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There will not be an issue of the Weekly Bulletin on Wednesday, March 8, during Spring Break.

All students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the State of the U address, presented in person by University President Robert Bruininks from the Proscenium Theatre, beginning at 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, March 2). The address will be broadcast from UMM to all other campuses of the U.

Dr. Pareena Lawrence is a recipient of the Horace T. Morse - University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. UMM remains the collegiate unit within the University with the highest concentration of Morse award winners. Lawrence will be recognized for her achievement at the all-University Morse-Alumni Awards Program at 3:30 p.m. April 24 in the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.

UMM will add men's soccer to its intercollegiate athletics program beginning Fall 2006, it was announced by Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy. According to Olson-Loy, the decision is a response to increased interest in soccer among Minnesota youth. The new men's soccer program will also create a new partnership with the Morris Cougars' award winning women's soccer program. Read more at


Cougar men's basketball members Brendan McNally and Steve Farmer were named UMAC first team all-conference and Brent Durensky was named to the all-defensive team.

Cougar women's basketball member Malinda Berglund was named UMAC first team all-conference as well as named to the all-defensive team and teammate Alaina Benson was named honorable mention all-conference.

In her first year as a head coach, Randi Peterson has been recognized as the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) women’s basketball coach of the year. UMM women's basketball was sixth in the UMAC pre-season coaches poll, finished the season 16-10 and 10-4 in the UMAC and was battling for the regular season conference title right down to the final game.

Jacqueline Alvarez-Ogbesor has published a recent article, "Representacion de negros, zambos, y mulatos en la novela boliviana decimononica Juan de la Rosa," in the Bolivian Studies Journal, vol. 12 (2005), pp. 34-47.

[NY Times 2/26/06] Athletic Director Mark Fohl is quoted in "Too Much of a Good Thing?," a story about storming the court.

[St. Paul Pioneer Press 2/28/06] The addition of men's soccer is mentioned in "Briefly."

[Indian Country Today 3/1/06] UMM is mentioned in a story, "Educators call for student and community focus."

Media representatives from the Morris Sun Tribune, KMRS/KKOK (1230 AM) and KSAX-TV (Ch 5, Alexandria) were on campus February 27 to interview Will Steger and J. Drake Hamilton. Steger and Hamilton spoke at UMM that evening.


Mail or bring in your Jazz Fest ticket order form to the UMM Student Activities Office before noon this Friday, March 3, to be included in the ticket lottery. UMM's Jazz Fest is three days of non-stop, hot jazz with over 800 visiting high school musicians for the all-day clinics, 20+ UMM jazz combos over the three evening performances - Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 6-8, the West Central All Stars (Friday night), the Alumni Jazz Band (Saturday night), and every night: guest artists Nestor Torres, Latin flautist, and Reggie Watkins, trombonist with Maynard Ferguson's Big Bop Nouveau Band. Order forms are available at the Student Center Information Desk, UMM Student Activities Office, or by mail. For information, call at ext. 6080.

Students: Annual Planning begins on March 13. As UMM's spring advising event, it is your chance to create a long-range plan for your academic program. You will meet with your adviser to discuss goals, choose classes and explore options that will help you meet your goals. Students who have completed fewer than 60 credits are required to meet with their advisers to develop a plan before registering for fall classes. Schedule an appointment to see your adviser or contact the Advising Office if you need assistance. The event begins with a brief general session in Edson, followed by an informal browsing session in Oyate. Students will have a chance to meet experts in each program and find out how to enhance their academic program.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Thursday, March 16, at 9 a.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: the day you plan to drop in on the Chancellor or call his office at ext. 6020.

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

The Faculty Culture Task Force will hold an open forum for all interested faculty, staff, and students on Tuesday, April 11, 9-11 a.m. in ITV location, HFA #7. Members of the task force will seek feedback on draft recommendations that will be released in late March, as well as any other feedback or ideas participants wish to share. For more information, contact Karen Zentner Bacig,


The following scholarship applications can be completed on the web at
or pick-up the applications from the Admissions and Financial Aid Office:
The 2006-2007 Gertrude Gaffney Hanlon Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM
returning students with Irish Nationality and financial need. This
scholarship is renewable to past recipients. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a requirement. The priority deadline to complete and submit the FAFSA for the University of Minnesota, Morris to the federal processor is by March 1. Complete the FAFSA on-line at UMM's Federal School Code is 002389.
The deadline date is April 3, 2006.
The 2006-2007 John Vo Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning student who will be completing cross-disciplinary work, which includes the arts. Preference will be given to fifth year seniors. The deadline date is March 21, 2006.
The 2006-2007 Karyn Nielson Memorial Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning students demonstrating good character by participating in community service, church activities and volunteerism. This scholarship may be renewable to past recipients. The deadline date is March 13, 2006.
The 2006-2007 Phi Mu Delta Scholarship is awarded to UMM returning junior or senior who demonstrates Phi Mu Delta's "Three-S" philosophy, which is:
Service: the finer qualities of ethical conduct toward fellow man
Social: well-developed social manners, courtesy and kindness
Scholarship: diligent application to study, not only in order that the requirements of UMM be met, but also that achievement above the average level may be attained. The deadline is March 13, 2006.

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 and click on "Macpherson/Alumnae Scholarships" to bring up the application for downloading. Deadline is April 28, 2006.
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