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Vol. 3, No. 38: July 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, August 14, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Morris Area Farmers Market

Mondays and Thursdays, 3–6 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 opened on June 14 and will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 3 until 6 p.m. through September 20.

West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) All-School Reunion

Saturday, July 21, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Student Center

WCSA alumni will be on campus for brunch, campus and West Central Research and Outreach Center tours, and a buffet dinner in Oyate Hall.

Summer Session II ends

Friday, July 27
Morris Campus

Friday, July 27, is the final day for Summer Session II classes.

WCROC Horticulture Night

Thursday, July 26, 2012, 5 until 9 p.m.
West Central Research and Outreach Center

This annual event provides tours of the WCROC Horticultural Gardens. Activities include discussions on various gardening topics, gardening technique demonstrations, games in the Children's Garden, and a picnic dinner.

Renewable Energy Tours

July 27 and August 11, 2 p.m.
Morris Campus

Free renewable energy tours will be offered on Friday, July 27, leaving from the Welcome Center, and Saturday, August 11, leaving from the Stevens County Fairgrounds by the Lee Community Center. Buses will leave at 2 p.m. and return by 4 p.m. During the tour you can see and touch a biomass gasification reactor, wind turbines, a solar thermal system, solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, and more. Save your seat on the bus by pre-registering. Registration information can be found online.

Morris at the St. Paul Saints

alumni at event

Wednesday, August 1, 4 p.m.
Midway Stadium, St. Paul

Faculty and staff are invited to join alumni, friends, and current and prospective students at the annual Morris at the St. Paul Saints event on Wednesday, August 1, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions. Free tailgating fare. Complimentary game ticket quantities are limited. Don't forget to wear your Morris gear! RSVP online.

New Student Registration

Friday, August 3, 9:30 a.m.
Morris Campus

Check-in for the morning session is from 9:30 until 10 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. until 1 p.m. for the afternoon session in the Humanities Fine Arts Building.

Friends of Cougar Football Golf Outing

August 4
Pomme de Terre Golf Club

Don't miss the annual Cougar Football Golf Outing! This year's course is Pomme de Terre Golf Club in Morris. Contact Coach Todd Hickman for more information.

Stevens County Fair (Volunteers Needed!)

August 9-12, 2012

UMM will once again have a booth at the Stevens County Fair and we are looking for volunteers to represent the University. If you would like to sign up for a time please e-mail or call (320) 589-6050. As the fair gets closer we will send you more detailed fair information. Please help us promote UMM!

Fall Welcome Back Picnic

Monday, August 13, 5:00 p.m.
Campus Mall

Greet new and returning colleagues and friends at the Welcome Back picnic. Rain site is the Student Center's Oyate Hall, Alumni Room.

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

University of Minnesota, Morris demonstrates new power technology

As a national leader in sustainable energy and green living, Morris is at the forefront of new sustainable energy technologies. The proof is in the PowerTainer, a transportable diesel engine generator (genset) powered by biomass and completely housed in a standard 20 foot shipping container. Developed in partnership with Cummins Power Generation and the University of Minnesota Center for Diesel Research, funding for the project was provided by the National Energy Technology Laboratory (U.S. Department of Energy, under award number DE-EE0003239). Researchers anticipate perfecting a new transportable generation platform capable of displacing fossil fuel use in diesel generators. Read more »

Distinguished Alumni Award recipients announced

The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association (UMMAA) Board of Directors announces that four alumni have been chosen for the 2012 University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award. The recipients are Robert Hansen '73, Puncky Heppner '73, Maddy Maxeiner '76, and Ronald McRoberts '69. Read more »

Use Zimride this summer

Don't forget: if you're traveling during the summer, you don't need to be in Morris to take advantage of Zimride. Simply log in to post your ride and get matched up with others heading the same way. Whether you're looking for a lift or want to make a few extra bucks driving others, Morris Zimride makes it easy to catch a ride or fill the empty seats in your car. It's cheaper, it's trusted, and it's more fun! Post a ride on Zimride!

Save the Date for the 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

Attendee reviewing exhibits

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 online.

Read more news.



Director of information technology Jim Hall's blog about leadership and vision in IT and higher education was named in a list of 50 must-read blogs by EdTech Magazine. For examples the magazine mentions for their display of leadership lessons, humor, and spot-on analysis, Hall recommends his posts about Mulan or Superman II, Pulp Fiction, and My Little Pony.

Baseball player Mike McGill '12, Omaha, Nebraska, earned the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Sportsmanship Award honoring athletes who best exemplify sportsmanship throughout the season.

A new e-book developed by 130 U of M faculty, staff, and students showcases the shifting landscape of academic technology. Jim Hall, director of information technology, contributed by writing the chapter about mobile learning. The book, titled Cultivating Change in the Academy: 50 Stories from the Digital Frontlines at the University of Minnesota in 2012, moved fast—much in line with the way technology is changing today. For more information, read "The medium is the message."

UMM finished the winter-spring season ranking fourth in distribution of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) academic all-conference awards with 37 awards. To be eligible for nomination, student-athletes must post a 3.50 or better semester grade point average and compete in the sport in which he or she is nominated in the season that corresponds with the selection.


Julia Dabbs, associate professor of art history, has had an invited essay titled "Vision and Insight: Portraits of the Aged Woman Artist, 1600–1800" published in a special issue of the the online scholarly journal Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (Stanford University Press). It can be read online.

In the news

Judy Riley profiled Matt Fragodt '10, in the Morris Sun Tribune "Sunspots" column, noting that the Becker native chose to remain in Morris after receiving his degree in elementary education and has since become an active and contributing area resident.

Sarah Von Bargen '02 launched the Post College Survival Kit on her Yes and Yes blog. Von Bargen uses her English major skills to emphasize lifestyle writing, advice-giving, and community building.

Olympian, therapist, coach, and psychology instructor Katrina Radke started a new column, "Dear Katrina," on the Swim Swam website in which she describes growing up in Morris and learning to swim in the UMM pool where she developed her love of swimming.

Star Tribune reporter Asha Anchan singled out UMM in "Small colleges win science grants," an article about the four-year, $1.2 million grant awarded from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's new Science Education Initiative.

Brandon Sun reporter Chris Jaster profiled Scott Turnbull in "Turnbull kick-starts soccer program," assessing the Brandon, Manitoba native's first season as the full-time head coach of the Cougars men's soccer team.

The Morris Sun Tribune story "Morris' Prairie Penny Pinchers compete for energy-savings glory" describes the Family Energy Face-Off, a community-based energy competition from Earth Day 2012 to Earth Day 2013. Troy, Jenn, and Ely Goodnough, aka the Prairie Penny Pinchers, and community teammates across the Morris area will be competing against the Mill Pond Minimizers of New London, trying to inspire their communities to become beacons of sustainability in our state.

The recent Ninth Annual Symposium on Small Towns generated media interest.

Several green-oriented websites reprinted or refer to the University's article on the PowerTainer. These include Power Engineering: "University of Minnesota, Morris Demonstrates new Power Technology," Green Car Congress: "University of Minnesota, Morris and partners develop diesel genset fueled by biomass," Forest Business Network: "University of Minnesota, Morris demonstrates new biomass power technology," and Ev-olution: "University of Minnesota, Morris and partners develop diesel genset fueled by biomass."

The Tri-County News article "Road Trip to 4-H Camp" noted that one hundred and one youth from 12 different counties attended the annual 4-H Camp held recently on campus, an increase of 15 campers from the previous year.