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Vol. 2, No. 30: April 6, 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, April 12, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

33rd Annual Jazz Fest

Thursday, April 7–Saturday, April 9, 2011, various times
various locations, evening performances in Edson Auditorium

Forget April in Paris. If it’s April in Morris, it must be time for Jazz Fest. Scheduled for Thursday through Saturday, April 7–9, Jazz Fest is an opportunity for young musicians to work with some of the great names in jazz and a special time for jazz fans to enjoy a concert performed by the Morris jazz ensembles and guest artists each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Tickets are available. Read more »

“Prairie Yard and Garden” discusses putting a garden to bed for winter

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

Stevens County Master Gardener Randee Hokanson and guest host Sue Gooch will discuss ways to put your garden to bed for the winter on Pioneer Public Television’s “Prairie Yard and Garden” on Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. Read more »

Community Coffee to be held in honor of Susan Hagstrum and President Robert Bruininks

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 9 until 10 a.m.
Conference Room, Welcome Center

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a Community Coffee to be held in honor of Susan Hagstrum and President Robert Bruininks on Saturday, April 9, from 9 until 10 a.m. in the Welcome Center. Read more »

Reading by Athena Kildegaard and creative writing students

book cover

Monday, April 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library

Kildegaard, poet and English lecturer, will celebrate the release of her new book, Bodies of Light, at two readings. The April 11 reading at 7:30 p.m. in the McGinnis Room will also feature creative writing students reading work written during the annual All Night Write. On April 14, Kildegaard will read at the Common Cup Coffee House in conjunction with the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance annual meeting. The meeting opens at 6:30 p.m. and the reading begins at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Read more »

Campus Activities Council (CAC) presents rescheduled “Heads vs. Feds”

Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

War on drugs or assault on freedom? Hear arguments from both sides when “Heads vs. Feds: The Debate to Legalize Marijuana” rolls onto campus on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Steve Hager, creative director of High Times magazine, and hard-hitting Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) veteran Robert Stutman will engage each other on the complex, contentious topic of marijuana legalization Read more »

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

Professor Cyrus Bina’s new book released


Oil: A Time Machine—Journey Beyond Fanciful Economics and Frightful Politics by Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina has been released by Linus Publication. It is a systematic study of oil in its historical stages. Oil has captured popular imagination more than any other commodity in recent history, and the petroleum industry is at the forefront of globalization. A reception and book signing will be held at LaFave House on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Read more »

Successful inaugural Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival was held in March 2011, bringing together literary enthusiasts, aspiring writers, published authors, and others through workshops, discussions, and free public readings. Guest writers were Eric Gansworth, Philip Bryant, Mary Rose O’Reilley, and Morris native Tom Hennen. The inaugural event was successful, and plans are underway for the 2012 festival. Enjoy the photos.

Joseph Hartmann named National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Fellow


Joseph Hartmann ’12, Roseville, was named a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Fellow for 2011, becoming Morris’s first NWF Fellow. The program allows recipients to pursue their visions of an ecologically sustainable future through tangible projects to confront global warming on campus and in the community, and to develop leadership skills. Read more »

Rooney to perform on campus

Critically acclaimed Los Angeles rock band Rooney will perform on campus on Friday, April 15, 2011. Named after Principal Ed Rooney, a character in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the band’s music has impacted modern rock and alternative radio. Rooney has performed on television shows such as “The OC,” “The Today Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The group has toured with the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Weezer, and The Stokes. Tickets are available. Read more »

Deon Haider ’14 helps Stevens FORWARD! reach goals


Stevens FORWARD! is a local community development initiative striving to make Stevens County a model rural Minnesota community. Since 2008, the Center for Small Towns (CST) has been providing STEVENS FORWARD! with student assistance, such as the contributions of student writer Deon Haider ’14, Northfield. Read more »

Division of Science and Mathematics nominations and election of student representatives

