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Vol. 3, No. 35: May 2, 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 8, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Talk about Morris

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Wednesday, April 25 through May 10
11 a.m.–noon and 7–8 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Studio A

There is a video booth set up 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 p.m. until 8 p.m until May 10. Come alone or bring some friends!

Political Science Senior Presentations

Wednesday, May 2, Imholte Hall 109, 8:30 –9:30 a.m., and
Imholte Hall 111, 6:30–10:30 p.m.

Political Science students will share their senior projects.

Honors Capstone Defenses

Beginning May 2
Various 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:

-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.
-Friday, May 4, 4 p.m., Humanities Fine Arts 205—Meaghan Young-Stephens, "Adapting to Film: Angels in America and the Space of Performance." Adviser: Tisha Turk
-Friday, May 4, 11 a.m., Imholte Hall 202—Nadine Frassetto, "Economics and Genre in Terry Pratchett's Fiction." Adviser: David Ericksen
-Friday, May 4, 5 p.m., Imholte Hall 109—Josh Preston, "Political Animal: The Evolutionary Social Contract." Adviser: PZ Meyers.
-Wednesday, May 9, 3:45 p.m., HFA Black Box Theatre—Brittany Ottum, "Arts Management: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Business of Art." Adviser: Ray Schultz

Sociology/Anthropology Student Presentations

Wednesday, May 2, 3:30–5:30 p.m.
Humanities 205

Student presenters and their projects are:

-Amy Wolter, "Gender Bias In Elementary Education Continues to Exist and Potentially Disadvantage All Students."
-Attina Denika Earl, "Hotties with Naughty Bodies: Hetero- and Homosexual Men's Masculinity in Mass Media Advertising and Society."
-Alyssa Giesemann, "Does Socioeconomic Status Matter in the Courtroom: A Look into Symbolic Interaction and Decisions Deemed by Society."
-Melissa Hernandez, "The Role of Familial Values on the College Application Process of Mexican Americans."

Campus Assembly

Wednesday, May 2, 4:30–6:15 p.m.
Science and Math Auditorium, room 2950

Members should contact Carrie Grussing if unable to attend.

Michael Lackey Reception and Book Signing


Wednesday, May 2, 6 p.m.
LaFave House

You are invited to a reception and book signing in honor of the release of Michael Lackey's new book, The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis' Christian Reich. Lackey will speak briefly about his book at 6:30 p.m., followed by a book signing. Stroll over after Campus Assembly for refreshments and a bracing discussion. 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 bring the 2011–12 series exploring the culture of Minnesota to a close with his talk about the history of the Minnesota Iron Range, "Speaking Minnesotan with a Mesabian Dialect: The Boom(s) and Bust(s) on the Iron Range (with a whiff of Cuyunan and Vermilionen)." Snacks and refreshments begin at 6:30 p.m., and discussion starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Senior Seminar Presentations

Thursday, May 3
Imholte Hall

Political Science, Imholte Hall 111, 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Psychology, Imholte Hall 115, 1:45–3:45 p.m.
Psychology 4910, Imholte Hall 112, 2–4:30 p.m.
History, Imholte Hall 109, 6–9 p.m.

Fundamentals of Acting Class Presentations

Thursday, May 3, 10:15 a.m.
HFA Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre

The Fundamentals of Acting class will present scenes from several contemporary plays including Of Mice and Men, Jack and Jill, The Effects of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Proof, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Riches. The class will also present one monologue and an audition packet.

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar (TAFS)

Thursday, May 3, 4:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts 6

Victor Berberi, instructor in Italian, will speak on "Albanian Voices in Italian Literature."

Fifth Annual Bread 'n Bowls

Thursday, May 3, 5–7 p.m.
Morris Area Elementary School

The annual Bread 'n Bowls event raises awareness about violence and poverty in our community and provides support for local organizations. UMM ceramics students, MAHS art club students, and community artists donate ceramic bowls that guests may keep after enjoying their meal of soup, bread, dessert, and beverage. Family friendly music and children's activities will also be featured. All proceeds are donated to Stevens County Food Shelf, Someplace Safe, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and will be available at the door and at the Student Center until May 2. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jenna Deardorff at 320-589-6457.

