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The HFA building is the recipient of an American Institute of Architects Minnesota 25-Year Award. Designed in the early 1970s by Ralph Rapson, Fellow, American Institute of Architects, Ralph Rapson and Associates, Minneapolis, the structure houses facilities for speech communication, theatre arts, music and fine arts academic disciplines for the Morris campus. Read more at

A Web site is available and updates are posted for the UMM chancellor search. Open forums to gather input will be held November 21-22 (see a complete schedule on the Web site). Academic Search Consultation Service has been retained to assist in the process. For more information, see

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. Read more at

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 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.


Roger Wareham, Grants Development, has been selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Lake Region Arts Council. Wareham will serve a three-year term.

The UMM Speech Team participated in Valley Forensic League Tournaments 1 and 2 November 11-12 at Concordia College. At VFL 1, Laura Hildreth was tournament champion in extemporaneous speaking, Estella Claymore and Jacqueline Rhode were fifth in duo. At VFL 2, Hildreth was second in extemporaneous speaking and fourth in after dinner speaking, Rhode was second in impromptu speaking, and Claymore and Rhode were third in duo. Hildreth qualified for the National Forensic Association National Tournament in after dinner speaking.

The Computer Science discipline hosted nine programming teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota for the annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest November 5. UMM is one of 16 sites in the North Central North America region, with over 180 teams competing in the regional competition. The UMM team, Declarative Non-statement (Matthew Carlson, Nate Fortuna, and Scott
Lembcke), placed first at the UMM site and 22nd in the region, closely
followed by another UMM team, Leaf on the Wind (Daniel Harms, Matthew
Justin, and Victor Balling), who placed 23rd in the region.

Stephen Burks, economics and management, was elected to the post of vice president and president-elect of the Minnesota Economics Association. As vice president through October 2006, Burks will assume then assume the presidency. Ashgate Publishing released "Trucking in the Age of Information," an overview of recent history and current issues in the U.S. trucking industry, from the Sloan Foundation's Trucking Industry Program (based at Georgia Tech), edited by Dale Belman and Chelsea White III. The chapter, "Less-than-truckload motor carriers: a story of diversity and change," was written by Burks and Peter Swan, Penn State University.

Gary L. Donovan, director of the Career Center, has successfully met
professional standards and training in distance counseling established by
the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc., and has earned recognition
as a Distanced Credentialed Counselor(DCC). The DCC must be a licensed
mental health professional and/or a nationally certified counselor.

Julia Dabbs, art history, gave a paper, titled "Martyred for Art: the Death Stories of Women Artists," at a conference on Creating Women: Notions of Femininity from 1350 to 1700 held at the University of Toronto's Victoria College November 11-12.

[11/10/05 Pulse of the Twin Cities] Pete Wyckoff, biology, was quoted in a story, "Scientists: Minnesota weather to morph into Kansasˇhow fast is the question." The author got Wyckoff's name because Wyckoff testified last year at a State Senate hearing on the impact of climate change on Minnesota.

[11/15/05 Pioneer Press North Suburbs edition] Item mentioned Rep. Cy Thao receiving the UMM Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award.

[11/15/05 KSAX-TV] Interview with Chancellor Sam Schuman on topic of tuition increases aired.

[11/16/05 Starbuck Times] Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns staff, was pictured on the front page in an item about his facilitating a meeting of community leaders from Starbuck, Glenwood and Lowry.


UMM student services announces a new web tool, Parent/Guest View Access, to help manage your student information. You can select specific access as you see appropriate for each viewer. View-only access can be given for student account, financial aid status, grades, holds, financial aid awards and enrollment summary.
For more information or to grant access, go to

If you plan to complete your degree requirements by the end of Spring 06, May/SS06, or Fall 06, remember to APPLY ONLINE FOR YOUR DEGREE. You can link to the application at
If you have questions, contact the Registrar's Office at 212 Behmler Hall. You can email them at If you plan to be done with your requirements by the end of this term, you need to contact them as soon as possible.

The Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs will host an information session about
graduate programs in Public Policy, Science Technology and Environmental
Policy, and Urban and Regional Planning on Tuesday, Nov. 22, from 12-1:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and current Humphrey students will provide information and answer
questions about these degree programs, as well as dual degree
programs with the schools of Law, Social Work, Public Health, Landscape
Architecture and Civil Engineering. Space is limited RSVP to: or via phone at 612-626-7229. Information about degree programs can also be found on the Web at

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.
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