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FROM BEARS TO TOYS TO ADOPTING FAMILIES AND MORE, CAMPUS GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS AT UMM WERE CREATIVE IN SHARING THEIR COMMUNITY SPIRIT THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. UMM student organizations, along with individual students, staff and faculty partnered this year with Morris Area High School, Prairie Inn and Common Cup Coffeehouse to donate over $2,000 worth of toys (two pickup loads) to Toys for Tots. Theater faculty Siobhan Bremer's costume shop personnel, including floor person Liz Spohr and student Melinda Voigt, made designer teddy bears for the Toys for Tots drive. Other students involved in spreading holiday cheer included the Speech Team, which solicited toy donations at a recent performance, and the volleyball and softball teams who raised funds for W.E.C.A.N (to prevent child abuse) by bagging for tips at Willie's Super Valu. The Office of Student Activities, Pine Hall, Independence Hall, the women's basketball team, football team, and students Donnay Green and Tyler Ferguson, each adopted a family. These efforts were coordinated by Community Service and Volunteerism at UMM. In addition, Chancellor Sam Schuman was among those who rang the Salvation Army bell at Willie’s Super Valu.
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Sophomore Matt Stenehjem is the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference player of the week. The former Grand Forks Red River standout averaged 18.3 points and 9 rebounds in three games. He had double-doubles in two of the Cougars' three games last week, including a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in the Cougars’ 120-82 win against North Central University.

John F. Schwaller (Dean, History & Spanish) had an article recently published. The article, titled "Capellanias en la catedral de Mexico, siglo XVI," appeared in the volume, La iglesias y sus bienes: De la amortizacion a la nacionalizacion edited by Mair del Pilar Martinez Lopez-Cano, and published by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico. The article looks at private endowments for masses that were established in the cathedral of Mexico in the 16th century.

UMM alumnus Kent Meyers’ (’77) latest novel, The Work of Wolves, is one of 22 novels to be named noteworthy fiction in the Christian Science Monitor's list of the best fiction of 2004. Meyers is an associate humanities professor at Black Hills State University. The novel, described by the publisher as "an unforgettable story of horses, love and life," involves the relationship between a rancher, a Lakota high school student, and a German foreign exchange student as they work to stop the abuse of three horses they discover in a pasture near a quiet reservation border town in South Dakota. Meyers received his bachelor's degree in English from UMM and his master's degree in English from Washington State University.


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This is the final edition of Weekly Bulletin for the fall semester. Weekly Bulletin will resume publication on Wednesday, Jan. 19.


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.

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, Dec. 22, 2004. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday-Friday, Jan. 24-28. 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/.