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Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to attend the second of two public lectures by renowned historian, scholar and composer Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon. Dr. Reagon is the inaugural holder of UMM's first Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Liberal Arts. Her 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 in 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 in Morris.

A reminder to attend the 14th Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Oyate Hall. Enjoy the UMMRA pre-dinner reception at LaFave House beginning at 3:30 p.m. Honored guests during the dinner will be 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 Memorial Award recipients are Isaiah Brokenleg (student) and Maggie Larson (staff). Outstanding Staff Awardees will be given to William Eiler (plant services), Ann Kolden (AFSCME), and Rose Murphy (civil service). Karla Klinger is the 2005 recipient of the Morris Academic Staff Award.

Scenes from "The Marriage of Figaro," "Cosė fan tutte," "Amahl and the Night Visitors," "Candide," "The Old Maid and the Thief," and "Mikado" will be performed during "Sex, Lies and Live Music," the annual Opera Workshop performance at UMM. Students in the opera workshop at UMM will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in HFA Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for UMM community and seniors. Tickets can be purchased in the Student Center lobby (look for the opera workshop table) or at the door.

The Division of Education faculty invites you to attend the "Education Exposition 2005," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates, on Wednesday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

Eight student musicians have been selected to perform in the annual Honors Recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in HFA Recital Hall. Performers were selected by a panel of judges based on each student's outstanding solo performances during the 2004-2005 academic year. Students are: Pulum Kim, Angela Adam, Katie Cunnien, Anna Harrington, Mark Bauer, Dustin Retzlaff, Terri Jo Schuft, and Alison Scherzer. The recital is free and open to the public.

The excellence of UMM students will be celebrated during the 14th Annual Student Honors and Awards Ceremony to begin at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in HFA Recital Hall. A parents' reception at 6:15 p.m. in the HFA Gallery area will precede the program. An Honoring Ceremony for Native American graduates will take place earlier the same day, at 4 p.m. in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. The public is invited to attend these events. Read more at

UMM alumnus, artist and Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao '95 will give the keynote address during the annual Commencement ceremony. Commencement begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14 on the campus mall. Find a schedule of events leading up to and including Commencement day at

Over 4,000 area students have participated in the Henjum Creative Study Institute during the past 32 summers. This year's Institute, held annually at UMM, will continue the tradition of fun, interaction, learning and exploration. From Character Acting to Digital Graphic Editing, from Painting to Printmaking, a variety of courses are offered by the Institute, to be held June 6-17. This two-week summer enrichment program is offered to students in grades 6-12. Registration deadline is May 6. Late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. For more information, contact Jackie Anderson, at 1-800-842-0030 or 320-589-6456,, or at


Carol Marxen, associate professor of education, presented at the Association of Childhood Education International Conference in Washington D.C. on March 23. Her presentation was on the topic,"Relevance and Depth in Primary Science Curricula."

The April 22 wind turbine event received great media coverage statewide. Below is a sampling:

[Mpls STAR TRIB 4/24/05] Power on the prairie,a front-page story in the Business section included a photo taken by Mike Cihak of UMM Media Services.

[WCCO-TV] Gov. Dedicates Morris Wind Turbine For Earth Day

[KSTP-TV CH 5 (ABC) 4/22/05]
The only one in the nation, a modern-day wind mill is making its earth day debut in Minnesota this morning. Governor Pawlenty will celebrate earth day by dedicating a 230-foot wind turbine to the renewable energy project at the University of Minnesota Morris. The turbine converts wind power into hydrogen, and is the foundation for renewable energy systems under development at the school. This morning's ceremony caps off two days of earth day activities such as hybrid-car displays and a "wind power walk and run". It's the 35th anniversary of earth day today!. And we're giving you easy ways to help out!. We found these on "eco-mall-dot-com", buy a plant or start a garden. Plants help clean the air plus they can lift your spirits bring your own mug to work for coffee or your own bags to the supermarket recycle your plastic water bottles and bundle up newspapers for the recycling bin and you can buy environmentally friendly products, like natural foods natural cleaners recycled paper products even a hybrid car!

[Mpls STAR TRIB 4/22/05 AP story from J.P. Cola, Willmar radio]
Governor dedicates wind turbine used for public research

[MPR 4/22/05] Western Minnesota winds could be made into hydrogen

[Duluth News Tribune]
Wind-to-hydrogen energy project commissioned at university

[WorldChanging 4/24/05]
The Week in Sustainable Vehicles

Wind power graduates to college
Earth Day in Morris to Focus on Locally Produced Energy
Research, Teaching and Outreach
UMM Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center
University of Minnesota Renewable Energy Research and Demonstration Center at Morris

[Minnesota Daily 4/25/05]
Morris campus dedicates turbine

Regional media covered the event as they did throughout the planning process:
KMRS/KKOK radio [4/22 event aired live]
Morris Sun Tribune
Chokio Review, Herman Review, Grant County Herald
Hancock Record
West Central Daily Tribune, Willmar
KWLM, Willmar radio
Starbuck Times
Agri News
University Register
Renewable energy web sites
U of M College of Ag web site at

In other news:
[St. Paul PIONEER PRESS 4/25/05] Ordway usher to take the stage
... He plans to join the orchestra at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where he is enrolled for fall, but he doesn't envision a career in music. ...

[Mpls STAR TRIBUNE 4/24/05]
Paul Z. Myers is an associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota-Morris. He also operates a science-oriented blog,

[BlackHillsPortal 4/22/05 Meyers Wins Minnesota Book Award for his Latest Novel
... Meyers received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Minnesota-Morris and a master's degree in English from Washington State University...


Location for the Friends of Cougar Football golf outing has been changed to Geneva Golf Club. 4181 Geneva Golf Club Drive. Alexandria. Contact Coach Crandall, ext. 6432, for details.

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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