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James Morales accepts position in Utah
James Morales, associate vice chancellor for enrollment, has accepted the position of assistant vice president for recruitment and admissions at his alma mater, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. James joined UMM in 2004 and will assume his new responsibilities in Utah on April 1. Until a replacement is named, Admissions and Financial Aid will report directly to the chancellor. In addition, the expertise of a highly qualified search consultant is being sought to work with UMM in filling the position of associate vice chancellor for enrollment. The chancellor will be appointing a search committee in the near future.

”Prairie Yard and Garden” celebrates 20 years
“Prairie Yard and Garden,” the popular gardening show produced by Media Services at UMM, is celebrating its 20th year and still “growing” strong. Read more at PYG.

Biomass presentation February 26
Unitel cofounder and president Ravi Randava will speak on "The Role of Biomass in Transportation Fuels" February 26, 7 p.m., Science Auditorium. Read more at Randhava.

State of the U address
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the State of the U address, broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to the Science Auditorium. 3 p.m. Thursday, March 1. A question and answer session will follow the address.

Energy Wars
UMM is competing this month against other Minnesota colleges and universities to lower its heat and electricity consumption. 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

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.


Brian Holte ’08 is profiled in a story, “Brian Holte…AHS class helped him focus on two majors in college.” Aitkin Independent Age, January 31, 2007.

Barbara Burke, speech communication, participated in the following Professional Development Workshops while in Iceland: Reykjavik Documentary Workshops (general sessions), 2007 and master class with Dutch Academy Award winning film director, Aliona van der Horst.

Publication notice: Vicki Graham, English, "Solstice," poem in an anthology, To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present.

Paul Myers, biology, was a panelist with two other University of Minnesota researchers to discuss evolutionary biology and the history of America’s cultural response to teaching evolution during The Bell Museum of Natural History’s Café Scientifique February 13 at the Varsity Theatre in Dinkytown, Minneapolis. The presentation was mentioned in “Defender of Darwin to host discussion today” in the St. Paul Pioneer Press online (February 13) and Myers is quoted in a story, “Evolutionists celebrate Darwin’s birthday,” in the February 12 Minnesota Daily.

Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator, will be interviewed by Minnesota Public Radio reporter Tim Post on the topic of UMM’s participation in college Energy Wars. Post is developing a broad overview of what’s happening on several participating campuses. The story may air the morning of Monday, Feb. 19, on MPR.


Diversity Through the Disciplines Forum
A “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.

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.


USA Scholarship applications
USA Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2007 United Staff Association (USA) $300 scholarship. Sons, daughters, stepchildren, grandchildren, spouses, registered domestic partners and children of registered domestic partners of UMM civil service or bargaining unit employees are eligible. Applicants must be attending UMM Spring Semester 2007. Applications are available from the Web site USA or from a committee member: Alisande Allaben, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Bonnie Gulbrandson, Registrar's office, Melody Veenendaal, Student Affairs, or Adele Raymond, Dean's office. Applications must be submitted to a committee member by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23. The scholarship will be awarded during spring semester 2007.

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 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.

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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