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Mayor Carol Wilcox and UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman are pleased to announce that the Morris community will be the beneficiary of a nearly $400,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Outreach Partnership Center's (COPC) grant was recently awarded to the University and will be administered by the Center for Small Towns, reaffirming the partnership between the campus and the community under the theme, "Adapting to Change: Managing Urbanization in Rural America." Read more at

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and other dignitaries will celebrate Earth Day -- April 22 -- by dedicating the only public large-scale wind research instrument in the United States designed to conduct research on converting wind power into hydrogen. The 230-foot wind research turbine at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) in Morris is the foundation for an innovative wind-to-hydrogen project. It is one of four renewable energy systems under development within the University of Minnesota Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center in Morris. The turbine's commissioning will cap two days of activities at UMM and the WCROC with themes centering on renewable energy and the environment. Other planned events at the WCROC include: A meeting of the Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative beginning at 11 a.m. April 21 Displays of E-85, biodiesel, hybrid vehicles and other renewable energy items on April 21 and 22 WCCO "Good Morning Minnesota" radio show with Governor Pawlenty Renewable energy experiences for elementary and secondary students at 9 a.m. April 22 UMM Wind Walk & Run at 10:15 a.m. April 22 (A complete schedule of events is at and Tours of the WCROC, UMM, DENCO Ethanol Plant and West River Dairy. A complete agenda and more information about renewable energy can be found on the UMM News Service web site at: or
The Multi-Ethnic Student Program invites you to attend the annual Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) student presentations on Thursday, April 14, 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Alumni and University Rooms, Oyate Hall. The MMP was founded in 1991 by the Minority Experience Committee chaired by Gary Donovan, director of the Career Center. Each year, students of color are matched with faculty or staff mentors to work on projects or research that enhance their interest in a particular field of study or in graduate/professional study. The program ties in well with the committee's commitment to increasing opportunities for students of color at UMM.

The13th annual Northern Plains Conference on Earlier British Literature is hosted by the UMM English discipline April 15-16. The event is open to the public. In keeping with its tradition of encouraging dialogue across historical periods and keeping teachers of British literature informed about and engaged with scholarship and criticism over a broad range of their teaching responsibilities, the NPCEBL will offer a program of papers on the literature of the British Isles from 500 to about 1688. Keynote Speaker: Paul Yachnin, McGill University, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, "Populuxe Art and Artisanal Value in Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida" (open to the public) Friday, April 15 , 5.30-6.30 p.m., Science 3610.


Putnam math exam team of Matt Bryan, Bill Cox, and Ben Peterson ranked 91st in the nation out of 411 teams (the top 3 teams were MIT, Princeton, and Duke). Also participating from UMM were Jay Clawson and Matt Justin. All UMM participants placed in the top half of nationwide contestants. The Putnam is the premier national undergraduate math competition, and takes place each year in December.

Eleven students -- Victor Balling, Matt Carlson, Steve Caudill, Emily Christiansen, Cedar Gillette, Chris Heuer, Sharon Jurina, Andy Korth, Scott Lembcke, Chris Olson, Jon Quarfoth -- and three faculty -- Andy Lopez, Dian Lopez, and Elena Machkasova -- traveled to the Midwest Instructional Computing Symposium in Eau Claire, Wis., April 8- 9. Three research papers were presented: "Task Allocation with Communications Costs Considered," by Jon Quarfoth, Andy Korth and Dian Lopez, which won a Best Paper second place Award "Empirical Studies of Java Optimizations," by Steve Caudill and Elena Machkasova and "An Introduction to Robotics Course," by Andy Lopez and Chris Olson. Two teams from UMM also participated in the Programming Contest. A team of Victor Balling, Emily Christiansen, and Andy Korth placed second in the competition and a team of Matt Carlson, Chris Heuer, and Jon Quarfoth placed eighth out of 28 teams. Participating in the Robotics Contest, and taking third place out of eight teams, were Matt Carlson, Chris Heuer, Chris Olson, and Jon Quarfoth.

Stephen Burks, economics/management, was quoted in several different parts of a recent article on the labor market for truck drivers that was written by a staff member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and published in the March issue of the Fed's monthly newspaper on the economic affairs of our region, the fedgazette. The article is on the web at URL: A project Burks discussed at the April 7 UMM TAFS is being featured by the UMinn Office of the VP of Research in their "Faculty Spotlight" web link this week. See URL: Burks has been notified that his paper, "Comparing Students to Workers: the Effects of Social Framing on Behavior in Distribution Games," with J. Carpenter, Middlebury College, and E. Verhoogen, Columbia University, has been published with the issuing of Research in Experimental Economics, Volume 10, 2005 (volume title, Field Experiments in Economics).

