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Inauguration of Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson Friday
The inauguration of Dr. Jacqueline R. Johnson as chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Morris will be held Friday, April 20. A luncheon in the Student Center Turtle Mountain Café will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The inaugural ceremony and address by Chancellor Johnson, “On the Edge of Tomorrow, In the Middle of Everywhere,” will be held at 1 p.m. in the Student Center’s Edson Auditorium. A performance by the UMM jazz combo, Opposite Day, will follow at 2 p.m. The inauguration is open to the public.

Undergraduate Research Symposium will cap day of celebration Friday
The research of over 100 UMM students will be showcased during the seventh annual Undergraduate Research Symposium Friday, April 20. The Symposium will begin at 3 p.m. with oral presentations taking place in Imholte Hall and poster presentations in the Science Atrium. Angela Bos ‘01 and 2005-2006 visiting professor of political science, will be the keynote speaker at 3 p.m. in the Cow Palace of Imholte Hall. Bos was a participant in the first year of the Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Symposium is free and open to the public.

Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program projects to be presented April 23
Ten research/projects will be presented on a variety of topics during the Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program 2007 presentations from 4:30-6 p.m. April 23 in the Cougar Room. Mentors, mentees and their tentative presentation titles are:
Greg Thorson/Angela Golombage, Impact of Civil Wars on Disaster Relief:
Indian Ocean/South Asian Tsunami 2004
Leslie Meek/Amanda Decker, Sex Hormones and Spatial Cognition in Mice
Jennifer Goodnough/Temi Odunusi, Water and Contaminants Around the World
Farah Gilanshah/Bao N. Thao, Poverty in the Hmong Community
Shannon Shi/Bao Thao, The Historical Impact of the Great Wall
Jillian Hiscock/Boua Xiong, A Stronger Me
Fang Du/Di Wu, Good Life in U.S.: from International Students’ Real
Eric Klinger/Sue Lor, Dream and its External Influences
James Cotter/Ashly Fairchild, Geology behind Anishinaabe Creation and
Migration Stories
Chip Beal/Jon McAllister, Researching the Importance of Writing Down Oral Histories of Native Americans
The presentations are open to the public and might be of special interest to those interested in undergraduate research and community outreach. Those who want to be mentors in the future or are interested in students of color achievements on campus are also recommended to attend. For questions, please contact Fang Du, educational coordinator for the Multi-Ethnic Student Program, ext. 6097. To learn more about the MEMP, visit MMP.


Bryan Herrmann, assistant director of Admissions, is the recipient of this year’s Morris Academic Staff Award. Recipients of this award are selected on the basis of their job performance and service to the campus community.

Twenty-four student athletes have been inducted this year into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society. The Society recognizes high academic achievements of student athletes at the collegiate level. Student athletes who contribute significantly to at least one intercollegiate sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years are eligible for membership. The UMM chapter, established in 2006, is the only Chi Alpha Sigma chapter in Minnesota. 2007 inductees are Arielle Anderson, Jennifer Baga, Annika Bergman, Stephanie Clark, Tara Connolly, Dan Dutcher, Kristine Ertl, Nicole Gallagher, Amber Holm, Ashley Janssen, Jeff Karschnik, Corey Kelzenberg, Matt Marggraf, Teresa McAlpin, Alicia Mengelkoch, Ashley Simpson, Eric Smolensky, Jaima Solie, Carla Steinbring, Jason Ward, Melissa Weller, Katherine Williams, Christina Wood and Kateryna Zhdanovych. 2006 inductees are Rosalynn Johnson, Kirsten Neilson and Adam Turgeon.

The Lake Region Arts Council responded with interest in a possible exhibition of the sculpture of Adam Albright and the printmaking and drawing of Amy Swanson following a UMM News Service news release sent about the upcoming Senior Studio Arts Exhibit.

Congratulations to the following Science & Math Division student representatives for 2007-08: biology-Julie Fox, Winnie Winikoff, chemistry-Janice Lee, Bethany Nyland, computer science-Eli Mayfield, Joe Rader, geology-Allison Ameluxen, mathematics-Rachel Fredrich, physics-Ryan Kalmoe, statistics-Nicole Dobmeier.

