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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. 17.

Note the web sites at the bottom of each Weekly Bulletin issue to access additional information or to which you can submit other announcements.


For the second time in as many weeks, UMM has received acclaim in a national publication. UMM is one of the best schools in the Midwest, says The Princeton Review’s guide to The Best Midwestern Colleges. The publication, which showcases the top schools in 11 states, based its assessment on academic excellence within the region and an anonymous survey of UMM’s students. Overall, the student survey indicated that UMM is well managed, classes are small, and faculty are good teachers.

UMM has been selected by the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) to receive a Series Presenter grant of $7,575 for the upcoming 2003-04 Performing Arts Series. UMM was one of only 10 organizations to receive a Series Presenter's grant. The MSAB grants support a series of public performances, exhibitions, or screenings in the visual, performing, or literary arts.

The Heartland Arts Fund, a joint venture of Arts Midwest and Mid-America Arts Alliance, along with the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts, has granted UMM an award of $2,100 in support of the Koresh Dance Company who will perform at UMM November 22 as part of this year’s Performing Arts Series. The Heartland Arts Fund is a collaborative venture of Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, and Minnesota State Arts Board with primary funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, and support from private contributors.

Derk Pereboom, professor of philosophy at the University of Vermont, will present "Free Will, Evil, and Divine Providence" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, in First Lutheran Church as the first speaker of the 28th annual Midwest Philosophy Colloquium. This year's theme is Philosophy of Religion: Body and Soul. Pereboom will also present a paper,"Meaning in Life Without Free Will," earlier the same day at 2:30 p.m. in the Prairie Lounge, UMM Student Center.

Visionary performing artist Michael Moschen will open the 2003-2004 Performing Arts Series season at 7:30 p.m. September 20 in Edson Auditorium with a performance that will captivate the entire family. Workshop with Moschen, “Math, Physics and the Arts,” at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Edson. Workshop is free and open to the public students of all ages with interest in math, physics and the arts are especially encouraged to attend. For series tickets and a complete Performing Arts Series season schedule, call Student Activities, ext. 6080, or visit the Performing Arts Series web site at

The American Watercolor Society was founded in 1866, the same year that Venice became a part of Italy. The Society’s Traveling Show, consisting of 40 paintings executed by artists from all corners of the United States, is the next exhibit September 20 - October 31 in the HFA Gallery. A public opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, in the HFA Gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.

Pianist Anna Klein will perform a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, in the Recital Hall. Klein was a semifinalist in the Stravinsky International Piano Competition and the recipient of the Hesse Memorial Scholarship. She has performed as soloist and chamber musician in New York and New Jersey. Klein made her New York recital debut at Weill Hall of Carnegie Hall in 2002. Currently she is working with the Delicato Ensemble, a group dedicated to the performance of new works by commissioned composers and lesser-known works in the repertoire, in addition to music educational outreach in elementary and high schools.

Alumni, faculty and friends of UMM are invited to get into the spirit of Homecoming 2003: “A Tropical Luau-The Three Hour Tour,” September 24 through 28. Homecoming week gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, at with a Recognition and Pep Fest in Edson Auditorium during which members of UMM student organizations will be recognized as the homecoming court and athletic teams will be introduced. Alumni events begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, with an Awards Dinner and the Alumni Association annual meeting in Turtle Mountain Cafe in the Student Center. John Dayton ‘68 will receive the 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award, given to honor UMM alumni have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, to public service, or in service to the University, thus reflecting favorably upon UMM. The public is invited to attend the Alumni Awards Dinner. Tickets are $15 per person and may be reserved by calling the UMM Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 6066. Deadline for making dinner reservations is September 22. The Homecoming Parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27. Basil Meyer ‘87, 2003 NSIC Hall of Fame Inductee, will serve as the parade’s grand marshal. The Cougars will take the field versus Carthage College at 1 p.m. Saturday. Meyer will be honored with a special half-time presentation. Concert Band and Concert Choir Concert (HFA Recital Hall) and Volleyball Alumni Match (P.E. Center), both at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28. Visit the UMM web calendar or the Alumni Relations Homecoming web site for more Homecoming details.

The public is invited to a presentation on the current phenomenon surrounding the planet Mars, “Mars: Beyond Opposition,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the Science Auditorium. Discussion is sponsored by the UMM physics discipline and is free. Physics faculty, Gordon McIntosh and Christopher Reese, will discuss Mars’ close approach to Earth as well as recent spacecraft exploration of the red planet’s surface. Following the discussion, the public will be invited to a telescope viewing of Mars and Uranus.

