments will be available and a rousing discussion is to follow. All are welcome. Listen to Secret Conversations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon on MPR. Says MPR: "Three of America's most compelling presidents ÷ Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon ÷ bugged their White House offices and taped their telephone calls. They captured thousands of conversations, from the momentous to the mundane." Stephen Smith, managing editor of Minnesota Public Radio's American RadioWorks, culled through hundreds of hours of these secret White House recordings to make the audio documentary, "The President Calling," published as part of the new book and CD boxed set, The White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President. Join Smith for an evening of eavesdropping as he plays highlights from the tapes. American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of Minnesota Public Radio. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Hear it on 88.5 FM or in person at Ruminator Books, 1648 Grand Ave., St. Paul, free and open to the public.
November 25, 2003
UMM students and others who are unable to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday are especially welcome to attend the Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Assumption Parish Hall, 209 E. 3rd St., Morris. Serving 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meal is FREE and open to anyone. No reservations are needed (except for transportation or meal delivery). Call 589-2808 to schedule transportation to the church or time for meal delivery. The Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Volunteers are also needed for setup, serving and cleanup. Contact Margaret Payne, 589-2808, to volunteer. Sponsored by these area churches: Assumption Catholic, Morris Evangelical Free, First Lutheran, Federated, and Zion Lutheran. Students in Andy Hostetler's Adulthood and Aging service learning course conducted life history interviews with elders in the Morris community, hosted a series of community meetings to determine some of the challenges elders face, and worked with their elder partners to choose, plan, and implement an intergenerational project. Students and their elder partners chose to partner with the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and the Morris Senior Center to help with two community events already in the planning stages that meet the needs of elders and the broader community. Please come and bring your families and friends! Morris Winter Fest: Generating Connections, Connecting Generations events are: Friday, Dec. 5 --Morris Elementary School Gym: 4-6 p.m. FREE dance lessons learn traditional dances of the region! Sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. 6-7:30 p.m. COMMUNITY POTLUCK! Please come and bring a dish to share! 7:30-10 p.m. Community Dance! Dance to the music of the Tickwoods and caller Jeanne O'Neil. Dance is $5/general admission, $3/students and senior citizens, and free for kids under 12. There will be a historical display and alternative fun activities for those who don't wish to dance. Saturday, December 6 --Morris Senior Center, 9-1:30 p.m., Senior Center Bazaar: Do some holiday shopping and enjoy homemade baked goods! Morris Transit will provide free rides from 4-9:45 p.m. on Friday and from 10-2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 589-1000 for a free ride to or from any of the events. For more information contact Argie Manolis, manolis@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6257. Advanced tickets are available to hear the beautiful sounds of the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, during the annual UMM Carol Concerts December 5, 6 and 7. The concerts are presented each year through the combined efforts of the music and the theater disciplines. The theme for this year's concerts is, "Joyeux Noel!" (Joyful Christmas–a French Christmas). Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A "Le Reveillon" (a traditional French meal served on Christmas Eve) Banquet will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $15 per person. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267. Also, ticket information and forms are available on line at the UMM Concert Choir Web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/~choir/ as are concert previews. Read more about this event at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=75 Again this year, an 18-member Flute Ensemble will provide prelude music for the Annual UMM Carol Concert. The group is comprised of UMM students and community members, and the instrumentation will include C concert flutes as well as an alto flute, piccolos, and small percussion instruments, with piano accompaniment by Adair Horgen of Morris. Performance preparation has included approximately 15 pieces of Advent/Christmas music, several of which are of French origin, in keeping with this year's theme "Joyeux Noel," Christmas from France. Come early to hear the flute ensemble -- at 6:55 p.m. preceding the Friday and Saturday evening 7:30 performances (Dec. 5 or 6), and at 1:25 p.m. preceding the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances (Dec. 6 or 7). Flutists are: Amorette Borst, Katie Cunnien, Amanda Howard, Lee Korby, Judy Korn, Andy Korth, Richelle Maciej, Madonna Max, Alicia Mendez, Hope Miller, Amy Musielewicz, Michele Olson, Tiffany Petron, Patti Rach, Julia sharpe, Sarah Shelton, Emily Varney, and Danielle Wiklund. Group is directed by Jeanne Richards.
November 25, 2003
UMM students and others who are unable to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday are especially welcome to attend the Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Assumption Parish Hall, 209 E. 3rd St., Morris. Serving 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meal is FREE and open to anyone. No reservations are needed (except for transportation or meal delivery). Call 589-2808 to schedule transportation to the church or time for meal delivery. The Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Volunteers are also needed for setup, serving and cleanup. Contact Margaret Payne, 589-2808, to volunteer. Sponsored by these area churches: Assumption Catholic, Morris Evangelical Free, First Lutheran, Federated, and Zion Lutheran. Students in Andy Hostetler's Adulthood and Aging service learning course conducted life history interviews with elders in the Morris community, hosted a series of community meetings to determine some of the challenges elders face, and worked with their elder partners to choose, plan, and implement an intergenerational project. Students and their elder partners chose to partner with the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and the Morris Senior Center to help with two community events already in the planning stages that meet the needs of elders and the broader community. Please come and bring your families and friends! Morris Winter Fest: Generating Connections, Connecting Generations events are: Friday, Dec. 5 --Morris Elementary School Gym: 4-6 p.m. FREE dance lessons learn traditional dances of the region! Sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. 6-7:30 p.m. COMMUNITY POTLUCK! Please come and bring a dish to share! 7:30-10 p.m. Community Dance! Dance to the music of the Tickwoods and caller Jeanne O'Neil. Dance is $5/general admission, $3/students and senior citizens, and free for kids under 12. There will be a historical display and alternative fun activities for those who don't wish to dance. Saturday, December 6 --Morris Senior Center, 9-1:30 p.m., Senior Center Bazaar: Do some holiday shopping and enjoy homemade baked goods! Morris Transit will provide free rides from 4-9:45 p.m. on Friday and from 10-2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 589-1000 for a free ride to or from any of the events. For more information contact Argie Manolis, manolis@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6257. Advanced tickets are available to hear the beautiful sounds of the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, during the annual UMM Carol Concerts December 5, 6 and 7. The concerts are presented each year through the combined efforts of the music and the theater disciplines. The theme for this year's concerts is, "Joyeux Noel!" (Joyful Christmas–a French Christmas). Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A "Le Reveillon" (a traditional French meal served on Christmas Eve) Banquet will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $15 per person. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267. Also, ticket information and forms are available on line at the UMM Concert Choir Web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/~choir/ as are concert previews. Read more about this event at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=75 Again this year, an 18-member Flute Ensemble will provide prelude music for the Annual UMM Carol Concert. The group is comprised of UMM students and community members, and the instrumentation will include C concert flutes as well as an alto flute, piccolos, and small percussion instruments, with piano accompaniment by Adair Horgen of Morris. Performance preparation has included approximately 15 pieces of Advent/Christmas music, several of which are of French origin, in keeping with this year's theme "Joyeux Noel," Christmas from France. Come early to hear the flute ensemble -- at 6:55 p.m. preceding the Friday and Saturday evening 7:30 performances (Dec. 5 or 6), and at 1:25 p.m. preceding the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances (Dec. 6 or 7). Flutists are: Amorette Borst, Katie Cunnien, Amanda Howard, Lee Korby, Judy Korn, Andy Korth, Richelle Maciej, Madonna Max, Alicia Mendez, Hope Miller, Amy Musielewicz, Michele Olson, Tiffany Petron, Patti Rach, Julia Sharpe, Sarah Shelton, Emily Varney, and Danielle Wiklund. Group is directed by Jeanne Richards.
