Vol. 3, No. 39: August 15, 2012
In this issue:
- Opening Faculty/Staff Convocation
- Welcome Weekend includes movie, concert, dance, local farms tours, and casino night
- Tournées Festival of French Films begins
- Siobhan Bremer to appear on Guthrie stage
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.
Opening Faculty/Staff Convocation
Wednesday, August 15, 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
Join new and returning faculty and staff at the annual welcome back to campus for the 2012-2013 academic year.
Reinvigorating Your Iris: Horticulture Display Garden Event
Wednesday, August 15, 5 p.m.
WCROC Horticulture Display Garden
Join the Horticulture Display Gardens landscape gardener and master gardener Bernie Angus in learning how to maintain your irises and keep them looking revived. Bernie's passion for gardening and his love of irises will make for a very educational and inspirational class! Children are invited to attend the Fun Fossils activity during the Iris class. In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held in the WCROC AgCountry Auditorium. The class is free but donations are accepted. Visit WCROC or call 320-589-1711 for more information.
Imholte Hall Technology Session for New Faculty
Thursday, August 16, 12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Imholte Hall 114
Pam Gades and Roger Boleman will show faculty how to use Imholte Hall classroom technology, offer information about Moodle, and discuss what their department, Instructional and Media Technologies, can do for them. Contact Terri Hawkinson for additional information.
Office Supply Exchange
Friday, August 17, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall Alumni Room
Do you have items in your office that you really don't use anymore but you just can't bring yourself to throw away because you think someone else might be able to use them? Here's an opportunity to recycle them and help other UMM departments at the same time. Campus faculty and staff are welcome to browse and freely take items that they can use in their campus offices. Bring your unwanted items to the Alumni Room between 8:30 and 9 a.m., Friday, before the exchange. Items are limited to office supplies and small equipment, e.g. binders, file folders, printer cartridges, calculators, etc. No large items please.
Alumni Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, August 21, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association welcomes first-year students to Morris with a sweet treat in Oyate Hall.
Fall 2012 classes begin
Wednesday, August 22
Classes on the Morris campus begin Wednesday, August 22. Have a great semester!
CAC Welcome Weekends: Movie on the Mall
Friday, August 24, 9:30 p.m.
Enjoy Stand by Me in the open air. In this 1986 Oscar-nominated film, a writer, inspired the death of a childhood friend, recounts a boyhood journey to find the body of a missing boy.
Local Farms Tour and Lunch
Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.
Meet bus at the North parking lot
Take some time to learn about agriculture in the Morris Area. This program will tour both large scale and small family farms. You will have a chance to see and learn about the forces that drive farming and agricultural economies in the region. The $5 ticket price includes all transportation and lunch. Sign up at the Student Center Information Desk/Higbies. Contact Dave Swenson for more information.
CAC Welcome Weekends: Concert on the Mall
Saturday, August 25, 5 p.m.
Outdoor Spaces, Campus Mall
Cloud Cult, an experimental indie rock band from Minneapolis, will perform in concert.
Welcome Weekends - CNIA/AISES Dance
Saturday, August 25, 10 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
The Circle of National Indigenous Association (CNIA) and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) will host a welcome back dance to which all are invited. Read about more Welcome Weekend events below.
Sunday, August 26, 1 p.m.
Regional Fitness Center (RFC)
Get your college fitness routine started right. Come sample group fitness classes – Yoga, Spinning, Zumba – at the RFC. See what is offered and find the exercise plan that is right for you.
Green Energy Tours
Sunday, August 26, 1 p.m.
Meet at the Student Center Information Desk
Want to know about the green energy technologies that make UMM run? Here's your chance. Green Corps-led tours will take participants to the biomass plant and wind turbines to explain what these facilities do for UMM and the difference they make for us all.
Sunday, August 26, 5 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall
Colleen Ferguson, violin, and Michelle Butler, piano, will perform.
