University of Minnesota Morris
Take a Virtual Campus Tour Schedule a Visit Request Info

Weekly Bulletin Archive


Due to weather conditions in and around Louisiana, the visit and presentation by Louisiana Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco has been postponed. Gov. Blanco was originally scheduled to be the Visiting Scholar and speaker for the First Year Seminar opening convocation at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31. Tentative plans to reschedule the presentation are being considered.

Acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Loudon Wainwright III will open the 2005-2006 Performing Arts Series season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, in Edson Auditorium. Ticket information is available by calling Student Activities at ext. 6080, or visit

Geology Professor Keith Brugger will deliver the cold, hard facts of glaciology, the science of snow and ice accumulation, and share some thoughts on the effect of global warming on Minnesota during Morris’ first “Café Scientifique” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. Audience questions and participation is welcome. Café Scientifique is new monthly series produced by the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History that aims to bring expert-led discussions on provocative science topics out of the labs and into pubs, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the state. The museum has partnered with UMM to bring a year-long series of lively discussions on topics ranging from alternative energy to duck hunting to antibiotics and organic foods. For a list of scheduled cafés, visit Café Scientifique is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the University’s Council on Public Engagement. The Bell Museum is part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Natural Resources.


Rujira Rojjanaprapayon attended "Sexualities, Genders, and Rights in Asia: The First International Conference of Asian Queer Studies" in Bangkok, July 7-9. He was a guest participant of all queer issues in Thailand panels arranged by Mahidol University, Bangkok. He was also invited to be a guest speaker on "Thai Studies in Minnesota in Communication Perspectives: A Case at University of Minnesota, Morris, " at The Princess Maha Chakri Anthropology Centre (Public Organization), Bangkok, Thailand. He was invited to be a guest lecturer for two graduate classes at the Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. A review on Rujira's book, Silent Lives: How High a Price?˜For Personal Reflections and Group Discussions about Sexual Orientation," is forthcoming in the Journal of GLBT Family Studies, Vol. 2 (2006), pp. 120-122.


The following Chancellor's Open Office hours have been scheduled during the fall semester: Thursday, Sept. 1, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to 309 Behmler to discuss topics which can be addressed in a short visit. Please note: These hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the website:
the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Community Service and Volunteerism in the Office of Student Activities is creating a display for the lobby of the Student Center that will list options for ways the campus community can assist victims of Hurricane Katrina. A Red Cross cash donation box is part of the display. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Dave Nelson (nels2158) or Carol McCannon, ext. 6083.

Don't miss the City of Morris/Morris Area Chamber Welcome Picnic at East Side Park on Thursday, Sept. 1, 5:30-7 p.m. Meet the Cougar football team and the Cougar women's basketball team, along with new and returning students, staff, faculty and other Morris residents. Share a light supper, sign up for prizes and have FUN!

Stop by the UMM booth, part of the all-University of Minnesota exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. Learn about the WCROC wind turbine, along with information from all campuses of the U. Exhibit is located in the U exhibit building on Dan Patch Avenue. UMM students, alumni, staff and faculty will staff the exhibit Saturday-Monday, Sept. 3-5. The U exhibit will be on display during the entire run of the State Fair, Aug. 25-Sept. 5. UM-Morris Day at the Fair is Monday, Sept. 5. The UMM Jazz Combo, Funky Gumbo, will entertain on the U stage in front of the exhibit building, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. September 5. Sharing the stage will be Mike Reese from the West Central Research and Outreach Center. Reese will talk about the WCROC wind turbine and renewable energy efforts at Morris.

"Restore the Roar" during the Second Annual Cougar Fest on Saturday, Sept. 17. Free admission to pre-football game activities and concessions, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cougar football kickoff at 1 p.m. Enjoy a great Upper Midwest Athletic Conference match up between the UMM Cougars and Westminster College. Fire up the Cougar football team 10 minutes before game time by joining the "Cougar Canal," located just outside the gate. Competition continues at halftime during the "Who's got the Power of the U" tug o' war. UMM faculty/staff and Morris community residents are invited to compete against students.


2006 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends Program
UMM Deadline: Tuesday, September 6, 2005
(Note UMM competition deadline is earlier than NEH deadline of Sept. 30 - there will be time for revision of selected proposals if need be)
The National Endowment for the Humanities annual Summer Stipend Program is now accepting applications. All applicants must be nominated by an institution of higher education. UMM can nominate up to two faculty members, at least one of which should be a junior faculty member. NEH Summer Stipends provide $5,000 for two consecutive, uninterrupted months of full-time independent study and research that will make a significant contribution in the humanities. Additionally, the Graduate School will provide a supplement of $6,000 to each nominee successful in obtaining the NEH Summer Stipend for 2005, bringing the combined amount of stipends to $11,000. UMM Associate Professor of English Janet Ericksen received a 2003 NEH summer stipend and the University enhancement.

U of M Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship (GIA)
UMM Deadline: Monday, September 12, 2005
(Note UMM deadline to Dean's Office is earlier than Grad School deadline)
The Grant-in-Aid program, administered through Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, has been established to promote excellence in the scholarly, scientific, and artistic activities of U of M faculty. In many cases, grants are not meant to provide sole support for research activities, but instead to act as "seed" money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Highest priority is given to funding that assists new members of the faculty, particularly junior faculty, in establishing research, scholarly, or artistic programs. The grant period for proposals awarded in the fall begins January 1, 2006 and ends June 30, 2007. There is no rigid maximum amount of a grant: In FY 2005, 114 grants were awarded ranging from $2,374 to $34,438 the average award was $22,570.

U of M Faculty Summer Research Fellowships Program
UMM Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2005
(Note UMM deadline to Dean's Office is earlier than Grad School deadline)
The purpose of the Faculty Summer Research Fellowships program is to encourage research and artistic creation by enabling members of the faculty to devote full time to intensive work on their projects during the summer. Applications are invited from University faculty engaged in scholarly or creative work in the arts, humanities, social sciences or those aspects of other sciences which have humanistic or social science content, or employ humanistic or social science methods. While fellowships cannot be awarded for the publication of work already completed or for the preparation of textbooks, the awards otherwise support the full range of scholarship, inquiry and creative work at the University. The proposed project generally should promise completion within the period of the fellowship or shortly thereafter. The stipend will be $5,000 payable in two installments during the award period requested. Additionally, the McKnight Arts and Humanities Endowment, administered by the Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost, will provide a matching fellowship to awardees whose proposed scholarly or creative work is in the arts and humanities as defined by both subject matter and methodology.

To access current and archived news releases about UMM, visit the News Service

For events information, visit

For student employment and opportunities, visit

For other scholarships, visit

For Career Center information, visit

For faculty/staff employment information, visit

Weekly Bulletin is published by the Office of University Relations, and e-mailed campus wide each Wednesday afternoon throughout the academic year. Submissions are kindly accepted by noon each Wednesday. Please send items electronically to Judy Riley, at