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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 14. 

GET IN THE SWING DURING THIS YEAR'S SPRING BALL Friday, April 16, at Central Square in Glenwood. 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. Also, a raffle for fabulous prizes.

THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AND THE MINNESOTA ASSOCIATION OF SMALL CITIES WILL CO-SPONSOR THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS: Rural Communities Adapting to the New Century June 8-9 at UMM. With a unique focus on small towns and rural areas, this event features opportunities to learn and discuss our political framework and issues, showcase the best practices of small town projects, actively engage participants in project development, and celebrate towns and rural living. Participants of the Symposium will include residents of small towns and rural areas, staff of community and rural development organizations, elected officials, and others interested in the current happenings of small towns. Topical speakers, discussions, working sessions, and celebration will highlight this event. This symposium is a part of the President's 21st Century Interdisciplinary Conferences Series of the University of Minnesota. For more information, visit, and click on "Symposium" or call the Center for Small Towns at ext. 6451 or contact the Minnesota Association of Small Cities website at


The second edition of Vicente Cabrera's book, La Sombra del Espía, has just been published by Libresa and features a colorful cover designed by UMM's Mike Cihak (Media Services). The book is available at the UMM Bookstore and more widely at larger bookstores which carry titles in Spanish.  La Sombra del Espía is a cross-cultural tale of spies, drug-traffickers and typewriters.

Four student members of the International Relations Club, Mariela Marcantetti, Libby Jensen, Jessie Hass and Emily Schweizer, represented UMM with diplomatic knowledge learned here, during the annual Model United Nations Conference in Los Angeles, Calif. The International Relations Club has annually attended college-grad school level conferences. Vice President Mariela Marcantetti thanks Dr. Seung-Ho Joo for his great support as the Club's adviser.

Roger McCannon and Ben Winchester from the Center for Small Towns will be the guests on the April 21 "Community Connection" program at 8:45 a.m. on KMRS 1230 AM. They will discuss the June 8-9 Second Annual Symposium on Small Towns at UMM.

UMM is the first coordinate campus to be asked to present its Responsible Conduct of Research Part I training session to the other U of M campuses via ITV. Judy Kuechle, Gwen Rudney, and Jeffrey Ratliff-Crain will present the training Thursday, April 8, 9 a.m.-noon in HFA 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.

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.

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.

The Minnesota Division of Emergency Management has declared the week of April 19-23 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The UMM Safety Committee, in cooperation with Stevens County Emergency Management, will conduct a test of the emergency notification radios on campus at 1:45 p.m. April 22. As part of the test, Stevens County Law Enforcement Center will activate the notification radios and broadcast a message. There will be a tone followed by a message regarding the test. At that time the Safety Committee asks offices with the notification radios to activate the calling tree notification system. Call areas/offices identified on the calling list and inform them of the test if it were an actual emergency they would need to take precautions.


Nominations for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open 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.

The Office of Student Activities Community Service and Volunteerism Program, with the help of a committee of UMM students, faculty, staff and community members, has created the 3rd Annual Student Community Service Award and the 1st Annual President's Volunteer Service Award. The awards will be given to UMM students who demonstrate good character through civic engagement in community-oriented service. Nominees must be current, full-time UMM students showing satisfactory academic progress. Nominees will be notified and asked to complete a form to provide the selection committee with information on their past and present service activities, a brief personal statement expressing their philosophy of community service and names and contact information of 2 references. The winner will be presented with the awards at the 2004 Student Leader Recognition Banquet scheduled for April 14, 2003. Send nominations to the Office of Student Activities by e-mail ( or contact Carol McCannon or Reggie Davis, ext. 6080 by Thursday, April 8.
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