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Vol. 2, No. 11: October 20, 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, October 26, 2010, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Bouquet Skyships and proximity exhibit opening reception

abstract art

Thursday, October 21, 2010, 7 until 9 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery, HFA

An exhibit featuring the work of Dennis Bertram and Ann Mills McCauley opens in the HFA Gallery on Thursday, October 21, and runs through Wednesday, November 24, 2010. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, October 21 from 7 until 9 p.m. Read more »

Philosophy lecture by Valerie Tiberius

Friday, October 22, 2010, 5 p.m.
IH 109, Imholte Hall

Valerie Tiberius, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will present, “In Defense of Reflection,” at 5 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2010, in Imholte Hall 109. Tiberius is author of The Reflective Life: Living Wisely with our Limits.

The Wailin’ Jennys master class on bluegrass singing

Saturday, October 23, 2 p.m.
Recital Hall, HFA

The Jennys will conduct a master class with the University of Minnesota, Morris choir on the art of bluegrass singing from 2 until 3 p.m. in Recital Hall in HFA on Saturday, October 23, 2010. The class is free and open to the public. Read more »

The Wailin’ Jennys perform in Edson

Saturday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

The Wailin’ Jennys will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2010, in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. It will be the first time the group, one of Canada’s “hottest” folk bands, appears in west central Minnesota. Read more »

Festival of Spanish Language Cinema

Sunday, October 24, 2010, 7 p.m.
Morris Theatre, downtown Morris

Subtitled in English, Los Abrazos Rotos/Broken Embraces will be screened on Sunday, October 24, 2010, at 7 p.m. The campus and public are invited to the free Morris Theatre viewings at 12 East Sixth Street, downtown Morris. Read more »

October Community Meal


Monday, October 25, 2010, 5:30 until 7 p.m.
Morris Senior Center, 603 Oregon Avenue, Morris

A collaborative program of the Morris Office of Community Engagement and community partners, the event is open to all members of the Stevens County community to enjoy a free-of-charge hot meal together to build bridges and strengthen relationships. Read more »

Food for Thought Diversity Discussion Series

Tuesday, October 26, noon
Alumni Room, Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Food for Thought series encourages UMM community members to gain greater understanding of multiculturalism and enhance intercultural competence in the context of the campus and global communities. The Tuesday, October 26, 2010 discussion will explore Re(Claiming) Asian Identity: What does it mean to be Asian?

John Zenk ’75 chemistry lecture


Tuesday, October 26, 2010. 4 p.m.
Science 1020, Science

Dr. John Zenk ’75 will present “Development of Radiation Countermeasure Agents—It’s a HOT Topic!” at 4 p.m. in Science 1020 on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Zenk, a 1983 University of Minnesota Medical School and 1978 College of Pharmacy graduate, is chief medical and scientific officer at Humanetics Corporation, a specialty pharmaceutical company. Read more »

Asking the Big Questions

Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 7 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library

The October Asking the Big Questions campus/community discussion series will explore “What is Wicca?” Carol Ford, author of The Northlands Winter Greenhouse Manual, owner of Garden Goddess Enterprises, and Division of Science and Math executive office and administrative specialist, will facilitate the conversation that explores the earth-based religion. Read more »

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

Computer science student team takes first at Digi-Key competition

students and professor

Morris teams placed first and sixth overall out of sixteen teams at the 2010 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition. Team Reptilian Agenda earned a commanding first place overall—seniors Eugene Butler, Brookings, South Dakota, Brian Goslinga, Princeton, Justin Mullin, Eden Prairie, and Chad Seibert, Wadena. Magical Flying Carp, competed successfully in the “Benders,” speed and trivia competitions, taking first and second respectively—juniors Stephen Adams, International Falls, Brandon Botzet, Fairmont, Phil Coler, Montevideo, and Jay Lapham, Lakeville. Read more »

Enjoy a 2010 Celebration DVD at home

Enjoy the documentary produced by Media Services, Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts, while endowing the future. Celebrate Morris campus history by giving a scholarship gift to the students of tomorrow. Your gift will help to create a new, endowed scholarship fund that will assist future Morris students in achieving their educational goals. Gifts of $30 or more qualify donors for a copy of the DVD. Read more »

Read more news »


John Hickman interviewed Jim Barbour, gasification system emissions scientist, for a documentary, Working Together for the Minnesota River, sponsored by Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Water Resources Project and Ron Schara. The documentary will air on Kare11 in 2011.

Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, presented “Lab Measures of Other-Regarding Behavior Predict Some Choices in a Natural On-the-Job Social Dilemma: Evidence from the Truckers & Turnover Project” on October 15, 2010 at an international workshop titled “Advances with Field Experiments,” held at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. This work is co-authored with Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Matthew Bombyk ’10, graduate student at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College, Derek Ganzhorn ’08, recent University of Massachusetts master of arts graduate, Lorenz Goette, University of Lausanne, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The Truckers & Turnover Project is organized by Burks and based at Morris.

Cougar volleyball was selected as one of five national finalists for the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Play of the Week

Professor Dabbs

Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history, presented a paper on “Daughters of Athena: Women Artists as Teachers and Role Models in the Early Modern Period” at the Sixteenth-Century Studies Conference in Montreal, Ontario, Canada, in October 2010.

The works of ceramic artists Kevin Flicker ’74, Sam Johnson ’96, Anne Meyer ’04, and Stephen Earp are featured with noted artist Richard Bresnahan in “From the Fire” on exhibit at the Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul.

Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator, was interviewed by Katie McKenzie, KMRS/KKOK, for a STARS news story that aired on October 14, 2010.

Lori Halverson-Wente ’88, communications professor at Rochester Community and Technical College, received the 2010 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Educator of the Year Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching. Read more »

Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, was an invited speaker at the 2010 Symposium on Excellence in Nurturing Undergraduate Research held on October 15, 2010 at North Dakota State University. Pappenfus presented “Organic Materials Research: A Seven Year Journey with Undergraduate Students.”

Morris’s local foods initiative was noted in a story, “Watershed Sets a Perennial Goal through Project,” by Carol Stender for AgriNews. published a story by Sharon Schmickle, “PZ Myers on How Much Science should Accommodate Religion,” on October 18, 2010.

Paul Stagg, KWLM, interviewed Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, for a gasification workshop news story that aired on October 14, 2010.

Jenna Sandoe ’10, a member of the Minnesota GreenCorps, was pictured in a story by Amelia Rayno for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “A Wiff of Change,” on October 18, 2010.