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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 The next Weekly Bulletin will be sent on Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded $176,009 to UMM under the Grants To Combat Violent Crimes Against Women on Campuses Program. UMM was one of only 10 new programs funded this year. The program provides a unique opportunity for higher education institutions to partner with police, prosecutors, members of the judiciary, victim advocates, health care providers and other related groups in order to reduce violent crimes against women on campus. These efforts are designed to enhance victim services, implement prevention and education programs, and develop and strengthen security and investigation strategies in order to prevent and respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, ad stalking crimes on campuses. "We know from U.S. Department of Justice statistics that women on college campuses are at greater risk for sexual assault than women in the general population or in a comparable age group," said Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs. "This grant will support our efforts to foster a respectful, healthy campus community at UMM."

Mary Meyer, U associate professor of horticulture, joins “Prairie Yard and Garden” host Sue Gooch at Noeremberg Gardens in Minnetonka to discuss the grasses featured in this lovely lakeside public garden. The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. “Prairie Yard and Garden” is produced by Media Services, and is a cooperative effort between UMM and Pioneer Public Television, KWCM, Appleton.

"Existential Issues: Identity, Self, and Community” brings together the work of three artists who share similar concepts. Mike Stephens, Becki Smith, and Anthony Peruzzo, who look at life experiences as a human source for the production of their prints, sculptures, and drawings, will exhibit in the HFA Gallery Jan. 15 through Feb. 6. Public reception Jan. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Lecture by Peruzzo at 7:15 p.m. in HFA 2.

About 40 UMM students will be recognized at halftime during Friday’s men's basketball game as members of conference championship teams in men's golf, volleyball and soccer. Women’s basketball competition begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m. Opponent is UMAC member, Crown College. Come and show your support for UMM athletes.

Randall Kennedy, author of Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word, will speak during Black History Month at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, in Edson Auditorium. Co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Campus Activities Council Convocations. Kennedy’s book discusses what he perceives as America’s most famous derogatory word.

U President Robert Bruininks kicks off the opening program of the 2004 "Great Conversations" series when he discusses "Nurturing the Creative Class" with best-selling author Richard Florida, on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 7:30 p.m. in Science 1020 (via live broadcast to UMM). Bruininks and Florida will explore the importance of creativity to both community building and urban competitiveness, and discuss the latest thinking on how governments, universities, developers, and designers can work together to generate creative places and spaces. Florida is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class, and recently designated Minneapolis as having one of the nation's top 10 "thriving creative classes." Series is free and open to the campus and community.

Minnesota Public Radio will produce a live national call-in program to examine the impact of "bloggers" -- individuals and groups who are influencing political debate by publishing news and opinion on "web logs" or "blogs." The program, "The Blogging of the President 2004," will allow listeners to hear, and participate in, a national conversation on this new class of commentators, some of whom have become on-line celebrities. A popular movement in the last two years, blog energy and fundraising has helped propel Howard Dean's run for the presidency -- the tip of an Internet iceberg that is transforming American politics and culture. "The Blogging of the President 2004" will be produced by MPR with host Christopher Lydon and producer Mary McGrath, the Boston-based team that inaugurated the public radio discussion program “The Connection” in 1994. Tune in: 8-10 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25, on all MPR news and information stations, including KNCM 88.5 FM in the Appleton/Morris area.


A total of 336 intercollegiate soccer programs (72 men, 264 women) posted a team GPA of 3.0 or higher, earning the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Team Academic Award for the 2002-03 school year. UMM women’s soccer team was recognized for their team GPA of 3.06. Awards will be presented at the College Coaches Luncheon January 15 during the 57th Annual NSCAA Convention in Charlotte, N.C. This is the fifth year in a row that the Cougars have earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award. The team completed its best season ever with a 15-3-1 record, winning their first ever UMAC regular season conference title with a perfect 12-0 record. The 15 wins were the most ever, and UMM was number one in the country in scoring offense.

Siobhan Bremer will accompany theater students, Tiffany Roufs, Margaret Dobie, Tim Hellendrung, Phillip Burgraff, Jen Farrell, Kristy Goebel, Maggie Alexander, and Asha Agar to the American College Theatre Festival in Denver to audition for summer stock theaters, compete for acting scholarships, direct and act in 10-minute plays, act in a 24-hour play, and attend workshops, performances and ceremonies. Last year’s production of “Sylvia” was entered in the Kennedy Center American College Theater competition. Hellendrung and Alexander were selected to compete for the Irene Ryan Scholarship as a result. One of the costumes designed by Sara VanBenschoten was selected for the costume parade and a scene was selected for an invited scenes event.

Gary Donovan, director of the Career Center, was appointed to the Finance Committee of the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission (SCEIC). Gary has been UMM's representative to the SCEIC since 1994. The SCEIC identifies economic development needs in Stevens Co., and, in partnership with government agencies and financial institutions, tries to help businesses meet their financial and human resource goals.

