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THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA HAS ANNOUNCED THE LARGEST SCHOLARSHIP DRIVE IN ITS HISTORY with a new program designed to double the impact of gifts for new endowed scholarships. The Promise of Tomorrow scholarship drive, recently announced by University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, will double the generosity of donors by matching the spendable income from newly endowed scholarships with funds from the University. The scholarship drive seeks to increase by 50 percent the number of new students who receive scholarships from gifts to the University. New scholarships will open the doors of opportunity to thousands more U of M students, including hundreds at the Morris campus. To learn more about the Promise of Tomorrow program and scholarship naming opportunities, contact Maddy Maxeiner at or 320-589-6386.

Elementary education major Christina Rettmann was crowned the 51st Princess Kay of the Milky Way during the recent Minnesota State Fair. Rettmann will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for Minnesota's dairy industry and the state's approximately 6,000 dairy producers. One of Rettmann's first official duties was to sit in a rotating cooler for several hours on the opening day of the Fair to have her likeness sculpted in a 90-pound block of butter.

John F. Schwaller (Dean, History and Spanish) gave three lectures in Buenos Aires, Argentina over the last week. On August 28, he addressed the Second International Symposium on Franciscan Archives and Libraries. His paper was titled "Franciscan manuscripts in United States Repositories." On August 30, he presented a paper, titled "The Early Life of don Luis de Velasco, Viceroy of Mexico and Peru," at the Institute of American and Argentine History of the Catholic University of Argentina. On August 2, he delivered a paper at the Institute of Legal History with the title "The Printing Press and the Promulgation of the Royal Decree on Personal Service, 1603, in Lima."

Keith Brugger, geology, presented a paper, "Variations in glacier length and ice volume of Rabots Glaciär in response to climate change, 1910-2003,"at the International Symposium on Arctic Glaciology held in Geilo, Norway, August 22-27. Coauthors were UMM alumni Matthew Whitehill '98 and Kurt Refsnider '04.

A recent study conducted by the Center for Small Towns at UMM answered the question: How are events in rural areas covered and reported by metropolitan-area media? Under the supervision of Benjamin Winchester, coordinator of data analysis and research at CST, three UMM undergraduate students - Neil Linscheid, a senior from St. Paul majoring in political science Abby Von Arx, a senior from Caledonia majoring in English and Tara Schmidt, a senior from Brainerd majoring in political science -- conducted the research for the study. This research project was commissioned by the Minnesota Initiative Foundations and the results were presented at the board retreat on June 4 in Brainerd. The final written report is posted on the Center for Small Towns' web page:

[Sept. 7, 2004 Village News, a supplement to the Morris Sun Tribune] An article, titled "Distinctive Aussie visitor leads equally distinctive life," profiled the service learning course taught by Argie Manolis, English.


The Math Room is open from 7 to 10 p.m. Regular Math Room hours for Fall Semester 2004 are Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. The Math Room is a drop-in service where math students may get help with their math assignments and is located in room 360 of the library.

Physics drop-in tutoring is available in room 360 of the library (in the Math Room). Fall Semester physics drop-in tutoring is available on Sunday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., and on Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2007: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Elementary Education majors planning to graduate in 2007 on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 5 p.m. OR at 6 p.m. in MRC 205. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

The following Chancellor's Open Office hours have been scheduled during fall semester: Thursday, Sept. 23, at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3 ,at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at 8 a.m. and Monday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to discuss topics which can be addressed in a short visit. Please note: These hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the website: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at 589-6020.

Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program: You must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on November 20. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education OR Jane Kill, Counseling for information on registering.

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 is open from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


The Ethel Curry Scholarships are available to American Indian students who
are juniors, seniors, or graduate students and enrolled in an accredited
Minnesota post-secondary institution. The applicants must be one-quarter
(1/4) or more blood quantum of a Minnesota-based tribe or community or a
combination thereof. The applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade
point average of 3.0. The application deadline is October 1, 2004. Please
stop by the Financial Aid office for an application.

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

September deadlines for grant proposals are listed below. For more information or assistance, contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development office, at 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
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