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Vol. 2, No. 28: March 23, 2011

Editor: Christine Mahoney
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, March 29, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Asking the Big Questions

Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library

The Asking the Big Questions campus/community discussion series is exploring faith and spirituality during the 2010–11 academic year. The next gathering is on Wednesday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the McGinnis Room. Barbara Burke, associate professor of communication, media, and rhetoric, will facilitate a discussion on the faith of Judaism. Read more »

Triangle Fire screening and discussion

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 4 until 6 p.m.
Imholte 109, Imholte Hall

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory fire tragedy in New York City, which led to workplace safety reform, the PBS American Experience film, Triangle Fire, will be shown in Imholte 109 on Thursday, March 24, at 4 p.m. followed by a panel discussion by faculty and students. The event is hosted by the MGMT 3152 class and the Society for Human Resource Management Morris student chapter. Free admission, but you are encouraged to bring food shelf donations.

2011 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition opens with reception

Thursday, March 24, 2011, 7 until 9 p.m.
Gallery, Humanities Fine Arts

Art work by both art and nonart majors will be on display during the 2011 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. Ben Heywood, executive director of The Soap Factory, selected 52 pieces by 35 students. The opening reception will be held from 7 until 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. The show runs from March 24 through April 16. Read more »

Prairie Gate Literary Festival

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Thursday through Saturday, March 24–26, 2011, various times
Various locations

The inaugural Prairie Gate Literary Festival will be held on Thursday, March 24, through Saturday, March 26, 2011. The festival will bring together literary enthusiasts, aspiring writers, published authors, editors, and other professionals through public readings, workshops, and panel discussions. Many of the festival events are free, while a minimal registration fee will be required for workshop sessions with guest writers. Register today. For details, read more »

38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week theme explores heritage

Saturday through Thursday, March 26–31, 2011, various times
Various locations

The 38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week will be held Saturday, March 26, through Thursday, March 31, 2011. “Unweaving the Journey of Our Ancestors” will be a series of events celebrating the diversity of the ethnic minority groups on campus and throughout the country. Almost all of the events are free and open to the public. For details, check the calendar and read more »

March Community Meal

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

With support from the Morris Area Student Leaders, Morris Community Meal will serve pizza at the Morris Senior Community Center on Monday, March 28, 2011. The Morris Area Student Leaders provided financial funds through a grant from Otto Bremer Foundation and will prepare the meal with University of Minnesota, Morris students, and campus and community volunteers. Community Meal is free and open to everyone. Read more »

Concert Choir Home Concert

Tuesday, March 29, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

The Concert Choir will return from its spring break tour and perform a “Home Concert” on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall.

March Soup & Substance discussion on student parents

Wednesday, March 30, 2011, 5:30 p.m.
Alumni Room, Oyate Hall, Student Center

The monthly Soup & Substance discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room in Oyate Hall. The event pairs a delicious free meal with a meaningful discussion. The March gathering will address the issue of college students who are also parents. Read more »

38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week theme explores heritage

Saturday through Thursday, March 26–31, 2011, various times
Various locations

The 38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week will be held Saturday, March 26, through Thursday, March 31, 2011. “Unweaving the Journey of Our Ancestors” will be a series of events celebrating the diversity of the ethnic minority groups on campus and throughout the country. Almost all of the events are free and open to the public. For details, check the calendar and read more. »

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News and announcements:

Coal and climate policy expert Barbara Freese to speak at Morris

Barbara Freese

Barbara Freese, author, attorney, speaker, and policy advocate, will speak on campus on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cow Palace, Imholte Hall room 109. Her address, “Power Struggle: Slowing Global Warming and Building Clean Energy in a Shifting Political Landscape,” is free and open to the public. Read more »

Noted expert on Congress and legislative politics Sarah Binder to give Lee Lecture

Sarah A. Binder will serve as the 2011 Jooinn Lee Lecturer. Binder, a Brookings Institution senior fellow in governance studies and George Washington University professor of political science, specializes in Congress and legislative politics. She will speak on Thursday, April 14, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Her address, “Inside Congress: Legislating in Polarized Times,” is free and open to the public. A reception follows. Read more »

Chancellor Johnson to deliver keynote address at Faculty Leadership in Sustainability workshop

Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson will be a keynote speaker at the Faculty Leadership in Sustainability: A Midwest Regional Workshop to be held on March 23–24, 2011, at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls. Read more »

Summer term registration opens on March 23

Summer term provides an excellent opportunity for learners to explore a new topic of interest or for degree seeking students to accelerate completion of a degree. Registration for the three sessions included in summer term begins on Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Read more »

Distinguished Alumni Award nomination deadline: March 31

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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Accomplishments

Unusual Suspects competed in the 14th annual Chicago Improv Festival National Competition in Chicago. Finals consisted of regional winners, with Morris representing the upper Midwest, as well as one wild card, making the Unusual Suspects one of only eleven troupes nationwide chosen to compete. Congratulations to Alex McGreavey, Sam Krump-Johnson, Jessie Sherman, Michelle Bohacek, Alex Kies, Alek Sievert, Jessie Hennen, Cormac Strahan, Andrew Sletten, Will Hanson, and Isaac Deragon. Read more »

Coach Grove

Tim Grove was named UMAC women’s basketball coach of the year. Congratulations to Coach Grove and his team for a successful season.


Local residents from Stevens County, including many with Morris relationships, completed a five-day leadership retreat, the first segment of an intense eight-day training that comprises the Blandin Community Leadership Program. The Stevens County cohort includes Tina Didreckson ’03, Robert Frischmon ’10, Drew Israels, Becki Jordan ’07, Barb Kill ’97, Sue Lor ’09, Katie Mckenzie ’03, Wayne Morford, Rose Murphy ’10, Deb Newhouse ’08, Don Reicosky, Michelle Scribner ’10, Bennett Smith ’10, Jackie Swinney ’10, and Holly Witt ’83. Read more »

In the News

The University of Minnesota, Morris was noted as a highly ranked national public liberal arts college by Regent Clyde Allen in the news story, “University regents focus on efficient fund use,” by Andrew Tellijohn for the Bemidji Pioneer.

In his questioning of U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commissioner Peter B. Lyons, U.S. Senator Al Franken asked a question that was posed to him by a Morris student during his campus visit in February 2011.

Eric Klinger, professor emeritus of psychology, was interviewed for the story “Finding Motivation to Complete Goals with Depression” by Rheyanne Weaver for EmpowHer.

Barb Hesse, Center for Small Towns, was honored for her work with the Family Readiness Group for the National Guard’s Battery C 1-151 with induction into the Artillery Order of Molly Pitcher. Tom Larson of the Morris Sun Tribune covered the event with his story “Hesse honored for work with Family Readiness Group”.

Blandin Foundation writer Ann Treacy noted the work of the University of Minnesota, Morris Students in Service AmeriCorps program, the Center for Small Towns, and student Bridget Billo in her story “Wi-Fi hot spots to pop up in Stevens County MN.”

Sandra Olson-Loy

Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, was one of twenty-two members appointed to the Commission on Judicial Selection by the Minnesota Supreme Court.


Professor of Political Science Paula O’Loughlin was interviewed by the Washington Examiner, the San Francisco Examiner, the St. Cloud Times, and Kare11 on the topic of former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s possible presidential campaign.