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The University of Minnesota, Morris Weekly Bulletin is published by University Relations weekly August through May, and monthly over the summer. Submissions accepted by noon on Wednesday of publication. Send items electronically for inclusion in the Weekly Bulletin to Judy Riley, at The next summer issue will be Wednesday, Aug. 6.


The J. Paul Getty Charitable Trust has awarded $180,000 through its Getty Grant Program to UMM for the development of a preservation plan for the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District. One of the most intact examples of a residential agriculture high school still standing in the U.S., the WCSA was entered on the National Register of Historic Places in January 2003. The historic district nomination brings with it a challenge to preserve, and, when possible, rehabilitate the historic landscapes and buildings within the district. While the plan will not change any of the campus’ landscapes or buildings, it will create a written preservation reference encompassing the historic district. The plan will help UMM to better understand the original design intent of landscapes and buildings and the changes that have occurred through time, and to formulate practical strategies for preservation. It will set the course for future day to day and long-term activities associated with the District.

Aida Martinez has been appointed director of the Minority Student Program. Martinez has served most recently as director of Intercultural Programs at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. Prior to that, she worked at UMM as educational/Gateway coordinator in MSP. Aida earned her bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Michigan State University and her master of science in College Student Affairs Administration from Indiana University. She will be on campus full time beginning in August.

Over 100 people attended the First Annual Symposium on Small Towns with the theme Rural Minnesota: A Century of Change. The Symposium was sponsored by the Center for Small Towns and began on June 10 with a concert by Peter Ostroushko and Dirk Freymuth. People from across the state gathered on June 11 to hear presentations by former Secretary of Agriculture Bob Bergland President of the Blandin Foundation, Paul Olson and others. The Symposium received local and statewide coverage, with reporters from KMRS-KKOK radio, the West Central Tribune in Willmar and Minnesota Public Radio in attendance.

Fourth of July Recital at the Conroy house, 605 6-1/2 Street, Hancock, in the alley between the ballpark and main street, after the parade, or approximately 3 p.m. Della Conroy, piano Sara Fleider and Amanda Kent, flute vocalist Jane Mooberry. Art sale with works by Della Conroy, Phyllis Joos, and Hope Zeltwanger

The 19th annual Summer Scholars program will be held at UMM from July 13-25. Academically talented high school seniors from the five-state region will stay on campus for two weeks and take one of two offered college classes: either "Human Reproduction & Biotechnology" taught by Van Gooch and Tom Turner or "Writing Workshop: Growing Up American" taught by Roland Guyotte and Dwight Purdy. In addition to a variety of classroom activities, field trips, and guest speakers, students experience the fun of campus life at UMM and get a taste of what college is like. Student assistants for the program are Kevin Ely, Jesse Goembel, Eleanora Hilton and Kristen Kalina. For more information contact Karen Ellis, Continuing Education & Summer Session, x. 6463 elliskj.

West Central School of Agriculture alumni will celebrate the school’s 93rd anniversary during their annual reunion July 19-20 at UMM. Anyone who attended, worked, or taught at the School from 1910-1963 is invited to attend. Susan Granger ’80 will be the featured speaker at the All-School Reunion banquet on July 19. Granger is co-owner, along with Scott Kelly ’77, of Gemini Research, the historical research firm that facilitated WCSA and Experiment Station’s successful nomination to the National Register of Historic Places. Granger will share information about the nomination process as well as stories she has discovered about campus history. For additional information and a complete schedule of events, contact Pat Gannon, director of alumni relations, at ext. 6067. Full news story on line at

Stevens County Fair is coming August 6-10. Admissions and University Relations are collaborating to create a UMM exhibit to be displayed among other exhibits and booths in the Lee Community Center adjacent to the fairgrounds. Volunteers to oversee the booth will be enthusiastically accepted. Exhibits open at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. Please contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050 or rileyjk BEFORE August 6 to volunteer for a two-hour slot Thursday-Sunday. Please submit materials to Judy for distribution or for door prize drawings by Monday, Aug. 4.

The Center for Small Towns has hired Professor Greg Thorson and several students to survey employers in 12 counties throughout west central Minnesota about health care insurance purchasing trends. The information will guide the Health Care Purchasing Alliance as it seeks to increase health care options for smaller businesses and their employees. "Eventually," Thorson explains, "these businesses will be able to join together and increase their health care purchasing power, resulting in more options and greater affordability. They may even chose to bypass the traditional insurance carriers altogether and contract directly with local healthcare providers." The University's West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership is also lending support to the initiative.

Production is currently under way on the next season of Prairie Yard and Garden episodes will include growing strawberries, pest management, tree selection, and unusual annuals and perennials. Roger Boleman, director of Media Services (which produces the series in cooperation with Pioneer Public Television), notes that next year's season will reach a potential audience of 16 million viewers: "A minimum of 600,000 people will see the show in the Chicago market alone." UMM is one of the few college campuses in the nation that provides students with the opportunity to work on a nationally-syndicated network television show.

