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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 24.


GWEN RUDNEY, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION, is the 2004 recipient of the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award. Thanks to the generosity of the UMM Alumni Association, the Morris campus recognizes its professors for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education through this annual award, first given in 1997. The award will be officially presented by a representative of the UMM Alumni Association at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony at 7 p.m. May 7 in HFA Recital Hall.

CHEMISTRY STUDENTS WILL PERFORM SENSATIONAL FEATS OF SCIENCE during the Science Sensations Showcase at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, in the Science Auditorium. The showcase is a “dress rehearsal” for UMM students who will later present demonstrations at area elementary schools. The evening event is free and open to the public.

THE BENEFITS OF USING PLANTS GOES WAY BACK IN OUR CULTURAL HISTORY, and among those many uses are the healing of our bodies. Marcia Neely, from Honey and Herbs in rural Benson, will share her knowledge on the medicinal value of plants with “Prairie Yard and Garden” host Sue Gooch as they wander through her garden of intriguing plants. This segment will air on Thursday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

DIVERSITY CONSULTANT, HMONG STORYTELLER, COMEDIAN, AND RAP ARTIST, TOU GER XIONG, WILL PROVIDE PRE-WORLD TOUCH CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK ENTERTAINMENT at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in Oyate Hall. Director of three films, Chris Eyre will be the keynote speaker to kick off the 31st Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week. This year’s theme is “Cultural Preservation through the Indigenous Peoples of the World.” Eyre will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 22, in Edson Auditorium. On Tuesday, March 23, author Christina Garcia will speak at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Mixed Blood Theatre will perform “Daughters of Africa,” an eye-opening history of African American women, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. The film, “Ringu,” Japan’s all-time box office horror hit will be shown at 9 p.m. Wednesday. The annual CNIA 3K Peace Run will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in front of the Minority Resource Center. Later that evening, at 7:30 p.m. in Turtle Mountain Café, Denise Sweet, associate professor at UW-Green Bay, will give a poetry reading. An invitational Ethnic Dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in Oyate Hall. Following dinner, an inter-organizational dance mixer will be held for all students. The week will culminate on Saturday, March 27 with the annual CNIA Pow-wow. Grand entries will begin at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the P.E. Center.

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.

A $1,100 GRANT FROM THE LAKE REGION ARTS COUNCIL RECEIVED BY UMM GUITAR INSTRUCTOR MATT DINGO will bring guitar virtuosos Tim Sparks and Sandor Szabo to UMM as part of their Headstock Guitar Festival. The concert, titled Headstock, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, in HFA Recital Hall. Dingo and his student will open for the guest artists. Tickets are $6 general admission/ $3 students and seniors. There is a public master class with Sparks and Szabo at 2 pm. Tickets for the master class are $25 and include admission to the concert. Contact Matt Dingo,ext. 6234, for more information.

UMM IS THE FIRST COORDINATE CAMPUS TO BE ASKED TO PRESENT ITS RESPONSIBLE CONDUCT OF RESEARCH PART 1 training session to the other U of M campuses via ITV. The presentation, featuring UMM presenters Judy Kuechle, Gwen Rudney, and Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, will take place Thursday, April 8, from 9 a.m. - noon in HFA Room 7. While it is being broadcast via ITV, the session is open to UMM faculty and staff. As has been noted previously, 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. For more information, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at or ext. 6458. 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.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO GET IN THE SWING AND JOIN IN THE FUN DURING THIS YEAR'S SPRING BALL Friday, April 16, at Central Square in Glenwood (formerly held at the Lakeside Ballroom). The UMM Big Jazz Band, with director James "Doc" Carlson, will provide the beat. This fifth annual fundraiser, hosted by Jim Gremmels, UMM professor emeritus of English, and Jack Imholte, former UMM chancellor and professor emeritus of history, is set for 8-11:30 p.m. Arrive early at 7:15 p.m. and enjoy free dance lessons given by instructors from the UMM Swing Dance Club. Tickets are $10 adults $5 students. Proceeds will go equally toward the UMM Humanities Phase III project, the John Q. Imholte Scholarship at UMM and the Lakeside Ballroom Fund. Prizes will be awarded for the best-dressed couple and the best dancing couple.

