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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 distribution will be Wednesday, Jan. 28.

All members of the campus community are invited to share creative suggestions or comments that may help the Budget Task Force (BTF) II to identify $750,000 of new budget reductions for the 2004-2005 year. Please send comments to the BTF by Monday, Jan. 26. The BTF will receive input via e-mail at or anonymously through its web site at where suggestions can be made and minutes are posted. There is also a suggestion box located at the Information Desk in the Student Center lobby, or comments may be submitted to BTF Chair Lowell Rasmussen or any other BTF member (BTF members’ names are listed on the web site.).

James Morales has accepted the position of associate vice chancellor for enrollment, effective July 2004. Morales holds a B.A. from the University of Utah in speech communication, and an Ed.D. in higher education policy and administration from the U of M, Twin Cities. He is currently the director of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Connecticut. Prior to that, he served in a number of positions, culminating in associate director, at the U of M, Duluth. He has served as president of the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color.

Larry and Mary Larson from rural Willmar, who have been growing for the local farmer's market for many years, will share some of their tips and tricks for success in the vegetable garden during “The Market Garden.” The Larsons will join host Sue Gooch during “Prairie Yard and Garden” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

A show of work by Morris artist Judy Flicker opens with a wine and cheese reception at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Center, 630 Atlantic Avenue, from 5:30 to 7:30 on Friday, Jan. 30. Flicker paints in oils using flowing lines and bright colors—an influence of the German Expressionists. The reception will be an opportunity to meet the artist and learn about her work.


The UMM Intercollegiate Speech Team tied a team record of 41 points during the 38th Annual Holiday Forensics Tournament held in December at the University of Wisconsin, Stout. Team president Laura Hildreth placed 5th in Extemporaneous Speaking, and 6th in Persuasive Speaking. Speech Team alumni Grant Olson ’03, and Seth Flynn ’03, accompanied the team as judges. Other competitors from UMM included: Meghan Jensen, Danelle Orange, Laura McMullin, Kate Raymond and Sam Geller. The team is preparing for their next tournament, the Icebox Classic to be held at St. Cloud State University February 6 and 7.

Junior Todd Sanchez garnered championship honors at 141 pounds during 35th Annual Mike Rybak Open on campus of Itasca Community College Jan. 17. Lucas Scharmer placed 3rd at 149 pounds. Marty Hoffman placed third in his first collegiate tournament at 165 pounds. Jaime Compean placed fourth in the most talented weight class in the tournament. Also competing for the Cougars were Jeremy Benson at 157 pounds, Jacob Scott at 197 pounds, and Matt Hoerr at heavyweight.


I want to thank the campus community for the flowers, cards, calls, thoughts, and words of kindness in memory of my father, Marvin Halbakken. To all of you, thank you so much and may God bless you all. -- Lynn Halbakken, Plant Services

Thank you to the UMM community for the beautiful plant in memory of my mother, Virgal Wente. The many acts of kindness during my mother's 15 months of illness, and the many cards and comforting words are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. -- Diane Kill, Registrar’s Office

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Monday, Feb. 2, at 9 a.m. 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.

The next Red Cross Bloodmobile blood drive will be Wednesday and Thursday, Feb 4-5, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Sign up in the Student Center, and help to reach the goal of 240 donors. Local and national blood supplies are very low please take an hour out of your day and help someone you will never meet. Bring your driver’s license or your blood donor card to be able to give.

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.


Secondary Education program applicants planning to graduate in 2005: All material was due to Pat in the Education Division office by December 19. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews continue through January 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.
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