November 19, 2003
Over 30 classes of First Year Seminar students will demonstrate what they have been learning this semester during the annual First Year Seminar Jamboree, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Thursday, Nov. 20, in the Student Center. Unless otherwise noted, presentations will take place in Oyate Hall. From American roots music to the holocaust, from eugenics to the 10 o'clock news, students will showcase their projects through a variety of venues, including theatrical skits, live broadcasts, variety shows, displays, interactive games and more. Read more at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=76/. UMM will have a unit, along with other Morris businesses, organizations and community members, in the Third Annual Parade of Lights this Thursday, Nov. 20, in downtown Morris. Parade starts at 6 p.m. and travels down main street Morris (Atlantic Avenue). Prizes will be awarded for best overall entry and best show of lights. Parade theme is "Celebrate the Season." This event is sponsored by the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Parade of Lights Committee. Renowned for their powerful stage presence and high-energy style, The Koresh Dance Company will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Edson Auditorium -- a Performing Arts Series event. Area dancers are invited to a master class with the choreographer and dancers on Friday, Nov. 21. On Saturday a post-performance discussion is free and open to the public. Ticket prices for the evening performance are $12 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $4.50 for UMM students. Contact Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information. The UMM Orchestra will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, in HFA Recital Hall. Hear selections from Arthur Sullivan, Gustav Holst, Percy Aldridge Grainger, Elliot Del Borgo, and Aaron Copland. Admission is $1 for students and seniors, and $3 for general admission. Refreshments will follow the performance. Disaster Seminar at 7:30 p.m. Monday Nov. 24, Edson Auditorium. Topic: Emergency Response: World Trade Center Disaster-September 11, 2001. Guest speakers: James O'Connor, vice president Robert Stuck, EMT supervisor, MetroCare Ambulance-NYC. O'Connor's presentation will focus on the emergency medical services response during the middle of a terrorist attack in NYC: Disaster preparedness, scene coordination, employee safety, communications, injuries, death of a co-worker, equipment that was destroyed, dealing with rumors vs. facts, and critical incident stress debriefings. Stuck will talk about his experience finding himself in the middle of Ground Zero when the second tower fell and he had an ambulance full of patients. EMS, fire, law enforcement, dispatchers, health care workers, emergency managers, public officials and disaster response personnel are all invited. Presentation is free. Continuing Education credits awarded for physicians, nursing, and EMS personnel. POST certification for law enforcement. Funding to support this conference received from Stevens County Domestic Preparedness Grant and support from MetroCare Ambulance Group. For more information contact: Stevens County Ambulance Service, 589-7421. UMM students and others who are unable to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday are especially welcome to attend the Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Assumption Parish Hall, 209 E. 3rd St., Morris. Serving 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meal is FREE and open to anyone. No reservations are needed (except for transportation or meal delivery). Call 589-2808 to schedule transportation to the church or time for meal delivery. The Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Volunteers are also needed for setup, serving and cleanup. Contact Margaret Payne, 589-2808, to volunteer. Sponsored by these area churches: Assumption Catholic, Morris Evangelical Free, First Lutheran, Federated, and Zion Lutheran. Advanced tickets are now available to hear the beautiful sounds of the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, during the annual UMM Carol Concerts December 5, 6 and 7. The concerts are presented each year through the combined efforts of the music and the theater disciplines. The theme for this year's concerts is, "Joyeux Noel!" (Joyful Christmas–a French Christmas). Performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A "Le Reveillon" (a traditional French meal served on Christmas Eve) Banquet will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $15 per person. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267. Also, ticket information and forms are available on line at the UMM Concert Choir Web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/~choir/ as are concert previews. Read more about this event at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/view.php?id=75
November 12, 2003
Innovative technology projects by faculty and staff will be showcased during the Instructional Technology Fair November 13 in Oyate Hall. Educators Tracy Baxter and Lori Borgen, Hawley Public Schools, will provide the keynote address at 9 a.m. National and local software, hardware, and support vendors will also display the latest in technology and communication. The Chancellor's Pavilion & the Dean's Pavilion will feature 15-minute technology sessions by exhibitors. Concurrent presentation sessions on many instructional technology topics, such as model lessons and curriculum programs, will be scheduled throughout the day. For more details visit http://www.mrs.umn.edu/itfair/. Cougar football team will play Valley City State University in the Fargodome on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased in the athletic department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult tickets - $6 student tickets - $3. More than 125 students from 22 high schools throughout Minnesota will participate during the 25th Annual UMM Band Festival Monday, Nov. 17. This special event, founded by Dr. James Carlson, professor of music and discipline chair, features a performance by the Festival Honor Band as well as the UMM Concert Band under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, director of bands and festival coordinator. Featured guest artists include: Dr. Jack Delaney, guest conductor, director of bands at Southern Methodist University Thomas Riccobono, trombone soloist, professor of low brass, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Hope Koehler, soprano, professor of voice, UMM. The festival also features two free events: a Master Class with Thomas Riccobono at 1 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall and a Conducting Symposium with Dr. Delaney and Dr. Ross and 10 high school band conductors with the UMM Concert Band at 2 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. The finale performance of the festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for adults, and $1 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be available at the door. MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) will sponsor a teach-in about renewable resources from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Prairie Lounge, Student Center. Gregory Cuomo, head of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and Lowell Rasmussen, UMM associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, will discuss wind energy and the biomass project. Event is free and public. The Koresh Dance Company, renowned for their powerful stage presence and high-energy style, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Edson Auditorium as part of this year's Performing Arts Series. In addition, area dancers are invited to a master class to work with the choreographer and dancers Friday, Nov. 21. On Saturday, Nov. 22, there will be a post-performance discussion, which is free and open to the public. Ticket prices for the evening performance are $12 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $4.50 for UMM students. Contact Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information. The UMM Orchestra invites area residents to attend its first concert of the semester on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in HFA Recital Hall. The program will include selections from Arthur Sullivan, Gustav Holst, Percy Aldridge Grainger, Elliot Del Borgo, and Aaron Copland. Admission is $1 for students and seniors, and $3 for general admission. Refreshments will be served following the concert. UMM students and others who are unable to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday are especially welcome to attend the Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Assumption Parish Hall, 209 E. 3rd St., Morris. Serving 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meal is FREE and open to anyone. No reservations are needed (except for transportation or meal delivery). Transportation to the meal or meal delivery provided. Call 589-2808 to schedule a pick up or meal delivery time. The Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Volunteers are also needed for setup, serving and cleanup. Contact Margaret Payne, 589-2808, to volunteer. Sponsored by these area churches: Assumption Catholic, Morris Evangelical Free, First Lutheran, Federated, and Zion Lutheran. Advanced tickets are now available to hear the beautiful sounds of the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, during the annual UMM Carol Concerts December 5, 6 and 7. The concerts are presented each year through the combined efforts of the music and the theater disciplines. The theme for this year's concerts is, "Joyeux Noel!" (Joyful Christmas – a French Christmas). Performances be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A "Le Reveillon" (a traditional French meal served on Christmas Eve) Banquet will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $15 per person. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267. Also, ticket information and forms are available on line at the UMM Concert Choir Web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/~choir/ as are concert previews. Read the complete news story at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php
November 5, 2003
Circle of Nations Indian Association will sponsor author and activist Wilma Mankiller in a public presentation at 7 p.m. TONIGHT (Wednesday, Nov. 5), in Edson Auditorium. Mankiller, a former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will present "Every Day is a Good Day," a discussion on the resilience and tenacity of Native people, particularly women. This year's Native American Heritage Month Keynote speaker, she will have books available for sale, as well as a book signing immediately following her lecture. Also part of Native American Heritage Month, Story Time at the Morris Public Library at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, will feature CNIA members reading a selection of Native American children's stories, followed by an arts and crafts session. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" opens TONIGHT (Wednesday). Buy your tickets in advance at the table in the Student Center. "Drood" is a collaboration between the UMM theater and music disciplines and the first full-length musical produced at UMM in 40 years! "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" runs through Saturday, Nov. 8, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. each evening with an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Group rates for parties of 10 or more: $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Buy your advance tickets in the Student Center or call ext. 6249 for further information. The Office of Community Service and Volunteerism invites one and all to attend the Third Annual Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. TOMORROW (Thursday, Nov. 6) in the Cougar Room, Student Center. The Volunteer Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about some of the many volunteer opportunities available and to connect students with community organizations who offer opportunities. Faculty and staff are especially encouraged to meet and greet representatives of community organizations who will be present and who are eager to work with you. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Students can sign up to receive great door prizes A public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, will open the next Gallery exhibit, "Perspectives: Rural and Urban," which brings together the work of two artists from opposite ends of the country who also draw upon different environments for inspiration in their artwork. Andrea Hoelscher's work consists of a series of mural sized panoramic photographs, which she has titled "Inner Architectures." Diana Jacobs presents a series of small hand colored etchings, titled "Views & Edges." Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. View the exhibit through December 6. The Best, the Worst, the Most, the Least, the Smallest and the Tallest will be showcased during the Briggs Library Associates Second Annual "Evening of Superlatives" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Rodney A. Briggs Library. Hear what Jay Fier, Mark Swanson, Carol McCannon, Jim Cotter, Peh Ng, Bradley Deane, Randy Kidd, and Charlie Fowler think are worthy of "est" status. This year's selections include the "Tallest Radical Humorist in the Midwest" and the "Best Trumpet Fanfare Ever Composed." The second program in the fall 2003 Learning Unlimited Series, "Aztec Poetry and Nahuatl Creation Myths: A Cultural Prism," will be presented by Dr. John F. Schwaller at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Morris Senior Center. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. UMM will play Valley City State University in the Fargodome On Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased in the athletic department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult tickets - $6 student tickets - $3. More than 125 students from 22 high schools throughout Minnesota will participate during the 25th Annual UMM Band Festival Monday, Nov. 17. This special event, founded by Dr. James Carlson, professor of music and discipline chair, features a performance by the Festival Honor Band as well as the UMM Concert Band under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, director of bands and festival coordinator. Featured guest artists include: Dr. Jack Delaney, guest conductor, director of bands at Southern Methodist University Thomas Riccobono, trombone soloist, professor of low brass, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Hope Koehler, soprano, professor of voice, UMM. The festival also features two free events: a Master Class with Thomas Riccobono at 1 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall and a Conducting Symposium with Dr. Delaney and Dr. Ross and 10 high school band conductors with the UMM Concert Band at 2 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. The finale performance of the festival will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for adults, and $1 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be available at the door, and also in the Student Center the week prior to the concert. UMM students and others who are unable to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday are especially welcome to attend the Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Assumption Parish Hall, 209 E. 3rd, Morris. Serving 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meal is FREE and open to anyone. No reservations are needed (except for transportation or meal delivery). Transportation to the meal or meal delivery provided. Call 589-2808 to schedule a pick up or meal delivery time. The Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Volunteers are also needed for setup, serving and cleanup. Contact Margaret Payne, 589-2808, to volunteer. Sponsored by these area churches: Assumption Catholic, Morris Evangelical Free, First Lutheran, Federated, and Zion Lutheran.
