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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, Feb. 4.

WHEN IT COMES TO OUR GARDENS, there are no more un-welcomed visitors than an invasion of damaging insects. Knowing something about these insects helps to understand how to manage the problem. Jeff Hahn, entomologist with the Yard and Garden Line, takes viewers on a tour of a typical garden pointing out unwanted "bugs" lurking in the foliage, and discussing appropriate methods of control. Hahn will join host Sue Gooch during "Prairie Yard and Garden" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 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 CONCERT BAND AND SYMPHONIC WIND ENSEMBLE, under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, in the HFA Recital Hall. Performance will feature two student soloists from within the band who will perform concertos: Jason Burns, euphonium, will perform "Fantasy" by Philip Sparke, and Eric Hansen, trombone, will perform "Concerto for Trombone" by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Tickets, available at the door, are $3 for general admission, and $1 for seniors and students.

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO SEND IN SUBMISSIONS FOR LEARNING UNLIMITED'S POETRY FEST Monday, Feb. 2, is the deadline to contact Anne Schwaller at 589-4394 or Charlie Fowler at 589-3106. Join talented folks like Jim Togeas, Athena Kildegaard, Gail Rixen and Doug Rasmussen who will be taking part in LU's first Annual Poetry Fest on Wednesday, Feb. 11. Titled "Past Present and Dreams: Poetry to Celebrate West Central Minnesota," the poetry festival will be held at the Morris Senior and Community Center, 603 Oregon Avenue, at 1 p.m. Local poet and member of the UMM extended family, Charlie Fowler, will be the emcee, and will also read some of Tom Hennen's prose poems. Put this event on your calendar, invite your friends, send your students.

THE MEININGENS STUDENT THEATRE ORGANIZATION, IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE THEATER DISCIPLINE, ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION OF THE SHADOW BOX, performing at 7:30 p.m. February 5-7, with an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre. Written by Michael Cristofer, The Shadow Box won the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for Best Drama, as well as the Tony Award for Best Play that same year. Cristofer's stirring script opens the eyes and allows one to look into the very mind and soul of the terminally ill and their loved ones. With profound honesty and candid humor, the play's characters reflect on life's simple joys while facing its harsh realities. Senior theatre arts major Christopher Anderson directs the play for his senior theatre project. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $4 for students and senior citizens. For more information and ticket reservations, call the box office at ext. 6249 or e-mail

PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF ART HISTORY FRED PETERSON will address the 82nd Annual Meeting and Program of the County Historical Society on Sunday, Feb. 8. Peterson will present his research and interpretation of the barn during the celebration of "The Year of the Barn," designated by Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Social hour for the event at the Prairie Inn begins at 11:30 a.m. Music by Karl Retzlaff and Dr. Jeff Hauger from noon-12:30 p.m. Buffet meal at 12:30 p.m. Reservations required by calling the Museum at 589-1719 by February 4th. Cost is $13. Program by Fred Peterson will begin at 1:30 p.m. The event will also include a display of barn art and farm magazine cover contest series. The Museum has been selected as one of only five counties in Minnesota for the Smithsonian exhibit, "Barn Again: Celebrating an American Icon."


John Ross, director of bands and professor of conducting, will direct Morris' First Lutheran Church Senior Choir in collaboration with other local choirs as they perform John Rutter's oft-recorded "Gloria" at 4 p.m. on February 29 to commemorate First Lutheran's 125th anniversary. Ross, whose UMM Concert Band is preparing for their spring tour, recently produced a CD at the University of Miami and will soon be appearing as a guest conductor in Wadena and Alexandria.

Cougar tight end Mike Walker has been invited to the NFL Combine February 20-23 in Indianapolis, an honor reserved for a select few college football players. Walker played in the 2004 Cactus Bowl in Kingsville, Texas, earlier this month and had the opportunity to talk with representatives and scouts from 20 NFL teams and Montreal of the CFL. Three NFL teams who appear to have the most interest at this point are the Houston Texans, New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. Walker helped the Cougars this past season to a 5-6 record and a tie for the UMAC North Division regular season title and was named first team All-Conference.

The Women's Resource Center invites all female faculty, staff, and students to the second evening of auditions for the fourth annual Vagina Monologues. Auditions will be held from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, in the Women's Resource Center (located in the basement of the Student Center- across from KUMM). Come and read a monologue that you would be interested in performing -- and possibly a cold read of another piece. Scripts to preview are available at the Info Desk in the Student Center, on reserve in the Library, and outside the WRC. The Vagina Monologues will be performed at 7:30 p.m. February 19 and 20 in Edson Auditorium as part of UMM Women's Week. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Stevens County Crisis Center. The Monologues are a sometimes humorous, more often poignant presentation, the brainchild of nationally renowned playwright Eve Ensler, which raise awareness about women's issues, especially violence against women.  

The Writing Room is now open. Spring semester hours are: Mondays, noon-8 p.m. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays, noon-7 p.m. Thursdays, 2-6 p.m. Fridays noon-1 p.m. Students can sign up for appointments on the door of The Writing Room, by calling ext. 6299 or by e-mail to The Writing Room is located in Briggs Library 327 and offers students the opportunity to consult with a trained tutor about their writing. Tutors can work with students on specific papers/assignments, job letters, grad school application essays, or writing in general.

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.

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 education program applicants planning to graduate in 2006: All application material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by January 23. Interviews will be February 9 through 13. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

Responsible Conduct of Research Part 1, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1-4 p.m., Room 3500 Science Conference Room. UMM will offer a "Responsible Conduct of Research, Part 1" session featuring UMM presenters. The presentation takes place Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1-4 p.m. in Room 3500 Science Conference Room. This session has been developed by UMM faculty members specifically to address the needs and interests of a liberal arts campus of the U of M system. Presenters will be Jim Cotter, Margaret Kuchenreuther, and Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain. This training has previously been offered primarily via ITV. As has been noted in previous e-mails, in accordance with the Regents Policy, awards and accounts cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of this 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 includes 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. Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, at or ext. 6465, no later than Thursday, Feb. 5, if you plan to attend. This announcement is for general information only. A separate note will also be sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 1 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy.

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. Please 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.


Call for submissions for the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Deadline is February 20, 2004. For more information, see:>. Wednesday, April 21, 2004 will mark the fourth annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium which celebrates student scholarly achievement and informs the campus community about the variety and quality of research on campus. Oral and poster presentations will be held beginning at 4 p.m., with an invited speaker, presentation awards, and refreshments to follow. Research projects from all disciplines are invited. Types of presentations might include but are not limited to: posters, oral presentations, display of artwork, short or abbreviated theatrical, dance or musical performances accompanied by a discussion, multimedia presentations or installations (where equipment allows).Presentations will be no longer than 15 minutes in length. A faculty sponsor must support the research and its presentation. Any additional questions may be directed to the URS Committee at>.To access news about UMM, visit the UMM News Service

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