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MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THE FIRST-EVER COUGAR FEST on Saturday, Oct. 2. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 10:30 a.m. near the Cougar football field. Free inflatable games for the kids, food sales, and more. Then stay for the Cougars vs. Blackburn College football game, which begins at noon. Complimentary game passes will be available for faculty and staff. Watch and listen for more details. Cougar Fest is brought to you by the Office of Admissions, the Office of Student Affairs and UMM.


Accomplishments

Jean Sasek, Continuing Education, was featured as the "Sunspot" in the September 14 Morris Sun Tribune.

Seven UMM staff and alumni were among 24 local residents who completed a five-day leadership retreat, September 13-17, the first segment of an eight-day training that comprises the Blandin Community Leadership Program. UMM representatives are Judy Korn, External Relations and Fund Development Roger McCannon, retired director of Continuing Education Carla Riley, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Roger Wareham, grants development Ben Winchester and Jessica Beyer, both of the Center for Small Towns, and Sal Monteagudo '99. This team will participate in two more workshops in December 2004 and March 2005. The goal of the Program is to develop and train a broad base of leaders to work collaboratively in their communities to anticipate change, manage conflict, build consensus and create a positive future.


Samit Joshi '01 sends the following "Fanmail from the Minnesota State Fair" postcard: "To all the excellent faculty and staff at Morris: THANK YOU!"

Jenny Nellis, studio art, is participating in the Keen Foundry Invitational Symposium 2004 in Houston, Texas, September 21-25.

Announcements

Thanks to everyone who contributed in ways, big and small, to hosting the National Guard Departure Ceremony held in the P.E. gym on Sept. 18. At the risk of forgetting someone's contribution, I won't list names here, but you know who you are. I am extremely grateful to all of you who stepped up to offer advice and assistance. The Guard commanders and troops were most grateful to us, as were many attendees who extended a personal thank you. When you do something for someone else that makes you feel this good inside, that's thanks enough. - Judy Riley, University Relations

Consider donating your used books and other materials for the Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates 2nd Annual Book Sale, to be held Friday, Oct. 1. Bring them to the main desk at Briggs Library before September 29, or call LeAnn Dean at 589-6226 to arrange to have your donations picked up at your convenience. Then come to Oyate Hall in the Student Center on October 1 and browse between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. You can pick up many bargains among the "pre-owned" books and support Briggs Library at the same time.

Submit short stories, essays, poems, art, and photographs to the literary magazine, The Chronicle Alternative, at chroniclealternative@hotmail.com. Or join the Chronicle staff help edit and produce each issue. Direct questions to Laurel Cutright at cutr0003@mrs.umn.edu/.

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 next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Thursday, Sept. 23, at 9 a.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 web site: http://www.mrs.umn.edu/academic/chancellor/OfficeHours.html the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Attention secondary education students planning to graduate in 2006: There will be an informational/application meeting for all secondary education students planning to graduate in 2006 on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 3:45 p.m. in MRC 205. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

You are cordially invited to the farewell get-together for Larry Christenson, associate director of Residential Life, on Monday, Oct. 11, from 2:30-3:30 in the ORL Conference Room.

The theater discipline opens its 2004-2005 season with "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward. Get in the "spirit" of Halloween with this hilarious 1930s drawing room comedy involving sťances, ghosts, and one nutty psychic. "Blithe Spirit" runs Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 28-30, at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on October 30, in the HFA Proscenium Theatre. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For additional information or advance ticket sales, call the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249.

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.
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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/.