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Vol. 3, No. 3: August 24, 2011

Editor: Judy Korn
Writer: Elaine Simonds-Jaradat
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, August 30, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Green Energy Tour

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Sunday, August 28, 2011, 1 p.m.
Information Center, Student Center

A green energy tour will depart from the Student Center's Information Center at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 28. Come learn about what really makes Morris run with a tour of the biomass plant and wind turbines.

Tournées Film Festival begins August 31

Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 7 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

The first of five films in the 2011 festival, Des Dieu Et Des Hommes/Of Gods and Men, will be screened at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, in Edson Auditorium. The films are subtitled in English and showings are free. Read more »

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News and announcements:

New University of Minnesota President Kaler campus visit photos

President and wife

New University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and wife Karen Kaler visited campus for the first time on August 23, 2011. Kaler met with administration and student leaders, participated in an open meeting for faculty, students, and staff, and enjoyed a public gathering with residents of the community and region. Read more and enjoy the photos.

Three alumni featured in nationally touring art exhibit in HFA Gallery

Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay, a nationally touring art exhibit, features the work of noted ceramicist Richard Bresnahan and four former apprentices: Stephen Earp and UMM graduates Kevin Flicker '74, Morris, ceramics instructor, Samuel Johnson '96, St. Joseph, and Anne Meyer '04, St. Joseph. The exhibit is on the Morris campus from August 24 through October 13, 2011. Read more »

Students track benefits of the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

Since September 2010, Morris students have been evaluating community-based projects designed to improve nutrition and physical activity among residents in Todd, Morrison, and Wadena counties as part of the Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). The project team included Ellie McCann '10, St. Joseph, Joe Dunlavy '11, Spicer, Austin Kelsey '11, Brookings, South Dakota, Masera Turkson '11, Hopkins, Amanda Granaas '12, Vermillion, South Dakota, and Jon Braegelmann '14, New Ulm. They submitted to the state of Minnesota at the end of July 2011. Granaas spent summer 2011 compiling data from grantee interviews and finishing up the project, aiming to determine the impact and effectiveness of the grant activities. Read more »

Morris Area Farmers Market

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

Dance Ensemble Choreographer Auditions

Choreographer auditions will be held on Monday, August 29, 2011, from 4:30 until 10 p.m. in Oyate Hall in the Student Center.

Dance Ensemble Auditions

Auditions will be held on Wednesday, August 31, and Thursday, September 1, 2011, from 6:30 until 9 p.m. in Oyate Hall in the Student Center.

Attention students interested in theatre

Auditions for the Theatre Discipline's fall musical, Anything Goes, will be held Wednesday and Thursday, August 31 and September 1, 2011, at 6 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre.

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Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, presented "Self Selection Does Not Increase Other-Regarding Preferences among Adult Laboratory Subjects, but Student Subjects May Be More Self-Regarding than Adults," at the International Meetings of the Economic Science Association, the professional association of experimental economists, at the University of Chicago in July 2011. The work was co-authored with Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College, Lorenz Götte, University of Lausanne, Karsten Maurer '09, Iowa State University, Daniele Nosenzo, University of Nottingham, Ruth Potter '13, Kim Rocha '11, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 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.

Works by Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art and HFA Gallery curator, were chosen for a new exhibit at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. The exhibit, Project Art for Nature: Places Between, Species Within, focuses on observation and appreciation of the natural world. An opening reception will be held on Friday, August 26, 2011, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Paul "PZ" Myers, associate professor of biology, was awarded the International Humanist Award for 2011 by the International Humanist and Ethical Union at the August 2011 World Humanist Congress in Oslo, Norway. The award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to advancing Humanist principles in society. The citation read, in part, the "awardee's blog 'Pharyngula' is a global phenomenon and in 2006 was named by Nature magazine as the top-ranked blog by a scientist. His deep commitment to science and science communication is embodied by his blog and his continuing work in encouraging other scientists to use the Internet to spread reason and scientific understanding."

Schmitz in simulator

Margaret Schmitz '98 and colleagues were among 32 select science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) middle and high school teachers chosen for two-week paid summer internships at NASA facilities. The program focuses on aeronautics modeling and simulation and provides STEM educators with the opportunity to experience cutting-edge technology, explore aerospace engineering concepts, and develop engaging, hands-on classroom projects. Read more »

In the news

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Editor Kim Ukura interviewed Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions, for the Morris Sun Tribune story "UMM welcomes new students and faculty ( in which she introduces new Morris faculty to the community. She also interviewed President Eric Kaler during his campus visit.

Emily Reppert, KSAX, reported on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's visit to the Morris campus.

Matt Privratsky, reporting for KMRS news, interviewed University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler during his campus visit and Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, for on-air stories.

trio seated by entrance sign

Reporter Karis Hustad in her story "Public Vs. Private College: The Experience" for WCCO News interviewed Robert McMaster, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, who used the Morris campus as a counter example to the public school image of "a large de-personalized student body."

Radio personality Paul Stagg interviewed Paula O'Loughlin, professor of political science, on Live at Five with Paul Stagg, KWLM 1340 AM, Willmar. O'Loughlin, a regular pundit on the show, spoke about the enthusiasm gap in today's political process.