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UMM WILL PRESENT A FINANCIAL BUDGET INFORMATIONAL SEMINAR next Monday afternoon (Nov. 8) at 4:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium for everyone who is interested in how UMM gets its funding, how these funds get distributed, and what our financial future holds for us. Presenters at this seminar will be: Bert Ahern - who will discuss the State of Minnesota's funding of higher education, and any trends that he sees. Jeff Ratliff-Crain - Will talk about the funding for the entire University of Minnesota system, how the University requests funding from the state, and the internal working of the U in regards to the budget. Maddy Maxeiner - Will share about fund raising at UMM and how the University Foundation works. Gary Strei - Will share how the process works for UMM to get funds from the University, tuition and U Fee revenues plus how UMM spends its money. Sam Schuman - Will conclude the session by sharing where we go from here and any other anticipated funding sources that UMM could secure in the future. Andy Lopez - Has agreed to emcee the session. This is open to the public all interested are welcome to attend. A brief question/answer period will be made available for those who have questions.

THE RFC, NOW IN ITS FIFTH YEAR, IS CELEBRATING WITH POSITIVE REVENUES. RFC revenue in 2004 was $416,000, up five percent from 2003, according to an August audit report. Most of the revenue growth came from higher program earnings for activities such as swimming lessons, classes, sports leagues, equipment and facilities rental, daily passes, and special events. These programs earned $112,000 last year, up $11,000 from 2003. The RFC also received a $9,500 grant from the Blandin Foundation. More about the RFC at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/rfc/

THE ANNUAL TRICK-OR-CAN FOOD DRIVE held October 27 on behalf of the Stevens County Food Shelf was a great success. Sponsored by Community Service and Volunteerism in Student Activities, students collected over 2,000 pounds of food and other items. Students would like to thank all those who donated items.


Accomplishments

Seung-Ho Joo, associate professor of political science, has two articles published: “Russia and the Six-party Talks,” Vantage Point, vol. 27, no. 6, pp. 45-53 “Russia’s Diplomatic Efforts in the North Korean Nuclear Crisis,” Gukbang Yeongu [National Defense Analysis], vol. 26, no. 1 (fall 2004) (in Korean). In addition, he was recently awarded the short-term travel grant by IREX (International Research and Exchange Program), which will enable him to conduct field research in Russia in Feb. 2005 in connection with his book project.

Women’s soccer team avenged an earlier season 2-1 loss to St. Scholastica as they defeated the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) regular season champs 3-2 to win their first ever UMAC post-season tournament title. The Cougars finish the season at 11-8-1 on the year with the win. Over the past three seasons, the team is 39-18-4. UMM won the UMAC regular season title last year with a perfect 12-0 record in the league, their first year as a member of the UMAC. The 2004 all-conference team includes goalkeeper Amanda Prodger, Jessica Rada, Sara Wolf, and Mari Sandom. Named honorable mention is Karen Carr and Ashley Simpson. Sandom was named UMAC women’s soccer player of the week after leading the Cougars to the UMAC post-season tournament championship.

Junior setter Chelsea Anttila has been selected as the UMAC player of the week as a setter for her play at the UW-River Falls Halloween tournament. Anttilla had 196 set assists in the four matches last weekend along with 59 digs. She had 61 assists in the Cougars win over Superior which tied for fifth most in a match in the Cougar record book and four short of her season high of 65 that she set against Northwestern College earlier this year. That mark is third best in Cougar history. Cougar volleyball won six of their last eight matches to end the year at 16-16.

UMM racked up 482 yards in total offense, 277 on the ground and 205 through the air, in their Metrodome win, 34-12, over Blackburn College. Cougar football (5-4, 4-3 UMAC) will close out the 2004 season on the road this Saturday, Nov. 6 at noon, at Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa.

Senior running back Donnay Green was named UMAC offensive player of the week for the second consecutive week. With 231 yards rushing on 40 carries and three touchdowns in the Cougars 34-12 win over Blackburn, Green now has 1,483 yards rushing on the season and 18 TDs.

Women’s cross country team placed fourth during 2004 UMAC championships at New Ulm for the 2004 UMAC championships over the weekend and placed fourth as a team. Alicia Mendez was the top finisher for UMM, placing 18th with a time of 26:25, just over one minute away from gaining all-conference honors.


Announcements

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Wednesday, Nov. 3 (today), 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. Guest conductor will be 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 -- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in HFA Recital Hall, featuring Chancellor Sam Schuman as narrator, and 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.

The new science of food making use of biotechnology has provided more efficient and effective methods of creating foods for the world. Discussion of this topic during the National Issues Forum, sponsored by Learning Unlimited, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Morris Senior Center. Dr. Paul Myers, biology, will explain what is meant by genetic engineering and the progress that scientists have made in adding to or creating new foods. Dr. Dennis Johnson, WCROC, will add his expertise in dairying to further investigate the influences, benefits, and hazards of genetic engineering. Discussion and follow-up questions, followed by evaluations and refreshments.

A Grants Orientation Workshop for new faculty and staff, as well as anyone else who would like an overview of the UMM Grants Office, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 16, 11 a.m. - noon in the Science Conference Room 3500. To accommodate schedules, the workshop will again be offered on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2:15 - 3:15 p.m., also in the Science Conference Room 3500.

Don't miss this opportunity to receive an overview of the services offered by the Grants Development Office and the process for applying for grants at UMM, as well as some tips for seeking funding. Snacks will be served! Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, mailto:bolluytr@umn.edu or 589-6465.

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.
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