Vol. 3, No. 25: February 22, 2012
In this issue:
- No Place Called Home, Thursday, February 23
- Welcome Center receives LEED Gold rating
- Women's basketball are UMAC Champs
- Arne Kildegaard plans to connect the dots around the Center for Small Towns, says Morris Sun Tribune
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.
Presentation: Mni-sota Ojibwe and Dakota History
Thursday, February 23, 2:30 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Alumni and University Rooms
The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs and American Indian Studies sponsor Anishinaabe Dibaajimowin: Ehanna Dakota Woyakapi. The Dakota Oyate were forcibly removed from their homelands in Minnesota by legislation called the Indian Removal Act of 1863, enacted by President Abraham Lincoln. Their exile was brought about by what is often referred to as the Dakota Conflict of 1862. This presentation will share real causes behind the war and the Dakota perspective of this history. A brief history of Native nations within the upper Midwest and Great Plains comprises a second presentation. Contact Gabe Desrosiers 320-589-6092 for more information.
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 Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, 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 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.
Student Center's 20th Birthday Celebration
Friday, February 24, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Student Center Lobby
The Student Center opened in 1992 and is celebrating its 20th birthday. Stop by for a free Whoopie Pie and enjoy the birthday decorations.
No Place Called Home
Friday, February 24, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre
The Theatre Discipline presents No Place Called Home, a new play written and performed by former Minnesotan, now New York City actress, playwright, and improv artist Kim Schultz. Directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde, the play features amazing live music by Amikaeyla Gaston. 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. Schultz developed the play from interviews conducted by a delegation of American artists that traveled to Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon with Intersections International, a NYC based NGO, to interview some of the four million displaced Iraqis living in exile. 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 »
CAC Films: Mean Girls
Friday, February 24, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium
The Campus Activities Council will screen Mean Girls, a film which depicts how female high school social cliques operate and the effect they can have on girls.
KUMM March Music Madness Concert
Saturday, February 25, 9 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium
Campus radio station KUMM presents a spring concert headlined by Tribe and Big Cats, No Bird Sings, and Guante. Admission is $5 for all.
Free Community Meal
Monday, February 27, 5:30 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center
This month, Morris Community Meal collaborates with the Morris Lions Club to serve a supper of home-cooked favorites, including hot dish, three-bean salad, and banana bread. 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. Volunteers for cooking, cleaning, and serving are welcome. Meals are served from 5:30 until 7 p.m. one Monday each month while the University is in session.
Jane Addams Meeting
Tuesday, February 28, 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.
Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar (TAFS)
Thursday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Room 6
Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, will speak on renewable energy.
News and announcements:
2012 State of the University Address
President Eric W. Kaler will deliver the annual State of the University Address on Thursday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m., on the Twin Cities campus. The address will also be broadcast via ITV to all campuses. The Morris location is Studio A, Humanities and Fine Arts Building. To participate online, please visit the 2012 State of the University website. Read more »
Welcome Center receives LEED Gold rating
The United States Green Building Council awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating to the Welcome Center. LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Built in 1915 during the West Central School of Agriculture era, the Welcome Center was later known as the Engineering building and more recently as the Community Services building. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its renovation was completed in February 2010. In addition to the LEED Gold rating, the Welcome Center was previously awarded the 2011 Preservation Alliance of Minnesota's Sustainable Design Award and the 2011 Minnesota Construction Association Award. Read more »
Jennifer Deane Receives Grants for Research on Medieval German Religious Women
Within the past year, Jennifer Deane, associate professor of history, has received two grants—the University of Minnesota Grant-in-Aid-of-Research and a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, which fund her research on the "beguines" or lay religious women of medieval Germany. The grants have enabled her to make several trips to archives and libraries in Germany and to share ideas and research findings with European colleagues. Deane's research will be published in her forthcoming book, Sisters Among: Beguines and Lay Religious Women's Communities in Medieval Germany. Later this year, Deane will also publish a volume she is co-editing with European colleagues on the issue of beguine categories, terminology, and historiography, titled Labels, Libels, and Lay Religious Women in Northern Medieval Europe (Brepols Press). Read more »
Schultz to Perform Show on Tennessee Williams
Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre arts, will perform Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams on Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Black Box Theatre. Adapted by Steve Lawson, Schultz's solo performance will reveal a portrait of Williams at his creative peak through the creation of such plays as A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, as well as the demons that haunt him and lead to his increasingly self-destructive behavior. Although comprised of letters, the piece has been constructed and staged to emphasize the drama of Williams' life and the complexity of the close relationships he shared with such literary and theatrical figures as Carson McCullers, Gore Vidal, and Elia Kazan. Through his performance, Schultz hopes that the audience will come to better appreciate Williams as both a writer and as a person. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $8 for general admission. Read more »
Euclid Quartet to perform
The Euclid Quartet will close out the 2011–12 Performing Arts Series (PAS) events with a performance on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. The Euclid Quartet is a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality and vibrant color. Originally from the U.S., Great Britain, Venezuela, and China, they have won many prizes at major competitions around the world and hold the prestigious Quartet Residency at Indiana University, South Bend. In addition to the evening performance, the Euclid Quartet will present a master class on Saturday, March 3, at 1 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The class is free and open to the public. For ticket information, call 320-589-6080 or visit the PAS website. Read more »
Two Upcoming Symphonic Winds Concerts
The Symphonic Winds is pleased to announce two spring concerts. The first, Music from Distant Shores, will take place on Sunday, March 4 at 3 p.m., and feature works by Joaquin Rodrígo, Gustav Mahler, Luis Serrano, and Alan Hovhaness. The second concert, The Maestro Factor, on Wednesday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., will feature pieces by Bernard Gilmore, Malcolm Arnold, Ron Nelson, Fergal Carroll and Howard Hanson. Vocal soloists and the jazz ensemble complete the programs. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at the Information Desk in the Student Center. Adults $5, Seniors/Children $3, and Students with ID $1. 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.
The women's basketball team clinched their third straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship in the final weeks of the season by beating visiting Northland 74–64 to successfully defend their title.
In the news
In her Morris Sun Tribune article "Arne Kildegaard plans to connect the dots around the Center for Small Towns," editor Kim Ukura emphasized Kildegaard's intention as the new director of the Center for Small Towns to "spend his time connecting the dots between the Center, the campus and the community." Arne Kildegaard, associate professor of economics and management, was named director in January.
Earth Techling reprinted the article "Universities Become Natural Leaders In Renewable Energy" from Midwest Energy News in which sustainability coordinator Troy Goodnough describes the Morris area as "an evolving renewable energy destination."
Reporter Tom Cherveny used the development of renewable energy at Morris as a model in his article "Smaller, renewable energy projects setting roots across west central Minnesota" in his West Central Tribune article about a recent gathering at the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center to identify significant smaller renewable energy projects and to help chart the way for more.
The Greenville News reporter Angelia Davis recounts a press release stating that alumna Calleigh (Sullivan) Wilson '07 has joined the ScanSource Communications team in South Carolina as an Associate Product Manager. ScanSource, Inc. is the leading international value-added distributor of specialty technology products.
The World Interior Design Network noted receipt of a LEED Gold rating by the Welcome Center in the article "The Welcome Centre at the University of Minnesota, Morris in the US has bagged LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council following a facelift."
Reporter Christine Foster's article "Local Program Director Helps Encourage, Mentor Roswell Teens" in the RoswellPatch describes how program director Amanda Reed '94, psychology, works to affect positive change in the lives of local students through Project LIFT, a non-profit mentoring program for at-risk students in Roswell, Georgia.