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The University of Minnesota, Morris Weekly Bulletin is published by the Office of University Relations weekly August through May. Submissions accepted by noon on Wednesday each week. Send items electronically to Judy Riley, at Next Weekly Bulletin is Wednesday, Oct. 8.


A presentation on the current phenomenon surrounding the planet Mars, “Mars: Beyond Opposition,” will be given at 8 p.m. TONIGHT (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.

The public is invited to view a broadcast of the annual State of the University Address. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the address, which will be broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to the Morris campus Science Auditorium, Room 2950 Science, beginning at 3 p.m. TOMORROW (Thursday, Oct. 2). Bruininks will discuss the current condition, challenges, achievements and future of the university as well as his priorities, including a number of new interdisciplinary academic areas of focus, and the challenges ahead. Following the address, members of the campus communities of all University campuses may ask questions of President Bruininks.

The UMM TREC (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) Program will host Storytime at the Library on Saturday, Oct. 4. Tutors will share stories and activities with children of all ages from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the children's section of the Morris Public Library. All ages are welcome. For more information, contact TREC Program Coordinator Sue Dieter at 589-4394.

Dr. Martin J. Klein, Eugene Higgins Professor Emeritus of Physics and the History of Science at Yale University, will deliver the 2003 O. T. Driggs Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in the HFA Recital Hall. Dr. Klein's topic is "Bohr and Einstein: A Study in Contrasts." His discoveries in physics included major contributions to the study of statistical mechanics and the magnetization of thin films. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will hold their October meeting on the Morris campus October 9-10. Although Regents meetings are open to the public, they have pre-set agendas and visitors will not be invited or allowed to speak. Agenda is as follows: Thursday: 10:30 am, Recital Hall, Facilities Committee 2 pm, Recital Hall, Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Committee 2 pm, Black Box Theatre, Finance & Operations Committee 6:45 pm, Oyate Hall, Community Invitational Dinner. Friday: 7:30 am, TMC, breakfast with student leaders and representatives 9 am, Oyate Hall, Board of Regents Meeting. For more information, contact Maggie Larson, ext. 6053.

Grammy-award winning pianist and composer, George Winston will perform in Edson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 17, as a part of the 2003-04 Performing Arts Tickets for the performance are $12 for the general public $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 and $4.50 for UMM students. For further information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. Primary funding for the Performing Arts Series is provided by the University of Minnesota, Morris students. The series is made possibly by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature. In addition, this series is sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The public is invited to “Jazz it up for Lakeside” when the UMM Jazz Ensembles perform during a “Rebuild Lakeside Ballroom” Benefit Dance Saturday, Oct. 18 at Central Square in Glenwood (105 – 2nd Ave NE). The jazz begins at 8 p.m.. Or arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and receive free dance lessons courtesy of the UMM Swing Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. For advance tickets, call Central Square ticket office, 320-634-0400. Tickets also available from Glenwood State Bank, Eagle Bank, StellaBella Coffee House, and Corner Drug, all of Glenwood. For more information contact Jim Gremmels, ext. 6448.

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, sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Films Committee, will again offer movies “as they were meant to be seen – on the big screen, in all their glory.” For a complete lineup of films visit:>. Contact Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information.

Science is cool! Does your daughter know it? UMM will again host “Super Saturday Science,” a program aimed at encouraging girls' interest in science, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1, in the science building. Super Saturday Science will give girls in grades five, six, seven and eight a chance to explore science with professional women scientists. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with female scientists. To register for Super Saturday Science, you can download the registration form from the Super Saturday Science web site at, or call Margot Rudstrom, West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris, 320-589-1711. Registration forms can also be obtained from your daughter's science teacher, or at your local public library. There is a $6 (or 2 for $10) registration fee. Scholarships are available for those unable to pay the fee by contacting Margot Rudstrom at 320-589-1711. The deadline for registering is October 15. Read the entire news story at>.

The audience is literally drawn into the action as the UMM theater season opens with Charles Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," adapted by Rupert Holmes. This Tony Award-winning musical has a choose-your-own ending twist in which audience members cast their votes to determine the outcome of the musical. The solution to "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" can be different for each performance, which means that the musical is full of surprises, even upon second or third viewings. This comedic murder mystery, produced in collaboration with the UMM music discipline, will be performed November 5 - 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a Saturday matinee on November 8 at 2 p.m. A large cast of characters and rousing song and dance numbers provide fun for the entire family. "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Ray Schultz with set and lighting design by Professor of Theatre Tap R. Payne. Musical direction is provided by UMM Assistant Professors of Music Hope Koehler (vocal direction) and Clifford Panton, Jr. (orchestra). Ticket prices for "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" are $9 for general admission and $6 for students and senior citizens. Special discounted rates are available for groups of 10 or more. Prices for other theater season offerings, "The Shadow Box" and "The Hobbit," will be announced later in the season. For more information and advanced ticket sales, call the theater box office at ext. 6249, or e-mail at


Since late August of this year, UMM student Cendy Gonzalez has been the only field representative in California for the College Republican National Committee (CRNC). Some of her duties include starting College Republican chapters in the state, organizing rallies, minority outreach, and encouraging all students of voting age to get out and vote. Gonzalez was the focus of intensive news reports by both CNN and MSNBC.

Women’s soccer team has played 11 games so far this season, recording shut outs in seven of those 11, and wins in 10. Ten wins are just three shy of a single season record, set last year at 13.


The next Chancellor’s Open Office hour is at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2. 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.

Fire Prevention Week is Oct 5-11. This year's Fire Prevention campaign is "When Fire Strikes: Get Out! Stay Out!" The campus safety committee would like to remind everyone that when fire alarms go off, you need to evacuate until given the all clear to return. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

Free Oral HIV Testing, October 14 and 28, November 11 & 25,. Call now for an appointment, 1-877-536-7226 or 1-800-966-9735. Rural AIDS Action Network, West Central Minnesota.

The first two-day Blood Drive will be Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 27 and 28, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Sign up to give blood at the table in the Student Center lobby. Before the drive, make sure to take your vitamins (including iron) and drink plenty of water a few days prior to the drive.

Cougar volleyball built a 2-1 lead but Mayville State won the fourth and fifth games to win the match 3-2 on Saturday. The first game featured seven ties, the last at 13-13 before Mayville State would build a 22-15 lead.

Scoring 21 points in the first quarter and 14 in the second quarter, Carthage College built a 35-6 halftime advantage on the way to a 56-12 win over UMM in non-conference college football action during Homecoming Saturday at Cougar Field.


UROP applications are now available at 231 Community Services Bldg. Deadline for submission is Monday, Oct. 6. Please contact Sharon at ext. 6464 with questions.To access news about UMM, visit the UMM News Service
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