Search begins for head football coach
Plans for a smooth transition in leadership for the UMM football program have begun. A search committee for head football coach includes Tracey Anderson, faculty athletic representative Ray Bowman,athletic trainer Heather Pennie, senior woman administrator Jim Mahoney, community resident Brady Janzen and Kevin Pope, current members of the football team. Mark Fohl will chair the committee. Intent is to interview candidates in February and to name the new coach within a few days after the interviews have concluded. Advertisements for the position went out during the holidays and applications are being received. More information is available at Cougars. Dates and times of interviews for candidates will be communicated as they are identified and schedules confirmed. The Committee welcomes participation in the process and looks forward to feedback. It is expected that interviews will be completed by mid-February and the selected candidate will begin duties approximately March 1. Contact Mark Fohl, ext. 6421, with questions or suggestions.
Faculty pool resources to create endowed scholarship
Nancy Carpenter, associate professor of chemistry, Pareena Lawrence, associate professor of economics, Leslie Meek, associate professor of psychology, Jenny Nellis, professor of studio art, and Peh Ng, associate professor of mathematics, all members of the University of Minnesota's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, have established a Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship that qualifies for the President's Scholarship Match. The endowed Scholarship for Engagement and Academic Leadership will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to new students enrolling at UMM. It is renewable with a GPA of at least 2.5 and evidence of involvement in student life such as, but not limited to, involvement in a student organization, participating in volunteer work or service learning.
Fifth and sixth grade students learn to Plan-It-Green
Volunteers from UMM and the surrounding community will share their expertise in sustainability and environmental issues with area fifth and sixth grade students during a new pilot program called Plan-It-Green, or P.I.G. The “sustainability festival,” supported by a grant from the Jeffers Foundation, will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Science Atrium and science laboratories at UMM. Registration and more information at P.I.G.
Learning by sharing best practices
The Center for Small Towns and the Global Student Teaching Program at UMM will exhibit during the first-ever Quality Fair Thursday, Jan. 25, in McNamara Alumni Center at the U’s Minneapolis campus. Faculty and staff from around the U will share best practices that improve teaching, learning, research and work processes, from 8 a.m.-noon.
Jamey Jones article published
Jamey Jones, geology, published a research article, titled "Proterozoic tectonic evolution of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, southern Colorado, USA," in the Fall 2006 issue of Rocky Mountain Geology (v.41, no.2, p.79-116).
Guests on upcoming Community Connection segments
The following guests have been scheduled for Community Connection on KMRS, Morris radio. Community Connection airs Monday-Friday, 8:45-9 a.m. on 1230 AM. Wednesday, Feb. 14: Dorothy Rosemeier, Home Grown Economy Conference, Friday, Jan. 26: PZ Myers, Café Scientifique, Thursday, Feb. 1: Chancellor Johnson, campus update.
Alumna Denise Anderson ‘83 on CNBC
Alumna Denise Anderson was interviewed January 23 on CNBC. Anderson is an equity research analyst and head of healthcare research for Kepler Equities in Zurich, Switz. The CNBC broadcast appeared at CNBC.
Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed January 17 by Forum Communications regarding the likelihood of bipartisanship in the new Congress. The interview was published January 20.
Cardiovascular Disease in Women lecture
“How do you mend a broken heart?” lecture on cardiovascular disease as the number one cause of mortality in women by Anne Taylor, M.D., professor, Department of Medicine, U of M. Friday, Feb. 2, 12:20 p.m. Access via high speed internet and a computer with speakers at Breeze. At the URL type in name and "Enter as a guest". No password is needed. For more information contact Women's Health or (612)626-1125.
Grant-in-Aid of Research
The following UMM faculty were funded in the all-University Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program fall competition: Jennifer Deane, history, Michael Eble, studio art, Pareena Lawrence, economics, Elena Machkasova, computer science, Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, Nancy Carpenter, chemistry and Jennifer Rothchild, sociology. Information about the spring competition (applications due January 30) will be forthcoming.
Faculty funding opportunities
Upcoming faculty funding opportunities: Please contact the UMM Grants Office if you are interested in either of these programs. The office would be happy to help you with proposal and budget preparation:
Applications for the U of M Spring 2007 Grant-in-Aid Program (GIA) are due in the UMM Dean's Office on January 30. The Graduate School gives highest priority to applications from assistant professors in the first four years of their appointment who need assistance in establishing research, scholarly, or artistic programs (Category 1). Funding is also available in eight other categories. Visit Funding for more information.
Two new funding opportunities for faculty
The U of M Office of International Programs (OIP) has announced two new funding opportunities for university faculty interested in interdisciplinary international collaborations. Interdisciplinary International Institutional Partnership Grants will fund partnerships related to teaching and education. Applications are due in the OIP on the Twin Cities campus by noon on January 29. Interdisciplinary International Research Circle Grants will fund collaborative research activities around a common theme. These applications must be submitted to the UMM Dean's Office by January 23. Visit International Grants for more information.
Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2008
Remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, Jan. 22, through Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Education Division Office door (200).
Chancellor's Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 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 Chancellor's Office Hours the day you plan to drop in or call ext. 6020.
Secondary education program applicants planning to graduate in 2008
All material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by December 22. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be January 22 through 26. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).
Elementary or secondary education program applicants
You must take the PRAXIS I - Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The next test is offered at UMM on April 28. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Pat Nelson, Education Division Office or Jane Kill, Counseling Office for information on registering now!
Elementary education program applicants planning to graduate in 2009
All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, January 26. Interviews will be February 5 through 9. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).
Essential Deadline – Spring Semester 2007 – Monday, January 29
Last date to add classes and still receive financial aid for them (including second half semester and directed studies). Last date to buy University health insurance OR enter private insurance information to avoid being billed for it. Last date to change from A/F to S/N grading or vise versa. Last date to cancel classes and have them removed from the transcript.
Priority Deadline Date for applying for 2007-2008 Financial Aid at UMM is March 1, 2007
The priority deadline date for you/parent(s) to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA is by March 1. When the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA is submitted after March 1 you may not receive institutional grant funds. If you/parent(s) have not completed a 2006 Federal Tax Form, estimate 2006 tax information or use 2005 Federal Tax Form(s). Once you/parent(s) have completed the 2006 Federal Tax Form then make corrections to the processed FAFSA. Complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA on-line at FAFSA. The paper FAFSA applications can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office at 105 Behmler Hall. Contact the Financial Aid Office for any questions.
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