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High school students from the upper Midwest -- and China -- will spend two weeks at UMM participating in the 21st Summer Scholars program July 9-21. Students will take one of two college-level classes that focus on several of today's most newsworthy and compelling topics: "The Reemerging Threat of Infectious Disease," taught by Peter Wyckoff and Timna Wyckoff, biology, and "Dissent and Freedom of Expression in Today's World," taught by Paula O'Loughlin, political science, and Chris Butler, English.
In a first for this long-running program, high school students from Jiashan, China, will join the program through UMM's recent exchange initiatives with China. Several of the Jiashan students will be placed in the "Disease" or "Dissent" courses, while others will be in American culture/ESL class, taught by Pam Solvie, education, and Nancy Pederson, ESL instructor and UMM alum who teaches in the Alexandria schools. For information on the Summer Scholars program contact Karen Ellis, elliskj, or ext. 6463.

The UMM Alumni Association Board has named Jon Mukand '80 and Stuart Starner '65 as 2006 UMMAA Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. The awards will be presented during the Alumni Association Annual dinner meeting on Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, as part of UMM's Homecoming celebration.

An effort to increase awareness of and knowledge about UMM is the focus of an increased presence at local and county fairs this summer. Two new fairs have been added to the schedule this year, with hopes of adding more fairs next year. The campus community is invited to volunteer to staff the fair booths. Volunteer for more than one shift and at more than one fair if you wish. Fair dates and shift times are: West Ottertail County Fair (Fergus Falls): July 20-July 22 (3-4-hour shifts Stevens County Fair: August 10-13 (2-hour shifts) Douglas County Fair: August 17-20 (4-4.5-hour shifts) Minnesota State Fair: September 2-4(Labor Day Weekend: 4-hour shifts) (NOTE: Due to the Saturday, Sept. 2, Cougar football home game, an attempt is being made to change the dates for UMM's participation at the State Fair.).
Alums and current students will also be invited to staff the fair exhibit. UMM staff who wish to volunteer should check with their supervisor first. We ask supervisors to please be flexible with their employees' schedules if possible during the fairs.
All volunteers will receive mileage reimbursement and free entrance and parking (if applicable) to the fair at which they work. And, the rewarding feeling of raising the awareness of UMM! Contact Christine Mahoney at to volunteer. Fair sub-committee members are Christine Mahoney and Judy Riley, University Relations Carla Riley, Alumni Relations Jillian Hiscock, Admissions Mike Cihak, Media Services and Rebekah Deutl, student.

The team from Morris Area High School was the overall winner of the 2006 "Academic Challenge" competition. The team earned an all-expense paid trip to compete in Washington, D.C., for the National Academic Challenge Competition in June. "Academic Challenge" is produced by Media Services at UMM and airs on Sundays each spring on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

The Cougar football team will travel abroad for the first time in Spring 2007. Cougar Head Football Coach Ken Crandall is coordinating the trip through Global Football. The team, along with others who want to make the trip, will to travel to Italy where the players will have two practices and one game against a club team. The 11-day trip will include travel to Milan, Venice and Florence, each for a two- day stay. The trip will end with three days in Rome. Highlights of the trip will include visits to St. Mark’s Square, the Coliseum, Vatican City and the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. For more information, contact Coach Crandall at 320-589-6432.


Three UMM faculty members were recently awarded 2006 Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship awards. The purpose of the awards, which are administered by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School, is to promote the scholarly and artistic activities of the faculty and graduate students and to foster academic excellence within the University. The UMM faculty members, amount of award and their projects are:
Jessica Larson, associate professor of studio art, $12,832 for her project, Lover's Eye: New Sculptural Forms in Plaster and Fabric. She will create a series of artworks uniting plaster reliefs and clothing-based forms that are innovative in composition, texture and scale, and that merge digital and traditional plate photography. The final artwork will be a combination of plaster, fabric, and tintype imagery that explores the dynamic between the lover and the beloved.
Tracy Otten, assistant professor of studio art, $21,149 for Large Scale Monoprints as a Vehicle for Exploring Temporal Transformation, which will allow her to acquire a large format intaglio press so that she can create large-scale prints for exhibition.
Ray Schultz, assistant professor of theatre, $9,108 for his project, Terrence McNally: Staging Gay America from Stonewall to AIDS and Beyond. The award will allow him travel and research expenses during the process of completing a book project about playwright Terrence McNally.

The following faculty were approved for promotion and or tenure by the Board of Regents: from associate to professor: Mary E. Bezanson, Edith Borchardt, Gwen Rudney and Chris Cole. From assistant to associate (tenured): Sarah Buchanan, Julia Dabbs, Jong-Min Kim, Barry McQuarrie, Gretchen Murphy, Michelle Page, Ray Schultz and Tim Soderberg.

Angie Bos, political science, received a U of M Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship for next year. In addition to receiving the award, her proposal was ranked number one in the field of political science by the graduate school and thus her title is noted as "Robert Holt Doctoral Dissertation Fellow." For details about the award, visit

Leslie Zenk, Admissions, was awarded the President's Service Recognition award at the May 4 Tri-State Conference for College Admission Counseling in Dubuque, Iowa. Presented by the Minnesota Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC), the President's Service Recognition Award recognizes significant contributions and unselfish service to MACAC and the students it serves. Zenk was also elected to the Executive Board as secretary of the organization.

Paula O'Loughlin, political science, was the guest of host Katherine Lanpher during the May 31 "Morning Edition" program on MPR. O'Loughlin discussed the governor's race.

Ray Schultz was recently nominated for a Wilde Theatre Award for his performance last summer in Take Me Out at Ann Arbor's Performance Network. The awards, named for playwright Oscar Wilde and sponsored by Between the Lines, Metro Detroit's glbt newspaper, honors excellence in area theatre. The award recipients will be announced at a ceremony in late August.

UMM sophomore and the reigning Miss Midwest, Brittany Kill, is one of 17 contestants who will participate in the annual Miss Minnesota pageant June 16-17 at the Ted Mann Theatre on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus. Throughout the past year, Kill has spoken to elementary children throughout the area on her platform, "No More Tears?" which focuses on prevention of bullying.


The United Staff Association (USA) at UMM presented its 2006 scholarship to Tracy Williams, daughter of Ann and Doug Williams, Morris, both USA members and UMM employees. Tracy will be a senior at UMM this fall. USA includes approximately 250 members of AFSCME Clerical/Technical Staff, Civil Service employees and Teamsters who serve in all areas of the Morris campus. Money for the scholarship is raised via personal donations from USA members. Criteria for scholarship applicants can be found by visiting

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The last day of Summer Session I classes is Friday, June 23 (except for any specially scheduled classes). Summer Session II classes begin Monday, June 26, and will run through Friday, July 28. Registration for Summer Session II is still open--either online or in person at the Summer Session or Registrar's Offices. Students are advised to complete their registration for SSII by Friday, June 23 (although classes can still be added through June 28 without instructor permission). Contact Karen Ellis, elliskj or ext. 6463, for information on Summer Term Classes at UMM.
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