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A GIFT TO UMM FROM MARTHA AND RALPH WILLIAMS, professor emeritus of music, has been used to purchase a beautiful, high quality quilted cover for the concert grand piano in the HFA Recital Hall. Ralph was UMM’s first band and choir director when the college opened its doors in 1960. He is credited with helping establish a quality music program that has grown in excellence throughout the years. Ralph retired in 1978. He also assembled an orchestra with musicians from the University community and the surrounding area. Martha played violin in the orchestra for over 18 years. She is also an accomplished pianist. Martha served as UMM’s post office supervisor until her retirement in 1992.

THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AT UMM AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION SERVICE, REGIONAL CENTER – MORRIS have been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of Minnesota. The grant will support the “Futures Festival: Opportunities, Challenges and Strategies for Older Adults and Communities” event planned at UMM on November 12. The focus will be on vital aging, strengthening lifelong learning, and building vital communities in western Minnesota.

THE SENATE HIGHER EDUCATION BUDGET DIVISION will hold hearings from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14, in HFA Recital Hall. They will hear testimony from the Morris community, including UMM students, staff and faculty, on how tuition hikes affect students, the relationship between K-12 schools in the area and the U, and the relationship between the business community and the U. The hearings are open to the campus community.

“WELLSTONE!,” AN 88-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF PAUL WELLSTONE which will make its world premiere in mid-October, will be shown at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in Edson Auditorium. A panel discussion will take place between each showing. “Wellstone!” chronicles the senator, whose re-election campaign and career as an activist and democratic statesman ended tragically in a plane crash just 11 days before the November 2002 election. Read more at


Jong-Min Kim, assistant professor of statistics, has had an article, titled "Extensions of Mangat's randomized-response model," accepted for publication in the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference.

Jean Valnes, CERP, extends her thanks to the campus community for the beautiful plant, and also for the cards, e-mails, calls, thoughts and prayers at the time of her father’s death.

Don’t miss the annual Popcorn Concert, to be performed by the Concert Choir at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 14, in Oyate Hall. Admission is only $1 free popcorn.

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 Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 pm in Science 1030. If you were at the September 23 meeting, you do not need to attend this one.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Friday, Oct. 22, at 10 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: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Volunteers and donors are needed for the Blood Drive, to be held from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 26–27, in Oyate Hall. Sign up to give blood or volunteer at the Blood Drive table in the Student Center lobby, across from TMC.

UMM students will go door-to-door in Morris from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, during the annual Trick or Can drive to collect unopened, non-perishable food items and household products for the Stevens County Food Shelf.

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 Counseling IMMEDIATELY for information on registering.

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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