Vol. 3, No. 7: September 21, 2011
In this issue:
- Morris campus to participate in presidential inauguration
- Campus to host Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference
- Students, staff, faculty, and public invited to wind turbine dedication this weekend
- Free September Community Meal features fall meal of chili and apple crisp
- Washington Monthly's national ranking includes Morris
Anne Meyer '04: Artist's Talk
Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 5 p.m.
Room 2, Humanities Fine Arts
Anne Meyer '04, ceramicist, will give an Artist's Talk on Wednesday, September 21, at 5 p.m. in HFA 2. Meyer's work is part of the current exhibit in the HFA Gallery, "Stoked: Five Artists of Fire and Clay." She will also be conducting an informal, "come and go" clay sculpture workshop in HFA 145 today, Wednesday, from noon until 4 p.m. and on Thursday, September 22, from 1 until 6 p.m.
Tournées Film Festival Presents Non Ma Fille tu N'iras pas Danser/Making Plans for Lena
Wednesday, September 21, 7 p.m.
Science Auditorium, Science and Math
Non Ma Fille tu N'iras pas Danser/Making Plans for Lena, the fourth free film in the Tournées Film Festival series, will be shown in the Science Auditorium, room 2950, on Wednesday, September 21, at 7 p.m. The film is subtitled in English and showings are free. Read more »
Morris campus to participate in presidential inauguration
Thursday, September 22, 2011, 11 a.m.
Room 122, Welcome Center
The University of Minnesota's new president, Dr. Eric W. Kaler, will be formally inaugurated in the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the Twin Cities campus on Thursday, September 22. The campus and community are invited to view the ceremony live in Room 122 of the Welcome Center at 11 a.m. on September 22, or view online by going to the website the morning of the inauguration to be directed to the viewing site. Read more »
Campus to host Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference
Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24, 2011, various times
Various locations on campus
Morris will host the 2011 annual Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) conference on Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24. The conference will highlight community engagement. Keynote speakers are Julian Keniry, senior director of campus and community leadership at the National Wildlife Federation, and Patrick Moore, executive director of Clean Up the River Environment (CURE). Renewable energy tours will be offered, as well as healthy and local foods tours, courtesy of the Morris Healthy Eating Initiative. The conference will also include presentations and posters from Stevens FORWARD! and Morris faculty, staff, and students. Online UMACS registration is closed. Pre-registration ends Wednesday, today, by calling ticketing at 612-624-2345. After Wednesday, walk-ins may register at the event. Read more »
Students, staff, faculty, and public invited to wind turbine dedication
Saturday, September 24, 2011, shuttles begin 2 p.m., ceremony at 3 p.m.
Meet at Student Center for shuttle
Don't miss the celebration of this historic campus event! Morris's new wind turbine will be dedicated on Saturday, September 24, at 3 p.m. Several events are planned in conjunction with the celebration, including a pre-dedication 2K walk, an exhibition of artwork created by area elementary and high school students, and a post-dedication picnic. No parking is available at the dedication site, so complimentary shuttles will transport participants beginning at 2 p.m. All activities are free and open to the campus and community. Read more »
Free September Community Meal features fall meal of chili and apple crisp
Monday, September 26, 2011, 5:30 until 7 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue
Morris Community Meal will be highlighting a fall meal at the Morris Senior Community Center for September's Community Meal on Monday, September 26, between 5:30 and 7 p.m. The project serves warm, made-from-scratch meals each month, which are open to all members of the Stevens County community. This month, ongoing volunteers will collaborate with Conway, Deuth, and Schmiesing to serve chili, including a vegan and gluten-free option, homemade bread, coleslaw, and apple crisp. Read more »
Banned Books Read Out encourages appreciation for diverse ideas
Monday, September 26, 2011, 7 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library
People rarely celebrate banned objects, words, or thoughts. Monday, September 26, will be one of those unique occasions. At the Rodney A. Briggs Library, readings from banned and challenged books will begin in the McGinnis Room at 7 p.m. Read more »
David Eagleman, neuroscientist and bestselling author, to give fall convocation
Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center
Guggenheim Fellow David Eagleman, a neuroscientist and a New York Times bestselling author, will give the first fall convocation at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. Eagleman directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action and the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law at Baylor College of Medicine. He has authored SUM, an international bestselling work of fiction, Why the Net Matters, and Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain. Says Eagleman, "I'm a neuroscientist during the day and a fiction writer at night." Read more »
News and announcements:
Washington Monthly's national ranking includes Morris
The Washington Monthly's 2011 national ranking of liberal arts colleges includes the University of Minnesota, Morris. With very different criteria than other well-known college rankings, such as Forbes or U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly highlights colleges whose students, faculty, and alumni provide "contributions to public good." Read more »
Humphrey School of Public Affairs student and CST create first of its kind rural data portal
Kelly Asche, a graduate student of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, completed an internship with the Center for Small Towns (CST). Asche has been working with CST and the Statistics Discipline to set up a first of its kind computer portal that provides rural data for small cities and townships in Minnesota. Read more »
Spanish Discipline to present Festival of Spanish Language Cinema
Coordinated by the Spanish Discipline, the Festival de Cine de 2011 will bring quality films from Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Peru, and Spain to west central Minnesota for the benefit and enjoyment of the campus and community at no charge. The fourth annual festival includes four feature films. Subtitled in English, the films will be screened on Sundays at 7 p.m. beginning October 2 through November 6, 2011, pausing on October 16 and 23 when the University observes fall break. Read more »
Minnesota State Department of Commerce Commissioner Rothman visits Morris on statewide energy tour
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman is assessing Minnesota's energy marketplace and exploring new clean energy opportunities throughout Minnesota. On Thursday, September 22, 2011, Rothman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Grant, state Senator Bill Ingebrigtsen, and Minnesota Department of Commerce staff will tour various renewable energy projects currently underway at the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the Morris campus.
