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Vol. 3, No. 31: April 11, 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 17, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

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 10–13 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.

Film: The Greenhorns

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Morris Foodlumms and the Land Stewardship Project will present The Greenhorns for free public viewing. The documentary explores the lives of America's young farming community—its spirit, practices, and needs.

Prairie Yard and Garden

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television, KWCM Appleton

Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) concludes its 25th season on April 12, airing on Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. with an encore broadcast on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. On April 12, PY&G meets with Mark Lewis of Pelican Lake near Ashby. When his lakeshore started deteriorating in to the lake he decided to integrate a natural area between his lake cabin and lakeshore that features native plantings and a rigid support structure to deter further soil erosion, while creating a colorful and maintenance-free landscape design.

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Jazz Festival

Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14, 7:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

The 34th annual Jazz Festival, under the direction of Dustin Retzlaff '05, promises to be a rich and soulful experience, with a diverse mixture of talent to satisfy everyone. The West Central All-Stars open the show on Thursday night. Guest artists drummer Dennis Mackrel and saxophonist Gary Smulyan will be playing alongside the Morris Jazz Ensembles at the nightly performances, and the vocal jazz group Northern Colorado Voices will add a fresh new sound to the musical palette this year. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and youths under 18, and $5 for Morris students. They may be purchased at the Student Center Information Desk or in the Office of Student Activities, or call 320-589-6080 for more information.

Jane Addams Project: Who We Are and Where We've Been

Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m.
Common Cup

Join the Jane Addams Project at Common Cup for a celebration of the history of immigration in Minnesota through the performing arts. There will be children's activities, a presentation by Samuel Felix Alvarado (originally from Guatemala), and a harp music and storytelling performance by Nicolas Carter (originally from Paraguay). This event is free and open to the public.

Senior Voice Recitals

Sunday, April 15
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Kayla Ryan will present her senior voice recital at 2:30 p.m., and Mary Keller will present her senior voice recital at 5:30 p.m. Free and open to all.

NORML Film Showing: The Union

Sunday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Morris NORML (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) presents The Union. The 2007 documentary demystifies the lucrative underground marijuana market coming out of British Columbia, dubbed "The Union," and brings to light how an industry can function while remaining illegal. Through growers, police officers, criminologists, economists, doctors, politicians, and pop culture icons, filmmaker Adam Scorgie examines the cause and effect nature of the business, an industry that may be profiting more by being illegal. Free and open to the public.

2012 Jooinn Lee Lecture

Monday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Caroline Hartzell, professor of political science at Gettysburg College and internationally recognized expert on political peace agreements, will present the 2012 Jooinn Lee lecture. 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, created on the occasion of his retirement in 2007. The talk is free and open to all.

Book Group

Monday, April 16, 5 p.m.
Briggs Library McGinnis Room

Join other ardent readers to discuss The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Film: Invictus

Tuesday, April 17, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

The International Student Association in collaboration with the Men's and Women's Rugby Clubs will sponsor Invictus. The 2009 film (134 min.) tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela joined forces with the captain of South Africa's rugby team to help unite their country. Newly elected President Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Tuesday, April 17, 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.

Healthy Eating: Tips for a Successful Vegetable Garden

Wednesday, April 18, 12:15 p.m.
AgCountry Auditorium, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)

Steve Poppe, WCROC horticulture scientist, will provide valuable tips on creating and maintaining your own vegetable garden. Lunch begins at noon, and the half-hour program beings at 12:15 p.m. Bring a brown bag lunch—coffee, tea, and desert provided. For more information, visit or call 320-589-1711.

NORML Panel on Marijuana

Wednesday, April 18, 7 p.m.
Science and Math Auditorium, Room 2950

Join Morris NORML in tackling contentious questions about marijuana with your favorite UMM professors, staff, and police officers! Listen to the honest responses given by police, staff, and faculty across many disciplines about what they think on many topics within the marijuana debate.

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News and announcements:

Naomi Wente named 2012 Udall Scholar

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Environmental studies and political science major Naomi Wente '13, Dodge Center, has received a 2012 Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation, an independent federal agency established by Congress in 1992, provides federally funded scholarships of up to $5,000 to college students pursuing careers related to the environment and American Indian students pursuing careers in tribal public policy or health care. One of 80 recipients of the award out of 585 candidates, Wente's interests center around food systems including food justice, local foods, and food production. Read more »

Undergraduate Research Symposium to showcase student achievement

The 12th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) takes place on Saturday, April 21, providing a venue for students to present a variety of research, creative work, and arts performances for an audience of peers, faculty, family, and community members. As characterized by Gordon McIntosh, professor of physics and URS coordinator, "The URS presents and celebrates the intellectual development of UMM students." More information and a schedule of events are online. Read more »

Studio art seniors to showcase work

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The Senior Student Art Exhibition begins Thursday, April 19, with an opening reception in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The exhibition may be viewed through Commencement day, May 12. Fourteen senior art students will be showing their work in sculpture, painting, photography, printmaking, and other media, including chess pieces, rocket ships, paintings ranging from figurative to abstract, and much more. Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturday, 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Convenient parking is located in the North lot. HFA Gallery visitors may park in visitor spaces during weekdays before 4:30 p.m. and throughout the lot after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on Saturday. Read more »

A perfect way to celebrate Earth Day weekend: Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island makes its TV debut

The theatre discipline's 2011 children's show, Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island, will be shown on Pioneer Public Television KWCM, Appleton, and KSMQ in Austin on Sunday, April 22, at 4 p.m.. The play, written by Minnesota playwright Forrest Musselman and directed by associate professor of theatre Siobhan Bremer, was recorded live and edited by senior media resources producer, Mike Cihak, and director of media services, Roger Boleman. Read more »

A Climate Change Conversation with Dr. John Abraham and Don Shelby

The Alexandria Citizens Climate Lobby will visit the UMM campus with John Abraham, associate professor of engineering in the field of thermal and fluid sciences at the University of St. Thomas, and Don Shelby, retired award-winning TV news anchor, on Thursday, April 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a conversation about climate change. The public is invited to join the conversation, which will take place at the Student Center in the Prairie Lounge. A light lunch will be served. Both events are free. Read more »

Deadline Dates for 2011-2012 Financial Aid Recipients

Student Loans: The last day to increase or apply for a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, or PLUS loan for spring semester is Monday, April 30. Student Employment: The last day to submit spring time sheets for student employment payroll is Friday, May 11. Contact Carol Backman for more information.

