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Fourteen students from six states are participating in the 11th annual Gateway Program through August 12. The four week transition program, designed to to recruit, retain, and graduate talented students of color at UMM, features courses in English, math and computer science along with seminars on financial aid, advising, and career planning. Age range of this year's participants extends 20 years apart from youngest to oldest. Students are from El Paso, Texas Las Vegas, Nev. Chicago, and cities in Minnesota, North and South Dakota.

Spend an evening in the garden during the annual Horticulture Night, Thursday, July 28, 5-9 p.m., sponsored by the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Walking Tours include shore-land re-vegetation, a "Summer Celebrations" garden, a water garden, annual flowers, woody ornamentals, and new and unusual perennials. Demonstrations will cover landscape design tips for the backyard, a monarch larva monitoring project, culinary herbs, renewable energy, and grapes! Live music, food booths, a trade show and family activities will also be provided. The WCROC is located across Highway 59 from the Morris campus.

"UM-Morris Day" -- Monday, Sept. 5, at the Minnesota State Fair -- will include UMM jazz combo, Funky Gumbo, on the U stage in front of the U of M exhibition building on Dan Patch Avenue. The combo will entertain alternately, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with WCROC's Mike Reese, who will talk about Renewable Energy. The Morris campus will also participate in the University wide exhibit inside the building. UMM students, alumni, staff and faculty will staff the exhibit during the Labor Day weekend, Saturday-Monday, Sept. 3-5.

There is still time to volunteer to staff the Morris campus exhibits at both the Stevens County Fair, Aug. 11-14 (Thursday, Aug. 11 is fully staffed now!) as well as at the State Fair, Sept. 3-5. Contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050, or rileyjk to reserve a time. Note that the U of M web site will publicize the fair presence of all U campuses, including updates of which campus "celebrities" are staffing the UMM booth, and at what times. SIGN UP NOW!

Mark your calendars now for the second annual COUGAR FEST: Saturday, Sept. 17. Games and concessions begin at 11:30 a.m. Cougar football kickoff at 1 p.m.
UMM field, track field and surrounding grounds. Watch for details!

Accomplishments

In his recent book, Old Main: Small Colleges in Twenty-First Century America (Johns Hopkins University Press, June 2005) Chancellor Sam Schuman draws on his experience as an administrator and a scholar to explain how and why, when it comes to colleges, size does matter. This is not a conventional study of small colleges. Schuman chooses not to hand the reader all possible solutions, but rather, in the tradition of a true liberal arts scholar, he invites thoughtful dialogue, challenges academic tradition, and persuades readers to explore alternatives. Old Main profiles the history and development of small colleges, defined as institutions that enroll between 500 and 3,000 full-time students, and goes on to relate their current status and future possibilities.
Announcements

Mark your calendars as well for the following Morris area campus and community events coming soon to a location near you:

Crazy Daze in Morris
Wednesday, July 27
7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Horticulture Night
WCROC Gardens, July 28, 5-9 p.m.

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 p.m.

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," alternating on the stage with
WCROC's Mike Reese and a presentation about Renewable Energy
Monday, Sept. 5, 10 am-3 pm
To access current and archived news releases about UMM, visit the News Service
http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/universityRelations/news/index.html

For events information, visit
http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/Headliners/NewsAndEvents.html

For student employment and opportunities, visit
http://www.morris.umn.edu/admissions/financialaid/jobs.html

For other scholarships, visit
http://www.morris.umn.edu/admissions/financialaid/additionalscholarships.html

For Career Center information, visit
http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/career/bulletin.php

For faculty/staff employment information, visit
http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/hr/jobs.shtml

The University of Minnesota, Morris Weekly Bulletin is published by the Office of University Relations. Submissions accepted by noon on Wednesday during week of publication. WB will return to its weekly schedule for the next issue on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Send items electronically to Judy Riley, at rileyjk@morris.umn.edu.