Advanced Acting Shakespeare Showcase

Friday, May 4, 10:30 a.m.
HFA Black Box Theatre

The Theatre Discipline's Advanced Acting class will present their final projects. Join them as they wrap up spring semester with performances from The Tempest and Twelfth Night.

Ice Cream Social Benefit

Friday, May 4, 2-4 p.m.
Campus Mall/Oyate

An on-campus ice cream social benefit will be held Friday, May 4, 2012 to help Tracy Williams '07, daughter of Doug Williams (Computing Services) and Ann Williams (Plant Services), pay for medical expenses related to an extended illness and recovery. Free will donations will be accepted. Everyone is welcome! Menu includes ice cream cones, sundaes, and root beer floats.

University Choir Concert

Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Oyate Hall

The spring concert will feature the choir performing the Schubert Mass in G Major, selections by the Chamber Choir, a performance of Nox Aurunque by Eric Whitacre, and selections directed by student directors, Derek Ziemer, Annie Voecks, Michael Jacobson, Elizabeth Halaas, and Zack Hildebrandt. The concert is free and open to the public.

CAC Films Presents Pokémon: The First Movie

Friday, May 4, 9:30 p.m.
Edson Auditorium.

The Campus Activities Council will screen Pokémon: The First Movie (1998, 75 mins.). Scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous. Free and open to all.

Breakfast for Dinner Improv Show

Saturday, May 5, 9 p.m.
Edson Auditorium.

The Breakfast for Dinner Improv group presents their final show of the semester. Free and fun for all.

Midnight Pancake Breakfast

Sunday, May 6, 10:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Dining Hall

The Campus Activities Council's Homecoming and Traditions Committee along with Campus Dining Services invites you to take a break and enjoy a FREE breakfast at the Dining Hall. There will be egg bake, biscuits and gravy and of course pancakes lovingly made and served by your favorite faculty and staff.

Education Senior Presentation

Monday through Wednesday, May 7–9, 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Education Classrooms

Senior Education students will present their final projects.


Morris Campus

The last day of instruction is Friday, May 4. Final exams will be held Monday through Thursday, May 7–10, and Commencement will be held on the campus mall at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota, will serve as the 2012 Commencement speaker. The public is invited to attend to hear Kaler's speech, watch the streamed event online, or listen to the address on KKOK radio.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Margaret Kuchenreuther receives Oustanding Community Service Award

Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology, is the only faculty member in the University of Minnesota system to receive the 2012 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award (OCSA), and the first Morris faculty member to receive the award. Established in 1999, the OCSA honors community outreach and service activities of the University of Minnesota community and recognizes members who have devoted their time and talent to making substantial, enduring contributions to the community and to improving public life and the well being of society. Kuchenreuther was chosen for the award as "a classic example of a fully engaged citizen-scientist and a great champion of preservation and biodiversity in the prairie biome." Read more »


Female computer science majors go to MinneWIC Conference

Morris computer science majors Fiona Biessener '13, St. Paul, Kathryn Grandbois '15, Moorhead, and Ashley Koch '13, Lakeville, and assistant professor of computer science Kristin Lamberty '00 attended the recent Second Regional Celebration of Women in Computing in the Upper Midwest (MinneWIC) held at the Twin Cities campus. The MinneWIC conference is part of a nationwide effort to address the decline of women who choose careers in the field of computer science with the goal of giving them the chance to explore opportunities in computing, to network with other women from academia, industry, and government, and to create friendships among women in the region who share the same interest and passion for computing. Read more »

