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The Cougar football team will play in their first-ever Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) championship game this Friday, Oct. 27, in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis. UMM will meet Rockford College in an 8 p.m. game. A pre-game reception, hosted by the UMM Alumni Association, will be held at the Metrodome starting at 6:30 p.m. Plans are underway to send a fan bus to the game. For more information and updates regarding bus transportation contact Student Activities, ext. 6080. For more information about the UMAC Championship game, tickets, parking, etc., visit the Metrodome Web site. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu

UMM will join only 25 institutions nationwide in creating a national higher education steering committee on renewable energy. Lowell Rasmussen, UMM’s associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, has been invited to serve as a founding member of the Higher Education Steering Committee (HEC) of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). Rasmussen has played a significant role within the University of Minnesota in initiating renewable energy projects and developing partnerships across the University that advance sustainable energy priorities.

Mike S. Adams, a professor of criminology and sociology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, will deliver a lecture, titled “How to Make Friends and Annoy Feminists,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in 109 Imholte Hall. The public is invited to attend the free lecture and reception to follow. Adams’ visit to Morris is being co-sponsored by The Counterweight, UMM’s conservative student publication, along with the Campus Activities Council Convocations Committee and Young America’s Foundation. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu

The UMM mathematics discipline will host the second of two regional meetings for the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28. The MAA regional meeting brings together mathematicians from colleges and universities in Minnesota, South Dakota and North Dakota. UMM last hosted the meeting in 1999.

An event to rename Independence Hall in honor of UMM’s third chancellor David C. Johnson will be held at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the area of Indy/Gay Lake. In the event of inclement weather the event will be held in the Independence Hall main lounge. The public is invited to attend the ceremony.

Representatives from the Center for Small Towns and the City of Morris together will be attending the 2006 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Award for Campus - Community Collaboration where CST and the City are one of five finalists for this statewide award. The award banquet will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul. Senator John Glenn will give the keynote address and present the recipient of the award. Read more about UMM as an award finalist at www.mrs.umn.edu/services/cst/press/carter/iindex.htm

Accomplishments

One of two teams from UMM who participated in the 2006 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition, The Algonauts, placed first overall. The team is comprised of Tyler Hutchison, Andy Korth, Scott Lembcke and Daniel Selifonov. The second UMM team, 133t (pronounced "Leet"), consisting of Brandon Lehner, Andy Mitchell and Jason Swanson, took third place in the second blender, where teams had to scan images that were displayed for a few seconds and identify how they fit into a theme. Read more at www.morris.umn.edu

Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed by Don Davis of Forum publications about the viability and possible effects of Jim Oberstar and Colin Peterson both becoming Committee chairs if the Democrats take control of the House. Thorson was again invited as a guest October 19 on the “Dave Lee Show” on WCCO. The interview was listed on the WCCO Web site as the featured audio from that day’s show. In the interview, Thorson commented on a USA Today story that tracked all of the campaign commercials that were shown on KARE-11 TV on October 6.

Troy Goodnough, sustainability coordinator, co-presented with Robert Lamppa of Carleton College on October 17 in Kansas City, Mo., at the Society for College and University Planning Conference. The presentation was titled “Pioneering Change: From Vision to Reality.” Goodnough highlighted UMM's partnership with the West Central Research and Outreach Center and other partners in wind and biomass development at UMM. Additionally, he explained some of chemistry behind biomass gasification and some of the engineering considerations.

Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, along with Christine Mahoney, director of communications, and Judy Riley, University Relations, will visit newspaper editors and staff in the communities of Chokio, Herman, Hoffman and Hancock October 27.

Announcements

Thank you to the UMM students, staff and faculty for the very successful Trick-or-Can/Cans Across America food drive held recently. Nearly two tons of food were collected and delivered to us. This is such a boost for our food shelf. We appreciate all the effort by everyone involved! - Stevens County Food Shelf

A men's and women's tennis team meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in P.E. 250.

The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 3 p.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: www.morris.umn.edu/academic/chancellor/OfficeHours.html the day you plan to drop in or call ext. 6020.

Adopt a tree for the holidays. About 35 trees located in front of businesses in downtown Morris could use your decorating expertise. Individuals or groups are invited to adopt a tree and decorate it according to your choice of theme. A plaque will identify the individual or group responsible for decorating the tree. You must provide clear small lights and your choice of decorations. Trees must be decorated prior to the Parade of Lights on November 16. Decorations need to be removed by February 15. If you’d like to adopt a tree, contact the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce by Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 589-1242 or mchamber@info-link.net
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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 inclusion in Weekly Bulletin are accepted by noon each Wednesday. Send to Judy Riley at rileyjk@morris.umn.edu