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Vol. 3, No. 26: February 29, 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, March 6, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

2012 State of the University Address

Thursday, March 1, 3:30 p.m.
Humanites Fine Arts, Studio A

President Eric W. Kaler will deliver the annual State of the University Address on the Twin Cities campus and broadcast via ITV to all coordinate campuses. To participate online, please visit the 2012 State of the University website.

Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams

Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre

Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre arts, will perform Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams, a play adapted from Williams' letters. 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. 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. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $8 for general admission.

Prairie Yard and Garden

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television, KWCM Appleton

Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) returns to Pioneer Public Television for its twenty-fifth season beginning Thursday, March 1, and running through April 12. Episodes are broadcast Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. with encores on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. Hosted by Larry Zilliox, former University of Minnesota Extension educator, this popular program is one of Minnesota's top resources for gardening information. The series, an alliance between UMM and Pioneer Public Television, KWCM Appleton, is produced on campus by Roger Boleman, director of Instructional and Media Technologies with Michael Cihak, assistant director of marketing communication and design. On March 1, PY&G will showcase artistic expression in the garden achieved with colorful plants and unique pieces created by area artists to complement the landscape.

Keynote Speaker: David R. Weiss

Thursday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center

David R. Weiss, author of the book To the Tune of a Welcoming God: Lyrical reflections on sexuality, spirituality and the wideness of God's welcome, will speak on the topic of "Paying it Forward: The Christian Basis for Welcoming LGBT Persons." Prior to the talk, Lutheran Campus Ministries will host a dollar dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Christus House, and Weiss, an accomplished poet, essayist, and hymnist, will be available for informal conversation at this event. The following day, on Friday, March 2, UMM will host another opportunity for informal dialogue with Weiss in the McGinnis Room on the first floor of the Briggs Library at 10:30 a.m. The entire community is welcome at any of these events. Contact Argie Manolis for more information.

Duncan/Horey Duo Recital

Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Students of saxophone and percussion will perform in recital.

Euclid Quartet

Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

The Euclid Quartet, a dynamic ensemble known for performances filled with personality and vibrant color, will close out the 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series (PAS) events. 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.

Symphonic Winds Concert

Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Symphonic Winds presents its first concert of the spring term, "Music from Distant Shores," featuring works by Joaquin Rodrígo, Gustav Mahler, Luis Serrano, and Alan Hovhaness, and including vocal soloists and the jazz ensemble. It will be preceded by a chat at 2:30 p.m. between the conductor, Simon Tillier, and Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at the Information Desk in the Student Center, costing adults $5, seniors and children $3, and students with ID $1.

Trio Lorca and Ann DuHamel Concert

Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, will collaborate with Trio Lorca, a faculty ensemble from St. Cloud State University billed as an innovative chamber ensemble at the crossroads between contemporary music and European tradition, on a program of twentieth- century/contemporary chamber music. Trio Lorca features soprano Catherine Verrilli, percussionist Terry Vermillion, and flutist Melissa Krause. Free and open to the public. This performance is part of a tour that will culminate in a concert in New York City at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall on Friday, March 16.

Jane Addams Meeting

Tuesday, March 6, 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.

Film: Woven from the Land

Tuesday, March 6, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

In the film Woven from the Land, Teresa Konechne, a filmmaker, artist, and activist living in St. Paul, weaves together the voices of 18 midwest Native and non-Native American rural women in a personal narrative to explore our relationship to land, land loss, disappearance of rural culture, how landscape shapes who we are, and possible connections between the history of land and racial strife. Seventeen years in the making, Woven from the Land illustrates the filmmaker's journey home to explore her own connection to place while asking if changing our relationship to land is key to both our survival and peace between peoples. A question and answer period with the filmmaker, a roundtable discussion featuring area women farmers Mary Jo Forbord, coordinator of the Morris Healthy Eating Project, Terry VanderPol, director of the Land Stewardship Project, and farmers Rebecca Terk and Johanna Rupprecht, and a reception will follow the film.

Symphonic Winds Concert

Wednesday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Symphonic Winds second concert of the spring season, "The Maestro Factor," will feature pieces by Bernard Gilmore, Malcolm Arnold, Ron Nelson, Fergal Carroll and Howard Hanson. Vocal soloists and the jazz ensemble complete the program. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at the Information Desk in the Student Center, costing adults $5, seniors and children $3, and students with ID $1.

