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First-year students will participate in the annual First Year Seminar Jamboree Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. throughout the Student Center. Students will present what they have learned in their section of First Year Seminar. There are 27 sections of First Year Seminar exploring a variety of topics, all of which surround the theme of human diversity. Read more at .

The UMM Class of 2007 will be honored during the First Annual UMM Senior Banquet, which is being sponsored entirely by the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association. The semi-formal occasion, for which seniors will receive a formal invitation, will be held Friday, Dec. 8, in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. Only those students who plan to graduate in December 2006 or May 2007 may attend. Contact Carla Riley, director of alumni relations and annual giving, with questions, ext. 6394.


Greg Thorson, political science, and senior Jessica Anderson presented their co-authored paper, "The Minnesota Miracle Abandoned? Changes in Minnesota School Funding, 2001-2007" at the Center for Rural Policy and Development's Rural Minnesota Forum held in St. Paul on November 15th . The paper was published in the September 2006 edition of the Rural Minnesota Journal. Thorson was also mentioned in a story, “Developing a recipe for a ‘healthy’ rural landscape, enjoying the best,” that appeared in the November 24 West Central Tribune (Willmar).

Gary Donovan, Career Center director, is serving on the Assessment/Benchmarking and Public Relations Committees of the Minnesota College and University Career Services Association (MCUCSA). The Assessment and Benchmarking committee is researching 'best practices', developing learner and other constituent outcomes and measures, and conducting benchmarking research. The Public Relations committee is charged with promoting LandIt, a consortium job and internship listing service for the association. MCUCSA is the state professional association of college/university career services staff at four-year colleges and universities.

Eric Klinger, emeritus, psychology, is featured among respondents to U of M Driven to Discover questions at . Find the question "Do dreams have meaning?" to read Klinger’s answer. A longer article will appear in the January issue of Search + Discover, a monthly opt-in e-newsletter that will also appear on the U’s Web site.

Steve Gross, history, and Solomon Gashaw, sociology, were guest speakers during The National Issues Forum, on the topic of The Human Face of Immigration, November 8 at the Morris Senior Citizens Community Center.

[Sioux Falls Argus Leader 11/27/06] Former student Colin Whitebird and his brother, Brendan, are profiled in a story, “Warrior brothers step up.”

[KSAX-TV 11/17/06] Gordon McIntosh, physics, and student Anne Hayes were interviewed about their star research, along with students Gus Rustan, Ben Rislow and Mike Stammer.


Would you like to learn more about how the Grants Development Office can help you? Plan to attend a Grants Orientation Workshop for new faculty and staff, as well as for anyone else who would like an overview of the UMM Grants Office. Grants Orientation Workshops: Tuesday, Dec. 5, from 2-3 p.m. in Science 3500 or Wednesday, Dec. 6, from 1-2 p.m. in Imholte Hall Room 218. Learn how the Grants Office can help you find funding sources, prepare proposals and assist with post award activities. Meet the staff. This introduction will include live demonstrations of the Grants Web site and funding search databases as well as discussions about internal and external funding opportunities. Staff will also walk you through the steps of proposal preparation and the post award process. Please reply to Rita Bolluyt or ext. 6465 if you plan to attend. Let us know if these times do not fit your schedule – additional workshops can be scheduled as needed.

Elementary or secondary education program applicants: You must take Praxis I (Pre Professional Skills Test) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on January 13 and April 28. If you are an elementary education student planning to graduate in 2009 OR are a secondary education student planning to graduate in 2008 you MUST take this test no later than the January 13 test date to meet application deadlines. The January registration form should be submitted before December 14. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office or Jane in the Counseling for information on registering.

Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2008: All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Dec. 22, 2006. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 26. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).

The annual Art Club Holiday Sale will be held Friday, Dec. 8, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. in the HFA Gallery.

The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Thursday, Nov. 30, at 10 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.

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