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Sarah Buchanan receives Alumni Association Teaching Award
Sarah Buchanan, associate professor of French, has been named the 2007 recipient of the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award. Thanks to the generosity of the UMM Alumni Association, the Morris campus annually recognizes its outstanding professors through this award, created by alumni in 1994. Purpose of the award is to honor individual UMM faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

UMM will partner with Alexandria to offer lifelong learning courses
UMM will partner with District 206 Community Education in Alexandria to offer lifelong learning courses in the Alexandria area in April 2007. This course is sponsored in part with a grant from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute awarded to the University of Minnesota, Morris Continuing Education Regional Programs and Summer Session to develop a pilot program for UMM Lifelong Learning: Liberal Arts Courses for seniors in west central Minnesota. For more information about UMM Lifelong Learning, contact Karen Cusey at (320) 589-6461, Karen Cusey or visit Lifelong Learning.

State of the U reset for April 5
The public is invited to view a broadcast of the annual State of the University Address in the Science Auditorium, Room 2950 Science, beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5. The address was rescheduled from March 1 due to weather. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the address, broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to all University campuses. Following the address, there will be time allotted for questions, during which members of the audiences from all University campuses may ask questions of President Bruininks.


Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, along with Carla Riley, director of alumni relations and annual giving, and Maddy Maxeiner, associate vice chancellor for external relations, traveled recently to Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., to attend gatherings of both the West Central School of Agriculture and UMM alumni and to visit with donors to UMM. They also recently traveled to Washington, D.C., with Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, and political science professor Paula O'Loughlin to attend an alumni gathering, visit with donors and to visit with the congressional delegation. The trip included conversations with Senators Norm Coleman and Amy Klobuchar and Congressman Jim Ramstad. Staff from Representative Collin Peterson's office were helpful and a tour of the capitol was led by UMM alumna Sara Kloek '05, who works in Peterson's office. Meetings were also held with staff members in the Office of Energy and Governor Tim Pawlenty's Washington, D.C. office.

Chancellor Jacquie Johnson was the invited speaker for the Stillwater Rotary Club on March 16, thanks to hosts Glen and Oree Robinson, former UMM parents and Campaign Minnesota volunteer leaders. Chancellor Johnson spoke to a group of approximately 70 Stillwater Rotarians about the campus' strategic plan and UMM's distinctive mission and history.

Keith Brugger, geology, with co-principal investigators Margaret Kuchenreuther and Peter Wyckoff, biology, were awarded an Interdisciplinary International Research Circle Grant of $19,200 from the Office of International Programs. The grant will fund collaborative faculty and student research examining recent and on-going environmental change in the Arctic. Field activities, based in the Swedish Arctic, will begin this summer and will focus on the response of local glaciers and ecosystems to climate change. This research will also involve investigators from the University of Stockholm.

An interview with Stephen Burks, economics/management on the topic of his research on the growing effects of traffic congestion on trucking aired March 19 during a regional segment of MPR’s Morning Edition. The story also appears on the MPR Web site at MPR.

A poetry reading by Athena Kildegaard, English, was given March 20 at the Interpretive Center of Gustavus Adophus College.

Seung-Ho Joo, political science, presented two papers, "Russia and the North Korean Crisis" and "The US Financial Sanctions Against North Korea," at the Annual Conference of the International Studies Association, Chicago, Ill., March 1-3. His conference trip was partially funded by the UMM Faculty Research Enhancement Fund.

Chancellor Jacquie Johnson and Career Center Director Gary Donovan met with the Stevens County Economic Improvement Commission Board of Directors at Ag Country Farm Credit Services in Morris on March 7. Chancellor Johnson talked about the role of a public liberals college and our service to the greater west central Minnesota area and UMM's programming that contribute to economic development in the area. Donovan is UMM's representative to the SCEIC Board. Also on March 7, Donovan also participated in a web seminar on Developing Learner Outcomes in Career Services. The seminar was sponsored by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The Henjum Creative Study Institute and the Summer Scholars Program at UMM are among summer youth programs listed on the U of M Web site, “Summer programs at the U offer youth opportunities.” Visit Summer Programs.

Rusty Kath ’03 , recently a PA announcer for the St. Paul Saints (minor league baseball), Minnesota Swarm (lacrosse) and Minnesota Wild (hockey), has accepted a position as stadium announcer in major league baseball with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

A short story by Kent Meyers ‘77, "Rodney Valen's Second Life" appeared in the most recent issue of The Georgia Review, a prestigious literary journal from the University of Georgia. Out of all published short stories in the nation, Meyers' short story was chosen as one of 20 to be included in the next edition of Best in American Mystery Stories Meyers' other previously published works led him to be nominated by editors Lia Purpura and Judith Kitchens for the Pushcart Prize, one of the major awards in short story writing in the United States.


Academic Opportunities Expo March 27
Students and advisers: Don’t miss your chance to learn about all the interesting learning options you can do outside the classroom at UMM. The expo showcases academic enhancement opportunities such as internships, UROP, study abroad, service learning, national scholarships and more. Visit the Expo on Tuesday, March 27, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Food Services Bldg. Read more at:

Annual Planning begins March 19
This is UMM's spring advising event for all students. It is your chance to create a long-range plan for your academic program. You will meet with your adviser to discuss goals, choose classes and explore options that will help you meet your goals. Students who have completed fewer than 60 credits are required to meet with their advisers to develop a plan before registering for fall classes. Schedule an appointment to see your adviser or contact the Advising Office if you need assistance.

Benefit for Tiffany Thielke
The Waska Riders Saddle Club will sponsor a benefit for UMM student Tiffany Thielke, daughter of Gail (buildings and grounds) and Charlie Boe, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Glenwood Senior Center (one block south of stop lights). There will be a bake sale and silent auction. Tiffany was first diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in 2003. For more information about the benefit contact Kay Harth, (320) 634-0044.

Chancellor's Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Friday, March 23, at 11 a.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 PRAXIS I - Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test is offered at UMM on April 28. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST and all required sections of PRAXIS II before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling or Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office for information on registering immediately.


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.

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.

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