Honors Lecture Series

Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

The Honors Lecture Series is having its first lecture of the spring semester. Peter Wyckoff, associate professor of biology, will present "Climate change comes to the forests of western Minnesota," an overview of his ongoing research program in which Wyckoff and his students are studying the impacts of climate change, deer, and invasive species on forest dynamics at the prairie-forest border in western Minnesota. Contact Tammy Berberi at 589-6255 for more information.

Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

The goal of the Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series is to challenge its audience through the use of film to examine and discuss the issues of culture, identity, and stereotypes of American Indian people. Contact Tracy Peterson at 589-6097 for more information.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Quantifying Sustainability Efforts on the Morris Campus

Heidi Eger '13, Woodbury, is working on a project called STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System), a comprehensive sustainability survey created by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The Morris campus was a pilot site for this new system and is now a charter member and participant. Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson registered the campus as a charter signatory in the program, and she also serves on the AASHE board of directors. Eger's goal is to quantify UMM's sustainability efforts, noting "If you can measure it, you can manage it." The Morris campus intends to complete the STARS survey and receive a rating. Read more »

Korean culture immersion in store for Morris student

For many, the words "spring break" stir images of warm weather, beaches, and sunshine. For others, spring break is time to visit family and friends. For Christine Hoffman '13, spring break means a unique opportunity to be immersed in Korean culture. Hoffman, a mathematics and Spanish major from Alexandria, was awarded a scholarship from the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) and the Korea Foundation to travel to South Korea over spring break to learn more about the language, culture, and history. While there, she will attend academic lectures at Yonsei University in Seoul, go on excursions to ancient places, and visit the National Museum of Korea and the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. 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.

Accomplishments

Seung-Ho Joo, professor of political science, is co-author of a recently published article, "Beyond the 'Sunshine' and the 'Mutual Benefits, Common Prosperity' Policy: GRIT as the Viable Alternative" in Korea Observer, vol. 42, no. 2 (2011), pp. 255-280. He has another article on North Korea's third generation power succession titled "Korea under Kim Jong-Un: The Beginning of the End of a Peculiar Dynasty" accepted for publication in Pacific Focus, vol. 26, no. 1 (April 2012).

Members of the International Relations (IR) Club Andy Showalter '13, Maple Grove, Elizabeth Catlin '15, Stillwater, Tim Voight '11, Woodbury, Morgan Turner '11, Ashby, Becca Schnabel '15, Lino Lakes, and Nate Perfetti '15, Minnetonka, attended the McGill Model UN Conference in Montreal, Quebec in late January. At the conference, the students represented countries and other international actors while working together to solve major problems facing our world and to examine past crises. The IR club participates in Model UN conferences throughout the country and Canada. In the past, the club has gone to St. Louis, Chicago, and other exciting places and will be visiting Chicago again in April.

Sprinter Zach Smith '12, Watertown, was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week. The women's basketball team is well represented on the All-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) teams. Voted on by the league coaches, Tim Grove led the way for the Cougars as UMAC Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. Jenni Noordmans '12 and Emily Mehr '13 were each named First Team All-UMAC, while Kendra Wycoff '15 was named the league's Co-Freshman of the Year, also claiming Honorable Mention All-UMAC honors.

In the news

Star Tribune Reporter Paul Walsh quoted Kelli Hamilton '12, Delano, in his article "Experts: Steel cable barriers in I-29 median might have saved four NDSU students" reprinted in the Grand Forks Herald, on the lack of median cables along stretches on I-94 and the importance of "Seat belts on, phones off. Pay attention."

Reporter Sara Hooker mentioned in her Chicago Daily Herald article "Elmhurst College preps for jazz-filled weekend" that the UMM jazz ensemble will participate in Elmhurst College's annual jazz festival.

The Gazette editor Cindy Hadish noted in her "Homegrown," blog entry "Iowa Native Plant Society award" that alumna Larissa Mottl, manager of Grinnell College's Conard Environmental Research Area (CERA) and outreach coordinator for the Center for Prairie Studies, was named the first recipient of the Iowa Native Plant Society's Conservation Award in recognition of Outstanding Education and Community Outreach. Mottl earned a bachelor of arts degree in biology and chemistry at UMM.