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Public inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, Undergraduate Research Symposium
The public is invited to attend the inauguration of UMM’s fifth chancellor, Dr. Jacqueline Johnson, on Friday, April 20. A luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Turtle Mountain Café. The inaugural ceremony and address, “On the Edge of Tomorrow, In the Middle of Everywhere,” will be held at 1 p.m. in Edson Auditorium, followed by a performance by the UMM jazz combo, Opposite Day. Beginning at 3 p.m. in the Science Auditorium, the accomplishments of UMM students will be showcased during the Seventh Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. The public is invited to attend both the inauguration and the symposium.

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. The public is invited to attend.

Morris native, UMM assistant coach named Cougar head football coach
Todd Hickman has been named head football coach. Hickman, who was selected following a national search, replaces Ken Crandall who resigned his position in December. Hickman will begin his duties immediately. Read more at


Diana Eastman Canku ‘98 has been named chief administrative officer of Sisseton Wahpeton College, a two-year school working toward becoming a four-year institution. A graduate of UMM in management, Canku holds a master’s degree in organizational management from the University of Phoenix and is working on her doctorate from Capella University in Minneapolis.

Jim Gremmels, professor emeritus of English and assistant men’s basketball coach, will be among those to be inducted into the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame. Tickets are on sale for the 2007 South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame banquet to be held Saturday, April 14, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. For more information, contact Glen Peterson (605) 336-6715.

The music genre of Tim Sparks, music, is mentioned in “Chasidic Tunes Inspire Rockers,” an article on the Chabad Lubavitch Global Network at Tim Sparks.

Mattie Lasch '05 helped to collect video footage featured in “Raptor Force,” a PBS documentary that aired on February 18. Lasch assisted noted bird conservationists Bob Anderson and Rob MacIntyre with mounting miniature cameras on raptors to record in-flight footage. Check television listings for reruns of the program.

Eric Klinger, professor emeritus of psychology, served for February 5-7 as an invited consultant on motivation to the research staffs of various projects at the Max Planck Institute on Human Development in Berlin and gave a public address, "Motivational Structure: Goal Pursuit as Organizational Core for Cognition, Emotion, and Action, and Differences with Age," to Institute staff and attendees from area universities and the general public. Read more about the Institute at Max Planck. After Berlin, Klinger participated as a discussant in a colloquium of project reports at the University of Osnabrück (also in Germany).

Julia Dabbs, art history, gave a paper, titled "Reading the Life Stories of Early Modern Women Artists, 1550-1800: Rhetoric or Revelation?" at a conference on "Life Histories/Women's Histories" held February 17 at the University of Sussex, Brighton, England.

Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed on WCCO radio’s Dave Lee show February 15. He discussed the candidacy of Al Franken, as well as the projected amount of campaign spending in the 2008 elections.


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!


Faculty Enrichment Program (FEP 2007-2008): Deadline: March 22
The Faculty Center for Learning and Teaching is now accepting applications for the 2007-2008 academic year. The Faculty Enrichment Project fosters the professional development of tenure-line faculty by providing them with a senior mentor and by providing a stipend for professional development purposes. You may apply online at Grant Opportunities.

Edward and Patricia LaFave Scholarship
The Edward and Patricia LaFave Scholarship will provide two scholarships in 2007-08 to students at the University of Minnesota, Morris. In accordance with the donors’ wishes, a plus factor will be given to female students who fit the college guidelines for non-traditional age who have demonstrated financial need and who show academic promise. By establishing this fund, (the late) Edward and Patricia LaFave wished to support students who may not have been able to attend college right after high school, or who have been away from college for several years. Two $1,250 scholarships are available for 2007-08. Application Deadline: Monday, March 19, 2007. Application forms are available in the Office of Continuing Education, 225 Community Services Building. The final selection is made by the UMM Admissions and Financial Aid staff in consultation with Continuing Education, Regional Programs and Summer Session.

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.

Submission deadline for Undergraduate Research Symposium is February 27
The submission deadline for the 2007 UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27. The Seventh Annual 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. 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.

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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