Homecoming 2011 Office Decorating Contest
Show your Cougar pride! Enter the Homecoming 2011 office decorating contest! Offices will be judged on originality, creativity, and overall school spirit. Judging will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2011. Enter online. Entries must be submitted by Friday, September 23, and participation is limited to the first five entries. Winners will be announced Saturday, October 1.
Students interested in Elementary or Secondary Education Program
Students interested in elementary or secondary education program must complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) before entering the elementary or secondary education program. The MTLE will be offered at Morris on several dates each month. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education or Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering.
Attention Secondary Education Students Planning to Graduate in 2013
There will be an informational/application meeting for all secondary education students planning to graduate in 2013 on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 2 p.m. in Science 3665. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.
Students Interested in Undergraduate Research Funding
The fall 2011 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2011, for projects beginning on or after January 1, 2012. Projects should end by May 15, 2012. Proposals, application form and mentor forms need to be submitted electronically on the official UROP site. The forms are available at that site as well.
Call for Student Research Papers
Students are invited to submit research papers for publication in Metamorphosis, a biannual journal of COPLAC, the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. The journal publishes papers from undergraduate authors in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and professional programs. A Morris review committee will select two papers for publication. The fall Morris deadline is October 1, 2011. Prospective authors may obtain a style sheet from the ACE Office in the lower level of the Student Center. Students are encouraged to seek a faculty mentor and to visit the journal's website. Papers should be submitted as Word attachments to Professor Paula O'Loughlin. Questions should be directed to O'Loughlin or Professor Engin Sungur, Functions and Awards Committee chair.
Attention Elementary Education Majors Planning to Graduate in 2014
There will be an informational/application meeting for all elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2014 on Wednesday, October 19, 2011, at 5 p.m. in Imholte Hall 112. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.
Fall Semester U Card Hours
U Cards may be obtained in Behmler Hall 205 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.
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 from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m., through September, in the Aaron Carlson Parking Lot at 801 Atlantic Avenue.
The work of Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art, is currently included in two exhibitions: Project Art for Nature and Minnesota Real. Read more »
Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, has published a paper in a recent issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry B with seven undergraduate coauthors. Contributing to the work were Kathryn Schwaderer 06, Jared Johnson '07, Brady Blackorbay '09, Jacob Hansmeier '09, Victoria Bolton '09, Tyler Helland '07, and Brett Edlund '06. All materials reported in this work were prepared by these students and analyzed at UMM and European institutions. The Journal of Physical Chemistry B is the top cited physical chemistry journal out of 127 journals in the field. The research was supported by a Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School and the Supercomputing Institute of the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota, Morris Faculty Research Enhancement Funds supported by the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research, and the Morris Division of Science and Mathematics for financial assistance, and the National Science Foundation. The paper is online.
Cougar soccer player Tyler Weber '11, Erie, Colorado, has been nationally ranked among the top-50 Division III goalkeepers, and he leads the conference in both save percentage and goals against average.
In the news
Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator, was interviewed by Kim Ukura for her Morris Sun Tribune story "UMM to host campus sustainability conference."
Kim Ukura, for the Morris Sun Tribune, interviewed Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions, for the story "UMM enrollment highest in a decade."
Robin Johnson, writing for the Minneapolis Career Advice Examiner, noted that the University of Minnesota, Morris is a member of the higher education collaborative in the Minnwest Technology Campus in his story, "University of Minnesota expands economic engine to Minnwest Technology Campus."
Jenna Wilcox, writing for the Minnesota Daily, shared the University of Minnesota, Morris's practices in her story, "U is not likely to ban water bottles."
Cougar alumnus Doug Patnode '72 was interviewed by the Princeton Union–Eagle for the story "Princeton-Milaca rivalry is reborn!"