Vol. 3, No. 37: June 13, 2012
In this issue:
- Symposium on Small Towns held Thursday, June 14
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded the University of Minnesota, Morris, a four-year, $1.2 million grant to encourage success in science of students from all backgrounds.
- First Morris International Gilman Scholar Travels to Egypt
- Two Awarded University President's Award for Outstanding Service
- Kim Ukura '08 has been named one of four winners of the first Independent Book Blogger Awards
sUMMer Jazz Concert
Wednesday, June 13, 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
The annual sUMMer Jazz Experience occurs this week. Now in its sixth year, the camp gives high school music students the opportunity to participate in master classes, rehearsals, and clinics with excellent musician-educators from around the country. This year the students will perform with guest artists Marc Widenhofer on drums, Kate Skinner on piano, and Dustin Retzlaff on bass. A special concert on Wednesday evening will feature incoming UMM Jazz Director and saxophonist Jason Squinobal. All concerts are free and open to the public.
Symposium on Small Towns
Thursday, June 14, 7:30 a.m.
The 2012 Symposium on Small Towns Reigniting Community Leadership: Being Bold in the Face of Change focuses on challenges and opportunities for rural leadership development. This year's Symposium features internationally renowned speaker, facilitator, and rural development expert Luther Snow, the "Good Groups Guru." The Symposium will also include a panel on positive practices in how we talk about rural places and break-out sessions comprising approximately 30 separate presentations on critical issues in rural development and leadership.
Morris Area Farmers Market
Thursday, June 14, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
East Side Park
The Morris Healthy Eating Team encourages everyone to visit the Morris Area Farmers Market where farmers, growers, producers and artisans sell their own products directly to the public, allowing customers to have a direct relationship with the producers of the items they purchase. The market emphasizes quality, freshness and originality for the Morris community and surrounding area. The Farmers Market opens Thursday, June 14, and will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 until 6 p.m. through October.
French Senior Seminar Presentations
Friday, June 15, 1 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts 211
Seminar students will present their final projects in French.
Using Native Plants in the Landscape
Wednesday, June 20, 5 p.m.
Horticulture Display Garden, WCROC
Sally Finzel, owner of Morning Sky Greenery, will share her knowledge of native prairie wildflowers and grasses and how to use them in your yard, for example, in rain gardens, backyard butterfly, birdwatcher, and pollinator gardens. Children are invited to attend the Growing Pizza class at the same time. For more information, please contact the WCROC at 589-1711.
New Student Registration
Thursday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.
Humanities Fine Arts
Check-in for the morning session is from 9:30 until 10 a.m., and 12:30 until 1 p.m. for the afternoon session in the Humanities Fine Arts Building.
Summer Session I Ends
Friday, June 22 Morris Campus
Summer Session II begins June 25.
New Student Registration
Wednesday, June 27, 9:30 a.m.
Humanities Fine Arts
Check-in for the morning session is from 9:30 until10 a.m., and 12:30 until 1p.m. for the afternoon session in the Humanities Fine Arts Building.
Tuesday, July 3, 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
The Red Cross Bloodmobile will be on campus until 6:30 p.m. for your convenience in donating blood.
Independence Day Holiday
Wednesday, July 4
In observance of Independence Day, classes are cancelled and administrative offices will be closed.
News and announcements:
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded the University of Minnesota, Morris, a four-year, $1.2 million grant to encourage success in science of students from all backgrounds.
