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Vol. I, No. 33: June 16, 2010

Editor: Judy Korn
Please send comments, questions or submissions to the editor. Weekly Bulletin will be published monthly throughout the summer. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, July 13, 2010, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

12th Annual Friends of Cougar Football golf event

Friday, June 25, 2010, 11 a.m.
Pomme de Terre Golf Course, Morris

The 12th Annual Friends of Cougar Football golf event will be held at the Pomme de Terre Golf Course in Morris on Friday, June 25, 2010, with an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Read more »

Morris at the St. Paul Saints—save the date!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010, 4 p.m. tailgating, 7:05 p.m. game
Midway Stadium, St. Paul

The campus community is invited to join the Offices of Admissions and Alumni Relations and Annual Giving for the annual Morris at the St. Paul Saints event on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Midway Stadium. A complimentary tailgating event begins at 4 p.m. The Saints take on the Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants at 7:05 p.m. You may reserve up to four free tickets. Plan to join us for an evening of fun! Watch for an e-mail invitation with RSVP information later in June.

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News and announcements:

Parents and Colleges ranks Morris as a Top 10 Best Value Public University

Parents and Colleges, a resource for parents of college bound students, named Morris as a Top 10 Best Value Public University in a nationwide ranking. The top 10 list was created using quantitative, public information compiled by the United States Department of Education Center for Education Statistics. Read more »

Morris to host Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Professor Marisol Reyes

The United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced that Marisol Reyes, a professor in International Relations and Humanities at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico, has been granted a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Fellowship to teach at the Morris campus during the 2010 fall semester. Read more »

WCSA Alumni Association places plaques on historic district buildings

Plaque on WCSA building

The West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) Alumni Association placed bronze plaques on 13 historic district buildings denoting their WCSA era names. Enjoy the slideshow and read more ».

Fundraiser in memory of Morris student Leann Dick

On Friday, June 25, 2010, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) will host a golf tournament to raise funds for a scholarship established in memory of Leann Dick, a LLTC graduate and a Morris student at the time of her death in December 2009. For details, contact Kyle Erickson at 218-335-4286.

Second Street repairs underway

Street corner sign

As part of the city of Morris’s summer construction projects, Second Street is undergoing a makeover. The construction project will start on the east end of Second Street and finish at its intersection with Columbia Avenue. Read more »

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A paper by Keith Brugger, professor of geology, “Late glacial climate in the southern Sawatch Range and Elk Mountains, Colorado, USA, during the last glacial maximum: inferences using a simple degree-day model,” appeared in the most recent volume (42) of the journal Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research.

May Fly on leaf

A photograph (right) by Tracey Anderson, associate professor of biology, was chosen for the North American Benthological Society and American Society for Limnology and Oceanography’s new calendar. Read more »

David Fluegel, Center for Small Towns, and Jane Leonard, Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc. president, were interview by KWLM, KMRS, KXRA radio stations in conjunction with the 2010 Small Town Symposium. This year’s symposium drew more than 200 participants from throughout Minnesota.

Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty named Lorie Skjerven Gildea ’83 as the state’s next Supreme Court chief justice. Gildea will replace Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, who steps down June 30, 2010. Read more »

Two campus members received 2010 University of Minnesota President’s Outstanding Service Awards. Stephen Granger served from 1960 until his retirement in 1994 as faculty, assistant provost, vice chancellor for student affairs, and special assistant to the dean. Wilbert Ahern, professor of history and American Indian studies and former Division of the Social Science chair, served from 1967 until his retirement this spring. Read more »

Burks at museum

Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management and Truckers and Turnover Project organizer, presented some of the project team’s research on social preferences at the Behavioral Decision Making Research in Management conference at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh in June 2010. Co-authors of the work presented include Matthew Bombyk ’10, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Derek Ganzhorn ’09, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Burks reports that a highlight was that the conference dinner held at the Andy Warhol Museum.

Congratulations to faculty who received promotions this spring. Arne Kildegaard, economics and management, and Carol Marxen, education, were promoted to full professor. Joe Alia, chemistry, Sylke Boyd, physics, Jennifer Deane, history, Julie Eckerle, English, Becca Gercken, English, Michael Lackey, English, and Brook Miller, English, were promoted to associate professor with tenure.

Echoes of Cry of the Marsh, a documentary produced by Media Services, aired on the Minnesota Channel in June 2010.

The Morris campus and its renewable/sustainable partners presented at the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace (MNREM) Renewable Energy Showcase in June 2010. Read more »

Paula O’Loughlin, professor of political science, was interviewed by Eric Roper of the Star Tribune for a story on the Minnesota political campaigns and by Esme Murphy for her Saturday night WCCO AM show in May 2010.

Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities, presented at an American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) webinar on Financing Sustainability Projects on University and College Campuses in May 2010. He spoke on using renewable energy to manage carbon.

Roger Rose, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed by KMRS for a story on the Tea Party movement.

Congratulations to the 2010 Spring Break Photo Contest winners: First Naomi Wente, second Biology 2151 students, and third the Concert Choir. View all the great entries.