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Vol. 2, No. 35: May 11, 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, June 14, at 4 p.m. The summer schedule of one issue per month begins on June 15, 2011.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

American Indian Honoring Ceremony

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Friday, May 13, 2011, 3:30 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

Graduating American Indian students will be recognized at the annual American Indian Honoring Ceremony on Friday, May 13, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

Honors Recital

Friday, May 13, 2011, 5 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Chosen by competitive audition, honors recitalists are recognized for outstanding performances during the academic year. Enjoy their musical accomplishments on Friday, May 13, beginning at 5 p.m. in Recital Hall.

Honors and Awards Ceremony

Friday, May 13, 2011, 7 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

The Honors and Awards Ceremony is an event that recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence and enrich campus life. It will be held in Edson Auditorium on Friday, May 13, beginning at 7 p.m.

2011 Commencement Division Receptions

Saturday, May 14, 2011, 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
Division of Education, Alumni Room, Oyate Hall
Division of the Humanities, HFA Gallery
Division of the Social Sciences, University/Cougar Rooms, Oyate Hall
Division of Science and Mathematics, Science Atrium

Graduates and their families and friends are invited to attend Division Receptions on Commencement Day. Read more »

Forty-eighth Commencement

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Saturday, May 14, 2011, 1:30 p.m.
Campus mall, rainsite: PE gymnasium

More than 300 seniors will receive bachelor of arts degrees during the 48th annual University of Minnesota, Morris Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14. Faculty, staff, family, and friends will gather on the mall to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates. The Ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. Read more »

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News and announcements:

Associate Professor of French Sarah Buchanan receives Imagine Fund grant for Mali research trip


A University of Minnesota Imagine Fund Award recipient, Sarah Buchanan, associate professor of French, will use the grant to support a June research trip to Mali for her project “‘Nyama,’ Creation and Destruction in Souleymane Cissè’s Yeelen.” Read more »

Tara Greiman ’11 researches Internet’s impact on regional businesses for UMVRDC


Tara Greiman ’11, Dayton, is completing an internship with Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC). Her project assesses the accuracy of Internet business listings in the five counties UMVRDC covers: Swift, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, and Lac qui Parle. Read more »

City of Morris garners intern Zac Van Cleve ’13 through Students in Service


The City of Morris lucked out when it snagged one of four Students in Service (SIS) last fall. A political science and sociology major, Zac Van Cleve ’13, St. Paul, has a strong interest in city government, and the SIS program allowed him to pursue that interest. Van Cleve is working closely with city manager Blaine Hill ’87, conducting a variety of tasks. Read more »

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.

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Cougar softball player Diane Blommel ’11, Grey Eagle, was named to the Capitol One Academic All-District Five First Team. A third baseman, Blommel maintains a 3.83 grade point average in management: financial management. Read more »

Cougar softball players Diane Blommel ’11, Grey Eagle, Heather Briese ’11, Fergus Falls, and Kaitlyn Randall ’14, Concord, California, were all named 2011 All-Conference First Team. Heidi Miller ’11, Eden Valley, was named Honorable Mention. Read more »

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Cougar men’s track & field team won the 2011 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships, their second straight title. Jeremy Karger Gatzow was named men’s Coach of the Year, and Leandro Dower ’14, Minneapolis, was named Male Track Athlete of the Meet. Read more »

Cougar women’s track & field finished as runner-up at the 2011 UMAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Megan Croatt ’11, Bellingham, was named Co-Female Track Athlete of the Meet. Read more »

Abby Fragodt ’14, Benson, Cougar tennis, has been named to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference All-Conference. Read more »

"Watershed” and “Solstice,” poems by Vicki Graham, professor of English, are included in a new anthology: Perfect Dragonfly: A Commonplace Book of Poems Celebrating a Decade & a Half of Printing and Publishing at Red Dragonfly Press.

The 2011 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Softball Coach of the Year Heather Pennie ’96, led the Cougars to a program record 18 wins in 2011, as well as 15 conference wins, another program record. Read more »

In the news

Reporter Brian Lester for notes that Billy Visto ’11, Oakes, North Dakota, enjoyed a stellar performance in the triple jump as the Cougars won the UMAC Championships. With a leap of 46-7 ¼, he set a new school record.

Reporters Sandy Hall for CFJC TV and Mike Youds for the Daily News covered an address by PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, at the Kamloops Centre for Rational Thought conference in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.

The Stillwater Gazette reports that Jamie Richert Nupen ’04, MSW, LGSW, psychology and liberal arts for human services, is the new youth counselor at The Youth Service Bureau, Inc. She works with students participating in the Stillwater Area School’s alternative to suspension program and helps them make a successful transition back to the regular classroom.

PRWeb reports that Don Rachel ’87, business and economics, has been named president of the National Demolition Association. Rachel plans to focus his energy on promoting environmental stewardship and the global demolition trade organization’s safety programs. Read more »