HHMI selected 47 small undergraduate universities and colleges in the United States — from an initial pool of 215 invited schools — as the recipients of grants totaling more than $50 million for its science education initiative. Morris's project was funded in HHMI's target area of "persistence of all students", which encourages success in science of students from all backgrounds. Read more »
Ed Brands Awarded Faculty Research Program Grant
Ed Brands, assistant professor of Environmental Studies, received a Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP) grant for his project Mapping Manure in West Central Minnesota Watersheds, awarded through the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Brands' work will use the manure records from approximately 450 large animal feeding operations (AFOs) from Big Stone, Chippewa, Douglas, Grant, Kandiyohi, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, and Swift counties to create a database and maps of AFO manure generation, transfer, and application to land in the Chippewa River and Pomme de Terre River watersheds. The outcomes of the project will include a better understanding of the distribution of manure generation, when and where it is applied to land, and relationships among the amount, timing, and methods of manure application and fecal coliform bacteria in nearby water bodies. Read more »
First Morris International Gilman Scholar Travels to Egypt
Andreana Saunders '13, Bloomington, is Morris's first recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship Program supports financially constrained undergraduates who might not otherwise participate in study abroad programs and aims to encourage students to choose non-traditional study abroad destinations. Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray eligible study abroad costs. Saunders used the scholarship to fund her trip to Egypt to participate in the Pyramids and Politics on the Nile May Session course. Read more »
Morris STEP Funded Through 2013
The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP) received continued funding through August 2013 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Morris STEP supports Native American science students through mentoring and research opportunities and has increased the overall number of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors by establishing the new environmental science major. This year, eight Native American undergraduates will conduct research with six faculty mentors, and five Native American undergraduates will mentor 13 Native American high school students from five reservations who will participate in the Wind-STEP program. Also funded by the STEP grant, Wind-STEP is a two-week program in which students investigate the possibility of a wind energy system on a chosen reservation. As of spring 2012, Morris has 34 ESci majors, nine of whom will be seniors in the 2012-2013 academic year. Read more »
Two Awarded University President's Award for Outstanding Service
Jenny Nellis, professor emeritus of studio art, and Paula O'Loughlin, professor of political science, received the University of Minnesota President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award recognizes exceptional commitment and service beyond the regular duties of a faculty or staff member. Honoree Jenny Nellis served UMM from 1978 until her retirement in 2011. Among her innovations was service as Chair of the Division of the Humanities. Elected to the position in 2000, she was the first female division chair in the campus's history, and the first faculty member in a fine arts position to be the Humanities Division Chair. Hired in 1996, honoree Paula O'Loughlin has improved the campus environment, including spearheading creative approaches to student retention, convincing faculty to design 17 interdisciplinary majors to appeal to a more diverse student population, and as founding director of the Academic Center for Enrichment, centralizing access to enrichment opportunities. Read more »
Morris Student Receives 2012 GLBTA Leadership Award
Anne Meyers-Welsch '13, Menomonie, Wisconsin, received the 2012 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Leadership Award. The award recognizes the students, faculty, alumni, and community members who exemplify outstanding leadership within University of Minnesota campus GLBTA communities. Nominator Argie Manolis, coordinator of the office of Community Engagement, praised Meyers-Welsch for her ability to respectfully express her opinions—even when they don't coincide with others' views—and listen to others—even if she doesn't agree with their beliefs. Read more »
Community Engagement Awards Celebrate Outstanding Contributions
The Office of Community Engagement celebrated outstanding service and commitment to enriching the Morris community throughout the 2011-2012 school year by presenting the Student Community Service Award to Jodie Roy '12, Brooks, The First-Year Student Community Engagement Award to Maia Dalager '15, Duluth, the Faculty-Staff Community Service Award to Windy Roberts, teaching specialist, and the Community Partner Award to Robert Frischmon, an alumnus who helps advise the ESL program on campus and teaches ESL at local dairies. The ceremony also honored 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. Read more »
Changing Policy One Performance at a Time
Deon Haider '14, Northfield, has been working with the Land Stewardship Project on the touring production of "Look Who's Knocking," a play that articulates the organization's goal of changing policy to make it easier for older farmers to pass on their farms to younger farmers, instead of selling to big agriculture businesses. As someone who likes knowing who grows her food and believes that smaller farms are more sustainable, Haider relates personally to the play. An environmental studies major and theatre minor, she would like to farm after graduation. Haider was connected to the Land Stewardship Project through a program coordinated by the Center for Small Towns. Read more »
Application Due Dates for Summer Session II 2012 Financial Aid
The last day to apply for Summer financial aid is today, June 13. To be eligible, students must be enrolled for all summer classes by June 20. Contact Carol Backman for more information.
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.
Representative Colin Peterson's June 1 newsletter relates his meeting with Sara Butterfass '13, Howard Lake, one of only 38 college students selected to serve as a Library of Congress Junior Fellow this summer. During her fellowship, Sara will work with the Preservation, Research and Testing Division in managing their material. Award recipients were announced in a Library of Congress press release.