October 29, 2003
Sander L. Gilman, distinguished professor of the arts and sciences and of medicine, and director of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will present the annual Barber Lecture in Literature at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Oyate Hall. Lecture is free and open to the public. One of the most prominent scholars in academe today, Gilman will address "multicultural" literature, a term that is problematic and contested in literary studies, in his speech, titled "Is Multiculturalism Good for the Jews: A Literary View." His approach is linked to his particular perspective as a Germanist and Jewish studies scholar. Student leaders are organizing a walkout at 1:20 p.m. Thursday Oct. 30, to support striking UMM AFSCME clerical workers. Students will gather on the mall for a brief rally before heading to the picket lines to cheer on the strikers. Their message will be primarily targeting the State Legislature, urging them not to balance the budget on the backs of students and workers. The walkout is planned near the end of the 12-1:40 p.m. class period to allow students to get to the next class. UMM's first woodfired kiln has been constructed and is ready for its first firing. Students and regional potters will be continuously firing the kiln beginning Thursday, Oct. 30, through midday Sunday, Nov. 2. Volunteers will be on site around the clock to ensure that the kiln maintains the high temperature necessary for the glazing of porcelain and stoneware pots and sculptures. Most of the fuel for the kiln comes from trees that blew down on campus during the July 4 windstorm. The project began with UMM Ceramics Teaching Specialist Kevin Flicker's '74 summer school class, "Woodfired Kiln Design and Construction." Read more about it by accessing UMM's News Service web page at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php/. Residence hall students will go door to door during the 10th annual Trick or Can event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. Volunteers will be separated into groups to cover the city of Morris and collect non-perishable food items for the Stevens County Food Shelf. The volunteers will then drop the food off at designated places to be taken to the food shelf. Sigma Tau Delta is proud to present the Ghastly Gothic Gala. Come watch students and faculty perform their favorite scary pieces from literature on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Turtle Mountain Cafe. Featuring readings from such frightening works as "The Raven," Dr. Faustus, Macbeth, and many other goulish delights.Event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for those readings that really send a chill to your bones. UMM will again host "Super Saturday Science," a program aimed at encouraging girls' interest in science, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the science building. Super Saturday Science will give girls in grades five, six, seven and eight a chance to explore science with professional women scientists. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with female scientists. Read more about it at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php>. Circle of Nations Indian Association will sponsor author and activist Wilma Mankiller in a public presentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Edson Auditorium. Mankiller, a former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will present "Every Day is a Good Day," a discussion on the resilience and tenacity of Native people, particularly women. This year's Native American Heritage Month Keynote speaker, she will have books available for sale, as well as a book signing immediately following her lecture. Also part of Native American Heritage Month, Story Time at the Morris Public Library at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, will feature CNIA members reading a selection of Native American children's stories, followed by an arts and crafts session. Tickets for the theater and music disciplines' fall musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" are now on sale in the Student Center. "Drood" is a musical comedy murder mystery based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, where the audience votes on key plot developments, including the identity of Edwin Drood's killer. There are statistically over 300 possible combinations of endings, so repeat viewings are encouraged! "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" runs Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-8 in the Proscenium Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and there is an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Group rates for parties of 10 or more: $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Buy advance tickets in the student Center or call the Box Office at ext. 6249 for further information. The next Gallery exhibit, "Perspectives: Rural and Urban," brings together the work of two artists from opposite ends of the country, who also draw upon different environments for inspiration in their artwork. A public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, will open the exhibit, which will continue through December 6. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Andrea Hoelscher's work consists of a series of mural sized panoramic photographs, which she has titled "Inner Architectures." Diana Jacobs presents a series of small hand colored etchings, titled "Views & Edges." The 25th Annual UMM Band Festival will occur on Monday, Nov. 17. This special event, founded by Dr. James Carlson, music discipline chair, features the Festival Honor Band comprised of more than 125 students from 22 high schools from throughout Minnesota. Also performing will be the UMM Concert Band under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, director of bands and festival coordinator. Featured guest artists include: Dr. Jack Delaney, guest conductor, director of bands at Southern Methodist University Thomas Riccobono, trombone soloist, professor of low brass, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Hope Koehler, soprano, professor of voice, UMM. The festival also features two free events: a Master Class with Thomas Riccobono at 1 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall and a Conducting Symposium with Dr. Delaney and Dr. Ross and 10 high school band conductors with the UMM Concert Band at 2 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. The finale performance of the festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for adults, and $1 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be available at the door, and also in the Student Center the week prior to the concert.
October 22, 2003
Over 50 Morris campus AFSCME clerical employees joined striking AFSCME clerical employees Universitywide on October 21. AFSCME clerical employees seek fair wage compensation, job security and no increase to health care benefit payments. UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman delivered doughnuts to striking workers on Tuesday. Picket lines are set up at all entrances to the Morris campus. A workshop, titled "Native American Mascot Issues in Sports," TONIGHT (Wednesday, Oct. 22) in the University Room of Oyate Hall. Documentary video, "In Whose Honor," by Jay Rosenstein will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Small group discussions follow the film. All are welcome. The History of the Rainbow Flag will be on display in the concourse of the UMD Library through October 31. The display includes remnants of vandalized rainbow flags from Morris and Twin Cities campuses. Literature about the Morris flag is available outside of the GLBT services office in UMD Solon Campus Center 66. History of the Rainbow Flag was provided by the Tretter Collection of the Steven J. Schochet Center for GLBT Studies at the U-TC. Student DFL will sponsor a Wellstone Memorial in Oyate Hall on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. the. This event is free and open to the public. Come celebrate the memory of Paul and Sheila Wellstone and their dedication to the people in the state of Minnesota. This year's Classic Film Festival lineup is another eclectic mix of classic films, from the raucous wit of Billy Wilder to the psychological complexity of Alfred Hitchcock. For ticket information, contact the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080. Here are the offerings: Thursday October 23 7 p.m. - Funny Face (C,1957) Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. A young woman agrees to model a line of ultra-chic fashions for a photographer so she can get to Paris to meet the beatnik founder of "empathicalism" (a rejection of all material things). Paris provides the backdrop for this stylized musical featuring the music of George Gershwin and the fashions of Givenchy. Friday October 24 7 p.m. - The Maltese Falcon (B&W,1941) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Classic film noir, John Huston's directorial debut cracks along at a lightning pace. Bogart is on peak form as Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade working hard to separate the good gals and guys from the bad. Nominated for three Oscars including Best Picture. Saturday October 25 2 p.m. - The Wizard of Oz (C and B&W, 1940) Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. Based on L. Frank Baum's story. Dorothy is transported from her ordinary, B&W life to a colorful world of fantasy in the land of Oz. Many memorable characters like the Munchkins, the Wicked Witch of the West, etc. and the incredible cinematography and art direction make this showing on the big screen an opportunity not to be missed. Nominated for six Oscars, it won for Best Song and Best Original Score. Saturday October 25 9 p.m. - The Bicycle Thief (B&W,1949) Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell, Enzo Staiola and Elena Altieri. A week in the life of a working man whose job depends on his bicycle and the problems that arise for him and his son when it is stolen. A beautiful film that won an honorary Oscar before foreign films had a category of their own. Sunday October 26 7 p.m. - Lifeboat (B&W,1944) Alfred Hitchcock directs Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix and Walter Slezak. Shipwreck survivors adrift in a lifeboat during World War 2. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat that sank them. Adapted from an original story by John Steinbeck. Despite the restricted location, Hitchcock still makes a fleeting appearance on screen. Classic Film Festival Discussion Hour, PRCA Brown Bag Lunch Series Join us after each film in the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 7th and Atlantic, downtown Morris. Discussions will be led by local film buffs. Come for lively conversation and refreshments! Also, PRCA begins a brown-bag lunch series to be held every Thursday. Offerings will vary from live music to panel discussions to readings… On the first Thursday (October 30) Professor of Economics Arne Kildegaard will talk about The Wizard of Oz as an allegory for the United States economy at the turn of the century. Noon at the PRCA. If the scarecrow represents the farmers, what does the tin man represent? and other questions like this will be answered. Who said economics couldn't be fun? Minnesota Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer will visit six counties in western Minnesota on Friday, Oct. 24, to meet with public officials, students, and residents. Her 12:30 p.m. luncheon with student members of the UMM College Republicans will be her only Stevens County visit. Don't miss the UMM Dance Ensemble's Fall Recital at 7 p.m. each evening this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, in Edson Auditorium. Tickets are $2 for students and seniors, $5 for adults. Children 6 and under are free. Tickets on sale through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Student Center lobby. Coleen Rowley, best known as an FBI whistle blower and one of Time magazine's Persons of the Year for 2002, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 27, in Edson Auditorium. Rowley's lecture, "Doing the Right Thing at all Costs…Ethical Decision Making," a presentation of the CAC Convocations Committee, is free and open to the public. Sander L. Gilman, distinguished professor of the arts and sciences and of medicine, and director of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will present the annual Barber Lecture in Literature at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Oyate Hall. Lecture is free and open to the public. One of the most prominent scholars in academe today, Gilman will address "multicultural" literature, a term that is problematic and contested in literary studies, in his speech, titled "Is Multiculturalism Good for the Jews: A Literary View." His approach is linked to his particular perspective as a Germanist and Jewish studies scholar. Residence hall students will go door to door during the 10th annual Trick or Can event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. Volunteers will be separated into groups to cover the city of Morris and collect non-perishable food items for the Stevens County food shelf. The volunteers will then drop the food off at designated places to be taken to the food shelf. Sigma Tau Delta is proud to present the Ghastly Gothic Gala. Come watch students and faculty perform their favorite scary pieces from literature on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Turtle Mountain Cafe. Featuring readings from such frightening works as "The Raven," Dr. Faustus, Macbeth, and many other goulish delights.Event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for those readings that really send a chill to your bones. UMM will again host "Super Saturday Science," a program aimed at encouraging girls' interest in science, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the science building. Super Saturday Science will give girls in grades five, six, seven and eight a chance to explore science with professional women scientists. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with female scientists. Read more about it at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php>. Circle of Nations Indian Association will sponsor author and activist Wilma Mankiller in a public presentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Edson Auditorium. Mankiller, a former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will present "Every Day is a Good Day," a discussion on the resilience and tenacity of Native people, particularly women. This year's Native American Heritage Month Keynote speaker, she will have books available for sale, as well as a book signing immediately following her lecture. Also part of Native American Heritage Month, Story Time at the Morris Public Library at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, will feature CNIA members reading a selection of Native American children's stories, followed by an arts and crafts session. Tickets for the theater and music disciplines' fall musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" are now on sale in the Student Center. "Drood" is a musical comedy murder mystery based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, where the audience votes on key plot developments, including the identity of Edwin Drood's killer. There are statistically over 300 possible combinations of endings, so repeat viewings are encouraged! "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" runs Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-8 in the Proscenium Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and there is an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Group rates for parties of 10 or more: $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Buy advance tickets in the student Center or call ext. 6249 for further information. The next Gallery exhibit, "Perspectives: Rural and Urban," brings together the work of two artists from opposite ends of the country, who also draw upon different environments for inspiration in their artwork. A public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, will open the exhibit, which will continue through December 6. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Andrea Hoelscher's work consists of a series of mural sized panoramic photographs, which she has titled "Inner Architectures." Diana Jacobs presents a series of small hand colored etchings, titled "Views & Edges."
