Vol. 5, No. 1: August 28, 2013
In this issue:
- 2013 Fall Semester Begins
- Green Prairie Community Opens its Doors
- Morris One of Sierra Magazine's Top 40 "Cool Schools"
- Morris Commended by MHEC and The Star Tribune
Morris Area Farmers Market
Mondays and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m.
East Side Park (corner of Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue, Morris MN 56267)
Russian Conversation Table
Fridays, 4 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe
Fall Classes Begin
Wednesday, August 28
Welcome Weekends: Capture the Flag
Friday, August 30, 5:30 p.m.
CAC Films Presents Pitch Perfect
Friday, August 30, 9:30 p.m.
CAC Concerts and Welcome Weekends Present Mason Jennings
Sunday, September 1, 5 p.m.
Labor Day Holiday
Monday, September 2
No classes. Administrative offices closed.
Welcome Weekend Day of Service
Monday, September 2, 12:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall
Julie Eckerle Book Reception
Thursday, September 5, 5:30 p.m.
News and announcements:
On Sunday, August 25, Morris officially opened the doors to its newest residence hall, the Green Prairie Community. This facility is not only the University's first fully accessible residence hall, but also an innovative living and learning environment.
Magician Mike Super will open the season with his performance, Magic and Illusion, on Saturday, September 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium.
Held at scenic Lake Itasca, Bridge to Biology is designed to encourage early bonds among students and to introduce incoming freshmen to upper-level peer mentors.
Abigail Thebault-Spieker '16, Bemidji, and Tori McDougald '15, Nashua, are working to create an inventory of Minnesota River Valley historical sites that will be incorporated into an interactive online database and website for the Minnesota Valley History Learning Center.
Zak Threadgill '15, Anoka, and Joe Feely '14, Farmington, worked with Morris's Center for Small Towns to create a content analysis for rural Minnesotan newspapers.
Call for Submissions: 2013 Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments
The Office of Grants Development encourages faculty, staff, and retirees to submit samples of their scholarly and creative work for display at the third annual Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments, November 5-7, 2013. This event is sponsored by the Chancellor's Office, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Grants Development, and Briggs Library. For more information on submission guidelines, please contact Aaron Wenzel or Roger Wareham. Submissions are due no later than Thursday, September 5.
Winds of Change has again named the University of Minnesota, Morris one of the top 200 institutions in the nation in support of American Indian students. Published quarterly by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Winds of Change is the leading nationally distributed magazine with a focus on career and educational advancement for American Indian and Alaska Native peoples, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Morris recently received a College Success grant in the amount of $155, 555 from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. This grant will help 45 first-year students achieve success in college by helping them develop campus connections to increase their odds of completing their programs of study. Morris was one of only 28 organizations to receive some of the $4.5 million in College Success grant funds awarded by Great Lakes.
The University of Minnesota, Morris is one of Sierra magazine's top 40 "Cool Schools" for 2013. The Sierra Club's official publication ranks universities that lead sustainability initiatives and make an effort to protect and preserve the environment. Morris was ranked 38th in the nation, the highest ranking for Morris to date and the highest ranking in the state.
On August 26, Washington Monthly released its annual College Guide and Rankings, which includes an additional listing of "Best-Bang-for-the-Buck" schools. This exclusive list acknowledges American colleges that best help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. Of the 349 schools included, Morris was ranked 27th. It was the most highly ranked of the 14 Minnesota schools listed and was one of just eight institutions named a "Standout Best-Bang for-the-Buck" school.
A recent article by Michael Lackey, associate professor of English, has just come out in Cultural Critique. In the article, titled "Conceptualizing Christianity and Christian Nazis after the Nuremberg Trials," Lackey does a close analysis of Nazi documents to demonstrate that the Nazis used Martin Luther's work to justify their actions.
Alyssa Herzog Melby '07, director of education and community engagement at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, received the 2013 John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability (LEAD) Award for Emerging Leaders for her dedication to advancing accessibility among ballet patrons with special needs. One of two recipients, Melby accepted her award on August 23 at the 2013 LEAD conference in Washington, DC.
In the news
The University of Minnesota, Morris was commended in an editorial by The Star Tribune. The piece discusses a research brief published by the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, which names Morris the most effective and efficient public four-year school in Minnesota. According to the Star Tribune, "the school's success with [a] diverse student population warrants examination and imitation."
Arne Kildegaard, director of the Center for Small Towns, was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit on Friday, August 23. The topic was Jennifer Vogel's recent e-book, Fighting for an American Countryside. The book includes extensive quotes from Kildegaard as well as Windy Roberts, teaching specialist, and Kelly Asche, Center for Small Towns community program specialist.
Colleena Bibeau '14, Grand Rapids, is featured in a video preview by the Minnesota Historical Society American Indian Museum Fellowship. Bibeau participated in this unique educational experience, which invites American Indian undergraduates from across Minnesota to spend three weeks learning about the museum field and other historical and cultural preservation organizations.
Dan Flies '04 and Matt Hardy '01 of Kidblog, Inc. were among 18 finalist teams in the ninth annual Minnesota Cup, a statewide entrepreneurial contest that supports and accelerates the development of Minnesota's newest and most innovative business ideas. Three teams in each of the six contest divisions competed for a share of $200,000 in prize money and the opportunity to bring their entrepreneurial vision into focus. Finalists presented their business plans for the division-winning round on August 27.
Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, announced in a story by the Fergus Falls Journal that he and fellow investigator Kelly Asche, Center for Small Towns community program specialist, will present results of a study on tourism in Otter Tail County. The two aim to present their findings to members of the Otter Tail Country Tourism Association by the end of September.