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Vol. 3, No. 36: May 9, 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, June 12, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Talk about Morris for a chance to win two FREE Twins tickets

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

We want YOU to talk about Morris! A video booth is set up for you to talk about what Morris means to you. Visit the booth Wednesday or Thursday for a chance to win two FREE Twins tickets for a game of your choice. 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 Wednesday and 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!

Honors Capstone Defense

Wednesday, May 9, 3:45 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre

The final Honors Program Capstone defense will be presented by Brittany Ottum, speaking on "Arts Management: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Business of Art." Her adviser was Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre. The Honors Capstone program consists of a major research/artistic/creative senior project and a formal defense before an interdisciplinary committee.

Office of Community Engagement Awards

Wednesday, May 9

The Office of Community Engagement will celebrate outstanding service and commitment to enriching the Morris community throughout the 2011–12 school year, presenting awards to Jodie Roy '12, Brooks, Maia Dalager '15, Duluth, Windy Roberts, Spanish and education teaching specialist, and Robert Frischmon, community partner. Award recipients demonstrate an effect on the broader community, commitment to social justice and/or service, and concern for the "big picture" of the work beyond themselves. The ceremony will also honor graduating seniors involved with the Office of Community Engagement and Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology and environmental studies, recipient of the University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award.

Book Group

Thursday, May 10, 5 p.m.
Briggs Library McGinnis Room

The Morris Book Group is reading The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Join your fellow bibliophiles to discuss the book. Contact Kristina Erickson at or 320-304-1089 for more information.

Honors and Awards Day

Friday, May 11
Morris Campus

The accomplishments of this year's graduates will be recognized at several events throughout the day.

Native American Honoring Ceremony
Oyate Hall, 3:30 p.m.

Honors Recital
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall, 5 p.m.

Honors and Awards Reception
Turtle Mountain Cafe, 6 p.m.

Honors and Awards Program
Edson Auditorium, 7 p.m.

The Honors and Awards program is a comprehensive recognition of the achievements of UMM's graduating students in areas ranging from scholarships to divisional awards to various campus contributions.


graduating students

Saturday, May 12
Morris Campus

Commencement Brunch
Dining Hall, 10 a.m. until noon

Commencement Ceremony
Campus Mall, 1:30 p.m.

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.

Divisional Commencement Receptions

Saturday, May 12
Morris Campus, 11 a.m.

Division of Education Reception
Oyate Hall, Alumni Room

Division of Humanities Reception
Humanities Fine Arts Gallery

Division of Science and Math Reception
Science Atrium

Division of Social Sciences Reception
Oyate Hall, University Room

Commencement Reception

Saturday, May 12, 3 p.m.
Oyate Hall

Join us for refreshments following the ceremony.

Angell Dance Arts Recital

Sunday, May 13, 2 p.m. Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

Angell Dance Arts presents "Spring Fever." Dances from the children's and adult programs will be performed as well as two dances shown at competitions in the Twin Cities. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $4 - general, $2 -students and seniors, and children under 12 are free. Call 320-491-9578 for more information.

May Session

Monday, May 14
Morris Campus

May Session begins.

Containers that Dazzle

Wednesday, May 16, 5 p.m.
Horticulture Display Garden, West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC)

Learn the art of container gardening. Beautiful Butterflies, an activity for children four and older, or under the age of three with an adult, will be offered simultaneously. For more information, please contact the WCROC at 589-1711.

New Student Day

Friday, May 18

New Student Registration Welcome
HFA 160, 9:15–10:45 a.m.

New Student Orientation
Student Center, Moccasin Flower Room, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

New Student Parent Panel
HFA 160, 10:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and 1:45–4 p.m.

Summer Session I

Monday, May 21
Morris Campus

Classes for the first summer session will begin.

Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island Broadcast

cast photo

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

KSMQ Television, Austin
Monday, May 21, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 8 p.m.
Monday, June 18, 9 p.m.
Wednesday, June 20, 12 noon
Tuesday, June 26, 9 p.m.

Through special arrangement with Pioneer Public Television in Appleton, KSMQ Television will air Sophie and the Adventures of Ice Island, the 2011 children's theatre show, which was filmed and produced on campus.

West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) Alumni Garden Planting

Friday, May 25, 10 a.m.
WCSA Alumni Garden

The WCSA Alumni will hold their annual garden planting. Contact Carla Riley 320-589-6394 for more information.

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.