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


[March 7 San Diego Union-Tribune] Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs John F. Schwaller is quoted in an article, “Local students find indigenous Mexican dialect a key to their heritage.” The article says: “One of North America's foremost Nahuatl scholars, John F. Schwaller, teaches the language at a branch of the University of Minnesota in the small town of Morris, near the South Dakota border. He previously taught Nahuatl at Indiana University and the University of Montana. ‘It's a factor of the growing Mexican-American population in this country and in its universities,’ said Schwaller, who has no Mexican heritage, but has degrees in Latin American studies and spent years traveling throughout Mexico. Other colleges and universities, Schwaller said, such as Yale, Tulane and
Vanderbilt, are offering formal Nahuatl classes or study groups,”

Julia Dabbs, assistant professor of art history, has had an essay, titled "Anecdotal Insights: Changing Perceptions of Italian Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century Life-Stories," accepted for publication in the annual, Eighteenth-Century Women.

A pair of UMM sophomore women wrestlers claimed individual national championship honors in the “Body Bar Women’s National,” hosted by USA Wrestling at the College of St. Benedict March 13-14. Megan Goldsmith claimed the University National title at 77 kilos/169 pounds, and Tabithia Ramsey won the FILA-Junior National title at 51 kilos/112 pounds.

[March 14 Mpls Star Tribune] “Boarding school for Indian and farm kids” on front page of Metro/State section [Retro column] mentions WCSA national recognition on National Register of Historic Places.

[March 14 Mpls Star Tribune] Alumna Ann Michels is pictured in association with the story, “Elevating the average Alfie” in Sunday’s Arts section.


External Relations hopes you enjoyed your winter issue of Profile, sent via campus mail to you in mid February. We’ve unveiled a new look, and we’d like to hear your opinion. Included inside was a Readers’ Survey form. If you haven’t done so already, please take a couple of minutes to fill in and return the form. Thank you to the faculty and staff who returned the completed survey to our office. Your comments are much appreciated. If you’ve misplaced your survey or did not receive the winter issue of Profile, please let us know. We’d be happy to email a copy of the survey to you or send you a copy of the magazine. Email your request to

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Friday, March 19 at 1:30 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.

Signup for 2004-2005 on-campus housing begin Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at the Office of Residential Life. Pick up your contract and info at ORL March 15-19. If you cancel housing after signup, $100 will be charged to you prior to May 1. If you cancel housing after May 1, 2004, $313.75 (standard double) or $355 (apartment) will be charged to your account.

Morris Area High School is assembling an intergenerational troupe of poets, writers, actors, storytellers, and artists from the elementary, high school, university, and community to create an original theater production. No experience necessary. High school drama instructor David Johnson will direct the production and is available to answer questions at 589-4400. Information meeting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 25, in room 201 Morris Area High School.

Master of Education Information Session: Monday, March 29, 5-7 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Representatives of UMD’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 ext. 6461 or

Elementary or ssecondary education program applicants:
You must take the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test is offered at UMM on April 17 and June 12. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST and both sections of PRAXIS II before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling for information on registering immediately.


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.

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:

Planning to take summer courses in the Twin Cities? If you are, and you are planning to apply for financial aid, you can contact the UMM Financial Aid Office for summer financial aid information. The deadline to apply is June 4. More information on summer financial aid can be found in the summer session bulletin available in the Continuing Education Office. If you are eligible for summer financial aid, you can register for TC courses through the UMM Registrar's Office, 212 Behmler Hall. Contact Bonnie Gulbrandson in the Registrar's Office for registration materials. If you are NOT planning to apply for financial aid, you can register directly through the TC summer office. You can either fax/send a registration form or register in person at the Twin Cities office. Registration for non-TC students begins April 13th. Complete registration instructions are online at
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