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Vol. 3, No. 4: August 31, 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, September 6, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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 »

Cougar Fest

students with mascot

Saturday, September 3, 2011, noon
Big Cat Stadium

Cougar Fest will be held on Saturday, September 3, at the Cougar Football opener against MacMurray. The festivities start at noon, an hour before the Cougars and Highlanders kickoff at 1p.m. at Big Cat Stadium. Admission is free. Read more »

Brown bag lunch on volunteer opportunities

Wednesdays, August 31, 2011, 11:45 a.m.
Conference Room 122, Welcome Center

The Office of Community Engagement will host a series of brown bag lunches in the Welcome Center downstairs conference room from 11:45 a.m. until 12:50 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, Friday, September 1, Wednesday, September 7, and Friday, September 9, 2011. Panelists will discuss volunteer opportunities in the community available to individuals and/or as service-learning projects.

Annual Fall Day of Service for campus and community

volunteer painting

Monday, September 5, 2011, 1 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Office of Community Engagement holds its annual Fall Day of Service on Monday, September 5, beginning at 1 p.m. Participants will have a choice of eight different projects throughout the Morris community followed by a free supper and reflection at the Morris Senior Center. Read more »

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News and announcements:

Stoked exhibit now open 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 Morris graduates Kevin Flicker '74, Morris, Samuel Johnson '96, and Anne Meyer '04. A reception will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2011. The exhibit may be viewed through October 13, 2011. Read more »

Pappenfus among consortium of researchers awarded National Science Foundation funds


Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, is a member of a consortium of researchers that received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program award. He and colleagues from the College of St. Catherine, Carleton College, the College of St. Benedict, and St. John's University will acquire a benchtop X-ray diffractometer for a regional molecular structure facility. Read more »

Inaugural Alumni and Students Networking Day planned for Homecoming 2011

This fall, the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association (UMMAA) launches an inaugural event for students and alumni. Nearly 30 invited alumni will return to campus on Friday, September 30, to discuss careers, life experiences and network with Morris students. The alumni attendees represent various academic programs and grad years ranging from 1968–2011. Students are encouraged to watch for additional information about the day via email and campus mail. If faculty/staff wish to engage their students with participating alumni, please contact Erin Christensen, Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, at 320-589-6067 for a list of returning alumni and a schedule of events. The new program complements those already established by the UMMAA for first-year students, sophomores, and seniors.

WCROC Dinner in the Garden

Tickets are available now for the West Central Research and Outreach Center's Dinner in the Garden. The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 8, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with a local wine and cheese tasting. Call Jean at 320-589-1711 for more information.

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.

Ceramicist Richard Bresnahan on campus for demonstration and conversation

Noted ceramicist Richard Bresnahan will be on campus working in the ceramics studio from 1 until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 from 1 until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 7, and from 1 until 4 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. He will be working on a Japanese potter's wheel conducting a running conversation with whomever wishes to watch him work—a captivating, physical display of creativity and skill as the wheel is kept in constant motion. Come and go as you have time.

UROP fall deadline

The University's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) fall 2011 deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2011 for projects beginning on or after January 1, 2012. Proposals, application form and mentor forms must be submitted electronically on the official UROP site.

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.

Canterbury Park Young Alumni Event photos

Young alumni gathered for a social event, sponsored by the UMMAA, at Canterbury Park in Shakopee in August 2011. Enjoy the photos.

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Todd Gramenz, St. Paul, begins his senior season in fine fashion, gaining Preseason All-America honors from Gramenz is the only Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) player on the first team, offense or defense, and is one of just six players from the conference on any of the four teams listed. Read more »

In the news

Alexandria's Echo Press reports that Charis Bjorklund '11, music major, has joined the music teachers at Carlson Music Center.

Reporter Jenna Ross for the Star Tribune interviewed Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson for the story "First-day-of-school advice for U's Eric Kaler." Minnesota Public Radio's Alex Friedrich also include Chancellor Johnson's comments in an MPR story "Morris chancellor to Kaler: Remember, there's life outside the Twin Cities."

Writer Jeremy Millsop for the Brainerd Dispatch reports that Bret Mayer '05, anthropology and history, is Crosby-Ironton Rangers' new activities director.

group near facility

Tom Niemisto for a Twin Cities Daily Planet Minnesota 2020 story, "Growing energy on the countryside," included information about the Morris biomass gasification facility and WCROC research.

Sandra Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, was interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Post for the story "Freshmen overflowing dorms at U of M."

Andrea Canter, contributing editor for the Jazz Police, interviewed Joel Vanderheyden'03, music, for the story "Joel Vanderheyden and Koplant No Return to the Artists Quarter."