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Chancellor Emeritus Sam Schuman’s father dies in accident
Stanton Schuman, father of Chancellor Emeritus Sam Schuman, died March 11 in a canoeing accident near Chicago at the age of 92 years. His son, Sam, who was with him when the canoe capsized into cold water, was hospitalized briefly for hypothermia. Sympathy cards may be sent to Sam and Nancy Schuman, P.O. Box 1387, Corrales, N.M. 87048.

Fifth Annual Symposium on Small Towns June 5-6
“Leveraging Resources to Improve Schools and Communities” will be the theme of the Fifth Annual Symposium on Small Towns to be held June 5-6 at UMM. Hosted by the Center for Small Towns and in partnership with Minnesota Campus Compact, Minnesota Public Radio and the U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. For online registration and more information, visit CST or call (320) 589-6451.


Carol Backman, admissions and financial aid, and James Anderson, heating plant, are recipients of the 2006-2007 Outstanding Support Staff Award, representing AFSCME and Teamsters, respectively. Both will be recognized at the April 26 Faculty/Staff Recognition dinner.

Chemistry faculty and students recently attended the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society in Chicago. A total of 14 papers were presented by students and faculty. Faculty who attended were Nancy Carpenter and Ted Pappenfus, along with students Jenna Benson, Ben Buer, Lauren Goodrich, David Hermanson, Jeff Hubers, Scott Hubers, Janice Lee, Megan Mekoli, Jacob Melby, Eric Smolensky and Carla Steinbring.

Studio art major Samantha Wahl is the recipient of a Briggs Library Art Award. Her woodcut, “Third Toe,” was selected from the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at UMM. The award recognizes talented UMM students and creates a quality piece for the permanent library art collection in the Rodney A. Briggs Library. This year over 30 pieces were reviewed by an outside evaluator and chosen for the juried exhibit. The Briggs Library Art Committee reviews all art from both the juried exhibit and the annual Senior Studio Arts Exhibit and then purchases one piece from each of the exhibits for the Library’s permanent display.

Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns (COPC Consultant and GIS mapping), Melanie Fohl, City of Morris Housing and Redevelopment Authority (COPC Housing Initiative), Elaine Simonds-Jaradat, Morris Community Education (COPC Community Dialogue Series), Paul Schwarz (COPC H4H and The Idea Factory), Steve Roos, U of M Center for Rural Design (COPC School Property Reuse) and David Fluegel, Center for Small Towns, (Coordinator COPC Partnership) will lead a workshop at Coffman Memorial Union on the U’s Minneapolis campus during the first annual Public Engagement Day April 11. Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, will share the Morris campus’ initiatives on local foods during a workshop and on a panel. Event is sponsored by the U of M Office of Public Engagement. Read more at Public Engagement.

Achievements by UMM students, Eagan Heath, Emily Stout and Adam Turgeon are applauded on the U of M "People" Web site at People.

Seung-Ho Joo, political science, gave a lecture on U.S.-South Korean Relations under G.W. Bush as an invited speaker at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., on March 26.

Mary Elizabeth Bezanson, speech communication, presented two papers, “Does a Woman need to Speak like a Man?: Assess the Rhetorical Dimensions of Female versus Male Gubernatorial Inaugurals‚” with co author Susan Kretchermer and was the co-author of “It’s Not a Game: The First Amendment, Video Games, and the Minnesota Restricted Video Games Act” (Susan Kretchmer) at the Central States Communication Association meeting held in Minneapolis March 29-30.

Paul Myers, biology, is quoted in a story, “Science, Sex and Sin: Anger and Questions,” in the March 30, 2007 South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Michael Eble’s (studio art) body of work, Beats of Haiga, is mentioned in the University of Minnesota’s 2007 annual publication of the Office of the Vice President for Research (p. 11).

Senior Chad Christianson, assistant coach for the Hancock Owls girls’ basketball team, was profiled in a story, “On Preps: Small-town folks, yes, but not small-time,” in the March 17 Mpls Star Tribune. Owls head coach Jodi Holleman also of the UMM athletics staff, and freshman and assistant Owls coach Stacey Johnson were also mentioned.


