Vol. 4, No. 1: August 22, 2012
In this issue:
- Welcome Weekends events planned
- Morris Leads Minnesota Public Universities in "America's Top Colleges" Rankings
- University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy
- Ray Schultz receives fourth Wilde Award nomination
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.
Fall 2012 classes begin
Wednesday, August 22
Classes on the Morris campus begin today. 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.
Hip-Hop and Spoken Word Workshop with Guante
Friday, August 24, 5 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109
Join Minneapolis hip-hop artist, two-time National Poetry Slam champion and activist Guante for an interactive discussion of the relationship between the arts and social change and a workshop on the mediums of hip-hop and spoken word.
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.
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.
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. The Tournées Festival was made possible with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. and the Centre National de la Cinématographie et de l'Image Animée with support also provided by The Florence Gould Foundation, the Grand Marnier Foundation, and highbrow entertainment.
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:
Morris Leads Minnesota Public Universities in "America's Top Colleges" Rankings
For the fourth year in a row, the University of Minnesota, Morris was rated highest of all public institutions statewide in the Forbes 2012 listing of "America's Top Colleges." The list ranks the 650 foremost institutions of higher education in the country, based on assessments in five areas: student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt, four-year graduation rate, and academic success. Morris ranked 53rd in the Midwest, and 246th overall, and was the least expensive of all the Minnesota colleges that made the list. Full information on the listings is available at forbes.com. Read more »
University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy
UMM was nationally recognized for its involvement in sustainability initiatives by the U.S. Department of Energy with the release of "Clean Energy in Our Community," a video featuring the University's investments in clean energy that are benefiting local residents and workers. This DOE video series helps to connect and feature small communities nationwide that are investing in clean energy and playing a role in making sure the United States leads the world in the global race for the green jobs of the future. Read more »
Bike Commuter Program
The Wellness Program is happy to announce that the Bike Commuter Program is still 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 ZAP reader 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.
Ray Schultz, associate professor of theatre, received his fourth Wilde Award nomination. Celebrating the best of Michigan theatre, the Wilde Awards are overseen by Encore Michigan, a Web-based publication focused on Michigan's professional theater industry. Chosen from among 197 productions at 55 professional theatres from across the state, Schultz was recognized for his work as director of the best drama nominee, Next Fall, presented at Performance Network in Ann Arbor in summer 2011. Schultz's production received three of the nine nominations, also earning nominations for best actress in a drama and best sound. Schultz was also nominated in 2008 as best lead actor in a drama for Doubt at Detroit Repertory Theatre, and he won the award in 2009 for best production with LGBT themes or characters for The Little Dog Laughed and in 2006 for best lead actor in a drama for Take Me Out, both at Performance Network.
In the news
The University of Minnesota Display and Trial Garden interns posted pictures and reflections on their visit to the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Horticulture Night on their blog as "How is it Already Mid August"?
Several media outlets posted versions of the U.S. Department of Energy press release announcing its second video in the "Clean Energy in Our Community" video series, featuring investments by UMM. These included the Morris Sun Tribune: "University of Minnesota, Morris profiled by U.S. Department of Energy," writer Tracey A. Smith in Solar Thermal Magazine: "Being First for Clean Energy Technology Means Taking Risks with Investment," reporter David Shaffer in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: "U-Morris is in spotlight for clean energy," SAGA (Swedish American Green Alliance): "University of Minnesota Committed to Using Renewable Energy," ENews Park Forest: "University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy," eWallstreeter: "University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy," Electric Light and Power 'Power Grid International': "University of Minnesota Morris Clean Energy Investments Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy," and writer Tom Nehil of MinnPost: "Clean energy in our community: University of Minnesota Morris."