October 15, 2003
Cougar football team defeated Crown College, 40-22, in UMAC conference action. The win was the first at home since a 45-28 win over Bemidji State on October 18, 1997. In Saturday's second half, the Cougars allowed just three points and gave up only 180 yards in total offense. Donnay Green set two single game records, finishing with 267 yards rushing on 36 carries, to break the single game record of 243 he set earlier in the year during the Cougars' win at Principia College. Green also set a single game record for most touchdowns in a game with six. He averaged 7.4 yards per carry. Green now has 729 yards rushing in five games and 10 TDs, five shy of the single season record. Anthony Ekren got the start at quarterback for the injured Ryan Martin. Ekren was 8-14 in passing for 121 yards and no interceptions. Mike Walker had four receptions for 52 yards. John Scholla provided several key blocks through out the game, a couple of which allowed Green to reach the end zone. Vaughn Ginnett added 67 yards rushing in 17 carries. Ryan Powell led the defense with 11 tackles Joe Hoffmann added 10. Tying a record for most wins in a season, the UMM soccer team defeated the College of St. Scholastica, 2-1, Saturday in Duluth. The victory gives UMM a 13-1 overall record, which matches last year's 13 wins, a perfect 10-0 record in the UMAC and a two-game lead over the Saints with two conference games left in the season. The win clinches the first-ever regular season UMAC conference title for the Cougar soccer team. Rebecca Witters provided the game-winning goal to give the Cougars a 2-0 advantage -- her fifth game-winning goal of the year, one away from the single season record set by Mari Sandom in 2002. Volleyball team earned their first-ever UMAC conference win Saturday with a 3-0 (30-12, 30-13, 30-10) sweep of Northland College at home. One individual and one team record were also established. Jenna Maki set a new single match record for ace serves, with 10, according to the let serve-scoring rule. The previous record was set last year by Katie Hyndman who had nine against Hamline. Amy Lipetzky led the way for the Cougars with 17 kills, one error and 27 total attempts for a .593 hitting percentage, which moves her into eighth place for best hitting percent in a single match. Katie Hyndman had 32 set assists giving her 672 for the year as she closes in on the 1,000-assist mark for the season. As a team, the Cougars also set another record for best hitting percentage with .426. Fourteen ace serves in the match are three away from a team single-match record. UMM welcomes one of Russia's most famous poets, Yevgeny Yevtushenko to campus this week. Several related public and free events: Tonight [Wednesday] the Language Teaching Center will show "Soy Cuba" at 7 p.m. Yevtushenko wrote the script for this film. This is an optional educational showing related to several UMM classes however, the public is welcome to attend. The LTC is located in the basement of the Humanities building. Thursday, Oct. 16, Yevtushenko and translator and friends Bill and Grace Davidson will be available for two informal receptions/conversations: 2-3:15 p.m. at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance art gallery on Atlantic Ave. 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Humanities Division Lounge, 105 Humanities, from 3:30-4:30. At 7:30 p.m., Yevtushenko and Davidson will perform a reading in Russian and English in the HFA Recital Hall. A reception with dessert and beverages will follow.   The George Winston performance this Friday, Oct. 17, has SOLD OUT. A waiting list has been started in the Office of Student Activities. To place your name on the list, visit Student Activities in the lower level of the Student Center or call ext. 6080. A Grammy-award winning pianist, guitarist and composer, Winston will perform in Edson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., as a part of the 2003-04 Performing Arts Series. Food shelf donations accepted at the performance. For further information contact Student Activities.  The public is invited to "Jazz it up for Lakeside" when the UMM Jazz Ensembles perform during a "Rebuild Lakeside Ballroom" Benefit Dance Saturday, Oct. 18, at Central Square in Glenwood (105 – 2nd Ave NE). The jazz begins at 8 p.m. Or arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and receive free dance lessons courtesy of the UMM Swing Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. For advance tickets, call Central Square ticket office, 320-634-0400. Tickets also available at the door, or from Glenwood State Bank, Eagle Bank, StellaBella Coffee House, and Corner Drug, all of Glenwood.  Cougar Health Walk Faculty and staff can join in the Cougar Health Walk from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at the RFC entrance. Walk one or two miles with a few friends. See how easy it is to get started on a wellness program of your own. Sign up at Human Resources, ext. 6024 to be entered in a drawing for great prizes. Sponsored by UPlan Wellness Program, RFC, and UMM Human Resources. The third annual Pride of the Prairie Local Foods Fall Feast will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Food Services building. The locally produced meal, prepared by Sodexho Campus Catering Services, will be served from 4:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The menu, which will feature food from producers certified by the Mid-West Food Alliance and other locally produced food, will include country coleslaw, barley and corn salad, honey mustard potato salad, whole wheat bread w/butter, grilled pork sausage with onions, peppers and tomatoes, autumn harvest sauté with whole wheat couscous, honey glazed carrots, herbed roasted potatoes, carved roast beef and carved roast bison, an apple split bar, apples and ice cream with caramel, chocolate, nuts, milk and apple cider. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for children and UMM students without a meal plan, and free for children under five. Tickets can be purchased at the meal or in the Student Center from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 16 and 17, and Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 20 and 21. Live music provided by UMM staff employees, Carol Ford and Colleen Frey, and Jake Rowan. October is Disability Awareness month. To commemorate Disability Awareness and Disability Employment Awareness, Disability Services will host an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. in Briggs Library, room 362. There will be scheduled demonstrations of assistive technology along with other information so attendees can "See How Far We've Come" in the Disability Services area. Please stop in to see the newly remodeled office, witness an assistive technology demonstration and enjoy some refreshments. Don't miss the UMM Dance Ensemble's Fall Recital at 7 p.m. each evening next Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24-25, in Edson Auditorium. Sander L. Gilman, distinguished professor of the arts and sciences and of medicine, and director of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will present the annual Barber Lecture in Literature at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Oyate Hall. Lecture is free and open to the public. One of the most prominent scholars in academe today, Gilman will address "multicultural" literature, a term that is problematic and contested in literary studies, in his speech, titled "Is Multiculturalism Good for the Jews: A Literary View." His approach is linked to his particular perspective as a Germanist and Jewish studies scholar. The Barber Lecture Series is made possible by a gift to UMM from Laird Barber, UMM professor emeritus of English, and the late Dorothy Barber. The lecture is co-sponsored by the German discipline, the International Programs Committee, the German Club and the European Studies major, and the Division of the Humanities.
October 8, 2003
UMM is one of only two colleges in Minnesota designated as one of America's 100 Best College Buys, according to the 13th Annual National College Survey conducted by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. The designation follows closely on the heels of a report by U.S. News & World Report, which named UMM as one of the top three public liberal arts colleges in the nation. UMM was the only public college in the Midwest to which U.S. News afforded this distinction. The University Board of Regents will hold their October meeting on the Morris campus this Thursday and Friday. The board is expected to act on the University's 2004 legislative request. The board will also review the University's six-year capital plan, which includes state and privately funded capital projects for 2004, 2006 and 2008. In other business, the board will consider collective bargaining agreements by the University's two AFSCME technical units and Teamsters local. Employee health care benefits, including financial results for 2002 and 2004-05 projections, will be discussed. Although Regents meetings are open to the public, agendas are pre-set, and visitors will not be invited to speak. The complete board agenda can be found at www.umn.edu/regents. For more information, contact Maggie Larson, ext. 6053. One of Russia's most famous poets, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, will give a public poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in HFA Recital Hall. Yevtushenko will also be available to talk informally in the Humanities Lounge, 105 Humanities building, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. the same day. The presentation is free. Grammy-award winning pianist and composer, George Winston will perform in Edson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, as a part of the 2003-04 Performing Arts Series. Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $4.50 for UMM students. Food shelf donations accepted at the performance. For further information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. The public is invited to "Jazz it up for Lakeside" when the UMM Jazz Ensembles perform during a "Rebuild Lakeside Ballroom" Benefit Dance Saturday, Oct. 18 at Central Square in Glenwood (105 – 2nd Ave NE). The jazz begins at 8 p.m. Or arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and receive free dance lessons courtesy of the UMM Swing Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. For advance tickets, call Central Square ticket office, 320-634-0400. Tickets also available at the door, or from Glenwood State Bank, Eagle Bank, StellaBella Coffee House, and Corner Drug, all of Glenwood. For more information contact Jim Gremmels, ext. 6448. October is Disability Awareness month. To commemorate Disability Awareness and Disability Employment Awareness, Disability Services will host an open house on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. in Briggs Library, room 362. There will be scheduled demonstrations of assistive technology along with other information so attendees can "See How Far We've Come" in the Disability Services area. Please stop in to see the newly remodeled office, witness an assistive technology demonstration and enjoy some refreshments. Science is cool! Does your daughter know it? UMM will again host "Super Saturday Science," a program aimed at encouraging girls' interest in science, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the science building. Super Saturday Science will give girls in grades five, six, seven and eight a chance to explore science with professional women scientists. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with female scientists. To register for Super Saturday Science, you can download the registration form from the Super Saturday Science web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/satsci, or call Margot Rudstrom, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, 320-589-1711. Registration forms can also be obtained from your daughter's science teacher, or at your local public library. There is a $6 (or 2 for $10) registration fee. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the fee by contacting Margot Rudstrom at 320-589-1711. The deadline for registering is October 15. Read the entire news story at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php>. Special group ticket rates are available for the UMM theater production of "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." This comedic murder mystery, produced in collaboration with the UMM music discipline, will be performed November 5 - 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on November 8 at 2 p.m. Ticket prices for "Drood" are $9 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. Special discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information and advanced ticket sales, call the theater box office at ext. 6249, or e-mail at thrpub@mrs.umn.edu.
