Vol. I, No. 25: 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
Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit opening and reception
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Gallery
Seventy-eight works of art created by studio art majors and non-art majors are on exhibit in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery through Saturday, April 17, 2010. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010, at 7 p.m. in the gallery. Read more »
Concert Choir West Coast Tour culminates with home concert
Thursday, March 25, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
The Concert Choir performed throughout the West Coast during the 2010 Spring Tour. The tour culminates with a home concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2010, in Recital Hall in Humanities Fine Arts. The concert is free and open to the public. Read more »
Midwest Philosophy Colloquium explores justice and higher education
Friday, March 26, 2010, 3:30 p.m.
Harry Brighouse, professor of philosophy and affiliate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will present “Justice in Higher Education is Your Problem: Administrators, Faculty, and Students as Agents of Change.” For more information, contact Mark Collier. Read more »
World Touch Cultural Heritage Week begins with annual Powwow
Saturday through Thursday, March 27–April 1, 2010
various campus locations
The annual University of Minnesota, Morris CNIA Powwow starts off World Touch Cultural Heritage Week. This year’s theme is “Breaking Barriers Through Laughter.” All events are free and open to all. Read more »
Open meetings with Higher Learning Commission consultant-evaluators
Monday, March 29, 2010, 1:30 p.m. (Faculty)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 10 a.m. (Staff)
Tuesday, March 30, 2010, 3 p.m. (Students)
The University of Minnesota, Morris is in the process of review for its 10-year reaccreditation. Open meetings with the Higher Learning commission consultant-evaluators have been scheduled for March 29 and 30. All meetings are in the Alumni Room.
Monday, March 29, 2010, 5:30–7 p.m.
Morris Senior Center, 603 Oregon Avenue
Morris Community Meal, a collaborative program of the Office of Community Engagement and community partners, continues this spring. Each month, all members of the Stevens County community are invited to enjoy a free-of-charge healthy meal together. The next meal is on Monday, March 29. For more information, contact Matt Johnson at 320-589-3349. Read more »
Former undersecretary of state for political affairs to serve as Jooinn Lee Lecturer
Wednesday, April 7, 2010, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109
Dr. Michael Armacost, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, ambassador to Japan and the Philippines, and Brookings Institution president, will speak on Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109 as the 2010 Jooinn Lee Lecturer. His address, “Shifting Balance in Northeast Asia: Implications for the United States,” is free and open to the public. Read more »
2010 Celebration Jazz Fest scheduled for April 8–10
Thursday through Saturday, April 8–10, 7:30 p.m.
During its 50th birthday year, Morris will celebrate its legacy of great jazz during the 2010 Celebration Jazz Fest. Tickets are available by calling 320-589-6080 or e-mailing. 2010 Jazz Fest features evening performances that include UMM jazz combos, the West Central All Stars, the Alumni Jazz Band, and guest artists Adam Rapa on trumpet, Mike Tucker on saxophone, Jeff Rinear on trombone, and Bill Carrothers on piano. Read more »
News and announcements:
Students, faculty, and staff encouraged to participate in the 2010 Census
On April 1, 2010, all of us at Morris will be counted in the 2010 Census—United States citizens, international students, and other residents. Participation is vital. Census data affects college and university tuition grant and loan programs. It is used to determine representation in the House of Representatives and helps determine federal funding to states and communities. Read more »
Finzel will speak at four public healthcare forums
Bart Finzel, professor of economics and interim director of the Center for Small Towns, will present a survey completed by the West Central Healthcare Purchasing Alliance through the Morris Small Towns Faculty and Student Fellows program. Sponsored by the West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, the forums seek to engage citizens in a dialogue on health care coverage in rural, west-central Minnesota. Read more »
Save the date for Ahern retirement gathering
Bert Ahern, professor of history, will be honored on Monday, May 3, 2010, on campus. Save the date!
May and summer session 2010 registration begins today
Honors Program application deadline today
The Honors Program provides motivated, high-achieving students a distinctive, academically challenging intellectual experience. Successful completion of the interdisciplinary curriculum, team-taught by faculty from across the campus, results in a degree ‘with Honors’ in recognition of the achievement. All students are eligible to apply, usually in the spring of the freshman year. Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. today. Download an application. Read more »
Elementary or secondary education program applicants PRAXIS information
All education applicants must take PRAXIS I-Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test is offered at Morris on Saturday, April 24, 2010. You must register by tomorrow, March 25, 2010. Education students must pass all three PPST areas and all required PRAXIS II sections before a Minnesota teaching license is granted. Contact Counseling or Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office for information on registering immediately.
Young Alumni Service Project at Feed My Starving Children photos
Last week, young alumni packaged meals for the world’s hungriest children at Feed My Starving Children in Coon Rapids. Many of the meals will be sent to Haiti earthquake survivors.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded student-athlete Maddy Gerber ’10, Mahtomedi, a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarship honors students who excel athletically and academically, and demonstrate outstanding citizenship and service to others. Read more »
Maria Brun ’08 received the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Excellent Dissertation Prize for the Development Studies Institute. Read more »
Dr. Richard Wehseler ’91 has been named the 2010 Minnesota Family Physician of the Year by the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians. He states, “UMM has and always will deserve credit for my success and professional development.”
Finance Commerce interviewed Sandy Olson Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, for its story “Colleges design student housing emphasizing eco-friendly features.” Olson-Loy shared information about the planned Green Prairie Living and Learning Community. Read more »
Smashing Magazine included the University of Minnesota, Morris Web site in its recent “Showcase of Academic and Higher Education Websites.” It states, “The University of Minnesota, Morris’s site incorporates a number of small details that give the site its polished look.” The magazine’s main audience is web developers and designers.