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UMM welcomes new Chancellor Dr. Jacqueline Johnson. Prior to UMM, Dr. Johnson served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Martin's College in Washington and chair of the department of anthropology and sociology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Johnson holds a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University and a bachelor's degree from Macalester College, St. Paul. Read more at

UMM is again ranked number four in the list of five top public liberal arts colleges in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in its 2007 rankings of America's Best Colleges. This is the sixth consecutive year that UMM has achieved this status and has been the only college in the Midwest on the list.

Big Cat Stadium is nearing completion. It is expected that the stadium, a UMM/Morris Area High School joint-use football facility, will be ready for the September 1 MAHS football game and the September 2 Cougar UMM football opening season game versus Lawrence University. Kickoff for the Cougars will be at 7 p.m. Watch for further updates and information about the stadium on the UMM Web site at and in the local media.

The Honorable Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, governor of Louisiana, will give the Opening Convocation for students who will participate in the 2006 First Year Seminar at UMM. The governor's address, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5, in Edson Auditorium, is open to the public. Gov. Blanco is the mother-in-law of Michael Eble, assistant professor of studio art and curator of the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. Read more at

Jim Gremmels, who became the first men's basketball coach at UMM during the team's inaugural season in 1960 and was hired as one of UMM's original 13 faculty members, will be inducted into the Cougar Athletic Hall of Fame during the UMM Alumni Association Annual Banquet on Friday, Sept. 22, as part of Homecoming weekend.

UMM will be part of the U of M systemwide exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair, August 24-September 4. UMM alumni, students, staff and faculty will staff the exhibit September 2-4. Jazz combo, "Funky Gumbo," will perform on the U stage in front of the exhibition building from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4. UMM also had display booths throughout the summer at the West Otter Tail County Fair (Fergus Falls), Stevens County Fair (Morris) and Douglas County Fair (Alexandria).

Join the fun during the third annual UMM Cougar Fest on Saturday, Sept. 9. Pre-game activities for the entire family begin at 5:30 p.m. Concessions stands open at 5 p.m. Free inflatable games, face painting, music and more will be part of the fun. Cheer on the Cougars when they meet Carleton College during non-conference football action. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. under the lights of Big Cat Stadium. Admission to the game is free.


The Northern State University School of Fine Arts presents a painting exhibition featuring the work of Michael Eble, studio art faculty and Gallery curator. "Patterns for Buson" will be on display August 28- October 20, in the President's Gallery, located on the second floor of Spafford Hall on the NSU campus. "Patterns for Buson" is a series of paintings and works on paper that reflects the poems of Yosa Buson, a Japanese haiku poet and painter. Eble spent the past two summers in Japan researching and viewing traditional Japanese art forms to gain an understanding of Japanese art and culture.

The UMM Relay for Life team this summer raised approximately $1,500 for cancer research and for support services for people in this region.

Pam Solvie, education, was recently interviewed about use of technology for reading instruction for an article by Ron Schachter titled, "Making
Reading Count." The article with Pam's comments is in the July 2006 issue of District Administration, The Magazine for K-12 Education Leaders.

Judy Kuechle (Academic Affairs), Maddy Maxeiner (External Relations/Fund Development), Christine Mahoney (University Relations), Carla Riley (Alumni Relations) and Sam Schuman (former chancellor) attended the COPLAC annual meeting June 23-26 hosted by Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Ga. This year's annual meeting theme was "Making the Case for Public Liberal Arts." The meeting included a keynote presentation on Making the Case for Liberal Education given by Debra Humphreys, vice president for communications and public affairs for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The annual meeting also featured an advancement track for professionals from each institution to discuss challenges and compare strategies. Of the colleges attending, UMM's alumni participation rate of 17.5 percent was tied with Truman State University for the highest level of alumni giving.

Eric Klinger (emeritus, psychology) delivered an invited address and co-chaired and presented a paper in a symposium during the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

How many planets are there? 8? 9? 12? more? Kristin Kearns, physics, was interviewed by KSAX-TV, Alexandria, and the segment on this topic aired in mid-August.

Chris Olson '05, now in the CSci graduate program on the TC campus was featured in a Johns Hopkins story about his work with John Hopkins and NASA in a summer internship over the last two years.

[Mpls Star Tribune 7/16/06] "Folk on the Water" included mention of alumni and student Julie Caspers Agar, Ben Agar and Asha Agar.

[Morris Sun Tribune 8/9/06] Jessi Gurr '04 was the subject of a Business Showcase story about her Morris business, Iceberg Hosting.

[Twin Cities Finance and Commerce 8/22/06] UMM wind energy is mentioned in "Wind power windfall."


The UMM Theatre Department will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 30 and 31. Auditions for "Crimes of the Heart," directed by Siobhan Bremer, will be held in the HFA Proscenium Theatre and auditions for "The Servant of Two Masters." Directed by Kimberly Glover will be held in the HFA Black Box Theatre.

The following Chancellor's Open Office Hours have been scheduled during the fall semester: Thursday, Aug. 31, at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. and Friday, Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to stop by 309 Behmler Hall. Please note: these hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the following Web site: the day you plan to drop in or call ext. 6020.

"Community Connection" is an interview-format radio program that airs weekdays from 8:45 a.m.-9 a.m. on KMRS Morris radio, 1230 AM. Here are upcoming spots that will feature UMM guests:
- Thursday, August 24:
Tracey Anderson, Pareena Lawrence
Topic: First Year Seminar and Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco's visit to UMM
- Tuesday, September 5:
Sara Haugen
Topic: Performing Arts Series season
Monday, Sept. 10:
Ben Winchester (Center for Small Towns), Mike Cihak (Media Services) and Jim Beauregard (Morris Police Chief)
Topic: The documentary, "Meth in the Heartland: A Community's Response," that will air at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton (Morris channel 6). Lakeland Public Television is scheduled to air the segment, which was co-produced by Cihak, Jim Beauregard, Casey Wagner (Computing Services) and Jill Beauregard (Financial Aid), in October. Additional information on meth and the documentary project can be found on the Morris Police Department's web site at
In addition, Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson will be the guest once monthly to provide a UMM update. To arrange a guest spot on "Community Connection," please contact Judy Riley, ext. 6050.

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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