October 1, 2003
A presentation on the current phenomenon surrounding the planet Mars, "Mars: Beyond Opposition," will be given at 8 p.m. TONIGHT (Wednesday, Oct. 1), in the Science Auditorium. Discussion is sponsored by the UMM physics discipline and is free. Physics faculty, Gordon McIntosh and Christopher Reese, will discuss Mars' close approach to Earth as well as recent spacecraft exploration of the red planet's surface. Following the discussion, the public will be invited to a telescope viewing of Mars and Uranus. The public is invited to view a broadcast of the annual State of the University Address. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the address, which will be broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to the Morris campus Science Auditorium, Room 2950 Science, beginning at 3 p.m. TOMORROW (Thursday, Oct. 2). Bruininks will discuss the current condition, challenges, achievements and future of the university as well as his priorities, including a number of new interdisciplinary academic areas of focus, and the challenges ahead. Following the address, members of the campus communities of all University campuses may ask questions of President Bruininks. The UMM TREC (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) Program will host Storytime at the Library on Saturday, Oct. 4. Tutors will share stories and activities with children of all ages from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the children's section of the Morris Public Library. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact TREC Program Coordinator Sue Dieter at 589-4394. Dr. Martin J. Klein, Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus of Physics and the History of Science at Yale University, will deliver the 2003 O. T. Driggs Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the HFA Recital Hall. Dr. Klein's topic is "Bohr and Einstein: A Study in Contrasts." His discoveries in physics included major contributions to the study of statistical mechanics and the magnetization of thin films. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will hold their October meeting on the Morris campus October 9-10. Although Regents meetings are open to the public, they have pre-set agendas and visitors will not be invited or allowed to speak. Agenda is as follows: Thursday: 10:30 am, Recital Hall, Facilities Committee 2 pm, Recital Hall, Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Committee 2 pm, Black Box Theatre, Finance & Operations Committee 6:45 pm, Oyate Hall, Community Invitational Dinner. Friday: 7:30 am, TMC, breakfast with student leaders and representatives 9 am, Oyate Hall, Board of Regents Meeting. For more information, contact Maggie Larson, ext. 6053. Grammy-award winning pianist and composer, George Winston will perform in Edson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, as a part of the 2003-04 Performing Arts Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $4.50 for UMM students. For further information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. Primary funding for the Performing Arts Series is provided by the University of Minnesota, Morris students. The series is made possibly by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature. In addition, this series is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The public is invited to "Jazz it up for Lakeside" when the UMM Jazz Ensembles perform during a "Rebuild Lakeside Ballroom" Benefit Dance Saturday, Oct. 18 at Central Square in Glenwood (105 – 2nd Ave NE). The jazz begins at 8 p.m.. Or arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and receive free dance lessons courtesy of the UMM Swing Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. For advance tickets, call Central Square ticket office, 320-634-0400. Tickets also available from Glenwood State Bank, Eagle Bank, StellaBella Coffee House, and Corner Drug, all of Glenwood. For more information contact Jim Gremmels, ext. 6448. Discover a "classic" movie-viewing experience during the Morris Classic Film Festival to be held at the Morris Theatre October 23-26. The fifth annual Festival, sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Films Committee, will again offer movies "as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen, in all their glory." For a complete lineup of films visit: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Films/index.shtml>. Contact Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information. Science is cool! Does your daughter know it? UMM will again host "Super Saturday Science," a program aimed at encouraging girls' interest in science, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the science building. Super Saturday Science will give girls in grades five, six, seven and eight a chance to explore science with professional women scientists. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with female scientists. To register for Super Saturday Science, you can download the registration form from the Super Saturday Science web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/satsci, or call Margot Rudstrom, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, 320-589-1711. Registration forms can also be obtained from your daughter's science teacher, or at your local public library. There is a $6 (or 2 for $10) registration fee. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the fee by contacting Margot Rudstrom at 320-589-1711. The deadline for registering is October 15. Read the entire news story at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php>. The audience is literally drawn into the action as the UMM theater season opens with Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," adapted by Rupert Holmes. This Tony Award-winning musical has a choose-your-own ending twist in which audience members cast their votes to determine the outcome of the musical. The solution to "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" can be different for each performance, which means that the musical is full of surprises, even upon second or third viewings. This comedic murder mystery, produced in collaboration with the UMM music discipline, will be performed November 5 - 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on November 8 at 2 p.m. A large cast of characters and rousing song and dance numbers provide fun for the entire family. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Ray Schultz with set and lighting design by Professor of Theatre Tap R. Payne. Musical direction is provided by UMM Assistant Professors of Music Hope Koehler (vocal direction) and Clifford Panton, Jr. (orchestra). Ticket prices for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" are $9 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. Special discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Prices for other theater season offerings, "The Shadow Box" and "The Hobbit," will be announced later in the season. For more information and advanced ticket sales, call the theater box office at ext. 6249, or e-mail at thrpub@mrs.umn.edu.
September 24, 2003
"We won this not so much for ourselves, but for all those Cougar football athletes who have played for the past four years and not experienced a win," said Cougar Football Head Coach Ken Crandall. The Cougars did win on Saturday, 61-28, over Principia College. The win snapped a 46-game losing streak - an NCAA Division II record - - and also made history as the first game and first win in the UMAC conference. Records set: Donnay Green set a UMM single game rushing record with 243 yards on 34 carries, also a single game record. The Cougars nearly had three players rush for at least 100 yards for the first time ever as Jordan Roman added 104 yards on just five carries, and Vaughn Ginnett had 99 yards on 11 carries. UMM had 614 yards in total offense for the game, a single game record, with 471 yards on the ground. Further checking will have to be done, but that may also be a single game record. Cougar football received media coverage on their win, to date, on KSAX-TV, Alexandria St. Paul Pioneer Press and CBSSportsline.com. The Cougars are at home for Homecoming 2003 this Saturday when they host Carthage College at Cougar Field. Kick off is at 1 p.m. Playing in their first ever UMAC conference golf championship, UMM walked away with the 2003 title over the weekend at the New Ulm Country Club.Two- day team total 630, 28 shots ahead of Northwestern College with a 658. Cougars also boasted the individual medallist as well as senior Paul Martin shot a 144 over the two days. Freshman Luke Martin (third place) and Dan Copperud (fourth place) were named All-Conference. The Korean Economic Institute Seminar, "Is a Second Korean War Looming? Bush's War on Terrorism and North Korea," will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 25, in the Cougar Room, Oyate Hall. Free and open to the public. Four renowned specialists will talk about Bush's war on terrorism and North Korea's nuclear crisis. A question-and-answer session will follow. Presenters will be: Mimi Frenier, UMM professor of history: "The Vietnam War and the Iraq War: Does History Repeat Itself?" Peter Beck, Korea Economic Institute, Washington, D.C.: "Bush's Policy on North Korea" Kwang-Il Baek, Department of Political Science, Inha Univ., Korea (currently Georgetown Univ.): "North Korea's Nuclear Crisis: A South Korean Perspective and "The Famine in North Korea" speaker is yet to be determined. Seung-Ho Joo, UMM associate professor of political science, will serve as the moderator. International Relations Club will co-sponsor. Homecoming 2003: "A Tropical Luau-The Three Hour Tour," is this weekend! Homecoming week gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 (today), with a Recognition and Pep Fest in Edson Auditorium. Members of UMM student organizations will be recognized as the homecoming court and athletic teams will be introduced. Alumni events begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with an Awards Dinner and the Alumni Association annual meeting in Turtle Mountain Cafe in the Student Center. John Dayton '68 will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, given to honor UMM alumni who have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, to public service, or in service to the University, thus reflecting favorably upon UMM. The public is invited to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner. Tickets are $15 per person and may be reserved by calling the UMM Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 6066. Deadline for making dinner reservations is September 22. Cougar Quad Run is Saturday, Sept. 27 start time is 9 a.m. Event is a 3.5 mile run/jog/walk. Also on Saturday, Homecoming Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Basil Meyer '87, 2003 NSIC Hall of Fame Inductee, will serve as the parade's grand marshal. The Cougars will take the field versus Carthage College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Meyer will be honored with a special half-time presentation. Concert Band and Concert Choir Concert (HFA Recital Hall) and Volleyball Alumni Match (P.E. Center), both at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Visit the UMM web calendar or the Alumni Relations Homecoming web site for Homecoming updates. NBC News senior correspondent Fred Francis will open the 2003-04 CAC Convocations Lecture series in Edson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 29. This event is free and open to the public. A presentation on the current phenomenon surrounding the planet Mars, "Mars: Beyond Opposition," will be given at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Science Auditorium. Discussion is sponsored by the UMM physics discipline and is free. Physics faculty, Gordon McIntosh and Christopher Reese, will discuss Mars' close approach to Earth as well as recent spacecraft exploration of the red planet's surface. Following the discussion, the public will be invited to a telescope viewing of Mars and Uranus. The public is invited to view a broadcast of the annual State of the University Address. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the address, which will be broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to the Morris campus Science Auditorium, Room 2950 Science, beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. Following the address, there will be time allotted for questions, during which members of the campus communities of all University campuses may ask questions of President Bruininks. Dr. Martin J. Klein, Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus of Physics and the History of Science at Yale University, will deliver the 2003 O. T. Driggs Distinguished Lecture , at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the HFA Recital Hall. Dr. Klein's topic is "Bohr and Einstein: A Study in Contrasts." The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. Recycle your books by donating them for the Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates, the Friends of the Library Book Sale. The Library Circulation Desk will accept book donations through October 16. Sale will be from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on the Plaza between the Library and the Student Center. For more information about the Book Sale or the Briggs Associates, call Anne Schwaller at 589-8812 or LeAnn Dean at ext. 6226. The audience is literally drawn into the action as the UMM theater season opens with Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," adapted by Rupert Holmes. This Tony Award-winning musical has a choose-your-own ending twist in which audience members cast their votes to determine the outcome of the musical. The solution to "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" can be different for each performance, which means that the musical is full of surprises, even upon second or third viewings. This comedic murder mystery, produced in collaboration with the UMM music discipline, will be performed November 5 - 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on November 8 at 2 p.m. A large cast of characters and rousing song and dance numbers provide fun for the entire family. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Ray Schultz with set and lighting design by Professor of Theatre Tap R. Payne. Musical direction is provided by UMM Assistant Professors of Music Hope Koehler (vocal direction) and Clifford Panton, Jr. (orchestra). Ticket prices for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" are $9 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. Special discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Prices for other theater season offerings, "The Shadow Box" and "The Hobbit," will be announced later in the season. For more information and advanced ticket sales, call the theater box office at ext. 6249, or e-mail at thrpub@mrs.umn.edu.