Michael Lackey receives Summer Stipend from NEH

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 the late 1960s. Lackey also published a new book, The Modernist God State: A Literary Study of the Nazis' Christian Reich with Continuum Books. Using twentieth-century fiction, Lackey demonstrates that Christianity, instead of fading after the Enlightenment, actually increased its power by becoming embedded within the concept of what was considered the legitimate nation state, thus determining the political agendas of prominent political leaders from King Leopold II to Hitler. Read more »

Bina's recommendation to Argentinian goverment helps shape major policy move

Cyrus Bina, professor of economics, was one of nine world class economists invited to Buenos Aires earlier this year to present their analyses and recommendations for resolving Argentina's more than decade long economic crisis. As a result, the current administration of President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner has already begun to make major changes. Representing a major policy shift away from the neoliberal practices of the past twenty-plus years, on April 16, the first major recommendation was implemented when Argentina nationalized its oil reserves, precisely according to Bina's theory. Bina's lecture, along with the other eight economists' presentations, will be available on Blu-ray DVD in the UMM library for educational purposes. Bina spent much of March and April traveling the U.S. and abroad delivering presentations and promoting his latest book Oil: A Time Machine. Read more »

Morris featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges"

The Princeton Review selected Morris for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition, a resource recognizing the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Creation of the guide reflects the increasing awareness of sustainability issues among college-bound students. The free guide can be downloaded. 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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The softball team (16-16, 13-6 UMAC) enters the upcoming Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) tournament as the No. 2 seed for the second straight year, after earning the first second-place finish since joining the UMAC last season. With two games left, the Cougars still have a chance to tie the records set last season, for wins in season with 18, and UMAC wins with 15.

Despite cold and wet weather, over 100 athletes participated in the 28th annual Tinman Triathlon. Enjoy the UMM Alumni Association photos.

In the news

The "Central Lakes College News Blog" and the Brainerd Dispatch article "New Full Time Instructors" announced that Brandy Hoffmann, '00, Duluth, was hired as an English instructor for the 2012–13 academic year at Central Lakes College.

A Teacher Cast blog posting by Curtis Rees '95, "Being tech savvy, an apology with context by @wiscprincipal," urged teachers to become technologically literate. Rees, who received his UMM degree in social science, is an elementary school principal in the forward thinking School District of Onalaska in Wisconsin and a graduate faculty member for the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Reporter Mike Rodak, in the ESPN Boston New England Patriot's Report "A look inside scouting department" gives a snapshot look at those who comprise the Patriots' personnel department, including Monti Ossenfort '00, a National Scout since 2009. An economics and management major and UMM quarterback, Ossenfort has split the last ten seasons between the scouting departments of the Patriots and Texans, returning to the Patriots in 2006.

The Duluth News Tribune reported that Iver Bogen, longtime educator, community activist, and humanitarian, died peacefully on Tuesday, April 24, surrounded by his family at Essentia Health Center. In the early 1960's, he taught courses at UMM in Learning and Developmental Psychology and served as the director of the Reading and Counseling Clinics.

Salon reprinted a PZ Myers Pharyngula blog post "Near-death, distorted" in which he takes aim at a recent Salon story about the science of out-of-body experiences.

The Alexandria Echo Press Community Calendar noted that the UMM Jazz Ensembles, in conjunction with the Alexandria-based Winter Dance Club, presented a fundraiser dance at the Lakeside Ballroom in Glenwood, performing dance favorites from the big band swing era such as Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, and Count Basie, and featuring excellent vocalists.

In her Tattoos and Manicures, and my other contradictory loves blog, photographer Rachel Chester writes of her experience visiting UMM as a photography assistant, "If you haven't heard about UMM and their green campus, check them out, it's incredible!!"

The Partners of the Americas blog, "Partners Collegiate Connection," presented the first post in the new series "Partners Collegiate Connection: University of Minnesota, Morris" by Theresa McMenomy '08, a double major in Spanish and Portuguese Studies and Latin American Area Studies who has worked at Partners of the Americas for a year in the Professional Exchanges Unit for the Legislative Fellows Program.