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This is the second of three Weekly Bulletins that will be distributed throughout the summer. The final summer Bulletin will be compiled and distributed on Wednesdays, August 16. Send submissions for Weekly Bulletin by noon on the Wednesday of publication to Judy Riley at

A delegation of students and adults from Jiashan, China has arrived on campus. Students are taking courses in "Perspectives on Globalization: Local, National, and International," taught by Pam Solvie, education, and English as a Second Language, taught by Nancy Pederson, UMM alumna. UMM students Tata Tromatka, Natalie Kinsky and Christa Mims are teaching assistants. In addition to courses and other campus activities, students will tour Superior Industries, Fehr Dairy, City Hall and schools in Morris, among other tours eat hotdogs at Morris Mayor Carol Wilcox's lake home and ride in the Prairie Pioneer Days Parade on July 16.

UMM will be the featured "Member Spotlight" now through mid-August on
the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher
Education (AASHE) home page: UMM has been a member of AASHE since Winter 2005.

You can still volunteer to staff the UMM booth during local and area county fairs! In an effort to increase awareness of and knowledge about UMM two new fairs have been added to the schedule this year, with hopes of adding more fairs next year. Fair dates are: West Ottertail County Fair (Fergus Falls): July 20-July 22 Stevens County Fair: August 10-13 Douglas County Fair: August 17-20 Minnesota State Fair: September 2-4(Labor Day Weekend). All volunteers will receive mileage reimbursement and free entrance and parking (if applicable) to the fair at which they work. 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.


Ray Schultz, theater, was recently nominated for a 2006 Detroit Free Press Award for Theatre Excellence in the best actor category for his performance last summer in "Take Me Out" at Ann Arbor's Performance Network. The production won also won the award for best play and best direction. Additionally, at the Performance Network Subscriber Choice Awards, Ray and the rest of the "Take Me Out" cast received the award for best ensemble and the production won the best play award.

David Nelson '06 will join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine as a full-time VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) member beginning this August.

Alumna Katie Cannon was featured in a July 4 Minneapolis Star Tribune story, "Indians may lose a path to med school."

Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, was featured in a June 20 story on KSAX-TV, Alexandria, focusing on women in power. The segment also featured UMM alumna Sue Dieter, publisher and general manager of the Morris Sun Tribune. Olson-Loy also co-chaired the NASPA Small College and University
Institute for senior student affairs officers, June 24-27, at
Maryville College in Tennessee. The institute addressed "creating community" and included discussion and reflection on critical issues in student affairs. Held every two years, the institute brings together student affairs leaders from colleges and universities enrolling up to 5,000 students, including public liberal arts colleges (UMM, Southern Oregon University, Henderson State
University), private liberal arts colleges (Carlton College, Grinnell College, Wellesley College, etc.), and other diverse institutions from Carolinas College of Health Sciences to Warren Wilson College.

An interview with Ben Winchester of the Center for Small Towns by
Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Post was broadcast during the June 28 "All Things Considered" program on MPR. Following a story line about Ortonville seeking to attract retired citizens to its city, the interview focused on what Winchester sees as possible trends in western Minnesota.

Alumna Sarah (Nylander) Gullickson was mentioned for her role as the assistant prop manager in the June 18 Guthrie Theatre supplement to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Departing chancellor Sam Schuman recently served as a panelist at the annual COPLAC meeting, this year held in Milledgeville, Ga. He was also a keynote speaker at the Small College Institute of NASPA the national student affairs professionals' organization, in Maryville, Tenn.

This week's Nature has an article on science blogging, which mentions Paul Myers, biology, whose blog as of July 5 was ranked number one.

Four faculty were selected for the Service Learning Faculty Fellows
Program this year. They are Michael Eble, Sonia Hidalgo-Nunez, Greg
Thorson, and high school teacher Thom Howden. The four fellows take a
three-week intensive seminar on service-learning pedagogy this
summer, make a three-year commitment to incorporating
service-learning into existing or new courses, mentor a faculty
member new to service learning, and serve on the service-learning
advisory board.

Argie Manolis' article, "Writing the Community: Creative Writing and
Service-Learning" was published in the newly released book Power and
Authority in the Creative Writing Classroom. She was invited to
present this article and related research at two national creative
writing conferences in the last year. Manolis' poem, "Statue of
Julia Maemea, Athens Archeological Museum, Athens, Greece," was also
recently published in the Bellingham Review.

Seung-Ho Joo, political science, had an article, "South Korea-US Relations in Turbulent Waters," published in a peer-reviewed journal, Pacific Focus, vol. 21, no. 1 (spring 2006), pp. 59-104. He was an invited speaker on the topic of "The US-Korean Alliance: Past, Present, and Future" for a program, "Dialogue with Korean Ambassador" which was organized by Korean Ambassador Hon. Lee Tae-Sik and held at the Korean Embassy, Washington, D.C., on May 18. At the invitation of Marine Corps University, Joo also presented a paper, "Russia's Role in the Future of the Korean Peninsula," The Quest for a Unified Korea, Marine Corps University, Quantico, Va., on June 13.


Certain University web applications will be unavailable starting at
4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 14. Systems will be available for users beginning Monday, July 24. The University is upgrading its student administration and human resources system. Details of what is unavailable or "view only" can be found at:

The UMM Relay for Life Team is in need of more volunteers. Volunteers raise money for the American Cancer Society and walk for an hour during the Relay for Life event at Pomme De Terre Park on July 21-22. For more information or to make a donation to the team, including purchasing a luminary in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone with cancer, please contact Argie Manolis.

The Fall Faculty Retreat 2006 will be held August 21-22 at Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, on the theme "Enhancing Our Academic Environment." The main three sessions will be "Looking Ahead," "Innovative Learning/Teaching" and "Current Issues for Academic Year 2006-07." Registration deadline is July 15. Please send your registration form to Linda Pederson at the Faculty Center.

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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 and monthly during the summer. Submissions of items for publication are accepted by noon each Wednesday to Judy Riley at