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Vol. 3, No. 31: April 4, 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, April 10, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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.

Prairie Yard and Garden

Thursday, April 5, 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 April 5, PY&G discusses growing turf grass with Gary Thompson, owner of the Geneva Golf Club in Alexandria. He will explain the process used to create a golf course among the fields, wetlands, and pastures in west central Minnesota and how his staff maintains its turf grass for an entire golf season.

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar


Thursday, April 5, 4:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts 6

Sheng Xiao, assistant professor of management, will speak on "What Determines Firm Innovation Around the World? Finance, Politics, and Culture."

Film: Invisible Children

Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m.
Science and Math 2950

The Black Student Union will screen Invisible Children, also known as Kony 2012, a documentary that depicts the plight of children who are abducted and trained as child soldiers in Uganda.

Midwest Philosophy Colloquium

Friday, April 6, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

The 36th Annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium will explore topics in Honor and Ethics. The list of speakers and full schedule are online.

UMMy Awards

Friday, April 6, 9:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

The Campus Activities Council presents the 7th Annual UMMy Awards. A campus tradition, short films created by UMM students are screened and an awards ceremony held that celebrates creativity and recognizes best actor, best actress, best director, and best script.

Red Cross Blood Drive

Tuesday and Wednesday, April 1011, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Oyate Hall

Please support the Red Cross by using this opportunity to help save lives.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Tuesday, April 10, 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.

Schubert Trio Performance

Tuesday, April 10, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

The Schubert Trio will perform, preceded by 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. Free and open to all. Read more »

Melosi Presentation on History of Nuclear Energy


Wednesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Martin V. Melosi, author and professor of history at the University of Houston in Texas, while visiting campus April 1013 as the 2012 Environmental Studies Scholar in Residence, will deliver a talk on the history of nuclear energy in the United States. Melosi's talk, "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 »

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

International Expert on Peace Agreements to Present 2012 Lee Lecture

On Monday, April 16, Caroline Hartzell, professor of political science at Gettysburg College and internationally recognized expert on political peace agreements, will present the 2012 Jooinn Lee Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109. Hartzell's research has focused primarily on the impact that power sharing agreements have had on the duration of peace after civil wars and other conflicts. The Lee Lecture Series honors Jooinn Lee, professor emeritus of political science and former Division of the Social Sciences chair, and was created on the occasion of his retirement in 2007. The talk is free and open to the public. Read more »

Retired U.S. Army Colonel to Speak on D-Day Invasion, Celebrate Ten Years of Collaborative Research

Colonel Donald A. Osterberg , U.S. Army (retired), will be on campus Thursday, April 19, to deliver a talk on the strategically important role paratroopers played in the D-Day invasion of Normandy during World War II, and to celebrate ten years of collaborative research between his trucking company, Schneider National, Inc. (SNI), and Stephen Burks, associate professor of management, and Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, on the "Truckers & Turnover Project." A celebratory program, including presentation of research results, will take place on April 19 from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 109, followed by Osterberg's talk, "How Paratroopers Supported D-Day: A Case Study of the Human Element of War," at 7:30 p.m. in the Science and Math Auditorium. Both are 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.

Read more news.


Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, received a project grant from the Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) to bring high-caliber live musical performance to our rural area. The funds will underwrite the forthcoming Schubert Trio's campus visit.

A paper co-authored by Peter C. Dolan, assistant professor of mathematics, "Variation in base-substitution mutation in experimental and natural lineages of Caenorhabditis nematodes" was accepted for publication in Genome Biology and Evolution, an Oxford Journal published on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution.

David P. Roberts, professor of mathematics, spoke recently on "Lightly Ramified Number Fields with Galois Group S.M12.A" at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Mathematics.

Dustin Retzlaff, jazz ensembles director, recently performed at South Dakota State University with Ron McCurdy, director of jazz studies at the University of Southern California, and his quartet in a program based on the life of Langston Hughes titled "Tell Your Mama: 12 Moods for Jazz."

The Cougar softball team won their Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) opener for the fourth straight year.

In the news

The Alexandria Echo Press article "Detectives and diabolical deeds reign at Lakes Area Theatre" notes that UMM theater students performed Bathysphere, a suspenseful underwater tale, at Lakes Area Theatre. Lynn Bixler '12, Brooklyn Park, directed the play starring Taylor Barker '14, Fridley, Ian Bloomquist '13, New London, and Isaac Johnson '15, Morris.

Blogger Brianne Bilyeu in her "Biodork" blog wrote of her intention to attend the Midwest Science of Origins Conference at UMM in "the wild, untamed hinterlands of Northwest Minnesota."

New England Soccer News reported in its article "Hydra Ink Five: PDL team expands roster" that Worcester Hydra has signed five players for its inaugural 2012 season, including Ebrima Badgie. Badgie, an explosive forward at UMM, was named a First Team All-Conference selection in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference as a sophomore this past fall, leading the Cougars with 15 points on six goals and three assists.

The Alexandria Echo Press picked up the story on Martin Melosi's campus visit as the 2012 Environmental Studies Scholar in Residence in its article "Professor/author to talk about nuclear energy in Morris." Enformable, an online forum for energy-related topics, also reprinted the story as "Too Cheap to Meter, Too Tempting to Ignore: Civilian Nuclear Power in American History."