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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 Weekly Bulletin will resume its weekly schedule on Wednesday, Aug. 27.


In a budget-driven move, UMM has announced that it will eliminate wrestling for men and women effective with the 2004-05 academic year, and add the sport of women's swimming. "During this biennium we will continue to see the impact of recent state reductions in University operating budgets as we work to cut $1.5 million dollars from UMM's $26 million base budget," said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandra Olson-Loy. "This difficult decision addresses the need to reduce expenditures while strengthening our core." Full news story at

The Getty Grant Program has awarded $180,000 to UMM for the development of a preservation plan for the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District (WCSA). 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. The 18-month project will be conducted by a team of historic preservation planners, architects, landscape architects, education professionals, students, UMM building and grounds staff, and UMM administration. The Getty Grant Program has awarded grants to support the architectural preservation needs of historic buildings, sites and landscapes on college and university campuses across the U.S. as part of its Campus Heritage Preservation Initiative. The initiative provides funds for activities that help colleges and universities identify, assess and plan for the preservation of their significant historic resources. Full news story at

Stop by the UMM booth at the Stevens County Fair this week, Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 7-10. Located along with other regional exhibits in the Lee Community Center, the UMM exhibit will feature a display of area students who attend UMM. UMM will also be represented along with other U campuses at the U of M exhibit during the Minnesota State Fair, August 21 through Labor Day, Sept. 1.

About 22 new faculty and administrative staff will join returning students, staff and faculty for the 2003-2004 academic year. Faculty will return to campus on Monday, Aug. 11. All faculty and staff are invited to the opening convocation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in HFA Recital Hall. New Student Orientation runs August 21-24. Morris downtown businesses will join UMM booth exhibits in Oyate Hall on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 3-4:30 p.m. (Note new time and location.) Also on Thursday, faculty, staff & families are welcome to attend the UMM Community Picnic on the Campus Mall, 5-6:30 p.m. Student Activities Fair will be held from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, in the Food Service building. Fall semester classes begin on Monday, Aug. 25. For complete August 2003 schedule visit

The HFA Gallery presents HIP 2003: Cast Metal Exhibition through August 8. Arranged in conjunction with the ninth annual Herman Iron Pour August 6-10 at Niemackl Lake Park near Herman, Minnesota, the exhibition showcases a wide variety of artists, styles, techniques and metals, all celebrating the process and artistic expression of cast metal sculpture. The public is invited to enjoy the exhibition during regular Gallery hours from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and to attend the closing reception on August 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

The First Year Seminar will hold its beginning of the year Convocation at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, in Edson Auditorium. The invited speaker will be Bill Holm, Minnesota author, poet and musician. All freshman and FYS faculty are expected to attend.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, at East Side Park, East Seventh Street in Morris. This annual event is designed to welcome new and welcome back returning residents to the Morris community. It’s also an opportunity for all members of the Morris community to meet and greet one another. Free food, fun, entertainment and prizes will be offered, courtesy of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, the City of Morris, and Morris businesses. A vegetarian entrée will not be offered however, those who wish are welcome to bring a vegetarian item to be grilled for you.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” a superior blend of music and drama in a unique collaboration between the theater and music disciplines, will open the 2003-2004 play performance season. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-8, in the Proscenium Theatre. Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Special group rates will be offered for groups of 10 or more at $7 per ticket for adults and $5 per ticket for students and senior citizens. In order to take advantage of this discount offering, tickets for “Drood” must be ordered in advance. Contact Ray Schultz at ext. 6267 or e-mail


John F. Schwaller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, and professor of history, recently attended the 51st International Congress of Americanists, held in Santiago, Chile. At the conference he and Robert C. Schwaller presented a paper, titled: "The Conquest, the Creation: Beginnings of Power Interpreted by Bernardino de Sahagun." An article written by Dr. Schwaller, "'Centlalia' and 'Nonotza' in the Writings of Sahagún: A New Interpretation of his Missiological Vision," has been published in Estudios de Cultura Nahuatl, vol. 33 (Dec. 2002).

In July, while in Thailand, Rujira Rojjanaprapayon, speech communication, was invited to be a guest speaker and present lectures at Chulalongkorn University and the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA). The topics included: "Communication: Definitions, Models, and Perspectives," and "Theory Construction in Interperonal Communication." Also, he was invited by Bangkok Bank and Institute of International Education (IIE) to be a speaker at their offices providing information about UMM and the US education system.

The following Rujira Rojjanaprapayon's works have been published: (a) "Conflict Management inThai Organizations" (co-author) a chapter in "Intercultural mmunication: A Global Reader" edited by Fred Jandt (2003) (Sage). ISBN: 07619-2899-5 (b) "Foundation for Women Development" a case study/chapter in „Investing in Ourselves: Giving and Fund Raising in Thailand,‰ supported by Asian Development Bank, and organized by the Center of for Philanthropy and Civil Society, NIDA, Thailand. ISBN: 971-561-445-0.

Sharon Jacobson will be honored as Minnesota/USA Wrestling's Senior Female Athlete of the Year at the annual Minnesota/USA Wrestling Awards Banquet on Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Fort Snelling Club in St. Paul.


Forty area K-12 educators attended the annual Instructional Technology Institute 2003 August 5-6. Program is jointly sponsored by Continuing Education, Computing Services, Media Services, Division of Education and NTNT grant program, Briggs Library and SHOT.

Parking permits for 2003-2004 go on sale Monday, Aug. 18, at the Campus Police Office (#9 Camden Hall - basement). All permits for the North/Central, South/East, and West Lot are $75 for the entire academic year.


The Lake Region Arts Council has announced its 2003 fall grant round for its Project Grant program. Applicants may request up to $3,000 per application to produce an arts event or to sponsor outside artists to come into the community to perform, provide classes or workshops. UMM may submit more than one application in this grant round, but the total request cannot exceed $5,000. Applications must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, August 27, but final UMM proposals are due in the Grants Office by Wednesday, Aug. 20. Copies of the current application and guidelines are available in the Grants Office. Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Roger Wareham (warehamr, 589-1989) as early as possible. Please note, the deadline for the spring grant round is January 26, 2004. If there are any questions, please contact Roger or the Lake Region Arts Council at (218) 739-5780 or 1-800-262-2787.For events information, visit

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