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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 Summer Edition of the Weekly Bulletin will be June 16.


SEVERAL FOLKS WITH UMM TIES WILL BE AMONG THE DELEGATES WHO WILL REPRESENT THE CITY OF MORRIS IN ATLANTA JUNE 11-13 AT THE ALL-AMERICA CITY AWARDS. Morris was named one of 30 finalists on April 15 in its first application for the award. The city’s delegation includes Sydney Beyer, Laura Delehanty, Sue Dieter, Chandel Dietz, Philip Drown, David Fluegel, Kellie Hesse, Ed Larson, Shelly Lund, Sal Monteagudo, Cindy Perkins, Carolyn Peterson, Mike Peterson, Sam Schuman, and Carol Wilcox. Efforts are underway to show support and raise funds for the All America City competition in Atlanta. AAC T-shirts are on sale at Willie's, Coborn's, and John's Entertainment. Mayor Wilcox has declared Fridays to be "AAC Support Day." A public community picnic will be held on Thursday, May 27, at East Side Park. Roast beef sandwiches, beans, beverages and chips will be served between 5-6:30 p.m. Rain site is the Regional Fitness Center. A sneak preview of the Morris presentation will be unveiled around 6:15 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested.

DAVID MOLESWORTH HAS BEEN NAMED THE FIRST-EVER HEAD COACH for the women’s swimming and diving team that will start in fall 2004. He will also serve as aquatics coordinator for the Regional Fitness Center. Molesworth received his master’s degree in athletic administration from the U of South Dakota, where he served as a graduate assistant for two years. He has been an assistant coach for the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at USD, as well as the aquatic coordinator.

A QUILT CRAFTED BY STUDENTS IN TAMMY FAUX’S FIRST YEAR SEMINAR COURSE on “The Story of Diversity and Social Justice” is on display this summer at the Kandi Mall in Willmar, near the entrance to K Mart. Students who participated making the quilt are: Donovan Cawley, Molly Friedmeyer-Vacek, Elizabeth Griepentrog, Dana Herrera, Alyssa Herzog, Rachel Lachapelle, Cassandra McMahon, Ronelle Siert, Melissa Touroutoutoudis, Vanessa Waltz, Christina Wood, Crystal Yang, Jessica Bassett, Tanya Champion, Melissa Greene, Aaron Hanson, Adam Hayes, Nicole Jacques, Julie Mills, Autumn McKnight, Jennifer Schreifels, Chris Taylor, See Thao, and Kari Witschen.

DAVID SWENSON WILL JOIN THE CAMPUS IN MID-JULY AS DIRECTOR OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES. Swenson has served as associate director of the Smith Campus Center and Student Programs at Pomona College for the past seven years. Prior to this appointment, he was program coordinator for Student Activities and Performing Arts at Pittsburg State University (KS). David earned his bachelor’s degree in theater from Missouri Southern State College and his master’s degree in counseling from Pittsburg State University. He has been active professionally, holding regional and national leadership positions in the Association of College Unions International and the National Association for Campus Activities.

PEOPLE SHARING PROJECT IDEAS AND RESOURCES WILL BE A KEY FEATURE DURING THE SECOND ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM ON SMALL TOWNS, JUNE 8-9 AT UMM. Registration through June 2 is open to the public. The Symposium 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 in partnership with the Minnesota Extension Service. Musicians extraordinaire Peter Ostroushko and Arkadiy Yushin will provide an evening of outstanding music for all at 7:30 p.m. June 8 in Edson Auditorium. For information updates, a schedule of events, 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 announcements about the Symposium at

SHARING BEST PRACTICES FOR HISTORIC CAMPUS PLANNING AND PRESERVATION IN THE UPPER MIDWEST, WILL BE THE FOCUS when UMM hosts "Stewards of Past and Future: Exploring Tools for HistoricPreservation on Campus," a unique two-day conference on June 23 and 24. The conference, sponsored by UMM and the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society, is designed for facilities managers, planners, groundskeepers, and other stewards of historic campus buildings and landscapes. The conference will bring together campus staff and experts in planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and historic preservation to learn, compare notes, and discuss concepts and tools. Registration is $25, which includes all conference Sessions, materials, dinner on June 23, and a continental breakfast and lunch on June 24. Registration deadline is May 28, 2004. Space is limited. For more information, contact Nancy Erdahl or Lowell Rasmussen, UMM Plant Services, UMM, Morris MN 56267, 320-589-6100, Information is also available at


Christa Wengler and Gyles Fohl are recipients of the annual Briggs Library Art Purchase Award. The purpose of the award is twofold: to recognize talented UMM students, and to create a permanent quality art collection to be housed in the library building. Each year a selection committee made up of library staff members, library work-study students and an Academic Support Services Committee member select one piece from the general art exhibit and one from the senior art exhibit to purchase and display in the library.

