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Weekly Bulletin Archive

Vol. 3, No. 28: March 14, 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 20, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Prairie Yard and Garden

Thursday, March 15, 7:30 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 15, PY&G explains the arduous process of growing quality grapes for the wine industry. Selecting varieties that perform well while surviving the cold winter climate, is challenging but much more attainable with several cold-hardy introductions. Florian Ledermann, owner of Cedar Rose Wild Vinyard, discusses his methods for growing quality grapes for commercial wine making with host Larry Zilliox.

Book Group

Monday, March 19, 5 p.m.
Briggs Library McGinnis Room

Join other avid readers in the Morris Book Group to read and discuss Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks. Contact Kristina Erickson at or 320-304-1089 for more information.

Utah Wilderness Speaker


Monday, March 19, 7:30 p.m.
Science and Math 1020

Clayton Daughenbaugh of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance/Sierra Club will present the multi-media slideshow, "Wild Utah: America's Redrock Wilderness."

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111

Bringing the University, Morris area, and Hispanic communities together, the community-building project "Jane Addams" will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring term.

Summer Session registration

Morris Campus

Registration for the 2012 summer session begins on Wednesday, March 21.

E-quality Film: 50faggots

Wednesday, March 21, 7 p.m.
Science and Math 2950

E-quality will screen 50Faggots, an online documentary series about effeminate gay male activists, artists, professionals, and educators that illuminates the ongoing issues relevant to LGBTQ communities.

Soup and Substance

Students dishing up

Thursday, March 22, 5:30 p.m.
Imholte 101

A Soup and Substance conversation and light meal will focus on the theme "The Moral and Feminist Implications of Pornography." Philosophy faculty Dan Demitriou and Pieranna Garavaso will help to facilitate the discussion on topics such as victimization, the difference between erotica and porn, different approaches (e.g., feminist, religious, utilitarian, etc.) to the arguments, and whether pornography is intrinsically degrading. Co-sponsored UMM's Office of Community Engagement and Someplace Safe.

Asking the Big Questions: GLBT Issues in Minnesota

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Briggs Library McGinnis Room

Argie Manolis, director of the Office of Community Engagement, will lead a discussion on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) culture and Minnesota. Snacks and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Contact Peter Bremer at for more information.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception

Observers in gallery

Thursday, March 22, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Gallery

A reception will open the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit, which continues through April 14 in the HFA gallery.

Prairie Yard and Garden

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 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 22, PY&G visits Bruce Wenner, who shares his entire yard with pedestrians and cyclists who walk and ride along a popular Alexandria walking and bike path.

John Kamfonas Piano Recital

Thursday, March 22, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Pianist John Kamfonas will perform a program of composed works and improvisations.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

University of Minnesota, Morris Concert Choir Touring East Coast and Canada

The Concert Choir is touring the East Coast and Canada for two weeks in March. The 67 person choir, directed by Ken Hodgson, associate professor of music, will perform a series of seven concerts, beginning with stops in Delaware and Maryland, then moving north up the Eastern Seaboard to Massachusetts, Maine, and on into Canada. The tour will culminate back home in Morris, where the choir will give their final performance on March 25 at 3 p.m. at the HFA Recital Hall. Throughout the 2012 tour, Hodgson expects to perform before a total audience of 1,500 to 1,800. Read more »

Free March Community Meal

A hotdish theme will highlight the last Morris Community Meal of the spring semester at the Morris Senior Community Center on Monday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. The project serves warm, made-from-scratch meals each month offered to all members of the Stevens County community 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 is in session. This month, volunteers will collaborate with Kiwanis and Bank of the West. Read more »

Spring Break

Spring Break on the Morris campus began Monday, March 12. On Friday, March 16, administrative offices will be closed for a campus floating holiday.

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.

In the news

Reporter Pat Miller mentioned in the Bemidji Pioneer article "Bemidji's Schultz to be inducted into Hall of Fame" that Duane Koslowski '82, business and economics major and former UMM wrestler, is among the athletes to be inducted into the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame in April.

The Brookings Register article "Follies of creationism bring blogger to SDSU" reported that PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, will deliver a spring Harding Lecture at South Dakota State University titled "Foundational Follies of Creationism" in which he will discuss his views of creationism and challenge his audience with what he calls a misunderstanding of science.

The article "Theater: Two-man team is about to lose one of its best players" by Kathy Berdan in the Pioneer Press tells the story of Kevin Hansen '87, music and theatre arts, and his reunion with Steven Meerdink, co-founder with Hansen of the Minneapolis Musical Theatre (MMT), for a two-man show, "The Story of My Life." Hansen is ending his time with MMT, retiring after this production.

Reporter Tom Hintgen of the Fergus Falls Journal profiles Jay Turner in the article "College scholarship sought by 14-year-old." Turner, one of 10 finalists for the Chevy Scholarship, awarded by the West Dakota and Heartland Chevy Dealers, plans to study science and math next year at UMM.

Jennifer Vogel, a reporter for Minnesota Public Radio News, quotes David Fluegel, community programs specialist in the Center for Small Towns, in her article "Muriel Krusemark, the fireball of Hoffman." As Hoffman's economic development coordinator, Krusemark has often enlisted the center's help in revitalizing downtown Hoffman.

The West Central Tribune article "Rohloff of Willmar, Minn., seeks DFL endorsement in District 17B" reports that Jessica Rohloff '96 announced her intention to seek the DFL endorsement for the Minnesota House of Representatives in redrawn District 17B. Rohloff earned her bachelor's degree in liberal arts for the human services at UMM.

Editor Kim Ukura highlights several UMM staff members in her Morris Sun Tribune article "The Biggest Loser helps shed pounds" on the Regional Fitness Center's (RFC) Biggest Loser program, including Ryan and Michelle Schamp, Office of Residential Life Cory Hemphill, '10, personal trainer at the RFC and Cougars defensive backs coach and Jen Lund, RFC instructor and personal trainer and UMM campus police lieutenant.

The Morris Sun Tribune article "New York Mills native announces candidacy for DFL endorsement in 12A" notes that Matthew Fredericks '12, New York Mills, has announced his candidacy in District 12A in the Minnesota House of Representatives and is seeking the DFL endorsement for the seat.

Brainerd Dispatch associate editor Mike O'Rourke profiles alumnus Al Doty, Royalton, in "Doty runs for Senate District 9,", an article announcing that Doty, who served two terms in the Minnesota House, is a candidate for the DFL endorsement for the new Senate District 9. Doty majored in political science, history and social studies in one of UMM's first graduating classes.