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THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY EXTENDS ITS CONDOLENCES to the families and friends of the three members of the Minnesota National Guard who died in Iraq this week.

THE COUGAR MEN\\\'S BASKETBALL TEAM won their first ever UMAC post-season title this weekend. Read more at

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.

ABOUT 85 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS, 11 FROM UMM, will present and defend their research papers during the highly regarded 2005 Midwest Political Science Undergraduate Research Conference, to be held at UMM March 3-5. In its first year as host. UMM is the first public institution and only the second Minnesota institution to host the event. UMM students have been presenting at this conference for several years. Wy Spano, director of the Masters Program in Advocacy and Political Leadership at UMD, will provide the keynote address. Those wishing to attend the opening banquet, which costs $10, should contact Paula O\\\'Loughlin, ext. 6205 or email The public is invited to attend the conference presentations and panels. See for a complete schedule or call ext. 6200 for details.

ENJOY HOME-GROWN FOOD AND ENTERTAINMENT during the Pride of the Prairie Local Foods Expo, Farmer\\\'s Market and Dinner on Thursday, March 3. The Farmers\\\' Market and Local Foods Expo will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. Purchase locally-grown food, chat with local farmers, and see some of the organizations helping to improve the availability of local foods in the community. A Spring Local Foods Dinner will be served from 4:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the Food Services building. Tickets for the dinner are available at the door or in the Student Center lobby through March 3 (10 a.m. - 2 p.m. daily). Adult tickets are $10, off-campus student and children tickets are $6, and children under five eat free.


Gretchen Murphy\\\'s book, Hemispheric Imaginings: The Monroe Doctrine And Narratives Of U.S. Empire (Duke University Press March, 2005) has been selected as a textbook for a graduate seminar at the University of Iowa. Professor Murphy (English) has, correspondingly, been invited to visit the course to talk about her research.

Gary L. Donovan, director of the Career Center, was recently designated a Master Career Counselor (MCC) by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The National Career Development Association is an organization of career development professionals working in elementary and secondary schools, community and technical colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and in business, industry and government settings. The NCDA offers the Master Career Counselor designation only to those members who provide a full range of career development services, including assessment services. All MCCs hold a minimum of a master\\\'s degree in counseling or related fields, and also possess additional credentials like the National Certified Counselor, National Certified Career Counselor, or state professional counseling or psychology licenses. These professional\\\'s work and educational experiences are carefully screened to ensure that their level of expertise meets NCDA counseling competencies.

Divers Lauren Trapp and Bree McCannon placed sixth and seventh, respectively, during last weekend\\\'s 2005 Liberal Arts Championships at Coe College. Kristine Ertl placed 6th in the 50-yard freestyle and 7th in the 100-yard freestyle competition.

Community Connection guests:
Chancellor Sam Schuman will be the guest Wednesday, March 2, to provide a UMM update.
Center for Small Towns staff will be the guests on Thursday, March 3, to talk about the 10th anniversary of CST.
Community Connection airs on KMRS, 1230 AM, each weekday from 8:45-9 am.


An information session on Salmon in Endangered Ecosystems will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in Sci 1020. This summer at UMM (June 27-July 29) you can participate in an exciting study-travel course that will examine the natural history of salmon and the river ecosystems they inhabit. 2 ? weeks of the course will involve travel through the Pacific Northwest studying and observing salmon habitats and the sources of human development that have negatively impacted salmon populations. Two weeks will be spent on campus prior to the trip learning about salmon, ecosystems, the Pacific Northwest and environmental issues. The course instructor, Tracey Anderson, UMM Biology, will be on hand to describe the course, the trip and show slides of her research and travels through the area. If you are unable to attend the info session, but would like to know more about the course, contact: Tracey Anderson, biology, ext. 6324,

UMM will host its 22nd annual Tinman Triathlon on Saturday, April 30. The race begins at 9 a.m. from the Regional Fitness Center competition pool. Registration information is available at ext. 6439, or on the web at

The next Chancellor\\\'s Office Hour is Monday, March 7, at 10:00 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 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 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

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 or Vanessa Waltz, vice president, at

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.


Nancy \\\"Rusty\\\" Barcelo, Ph.D., was associate vice president for multicultural and academic affairs at the U from 1996 to 2001. Her vision of the multicultural university focused on the importance of building coalitions to foster an inclusive and diverse campus environment. Initially, the Rusty Barcelo Award was established in 2002 to acknowledge individual efforts. But in fall 2004, after consulting with her, the sponsors--the Office for University Women (OUW) and Office for Multicultural and Academic Affairs--refined and retitled this honor to become the Barcelo Collaborative Multicultural Projects Grant. This honor will focus on support for quality collaborative projects that help create a thriving campus community where diversity in the widest sense is welcomed and supported. The grant welcomes efforts that affect the campus climate for women students, faculty, and staff of color. Up to two $500-$1,000 grants may be awarded for Short-Term Projects that seek to enhance campus diversity and inclusiveness, and one $2,500 grant may be given to fund an Institutional Change Project. Funded projects will be celebrated in the OUW Celebration of University Women program, April 28. Deadline is February 28. For more information, see the Office for University Women Web site.

The Office for University Women seeks proposals for projects that will help create an inclusive and diverse campus community through an enhanced campus climate for women faculty, staff, and students. Grants range from $100 to $1,000. Deadline is February 28. For more information, see the Office for University Women Web site.

In accordance with the UMM Constitution, the quinquennial evaluation of Humanities Division Chair Jenny Nellis has commenced. The Chancellor has appointed a Division Review Committee whose members are: Alicia Mendez (student), Tracy Otten, Dwight Purdy, James Wojtaszek, and James Carlson (Chair). The committee has been charged to formulate procedures, conduct an evaluation, and write a report for the Chancellor. Surveys have been mailed to a representative group of faculty, staff and students. If you have not received a survey, but would like to participate in the review, forms are available at the Humanities Division Office. If you have any questions, feel free to contact James Carlson, Chair of the Review Committee, at 6242 or The deadline for returning completed surveys is March 1.

The following scholarships applications can be completed on the web at 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 following scholarship application can be completed on the web at or pick up application from the Admissions and Financial Aid Office. The 2005-2006 Phi Mu Delta Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students who demonstrate Phi Mu Delta\\\'s \\\"Three-S\\\" Philosophy which is: Service: the finer qualities of ethical conduct toward fellow man Social: well developed social manners, courtesy and kindness and Scholarship: diligent application to study, not only in order that the requirements of UMM be met, but also that achievement above the average level may be attained. 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 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 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

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 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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