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Sixteen teams of talented high school students from the area will compete in round one of Academic Challenge, produced by Media Services at UMM. Academic Challenge will air on Pioneer Public Television beginning Sunday, April 3. Renville County West versus Minneota will air at 3 p.m. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy versus MACCRAY will air at 3:30 p.m. Competition on Sunday, April 10, will include Redwood Valley versus Benson at 3 p.m., and Ortonville versus Minnewaska at 3:30 p.m. This is the 12th year that UMM has produced Academic Challenge. Teams are comprised of four students members and one or two alternates each who will answer a series of questions covering a wide variety of topics. The winning team of the final competition will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., courtesy of UMM. Winning team members are also offered a scholarship if they choose to attend UMM. Find out more about Academic Challenge at www.morris.umn.edu/challenge/.

The 5th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held at UMM on Friday, April 15. The Symposium celebrates student research from all academic disciplines. Learn about the variety and quality of research on campus. Oral and poster presentations will be held along with presentation awards and refreshments. Look for more details at www.morris.umn.edu/urs/info.html/.

Academically talented high school sophomores and juniors from the Upper Midwest are invited to participate in the 20th annual Summer Scholars program scheduled for July 10-22 at UMM. Students take a college class, earn two credits, stay on campus, and experience the excitement and rewards of college life. Two new courses are offered in this year's program: "From Avian Flu to Ebola Zaire: The Reemerging Threat of Infectious Disease" (taught by Pete and Timna Wyckoff) and "Talking About a Revolution: Dissent and Freedom of Expression in Today's World" (taught by Nic McPhee and Paula O'Loughlin). For additional program and application information, contact: Karen Ellis, Continuing Education & Summer Session, ext. 6463 elliskj@morris.umn.edu or visit the Summer Scholars web site: www.morris.umn.edu/cerp/youth/summerscholars/.

Rolling Plains Art Gallery, an education outreach program of the Plains Art Museum, is now exhibiting in Morris in front of the Morris Public Library. An exhibition space on wheels, the RPAG is an 8-foot by 48-foot semi-trailer converted to a climate-controlled, accessible art gallery developed to provide rural access to art. Admission is free to the public. Hours are Wednesday, March 30 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 3-8 p.m. Friday, April 1, 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, April 3, noon-4 p.m. The RPAG 2004-2006 exhibition is an exploration of Identity and Vision in Minnesota and North Dakota. It reflects a search for beauty and inspiration with images that portray cultural traditions and heritage as well as the social, political, and economic issues of the day.

Accomplishments

Mary Elizabeth Bezanson's article, "Watch Out for the First Amendment:
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Personal Distribution and the Forgotten Right to Receive," has received the Central States Communication Association States Advisory Council award. The article was nominated by the CTAMJ (Communication and Theatre Association of Minnesota Journal) editor as a representative of high quality work.

An editorial response by Chancellor Sam Schuman appeared in the February 2005 issue of Twin Cities Business Monthly To read it, go to the Chancellor's Office web site under "offices and services," then click on the "editorial response" link, or go directly to: www.morris.umn.edu/academic/chancellor/editorial.html

Assistant Professor of Theatre Ray Schultz had his review of the Kennedy Center's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Patricia Clarkson, published in the March issue of Theatre Journal.

The Spring Break Photo Contest was the focus of a story that aired on KSAX-TV, Alexandria, during the March 28 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. local news broadcasts. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy was interviewed and student photos were shown. Rebecca Webb, events calendar and web page coordinator, contributed to the story.

Rebecca Webb's story about Pioneer Public Television programming received mention on the front page of the March 28 Pope County Tribune. The piece is title "Area drug impact to air in May."

The President will nominate UMM alumna Rachel Brand '95 to be assistant attorney general (Legal Policy) at the Department of Justice. Brand currently serves as principal deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice. She previously served as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Earlier in her career, Brand served as associate counsel to the President. She earned her bachelor's degree from the UMM and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Congratulations to The Neighborhood Flash, UMM alumni band that won the Wednesday night competition at the Hard Rock Café in Minneapolis. The band will perform as the house band several weekends a month from April through September. The band thanks UMMers who were on hand to support them.

Announcements

Master of Education and Educational Computing and Technology Certificate Program Information Session: Monday, April 4 from 4:30 - 5:45 pm in Science 1020. Representatives of University of Minnesota, Duluth's College of Education and Human Service Professions will be on hand for a presentation about the M.Ed. cohort program and the Educational Computing and Technology certificate program. The second round of the Masters degree will begin in fall 2005 at UMM with elective courses offered on campus this summer. The Educational Computing and Technology certificate can be completed in the summers of 2005 and 2006 at UMM. Online instruction, blended with in-person meetings, allows students from rural Minnesota to continue full-time employment while completing the degree which is open to anyone working in education and/or training (teacher licensure is not required). For more information contact Karen Johnson at ext. 6461 or johnsokm@morris.umn.edu/.

Nominations for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open from Monday, April 4, through Monday, April 11. Nominations should be turned in to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division Office.
Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 13, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Blood Drive will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, April 5-6, from 12:30-6:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. To sign up to give blood or volunteer, go to the Blood Drive Table in the Student Center, across from TMC. Direct questions to thom1534@mrs.umn.edu/.

Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates Annual Meeting on Monday, April 11, 7:30 p.m., will include presentation by poet, author, and biographer, Freya Manfred. Lower level of Briggs Library. Open to the public. Refreshments served.

Anyone interested in some free food and a free shirt? Sign up to volunteer for the Tinman Triathlon at UMM. The event is Saturday, April 30 the race begins at 9 a.m. Bring some friends, eat some food, cheer the racers on, and help make the race a huge success. Volunteers are needed to make this event possible. Stop by the student activities center or email Randi Peterson at rp2345@morris.umn.edu to sign up.

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 Thursday, April 14, 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.


Deadlines

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.