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Vol. 2, No. 19: December 15, 2010

Editor: Christine Mahoney
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The December 15 issue will be the last Weekly Bulletin of fall semester. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, January 18, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Martin Luther King Day of Service

Monday, January 17, 2011, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center, and various locations

The Second Annual Martin Lutheran King Day of Service will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 17. The day includes preparing for service on campus and in the community, and then volunteering opportunities in the afternoon. Contact the Office of Community Engagement for more information.

University of Minnesota Legislative Briefing

Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
Imholte 109, Imholte Hall

The 2011 University of Minnesota Legislative Briefing will be held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, and videocast live at the Morris campus in Imholte 109 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. President Robert Bruininks will share the University’s 2011 legislative request. Online registration closes January 11, 2011.

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News and announcements:

Unusual Suspects improv troupe advances to national competition

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The University of Minnesota, Morris student improv group “The Unusual Suspects” won first place in the regionals division of the Chicago Improv Festival held in Madison, Wisconsin. The troupe will move on to compete in nationals on Saturday, February 26, 2010, in Chicago. Read more »

“A Prairie Home Companion” show tickets are now on sale

Garrison Keillor will host “A Prairie Home Companion” at Morris on Saturday, February 19, 2011. To purchase tickets, visit the web page. Tickets are $10 for UMM students with an ID (one ticket per student), and $35 for general admission. Email or call 320-589-6080 with questions. Read more »

University of Minnesota winter closing announcement

The Morris campus will close from December 23, 2010, through January 2, 2011. During this time, only essential services will be open. Morris Office of Fund Development and the University of Minnesota Foundation will be open for year-end giving. The University-wide closure is a cost-savings measure. Utility savings will be realized by turning the heat down in most buildings, and labor savings will be achieved during a time when University activities are already reduced. A Morris closure website ( been created . A Morris winter closure website has been created to be an information source, and will be updated with current information.

Choir Concert rebroadcast on Pioneer Public Television

Pioneer Public Television will rebroadcast the University of Minnesota, Morris Carol Concert that they taped live in 2007, “Everywhere, Everywhere, Christmas Tonight,” on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 9 p.m. and Saturday, December 25, 2010, at 7 p.m.

Announcement for students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program

Students must complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE), formerly known as PPST or Praxis, before entering either the elementary or secondary education programs. The MTLE will be offered at Morris on several dates each month. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education or Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering.

Attention secondary education students planning to graduate in 2012

All application materials are due to Pat Nelson in the Division of Education Office no later than Friday, December 3, 2010. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 29, 2011. Sign up sheets will be on the Division of Education Office door, room 200, when you return in January.

Elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2013 announcement

All application materials are to be submitted to Pat Nelson in the Division of Education Office no later than Friday, December 17, 2010. Interviews will be February 7 through 11, 2011. Sign up sheets will be posted on the Division of Education Office door, room 200, when you return in January.

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Aram “AJ” Eskridge '05 will be performing as Asher in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Ordway Theater. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. daily, running now through January 2, 2011. More information can be found on the Ordway website.

Julie Eckerle, assistant professor of English, has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. Eckerle will serve a three-year term on the committee, which is responsible for preparing a slate of candidates for the organization's committees and offices each year.

Morris Faculty Research Enhancement Funds (FREF), sponsored by the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), were awarded this fall to support research-related activities. Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, and Chris Cole, professor of biology, received $5,000 awards. Ten faculty members received awards ranging from $70 to $1,000, and 37 Travel Differential Awards of $300 were awarded. Read more »