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UMM announces the appointment of Jaime R. Moquin as director of admissions. Moquin recently completed her tenure as a K-12 academic instructor within the Winter School District in Wisconsin. She has also served as an admissions counselor, assistant director of admissions, and associate director of admissions at Northland College, Ashland, Wis. Moquin will begin her full-time duties at UMM on July 18.

You\'re invited to a public showcase that culminates this year\'s Henjum Creative Study Institute. Come and enjoy what the Institute\'s exceptional 6-12 graders have learned or created during two weeks of exploring such areas as character acting, raku, dance, jazz, improvisation, and digital storytelling and editing. Friday, June 17, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in HFA Recital Hall.

Join fellow UMM, MAHS and WCSA grads at a social gathering from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at LaFave House, during the Morris All-School Reunion weekend. All are welcome! Sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association.

West Central School of Agriculture alumni will celebrate the school’s 95th anniversary during their annual reunion July 16 at UMM. Anyone who attended, worked, or taught at the School of Agriculture from 1910-1963 is invited to attend. Registration begins at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Student Center. The reunion will also include campus walking tours, a brunch, the annual Alumni Association Business Meeting and an evening banquet. Attendees will have the opportunity to sign up for a deluxe coach ride and guided tour of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Horticulture Gardens, and energy-generating wind turbine. For more information about the WCSA Reunion, visit the web at or contact Alumni Relations, ext. 6066.


Elizabeth S. Blake, professor emeritus of French and former vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean at UMM, is one of seven recipients University wide of the 2005 President\'s Award for Outstanding Service. The President\'s Award for Outstanding Service is presented each year in the spring and recognizes exceptional service to the University, its schools, colleges, departments, and service units by any active or retired faculty or staff members. Recipients of this award have gone well beyond their regular duties and have demonstrated an unusual commitment to the University community. More at

Sara Kloek and Kathryn Schwaderer are among six students University wide to receive the 2005-06 Katherine Sullivan Scholarships. Kloek, a political science and Spanish major, will study in Ecuador in fall 2005. Schwaderer, a biology major, will study in Sweden in fall 2005. The scholarships provide opportunities for university seniors to enrich their academic experience with a fifth year of undergraduate study in another country. The scholarship will cover all or a portion of in-country educational expenses (tuition, fees, books and research costs), room and board and round-trip transportation between the Twin Cities and the study site.

Associate Vice Chancellor Maddy Maxeiner has been appointed chair of the University of Minnesota Foundation Task Force on stewardship. The task force is a key component in the Foundation\'s current strategic planning efforts. The goal of the Stewardship Task Force is to develop a philosophy and instill a culture of donor-centered stewardship across the University. Maxeiner received recognition at the Foundation\'s May meeting for her success during this past year with the Promise of Tomorrow scholarship effort on behalf of the Morris campus.

Professor Tap Payne will serve as acting division chair for the Humanities Division while Jenny Nellis is on leave next year. Payne\'s term lasts one complete calendar year.

Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao and retired educator and author, Dr. Paulette Fairbanks Molin, are recipients of the UMM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award for 2005. They will receive the award during the UMM Alumni Association\'s annual banquet October 21 during Homecoming. The award is presented annually to UMM alumni who have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, to public service, or in service to the University, thus reflecting favorably upon UMM. More at or

UMM student artists Chris Anderson, Christy Meyer, and Sara Herman have been selected to receive the annual Rodney A. Briggs Art Award. The purpose of the award is two fold: to recognize talented UMM students, and to create a permanent quality art collection to be housed in the Library at UMM.

The following faculty members will represent the Morris campus on the University Senate: Senate Regulars: Janet Ericksen (2005-2008), Jon Anderson (2004-2007), Dian Lopez (2004-2007), Peh Ng (2003-2006), Roland Guyotte (2003-2006). Senate Alternates: Arne Kildegaard (2005-2008), Gwen Rudney (2005-2008), Bert Ahern (2004-2007), Tom Johnson (2004-2007), Greg Thorson (2004-2007).

Hear an interview with Ben Winchester (Center for Small Towns) on the topic of the Symposium on Small Towns on the MPR web site at

UMM senior Sara Bremer, of Hastings, was selected as one of a dozen finalists for the 2005-06 Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Bremer is studying English and communications in secondary education. She is teaching radio broadcasting during the Henjum Creative Study Institute. She writes for the Variety section of the U Register, tutors at a Morris elementary school, plays intramural sports and serves as secretary in her dormitory hall government. She is a member of the campus activities council, and her two-hour radio show, \"A New Wave Music Era With Dave and Sara,\" airs weekly on KUMM..The 51st Princess Kay of the Milky Way will be crowned in ceremonies beginning at 8:30 p.m. August 25 at the Minnesota State Fair Band Shell.

Mandi Lighthizer-Schmidt is the new executive director of United Way of Mower County, Inc. A native of Willmar, Lighthizer-Schmidt graduated from UMM, where she earned undergraduate degrees in sociology and political science.


You may see some changes in Oyate Hall over this summer. This spring, the Student Center committee approved a plan to address the acoustical issues in Oyate. Based on notes from acoustician Robert Mahoney in 2001, a combination of wall treatments including a carpet like fabric applied to the lower portion of the room and fabric covered acoustical panels on the west wall will be installed over the summer. Selected colors are very neutral earth tones and will not significantly alter the appearance of the hall. It is hoped that these changes will make an impact on the room’s acoustic resonance making it easier to hear amplified speakers at small lectures and events. Direct questions to Dave Swenson, director of student activities.

Due to scheduled power outages the RFC will open at 7 am on Thursday, June 16 instead of 5:30 am and will be closed all day on Saturday, June 18. Good news for those early Sunday morning exercisers: starting July 1 the RFC will open at 10 am.

Two-day Instructional Technology Day Camp for UMM faculty will be held at UMM on Thursday and Friday, August 11-12. Topics will include, but not be limited to: Digital Imaging using Photoshop, Streaming Video for the Web, Creating Video for DVD, Creating Animated Presentations for Web or CD using Macromedia Breeze, Web Presentations using Breeze Presenter, and more! Sponsored by Computing Services and Media Services. Reply to Pam Gades at or call ext. 6376 to indicate your interest.

Mark your calendars for the following fun Morris area community events coming soon to a location near you:

Kiwanis Talent Nights continue
East Side Park
June 16 and 23, 7 pm

Prairie Pioneer Days
East Side Park
July 8-10

Morris All-School Reunion dinner and dance
P.E. Center gym, Saturday, July 9, 6 pm-midnight
UMM and Morris Area High School grads social
Saturday, July 9, LaFave House 3– 5 pm
PPD Parade
Sunday, July 10, 3 pm

Relay for Life
Pomme de Terre Park, July 22

Crazy Daze in Morris
Wednesday, July 27
7 am-4 pm

Horticulture Night
WCROC Gardens, July 28, 5-9 pm

UMM exhibit at the Stevens County Fair
August 11-14

11th Annual Morris Area Business Expo
Thursday, Aug. 25 [during New Student Orientation]
11 am-1 pm
Student Center

City/Chamber Welcome Picnic
East Side Park, Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:30-7 pm

Morris campus exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair
Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5
U of M exhibit building
U stage performance by UMM Jazzers, Funky Gumbo
Monday, Sept. 5, 10 am-4 pm
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