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Vol. 5, No. 20: February 5, 2014

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, February 11, 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

Panel Discussion on Minimum Wage

Thursday, February 6, 7 p.m.
Science 1020

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar

Thursday, February 6, 4:30 p.m.
Imholte Hall 109

Meiningens Student Theatre Presents: BENT

students in production

Thursday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Black Box Theatre

Prism Concert

Friday, February 7, 4:15 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 4:15 p.m.
Humanities Fine Arts, Proscenium Theatre

Mesa, AZ Alumni Event

Monday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Mesa, Arizona

Check out all of the campus events.

News and announcements:

Morris Will Welcome Community of Scholars Visitors

Students from across the country will compete for Morris's most prestigious competitive scholarships.

Rin Takes the Less Traditional Path

upper body shot

The senior transfer student may have just completed her first semester at Morris, but she already has a wealth of experiences under her belt.

Schield '12 Contributes to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Drew Schield '12 is conducting research on reptile population genetics, phylogeography, and comparative genetics as a PhD student at the University of Texas, Arlington.

Register to Participate in the U's 2014 Legislative Briefing

Participants will get an insider's preview of the 2014 capital request to the Minnesota Legislature from President Kaler, network with other U supporters, and learn ways to raise our voices for a better U on Wednesday, February 12, at 5 p.m. For registration and more information, see Legislative Briefing. Contact Jeff Lamberty for transportation options.

Calls for Nominations: System and Campus Awards

The Office of the President seeks nominations for the President's Award for Outstanding Service. This award honors active or retired faculty and staff who have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. Nominations are due March 7. A complete description of the award and nomination requirements is available online. The Functions and Awards Committee calls for nominations for the 2014 Morris Sustainability Champion Award, which recognizes students who have displayed exemplary service on the Morris campus to advance our sustainability initiatives and campus sustainability conversation. More information is available online. The committee also seeks nominations for the Mary Martelle Memorial Award, which serves as a continuing tribute to those personal qualities and many and varied contributions made by Mary Martelle, a senior secretary in the Office of Student Activities from 1965 until 1976. Only full-time students are eligible for the student award. All United Staff Association personnel are eligible for the staff award. Nominations are due March 7.

7th Annual Morris Festival of French and Francophone Films Continues

On Monday, February 10, the festival will feature Monsieur Lazhar / Mr. Lazhar. Directed by Philippe Falardeau, 2012, 94 minutes, rated PG-13. Falardeau's unforgettable movie, based on a one-person play by Evelyne de la Chenelière, explores the intricate process by which M. Lazhar earns the respect and trust of his pupils. Some, the children of immigrants or, like this devoted instructor, recent arrivals to Quebec. As the reasons for M. Lazhar's immigration to Canada from Algeria are made clear, so, too is his rather unconventional method for applying for the teaching position. Monsieur Lazhar is that rarest of movies about education, one that avoids clichés and sentimentality, favoring honesty and clear-eyed compassion. Films are screened at 7 p.m. on Mondays in the Student Center's Edson Auditorium.

This Week in Photos

Boleman and well wishers

A retirement reception was held in honor of Roger Boleman, director of Instructional and Media Technologies. Enjoy these photos and more today!

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fund graphic Fourteen Morris professors received all-University 2014 Imagine Fund Awards. Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a unique system-wide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities, and design at the University of Minnesota. Morris campus recipients and projects include:

Ray Schultz, professor of theatre arts, was invited to perform Blanche and Beyond: Letters of Tennessee Williams at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Region V Festival (KCACTF) in Lincoln, Nebraska, January 19-25. Through regional and national festivals, KCACTF participants celebrate the creative process, see one another's work, and share experiences and insights within the community of theater artists. More than 16 million theatergoers have attended approximately 10,000 festival productions nationwide.

Work by Susan Gilbert and Nic McPhee, professor of computer science, will be displayed at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Their Portrait of an Artist: A Collaboration examines Gilbert at work, capturing her use of her own head as canvas. No single image is the "true portrait" of the artist. Rather, they are all fragments of a whole, distorted by the cultural lens through which they are viewed.

In the news

student activists

Jordan Wente '15, Dodge Center, and Natalie Hoidal '15, Forest Lake, were recently featured on The Uptake after speaking in opposition to Polymet's proposed sulfide mine in northern Minnesota. Wente and Hoidal traveled with Kristian Nyberg '14, Minnetonka, Emily Thomsen '17, Coon Rapids, David McComas-Bussa '17, Shakopee, Emma Zapchenk '17, Roseville, and Katie Ledermann '17, Mahtomedi, to Saint Paul on January 28 for a public hearing on the topic. The students spoke about effects mining could have on wild rice growth and the indigenous people of the area as well as the economics of the project.