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Following interviews with four finalists for the position of UMM chancellor, the Chancellor Search Committee has submitted its report to University President Robert Bruininks and Vice President Robert Jones. The committee was asked to provide a confidential, unranked list of candidates with a summary of their strengths and weaknesses. Dr. Frank Cassell has withdrawn as a candidate. President Bruininks and Vice President Jones will select UMM's next chancellor from a pool of very highly qualified individuals. It is hoped that a UMM chancellor will be announced before the end of the current semester.

UMM has joined the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Tougaloo College in Mississippi and Dillard University in New Orleans to create the Global Issues Honors Consortium (GIHC). The GIHC aims to increase the number of highly qualified, well-prepared students of color in graduate and professional programs in a variety of fields and with an international focus. The consortium is being established with a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. For more information on the Global Issues Honors Consortium contact UMM Faculty Coordinator Bart Finzel at ext. 6195 or finzelbd@morris.umn.edu.

UMM will be an exhibitor at the Living Green Expo Saturday and Sunday, May 6-7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at the State Fairgrounds. The Expo is Minnesota’s largest environmental event.

The Division of Education faculty invites the campus community to attend the "Education Exposition 2006," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates on Wednesday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

The annual Student Honors and Awards day is set for Friday, May 12. The day's events will include: Native American Honoring Ceremony in Oyate Hall, 4 p.m., followed by 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 Commencement ceremony, 1:30 p.m., 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/.

Student and staff representatives from UMM will attend the inaugural Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability Conference May 17-19. "Learning from Success: Steps Toward More Sustainable Campuses" will be the focus of the conference, which will be sponsored by the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Collegeville, the Minnesota Office of Environmental Assistance, and the Bush Foundation, with additional assistance from Minnesota Campus Compact.


Accomplishments

Jim Gremmels, professor emeritus of English, returned to his alma mater, Augustana College, to participate in a panel honoring author and teacher Herbert Krause, who would have been 100 years old this year. Gremmels also delivered a paper about UMM alum, Ken Meyers' ('77) novel, The Work of Wolves.
Announcements

The Division of Education faculty invites the campus community to attend the "Education Exposition 2006," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates on Wednesday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

Learning Unlimited will present a program on "first response to large disasters" at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Morris Senior Center. Bert Ahern, professor of history at UMM, will introduce the program with reflections on major calamities faced by Minnesotans in the past. A panel of officials representing local emergency management organizations will share how their groups prepare for and mobilize to address local natural, as well as man-made disasters. Members of the audience will be invited to address their concerns to these authorities. Other participants will be Peggy Kill, Salvation Army Robert Stevenson, Stevens County Commissioners Joseph Axtmann, the local chapter of the American Red Cross Franchetta Haupert, Stevens, Traverse and Grant County Public Health Sheriff Randy Willis and Lowell Rasmussen, UMM plant services. The program is free and open to the public. Learning Unlimited is supported in part with funding from the Minnesota Humanities Commission, in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Morris Area Community Education and the University of Minnesota Morris. For more information call Anne Schwaller, at 589-4394.

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 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.
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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.