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THANKS TO NIGHT OWL MARK VAN OVERBEKE AND NEW DIRECTOR DAVID LOEWI, both of computing services, and all others who effected the name change of UMM's domain to "…morris.umn.edu." Computing Services staff is available to assist as the campus community makes necessary changes to email and web page information. Or, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/cs/whatsnew/urlchange.html for assistance.

UMM HAS BEEN NAMED A COLLEGE OF DISTINCTION and will be featured in a nationwide guide to colleges and universities that provide opportunities that encourage students to make the most of their education. The guide's list of colleges was selected, not necessarily according to a college's national reputation or substantial budget. Rather, the selection team asked the question: "Which colleges are the best places to learn, to grow, and to succeed?" The guide, published by the Maryland-based Student Horizons, based the selection on four criteria: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community, and successful outcomes. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/index.html.

Accomplishments

Senior Isaiah Brokenleg is the first UMM recipient of the President's Volunteer Service Award. The national award program was created to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/index.html.

UMM student Nicolette Knudson and Jody Snow, a Spanish teacher at Morris Area High School, have co-authored two booklets, “Beginning Dakota Language,” and a second book, “Dakota Language II,” which is nearing completion. Both studied the Dakota language at UMM with Clifford Canku, a Dakota studies expert, whom they credit as a valuable mentor. But because Dakota language and culture is often conveyed verbally and the history non-linear, the authors see their booklets as a teaching tool and possibly the first book that breaks down the language in terms of parts of speech Canku, chair of the Dakota Studies Department at Sisseton Wahpeton College, teaches Dakota culture and language at SWC and UMM. Read more at http://www.morrissuntribune.com/article.cfm?Article_Id=2501 A story on this topic is scheduled to air on KSAX-TV, Morris channel 5/42 on Friday, Feb. 4.

Julie Pelletier, anthropology, provided commentary for a story about Dave Anderson stepping down as head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The story aired on Minnesota Public Radio during the January 31 program, "All Things Considered." The story was also featured on the MPR web site at http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org.

Bookmaking with Lori Borowski (Registrar's Office) and Susan Gilbert is Saturday, Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to noon in the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Center, downtown Morris. $25 includes the materials. Make a beautiful accordion book that can be used for a wide variety of things: photographs, memorabilia, a gift, a sketchbook or journal, and more. Contact PRCA at 585-5037 or email prca@prairierenaissance.org.

Announcements

The Writing Room is now open. Spring semester hours are: Sundays 5-7 Mondays 10-noon and 3-7 Tuesdays 11-7 Wednesdays 10:30-noon and 1-6 Thursdays 11-7 Fridays 10:30-2. Students can sign up on the door of the Writing Room, 327 Briggs Library, by calling ext. 6299, or by email to writroom@morris.umn.edu for appointments.

The next Chancellor’s Office Hour is Friday, Feb. 4, at 10 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.

The Germans celebrate Carneval, too! They call it Fasching or Fastnacht. Come to a German Karneval-Dinner at the Common Cup Coffee House on Atlantic Avenue on February 5. Two seatings: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. On the menu: pork roast, dumplings, red cabbage, applesauce and black forest cake. Vegetarian menu: pancakes with mushroom filling. $12.95 for adults. Children $5.95 (ages 6 -12), $1.95 (ages 2 - 5). Reservations recommended by February 1: call 589-1200. Mystery door prizes. Come in costume and join in the celebration.

The Women’s Resource Center invites women to audition for this year’s benefit performance of The Vagina Monologues. This somewhat humorous, more often poignant presentation, is the brainchild of nationally renowned playwright Eve Ensler. The Monologues plays on many college campuses throughout Minnesota and the U.S. during the month of February to raise awareness of women's issues. Auditions will be held in the Women’s Resource Center (in the basement of the Student Center) 6-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 8-9. A final cast will be determined on Wednesday, Feb. 10. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 22-23. Scripts available to check out at Briggs Library, upon request, and also on the night of auditions. Direct questions to WRC at ext. 6419 or wrc@morris.umn.edu.

The UMM Alumni Association invites alumni and friends to the Annual Midwinter Event and UMM Concert Choir Reception Friday, Feb. 18, at the Minneapolis Hilton, Duluth Room, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis. Event schedule: 5:30-8:30 p.m. complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the Duluth Room of the Minneapolis Hilton 7 p.m. UMM update by Maddy Maxeiner, associate vice chancellor for external relations 9 p.m. UMM Concert Choir performance at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Midwinter Event will feature a special opportunity to visit with 2004-05 UMM Concert Choir members and Conductor Ken Hodgson. Free admission to the choir's performance at the Minnesota Music Educators Association 2005 MMEA Midwinter In-Service Clinic at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information contact Alumni Relations at alumni@morris.umn.edu or ext. 6066.

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 was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Jan. 28. Interviews will be February 7 through 11. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).


Deadlines

Deadline for submissions for the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) is February 23. Read more at http://www.morris.umn.edu/urs/index.htm. April 15 will mark the Fifth Annual UMM URS, which celebrates student scholarly achievement and informs the campus community about the variety and quality of research on campus. Direct questions to the URS Committee at ummurs@morris.umn.edu.

USA Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2005 United Staff Association (USA) $300 scholarship. Sons, daughters, spouses, and registered domestic partners of UMM civil service or bargaining unit employees are eligible. Applicants must be attending UMM spring semester 2005. Applications are available from committee members: Karen Ellis, Continuing Education Jayne Hacker, Humanities Pat Hein, ORL Laura Thielke, External Relations/Fund Development or at the web site http://www.morris.umn.edu/USA/. Applications must be submitted to a committee member by Tuesday, Feb. 22. The scholarship will be awarded during spring semester 2005.
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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@morris.umn.edu.