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UMM is included with the other U campuses in the expanded Founders Opportunity Scholarship program that will cover qualified incoming freshmen and transfer students. The program details were announced this week by University President Robert Bruininks. All undergraduate students from Minnesota who are eligible for a federal Pell Grant will be guaranteed scholarships and grants to cover 100 percent of their tuition and required fees, when the program is fully phased in. The guarantee will eventually benefit more than 4,500 low and moderate-income undergraduates each year across the University's four campuses. "When the Founders award program is fully phased in, we expect that more than 600 UMM students will benefit from it," said James Morales, UMM associate vice chancellor for enrollment. For more information about The Founders Opportunity Scholarship Program and other scholarships at UMM visit founders.

The Cougar women's and men's basketball teams have both advanced to post-season play, a first for the Cougars to have both teams advance in the UMAC. Cougar women will play Northwestern at Aberdeen men will play St. Scholastica at Duluth. Action takes place next weekend, February 24-25. Watch for details on the UMM home page.

Ticket order forms are available for 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. Direct questions regarding this event to Judy Riley, University Relations, ext. 6050.


Junior Brendan McNally needed just four points heading into Friday's men's basketball game at Martin Luther College to reach the 1,000 point mark in his career at UMM. He did that with 16:19 remaining in the first half hitting a pair of free throws to give him 1,001 points. McNally finished with a game high 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field and a perfect 6-of-6 at the line. He also added 8 points in Saturday's game at Bethany Lutheran to give him 1,028.

Three UMM faculty members were recently awarded McKnight Summer Fellowships for the Arts and Humanities. The purpose of the fellowships, which are administered by the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, is to encourage research and artistic creation by enabling members of the faculty to devote full time to intensive work on their projects during the summer. The UMM faculty members and their projects follow.
Mark Collier, assistant professor of philosophy, for Hume's Naturalistic Approach to Mind and Morality, which examines the positions of the famous philosopher, David Hume, by drawing on recent evidence from the social and cognitive sciences.
Michael Eble, assistant professor of studio art, for his project, Searching for Buson. The fellowship will assist him in creating a new body of work based on the haiku poems of Yosa Buson and centering on the Japanese art of Haiga.
James G. Schryver, assistant professor of art history, for Port St. Symeon Ware and its Distribution in the Crusader States. His research involves the compositional analysis of pieces of Crusader pottery from Port St. Symeon, Syria, currently found in the National Museum of Denmark, which will be used to address issues in understanding life and society in different areas settled by the crusaders.

Chancellor Sam Schuman will give a UMM update on the February 16 segment of "Community Connection." Karen Cusey, continuing education, and John Ross, director of bands, will be the guests on "Community Connection" on March 3. Cusey will talk about Creative Study Institute Ross will talk about a new program, Step Ahead with Music. "Community Connection" airs each weekday on KMRS, 1230 AM, from 8:45-9 a.m.

Pareena G. Lawrence, economics and management, and Sandra Castro-Pearson '06, will have an article, "Government Intervention in Street Vending Activities in Guayaquil, Ecuador: A Case Study of Vendors in the Municipal Markets," published in a forthcoming issue of Problemas del Desarrollo, México, IIEc-UNAM, Vol. 37, Núm. 144, Enero - Marzo.

Stacey Parker Aronson, Spanish, published a recent article, "Monstrous Metamorphoses and Rape," in Maria de Zayas, Revista Cabadiense de Estudios Hispanicos, 29:3 (Spring, 2005) [effective date Feb., 2006], pp. 525-47.

Gretchen E. Minton, English, and Ray Schultz, theater, have had an article published: "Angels in America: Adapting to a New Medium in a New Millennium," in American Drama 15.1 (2006): 17-42.

[2-10-06 St. Paul Asian American Press] Peh Ng received mention in "Peh Ng contributes to book on Math and the Community."

[2-13-06 Mn Daily] PZ Myers, biology, was included in the story, "The voodoo doo-doo in intelligent design."

[2-13-06 Fergus Falls Daily Journal] The UMM Concert Choir and Tim Sparks, music, received mentioned in "Keillor entertains audience in Morris."

[2-14-06 ] A story about the February 27-28 WCROC and UMM Renewable Energy Workshop and Homegrown Energy Conference received mention.


Native American-themed items may be donated for the CNIA (Circle of Nations Indian Association) silent auction. Proceeds will go toward funding the annual Powwow. Donations may be taken to room 110 MRC or beginning today (Wednesday) at the CNIA table in the Student Center lobby.

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: officehours the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

WorkLife Effectiveness Program announces the fourth session in the Eldercare series. Eldercare: Dementia and Memory Loss, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 12(noon)-1 p.m., available to coordinate campuses by ITV UMM HFA 7. To register call (320)589-6021. For more information on the WorkLife Effectiveness Program visit If interested in learning more about Dakota Area Resources and Transportation for Seniors (DARTS), visit

The Midwinter Event, hosted by the UMM Alumni Association, will be held Thursday, March 16, 5-7 p.m., at Solera's Barcelona Room. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres and pleasant conversation. RSVP to ext. 6066, e-mail or respond online at midwinter.


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 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

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!

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