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Vol. 3, No. 34: April 25, 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, May 1, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Talk about Morris

Wednesday, April 25 through May 12
11 a.m.–noon and 7–8 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Studio A

The Office of University Relations has set up a video booth for you to talk about what Morris means to you. The videos will be used to authentically share the Morris story with prospective students, alumni, and other external audiences. Visit the video booth in the HFA TV Studio A (in the basement) and answer a few questions about what Morris means to you. The booth will be open Monday–Thursday from 11 a.m. until noon and 7 until 8 p.m through the end of the semester. Come alone or bring some friends!

Inaugural Elder-in-Residence Program

Monday–Friday, April 23–27

Spring semester 2012 is the inaugural term for the UMM Elder-in-Residence Program supported by the American Indian Advisory Committee (AIAC). The Elder-in-Residence program features a Native Elder who is engaged with academia and possesses cultural knowledge gained through life and spiritual connections, and who continues to provide leadership or service in their home community. Please welcome the first Elder-in-Residence, Eugene Stillday, Sr., Red Lake Ojibwe, to campus and join him for lunch on Wednesday. On Thursday, he will hold drop-in time for students, staff, and faculty from 1 until 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5 p.m. and storytelling at 6:30 p.m., all at LaFave House. Contact Tracy Peterson at 320-589-6097 for more information.

Earth Week Stuff Exchange

Wednesday, April 25, 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Cougar Room

Big Friend/Little Friend is observing 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.

Fair Fest

Wednesday–Friday, April 25–27, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Oyate Hall, Alumni Room, and Campus Mall

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

Asian Awareness Week

Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111

All are welcome at Asian Game Day, featuring games from all across Asia.

Story Telling Night

Thursday, April 26, 6 p.m.
Multi-Ethnic Resource Center (MRC) Lounge, Room 109

Come and share or listen to stories and myths that have been passed down from generation to generation.

Dance Program Recital

Thursday, April 26, 4:30 and 7 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

Dance composition students will hold their spring recital, consisting of their final choreography class assignment. Based on the theme "The Color Spectrum," there are 21 pieces in all and each show will present different pieces of work. As not all students have a dance background, the programs will showcase a variety of ability, talent, and vision. No admission charge.

Open Mic Night

Thursday, April 26, 9 p.m.
Student Center ,Turtle Mountain Cafe

It's open mic night at TMC.

Meiningens Theatre Production: Medea

Thursday–Saturday, April 26–28, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre

The Meiningens Student Theatre Group will present Euripides' Medea as the final production of the 2011–12 season. This classical Greek piece explores the nuances of love and hatred in the search for justice. It blurs the lines between good and bad, right and wrong, and offers dark commentary on the underlying question, "Who is at fault?"

Speaker: Colin DeYoung

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Friday, April 27, 11:45 a.m. Science and Math, Room 2200

The Psychology discipline presents Colin DeYoung, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, speaking on "Personality Neuroscience: Exploring the Biological Basis of Traits." DeYoung's research delves into questions of how individual differences in brain function produce individual differences in personality.

Tinman Spaghetti Feed

Friday, April 27, 6 p.m.
Bello Cucina

Triathletes who have registered for the Tinman Triathlon are invited to join fellow Morris alumni and friends for a dutch-treat "carb" dinner at Bello Cucina on the evening before the triathlon event. Contact alumni@morris.umn.edu for more information.

Asian Awareness Week: Movie Night

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Friday, April 27, 7 p.m.
Science and Math Auditorium, room 2950

The Asian Student Association will screen Fire, a controversial 1996 Bollywood movie that reveals the secrets and coping strategies of a seemingly happy middle-class extended family. Read more on Facebook.

CAC Films Presents: Run Lola Run

Friday, April 27, 9:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

The Campus Activities Council (CAC) will show Run Lola Run, a 1999 German film that portrays a young woman in Germany who has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.

Tinman Triathlon

Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m.
Regional Fitness Center

The 28th Annual Tinman Triathlon begins. Join Morris alumni and friends for a 1k swim, 30k bike ride, and 10k run to test your fitness and endurance! Participants must have preregistered.

Asian Awareness Week: Taste of Asia—Trip to A-Town

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

Enjoy Asian food, culture, and entertainment at a Taste of Asia. Food choices include Korean barbecue, Hmong sausage, sushi, tapioca drink, and egg rolls. Tickets are on sale in the Student Center for $7 general admission, $5 for students, and $3 for children 12 and under.

CAC Concerts: Battle of the Bands

Saturday, April 28, 9 p.m.
Edson Auditorium

The Campus Activities Council (CAC) presents the Battle of the Bands. Performing on this evening are: Nuclear Paradise, For What It's Worth, Stay Positive, Broodmother, Bertram and the Itinerant Man Eaters, Baby Loves Head Rub, Josh Preston, Nietzsche's Cardigan, and the Anonymous 6. No charge for admission.

