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Public presentations by four candidates for the position of UMM chancellor will begin next week. Candidates and presentation dates are Beth Barnett, U of Scranton (April 5) Jacqueline Johnson, Buena Vista U (April 10) John Miller, Eastern Oregon U (April 12) and Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (April 17). Each date includes presentations at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall and 5:30 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch Chancellor Search Committee Chair Nancy Carpenter and committee member Charles Glasrud will be the guests on KMRS (1230AM) "Community Connection" from 8:45-9 a.m. April 4.

About 60 UMM students have submitted research projects for this year's UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS). Following review of the projects by the URS Committee, presentations will be given during the 6th annual Symposium on Friday, April 21. The event, open to all, celebrates student scholarly achievement and informs the campus community about the variety and quality of research on campus. Opening ceremony will begin at 2:45 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. Oral presentations will be given in Science rooms 1020, 1030, 2190 and 2200 between 3:30-5:30 p.m. Poster presentations will be given from 5:45-7 p.m. in Oyate Hall. For more information about the UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/urs/info.html

Accomplishments

The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference has named Brian Curtis as the next director of sports information. Curtis will replace current director Corey Borchardt, who has resigned. Curtis is the director of sports information at UMM and will remain in his current role with UMM, while taking on the additional conference responsibilities. Curtis has been the SID at UMM since August 2000.

Seung-Ho Joo, political science, organized a panel on the topic of North Korea's Nuclear Crisis and the Role of the Major Powers in Northeast Asia and presented on the panel a paper, titled "Russia and North Korea's Nuclear Crisis" at the 47th Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association, San Diego, Calif., March 22-25.

Stephen V. Burks, economics and management, has been invited to present preliminary results from the Truckers & Turnover Project at the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies annual research conference in Minneapolis May 24-25. The conference URL is: http://www.cts.umn.edu/events/rescon/ In January Burks attended the Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (part of the National Research Councils), held in Washington D.C., where he carried out duties as a member of AT010, the Committee on Freight Transportation Economics and Regulation, and AT060T, the Task Force on Trucking Industry Research. The Task Force on Trucking Industry Research is about to make the jump to permanent and standing committee status, after five years of work to develop its role at the TRB by the Task Force.

[3/27/06 Springfield (Ill.) State Journal Register] UMM is mentioned in "Chancellor at UIS espouses lofty goals."

[3/26/06 History News Network, Seattle, Wash.] Alumnus Samuel Redman is featured in "Who's Art History is it Anyway?"


Announcements

The spring general session for the National Scholarship program at UMM will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, in 1020 Science. This meeting, which will last about one hour, is open to all interested students. It is not too early for high-performing first-year students and sophomores to start thinking about applications. Meeting will cover national scholarship opportunities available, nationally and within Minnesota, including Fulbright, Truman, Rhodes, Goldwater, Sullivan, Jack Kent Cooke, etc. Direct questions to Chris Butler, ext. 6282, or Tom McRoberts, ext. 6450.

A selected group of students has been receiving e-mails this spring inviting them to participate in the 2006 National Survey of Student Engagement. Another e-mail reminder will be going out this week. UMM student participation in this National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is really important to us at UMM. The results of this survey tell us a lot about what we are doing well at UMM in terms of engaging students in the life of the campus and community, but more importantly, those results tell us what we need to work to do better! If you receive one of the NSSE reminders, please consider submitting the survey. If you have already responded to this survey, thank you. We will be using your input.

Elementary or Secondary Education Program applicants: You must take PRAXIS I - Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test is offered at UMM on April 29 and June 10. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST and all required sections of PRAXIS II before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling or Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office for information on registering immediately.

Did you know that Sodexho has a monthly newsletter? Campus Cravings is a monthly newsletter that contains information about Turtle Mountain Café and Food Services, promotions, specials and more. Pick up a copy at TMC near the entrance door or at FSB on the table by the comment cards in the dining area.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Friday, March 31, 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: 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.

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 at kbacig@umn.edu.

The campus community is invited to attend a Farewell Picnic for Sam and Nancy Schuman on Monday, May 1, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. on the campus Mall. This picnic-style event is sponsored by MCSA and the Office of Special Events. A short program will be held on the Mall's natural stage, with the time to be determined. The back-up site is Oyate Hall. All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend.


Deadlines

Nominations for the UMM Academic Staff Award are due April 5, 2006. Suggestions for nominees may come from academic professionals, academic administrators, United Staff Association staff, faculty, students, or student organizations. Self nominations are also welcome. There should be a nominator who coordinates the compilation of a dossier. This person may enlist the aid of others, if desired. Five copies of the completed dossier, including the nomination form, must be received by the Morris Academic Staff Award Selection Committee by Wednesday, April 5, 2006. Please send to 362 Library. Contact Kathryn Gonier, MASA Committee member, at 589-6179 for additional information. Selection of the UMM Academic Staff Award recipient will be based solely on the material included in this dossier. For complete guidelines, application and more information, visit the MASA Web page at http://www.morris.umn.edu/committees/MASA/MASAAward.html

Gieske Academic Award: The Political Science Discipline is accepting applications for the Gieske Academic Award for the 2005-06 academic year. The Gieske Academic Award is offered annually to an outstanding political science major in their senior year. Recipients will have an exceptional record of accomplishment at UMM as well as strong prospects for success after graduation. The recipient of the Gieske Academic Award will be recognized at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony in May 2006. Applications should be picked up and returned to the Social Science Division Office in Camden Hall. Completed applications are due Friday, March 31, by 4:30 p.m. in the Social Science Division Office.

Gieske Internship Award: The Political Science Discipline is accepting applications for the Gieske Internship Award for this academic year. The Gieske Internship Award is offered annually to an outstanding political science major in their junior or sophomore years. Recipients must complete an internship in the 2006-2007 academic year and should have a strong record of accomplishment at UMM. Applications should be picked up and returned to the Social Science Division Office in Camden Hall. Completed applications are due by Friday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m. Recipients will be notified by April 10, 2006.

David Minge Public Affairs Internship Award: The Political Science Discipline is accepting applications for the Minge Internship Award for the 2006-2007 academic year. The purpose of the Award is to provide financial support for students doing internships on the federal level. Recipients must complete an internship between June 1, 2006 and June 1, 2007. You do not have to be a Political Science Major or Minor to apply all majors are eligible for this award. Preference for the award will be given to internships done for UMM credit that integrate the study of peace, justice, conservation, the environment, rural affairs, or similar issues in keeping with the value of a public liberal arts college. Completed Applications are due by Friday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m. in the Social Science Division Office in Camden Hall. Recipients will be notified by April 10, 2006.

The following scholarship application can be completed on the Web at
http://www.morris.umn.edu/financialaid/returnscholar.html or pick up the application 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov. UMM's Federal School Code is 002389. The deadline date is April 3, 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 www.umn.edu/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.