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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, Nov. 5.


Sander L. Gilman, distinguished professor of the arts and sciences and of medicine, and director of the Humanities Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, will present the annual Barber Lecture in Literature at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in Oyate Hall. Lecture is free and open to the public. One of the most prominent scholars in academe today, Gilman will address "multicultural" literature, a term that is problematic and contested in literary studies, in his speech, titled "Is Multiculturalism Good for the Jews: A Literary View." His approach is linked to his particular perspective as a Germanist and Jewish studies scholar.

Student leaders are organizing a walkout at 1:20 p.m. Thursday Oct. 30, to support striking UMM AFSCME clerical workers. Students will gather on the mall for a brief rally before heading to the picket lines to cheer on the strikers. Their message will be primarily targeting the State Legislature, urging them not to balance the budget on the backs of students and workers. The walkout is planned near the end of the 12-1:40 p.m. class period to allow students to get to the next class.

UMM's first woodfired kiln has been constructed and is ready for its first firing. Students and regional potters will be continuously firing the kiln beginning Thursday, Oct. 30, through midday Sunday, Nov. 2. Volunteers will be on site around the clock to ensure that the kiln maintains the high temperature necessary for the glazing of porcelain and stoneware pots and sculptures. Most of the fuel for the kiln comes from trees that blew down on campus during the July 4 windstorm. The project began with UMM Ceramics Teaching Specialist Kevin Flicker's ‘74 summer school class, "Woodfired Kiln Design and Construction." Read more about it by accessing UMM’s News Service web page at

Residence hall students will go door to door during the 10th annual Trick or Can event from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30. Volunteers will be separated into groups to cover the city of Morris and collect non-perishable food items for the Stevens County Food Shelf. The volunteers will then drop the food off at designated places to be taken to the food shelf.

Sigma Tau Delta is proud to present the Ghastly Gothic Gala. Come watch students and faculty perform their favorite scary pieces from literature on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Turtle Mountain Cafe. Featuring readings from such frightening works as “The Raven,” Dr. Faustus, Macbeth, and many other goulish delights.Event is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for those readings that really send a chill to your bones.

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. Read more about it at>.

Circle of Nations Indian Association will sponsor author and activist Wilma Mankiller in a public presentation at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 5, in Edson Auditorium. Mankiller, a former principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will present “Every Day is a Good Day,” a discussion on the resilience and tenacity of Native people, particularly women. This year’s Native American Heritage Month Keynote speaker, she will have books available for sale, as well as a book signing immediately following her lecture. Also part of Native American Heritage Month, Story Time at the Morris Public Library at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, will feature CNIA members reading a selection of Native American children’s stories, followed by an arts and crafts session.

Tickets for the theater and music disciplines' fall musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" are now on sale in the Student Center. "Drood” is a musical comedy murder mystery based on Charles Dickens' final, unfinished novel, where the audience votes on key plot developments, including the identity of Edwin Drood's killer. There are statistically over 300 possible combinations of endings, so repeat viewings are encouraged! "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" runs Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 5-8 in the Proscenium Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. and there is an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices are $9 for adults and $6 for students and seniors. Group rates for parties of 10 or more: $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Buy advance tickets in the student Center or call the Box Office at ext. 6249 for further information.

The next Gallery exhibit, “Perspectives: Rural and Urban,” brings together the work of two artists from opposite ends of the country, who also draw upon different environments for inspiration in their artwork. A public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, will open the exhibit, which will continue through December 6. 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. Andrea Hoelscher’s work consists of a series of mural sized panoramic photographs, which she has titled “Inner Architectures.” Diana Jacobs presents a series of small hand colored etchings, titled “Views & Edges.”

The 25th Annual UMM Band Festival will occur on Monday, Nov. 17. This special event, founded by Dr. James Carlson, music discipline chair, features the Festival Honor Band comprised of more than 125 students from 22 high schools from throughout Minnesota. Also performing will be the UMM Concert Band under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, director of bands and festival coordinator. Featured guest artists include: Dr. Jack Delaney, guest conductor, director of bands at Southern Methodist University Thomas Riccobono, trombone soloist, professor of low brass, Interlochen Center for the Arts and Hope Koehler, soprano, professor of voice, UMM. The festival also features two free events: a Master Class with Thomas Riccobono at 1 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall and a Conducting Symposium with Dr. Delaney and Dr. Ross and 10 high school band conductors with the UMM Concert Band at 2 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. The finale performance of the festival will take place at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Ticket prices are $3 for adults, and $1 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be available at the door, and also in the Student Center the week prior to the concert.


