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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, March 3. There will be no Weekly Bulletin distribution on Wednesday, March 10, during the week of Spring Break.

THE WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL OF AGRICULTURE AND EXPERIMENT STATION HISTORIC DISTRICT HAS BEEN NAMED TO A NATIONAL LEVEL OF SIGNIFICANCE on the National Register of Historic Places. One of the most intact examples of a residential agriculture high school still standing in the U.S., the WCSA was already entered on the National Register at a statewide level of significance in January 2003. The campus is also believed to be the earliest and most intact U.S. campus designed by prominent landscape architects Morell and Nichols. The Morris firm of Gemini Research, owned by Sue Granger '80 and Scott Kelly '78, working under contract with UMM, provided compelling documentation to the State Historic Preservation Office on behalf of the WCSA.

"National recognition of the significance of the UMM/WCSA campus is important and appropriate because it affirms the role of rural education for farm boys and girls during the first half of the 20th Century," said Chancellor Sam Schuman. Granger added that "properties that are listed on the National Register with 'national' significance are thereby recognized as having significance to the history of the nation, rather than merely having significance to the state, or to a locality." National significance may gain more public recognition and support, said Granger.   

GRANT MONEY RECENTLY AWARDED TO UMM BY THE GETTY FOUNDATION for the development of a preservation plan for the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District is being used not only to preserve campus buildings, but the trees and landscaping as well. UMM senior Jason Phelps is conducting a survey of campus trees in order to make monitoring and upkeep easier and more cost effective. Since September 2003, Phelps has collected information on about 675 trees, and estimates that another 600 remain in order to complete the survey.

IT'S A GARDEN PARTY ON PRAIRIE YARD AND GARDEN! AN EVENING OF FLOWERS, FOOD, AND FUN, THE ANNUAL HORTICULTURE NIGHT IN MORRIS features guided tours and demonstrations in the research and display gardens. PYG host Sue Gooch visits with several researchers, as well as the coordinators of the display and children's gardens, to gain some insight into what is happening in horticulture at this University of MN research facility. This segment of "Prairie Yard and Garden" will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. 

BUILDING COMMUNITY, UMM COMMISSION ON WOMEN'S SPRING LUNCHEON, will be held from 12 (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.


Freshman and art major Mandy German was a finalist in the 24th Annual College Photo Contest presented by Photographer's Forum magazine and Nikon. Out of 31,000 entrants, German's work ranked among the top five percent. Her work will be published in the Best of College Photography Annual, 2004.

John F. Schwaller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, was one of the presenters at a recent conference held in Zacatecas, Mexico. The conference, "The Apostolic Colleges for the Propagation of the Faith: History and Legacy," commemorated the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Apostolic College of Guadalupe, Zacatecas. Schwaller's paper was titled "The efforts of the Colleges for the Propagation of the Faith as a reflection of the themes of the Franciscan Missionary Effort in the Americas."

Julia Dabbs, assistant professor of art history, gave an invited paper at a conference February 18 on "The Muse in the Marble" (on 17th-century sculpture and art theory) at the American Academy in Rome. Her paper, titled "`Humoring' the Antique: Michel Anguier and the Physiological Interpretation of Ancient Greek Sculpture," will subsequently be published with others from the conference.

Assistant Professor of Biology Peter Wyckoff will give a presentation at a hearing on the potential impacts of climate change for Minnesota today (Wed., Feb. 25) from 3:30-6 p.m. in room 15 of the Capitol building. The hearing is sponsored by the Senate Committee on Jobs, Energy and Community Development. Wyckoff, whose presentation will focus on the impact of climate change on Minnesota's forests, will be one of four presenters. The other three speakers are also University faculty, two from the Twin Cities campus and one from Duluth.

The Sodexho Campus Services 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 Sodexho staff and food service  
equipment received 130 points, after gaining one bonus point because all employees were wearing slip-resistant shoes. The audit, which took over six hours, included the personal safety of the staff as well as of the food. For example, it measured whether or not staff had received adequate training for hazardous equipment, as well as whether the meats are cooked to the correct temperature and stored correctly.

[Minnesota Daily 2/19/04] The Morris campus is mentioned, along with other U campuses, in "Students: more state funds for U," an article about Lobby Day.

[KSTP web site 2/17/04 and others] The Morris campus is referenced, along with other U campuses, in "Auditor's report finds 'U' pay reflects market conditions," an article about a legislative auditors review of U faculty and staff compensation.

The UMM Bookstore will be closed during Spring Break, March 8-12, to update its Point of Sale System. Regular hours will resume on Monday, March l5.

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.


Evelyn Lenander Scholarship available to elementary education students: Applications for the Evelyn Lenander Education Fund are now being accepted. Forms must be submitted by May 15. See Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office.

Scholarships for nontraditional students: Now accepting applications for the LaFave Scholarship ($1,000) and Carol and Roger McCannon Scholarship ($550) for full or part-time male or female nontraditional students. Preference is given to students 25 years of age or older who demonstrate financial need and academic purpose. Contact the Office of Continuing Education, 225 Community Services, for an application. Applications are due Monday, March 15.

Erskine Scholarship available to education students: Applications for the Audrey Erskine Scholarship Award are now being accepted. Forms must be submitted by June 1. See Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office or Jody Huntley in Admissions & Financial Aid.

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:

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.     To access news about UMM, visit the UMM News Service

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