There will be no ticketing in the North, Central, East & South Lots, during the summer months, until the beginning of the semester - August 25, 2003. Parking in the RFC Lot will be enforced as will the 20-minute zones.


Cougar wrestler Sharon Jacobson placed third in the World Team Trials at 129 pounds. Jacobson recorded two falls in the tournament and claimed her highest ranking of the season at the Olympic level.

Former Cougar wrestlers made their mark at the World Team Trials in Indianapolis. Katie Downing captured her second straight title at 147 pounds. Downing will represent the U.S. in both the Pan-Am Games this summer and in the World Championships in New York in early September. Joining Downing as a teammate in the both the World Championships and the Pan-Am Games is former Cougars Sara McMann at 138 pounds, and world silver medalist Tina George at 121 pounds.

Senior wrestler Katie Ross will appear on "Fear Factor - Special Edition" this season, vying for the grand prize of one million dollars. Ross sent in an audition tape filmed in the UMM wrestling room along with video of her in action on the mat at the 2002 U.S. National Wrestling Championships to "Fear Factor" who was searching for contestants for the upcoming season. A few months later Ross was invited to an interview in Minneapolis. Ross who is a studio art and math major from Greensboro, N.C. has been an All-American wrestler for the past two seasons at UMM, wrestling at 121 pounds.

Creative Study Institute director Tom Turner and Michael Strand, alumni and co-instructor of the Institute this year, were the guests on the June 18 KMRS "Community Connection" program. Two Creative Study students - Adric Waibel [who took courses in radio broadcasting and improvisation] from Lac Qui Parle High School and James Nelson [who studied web page design and radio broadcasting] from West Central High School were also guests on the show.

Bettina Blake, professor emerita of French, has been named to the statewide Board of the Minnesota Humanities Commission. Also, Blake’s article, "How Do These Colleges Do It? The Success of Private Black Colleges," was published in the May-June issue, pp. 28-29, of About Campus, a journal sponsored by the American College Personnel Association. The piece discusses the publication, Stand and Prosper: Private Black Colleges and Their Students, by H. N. Drewry and H. Doermann (2001). While on the Columbia University Alumni Association trip to the Black Sea, Blake seized the opportunity while visiting the Crimea to give a brief talk on "A Sidelight on History: The Crimean War-Morris, MN Connection." Blake related that Sister Mary Joseph of the Order of the Sisters of Mercy, who in 1887 founded the school for Indian children that would later become UMM, had served with Florence Nightingale in the 1850s as one of the first military nurses and a founder of the nursing profession during the Crimean War. Blake shared: “That gave me a chance to tell them not only about Sr. Mary Joseph and the founding of the Morris campus, of course, but also about UMM today! I had taken a few Admissions pieces with me, just in case, and people had a surprising number of questions, especially about Native Americans on campus.”

Laird Barber (professor emeritus, English), Jack Imholte (professor emeritus, history) and Bettina Blake attended the final Gala dinner and annual meeting of the U of M Retirees Association., of which former Chancellor Dave Johnson has been president this past year, on June 24 in the newly remodeled Coffman Union, Minneapolis campus.


The new campus home page is on line. Visit the site at

Thanks to the expertise of Seth Flynn ’03 and Judy Korn ‘95, external relations/fund development, the campus’ External Relations unit (Alumni Relations, Fund Development, Special Events, University Relations) has also launched a new web site. Click on “Alumni and Friends” on the UMM home page to check it out.

Effective July 1, 2003, Continuing Education and Regional Programs was transferred completely to the UMM campus and will no longer be part of the Twin Cities' College of Continuing Education.

KUMM 89.7 FM is on the air with a new summer schedule of live on-air talent. Live broadcasts are scheduled generally from 4 pm to midnight, Sunday through Friday. Consult the online schedule at for more details. Those interested in participating in summer broadcasting are encouraged to call ext. 6076 or email for more information.

Due to renovation in the Disability Services office, its location has been moved to the Student Activities office, Student Center, room 16C. June and July office hours are Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. OR BY APPOINTMENT. Beginning August 1, office hours will return to Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Canoes and kayaks available for rent at the Regional Fitness Center. RFC hours: M -Th, 5:30 am-9 pm F, 5:30 am-7 pm Sat., 8 am – 5 pm Sun., Noon - 5 pm., ext. 6485. Student Activities and the Regional Fitness Center are 'partnering' this summer to make the Outdoor Center canoes and kayaks more accessible to the campus and area community. We are all very excited about the partnership as it greatly increases the number of hours during which rentals and returns are possible. Tents, sleeping bags, Duluth packs and more at the Outdoor Center. Other camping and hiking equipment will continue to be available at the Outdoor Center, lower level of the Student Center. Hours: M & F, 11am - 1pm. Phone: 589-6077 Contact the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080, if you'd like more information.

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