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Vol. 5, No. 11: November 6, 2013

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, November 12, at 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Featured events:

Jane Addams Project

Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 111

Spanish Conversation Table

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

Russian Conversation Table

Fridays, 4 p.m.
Student Center, Turtle Mountain Cafe

Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments


Wednesday, November 6, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar: Jimmy Schryver, Art History

Thursday, November 7, 5 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Morris Alumni at the Pizza Ranch Night

Thursday, November 7, 5-7 p.m.
Pizza Ranch (7 East Fifth Street, Morris, MN 56267)

Twelfth Night

Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Raymond J. Lammers Proscenium Theatre

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre

Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.
Student Center, Edson Auditorium

David and Jean Johnson International Service-Learning Scholarship Presentations

Monday, November 11, 5 p.m.
Student Center, Oyate Hall

Soup & Substance

Monday, November 11, 5:30 p.m.
Student Center Moccasin Flower Room

Careers in Biology: Adam R. Hoffman '01

Tuesday, November 12, 7 p.m.
Science 2950

Asking the Big Questions

Wednesday, November 13, 7:30 p.m.
Briggs Library, McGinnis Room

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

EPA Recognizes the University of Minnesota, Morris for Leading Green Power Use

Morris appears at #28 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Top 30 On-site list of the largest green power users.

Morris Team to Restore Local Cemetery

A team of archaeology students led by Rebecca Dean, associate professor of anthropology, will help restore the Boerner family cemetery near Herman.

Olympic Athlete Comes to Campus

guest presenting to students

American track and field athlete Amanda Smock spoke to students in the Olympics and Social Change course.

Morris Hosts Capital Investment Committee

The University of Minnesota, Morris welcomed the House Capital Investment Committee and friends on Wednesday, November 6.

Inaugural Founders Scholar Forum on the Liberal Arts to be Held

The inaugural Founders Scholar Forum on the Liberal Arts will be held on Monday, November 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Forum will be an annual event to help foster collective understanding of Morris's public liberal arts mission and encourage conversation about its practice of the liberal arts in a public setting. Former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean Elizabeth S. Blake, a passionate defender of liberal education in the public sphere, and long-time faculty member James Togeas will join the three named Founders Scholars in what promises to be a lively panel discussion. The event will feature a panel consisting of Bettina Blake, former vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, Founders Scholar Jennifer Deane, associate professor of history, Founders Scholar Becca Gercken, associate professor of English and American Indian studies, Founders Scholar Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts, and Jim Togeas, emeritus professor of chemistry and current professor in the Honors Program. Panelists will share brief observations that reflect, question, challenge, investigate, or advocate for Morris's public liberal arts mission from a personal and/or professional perspective. These observations will be followed by questions from the audience and from a student panel featuring Aaron Goemann '14, Ashleigh Thompson '14, Aubrey Thyen '14, Kelsey Butler '15, and Alicia Beattie '14. Zachary Johnson '14 will also be participating. The Founders Fund was established with gifts from a private donor in honor of the founding faculty of the University of Minnesota, Morris on the occasion of its 40th birthday.

Next ESUP Town Hall Meeting to Be Held

The next ESUP Student Records Town Hall meeting will be held on Friday, November 8, from 8:30-10 a.m. in Humanities Fine Arts 7. Remote connection and a get-started guide are available online.

Class of 1964 Reunion

The University of Minnesota, Morris Class of 1964 will gather on campus for Morris's first 50th class reunion, which will be held in June of 2014. A website featuring photos, biographies, headlines of that era, schedule of events that are planned for the reunion, and more has recently been created and can be found here. Visit the site for a peek back at the earliest days of UMM. A similar site is being prepared for the Phi Mu Delta 50th reunion, which is scheduled for Homecoming 2014 and will be available soon.

Briggs Library Associates Will Host Murder Mystery SOFA Shindig

Staff, faculty, and students are invited to head to the library on Friday, November 15, to help solve a crime! Four different murder mystery games will be staggered throughout the evening, each taking place on a different floor of the library. They include Saturday Night Cleaver, Murder on Misty Island, Chinese Takeout, and Pasta, Passion & Pistols. Refreshments will be provided. The event is sponsored by the Briggs Library Associates.

Come Grow With Us: Bring Nature to Your Holiday Table

Looking to make your holiday table especially stunning this year? Get ideas for using live greens and natural elements in your holiday decorating, with an emphasis on the holiday table. Lois Schmidgall and Wayne Lesmeister will be guest presenters for this Come Grow with Us education series event, which will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at 12:15 p.m. in the AgCountry Auditorium at the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Esther Jordan.

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Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts, is the third UMM Founders Scholar. Schultz's Founders Scholar project, tentatively titled "Inciting Controversy, Provoking Thought: Performing the Liberal Arts," will provide a forum for critical dialogue on the Morris campus. The Founders Fund was established with gifts from a private donor in honor of UMM's founding faculty members.

Julie Eckerle, associate professor of English, presented the paper "Literacy, Kinship, & Women's Relationships: Two 17th-century Case Studies" at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October. At the conference, Eckerle also acted in her capacity as the chair of the Nominating Committee for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and presented a slate of candidates for election to the organization's committees.

Work by Vicki Graham, professor of English, appears in the new anthology In The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, edited by Jim Perlman. The collection was released by HolyCow! Press in October 2013. Graham's "Blacklock" is featured in the text.

quartet in tuxes

Alumni barbershop quartet Kordal Kombat received both Novice Champion and Overall Winner honors at the Land of Lakes District Chorus and Quartet Contest and Convention held in La Crosse, Wisconsin, last month. The Land of Lakes District of the Barbershop Harmony Society includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba as well as northwestern Michigan and western Ontario. The quartet features Adam Helgeson '12, Scott Veenhuis '13, Mark Halverstadt '13, and Ben Israelson '14.

Kira Jorgensen Duus '15, Roseville, Sadie Klar '16, Hinckley, and Mitchell Moe '18, Montevideo, advanced to the semi-finals of the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). The competition was held at St. John's University on November 1-2. Five Morris music students participated. All are voice students of Melissa Hanson, teaching specialist.

In the news

Brendan Brandt '04 is featured in a recent commercial for Audi of America. Brandt plays a clerk in the advertisement for Audi TDIⓇ clean diesel technology.