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Vol. 2, No. 31: April 13, 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 19, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Blood drive scheduled for campus

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Thursday, April 14, 2011, 12:30 until 6 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Morris campus holds blood drives each semester. Give the gift. Call 320-589-6080 for information on how to donate.

Expert on Congress and legislative politics Sarah Binder to give Jooinn Lee Lecture

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Room 109, Imholte Hall

Dr. 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, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Her address, “Inside Congress: Legislating in Polarized Times. A reception follows. Read more »

Prairie Yard and Garden visits Springwood Gardens

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television

“Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G) on Pioneer Public Television will visit Springwood Gardens to talk with Karol Emmerich during the Thursday, April 14 episode. Emmerich will discuss growing daylilies with host Larry Zilliox. Read more »

Public performances of the spring children’s theatre production—preview photos


Friday, April 15, 2011, 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, 2011, 1 p.m.
Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts

The Theatre Discipline’s 2011 children’s show is the premiere of Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island. Forrest Musselman writes this innovative, environmentally friendly production, in collaboration with Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre and the show’s director. The play will be performed in the Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium as scheduled matinees for area school children and for the public on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, at 1 p.m. The cost of a ticket is $2 for the young and young at heart. Performances for school matinees begin on April 13 and run through April 23. Enjoy the preview photos. Read more »

Rock band Rooney to perform on campus

Friday, April 15, 2011, 8 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

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 performed on “The OC,” “The Today Show,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The group toured with Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Weezer, and The Stokes. Read more »

Morris students to present work at Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 16, 2011, various times
Various locations

On Saturday, April 16, Morris students will present work that has been months—in some cases years —in the making at the 11th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Faculty, staff, fellow students, and families are invited to attend the event that celebrates the variety and quality of student scholarly research and artistic work. Read more »

Morris hosts Minnesota’s first intercollegiate Ground Quidditch tournament

Saturday, April 16, 2011, various times
various locations

Ground Quidditch, or “Muggle Quidditch” is the human version of the game played in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, differing in that the balls in play are the only things that fly through the air. But, like their fictional counterparts, chasers (offense) and beaters (defense) do ride broomsticks, trying to score goals and tag out other players in a sport that has been called a combination of rugby, basketball, soccer and dodgeball. Now in its second year on campus, Morris will host the Prairie Cup, the first intercollegiate Ground Quidditch tournament in Minnesota, on Saturday, April 16. Read more »

Sign Language Concert

I love you sign

Saturday, April 16, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

Students in the Sign Language course will perform the 17th annual Concert in Signs at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, in Edson Auditorium.

University Chorus Concert

Sunday, April 17, 2011, 2:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

The University Chorus will perform a concert at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 17, in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall.

Final Community Meal of academic year to feature Italian fare

Monday, February 18, 2011, 5:30 until 7 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue

Pasta will be highlighted at the Morris Senior Community Center for April's Community Meal on Monday, April 18. The project serves warm, made-from-scratch meals that are open to all members of the Stevens County community.Read more »

Economist and author Chris Farrell to speak on campus

Monday, April 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

Chris Farrell, author of The New Frugality: How to Consume Less, Save More, and Live Better, will speak on campus on Monday, April 18, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. A reception and book signing follow. An award winning journalist, Farrell is a regular contributor to “Marketplace Morning Report” and chief economics correspondent for American Public Media’s documentary unit, American Radio Works, and Minnesota Public Radio. He writes for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine and is a weekly columnist in the Star Tribune. Read more »

Entre Nous and French department invite you to a celebration of the French language

Tuesday, April 19, 2011, 7 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The 25th Annual Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Reading Contest will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m. in Oyate Hall. The event provides a showcase for students to share the beauty of the French language and verse from across the francophone world. Students, faculty, staff, as well as the general public are invited to attend the event that also celebrates the poetry contest’s 25th anniversary. Read more »

Campus to host guest speaker Jim Farrell during Earth Week 2011

Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Room 109, Imholte Hall

The Morris campus will host guest speaker James Farrell during Earth Week 2011. Farrell is an author, professor, and frequent speaker on “greening” college campuses. His Morris address, “On The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and College Culture” will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall room 109. A reception and book signing follow. Read more »

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

Professor Neil Leroux receives Faculty Research Award


Neil Leroux, professor of communication, media, and rhetoric, has been chosen for the 2011 University of Minnesota, Morris Faculty Distinguished Research Award. The award recognizes sustained research over the course of a faculty member’s career. Since graduate school, Leroux has research the rhetoric of Martin Luther (1483–1546). Read more »

Radio theatre course provides new theatre opportunity at Morris

After performing radio theater last year in Lanesboro through a profession theatre organization, Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, returned to campus to develop a radio theater course for Morris students. The class members learned aspects of radio theater writing and acting, and performed two shows for an Alexandria radio station. Watch the video report.

