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Vol. 2, No. 22: February 2, 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, February 8, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

“Prairie Yard and Garden” tours Munsinger and Clemons Gardens


Thursday, February 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television

The next episode of Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G), on Pioneer Public Television, will explore the Munsinger and Clemons Gardens in St. Cloud on Thursday, February 3. Read more »

Annual Community of Scholars event to bring 200 prospective students to Morris

Friday, February 4, and Saturday, February 5, 2011
Morris campus

Morris will welcome approximately 200 students and their families to campus on Friday and Saturday, February 4–5, for the Fifth Annual Community of Scholars event. The students invited have been offered admission and will be competing for the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award. Read more »

Performing Arts Series resumes on February 5 with TU Dance


Saturday, February 5, 2011, 7:30 p.m
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

The 2010–11 Performing Arts Series warms up winter with TU Dance. The 12-member company performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 5, in Edson Auditorium. Also on Saturday, at 1 p.m., the company will hold a free master class, open to the public, to area dancers in the Humanities Fine Arts Theatre/Dance Rehearsal Room 125. Read more »

Second Prairie Gate Preview—Philip Bryant, poet

Monday, February 7, 2011, 7 p.m.
Morris Public Library, 102 East 6th Street

The second of a series of free public programs will be held in the Morris Public Library on Monday, February 7, at 7 p.m. Athena Kildegaard, poet and English teaching specialist, will preview poet Philip Bryant, who will be one of five writers featured at the first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival to be held on campus on March 25 and 26. Read more »

Symphonic Winds to collaborate with Dance Ensemble in concert

Sunday, February 6, 2011, 3 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Symphonic Winds will present its first concert of spring semester on Sunday, February 6, 2011, at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall. The afternoon will include a world premiere performance, a tuba solo concerto, and a Dance Ensemble feature. Read more »

Wesbur senior seminar

Tuesday, February 8, 2011, 4 p.m.
Science 1020, Science

Steven Wesbur, St. Michael, will present his senior chemistry seminar, “Cellulase Enzymes and their Viability in Bio-Fuel Production,” on Tuesday, February 8, at 4 p.m. in Science 1020. All are welcome.

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News and announcements:

Meiningens to perform Recent Tragic Events, a first date blindsided by a cosmic event

The student theatre group, Meiningens, discovers comedy in the face of tragedy in Recent Tragic Events by playwright Craig Wright. Recent Tragic Events explores the roles of fate and chance in this unexpectedly funny play. Questioning the thin line between the expected and the bizarre, the characters embark on a journey of courage, humor, and perseverance in the face of crisis. Recent Tragic Events will be performed in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Black Box Theatre February 10–12, 2011. Read more »

Morris Healthy Eating launches campaign to increase consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables

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The Morris Healthy Eating Project is launching a campaign to increase access to and consumption of healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables—especially those that are locally grown—and thereby help to improve the health of Morris college students and the region’s population as a whole. The effort spent the last two years researching the local food environment to determine barriers and assets to improving healthy eating among students and residents in the region. Those findings are detailed in a 95-page community food assessment. Read more »

Basketball fans support Perham high school athlete Zach Gabbard

Zach Gabbard collapsed on the court during a Perham high school boy’s basketball game in Glyndon on January 20, 2011. When the Cougar basketball teams hosted St. Scholastica on January 29, Tim Grove, women’s head coach, spoke at halftime of the men’s game about Gabbard. In response $700 was raised to help the family from generous basketball fans. Perham boy’s basketball head coach Dave Cresap offered a sincere thank you. 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. 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 »

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.

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Congratulations to the 44 Cougar athletes who earned UMAC All-Academic Team honors. Read more »

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 Truckers” at a seminar sponsored by the Paris School of Economics on January 31, 2011, at Paris University 1, one of the modern French successor institutions of the Sorbonne (originally founded as an institution of higher learning in 1257). The work is co-authored with Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Matt Bombyk ’09, Twin Cities graduate student, Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College and McGill University, Derek Ganzhorn ’08, Lorenz Götte, University of Lausanne, and Aldo Rustichini, Twin Cities and the University of Cambridge. The presentation is based on the work of the Truckers & Turnover Project organized by Burks.

In the News

A number of newspapers, radio stations, and television stations, including American Chronicle, In-Forum, WDAY, KSAX, KMRS, reported on the generosity of Cougar fans and St. Scholastic fans towards the family of Zach Gabbard, Perham athlete who collapsed during a high school basketball game.

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An article by Marshall Hoffman for the Morris Sun Tribune notes Nicolette Knudson ’05 and Clifford Canku ’78 collaborated with Morris Area High School Spanish teacher Jody Snow to write a Dakota language book published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press.

The Echo Press reports that Governor Mark Dayton has picked Carolyn Parnell ’82 to lead the Office of Enterprise Technology. The Senate must approve the appointment.