CAC Welcome Weekends: Casino Night
Sunday, August 26, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
Try your luck at a variety of fun games.
Jane Addams Project
Tuesday, August 28, 7 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts 111
Bringing the University, Morris area, and Hispanic communities together, the student and community member-led community-building project, "Jane Addams," will meet on Tuesday evenings, beginning August 28, throughout the year. Everyone is welcome.
Tournées Festival of French Films
Wednesday, August 29, 7 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium
The French Discipline and Entre Nous, a group of Morris francophiles, are pleased to announce the 2012 Tournées Festival of French and Francophone Films. Selected by student officers in Entre Nous, the Festival includes five new, award-winning feature films. The films will be screened at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays for five weeks beginning on August 29 and ending on September 26. The campus and the public are invited to attend these free screenings. All films are subtitled in English. For more information, contact Tammy Berberi.
The first film in the series, showing on August 29, is Contes de la nuit / Tales of the Night/. The esteemed animator Michel Ocelot, best known for Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) and Azur and Asmar (2006), returns with Tales of the Night, his first film shot in 3D. This collection of six marvelous, visually bold fairy tales is rendered in a "shadow puppet style," with silhouetted characters set against gorgeously colored, Day-Glo backgrounds. These stories span the globe and historical eras, taking place in the Caribbean, medieval Europe, an Aztec kingdom, Africa, Tibet—and the Land of the Dead. Each episode introduces a host of amazing creations: werewolves, giant bees, dragons, sorcerers, talking horses, rival kings. And each, in telling the tale of how a young man overcomes obstacles to win the hand of a princess, takes a decidedly wry, ironic turn.
Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Lecture Series
Thursday, August 30, 6 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts 6
Artists Amy Toscani and Emily Lyman, whose exhibits open in the HFA gallery on August 22, will lecture prior to the opening reception. Contact Michael Eble, gallery curator, for more information.
Humanities Fine Arts Gallery Opening Reception
Thursday, August 30, 7 p.m.
The HFA gallery presents its first exhibit of the season, featuring Amy Toscani presenting Wrestling with Yourself and Others, and Emily Lyman showing Hardware. The exhibit runs from August 22 until October 11, 2012.
CAC Concerts: Open Mic Night
Thursday, August 30, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center ,Turtle Mountain Café
Share your talents with the UMM community.
News and announcements:
Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, to appear on Guthrie stage
Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, is appearing as the executive of the television studio in The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon at the Guthrie Theater," a role she won after attending an open audition. As the television executive, Bremer's responsibilities are to keep the television special rehearsal moving. This part reflects her real life, as she annually directs a play at UMM and has previously directed at the Barn Theatre in Willmar, Northern Lights Playhouse in Northern Wisconsin, Alexandria Area Arts Association, Winona State University, Winona Community Theatre, and Rushford Area Society of the Arts. The Sunshine Boys will run at the Guthrie through September 2. Read more »
Gateway Program prepares students for future at Morris
This summer, UMM once again welcomed students to the Gateway program, a multi-ethnic student program designed as a primer for incoming first-year students. Twenty-three freshmen with student mentors, faculty, and staff joined one another for this pre-collegiate experience founded by the late Joseph Latterell, professor emeritus of chemistry, the late Thomas McRoberts, director of continuing education, and William Stewart, former Multi-Ethnic Student Program director, in 1995. Program coordinator Sue Lor aims for the experience to "give roots to hold and wings to fly." Read more »
Call for entries - LOCAL COLOR: Artists from the Lake Region
The Humanities Fine Arts Gallery announces a call for entries for the exhibit, LOCAL COLOR: Artists from the Lake Region. The exhibit will survey artists working in a range of mediums and subject matter residing within the Lake region of West Central Minnesota. It will be held at the HFA Gallery January 17 – March 14, 2013. All artists, photographers, designers, craftspeople and creatives regardless of age, sex, and occupation are encouraged to submit. There is no entry fee and currently no size, weight, or medium limitations. The deadline is October 15, 2012. Contact Michael Eble, HFA Gallery curator and associate professor of studio art, for more information. Read more »
Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 Includes University of Minnesota, Morris
UMM has been included in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 based on a broad range of subjects, including student body, academics, social life, financial aid, campus setting, housing, food, and extracurricular activities. Compiled by former New York Times education editor Edward B. Fiske, a top independent voice in college admissions, Fiske Guide to Colleges 2013 is a selective, subjective, and systematic look at more than 300 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. The college profiles seek to characterize the personality of each institution. 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!
