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Vol. 2, No. 25: February 23, 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, March 1, at 4 p.m.

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Upcoming events:

Prairie Yard and Garden explores backyard hobbies, trains and gardens

model train

Thursday, February 24, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television

“Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G), on Pioneer Public Television, will travel to Buffalo on Thursday, February 24, 2011, to see the backyard of Bob and Thea Adams. Host Larry Zilliox will tour their backyard, a truly unique space that features two hobbies: medium-scale railroading and gardening. Read more »

Playwright Forrest Musselman to present playwriting workshop

Friday, February 25, 2011, 5 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts

Playwright Forrest Musselman is the author of Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island, the 2011 spring children’s production. On Friday, February 25, from 5 until 7 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, Musselman and the Theatre Discipline will present a workshop on playwriting. Read more »

CLIMB Theatre workshop and auditions

Theatre company logo

Monday, February 28, 2011, noon
Black Box Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts

On Monday, February 28, at noon, CLIMB Theatre representatives will be on campus to present a workshop and hold auditions in the Black Box Theatre. CLIMB Theatre’s mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other works that inspire and propel people— especially young people—toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and their communities. Email Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, with questions, and/or sign up on the Theatre call board.

Free February Community Meal to feature Minnesota favorites

Monday, February 28, 2011, 5:30 until 7 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue

Minnesota favorites will be highlights at the Morris Senior Community Center for February’s Community Meal on Monday, February 28. Each month, the project serves warm, made-from-scratch meals that are open to all members of the Stevens County community. Read more »

Prairie Gate Preview of writer Kiese Laymon

festival logo

Monday, February 28, 2011, 7 p.m.
Morris Public Library, 102 East Sixth Street

On Monday, February 28 at 7 p.m., Brook Miller, associate professor of English, will preview novelist Kiese Laymon, one of five writers who will be featured during the Prairie Gate Literary Festival scheduled for Friday, March 25, through Saturday, March 26, on the Morris campus. Register for the festival and/or read more about the previews.

Bitker senior chemistry seminar

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, 4 p.m.
Science 1020, Science

Gwen Bitker ’11, Le Sueur, will present her senior seminar, “Hydrogen Bonding in Substituted Carboxylic Acid Dimers,” on Tuesday, March 1, at 4 pm in Science 1020. All are welcome.

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News and announcements:

Theatre students excel at regional theatre festival

theatre students

Theatre students and Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, attended the Region Five Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). Morris actors were chosen to participate in the festival’s Costume Parade, one of only a dozen productions from Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Iowa, and Nebraska to be invited. The students modeled costumes designed by Jess Larson, associate professor of studio art, for As You Like It. Craig Sandberg ’12, Alexandria, received a Certificate of Merit for his musical composition and direction. Lynn Bixler ’12, Brooklyn Park, and Alex McGreavey ’11, Maple Grove, were nominated for the Irene Ryan Acting Award. Read more »

Senator Franken visits Morris during “energy listening tour”

United States Senator Al Franken visited campus and toured a variety of energy research and production facilities throughout the community this week. Recently appointed to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Franken was seeking energy information and input from west central Minnesota.

Going brown to get green at the University of Minnesota, Morris


Will Dolezal ’11, Minneapolis, an environmental economics major and GreenCorps member, is working to address the campus’s waste stream by implementing composting on campus. He then hopes to move the project out into the community. He says that composting is “one of the largest opportunities the campus has to become even greener.” Read more »

“A Prairie Home Companion” features Concert Choir music and Matt Privratsky ’11 interview

Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” delighted a Physical Education Center crowd on February 19, 2011, as did featured guests the Morris Concert Choir and Matt Privratsky ’11, Walker. The broadcast will be archived online for your listening pleasure. Enjoy the photos.

Call for Distinguished Alumni Award nominations

The UMMAA invites you to submit nominations for the UMMAA 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors alumni who make noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, or in service to the University. Nominees must be alumni and may be nominated by anyone. Contact Carla Riley, director of alumni relations and annual giving, with questions at 320-589-6394.

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The Cougar men’s and women’s cross-country teams received Division III All-Academic honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Read more »

The Cougar women’s basketball team finished a perfect UMAC season: a conference championship and a perfect 14-0 conference record. Read more »

In the News


A story by Star Tribune columnist and outdoor writer Dennis Anderson ’73, “Memory lane leads to Renville”, remembers college hunting days with fellow alumnus Willy Smith ’72.

KSAX named Linda Keller ’13, Paynesville, Athlete of the Week last week, and the West Central Tribune noted her UMAC Athlete of the Week honors.

Writer John Townsend noted the 2008 University of Minnesota, Morris performance of Leave in his article “Love, war, and gays in the military” published in the Star Tribune.