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The University of Minnesota, Morris Weekly Bulletin is published by the Office of University Relations weekly August through May, and monthly over the summer. Submissions accepted by noon on Wednesday of publication. Send items electronically to Judy Riley, at Next Weekly Bulletin is Wednesday, Sept. 3.

UMM has been named one of the top three public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2004 rankings of America's Best Colleges. UMM was the only public college in the Midwest to achieve this status. The number three national ranking is one step higher than last year's U.S. News ranking, and two higher than the 2002 rankings. Other public colleges included in the top five listing of public liberal arts colleges were: Virginia Military Institute, St. Mary's College of Maryland, the University of North Carolina-Asheville, and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. UMM was one of 21 public liberal arts colleges chosen for the "America's Best Colleges" national liberal arts list, which numbers 217. Among criteria that the rankings considered, 98 percent of UMM's faculty are full-time, and only 6 percent of its classes number more than 50 students. Sixty-eight percent of the courses have fewer than 20 students. Student to faculty ratio at UMM is 14:1. With 44 percent of freshmen in the top 10 percent of their class, UMM occupies the third highest ranking in its tier. Freshman academic profile is a key quality indicator, which UMM has consistently demonstrated throughout its 40-year history. 

"A powerful finish to a remarkable campaign," is how Chancellor Sam Schuman describes the recent conclusion of a multi-year fundraising campaign to benefit UMM students, faculty, and staff. As part of the all University of Minnesota's Campaign Minnesota, UMM has raised over $9.5 million in private gifts from donors in its first-ever comprehensive campaign, surpassing its original campaign goal by 160 percent. The Campaign Minnesota grand total will be announced at a press conference at 11 a.m. on September 10 in the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. "We have seen UMM make its case for philanthropy in a way that no one imagined," stated Schuman. "Funds from the campaign will enable us to increase scholarships, promote staff development, and help faculty have the needed tools to do their best teaching and research."

Vice Chancellor for External Relations Maddy Maxeiner said the campaign total includes over $3.6 million for scholarships, $2.5 million for academic program support, and nearly $1.4 million for faculty and staff support. One million dollars from private agencies and foundations are also counted in the total. The total includes gifts, pledges, and bequests for both endowed and expendable funds.

In the Gallery through September 12, 2003-2004 Preview Exhibition previews the upcoming exhibitions for the fall and spring semesters, while also exhibiting pieces from the UMM Permanent Art collection.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic from 5:30 to 7 p.m. next Thursday, Sept. 4, at East Side Park, East Seventh Street in Morris. [NOTE: This is a separate event from this week’s area churches-sponsored picnic.] This annual event is designed to welcome new and welcome back returning residents to the Morris community, including UMM students, faculty and staff. Free food, fun, entertainment and prizes, 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.

Ranked as one of the world’s leading jugglers and described by New York magazine as “poetry in Moschen,” visionary performing artist Michael Moschen will open the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series season on September 20 with a performance that will captivate the entire family. “…calling him a juggler is a little like calling Michelangelo a stonecutter or Mozart a piano player…” said Newsday. Moschen will also facilitate a workshop, “The Creative Process: Math, Science and the Arts,” on Friday, Sept. 19. For series tickets and a complete Performing Arts Series season schedule, call Student Activities, 320-589-6080, or visit the Performing Arts Series web site at

“NBC News” correspondent and war with Iraq embedded reporter, Fred Francis, will open the annual Convocations Series September 29, 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. For most of his 28 years with “NBC News,” Francis has focused on national security, military and diplomatic issues, primarily for the “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw.” He was NBC’s principal reporter during the 1991 Gulf War. Earlier in his NBC career, he served as correspondent in Latin America, Central Europe and the U.S. State Department. For a complete Convocations schedule, visit Convocations are free and open to the public.

Discover a “classic” movie-viewing experience during the Morris Classic Film Festival to be held at the Morris Theatre October 23-26. The fifth annual Festival is sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Films Committee. Offerings include: Thursday October 23 7pm - Funny Face (C,1957) Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. Friday October 24 7pm - The Maltese Falcon (B&W,1941) Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Saturday October 25 2pm - The Wizard of Oz (C and B&W,1940) Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr and Jack Haley. Saturday October 25 9pm - The Bicycle Thief (B&W,1949) Lamberto Maggiorani, Lianella Carell, Enzo Staiola and Elena Altieri. Sunday October 26 7pm - Lifeboat (B&W,1944) Alfred Hitchcock directs Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix and Walter Slezak. For ticket information, contact Student Activities, 320-589-6080.

“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 320-589-6267 or e-mail


Chancellor Sam Schuman has been invited to serve on the Minnesota Campus Compact Board of Directors. His appointment begins immediately.

The Center for Small Towns is pleased to announce that Jessica Beyer ’02 has joined the CST staff as a community program assistant. The position is partially funded through a grant from the Blandin Foundation.

Chancellor Schuman placed first in his age category in the First Annual Minnewaska Triathlon held August 9. Schuman won by slightly over 20 minutes, completing the swim-bike-run competition in one hour and 10 minutes.

Former state representative from Appleton, Minn., and long-time UMM friend, Chuck Brown, passed away August 14. Brown was a tireless supporter of the Morris campus and instrumental in lobbying for funding for the Morris Science Project, among other initiatives.

The first Chancellor’s Open Office hour is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to discuss topics which can be addressed in a short visit. Please note: These hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the website: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Attention seniors: SENIOR MEETINGS will be held in the Cougar Room, Oyate Hall at the following times: September 9, 10 a.m., Noon, 2 p.m. September 10, 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.

Packets, including the Application for Degree, will be distributed to seniors who attend. These meetings are essential for students with 80+ credits who plan to graduate from UMM, find jobs, and/or apply to graduate or professional schools during the 2003-004 academic year. Please select a meeting time that works for you.

