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World Touch Cultural Heritage Week March 19-24
“Diversity and Civility—Will it Happen in Our Generation?” will be the focus of the 34th annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, March 19-24. The week promotes awareness and educates the community regarding local and world diversity. Read more at WTCHW.

GLBT commission reception
A public reception to meet members of the University of Minnesota Standing Commission on Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Issues will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Student Center Cougar Room. The GLBT Commission was formed in Spring 2004 to implement broad recommendations set forth by a task force following its assessment of the quality of life for UM GLBT students and employees.

Jazz Fest 2007
High school, UMM and alumni jazz musicians will perform during the 29th annual Jazz Fest March 29-31. Daytime instructional clinics will pair high school students with guest artists, Chris Vadala and Allen Vizzutti. Public performances each evening, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium. Admission for each performance is $14 for adults, $8 for children and senior citizens and $5 for UMM students. Tickets and general information by contacting the Office of Student Activities, (320) 589-6080. Read more at Jazz Fest.

Home Grown Economy conference rescheduled for April 2
The Home Grown Economy: Foods from Local Farms as an Economic Development Tool, a conference originally set for Monday, Feb. 26 at UMM, has been rescheduled for April 2. Congressman Collin Peterson will sponsor the event, in an effort to address and explore how local foods can be an economic development engine for rural communities. Approximately 300 presenters, exhibitors and participants are expected.


Filosofia delle donne (Philosophy of Women) is a new book written in Italian in which authors Pieranna Garavaso, philosophy, and Nicla Vassallo, University of Genoa, Italy, claim that a greater interaction between analytic philosophy and feminist philosophies can generate philosophical theories that are more accessible and relevant to a broader range of people. This interaction can also produce richer solutions to traditional philosophical problems. The authors' main interests are in metaphysics and epistemology thus the two main issues discussed in the book are women's identity and women's knowledge. The book is published by Laterza (2007).

Timna Wyckoff, biology, gave the keynote address on the topic of antibiotics in agriculture during the Sixth Annual Chemistry and First Annual Physics Conference presented by the Minnesota Science Teachers Association February 23 at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

A story about the college energy wars, featuring an interview with Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator, aired during “All Things Considered” on Minnesota Public Radio February 27. The story also appeared on the MPR home page and is now archived on the MPR Web site.

A story by Crystal Oko '07, University Relations communications assistant, about Carol Ford, science and math division office, appears on the U of M, Twin Cities campus news Web site at
UMN News.

Keith Brugger, geology, has a paper with UMM alum and first author Kurt Refsnider '04, appearing in the latest issue of Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research (v. 39, No. 1, pp. 127-136). The paper, "Rock glaciers in central Colorado, U.S.A., as indicators of Holocene climate change," is the product of an undergraduate research collaboration carried out under the auspices of an NSF REU program at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory where Brugger is adjunct faculty.

Seung-Ho Joo, political science, has signed a book contract with the Ashgate Press (Aldershot, England). The book North Korea’s Second Nuclear Crisis and Northeast Asian Security, provides in-depth analysis and insights into the on-going crisis over North Korea’s nuclear ambitions. This co-edited volume includes two chapters by Joo and is due for publication in August 2007.

Michael Eble, studio art (Fall 2007), and Marynel Ryan, history (Spring 2008), are among 2007-08 Residential Faculty Fellows announced by The Institute for Advanced Study. Fellows are released from teaching obligations during their fellowships and engage in sustained conversations with one another. Read the entire list of Residential Faculty Fellows at Faculty-Staff.


Chancellor's Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Tuesday, March 6, at 1 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.

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!


Briggs Library Collection Grants
The Briggs Library Associates has allocated $1,000 to provide multiple grants, each up to $500, to at least one UMM student and at least one UMM staff or faculty for the purpose of enhancing and diversifying the Briggs Library collection. Items can be UMM course related, extra-curricular or recreational. Submit a list of books or any other media (please no items with continuing subscription costs) with an annotated bibliography (complete with information on ordering and prices) and a brief paragraph of why the items would benefit the Briggs Library collection. Awards will be selected by the Briggs Library Associates Board on the basis of the quality of the items, potential for wide campus interest and the needs of the library collection. Deadline is Tuesday, April 3, 2007. Please send submissions to Lory Lemke, Humanities Division or e-mail Lory Lemke . Winners will be announced at the April 17, 2007, Annual Meeting of the Briggs Library Board. Also personalized nameplates will be included on each purchased item.

Political Science announces applications for Gieske, Minge Awards
The political science discipline is accepting applications for the following:

Gieske Academic Award for the 2006-07 academic year. The Gieske Academic Award is offered annually to an outstanding political science major in their senior year. Recipients will have an exceptional record of accomplishment at UMM as well as strong prospects for success after graduation. The recipient of the Gieske Academic Award will be recognized at the Student Honors and Awards Ceremony in May 2007. Applications should be picked up and returned to the Social Science Division office in Camden Hall. Completed applications are due Friday, March 23, by 4:30 p.m. in the Social Science Division office. Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2007.

Gieske Internship Award for the 2007-08 academic year. The Gieske Internship Award is offered annually to an outstanding political science major in their junior or sophomore years. Recipients must complete an internship in the 2007-2008 academic year and should have a strong record of accomplishment at UMM. Applications should be picked up and returned to the Social Science Division office in Camden Hall. Completed applications are due by Friday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2007.

Minge Internship Award for the 2007-2008 academic year. The purpose of the award is to provide financial support for students doing internships on the federal level. Support may include expenses related to travel, lodging or other expenses related to internship participation. Recipients must complete an internship between June 1, 2007 and June 1, 2008. If you do not complete the internship during this time period, you will need to return the funds to UMM. You do not have to be a political science major or minor to apply all majors are eligible for this award. Eligible Internships are required to provide learning and insight into the public policy process at the federal level. All eligible internships will be considered for this award. Preference for the award will be given to internships done for UMM credit that integrate the study of peace, justice, conservation, the environment, rural affairs, or similar issues in keeping with the value of a public liberal arts college. Financial need will be a consideration as well. Completed Applications are due by Friday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in the Social Science Division Office in Camden Hall. Recipients will be notified by April 15, 2007.

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.

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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