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Vol. 3, No. 14: November 9, 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 15, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments exhibit

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

View the displays highlighting the research and artistic work of faculty and staff in the Student Center's Oyate Hall from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9. Read more.

Southern writer Kiese Laymon to read his work at Morris

Friday, November 11, 2011, 7 p.m.
Briggs Library

Southern writer Kiese Laymon will give a reading at Briggs Library on Friday, November 11, 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. Read more.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

Friday, November 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

Top off your workweek with an evening of jazz at the Jazz Ensembles Concert on Friday, November 11, at 7:30 p.m.

DJ Salif Keita African Dance event for National French Week

Friday, November 11, 2011, 8 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Student Center

Celebrate National French Week by attending an African music dance. The campus and community are invited to this free event on Friday, November 11, at 8 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Salif Ke´ta, a native of French-speaking Mali, will serve as DJ for the dance. He will also be teaching African dance moves. Read more.

Jazz Combo Concert

Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Recital Hall, Humanities Fine Arts

The Jazz Combos will present a concert on Saturday, November 12, in Recital Hall.

The Intergalactic Nemesis, a live-action comic book theatrical performance

comic panel

Saturday, November 12, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

Inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, and the pulp serials of the 1930s, The Intergalactic Nemesis is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience appropriate for all ages. The Performing Arts Series event will be held Saturday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. Read more.

Free Community Meal to feature traditional Mexican fare

Monday, November 14, 2011, 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue

Morris Community Meal will highlight traditional Mexican dishes at the Morris Senior Community Center for November's free meal on Monday, November 14, 2011. The project serves warm, made-from-scratch meals each month, which are open to all members of the Stevens County community. This month, volunteers will collaborate with the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs and LAZOS, an organization dedicated to helping Latino immigrants build relationships within Stevens County. Read more.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Gieske '14 receives Minnesota Broadcasters Association Wychor Scholarship


Kristofor Gieske '14, Sauk Centre, is a 2011 recipient of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association (MBA) James J. Wychor Scholarship. Receiving scholarship is a great honor for Gieske, who is studying digital media as his area of concentration. Read more.

Professor of Mathematics David Roberts receives inaugural Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant

David Roberts, professor of mathematics, received a $35,000 grant from the Simons Foundation. The Simons Foundation is a new funding source for mathematical sciences. Roberts' grant is one of only 140 Collaboration Grants awarded nationwide for the first time this year. The grantor's goal is to substantially increase the collaborative contacts between active researchers in the field of mathematics. Read more.

Thomas Roloff '11 helps small cities thrive

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Many small towns are struggling to maintain identities, businesses, and populations. It is a daunting task to plan for the future while just trying to maintain what you have. But planning isn't an option. It's a necessity. Helping small towns plan for the future is a job that is "completely worth it," according to University of Minnesota, Morris student Thomas Roloff '11, Pine Springs. Through the Center for Small Towns at Morris, Roloff is working with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission (UMVRDC) to reach their smallest towns regarding community planning. Read more.

Rollicking musical comedy Anything Goes on Lammers Proscenium Theatre

Theatre Discipline opens its 2011-12 season with Cole Porter's Anything Goes. The rollicking musical comedy will be performed in the Humanities Fine Arts Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre on November 16-19, 2011. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Read more and enjoy the publicity photos.

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Black Student Union supports area food shelf

For the Black Student Union (BSU) students, Homecoming 2011 provided an opportunity to celebrate with fellow students on campus and to support the local community with a charitable gift. Fifty percent of the dollars raised at the Date Auction were donated to the Stevens County Food Shelf. Read more.

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.

Read more news.


The Cougar men's soccer team is Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Tournament Champions, beating rival St. Scholastica in shootout on November 5, 2011. And for the first time in the program's short history, the Cougars are headed to the NCAA Tournament, earning the UMAC's automatic qualifier as the tournament champions. Read more.

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Morris students excelled at the 2011 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition. Team Quantum Bogosort took first place. Members are Ashley Koch '13, Jeff Lindblom '12, Reed Simpson '13, and Tim Snyder '13. The Morris Computer Science Discipline will host the bronze traveling trophy for the next year and receive a $5,000 award to support computer science activities such as student travel to conferences and special lab purchases. Team Ghost Ducks took first place and second place in the Blenders competitions that combine speed and trivia skills. Members are Brandon Botzet '12, Phil Coler '12, Jay Lapham '12, and Matt Lauer '12. Read more.

Nine Cougars were honored among UMAC soccer's best. Zoe Bergstrom, Westminster, Colorado, Katie Kestner, Phoenix, Arizona, and Leah Parker, Minnetonka, received First Team All Conference. Ally Heida, Coon Rapids, Christina Mollan, Menomonie, Wisconsin, and RiAnne Metz, Bismarck, North Dakota, received Second Team honors. Rachel Berns, Stillwater, was named Honorable Mention, with Crystal Zastrow, Carlos, earning the Sportsmanship Award. Coach Dan Magner was honored as Co-coach of the Year. Read more.

In the news

Douglas M. Adams, a Morris WindSTEP Program instructor and a geographic information system professional, has been named a senior project manager at Dewberry, according to the story "Dewberry Appoints Douglas M. Adams, GISP Senior Project Manager" in Citybiznews.

It was noted that Morris became the first University campus to ratify the Minnesota Student Legislative Coalition charter in a story by Jenna Wilcox for the Minnesota Daily, "MSA gives new legislative branch the go-ahead."

The Star Tribune story "Retired Washington County judge reprimanded" noted that Paula O'Loughlin, professor of political science, served on the state hearing panel.

The Wall Street Journal Digital Network announced the CollegeWeekLive's largest virtual college fair and included a list of participants, including the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Minnesota Public Radio On Campus editor Bill Wareham used Minnesota Project on Student Debt report data to create a chart in which the University of Minnesota, Morris is included.

Terry Davis for the Hutchinson Leader notes in the story "Minnesota Department of Revenue names assistant commissioner of tax policy" that Susan Von Mosch '78, history, political science, and social science, has been appointed assistant commissioner for tax policy. This news was reported in a number of newspapers across the state.