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Vol. 3, No. 33: April 18, 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 24, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Climate Change Conversation

Thursday, April 19, 11:30 a.m.
Student Center, Prairie Lounge

The Alexandria Citizens Climate Lobby will visit the UMM campus with John Abraham, associate professor of engineering at the University of St. Thomas, and Don Shelby, award-winning former television news anchor, for a conversation about climate change. A light lunch will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Research Collaboration Celebration

Thursday, April 19, 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Stephen Burks, associate professor of management, and Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, will mark ten years of collaborative research between their team and trucking company, Schneider National, Inc. (SNI) on the "Truckers & Turnover Project," a multi-year study in the field of "behavioral personnel economics" conducted by a team of UMM faculty and students, and faculty at other institutions. All events are free and open to the public.

Talk: "The Role of Paratroopers in D-Day"


Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m.
Science and Math Auditorium, room 2950

As part of the Truckers & Turnover Project celebration, Colonel Don Osterberg, US Army (retired), a former Army Ranger and paratrooper, now a SNI senior vice president, will give a talk, "How Paratroopers Supported D-Day: a Case Study of the Human Element in War." The talk tells the story of a fascinating case of the importance of the moral domain of war, of the spirit of the American soldier, of the importance of a well understood leader's intent to guide action in the absence of specific orders, and how the tactics of an operation can go horribly wrong, but the strategic objective can still be met. Free and open to the public.

Senior Student Art Exhibition Opening Reception

observers in gallery

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery

The Senior Student Art Exhibition begins with an opening reception on Thursday and may be viewed through Commencement Day, May 12. Fourteen senior art students will be showing their work in sculpture, paintings, photography, printmaking, and other media. 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.

Theatre: A Deeper Look

Thursday, April 19, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

The actors of CLIMB Theatre will perform A Deeper Look, an event meant to encourage acceptance and understanding. Their true stories, told through monologues, scenes, dance, and slides, take students on a journey of deeper understanding—not just of the actors, but of themselves. A Deeper Look leads young people to understand prejudice as it is, and has been, experienced by persons of color and by many other groups throughout American history. Sponsored by Multi-Ethnic Student Programs, the performance is free and open to all.

Dance Ensemble Performances


Friday, April 20, 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

The UMM Dance Ensemble will perform their spring concert "Dancing 'Til the World Ends." The theme will encompass 22 pieces and be showcased as a final production number to Britney Spears' song "'Til the World Ends." Tickets are $4 for students and seniors. General admission is $6, and children five and under are free.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.
Various locations

The 12th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) provides 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. Free and everyone is invited. More information and a schedule of events are online.

Stevens County Severe Weather Spotter Training

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.
Ag Country Auditorium, West Central Research & Outreach Center

Nick Elms and Amanda Hill, National Weather Service trainers, will provide training in spotting local severe weather. There are no fees, registration is not required, and the event is open to the public.

Earth Week Stuff Exchange

Sunday through Wednesday, April 22–25
Sunday and Monday, 8 a.m.–noon
Tuesday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Wednesday, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Cougar Room

Big Friend/Little Friend will observe Earth Week by offering the opportunity to exchange old stuff for new old stuff. Silk screening techniques will also be taught to help make old clothes look new again. Free and open to all.

Senior Voice Recital

Sunday, April 22, 2:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Rachel Busko will give her senior voice recital. Free and open to everyone.

Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island on Pioneer Public Television

Sunday, April 22, 4 p.m.
Pioneer Public Television, KWCM and KSMQ

In recognition of Earth Day weekend, 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. Sophie tells the story of a young girl who always dreamed of being a superhero. She finally gets the chance when she is magically transported to Ice Island, where she befriends a group of animals in order to stop the evil Dark Figure from melting the island. Written by Minnesota playwright Forrest Musselman and directed by associate professor of theatre Siobhan Bremer, the play was recorded live and produced on campus by Mike Cihak and Roger Boleman.

Fair Fest

Monday through Friday, April 23–27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Alumni Room, and Campus Mall

The Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG) will hold a Ten Thousand Villages sale, offering fair trade, sustainable, artisan products.

Speak Out

Monday, April 23, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Prairie Lounge

E-Quality offers the UMM community a chance to "speak out."

Film: No Impact Man

Tuesday, April 24, 7 p.m.
Science and Math Auditorium, Room 2950

MPIRG will screen No Impact Man, a 2009 documentary (93 mins.) that follows the Manhattan-based Beavan family as they abandon their high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a year while making no net environmental impact. Free and open to the public.

Film: Reefer Madness

Tuesday, April 24, 9 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Morris NORML will screen Reefer Madness, also known as "Tell Your Children." The 1936 film is a cautionary tale featuring a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers leads innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. The free program will begin with a short discussion of why the film was used as anti-marijuana propaganda and the effects that it had.

Jazz Combo Concert

Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Come enjoy an evening of fine jazz by our campus combos.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Tuesday, April 24, 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.

