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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 This is the final Weekly Bulletin of the academic year.

DR. CYRUS BINA, PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AND MANAGEMENT, IS THE RECIPIENT OF THE 2004 UMM FACULTY DISTINGUISHED RESEARCH AWARD. The Award is given to faculty members who have undertaken valuable, sustained research and/or displayed artistic productivity over the course of their academic careers. In selecting recipients, factors taken into consideration include impact on one's field, scope of reputation, honors and awards received, scholarly publications, quality and quantity of work, and service as an evaluator of others' professional productions, among other factors. Prior to UMM, Bina has taught for over two decades in several institutions of higher learning. He is a prodigious researcher who has published several books and numerous journal articles.

THE 13TH ANNUAL FACULTY AND STAFF RECOGNITION DINNER WILL BE HELD APRIL 29. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 5 - 6:30 p.m. at LaFave House. Dinner will be served in Oyate Hall at 7 p.m. Retirees who will be honored 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.

ACTOR, AUTHOR AND ACTIVIST PETER COYOTE WILL GIVE THE GRADUATION ADDRESS AND UMM CHANCELLOR SAM SCHUMAN WILL PRESIDE DURING THE 41ST COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY, to be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 8, on the campus mall. Rain site will be in the P.E. Center gym. Nearly 370 students will receive their bachelor of arts degrees from UMM this year. The UMM Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. John Stanley Ross, will perform a pre-Commencement concert. Musical selections will be offered during the ceremony by the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Student Marshals will be Sara Kloek and Sarah Lofgren. Leading the faculty procession will be Faculty Marshal Jessica Larson, assistant professor of studio art. The “Star Spangled Banner” will be led by graduating senior Tara Salyards.
The Honorable University Regent John Frobenius will address the graduates. Amelia Chouravong, graduating senior and recipient of the Curtis H. Larson Award, will speak on behalf of the graduating class. The Iron Bull Singers will present an Honor Song, played to recognize and pay tribute to special achievements. John F. Schwaller, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, will present the graduating class. The Honorable University of Minnesota Regent John Frobenius will confer the degrees. A reception, hosted by Chancellor Schuman, will be held in Oyate Hall in the Student Center following the commencement ceremony. Graduates, their families and friends are cordially invited to stay and enjoy the fellowship of this special occasion. The Humanities Fine Arts Gallery features the 2004 Senior Student Exhibition, and is open to visitors before and after the commencement ceremony.
Later the same day, the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will host a public reception for Peter Coyote from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Cultural Center (630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris). Welcome Coyote to the Morris community and enjoy hearing him read a little from his own writing.

EVENTS THAT SURROUND THE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY ARE: Honors Recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in HFA Recital Hall. Student musicians, who have been selected by audition to perform are: Heidi Hendrickson, Angela Adam, Tom Nordlund, Benjamin Karlen, Casey Kavanagh, Terri Schult, Erin Kaiser, Tiffany Petron, Michele Olson, Julia Sharpe, KT Schwaderer, Lee Korby, Emily Varney, Stephanie Liesch, Amanda Howard, Alicia Mendez, Richelle Macies 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 HTTP://WWW.MRS.UMN.EDU/EVENTS/COMMENCEMENT/.

THE DIVISION OF EDUCATION FACULTY invites you to attend the "Education Exposition 2004," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates on Wednesday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS, JUNE 8-9 AT UMM, will focus on the uniqueness of small towns and feature people taking responsibility for creating positive change in their communities. The Center for Small Towns at UMM and the Minnesota Association of Small Cities will co-sponsor the event. Everyone is welcome to attend. Musicians extraordinaire Peter Ostroushko and Arkadiy Yushin will provide an evening of outstanding music for symposium participants. The concert, to be held on the evening of June 8, is also open to the public. For information updates and registration visit the Center for Small Towns web page at, click on the symposium link, or call ext. 6451. Log on and tune in to audio about the Symposium at


Creative Study Institute artistic director David Johnson and Karen Johnson, from the College of Continuing Education, will be the guests, along with Athena Kildegaard from the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance on the April 29 “Community Connection” program on KMRS Morris radio. Discussion will focus on summer youth art enrichment through the “new” Prairie Camp and the 31st annual Creative Study Institute. Program airs at 8:45 a.m. on 1230 AM.

