A WHOPPING 94% OF STUDENT RESPONDENTS RATED THEIR UMM EXPERIENCE AS VERY SATISFACTORY OR MODERATELY SATISFACTORY, according to a recent annual survey including all four campuses of the University of Minnesota. In addition to being overwhelmingly satisfied, nearly 80% of UMM graduates indicated that they would begin their undergraduate work all over again at UMM. In the three years that the Morris campus has been involved in the survey, Morris campus graduates were the most satisfied of any within the University of Minnesota system.
Student satisfaction with the overall quality of instruction at UMM is the highest in the University. UMM respondents were especially pleased with the high quality of instruction in both their introductory courses and also in their major areas. UMM students found their courses to be challenging and their faculty to be highly accessible. Over 70% said that a faculty member in their major department was the most important advisor or mentor to them while they were at UMM. Read more about the survey results at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/current.php
YOU\\\'RE INVITED TO THE ANNUAL CITY/CHAMBER WELCOME PICNIC on Thursday, Sept. 2 (that\'s tomorrow!), 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. Event is co-sponsored by the City of Morris and the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
THE FOOTBALL COUGARS ARE THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE NORTH DIVISION of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), according to voting by the leagues coaches, earning three first-place votes and 15 points. UMM, Northwestern and Martin Luther finished in a three-way tie for first place in 2003. Be a fan in the stands when the Cougars open their season this Saturday vs. Mayville (N.D.) State. Game time is 1 p.m.
THE COUGAR WOMEN\\\'S SOCCER TEAM is the # 1 pick in the coaches\\\' UMAC pre-season poll. In their first year of UMAC competition, the Cougars posted an undefeated 12-0 conference record. The team\\\'s overall showing set new school records for the most wins in a single season (15) and the best single season winning percentage (.816). Look for their home opener, the 6th Annual Cougar Classic, on September 10.
WOMEN\\\'S VOLLEYBALL gets underway tonight (Sept. 1) with a 6 p.m. contest vs. Gustavus Adolphus in the P.E. Center gym.
WOMEN\\\'S CROSS COUNTRY gets underway September 4, 10:30 a.m. competition at the St. John\\\'s Invitational, Collegeville.
Michael Cahill, the support coordinator for Alzheimer\\\'s Australia, the equivalent of the Alzheimer\\\'s Association in the U.S., came to UMM on Wednesday, Aug. 25, to meet with Argie Manolis, instructor of English and service-learning coordinator, and Lisa Denzer, activity director at West Wind Village, about a UMM service learning project about to begin its fifth year. Students in Manolis\\\'s Fundamentals of Writing, College Writing, and Introduction to Creative Writing plan and implement weekly recreational and therapeutic activities for elders living at West Wind Village, many of whom suffer from Alzheimer\\\'s Disease or a related dementia. They record their elders\\\' words and make them into found poems to capture community and family memories. Cahill hopes to adopt the curriculum and begin a similar project in Australia.
I would like to thank the entire campus community for the beautiful flowers, wonderful cards, and caring thoughts and concern during the recent death of my Father, Rup Hofmann. -- Jenny Quam
Clare Strand wishes to thank the UMM community for the condolences, cards, gifts and donations to the Long\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund given in response to the death of her father, Jack Dingley.
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.
The U Card Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 3. Beginning Monday, Sept. 6, Fall Semester U Card hours will be 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Attention Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty: Applications for the first round of the 2004-05 Grant-in-Aid Program are due in the UMM Dean\\\'s Office by 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 10, 2004. Applications forms are available online at http://www.grad.umn.edu/faculty-staff/funding/.
September deadlines for grant proposals are listed below. For more information or assistance, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development office, at email@example.com or ext. 6458.
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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