September 17, 2003
The Morris Campus Student Association (MCSA) and UMM administration will sponsor an open forum on the decisions made regarding the wrestling program at UMM from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 (tonight), in Edson Auditorium. Chancellor Sam Schuman, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy and Athletic Director Mark Fohl will present relevant information. There will also be time for questions and answers and for the campus community to share their reactions to this decision. Any additional questions can be directed to the MCSA at ummmcsa@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6086 and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at olsonloy@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6013. The Women's Resource Center will sponsor Take Back the Night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Black Box Theatre. [PLEASE NOTE VENUE CHANGE]. Take Back the Night is an international tradition, at which cities around the world seek to end all forms of violence against women and stop the oppression of women. Speakers, poems, skits, songs, and time for victims (or those affected by domestic violence) to tell their story will be part of the program. The event will be followed by a march throughout the Morris community and will return to campus. Continuing Education will sponsor two workshops for area human service professionals this Friday, Sept. 19, at the WCROC. The morning session features Tammy Faux speaking on "Interviewing and Assessing Basics" Faux is a CE lecturer in Social Work and Coordinator of the UMM Commission on Women. In the afternoon Dr. Ron Rooney, Professor of Social Work-UMTC and author of several books, will present "Interviewing Reluctant and Involuntary Clients." Fifty participants from area human service agencies are scheduled to the attend the workshops. For more information contact Continuing Education, UMM, 589-6450. Public opening reception for the Gallery exhibit by The American Watercolor Society is 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, in the HFA Gallery. The Society's Traveling Show, consisting of 40 paintings executed by artists from all corners of the United States, will exhibit September 20 - October 31. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. The Korean Economic Institute Seminar, "Is a Second Korean War Looming? Bush's War on Terrorism and North Korea," will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 25, in the Cougar Room, Oyate Hall. Free and open to the public. Four renowned specialists will talk about Bush's war on terrorism and North Korea's nuclear crisis. A question-and-answer session will follow. Presenters will be: Mimi Frenier, UMM professor of history: "The Vietnam War and the Iraq War: Does History Repeat Itself?" Peter Beck, Korea Economic Institute, Washington, D.C.: "Bush's Policy on North Korea" Kwang-Il Baek, Department of Political Science, Inha Univ., Korea (currently Georgetown Univ.): "North Korea's Nuclear Crisis: A South Korean Perspective and "The Famine in North Korea" speaker is yet to be determined. Seung-Ho Joo, UMM associate professor of political science, will serve as the moderator. International Relations Club will co-sponsor. Alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of UMM are invited to get into the spirit of Homecoming 2003: "A Tropical Luau-The Three Hour Tour," September 24 through 28. Homecoming week gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at with a Recognition and Pep Fest in Edson Auditorium. Members of UMM student organizations will be recognized as the homecoming court and athletic teams will be introduced. Alumni events begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with an Awards Dinner and the Alumni Association annual meeting in Turtle Mountain Cafe in the Student Center. John Dayton '68 will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, given to honor UMM alumni have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, to public service, or in service to the University, thus reflecting favorably upon UMM. The public is invited to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner. Tickets are $15 per person and may be reserved by calling the UMM Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 6066. Deadline for making dinner reservations is September 22. Cougar Quad Run is Saturday, Sept. 27 start time is 9 a.m. Event is a 3.5 mile run/jog/walk. Also on Saturday, Homecoming Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Basil Meyer '87, 2003 NSIC Hall of Fame Inductee, will serve as the parade's grand marshal. The Cougars will take the field versus Carthage College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Meyer will be honored with a special half-time presentation. Concert Band and Concert Choir Concert (HFA Recital Hall) and Volleyball Alumni Match (P.E. Center), both at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Visit the UMM web calendar or the Alumni Relations Homecoming web site for Homecoming updates. The public is invited to a presentation on the current phenomenon surrounding the planet Mars, "Mars: Beyond Opposition," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Science Auditorium. Discussion is sponsored by the UMM physics discipline and is free. Physics faculty, Gordon McIntosh and Christopher Reese, will discuss Mars' close approach to Earth as well as recent spacecraft exploration of the red planet's surface. Following the discussion, the public will be invited to a telescope viewing of Mars and Uranus. Recycle your books by donating them for the Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates, the Friends of the Library Book Sale. Sale will be held from noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, on the Plaza between the Library and the Student Center. The Library Circulation Desk will accept book donations through October 16. For more information about the Book Sale or the Briggs Associates, call Anne Schwaller at 589-8812 or LeAnn Dean at ext. 6226.
September 10, 2003
For the second time in as many weeks, UMM has received acclaim in a national publication. UMM is one of the best schools in the Midwest, says The Princeton Review's guide to The Best Midwestern Colleges. The publication, which showcases the top schools in 11 states, based its assessment on academic excellence within the region and an anonymous survey of UMM's students. Overall, the student survey indicated that UMM is well managed, classes are small, and faculty are good teachers. UMM has been selected by the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) to receive a Series Presenter grant of $7,575 for the upcoming 2003-04 Performing Arts Series. UMM was one of only 10 organizations to receive a Series Presenter's grant. The MSAB grants support a series of public performances, exhibitions, or screenings in the visual, performing, or literary arts. The Heartland Arts Fund, a joint venture of Arts Midwest and Mid-America Arts Alliance, along with the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts, has granted UMM an award of $2,100 in support of the Koresh Dance Company who will perform at UMM November 22 as part of this year's Performing Arts Series. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Minnesota State Arts Board with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors. Derk Pereboom, professor of philosophy at the University of Vermont, will present "Free Will, Evil, and Divine Providence" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in First Lutheran Church as the first speaker of the 28th annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium. This year's theme is Philosophy of Religion: Body and Soul. Pereboom will also present a paper,"Meaning in Life Without Free Will," earlier the same day at 2:30 p.m. in the Prairie Lounge, UMM Student Center. Visionary performing artist Michael Moschen will open the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series season at 7:30 p.m. September 20 in Edson Auditorium with a performance that will captivate the entire family. Workshop with Moschen, "Math, Physics and the Arts," at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Edson. Workshop is free and open to the public students of all ages with interest in math, physics and the arts are especially encouraged to attend. For series tickets and a complete Performing Arts Series season schedule, call Student Activities, ext. 6080, or visit the Performing Arts Series web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts/. The American Watercolor Society was founded in 1866, the same year that Venice became a part of Italy. The Society's Traveling Show, consisting of 40 paintings executed by artists from all corners of the United States, is the next exhibit September 20 - October 31 in the HFA Gallery. A public opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, in the HFA Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. Pianist Anna Klein will perform a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Recital Hall. Klein was a semifinalist in the Stravinsky International Piano Competition and the recipient of the Hesse Memorial Scholarship. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in New York and New Jersey. Klein made her New York recital debut at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in 2002. Currently she is working with the Delicato Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of new works by commissioned composers and lesser-known works in the repertoire, in addition to music educational outreach in elementary and high schools. Alumni, faculty and friends of UMM are invited to get into the spirit of Homecoming 2003: "A Tropical Luau-The Three Hour Tour," September 24 through 28. Homecoming week gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at with a Recognition and Pep Fest in Edson Auditorium during which members of UMM student organizations will be recognized as the homecoming court and athletic teams will be introduced. Alumni events begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with an Awards Dinner and the Alumni Association annual meeting in Turtle Mountain Cafe in the Student Center. John Dayton '68 will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, given to honor UMM alumni have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, to public service, or in service to the University, thus reflecting favorably upon UMM. The public is invited to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner. Tickets are $15 per person and may be reserved by calling the UMM Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 6066. Deadline for making dinner reservations is September 22. The Homecoming Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Basil Meyer '87, 2003 NSIC Hall of Fame Inductee, will serve as the parade's grand marshal. The Cougars will take the field versus Carthage College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Meyer will be honored with a special half-time presentation. Concert Band and Concert Choir Concert (HFA Recital Hall) and Volleyball Alumni Match (P.E. Center), both at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Visit the UMM web calendar or the Alumni Relations Homecoming web site for more Homecoming details. The public is invited to a presentation on the current phenomenon surrounding the planet Mars, "Mars: Beyond Opposition," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Science Auditorium. Discussion is sponsored by the UMM physics discipline and is free. Physics faculty, Gordon McIntosh and Christopher Reese, will discuss Mars' close approach to Earth as well as recent spacecraft exploration of the red planet's surface. Following the discussion, the public will be invited to a telescope viewing of Mars and Uranus. Mark your calendars for the annual State of the U Address, to be given October 2 by U President Robert Bruininks. The address will be broadcast to the Morris campus beginning at 3 p.m. in the Science Auditorium.
