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FIRST-EVER COLLEGIATE SWIMMING AND DIVING COMPETITION will be held in the P.E. Center pool this Friday, Oct. 29. Cougar women’s swimming and diving team will host MSU-Moorhead beginning at 6 p.m. This will be the only home meet of the 2004-2005 season for the Cougars. They will head to St. Paul on Nov. 6 for a triangular at the College of St. Catherine with Augsburg beginning at 1 p.m.

Head Coach David Molesworth said, “I am really excited to be in this position where we are starting a program. I think we have some great potential on our team and the team has already surpassed my expectations in certain areas. This group of women has already put in a lot of time and effort doing something (competitive swimming) that some of them have not done in 4-5 years. All teams have to start somewhere and for us October 29 is that place.” More at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/athletics/Swimming/index.htm


Accomplishments

UMM chapter of the American Chemical Society’s Student Affiliates (SA) program has again been selected to receive an Honorable Mention award for its chapter activities during the 2003-04 academic year. The national SA program has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students and offers them the support, privileges, and benefits of the largest scientific professional society in the world.

UMM Intercollegiate Speech Team placed sixth with an over total of 47 team points during the Bethany Lutheran College’s Vocal Viking in Mankato. Advancing to finals were Laura Hildreth, who placed second in extemp speaking Jackie Rhode, who placed fourth in impromptu speaking and Alex Paulhe and Nicole Fontanille, who placed seventh in dramatic duo. In parliamentary debate, Kim Ukura was the 10th speaker. Also competing were Meghan Jensen, Laura McMullin, Danelle Orange, Sam Geller, Kate Raymond, Chris Omlid, Sarah Faith, Mandi Dick, Toria Bolton, and Bill Johnson. The team is preparing for its next tournament to be held at Concordia College November 19-20. Those interested in the speech team are encouraged to e-mail ummspch@mrs.umn.edu.

Greg Thorson, political science, will provide election night commentary for KSAX-TV, Alexandria (channels 5/42), from approximately 7–11 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 2. Thorson has provided commentary for KSAX since 1996.

Jong-Min Kim, statistics, has an article, titled "Some new results on the multinomial randomized response model," accepted for the journal publication, Communications in Statistics: Theory and Method.

After 18-1/2 years working as the financial manager of the business office at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Terry Beseman has accepted a new position on the West Bank of the Twin Cities campus as administrative director of finance for the Minitex at Elmer Anderson Library. His last day at WCROC will be Friday, Nov. 5. He begins his new position on November 8.

Announcements

UMM students will go door-to-door in Morris from 6 to 8 p.m. 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.

Mary Louise Pratt, Silver Professor of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures at New York University, will deliver the annual Barber Lecture, "Language and Contemporary Geopolitics," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in Oyate Hall. The Barber Lecture series is made possible by a gift to UMM from Drs. Laird H. and the late Dorothy K. Barber, both professors of English with long and distinguished careers at UMM. The lecture series, which began in 1999, is shared between English and the Foreign Languages and Literatures disciplines.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 3 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: 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 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 Thursday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in HUM 111. If you were at the September 22 meeting, you do not need to attend this one.

Sixty student musicians from high schools statewide will participate in the 26th Annual Concert Band Festival Nov. 5-6. Participating schools include Saint Bernard's School, St. Paul Holy Trinity Delano West Central Area Barrett Upsala, Wadena-Deer Creek, Morris, and Chokio-Alberta. Guest conductor is Gary Lewis, director of orchestral activities at Texas Tech University, and guest artist Jerry Peel, professor of horn at the University of Miami. Two public performances -- at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in HFA Recital Hall, featuring Chancellor Sam Schuman as narrator. The second performance will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 in Edson Auditorium. Ticket prices for the performances are $5 for general admission and $3 for seniors and students. For further information, contact Dr. John Stanley Ross, UMM director of bands, at johnross@mrs.umn.edu or by calling ext. 6236.

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 UMM Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Clifford Panton, will present a Performance Tour of Italy March 12-20, 2005. The tour includes stops in Milan, Florence, Tuscany, Pompeii, and Rome. Many site seeing opportunities are available. Those interested in traveling with the Orchestra may contact Dr. Clifford Panton at ext. 6239.

Advanced tickets are now available for the 2004 UMM Carol Concerts, performed by the UMM choirs, under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at Assumption Church in Morris. The concert will return to its home at the UMM Proscenium Theatre in 2005. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens, students and children with a special price of $15 for the family. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! A special Home Style Supper, served by various groups from the Assumption parish, will be available as an option before all of the Carol Concerts at an additional $10 per plate for adults and $5 for elementary age children. For more information contact the Music Office, ext. 6234, or log on to http://www.mrs.umn.edu/%7Echoir/concerts/carol.htm.

Dave Johnson, former UMM chancellor, will again lead a mountain hiking group in little-visited Transylvania, the mountainous part of Romania. “It's a part of Europe which deserves greater attention,” said Johnson. The group will depart from the U.S. on Friday, Sept. 16, 2005, flying into Bucharest. The itinerary includes three-night stays at each of four mountain hotels, moving from to the other by chartered bus, ending with two nights in Budapest before flying home on September 30. Interested people should contact Dave at johnsond@tc.umn.edu.

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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/.