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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. 11.

ADVANCED TICKET ORDER FORMS FOR THIS YEAR’S JAZZ FEST are available now at the Info Center and the Office of Student Activities and have been mailed to Performing Arts Season ticket holders. All advanced Jazz Fest ticket orders will be processed on Saturday, Feb. 28. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in Student Activities on Monday, March 1. The 26th Annual Jazz Fest will be held April 1-3.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE SPRING BALL UMM BIG JAZZ BAND FUNDRAISER. The annual event will be held on April 16 at Central Square in Glenwood. Time is 8 p.m. - midnight. UMM Jazzers will again provide ballroom dance music. Proceeds from the event will be distributed among the Lakeside Ballroom fundraising effort, the Imholte Scholarship Fund, and the HFA III project. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students. Watch for details.

SWEET AND JUICY, IT'S HARD TO BEAT THE DOWN HOME TASTE OF A STRAWBERRY just plucked from the garden. Steve Poppe from Steve's Strawberries in Morris will explain how easy it is to grow these choice berries, and suggests varieties suitable for growing in the Upper Midwest. Poppe.will join host Sue Gooch during “Prairie Yard and Garden” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

MEININGENS WILL PERFORM THE SHADOW BOX at 7:30 p.m. February 5-7 (this weekend), with an additional Saturday matinee at 2 p.m., all performances in the Black Box Theatre. 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 allows one to look into the very mind and soul of the terminally ill and their loved ones. 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

THE PAINTINGS OF MINNESOTA STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND UMM ALUMNUS, CY THAO, will be featured during the next Gallery exhibition, February 12 through March 5. The exhibit will feature 50 paintings by Thao, which document the history of the Hmong people. Thao will be present at the public opening reception, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12. He will also give a public Artist Lecture titled, “Stories Without Words – The Hmong Migration,” at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, in HFA Recital Hall.

UMM WILL HOST ITS 5TH ANNUAL PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE COMMUNITY FOOD EXPO from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, in the Student Center. The event is being organized by UMM senior, Anne Borgendale. Representatives from more than 20 west central Minnesota farms and local organizations, such as The Land Stewardship Project, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, and Pomme de Terre Foods, will present information and answer questions about agricultural, environmental, and food issues. This year's Expo will also feature a Farmer's Market with grains, root vegetables, meat, honey, yarn, and wool for sale. The Pride of the Prairie Spring Meal will also be held on February 17, 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the Food Service building. The locally produced meal will be prepared by Sodexho Campus Services and has a "Breakfast at Dinner" theme. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for off-campus students and children, children 5 and under - free. On-campus students can use their regular meal plan. Tickets at the door or in the Student Center lobby from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on February 12, 13, 16, and 17. Event will also feature live, locally produced music. A week prior to the Expo, "Fast Food World: Perils and Promises of the Global Food Chain," a web cast panel discussion, can be viewed at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Edson Auditorium. More on these events at

JOIN IN A POETRY FEST: PAST, PRESENT AND DREAMS POETRY TO CELEBRATE WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Morris Senior Center. The event is free and open to the public. Charlie Fowler will serve as emcee for the program, which will feature local poets Gail Rixen, James Togeas, Doug Rasmussen, Athena Kildegaard, and several others reading their own works. The Poetry Fest is the second program in the 2004 Learning Unlimited series and is co-sponsored by the Saga Spinners.

LECTURER AND AUTHOR JEAN KILBOURNE will present “Deadly Persuasion: Advertising and Addiction” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Edson Auditorium. Free and public. Kilbourne is a CAC Convocations lecture series speaker and keynote for UMM’s Women’s Week. Kilbourne is internationally known for her work on images of women in alcohol and tobacco advertising, and a well-known author. Her recent book, Can’t Buy My Love How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, was hailed by Publisher’s Weekly as “a profound work that is required reading for informed consumers.”

THE CAVANI STRING QUARTET WILL PERFORM at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, in Edson Auditorium as a part of CAC Performing Arts Series. The Quartet, winner of the prestigious Naumburg Chamber Music Award, has appeared in the Carnegie Hall Centennial Series and Alice Tully Hall in New York, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Most recently they performed Chausson's Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet with violinist Itzhak Perlman and pianist Rohan DeSilva at N.Y.’s Perlman Music Program. Tickets for the performance are $12 general $7.50 for senior citizens and children under 18 $4.50 for UMM students. In addition to the performance, the Quartet will offer a free public master class 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in HFA Recital Hall. For tickets and more information contact Student Activities, ext. 6080.


In the News…
• Head wrestling coach Doug Reese was quoted in an article, “Tucked Behind the Home Page, a Call to Worship,” in the January 31 NY Times.
• A survey by UMM was referenced in “Health savings accounts: A new insurance option,” a story in the February 3 West Central Tribune [Willmar].


The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.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 in Oyate today 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.

The UMM Improv Club presents auditions for a performing troupe at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9-10, in the Black Box Theatre in HFA. All are welcome to try out no experience is necessary. Performances will follow later in the semester after a group of eight or nine is formed. Come prepared to think off the top of your head. Wear comfortable clothing you can move around in.

Take an oil painting class with UMM art major Paige Tighe. Tighe has just returned from a month studying in Ghana with an artist, and she is ready to share what she has learned. Class will meet 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 10, 17, 24 and March 16, 23, and 30, at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, 6th and Atlantic, Morris. The cost is only $70. At least 10 students are needed to form the class. A materials list will be provided at signup.

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 HFA 7(please note room change). 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.


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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