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PROFESSOR BEZANSON'S ARGUMENTATION CLASS invites the University community to view the campaign posters displayed in the niche outside of the Proscenium Theatre. Members of the course were divided into groups. Each group formed an ad agency that created a campaign to "sell" UMM to a specific audience. Targeted audiences included 5th-6th graders, junior high, folks who had not attended college, and the aged. Stop by an enjoy these students' creative efforts.

STUDENTS IN COMMUNITY SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM AT UMM will partner with the Morris Area High School for the 2004 Toys for Tots drive through December 9. Newly purchased unwrapped toys can be taken to Student Activities, the Best Western Prairie Inn, Morris Area High School, Common Cup Coffee House, or Faith Lutheran Church. For every gift dropped off at the Student Center or the Prairie Inn, donors will receive a coupon for one dollar off any lunch entrée at the Ranch House Restaurant, Prairie Inn.

Accomplishments

Senior UMM biology major, Nicolette Knudson, placed third in a competition for best undergraduate student paper at the 2004 annual meeting of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, held November 11-13 in Anchorage, Alaska. Her paper, which summarized her work during a summer internship at North Dakota State University, was titled "Molecular Assays for Detecting Waxy Wheat Alleles."

Rujira Rojjanaprapayon, speech communication, attended the National Communication Association annual meeting in Chicago. He presented: "Thailand: International Teaching Experience as a Challenge to Taken-for-Granted Theory in Communication" as part of a panel for the International and Intercultural Communication Division "Being a Foreign-Born Asian Queer in the U.S. Academia: A Multiple Minority Identity and Communication" for the Caucus on Gay and Lesbian Concerns and "Supervising Undergraduate Projects Involving Language and Textual Analysis" for the Undergraduate and Senior University Section.

Barbara Burke, speech communication, also attended the National Communication Association annual meeting in Chicago. She participated in a research roundtable on Jewish-American Identity and Communication Scholarship, and chaired a panel on Media Texts, Resistance, and Appropriation.

[Rochester Agri News 11/15/04] UMM and the West Central Research and Outreach Center are included in an article, titled “Morris wind turbine just start of research center's initiative.” Nearly 30 local officials and UMM and WCROC staff took part last week in a ground-breaking ceremony at the turbine site located south of the WCROC's swine barns.

Announcements

Plant services staff are installing three new light poles near the sidewalk that runs between the Education building and the Minority Resource Center and leads to the South Parking Lot. An emergency telephone will also be installed near the end of the sidewalk toward Second Street.

Take note of the new green trash and recycling container just inside the entrance to TMC, built by plant services, with funding from Sodexho Campus Services. One might christen the improved receptacle, “trash to treasure.”

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour will be Thursday, Dec. 2, at 8 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.

Elementary or secondary education program applicants: You must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on November 20 and January 8. If you are an Elementary Education student planning to graduate in 2007 OR are a Secondary Education student planning to graduate in 2006 you MUST take this test no later than the January 8 test date to meet application deadlines. The January registration form should be postmarked before November 19th. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Counseling for information on registering.

Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2006: All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, Jan. 24, through Friday, Jan. 28. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).
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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/.