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Weekly Bulletin Archive

Vol. 5, No. 25: March 12, 2014

Editor: Jenna Ray

Please send comments, questions, and submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin will be Tuesday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

In this issue

Featured Events

Floating Holiday-Campus Closed

HHMI Careers in Biology Alumni Speaker Series

Jeff Lederman

Spanish Conversation Table

Check out all of the campus events.

News and Announcements

Cafe Scientifique Asks, "Organic Food: Fact or Fiction?"

Cafe Scientifique Organic Farming

Brad Heins, assistant professor of organic dairy management at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center, will lead the discussion.

CST Announces 2014 Symposium on Small Towns

This year's symposium is titled "Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends, and Opportunities Exposed."

36th Annual Jazz Festival Begins April 4

Jazz Fest 2014

Featuring pianist Kevin Harris and trumpeter Darren Barrett, the festival promises to be a unique and soulful experience.

Morris Releases Scholarly Horizons

The University of Minnesota, Morris's first digital undergraduate publication, Scholarly Horizons, is now available online. Editor-in-chief Jayne Blodgett will be making a call for papers again this spring.

Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception

The University of Minnesota, Morris's annual Juried Student Art Exhibit Opening Reception will be held on Thursday, March 20, at 7 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery. This year's juror is Becky Dunham, curator of the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, North Dakota.

Update: 2014 State of the U

Last week University of Minnesota President Eric W. Kaler delivered his third State of the University speech. In it, President Kaler detailed the many accomplishments that make the U an incredible institution. The address is now available online.

Break Photo Contest Deadline March 19

Morris students accomplish great things during their time away from school. Enter your photo from a school break for a chance to win $100 to the Bookstore. Information and rules are available online.

Complete the Wellness Assessment and Earn 100 Wellness Points

The Wellness Assessment is a confidential, online questionnaire that assesses the status of your health. Employees and their spouses or same-sex domestic partners who are covered by the UPlan Medical Program can earn 100 points when they complete the Wellness Assessment before March 31. To get started, continue reading.

Morris Academic Partners Applications Due March 28

In recognition of the value of academic employment to the intellectual development of students and of the opportunities thus provided to assist faculty in their work, the University of Minnesota, Morris will award non-renewable stipends per academic year to Morris Academic Partners (MAPs). A MAP should be a junior by credits with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students are required to carry a minimum of 12 credits each semester to remain eligible for this program. Applications are due by Friday, March 28. For more information, continue reading.

Decorating Your Easter Table at WCROC

Joyce Koch and Stacy Holtberg from Sweet Lily's Floral Shop will present their creative ideas for Easter decorating as part of the Come Grow with Us education series on Wednesday, March 19, from 12:15-12:45 p.m. at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (46352 State Hwy 329, Morris, MN 56267). This event will be held in the AgCountry Auditorium. Admission is free, and light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 320-589-1711.


James Froberg '14, Lindstrom, Stephen Sorenson '14, Faribault, Zachary Klassen '14, Hanska, and Josef Wieber '15, Saint Cloud, and Sylke Boyd, associate professor of physics, traveled to last week's March Meeting of the American Physical Society in Denver to present their research. With Boyd, Sorenson and Froberg presented "Data Collection and Analysis on Halo Displays Using an All-sky Camera," while Klassen and Wieber presented "Climate Variability and Local Land Use in the Upper Midwest."

Physics Students

Work by Rachel Balzar '14, North Branch, and Annie Morphew '13, Farmington, was published in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) journal Metamorphosis. The journal celebrates undergraduate research and creative activity. Balzar was mentored by Julie Eckerle, associate professor of English, and Morphew was mentored by Jennifer Deane, associate professor of history.

Lisa Harris, assistant to the vice chancellor for finance and facilities, presented at the Smart and Sustainable Campuses Conference in Maryland last week. Harris discussed Morris's sustainability work, including efforts to build on-site renewable energy systems.

Bill Eiler

Bill Eiler, senior heating control specialist, received the Regional Fitness Center (RFC) Difference Maker award for 2013. This award recognizes a member of the community who has gone above and beyond on behalf of the RFC for an extended period of time.

In the News

Last week the University of Minnesota, Morris was featured in a Minneapolis Star Tribune article for garnering recent national press. According to Maura Lerner, "this has been a good two weeks" for the campus.

An opinion piece by Jim Mulder '83 appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune last week. In the piece, Mulder calls for increased support of small-town Minnesota.