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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. 18.

SNOW EMERGENCY PARKING Winter brings snow. Excess snow may prompt questions such as where to park to avoid being plowed in or ticketed in the event of a citywide snow emergency. When a snow emergency is called by the City of Morris, the City will notify the Office of University Relations by 4 pm the day that a citywide snow emergency is declared. U Relations will then send a campus-wide e-mail to all students, staff and faculty and notify the Information Desk in the Student Center. Please be advised that vehicles are to be moved off all streets in Morris for the 24 hours a snow emergency is in effect (from midnight of the announcement to midnight the following evening). While vehicles on the streets are NOT ticketed until 24 hours after the streets are plowed curb to curb, we ask everyone's cooperation in moving their cars off city streets when snow emergencies are declared. Citywide snow emergency announcements are also broadcast on local Morris radio KMRS/KKOK [1230 AM/95.7FM], KQIC [102.5FM-Willmar] and KCLD [104.7FM-St. Cloud]. Let's work together to help each other as well as the City snow removal crews!

ADVANCED TICKET ORDER FORMS FOR THIS YEAR’S JAZZ FEST are available 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.

THE LAWN IS OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE GREEN CARPET of our outdoor room. Establishing a new lawn or renovating an existing one takes some careful planning for optimum results. Host Sue Gooch joins Larry Zilliox in Alexandria for a discussion and demonstration of the tools and techniques necessary for creating a luxurious outdoor carpet. This segment of “Prairie Yard and Garden” will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

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. He will also lunch with students at noon on Friday and speak to two political science classes.

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

DR. TAMAR RUDAVSKY, PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, COLUMBUS, WILL ADDRESS THE 28TH ANNUAL MIDWEST PHILOSOPHY COLLOQUIUM on “Soul Revisited: Immortality and Mortality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at the Federated Church, Morris. She will present a paper, “Religion and Science Reconsidered: Philosophical Implications of ‘Angels and Demons,’” at 2:30 p.m. the same day in the Prairie Lounge

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.


The Intercollegiate Speech Team gave an outstanding performance during the St. Cloud State University Icebox Classic on February 6-7, achieving a team record of 53 tournament points. Each competitor gained points for the team’s total. Team President Laura Hildreth placed 4th in Persuasive Speaking. Freshman Kate Craig placed 3rd in the exhibition category of Children’s Literature. Other competitors included: Danelle Orange, Laura McMullin, Kate Raymond, Sam Geller, and Vanessa Waltz. The next tournament will be the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament February 21-22 at Concordia College in Moorhead.

Photos by University Relations photographer, Nicole Herberg ’07, taken during the recent Iron Chef Competition at UMM, were published and credited to Herberg in the February 6 edition of the St. Paul newspaper, Asian American Press. The same issue also published
the University Relations story about the upcoming Cy Thao Gallery exhibition.


I would like to thank everyone who has so generously given to us in helping out with travel and medical expenses. Knowing that so many people have Tiffany in their thoughts and prayers has been a tremendous emotional boost for us. Our campus is a wonderful, caring community. As of right now Tiffany is in remission and we can hope with the advancements in medicine she will be cured. Thank you again. -- Tiffany Thielke, Gail Boe and Family

UMM is adding the sport of women's swimming and diving for the 2004 - 2005 school year. Any UMM student who is interested in participating in the new program should contact Mark Fohl, office: P.E. 225, 589-6421, or email: fohlmv. A meeting of interested participants will be held during the last week of February.

Auditions for The Hobbit will be held in the HFA Proscenium Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11-12, at 6:30 p.m., with callbacks scheduled for Friday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. Please come prepared with a short scene/monologue from the text, which can be found on two-hour reserve in the Library.

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.

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.

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.


A silent auction will be held for the "Best Seat in the House" lounge chair, which has been used at Cougar basketball games this season. Submit your written bids to Mark Fohl, P.E. Center, by February 20. The winning bidder will be announced at halftime of the men's basketball game on February 21.

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>.
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