Vol. 3, No. 8: September 28, 2011
In this issue:
- 2011 Homecoming week activities
- Barber Lecture: memory and trauma within contemporary Spanish literature and culture
- Wind Turbine Dedication photos
- Morris representatives at inauguration festivities photos
- Kelli Hamilton '12, Delano, Student Athletic Advisory Committee regional UMAC and MIAC representative
2011 Homecoming week
Wednesday, September 28 through Sunday, October 2, 2011, various times
Exciting activities—both traditional and inaugural—are planned for 2011 Homecoming. Below are a few highlights. Check out the entire schedule and details online and read more ».
Wednesday, September 28
Black Student Union Homecoming Date Auction
Thursday, September 29
Powderpuff Football, Residence Halls Tug-o-War, Bonfire
Friday, September 30
Inaugural Alumni and Students Networking Event, Disc Golf Tournament, Distinguished Alumni Award and Networking Social Hour and Banquet, Black Student Union Homecoming Dance
Saturday, October 1
Cougar Homecoming 5K, University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Board Meeting, Campus Tours, Center for Small Towns Alumni Gathering, Tailgate Party and Football Game, Alumni Reception and Special Reunions, KUMM Concert
Sunday, October 2
Homecoming Concert and reception
Asking the Big Questions discussion group explores Minnesota in the Movies
Thursday, September 29, 2011, 7 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library
The monthly Asking the Big Questions campus/community discussion series will explore Minnesota culture and history during the 2011–12 academic year. The first gathering is on Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the library's McGinnis Room on the Morris campus. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. Read more. Read more »
First free Festival of Spanish Language Cinema film to be screened
October 2, 2011, 7 p.m.
Morris Theatre, 12 East Sixth Street
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, pausing on October 16 and 23 when the University observes fall break. The first film is Biutiful. Read more »
Barber Lecture: memory and trauma within context of contemporary Spanish literature and culture
Monday, October 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts
Ofelia Ferrán, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, will give the 2011–12 Barber Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3, in Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts. Ferrán's lecture, "Mass Graves, Stolen Children, and other Specters of the Past Haunting Contemporary Spain" reflects her research on memory and trauma studies within the context of contemporary Spanish literature and culture, feminist studies, and contemporary women's narrative in Spain, as well as literature and culture of exile after the Spanish Civil War. Read more »
Tournées Film Festival Presents White Material
Wednesday, September 28, 7 p.m.
Science Auditorium, Science and Math
White Material, the final free film in the Tournées Film Festival series, will be shown in the Science Auditorium, room 2950, on Wednesday, September 28, at 7 p.m. The film is subtitled in English and showings are free. Read more »
News and announcements:
Campus enrollment update
At 1822, the highest total in more than 10 years, degree-seeking enrollment at Morris increased by 7.8 percent for fall 2011. Although the numbers are preliminary until the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meets in October, the increase in degree-seeking students plus nondegree-seeking students results in a total enrollment of new and continuing students at 1,934. Read more »
Morris included in Sierra Club's "Cool Schools" ranking
Sierra Club conducted a survey and completed a ranking process of "Cool Schools" in the United States, and Morris is included. Published in the Sierra magazine, Sierra Club hopes that the ranking will act as a "guide for prospective students who seek a way to compare colleges based on commitment to environmentalism." In addition, the project serves as a reward to "institutions that work hard to protect the planet." Read more »
Blue sky and gentle autumn breeze provide backdrop to Wind Turbine Dedication activities
Morris's new wind turbine was dedicated on Saturday, September 24, 2011. More than 200 people attended the festivities. Enjoy the photos by Kari Adams, University Relations.
University of Minnesota installs alert system on Morris campus
The University of Minnesota Department of Emergency Management is installing new alert systems on the Morris, Crookston, Duluth, and Twin Cities campuses. The audio alert broadcast speakers will supplement emergency communication measures already in place on the Morris campus. Read more »
Morris presence at President Kaler's inauguration festivities
Several members of the Morris campus community attended a reception at the Weisman Art Museum the evening before University of Minnesota's new president was inaugurated, Dr. Eric Kaler. Chancellor Johnson participated in the formal inauguration ceremony in the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the Twin Cities campus. Enjoy the photos.
Professor Harold Hinds lecture and book signing—save the date
The Stevens County Historical Society and Division of the Social Sciences are hosting a lecture and book signing featuring Harold Hinds, Jr., professor of history. The lecture, "Reflections on Researching a Personal Family History," is based on his book Crafting a Personal Family History. The event will be held at the Stevens County Museum on Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 10 a.m. with a reception and book signing opportunity to follow.
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.
Final day of the Farmers Market
The Morris Healthy Eating Initiative encourages you to check out the wide selection of fresh produce and homegrown items available Thursday, September 29, 2011, from 3 until 6 p.m. in the Aaron Carlson Parking Lot at 801 Atlantic Avenue.
Cougar softball player Kelli Hamilton '12, Delano, is the regional representative for the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) representing both the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Hamilton's first duty was to represent the two leagues at the four-day national Student-Athlete Leadership Conference in Indianapolis. Read more »
In the news
Kim Ukura, Morris Sun Tribune, covered the Minnesota Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman's visit to the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the biomass facility in her story "Dept. of Commerce Commissioner visits Morris on energy tour." Jim Barbour, junior scientist, was quoted in the story.
The Center for Small Towns and the Small Towns Symposium were mentioned in the story "Muriel Krusemark: the force behind Hoffman's turnaround" by Sharon Schmickle for Minnpost.com.
Longtime Morris art student and artist Phyllis Joos was awarded "Best Overall Body of Work" at Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! in Willmar.
The West Central Tribune sports writer reports that Cougar runner Linda Keller placed second in the Roy Griak Invite in the story "Keller 2nd at U of M meet."
Athena Kildegaard, poet and teaching specialist in English, was interviewed for the story "New publication showcases area's creative writers" published in the Morris Sun Tribune. She will be a speaker at the third Annual Lake Region Writers Network Conference sponsored by the Lake Region Arts Council on October 1, 2011, in Fergus Falls.
The Business Notes in the Brainerd Dispatch report that Central Lakes Medical Clinic and Cuyuna Regional Medical Center welcomed Dr. Camille Flanders Lang '03 to the medical campus in Crosby.
Photographs by Theresa "Tracy" Peper '93, Glenwood, are on display now until the end of October at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, downtown Morris.
A Morris Sun Tribune "Sunspots" written by Judy Riley, retired communications coordinator, about longtime UMM supporter Colleen Rentz, includes numerous memories of UMM people including her husband, the late Bud Rentz '93.
MinnPost writer Gregg Aamot interviewed Ben Winchester '95 for the story "Kids may leave, but rural Minnesota benefits from 'brain gain' among 30- and 40-somethings" for the series Rural Minnesota: A Generation at the Crossroads.