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The UMM Strategic Positioning Task Force has conducted over 60 focus groups over the past three weeks. The input from these focus groups will shortly be available on our web site www.morris.umn.edu/strategic We care about what all stakeholders have to say about UMMís future. For those unable to attend one of those focus group or those who wish to make additional comments, we are now offering an on line survey with several questions for your consideration. We would appreciate it if you could complete the survey by December 1, 2005. To complete the survey click on the following link www.morris.umn.edu/strategic/facultystaff and follow the 'Click here to take survey' link.

An original composition, titled "Magnificat," written by senior music major, Ben Karlen, will be featured during the 27th Annual Carol Concerts. Performances of this annual holiday event by the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Ken Hodgson, will be Friday-Sunday, Dec. 2-4. Performances, this year on the theme, "Jeg Er Saa Glad" Our Scandinavian Tradition (We are So Glad)," will be given at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, in the HFA Proscenium Theatre. The UMM Christmas Flute Ensemble will again provide the prelude to the Carol Concerts, beginning one half hour prior to each performance. The Ensemble, which includes 18 UMM students and members from Morris and surrounding communities, will perform nine Scandinavian, as well as some traditional, carols.

Accomplishments

The Black Student Union collected $340.73 for the American Red Cross during a recent date auction.

Pat Hein, Office of Residential Life staff, has received the Upper Midwest Region-Association of College and University Housing Officers "Support Staff Service Award." The award honors those staff members employed at a member institution who have gone above and beyond their call of duty. Julie Phelps, ORL, nominated Hein for the award. Hein received a framed certificate.

Biology Professor David Hoppe authored one chapter, "Malformed Frogs in Minnesota," and co-authored another, "Monitoring Pigment Pattern Morphs of Northern Leopard Frogs," in a comprehensive 2005 book, titled Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species.

An article was published this week with Peter Wyckoff, biology, as the lead author and two student co-authors: Rick Jansen ' 04 and Ruth Patten ' 06. The article, titled "The European buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica) invasion in west central Minnesota," appears in a volume published by the USDA Forest Service titled Biology, ecology and management of garlic mustard and European buckthorn. The work done by Rick was supported by a grant-in-aid (to Wyckoff) and a UROP (to Rick). The work done by Ruth was funded by a UROP and a MAP.

Brendan Brandt '04 will make an appearance in the "Close To Home" episode that airs on Friday, Nov. 25, on CBS. Says Brendan: "I don't know what time it runs in [Minnesota], but in [Los Angeles] I'm pretty sure it's at 9 p.m." (Check local listings.) Brandt is a political science and theater graduate.

[Crookston Daily Times 11/21/05] UMM mentioned in "Project proponents know campus location would enhance its impact." www.crookstontimes.com

[Agri News 11/23/05] UMM mentioned in "Morris leading the way with renewable energy." www.webstar.postbulletin.com/agrinews

This week's City Pages includes a story about PZ Myers, biology, at www.citypages.com/databank/26/1303/article13908.asp


Announcements

A graduate or professional school discussion for psychology majors will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Community Services room 132. Psychology professors will be there to talk to students and answer questions.

A Grants Orientation Workshop for new faculty and staff, as well as anyone else who would like an overview of the UMM Grants Office, will take place Wednesday, Dec. 7, 1-2 p.m. in the Science Conference Room 3500. To accommodate schedules, the workshop will again be offered on Thursday, Dec. 8, 10-11 a.m., also in the Science Conference Room 3500. Don't miss this opportunity to receive an overview of the services offered by the Grants Development Office and the process for applying for grants at UMM, as well as some tips for seeking funding. Snacks will be served! Please RSVP to Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development Office, mailto:bolluytr@umn.edu or ext. 6465.

The Beautiful U Day grant program has now extended its deadline to January 27, 2006. More information, guidelines and applications, can be found at http://www.buday.umn.edu/grantinfo.html. Questions regarding the grants program can be directed to buday@umn.edu.

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 www.morris.umn.edu/onestop/parent_guest_access.html

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 http://www.morris.umn.edu/services/registrar/grad.html
If you have questions, contact the Registrar's Office at 212 Behmler Hall. You can e-mail them at ummregistrar@lists.umn.edu. 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 next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 2 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: 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 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 www.research.umn.edu/first/ContEd.htm. Please direct questions about the new requirement or RCR education in general to rschtrng@umn.edu or to 612.624.1854. For more information on the Morris campus, please contact Roger Wareham, Grants Development Office, at warehamr@morris.umn.edu or ext. 6458.
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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 accepted by noon each Wednesday. Please send items electronically to Judy Riley, at rileyjk@morris.umn.edu.