September 3, 2003
Students, staff and faculty and their families are invited to the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Sept. 4) at East Side Park, East Seventh Street in Morris. This annual event is designed to welcome new and welcome back returning residents to the Morris community, including UMM students, faculty and staff. Free light supper, entertainment and prizes, courtesy of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, the City of Morris, and Morris businesses. Those who wish are welcome to bring a vegetarian item to be grilled for you. TREC (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) Program invites children and families to Storytime at the Library on Saturday, Sept. 6. Enjoy stories and activities from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the children' s section of the Morris Public Library. UMM Professor Stephen Burks will be the reader for September. Tim Poore will interpret the books using American Sign Language. Call TREC Coordinator Sue Dieter at 589-4394 with questions. Professor Derk Pereboom, professor of philosophy at the University of Vermont, will present "Free Will, Evil, and Divine Providence" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in First Lutheran Church as the first speaker of the 28th annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium. This year's theme is Philosophy of Religion: Body and Soul. Pereboom will also present a paper,"Meaning in Life Without Free Will," earlier the same day at 2:30 p.m. in the Prairie Lounge, UMM Student Center. Ranked as one of the world's leading jugglers and described by New York magazine as "poetry in Moschen," visionary performing artist Michael Moschen will open the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series season on September 20 with a performance that will captivate the entire family. "…calling him a juggler is a little like calling Michelangelo a stonecutter or Mozart a piano player…" said Newsday. Workshop with Moschen, "Math, Physics and the Arts," at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Edson Auditorium. Workshop is free and open to the public students of all ages with interest in math, physics and the arts are especially encouraged to attend. For series tickets and a complete Performing Arts Series season schedule, call Student Activities, ext. 6080, or visit the Performing Arts Series web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts/. "NBC News" correspondent and Iraq War embedded reporter, Fred Francis, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in Edson Auditorium as the opening speaker for this year's CAC Convocations lecture series. Presentation is free and open to the public. For most of his 28 years with "NBC News," Francis has focused on national security, military and diplomatic issues, primarily for the "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw." He was NBC's principal reporter during the 1991 Gulf War. Earlier in his NBC career, he served as correspondent in Latin America, Central Europe and the U.S. State Department. For a complete Convocations schedule, visit http://www.mrs.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Convos/.
August 27, 2003
UMM has been named one of the top three public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2004 rankings of America's Best Colleges. UMM was the only public college in the Midwest to achieve this status. The number three national ranking is one step higher than last year's U.S. News ranking, and two higher than the 2002 rankings. Other public colleges included in the top five listing of public liberal arts colleges were: Virginia Military Institute, St. Mary's College of Maryland, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. UMM was one of 21 public liberal arts colleges chosen for the "America's Best Colleges" national liberal arts list, which numbers 217. Among criteria that the rankings considered, 98 percent of UMM's faculty are full-time, and only 6 percent of its classes number more than 50 students. Sixty-eight percent of the courses have fewer than 20 students. Student to faculty ratio at UMM is 14:1. With 44 percent of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their class, UMM occupies the third highest ranking in its tier. Freshman academic profile is a key quality indicator, which UMM has consistently demonstrated throughout its 40-year history.  "A powerful finish to a remarkable campaign," is how Chancellor Sam Schuman describes the recent conclusion of a multi-year fundraising campaign to benefit UMM students, faculty, and staff. As part of the all University of Minnesota's Campaign Minnesota, UMM has raised over $9.5 million in private gifts from donors in its first-ever comprehensive campaign, surpassing its original campaign goal by 160 percent. The Campaign Minnesota grand total will be announced at a press conference at 11 a.m. on September 10 in the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. "We have seen UMM make its case for philanthropy in a way that no one imagined," stated Schuman. "Funds from the campaign will enable us to increase scholarships, promote staff development, and help faculty have the needed tools to do their best teaching and research." Vice Chancellor for External Relations Maddy Maxeiner said the campaign total includes over $3.6 million for scholarships, $2.5 million for academic program support, and nearly $1.4 million for faculty and staff support. One million dollars from private agencies and foundations are also counted in the total. The total includes gifts, pledges, and bequests for both endowed and expendable funds. In the Gallery through September 12, 2003-2004 Preview Exhibition previews the upcoming exhibitions for the fall and spring semesters, while also exhibiting pieces from the UMM Permanent Art collection. Students, staff and faculty are invited to the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 4, at East Side Park, East Seventh Street in Morris. [NOTE: This is a separate event from this week's area churches-sponsored picnic.] This annual event is designed to welcome new and welcome back returning residents to the Morris community, including UMM students, faculty and staff. Free food, fun, entertainment and prizes, courtesy of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, the City of Morris, and Morris businesses. A vegetarian entrée will not be offered however, those who wish are welcome to bring a vegetarian item to be grilled for you. Ranked as one of the world's leading jugglers and described by New York magazine as "poetry in Moschen," visionary performing artist Michael Moschen will open the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series season on September 20 with a performance that will captivate the entire family. "…calling him a juggler is a little like calling Michelangelo a stonecutter or Mozart a piano player…" said Newsday. Moschen will also facilitate a workshop, "The Creative Process: Math, Science and the Arts," on Friday, Sept. 19. For series tickets and a complete Performing Arts Series season schedule, call Student Activities, 320-589-6080, or visit the Performing Arts Series web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Arts/. "NBC News" correspondent and war with Iraq embedded reporter, Fred Francis, will open the annual Convocations Series September 29, 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. For most of his 28 years with "NBC News," Francis has focused on national security, military and diplomatic issues, primarily for the "NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw." He was NBC's principal reporter during the 1991 Gulf War. Earlier in his NBC career, he served as correspondent in Latin America, Central Europe and the U.S. State Department. For a complete Convocations schedule, visit http://www.mrs.umn.edu/stuorgs/CAC/Convos/. Convocations are free and open to the public. Discover a "classic" movie-viewing experience during the Morris Classic Film Festival to be held at the Morris Theatre October 23-26. The fifth annual Festival is sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Films Committee. Offerings include: Thursday October 23 7pm - Funny Face (C,1957) Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Friday October 24 7pm - The Maltese Falcon (B&W,1941) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Saturday October 25 2pm - The Wizard of Oz (C and B&W,1940) Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. Saturday October 25 9pm - The Bicycle Thief (B&W,1949) Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell, Enzo Staiola and Elena Altieri. Sunday October 26 7pm - Lifeboat (B&W,1944) Alfred Hitchcock directs Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix and Walter Slezak. For ticket information, contact Student Activities, 320-589-6080. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a superior blend of music and drama in a unique collaboration between the theater and music disciplines, will open the 2003-2004 play performance season. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-8, in the Proscenium Theatre. Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Special group rates will be offered for groups of 10 or more at $7 per ticket for adults and $5 per ticket for students and senior citizens. In order to take advantage of this discount offering, tickets for "Drood" must be ordered in advance. Contact Ray Schultz at 320-589-6267 or e-mail schultzr@mrs.umn.edu/.
August 6, 2003
In a budget-driven move, UMM has announced that it will eliminate wrestling for men and women effective with the 2004-05 academic year, and add the sport of women's swimming. "During this biennium we will continue to see the impact of recent state reductions in University operating budgets as we work to cut $1.5 million dollars from UMM's $26 million base budget," said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandra Olson-Loy. "This difficult decision addresses the need to reduce expenditures while strengthening our core." Full news story at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php/. The Getty Grant Program has awarded $180,000 to UMM for the development of a preservation plan for the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District (WCSA). One of the most intact examples of a residential agriculture high school still standing in the U.S., the WCSA was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2003. The historic district nomination brings with it a challenge to preserve, and, when possible, rehabilitate the historic landscapes and buildings within the district. The 18-month project will be conducted by a team of historic preservation planners, architects, landscape architects, education professionals, students, UMM building and grounds staff, and UMM administration. The Getty Grant Program has awarded grants to support the architectural preservation needs of historic buildings, sites and landscapes on college and university campuses across the U.S. as part of its Campus Heritage Preservation Initiative. The initiative provides funds for activities that help colleges and universities identify, assess and plan for the preservation of their significant historic resources. Full news story at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php/. Stop by the UMM booth at the Stevens County Fair this week, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 7-10. Located along with other regional exhibits in the Lee Community Center, the UMM exhibit will feature a display of area students who attend UMM. UMM will also be represented along with other U campuses at the U of M exhibit during the Minnesota State Fair, August 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1. About 22 new faculty and administrative staff will join returning students, staff and faculty for the 2003-2004 academic year. Faculty will return to campus on Monday, Aug. 11. All faculty and staff are invited to the opening convocation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in HFA Recital Hall. New Student Orientation runs August 21-24. Morris downtown businesses will join UMM booth exhibits in Oyate Hall on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 3-4:30 p.m. (Note new time and location.) Also on Thursday, faculty, staff & families are welcome to attend the UMM Community Picnic on the Campus Mall, 5-6:30 p.m. Student Activities Fair will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the Food Service building. Fall semester classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25. For complete August 2003 schedule visit http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/acad_affairs/Aug03Schedule.html/. The HFA Gallery presents HIP 2003: Cast Metal Exhibition through August 8. Arranged in conjunction with the ninth annual Herman Iron Pour August 6-10 at Niemackl Lake Park near Herman, Minnesota, the exhibition showcases a wide variety of artists, styles, techniques and metals, all celebrating the process and artistic expression of cast metal sculpture. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibition during regular Gallery hours from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and to attend the closing reception on August 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. The First Year Seminar will hold its beginning of the year Convocation at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in Edson Auditorium. The invited speaker will be Bill Holm, Minnesota author, poet and musician. All freshman and FYS faculty are expected to attend. Students, staff and faculty are invited to the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at East Side Park, East Seventh Street in Morris. This annual event is designed to welcome new and welcome back returning residents to the Morris community. It's also an opportunity for all members of the Morris community to meet and greet one another. Free food, fun, entertainment and prizes will be offered, courtesy of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, the City of Morris, and Morris businesses. A vegetarian entrée will not be offered however, those who wish are welcome to bring a vegetarian item to be grilled for you. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," a superior blend of music and drama in a unique collaboration between the theater and music disciplines, will open the 2003-2004 play performance season. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-8, in the Proscenium Theatre. Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Special group rates will be offered for groups of 10 or more at $7 per ticket for adults and $5 per ticket for students and senior citizens. In order to take advantage of this discount offering, tickets for "Drood" must be ordered in advance. Contact Ray Schultz at ext. 6267 or e-mail schultzr@mrs.umn.edu/.
