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DON'T MISS THE FIRST-EVER COUGAR FEST THIS SATURDAY, OCT. 2. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 10:30 a.m. on the track field. Free inflatable games for the kids, face painting, concessions and more. Meet "Pounce," the Cougar mascot line up at 11:50 a.m. for the Cougar Canal that the football team runs through as they enter the field before the game. Then stay for Cougars vs. Blackburn College football, which begins at noon. The fun continues at half-time with a staff-faculty-community vs. students "who's got the power?" tug 'o war, a dance line performance and recognition of the Morris National Guard and UMM staff and faculty. Complimentary game passes available from the following Morris businesses: Willie's Super Valu, Coborn's, Ace Hardware and the Morris Chamber office. You need a complimentary ticket for admission to Cougar Fest. All Cougar Fest events are courtesy of UMM.

THE UNITED STAFF ASSOCIATION (USA) AND THE STAFF DEVELOPMENT FUND (SDF) COMMITTEE at UMM have honored the memory of former USA staff member Judy VanKempen with a plaque, which they presented to Judy's husband, Smokey VanKempen, at the USA fall meeting. The plaque honors Judy, who worked in the UMM Bookstore, as a "master gardener, potter, quilter, lover of nature and the arts, and a firm believer in life-long learning." Contributions have been made in Judy's memory to the Staff Development Fund that will help support staff at UMM to continue their learning. The USA is comprised of AFSCME, Civil Service and Teamsters support staff members at UMM. SDF committee members are Jane Kill, chair Gail Hockert, Maggie Larson, Laura Thielke, Lynn Schulz, Jacki Anderson, Sue Schultz, and Barb Moses.

UMM STUDENTS WILL ELECT TWO HOMECOMING AMBASSADORS. Nominations will be held at the Info Desk in the Student Center and at Food Service through 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, Sept.29). Nominees will complete an application and a committee will review the applicants and select the most qualified. Candidates will be announced via e-mail during Homecoming week. Students will vote for their favorite by responding to the e-mail, or by casting a paper ballot at the Student Center from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday or Thursday, Oct. 6-7. Selected UMM Homecoming Ambassadors will be announced at the Pep Fest on Friday, Oct. 8, in the P.E. Center.

With a single match record of 36 digs as a libero (defensive specialist) senior Ann Mielke earned the UMAC Player of the Week award last week. In the four matches at the Concordia-Moorhead Invitational last weekend, Mielke recorded 110 digs, including 36 in the Cougars' come-from-behind 3-2 win over Valley City. That set the record for most digs in a match by a libero. The previous record was 31 set in 2002 by Cassie Rau. Mielke has 239 digs so far this season and may have a shot at the single season record of 396.

Senior Sara Kloek is featured in the Kerry-Edwards publication, "Just Ask a Woman: A National Report on Women in America." Kloek attended the Democratic National Convention in Boston as a delegate for John Kerry. She also organized a bus trip called the "Young Patriots Tour: 2800 Miles for a Stronger America," which brought 40 college students from around Minnesota to campaign in key battleground states.

Junior Cendy Gonzalez was an invited panelist during The National Symposium on Youth Civic Engagement held in Virginia September 14. In addition to the panel, the Symposium included a series of events, books, research projects, and discussions aimed at getting young people involved in the 2004 election. Gonzalez is a member of the College National Republican Committee.

[Mpls Star Tribune 9/23/04] UMM was mentioned in an article about college wind turbine projects, titled "School Power." Greg Cuomo, the project director, who was quoted in the article, is head of the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris.

[Mpls Star Tribune 9/29/04] UMM Cougars set a school record for points scored in a 79-6 victory over Trinity Bible on Saturday. The Cougars (2-2) had three runners gain at least 100 yards: Donnay Green, Jordan Roman, and John Scholla. It was the second time in school history that the Cougars had three players rush for at least 100 yards in the same game. The Cougars finished with 462 yards rushing. On defense, the Cougars held Trinity Bible to minus-4 yards rushing.

[Minnesota magazine Sept-Oct 2004] The Cougar mascot, "Pounce" is pictured, along with other U of M mascots, in an article, "Heritage Gallery Mounts New Exhibits" (p. 51) at the Heritage Gallery in the McNamara Alumni Center, Twin Cities campus. UMM University Relations coordinated the Morris campus portion of the display. 

[Minnesota Public Radio 9/24-9/25/04] Guest pianist Valentina Lisitsa and her September 26 performance at UMM were featured.


Attention freshmen! Looking for a way to get the most out of your UMM education? Attend a meeting designed just for YOU-- the Honors Program freshmen information night. Find out what the program entails, how and when to apply, and, most importantly, why you should say "yes" to Honors. The information night begins at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Science 1020. Direct questions to Bart Finzel, Honors director, at, or Katie Haberkorn, president, at

Vintage, dresses, fabric and odd pieces will be on sale during the UMM Costume Shop sale September 30, October 7, and October 14, between 3 and 6 p.m. You might find the perfect Halloween costume. New items will be added to the sale each week so multiple visits are encouraged. While the clothing may be fabulous, your budget doesn't have to be most items priced at $1 unless otherwise marked.

Pick up bargains among the "pre-owned" books and other materials during the Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates 2nd Annual Book Sale on Friday, Oct. 1, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Monday, Oct. 4, 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 web site: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Professor emeritus Susan Stuard of Haverford College, the 2004 O. T. Driggs Distinguished Lecturer, will give an additional talk on the topic, "How to Detect Plagiarism," from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Science 2190. Everyone is welcome.

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.

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 2:45-3:45 p.m. in the Behmler Conference Room, the Grants Development Office invite interested faculty and staff to meet with three special guests from the Twin Cities campus. This will be an opportunity for UMM researchers and scholars to learn about the new FIRST program, talk about faculty research interests, and explore possible collaborative research opportunities. The special guests are Edward Wink, associate vice president for research and director of the Office of Sponsored Projects Kevin McKoskey, senior grant manager and Peggy Sundermeyer, director of Collaborative Research Services and the Fostering Integrity in Research, Scholarship, and Teaching (FIRST) program. Ed, Kevin, and Peggy all come from offices that in one way or another help fund research at UMM. Please RSVP to Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at or 589-6458 no later than Monday, Oct. 11.

The Grants Development Office will host a special session of the Principal Investigator Workshop (Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR), Part 2, on Thursday, Oct. 14, in Room HFA 7 from 9 a.m. - noon. This unique session will be jointly broadcast via ITV from UMM and the twin cities campus. Please note that, according to the Regents Policy, awards and account numbers cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of the Principal Investigator Education Program. This is effective for external funds as well as internal funds from the Graduate School, such as Grant-in-Aid awards and Summer Research fellowships. Those whose research areas include human subjects will need to complete a separate training session as well. Upon approval of their administrative unit, all Faculty and P&A staff are eligible to be principal investigators for grants. Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, at or 589-6465 no later than Monday, Oct. 11, if you plan to attend. This announcement is for general information. A separate note will also be sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 2 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy.

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