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For regular listeners of "A Prairie Home Companion," Andy Stein and the Shoe band, Prudence Johnson, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver are household names. Add UMM music faculty member, Tim Sparks, and you have the makings of a rousing good time. Those who have tickets to attend this Saturday's live performance of "A Prairie Home Companion" at UMM will see these favorite APHC performers in person, along with the show's writer and host, Garrison Keillor. A few tickets remain for the "A Prairie Home Companion" live broadcast from the UMM P.E. Center, Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 4:45 p.m. General admission is $45 $15 for UMM students. For tickets, call 320-589-6356.

All APHC ticket holders are invited to stop by Oyate Hall from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday for light refreshments at a pre-performance gathering of alumni and friends hosted by the UMM Alumni Association. An RSVP is not necessary to attend the reception but is appreciated for planning purposes. Please e-mail alumni@morris.umn.edu or call ext. 6066. The UMM bookstore will be open 1-5 p.m. An assortment of Garrison Keillor's books will be available for purchase.

Ticket order forms are available for the annual Jazz Fest, Thursday-Saturday, April 6-8. Guest artists Nestor Torres and Reggie Watkins will join the UMM Jazz Ensembles. Forms can be picked up at the Student Center lobby Information Center, in Student Activities, or via mail as requested. All advance ticket orders will be processed on March 3. Orders may be submitted through campus or regular mail or bring your order to Student Activities. Remaining tickets, if available, will go on sale in the Student Activities office on March 6. This is a sell-out event with more than 900 visiting high school jazz musicians participating in the three days of clinics and evening performances that will include at least 20 UMM jazz combos, the West Central All Stars and the UMM Alumni Jazz Band. For more information, call Student Activities, ext. 6080.

University President Robert Bruininks will deliver the State of the U address from the Morris campus at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in HFA Proscenium Theatre. The speech will be broadcast live to the Coffman Theatre on the Twin Cities campus, in conjunction with the University Senate meeting, as well as to other U coordinate campuses. Question and answer period will follow the speech. A reception will then follow in the HFA Gallery.

Accomplishments

Visiting Theatre Professor Adam Parboosingh and theatre and English major Alyssa Herzog, both of UMM, were honored at the recent Region V American College Theatre Festival conference in Fargo/Moorhead. Parboosingh was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his scene design of UMM's fall production, "The Merchant of Venice." Herzog received a Certificate of Merit for her role as the production's dramaturg. She additionally received the Region V Excellence in Dramaturgy Award, which included a $200 cash prize and an all expense paid trip to the national conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Kennedy Center.

Dr. Eric Klinger has recently seen the publication of two chapters in a recent book: Javad S. Fadardi, W. Miles Cox, and Eric Klinger, "Individualized versus General Measures of Addiction-Related Implicit Cognitions," And W. Miles Cox, Javad S. Fadardi, and Eric Klinger, "Motivational Processes Underlying Implicit Cognition in Addiction, " in Reinout W. Wiers and Alan W. Stacy, editors, Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction (Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications, 2006), pp. 121-133 and 253-266.

On February 3-4, the UMM Speech Team traveled to Saint Cloud State University
to participate in the Icebox Classic. As a team, they placed fifth out of 20
teams to earn their second sweepstakes trophy ever. Individually, the team
also performed well. Laura Hildreth was tournament champion in
extemporaneous speaking and tournament champion in after dinner speaking.
Jacqueline Rhode was tournament champion in impromptu speaking and fifth in
discussion. The duo of Rhode and Estella Claymore was fifth in dramatic duo.

Judy Riley, University Relations, will serve as the chair of the Communications and Marketing Committee of the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce. Other UMMers who will join with Morris community volunteers on the committee are Christine Mahoney, UMM director of communications, and Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns.

[02/06/06 Agri News] UMM's biomass project is mentioned in the story, "rural mn energy board."

[02/05/06 Los Angeles Times] Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean, John Schwaller, is quoted in "Ancient Tongue Linked to Aztec Past."

[02/03/06 Mpls Star Tribune] Biologist PZ Myers is quoted in " The Blog House: Ana Marie left Wonkette but, luckily, not the Web."

Announcements

Weather permitting, the University of Minnesota, Morris telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing this semester on the following dates: Saturday, Feb 11, 8:30-10 p.m. (after "A Prairie Home Companion" no rain date) Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30-9 p.m. (rain date Saturday) Tuesday, March 14, 8-9:30 p.m. (special moon viewing with moon rocks rain date Wed, Mar 15) Friday, April 7, 9:30-11 p.m. JazzFest Weekend Friday, April 21, 10 to 11 p.m. (rain date Saturday) Friday, May 12, 10:30-11:30 p.m. (evening before Commencement no rain date). In case of clouds (or worse), the event will be rescheduled on the listed rain date at the same time. This schedule, and information on last-minute cancellations due to weather, can be found at Telescope

Media Services will conduct video editing workshops for all students interested in making films for UMMY competition, class projects, or personal enjoyment. Introduction to video editing with iMovie will be on February 15. An introduction to video editing with Final Cut Pro will be on February 16. An advanced workshop on iMovie will be held on February 21 and for Final Cut Pro on February 22. All workshops will be at 7 p.m. in the HFA 26 Digital Media Lab. For questions about the content of the workshops please call Roger Boleman at 6157 or Mike Cihak at 6154.

Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), a new student group focusing on servant leadership, is planning a Spring Break trip to the Gulf Coast to help the Hurricane Katrina victims. To learn more, contact Hannah Winkler, at 589-2620 or visit www.stif.net

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Monday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in 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 out the Web site: ChancOfcHrs the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

Deadlines

The priority deadline date for you/parent(s) to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA is by March 1, 2006. When the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA is submitted after March 1 you may not receive institutional grant funds. If you/parent(s) have not completed a 2005 Federal Tax Form, estimate 2005 tax information (using your 2004 Federal Tax Form). Once you/parent(s) have completed the 2005 Federal Tax Form then make corrections to the processed FAFSA. Complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The paper FAFSA applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office at 105 Behmler Hall. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for any questions. For more information on applying for financial aid go to FinAidApply

Elementary or Secondary Education Program applicants 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. You must sign up by February 2. Please contact Counseling for information on registering now!

Elementary Education Program applicants planning to graduate in 2008: All application material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by January 27. Interviews will be February 6 and 7. Sign-up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).

April 21 will mark the 6th annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. This event showcases a cross-section of research, creative, and scholarly work done by UMM students through independent research, capstone projects, Morris Academic Partnerships, and the like. Last year, nearly 60 students participated, presenting their work through oral presentations, posters, and live performances representing 18 different disciplines. Presentation submissions for the 2006 URS are now being accepted through Wednesday, March 1. More information about the event, including archives of previous URS abstract books and photos, can be found at URS.

Attention Nontraditional Women and Men Students! Applications for the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship and the University of Minnesota Alumnae Scholarship are now available. You must be 28 years of age or older, returning after a five year or longer break in education, and admitted to or enrolled in a degree-granting program at any U of M campus. Financial need is critical. Six to eight awards, ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 are awarded annually. Letters of recommendation are required. The Macpherson is open only to women the U of M Alumnae Scholarship is open to women and men. Stop by the Office of Continuing Education, 225 Community Services for an application or you may go to the Office for University Women web site at women and click on "Macpherson/Alumnae Scholarships" to bring up the application for downloading. Deadline is April 28, 2006.
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Weekly Bulletin is published by the Office of University Relations and sent electronically campus wide each Wednesday afternoon throughout the academic year. Submissions of items for publication are accepted by noon each Wednesday to Judy Riley at rileyjk@morris.umn.edu.