Vol. 3, No. 30: March 28, 2012
In this issue:
- Prairie Gate Literary Festival
- Midwest Science of Origins Conference
- "The Emperor's New Clothes" Spring Children's Show
- Schubert Trio to come to Morris
- Steinman highlights GreenCorp in Blog
Red Thread Movement: Sex Trafficking Awareness Campaign
Through Saturday, March 31
The Community Engagement floor in David C. Johnson Independence Hall is sponsoring a campaign to raise money and awareness for sex trafficked victims in Nepal. Every year, 12,000 girls are taken from Nepal into India where they are forced into sex slavery. The Red Thread Movement provides rescued girls a place to stay, gives them a fair trade job, and operates eight screening stations along the India-Nepal border, each saving up to 100 girls a month. Contact Maia Dalager for more information.
Campaign activities include:
- -Wednesday and Friday, March 28 and 30, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, March 29, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tabling in the Student Center where bracelets made by rescued girls and women will be on sale for $3, and t-shirts with the slogan "I bought this shirt, so he couldn't buy her" for $10, with all profits going towards the Red Thread Movement.
- -Wednesday, March 28: Information session at the Morris Public Library from 6 until 7:30 p.m., and dodgeball tournament in the RFC gym at 7:30 p.m.
- -Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m., Science and Math 2950: Screening of the 2008 film Taken, in which a retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who was kidnapped on a trip to Paris to be sold into prostitution.
- -Saturday, March 31, 9 p.m.: Dance and concert in the Student Center, Oyate Hall
We Are All Related: An Evening of Storytelling
Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall, Alumni Room
Registration for the 2012 summer session begins on Wednesday, March 21.
World Touch Cultural Heritage Week Closing Dinner
Thursday, March 29, 5:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
All are invited to the closing dinner featuring guest speaker Susan Power, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Call 320-589-6097 or email Tracy Peterson for more information.
Film: Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington
Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.
The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) student organization will screen Mr. Schneider Goes to Washington. The 2007 film documents the findings of Jonathan Neil Schneider who, frustrated by his government and his apathy towards it, goes to Washington to find out if things are as corrupt as he thinks they are. Free and open to all.
Prairie Yard and Garden
Thursday, March 29, 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 29, PY&G explores UMore Park, a University of Minnesota display and trial garden located in Rosemount that is fast becoming a destination for gardening enthusiasts and researchers. Barbara Stendahl, Minnesota Extension Service Master Gardener emeritus, gives a tour of the different aspects of the park and its current programs.
Prairie Gate Literary Festival
Thursday, March 29, through Saturday, March 31
Briggs Library McGinnis Room and other locations
The second annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival will be held on the evenings of March 29 and 30, and all day on Saturday, 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. 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 Brittany Sabo and Anna Bratton. All events are free except for the Saturday workshops. Workshops cost $20 each or $30 for two, and scholarships are available. The festival opens on Thursday, March 29, with a reading by poet Michael Dekel at 7:30 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room followed by an open mic reading. The full schedule of events may be viewed online.
Open Mic Night
Thursday, March 29, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Café
Everyone is invited to use this monthly opportunity to share their talents with the UMM community.
Midwest Science of Origins Conference
Friday through Sunday, March 30–April 1
Science and Math Auditorium, Room 2950
The Morris Freethinkers student organization is holding the Midwest Science of Origins Conference (MSOC), seeking "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." At 7 p.m. 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 encouraged. For conference registration and more information, visit the conference website.
"The Emperor's New Clothes" Spring Children's Show
Friday, March 30, 7 p.m., and
Saturday, March 31, 1 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre
The classic fairy tale, directed by guest director Shaune Wunder, 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 Fine Arts (HFA) Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre. School matinees will begin March 28 and run through April 5. Tickets are $3 for the young and young of heart. Convenient, free parking is available evenings and weekends in all campus lots. For more information, including group rates or advance ticket sales, email the Theatre Box Office or call 320-589-6249.
Film: The Room
Friday, March 30, 9 p.m.
Science and Math Auditorium, Room 2950
The Campus Activities Council presents The Room. Said to be "so bad that it's actually painfully funny to watch," the film follows a happy-go-lucky banker who sees his world fall apart when his friends begin to betray him one-by-one.