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 28
Morris Campus

Campus offices will be closed and no classes held.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Award recipients

Faculty and staff honored at 2012 Recognition Dinner

The annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner was held on Tuesday, May 1. Hosted by Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, the event provided the campus an opportunity to congratulate 2012 award recipients and thank faculty and staff retirees for their service to the Morris campus. Among the honors were recognition of 15 retirees, several faculty awards, the Mary Martelle Memorial Award, Outstanding Staff Awards, and Academic Staff Award. Read more »

Jessica Orth '12 receives Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship

Statistics major Jessica Orth '12, Sleepy Eye, has received the Gertrude M. Cox Scholarship for Women in Graduate Statistics Programs. Established in 1989, the scholarship is awarded to encourage women to enter statistically oriented professions. The award will be presented to her during a ceremony at the 2012 Joint Statistical Meeting of the American Statistical Association in San Diego, California, in July. Read more »

Jennifer Deane awarded 2012 Alumni Association Teaching Award

Jennifer Kolpacoff Deane, associate professor of history, received the 2012 Alumni Association Teaching Award. The award honors individual UMM faculty members for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education by calling attention to their educational philosophies, objectives, and methods. Deane's goal in the classroom is to train students to understand what historians do, how they do it, and why it matters by drawing upon the content of medieval and early modern European history to sharpen their critical thinking, verbal communication, and writing skills. She is known for engaging her students in the world view and characters of the Middle Ages through creative opportunities for them to role play and imagine. Read more »

Briggs Library Senior Art Award Winner

Chelsea Bell '12, Northfield, won this year's Briggs Library Senior Art Show Award for her intaglio etching titled It Happened in the Woods, which will hang permanently in Briggs Library. 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.

Summer Term Registration

You can still register for Summer Term 2012. Check out the website for everything you need to know about Summer Term and register today!

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.

Save the Date for the 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments, November 13

The UMM 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13, in Oyate Hall. University of Minnesota Vice President for Research Timothy Mulcahy is planning to attend as part of his last visit to the Morris campus, prior to his retirement in December. A call for poster submissions for the event is forthcoming. In the meantime, 2011 posters and event information can be viewed here.

Read more news.


Cyrus Bina, professor of economics, has been invited to become a Fellow of Economists for Peace and Security (EPS). Founded in 1989 by leading economists, including Kenneth Arrow, Lawrence Klein, Jim Tobin, Wassily Leontief, Bob Solow, and John Kenneth Galbraith, EPS states its cause as favoring a reduction of armaments and military budgets, collective security strategies to reduce conflict, and economic policies designed effectively to meet the causes of conflict. The Fellows of EPS are the ultimate governing body of the organization.

A paper, "Which Measures of Time Preference Best Predict Outcomes: Evidence from a Large-scale Field Experiment," co-authored by Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, along with Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College, Lorenz Götte, University of Lausanne (Switzerland), and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota and University of Cambridge (UK), has just been released online by the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. The paper is one of the research outputs of UMM's long running Truckers & Turnover Project, which just celebrated its tenth birthday.

For the second straight week, Cougar Softball's Molly Olson '15, Lakeville, was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Week after leading the Cougars to a 4–2 mark over six conference games.

Leandro Dower '13, Minneapolis, was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Drake Alternative. Dower also won his second straight Track Athlete of the Meet honor and Ryan DeRoeck '14, Sartell, was named Field Athlete of the Meet, leading eight total event winners as the UMM men's track & field team took second at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Outdoor Championships.

For the third straight week, tennis player Abby Fragodt '14, Benson, was named Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Player of the Week, giving her a total of five UMAC weekly honors in her career.

Two wins from Linda Keller '13, Hawick, earned her first Track Athlete of the Meet honor, as she paced a UMM women's track & field team that claimed six total championships on its way to a second place finish at the 2012 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Outdoor Championships.

The final mark on a stellar freshman season for Molly Olson '15, Lakeville, is her award as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Softball Player of the Year. Olson was also named Freshman of the Year, First Team All-UMAC, and All-Defensive Team, coming away as the big winner after just wrapping her freshman season in the UMAC Tournament Championship Game.

