Vol. 2, No. 2: 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
Steger Foundation Climate Change Webinar
Thursday, August 12, 2010, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Welcome Center 210
The view-only webinar of the annual Summer Institute on Climate Change Education will address misinformation and education issues. Sponsored on campus by Minnesota GreenCorps, the Office of Sustainability, and Plant Services, the webinar includes free 30–45 minute sessions and presentations by Will Steger, Dr. Naomi Oreskes, and Dr. Mark Seeley.
Office Supplies and Small Equipment Exchange
Thursday, August 19, 2010, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Moccasin Flower Room, Student Center
Bring items to the Moccasin Flower Room between 8:30–9 a.m. before the exchange. Only office supplies and small equipment accepted. Staff and faculty may freely take items that they can use in their offices.
New Student Orientation Fall 2010
Sunday, August 22–Tuesday, August 24, 2010
New students arrive on campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 22. Orientation activities will be held for parents on Sunday and for new students from Sunday through Tuesday, August 24. Fall 2010 classes begin on Wednesday, August 25.
Third Annual First-Year Student Ice Cream Social sponsored by UMMAA
Tuesday, August 24, 2010, 7 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center
The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association welcomes new students to campus with an annual ice cream social in Oyate Hall.
Morris Chamber Community Picnic
Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 5–7 p.m.
Eastside Park, Morris
The campus community is invited to a picnic sponsored by the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture. The event serves as an opportunity for local businesses to welcome new and returning students, as well as extend best wishes for the new academic year to faculty and staff.
News and announcements:
Wyckoff receives National Science Foundation grant to study Minnesota forests
Peter Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, received a National Science Foundation grant of $262,761 for “Life at the margins—impacts of climate change and herbivory on tree population dynamics at the prairie-forest ecotone.” Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, and Janneke HilleRisLambers, University of Washington, Seattle assistant professor of biology, are collaborators. Read more »
Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Marisol Reyes arrives on campus
Marisol Reyes, professor in International Relations and Humanities at the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Querétaro, Mexico, will serve as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Fellow during 2010 fall semester. Read more »
2010 Celebration exhibition opens in HFA Gallery
A 2010 Celebration exhibition that tells the story of the Morris campus through artifacts, photographs, and personal memorabilia opens in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery on Wednesday, August 25, 2010. Read more »
Solvie examines drivers behind the purpose and content of basic education
Pamela Solvie, associate professor of education, received a 2010 Imagine Fund Award for “Local Literacies: Reading and Writing Our Futures.” Her research will take her to Yei, Sudan. Read more »
London professor visits Burks’ Truckers and Turnover research team
The Truckers and Turnover Project research team hosted Dr. Fred Guy, lecturer of management at Birkbeck College, University of London. Guy is co-author with Steve Burks, associate professor of management, on a different trucking research effort. He was on campus to meet the student research team and plan future work.
Naomi Wente ’13 implements international service-learning project
Naomi Wente ’13 and her alumni parents, Mark ’87 and Lori Halverson-Wente ’88, Dodge Center, have been instrumental in planning, implementing, and participating in an international service-learning program in Cambodia. Read more »
New Master Calendar goes live today
The new campus Master Calendar was officially launched today. The new software tool replaces the previous campus calendar and events RSS feed with greater usability and useful new options.
Bands invited to compete for opening spots at Founders Weekend street dance
The 2010 Celebration Committee is sponsoring a contest for two bands to open for Monroe Crossing and the Johnny Holm Band during Founders Weekend festivities. To compete, bands must submit a video featuring original or covered music to firstname.lastname@example.org through August 20, 2010. Read more »
Sign up for the International Student Program’s Adopt-a-Student program
International Students Program invites you to participate in the Adopt-a-Student project to promote and facilitate cross-cultural friendships, to help students adjust to Minnesota living, and to introduce international students to communities. Read more »
GreenCorps accepting applications
Morris juniors and seniors are encouraged to consider applying for the Minnesota GreenCorps Program. The positions are half-time at the Morris campus.
Cyrus Bina, professor of economics and management, was interviewed for the story “What does Iranian scientist’s case mean for jailed U.S. hikers?” published on MinnPost.com.
Joe Carucci, assistant professor of music, composed the theme music for “Postcards,” a new Pioneer Public Television program, and was featured in the first episode. Read more »
Julie Eckerle, left, assistant professor of English, presented “Decoding Dorothy Calthorpe’s Family Romance,” at the International Auto/Biography Association conference at the University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom, in June 2010.
Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions, was interviewed by Prairie Business Magazine for the August 2010 issue story “Enrollment Growth: Universities get creative to boost student population.”
Karsten Maurer ’09, a master of science student in statistics at Iowa State (shown here with Professor Steve Burks), worked with the Truckers and Turnover Project and undergraduate research team members this summer.
Sean Menke ’99, a research fellow at North Carolina State University, was interviewed on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday” in July 2010 for “The Tiny Ant That’s Taking On The Big City.”
Paula O’Loughlin, professor of political science, was a guest of Paul Stagg on his KWLM drive time radio program on August 3, 2010. They discussed the primary and national politics.
Mark Schuller ’96, assistant professor of African American studies and anthropology at York College, City University of New York, conducts field research on internally displaced person (IDP) camps in Haiti. Read his report in the Huffington Post.
An article by Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, “Not Just a Monolith: ‘Class’ Divisions in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion!” was published in American Notes and Queries. In August, he served on a 2010 Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference panel discussing ways to integrate gay and lesbian issues into theatre curriculum. He was also an actor in the ATHE New Playworks Development Program, reading a leading role in Remembering Peter Christopher.
Tisha Turk, assistant professor of English, testified in the United States Copyright Office hearing on proposed Digital Millenium Copyright Act exemptions. Read more »