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CONSTRUCTION OF THE WIND TURBINE at the West Central Research and Outreach Center has begun. Construction completion of the turbine, which boasts three blades, each 130-foot-plus in length, is expected by February 28. A dedication event is set for April 22. The turbine should provide up to 50 percent of the campus's electrical needs.

THE CENTER FOR SMALL TOWNS AT UMM is 10 years old. The focus of the Center has not changed much in the 10 years of its existence: as part of Continuing Education and Regional Programs, it remains a primary outreach unit for the campus. By brokering University and staff resources, the Center assists small towns, local units of government, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations in rural west central Minnesota communities to successfully transition through this period of rapid change in rural America.

THE PRIDE OF THE PRAIRIE FARMERS' MARKET AND LOCAL FOODS EXPO will be held Thursday, March 3, 1- 4p.m. in Oyate Hall. Purchase locally-grown food, chat with local farmers, and see some of the organizations helping to improve the availability of local foods in our community. Pre-ordering of Farmers' Market products is encouraged. Send all orders to Kate Beyer at beye0085@morris.umn.edu. Orders must be received no later than Wednesday, Feb. 23. Spring Community Foods dinner will be served from 4:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the Food Service building. Breakfast for Dinner menu created by Sodexho Campus Services chef Chris Serio along with locally-grown music and poetry.

Accomplishments

[Mpls STAR TRIBUNE 2/13/05] Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, was quoted in an article reviewing changing median cost of housing in rural Minnesota.


Announcements

With the addition of an emergency telephone on the sidewalk leading to the South Parking Lot, the campus now has seven exterior emergency phones. Plant Services staff installed all of them, the first in 1996. Most are located near major campus parking lots. Each phone has a large red button for "Emergency 911" calls, and a small black button for "information" calls. The "information button" automatically calls the campus operator.

Hybrid vehicles are at work at UMM: campus police parking monitors drive a Ford Escape. Two Priuses are on order, one for the Twin Cities-based admissions counselor and one as a pool vehicle.

Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota’s 14th Annual Conference will be held Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Science and Student Center buildings. This year’s conference, “Success and Succession of the Land: Sustainable Farming’s Next Generation,” will focus on the next generation of farmers and their children, as well as recognize the time, talent and treasures of previous and current generations of sustainable farmers.

The next Chancellor's Office Hour is Tuesday, Feb. 22, 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 website: the day you plan to drop in or call his office at 589-6020.

State of the U Address, given by the University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, will be broadcast at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, in the Science Auditorium. A phone connection will be available so that all U campuses can participate in a question-and-answer session following the speech. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend.

Weather permitting, the UMM telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing this semester on the following dates: Friday, Feb. 25, 8-9 p.m. Friday, April 8, 9-10 p.m. Friday, April 22, 9:30-10:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, 10-11:00 p.m. In case of bad weather, the event will occur the following evening (Saturday) at the same time. This schedule, and info on last-minute cancellations due to weather, can be found at http://cda.mrs.umn.edu/~kearnsk/Telescope/PubObs.htm

Find out how and why you can graduate from UMM with honors at the Honors Program Freshmen Information Night at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Science 1020. (Choose the time that works best for you). Email questions to Katie Haberkorn, president, at habe0082 @morris.umn.edu or Vanessa Waltz, vice president, at walt0339@morris.umn.edu.

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.

Deadlines

The following scholarships applications can be completed on the web at http://www.morris.umn.edu/admissions/financialaid/returnschol.html or pick-up applications from the Admissions and Financial Aid Office:

• The 2005-2006 Gertrude Gaffney Hanlon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students with Irish Nationality and financial need. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a requirement and must be completed by March 1, 2005. This scholarship is renewable to past recipients. The deadline date is April 1, 2005.

• The 2005-2006 John Vo Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students who will be completing cross-disciplinary work, which includes the arts. Preference will be given to 5th year seniors. The deadline date is March 21, 2005.

• The 2005-2006 Karyn Nielson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students demonstrating good character by participating in community service, church activities and volunteerism. This scholarship is renewable to past recipients. The deadline date is March 14, 2005.

The priority deadline date for you (and your parents) to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is March 1. When the FAFSA is submitted after March 1 you may not receive institutional grant. You can use your 2004 tax information or estimate your income by using previous year's 2003 tax return information if your 2004 tax return has not yet been completed. Completing your FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on the web at http://fafsa.ed.gov is recommended. The paper FAFSA applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office 105 Behmler Hall. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for any questions.

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.