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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, Dec. 3.

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). Call 589-2808 to schedule transportation to the church or time for meal delivery. 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.

Students in Andy Hostetler's Adulthood and Aging service learning course conducted life history interviews with elders in the Morris community, hosted a series of community meetings to determine some of the challenges elders face, and worked with their elder partners to choose, plan, and implement an intergenerational project. Students and their elder partners chose to partner with the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance and the Morris Senior Center to help with two community events already in the planning stages that meet the needs of elders and the broader community. Please come and bring your families and friends! Morris Winter Fest: Generating Connections, Connecting Generations events are: Friday, Dec. 5 --Morris Elementary School Gym: 4-6 p.m. FREE dance lessons learn traditional dances of the region! Sponsored by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. 6-7:30 p.m. COMMUNITY POTLUCK! Please come and bring a dish to share! 7:30-10 p.m. Community Dance! Dance to the music of the Tickwoods and caller Jeanne O'Neil. Dance is $5/general admission, $3/students and senior citizens, and free for kids under 12. There will be a historical display and alternative fun activities for those who don't wish to dance. Saturday, December 6 --Morris Senior Center, 9-1:30 p.m., Senior Center Bazaar: Do some holiday shopping and enjoy homemade baked goods! Morris Transit will provide free rides from 4-9:45 p.m. on Friday and from 10-2 p.m. on Saturday. Call 589-1000 for a free ride to or from any of the events. For more information contact Argie Manolis, or ext. 6257.

Advanced tickets are 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 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 more about this event at

Again this year, an 18-member Flute Ensemble will provide prelude music for the Annual UMM Carol Concert. The group is comprised of UMM students and community members, and the instrumentation will include C concert flutes as well as an alto flute, piccolos, and small percussion instruments, with piano accompaniment by Adair Horgen of Morris. Performance preparation has included approximately 15 pieces of Advent/Christmas music, several of which are of French origin, in keeping with this year's theme "Joyeux Noel," Christmas from France. Come early to hear the flute ensemble -- at 6:55 p.m. preceding the Friday and Saturday evening 7:30 performances (Dec. 5 or 6), and at 1:25 p.m. preceding the Saturday and Sunday afternoon performances (Dec. 6 or 7). Flutists are: Amorette Borst, Katie Cunnien, Amanda Howard, Lee Korby, Judy Korn, Andy Korth, Richelle Maciej, Madonna Max, Alicia Mendez, Hope Miller, Amy Musielewicz, Michele Olson, Tiffany Petron, Patti Rach, Julia sharpe, Sarah Shelton, Emily Varney, and Danielle Wiklund. Group is directed by Jeanne Richards.


In their first competition of the season, the women's wrestling team placed second in the traditionally tough University of Regina Women's Open wrestling tournament on November 22. All six of the UM-Morris women placed in the event: Megan Goldsmith, Tabithia Ramsey, Ranae Faaborg, Adriana Cervantes, Gabrielle Portillo, and Katie Ross.

Seung-Ho Joo, political science, has a co-authored book (with Tae-Hwan Kwak) published, The Korean Peace Process and the Four Power (Ashgate, 2003), which comprehensively analyzes Korean peace and unification issues from inter-Korean and international perspectives. He also presented a paper, “US Foreign Policy Toward North Korea: Regime Change or Nonproliferation,” at the Minnesota Political Science Association annual meeting, Gustavus Adolphus College, November 8.

Senior wrestler Dante Lewis swept the competition at the Central College Duals in Pella, Iowa November 22. Lewis recorded four major decisions on the day at 125 pounds, and 15 takedowns and six near falls, while giving up just one takedown.


The next Chancellor’s Open Office hour is at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9. 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.

Minnesota Public Radio invites you to enter the second annual "Happy Merry Lyric" Contest. Write your own words to one of the following holiday classics: Adult "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" or "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" Youth (13 and under) "Jingle Bells." Winning selections (two adults and one youth) will be recorded by members of Dare to Breathe and broadcast on MPR’s Classical Music Services from December 18-25. Each winner will receive an invitation to the recording session, plus 5 CD copies for their collection. Enter your original lyrics online at through Dec. 10. Limit one song per entry. One entry per person or group. Please enter on line mailed submissions will not be accepted. See for complete contest rules and regulations.

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 1. 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, Dec. 19, 2003. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Tuesday, Jan. 20, through Friday, Jan. 23. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).
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