Asian Awarness Week: Taste of Asia

Saturday, April 28, 6 –8 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Enjoy Asian food, culture, and entertainment on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Tickets are $7 for general admission, $5 for students, and $3 for children 12 and under.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris student helps bring the arts to West Central Minnesota

Jon Braegelmann '14, New Ulm, is working with the Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood as a student marketing assistant to help promote their 2011–12 concert series. Braegelmann was connected to Central Square through a program coordinated by the Center for Small Towns that helps to connect Morris students with area organizations in ways that will give them real-world experience while helping to provide solutions to community needs. Read more »

Keith Brugger does collaborative research in Sweden

Keith Brugger, professor of geology, spent three weeks at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden last year as a visiting professor in a program established to bring in researchers and scholars from outside Sweden to interact with geology faculty in anticipation of producing successful research collaborations. Paired with friend and colleague Mark Johnson, formerly of Gustavus Adolphus College, Brugger proposed a collaborative research project on the catastrophic drainage of Glacial Lake Grantsburg, which occurred in northeast Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin during the last ice age. Brugger hopes the research will increase understanding of climate, climate change, and the impact on landscape evolution in the region. 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.

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.


A paper by Dan Seidenkranz '13, Woodbury, has been published in the recent issue of the organic chemistry journal Heterocycles. His solar cell research with Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, sought to find more efficient means of synthesizing molecules in benzodithiophines, a family of promising compounds in the emerging field of organic solar cells. Among their achievements was experimenting with a compound previously unreported in the literature and more efficient synthesis of other organic compounds that can be integrated into inks and paints, eliminating the need for bulky panels made by energy intensive processes. The work was funded by the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE). Read more »

The first piece of art that Wangyingzhi Ji has ever had in an art show won an award. Ji '15, Shanghai, China, a studio art major and art history minor, won the Briggs Library Art Award. Her piece "Egg and Cup" is a charcoal and graphite still-life that captures in stark realism these everyday objects. The Briggs Library Art Award is given to one recipient from the Juried Art Exhibition and the Senior Art Show each year. Read more »

The women's track and field team came away with a pair of event winners at the recent Lee Krough Invite, hosted by Gustavus Adolphus. Winning for the Cougars were Kaylie Clark '14, Garden Plain, Kansas, in the javelin and Jennifer LaRoque '15, Monticello, in the high jump. Clark posted a new career best, winning by over 20 feet with her 139-feet-09 (42.61m), also adding eight feet to her school record.

The men's track and field team came home with 11 top-five finishes at the recent Lee Krough Invite hosted by Gustavus Adolpus. Ryan DeRoeck '14, Sartell, won for the second time in as many meets in the high jump, coming up with a 6-feet-2.25 (1.89m). In a well rounded day, DeRoeck also posted a second place in the triple jump with a 39-feet-10.75 (12.16m). Just his first time in the event, he moves into the top-10 all-time at Morris.

The Classical Minnesota Public Radio article "2012 Schubert Club Student Scholarship Winners" notes that Monticello High School student Isaiah Grose, a guitar student of James Flegel, music faculty, has received a scholarship from the Schubert Club following the annual Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition.

In the news

In her article "AASHE's New Quarterly Review On Higher Ed Sustainable Actions" for the TFM Facility Blog writer Anne Vazquez highlighted UMM's inclusion in the new STARS Quarterly Review for operations strides for its building operations plan.

Reporter David Freeman of The Huffington Post included in his article "Advanced Dinosaurs Rule Alien Worlds? Maybe So, Chemist Conjectures" associate professor of biology PZ Myer's refutation of the likelihood of advanced dinosaurs as "animal-like creatures that might evolve on other worlds." The story also appeared in the Phantoms and Monsters blog.

The River Falls Journal article "First female chancellor at UM-Morris to speak on 'women who lead'" noted that Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson will be the guest speaker at the Ann Lydecker Lecture Series on Thursday, April 26, at the University of Wisconsin -River Falls, speaking on "Leading Ladies: Reflections on Women, Work, Identity and Leadership," a talk that considers what it means to be a woman who leads – a "leading lady." The article was also published in

Morris Sun Tribune editor Kim Ukura wrote in her article "Lazos offers ties for Morris' Hispanic community" of Lazos' second annual "Cinco de Mayo" dinner fundraiser on Friday, April 20 at the American Legion, the proceeds of which will be used to support Lazos' efforts on behalf of the Hispanic community in Morris. Windy Roberts, Spanish and education teaching specialist, and Hilda Ladner, Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Diversity and director of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs, are among the founding members. Lazos – which translates to "ties" in English – aims to help local Hispanics connect with each other and with the Morris community.

The Alexandria Echo Press reprinted the UMM News article on Jon Braegelmann '14, New Ulm, working with the Central Square Cultural and Civic Center in Glenwood as "Morris student works with Glenwood's Central Square."