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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 28.

A RECOMMENDATION BY MEMBERS OF THE UNITED LATINOS AT UMM HAS RESULTED IN RENAMING A CAMPUS STREET TO AVENIDA DE CÉSAR CHÁVEZ (CÉSAR CHÁVEZ AVENUE). The street links with Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (at the stop sign north of Humanities Fine Arts) and continues to the center of the campus (by Camden Hall and Social Science). In addition to the campus ceremony held April 20 to dedicate a new street sign, the occasion marked the first annual presentation of the César E. Chávez Awards. Awards were presented both to UMM student Phoebe Trepp, and to Bonnie Tipcke, staff member in the Office of the Minority Student Program. Award recipients were recognized "For embodying the principles, leadership, and humanitarian qualities of the late legendary labor and civil rights leader. For the belief that ordinary people can make extraordinary social change when they are individually guided by, and bound together by, universal values and a common vision for a better world. For (their) contribution to the Latino Community, Communities of Color, and for support of Workers Rights while personifying the values embodied by Cesar E. Chavez which include: service to others, sacrifice, a preference to help the most needy, determination, non-violence, tolerance, respect for life, celebrating community, knowledge, and innovation we extend our sincerest appreciation." Chávez 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.

STUDENTS INVOLVED IN SPRING SEMESTER'S NINE SERVICE LEARNING CLASSES, which have included partnerships with more than 15 agencies, schools, and nonprofits, will showcase their projects in Oyate Hall at the first Service Learning Expo on Monday, April 26, from noon to 3 p.m. Community members, faculty, staff and students are invited to learn more about service learning and the spring semester courses currently rounding out their projects. Students have volunteered to showcase their projects in addition to 15 or more hours of service to the community and countless hours writing reflective and research essays this semester. Please come to find out what they've been doing!

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RETIRING WITH OVER 300 YEARS OF COMBINED SERVICE TO UMM WILL BE RECOGNIZED DURING THE 13TH ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER APRIL 29. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at LaFave House, 305 College Avenue, where complimentary beverages and snacks will be served. Dinner will be served in Oyate Hall at 7 p.m. The menu is the "Oriental Express" and includes Hunan beef, chicken with snow peas, stir fried vegetables, fried rice and egg rolls. Dessert is Mandarin cake. The cost for the dinner is $20 per person. Retirees are: Marlys Buntje, Ron Cline, Mariam Frenier, Helen Kolden, Ardath Larson, Roger McCannon, Vernon Mohr, Virginia Schmidgall, Ray Sibul, Rose Thompson, Barbara Valnes, and Bruce Wakefield. Also to be recognized are: Gwen Rudney, 2004 recipient of the Alumni Association Teaching Award Pieranna Garavaso, recipient of the Horace T. Morse-University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education Ferolyn Angell, 2004 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award the student (Christina Pacheco) and staff (Jennifer Lund) Mary Martelle recipients Outstanding Service Award recipients: Marlys Buntje for Civil Service, Helen Kolden for Teamsters, and Sue Schultz for AFSCME. Sam Schuman has received the all-University Breaking the Silence Award, and John Husted has received the all-University College of Continuing Education Distinguished Teaching Award. RSVP to Maggie Larson, LaFave House by the end of the day, Monday, April 26. Checks can be made payable to UMM.

COMMENCEMENT EVENTS FAST APPROACHING Here is a brief listing of events that surround the culmination of the spring semester. Honors Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in HFA Recital Hall. Native American Honoring Ceremony for 2004 Native American Graduates Friday, May 7, 4 - 5:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Student Honors and Awards Ceremony Friday, May 7, 7 p.m., HFA Recital Hall. A reception for parents, award recipients, and donors is held from 6:15 – 7 p.m. in the HFA Gallery area. Saturday, May 8, Division receptions [light brunch] from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. as follows: Division of Education - Alumni Room, Student Center Division of the Humanities - Cougar Room, Student Center Division of Science and Mathematics - Science Atrium Division of the Social Sciences - University Room, Student Center. 12:30 p.m. - Students and faculty begin assembling for the commencement procession. Line up is in HFA. Students will process in random order. 1:30 p.m. - Commencement Ceremony on the Mall (rain site is PE Center) 3 p.m. Commencement Reception, Oyate Hall. The UMM Bookstore will be open from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 8 (Commencement day), and again following commencement to receive regalia. For updates and more information log on to


Erin Kaiser, a senior music education major, has been selected to perform in the National Wind Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in May. Kaiser was chosen from a large number of applicants from across the country to play clarinet under the direction of eminent conductor, H. Robert Reynolds. She will travel to New York City on May 26 to rehearse for the concert on May 31.

Seniors Amelia “Ami” Chouravong and Leigh Berven are two of only four students U-wide selected to receive the coveted Katherine E. Sullivan Scholarship. The scholarship provides an opportunity for University of Minnesota seniors to enrich their academic experience with a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country. The award is for an entire academic year and covers all or a portion of in-country educational expenses (tuition, fees, books, etc.), room and board, and round trip transportation from the Twin Cities to the study site.

[Mpls Star Tribune 4-21-04] Cougar tight end Mike Walker is profiled in an article, “Small-college players face long odds in quest for NFL.” Read more at


Science and math student representatives for 2004-05 are: Biology: JoAnn Korn and Tristan Larson Chemistry: Melissa Swenson and Stephanie Vlaminck Computer Science: Alex Jarvis and Chris Olson Geology: Dustin Olson Mathematics: Matt Bryan Physics: Chris Orth Statistics: Adam Falkenstein.

If you are planning to take courses at another college this summer and transfer the credits back to UMM, you are invited and encouraged to first consult with the Registrar to be sure that the course(s) will transfer towards your degree program at UMM. Courses in your major need faculty approval. Approval methods for transfer courses vary from one discipline to another. Ask your faculty adviser for the approval methods used in your major.

Area human service professionals will attend a workshop on "Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Children and Adolescents: Impact on Health, Learning and Behavior" on Thursday, April 22 in Oyate Hall. Presenters are Stephen Olsen, pediatric clinical psychologist Kim Schulze, professor of community psychology and applied behavior analysis at SCSU and Nadine Taylor, public health nurse with the Minnesota Department of Health. The workshop will provide an overview of FASD how it impacts health, learning, and behavior and it will offer practical strategies, interventions, and community resources for working with individuals who have FASD. For more information contacting UMM Continuing Education, 225 Community Services Building, ext. 6450.

The Grants Development Office will host the Principal Investigator Workshop (Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR), Part 2, via ITV on Monday, May 10, in HFA 7 from 1-4 p.m. Note that, according to the Regents Policy, awards and account numbers cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of the 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 areas include 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. RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, at or ext. 6465 no later than Wednesday, May 5, if you plan to attend. This announcement is for general information. An e-mail will be sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 2 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy.


Student Employment:
The last day to submit or increase a Student Employment Contract for spring is Friday, April 23, 2004. The last day to submit academic year time sheets for student payroll is Friday, May 21, 2004.

Student Loans:
The last day to increase or add a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, Perkins, PLUS or Alternative loan for the academic year is Friday, April 30, 2004.

Summer Financial Aid:
The last day to apply for May or Summer financial aid is Friday, June 4, 2004. To be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled for all summer classes by Monday, June 7, 2004. For more information:

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