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UMM is ranked ninth nationally among the top 15 schools as a best value for out-of-state students in the 2006 Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine exclusive survey of the 100 best values among public institutions of higher education. UMM is the only university in Minnesota to make the list. Visit the Kiplinger Web site at or read more at .

The research of Peh Ng (mathematics), Engin Sungur (statistics), Jon Anderson (mathematics) and Ben Winchester (Center for Small Towns) is included in Mathematics in Service to the Community: Concepts and Models for Service-Learning in the Mathematical Sciences. The book, published in September 2005 by The Mathematical Association of America, is the first book to showcase service learning and mathematics. Ng's research is profiled in the chapter, "Designing Efficient Snow Plow Routes: A Service-Learning Project." The work of Sungur, Anderson and Winchester is told in "Integration of Service-Learning into Statistics Education."

An abstract from UMM appears in the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" section of December 2005 issue of the CUR (Council on Undergraduate Research) Quarterly, page 91. The abstract describes a recently published paper by UMM students Sarah Lofgren and Paul Mahling and UMM Professor of Chemistry James Togeas. 

Freshman Steve Farmer was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) player of the week in men's basketball after leading the Cougars to a weekend split in conference action.

"Angels In America: Adapting to a New Medium in a New Millennium," an article co-authored by Gretchen Minton, English, and Ray Schultz, theatre, on the HBO adaptation of Tony Kushner's acclaimed play was recently published in the Winter 2006 edition of American Drama.

Ray Schultz was cited in the Ann Arbor News' annual Theatre Excellence year-end column as giving one of the outstanding performances in the best supporting actor category. He was selected by Ann Arbor News critic Jenn McKee for his "smart, warm, and charming" performance as Mason Marzac in the Performance Network production of "Take Me Out," which was also cited in the best ensemble and best production categories.

Two articles by Pieranna Garavaso, philosophy, have been published. Her article, "On Frege's Alleged Indispensability Argument," appeared in Philosophia Mathematica (III), vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 160-173. She also published a chapter, titled "Esiste una condizione necessaria per la rationalita?" in the book, Esperienza e Rationalita, edited by Roberta Corvi, published by Franco Angeli, Milan.

Julia Dabbs has recently published an article, titled "Sex, Lies, and Anecdotes: Gender Relations in the Life Stories of Italian Women Artists, 1550-1800," in Aurora, The Journal of the History of Art, vol. VI, pp. 17-37.

UMM received mention in Minneapolis Star Tribune columnist Lori Sturdevant's column, "The Baby Boom Turns 60," January 14 issue. Read more at .

A story featuring UMM alumna, Nicole Lee, "Progressive Minnesota to merge with MAPA," appeared in a recent St. Paul Asian American Press. Lee is a Community and Political Organizer for Progressive Minnesota (PM) for the past two years. PM is a 10-year-old non-profit organization that was founded by community members and came out of the New Party. It focuses on candidates and ballot issues during the election season and issues such as livable, affordable housing and minimum wage during the remainder of the year. Read more at .

Volunteers Lori Borowski, Susan Gilbert, and Nic McPhee have created a Web site for the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance that has already helped PRCA make connections beyond Stevens County. Learn more about the PRCA, check up on coming programming, find classes, and learn about any new developments with the organization by visiting . To volunteer, call the PRCA at (320) 585-5037.


Secondary Education Program applicants planning to graduate in 2007: All material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by December 22. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be January 23 through 27. Sign-up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

Elementary or Secondary Education Program applicants: You must take the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The next test is offered at UMM on March 4. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling for information on registering now!

Elementary Education Program applicants planning to graduate in 2008: All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Jan. 27. Interviews will be February 6 through 10. Sign -up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).

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