Bike Commuter Program
The Wellness Program is happy to announce that the Bike Commuter Program is now available to all UPlan employees as an incentive to bike to and from work! The rider must complete 40 rides before the August 31st deadline by riding past the Dero ZAP unit which is located just north of the RFC off of Second Street. Not only will a bicycle commuter be able to accumulate 50 points for his or her Wellness Points Banks, the rider will also be able to earn a $65 wellness reward. If you are interested in participating, please contact Angie Berlinger at 589-6486 to set up an appointment to receive your bike tag.
Save the Date for the 2012 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments
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.
Enjoy the 2012 West Central School of Agriculture (WCSA) Reunion slideshow.
The Brainerd Dispatch "Entertainment Briefs" notes that Dwana Paplow '05, theatre arts, a theatre staff member at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, will premier her first original play, A Drama in Mid-Air, at the Minnesota Fringe Festival. The one-act play was inspired by the experiences of NASA astronauts and the life and work of Jules Verne.
The Greatest 21 Days, a blog focusing on the 1990 CMC minor league baseball card set, added Basil Meyer '89, signed by the Twins as a free agent out of UMM.
A Digital Journal press release, "American Statistical Association Announces Winners of 23nd Annual Gertrude M. Cox Scholarships", named Jessica Orth '12 as one of the two scholarship recipients. The scholarships are awarded each year by the American Statistical Association Committee on Women in Statistics and the Caucus for Women in Statistics to encourage women to enter statistically oriented professions.
Winona Post reporter Sarah Squires' article "Former Winonan on Guthrie stage," highlights Siobhan Bremer, associate professor of theatre, having been cast in the role of Stage Manager in The Sunshine Boys, on stage now through September 2 at the Guthrie Theatre.
A paper co-authored by Ruben Michael Ceballos, assistant professor of biology, "Differential Virus Host-Ranges of the Fuselloviridae of Hyperthermophilic Archaea: Implications for Evolution in Extreme Environments," was accepted for publication in the journal Frontiers in Extreme Microbiology.
A paper co-authored by Keith Brugger, professor of geology, "Entrainment and emplacement of englacial debris bands near the margin of Storglaciären, Sweden," was accepted for publication in the journal Boreas.
A paper including Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics, and Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, among the co-authors, "Toward the Integration of Personality Theory and Decision Theory in the Explanation of Economic and Health Behavior," was published by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers as item number 6750.
In the news
Reporter Todd Kurtz of WDAY News introduces Jay Turner in his article "Fergus Falls teen attends college at 14 years old." Turner will attend UMM this fall, majoring in biochemistry, chemistry, math and physics.
Kelly Johnson, reporter for ABC Newspapers.com, posted "Local authors share their talents at Banfill," noting that Athena Kildegaard, poet and lecturer in English, shared center stage recently as part of the Banfill-Locke Reading Series, a series offered the second Friday of each month in Fridley.
Forest Lake Times reporter Mary Bailey stated in her article "Relay for Life teams race past goal" that Miss Teen International Abigale Bodene '15, a biochemistry major, spoke about breast cancer awareness at the Forest Lake Relay for Life 19th annual event.
Regan Whitney, Wahpeton Daily News intern, penned "Art has Become Johnson's Way of Life" about pottery artist Samuel Johnson '96. Johnson apprenticed under renowned potter Richard Bresnahan after graduating from UMM with an art major.