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

A $1,100 GRANT FROM THE LAKE REGION ARTS COUNCIL received by UMM guitar instructor Matt Dingo will be used to bring renowned guitarist Tim Sparks to the campus. Sparks will host a master class, workshops for middle school and high school students, and a concert. The concert, titled Hedstoc, and will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27. The workshops will be held March 26 in Morris area schools. The master class will be open to reservation. Contact Matt Dingo, ext. 6234 or, for more information.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE, one in which we all share in the production of our food, has been practiced for generations. Prairie Yard and Garden host Sue Gooch visits the Fernholtz Sisters, Kay and Annette, at their Earthrise Farm near Madison for an insight into their organic holistic approach to growing food. This segment will air Thursday, March 4. Looking for something to grow in place of turf grass? A ground cover may be just the answer. These wonderfully versatile plants often grow where little else will, and filling an area with rich textures. Mike Zins joins Sue Gooch on Thursday, March 11, for a tour of the ground cover displays at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Both segments air at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

OVER 50 DANCERS WILL PERFORM WHEN THE UMM DANCE ENSEMBLE presents its spring performance, “Canned Heat,” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20, in Edson Auditorium. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $2 for students, $5 general admission.

COME SEE THE BEGINNINGS OF THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY and follow the loveable hobbit Bilbo Baggans on his amazing adventure through the land of Middle Earth when UMM theater performs its annual children's production, this year The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Public performances are 7 p.m. Friday through Saturday, April 16-17, with an additional Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre. Admission is $2 per person. Invited student matinees for elementary schools are also scheduled for April 15-16 and 21-23. This production is funded in part by a grant from the Lake Region Arts Council though a Minnesota State Legislative appropriation. For more information about tickets and student matinees, contact the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249 or e-mail inquiries to


Men’s basketball second-year head coach Paul Grove led the Cougars to a second-place finish, with a 9-3 conference mark, in their first year as a member of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. For that, Grove was named as the Coach of the Year in the UMAC. The Cougars came within one win of winning the regular season title, finishing one game behind regular season champ Northwestern College. UMM posted their first winning season at 14-13 since the 1996-97 team went 16-11. For Grove, this is the fourth Coach of the Year honor. The 2003-2004 UMAC All-Conference includes David Holler, who was one of 10 players named First Team All-Conference, and Adam Sullivan and Brendan McNally, who were named Honorable Mention.

The 2004 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) women's basketball All-Conference teams were announced March 1. Cougars Malinda Berglund and Kay Saager were named First Team and Honorable Mention All-Conference, respectively. Berglund led UMM in scoring, averaging 10.7 ppg, and tallying 290 points this season, totaling 643 career points. She shot 42 percent from the field and added 4.1 rebounds per game. Saager averaged 7.8 ppg and shot 41 percent from the field, 37 percent from three-point range. The Cougars finished 12-15 overall, fifth in the UMAC at 5-7.

The volleyball season was one of several firsts. A three-way tie for first place in the Cougars’ first year in the UMAC, the first winning season since 1995 and the most wins, 20-14, since the 1995 team went 18-14. Named First Team All-Conference were Katie Hyndman, Amy Lipetzky, and Jenna Maki. Lisa Holloway was named to the 2003 Honorable Mention team.

Intercollegiate Speech Team gave their best showing, doubling the amount of points earned last year, during the Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Tournament February 21-22 at Concordia College in Moorhead. Competing members were: Laura Hildreth, Meghan Jensen, Danelle Orange, Laura McMullin, Kate Raymond, Sam Geller, and Kate Craig. Farewell was bid to graduating senior and student coach, Seth
Sweep. The team will return to Concordia March 5-6 to compete in Valley Forensic League Tournaments 3 and 4.


The Circle of Nations Indian Association is holding a Silent Auction to raise funds for the annual Pow-Wow, which will be held on Saturday, March 27, in the P.E. Center. Silent Auction will be set up to accept bids until noon on Thursday, March 4, in the Student Center lobby. Stop by at noon Thursday to engage in “bidding wars.” Items not bid on during the final bid at noon on Thursday will be awarded to the highest bid on paper.

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.

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.

Kim Leval, senior policy analyst in the Rural Policy Program at the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Neb., will visit Morris on Thursday, March 11. Leval also serves as the executive director of the Consortium for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Her efforts focus on developing a national agriculture policy agenda that serves family farmers and ranchers, rural communities and the environment. She will lead a public informal community forum about national policy issues and available programs from 9-10:30 a.m. in the lower level of the West Central Research and Outreach Center. The meeting is hosted by the UMM Center for Small Towns in cooperation with the U of M Extension Service, West Central District. No need to RSVP, for further information contact David Fluegel, ext. 6451 or

Master of Education Information Session: Monday, March 29 - 5-7 pm in Oyate Hall. Representatives of University of Minnesota, Duluth's College of Education and Human Service Professions in collaboration with University of Minnesota, Morris's Continuing Education Office and Division of Education will be on hand for a presentation about the M.Ed. cohort program tentatively set to begin fall of 2004 at UMM. The online instruction, blended with in-person meetings, allows students from rural Minnesota to continue full-time employment while completing the degree which is open to anyone working in education and/or training. For more information contact Karen Johnson at X6461 or


Applications are now being accepted for the 2004 United Staff Association (USA) $300 scholarship. Sons, daughters, spouses, and registered domestic partners of UMM civil service or bargaining unit employees are eligible. Applicants must be attending UMM spring semester 2004. Applications are available from committee members -- Jayne Hacker-Humanities, Jane Harstad-P E Center, Jean Sasek-Continuing Education, and Mary Zosel-Chancellor’s Office, or at the web site Applications must be submitted to a committee member by Tuesday, March 23, 2004. The scholarship will be awarded during spring semester 2004.

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:

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