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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. 19.


Innovative technology projects by faculty and staff will be showcased during the Instructional Technology Fair November 13 in Oyate Hall. Educators Tracy Baxter and Lori Borgen, Hawley Public Schools, will provide the keynote address at 9 a.m. National and local software, hardware, and support vendors will also display the latest in technology and communication. The Chancellor’s Pavilion & the Dean’s Pavilion will feature 15-minute technology sessions by exhibitors. Concurrent presentation sessions on many instructional technology topics, such as model lessons and curriculum programs, will be scheduled throughout the day. For more details visit

Cougar football team 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.

MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) will sponsor a teach-in about renewable resources from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Prairie Lounge, Student Center. Gregory Cuomo, head of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and Lowell Rasmussen, UMM associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, will discuss wind energy and the biomass project. Event is free and public.

The Koresh Dance Company, renowned for their powerful stage presence and high-energy style, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, in Edson Auditorium as part of this year’s Performing Arts Series. In addition, area dancers are invited to a master class to work with the choreographer and dancers Friday, Nov. 21. On Saturday, Nov. 22, there will be a post-performance discussion, which is free and open to the public. Ticket prices for the evening performance are $12 for adults, $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18, and $4.50 for UMM students. Contact Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information.

The UMM Orchestra invites area residents to attend its first concert of the semester on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in HFA Recital Hall. The program will include selections from Arthur Sullivan, Gustav Holst, Percy Aldridge Grainger, Elliot Del Borgo, and Aaron Copland. Admission is $1 for students and seniors, and $3 for general admission. Refreshments will be served following 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 St., 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.

Advanced tickets are now available to hear the beautiful sounds of the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, during the annual UMM Carol Concerts December 5, 6 and 7. The concerts are presented each year through the combined efforts of the music and the theater disciplines. The theme for this year’s concerts is, "Joyeux Noel!" (Joyful Christmas – a French Christmas). Performances be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A "Le Reveillon" (a traditional French meal served on Christmas Eve) Banquet will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $15 per person. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267. Also, ticket information and forms are available on line at the UMM Concert Choir Web site at as are concert previews. Read the complete news story at


Saturday’s Cougar football win over Waldorf College with an unbelievable come from behind 37-34 win, also saw junior running back Donnay Green break the single-season rushing record. Green finished with 95 yards rushing, totaling 1,469 for the year, 20 yards more than the 1,449 Paris Moore recorded last year. Green had two touchdowns, 18 for the year. Mike Walker had six catches for 100 yards and the game winning score. Garrett Bohannon had 4 receptions for 51 yards. Ryan Martin was 21-43 passing for 250 yards and one touchdown. Marty Hoffmann led the defense with 12 tackles Travis Destache and Michael Curtiss each added 10. Nick Schoenecker had two fumble recoveries.

The UMM Intercollegiate Speech Team participated in the SDSU Jackrabbit Joust in Brookings, S.D., on November 7 and 8. Overall, the team did well, setting a team record of 41 points and placing 12th out of 17 teams. Seth Sweep placed fifth in Dramatic Interpretation, as well as 6th in Communication Analysis. At only her second tournament, Kate Craig placed 6th in Poetry Interpretation. Other competitors from UMM included: Meghan Jensen, Danelle Orange, John Schrom, Laura McMullin, Mike Hanson, Laura Hildreth, and Jacqueline Rhode. The team is preparing for their next tournament, to be held December 5-6 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Roland Guyotte, history, presented an invited paper, "Filipino Families in the Land of Lincoln: Immigrant Incorporation in Springfield, Ill.," co-authored with former UMM faculty Barbara Posadas, at a conference on "Transcending Borders: Migration, Ethnicity, and Incorporation in an Age of Globalism," at New York University on November 1.

The article about the late Paul Wellstone that includes comments by Paula O’Loughlin, political science, and O’Loughlin’s reference to the Wellstone memorial organized by the College Republicans at UMM (referenced in last week’s WB), also appeared in the following publications: Pioneer (Bemidji), Red Wing Republican Eagle, Detroit Lakes Tribune, Fargo Forum, and the West Central Tribune (Willmar). The story was written by Capitol Correspondent Don Davis.

Peh Ng, mathematics, presented her paper, "Recognition and Cut Sets of Leontief Directed Hypergraphs," at the International Network Optimization Conference (INOC) in Paris/Evry France, October 27-30. Her paper was also published in the refereed INOC Proceedings.

Keith Brugger, geology, presented a paper, titled "Climatic Sensitivity of Upland Ice Fields During the Last Glacial Maximum in the Taylor River Valley, Southern Sawatch Range, Colorado," at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America November 2-5 in Seattle. He was also co-author of two other papers presented, "Late Pleistocene Glaciation of the East Beckwith Mountain Area, West Elk Mountains, Colorado," and "Glacial Geology of the Anthracite Range, West Elk Mountains, Colorado." Several UMM alumni attended the meeting: Karen (Rittenhouse) Mitchell '94, Andrew Bobst '97, Laura Madsen '98, and Mindy Sue Vogel '01.


The next Chancellor’s Open Office hour is at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24. 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 others who would like an overview of the UMM Grants Office, will be offered again on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m., 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! RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development office, or ext. 6465.


Notice to seniors: Applications for degree are due in the Registrar’s Office on November 14. If you cannot make this deadline, please contact Bonnie Gulbrandson at ext. 6031. Application forms are available online at the Registrar's Office web site They are also available at the Registrar's Office. If you are not planning to complete your degree requirements until after summer or next fall, but would like to participate in Commencement this year, you need to turn in an Application for Degree at this time. We will be determining eligibility for Commencement 2004 early next term. To qualify, you need to be within 15 credits of your degree requirements at the end of Spring 2004.

Elementary or secondary education program applicants: You must take the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on January 10. If you are an Elementary Education student planning to graduate in 2006 OR are a Secondary Education student planning to graduate in 2005 you MUST take this test no later than the January 10 test date to meet application deadlines. The registration form should be postmarked before December 1st. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Counseling for information on registering.

Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2005: All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Friday, December 19, 2003. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Tuesday, January 20 through Friday, January 23. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).
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