French major Katie Droske has been selected as the first runner-up for the Walter Jensen Scholarship for study abroad, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French. This scholarship is nationally competitive.

Steven R. Poppe, horticulture research plot coordinator, is a recipient of the 2004 President's Award for Outstanding Service. The President's Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff members. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community.

Clifford Panton, assistant professor of music, received a 2004 Grant-in-Aid award of $5,852 from the Graduate School for his project, "CD Recording of Violin and Piano Works by William Grant Still." The grant will help fund Panton's upcoming CD recording of works by historic Afro-American composer William Grant Still. This award, along his previously announced 2004 President's Multicultural Faculty Research Award of $7,000, will fully fund this project.

Ted Pappenfus, assistant professor of physics, received a 2004 Grant-in-Aid award of $17,136 from the Graduate School for his project, "Asymmetric Oligothiophenes for Electronic Device Applications." His grant will support his research of organic materials for electronic applications.

Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, is on the planning committee for the NASPA - National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) 2004 Small College and University Institute. The Institute brings senior student affairs offices from small colleges and universities together every two years. It will be held June 26 to 29 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland with a focus on "Courageous Leadership for Challenging Times.” She also presented at the NASPA National Conference this spring with a group of small college senior student affairs officers from Beloit College, Otterbein College, St. Olaf College, and Nebraska Wesleyan. Topic was "Involving Students: Best Practices at Small Colleges." She highlighted UMM's Multicultural Student Leadership Retreat.

Former Cougar Mike Walker has signed a one-year free agent contract with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Past and present women’s wrestlers who have earned the chance to become part of the first United States Olympic Women’s Wrestling Team are: Megan Goldsmith, Tina George, Sally Robert, Katie Downing, Sara McMann, Marcie Van Dusen, and Nina Vernon. Sophomore Tabithia Ramsey placed fourth in the Pan American Championships held in May.

Bettina Blake, professor emerita of French and former UMM academic dean, was the luncheon speaker May 11 during the Annual Meeting of the Women’s Club in St. Paul.

UMM in The News…

[Senior Perspective May 2004] UMM and WCSA are mentioned and a photo included in “My Town” feature about Morris.

[Minnesota Women’s Press May 5, 2004] UMM freshman Hannah Leiberman is quoted in an article, “Minnesota Marches” about the March for Women’s Lives, held in Washington, D.C.

[The Rake magazine May 2004] Cy Thao ’95 is featured and UMM receives mention in “A Picture is Worth 5,000 Years.”

[Minnesota magazine May-June 2004] Pieranna Garavaso, philosophy, is pictured and quoted on page 42 in a U of M Alumni Association report, “Saluting Great Teachers.”

[St. Paul Pioneer Press May 24, 2004] UMM student and Student DFL chair Sara Kloek is quoted in an article, “Newbies dominate DFL convention.” Kloek will attend the Democratic National Convention this summer in Boston as a Kerry delegate from the 7th Congressional District. Representative Cy Thao ‘95 will also attend as a Kerry delegate. Thao was elected at the State Convention as a Party Leader/Elected Official. Read the entire story at

[Senior Perspective June 2004] An article written by UMM staff Rebecca Webb about Commencement speaker Peter Coyote, and friends Chancellor Sam Schuman and Nancy Schuman, appears on the front page.


Thank you from Ray and Laura Thielke (Residential Life and External Relations staff, respectively) to the campus community for your thoughts and prayers when Ray's father passed away. We were very touched by your kind words of sympathy and appreciate the pretty cards and the beautiful green plant. Thank you!

Remember the old “Cougar Days” reunions? The Dave Engelhardt roast? Join student-athlete alumni, coaches and staff during the 1970s UMM Athletic Reunion on August 14 from 4 p.m. to closing at Stub’s Ballroom located in downtown Battle Lake. Former Coaches Al Molde, Rich Glas, Larry Edlund and Doug Dufty will host the reception. Alumni who played for Coaches Connie Edlund, Sandy Glas or Maren Michaelson Bakken are especially invited to attend. Greg Lanners ’78 and Arly Grages ’78 will serve as volunteer organizers. No invitations will be sent. To assist with planning, those attending are encouraged to e-mail one of the coaches by July 1: Al Molde at, Larry Edlund at, Rich Glas at, Doug Dufty at

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