Historic Preservation Plan presentation April 11
A presentation to celebrate the completion of the UMM Historic Preservation Plan and to introduce the plan to the entire campus community will be held from 3:30-4:30 p.m. April 11 in the Science Auditorium. All students, staff, faculty and alumni are encouraged to attend. Slides will be shown along with brief remarks by Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, Associate Vice Chancellor for Physical Plant and Planning Lowell Rasmussen, Dennis Gimmestad ’73, State Historic Preservation Office, Jim Litsheim, University Architect's office, TC Campus and Sue Granger ’80, Gemini Research. The thrust of the plan is how one can successfully ensure thoughtful management of this beautiful historical campus – both buildings and landscapes – while at the same time supporting the vibrant, constantly changing, state-of-the-art campus that is UMM.

Poet and novelist Wang Ping at UMM
Wang Ping, nationally acclaimed Chinese-American poet and novelist, will read from her work at 7 p.m. April 24 in the McGinnis Room on the first floor of the Briggs Library at UMM as part of National Poetry Month. A reception with appetizers will begin at 6 p.m. in the same location. The reception and reading/book signing are free and open to the public. The books are available for purchase prior to the reading at the Bookstore and will be available for purchase at the reception and reading. Sponsored by Briggs Library, Commission on Women, English Discipline, Multi-Ethnic Student Program, and Women’s Resource Center.

Nominations and election of discipline student representatives, Division of Science and Mathematics
Nominations for discipline student representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open through Friday, April 6.
Nominations should be turned in to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division Office. Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Annual Planning has begun
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.

Chancellor's Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Thursday, April 5, at 9 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 the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM 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.


Deadline Dates for 2006-2007 Financial Aid
Student Employment
The last day to submit your time sheets for student employment payroll is Friday, May 11, 2007. If time sheets are turned in after May 11, you will not be paid under the student employment payroll. You will need to deal directly with your employer to be paid from department funds.
Student Loans
The last day to increase or apply for a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, Perkins or PLUS loan for spring semester is Friday, April 27, 2007.
Applying for May or Summer Session(s) Financial Aid
The last day to apply for May or Summer financial aid is Monday, June 4, 2007. To be eligible for May or Summer financial aid, you must be enrolled for all summer classes by Friday, June 8, 2007.

Sodexho STOP Hunger Award
The Sodexho STOP Hunger Award is a new initiative to recognize and provide scholarships for students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger and its root causes. Student recipients will each receive a $3,000 scholarship award and a $3,000 grant for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Recipients will also receive an all-expense paid trip to the Sodexho Foundation Dinner in Washington, D.C., on June 11 where they will be recognized. Nominations will be accepted through April 30, 2007, and must be submitted online at Help Stop Hunger.

Macpherson and Alumnae Society Scholarship Announcement
The Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship is a privately funded scholarship for re-entry graduate or undergraduate women students who are 28 years of age or older by the application deadline. Six to eight scholarships are awarded, ranging from $1,000-$4000. You must be admissible to a University of Minnesota degree-granting program and must also have been away from school for at least five years. Your application will be judged on the basis of financial need, the clarity of your goals, and two letters of support from people who can speak about your ability to achieve your educational objectives. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need and are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
The Minnesota Alumnae Society Scholarship is a University of Minnesota scholarship, which follows essentially the same criteria as above except that nontraditional male students may also apply.
About six to eight scholarships (total for both scholarships) are awarded annually. In the past, awards have ranged from $1,000-$4,000. [Note: These are one-time awards.] If you’re interested, stop by the Continuing Education Office, 225 Community Services Building and pick up an application (the same form is used for both scholarships). Or you may go to the Office for University Women web site at and click on “Macpherson/Alumnae Scholarships” to bring up the application for downloading. Completed applications are submitted to: Office for University Women, 185 Klaeber Court, 320 16th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Application deadline for both scholarships: April 30, 2007, 4:30 p.m.

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