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Morris and Jiashan, China, officially became sister cities as part of the International Sister City Program when an official document was signed in Jiashan April 17. Chancellor Schuman, Mayor Carol Wilcox, and others from UMM and the city of Morris are currently in China. UMM's China exchange program offers UMM students a May Term or semester in China while students from China study at UMM. Chinese students will participate in UMM's 2006 Summer Scholars Program. For more information, visit www.morris.umn.edu/.

Beautiful U Day Dedication of the UMM Alumni Memorial Labyrinth will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 (tomorrow), in the field adjacent to the UMM North Parking Lot, next to the horse barn and the Social Science building, with a talk by Rev. Dr. Ward Bauman from the Episcopal House of Prayer, Collegeville, Minn. The public is invited to attend.

Peter Orr, plant services, Eric Klinger, psychology faculty, and Sam Schuman, chancellor, 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 UMM 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 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/.

Minnesota’s small towns and rural areas will take center stage early this June to show how they are “Working Better Together for the Common Good” – the theme for the combined Symposium on Small Towns and Minnesota Rural Summit, June 6 & 7 at UMM. Partners in the combined event this year include Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Minnesota Power and the West Central Initiative have signed on as sponsors thus far and organizers are looking for additional sponsors. The registration fee is $60 MPR members receive a 10 percent discount. Registration is up and running and open to anyone. Children’s activities are planned and housing is available on or off-campus. For more program information and to register visit www.centerforsmalltowns.org or www.minnesotaruralpartners.org, or call (320) 589-6451. For sponsorship information, call Jane Leonard at 651-645-9403 or e-mail at jleonard@minnesotaruralpartners.org.


Accomplishments

Professor of Spanish and Ecuadorian novelist Vicente Cabrera Funes will read from his fourth novel, Los malditos amantes de Carolina, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the North Dakota State University, Alumni Center, 1241 North University Drive, Klefstad Room. Cabrera will be reading in conjunction with the meetings of the Foreign Language Association of the Red River and Red River Conference on World Literature.

Seven computer science faculty and students traveled to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, to participate in the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium. Nathan Fortuna, Daniel Selifonov, and Scott Lembcke won first place in the programming contest, which was made up of 34 teams from five different states. Elena Machkasova was the programming coach of the winning team. Scott Lembcke, Sam BeVier, and Machkasova presented their work on "Specialization of Java Generic Types," Andy Lopez presented a paper on "A Core Course on Systems for a Liberal Arts Curriculum," and Emily Christiansen and Machkasova presented their research "On Meaning Preservation of a Calculus of Records."

Dian and Andy Lopez, computer science faculty, attended the MICS Steering Committee meeting and each chaired two paper sessions for the conference.

Computer science students Jon Quarfoth and Andy Korth presented their research, completed with Dian Lopez, titled "Parallel Computing Using MPI And Task Allocation Algorithms," during the National Undergraduate Research Conference (NCUR) in Asheville, N.C.

Chancellor Sam Schuman provided comments during the NCAA Postgame Crowd Control Summit held recently in Georgia. His remarks were also published in the recent NCAA News.

Attorney Luke Robinson officially announced today that he is seeking election to the Minnesota House of Representatives this fall. Robinson will be running as the Republican candidate for House District 23B, which includes both the city of Mankato and Mankato Township. Robinson is a UMM alumnus in history. He also played football for the Cougars.

Scott Trost, head men's basketball coach at Illinois Wesleyan University the past five seasons, has been named men's basketball coach at Lewis University. A native of Appleton, Trost earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at UMM in 1985.

Former UMMer Brent Roske has produced a series that has been nominated for an Emmy Award. Visit sophiechase.com for more information.

Announcements

The UMM Theatre Discipline will wish Shakespeare a Belated Birthday on Monday, April 24. Ray Schultz's Advanced Acting Class will honor the Bard by performing speeches from a host of his plays from 10:30 to 11:35 a.m. in the Black Box Theatre. All are welcome to attend this free event.

The final Chancellor's Open Office hour with Chancellor Sam Schuman is 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.

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.

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.