Symphonic Winds Concert

Sunday April 29, 3 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

The UMM Symphonic Winds will perform the last of this season's concerts with a "Seascapes" theme. Works will include British composer David Bedford's "Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves," and the 1995 Ostwald Award winning work, "Sea Drift" by Anthony Iannaccone. Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, will perform Frigyes Hidas' Piano Concerto No 1, and the Symphonic Winds explores the world of contemporary music with a work for winds and electronics by the emerging American composer, Christopher Stark. The concert will be preceded by a preconcert chat at 2:30 p.m. between the conductor, Simon Tillier, and Janet Ericksen, associate professor of English. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at the Information Desk in the Student Center for adults $5, seniors/children $3, and students with ID $1.

Senior Percussion Recital

Sunday, April 29, 6 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Adam Helgeson will perform his senior percussion recital. Free and everyone is invited.

Orchestra Concert

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Sunday, April 29, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Spend an evening listening to live music with our accomplished musicians. The chamber orchestra and a student string quartet will perform works by Mozart, Schumann, and Ravel, and conductor Joel Salvo will be playing the first movement of the Schumann Cello concerto. Tickets are $2 for general admission and free for students.

Relaxation 101

Monday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Briggs Library McGinnis Room

Stressed out about finals? UMM Wellness and Violence Prevention Coordinator Bridget Joos will offer a Relaxation 101 session (don't worry, it's not graded!). She will share breathing exercises, self-massage techniques, and visualization methods with student participants. There will also be some aromatherapy oils available. The session lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Play—My Myth: From the Page to the Stage

Monday, April 30, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Lammers Proscenium Theatre

Theatre students will be performing the student written play "Cre8ion of the Greek Gods." This event is free.

Honors Capstone Defenses

See description for time and location

This year's graduates of the Honors Program will present their Capstone projects. The Honors Capstone program consists of a major research/artistic/creative senior project and a formal defense before an interdisciplinary committee. Unless otherwise noted, these defenses are open to the public, and you are welcome to attend! The schedule of Capstone Honors defenses for the period covered by this Bulletin is as follows:
Monday, April 30, 5 p.m., Imholte Hall 111—Morgan Turner, "Arab-Israeli Conflict: Two Lands for Two Peoples." Adviser: Paula O'Loughlin.
Wednesday, May 2, 9 a.m., Imholte Hall 203—Alissa Hawks, "Autism Spectrum Disorders, Music, and Music Therapy." Adviser: Heather Peters.
Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m., Imholte Hall 112 (closed to the public)—Julie Drennan, "The Ability of Libertarianism to Promote Government-Instituted Environmental Welfare." Adviser: Dan Demetriou.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Tuesday, May 1, 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, May 1, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Several student musicians will perform in recital. Free and everyone is invited.

Reception in Honor of Michael Lackey

Wednesday, May 2, 6–7:30 p.m.
LaFave House

You are invited to a reception in honor of Michael Lackey, associate professor of English, on the occasion of the publication of his book The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis' Christian Reich. Dr. Lackey will speak briefly about his book at 6:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Division of the Humanities and Briggs Library.

Asking the Big Questions

Wednesday, May 2, 7 p.m. Briggs Library McGinnis Room

Former UMM Chancellor David Johnson will discuss the history of the Minnesota Iron Range in "Speaking Minnesotan with a Mesabian Dialect: The Boom(s) and Bust(s) on the Iron Range (with a whiff of Cuyunan and Vermilion)." Snacks and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Discussion starts at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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News and announcements:

Morris on the Move

The UMM Alumni Association is on the move - to California! San Diego and Sacramento area Morris alumni will gather for dinner gatherings on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7 p.m. at Tom Ham's Lighthouse in San Diego and on Thursday, April 26, 2012, 7 p.m. at Kupros Bistro in Midtown Sacramento. Check back next week for photos of the events.

Fifth Annual Bread 'n Bowls

The 5th Annual Bread 'n Bowls will take place on Thursday, May 3, from 5–7 p.m. at the Morris Area Elementary School. Since its inception in 2008, the project has raised awareness about violence and poverty in our community and provided support for local organizations. Guests enjoy a meal of soup, bread, dessert, and beverage. The soup is served in a handcrafted bowl they may keep. Family friendly music and children's activities will also be available. All proceeds from the event are donated to Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Tickets cost $10 for adults/$5 for children 12 and under and will be available at the door and before the event at Willie's April 21–22, and the Student Center April 30–May 2. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jenna Deardorff at 320-589-6457. Read more »

EPA Recognizes University of Minnesota, Morris for On-Site Green Power Generation

