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Vol. 2, No. 36: June 15, 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, June 12, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

sUMMer Jazz Camp


Wednesday, June 15, 2011, throughout the day
Humanities Fine Arts

The fourth annual sUMMer Jazz Experience for high school musicians concludes this evening. Musicians in grades 8–12 have been enjoying an action-packed excursion into the world of jazz improvisation since last Sunday. Read more »

AHEC Camps to Careers

Thursday and Friday, June 16 through 17, 2011, throughout the day
various campus locations

Central Minnesota Area Health Educator Center is hosting Camps to Careers with a focus on healthcare for students in grades 9–12 on the Morris campus on Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17. The students will explore and prepare for exciting, high-demand careers in the healthcare field.

Friends of Cougar Football golf outing

Friday, June 24, 2011, 11:00 a.m.
Stonebrooke Golf Club, Shakopee

Don't miss the annual Cougar Football Golf Outing on Friday, June 24, 2011. This year's course is Stonebrooke Golf Club in Shakopee. Contact Coach Todd Hickman for more information.

RAD Training

Monday, June 27 through Friday, July 1, 2011, throughout the day
Oyate Hall, Student Center

Regional peace officers will be campus for Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD) training, a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for women.

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

2011 Commencement video and photos online


More than 300 seniors received bachelor of arts degrees during the 48th annual Commencement. If you missed the festivities, enjoy a video of the event, including alumnus Doug Lennick's address, and these photos.

RSVP now for July's Morris at the St. Paul Saints

Join fellow alumni, friends, and current and prospective students at the annual Morris at the St. Paul Saints event on Wednesday, July 27, 2011, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association (UMMAA). Alumni are eligible for up to four ticket packages, but quantities are limited. Cost is $5 per package that includes traditional tailgating fare and game admission. Don't forget to wear your Morris gear! RSVP online, by email, or call 320-589-6066.

Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, researches public service motivation

Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, examines public service motivation (PSM), a subject that, as Rose puts it, seeks to better understand "what kinds of students are interested in public service?" His recent survey of students revealed interesting results, including a correlation between students who wish to work on policy issues also showing a strong interest in teaching. His results were unique in and of themselves because Rose is one of few scholars to separate teaching from other forms of public service like nonprofit or government work. Read more »

Donna Chollett, Morris associate professor of anthropology, receives a 2011 Imagine Fund Award to investigate Latin American grassroots social movements

Donna Chollett, associate professor of anthropology and Latin American area studies coordinator, received a 2011 Imagine Fund award to debate the question "Are Social Movements Morally Noble? Challenging the Intrinsic Virtuosity of Grassroots Social Movements." Her enduring interest in rural communities and sociocultural change in Latin America will take her back to her established research site in Puruarán, Michoacán, Mexico, this summer to learn why a worker-run sugar mill cooperative failed to live up to its potential for modeling democratic ideals and ensuring economic stability. Read more »

International Relations Club attends 2011 Model United Nations Conference

The International Relations Club participated in the 2011 Model United Nations Conference in Chicago, hosted by the University of Chicago. Participants in the conference included Alicia Beattie, Hastings, Mike Beach, St. Paul, Kristian Nyberg, Minnetonka, Andy Showalter, Maple Grove, Shiva Sharma, Morris, and Eric Gandrud, Grand Forks, North Dakota. Read more »

Office of Community Engagement presents awards for community involvement

The Office of Community Engagement presented awards at an end-of-the-year celebration to students, faculty, staff, and community partners who created or supported exemplary partnerships with the broader community. Community Partner Lisa Denzer of Legacy Living was honored with this year's Community Partner Award. Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, received the Faculty Award for Service Learning. Jennifer Goodnough, associate professor of chemistry, and Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator, received the Faculty/Staff Community Engagement Award. Laura Weldy '11, Oakdale, is the recipient of the Student Service Learning Award. Megan Trumper, Stillwater, received the First-Year Student Community Engagement Award. Seniors Yuri Machkasov '11, Morris, and Abe Henry '11, Hastings, were awarded the All-Student Community Engagement Award. Read more »

Katia Vantries '13, Morris, volunteers and learns from senior citizens through Americorps program

Katia Vantries '13, Morris, is a member of the Americorps Students in Service Program on campus. "I got to choose my location of volunteer service, and I can directly use this experience as a career exploration tool," says Vantries. "I chose to dedicate my service time to West Wind Village because I believe that our elderly populations are deserving of my time and energy, and I want to pursue a career in gerontology in my future." Read more »

Summer Session II begins Monday, June 27

Summer Sessions I and II provide opportunities for students to earn from two to five credits for completed courses in a five-week time frame. Some courses are in the traditional classroom format, while others are offered online. Learn more about Summer Term.