Tim Ray, Media Services, will make his national radio debut Monday, May 3, on NPR's "All Things Considered." The part-time actor and theater director will give voice to the infamous "Coya Come Home" letter written by Andy Knutson imploring his wife, Coya, to give up her career as Minnesota's first congresswoman. Tim's wife, Kathy Ray of Barrett, has written a one-woman show about the notorious politician whose career ended in disaster after she refused to abandon her constituents to follow the party line. Knutson was a staunch supporter of farmers and authored legislation to establish the student loan program. MPR site with info on Coya:

Cougar tight end Mike Walker has been picked up by the Green Bay Packers and will report to the Packers mini camp in Green Bay this weekend. After physicals and other testing and equipment check out Friday, he will get a chance to work out with the team Friday thru Sunday and hopefully have a signed contract in his hand and officially be a Packer on Sunday night before heading back home to Arizona. In an interview with UMM Sport Information Director Brian Curtis, Walker said Wednesday that he is very excited about the possibility of being a Packer.

A paper by Tim Phillips was recently published in the on-line publication, Animal Liberation Philosophy and Policy Journal. Here is the link:

Bradley Deane, assistant professor of English, was awarded a 2004 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and McKnight Summer Fellowship for the Arts and Humanities of $5,000 each from the Graduate School for his project, "The Lost Worlds of Victorian Empire." The fellowships will support research into a relatively unexplored genre of fiction, the "lost world" story, which sheds new light on the popular interpretation of the growth of the British Empire at the end of the nineteenth century.

Becca Gercken-Hawkins, assistant professor of English, was awarded a 2004 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and McKnight Summer Fellowship for the Arts and Humanities of $5,000 each from the Graduate School for her project, "Authentic Reservations: The Rhetorical War for Native American Identity." The project explores ethnic authenticity in contemporary Native American literature and how concepts of ethnic identity are affected by both public policy and popular culture. Gercken-Hawkins was also awarded a 2004 President's Multicultural Faculty Research Award of $6,998 to support this project.

Gretchen Minton, assistant professor of English, was awarded a 2004 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and McKnight Summer Fellowship for the Arts and Humanities of $5,000 each from the Graduate School for her project, "Critical Edition of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens for Arden (Third Series)." The fellowships will help Minton complete editorial work on Timon of Athens for the Arden Shakespeare series, the premiere publisher of critical editions of Shakespeare's plays.

Clifford Panton, assistant professor of music, received a 2004 President's Multicultural Faculty Research Award of $7,000 for his project, "CD Recording of Violin and Piano Works by William Grant Still." The project will help fund Panton's upcoming CD recording of works by historic Afro-American composer William Grant Still.

Julie Pelletier, assistant professor of anthropology, received a 2004 President's Multicultural Faculty Research Award of $14,000. This two-year grant will support summer research in New Zealand to conduct fieldwork among the Maori with a focus on the role of ritual and ceremony in tribal identity. Pelletier also received a 2004 Council on Public Engagement (COPE) grant of $6,260 to conduct ethnohistoric research on the Morris Indian Boarding School. The project will partially be incorporated as a service-learning component of Pelletier's fall 2004 Contemporary Native American Indians course.

Ray Schultz, assistant professor of theatre, was awarded a 2004 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and McKnight Summer Fellowship for the Arts and Humanities of $5,000 each from the Graduate School for his project, The Santaland Diaries. In this project, Schultz will produce, direct and act in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. This one-person comedy follows the trials and tribulations of an out-of-work writer who is forced into the role of a reluctant Macy's elf at Christmas time. Schultz also recently received a Career Development Grant from the Lake Region Arts Council and McKnight Foundation of $1,200 to support this project.

[May 2004 Minnesota Monthly] Story on pp. 162-165 about artist and Rep. Cy Thao ’95, “Partisan Artist,” mentions UMM.

[April 28, 2004 Minnesota Daily] Story, “U’s energy future might lie with wind,” includes UMM mention and interview with Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Plant and Planning Lowell Rasmussen.


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 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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