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Due to Spring Break, there will be no Weekly Bulletin next Wednesday, March 14.

Biomass heating plant at UMM on Regents’ docket
The plans and budget for a new biomass heating plant at UMM will be considered March 8 during the monthly meeting of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, March 8-9. The board will receive a series of updates on the University’s strategic positioning effort to become one of the top three public research universities in the world.

Emily Stout is Katherine Sullivan Scholarship recipient
Senior Emily Stout is the recipient of one of the University of Minnesota’s Katherine Sullivan Scholarships for a year of study abroad. Stout will participate in the University’s MSID (Minnesota Studies in International Development) program to Ecuador.

Paula O’Loughlin receives Horace T. Morse Award
Paula O’Loughlin, political science, is among recipients of the 2007 Horace T. Morse –University of Minnesota Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. All recipients will be honored during a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. April 23, at the McNamara Alumni Center, UMTC. Other recipients are Praveen Aggarwal, marketing, UMD, Jay Bell, soil, water, and climate, Thomas Hoye, chemistry, Patricia James, postsecondary teaching and learning, Ned Mohan, electrical and computer engineering, and Joel Samaha, sociology, all UMTC. See Horace T. Morse.

David Roberts receives Faculty Research Award
David Roberts, mathematics, is this year's recipient of the UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award. Roberts completed his master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard University and has been at UMM since 1999. He is a scholar with numerous articles and papers in publication and contributes to his field through conference papers and presentations. The UMM Faculty Distinguished Research Award was founded in 2000 to recognize sustained excellence in research and/or artistic achievement among the faculty of UMM. The selection committee consists of past recipients of the award. A list of recipients can be found online at: Faculty Research Award.

Special edition of “Prairie Yard and Garden” this Saturday
A special one and one-half-hour program on Pioneer Public Television this Saturday will recognize 20 years of the popular gardening series, “Prairie Yard and Garden,” which is produced by Media Services at UMM. Creator of the original program and the show’s executive producer Roger Boleman, along with PYG host, Sue Gooch, will be interviewed by past PYG host, Jim Thoreen, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 10. In addition to the weekly scheduled program live studio segments will invite viewers to call Gooch with gardening questions which she and the New London Master Gardeners will answer. There will be short video segments from the early years of PYG along with the live portions. The program will air on Pioneer Public Television, channel 10, Appleton.

Youth Health Day is March 13
UMM will again be the site for the annual Youth Health Day, Tuesday, March 13. This event is sponsored by Stevens Traverse Grant Public Health. Adult facilitators will conduct health-related sessions for several hundred junior high students in campus rooms in HFA, Science, Humanities, RFC and the Student Center.

Have a “grad old time” at Grad Finale
Seniors who are planning to graduate can enjoy music, register for prizes and have a “grad old time” during the annual Grad Finale, Tuesday, March 20, Oyate Hall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Pick up your cap, gown and commencement invitations, order a class ring, have a free souvenir UMM digital photo taken alone or with friends, confirm that you're on the commencement eligibility lists, register with Alumni Relations, complete your financial aid exit interview and arrange for forwarding of your mail. Don’t miss it!

UMM students will Support the U at the Capitol on March 28
UMM students will join other U of M supporters at the Minnesota State Capitol on March 28 for Support the U Day. The day’s agenda includes a noon rally in the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda, lunch in the Great Hall, followed by meetings with legislators. More details at Support the U.


Senior Tracy Williams and sophomores Nicole Wiebold and Sarah Taylor will represent UMM during the American College Dance Festival in Milwaukee, Wis., over Spring Break. They will be attending master classes, performing "Dance for Three," choreography by Jennifer Sommers and attending performances by Ko-Thi Dance Company and Stephen Petronio and Dancers.

Kristin Kearns, physics, will be the guest during the March 23 KMRS “Community Connection” program. Topic will be her presentation during the March 27 Café Scientifíque.

Barbara Burke, speech communication, presented ”An examination of news reporting – why do reporters use official sources” as an invited lecture in Hagnýt Málvísindi: Enskt fjölmiðlamál, for the discipline of English, Department of Languages and Linguistics, at the University of Iceland February 2007.

Keith Brugger, geology, published a paper, "Cosmogenic 10Be and 36Cl ages from late Pleistocene terminal moraine complexes in the Taylor River drainage basin, central Colorado, USA," in Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 26 (2007), pp. 494-499. This work was supported by a Grant-In-Aid of Research from the University of Minnesota.


Chancellor's Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Wednesday, March 21, at 3 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.

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. Apply online at FEP.

USA Scholarship application deadline extended to March 13
The USA (United Staff Association) Scholarship committee has extended the application deadline for the USA scholarship to March 13, 2007. As of the previous deadline no applications had been received. Previous recipients are encouraged to apply. USA Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2007 United Staff Association (USA) $300 scholarship. Sons, daughters, step-children, 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 and description of criteria are available from the Web site USA or from a committee member: Alisande Allaben, Alumni Relations & 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., Tuesday, March 13, 2007. The scholarship will be awarded during spring semester 2007.

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.

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