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Angela Lexvold '11 and Keith Brugger, geology professor, attended the Joint Meeting of the Rocky Mountain and Cordilleran Sections of the Geological Society of America, 18¬–20 May, Logan, Utah. Lexvold presented a poster "Evolution of the Precambrian rocks of Yellowstone National Park: high-grade metamorphic rocks from Junction Butte to Slough Creek." Coauthors included Lea Gilbertson (geology), David Mogk (Montana State), Henry Darrell (Louisiana State), Paul Mueller and David Foster (both University of Florida). Brugger with coauthors Eric Leonard, Meredith Bush (both Colorado College) and Keenan Lee (Colorado School of Mines) presented "Discharge estimates for a glacial outburst flood on the Upper Arkansas River, Colorado, from an ice-dam failure model." Alumnus Tammy Rittenour '96 presented or was coauthor on five papers as well as being faculty at the host institution, Utah State University.

Congratulations to students Angela Laidlaw '11, St. Louis Park, and Yuri Machkasov '11, Morris, Spanish and management major, and James Cotter, geology professor, who are the 2011 César Chavez award recipients. Recipients of the award personify service to others, sacrifice, desire to help the neediest in society, determination, nonviolence, tolerance, respect for life, celebrating community, knowledge and innovation—all characteristics embodied by the late labor and civil rights leader César Chávez.

Congratulations to Jong-Min Kim, statistics, Division of Science and Mathematics, on his promotion to full professor.

Congratulations to the Division of Social Sciences' Marynel Ryan Van Zee, history, and the Division of the Humanities' Mark Collier, philosophy, James Schryver, art history, Martin Seggelke, music, and Tisha Turk, English, on their promotions to associate professors with tenure.

Jayne Blodgett, metadata and technical services coordinator at Briggs Library, has been accepted into the University of Minnesota President's Emerging Leaders Program. The yearlong program features educational and experiential components, fosters a broad perspective of the University as an enterprise, and promotes skill development to enhance leadership effectiveness.

The Minnesota Morris women's track & field team was honored with nine All-Conference honorees. Megan Croatt, Bellingham was named Co-Track Athlete of the UMAC Championship Meet in addition to All-UMAC accolades. Read more »

athletes competing

The men's track & field team led the way with 10 athletes named to the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) All-Conference team. The Cougars also claim the 2011 UMAC Outdoor Men's Track & Field Coach of the Year in Jeremy Karger Gatzow. With 10, the Cougars owned over a third of the 27 total All-Conference honorees, including Track Athlete of the Meet Leandro Dower, Minneapolis. Here are the 10 Cougars receiving All-Conference honors.

      Matt Anderson, Virginia
      Andrew Birnstengel, St. Paul
      Andrew Burroughs, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
      Ryan DeRoeck, Sartell
      Leandro Dower, Minneapolis
      Todd Gramenz, St. Paul
      Zeke Miller, Riverside, California
      Zach Smith, Watertown
      Luke Toso, Falcon Heights
      Billy Visto, Oakes, North Dakota<

Morris won the 2011 UMAC Outdoor Track & Field title with 239 points. Read more »

Minnesota Morris softball's Diane Blommel, Grey Eagle, was named a Second Team Division III All-Midwest Region performer by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA). She also earned Earned NFCA All-Region Honors, Team Academic All-District player, a Second Team Academic All-American, a First Team All-UMAC performer and a UMAC All-Defensive Team player for the third straight time. She was also chosen for CoSIDA Capitol One Academic All-American honors.

David Fluegel, Center for Small Towns, serves on the planning group for the National Rural Assembly and the Midwest Rural Assembly.

Megan Croatt, Bellingham, and Linda Keller, Hawick, represented the women's track & field team at the 2011 NCAA Championship Meet. Croatt ran a 25.40 in the 200-meter to finish in 17th place, running among the best competition in the country. Likewise in the 1500-meter, Keller crossed the finish line at 4:48.13 to finish 21st. Read more »

Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history, presented a paper on "The Multivalence of May Alcott Nieriker's Studying Art Abroad and How To Do It Cheaply" at a conference on "Modes of Transport: Travel Writing and Form, 1780–1914" held at King's College, London in May 2011.

The Cougars placed three to the UMAC All-Conference Baseball team: Jordan Gegen, Anoka, Drew Lundquist, North Branch, and Ian Olson, Granite Falls. Read more »

In the news

Cyrus Bina, professor of economics, was interviewed by writer Eric Hendey, author of "Oil and Revolution," published in the Harvard Political Review.

The Morris Sun Tribune reported on a speech by Barb Hesse, Center for Small Towns, delivered for Morris's annual Memorial Day program.

Reporter Jenna Ross reported in the story, "Trendy three-year degrees gain momentum in Minnesota" for the Star Tribune, that more Morris students graduate in three years than those at other University campuses.

Reporter Alex Friedrich of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) featured a Morris time-lapse video on the MPR website.

Performance Network has announced an upcoming production of Next Fall directed by Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre. The Tony-nominated play explores "religion, coming out and family," writes Bridgette M. Redman about the production's Michigan premiere in PrideSource.

Alina Gil, Montevideo, Uruguay, visited the University of Minnesota, Morris through the Partners of the Americas program, which promotes cultural exchanges between the United States and Latin American countries including Uruguay. Read more »

PZ Myers, professor of biology, was the guest on MPR's Bright Ideas program, hosted by Stephen Smith, June 9, 2011.