University of Minnesota Morris
Take a Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Info

Weekly Bulletin Archive

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 31.

PROFESSOR OF PHILOSOPHY PIERANNA GARAVASO is a recipient of the Universitywide Horace T. Morse-Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. The honor is awarded to exceptional candidates and reflects the University's emphasis on the importance of high quality undergraduate education. It also contributes to the improvement of undergraduate education at the University by publicizing the work of the award winners to serve as a resource for the whole faculty.

THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY IS INVITED TO JOIN OTHER MORRIS AREA RESIDENTS TO WELCOME UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT ROBERT BRUININKS AND HIS WIFE, DR. SUSAN HAGSTRUM, DURING A COMMUNITY BREAKFAST from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 3, in the Cougar Room at the Prairie Inn. President Bruininks and Dr. Hagstrum, along with Regent Dallas Bohnsack and Joanie Bohnsack, will also be the guests of Chancellor Sam Schuman and Nancy Schuman for the 26th Annual UMM Jazz Fest, and will attend a Jazz Fest performance on Friday evening.

WORLD TOUCH CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK EVENTS CONTINUE Mixed Blood Theatre will perform “Daughters of Africa,” an eye-opening history of African American women, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24 [tonight]. 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.

IN THIS ELECTRONIC INFORMATION AGE we sometimes forget what it feels like to hold a book and absorb its contents. Horticulture books are no different than any other subject group in this regard. Host Sue Gooch pays a visit to Terrace Horticultural Books in St. Paul, where owner Kent Peterson provides a tour of his extensive collection of books on all aspects of plants and gardening. This segment will air on Thursday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

A NATIONALLY RENOWNED THEATER TROUPE, LE THEATRE DE LA CHANDELLE VERTE, will give one performance of a French play, "L'Illusion Comique" by Pierre Corneille, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 26, in the Black Box Theatre. The play, which is open to the public, will be performed in French by a cast of French and American actors who have staged this play at Harvard University, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. All tickets are $4. For reserved tickets, contact UMM Professor of French Matt Senior, at 589-6298 or email:

GUEST ARTISTS WAYNE BERGERON AND KIM PARK WILL HEADLINE THE 26TH ANNUAL UMM JAZZ FEST April 1-3. Bergeron and Park will join UMM Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Dr. James “Doc” Carlson, UMM jazz combos, alumni jazzers, and the West Central “All Stars” during performances each evening at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. UMM's annual Jazz Fest draws over 700 high school and community jazz musicians to participate in three days of clinics with some of the world's greatest jazz musicians as their teachers. For ticket information contact Student Activities at 320-589-6080.

A DELIGHTFUL EVENT FOR PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN IS SET FROM 10:30 TO 11:30 A.M. SATURDAY, APRIL 3, AT THE MORRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY. Story Time at the Library, sponsored by the TREC program, will welcome cast members from "The Hobbit," the children's theater production by UMM students. The cast will perform excerpts from the play as a preview of the full production, which opens April 16 in the Proscenium Theatre. They will also read passages from the J.R.R. Tolkien novel and involve children in some creative dramatic activities. All ages are welcome children ages 3-9 are especially encouraged to attend.

THE UMM BRIGGS LIBRARY ASSOCIATES WILL HOLD ITS SECOND ANNUAL MEETING at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Briggs Library. Guest speaker will be Alan Davis, senior editor at New Rivers Press and director of the MFA program at Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Davis has published two books, Alone with the Owl and Rumors from the Lost World. Among the Minnesota authors published by New Rivers Press are Gail Rixen, formerly of Chokio Philip Bryant, who will be reading in Morris later in April Diane Glancy and David Haynes.

MORRIS AREA PRE-SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILDREN HAVE BEEN INVITED TO CREATE MURALS WHICH WILL BE SHOWN DURING THE ANNUAL ICE CREAM AND LOLLIPOPS children’s art exhibit to be held Thursday through Saturday, May 13-15, at UMM. The exhibit, coordinated through Community Service and Volunteerism in the Office of Student Activities at UMM, will return this year to the Gallery of Humanities Fine Arts. The show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.


