Vol. 3, No. 21: January 25, 2012
In this issue:
- Science Advocate and Humanitarian Shawn Otto Event Tomorrow
- Step Afrika! Fourth in the Season's Performing Arts Series
- Twelve Faculty Members Receive All-University Imagine Fund Awards
Science Advocate and Humanitarian Shawn Otto to Speak on Campus
Thursday, January 26, 7:30 p.m.
HFA Recital Hall
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
Saturday, January 28, 7:30 p.m.
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 »
Legislative Briefing with President Kaler
Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 p.m.
122 Welcome Center
Univeristy of Minnesota President Eric Kaler will speak at the 2012 University of Minnesota Legislative Briefing at McNamara Alumni Center, Twin Cities Campus, on Wednesday, February 1, at 6 p.m. The event will be streamed live to the coordinate campuses and online. On the Morris campus, the briefing may be viewed in 122 Welcome Center, with light hors d'oeuvres served at 5:30 p.m.
Chinese Spring Festival 2012: The Year of the Dragon!
Thursday, February 2, 6:00 p.m.
The Chinese Spring Festival Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 6 p.m. The event is being held by the International Student Association and is funded through ASG and International Student Programs. All attendees are asked to wear red. The color of red in Chinese culture means good luck for the coming year! Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for staff and faculty.
News and announcements:
Reminder to Seniors
The deadline to apply for 2012 graduation is January 30, 2012. Visit the Office of the Registrar's website for more information and to apply online.
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.
New online transcript ordering system
A new online system for ordering official transcripts is scheduled to go live on February 1, 2012. The new system will expedite both ordering and processing and will offer an option for an electronic official transcript that can be delivered minutes after it is ordered. A new pricing structure for official transcripts will also take effect when this new system is launched.
Twelve University of Minnesota, Morris professors received all-University 2012 Imagine Fund Awards. View the entire list of names here.
Two University of Minnesota, Morris faculty members have recently received awards from the Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship program administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research. Michael Eble, studio art, received $22,003 for his project, "A Meandering River: A visual exploration of the Lower Mississippi Valley," and Michael Lackey, English, received $7,580 for "J. Saunders Redding and the Battle for Racial Justice." Administered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) funds are awarded in all disciplines in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of the institution. Grant-in-Aid application are next due on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. More information can be found here.
Ray Schultz, theatre, has been named a 2012-13 fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). Schultz will be in residence at the IAS during spring semester 2013, where he will develop the solo performance project "It Could Be Worse: The Mayo, Mutant Genes, Cancer, and Me." For 2012-13, eleven University of Minnesota faculty members were selected as Residential Fellows. Fellows are released from all teaching obligations during the tenure of their fellowships and are in residence at the IAS offices, where they can benefit from the community of scholars and share their work across disciplines.Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the Institute, including attendance at events, weekly lunches, and coffee hours. Each residential fellow is provided with work space at the IAS University Park Plaza offices housing stipends are provided for fellows from coordinate campuses to cover the cost of relocating to the Twin Cities for the period of fellowship. More information can be found at http://www.ias.umn.edu/fellows.php
Sarah Theidle '14, Cottage Grove, is working for the Center for Small Towns with the University of Minnesota Extension office. Read more »
In the news
The Morris Sun Tribune mentioned the Martin Luther King Jr. day of service. View the story here.
The Williams College Board of Trustees has promoted eight faculty to the position of associate professor with tenure including Morris' own Brent Heeringa '99.
Ron Raasch '73, who has served as executive director of the Fergus Falls Area Family YMCA since 1998, retired on Sunday, Jan. 15.