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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, April 7.

CHANCELLOR SAM SCHUMAN was selected to receive the all-University Breaking the Silence Award, for his continuing efforts to promote a fair and open working and learning environment for all students, faculty and staff at UMM, regardless of sexual orientation. The award will be presented at the annual Lavender Graduation and Awards Ceremony April 29 in the Twin Cities.

FEROLYN ANGELL, DIRECTOR OF THE ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE CENTER AND UMM DANCE INSTRUCTOR, has been awarded the 2004 UMM Academic Staff Award. The Academic Staff Award was established to annually recognize a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has made distinguished contributions to the mission of the University of Minnesota, Morris.

SIXTEEN TEAMS OF TALENTED HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FROM THE AREA are competing in round one of UMM Academic Challenge, produced by Media Services at UMM. Academic Challenge airs on Pioneer Public Television on Sundays beginning at 3 p.m. This is the 11th year that UMM has produced Academic Challenge.

UMM ADMINISTRATORS AND THE CRPC HAVE REVIEWED AND ACCEPTED THE RECOMMENDATION BY THE UNITED LATINOS to rename the campus street, now named Center Avenue, to Avenida de César Chávez (César Chávez Avenue). The street links with Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (at the stop sign north of HFA) and continues to the center of the campus (by Camden Hall and Social Science). An official campus ceremony is being planned when the street signs arrive this spring. Today, March 31, is symbolic as the birth date of Chávez, who was instrumental in the development of the National Farm Workers Association. In keeping with UMM’s proud history as an agricultural school, the United Latinos, along with campus administrators, feel that this re-naming is appropriate for the University as well as for the rural, agricultural Morris area.

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 performance on Friday evening.

OVER 700 HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY JAZZ MUSICIANS will participate in clinics with jazz artists during the 26th Annual Jazz Fest beginning Thursday. Guest artists Wayne Bergeron and Kim 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 Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. For ticket information contact Student Activities at ext. 6080.

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. Raffle for fabulous prizes.


UMM students excelled on the December 2003 Putnam exam, an extremely competitive national mathematics examination for undergraduates. Ben Peterson placed in the top 500 out of a field of 3615 participants. Bill Cox and Katie Sullivan both placed in approximately the top 1,000. Their efforts gave UMM a team rank of 71 in the nation, out of 479 institutions competing.

The Intercollegiate Speech Team completed their 2003-2004 season with competitions March 5 and 6 at the Valley Forensic League tournaments at Concordia College, Moorhead, and the American Forensics Association District IV National Qualifying tournament at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, March 12 and 13. At the VFL tournament #4, Laura Hildreth garnered first place in extemporaneous speaking Laura McMullin took fifth place in the same category. Other participants included Danelle Orange, Meghan Jensen, Kate Craig, Kate Raymond, and Sam Geller. For the season, the team earned 14 individual awards and honors, the highest number earned in the team’s eight-year history. UMM also set a new team record of 53 points. This is the first year that UMM has competed as a part of the American Forensics Association, allowing the team to qualify speakers for national tournaments held annually. To celebrate the team’s record-breaking season, they cordially invite the campus community to an exhibition of the presentations given this year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in Science 1020.

Ray Schultz, theatre, had his reviews of the Guthrie's production of “Six Degrees of Separation” and the Theatre de la Jeune Lune's production of “The Seagull” published in the March 2004 issue of Theatre Journal.

Jong-Min Kim, statistics, has had a paper, "Second Stage Short Run (Xbar, vc) and (Xbar, sc) Control Charts," accepted for publication in the Journal of Statistical Software.

Geoffrey Sheagley’s name was misspelled in last week’s mention of the Midwest Regional Undergraduate Political Science Convention.

[Mpls Star Tribune, March 25] Cyrus Bina, economics, was quoted in “Gas prices are OK -- if you adjust for inflation.”

[Mpls Star Tribune, March 25] Eric Wetter '97, is mentioned in “To be a doctor: A simple envelope determines students' future.”

[Fergus Falls Daily Journal, March 27] UMM and alumnus, Curt Teberg ‘70 are mentioned in “Fund on stock market has local family ties.”

[Mpls Star Tribune, March 27] Dan Smith ‘90 and former admissions and financial aid counselor, wrote a Counterpoint piece on the Op/Ed page.


Selected first year and seniors are being asked to participate in an important survey to give UMM feedback on their student experience - The College Student Report 2004 - aka the National Survey on Student Engagement. The results of this survey give us students' perspectives on how the UMM experience meets identified best practice in undergraduate education. 33% of students surveyed have responded. Students who haven't responded received a reminder email on March 23 and a followup email from Chancellor Schuman. Since the emails for the web based survey (including individual user names and passwords) don't originate from UMM, we're concerned that students may have seen them as spam. If students selected for the sample have deleted their email with their passwords, they can call 1-800-676-0390 or email for assistance. Student participation in this survey is important to us as we work to celebrate our successes and strengthen the educational experience we provide at UMM. More information on survey implementation is available from Institutional Research and Student Affairs.

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 Monday, April 12, at 2 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.


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.

Nominations for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open from Wednesday, March 31 through Wednesday, April 7. Nominations should be turned in to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division Office. Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 14, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
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