Six political science majors presented papers at the 15th annual Midwest Regional Undergraduate Political Science Convention March 19-20 at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb. Students and their papers are: Kate Ellis, "Exploring the feasibility of a Rural Revitalization and Restoration organization" Kevin Ely, "Egalitarianism in Citizenship Education in the Post-Civil Rights Era" Monica Haynes, "Local Food Choices: Rational Choice vs. Social Connections" Tim Lindberg, "Some Deaths are More Equal Than Others: A Content Analysis of Media Framing Effects" Geoff Sheatsley, "From Jesse to Arnold: The Framing of America's Movie Star Governors" and Emily Loehr, "Agenda Staying Power: Media Coverage of Nonredistributive Policy Questions." Forty-five papers were presented from 14 different schools. Sophomore Geoff Sheatsley was the recipent of one of only three best paper awards. This marks the fourth year in a row that at least one of these awards has gone to a UMM student, and the first time in the conference's history someone other than a senior has received such a prize.

[March 19 KSAX-TV, Alexandria] An interview with Chancellor Sam Schuman about the WCSA/UMM national recognition on the National Register of Historic Places aired on the evening local news broadcast.

[Spring 2004 M] A story about UMM’s wood fired kiln, “Painting with fire,” appears on page 8 of this issue of M, the Twin Cities campus publication for alumni, friends, and faculty and staff on all campuses of the U. The story was picked up from a news release sent by Morris campus University Relations.

Alum Rusty Kath ‘03 appeared on the March 19 ESPN 2 program "Cold Pizza." Kath was introduced as one of two new public address announcers for the St. Paul Saints. A speech communication major and political science minor, he auditioned for the position via an open mike contest at the Acme Comedy Club in Minneapolis.

Jong-Min Kim, assistant professor of statistics, has had "A Two-Stage Stratified Warner's Randomized Response Model Using Optimal Allocation” accepted for publication in the journal Metrika. Also "A Mixed Randomized Response Model" has been accepted for publication in Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference.

Sophomore member of the Cougar women’s wrestling squad, Tabithia Ramsey has been selected to represent the United States in the 2004 Pan American Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala.


Faculty and staff are invited to join the chorus for the performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah." Rehearsals began Monday, and continue in HFA 170, the choral rehearsal room. Oral scores are available for purchase in the UMM bookstore. All faculty and staff with singing experience are welcome to participate. The performance, at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at the Assumption Catholic Church in Morris, will be performed with the combined Concert Choir and University Choir, the UMM Orchestra and soloists. Tickets will be available soon.

The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Tuesday, March 30, at 9:30 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.

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

UMM is the first coordinate campus to be asked to present its Responsible Conduct of Research Part 1 training session to other U campuses via ITV. The presentation, featuring UMM presenters Judy Kuechle, Gwen Rudney, and Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain, will be given Thursday, April 8, 9 a.m. - noon in HFA Room 7. The broadcast session is open to UMM faculty and staff. 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.

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 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.

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.


In accordance with University policy John Bowers is scheduled for review and evaluation. A review committee has been appointed to collect and evaluate information concerning the achievements and progress of John Bowers in his role as Director of Computing Services at UMM. If you wish to contribute information relative to this review you are invited to respond to the survey instrument found at The deadline for submitting information to the review committee is April 2. Thank you for your thoughtful and timely participation in this process. Review Committee: Roger Boleman (bolemarp), LeAnn Dean (deanl), Kevin Ely (elyx0004), Nic McPhee (mcphee).

ATTENTION SENIORS: The ABSOLUTE deadline to make changes/additions to the 2004 Commencement Program is April 1. Please contact Bonnie Gulbrandson in the Registrar's Office if you have a change or addition to make.

The UMM political science discipline invites applications for the Gieske Internship Award, Gieke Academic Award, and the David Minge Public Affairs Internship Award. The Gieske Internship Award is offered annually to an outstanding political science major in their junior or sophomore years who have a strong record of accomplishment at UMM and who will complete an internship in the 2004-2005 year. The Gieske Academic award is offered annually to an outstanding political science major in their senior year. Recipients will have an outstanding record of accomplishment at UMM as well as strong prospects for success after graduation. The David Minge Public Affairs Internship award provides financial support for students doing internships at the federal level. Applicants do not have to be a political science major or minor to apply all majors are eligible to receive this award. Applications for all three awards are available in the Social Science Division Office in Camden. Completed applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Thursday April 1, in the Social Science Division office.

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.

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 13. Complete registration instructions are online at
To access news about UMM, visit the UMM News Service

For events information, visit

For student employment and opportunities, visit

For other scholarships, visit

For Career Center information, visit

For faculty/staff employment information, visit