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UMM VOLLEYBALL AND SOFTBALL TEAMS, along with other “celebrity” baggers, collected $500 in tips and $150 in Willie's Super Valu bags for the W.E.C.A.N. project (supporting child abuse prevention). A total of 2,880 bags were collected. Willie’s Super Valu owner Paul Martin also donated $150 the night of the bagging event.
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The work of students in the service-learning course, Sociology of Deviance, taught by Jennifer Rothchild, sociology, will be the topic of an interview on KXRA’s “Open Line” program on Tuesday, Dec. 14. An interview with Rothchild, which may also include telephone interviews with students in the class, will air live from 9-10 a.m. on KXRA, Alexandria, 1490 AM.

Tap Payne, theatre arts, helped to create a holiday tradition: this year’s Marshall Field’s (formerly Dayton’s) 8th floor holiday show. Payne, whose daughter, Lili, works for Marshall Field’s, lent his painting and prop construction talents, along with other talented artists, to create 14 sets for this year’s “Snow White: The Fairest Tale of All.” He created, for example, a crank handle for a well, a mixer with two wooden spoons for the kitchen, and a cauldron that billows with smoke. Payne, who is on sabbatical, also learned about new tools and techniques, which he may choose to apply to his work with future UMM theater projects. He has also been asked to return to work on the auditorium’s next show. “Snow White: The Fairest Tale of All” is open daily to the public, now through December 31.

The team of Matt Justin and Jay Clawson tied for fifth place out of 66 teams during the recent Mathematical Association of America regional team problem-solving competition. The team of Ben Peterson and Matt Bryan tied for 19th place. A women’s team, comprised of Sara Friedrichs, Tegan Peterson, and Ariel Messenbrink, entered the competition just for fun, and received 60th place.

The Speech Team received ninth place with 61 points, a team record, during the University of Wisconsin—Stout’s Holiday Tournament held Dec. 3-4. Individually, Laura Hildreth placed first in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in after dinner speaking. Also participating were Meghan Jensen, Danelle Orange, Laura McMullin, Kate Raymond, Toria Bolton, Mandi Dick, and Jacqueline Rhode. The team will give a winter performance at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in HFA Recital Hall to benefit Toys for Tots. Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy. Next semester’s tournaments will be held at St. Cloud State University, Bethel University, Concordia College, South Dakota State University, and Kansas State.

[M Winter 2005] Argie Manolis’ service learning class is profiled in “Turning memories into poetry,” page 10.

[The Chronicle of Higher Education 11/26/04] UMM is mentioned in “Colleges Harness Wind Power to Cut Energy Costs,” page A28.

[Star Tribune 11/25/04] KUMM campus radio is mentioned in columnist Doug Grow’s “An Independence Day of a different sort,” about 12 small public radio stations who are fighting to save their unique identities.


Announcements

Weekly Bulletin will publish the final edition of the fall semester on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Senior education majors are collecting new and used school supplies to donate to James McCosh Elementary School in Chicago. Twenty ElEd majors and three education faculty traveled to Chicago in October for a one week teaching practicum. Pencils, paper, pens, markers, notebooks, and new or used children's books are needed. Bring donations to the Student Center, Education 200, Willie’s, Coborn's, Pamida, First Federal Savings Bank, Bremer Bank, and Community First Bank. Supplies will be collected on December 13.

The Information Desk in the Student Center would like to lend out games for use in the Student Center. You can help by donating fun board games, challenging puzzles, strategic card decks or other games. Stop by the desk or contact Bethani Diersen, Information Desk services coordinator, with questions or to make a donation.

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 Monday, Dec. 13, at 2 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.

Enter the "UMM on Break" Contest, sponsored by the vice chancellors for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs. First prize: $100 bookstore gift certificate second prize: $50 bookstore gift certificate. Photograph a UMM student or students wearing UMM gear as you visit a noteworthy destination or pursue a special activity during Winter Break. E-mail the photograph to Rebecca Webb at webbrl@mrs.umn.edu by 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, 2005. Details of the contest at http://www.mrs.umn.edu/events/BreakPhotos/WinterBreak2005/.

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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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/.