Len Keeler, assistant professor of physics, recently received a Grant-in-Aid award of $22,062 from the Graduate School. His grant will support his research in the classical dynamics of highly excited atoms using a technique called recurrence spectroscopy.

The women's wrestling team placed second in the Gord Garvie Memorial Wrestling Festival held in Ontario, just one point from taking championship honors. Leading the way for the Cougars were sophomores Megan Goldsmith and Tabithia Ramsey who produced the first championship titles in the new year. Goldsmith and Ranae Faaborg hold down the number one ranking in Women's Collegiate Wrestling Poll. UMM finished third in last season’s final rankings and is currently ranked 6th in the nation in the team rankings.

Junior running back Donnay Green was named to the third team 2003 Associated Press Little All-America Team. Green set several records for UMM this year, among them the single season rushing record with 1,669 yards rushing and for most rushing touchdowns in a season with 20, and points in a season at 120 as well as establishing three single game marks. Green rushed for 267 yards and six touchdowns versus Crown College, and carried the ball 44 times against Rockford, all single game records. He helped the Cougars to claim a share of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) North Division regular season title with Martin Luther College and Northwestern College. The Little All-America Team, the most prestigious small college All-America list, recognizes the top college players from NCAA Divisions II and III, as well as NAIA. Green was also named first team UMAC All-Conference this season.

Sue Dieter '86 has been named publisher of the Morris Sun Tribune, effective January 26. Sue replaces longtime publisher, Jim Morrison, whose last day at the helm is this Thursday, Jan. 15. The appointment represents the end of an era at the publication,

Lucas Scharmer captured his first collegiate title as did freshman Matt Hoerr as four UMM men wrestlers placed in the top two spots at the Gord Garvie Memorial Wrestling Festival. Also notching top performances were Jaime Compean and Todd Sanchez.

The following articles by Doug Reese, head wrestling coach, have been published: "Over-Seas Travel, Part I" (December 15, 2003) and "Over-Seas Travel, Part II" (January 15, 2004) in Wrestling USA Magazine. In addition, an article, titled "Short Time," appears in the January 2004 issue of Sport Outreach Scotland.


The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in 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 website: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Census 2000 Database Training for UMM faculty, staff, and students. Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3 to 5 p.m., Room 360, Briggs Library. Registration is first-come, first-served. Limit 20 attendees. Co-sponsored by the Center for Small Towns and UMM’s Briggs Library through the Minnesota Data Affiliate Program at the Minnesota Department of Administration (formerly Minnesota Planning). Contact Ben Winchester at ext. 6451 to register or with questions.

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 next test is offered at UMM on March 6. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling for information on registering now.

In support of the work of "Someplace Safe" (the former Fergus Falls Women's Crisis Center) UMM will be collecting old or new HANDHELD cell phones. When distributed, these cell phones will allow women in crisis to dial 911. In collaboration with the Morris Lions Club -- who for many years have recycled eyeglasses -- UMM will be a collection site for obsolete eyeglasses (lenses should not be cracked). Bring these items to the Info Desk in the Student Center. Contact Carol McCannon, ext. 6083, for additional information regarding these and other service opportunities.

Spring Semester U Card Office hours will be 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Carla Riley ‘85, joined the Office of External Relations January 5 as the new associate fund development officer. This position is funded by the University of Minnesota Foundation. In addition to her BA from UMM in English and German, Carla has an MA in English from the University of St Thomas. She worked for several years for Campaign Consultants of America, a capital campaign consulting firm for non-profit organizations. Previous to that she worked in the field of advertising. The UMM External Relations unit is comprised of the Offices of External Relations [312 Behmler Hall], Alumni Relations and Alumni Annual Giving, Fund Development [all in 123 HFA], Special Events [LaFave House], and University Relations [11 Education].

Have you secretly dreamed of seeing your face on the cover of a magazine? Even better, on a brochure for your favorite college – UMM?! Here’s your chance! During the week of January 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. the Office of Admissions will be tabling in the Student Center, looking for the next famous UMM faces. Come by fill out a release form and we'll take a headshot of you. Who knows? Today UMM, tomorrow the world!

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.


Secondary Education program applicants planning to graduate in 2005: All material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by December 19. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be January 20, 21, 22, and 23. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

Elementary Education program applicants planning to graduate in 2006: All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, January 23. Interviews will be February 9 through 13. Sign up sheets will be posted on the Education Division Office door (200) January 20.

Led by its program director Fred Farrell and supported by organizations such as the UMM Retirees Association, Learning Unlimited will again offer a host of lecture/discussion presentations at the Morris Senior Center every month on scheduled Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Of particular interest is the Poetry Fest, a celebration of West Central Minnesota, Past, Present and Dreams on February 11. Among the poets anticipated to read are Gail Rixen, Tom Hennen and James Togeas. An open invitation has been sent to all regional poets. The deadline for submissions is February 2, 2004. Contact Anne Schwaller, the LU coordinator, at 320-589-4394, to register as a participant or to submit poetic offerings.

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