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Vol. 2, No. 20: January 19, 2011

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, January 25, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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 videocast live at the Morris campus in Imholte 109 from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. on January 19. Light refreshments will be provided. President Robert Bruininks will share the University’s 2011 legislative request.

2011 “Prairie Yard and Garden” series begins

camera in garden

Thursday, January 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television

After nearly a quarter century on public television, “Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G) begins a new season on Thursday, January 20, at 7:30 p.m. The first episode is on holiday plants. Read more »

Kolaya brown bag lunch reading

Friday, January 21, 2011, noon
Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 630 Atlantic Avenue

Chrissy Kolaya, coordinator in the Office of Grants Development, will present a short reading from her novel project, Charmed Particles. Bring your lunch to the brown bag event scheduled for Friday, January 21, from 12:10 until 12:50 p.m. Beverages and a sweet treat will be provided. Read more »

Morris campus documentary to air on Pioneer Public Television

Sunday, January 23, 2011, 6 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television

Promise of the Prairie: Education in Three Acts will be aired on Pioneer Public Television on Sunday, January 23 at 6 p.m. The documentary was created by Michael Cihak, director and editor, Chris Butler, researcher and writer, and Roger Boleman, producer, with significant contributions from students Jennifer Riestenberg ’13, Perham, research assistant, and Samuel Krump-Johnson ’11, Maple Grove, production assistant. Read more »

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News and announcements:

Martin Luther King Day of Service freedom bells

craft bells

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was held on January 17, 2011, for students and community members to celebrate King’s life and legacy. The day included trainings related to diversity and social justice, learning about local volunteer opportunities, making a volunteer pledge for 2011, and enjoying a free meal and program. Participants placed “freedom bells,” made of recycled materials, in more than 100 Morris locations. Members of the community are encouraged to take a bell home, sign the bell, add a message that you believe reflects Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, and return the bell to another location. 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 »

Kiplinger’s ranks Morris as Best Value in Public Colleges 2011 list

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has announced its national ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, and Morris is included on the list. The Morris and Twin Cities campuses of the University of Minnesota were the only Minnesota institutions chosen for best value honors. Read more »

Gallery exhibit features the art of alumni Ken and Kathy Kollodge


Unbridled Vision and New Paintings featuring the work of Ken and Kathleen Kollodge, both Morris alumni, opens in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery on Thursday, January 20, 2011. The photo work of Ken, Unbridled Vision, will be displayed on the main floor of the gallery, while paintings by Kathleen will be exhibited on the mezzanine level. A reception and artists’ talk are scheduled for March 8, 2011. Read more »

Morris included in National Wildlife Federation’s 2010 Campus Sustainability Database

National Wildlife Federation’s (NWF) Campus Ecology 2010 campus sustainability case studies, the only database of its kind, is now available online. Morris was included for its solar thermal array project that heats the Regional Fitness Center recreational pool and for the campus’s first-of-its-kind renewable energy course focused on biomass gasification technology. Read more »

Welcome Center featured in Architecture Minnesota magazine

The Welcome Center was featured in the January/February 2011 issue of Architecture Minnesota, a publication of The American Institute of Architects Minnesota. In pictures and text, writer Amy Goetzman’s article “Prairie Star” reviews the process of restoring the Community Services building. Read more »

Morris campus marks “greenest” day

On a cold day this fall, Morris was running strictly on renewable energy platforms with no fossil fuels being burned on the campus. Wood was being test-fired in the biomass facility, generating more steam than the campus could use. On this particularly windy day, the wind turbine produced 60 percent of the campus’s energy. Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, casually observed that “it must be one of the greenest days in UMM’s history.” He was right. Read more »

First Carbon workshop attracts more than 40 participants


More than 40 people attended the Carbon 101 public workshop on January 14, 2011, to learn more about the nature and language of carbon. See photos.

IonE Mini Grant proposals

The Institute on the Environment (IonE) is launching a new “Mini Grants” program intended to provide support and funding for interdisciplinary teams that seek to organize and develop new activities around environmental research, education, or engagement. The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Read more »

Seeking nominations for UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board

The Office for UMore Park Academic Initiatives is seeking Universitywide nominations of faculty, undergraduate, and staff to serve on the UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board. The board helps to identify and support mechanisms that integrate U research, education, and public engagement into the planning and development of a modern, sustainable community at UMore Park, the University’s 5,000-acre property in Dakota County. The deadline for nominations is Monday, February 7, 2011. Read more »

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

Application materials were due by December 3, 2010. 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 are on the Division of Education Office door, room 200.

Elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2013 announcement

Application materials were due Friday, December 17, 2010. Interviews will be Monday, February 7 through Friday, February 11, 2011. Sign up sheets are posted on the Division of Education Office door, room 200.

