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Vol. I, No. 34: July 14, 2010

Editor: Christine Mahoney
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, August 17, 2010, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

West Central School of Agriculture Alumni All-School Reunion

Saturday, July 17 and Sunday, July 18, 2010
University of Minnesota, Morris

West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) alumni and friends will gather on campus to celebrate their annual summer reunion this weekend. In addition to celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the WCSA, special reunions will be held for the classes of 1945, 1947, 1950, 1955, and 1960. Alumni and staff will celebrate by dedicating the historic buildings plaque project, previewing the 2010 campus documentary, taking walking and bus tours, reminiscing, and more!

Visitors in WCROC garden

WCROC Horticulture Night

Thursday, Jul. 29, 2010
5-9 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticultural Gardens

Stop by the Morris campus booth during the annual WCROC Horticulture Night. This annual event provides tours of the University of Minnesota's Horticultural Gardens. Activities include: discussions on various gardening topics, gardening demonstrations, games in the Children's Garden, a picnic dinner, and much more. Area businesses, nurseries, and gardening organizations will also be on hand to display their wares and services.

Stevens County Fair

Wednesday, August 11 through Sunday, August 15, 2010
Stevens County Fairgrounds

The University of Minnesota, Morris will once again have a booth at the Stevens County Fair. The Office of University Relations is looking for faculty, staff, and alumni to volunteer their time at the booth. Please contact Melissa Weber, 589-6414 or to volunteer or for more information. This year’s booth theme—2010 Celebration!

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News and announcements:

Truckers & Turnover Project research team hosts special guests on campus

The Truckers & Turnover Project research team hosted post-doctoral fellow Dr. Daniele Nosenzo the week of June 28, 2010. Nosenzo recently received his degree in economics with a focus on experimental work at the University of Nottingham, UK.

Also during the week of June 28, the research team hosted University of California, Berkeley doctoral candidate in economics, Mitch Hoffman, on his second visit to Morris. Hoffman is working on a paper using trucking data, which will be co-authored by one of the research team members. The paper will be used as part of his doctoral dissertation. While at Morris, Hoffman also worked with several University of Minnesota, Morris students.

On Tuesday, July 6, 2010, the research team hosted Dr. Russell Sana, executive director of the division of sleep medicine at the Harvard Medical School (HMS). The team is involved in a yearlong process of developing a major research grant proposal about medical conditions among truckers with the HMS.

Regional Fitness Center entrance detour

map of new access road

Due to the Second Street construction project, a new road has been built that stretches from Columbia Avenue, near the Morris Area Public Schools, to the Regional Fitness Center (RFC) parking lot. Read more »

Alumni Association Book Club announces July reading

The inaugural Morris Alumni and Friends book club has selected Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder for their July reading. Discussion questions will be posted online on July 26, 2010. Join the reading and discussion! For more information please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at or 320-589-6066.

New Student Registration: Thursday, August 5

Welcome to our new students registering for the Fall 2010 semester! Students will complete placement tests for languages and math and will meet with advisers to plan their first semester at Morris. Informational sessions will held for parents. This is a great opportunity to meet and welcome our newest campus community members. For more information contact Assistant Dean Jeff Ratliff-Crain.

International Student Orientation: August 11–22

University of Minnesota, Morris International Student Orientation (ISO) is held prior to New Student Orientation in order for international students to recover from travel, often from across the globe. International Student Orientation also offers sessions that address health and medical insurance issues, programs about cultural adaptation, weather adjustment, and liberal arts education, as well as informational sessions about U.S. systems that many international students are not familiar with or are very different from their home country.

Fall Faculty Development Retreat: Monday, August 16

All instructional faculty are invited to the annual fall retreat, sponsored by the Dean's Office and the Faculty Development Committee. The retreat sessions are designed to provide useful information to improve teaching, research efforts, and demonstrate the linkages between research activities and teaching. For more information contact the Dean’s Office.

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singer and new justice

University of Minnesota, Morris alumna Hon. Lorie Gildea ’83 was sworn in as Minnesota Supreme Court chief justice Monday, July 12, 2010, at the Landmark Center, St. Paul. University of Minnesota, Morris student Gretchen Retka, Fort Ripley, Minnesota, sang the Star Spangled Banner at the opening of the ceremony. Chancellor Jacquie Johnson, Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations Maddy Maxeiner, and Development Office Susan Schmidgall were all in attendance.(photo: Gretchen Retka and Hon. Lorie Gildea)

DigiQuilt software, designed by Kristin Kaster Lamberty, University of Minnesota, Morris assistant professor of computer science and a 2000 graduate, has been chosen as a finalist for the ACM Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) 2010 Learning Challenge sponsored by Disney Research. Read more »

Troy Goodnough, University of Minnesota, Morris sustainability coordinator, and UMM graduate Erika Bailey-Johnson ’99, Bemidji State University sustainability coordinator, presented at the Minnesota Campus Compact’s 2010 Summit on June 17, 2010, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center. Read more »

In the News

Kloos and daughter

Relay for Life: Celebrating…10-year cancer survivor Renee Kloos and her daughter, Mandi, will speak about their family’s battles and celebrations at Stevens County’s Relay for Life on July 16…Morris Sun Tribune Birthdays, Friday, July 9, 2010.

Winds of change: U of M’s Morris campus aims to be energy self-sufficient by end of year…The University of Minnesota Morris campus has always been a green trendsetter: Since 2000, the campus has been a national leader in clean energy and sustainable food initiatives. Now, with the upcoming installation of additional wind turbines, the Minnesota campus aims to set the standards for energy efficiency…, July 7, 2010.

New Supreme Court chief just Lorie Gildea says she’ll fight against partisan judicial elections and for better court funding…Lorie Gildea makes it clear that she will be a vocal force in her new post as chief justice of Minnesota's high court…, July 13, 2010. (Numerous news outlets covered the swearing in of Hon. Lorie Gildea ’83.)