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Congressman Collin Peterson to sponsor Home Grown Economy conference at UMM
In an effort to address and explore how local foods can be an economic development engine for rural communities, Congressman Collin Peterson will sponsor a conference, The Home Grown Economy: Foods from Local Farms as an Economic Development Tool. The conference will be held on February 26 at UMM, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota, the Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture, Northwest and West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, UMM, U of M Extension Service and the West Central Research and Outreach Center. For more information about the conference or to register, visit Regional Partnerships.

Women’s Week February 5-10
A variety of events are planned to celebrate women and to showcase their accomplishments during Women's Week February 5-10. The theme for this year’s events, organized by the Women’s Resource Center, is Women United. Read more at Women’s Week.

Search update: head football coach
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position as head football coach. Three of the candidates’ schedules have been determined information for the fourth candidate will be provided in the next few days. The campus community is invited to meet the candidates in open sessions scheduled from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Prairie Lounge on the following dates: Kevin Bullis - Friday, Feb. 2, Paul Miller - Monday, Feb. 5, Tim Steinbach - Tuesday, Feb. 6, Todd Hickman – TBD. More information is available at Cougars. 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.


Students named to honors band
Thomas Henchal, trumpet, Jessica Henry, horn, Brian Kotila, euphonium, and Lisa Musielewicz, trumpet, are four members of the Symphonic Winds who have been nominated to the 2007 College Band Directors National Association's Intercollegiate Honor Band. They will attend a three-day program, February 15-17, at the Minneapolis Convention Center Ballroom. A performance will be held at the Center during the 2007 Minnesota Music Educators' Association Mid-winter Clinic on February 17.

Theatre students take “center stage”
Nineteen students along with theatre faculty Siobhan Bremer and Kimberly Glover attended productions, workshops, auditioned and competed for a variety of awards during the American College Theatre Festival last week in Ames, Iowa. Amanda Holter applied for the weeklong Critiques Institute where she evaluated all the participating productions. She was selected as the top critique in the region and will critique shows at the national level in April at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C. Sara Herman submitted her designs for “Servant of Two Masters” and was selected for the best costume designs in the region. Nick James Parker directed the 10-minute play, which was selected as the alternate to advance to the national level. Many other students were called back to summer stock theatre companies.

Staff representation on the Morris Area Chamber Board of Directors
Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, was elected chair of the Board of Directors for the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce during the Chamber’s annual meeting in January. Winchester is also a member of the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee. Judy Riley, University Relations, serves as the UMM representative to the Board. Both Winchester and Riley also serve on the Chamber’s Executive Committee. Riley is chair of the Chamber Communications and Marketing Committee of which Christine Mahoney, University Relations, is also a member. Roger McCannon, former director of CERP, is a Board member.

Alumnus in the News
This week’s Grant County Herald published a story about UMM alumnus Keith Swanson ’72, activities and athletic director for the West Central Area High School, who has been named 2006-07 Minnesota Athletic Director of the Year, for Class A Schools.


Seventh Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium – Call for Proposals
The Seventh Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) will be held from 3-7 p.m. Friday, April 20. The Symposium offers a showcase for students to present their research to the greater campus community in a professional conference-like atmosphere. As with professional conferences, students are asked to submit proposals for review. All students' work is welcome however, students who are doing a MAP, UROP, Honors project, directed study or Senior Seminar are particularly encouraged to participate. Submission applications are available in Division offices and on the Web at URS. The submission deadline for the 2007 URS is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. On behalf of this year's UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium Organizing Committee (Sylke Boyd, Mark Logan, Michael Eble, Nate Swanson, Adam Yust, Adele Raymond and Paula O’Loughlin), please encourage students to participate and send in their proposals. If you would like further information, contact Paula O’Loughlin, ext. 6205 or Paula O’Loughlin.

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.

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 was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by January 26. Interviews will be February 5, 6, 7 and 8. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).


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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