Prairie Gate Literary Festival Off Campus
Saturday, March 31, 1:30 p.m.
Morris Public Library
Graphic novelists Brittney Sabo and Anna Bratton will read and discuss their work, followed by refreshments.
18th Annual American Sign Language (ASL) Sign Language Concert
Saturday, March 3, 1:30 p.m.
Beginning Sign Language students, under the direction of Timothy Poore, sign language and deaf education instructor, will present their 18th annual spring concert. The students have chosen music that they will interpret though the medium of sign language. Free and open to everyone.
Neil Shubin Public Lecture
Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m.
Morris Area High School Auditorium
Neil Shubin, a participant in the Midwest Science of Origins Conference, will present a talk on his 2008 best-selling book, Your Inner Fish. Shubin tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. By examining fossils and DNA, Shubin shows us that our hands actually resemble fish fins, our head is organized like that of a long-extinct jawless fish, and major parts of our genome look and function like those of worms and bacteria. Free and open to all.
Sunday, April 1, 2:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
Caitlin Drayna will present her senior trombone recital.
Fall Course Registration
Registration for fall courses begins on Monday, April 2.
Break the Bonds Campaign
Monday, April 2, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Room 6
The International Relations Club will host representatives from the Break the Bonds Campaign speaking on Israeli-Palestinian issues.
Jane Addams Project Meeting
Tuesday, April 3, 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.
Asking the Big Questions
Wednesday, April 4, 7 p.m. (rescheduled from March 22)
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. Optional reading materials are available at Briggs Library's e-reserves. Look for the March Readings. Contact Peter Bremer for more information.
News and announcements:
Schubert Trio to come to Morris
The music discipline is delighted to welcome the Schubert Trio, performing on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall, with a pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. Schubert Trio members violinist Helen Chang Haertzen, cellist Thomas Rosenberg, and pianist Daniel Rieppel will be joined by special guest Aaron Janse, a violist with the world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra. The intimate and exciting chamber music program features trios and quartets by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frank Bridge, and Johannes Brahms. Read more »
Melosi to Present History of Nuclear Energy as Environmental Studies Scholar in Residence
Martin V. Melosi, author and professor of history at the University of Houston in Texas, will be visiting the Morris campus April 10–13 as the 2012 Environmental Studies Scholar in Residence. He will deliver a talk on the history of nuclear energy in the United States on Wednesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Melosi's talk, entitled "Too Cheap to Meter, Too Tempting to Ignore: Civilian Nuclear Power in American History," will delve into the intriguing and expansive history of nuclear-generated power that emerged in the 1950's and continued to develop over the next six, tumultuous, energy-driven decades. The talk is free and open to the public. 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.
Computer science major Joe Einertson '14, Brooklyn Park, recently competed in the seventh annual IBM Master the Mainframe Contest. Einertson was among the first 60 entrants to complete Part 2 of the three-part contest, in which contestants used skills developed in Part 1 to perform more extensive systems programming and application development tasks, with 100% accuracy. By doing so, he earned $100, a certificate from IBM, and an invitation to upload his resume to the IBM Student Opportunity System. Read more »
Ron Rosen, senior electronics technician, recently had a photograph published in a national wetlands conservation publication. His photo of a great egret wading in a marsh at the Pomme de Terre Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) was included in the March/April 2012 Refuge Update, a bimonthly newsletter from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System. The photograph was incorporated with an article about a new instrument, the management prioritization tool, now in use to help manage the 245 WPAs in the Morris Wetland Management District. When contacted by one of the newsletter's editors, Dale Livingston, president of the Friends of the Morris Wetland Management District, referred the editor to Rosen, a wildlife photography hobbyist, who has been out on many of the WPAs and often carries a camera. Rosen enjoys the WPAs as they are open to the public and are managed for wildlife habitat. This is his first published photo.
In the news
Minnesota GreenCorps intern Sarah Steinman noted UMM's great experience with the GreenCorps program in her Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) blog article "Savvy, young eco-geeks want to work for you: GreenCorps program seeks hosts."