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Vol. 3, No. 22: February 1, 2012

Editor: Melissa Weber
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, February 7, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Legislative Briefing


Wednesday, February 1, 6 p.m.
122 Welcome Center

University 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. Read more »

Chinese Spring Festival 2012: The Year of the Dragon!

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Thursday, February 2, at 6 p.m.
Oyate Hall

The Chinese Spring Festival Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 2 at 6 p.m. The event is 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, available in the Student Center, are $5 for students and $10 for staff and faculty.

Ksenia Nosikova Recital

Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m.
HFA Recital Hall

The Music Discipline is pleased to welcome back distinguished guest artist, pianist Ksenia Nosikova on Thursday, February 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Nosikova will perform a solo piano recital featuring the works of Robert Schumann and Franz Liszt. The recital is free and open to the public.

"Animal Songs," Distinguished Guest Recital

Saturday, February 4, 7:30 p.m.
HFA Recital Hall

The Music Discipline is pleased to welcome distinguished guest artists Stephen Swanson, baritone, and David Gompper, composer-pianist, on Saturday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Swanson and Gompper will perform their recital, "Animal Songs." The recital is free and open to the public.

Community of Scholars

Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4
Morris Campus

On Friday and Saturday, February 3 and 4, approximately 200 students from across the country will be on campus to participate in the sixth annual Community of Scholars event. Students from Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, New York, South Dakota, Texas, and Wisconsin will compete for the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award- Morris campus's most prestigious competitive scholarships. Read more »

West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) Arizona and Texas Winter Reunions

Monday, February 6, 11 a.m.
View Point RV and Golf Resort

WCSA alumni will gather in Mesa, Arizona, at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012, at the View Point RV and Golf Resort. WCSA alumni will also gather in McAllen, Texas, at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.

Dinner with the Chancellor in Arizona

Monday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Annabelle's Restaurant

UMM Alumni will gather for dinner with the Chancellor at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 6, 2012, at Annabelle's Restaurant in Mesa, Arizona.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

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 today. 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.

Read more news.



Congratulations to Athena Kildegaard for the nomination of her poetry collection Bodies of Light as a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Winners will be announced in April.

The Business Journal ranked 1,001 national colleges and universities on admissions selectivity. Morris was ranked fifth in Minnesota, 46th in the Midwest, and 246th nationally. Read more »

The January, 2012 special issue on behavioral economics and finance of the journal Management Science contains an article co-authored by Stephen Burks, economics and management, and Erin Krupka, School of Information, University of Michigan. The title is "A Multimethod Approach to Identifying Norms and Normative Expectations Within a Corporate Hierarchy: Evidence from the Financial Services Industry," and is based upon research developed by Burks and Krupka in collaboration with Doug Lennick (UMM '09, UMM commencement speaker, May, 2011). The work used behavioral economic field experiments that were conducted with the assistance of Manjari Govada (UMM '12), Chris Thorne (UMM '11), and Tricia Steffen (UMM '11) to measure ethical norms for on-the-job behavior of financial advisers and their corporate leaders. Read more »

Stephen Burks, economics and management, presented "An Overview of Work on Sleep Apnea and the Risk of Crashes among Tractor-Trailer Drivers," co-authored with Jon Anderson (UMM statistics), Matt Bombyk (UMM '11), Derek Ganzhorn (UMM '09), Tim Ginader (UMM '13), and Xueyang Jiao (UMM '12), M. Berger, Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics, S. Kales and V. Varvarigou, Harvard Medical School, and J. Hickman and E. Mabry, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, to the Transportation Research Board's standing technical committee AT060 Trucking Industry Research, at the TRB annual meetings in Washington, DC on January 23, 2012. Burks is a member of AT060 and the work presented is part of UMM's ongoing "Truckers & Turnover Project." Read more »

In the news

Bruce Helmer '82 was quoted in a CBS Minnesota about consumer spending habits. He is a member of the Chancellor's Advisory Council.

The Morris Sun Tribune wrote about Rose Murphy '10, Center for Small Towns/UMM Academic Administration, highlighting her interest in grief counseling. Read the full article.

Sal Monteagudo '99 was featured in the Morris Sun Tribune as a community activist and multicultural mentor. Read the full article.

The Star Tribune mentions Athena Kildegaard's upcoming reading at the Loft in Minneapolis. Kildegaard will read from her book Cloves and Honey: Love Poems. Read the full article.

Lowell Rasmussen is quoted in an article about natural gas prices and biomass in the business section of the Star Tribune.

Brenda Johnson '86, teacher in the Ashby, MN school district and coach at M State in Fergus Falls, appears in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal. Read the full article.

Jen Lund is quoted in a Morris Sun Tribune article on the importance of recognizing and stopping stalking.