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The Theatre Discipline offers all unoccupied seats at student matinees of \"Cootie Shots\" to both the campus and general communities. Attendance at this Thursday and Friday (April 21-22) 1 p.m. performances is especially encouraged due to lack of attendance by local schools. Here is a list of all scheduled performances: Thursday, April 21, 1 p.m. Friday, April 22, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (traditional public performances) Wednesday, April 27, 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m. and Friday, April 29, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All seats are $2. Make check payable to UMM or have correct change, if possible. Make your reservations at the table in the Student Center or by calling or emailing the Theatre Box Office at ext. 6249 and thrpub@morris.umn.edu.

Only three years old and still growing, the Children’s Garden at the West Central Research and Outreach Center has become the place to come and have fun while learning about plants. The garden’s coordinator, Chlene Anderson, shares her excitement for this project with host, Sue Gooch, during the next \"Prairie Yard and Garden.\" This segment will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, over Pioneer Public Television. Prairie Yard and Garden, produced by Media Services at UMM, is completing its 18th season.

Here is a revised agenda for the Friday, April 22, Wind Turbine Commissioning ceremony:
• Governor Tim Pawlenty will do his radio show from the WCROC office complex beginning at 9:06 a.m. Limited space for attendees.
• UMM Wind Run/Walk will begin at 9:45 a.m. from the East Parking Lot.
• Commissioning ceremony at the WCROC wind turbine site will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch. There will be free bus rides from the parking lot to the Wind Turbine site and back again.
• Tours of campus and local renewable energy businesses begins at 1 p.m. More details about the wind turbine and the WCROC renewable energy project at www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/.

All are welcome to attend two public lectures by renowned historian, scholar and composer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Dr. Reagon will join UMM April 26-May 3 as the inaugural holder of UMM's first Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. The first lecture, "I Decided to Stand": Selected Notes from the 40 Year Journal of a Freedom Singer," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the HFA Black Box Theatre. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the HFA Gallery. A second lecture, "Lessons in Living: The African American Spiritual Tradition," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, at the First Lutheran Church, Morris. In addition, Dr. Reagon will be the guest conductor during a performance by UMM\'s combined choirs, under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Hodgson. The performance, which will feature Dr. Reagon\'s compositions, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at Assumption Church, Morris.

Register for the 14th Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner to be held Thursday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. Enjoy the UMMRA pre-dinner reception at LaFave House beginning at 3:30 that afternoon. Honored guests at this year\'s dinner are retirees Karla Klinger, Lois Koehntop, Jeanne Purdy, Dwight Purdy, and Ruth Thielke. Also being recognized: Pareena Lawrence, Alumni Association Teaching Award Leslie Meek, John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising recipient and Seung-Ho Joo, Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Mary Martelle recipients are Isaiah Brokenleg (student) and Maggie Larson (staff). Outstanding Staff Awardees are William Eiler (plant services), Ann Kolden (AFSCME), and Rose Murphy (civil service). Karla Klinger is the 2005 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award. Enjoy French cuisine. Tickets at $20 per person can be reserved by calling Maggie Larson, ext. 6053.


Accomplishments

Four music students are recipients of the Brion Dalager Memorial Scholarship, given annually by Morris residents Vincent and Joyce Dalager. This is the 30th annual award, presented in honor of the late Brion Dalager, a UMM music student from 1969 to 1972. Student recipients are Lacee Heald, Ogilvie Terrri Jo Schuft, Stewart Joel Adams, Fergus Falls and Dustin Retzlaff, Morris.

Farah Gilanshah, sociology, was an invited key speaker at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Ark., during the International Focus Week, April 7-10. She gave four different lectures: Politics and Islam The Cultural Adaption of Muslim Community in the United States, The Patterns of Migration of Muslims to the United States, and The Status of Women in Iran.

[Mpls STAR TRIBUNE 4/20/05] Ray Schultz, theater, is quoted in a story, \"Schools cancel tickets for \'Cootie Shots\' play,\" page two of Metro/State section.

[Mpls STAR TRIBUNE 4/19/05] Students Gigi Larson-Gutman and Heather Lee, along with Roland Guyotte, history, are quoted in a front-page article, \"Sealed with a Click.\"

[Pope Co. Tribune 4/18/05] \"Research wind turbine dedication Friday,\" story on page 5A.

[Minnesota Monthly April 2005] James Morales, enrollment, is quoted in an article on page 190, \"In Pursuit of Hot Careers.\"

[Mpls STAR TRIBUNE 4/18/05] Alumna Karin Wolverton \'97 received the following review: \"Happily, Karin Wolverton made a sincere rather than a sentimental Micaela, and her big third-act aria, sung with immaculate tone, was surely the night\'s major vocal achievement.\" Karin is Micaela in all of the Minnesota Opera\'s performances of Carmen by Bizet, Tuesday-Sunday at the Ordway Center, St. Paul.


Announcements

Students in Stephen Gross\' History of Rural America class will present papers on the history of the West Central School of Agriculture during an undergraduate research symposium funded by the Minnesota Humanities Commission in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, and organized in conjunction with the UMM Historic Preservation Project. Approximately 20 students will be presenting from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the Alumni Room, Oyate Hall.

Science & Math student representatives for 2005-06 are biology: Sarah Gannon and Nathan Jarnot chemistry: Lisa Johnson computer science: Emily Christiansen and Andy Korth geology: Ryan Whittaker mathematics: Chris Orth physics: Chris Orth statistics: Matthew Bryan.

Folk singer Charlie Maguire will lead a free sing-a-long of American Civil War era music at 6:30 pm. Thursday, April 21, near the Sam Smith Civil War Memorial Statue in Summit Cemetery, Morris. Park on College Avenue. Bring lawn chairs. Refreshments will be served. On Friday, April 22, Maguire will present a musical program, War and Peace: Reflections and Sharing 1865, 1945 and 2005, at 1:30 p.m. at Morris Elementary School, south gym/auditorium. Free, open to the public, handicapped accessible, appropriate for all ages.

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 p.m. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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

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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.