UMM Homecoming and the Classic Film Festival will be the topics on “Community Connection,” on KMRS Morris radio, 1230 AM. Homecoming - Sept. 9 Classic Film Festival - Sept. 30. The program airs each morning at 8:45 a.m.

Parking permits for 2003-2004 are on sale 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 U Card Office will be open Monday - Friday from 9:20 - 10:20 a.m. during fall semester.

Cougar soccer team was selected by league coaches as the favorite to capture the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship in the UMAC soccer coaches poll released recently. Soccer opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 6, hosting Jamestown College at 1:30 p.m. in the first game of the 2003 Cougar Classic at the Cougar Soccer Field.

The Cougar volleyball home opener is Tuesday, Sept. 2, vs. Concordia-Moorhead in the P.E. Center.

Cougar football was picked second in the north division and second overall in the UMAC pre-season football coaches poll. Cougars open the 2003 campaign on the road September 6 at Mayville (N.D.) State in a 7 p.m. contest. Home opener vs. UM-Crookston is September 13 at 1 p.m. at Cougar Field. Note that Cougar football games begin one-half hour earlier than in previous years.

Women’s cross country will travel to Collegeville for their first meet on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the St. John's Invitational.

The first meet of the year for the Cougar men's golf team is Friday, Sept. 5, when they will play in the Cobber Invitational at the Meadows in Moorhead.

Directory suppression:
Request to Suppress Directory Information

In accordance with the Regent's policy on access to student records, information about you generally may not be released to a third party without your permission. However, some student information--name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, dates of enrollment, classification, major, adviser, awards and honors, and degrees earned--is considered public or directory information. You may prevent release of public information outside the University.

NOTE: Your UMM post office box is generally NOT suppressed unless option 5 (below) is selected. For purposes of suppression, address is defined as a place of residence.

Five options are offered for suppression: (1) suppression of phone number from the directory (2) suppression of address from the directory (3) suppression of address and phone number from the directory (4) suppression of address, phone number, and e-mail from the directory (5) suppression of all information.

Suppression might have undesirable consequences. With some options instructors or classmates might be unable to contact you about assignments, or you might not receive notice of some services. Suppression does not limit access to your file by authorized individuals nor does it apply to employment information.

To suppress your directory information, go to the UMM Student Onestop site at clicking "Your Personal Info", and then clicking "View/Edit Personal Info". Once logged in, click on the Directory Suppression tab and then "request student directory suppression". Once a suppression is put on, it will remain on until you request its removal. If you run into problems, you may come to the Registrar's Office, 212 Behmler Hall, for assistance.

Local phone number:
If you do not live in on-campus housing and would like your local phone number to be included in UMM's on-line directory, please supply this information to Jeri Mullin in the Registrar's Office. Directory information is not retained from year-to-year, so don't assume that we have your current information. You may e-mail this information to or stop by the registration window, 212 Behmler Hall. UMM's online directory is located at

NOTE: Campus PO boxes and local phone numbers for UMM's online directory are stored in a separate data base. In other words, updates to your address information via onestop does NOT transfer to these directories. Therefore, local phone numbers must be submitted to Jeri Mullin in the Registrar's Office for inclusion. You may e-mail or stop by the registration window, 212 Behmler Hall.

Update your address:
All students need to maintain their address information by going to the Onestop site , clicking "Your Personal Info", and clicking "View/Edit Personal Info".

NOTE: The Registrar's Office recommends leaving your Home/Permanent as your parent address.

Please be sure to follow these guidlines when entering your Current Mailing and Billing Addresses:
· Use upper and lower case when typing address.
· Use standard postal abbreviations (e.g., St, Ave, Blvd, N).
· Do not abbreviate city names (exception: St Paul).
· Do not use a period after abbreviations.

NOTE: Campus PO boxes and local phone numbers for the UMM's online directory are stored in a separate system. In other words, updates to your address information via onestop will NOT transfer to this directory. Local phone numbers must be submitted to Jeri Mullin in the Registrar's Office for inclusion. You may e-mail or stop by the registration window, 212 Behmler Hall.

If you run into problems, you may come to the Registrar's Office, 212 Behmler Hall, for assistance.

Uniform cancel/add requirements:
The University of MN, Morris has established uniform cancel/add requirements. These requirements can be found on the WWW at and are posted at the Registrar's Office, 212 Behmler.

Students should regularly visit the Registrar's Office website and UMM's Onestop , for additional registration-related information as well as the refund schedule and other relevant links. It is each student's responsibility to be informed of and follow the policies of the University of MN, Morris.

The Writing Room is located in Briggs 327 and offers students the opportunity to consult with a trained tutor about their writing. Visit
for more information on the Writing Room, as well as helpful links for student writers.

University Relations would like to thank all those who contributed to the success of the UMM exhibit at the recent Stevens County Fair. Thanks to Admissions for creating the distinctive display boards to Athletics, Continuing Education, Student Activities and Admissions for offering items for prize drawings and to all campus units who shared items for display and distribution. Most especially, thanks to all of the volunteers who donated their time and shared their good will while hosting the booth.   


Attention Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty: Applications for Grant-in-Aid of Research for 2004-5 are due in the Dean's Office by 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, 2003. Application forms are available online at A limited number of forms are also available in the Dean's Office, 315 Behmler (ext. 6015 or petersdk). Although the application form states that coordinate campuses can submit their applications on the day of the Graduate School deadline (Sept. 22), that is not true for the Morris campus. Our deadline is one week earlier to ensure careful attention to and processing of the applications before they are forwarded to the Graduate School.

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 were due in the Grants Office by August. 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.
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