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Chancellor Search update: Several forums with Dr. Bill Franklin, the representative from the Academic Search Consultation Service who is assisting with the search, will be scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21-22, for campus and community members to offer their thoughts regarding UMM's next chancellor. Please mark these dates more details will be provided as soon as they are available.

Marvin A. Lewis, a professor of Spanish and director of the Afro-Romance Institute for Languages and Literatures of the African Diaspora at the University of Missouri-Columbia, will give The Barber Lecture in Literature. Lewis will speak on the topic, "Afro-Hispanic Literature and the Canon," at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, in HFA Recital Hall. A reception will follow in the HFA Gallery.

Advanced sale of tickets are now available for the 2005 UMM Carol Concerts, performed by the UMM choirs under the direction of Ken Hodgson. Performances of this annual Holiday event, this year on the theme, "Jeg Er Saa Glad" Our Scandinavian Tradition (We are So Glad )," will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults and $3 for senior citizens, students and children. Tickets are for general admission and go quickly, so order early! Due to the limited number of seats in the Proscenium Theatre and the high demand for seating, advanced tickets are recommended. Tickets can be obtained by sending a check (made payable to: UMM Carol Concerts) and a stamped self-addressed envelope, along with your first and second choice of performances to: Carol Concert, UMM Music Office, UMM, Morris, MN 56267.


Matthew Gravelle won third price in the student poster competition at the 14th Conference on Trends in Computational Chemistry (CCTCC) in Jackson, Miss., November 4-5. An international conference with scientists from all over Europe, Canada, Mexico and the U.S., it included about 60 of the over 100 posters from students. Gravelle was the only undergraduate student to present his results. The project began in January 2005, first as a UROP, then as a summer research assistantship in a Grant-in-Aid, with Assistant Professor Sylke Boyd. View his poster, titled "A Computer Study of Point Defects in the RDX Crystal," outside of Sci2315. More about the conference at

Congratulations to the women's soccer team! For the second consecutive season, the team entered the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC)post-season tournament as the number two seed. For the second straight season, they brought home the tournament championship. The Cougars, who won the post-season championship last year, and won the regular season title in 2003 finish the year at 10-9-2, the fourth straight winning season for the women's soccer team. In the three years as a member of the UMAC conference, Minnesota-Morris is 24-2 in regular season conference games and a perfect 4-0 in post-season tournament play. Read more at

Four voice students - Emily Carroll, Lily Opatz, Alison Scherzer, and Brenna Vick - participated in Minnesota's National Association of Teachers of Singing Auditions November 4-5. Scherzer and Vick advanced to the semi-final round, and Vick took third place in her division.
The following students sang on the Master Class with Dr. Everett McCorvey on November 3: Alison Scherzer, Sarah Vig, Brenna Vick, Alexandra Bertolas, Lily Opatz, Nastassia Koeppe, Kate Rogers, and Emily Carroll. They were accompanied at the piano by Terri Jo Schuft, Emily Carroll, Rachel Haag, and Emily Thomas.

Vicente Cabrera, Spanish, has had his fourth novel, Los malditos amantes de Carolina , published.

James Schryver, art history, presented a paper at POCA 2005 held October 22 at Trinity College, Dublin. The conference focused on archaeological research being conducted on the island of Cyprus. Schryver gave a paper on the artistic evidence for the complex relationships between the Franks and Greeks living on the island from 1191-1489.

Rachel Blixt (former UMM student member of the University's student social science panel of the IRB) and Jeff Ratliff-Crain, psychology and IRB co-chair, were quoted in this month's gradPSYCH, a magazine put out by the American Psychological Association for graduate students in psychology. Having an IRB panel specific to student research is unique to the University. Read more at


The Cougar women's basketball team offers kids K-6 an opportunity to get to know the men's and women's basketball players by signing up for Cougar Kids Club. Membership includes an activity at each home doubleheader between the men's and women's game and each member will get a pen pal from the team. Snacks, basketball instruction, and an end-of-the-year party with the entire Cougar men's and women's teams are also included. Sign up online on the athletic Web page at! Kick-off event is 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10.

The Grants Development Office will host the Principal Investigator Workshop (Responsible Conduct of Research - RCR), Part 1, via ITV on Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Room HFA 7 from 1 - 4 p.m. Please note that, according to the Regents Policy, awards and account numbers cannot be set up for principal investigators who have not completed both parts 1 and 2 of the Principal Investigator Education Program. This is effective for external funds as well as internal funds from the Graduate School, such as Grant-in-Aid awards and Summer Research fellowships. Those whose research areas include human subjects need to complete a separate training session as well. Upon approval of their administrative unit, all Faculty and P&A staff are eligible to be principal investigators for grants. Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, at or 589-6465 no later than Monday, Nov. 14, if you plan to attend. This announcement is for general information only. A separate note has been sent to those who need to complete the RCR Part 1 session to be in compliance with the Regents policy.

Opportunities for student organizations, residence halls, campus offices or groups of individuals to be involved as the holiday season nears: Community
Service and Volunteerism will assist with the annual Toys For Tots November 14-December 12. Drop off new, unwrapped toys off at Student Activities or at the Common Cup Coffee House, corner of Fifth Street and Atlantic Avenue, downtown Morris. Faith Lutheran Church will collect all the toys December 12-14 for distribution to needy families throughout Stevens County. Adopt-A-Family, facilitated by Stevens County Human Services, pairs families with individual or group sponsors, who purchase gifts from a "wish list" provided by the family. This program is. To become involved in either of these opportunities, contact Community Service and Volunteerism at or ext. 6418.

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 at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Science 2190. If you were at the September 21 meeting, you do not need to attend this one.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Monday, Nov. 21, at 3:30 p.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in to 309 Behmler Hall 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 Web site: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

There is now a new requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education: the University Senate policy, Education in the Responsible Conduct of Sponsored Research and Grants Management. Implementation of the policy was guided by a faculty committee, and the resulting requirement has two components: 1) Faculty and Principal Investigators must review an online information update about changes in policies related to RCR issues once every year, and 2) Faculty and PIs must report their participation in an awareness/discussion activity related to RCR topics once every three years. PIs who have not met these requirements when they submit a proposal will receive a reminder e-mail. PIs who have not met these requirements when they receive an award will not have the award account established. Additional information about the RCR continuing education requirement is available on the FIRST Web site at Please direct questions about the new requirement or RCR education in general to or to 612.624.1854. For more information on the Morris campus, please contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at or 320-589-6458.

UMM students Sara Herman, Ryan Rysavy, and Lauren Goodrich join Tim Ray, Media Services, to bring "The Benevolent Women's Craft Society" to the stage at Roosevelt Hall in Barrett November 17-20. Herman served as set designer and is building and painting the set, along with Rysavy and Goodrich. Rysavy is also serving as technical director. Tim Ray, who received his BA in Theater at UMM, directs this charming comedy set in rural Minnesota, which won the 2003 Grindstone Award for Comedy and is making its Minnesota debut with this production. Show times Thursday, Friday, and Saturday are at 7:30pm with dinner theater available Friday and Saturday. Sunday's matinee is at 2pm followed by a reception for the playwright from 5-6pm. General admission is $10 at the door for all performances for dinner theater reservations ($22), call 218-685-6353.
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