Nominations for discipline student representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open from Monday, April 4, through Friday, April 8, 2011. Nominations should be turned in to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division Office. Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Read more news »


Stephen Burks, economics and management, presented the 11th Annual Waino Pihl endowed lecture at the economics department at Wayne State University on Thursday, March 24. The title was “Lab Measures of Other-Regarding Behavior Predict Some Choices in a Natural On-the-Job Social Dilemma: Evidence from Truckers,” which 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 campus and the University of Cambridge. The presentation is based on the work of the Truckers & Turnover Project, which is organized by Burks. Burks is also serving as the outside member on a doctoral dissertation committee chaired by Wayne State’s long-time trucking researcher Michael Belzer.

The Mud Daubers Mens Rugby Club had a spectacular performance at the 90-team “Battle on the Nebraska Prairie” Rugby Tournament in Wayne, Nebraska, on March 26 and 27, 2011. The Mud Daubers were undefeated in their spring debut blanking the three opponents they faced. Congratulations to players Paul Baglio, Jerry Kessler, Jaycob Robinson, Anthony Farr, Jason Bonde, Kris Peterson, Ben Schwartz, Marty Richart, Wyatt McMullen, Patrick Malone, Will Setzer, Kevin Cunningham, Steven Adams, Ben Israelson, Dane Kelly,Kellen McArthur, Matt Vogel, Stephen Sorenson, Justin Henry, Lucas Wollin, Colin Lynch, Marlin Farley, David Sampers, Matthew Carnicle, and Mark Mielke, student coach, and Tracy Peterson, coach and adviser. The Mud Daubers practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 until 9 p.m. in the RFC gym and hold a team study table in the McGinnis Room in Briggs Library on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. New players are welcome to join the club!

Congratulations to Ferolyn Angell, lecturer emeritus in dance, on receiving a Professional Development Grants for Retirees Award for translation of her mother’s journals written during the Nazi takeover of Germany and as a refugee in Sweden.

Seniors Eric Dalbey, Mora, and Daniel Fragodt, Benson, were honored as co-winners of the Rick Rose Award, given annually to the Cougar basketball team’s Most Valuable Player.


Congratulations to Naomi Wente ’11 who received honorable mention in the 2011 Udall Scholarship competition.

In the News

Writer Julie Buntjer of the Worthington Daily Globe interviewed Ben Hause ’88, biology and chemistry, for the story “Where the cutting-edge research happens: Diagnostic rooms busy at Newport Labs.”

Rochelle Jansen ’09 was profiled in the story “Green leader assists Riverway” by Gabrielle Keegan for Winona 360.


Mike Bialka, sports editor for the Brainerd Dispatch, reports that Cougar basketball player Emily Mehr ’13, Aitkin, started all 28 games this season and was the Cougars’ second-leading scorer in his column, “Will it ever be spring?”

Writer Tom Cherveny of the West Central Tribune noted the University of Minnesota, Morris’s biomass facility in his story, “Biomass industry quietly taking root on the prairie.”

two wind turbines

Writer Jennifer Hill reports on Morris’s wind energy program in the story “Against the Wind: Smaller Projects Use Creativity to Secure Financing and Equipment,” published in the Journal of Tax Credits. Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finances, was interviewed for the story, and Courtney Driessen ’12, Blooming Prairie, provided the photography.

Writer Kayla Craig of the DesMoines Register profiled Larissa Mottl ’96, biology, the Biological Field Station manager at Grinnell College Conard Environmental Research Area.

Minnpost reporter Joe Kimball announced in his story, “Dayton appoints six more to judicial selection group,” that Paula O’Loughlin, professor of political science professor and director of the Academic Center for Enrichment, has been appointed to the Commission on Judicial Selection.

KSAX’s Bryan Collins interviewed Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, and student Shelby Peterson, Butterfield, for the story “Post-Secondary Schools Prepare For Budget Cuts,” which aired on March 31, 2011.