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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. 12.

Circle of Nations Indian Association will sponsor author and activist Wilma Mankiller in a public presentation at 7 p.m. TONIGHT (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.

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood” opens TONIGHT (Wednesday). Buy your tickets in advance at the table in the Student Center. “Drood” is a collaboration between the UMM theater and music disciplines and the first full-length musical produced at UMM in 40 years! "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" runs through Saturday, Nov. 8, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. each evening with 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 your advance tickets in the Student Center or call ext. 6249 for further information.

The Office of Community Service and Volunteerism invites one and all to attend the Third Annual Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. TOMORROW (Thursday, Nov. 6) in the Cougar Room, Student Center. The Volunteer Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn about some of the many volunteer opportunities available and to connect students with community organizations who offer opportunities. Faculty and staff are especially encouraged to meet and greet representatives of community organizations who will be present and who are eager to work with you. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Students can sign up to receive great door prizes

A public reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, will open the next Gallery exhibit, “Perspectives: Rural and Urban,” which brings together the work of two artists from opposite ends of the country who also draw upon different environments for inspiration in their artwork. 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.” 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. View the exhibit through December 6.

The Best, the Worst, the Most, the Least, the Smallest and the Tallest will be showcased during the Briggs Library Associates Second Annual “Evening of Superlatives” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Rodney A. Briggs Library. Hear what Jay Fier, Mark Swanson, Carol McCannon, Jim Cotter, Peh Ng, Bradley Deane, Randy Kidd, and Charlie Fowler think are worthy of “est” status. This year’s selections include the “Tallest Radical Humorist in the Midwest” and the “Best Trumpet Fanfare Ever Composed.”

The second program in the fall 2003 Learning Unlimited Series, “Aztec Poetry and Nahuatl Creation Myths: A Cultural Prism,” will be presented by Dr. John F. Schwaller at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Morris Senior Center. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

UMM will play Valley City State University in the Fargodome On Thursday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game can be purchased in the athletic department from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adult tickets - $6 student tickets - $3.

More than 125 students from 22 high schools throughout Minnesota will participate during the 25th Annual UMM Band Festival Monday, Nov. 17. This special event, founded by Dr. James Carlson, professor of music and discipline chair, features a performance by the Festival Honor Band as well as 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 be held 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.

UMM students and others who are unable to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday are especially welcome to attend the Sixth Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, at Assumption Parish Hall, 209 E. 3rd, Morris. Serving 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The meal is FREE and open to anyone. No reservations are needed (except for transportation or meal delivery). Transportation to the meal or meal delivery provided. Call 589-2808 to schedule a pick up or meal delivery time. The Parish Hall is handicapped accessible. Volunteers are also needed for setup, serving and cleanup. Contact Margaret Payne, 589-2808, to volunteer. Sponsored by these area churches: Assumption Catholic, Morris Evangelical Free, First Lutheran, Federated, and Zion Lutheran.


Paula O’Loughlin, political science, was quoted in a news story by Capitol Correspondent Don Davis. The story appeared in the October 27 West Central Tribune under the headline “Wellstone legacy lives on.”

John F. Schwaller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, presented the opening paper in a conference held in Santiago, Chile, October 29-31. The conference "450 Years of Franciscan Presence in Chile" was organized by the Chilean National Academy of History and the Franciscan Province of Chile, in collaboration with the Catholic Ponitifical University of Chile." Schwaller's paper was titled "The Beginnings of the Franciscan Presence in Chile as an Extension of the Missionary Character of the Order in the Americas."

Sixteen Cougar football players were named to the 2003 UMAC All-Conference team in voting by the conference coaches last Saturday. The Cougars, who finished in a tie for first place in the UMAC North Division with Martin Luther, had eight players named first team All-Conference, four second team All-Conference and four Honorable Mention.

CORRECTION: UMM computer science teams placed third and fifth respectively. WB apologies for the error in last week’s edition. Two UMM teams participated in the recent 2003 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition ( in Thief River Falls. The Discaleate Boondogglers (Rory Johnson, Mike Maurer, Aaron Price, and Aaron Stricker) took THIRD 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 FIFTH.


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.

A 'Grants Orientation Workshop' for new faculty and staff, as well as anyone else who would like an overview of the UMM Grants Office, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Science Conference Room 3500. To accommodate schedules, the workshop will again be offered on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m., also in the Science Conference Room 3500. Don't miss this opportunity to receive an overview of the services offered by the Grants Development Office and the process for applying for grants at UMM, as well as some tips for seeking funding. Snacks will be served! Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, mail to: or 589-6465.

Cougar volleyball ended a very successful 2003 season winning three of the four matches played at the Bridgewater State Halloween Classic in Bridgewater, Mass., over the weekend.

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.

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