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Vol. 3, No. 11: October 19, 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, October 25, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Briggs Library Associates Book Sale to fill Oyate Hall

books on table

Thursday, October 20, 2011, noon until 7 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

On October 20–21, Oyate Hall will be filled with books for the annual Briggs Library Associates Book Sale. This year's sale is made special with a donation of books from the late Tom McRoberts '68 and his family. Book sale hours will be from noon until 7 p.m. on October 20. Read more »

Asking the Big Questions explores immigration in Minnesota

Thursday, October 20, 2011, 7 p.m.
McGinnis Room, Briggs Library

You are invited to join a discussion on immigration and Minnesota on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Rodney Briggs Library's McGinnis Room for the monthly Asking the Big Questions campus/community group. Stephen Gross, associate professor of history, will give a brief overview of how Minnesota was settled. Refreshments are served at 6:30 p.m. Read more »

Briggs Library Associates Book Sale continues

Friday, October 21, 2011, 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The annual Briggs Library Associates Book Sale continues on Friday, October 21, from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Read more. Read more »

Moliere Than Thou: free comedy performance

actor in costume

Friday, October 21, 2011, 7 p.m.
Science Auditorium, Science and Math

The French playwright and actor, Molière, is alive and well, performing under the name Timothy Mooney on Friday, October 21, at 7 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. The free performance of Molière Than Thou is sponsored by the student French club, Entre Nous. Read more »

HFA Gallery opening reception for two concurrent exhibitions exploring "space"

Friday, October 21, 2011, 7 until 9 p.m.
HFA Gallery, Humanities Fine Arts

The Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery is excited to present two concurrent exhibitions for its final event of 2011, Morgan Craig's Forthcoming and Amanda Smith's Impasse. An opening reception will be held for both shows on Friday, October 21, from 7 until 9 p.m. in the HFA Gallery. Read more »

Continental Ballet Company free ballet master class

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 4 p.m.
Room 125, Humanities Fine Arts

Continental Ballet Company dancers will present a free ballet master class, open to everyone, on the afternoon of Saturday, October 22, from 4 until 5:30 p.m., in room 125 of Humanities Fine Arts.

Cinderella to be performed on the Edson Auditorium stage

costumed dancer

Saturday, October 22, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

Cinderella finds true love on the Edson Auditorium stage on Saturday, October 22, at 7:30 p.m. All ages will enjoy Cinderella, a touching, hilarious ballet performed by the Continental Ballet Company to music by Rossini. An enchanted evening of stepsisters, balls, fairies, and glass slippers awaits you. Read more »

Free October Community Meal to feature traditional American Indian menu

Monday, October 24, 2011, 5:30 until 7 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue in Morris.

The October Morris Community Meal will feature an authentic, made-from-scratch American Indian meal at the Morris Senior Community Center on Monday, October 24. The meal is served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. Ingredients for the meal are from the on-campus American Indian garden, the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate from South Dakota, the Ojibwe from White Earth in northern Minnesota, Pomme de Terre Food Co-op, and Willie's Super Valu. The menu is Three Sisters Stew, cornbread, roast buffalo, wild rice salad, and chokecherry pudding. The October meal is keeping the tradition of sharing food with everyone as a sign of respect and community. Read more »

Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 1 until 5 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Farmers Market, held in the Student Center's Oyate Hall from 1 until 5 p.m., will provide an opportunity to purchase produce and homemade items supplied by farmers from the surrounding area. Read more »

Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 4:45 until 8 p.m.
Dining Hall

The annual Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast will be served from 4:45 until 8 p.m. in the Dining Hall. The feast will include "home grown" musical entertainment by Baby Loves Head Rub, Homemade Jam, and Kordal Kombat. The menu, designed by Dining Services and Sodexo, includes Asian cabbage slaw garbanzo bean salad baked squash quarters wild rice and vegetable casserole chicken fajitas roasted pork loin with raspberry sauce whole grain bread with honey apple crisp, raspberry crisp and raspberry compote with sugar biscuits apple cider and milk. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children age six and over and students who live off campus. On-campus students may use their meal plans. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Student Center Information Desk or at the door. Read more »

Latterell Visiting Alumna presentation

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Science Auditorium, Science and Math

Jennifer M.K. Rogers '02 has been chosen as the 2011–12 Visiting Latterell Alumna. Her talk, "From Physics on the Prairie to the Practice of Patent Law," will be given in the Science Auditorium on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcomed. Read more »

Check out all of the campus events »

News and announcements:

UMACS campus sustainability conference at the University of Minnesota, Morris a success

The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) conference was held on campus on September 23–24, 2011. The conference was a great success, drawing in a larger than expected crowd. Morris Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough says he was especially pleased with the number of Morris folks who attended. Morris students and faculty also presented research at the conference. With around 180 participants and more than 40 colleges, businesses, nonprofits, government, and community organizations participating, this was the largest UMACS conference ever hosted. Read more »

1961–1966 Cougar football players gathering photos

men with framed photo

A 50th Anniversary Football Reunion for players from the Rolloff-Borstad coaching years, 1961–1966, was held on October 15, 2011. Enjoy the photos.

MS support for alumna opportunity

Barbara Ruther '01 was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) at the age of 15. Although she is no longer able to walk, she will be taking part in Walk With Purpose in September 2012. Nicole Valnes, formerly of Morris and daughter of staff member Jean Valnes '96 and Todd Valnes '86, and granddaughter of retiree Barb Valnes, is one of her nurses. Nicole, Jean, and Ruther, along with other family members, will be walking for a cure and invite the support of Morris alumni, staff, and faculty. Learn more on the MS website.

Students interested in elementary or secondary education program

Students who are interested in elementary or secondary education program must complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) before entering either 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 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.

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 Wednesday, November 2, 2011, 12:00 noon 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.

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student athletes

The Cougar women's golf team finished runner up at the Northern Athletics Conference Tournament. Fifth place finisher Abby Fragodt '14, right, Benson, and ninth place finisher Caitlin Hanson '13, left, Rosemount, were named All-Conference. The Cougars led the UMAC teams represented and were the only team with all five of their players in the top 20. Read more »

In the news

The Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) has announced that several UMMers have donated auction items to the annual PRCA Silent Auction: Michael Eble, Kevin Flicker, Pieranna Garavaso, Drew Israels, Athena Kildegaard, Karla Klinger, Jenny Nellis, and Tracy Otten. Read more about the event in a story printed in the Morris Sun Tribune.

"More small-scale, local clean energy in Minnesota?" a story by Kate Ellis '04, Fresh Energy, published in the Twin Cities Daily Planet, includes Morris's green energy initiatives. Kate is the daughter of Karen Ellis '75, Conferencing and Special Events.

Professor Ericksen

Janet Schrunk Ericksen, associate professor of English, was quoted in the story "Provost's hiring sends strong signal that U of M will protect liberal arts" by writer Beth Hawkins for MinnPost.

Eric Klinger, professor emeritus of psychology, was quoted in the story "10 tricks to reboot your brain" written by Ann Hettinger for Prevention and published on

Writer Sarah MacDonald interviewed Jaya Mukherjee, the mother of current student Adiroopa Mukherjee, for the story "Expats look westward for varsities" published in the Times of Oman.

PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, was quoted in the story "Nonbelievers striving for humanist connections" by writer Mary Carmichael for the Boston Globe.