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Under the recently revised Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classification system, UMM has been identified as a more selective, exclusively undergraduate, four-year public liberal arts institution with a high concentration of majors in the arts and sciences. The classification also notes UMM’s small, highly residential atmosphere. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu/.

Public presentations by the final candidate for the position of UMM chancellor, Frank Cassell, U of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, will be Monday, April 17. Cassell will give a formal presentation at 3 p.m. in Oyate Hall as well as a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by informal remarks at 6 p.m. at the Stevens County Historical Society. For more information, see http://www.morris.umn.edu/chansearch/. Reminder that feedback on the candidates is due by Friday, April 21, to Sue Gooch (goochsl Sci 1535) or Nancy Carpenter (carpenne Sci 2085).

The Historic Preservation Plan Display Committee has created the visual display that illustrates the rich history of the Morris campus buildings and of the people who have lived, studied, and worked within them, fulfilling the University of Minnesota mission of education, research and outreach. The campus community is invited to celebrate the history of the campus and the completion of this project during an informal celebration from noon to 1:30 p.m. this Thursday, April 13, in the Student Center lobby. Light refreshments will be served. Members of the committee are Susan Granger '80, Gemini Research Matt Ottinger '06 Therese Buchmiller, assistant professor of studio art Judy Korn '95, University Relations Annie Olson '05 and Stephen Gross, assistant professor of history. Mike Cihak, media services Tom Rach, Brad Svea and Lowell Rasmussen, plant services and Nancy Pederson, Getty Grant coordinator, also made vital contributions to the project.

UMM Chancellor Sam Schuman, along with two long-time employees of the campus community – Peter Orr, plant services, and Eric Klinger, psychology faculty, will leave the campus community at the end of this academic year. Orr and Klinger, who will be retiring, and Schuman will be honored along with faculty and staff award recipients during the 15th annual Faculty and Staff Recognition dinner. The campus community is welcome to attend the event, which begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Oyate Hall. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. the same day at LaFave House. Return the previously e-mailed form to RSVP or contact Maggie Larson, ext. 6053, for information.

The campus community is invited to attend a Farewell Picnic for Sam and Nancy Schuman from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, on the campus Mall. This picnic-style event is sponsored by MCSA and Special Events. A short program will be held at 5 p.m. on the Mall's natural stage. Back-up site is Oyate Hall. All faculty, staff and students are cordially invited to attend.

The annual Student Honors and Awards day, which recognizes and honors the achievements and contributions of our students in a variety of ways and venues, is set for Friday, May 12. The day's events will include: Native American Honoring Ceremony in Oyate Hall, 4 p.m. dinner follows at 5:30 p.m. Honors & Awards Parents' Reception 6 p.m., Student Center Honors and Awards Ceremony 6:45 p.m., Edson Auditorium and Honors Recital, HFA Recital Hall, 8 p.m.

Commencement Day is Saturday, May 13. A schedule for the day includes: Humanities Division Reception, 11 a.m., Cougar Room Education Division Reception, 11 a.m., Alumni Room Social Science Division Reception, 11 a.m., University Room and Science and Math Division Reception, 11 a.m., Science Atrium Students assemble for the ceremony, 12:30 p.m., HFA. Chancellor Sam Schuman will give the address during the Commencement ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall. The ceremony will be followed by a reception at 3 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.morris.umn.edu/events/commencement/



Accomplishments

UMM student and United Latinos President Viridiana Zuniga and Pareena Lawrence, economics/management faculty, are recipients of this year's César E. Chávez Award. Award recipients are recognized for their contribution to the Latino community, communities of color, and for support of workers rights while personifying the values embodied by the late legendary labor and civil rights leader, César E. Chávez. The awards were presented during a campus ceremony on April 12.


Announcements

Attention 2006 Spring Graduates - Loan Exit Counseling: If you borrowed loans under the Ford Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Program you must participate in an exit counseling session. Federal regulations require all Direct Loan borrowers to complete their exit requirements in one of two ways to ensure that they understand their repayment obligations.
Direct Loan Counseling Online: Direct Loan borrowers may complete this obligation by visiting the on-line exit-counseling site (Department of Education PIN number required): http://www.dlssonline.com/exitcounseling/ecec-main.asp
Direct Loan Counseling In-person Sessions: Direct Loan borrowers may complete this obligation by attending one of the scheduled in-person sessions.
Exit counseling sessions will be held in the Behmler Hall Conference Room 130 at the following dates/times (Sessions will begin every hour and last about 20 minutes): Monday, April 17, 1- 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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.

The next Chancellor's Open Office hour is Wednesday, April 12 (today), at 3:30 p.m. The final opportunity of this type to visit with Chancellor Sam Schuman will be Friday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Deadlines

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.For current and archived news, events, and sports, visit
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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.