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Vol. 4, No. 7: October 3, 2012

Editor: Jenna Ray
Please send comments, questions, or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, October 9, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

German Conversation Table

Mondays, 6 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe

Jane Addams Project

Tuesdays, 7 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111

Spanish Conversation Table

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe

French Conversation Table

Thursdays, 6 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe

Blood Drive

Wednesday and Thursday, October 3-4, 11:30 a.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Latino/a Heritage Month Film Screening:

movie poster

Wednesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Eric Vincent Concert

Wednesday, October 3, 7:30 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar—Tim Lindberg: "Team-Based Learning"

Thursday, October 4, 4:30 p.m.

Midwest Philosophy Colloquium

Friday, October 5, 3:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

CAC Films Presents: Devil's Backbone

movie poster

Friday, October 5, 9:30 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

2012 Festival of Spanish Language Cinema

Saturday, October 6, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 9:00 p.m. Morris Theatre, 6th Street, Morris

Jazz Ensembles Concert

Saturday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
HFA Recital Hall

Play in a Day Public Performance

Saturday, October 6, 10:00 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Enchanted Gardens

Sunday, October 7, 3:00 p.m.
HFA Recital Hall

Soup & Substance: 2012 Minnesota Constitutional Amendments

Monday, October 8, 5:00 p.m.
Humanities 111

Columbus Day Revealed

Monday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall—Alumni Room

Mental Health Screening

Tuesday, October 9, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Student Counseling Office, Behmler Hall 235

Question and Answer Session with Lois McMaster Bujold

Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Coming Out Stories

Wednesday, October 10, 8:00 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall—Alumni Room

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Piano Solos Will Accompany Sculpture Installations in The Enchanted Garden Preludes

gallery exhibit

Morris will host a collaborative performance and installation event featuring Beth Winterfeldt, pianist, and Nicole Roberts Hoiland, sculptor, on Sunday, October 7, at 3 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Winterfeldt will perform Richard Danielpour's The Enchanted Garden Preludes alongside Hoiland's sculptural work, which is inspired by the music.

Employee Flu Shots

The UPlan Wellness Program is pleased to again provide free flu shots for University employees as part of the UPlan health plan benefits. All active Morris employees are eligible, regardless of their benefit status. Come get your flu shot on Wednesday, October 10, from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. at Health Services in Gay Hall. Shots will also be available on Monday, November 12, at the Health and Benefit Fair in Oyate Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Public Observing

Reid Ronnander will be hosting several public observing nights over the next several weeks. Observing will be held in the UMM Observatory at 9 p.m. on the follow evenings: October 8, October 22, November 5, and November 19. Cancellations will be posted online no later than 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Stress Management Series

You are invited to attend a stress management series designed to help individuals understand what stress is and how it affects one's everyday actions as well as strategies to help manage. This series will take place in four parts, and although participation in all four sessions is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. The Stress Management Series is scheduled for Mondays––September 17-October 8––from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. in the Moccasin Flower Room of the Student Center. This series of workshops will be presented again on Tuesdays––October 30-November 20––at 5:00 p.m. in the Moccasin Flower Room. Bridget Joos, wellness and violence prevention coordinator and counselor/advocate, will be presenting the stress management series. Please contact her at or 320-589-6061 if you have questions about the series. By participating in the Stress Management Series you can earn 50 points under the "Wellness My Way" category. If you achieve your points based on the UPlan Medical Program in which you are enrolled, you will receive premium rate reductions for 2014.

Education News

Students Interested in Entering the Elementary or Secondary Education Program

You must complete the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) basic skills test before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The MTLE will be offered at Morris on several dates each month. Contact Pat Nelson,, or Jane Kill,, for information on registering.

Elementary Education Majors Planning to Graduate in 2015

There will be an informational/application meeting on Wednesday, October 10, at 5 p.m. in Imholte Hall 101. The meeting will provide information on required pre-requisites, when you should apply to the program, when you should begin the program, student teaching, graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris catalog.

Secondary Education Students Planning to Graduate in 2014

There will be an informational/application meeting on Wednesday, October 31, at 12:00 p.m. in Science 3655. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris catalog.

Book Group

Members of the campus and Morris communities are invited to make time for pleasure reading and to join the book group that meets monthly on campus. This is a very casual group, and participants come and go as they can. Meetings are usually held on the second Monday of the month at 4:30 p.m. in the McGinnis Room of Briggs Library. Although the group has already selected the next book and set the meetings, it is always looking for newcomers to add to the discussion and broaden its literary horizons. If you have an idea for a book group read or you would like to be added to the email list, stop by the next meeting on Monday, October 22, at 4:30 p.m. The club's October selection is Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

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 online.

Read more news.


Morris Rises 68 Places in Washington Monthly Rankings

The University of Minnesota, Morris made a significant leap in Washington Monthly's annual ranking of liberal arts colleges. Morris rose 68 places in this year's national standings, coming in at 105 as compared to 173 in 2011. It also ranked sixth among the 26 public institutions included on the list.

On August 10, the Computer Science Discipline donated over 30 old computers to PCs for People, a Saint Paul-based non-profit that refurbishes old computer equipment and makes it available to low-income families. After clearing the donation of some particularly old equipment, student Josh Johnson inventoried the equipment, ensured that all the hard drives were properly erased, and arranged for a PCs for People pick-up. PCs for People stopped at Morris during a run in which they dropped off 100 computer systems to regional schools, which passed them on to low-income families in the district.

Stephen Burks, associate professor of economics and management, served as faculty for an external education course entitled "Sleep and Shift Work: Optimizing Productivity and Health Management in the 24/7 Global Economy," which was offered at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts, September 27-28. He presented "Effects of a Comprehensive Program for Sleep Apnea Diagnosis and Treatment on Trucking Accidents and Health Care Costs," which discussed results from Morris's long-running Truckers & Turnover Project. Contributors to the material presented include: J. Anderson, professor of statistics, M. Berger (Precision Pulmonary Diagnostics), M. Bombyk '10, D. Ganzhorn '08, T. Ginasder '13, M. Govada '12, J. Hickman (Virginia Tech), X. Jiao '12, S. Kales (Harvard Medical School), C. Lewis '15, A. Lexvold '13, K. Nelson '13, and J. Ning '14.

Coach Dan Magner became the winningest women's soccer coach in Morris history with a 4-0 win over the North Central Rams on Saturday, September 29. It was Magner's 74th career win with the Cougars.

In the news

Deon Haider '14 was profiled for her involvement in the Land Institute's 2012 Prairie Festival in a article entitled "Prairie Fest wisdom abounds."

In an article entitled "CURE hosts listening session on sustainable communities," the Morris Sun Tribune notes the roles that the Center for Small Towns and the Office of Sustainability played in the organization and facilitation of a Clean Up the River Environment event, which explored ideas for building healthy, vibrant, and sustainable communities in western Minnesota.