The Faculty Research Enhancement Fund (FREF) program recently awarded more than 30 faculty members grants totaling over $70,000 to support current and upcoming research projects. The April grant round garnered more than 50 proposals, also a record number of proposals. The FREF review group normally awards no more than five awards in category I for "large-scale research and creative projects," but, due to the quality of proposals submitted, agreed to extend the guidelines this time only and award eleven proposals. Those receiving category I funding, which provides up to $5,000 in support of faculty scholarly work, are:

-Joe Alia, associate professor of chemistry "New iMacs for a Broader Range of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Projects"
-Kent Blansett, assistant professor of history, "A Journey to Freedom: The Life of Richard Oakes, 1942–1972/Book Manuscript Research"
-Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history, "May Alcott Nieriker's Studying Art Abroad book project"
-Jennifer Deane, associate professor of history, "Early Modern Beguine Communities in Germany"
-Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, "2013–14 Performance Tour with ensemble: Pèriphèrie"
-Julie Eckerle, associate professor of English, "Early Modern Women's Life Writing in the Irish Context"
-Jess Larson, associate professor of studio art, "The Alphabet of Regrettable Behaviors"
-Michelle Page, associate professor of education, "Access, Equity, and Pedagogy: LGBT Themes in Young Adult Literature"
-Ted Pappenfus, associate professor of chemistry, "Collaborative Solar Energy Research"
-James Wojtaszek, associate professor of Spanish, "The Emigrant Community in Buenos Aires and Its Role in the Galician Revival"
-Sheng Xiao, assistant professor of economics and management, "Venture Capital Investments in China"

Faculty Research Enhancement Funds is a funding program to support faculty research and creative activity developed in 2005 from support through the University of Minnesota Office of the Vice President for Research. For more information, visit FREF.

In the news

The Bismarck Tribune reporter Nick Smith in his article "Keeping nickname comes at too high a price, says group" names UMM among athletic teams that won't play the University of North Dakota teams because of the Fighting Sioux nickname, considered offensive by many. The Jamestown Sun ran a similar story, "SDSU won't play UND, for now".

The Morris Sun Tribune article "David Fluegel to leave Center for Small Towns" recognized his 14 years of service at the Center for Small Towns (CST). Fluegel, CST operations manager and community programs specialist, has accepted the position of Executive Director of the West Central Southwest Partnership, a regional program of the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

A Morris Sun Tribune Sun Spots column highlighting 96-year-old Frances Van Zomeren notes that she taught college algebra on the Morris campus during the fall quarter 1983–84 and credits Andy Lopez, professor emeritus of computer science, for encouraging the use of newly emerging computer technology in the Hancock schools, where she also taught.

A piece by Classical Minnesota Public Radio personality Alison Young, "New guitar release features music of Spain and Latin America," announces the release of a new album of Latin music by James Flegel, guitar instructor.

Editor Kim Ukura of the Morris Sun Tribune wrote a feature article on Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology, "Putting her back into it," including her recent receipt of the 2012 University of Minnesota Outstanding Community Service Award (OCSA).

An obituary for Christine M. Beyerl '92, Clara City, degree recipient in elementary education, was posted in the

An obituary for Ted Sindelir, an alumnus of the West Central School of Agriculture, appeared on

The U.S.-China Institute website of the University of Southern California article, "Beyond Ideological Conflict: Political Incorporation of Buddhist Youth in the Early PRC," introduces J. Brooks Jessup, assistant professor of history, as a recent speaker at the University of California, Berkeley, as part of the IEAS Residential Research Fellows series of weekly presentations on current research

The Alexandria Echo Press article "Healthcare career camp coming to Morris June 13-15" announces that the Central Minnesota Area Health Education Center Camps to Careers in Healthcare will be held on campus June 13-15. The program gives 10th through 12th grade students the opportunity to explore and prepare for exciting, high-wage, high-demand careers in the health care field.

The Asia Times featured an article by Cyrus Bina, professor of economics, "Who's afraid of Kirchner's oil nationalization?" addressing reactions to the recent nationalization of oil reserves by the Argentine government, calling the bill "the latest in the carefully considered series of socioeconomic reversals against the 1990s' happy-go-lucky privatizations, known as neoliberalism, in Latin America and elsewhere in the world."

M. Len Keeler, associate professor of physics, and Keith Brugger, professor of geology, have published a paper that appears in the current issue of the Journal of Glaciology (v. 58, no. 209). The paper, "A method for recording ice ablation using a low-cost ultrasonic rangefinder," was a collaboration motivated by Brugger who was looking for instrumentation to remotely measure ice loss on glaciers, and Keeler who undertook the challenge of designing and manufacturing the sensor.