Vol. 2, No. 21: January 26, 2011
In this issue:
- Reception for Associate Professor of English Brook Miller in celebration of book release
- First Prairie Gate Preview—Poet Tom Hennen
- New wind turbine under construction
- Concert Choir to perform on “A Prairie Home Companion”
- Cougar women basketball earns NCAA top rankings
Reception for Associate Professor of English Brook Miller in celebration of book release
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 4:30 until 6:30 p.m.
LaFave House, 305 College Avenue
Palgrave Macmillan has released Brook Miller’s new book, America and the British Imaginary in Turn-of-the-Twentieth-Century Literature. A reception will be held in honor of Miller, associate professor of English, on Thursday, January 27, from 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. at LaFave House. At 5:15 p.m., Miller will talk about the process of writing and publishing the book. Read more »
“Prairie Yard and Garden” episode
Thursday, January 27, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television
“Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G) will address storing vegetables on Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. Mary Ann Sharf, retired Minnesota Extension Service educator, discusses with guest host Sue Gooch how to keep a bountiful fall harvest well into the new year.
First Prairie Gate Preview—Poet Tom Hennen
Saturday, January 29, 2011, 11 a.m.
Morris Public Library, 102 East 6th Street
The first of a series of five free public programs, Prairie Gate Previews, will be held in the Morris Public Library on Saturday, January 29, at 11 a.m. Each program will introduce one of the five writers featured at this year’s first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival scheduled for March 25 and 26, 2011, on campus. The first preview introduces Tom Hennen, a poet with family ties to the region who ran the Prairie Gate Press on the campus for many years. Read more »
Asking the Big Questions with filmmaker Gary Nygard
Monday, January 31, 2011, 3:30 until 4:30 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library
A special Asking the Big Questions discussion, featuring filmmaker Gary Nygard, will be held on Monday, January 31, from 3:30 until 4:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Nygard will participate in a short discussion on filmmaking and on his new film, The Nature of Existence, which will be screened at 7 p.m. in Imholte 109.
Balfany senior seminar
Tuesday, February 1, 2011, 4 p.m.
Science 1020, Science
Bob Balfany, Granite Falls, will present his senior chemistry seminar, “Homogeneous Organometallic Catalysis: Gold (I)-Catalyzed Intermolecular Cyclizations of Alkynes,” on Tuesday, February 1, at 4 p.m. in Science 1020. All are welcome.
News and announcements:
New University of Minnesota, Morris wind turbine under construction
A new Morris wind turbine is under construction. The new structure will stand 1,600 feet south of the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) turbine on city of Morris land. It will be 10 meters taller and deliver 10 percent more power. Read more »
Concert Choir to perform on “A Prairie Home Companion,” tickets available
“A Prairie Home Companion” has announced two musical groups that will perform when Garrison Keillor hosts a live broadcast at Morris on Saturday, February 19, 2011. Included will be Morris’s own Concert Choir and fiddlers Deena and Sedra Bistodeau, Catie Jo Pidel, and Richard Kriehn. 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 »
Students invited to submit articles to be considered for publication in Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis is an online journal featuring the research and writing of undergraduate students studying at institutions that are members of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Morris students are encouraged to contact Paula O’Loughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the ACE Office for a style sheet and more information.
IonE Mini Grant proposals
The deadline for submissions for The Institute on the Environment’s (IonE) new “Mini Grants” program is Tuesday, February 1, 2011. The grants will support and fund interdisciplinary teams that seek to organize and develop new activities around environmental research, education, or engagement. 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
Remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be 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
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.
The latest NCAA stat report ranks the Cougar women’s basketball team and individual players in the top 10 in two categories, and in the top 25 in five categories. Brandi Cresap ’11, Perham, is ranked #1 in assist-turnover ratio. Her efforts have led the Cougars to a # 17 team ranking in the category. The Cougars rank # 4 in assists per game. The best shooting team in the UMAC, the Cougars rank # 8 in the nation. Steph Roggenbuck ’11, Osakis, and Tara Thielke ’11, Hancock, team up to pace the # 24 scoring offense in the country. Read more »
Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, is attending the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, this week for a workshop on Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills organized by economists Armin Falk, University of Bonn, 2009 Leibniz Prize, and Jim Heckman, University of Chicago, 2000 Nobel Laureate. Aldo Rustichini, professor of economics, Twin Cities, will present “Toward the Integration of Personality Theory and Decision Theory in the Explanation of Economic Behavior,” co-authored with Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Burks, and Colin DeYoung, professor of psychology, Twin Cities. The paper is based on data from the Truckers & Turnover Project, organized by Burks, who will participate in the discussion.
A paper coauthored by Keith Brugger, professor of geology, “Effect of a cold margin on ice flow at the terminus of Storglaci ären, Sweden: implications for sediment transport,” appears in the most recent issue of the Journal of Glaciology. The paper resulted from a multi-year research collaboration among Drs. Peter Moore, lead author, and coauthors Neal Iverson and Denis Cohen of the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences at Iowa State University Thomas Hooyer, geosciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Peter Jansson, physical geography and quaternary geology, University of Stockholm. Dana Damm ’07 and Donnie Hicks ’09 assisted Brugger in the field.
In the News
“Color-themed show at Altered Esthetics attempts to bring zest to a dreary January,” a story by Gregory J. Scott for The Journal, reviews the exhibit Agents of Orange curated by Amber Janey ’09, incoming exhibition director at Altered Esthetics.
“Students bring sweatshop-free clothing line to University of Minnesota bookstores,” a story by Cali Owings for the Minnesota Daily, states that Minnesota Public Interest Research Group students are behind the effort to bring a sweatshop-free collegiate apparel line, Alta Gracia, to University campuses. The story mentions that the brand is already sold at the Morris Bookstore.
The Harlem Globetrotters announced in a number of area newspapers that they will take on the Washington Generals at the Morris campus P.E. Center on April 7, 2011, at 7 p.m.
“Three tribes to sign agreement to improve education,” a story by Riham Feshir written for DL-Online, notes that the University of Minnesota, Morris was invited to attend an education consortium resolution aimed to improve major issues affecting Indian education.
Cougar women’s basketball player Steph Roggenbuck ’11, Osakis, was named Player of the Week on KSAX.