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UMM IS AGAIN RANKED NUMBER THREE IN THE LIST OF FIVE TOP PUBLIC LIBERAL ARTS COLLEGES IN THE NATION BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT in its 2005 rankings of America's Best Colleges. This is the second consecutive year that UMM has achieved this status, and has been the only college in the Midwest on the list.

"UMM's continued ranking among the very top public liberal arts colleges in America is very good news. It is an important and wide-spread public recognition of the excellence of our college, its people and its instructional program," said UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman. "And, recognition by U.S. News provides important external validation of what all of us on campus already know about our educational rigor, our quality and our achievements."

Among criteria that the rankings considered, 92% of UMM's faculty are full-time, and only 5% percent of its classes number more than 50 students. Sixty-eight percent of the courses have fewer than 20 students. Student to faculty ratio at UMM is 14:1.

With 40% of freshmen in the top 10% of their class, UMM occupies the fourth highest ranking in its tier. Freshman academic profile is a key quality indicator, which UMM has consistently demonstrated throughout its over 40-year history. UMM was also recognized as one of the top 25 national liberal arts colleges at which students accumulated the lowest debt load.

THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY WELCOMES NEW AND RETURNING STUDENTS, ALONG WITH NEW FACULTY AND STAFF, when classes resume for the Fall Semester on Monday, Aug. 30. New Student Orientation will be held Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 26-29. Read more about it at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php A complete Orientation schedule is available at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/services/orientation/.

FOUR SEATS ON THE U OF M BOARD OF REGENTS WILL BE OPEN IN 2005. The Regent Candidate Advisory Council is now recruiting candidates from the 2nd, 3rd, and 8th congressional districts, plus candidates for one at-large seat. (There are no student seats open this round.) Application deadline is December 2004. If you can help to identify qualified UMM alumni from these districts, please contact Liz Morrison, 589-1342, or morrison@info-link.net.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the annual City/Chamber Welcome Picnic on Thursday, Sept. 2, at East Side Park [located on East 7th Street the park with the band shell], from 5:30 to 7 pm. Free light supper, DJ, contests, prizes, FUN!!!!! Students, staff and faculty welcome to attend. Bring the entire family. If you’d like to volunteer to help serve food and/or clean up following the event – one shift is still available, 6:15-7:15 p.m. – contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050, or rileyjk@mrs.umn.edu/. Event is co-sponsored by the City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

PLANNING A TRIP TO THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR? Be sure to stop by the U exhibit building. UMM is part of a U-wide exhibit, which provides an abbreviated showcase of outreach, student opportunities and research on each of the U’s campuses UMM student researchers are pictured. UMM jazz combo, “Funky Gumbo,” will entertain on stage in front of the U 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 group’s fair gig was promoted in the Sunday, Aug. 22, Mpls Star Tribune State Fair supplement. The U building at the State Fair is located two blocks west of gate five on Dan Patch Avenue.


Accomplishments

Pamela A. Solvie received her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa., during commencement exercises for the Graduate School held August 14 in Eisenhower Auditorium. President Graham B. Spanier presided over the ceremony and conferred degrees. The commencement address was given by Joanna Floros, Ph.D., Evan Pugh Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn State College of Medicine. Solvie came to UMM in the fall of 2003 and teaches in the Division of Education.

Ray Schultz, UMM assistant professor of theatre, can be seen in the one-person play, “The Santaland Diaries,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at Pope Art in Terrace, Minn. “The Santaland Diaries” recounts the experiences of an unemployed New Yorker who takes a job as an elf at Macy's at Christmastime. The piece was written by popular satirist and frequent NPR commentator David Sedaris. While The Santaland Diaries will play one performance only at Pope Art, it is scheduled to perform in other venues throughout Minnesota in November and December. The Santaland Diaries contains adult themes and language and is recommended for mature audiences. All tickets are $10 each and seating for this performance is limited. Contact Merlin at (320) ART-SHOW or popeart@runestone.net for reservations or more information. Directions to Pope Art can be found at http://www.popeart.org/


Announcements

A meeting for all those interested in men's or women's golf will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, in the P.E. Center Conference Room, P.E. 230. If you are unable to attend, contact Mark Fohl at ext. 6421.

Auditions for the theatre discipline's fall production, Noel Coward's supernatural comedy, “Blithe Spirit,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 1 and 2, in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Proscenium Theatre with callbacks Friday, Sept. 3, from 2-5 p.m. Students must attend callbacks to be cast. Rehearsals begin Tuesday after Labor Day for the production, which runs October 28-30. Scripts are on reserve in the library information about the audition process will be posted on the theater callboard located in the HFA building. Questions? Call Professor Siobhan Bremer at ext. 6245.

Attention seniors: Senior Meetings will be held in the Cougar Room of Oyate Hall in the Student Center at the following times: September 14 at 10 a.m., noon, or 2 p.m. September 15 at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m., or 1 p.m. Packets including the Application for Degree will be handed out to seniors who attend. These meetings are essential for students with 80+ credits who plan to graduate from UMM, find jobs, and/or apply to graduate or professional schools during the 2004-005 academic year. Please select a meeting time that works for you

Parking permits for the 2004-2005 academic year are on sale for all campus parking lots, and can be purchased at the Campus Police Office - #9 Camden Hall (basement). The price again this year will be $75. Direct questions to the Campus Police Office at ext. 6000.


Deadlines

September deadlines for grant proposals are listed below. For more information or assistance, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development office, at warehamr@mrs.umn.edu or ext. 6458.
Sept. 1 Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Community Partnership Grant proposals
for artists of color
Sept. 3 2005 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends
proposals due in Grants Development Office
Sept. 10 Graduate School Grant-in-Aid of Research proposals due in Dean's Office
Sept. 14 Lake Region Arts Council Project Grant proposals
Sept. 15 PFund proposals
Sept. 15 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants in
Dance, Theatre and Visual Arts
Also, for lots more information regarding grants and funding opportunities, don't forget to visit the newly redesigned Grants Development web site at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/grants/

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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 rileyjk@mrs.umn.edu/.