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Vol. 3, No. 1: July 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, August 16, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Summer Fun in the Garden

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 6 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Garden

The WCROC Horticulture Garden is hosting a series of family gardening programs this summer. The evening begins with a light optional supper followed by a free presentation by a master gardener and garden activities for children conducted by 4-H members. There is a modest charge for the optional meal.

Morris Area Farmers Market

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The Morris Healthy Eating Initiative encourages you to check out the wide selection of fresh produce and homegrown items available on Thursdays, June through September, at the Farmers Market.

West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) All-School Reunion

Saturday, July 16, 2011, throughout the day
various rooms, Student Center

WCSA alumni will gather on campus for the annual summer reunion on Saturday, July 16. Special class gatherings are planned for 1946, 1951, 1956, and 1961. Read more »

Monthly Book Club

Monday, July 18, 2011, 5 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library

Join the new book study group on campus. July's selection is Giants in the Earth. Next up: The Hunger Games. Email for more information.

Morris at the St. Paul Saints

Wednesday, July 27, 2011, tailgating 4 until 7 p.m.
Midway Stadium, 1771 Energy Park Drive, St. Paul

Faculty and staff are invited to join alumni, friends, and current and prospective students at the annual Morris at the St. Paul Saints event on Wednesday, July 27, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions. Free tailgating fare. Complimentary game ticket quantities are limited. Don't forget to wear your Morris gear! RSVP online.

WCROC Horticulture Night

Thursday, July 28, 2011, 5 until 9 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center

This annual event provides tours of the WCROC Horticultural Gardens. Activities include discussions on various gardening topics, gardening technique demonstrations, games in the Children's Garden, and a picnic dinner.

Summer Fun in the Garden

Wednesday, August 10, 2011, 6 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Garden

The WCROC Horticulture Garden is hosting a series of family gardening programs this summer. The evening begins with a light optional supper followed by a free presentation by a master gardener and garden activities for children conducted by 4-H members. There is a modest charge for the optional meal.

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

Professor Finzel begins service as interim dean

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Bart Finzel, professor of economics and management, has begun his service to the campus as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. "Morris is one of the most remarkable stories in higher education," Finzel says. He intends not to let that awareness get lost amid the budget woes hitting higher education as a whole. Instead, he advocates celebrating strengths and allowing them to carry us forward to new heights. Read more »

University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association (UMMAA) announces 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients

The UMMAA Board of Directors announces that four alumni have been chosen for the 2011 University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. The award honors alumni who have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, or in service to the University. The recipients are David Eckmann '78, Gary McGrath '68, the late Thomas McRoberts '68, and John Tavis '85. Read more »

New Native American garden planted on the Morris campus

A new Native American garden is growing this summer at the Morris Crocus Valley Gardens. The gardens are adjacent to the campus, off the bike path just across from the softball fields. Part of a multi-garden plot, the tradition "three sisters garden"—corn, beans, and squash—shares space with community gardens maintained by the student Organic Gardening Club and the Regional Fitness Center (RFC). The native garden project was coordinated through the Morris Healthy Eating Initiative and the Office of Community Engagement in partnership with the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Read more »

Angela Laidlaw, Yuri Machkasov, and James Cotter receive 2011 Cesar Chavez award

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Angela Laidlaw '11, Saint Louis Park, Yuri Machkasov '11, Morris, and James Cotter, professor of geology, received the 2011 César Chávez Award. 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. Read more »

Droske '11 brings energy conservation to the Morris campus and community

If you've had your windows open lately to catch a summer breeze, you might have heard Chris Droske '11, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, pass by on his distinctive, gas efficient moped. Droske is finishing up his second yearlong term with GreenCorps as energy conservation specialist, an experience he has enjoyed immensely. Read more »

Bridget Billo '12 assists nonprofit Resource Connections

Bridget Billo '12, Eden Valley, has been working through the Students in Service program with Resource Connections to increase broadband usage in Stevens County. The project's goal is to set up hotspots in various locations and provide computers at these locations for the public's free use. The purpose of Resource Connections is to strengthen the Stevens County Community through nonprofit cooperation. Read more »

Campus virtual tour now offers Apple and Android downloads

Morris recently made available Apple and Android mobile device downloads for the convenience of virtual tour users. Morris partnered with YourCampus360, a multimedia company specializing in higher education, to build a complete virtual walking tour of the Morris campus, providing prospective students and their families, alumni, and the general public opportunities to visit campus from afar. Read more »

Read more news »


Assistant professor of music Joe Carrucci and Nate Sperl '13, New Ulm, along with musician Bill Engebretson, will be featured on Pioneer Public Television's Pioneer Presents Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 9:30 p.m. with a rebroadcast on Monday, July 18, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. Pioneer Presents showcases local and regional musicians in concert.

Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, presented at the Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) Conference for Visual and Performing Arts in Athens, Greece, in June 2011. Her presentation, "Going Green Globally," focused on her current environmental theatre research. Read more »

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Computer Science students did very well at the 2011 Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium (MICS), an annual regional computing conference hosted this year by St. Scholastica in Duluth. Lucas Ellgren, Maple Grove, won the best undergraduate paper award, and one of Morris programming teams tied for second. Andy and Dian Lopez, professors emeriti of computer science, who serve on the MICS steering committee, also attended.

Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, directed the critically acclaimed play, Next Fall, by playwright Geoffrey Nauffts, for the Performance Network in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His direction of the Tony nominated comic drama received excellent reviews, and the show was extended into July 2011. Read more »

Ben Lacy '09 is one of two young Americans to receive the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Young Americans' Challenge, the first time awarded in the United States. Lacy was honored at a Capitol Hill reception attended by the His Royal Highness Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. A professional with Boy Scouts of America, Lacy credits faculty encouragement with launching his career in Washington, D.C. Read more »


Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, presented "The Predictive Power of Differences in Exposure and Individual Driver Characteristics for Accidents among Tractor-Trailer Drivers," at the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Research Annual Research Conference in St. Paul in May 2011. The work was co-authored with Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Colin DeYoung, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and student Manjari Govada '12, Shakopee. The presentation was part of the ongoing Truckers & Turnover Project at Morris, a multi-year multi-co-investigator study that has been underway since 2005.

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) honored 35 Morris student-athletes as members of the winter/spring All-Academic teams. Women's track and field: Alicia Beattie, Hastings, Kaylie Clark, Garden Plain, Kansas, Melissa Denler, Champlain, Molly Donovan, Minneapolis, Anne Gair, Coon Rapids, Maddy Gehrig, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Joy Heysse, St. Cloud, Christine Hoffman, Alexandria, Heidi Ivers, Zimmerman, Melissa Kloek, Stillwater, Gemma Miltich, Cohasset, Alexandra Myhal, Parma Heights, Ohio, Leah Parker, Minnetonka, Cristina Montanez, El Paso, Texas, Debbie Schneidermann, Magnolia, and Sonja Smidt, Apple Valley, Men's track & field: Tiwaloluwa Ajibewa, St. Paul, Kyle Billett, Isanti, Brian Moore, Rockford, Ian Philbrick, Rochester, Ben Schield, Two Harbors, Luke Toso, Falcon Heights, and Charlie Warnes, Alexandria, Baseball: Thomas Fox, Coon Rapids, Ian Olson, Granite Falls, Chris Thompson, Litchfield, Drew Lundquist, North Branch, and Logan Orazem, Mora, Softball: Diane Blommel, Grey Eagle, Emily Mehr, Aitkin, and Ally Obernolte, St. Paul, Basketball: Kyle Bruns, Evansville, Brendon Foss, Hancock, Diane Blommel, Grey Eagle, and Abby Fragodt, Benson. Read more »

Julie Eckerle, associate professor of English, spent June in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., thanks in part to a short-term fellowship from the Folger. Eckerle presented her work at a "Works-in-Progress" session for other fellows and researchers at the library. Her presentation, "Romancing the Self: A Study of Early Modern Englishwomen's Life Writing," covered her current book project on women's life writing and the specific focus of her Folger research: early modern women's marginalia in print romance.

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Leadership Morris, a Morris Area Chamber of Commerce program, recognized 14 graduates from the 2010–11 class. Front row: Sheila Hemming and Jeanne Ennen, second row: Pilar Eble, Office, of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs, University of Minnesota, Morris, Karla Larson, Stevens Community Medical, center: Karen Berget '95, American Eagle Realty, Jeri Erickson, Federated Telephone, and Laura Griffith, Otter Tail Power Company, back row: Josh Kurpiers '01, Info-Link Wireless, Mandi Koehntop, West Wind Village, Heather Smith, Bank of the West, Selena Reed '03, Stevens Community Medical Center, Matt Konz, Riverview LLP, Cork Loge, Morris Area Elementary School, and Echo Hacker, Bonanza Bean

Kurt Refsnider '04 won the 2011 Tour Divide, a 2,745-mile mountain bike race that follows the continental divide from Banff, Canada, to the United States-Mexico border in Antelope Wells, New Mexico. Read more »

In the news


The Albert Lea Tribune interviewed student Kate Buringa, right, of Albert Lea, for a printed article and video both titled "After 1 year of college…."

Rand Middleton, writer for the West Central Tribune, reports that student Abby Fragodt, Benson, won the Women's Open final in the Cardinal Classic Tennis Tournament.

Wendy Wilson, Alexandria Echo Press writer, interviewed Van Gooch, professor emeritus of biology, and Sue Gooch, master gardener and former host of "Prairie Yard and Garden," produced on the Morris campus, for the story "Eco-living cultivates bond with nature: Alexandria, Minn., area couple builds ecohome."

Tom Cherveny, in his story for the West Central Tribune, "Meeker County is home to one of state's largest community-based wind projects," quotes Arne Kildegaard, professor of economics, and references his research "analyzing the economic benefits from wind farms under various ownership models."

The Echo Press notes that Athena Kildegaard, English lecturer, read from her new book of poetry, Bodies of Light, at Cherry Street Books. William Pelowski '02, singer/songwriter/guitarist, accompanied Kildegaard.

Several publications and news articles, including a story by Beth Hawkins for, report that new University President Eric Kaler has stated, "Morris has terrific opportunities for a liberal arts education in a smaller setting."

KTTC Television, Hoosier Ag Today, and the Alexandria Echo Press reported on the National Farmers Union Renewable Energy Tour's visit to the Morris campus in June 2011.

The Morris campus was featured in the article "Power Potential" in the latest issue of Business Officer, published by the National Association of College and University Business Officers. Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, was interviewed about Morris's local renewable energy resources as cost-effective power supplies.

The Morris Sun Tribune reports that Morris Area Chamber of Commerce chamber assistant Kristen Swenson '11 has accepted a position with Bremer Bank. Chamber board chair Karen Berget '95 was interviewed for the story.

The Business Wire story "Marquette Plaza Becomes First Minneapolis Downtown Building to Receive LEED Platinum Certification" mentions Sustology, a Minneapolis-based sustainable design and renewable energy developer that worked on the University of Minnesota, Morris's sustainability master plan.

The Morris Sun Tribune reports that Thomas Vail '09 has been hired as the new Stevens County Historical Society collection registrar.

Voice of America interviewed Cyrus Bina, professor of economics, on Iran's energy diplomacy. Access Minnesota also interviewed Bina on oil, energy, and the global implications.