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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. 10.

The final Weekly Bulletin of the fall semester will be distributed on Wednesday, Dec. 10. Weekly Bulletin (WB) will not be sent during the semester break. WB will resume publication on the first Wednesday of the spring semester – Wednesday, Jan. 14.


John Husted is one of only two recipients Universitywide to receive the 2003 Distinguished Teaching Award, given recently by the U of M College of Continuing Education. Husted "exemplifies long term excellence and has had a broad impact on our CCE programs," said Mary L. Nichols, dean of the College of Continuing Education. Husted began teaching in Continuing Education at UMM in 1977. In addition to lecturing at UMM, he maintains a long-standing private practice as a licensed consulting psychologist in Alexandria. He has taught more than 40 continuing education psychology courses in communities throughout the west central area.

Students in Andy Hostetler's Adulthood and Aging service learning course along with area senior citizens and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance invite one and all to this weekend’s 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

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.

The UMM TREC (Tutoring, Reading, Enabling Children) Program will host Storytime at the Library on Saturday, Dec. 6. TREC tutors will share stories and activities with children of all ages from 10:30 to 11 a.m. in the children's section of the Morris Public Library. Tim Poore will also translate the stories using American Sign Language. For more information, contact TREC Coordinator Sue Dieter at 589-4394.

The UMM College Republicans invite members of the campus community to watch the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls duke it out in a televised debate, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9, in the TV Lounge. Refreshments will be available and a rousing discussion is to follow. All are welcome.

Listen to Secret Conversations of Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon on MPR. Says MPR: “Three of America’s most compelling presidents ÷ Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon ÷ bugged their White House offices and taped their telephone calls. They captured thousands of conversations, from the momentous to the mundane.” Stephen Smith, managing editor of Minnesota Public Radio’s American RadioWorks, culled through hundreds of hours of these secret White House recordings to make the audio documentary, “The President Calling,” published as part of the new book and CD boxed set, The White House Tapes: Eavesdropping on the President. Join Smith for an evening of eavesdropping as he plays highlights from the tapes. American RadioWorks is the national documentary unit of Minnesota Public Radio. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Hear it on 88.5 FM or in person at Ruminator Books, 1648 Grand Ave., St. Paul, free and open to the public.


UMM placed 11 on the list of 152 total honorees when the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) released its 2003 individual fall academic all-conference award winners: women's cross country: Alicia Mendez, Anne Skoglund, Leah Webinger, Erin Witzmann men's golf: Dan Copperud, Andrew Anderson volleyball: Lisa Holloway, Kelly Whipple, Chelsea Anttila women's soccer and football, respectively: Brandi Rada, Tyler Helland. Athletes selected must meet the following criteria: (1) Post a 3.50 or better grade point average based on a 4.0 scale (2) Complete two previous academic semesters at the nominating UMAC institution (3) Compete in the sport in which he or she is nominated.

Men’s basketball edged UM-Crookston, 68-67, with a strategic game-ending three-pointer by junior Adam Girtman. Matt Stenehjem had a career and game high 21 points, Girtman had a season high 14 and David Holler added 11.

Women’s basketball defeated Dakota state, 55-52, in a dramatic come-from-behind win. Malinda Berglund knocked down two big free throws with 10 seconds left in the game and then blocked a shot to help preserve the win. Berglund finished with a game and season high 20 points, 14 in the second half and a perfect 8-8 at the line. She added six rebounds, five of those came in the second half. Senior co-captain Stacy Nordgren had a season high 11 points and Morgan Chatmon had a season high 11 rebounds.


Adopt a Family this holiday season…Please take a trip to the Student Center lobby and make a donation to help the Cougar football team raise money to shop for families in need.

Community Service and Volunteerism in the Office of Student Activities has kicked off the annual UMM Toys for Tots Drive that runs through Tuesday, Dec. 16. All toys collected go to children in the Stevens County area who would otherwise go without any holiday gifts. Student organizations are engaging in a spirited competition, with prizes, donated by Coborn’s and The Pizza Ranch, going to the top three organizations who gather the most toys. Last year, UMM collected toys totaling over $1,600...a whole pick up truck loaded to the top with toys! Anyone can contribute. Just bring a new unwrapped toy to the following locations and receive a coupon for $1 off any lunch buffet or lunch entre' at the Best Western Prairie Inn Ranch House: Office of Student Activities, Student Center Information Desk, Best Western Prairie Inn Ranch House Restaurant, or Morris Area High School.

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.

TMC will close at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 15, to prepare for the Annual Finals Pancake Break.

Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop Part 2, Thursday, Dec. 18, HFA 7, 1-4 p.m. The Grants Development Office is hosting the Principal Investigator Workshop (Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR), Part 2, via ITV on Thursday, December 18 in Room HFA 7 from 1-4 p.m. Please note that, according to the Regents Policy, awards and account numbers cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of the Principal Investigator Education Program. This is effective for external funds as well as internal funds from the Graduate School, such as Grant-in-Aid awards and Summer Research fellowships. Those whose research areas include human subjects need to complete a separate training session as well. Upon approval of their administrative unit, all Faculty and P&A staff are eligible to be principal investigators for grants. RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, at or 589-6465 no later than Tuesday, Dec. 16 if you plan to attend.

The Dean's office announces that the following faculty have been awarded Single Semester Leaves for the 2004-2005 academic year: Blake, Debra, English, fall 2004 Chris Lee, political science, fall 2004 Leslie Meek, psychology, spring 2005 Michelle Page, secondary education, spring 2005 and Engin Sungur, statistics, fall 2004.

In addition, the following faculty will be on a sabbatical leave during that year: Nancy Carpenter, chemistry (spring 2005 only) Seung-Ho Joo, political science Neil Leroux, speech communication Tap Payne, theater Dwight Purdy, English and James Togeas, chemistry.

Fleet Service now has a hybrid vehicle back in the pool. It is a 2004 Toyota Prius (gas/electric). This is the next generation Toyota: more power, more comfort, same economy, same low rental rate. Please call ext. 6100 to reserve this vehicle for your University trip.

The Cougar open wrestling tournament has been cancelled and women's basketball games for the UMM Holiday Classic on Saturday, Jan. 3, have been changed to 2 & 4 p.m. The game times for Friday, Jan. 2, are the same at 5 and 7 p.m.

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.


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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