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Vol. 3, No. 29: March 21, 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 27, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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.

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

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

Wednesday, April 4, 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

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.

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.

Pride Week performance by Courtney Paulson

Thursday, March 22, 9 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Café

Twin Cities singer and acoustic guitarist Courtney Paulson will perform. Free and open to all.

Film: American Movie

Friday, March 23, 9 p.m.
Science and Math 2950

The Campus Activities Council presents American Movie. The film unfolds as a documentary about an aspiring filmmaker's attempts to finance his dream project by finally completing the low-budget horror film he abandoned years before.

E-Quality Drag Show

Friday, March 23, 9 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

UMM students will flaunt their talents at the annual drag show. Free and open to the public.

28th Annual Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) Powwow

Saturday, March 24, 11 a.m.
Physical Education Center

The students of the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) will hold the 28th Annual Powwow on Saturday, March 24. 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 accompanied by drum groups, 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. All events are free and everyone is invited to attend.

Café Internacional

Sunday, March 25, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Café

World Touch Cultural Heritage Week continues with Café Internacional, an evening of creative flair where individuals showcase their talent through spoken word, poetry, song, and/or artistic performance. Free and open to all.

March Community Meal

Monday, March 26, 5:30 p.m.
Morris Senior Community Center

A hotdish theme will highlight the last Morris Community Meal of the spring semester .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.

Proactivism and Art: Live Art Show

Monday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

As part of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, proactive Artist Bunky Echo-Hawk, Pawnee and Yakama, will lecture on how he uses art for activism and community outreach. Echo-Hawk will transform a blank canvas into a contemporary work of art inspired by the discourse with the audience. He interprets the audience's sentiments by discussing the issues the community identifies and extracting them into the artwork. Live art, as he calls it, is a rush for Echo-Hawk, who is inspired by the spontaneous discussion, often including personal anecdotes about his heritage. Painting is only a small piece of Echo-Hawk's artistic career. He writes plays, poetry and, most recently, music. Echo-Hawk is working with Nike on a design for their new line and still finds time to work with American Indian organizations to help empower youth and educate other cultures about his heritage.

26th Annual Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Reading Contest

Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

The French Poetry Reading Contest provides a showcase for students to share the beauty of the French language and verse from across the francophone world. The evening includes songs and poems personally chosen by each contestant, French music, and the induction of new members into the French Honor Society, Pi Delta Phi, which honors students committed to mastering the intricacies of the French language. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening in high school, beginners, intermediate, advanced, and faculty and staff categories. Everyone is invited to this free event.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Tuesday, March 27, 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.

Mixed Student Recital

Tuesday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Several student musicians will perform at this free event.

Film: Dakota 38

Tuesday, March 27, 7 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

This World Touch Cultural Heritage Week free event features guest speaker Jim Miller, Oglala Lakota. In the spring of 2005, Miller awoke from a dream in which 38 of his Dakota ancestors were hanged. At the time, he knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history ordered by President Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862, six days before he enacted the Emancipation Proclamation. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator. As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day." Four years later, Miller and a group of riders decided to retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback across the Great Plains to arrive at the hanging site in Mankato, Minnesota, on the anniversary of the execution. This is the story of their journey—the blizzards they endure, the communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away. A reception follows the screening in the Student Center's Oyate Hall, Cougar Room. Dakota 38 also opens the 2012 Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series.

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News and announcements:

Summer Courses Offer Classroom and Online Instruction

Degree- and non-degree-seeking students may enroll in summer courses beginning Wednesday, March 21. Summer term courses benefit current students, potential students, and community members seeking enrichment through college study in numerous ways. This summer, the Morris campus is offering approximately 30 courses in a wide array of fields. Morris offers online college-level instruction during summer term as well, allowing students even more flexibility in scheduling. Read more »

Conference to Explore Scientific Origins of Universe, Life, and What it Means to be Human

The Morris campus will host "The Midwest Science of Origins Conference" (MSOC) on March 30 to April 1. Organized by the Morris Freethinkers student organization, the conference, featuring a diverse panel of experts, seeks "to inspire the rural communities of the Midwest–its students, its parents and community leaders–to contemplate the scientific origins of the universe, of life, of humans and what it means to be human." On Friday night, a presentation by PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, opens the conference, which concludes on Sunday with a community service project led by Chris Stedman, the Interfaith and Community Service Fellow for the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University. The MSOC conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Read more »

Second Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The Second Annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival will be held on the evenings of March 29 and 30 and all day on March 31. The festival offers participants the opportunity to learn from writers, editors, and other literary arts professionals through author readings, workshops, and panel discussions. The goal of the festival, according to student coordinator Jessie Sherman '12, Bozeman, Montana, is to "strengthen the role of the literary arts in our community, as well as increase and deepen the audience for literary arts." This year's presenters include award-winning poets Ilya Kaminsky and Simone Muench, award-winning author Susan Power author, humorist, and indie-country musician Michael Perry, and graphic novelists Britteny Sabo and Anna Bratton, recipients of the Xeric Award. The cost of the Saturday workshops will be $20 each or $30 for two, including lunch. Read more »

Morris Campus's Production of The Emperor's New Clothes will Delight Audiences Both Young and Young at Heart

The next production in the University of Minnesota, Morris Theatre Discipline's 2011-2012 Public Enemy #1 season will be the boisterous children's fairytale, The Emperor's New Clothes. The show will be performed for the general public on Friday, March 30 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. in the Humanities and Fine Arts (HFA) Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. School matinees will begin March 28 and run through April 5. This version of the classic fairytale telling the story of King Eric, the vain Emperor of Sylvania, who thinks of little more than his personal appearance and attire, was written by Blanche Marvin and directed by guest artist Shaune Wunder. Tickets are $3 for the young and young of heart. For more information, email the Theatre Box Office or call at (320)589-6249. Read more »

2012 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Art work by both art and non-art majors will be on view during the 2012 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery, running from March 22 through April 14. An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. This year's student show features a comprehensive assortment of media, with a particular emphasis given to ceramic works. The rich variety of two-dimensional works, such as drawings, paintings, photos and prints, is balanced by a variety of sculptural and ceramic forms. Guest juror Anne Meyer '04 reviewed this year's exhibition, selecting 48 works of art by 29 students, roughly a third of the total submissions. Gallery hours are 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Friday, and 1–4 p.m., Saturday. For more information, contact Michael Eble at 320-589-6285 or e-mail Read more »

Final "Drop" Day

The final day to drop classes for the spring semester is Monday, March 26, at 9 a.m. Contact Clare Dingley, registrar, for more information.

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.

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Editor Andy Propst writes in that Mathew LeFebvre '87, theatre arts, will receive the Theatre Development Fund (TDF)/Irene Sharaff Young Master Award for costume design.

In the news

Judy Riley recently profiled Tracy Anderson, associate professor of biology in her Morris Sun Tribune Sunspots column.

A West Central Tribune article by reporter Carolyn Lange, "University of Minnesota is latest to set up operations at Willmar, Minn., tech campus," reprinted in the Morris Sun Tribune describes the $2.5 million Mid-Central Research and Outreach Center, located on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar, where a research program on poultry diseases will have ties with UMM.

A Gustavus Adolphus College blog post by media relations manager Matt Thomas, "Gustavus Announces Hiring of Two Academic Deans," notes that Paula O'Loughlin, professor of political science, will assume the role of Associate Provost and Dean of Arts and Humanities.

The Cape Gazette article "The Arc of Delaware hires new executive director" announced that Terry Olson '76, sociology and social science, has been hired as the agency's executive director. The Arc of Delaware is a statewide, nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of life for more than 25,000 Delawareans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.