UMM will compete this month against Minnesota colleges and universities to lower its heat and electricity consumption. Other schools joining the competition, known as "Campus Wars," include St. Olaf, Carleton and Macalester. UMM will closely measure its energy consumption throughout the month and compare it to the average consumption for this month from 2004, 2005 and 2006 hoping for the greatest percentage of reduction in electricity and heat consumed. Read more and watch the progress at Campus Wars.
Jazz Fest tickets
Ticket order forms are available for Jazz Fest 2007, coming to UMM Thursday-Saturday, March 29-31. Guest artists Allen Vizzutti, trumpet, and Chris Vadala, woodwinds, and hundreds of high school jazz musicians will join the UMM Jazz Ensembles for this year's Jazz Fest. Read more at Jazz Fest tickets.
Senior music major’s composition on CD
Senior music major Ben Karlen composed “O Magnum Mysterium,” which has been recorded on a CD, titled “Holidays of the New Era.” Karlen was the only undergraduate student whose composition was selected for the CD, which includes music by compositions professors around the nation and a graduate student.
KSAX on campus
KSAX-TV (Alexandria) was on campus February 2 to develop a story about how the campus is responding to the recent hate crime incidents. Reporter Marlita Bevenue interviewed Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, and students Miracle Obeta and Jon McAllister.
Eric Klinger’s research cited
The research of Eric Klinger, UMM professor emeritus of psychology, is cited in the February 6, 2007, online edition of the Louisiana State University newsletter. The article is titled “A Head in the Clouds: Daydreaming could bring benefits.”
1999 UMM alumna Stueve to speak on Big Stone II topic
Mary Jo Stueve ‘99, state program coordinator with Clean Water Action South Dakota, will be one of the speakers at the Denver City Center Marriott February 12 during an educational seminar to look at the questions regarding so-called “clean coal.” Event hosted by Ratepayers United of Colorado (RUC) and others in the environmental community. Using Big Stone II as a coal case study, Stueve's presentation will highlight the players, power ploys and counter ploys, issues and media matters drawing from her experience Pro Se in opposition to Big Stone II before the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission last summer. Stueve’s testimony, exhibits and additional filings in opposition to Big Stone II can be found at Big Stone II.
Diversity Through the Disciplines Forum
“Diversity Through the Disciplines” Forum will highlight research conducted by UMM recipients of the all-University President's Faculty Multicultural Research Award: Becca Gercken, English, and Julie Pelletier, anthropology. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, in HFA 6. Refreshments are served at 4:30 p.m. with presentations beginning at 5 p.m. Special guests include Geoffrey Maruyama, associate vice president for the Office of Multicultural and Academic Affairs. See Multicultural Research for more information on this research award.
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.
Grant applications accepted now through February 16 for UMM Beautiful U-Day projects
Beautiful U Day 2007, April 19, is an annual initiative celebrating the University of Minnesota's natural resources, buildings and grounds. A tradition since 1997, Beautiful U Day combines hands-on beautification efforts with academic forums to celebrate U campuses across Minnesota and acknowledge our responsibility to maintain our physical and natural resources. UMM departments may apply for awards up to $3,000 with a 1:1 match. Student organizations may apply for awards up to $2,000 with no matching requirement. Projects must reflect the mission of Beautiful U Day: advancing UMM’s commitment to sustainability and campus beautification through student involvement, faculty and staff contribution, and community collaboration. Grant applications and further information can be found at Beautiful U Day. Grant applications must be received at the Plant Services office, 9 Camden Hall, by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. If you have questions about Beautiful U Day at UMM, e-mail Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning.
Chancellor's Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Thursday, Feb. 22, at 12:30 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 Chancellor's Office Hours the day you plan to drop in or call ext. 6020.
U Card office hours
U Card Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, 9-10 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.
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.
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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