2011 Earth Week events provide opportunities to learn and engage

Several groups at Morris have organized learning and action opportunities during 2011 Earth Week, April 18–22. On Monday, April 18, economist and author Chris Farrell will give an address. A Green energy tour and World Café conversations will beheld on Tuesday, April 19. On Wednesday, April 20, a clothing swap will be held in the afternoon and innovative professor and author Jim Farrell will give an address in the evening, “On The Nature of Our Lives: Sustainability and College Culture.” On Thursday, April 21, a reception and book signing event will be held in honor of Professor Cyrus Bina book on the occasion of the release of his new book, Oil: A Time Machine—Journey Beyond Fanciful Economics and Frightful Politics. In the evening, The Human Footprint will be screened in Imholte Hall room 111. On Earth Day, April 22, MPRIG will promote commuting by bicycle in the community of Morris with positive, high-visibility Critical Mass bicycle ride event. Meet on the mall at 4 p.m. Helmets encouraged. Read more »

“EESOME” 2011 Senior Art Exhibition features work by graduating studio art majors

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“EESOME,” the 2011 Senior Art Exhibition, will be celebrated in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery on Thursday, April 21, with an opening reception from 7 until 9 p.m. The artists will be introduced at 7:30 p.m. Graduating artists are Dana Droog, Mobridge, South Dakota Samantha Esguerra, Minneapolis Lacey Granroos, Fridley Christine Maxwell, Hancock Sarianne Sve, Silver Bay Joel Terry, St. Cloud Jessica Thielen, Paynesville and Allison Wegner, Winsted. Information on each artist and his/her work will be available at the exhibit 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.

Student employment announcement

The last day to submit spring timesheets for student employment payroll is Friday, May 13, 2011. If timesheets are turned in after May 13, payment will not be processed through the student employment payroll. Students will need to deal directly with their employer to be paid from department funds. This may cause a delay in receiving a paycheck.

Student loans announcement

The last day to increase or apply for a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, or PLUS loan for spring semester is Monday, May 2, 2011.

Financial aid announcement for May or summer session(s) applications

The last day to apply for May or summer financial aid is Tuesday, June 7, 2011. To be eligible for May or summer financial aid, students must be enrolled for all summer classes by June 17, 2011.

Graduating seniors loan announcement

Graduating students who have borrowed from federal loan programs should complete exit counseling before the end of spring semester.

33rd Annual Jazz Fest photos

Jazz Fest was held last weekend, April 7–9, 2011. Enjoy the photos.

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Diane Blommel and Daniel Fragodt are two of just seven finalists for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award. Read more »

Thirteen 2010–11 Cougar athletes will be inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. To be eligible, student athletes must be juniors or seniors and must maintain at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average throughout their coursework. Congratulations to Greg Borchers ’12, soccer, track and field Kyle Bruns ’12, basketball, baseball Kali Cordes ’12, soccer Matt Ellison ’12, cross-country, track and field Rachel Harstad ’12, soccer Deidre Konold ’12, golf Gemma Miltich ’12, cross-country, track and field Leah Parker ’12, soccer, track and field Kristina Roe ’12, swimming and diving Ben Schield ’12, track and field Sonja Smidt ’12, cross-country, track and field Chris Thompson ’12, baseball and Jane Yackley ’12, swimming and diving.

The second edition of the Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention in Addiction and Other Problems, edited by W. Miles Cox, faculty from 1978–85, and Eric Klinger, professor emeritus of psychology, will be released on April 15, 2011, in the United Kingdom and in June 2011 in the United States. Cox and Klinger authored six chapters. Kevin Stefanek, assistant professor of psychology, and Heather Peters, assistant professor of psychology, authored a chapter on motivational counseling in sports.

In the News

Reporter Tom Larson covered the Community Coffee for President Bob Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum in the Morris Sun Tribune.

Writer Christine Sodemann reports in The Observer story “Search narrows for new UW-Waukesha dean” that Irene H. Kovala ’72, speech communication, is a finalist for the position. Kovala is currently vice president for academic and student affairs at the Minneapolis Community and Technical College in Minnesota.

The Morris Sun Tribune published the story, “Quidditch anyone?” on the Quidditch tournament to be held on campus on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Reporter Jeff Severns Guntzel reported in his story, “What we’re doing in rural Minnesota (and how you can help)” written for Minnpost about a conversation shared with a Morris prospective student. Severns Guntzel says, “In Finlayson, I talked to an 18-year-old who had recently returned from a visit to the University of Minnesota’s Morris campus. In presentations, university representatives repeatedly spoke of the benefits of small-town life. ‘I was just sitting there in disbelief,’ he told me, laughing, ‘because they have like six fast food restaurants and a Pamida—so much stuff! That is not a small town!’”

Arden Virnig ’83, a physician from Onamia, called into MPR’s April 1, 2011, Midmorning show on the topic “The high stakes of college admission.” He gives Morris a shout out at about 10:15 into the program.