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Vol. 3, No. 13: November 2, 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, November 8, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Therese Sutula, piano recital


Thursday, November 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Enjoy an evening of music by Therese Sutula on the piano in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 3. Guest pianist Sutula will perform works by Weber, Beethoven, Schönberg, and Schumann. She is doctorate student in piano performance at College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. The event is free and open to the public.

For faculty and staff—Employee Benefit and Health Fair

Friday, November 4, 2011, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The annual Employee Health and Benefit Fair is scheduled for Friday, November 4 from 11 am until 1 in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Representatives will be available to discuss medical, dental, life, disability, and pre-tax benefit choices and to answer questions before completing enrollment online. Free flu shots will be available to faculty and staff.

2011 Wind Festival evening concert

Friday, November 4, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Morris will host the 2011 Wind Festival on Friday, November 4, and Saturday, November 5. The Wind Festival is an annual event for high school wind, brass, and percussion players. The two action-packed days of concerts and workshops will focus on rehearsing and performing chamber music as well as wind ensemble repertoire. The Chamber Winds and Brass Ensemble will perform the repertoire's best known works in a concert on Friday, November 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall. Read more »

2011 Wind Festival afternoon concert

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 1 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

On Saturday, November 5, at 1 p.m., the Symphonic Winds will give a short lunchtime concert featuring works by Susato, Gould, and Holst in Recital Hall. Read more »

Unusual Suspects Improv Show

Saturday, November 5, 2011, 9 until 11 p.m.
Blackbox Theatre, Humanities Fine Arts

Enjoy the originality of Morris's Unusual Suspects Improv Show on Saturday, November 5, in the Blackbox Theatre.

Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments exhibit

Event logo

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Office of the Chancellor, Rodney A. Briggs Library, and the Grants Development Office are pleased to present the first Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments to highlight the research and artistic work of faculty and staff. The event will also serve as an introduction to two library projects available to the campus and community: the UMM Scholarship Collection and the new UMM Digital Well. View the displays, located in the Student Center's Oyate Hall, from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9. Read more »

Final film in the Festival of Spanish Language Cinema

Sunday, November 6, 2011, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Morris Theatre, downtown Morris

The final film in the festival series—Cell 211/Celda 211—will be shown on Sunday, November 6, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Morris Theatre. The free film is in Spanish with English subtitles Read more »

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News and announcements:

Successful Sustainability Leadership Event at Morris

group at tables in Oyate

About 60 people from throughout the University of Minnesota system met at the Morris campus in September 2011 to share stories of sustainability success and to identify opportunities for collaboration. Student leadership was a main focus of the event. Read more and enjoy the photos.

Students attend Midwest Power Shift gathering

Sixteen University of Minnesota, Morris students road tripped to Cleveland, Ohio, for a Midwest Power Shift gathering. A grassroots national youth climate movement, Power Shift advocates for clean energy, transparent energy finances and politics, sustainable agriculture, a green economy, and sustainable cities. Read more »

Southern writer Kiese Laymon to read his work at Morris

Southern writer Kiese Laymon will give a reading at Briggs Library on Friday, November 11, 2011, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to public. After the reading, there will be refreshments and time to visit with Laymon. Laymon has authored two books of fiction—My Name is City and Long Division—as well as a book of essays, On Parole: Uncle Jimmy, Obama, Hip Hop and Me—the Mixtape. Read more »

Distinguished Alumni remarks now online

David Eckmann '78, Gary McGrath '68, the late Thomas McRoberts '68, and John Tavis '85 received the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award at Homecoming 2011. If you were unable to attend the banquet, please enjoy the acceptance remarks, and also a tribute to Professor of Chemistry Jim Togeas, archived online.

"On Passing: A 'Redskin' with Black Skin in Twentieth Century Germany" lecture now online

If you were unable to attend the 2011 O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture, the video recording is now online. H. Glenn Penny, University of Iowa associate professor of history, spoke on "On Passing: A 'Redskin' with Black Skin in Twentieth Century Germany."

Latterell Visiting Alumna Jennifer M.K. Rogers '02 campus photos

Patent lawyer Jennifer M.K. Rogers '02, physics and math, served as the 2011–12 Latterell Visiting Alumna. She presented "From Physics on the Prairie to the Practice of Patent Law," and spoke to both faculty and students during her campus visit. Enjoy the photos.

Halloween Reading slideshow

costumed student

Sigma Tau Delta sponsored the annual Halloween Reading on Tuesday, October 25, 2011. Thirteen scary readers entertained the gathering, and prizes were awarded for the funniest scary story, the scariest scary story, and costumes. Enjoy the slideshow.

Bremer, reference librarian, to lead Ancestry and FamilySearch Website Changes workshop

Peter Bremer, reference librarian at Briggs Library, will provide a virtual tour of Ancestry and, pointing out changes and enhancements to these resources. Participants will learn about the changes to two of the most popular and respected genealogy websites. The free talk will be held on Saturday, November 5, at 10 a.m. in computer lab 350a at Briggs Library. Sponsored by the Stevens County Historical Society, the public is invited to attend, and there is no charge.

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 elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2014 on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 5 p.m. in Imholte Hall 112. 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 Morris Catalog.

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Cougar women's cross country runner Linda Keller '13 won her third individual Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship in as many tries, leading the Cougars to a runner-up finish. Read more »

student athlete

Led by Martin Zais '15, who placed sixth, the Cougar men's cross country team ran to a third place finish at the 2011 UMAC Championships. Read more »

In the news

WCCO Radio News interviewed Cyrus Bina, professor of economics and management, on the topic of the Libyan people shortly after the announcement of Colonel Omar Qaddafi's death.

Reporter Emily Reppert of KSAX interviewed David Fluegel '97, community program specialist, Center for Small Towns, for a story on the free policy workshops sponsored by CST and the Center for Rural Affairs.

Mary Jo Forbord, Morris Healthy Eating coordinator, was interviewed for a story by Emily Reppert, KSAX reporter, about the Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market and Fall Feast.

Writer Elyse Kaner for the Coon Rapids Herald profiles Amy Hennen '94, political science and speech communication, who is a candidate for the Spring Lake Park District 16 school board.

Writer Barbie Porter, for the Frazee-Vergas Forum, profiled teacher Carol Kratzke '68 in the story, "Vergas native returns to retire close to nature and amongst friendly faces."

The Morris Sun Tribune reports that the Morris Area Human Rights Award has been renamed the Thomas B. McRoberts Human Rights Award by the Morris Human Rights Commission in honor of the late Tom McRoberts '68, retired director of the Center for Small Towns, International Programs, and Continuing Education and Summer Session. Read more.