The Stillwater Gazette article "Local Students awarded Historical Society scholarships" profiles students awarded scholarships from the Washington Country Historical Society, who include Miles Wangensteen '13, Woodbury, a history major and studio art minor. Wangensteen is focusing on the early Middle Ages, particularly the northern regions of Europe such as England, Scandinavia, and Germany, and changes in the perception of masculinity brought by the introduction of Christianity to these cultures.
Kim Ukura '08, editor of the Morris Sun Tribune, has been named one of four winners of the first Independent Book Blogger Awards, a national award sponsored by Goodreads and the Association of American Publishers, detailed in the article "Sun Tribune Editor wins national blogging award." Ukura was recognized in the "Adult Nonfiction" category for her blog, Sophisticated Dorkiness.
Enjoy the Commencement 2012 photo gallery.
In the news
The Morris Sun Tribune noted in the article "Local royalty off to Miss Minnesota pageant" that Miss Midwest Kacy Nehowig '13, Paynesville, will be competing in the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant this June. Nehowig has also been named one of six finalists for the Tracie Joy McBride Family 2012 Quality of Life award. The June 7 City of Morris Manager Brief "Is Morris Safe for Riding Bike (sic)?" by City Manager Blaine Hill reflects on the ideas about what can be done differently he gleaned from attending a UMM speech class presentation on the topic of bicycle safety in Morris.
Several news media outlets reported on a new analysis of the cost of educating students in the University of Minnesota system, noting that "Costs are high on the Morris campus because of a 'high touch' model of small class sizes and extensive student support services" and concluding that a "student's best value – where the cost of instruction is greatest compared to tuition – is at Morris." Reporters included Jenna Ross, Star Tribune: "University of Minnesota calculates the full cost of educating a student," Mila Koumpilova, Pioneer Press: "University of Minnesota breaks down yearly education costs," Alex Friedrich, Minnesota Public Radio: "U of M evaluates college costs," and Brian Lambert, MinnPost, embedded in his The Glean post "Poll: T-Paw no great assistance to Romney in Minnesota."
Reporter Patt Rall, in the Bemidji Pioneer article, "Young Bemidji actor takes center stage at Playhouse" highlights Bemidji High School graduate Alle Bowman '15 and her journey to the leading role in "The Spitfire Grill," the first show of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse 2012 summer season at the historic Chief Theater. Bowman plays Percy Talbot, who tries to get her life back on track in a small Wisconsin town.
The Fergus Falls Journal article "Discover your place at the Kaddatz Gallery" spotlights Fred Peterson, former professor of painting and art history, and his exhibit "A Sense of Place: Recent Minnesota Landscapes," on display through July 7. In this series of work inspired by Glendalaugh State Park, Peterson looks at our intimate relationship to our landscapes and how that changes with the seasons, weather conditions, or a different perspective.
Reporter Andrew Bottrell of the North Platte Telegraph profiles alumna Jennifer Wellan in "She's in love with the law." The Lincoln County, Nebraska, deputy attorney thanks a failed audition for a musical in her freshman year for leading to her chosen profession. The day in her freshman year she found out that she didn't get a part, she and a friend were walking to the cafeteria to get lunch when they saw a sign, "Didn't make it in the fall musical? Try out Mock Trial" that seemed to be speaking directly to her.
A Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) press release by Dan Thiede, CERTs Communications Coordinator, "Teams of Minnesota families face off to save energy in their homes" describes the two Minnesota families competing in the Family Energy FACE-OFF from Earth Day 2012 to Earth Day 2013 to see who can save more energy. The two teams are the Mill Pond Minimizers, led by Jeff Vetsch, Anne Dybsetter, and their children Henry (5) and Hazel (2) from New London, MN and, from UMM, the Prairie Penny Pinchers, led by Troy, sustainability coordinator, Jennifer, associate professor of chemistry, and Ely (4) Goodnough. The families are pitted against each other, taking actions to conserve energy and resources in their homes, and extending the competition to their communities and networks. This new community-based energy competition has been launched in a partnership between the Minnesota-based, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) and the UMM Office of Sustainability.