July 2, 2003
The J. Paul Getty Charitable Trust has awarded $180,000 through its Getty Grant Program to UMM for the development of a preservation plan for the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District. One of the most intact examples of a residential agriculture high school still standing in the U.S., the WCSA was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2003. The historic district nomination brings with it a challenge to preserve, and, when possible, rehabilitate the historic landscapes and buildings within the district. While the plan will not change any of the campus' landscapes or buildings, it will create a written preservation reference encompassing the historic district. The plan will help UMM to better understand the original design intent of landscapes and buildings and the changes that have occurred through time, and to formulate practical strategies for preservation. It will set the course for future day to day and long-term activities associated with the District. Aida Martinez has been appointed director of the Minority Student Program. Martinez has served most recently as director of Intercultural Programs at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. Prior to that, she worked at UMM as educational/Gateway coordinator in MSP. Aida earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Michigan State University and her master of science in College Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University. She will be on campus full time beginning in August. Over 100 people attended the First Annual Symposium on Small Towns with the theme Rural Minnesota: A Century of Change. The Symposium was sponsored by the Center for Small Towns and began on June 10 with a concert by Peter Ostroushko and Dirk Freymuth. People from across the state gathered on June 11 to hear presentations by former Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland President of the Blandin Foundation, Paul Olson and others. The Symposium received local and statewide coverage, with reporters from KMRS-KKOK radio, the West Central Tribune in Willmar and Minnesota Public Radio in attendance. Fourth of July Recital at the Conroy house, 605 6-1/2 Street, Hancock, in the alley between the ballpark and main street, after the parade, or approximately 3 p.m. Della Conroy, piano Sara Fleider and Amanda Kent, flute vocalist Jane Mooberry. Art sale with works by Della Conroy, Phyllis Joos, and Hope Zeltwanger The 19th annual Summer Scholars program will be held at UMM from July 13-25. Academically talented high school seniors from the five-state region will stay on campus for two weeks and take one of two offered college classes: either "Human Reproduction & Biotechnology" taught by Van Gooch and Tom Turner or "Writing Workshop: Growing Up American" taught by Roland Guyotte and Dwight Purdy. In addition to a variety of classroom activities, field trips, and guest speakers, students experience the fun of campus life at UMM and get a taste of what college is like. Student assistants for the program are Kevin Ely, Jesse Goembel, Eleanora Hilton and Kristen Kalina. For more information contact Karen Ellis, Continuing Education & Summer Session, x. 6463 elliskj. West Central School of Agriculture alumni will celebrate the school's 93rd anniversary during their annual reunion July 19-20 at UMM. Anyone who attended, worked, or taught at the School from 1910-1963 is invited to attend. Susan Granger '80 will be the featured speaker at the All-School Reunion banquet on July 19. Granger is co-owner, along with Scott Kelly '77, of Gemini Research, the historical research firm that facilitated WCSA and Experiment Station's successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Granger will share information about the nomination process as well as stories she has discovered about campus history. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, contact Pat Gannon, director of alumni relations, at ext. 6067. Full news story on line at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php/. Stevens County Fair is coming August 6-10. Admissions and University Relations are collaborating to create a UMM exhibit to be displayed among other exhibits and booths in the Lee Community Center adjacent to the fairgrounds. Volunteers to oversee the booth will be enthusiastically accepted. Exhibits open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Please contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050 or rileyjk BEFORE August 6 to volunteer for a two-hour slot Thursday-Sunday. Please submit materials to Judy for distribution or for door prize drawings by Monday, Aug. 4. The Center for Small Towns has hired Professor Greg Thorson and several students to survey employers in 12 counties throughout west central Minnesota about health care insurance purchasing trends. The information will guide the Health Care Purchasing Alliance as it seeks to increase health care options for smaller businesses and their employees. "Eventually," Thorson explains, "these businesses will be able to join together and increase their health care purchasing power, resulting in more options and greater affordability. They may even chose to bypass the traditional insurance carriers altogether and contract directly with local healthcare providers." The University's West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is also lending support to the initiative. Production is currently under way on the next season of Prairie Yard and Garden episodes will include growing strawberries, pest management, tree selection, and unusual annuals and perennials. Roger Boleman, director of Media Services (which produces the series in cooperation with Pioneer Public Television), notes that next year's season will reach a potential audience of 16 million viewers: "A minimum of 600,000 people will see the show in the Chicago market alone." UMM is one of the few college campuses in the nation that provides students with the opportunity to work on a nationally-syndicated network television show. There will be no ticketing in the North, Central, East & South Lots, during the summer months, until the beginning of the semester - August 25, 2003. Parking in the RFC Lot will be enforced as will the 20-minute zones.
June 4, 2003
The Minnesota House and Senate have both passed a bonding bill which includes $8,600,000 for UMM for renovating the Social Science Building and improving fire protection systems in three campus residence halls. As WB goes to press, the Governor has not yet signed the bill. TREC Program (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) invites families with children to Storytime at the Library on Saturday, June 7. This extra-special Storytime will feature performances by 7th grade speech students at the Morris Area High School. The students learned about writing and storytelling during an artist residency with Laine Cunningham earlier in the school year. Cunningham's residency was supported by the Lake Region Arts Council and the Morris Friends of the Library. Storytime at the Library will be held from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the childrens' section of the Morris Public Library. If you have any questions, please call Sue Dieter at 589-4394 or Dave Johnson at 589-4400. Seventy junior and senior high school students will be on campus for the annual Henjum Creative Study Institute June 9-20. The two-week summer enrichment program will include classes in Raku, printmaking, photography, web page design, computer art, radio broadcasting, theatre, jazz ensemble, vocal music and creative writing. Contact Jacki Anderson or Karen Johnson, ext. 6450, for further information. Reception for the Brush & Palette Club of Alexandria will be held 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 9, at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 630 Atlantic Ave. Come for refreshments, meet the artists, and have a look at their work. Artists are Susan Engle, Barbara Mateer, Linda Frisell, Doris Judson, Ruth Barsness, June Troje, and Kay Spencer. Their work includes oil, watercolor, collage, mixed media, and water media. For more information, contact Athena Kildegaard, coordinator, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 585-5037. Argie Manolis (English) will read her poetry at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, at Patrick's Cabaret in Minneapolis. The reading is part of a reading series featuring glbt poets of Minnesota. The campus is enthusiastically invited to hear musicians extraordinaire Peter Ostroushko and Dirk Freymuth on the eve of the First Annual Small Towns Symposium, to be held June 10 and 11 at UMM. Evening performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, in Edson Auditorium. Advanced tickets for the performance are available at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue, or the Center for Small Towns office. Tickets are $12 general admission, $8 seniors and those 18 and under, and $6 UMM students. Former music director of "A Prairie Home Companion," Ostroushko has come to be regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. Freymuth performs throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada, playing everything from rock and jazz to medieval and traditional music. Contact Barb Hesse, Center for Small Towns at hessebj@mrs.umn.edu, or ext. 6451 with questions. Complete event agenda available at: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/cst/symposium/agenda.htm/. The University board of regents will hold its annual open forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, to hear comments regarding the University's fiscal year 2004 (July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004) budget. The forum will be held on the Twin Cities campus in the board room, 6th floor, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Minneapolis. At its June 13 meeting the board will review the president's budget recommendations for the biennium. The board is expected to act on the budget at a special meeting on Thursday, June 26, from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Individuals wishing to speak at the forum must sign up by noon June 10, by calling the board office at (612) 625-6300 or writing to: Board of Regents, Suite 600, McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. S.E., Mpls MN 55455. Request must include the speaker's name, home and e-mail addresses, the group represented and/or relationship to the University, if any, and a general presentation topic. Each speaker will be limited to five minutes. If there are more speakers than time allotted, the board will draw up a representative list. Written materials may be submitted to the board office until June 13. Approximately 140 members of The Vegetation Management Association of Minnesota and The Minnesota Association of County Ag Inspectors will participate in a Vegetation Management Education Workshop at UMM June 23-25. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy, along with Morris Mayor Carol Wilcox and WCROC Head Greg Cuomo, will provide the welcome. Associate Professor of Biology Margaret Kuchenreuther will present on the topic, "Prairies and Prairie Restoration in West Central Minnesota." Kuechenreuther's presentation will be at 8:30 a.m. June 24, in Oyate Hall. UMM team members who will participate in the annual Relay for Life on Friday and Saturday, July 18-19, are: Joel Blaha, Nancy Carpenter, Wendel Cox, Anna Dronzek, Jennie Joiner, Ron Kubik, Argie Manolis, Erica Moltzan, Paige Tighe, and Leah Voigt. Donations are being accepted for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Those who wish their donation to go to the team member with the fewest pledges can send donations to Argie Manolis, Humanities Division. There will be no ticketing in the North, Central, East & South Lots, during the summer months, until the beginning of the semester - August 25, 2003. The RFC Lot will be enforced as are the 20 Minute Zones.
April 11, 2007
In this issue: Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Undergraduate Research Symposium