Vol. 3, No. 20: January 18, 2012
In this issue:
- Byers and Richardson Art Exhibit Opening Thursday
- Kiplinger's ranks Morris on 2012 Best Value in Public Colleges list
- John Hodgman tickets on sale Tuesday, January 24
- Ranelli and Thompson honored with SEED awards
- David Fluegel quoted in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
Byers and Richardson Art Exhibit
Thursday, January 19 through Thursday, March 8, 2012
Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery
The work of artists Betsy Ruth Byers and John J. Richardson will be featured in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery from Thursday, January 19 until Thursday, March 8. Byers's painting exhibit, Peripheral Accumulations, will be displayed on the main floor of the gallery, while work by Richardson, Case Study, will be exhibited on the mezzanine level. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, January 19, from 7 until 9 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, and 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday. Read more »
Thursday, January 19, 6:00 p.m.
Betsy Ruth Byers will give a lecture on Thursday, January 19, from 6 until 7 p.m. in HFA 6, preceding the opening reception of the Byers and Richardson Art Exhibit. Contact Michael Eble at 320-589-6285 for more information.
The Sublime and the Savage: Ann DuHamel Faculty Piano Recital
Friday, January 20, 7:30 p.m.
HFA Recital Hall
Pianist Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies in the Music Discipline, will present a faculty piano recital on Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. The program will feature transcriptions of the sublime music of Johann Sebastian Bach, mystical and eerie nocturnes of contemporary American composer Lowell Liebermann, as well as the rhythmic and folk-inspired music of Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera. The event is free and open to the public.
News and announcements:
Kiplinger's ranks Morris on 2012 Best Value in Public Colleges list
Kiplinger's Personal Finance has announced its national ranking of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges, and Morris is included on the list. The Morris and Twin Cities campuses of the University of Minnesota were the only Minnesota institutions chosen for best value honors. Read more »
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service was held on January 16, for students and community members to celebrate King's life and legacy. The Day of Service provided a day of diversity training, programming, and service designed to honor Martin Luther King's life and legacy of hope and equality. Participants also enjoyed a free community meal and program. View a slideshow of a few of the service projects in the community here.
Stevens Forward! Continues Partnership with Center for Small Towns
Jessica Armstrong '13, St. Paul, and Jolee Henkel '15, Maynard, are working with Stevens Forward!, a Stevens County organization recognized for progressive development and innovations in renewable energy, agriculture, business, and education. The organization is seeking to develop a model community in rural Minnesota. Read more »
That is All, An Evening with John Hodgman
Come enjoy a night of silliness and laughs at "That is All, An Evening with John Hodgman" on February 11, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Tickets will be available beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at the Information Desk/Higbies. Read more »
Science Advocate and Humanitarian Shawn Otto to Speak on Campus
Shawn Lawrence Otto will address the question, "Can Democracy Survive the Assault on Science?" on Thursday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. A reception and book signing will be held immediately afterward. An author and activist, Otto is well known as a speaker on the world's major unsolved challenges that revolve around science. His talk, free and open to the public, will also be streamed live from the "Morris on demand" web page. Read more »
Step Afrika! Fourth in the Season's Performing Arts Series
The Step Afrika! dance troupe will perform in Edson Auditorium on Saturday, January 28, at 7:30 p.m. While the art form of "stepping" is universal, Step Afrika! embraces a unique tradition that grew out of the song and dance rituals practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities in the early 1900s, using the body as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through a combination of footsteps, claps, and spoken word. In addition to the evening performance, Step Afrika! will present a Step Master Class on Saturday, January 28, from 11 a.m. until noon in HFA 125. The class is free and open to the public. For ticket information, call 320-589-6080 or visit the Performing Arts Series (PAS) website. Read more »
Plant Services Retirement Celebration
Plant Services hosted a gathering on campus to honor retirees David Aronson, Bill Hennen, David Jones, Rosa Kill, and Randy Wenz. View a slideshow of photos.
Attention Secondary Education Students Planning to Graduate in 2013
Remember to sign up now for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will take place Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 27, 2012. Signup sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200) in January. Application materials were due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office on Friday, December 2, 2011.
Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2014
Interviews will be held February 6 through 10, 2012. Signup sheets will be posted on the Division of Education office door (211) this month. All application material was to be submitted to Pat Nelson in the Division of Education office no later than Friday, December 16, 2011.
Elementary or Secondary Education Program Applicants
You must complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The MTLE will be offered at UMM several dates each month. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education, OR Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering.
Luciana Ranelli '13, biology and secondary education, and Ashleigh Thompson '13, anthropology and American Indian studies, were honored with 2011 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards. The U-wide award recognizes 13 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are doing outstanding equity, social justice, and diversity work through academics and/or service to the community. Read more ».
Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, and Stephen Burks, associate professor economics and management, co-authored with Colin DeYoung, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, "Toward the Integration of Personality Theory and Decision Theory in the Explanation of Economic and Health Behavior," which was presented January 7 by Rustichini at a session of the American Economic Association's annual meeting in Chicago, IL. The research is a product of UMM's long-running Truckers and Turnover Project, which has involved faculty participants from several universities in the United States and Europe, along with more than twenty Morris students.
Research work on driver characteristics that predict large truck crashes by Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, and Stephen Burks, associate professor economics and management, and Manjari Govada '12, along with Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Colin DeYoung University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, was featured at the end of 2011 in the University of Minesota's Center for Transportation Studies e-newsletter. The research is a product of UMM's long-running Truckers and Turnover Project, which has involved faculty participants from several universities in the United States and Europe, along with more than twenty Morris students.
In the news
David Flugel '97, community program specialist, was quoted in an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, "Hope's post office hopes for a miracle"
The Rosemount Town Pages reports that Jeff Wilfahrt '78 plans to run for the Minnesota House of Representatives in District 37B.
Paula O'Loughlin, professor of political science, brought her expertise to several local newspapers statewide. The Morris Sun Tribune, Park Rapids Enterprise, and the Worthington Daily Globe all quoted O'Loughlin in articles related to State government.