The most recent update of the National Top Partner lists compiled by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) placed Morris on its Top 20 On-site Generation list of the largest green power users. Inclusion is due in part to the campus's 1.6 megawatt wind turbine that generates nearly 5 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of wind power annually, providing 57 percent of the electricity used on campus. According to the EPA, this is equivalent to avoiding the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of nearly 700 passenger vehicles per year, or the CO2 emissions from the electricity used by more than 400 average American homes annually. Read more »

Morris Receives AASHE STARS Gold Certification

Morris is one of only 31 institutions to achieve an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) gold certification. STARS is a comprehensive sustainability survey that looks at efforts across campuses, including education and research, operations, planning, administration, and engagement. Morris' achievement was attained through the sustainable actions of the entire campus community, including recycling, incorporation of sustainability into majors and faculty research, equity and diversity programs, investments, new building construction, campus energy sources, and food sustainability. Read more »

Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson to speak at University of Wisconsin, River Falls

Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson will be the guest speaker at the Ann Lydecker Lecture Series at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls (UWRF), presenting Leading Ladies: Reflections on Women, Work, Identity, and Leadership on Thursday, April 26. The talk considers what it means to be a woman who leads – a "leading lady." Drawing on her own experiences and relationships, she will also employ analytical concepts from her disciplines of sociology and social psychology, hoping to provoke her audience "to examine their own capacity and style as leaders and, if they haven't already, to 'read for the part'." Read more »

President Eric Kaler to serve as 2012 Commencement Speaker

Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota, will serve as the 2012 Commencement speaker. Commencement will be held on the campus mall at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The public is invited to attend to hear Kaler's speech, watch the streamed event online, or listen to the address on KKOK radio. 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.

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Accomplishments

Abby Fragodt '14, Benson, claimed her second consecutive Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Tennis Player of the Week designation. Fragodt opened the week by winning her third consecutive match by 6-0, 6-0 shutout, while also leading the Cougars to their third straight team win.

Kaylie Clark '14, Garden Plain, Kansas, was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Week, earning her first win of the season in the javelin. Her mark is easily the best in the UMAC, and puts her into the top-10 nationally at seventh in Division III.

Mike McGill '12, Omaha, Nebraska, was honored as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Week. He was the only baseball player with double-digit hits over the week, hitting safely in every game with four multiple hit games.

After leading the Cougars to a 6-2 mark and into second place in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) last week, Molly Olson '15, Lakeville, was named UMAC Softball Player of the Week.

Elections for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics were held recently. Congratulations to the student representatives for 2012–13: Biology – Alisha Colling '12, Anne Gair '13, Luciana Ranelli '12, Aubrey Thyen '14. Chemistry – Samuel Gockel '14, Dan Seidenkranz '13. Computer Science – Andrew Latterner '14, Ashley Koch '13. Geology – Jarrod Cicha '13. Mathematics – Allison Chock '14. Physics – Roy Lasley '13. Statistics – Maddie Moyer '13.

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Michael Lackey, associate professor of English, received a Summer Stipend award from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). One of only two Minnesotans to receive the award this year, Lackey's project is titled "A History of the Haverford Group and the Battle for Racial Justice." Since submitting the NEH application, the project has been accepted for publication by the University of Virginia Press, and it is now titled Black Separatists, Black Integrationists, and the Battle for Racial Justice. The book traces the history of the Haverford Group, an assembly of prominent African American intellectuals who came together in May 1969 in response to the black separatist movements sweeping through the United States in the late 1960s in order to identify flaws in the black separatist philosophy, to define an American integrationist position, and to formulate a multi-racial program of action.

Lackey also published a new book, The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis' Christian Reich with Continuum Books. The book uses twentieth-century fiction to demonstrate that the modern state was founded primarily on a Christian supersessionist theology rather than a secular ideology.

A paper co-authored by Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, and Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, along with UMM students, Manjari Govada '12, Chris Thorne '11, and Tricia Steffen '11, and Stefanos Kales and Vasileia Varvarigou from Harvard Medical School, was just released online by the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. The paper, "Obesity is associated with the future risk of heavy truck crashes among newly recruited commercial drivers," is one of the research outputs of UMM's long running Truckers & Turnover Project, which recently celebrated its tenth birthday.

In the news

An article by Randy Olson, "Schultz, Rosenfield endorsed by DFL party at District 12 convention," in the Sauk Center Herald notes that the District 12 Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party endorsing convention endorsed John Schultz of Correll and Rick Rosenfield '70, Forada, to run against Republican legislators Torrey Westrom and Paul Anderson in Senate District 12 and House District 12B, respectively. Rosenfeld received his UMM degree in history.

InForum, the Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, reports in a staff article "Moorhead High hires new assistant principal" that Joshua Haag '00, recipient of a bachelor's degree in elementary education, will be the assistant principal at the high school. Haag currently is assistant principal and activities director at Sebeka Public Schools.