Vol. 2, No. 5: September 1, 2010
In this issue:
- Andrew Christianson ’04 presents chemistry seminar
- Fulbright reception for Marisol Reyes
- Morris makes Best Colleges list in U.S. News and Forbes rankings
- Inaugural chemistry award recipient Gwen Bitker ’11 experiences the strength of bonds
- Keep an eye out for Jim Hall, new IT director, on campus and in the community
- MHE leader Naomi Wente ’13 facilitates partnership with Pomme de Terre Foods Coop
Demetriou Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar
Thursday, September 2, 2010, 5 p.m.
HFA 6, Humanities Fine Arts
Daniel Demetriou, assistant professor of philosophy, will speak on “The Social Responsibility of Business Executives is to Increase Status.” Refreshments will be served at 4:30 p.m. The presentation begins at 5 p.m. and discussion follows.
Food For Thought Diversity Discussion Series
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, noon
Alumni Room, Oyate Hall, Student Center
All members of the campus community are invited to join in on the Food For Thought diversity discussion held throughout the academic year and sponsored by the Multi-Ethnic Student Program. The series encourages greater understanding of multiculturalism and enhances intercultural competence.
Andrew Christianson ’04 presents chemistry seminar
Tuesday, September 7, 2010, 4 p.m.
Science 1020, Science
Andrew Christianson ’04 will present a chemistry seminar, “HS-Omega-3 Index: From Science to Business,” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, September 7 in Science 1020. Andrew is the chief operating officer for OmegaQuant Analytics of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. All are welcome.
Fulbright Reception for Marisol Reyes
Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 4:30–6 p.m.
Join the campus in welcoming Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence Marisol Reyes to Morris at a reception on Wednesday, September 8 from 4:30 until 6 p.m. at LaFave House.
News and announcements:
Morris makes Best Colleges list in U.S. News and Forbes rankings
U.S. News and World Report and Forbes have released their fall 2010 rankings, and Morris made the “Best College” list in both publications. In addition, Morris was ranked sixth in the Top Public Schools in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category and made the Top 100 list of Best Colleges: Most Students Studying Abroad in U.S. News. Read more »
Inaugural chemistry award recipient Bitker ’11 experiences the strength of bonds
This summer, Gwen Bitker ’11, Le Sueur, explored hydrogen bond strengths in acetic acid dimers. Her research focuses on “why.” Why are some bonds stronger than others? She’s impassioned by the unknown and the discovery process. As the inaugural recipient of the Chemistry Undergraduate Research Fund (CURF) Award, Bitker is conversely energized by a known fact—alumni, faculty, and staff united in their giving to make this research opportunity possible. Read more »
Keep an eye out for Jim Hall, new IT director, on campus and in the community
Jim Hall, new director of information technology (IT), has had his eye on Morris—both the campus and the community—for some time. In his most recent role as senior manager for OIT operations and infrastructure, Twin Cities, Hall partnered with Morris colleagues and learned the campus’s strengths, challenges, and opportunities. He’s excited about the campus’s future and energized by the collaborative spirit he’s experiencing. Read more »
Morris Healthy Eating Initiative leader Naomi Wente ’13 facilitates partnership with Pomme de Terre Foods Coop
Naomi Wente’13, Dodge Center, loves healthy foods, and she’s a perfect fit to serve as a Morris Healthy Eating Initiative (MHE) student leader. She’s a volunteer and member of the Pomme de Terre (PdT) Foods Co-op in Morris and serves on the PdT Board of Directors. Read more »
Final student auditions for fall 2010 theatre production
All students are invited to audition for Art, the 2010 Theatre Discipline fall production directed by Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre. The final audition night is Wednesday, September 1, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. in the Blackbox Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts.
Attention seniors—don’t miss the Senior Meetings!
Senior Meetings will be held the Cougar Room, Oyate Hall, on Tuesday, September 14, 2010, at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 1 p.m. Please attend the day and time that works best for you. Topics include applying for your degree, commencement, employment opportunities, graduate school applications, and alumni information. Contact the Office of the Registrar with questions at 320-589-6031.
David Gustafson interviewed Sam Bruno ’13, Foley, for a story on Quidditch written for ThreeSixty, a Minnesota publication for new teen voices in journalism.
Paul Stagg of KWLM interviewed Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson on the topic of Morris’s rankings in U.S. News and World Report and Forbes. The piece will air on Friday, September 3, 2010, at 5:20 p.m. on KWLM 1340 AM or KWLM.com. Click on Listen Live.
City Pages interviewed Paula O’Loughlin, professor of political science, for a story on the RNC 8, the eight activists arrested before and during the 2008 Republican National Convention on terrorism charges.
Dave Peters of Minnesota Public Radio interviewed Joshua Preston ’12, Montevideo, for the story “Stay or come back: Youth and the rural Midwest”.
Mark Dayton used the University of Minnesota, Morris as an example of successful green initiatives during a gubernatorial debate held at the University of St. Thomas and broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Midday” program.