Mark your calendars for the annual State of the U Address, to be given October 2 by U President Robert Bruininks. The address will be broadcast to the Morris campus beginning at 3 p.m. in the Science Auditorium.


Bart Finzel, economics/management, was interviewed for a story by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Annie Baxter on the possible unionization of workers at the Jennie-O plant in Willmar. The piece aired on MPR on September 3. Full text of the story at

UMM's physics discipline was one of five successful undergraduate physics departments studied for the article "What Works for Women in Undergraduate Physics?" published in the September 2003 issue of Physics Today. The article includes a photograph of several UMM students working together in the remodeled science building, illustrating a point about the importance of providing students a place to gather and interact.

The recently published El Hortelano de Ulba (Libresa, 2003) by Spanish Professor Vicente Cabrera is made of three novellas: “Sonia,” “El soldador de los Trópicos” and “El hortelano de Ulba.” The three are woven with major cases of treason, jealousy, family deception, humor and plenty of irony. Cabrera, in the view of reviewers, is a master of colloquial language and a rich game of fiction becomes a theme of its own. El hortelano, Juan, and his friend, Seferino, cannot survive their close relationship. In “Sonia” the religious bearing of a family in Wisconsin does not allow deviations of any kind. In the nomadic life of the welder of the tropics, Emmanuel, the only sure hint of life is procreation and betrayal. Copies of the book may be obtained from Ruminator Books in St. Paul, Borders from Calhoun Mall or Libresa from Ecuador.

Rujira Rojjanaprapayon, speech communication, was featured in a story about incoming UMM faculty in the August 29 St. Paul Asian American Press.

An article about UMM wrestling is included in the September 5 issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Carol McCannon, Student Activities, and Sue Gilbert, friend of the Films Committee, will be the guests on the September 30 “Community Connection” radio program to talk about the Classic Film Festival that is forthcoming October 23-26. “Community Connection” airs each morning at 8:45 a.m. on KMRS, 1230 AM.

Cougar volleyball team staged a great comeback win, defeating the College of St. Benedict 3-2 (28-30, 25-30, 30-21, 34-32, 15-12) September 3 at the P.E.Center.

Junior outside hitter Jenna Maki was named the UMAC’s hitter of the week as she tallied 17 kills and 22 digs versus Concordia-Moorhead, 15 kills and a career high 32 digs against St. Benedict, and 17 kills along with 12 digs versus Minnesota-Crookston. Maki has moved into eighth all-time in Cougar history for kills and has recorded a double-double in each of her first five matches this fall.

Cougar soccer team defeated Jamestown College 3-1 in the first game of the 2003 Cougar Classic September 7. They earned their second win in the second day of the Classic, 2-1 over Bemidji State.

Women’s soccer midfielder, junior Mari Sandom, earned UMAC offensive player of the week honors when she scored two goals, including a game-winning goal, in the Cougar’s two wins over Jamestown College and Bemidji State. Both wins were part of the 2003 Cougar Classic Tournament. Sandom was named an all-tournament performer.


The next Chancellor’s Open Office hour is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to 309 Behmler Hall 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 web site: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program: You must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on September 13 and November 15. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education, OR Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2006: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Elementary Education majors planning to graduate in 2006 on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. in MRC 205. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

Attention secondary education students planning to graduate in 2005: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Secondary Education students planning to graduate in 2005 on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 3:45 pm in Science 4655. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

After trailing 7-3 mid way through the first quarter, Mayville State University used a 28- point second quarter to take a 33-7 halftime lead on the way to a 54-14 win over Cougars in non-conference football action September 6 in Mayville.

The Math Room is now open. Stop at Room 360 Briggs Library with questions and problems in math courses up to Calc 1102 anytime between 7 and 10 p.m. Monday - Thursday. New this semester: Sunday hours from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

The Writing Room is located in Briggs Library room 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.

The U Card Office will be open Monday - Friday from 9:20 - 10:20 a.m. during fall semester.

Drop-in physics tutoring is available on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Thursday, Sept. 11. If you are having trouble with your physics class, stop in Room 360 of the Library for help.

Students having trouble with classes may stop in the Academic Assistance Center, Room 362 Briggs Library, and fill out a Tutor Request Form. We will match a tutor to your needs and e-mail you with an initial meeting time.

Tutor training is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, in Room 360 (Math Room) of the library. All tutors are encouraged to attend.

Do you need volunteers? UMMRA, the UMM Retirees Association , has volunteers to help you on campus or in the Morris community. Call Cathy Kemble, 795-2290, or Bernice Erdahl, 246-3393.

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 web at and are posted at the Registrar's Office, 212 Behmler.

Students should regularly visit the Registrar's Office web site 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.


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.

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