Application Due Dates for May or Summer Session(s) 2012 Financial Aid

The last day to apply for May or Summer financial aid is June 13. To be eligible for May or Summer financial aid, students must be enrolled for all summer classes by June 20. Contact Carol Backman for more information.

Nominations and Election of Discipline Student Representatives, Division of Science and Mathematics

Nominations for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open from Monday, April 9, through Friday, April 13. Nominations should be turned in to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division Office. Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Science Atrium.

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.


After leading Cougar baseball to their first win of the season, Jake Johnson '13, Braham, became their first Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Week, and first Pitcher of the Week since Nate Haseman '12, Butterfield, was honored in April of last year.

UMM Athletics is participating in the first observance of Division III Week, a celebration by member schools of the division's unique philosophy that equally values academics, athletics, and student-athletes' involvement in a full and rich campus life—April 9–15. will feature numerous stories about Morris student-athletes, authored by their peers, highlighting their many accomplishments both on and off their respective playing fields. The event is part of Division III's identity initiative.

The Global Language Monitor (GLM) entry "Trend Topper MediaBuzz College Rankings Spring/Summer 2012" shows UMM among the top 210 University and Masters-degree granting institutions for Spring/Summer 2012 ranked by their Internet Brand Equity as determined by GLM's Predictive Quantities Index, a measure that indicates how a school's (short-term and long-term) brand equity is increasing or decreasing against its peer group and other colleges.

Nic McPhee, professor of computer science, recently had a research paper, "Relaxed selection and environmental change decrease reintroduction success in simulated populations," accepted for publication by the journal Animal Conservation. Co-authored with his sister, Mary Elsbeth McPhee, a biology faculty member at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, the paper uses computer simulations to better understand the impact of captivity (e.g., zoos) on animals. "We find that genetic diversity in our simulations changes dramatically as populations are brought from the 'wild' to 'captivity' and then back to the 'wild,' having a substantial negative impact on the likelihood of the population's surviving the transitions," McPhee states.

Greg Borchers '12, Westminster, Colorado, and Leah Parker '12, Minnetonka, are among the 13 finalists for the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) annual Scholar-Athlete Leadership Award. The award, which is given to one male and one female student-athlete from UMAC member-institutions, recognizes graduating seniors who demonstrate a healthy balance by achieving excellence in academics, leadership, and service, while participating in intercollegiate athletics.

Hairball, a sculpture by UMM artist Susan Gilbert, was accepted for inclusion in the Women's Art Resources of Minnesota (WARM) "Look at Art" exhibition. Her piece, a two-inch by 7-inch by 2.25 inch aluminum sculpture, is also featured in WARM publicity.

James Cotter, professor of geology, will speak at A Sip of Science happy hour forum on "Geology and the Terroir of Wine Growing in Minnesota." Cotter will illustrate how the challenges of wine growing in the Minnesota climate are met with the development of new grape species and innovative growing practices. Held at Aster Café in Minneapolis, the forum is sponsored by the College of Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota.

Jim Hall, director of information technology, has been invited to join the 2013–14 EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference Program Committee. He will be working with the chair of the program committee on a two year commitment, serving on the program committee in the first year. His focus for the second year will on helping to design, implement, and facilitate community building and mentoring/coaching activities and opportunities at the conference.

Stacy Hinkemeyer-Colatella '92 was featured in the February/March 2012 issue of Central Minnesota Women magazine in a story by writer Natalie Miller titled "Stacy Hinkemeyer-Colatella Puts the Care into Eye Care," describing her success in juggling family life and a thriving business.

Coming off a powerful performance in four games last week, Jordan Iverson'14, Hitterdal, has been named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Softball Player of the Week.

Following his win last week, Ryan DeRoeck '14, Sartell, has been named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Cyrus Bina, professor of economics and management, was recently invited to present his heterodox analysis of the political economy of oil at a conference sponsored by the central bank of Argentina in Buenos Aires. As a result of the crises that the developed economies of the world experienced starting in 2008, the administration of Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner has been interested in rethinking the role of the central bank and the government in the economy, leading the Argentine central bank to invite nine of the world's leading heterodox economists to present their views on the relevant issues at the National University of Quilmes.

In the news

MPR News reporter Conrad Wilson penned "At U of M–Morris, alternative energy on par with low-priced fossil fuels," a story on using corn cobs as fuel in place of natural gas, in which he quoted Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for facilities and finance, and Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson. The Forest Business Network also had a link to the story.

Monika Urbanski, program analyst at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), posted "Highlights from the STARS Quarterly Review and Data on Sustainable Investment" to announce the release of a new publication, the STARS Quarterly Review: Framing Campus Sustainability (SQR), in which UMM is among four institutions being highlighted for sustainability best practices.

Reporter Vince Horiuchi of the Salt Lake Tribune reviewed a recent speech by Paul 'PZ' Myers, associate professor of biology, in his article "Atheist praises the rise of science, not Jesus, in Utah lecture." The talk, "The Good Atheist: Goals for the Godless 21st Century," took place at Orson Spencer Hall at the University of Utah.