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Congratulations to all of us, and all area residents, for the spectacularly successful dinner October 10 at the new Morris Area Elementary School to benefit recent hurricane victims. The event raised nearly $20,000 for a good cause. Proceeds from recent UMM jazz group performances raised $845.75 for Katrina victim Nancy Burtchaell '88.

UMM has been ranked third nationally among all public liberal arts colleges in the first annual Washington Monthly College Guide. The Washington Monthly College Guide ranks colleges based on a different set of criteria than other well-known rankings such as U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges. Unlike other college guides that base their rankings on academic excellence or affordable cost The Washington Monthly says, "Other guides ask what colleges can do for you. We ask what colleges are doing for the country."

The UMM Strategic Positioning Task Force (UMM CRPC) has scheduled a "kickoff" event on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in Oyate Hall, to which the entire campus community is invited. Bliss Browne, founder of "Imagine Chicago," will serve as facilitator. The task force defines the goal of this event as raising awareness of the strategic planning process underway on campus, establishing lines of communications among interested participants, and collecting information about the UMM experience from students, faculty and staff.

"Viva Las Morris!" will be the theme for an assortment of fun activities and events during UMM Homecoming 2005, October 20-23. Sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association, along with the Campus Activities Council Homecoming and Traditions Committee.
A reception hosted by the UMM Multi-Ethnic Student Program in the MSP Lounge will kick off the weekend's events from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21. The reception will honor Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, Dr. Paulette Fairbanks Molin '66 and Minnesota State Representative Cy Thao '95. The UMM Alumni Association Annual Meeting and Award Banquet is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday. Also on Friday, the Fall Ball, featuring UMM's Big Jazz Band, will begin at 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Ballroom, Glenwood. Tickets are $15, adults $5, UMM students. Proceeds from the event will benefit Imholte Scholarships, Humanities Phase III at UMM and Lakeside Ballroom Restoration. Free round-trip transportation hourly from UMM Student Center to the Ballroom starting at 7:30 p.m. Cougar Quad Run on Saturday. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the Regional Fitness Center.
A ceremony to rename the historic UMM Social Science building John Q. Imholte Hall will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Social Science building site. A reception honoring Imholte, former UMM chancellor, will be held from 9-10:30 a.m. on the Camden Hall Veranda. The Homecoming Parade will begin on campus at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The UMM Alumni Association Tailgate party will begin at 11:45 a.m. on the grounds leading to Cougar Field. Cougar football kicks off versus Crown College at 1 p.m. on Cougar Field, followed at 4 p.m. by the UMM Alumni Association post-game celebration at LaFave House.
Enjoy the UMM Alumni Association Brunch in the campus' Food Services building from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23. The annual Homecoming Band and Choir Concert, featuring the alumni Concert Band and Choir, is set for 2 p.m. Sunday in HFA Recital Hall. Find a complete list of Homecoming events at http://www.morris.umn.edu/alumni/alumniRelations/UMM/HOMECOMING/

UMM is among nearly 300 institutions of higher education that will compete this year in College Bowl, "the varsity sport of the mind." In its 28th year, College Bowl is a game of academic knowledge and quick recall, featuring two teams of four players. UMM competition will begin with the Campus Tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, in Humanities Fine Arts 42 (TV studio B). The deadline for teams to sign up is 4:30 p.m. October 26 in Student Activities.


Accomplishments

UMM alumnus, Kenneth J. Kohler '79 is among the six finalists accepted by Governor Tim Pawlenty for two new Seventh Judicial District trial court bench judgeships following the recommendations of the Commission on Judicial Selection. Kohler, of Moorhead, is the chief assistant Clay County attorney in Moorhead, a position he has held since 2002.


Announcements

Chancellor Sam Schuman will join UMM alumnus and author Kent Meyers in a public signing of their books at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the McGinnis Room of the Rodney Briggs Library. The event is sponsored by the Briggs Library Associates. Meyers will also give a presentation at 7:30 p.m. Monday in HFA Recital Hall. The evening event is sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association.

Alumnus Ken Bruss '78 will present the inaugural lecture of the Joseph J. Latterell Visiting Alumnus Program at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, in the Science Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the lecture. Bruss, director of Technical Operations Sanofi-Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Kansas City, Mo., will speak on "Flexible Chemistry: From Foods to Pharmaceuticals."

Biologist Timna Wyckoff will discuss "Antibiotic use in agriculture: the good, the bad and the controversial" during the next "Café Scientifique" at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Common Cup Coffeehouse. The public is welcome and audience participation is encouraged.

The information found in the Student Life Handbook, the Student Conduct Code, and the Campus Safety and Security Report is vital to the students, faculty and staff of UMM as is information about Resident Student Privacy Rights. We are each responsible for following and implementing the rules, regulations, policies, and procedures that provide the safety, security, and stability needed to create and support a healthy academic environment. Student Life Handbook - provides campus life information, policies and regulations. Students are responsible for knowing and abiding by these policies and guidelines. Access the Handbook at http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/reslife/sl_handbook/index.shtml. Student Conduct Code - sets forth the minimum standards of conduct necessary to safeguard the rights, opportunities, and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University community and to assure protection of the interests of the University as it seeks to carry out its mission. Find the link to the Code in the Student Life Handbook (above) under University Policies and Regulations. Campus Safety and Security Report - includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus in non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UMM and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. A downloadable copy of the report is available at: http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/police/SafetySecurity.pdf. Resident Student Privacy Rights - resident students at UMM have the right to personal privacy within their residence hall room. They have the right to require everyone coming into their room to identify themselves. Guests must have the resident's permission to enter or stay in a student room. Guests are considered anyone other than a UMM representative or law enforcement agent.

Energy companies are predicting 40-60 percent increase in costs to heat our homes this winter compared to last winter due to significantly rising fuel costs. Students should be aware that there may be energy assistance money to help heat your home. Please note that funding is limited and available on a first come-first served basis. The Financial Aid Office has applications for energy assistance however, West Central Minnesota Community Action coordinates the energy assistance for our part of the state. Please contact West Central Minnesota Communities Action, 1-800-492-4805, for more information.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Wednesday, Oct. 26, 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:
http://www.morris.umn.edu/academic/chancellor/OfficeHours.html the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

There will be an informational/application meeting for all elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2008 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Science 2190. If you were at the September 21 meeting, you do not need to attend this one.

Students interested in entering the elementary or secondary education program 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. This should be done before fall break!

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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 rileyjk@morris.umn.edu.