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Vol. 2, No. 2: August 18, 2010

Editor: Judy Korn
Please send comments, questions or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, August 24, 2010, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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

Students eating ice cream

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.

Check out all of the campus events »

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

Wente award-winning photo

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 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.

Read more news »


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

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 »

Professor Eckerle

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.”

student and professor

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.

Professor Schultz

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 »