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Weekly Bulletin Archive

Vol. 3, No. 24: February 15, 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 21, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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.

Vagina Monologues

Thursday, February 16, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Café

Morris Feminists will sponsor its annual presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" in their efforts to bring attention to the scourge of violence against women.

Square Dance

Friday, February 17, 9 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship hosts this dance open to all students.

Play in a Day


Saturday, February 18, 10 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

Meinengens will perform a play with only one day's preparation on Saturday, February 18, at 10 p.m. in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium. Free and open to all.

Morris Book Group

Monday, February 20, 5 p.m.
Briggs Library, McGinnis Room

Join other avid readers in the Morris Book Group to read and discuss The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Next month the group will read Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks and will meet on March 12.

BSU Soul Food Dinner

Monday, February 20, 6 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

The Black Student Union will provide a dinner of tasty Soul Foods. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 general admission.

Pride of the Prairie Farmers Market


Tuesday, February 21, 1 until 5 p.m.
Student Center

Local farmers and merchants will offer local and organic foods, homemade goods, and other products at this semi-annual event.

Pride of the Prairie Spring Local Foods Mardi Gras Dinner

Tuesday, February 21, 4:45 until 7 p.m.
Dining Hall

The Mardi Gras Dinner features a locally sourced Mardi Gras menu created by Dining Services and Sodexo using foods grown on the prairie and across Minnesota. Dinner choices include Cajun walleye, chicken jambalaya with wild rice and Andouille sausage vegetarian jambalaya, red beans and rice, Cajun cabbage au gratin lettuce and tomato salad with Angry Trout's maple mustard dressing and bacon dressing cornbread with honey and butter apples foster with local whipped cream, Mardi Gras king cake milk and tea. Your dining experience will be accompanied by locally grown music from the prairie. Meal prices are $10 for adults, $6 for children and off-campus students, and on-campus students may use their meal plans. Children under five eat free. Tickets are available from the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce, the UMM Information Center/Higbies, and at the door.

Morris Listening Session

Tuesday, February 21, 5 p.m. dinner, 6:30 meeting
West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)

Co-sponsored by the Center for Small Towns and Clean up the River Environment (CURE) in collaboration with InCommons, a public "listening session" is being organized for local area residents to gather and discuss how to improve the quality of life in the Stevens County region. The session will take the form of an "open space" meeting where attendees set the agenda and lead the discussion. For those not partaking of the local foods meal on campus, a free meal catered by Bello Cucina will be served at 5 p.m. at WROC in advance of the listening session. The event is free, but preregistration is required by calling 1-877-269-2873 or emailing by February 18. Contact the Center for Small Towns for more information.

February Soup and Substance Discussion on Religious Tolerance

Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 p.m.
Student Center, 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 & Substance pairs a delicious free meal with a meaningful discussion. Read more »

Jane Addams Meeting

Tuesday, February 21, 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: The Help

Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

The Women of Color Association presents The Help, an inspirational, courageous and empowering story about very different, extraordinary women in the 1960s South who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project — one that breaks society's rules and puts them all at risk.

Asking the Big Questions


Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m.
Briggs Library, McGinnis Room

Asking the Big Questions will tackle the topic of Minnesota Politics. Can't tell Hubert Humphrey from Eugene McCarthy or decipher the acronym DFL? Let UMM political science professor Roger Rose shed some light on the institutions and people of Minnesota's political landscape past and present. The discussion starts at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Non-partisan snacks and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Contact Peter Bremer at for more information.

Mixed Student Recital

Thursday, February 23, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Enjoy a mixed student recital by UMM's supremely talented student musicians.

