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Adair, Della, and Friends in "Retrospective," a show of one- and two-piano, four-hands arrangements by Adair Horgen will be performed by Horgen and Della Conroy with appearances by other talented friends at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the concert hall at the new Morris Area Elementary School. There will also be pieces during which the audience can sing along. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance Center. All proceeds benefit the PRCA. Call 585-5037 for more information.

Geology Professor Keith Brugger will discuss the geologic record of climate change and its effect on ecosystems and civilization at Morris' first "Café Scientifique" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. The public is welcome to attend at no charge, and audience participation is encouraged. Café Scientifique is a 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

A reprise of a 1960 lecture, "Sirens Sing to Me," and a 2005 sequel, "Conquering Thanatos," will be presented by Henry Parker, Cunningham Distinguished Scholar/Professor, U of Tennessee-Martin and Ford Foundation Fellow. He will also give a First-Year Experience Presentation, "Making College Success Inevitable." Parker served on the UMM humanities faculty, 1961-65, and was UMM's first black professor. Public lecture Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., Cougar Room, Student Center. Parker and his wife, Marilyn Crist, will visit UMM September 28-29. Read more at

UMM will again host "Super Saturday Science" beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Science building. The program gives girls in grades five through eight a chance to explore science with professional scientists. A session for fifth and six graders is set for 9 a.m.-noon seventh and eighth grade students will participate from 1-4 p.m. Girls will participate in a wide variety of hands-on science experiments, meet other girls who like science, and work with scientists and science students. Find out more at

Residents from Alberta, Chokio, Donnelly, Hancock and Morris will come together during a Stevens County Community Fundraiser for the residents affected by Hurricane Katrina. The event is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10, in the new Morris Area Elementary School. Free food will be provided by local restaurants, along with music, dancing, a silent auction and raffles. Free bus rides from Morris Transit are available by calling 589-1000. All proceeds will go to the Salvation Army and American Red Cross to assist Gulf coast residents. For more information call 589-6083.


[9/17/05 Pioneer Press, St. Paul] UMM was mentioned in "In Minnesota, biomass plans slow to get off drawing board."

Greg Thorson, associate professor of political science, presented his co-authored paper, “Understanding the Changing Dynamics of the Gender Gap in American Presidential Elections, 1948-2004,” at the annual meeting of the American Political Science Association, held in Washington D.C., September 1-4.

Roger McCannon, Center for Small Towns, and Nora Jost, Stevens County Housing and Redevelopment Authority, will talk about the COPC (Community Outreach Partnership Center) grant during the October 6 "Community Connection" program. "Community Connection airs each weekday from 8:45-9 a.m. on KMRS, 1230 AM.

Research by James Cotter and Keith Brugger, geology, will be presented during the 117th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 16-19 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Approximately 6,200 geoscientists are expected to attend. Cotter will present "The University of Minnesota, Morris – N.S.F. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (UMM-REU) Program: A Program for Undergraduate Women in Geology." Brugger will present "Equilibrium-Line Altitudes, Snowline Gradients, and Late-Pleistocene Climate in West Central Colorado."


The Writing Room is now open, and will be open at least a few hours a day every day except Saturdays. Students can sign up for appointments on the door of the writing room, by calling ext. 6299 or emailing, or just stop by. For more information, including hours, check the Writing Room web page:

Weather permitting, the UMM telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing on Friday, Sept. 23 Friday, Oct. 7 and Friday, Oct. 21, 8:30 to 10 p.m. If the weather is too poor to see stars we will try again at the same time on the Saturdays following each date. Last minute information on cancellation due to weather, as well as a schedule of future observing opportunities, can be found at

The UMM Briggs Library Associates Annual Book Sale will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. You'll find a wide variety of books at bargain prices. All proceeds from the sale will benefit the Briggs Library. There's still time to bring books, videos, DVDs and CDs to the Briggs Library, or call 589-6226 to arrange for pick up. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29.

The theater department is searching for costumes in good to excellent condition for their fall production of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice." Clothing that cannot be used will be donated to the Salvation Army or returned if specified. Items of interest are: Men's- business suits (all eras especially 1980s), dress shoes, tuxedos, trench coats, top coats, dress shirts, ties, and dress belts. Women's- evening wear, dresses and business suites, and dress shoes. (larger sizes are extremely appreciated) Other items- eye glasses, watches, and brief cases. Bring donations to the UMM costume shop in HFA 25 between 2- 4:30 p.m. Monday- Thursday. Call the costume shop for more information, ext. 6274.

Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program: You must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on November 19. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education or Jane Kill, Counseling for information on registering.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2008: There will be an informational/application meeting for all elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2008 on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 5 p.m. in MRC 205. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2006: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Secondary Education students planning to graduate in 2006 on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 3:45 p.m. in Science 3610. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 3 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.


U of M Faculty Summer Research Fellowships Program
UMM Deadline: Monday, Oct. 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.
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