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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. 25.

THE ENTIRE CAMPUS COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO ATTEND AN OVERVIEW OF THE WORK OF THE BUDGET TASK FORCE from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, in Science Auditorium. The format will include an outline of the process taken, a chronological update, and a question and answer period.

THE PROCESS OF CREATING A PLEASING LANDSCAPE can be a daunting task for the average homeowner. But when taken one step at a time, the end result is well worth the effort. John Koepke, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Minnesota, joins host Sue Gooch at the Ney Nature Preserve in Henderson for a discussion of this creative process. This segment of “Prairie Yard and Garden” will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

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.”

BUILDING COMMUNITY - A TALK GIVEN BY AUDREY ARNER, IS PART I OF THE UMM COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S SPRING EVENT. The event will take place from noon-12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Oyate Hall. The entire community is invited to participate in a sharing of ideas on how to build a strong community.

BUILDING COMMUNITY, UMM COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S SPRING LUNCHEON, will be held from noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, in Oyate Hall. The luncheon of hot soup, fresh bread, lemonade and dessert will cost $3. Registration deadline is Thursday Feb. 19. To register, call, e-mail or use campus mail to contact Tammy Faux, CW coordinator, ext. 6281 or . During the luncheon there will be discussion on Audrey Arner's suggestions for Building Community. A summary of Arner's comments will be made available for those who were unable to attend the presentation (see above Feb. 24 event).

GREAT CONVERSATIONS: "The Loss of 9/11: Two Perspectives" is the topic of the next "Great Conversation" that will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Science 1020. The evening will feature best-selling author, Gail Sheehy and U of M Professor Pauline Boss. Sheehy's landmark work, Passages, was named one of the 10 most influential books of our time by the Library of Congress. She will discuss the losses of 9/11 with Boss, who is a U of M family social science professor and author of Ambiguous Loss. Sheehy's most recent book, Middletown, America: One Town's Passage from Trauma to Hope, is a study of the city that lost the most residents in the terrorist attacks. The series is free and open to the campus and community refreshments served. For more information contact Karen Ellis, ext. 6463 .

ON FRIDAY, FEB. 27, UMM WILL WELCOME THREE GUESTS FROM THE TWIN CITIES CAMPUS: David Hamilton, interim vice president for research Myrna Smith, director of faculty research and graduate fellowships and Anthony (Tony) Strauss, interim assistant vice president of patents, technology and marketing, who will participate in activities that are open to the entire campus. Hamilton, also a professor of genetics and cell biology, will talk about his research from 10:30-11:35 a.m. in Science 1020. There will be an opportunity from 1-2 p.m., also in Science Room 1020, for faculty to meet with Drs. Hamilton and Smith to discuss some of the research happening at UMM and to talk about how the University supports, and could better support, faculty research at this campus. Both Hamilton and Smith oversee programs that support UMM research Smith is in charge of both the grant-in-aid and summer faculty fellowship programs. Strauss, a 1976 UMM physics/philosophy alumnus, will talk about public-private partnerships, technology transfer, and the Office of Patents, Technology and Marketing. This activity, open to campus and community leaders, will be held from 10:30-11:35 a.m. The event will be held off campus with an exact location to be announced soon. These activities are hosted by the Grants Development Office, Dean's Office and the Center for Small Towns. For more information, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development, ext. 589-6458 or .

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 PHYSICS DISCIPLINE INVITES THE PUBLIC TO VIEW the Moon, Venus, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday, March 1, using the telescope located in the campus observatory. The observatory, Science 4500, is on the fourth floor of the UMM ``science building. In the event of unsatisfactory weather, the event will take place on the next evening, March 2, same time and place.

THE UMM ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INVITES ALUMNI AND FRIENDS to the annual Midwinter Event Friday, March 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn-St. Paul North, Imperial Room, 1201 West County Road E, St. Paul. UMM update at 7:30 p.m. Directions: One half mile south of I-694 at Lexington Avenue and County Road E. For more information contact UMM Alumni Relations at or ext. 6066.

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.


Jazzer Dustin Retzlaff has been invited to participate in Bass at the Beach, a five-day seminar in Myrtle Beach, S.C., February 25-29. Retzlaff will attend workshops and master classes with jazz artists, and perform with 60 other musicians selected by audition. Bass artists Victor Wooten and Steve Bailey are among the artists who will attend.

Fifty-six karate practitioners from throughout mid Minnesota performed on Saturday, Feb. 7, in efforts to advance in rank, 10 of whom were students of the Shotokan Karate class at UMM. The results are: Yellow Belt: Anne Skoglund, Molly Kloek, Matthew Gravelle Orange Belt: Karen Frazeur, Anne Hayes, Lisa Frazeur, Beth Chapman, Laura Haas Purple Belt - First level: Henry Wallace Purple Belt - Second level, Lane Koehl.

Sarah Buchanan's paper “The Inside Story‚ of Bahloul's Le Thé à la menthe,” was published in the conference proceedings for the 2nd Annual International Conference on the Arts and Humanities, which took place in Honolulu in January.

Sodexho Campus Services staff has been working hard to insure that the food eaten on campus is 100 percent safe. The staff recently passed a surprise audit by NSF International, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization committed to public safety. Out of the possible 129 points on the audit, the staff and equipment received 130 points, after gaining one bonus point because all employees were wearing slip-resistant shoes.

[The Shreveport (La.) Times 2/16/04] UMM was mentioned in an article, “’There are no simple, easy answers,’” which showcased Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s visit along with five other governors, include Minnesota Gov. Pawlenty, to Iraq. Gov. Blanco is the mother-in-law of UMM art faculty Michael Eble. In a conversation with Pawlenty, Blanco mentioned Eble and UMM. According to the article, Pawlenty said that he would hang one of Elbe’s paintings in the Capitol.

[Mpls. Star Tribune Metro/State section 2/18/04] UMM is mentioned along with other U campuses in an article, “Faculty benefits at ‘U’ on par with peer universities.”


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].

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, ext. 6421, or e-mail: fohlmv. A meeting of interested participants will be held during the last week of February.

Freshman interested in the UMM Honors Program are invited to an informational meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, in SS 124. If you cannot attend but are still interested, contact Honors Program coordinator Bart Finzel at Applications for the Honors Program are due Thursday, March 4.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Thursday, March 4, at 10 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.

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. Contact Counseling for information on registering now.


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.

The 2004-2005 Gertrude Gaffney Hanlon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students with Irish Nationality and financial need. This scholarship is renewable to past recipients. Complete, print and return the application to the Financial Aid Office by April 1, 2004. More info at:

The 2004-2005 John Vo Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students who are completing cross-disciplinary work, which includes the arts. Complete, print and return the application to the Financial Aid Office by March 22, 2004. More info at:

The 2004-2005 Karyn Nielson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students demonstrating good character by participating in community service, church activities and volunteerism. Complete, print and return the application to the Financial Aid Office by March 15, 2004. More info at:

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>.

Deadline Date for applying for Financial Aid at UMM for 2004-2005: The deadline date for you (and your parents) to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 1. When the FAFSA is submitted after March 1 you may not receive institutional grant or student employment funds. You can estimate your 2003 tax information or use previous year s 2002 tax return if your 2003 tax return has not yet been completed. To receive a Minnesota State Grant, you must submit your FAFSA by the first week of fall semester classes. It is recommended to you (and your parents) to complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on the web at The paper FAFSA applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office 105 Behmler Hall. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for any questions.

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