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THE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE HAS SELECTED PROF. SEUNG-HO JOO, political science, as this year's recipient of the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Founded in 2000, this award recognizes excellence in research among the faculty of UMM. Prof. Joo is an internationally known scholar whose reputation reflects
well on the campus commitment to research.

MINNESOTA REP. CY THAO '95 will provide the keynote address during this year's Commencement ceremony May 14. Thao holds bachelor's degrees from UMM in political science and studio art. He worked as an actor and an artist while he earned his teaching degree at St. Thomas University. He also taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools, and was the first executive director of the Center of Hmong Arts and Talent in St. Paul. Elected in 2002, Rep. Thao took office as the state's first Hmong member of the House of Representatives. He is the second Hmong member in the Legislature. An exhibit featuring Thao's paintings - "The Hmong Migration: Fifty Paintings" - was shown at UMM during the 2003-2004 HFA Gallery's exhibition season.


Stephen Burks, economics and management, has been appointed to a three-year term as a Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), in Bonn, Germany. By virtue of the appointment, he has been invited to join a virtual research community that is based in the well-known brick-and-mortar research institute, due to his work in behavioral and experimental labor economics. He is a co-author of two working papers currently on the IZA website, at URL Also, the following papers by Burks were recently published:
(1) "Shifting Gears in the Corner Office Deregulation and the Earnings of Trucking Executives", in Research in Transportation Economics, Vol. 10, with Fred Guy (University of London) and Ben Maxwell '04 (UMM Scholar of the College).
(2) ""The Balance Between Private and For-Hire Carriage and Trends in the Use of Large Trucks (1977 to 1997)", and also
(3) "Trends in the Use of Large Trucks by Truckload and Less-Than-Truckload Motor Carriers in the 1990s", both in the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, Vol. 43, #2, with Kristen Monaco (California State University at Long Beach) and Josie Myers-Kuykindall (UMM Scholar of the College).

[Mpls Star Tribune 3/8/05] Karin Wolverton '97 is pictured and mentioned in an article in the Variety section. Wolverton sings the role of Inez, the sister of the title role in Donizetti's opera, "Maria Padilla," at the Minnesota Opera. The article states: "Mezzo-soprano Karin Wolverton made a strong impression, too, as Maria's sister, Inez, showing fresh coloratura agility both in her opening aria and in the great second-act duet with Maria."

[This week's Brief] Comments by Carol McCannon, Student Activities, are included in Celebrating Women: U employees tell how they observe International Women's Day. To read more in UMNnews, see

The item in last week's Weekly Bulletin about the UMM contingent to the Capitol incorrectly identified Bryan Fisher as MCSA president. Bryan is student legislative coalition director. Tim Lindberg is still the MCSA president. Weekly Bulletin regrets the error.


On-campus residence hall room and apartment signup begins Tuesday, March 22. Please check your e-mail for designated sign-up times. If you have any questions, call the Office of Residential Life at ext. 6475.

The next Chancellor's Office Hour is Tuesday, March 29, at 3:00 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.

Friends of Cougar Football Golf Outing will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, July 8, at the Alexandria Golf Club. Four-man scramble $100 registration fee 18 holes and cart. Proceeds benefit Cougar football. Contact Coach Ken Crandall, ext. 6432, for more information.


Nominations are now open for the 2005 UMM Academic Staff Award, which was established to annually recognize a member of the Academic Professional and Administrative (P&A) staff who has made distinguished contributions to the mission of the UMM. For guidelines, application and more information, visit the MASA Web page at Deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2005.

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.
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