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VICE CHANCELLOR FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND DEAN, JOHN F. SCHWALLER, ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF RENOWNED HISTORIAN AND SCHOLAR, DR. BERNICE JOHNSON REAGON, as the inaugural holder of UMM's first Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. The appointment of Dr. Reagon, an internationally recognized professional in the field of the humanities, represents an historic moment in the academic life of the college, elevating UMM to the ranks of other distinctive liberal arts colleges, most of them older, where endowed professorships are hallmarks of the academic tradition. Dr. Reagon's stay at UMM is scheduled from April 26 through May 5.

The Distinguished Visiting Professorship was made possible thanks to a generous Campaign Minnesota contribution by Dr. Elizabeth "Bettina" Blake, UMM vice chancellor and academic dean emerita and professor emerita of French. Her gift was matched by the University of Minnesota's Permanent University Fund. Dr. Reagon, a professor emerita of American University and curator emerita of the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History, is also a composer and song leader in the 19th century Southwest Georgia choral tradition. She founded the Grammy award-winning African American female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In the Rock in 1973.

Dr. Reagon will teach courses and work with the choirs at UMM. In addition, she will give two public lectures, as well as a public performance on May 3 at Assumption Church in Morris. It is the intention to maximize her contact with students, to give students an opportunity to meet with her, a national and international professional in the field. Read more at

UMM HAS RECEIVED A GENEROUS, UNSOLICITED CONTRIBUTION OF $55,000 FROM UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESIDENT ROBERT BRUININKS, in order to provide a guest suite at LaFave House. LaFave House, located at 305 College Avenue, will undergo further renovation to the first floor, with improvements to the master bedroom, bathroom, hallway, study and screened porch. This project is scheduled to be completed in time to provide accommodations for UMM’s Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Liberal Arts, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (see item above).

The renovation funds are private gift dollars that were contributed to the University through Campaign Minnesota and earmarked for the President to use as he wishes for special projects such as this one. At the same time, the president also allocated $15,000 to enhance the visiting professorship. No funding from any UMM operating budgets will be used for the renovation. Read more at


Speech Team member Laura Hildreth has qualified to attend the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET) to be held April 1-5 at the University of Kansas in Manhattan, Kan. Hildreth qualified for the national tournament in extemporaneous speaking, a category where participants are given three questions pertaining to current events that are domestic, foreign or economic in nature and then have 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech on one of the three questions. This is the first time that a member of the UMM speech team has qualified for the national tournament, and the second year that the speech team has belonged to the AFA. This is a major accomplishment for the speech team, as they are one of the few teams in the nation that is student led. In addition, five of 12 team members advanced to the finals during the Valley Forensic League Tournaments 1 and 2 held November 19-20 at Concordia College, Moorhead. In VFL 1, Hildreth placed first in extemporaneous speaking and second in after dinner speaking. Alex Paulhe and Nicole Fontanille placed sixth in dramatic duo. During VFL 2, Hildreth placed third in extemporaneous speaking and sixth in after dinner speaking. Laura McMullin and Danelle Orange placed fifth in dramatic duo.

Senior anthropology/history major Samuel Redman was awarded second place by the National Association of Student Anthropologists for his paper, "What Self Respecting Museum is Without One: Midwestern Museums and Classical Archaeology, 1893-1998.” A version of this paper has also been accepted for publication in a national journal of museum studies, Collections.

In its program "Can the European Union be United?" on December 8, Learning Unlimited will tackle its second Great Decisions topic of the year. Bart Finzel and Arne Kildegaard (both economics management) will present the history and the theory behind the movement to bring greater unity and economic influence to Europe through the formation of the European Union (EU). The presentation will begin at the Senior Center at 1 p.m. Along with the use of the new European currency the "Euro," additional topics include the role of the new EU as a counterbalance to the United States in questions of world foreign policy and its own problems of maintaining unity in light of old conflicts among themselves.


The UMM Art Club will host a Holiday Sale Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 9-11, in Oyate Hall. Sale hours are Thursday, 5-9 p.m., Friday , 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Steve Drouilhet will present "Wind and Wind Systems for Renewable Energy: Western Minnesota and Beyond" at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC). Drouilhet set up the anemometer and monitored the wind resource at the WCROC and was a key resource in helping to get the Morris wind project initiated. He was previously with the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden Colo., and has been in business for himself the last few years developing off grid wind/diesel systems. His expertise is in the equipment that communicates between the wind and the diesel so that they work together smoothly. The campus community is invited to this presentation.

Are you planning to participate in the May Session program "American Indian Assimilation and Resistance on the Great Plains" with Professors Becca Gercken-Hawkins and Julie Pelletier? Have you heard about the course, but would like more details? An information session will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, in Humanities 111. All interested in participating are encouraged to attend. (The program is also open to students from other colleges, and campus and community members.) The course professors will be on hand to talk about their exciting May Session course, schedule, itinerary, costs, registration, and other program details. If you are unable to attend, but would like more information, please contact Karen Ellis (x. 6463, the course instructors: Becca Gercken-Hawkins (x. 6259, or Julie Pelletier (x. 6214, or the course website:

Go “Home for the Holidays” during the annual Carol Concerts and pre-concert family style meal held this year at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Advanced tickets are now available for the performances and optional preceding meals by calling the Music Office, ext. 6234. Meals and performances are as follows: Friday, Dec. 3, meal at 6 p.m., performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, meal at 6 p.m., performance at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, meal at noon, performance at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for all others family options are available. Meals are $10 for adults, $5 for elementary aged children.

The Grants Development Office will host the Principal Investigator Workshop (Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR), Part 1, via ITV on Thursday, Dec. 2, in Room HFA 7 from 9 a.m. - noon. 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 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 Tuesday, Nov. 30, if you plan to attend. This announcement is for general information only. A separate note has been sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 1 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy.

Students who have participated in a service-learning course this semester will showcase their work between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, in Oyate Hall. Over 100 students in nine courses have worked on projects, ranging from work with elders at West Wind Village and Grandview in Morris, to photographing local farmers for a traveling exhibit promoting the benefits of buying local foods. In addition to the current courses, information regarding service-learning courses for the spring semester will also be available as well as general information about service learning at UMM.

The Office of Residential Life reminds the campus of the closing and re-opening dates of the residence halls for the break between semesters. Students are requested to leave the halls within 24 hours of their last scheduled EXAM. The residence halls officially close at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004 and will re-open at noon on Monday, Jan. 17, 2005. Students who reside in the apartments are able to stay on campus during the break however, all the residence halls are closed between the above dates. In the past, last minute requests for students to stay later, return during part of the break or return earlier than res halls re-open have become frustrating situations for students and campus members who have not been clear on these dates. In receiving this reminder notice early, ORL hopes to avoid these experiences. For those who have a unique situation that may arise, please contact ORL, ext. 6475, for information. Students who return before noon on Monday, Jan. 17, will need to find accommodations off campus or in the on-campus apartments.

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 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 registration form should be postmarked today! 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, December 22, 2004. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, January 24 through Friday, January 28. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).
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