Bert Ahern, history, spoke at the University of North Dakota April 5 as one of two external speakers during their annual "Exploring the American Indian Experience" series - see Ahern spoke on "From Dream to Nightmare: American Indian Boarding Schools, 1880-1920."

[LA Times on line] Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, is quoted in a story,
"Stopping Traffic by Degrees." Read the entire story at


Severe weather season is upon us once again. The Minnesota Division of Emergency Management has declared the week of April 18-22 as Severe Weather Awareness Week. The UMM Safety Committee in cooperation with Stevens County Emergency Management will be conducting a test of the emergency notification radios on campus at 1:45 PM on Thursday April 21. The Stevens County Law Enforcement Center will activate the radios and broadcast an emergency test message. At that time, the Safety Committee is asking offices with the notification radios to activate the calling tree notification system. They should call areas/offices identified on the calling list and inform them of the test. The committee is also asking that buildings be posted at the entrances, with a sign stating that a test was run. Please post notices at the time of the test, NOT before the test. This test is a vital part of the campus emergency management plan and participation is very important in determining any problems with the notification system. Classes will not be interrupted for this test.

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 test is offered at UMM on April 16 and June 11. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST and all required sections of PRAXIS II before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling or Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office for information on registering immediately.

A talk, "The Tragedy of the Commons? Behavioral Economic Field Experiments in Rural Columbia," combined with a demonstration economic experiment/simulation, will be presented in Science 2190, 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, April 21. Speaker: Prof. Maria-Claudia Lopez, Universidad Pontificia Javeriana, Colombia. Hosted by Stephen Burks, economics and management, and Stacy Parker Aronson, Spanish. Maria-Claudia Lopez is a professor on leave from the School of Environmental and Rural Studies at the Universidad Pontificia Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. Before pursuing her Ph.D. in Resource Economics, which she is now doing at UMass-Amherst, she worked with a group of researchers that employ experimental economics and participatory techniques to understand how the common interest can prevail above self- interest, among rural dwellers in Columbia who extract natural resources (such as fish or firewood) as part of their livelihood. Her main interest is in learning how to increase the identity, solidarity, and cooperation among rural natural resource users as the first step toward building rural communities. Two UMM students have produced a translation from the Spanish of the guidebook to using economic experiments in this setting that was co-authored by Prof. Lopez.

Faculty and staff are invited to meet individually with Melinda Soderberg, U of M Employee Benefit Counselor, regarding employee benefit issues such as planning for retirement or participating in the Voluntary Retirement Plans. Friday, April 22,
8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Behmler Hall Conference Room. Contact Jenny Quam (6024 quamjl) to set up an individual appointment.

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: 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.

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering lecturing and research awards in 140 for the 2006-07 academic year. The traditional Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. Grantees lecture and conduct research in more than 45 different disciplines and professional fields. The Grants Development Office has 2006-07 Fulbright Scholar Program catalogs and brochures on hand for perusal. For deadlines, application process and more information, visit the Fulbright Program Web site at or contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at or ext. 6458.

The April 14 Chancellor's office hour at 2 p.m. has been cancelled. The April 25 office hour at 9:00 a.m. has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 26, at 10:00 a.m.

The Grants Development Office is hosting the Principal Investigator Workshop (Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR), Part 2, via ITV on Tuesday, April 19 in Room HFA 7 from 1-4 p.m. Please note that, according to the Regents Policy, awards and account numbers cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of the Principal Investigator Education Program. This is effective for external funds as well as internal funds from the Graduate School, such as Grant-in-Aid awards and Summer Research fellowships. Those whose research areas include human subjects need to complete a separate training session as well. Upon approval of their administrative unit, all Faculty and P&A staff are eligible to be principal investigators for grants. RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, at or ext. 6465 no later than Friday, April 15, if you plan to attend. This announcement is for general information only. A separate note has been sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 2 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy.


Please be aware of the following spring semester financial aid deadlines that may affect you.
Student Employment:
The last day to submit or increase a Student Employment Contract for spring is Friday, April 29, 2005. The last day to submit academic year time sheets for student payroll is Friday, May 20, 2005.

Student Loans:
The last day to increase or add a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, Perkins, PLUS or Alternative Loan for the academic year is Friday, April 29, 2005.

Summer Financial Aid:
The last day to complete an application for May or Summer financial aid is Friday, June 3, 2005. To be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled for all summer classes/courses by Monday, June 6, 2005. You must accept (and apply for- if required) summer loans by Monday, June 13, 2005. For more information:

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