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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 July 14.


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 Historic Preservation on Campus" June 23 and 24. Sponsored by UMM and the State Historic Preservation Office of the Minnesota Historical Society, the conference 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. For more information, contact Nancy Erdahl or Lowell Rasmussen, UMM Plant Services, UMM, Morris MN 56267, 320-589-6100, Information is also available at Rasmussen and Sue Granger of Gemini Research in Morris will discuss this event on the Friday, June 18, “Community Connection” program, which airs each day at 8:45 a.m. on KMRS, 1230 AM.

ABOUT 40 SIXTH, SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS will attend the University of Minnesota Extension Service “Lights, Camera, Action” Conference on campus July 7-8. The conference will offer students the opportunity to create a video performance, learn about the film editing process, and participate in the on-line 4-H Cyber Camp.

MORRIS EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH will hold its Bible School closing event at the UMM P.E. Center and RFC July 23. About 450 adult and student participants are expected.

THE "STUDENT SUICIDE: INSTITUTIONAL POLICY, LIABILITY AND PREVENTION" AUDIO CONFERENCE will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. July 28 in the Behmler Hall Conference Room.

THE MORRIS CAMPUS WILL BE REPRESENTED, along with all University of Minnesota campuses, in a University-wide exhibit in the U building at the Minnesota State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 6. The exhibit will provide an abbreviated showcase of outreach, student opportunities and research on each of the campuses. Leslie Zenk, admissions, and Judy Riley, university relations, coordinated the UMM exhibit. In addition, the UMM jazz combo, “Funky Gumbo,” will entertain on stage in front of the U exhibition building from noon-4 pm on Monday, Sept. 6. Combo members are UMM students Casey Kavanagh, Tom Hencal, Dustin Retzlaff, Tom Nordlund, and non-UMMer Bill Engelbretson. The U of M building at the Minnesota State Fair is located two blocks west of gate 5 on Dan Patch Avenue.

TIME TO SUIT UP AS WELL FOR THE UMM BOOTH AT THE STEVENS COUNTY FAIR August 12-15 in Morris. Faculty and staff volunteers are the key to making the booth a rousing success. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with west central Minnesota (and beyond) fairgoers who may be prospective students, parents of prospective students, donors or prospective donors. Or just volunteer to meet and greet, and make that important community connection. Grab a colleague and volunteer together at the UMM booth by e-mailing Judy Riley at Choose from the following 2-hour time slots [note some are 2-1/2 hrs]: Thurs, Aug. 12: 6-8 pm, 8-10 pm Fri, Aug. 13: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10:30 pm Sat, Aug. 14: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm, 6-8 pm, 8-10:30 pm Sun, Aug 15: noon-2 pm, 2-4 pm, 4-6 pm. Exhibition booths are located inside the Lee Community Center adjacent to the Stevens County Fairgrounds.


Barbara Burke, speech communication, will participate in the National Communication Association’s Hope Institute for Faculty Development, July 19-24, on the Luther College campus in Decorah, Iowa. The annual institute, an assembly of many of the nation’s top scholars and teachers of communication, communication studies and linguistics, will feature five seminars, each led by a distinguished scholar or teacher in the communication field.

Laird Barber, professor emeritus of English, Bettina Blake, professor emerita of French, and Phyllis Gausman of Morris, presented "The New China: Three Perspectives over Thirty Years' Time" during the May 12 Learning Unlimited program at the Morris Senior Center. Gausman lived in China and taught there at a school in Hangzhou, while Barber and Blake were tourists. Their collective experience reflects the enormous changes between 1984 and now. An extensive display of artifacts, maps and photos was also shared.

Twenty-three UMM athletes are recipients of the UMAC 2004 individual spring Academic All-Conference Award. Athletes must meet the following criteria: (1) Post a 3.50 or better grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. (2) Complete two previous academic semesters at the nominating UMAC institution. (3) Compete in the sport in which he or she is nominated in the season that corresponds with the selection. Students are: Baseball - Austin Krohn, Shaun O'Neil Softball - Miriam Bagniewski, Rachel Beckman, Angela Eischens, Jenna Gustafson, Bret Mayer, Kristin Meister, Danielle Mercurio, Katie Taylor, Stephanie Tomte, Monica Wenzel Women's Tennis - Jen Anderson, Katie Nelson, Melissa Dvorak, Rachel Mathiowetz, Kristina Bell Men's Track & Field - Brett Edlund, Eric Korman, Kyle Schwartz Women's Track & Field - Anne Skoglund, Danielle Thompson, Leah Webinger.

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