Two UMM teams participated in the recent 2003 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition ( in Thief River Falls. There were 11 teams of four students from six regional universities. UMM teams both placed in the top five. The Discaleate Boondogglers (Rory Johnson, Mike Maurer, Aaron Price, and Aaron Stricker) took first place, winning $600 for UMM's computer science discipline, and $75 for each team member. Team Cheap Rip Off (Ellery Crane, Alex Jarvis, Dan Harms, and Wayne Manselle) took second. The Boondogglers were the only team to solve more than one of the four problems in the long problem part of the competition, which played a key role in their high score. The Boondogglers also took first place in an ice breaker where teams were asked to build structures using marshmallows and uncooked spaghetti. The highest stable structure after 15 minutes was declared the winner.

Senior Seth Sweep became the first in the eight-year history of the UMM Intercollegiate Speech Team to take first place during competition October 24-25 at Concordia College in Moorhead. UMM competed against 14 other teams from across the Midwest during Valley Forensic League competition. Other award winners were Laura Hildreth third in Extemporaneous Speaking, and Jacqueline Rhode, who received the Top Novice award in Impromptu Speaking. Other competitors from UMM were: Meghan Jensen, Danelle Orange, John Schrom, Kate Raymond, Sam Geller, and Kate Craig. Grant Olson, UMM alumnus ’03, accompanied the team as a judge. The team is advised by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, speech communication.

Three athletes chosen as Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Players of the Week for their efforts this past week. In football, junior quarterback Ryan Martin was named the north division offensive player of the week. In volleyball, senior setter Katie Hyndman and junior hitter Jenna Maki were named.

Vicente Cabrera (Spanish) will give two public readings of his recent novels. He will read from La sombra del espÌa (The Shadow of the Spy), a cross-cultural tale of spies, drug traffickers and typewriters, at 10:30 a.m. November 8 in Frida Nilsen Room, Fjalsted Hall at Concordia College, Moorhead. On November 21 he will read from his newest release, El hortelano del Ulba, at the Resource Center of the Americas, 3019 Minnehaha Avenue South, Minneapolis, at 7:30 p.m.

Following a thrilling 3-1 win over defending UMAC conference champ Northwestern College, the UMM volleyball team has earned a share of the 2003 regular season UMAC title. With the Cougars win and a win by St. Scholastica over Martin Luther, all three teams have one loss in conference play. The Cougars lost to CSS earlier this year and Northwestern defeated St. Scholastica last Saturday. Both the Eagles and the Saints have one game remaining in UMAC action. If they would both win, all three teams would be 5-1 and create a three-way tie for first place.


Concurrent meetings of the University Senate, the Faculty Senate and the Twin Cities Campus Assembly will be held from 2:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. Meeting will be held at Morris in Behmler Hall Conference Room. The full meeting agenda can be found on the web at the following URL:

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 Thursday, Oct. 30, at 5 p.m. in Science 3650. If you were at the September 24 meeting, you do not need to attend this one.

The May Session Fair will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in the Social Science Building. Students can learn about UMM's May Session (scheduled for May 10-28, 2004), get information on specific classes/programs they are interested in taking, and talk with the professors who are teaching them. Pizza and pop served! For more information contact Karen Ellis, x6463, elliskj.

The next Chancellor’s Open Office hour is at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10. 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.

Class excuse notification change - In the past, official class excuses notices for major personal emergencies from the Student Affairs Office were printed on paper, hand signed by Melody Veenendaal, and mailed through campus mail. After consultation with the academic dean and division chairs, the Student Affairs office will notify faculty of class excuses for personal emergencies via email beginning October 29, 2003. This change applies only to excuses previously signed by Melody Veenendaal. Class excuses for verifiable health related issues will continue to be paper copies given to the student and issued through Health Services. Group travel excuses for University related absences will continue to be electronically submitted to division offices by Carrie Grussing, Chancellor’s Office.

Are you tired of trying to keep the hard copy of your Class Schedule up-to-date with the latest revisions? At Dean Schwaller's request, the Registrar's Office has developed a download-able version of the Spring 2004 Class Schedule that incorporates all the revisions received to date highlighted in color. Red indicates a class cancellation or class change. Blue indicates an added class. Go and click on PDF Class Schedule. As well as the PDF Class Schedule, other registration related information can be found at this site. Registration for Spring 2004 began October 27. Faculty, students, and staff are encouraged to visit this site prior to and during registration. Faculty should be sure to check for time and/or room changes for the classes they are scheduled to teach.

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

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.
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