Vol. 3, No. 27: March 7, 2012
In this issue:
- Wyckoff discusses climate change at Honors Lecture Series
- Prairie Yard and Garden turns 25
- CNIA presents 28th annual Powwow
- Alumnus Timothy Cleary to honor Tuskegee Airmen
- Morris athletes honored by UMAC and others
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at 589-6255 for more information.
Prairie Yard and Garden
Thursday, March 8, 7 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television, KWCM Appleton
The 25th season of Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) airs Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. with encore broadcasts on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television through April 12. On March 8 host Larry Zilliox, former University of Minnesota Extension educator, will explore the upper Midwest, an area often overlooked for successfully growing high-quality fruits, yet some winter hardy varieties grow and have even been developed in Minnesota. Pete Moe, director of operations with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center in Victoria, shares varieties that perform well in colder climates.
Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16
Spring Break on the Morris campus begins Monday, March 12. On Friday, March 16, administrative offices will be closed for a campus floating holiday.
Jane Addams Project Meeting
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111
Everyone is invited to join the group known as Jane Addams, a community building project between UMM students, Morris community members, and the Hispanic community in and around Morris. Meeting weekly, language circles in both languages are used to promote the bonding of the community.
News and announcements:
Celebration of American Indian Culture at the 28th Annual Circle of Nations Indigenous Association Powwow
The students of the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold their 28th Annual CNIA Powwow on Saturday, March 24, in the Physical Education Center. Doors open at 11 a.m. The powwow officially begins with the Grand Entry, a ceremonial procession of Native dancers dressed in the full traditional regalia of their tribal nations and accompanied by drum groups, the heart and soul of all powwows, entering the dance arena. Grand Entry will occur at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Authentic Native arts and crafts may be purchased directly from noted jewelers and artisans. This is a free public event and parking is readily available at the South Parking Lot near Big Cat Stadium. For additional information, call 320-589-6097, email, or visit the CNIA Powwow website. The powwow heralds the beginning of the 39th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, a celebration of American Indian and other cultural heritages. Read more »
Final Appearance for Trio Lorca and Ann DuHamel before Carnegie Hall Performance
Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, joined Trio Lorca as guest pianist in the HFA Recital Hall this week. This performance preceded their debut appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 16 as part of the 2011-12 Distinguished Concerts Artist Series, a prestigious event reserved only for refined, professional musicians of the highest caliber. The members of Trio Lorca, described as "an innovative chamber ensemble at the crossroads between contemporary music and European tradition," are colleagues at St. Cloud State University. Read more »
Cyrus Bina featured speaker at conference on Iran
Cyrus Bina, Distinguished Research Professor of economics, was a featured presenter at a recent conference in Santa Barbara, California, entitled "Constitutional Politics in Modern Iran: A Re-Examination and Implications for the Future." The conference speakers used Iran's history as a context to "examine the challenges of a transition from Iran's current theocratic constitution to a more democratic mode of governance and propose recommendations that could meet the needs of the Iranian people in the 21st century." Bina, a well-known expert on the political economy of Iran as well as on the economics of oil, energy, and globalization, also addressed the role of oil and its alleged connection with dictatorship. Read more »
Morris Alumnus Timothy Cleary to Construct Statue Honoring Tuskegee Airmen
Timothy Cleary '92 was commissioned by the Northland Veteran Services Committee in Duluth to construct a statue of Joe Gomer to commemorate the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces. A 92-year-old Duluth resident, Gomer is perhaps the last member in Minnesota and one of fewer than 100 of the pilots alive today. Cleary is an active artist and an assistant professor of art at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. The statue will be placed in the Duluth International Airport upon completion, slated for Gomer's birthday in June. 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.
Two members of the men's basketball team were named to Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) All-Conference teams. Derek Schmidt '12, East Grand Forks, earned First Team All-UMAC honors, and Brendon Foss '14, Hancock, earned Honorable Mention All-UMAC honors, while also landing on the All-Defensive team.
After the 2012 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Morris women's squad has earned five All-UMAC honorees. Melissa Denler, '14, Champlin, Linda Keller '13, Hawick, and Anna Peterson '14, Moorhead, all led the way for the Cougars, earning All-Conference accolades for the second straight season, with Keller landing on her third straight squad. Joining them were Morris newcomers Jennifer LaRoque '15, Monticello, and Turquoya Rudnitski '15, Barrett.
Coming off its runner-up finish at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships, UMM has earned six honorees to the All-UMAC team. Todd Gramenz '12, St. Paul, and Zach Smith '12, Watertown, led the way for the Cougars once again, ending their seasons on the All-Conference team for the third straight year. Ryan DeRoeck '14, Sartell, Ken Broden '14, North Branch, Josh Lozancich '13, Loomis, California, and Dan Tiernan '15, Morris, all become All-UMAC athletes for the first time.
The women's swimming and diving team was honored for their work in the classroom recently, earning the Team Scholar Academic All-American award from the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA). The CSCAA honors those teams that held a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better following the fall semester. The Cougars finished with a team GPA of 3.06.
In the news
A West Central Tribune sports column article, "College Track: Keller rewrites her UMM mile mark," notes that Linda Keller '13, Hawick, set a new Morris record in the mile, finishing second with a 5:04.47 at the recent Track and Field Iowa State Qualifier in Ames.
Morris Sun Tribune publisher Sue Dieter summarized the concerns of community members in her article "Community kitchen, battle bots topics at listening session." The Center for Small Towns and Clean up the River Environment (CURE) were co-sponsors of this event held recently at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, billed as a public listening session for local area residents to gather and discuss how to improve the quality of life in the Morris region.
Writing in the Boulder Jewish News, reporter Barry Halpern's article "Yesterday's News – Genealogical Research with Digital Newspapers" announced J. Wendel Cox, former UMM history faculty, as the speaker for the monthly program of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Colorado.