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Vol. I, No. 30: April 28, 2010

Editor: Judy Korn
Please send comments, questions or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin is Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Jim Gremmels: Celebration of Life

Gremmels in cap gown

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
PE Center and Edson Auditorium

The campus and community will celebrate the life of the late Jim Gremmels, professor of English and first Cougar basketball coach, on Thursday, April 29, 2010. At 11 a.m., a special program will be held in the PE Center during which the varsity basketball court will be named the Gremmels Court. At 1:30 p.m., a Celebration of Life will be held in Edson Auditorium with friends, family, alumni, and colleagues sharing memories. Read more »

2010 Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner

Thursday, April 29, 2010, 6 p.m.
Oyate Hall

The annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner will be held in Oyate Hall on Thursday, April 29, 2010, to congratulate 2010 award recipients and thank six faculty and staff retirees for their service to the Morris campus. UMMRA will host a pre-dinner reception at LaFave House beginning at 4 p.m. Read more »

Campus Relay For Life

Professor Goodnough

Friday, April 30, 2010, 6 p.m.
Saturday, May. 1, 2010, 6:00 a.m.
Campus Mall

The annual Students Against Cancer Relay for Life will be held on Friday, April 30, 2010. Those wishing to support one of the teams can make a donation online or visit the Relay For Life table in the Student Center, where a photo of Jenn Goodnough, associate professor of chemistry, will illustrate how much hair she has “lost” to date. For every $1,000 raised for the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life, she’ll cut off one inch of her hair. Read more »

Symphonic Winds Concert

Sunday, May. 2, 2010 3 p.m.
Recital Hall

The Symphonic Winds presents its last concert of the 2009–10 season on Sunday, May 2, 2010, at 3 p.m. in Recital Hall. Tickets for the event will be sold at the door or in advance in the Student Center. Read more »

Professor Bert Ahern retirement gathering

Professor Bert Ahern

Monday, May 3, 2010, 4 until 5:30 p.m.
LaFave House

A retirement gathering in honor of Professor Bert Ahern will celebrate his 43 years of service to the University. It will be held on Monday, May 3, 2010, at LaFave House from 4 until 5:30 p.m. Read more »

Bread N’ Bowls

Tuesday, May. 4, 2010, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Morris Area Elementary School

The Bread N’ Bowls fundraiser is scheduled from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at the Morris Area Elementary School. Soups, homemade breads, beverages, and desserts donated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals will be served. Bowls made by UMM ceramics students and Morris Area High School Art Club members are included with the meal purchase. The event supports the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Read more »

Commission on Women Spring Luncheon

Wednesday, May. 5, 2010, 11:30 a.m.
LaFave House

The annual Commission on Women Spring Luncheon will be held at LaFave House on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Contact Sara Haugen for more information.

News and announcements:

Rudney, professor of education, receives the all-University Horace T. Morse Award

Professor Gwen Rudney

Gwen Rudney, professor of education and Division of Education chair, is a 2010 recipient of the all-University Horace T. Morse—University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. The award honors faculty who excel in teaching, research, creative activities, advising, academic program development, and educational leadership. Read more »

Chemistry professors awarded National Science Foundation grant

Chemistry professors

The National Science Foundation awarded chemistry professors Nancy Carpenter, Ted Pappenfus, and Tim Soderberg a $197,146 grant to integrate renewable energy and sustainable chemistry into the undergraduate chemistry curriculum. The University’s Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment also contributed $22,000. Read more »

USA Scholarship recipient announced

Staff and recipient

Nicholas Mooney ’12 received the 2009–10 United Staff Association (USA) Scholarship. Read more »

Invitation to Morris friends to send McGrath ’68 memories for retirement celebration

Gary McGrath ’68, former Morris vice chancellor for student affairs, retires from Arizona State University Polytechnic in May 2010. ASU colleagues are compiling a memory book, and they invite Morris friends and former colleagues to contribute. Send to or Arizona State University, Attn: Carla Mahnke, 5990 South Sterling Mall, Mesa, AZ 85212.

Successful Tinman Spaghetti Feed

The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association sponsored a Tinman Spaghetti Feed the evening before the triathlon for alumni and students who competed the following day.

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Computer science students represented campus well at the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium. Fernando Trinciante ’10 and Isaac Sjoblom ’11 received the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award. The team Kevin Arhelger ’10, Zach Smith ’12, Tim Snyder ’13 received first place in the programming competition, and Eugene Butler ’11, Brian Goslinga ’11, and Chad Seibert ’11 took sixth place. Robotics team Eugene Butler ’11, Chad Seibert ’11, Isaac Sjoblom ’11, and Zach Smith ’12, earned sixth place. Brian Valerius ’11 and Jacob Thebault-Spieker ’11 presented papers. Read more »

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., awarded Julie Eckerle, assistant professor of English, a short-term fellowship for 2010–11. Eckerle also recently attended the Renaissance Society of America conference in Venice, Italy, where she presented a paper, “Maternity and Romance Narratives.”

Literacy Track TREC students are completing a successful first year of a new on-campus children’s literacy program. Read more »

Paula O’Loughlin, professor of political science, was a guest on Esme Murphy’s WCCO radio show on Saturday, April 24, 2010, to discuss the DFL and the DFL convention.

Wyatt Nolan ’11, Prior Lake, presented “Rock Glacier Activity in the Southern Sawatch Range, Colorado,” co-authored with Keith Brugger, professor of geology, at the Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America. Angela Lexvold ’11, Pine Island, and Heidi Anderson ’06 also attended. Read more »

Higher Ed Marketing awarded the Admissions Web site a merit award in the 25th Annual Educational Advertising Awards competition. Congratulations to Admissions and the Web team.

Screen grab of landing page

Congratulations to the International Student Program staff and Web team for completing the new Web site.