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Join the Office of Academic Affairs and Dean in welcoming David Loewi as the new director of Computing Services. Loewi (pronounced LOW-ee) assumed his new position effective January 10. Prior to UMM, he was a graduate assistant in Portland State University’s Presidential Assessment Initiative, focusing on Quantitative and Information Literacy and the development of the University's undergraduate learning markers. He was a doctoral student in PSU’s Systems Science/ Engineering and Technology Management holds a master of science degree in computer sciences and a Microelectronics and Computer Development Fellowship, both from the University of Texas—Austin and a bachelor of arts degree cum laude in fine arts (art history) from Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.

In an effort to boost disaster relief collections for tsunami disaster victims in southern Asia, Community Service and Volunteerism in the Office of Student Activities will conduct a campus-wide donation drive. Campus members are encouraged to sign up for a "tabling time" in the Student Center from January 18-28. There will be a donation box and information on the tsunami disaster. Call the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080, or stop by to sign up for a time. CSV has chosen to send its donations to American Red Cross, given its overwhelming local presence. For more information on the Red Cross Relief Efforts, visit their web site at http://www.redcross.org. Community Service and Volunteerism is glad to assist with any project ideas you or your organization might want to undertake that would benefit the relief effort.
Imani student organization will sponsor the sale of silicone bracelets at $3 each, with all proceeds going to United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Choose from two bracelets: orange showing support for orphans of the tsunami: red showing support for orphans of AIDS. Each bracelet has “Don’t Forget” written on the band. Advance order a bracelet via email to Chris Ervin, Imani co-president, at ervi0008@mrs.umn.edu. For more information on UNICEF relief efforts, visit their web site at http://www.unicef.org.

Accomplishments

Gary Donovan, director of the Career Center, was appointed to the finance and nomination committees of the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission, Inc. for the 2005 year. Donovan has been UMM's representative to the SCEIC since 1994. During this time, he has also served on other committees including the planning and loan committees, and on the board of the Stevens County Community Fund.

Roger McCannon, former director of both Continuing Education and the Center for Small Towns at UMM, is one of 17 candidates who will be interviewed for four vacancies on the U of M Board of Regents. McCannon is one of six candidates for the board’s at-large seat. Candidates were selected by the Regent Candidate Advisory Council from a field of 58 applicants. The Council will interview candidates during the week of January 24, narrowing the field to two to four finalists for each seat. The list will then be forwarded to the Legislature, which will make the final selection. The 12-member Board of Regents is the U’s governing body. Regents serve without pay for six-year terms.

Announcements

The next Chancellor’s Office Hour is Thursday, Jan. 20, at 9 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 website: the day you plan to drop in or call his office at 589-6020.

Secondary Education Program applicants planning to graduate in 2006: All material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by December 22. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be January 24, 25, and 26. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

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 next test is offered at UMM on March 5. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling now for information on registering now.

Elementary Education Program applicants planning to graduate in 2007: All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, January 28. Interviews will be February 7 through 11. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).

Faculty and staff are invited to meet individually with Sue Smith, U of M Employee Benefits counselor, regarding employee benefit issues such as planning for retirement or participating in the Voluntary Retirement Plans. Friday, Feb. 4, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 306 Behmler Hall. Contact Jenny Quam, ext. 6024 , to set up your individual appointment.

The Information Desk is selling spring semester subscriptions for the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the New York Times. Both papers will be delivered weekdays, starting next week, and can be picked up at the Information Desk in the Student Center. Subscriptions are sold at the discounted rates of $23 for the Star Tribune and $30 for the NY Times.
A subscription to either paper is a great way to stay in touch with local and world wide affairs and to further your educational experience at UMM. Stop by or call the Info Desk at 589-6123 before January 28 to ask questions or place your order.

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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/.