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Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, was accompanied by two current student research assistants, Manjari Govada ’12 and Ruth Potter ’12, and two alumni who are co-authors, Derek Ganzhorn ’08, recent master of arts in economics graduate at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and Matt Bombyk ’09, Twin Cities campus graduate student, in traveling to the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association (ASSA) meetings in Denver. Anchored by the American Economic Association (AEA), the meeting attracts approximately 10,000 academic economists. In a session sponsored by the Economic Science Association, the association of experimental economists, Burks presented “Lab Measures of Other-Regarding Behavior Predict (Some) on-the-job Behavior among Truckers,” which along with alums Bombyk and Ganzhorn is co-authored with Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College and McGill University, Lorenz Götte, University of Lausanne, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and the University of Cambridge. The presentation was based on the work of Morris’s Truckers & Turnover Project. Burks also offered invited comments on a separate paper about field experiments in Africa in a session sponsored by the AEA.

In December 2010 the Transportation Research Board (TRB, part of the National Academies of the U.S.) issued transportation research Circular Number E-C146 “Trucking 101: An Industry Primer,” by Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, in collaboration with M. Belzer, Wayne State University, Q. Kwon, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, S. Pratt, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, and S. Shackelford, American Transportation Research Institute. The document is designed to give researchers, policy makers, and practitioners basic information about the U.S. trucking industry. Burks is a founding member of TRB’s standing technical committee AT-060 Trucking Industry Research, and was the chair of the subcommittee of AT-060 that wrote and edited the circular.

Argie Manolis, Office of Community Engagement coordinator, received the Morris Human Rights Award for 2010. Read more »

Peh Ng, professor of mathematics, presented one of her research projects, “Maximum Weight Connected Subgraph Problems,” at the 2011 National Meeting of the American Society of Mathematics and the Mathematical Association of America in New Orleans on January 6–10, 2011. This is a joint work with Professor Herve Kerivin of Clemson University and Universite Blaise Pascal, France. This research was partially supported by FREP grants at the University of Minnesota, Morris.

In the News

Tom Beyer ’81, longtime coach at Willmar High School, was among 10 finalists for the West Central Tribune’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Bart Finzel, interim director of the Center for Small Towns and professor of economics, was interviewed for “New data to shed light on Minnesota towns, big city neighborhoods,” a story written by Elizabeth Dunbar for Minnesota Public Radio.

George Fosgate, professor emeritus of theatre, performed in Mark Brown’s The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge as the humorless Judge Stanchfield Pearson who presides over a chaotic trial “—or at least tries to—with a wry, undaunted impatience.” A review about the play, “Ebenezer Scrooge goes to court in fun-filled sequel to ‘A Christmas Carol’” by Richard Wattenber was published in The Oregonian.

As Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, Lorie Gildea ’83 swore in Mark Dayton as Minnesota governor.

students under banner

Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator participated in the CSPAN call-in program “Washington Journal” (drag the bar to 38 minutes and 25 seconds) with guest Heather Peeler, chief strategy officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. He noted his appreciation for CNCS and for the Morris Minnesota GreenCorps program through the Center for Small Towns.

Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, has named Pareena Lawrence, Division of the Social Sciences chair and professor of management and economics, as the college’s new dean. She begins her appointment in July 2011.

Tom Larson wrote “Second wind turbine at U of MN Morris may be ready to run early in 2011” for the Morris Sun Tribune.

The Crookston Times and Grand Folks Herald covered Crookston’s announcement that Charles “Chuck” Moller ’86 accepted the position of head football coach for the Golden Eagles. As a Cougar football player, he was a four-year letterman and two-time all-region player. He was also named Academic All-American. ranks Morris as #1 in its top-10 rankings of Best Colleges for Out-of-State Students.

WCCO and KARE 11 reported that Morris was included on the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges.

USA Today online Faith and Reason blogger Cathy Lynn Grossman’s entry, “Skeptic’s video spoofs the claim atheists ‘outweigh’ believers,” reviews a video in which PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, is included. Myers was also noted in an AOL news story by Hugh Collins, “God Behind the Big Bang, Pope Says.”

Writer and economist Chris Farrell interviewed Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, for “Sustainability—The government takes a pass, and businesses point the way,” an opinion piece published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Rasmussen also represented Morris at the Minnesota Corn and Soybean Growers conference.

The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges posted a story about Marisol Reyes, “Reyes, Morris’s first Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence, combines teaching and community service,” on its news page.

Lee Egerstrom interviewed Ben Winchester ’95, research fellow with the University of Minnesota Extension Service’s Center for Community Vitality, for a story published in the Daily Planet, “Census figures show senior housing problems, not answers.”

Karin Wolverton ’97, as noted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, plays the part of Pamina in the Minnesota Orchestra’s Die Zauberflöte.