Vol. 3, No. 23: February 8, 2012
In this issue:
- Tickets still available for humorist John Hodgman this Saturday
- Athena Kildegaard book readings and signings
- Two Morris students to study the Latino experience in Morris
- Morris ranks high on new Zimride system
- Renewable energy highlighted in Midwest Energy News
Wednesday and Thursday, February 8–9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Help save a life by donating blood. Call 320-589-6080 for information on how to donate.
Staged Reading—The Juggler's Tale
Thursday, February 9, and Friday, February 10, 7 p.m.
HFA 120, Black Box Theatre
Meiningens presents a staged reading of The Juggler's Tale, the late German playwright Michael Ende's play about a down and out circus troupe that gets a second chance–with a catch.
Suicide Prevention Presentation
Thursday, February 9, 4:45 p.m.
Gay Hall, Office of Residential Life Conference Room
The Wellness Center and Student Counseling will present a program on the prevention of suicide through public awareness and education, including recognizing the warning signs and when to step in and try to assist. The goals of the session are to reduce the stigma and fears associated with suicide and discuss various resources available for those concerned about the risk of suicide. Contact the Wellness Center at 320-589-6061, or Bridget Joos, for more information.
Jazz Ensemble Concert
Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
HFA 160, Recital Hall
The Jazz Ensemble, both big bands, and a couple of jazz combos will be featured on this fun night, Friday February 10, at 7:30 in the HFA Recital Hall. The audience will be treated to a Frank Foster arrangement of "In a Mellow Tone," a Bob Mintzer chart called "A Brazilian Affair," several vocals, and more. Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for students.
CAC Film—The Truman Show
Friday, February 10, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium
The Campus Activities Council presents The Truman Show, a 1998 film in which comedic actor Jim Carrey plays an insurance salesman/adjuster who discovers his entire life is actually a TV show.
Valentine's Day Dance
Friday, February 10, 10 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
The Black Student Union hosts this dance in recognition of Valentine's Day. Fun fact: Celebrated around the world, the occasion is used by many to show appreciation for those they love or adore, but in some cultures, it is also a time to appreciate friends. In Finland, for example, it is referred to as "Friend's Day."
Humorist John Hodgman on Campus
Saturday, February 11, 8 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center
John Hodgman, a New York Times bestselling author and the "resident expert" on the The Daily Show with John Stewart, offers 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. He has published a "trilogy of complete world knowledge" — three books consisting completely of false facts. His most recent book, That is All, was released last November to critical acclaim. You might also recognize him as the "PC man" from Apple computer commercials. Read more »
Saturday, February 11, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe
The Improv Club courageously follows John Hodgman with "Breakfast for Dinner," their first show of the Spring 2012 semester.
Athena Kildegaard Book Readings and Signings
Sunday, February 12, 7 p.m., McGinnis Room, Briggs Library
Monday, February 13, 7 p.m., Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance
Just in time for Valentine's Day, Athena Kildegaard, poet and lecturer, will be reading from and signing her new book, Cloves & Honey (Nodin Press) at two events. The first, sponsored by the Briggs Library Associates, will be on Sunday, February 12, at 7 p.m. in the McGinnis Room of the Briggs Library. This will also include an open mic. People are invited to read a favorite love poem—their own or by someone else. A reception will follow the reading. The second will be held at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) at 7 p.m. on Monday, February 13. Cloves & Honey came about as the result of the author's year-long discipline of writing a single love poem every day. Read more »
Jane Addams Meeting
Tuesday, February 14, 6:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall, 111
Everyone is invited to join the community building project known as Jane Addams, a project between UMM students, Morris community members, and the Hispanic community in and around Morris. Language circles in both languages are used to promote the bonding of the community.
Black History Month Movie— "Good Hair"
Wednesday, February 15, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium
The Women of Color Association will screen Good Hair, a 2009 film in which comedian Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.
News and announcements:
February Soup and Substance Discussion on Religious Tolerance
The Office of Community Engagement will host its monthly Soup and Substance discussion on February 21, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center's Alumni Room in Oyate Hall. The February gathering will address the issue of Religious Tolerance. Participants will ponder such questions as, how well do UMM and the Morris community tolerate varying religious beliefs or those who are not religious? For instance, do people of a variety of religious beliefs feel comfortable in Morris? At UMM? Does UMM provide accommodations for those who have specific practices or need particular religious holidays off? What about other employers in Morris? What is, or should be, the role of religion at a public, liberal arts college? Soup and Substance pairs a delicious free meal with a meaningful discussion. Read more »
No Place Called Home Comes to Campus
The Theatre Discipline announces a performance of No Place Called Home on Friday, February 24, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre. This new play was written and is performed by Kim Schultz, with amazing live music by Amikaeyla Gaston and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, American artists whose creative voices were nurtured by the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project (IVAP). No Place Called Home is that unexpected story—a true story about an American woman and an Iraqi man, a story about one refugee out of four million, a story that isn't supposed to be a love story. Tickets are $5 for general admission. Read more »
Two Morris students to study the Latino experience in Morris
The city of Morris is gaining a reputation for harmoniously integrating Latino immigrants into the community. Two UMM students, Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, and Cristina Montanez '12, El Paso, Texas, are working with Spanish faculty Windy Roberts, teaching specialist, and Stacey Aronson, associate professor, to chronicle the Latino experience in Morris through a Center for Small Towns project. Montanez, a Spanish and psychology major with a minor in gender, women, and sexuality studies, and Wente, a statistics and economics major with a minor in Spanish, are meeting with the Latino community in focus groups to determine what sets Morris apart from other communities. Read more »
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 goes live today
A new online system for ordering official transcripts (previously scheduled to go live on February 1) goes live today, February 8, 2012. This 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 today.
Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, received two Lake Region Arts Council grants for two recent performances at UMM. DuHamel received a $710.00 grant to partially fund Russian pianist Ksenia Nosikova, called a pianist of "impressive musicianship," to present a piano recital and a master class for piano students. DuHamel also received an $800.00 grant to partially fund two artists, Stephen Swanson (baritone) and David Gompper (piano) to perform a recital program, "Animal Songs," and give a vocal master class to students. All events were free and open to the public.
Only four months after partnering with Zimride to provide a social network for ridesharing, Morris is ranked number one of users as a percentage of enrollment and tied for number one for number of ride posts as a percentage of enrollment, reports Jim Hall, director of information technology. "This is great news for Morris. We had a great rollout of Zimride, and obviously the students responded well to it," he notes.
Two Cougars received UMAC honors. For the second straight week, Cougar women's basketball's Emily Mehr '13, Aitken, is the best player in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). After his record breaking performance last weekend, Ryan DeRoeck '14, Sartell, has been named UMAC men's track and field Athlete of the Week.
In the news
Reporter Kari Lydersen highlighted Morris's renewable energy initiatives in her article "Universities become natural leaders in renewable energy" in Midwest Energy News.
MonteNews.com, the online home of the Montevideo American-News, reports that the Staples campus of Central Lakes College will host the second Ag & Energy Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 3:25 p.m., Friday, February 24, a free event featuring Michael Reese, coordinator at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC).
In Saint John's University's search to reduce its carbon footprint, Derek Larson, professor of environmental studies, toured the Biomass Plant as mentioned in an article by the St. Cloud Times.
The Morris Sun Tribune and the University Register interviewed John Hodgman