Open Mic Night

Thursday, February 23, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center ,Turtle Mountain Café

Have your say or share your talents at this open mic opportunity.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris Student to Lead Water Management Effort

Jodie Roy '12, Brooks, took on a new role with the Morris GreenCorps program, in which she will conduct outreach and education activities on storm water management and water conservation. "The position is exciting because it explores both surface runoff and water conservation," Roy said. "Managing water out of the tap and out of the sky is a big job. Morris has already taken steps in both of these areas, but there is more progress to make." Roy is also taking steps to form a water working group on campus similar to the composting group that started last year. Read more »

Free February Community Meal

Morris Community Meal will highlight hot dish, three-bean salad, and banana bread for February's Community Meal on Monday, February 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Morris Senior Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue. This month, volunteers will collaborate with the Morris Lions Club, an organization that brings together local men and women to answer the needs that challenge the Morris community. Community Meal is open to every member of the Stevens County community and entirely free of charge. Food options for people with special diets, such as gluten-free, diabetic, vegan and vegetarian, are always available, as are child friendly options. Meals are served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. one Monday each month while the University of Minnesota, Morris is in session. 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 New York City actress, playwright, and improv artist Kim Schultz, originally from Minnesota, with amazing live music by Amikaeyla Gaston, and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde. All three are American artists whose creative voices were nurtured by the Iraqi Voices Amplification Project (IVAP), which commissioned this play. On Thursday, February 23, Schultz will talk with students and theatre lovers in the HFA Black Box Theatre from 4 until 5 p.m., and hold an improvisation workshop open to everyone from 7:30 until 9 p.m. in the HFA rehearsal hall. 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 4 million, a story that isn't supposed to be a love story. Tickets are $5 for general admission Read more »

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.

Read more news.


Dan Flies '04 and Matt Hardy '01, both computer science alumni, are featured in Erin Peterson's article "The Revolutionaries: 12 Minnesotans who are changing the way we think about the world—and its future," in the February 2012 issue of Minnesota Monthly. Peterson writes "It's never been harder to think big. From an economy that keeps many of us clinging to crummy jobs to small-minded partisan bickering that puts innovative projects on hold, looking beyond ourselves and this moment can be mind-bendingly hard. Nonetheless, there are still dreamers out there—and more important, dreamers who take action. We rounded up 12 Minnesotans who are tackling projects that have the potential not just to change their industry, but to change the state, the country, and the world."

For the third straight week, Emily Mehr '13, Aitken, is the best player in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). It's an Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) women's basketball Player of the Week three-peat, says Pat McCabe, UMM sports information director, as the Minnesota Morris junior was also honored on February 7 and January 31. The Cougars have lost just once in the last three weeks.

Stephen Burks, economics and management, and three UMM student researchers (Kristin Starner '11, Chris Thorne '11, and Michael Barnes'10), are co-authors, along with independent safety consultant Ronald Knipling, of a publication issued recently by the Transporation Research Board, an operating agency of the National Academies of the U.S. The document is Commercial Truck and Bus Safety SynthesisProgram (CTBSSP) Synthesis #21, "Driver Selection Tests andMeasurement," and is one of a series that summarize best safety practices in commerical truck and bus operations. The work was done during the summer of 2010 as part of UMM's ongoing Truckers & Turnover Project.

Kenna Nelson '13 is co-author, along with independent safety consultant Ronald Knipling, of a publication issued recently by the Transporation Research Board, an operating agency of the National Academies of the U.S. The document is Commercial Truck and BusSafety Synthesis Program (CTBSSP) Synthesis #22, "Safety Management inSmall Motor Carriers," and is one of a series that summarize best safety practices in commerical truck and bus operations. Kenna's work was performed under the supervision of Stephen Burks, economics and management, and was done during the summer of 2011 as part of UMM's ongoing Truckers &Turnover Project.

In the news

The Morris Sun Tribune recognized Kordal Kombat, a quartet of UMM students, for entertaining the crowds at recent home basketball games with the singing of the National Anthem.

Moscow-Pullman Daily News staff writer Holly Bowen reported on biologist PZ Myers opening the Darwin on the Palouse events, an annual Darwin Day event held this year at Washington State University in Pullman.

Emergency Medicine Physicians News profiled alumnus Jason Bolden, MD. The Site Quality Director at Carolinas Medical Center — Steele Creek, Bolden received a bachelor of arts from Morris and a medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

Morris Sun Tribune Editor Kim Ukura spotlighted UMM's infrastructure priorities in her article "UMM looks for infrastructure funds in University of Minnesota capital request."

The Morris Sun Tribune noted the recent meeting between West Central School of Agriculture alumni and UMM representatives at the annual winter reunion at the View Point Golf club in Mesa, Arizona.