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Vol. 2, No. 33: April 27, 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, May 3, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 6 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner to congratulate 2011 award recipients and thank retirees for their service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Oyate Hall. Honored retirees are Joyce Amborn, Jim Anderson, Paul Keitzman, Ron Kubik, Margaret Larson, Neil Leroux, Jenny Nellis, Judy Van Eps, and Randy Wenz. Faculty award honorees are Michelle Page, Neil Leroux, and Jennifer Rothchild. Staff award honorees are Jane Harstad, Pat Nelson, Lou Logan, and Marge Kleinhans. Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson hosts the event. Read more »

Premier screening of Getting Real about Food and the Future

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 7 p.m.
Room 109, Imholte Hall

In partnership with the Culture, Food, and Agriculture class, anthropology and sociology, Morris Healthy Eating will host the premier of filmmaker Chris Bedford’s new film, Getting Real about Food and the Future. The screening, free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall room 109. The event also features a discussion with Bedford after the film is shown. Read more »

Prairie Yard and Garden visits WCROC gardens

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Thursday, April 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television

“Prairie Yard and Garden” (PY&G), on Pioneer Public Television, will be at the Horticulture Display Garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris on Thursday, April 28. Bernie Angus, WCROC landscape gardener, will take Sue Gooch, guest host, on a tour discussing some of the unusual plants homeowners can incorporate into their own landscapes. Read more »

Carbo Load Dinner for Tinman participants

Friday, April 29, 2011, 5:30 until 7 p.m.
LaFave House, 305 College Avenue

If you’ve registered for the Tinman Triathlon, join fellow alumni and friends for a complimentary “carb load” dinner, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association at LaFave House from 5:30 until 7 p.m. on the evening before the event, Friday, April 29.

Dance Ensemble performances

Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, 2011, 7 p.m. on Friday, 1 and 7 p.m. on Saturday
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

Enjoy the last Dance Ensemble event of the academic year during the annual Spring Ensemble Performances on Friday or Saturday, April 29 and 30, at 7 p.m., or on Saturday at 1 p.m.

27th Annual Tinman Triathlon

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 9 a.m.
Regional Fitness Center

The 27th Annual Tinman Triathlon, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30, features a 1K swim in the PE pool, a 30K bike ride in the country, and a 10K run through Pomme de Terre Park. No applications after 8 a.m. on race day.

Orchestra Concert

Saturday, April 30, 2011, 5 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Join the Orchestra for a late afternoon of music on Saturday, April 30, at 5 p.m. in the Recital Hall.

Symphonic Winds Concert

Sunday, May 1, 2011, 3 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Symphonic Winds is pleased to announce its last concert of the spring semester on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Recital Hall. Read more »

Asking the Big Questions and Soup & Substance partner on final topic of academic year

Monday, May 2, 2011, 6:30 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library

Two monthly campus/community discussion groups will partner on a final topic for the academic year, “The Spirit Behind Service.” Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, will present his research and the conversation will focus on, “How do religious practices affect volunteerism?” Free and open to the public, the event will be held on Monday, May 2, from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in the McGinnis Room. Soup, bread, beverage, and dessert will be served. Read more »

Breads N’ Bowls provides opportunity to serve and support community groups

clay bowl on wheel

Tuesday, May 2, 2011, 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Cafeteria, Morris Area Elementary School, 201 South Columbia Avenue

The Bread N’ Bowls fundraiser is scheduled from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, at the Morris Area Elementary School cafeteria. Soups, homemade breads, beverages, and desserts donated by area businesses, organizations, and individuals will be served. Ceramic bowls made by UMM ceramic students and Morris Area High School Art Club members are included with the meal purchase. The event supports the Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) children’s programs. Read more »

Mixed Student Recital

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Enjoy a variety of music during the Mixed Student Recital on Tuesday, May 3, in the Recital Hall.

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

Michelle Page receives all-University Horace T. Morse Award

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Michelle Page, associate professor of education, is a 2011 recipient of the all-University Horace T. Morse—University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education award. The award honors faculty who excel in teaching, research, creative activities, advising, academic program development, and educational leadership. Read more »

Minnesota West students in Morris for hands-on wind turbine experience

Students from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Canby were in Morris last week to get hands-on experience working with the wind turbines. The students are part of the Wind Energy Technology program at Minnesota West that started in 2005. Read more »

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Cougar athletes “walk a mile in their shoes”

Cougar athletes and other students—many of them men—walked a mile through downtown Morris in high heels to raise awareness of sexual assault. Someplace Safe of Morris organized the event. Read more and watch the video.

Alumni Asche and Winkelman engage young minds through Brain Gym

It is always a challenge to make learning fun and engaging, but two Morris graduates are making great strides and helping students be successful. Mary Asche ’95, originally from Kensington, health and physical education (PE) teacher, and Darcy Winkelman ’82, originally from Appleton, elementary PE teacher, are making learning easier and enjoyable for Morris Area Public School students with a project called Brain Gym. Mike Cihak and Roger Boleman, Instructional Media and Technology, are helping the alumni create a Brain Gym DVD. Read more »

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.

Student employment announcement

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

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.

Read more news »


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Sixteen Morris chemistry students traveled to Anaheim, California, in March 2011 to attend the National American Chemical Society (ACM) Meeting. The Morris group was one of the largest contingencies representing one college—large or small—to attend. The Morris students, Jennifer Goodnough, associate professor of chemistry, and Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, presented research, viewed presentations, listened to lectures, and networked, including interacting with Morris alumni who also attended. Read more and enjoy the photos.

A research paper written by Nadine Frasseto ’12 was published in the spring 2011 issue of Metamorphosis, the online undergraduate research journal of The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). Her article, “Pardoning Passing in Comedy: American Style,” was one of only two papers accepted this semester from any COPLAC member institution. Read more »

Matthew Kroonblawd ’12, Lino Lakes, has been making waves in international academia. A physics major with minors in mathematics and chemistry, Kroonblawd worked since summer 2010 on developing a computer model for the simulations of shock wave propogation in the crystalline explosive RDX. Kroonblawd traveled to Bremen, Germany, with adviser, Sylke Boyd, associate professor of physics, and presented his research at an international workshop at the Bremen Institute for Computational Materials Science. Read more »

Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, and Jess Larson, associate professor of studio art, recently gave a presentation on last season’s production of As You Like It called “Any Way You Like It, As Long As It’s ‘Green’: Staging Sustainable Shakespeare”for the Staging Sustainability conference at York University in Toronto, Canada.

In the News

Writer Linda Vanderwerf, West Central Tribune, reports in the story “Four Willmar educators selected for NASA workshop” that Margaret Schmitz ’98 is among 32 teachers nationwide chosen to participate in a two-week paid internship workshop this summer at a NASA research facility.