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Homecoming 2006: "The Great Outdoors" continues this weekend. For a complete list of Homecoming events and other details, visit or contact the Office of Alumni Relations, ext. 6066.

To celebrate the Community Outreach Partnership Center's (COPC) Partnership between the City of Morris and UMM, a COPC Partnership Fall Kickoff event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 27. A variety of activities are planned for project participants. Organizers are also promoting this as a time for the general public to learn more about the program. A COPC Partnership community display highlighting the projects will be on exhibit in the Morris Public Library Conference Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. Kinnard D. Wright, head of the COPC grant project from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., will be in Morris and on hand at the community display site. Visit for Kickoff details. Listen to KMRS "Community Connection" shows at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 26 and 28, for more information from David Fluegel, Center for Small Towns and Melanie Fohl, City of Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority director (Tuesday), plus an interview with Kinnard Wright (Thursday).

Al Franken will host "The Al Franken Show" in person in Edson Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the Air America Radio broadcast, which will air live from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6. This event is sponsored by the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee and the Student DFL. Watch for more details at


[9/16/06 West Central Tribune] Carol Ford's garden was the subject of a feature story, "Low-tech greenhouse produces fresh veggies and greens for winter-weary Minnesotans." Ford works in the Division of Science and Mathematics office.

Cyrus Bina, economics/management, was the guest during a one-hour broadcast via satellite on Voice of America. The program, produced by Voice of America from Washington, D.C., took place in UMM's Media Services studios, with production assistance from Media Services and KSAX-TV in Alexandria. The show, on the topic of petroleum and oil (oil prices, usage of revenues, exporting, etc.), was broadcast live, entirely in the Persian language, over satellite television and also aired in Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan.

A story about UMM's biomass project and the campus' other sustainable energy initiatives, which may include portions of interviews with Lowell Rasmussen, plant services, and Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator, is scheduled to be published in the September 26 issue of the Twin Cities business publication, Finance and Commerce.

Greg Thorson, political science, was a guest on the Dave Lee program September 20 on WCCO radio to discuss Minnesota political campaigns along with the September 19 Senate debate.

James Schryver, art history, had an article "Is There ONE Crusader Archaeology?" published in SOMA 2004: Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology, ed. Jo Day et al., 155-160. BAR International Series 1514. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2006.

Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator, presented a poster about UMM's ongoing work in biomass gasification during Energy Transition 2050: Building our Energy Future, held September 12 in Madison, Wis.


UMM Spring Break 2007 in New York City: "Backstage on Broadway"! An information session will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 p.m. in HFA Proscenium Theatre for this spring break program scheduled for March 11-16. The tour package features four theater productions, an "After Theatre Talk, a theater workshop plus tours of Radio City Music Hall and NBC studios, an orientation to NYC and free time for exploring on your own. Hotel accommodations are in the heart of the theater district. Tour leaders are Siobhan Bremer (UMM theatre) and Peter Bremer (Rodney Briggs library). The program is open to all UMM students plus faculty, staff and community members. The program carries academic credit (you do not need to be a theatre major/minor or have previous theater experience to participate). This is a fabulous opportunity to experience world-class theater on both sides of the Broadway stage! For more information, contact Siobhan Bremer, ext. 6245,

The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 11:30 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.

U Card office hours for Fall Semester are: Monday-Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) and Tuesday-Thursday, 9-11 a.m.

The Writing Room (327 Briggs) is now open afternoons and evenings Sunday -Thursday specific hours are noted at

Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program: You must pass the Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) [also known as PRAXIS I] BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on November 18. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education OR Jane Kill, Counseling for information on registering.

Weather permitting, the UMM telescope on the 4th floor of the Science building will be open for public observing on Friday, Sept. 22, 9 to 10 p.m. (Homecoming Weekend). In case of clouds (or worse), the event will be rescheduled for the next evening (Sat.) at the same time, unless marked "no rain date." This schedule, and information on last-minute cancellations due to weather, can be found at

Attention secondary education students planning to graduate in 2008: There will be an informational/application meeting for all Secondary Education students planning to graduate in 2008 on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 3:45 p.m. in Science 4655. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.
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