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Leslie Meek, psychology, has been recognized as the recipient of the all-University John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. The award, named in honor of John Tate, professor of physics and first Dean of University College, serves to recognize and reward high-quality academic advising, and calls attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career, and personal goals.

Four female artists will headline the 27th Annual Jazz Fest April 7-9 at UMM. Jane Bunneton, soprano saxophone and flute Sarah Jane Cion, piano Sherrie Maricle, drums and Sarah Morrow, trombone, will perform along with UMM Jazz Ensembles. Tickets still remain for Thursday and Saturday performances. Contact the Office of Student Activities, ext. 6080, for ticket information.

UMM, along with the West Central Research and Outreach Center and the Morris community, invites your participation in a Run/Walk to the Wind Turbine Commissioning ceremony at the WCROC on Friday, April 22. Governor Tim Pawlenty is scheduled to attend the ceremony. The walk will be 1.6 miles the run 2.6 miles. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. from the East Parking Lot and ends at the WCROC wind turbine site just in time for the 11 a.m. ceremony. Stay for a free lunch. Free parking that day in the East Lot and a free shuttle service. Sign up for the Run/Walk by April 8 and get a free commemorative T-shirt. MCSA will table next week, March 28-April 1, in the Student Center lobby. Or sign up by calling the Office of Human Resources, ext. 6021.

Accomplishments

Gary L. Donovan, director of the Career Center, was recently designated a Master Career Counselor by the National Career Development Association (NCDA). The NCDA 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.

Steven Burks, economics/management, has had a paper, "The Effect of Stakes in Distribution Experiments," with Jeffrey Carpenter (Middlebury College) and Eric Verhoogen (Columbia University), published in Economic Letters, Volume 86, Issue 3, March 2005, pp. 393-398.

UMM alumni who are members of the band, Neighborhood Flash, have qualified for the final round of a battle of the bands - Cafe Clash - at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Minneapolis. The final round is tonight starting at 8 p.m. Advancing to the final round means the band has already won studio time at the legendary Pachyderm studio in Cannon Falls, Minn. Competing bands are judged, in part, on audience reaction. Band members are: Nate LaCoursiere '02, Dan Dragland '99, Travis Freudenberg '00, and Josh Roser '99.

[MPR 3/17/05] Bart Finzel, economics/management, was quoted in an MPR story about the Crosby-Ironton teachers' strike, "Talks reach impasse in teachers strike teachers union sues over replacement." Read more at http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/16_postt_strike/

Announcements

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the campus community for all of their cards, emails, flowers, acts of kindness and support during the past few weeks after losing our son-in-law/daughter's husband, David Day. It is so comforting to know that our campus is such a close and caring family. We know that much time was involved with people hanging ribbons, lining the streets, handing out flowers, etc, and we appreciate it very much! -- Bonnie and Gary Gulbrandson and Amy Day

The Committee which has been reviewing the work of Jenny Nellis as Division Chair in the Humanities has issued its report, which is overwhelmingly positive. Accordingly, Chancellor Sam Schuman has reappointed Jenny as Chair for the next five year term, with the proviso that she will be on leave for the first year of that term, 2005-06. Congratulations to Professor Nellis, and thanks to the Committee and its chair, Professor Jim Carlson.

Students can request "official" University transcripts on-line and pay for them with a credit card. The link is on the Registrar's Office transcript web page:
http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/registrar/transcript.shtml/. This functionality is available to current students and students who attended in the past 5 years. There is a project underway on the Twin Cities campus to expand this to all alumni in the future. Direct questions to Clare Strand, ext. 6026.

Interested in taking summer session courses at the Twin Cities campus?
Registration begins on April 12. If you are eligible for financial aid for summer, you need to register as a Multi-U student. Contact Bonnie Gulbrandson in the Registrar's Office (gulbrabr@morris.umn.edu) for more information.

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

Deadlines

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 http://www.morris.umn.edu/committees/MASA/MASAAward.html Deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2005.

The political science discipline is accepting applications for the Minge Internship Award, the Gieske Internship Award and the Gieske Academic Award (for 2004-2005) for the 2005-2006 academic year. Applications may be picked up and returned to the Social Science Division office in Camden Hall. Completed applications are due by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1. Contact the Division Office, ext. 6200, for more information.

To access current and archived news releases about UMM, visit the News Service
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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.