Lowell Rasmussen, plant services, and Mike Reese, WCROC, will participate in a roundtable economic development discussion on Thursday, April 19, at 2 p.m. at the Douglas County Library Meeting Room. The topics of the roundtable include: automation/robotics, biomedical, biofuels/renewable energy. This is in conjunction with President Bruininks' visit to the Alexandria area on April 19. President Bruininks will host a community reception and speech at Discovery Middle School at 5 p.m.

Julia Dabbs, art history, gave an invited lecture on "The Artful Lives of Women Artists" at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on April 16.

Derek Ganzhorn ’08 economics, has been invited to attend the Third Undergraduate Workshop in Experimental Economics at George Mason University in Virginia in July. The workshop is run by the International Foundation for Research in Experimental Economics (IFREE), which was founded in 1997 by Vernon Smith, who received the Nobel Prize in 2002 for his contributions to establishing experimental methods within the field of economics. Invitations are based on a competitive application process from applicants worldwide. Ganzhorn is the first UMM student to attend, following Steve Burks, economics/management, who attended the graduate student version of this workshop in 1998 when he became interested in experimental methods. The workshop is "hands on" participants are first subjects in several of the economic experiments they learn about and they are expected to earn part of the financial support offered for attendance by IFREE through their choices in the experiments.

A photo and mention of the wind turbine that powers buildings on the Morris campus is referenced in a story, “St. John’s considers wind power for campus,” in the April 12 St. Cloud Visitor. UMM University Relations contributed to the story.

James Morales, associate vice chancellor for enrollment, is quoted in an April 10 Mpls Star Tribune story, “Capella U gets snarled in college loan robe.”

Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, was interviewed April 17 by (St. Paul) MPR reporter Sam Choo and also by MPR's Tom Crann of "All Things Considered" on the topic of the Virginia Tech shooting tragedy. Audio can be heard at Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson and Olson-Loy were both interviewed on the topic by KSAX-TV, Alexandria. Johnson, Olson-Loy and Madeline Maxeiner, associate vice chancellor for external relations, are quoted in a related story in the April 18 Morris Sun Tribune.

Greg Thorson, political science, offers tips on the most effective ways to get the attention of your legislative representatives in “How to be heard,” a story by St. Paul Pioneer Press writer Debra O’Connor. Read the story at Pioneer Press.

Barbara Burke, speech communication, will present preliminary findings of her sabbatical research project "Television viewing and ideas regarding national identity: An investigation of Icelandic interpretations of imported media" at Rá›stefnu um fljó›félagsfræ›i (the Icelandic National Sociology Conference) in Akureyri, Iceland, on April 27.

Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough will be one of three instructors during a Web conference, “Deploying a Wind Turbine for Your Campus,” May 1 and 3. Learn more at Web Conference.

Nathaniel Hart, professor emeritus, English, has received word that an article he published some years ago in the journal Contemporary Poetry has been selected for inclusion in this year’s hardcover and electronic editions
of the annual reference book, Poetry Criticism. According to the editors the book “introduces students to poets of all time periods and to the most significant criticism of these poets.” Hart’s article provides a close reading of George Barker’s well-known sonnet “To My Mother.” Hart's manuscript edition of “Red Cotton Night-Cap Country,” a long poem (more than 4,000 lines) by Robert Browning will be published in the Ohio edition of The Complete Works of Robert Browning.

John Husted, psychology, has been invited to present a paper at the 2007 ARRM (Association of Residential Resources of Minnesota) Spring Conference in St. Paul May 10. Husted will present a paper on the therapeutic role of safe and nurturing home environments. ARRM has a membership of over 10,000 health professionals who work with both developmentally disabled and mentally ill people and includes employees from throughout Minnesota.


When you’re planning your summer fun, think about volunteering at the UMM exhibit at county or state fairs. It’s a fun way to remind fairgoers statewide that 1) the U has a great campus in Morris and 2) there are few edibles that can’t be eaten on a stick! This year UMM will exhibit at two new fairs in addition to the Stevens County and Minnesota State Fairs according to the following schedule: Red River Valley Fair, West Fargo, June 15-17, shifts noon-9 p.m., Benton County Fair, Sauk Rapids, August 3-5, schedule tbd, Stevens County Fair, Morris, August 9-12, Thurs., 6-10:30 p.m., Fri-Sat., 12:30-10:30 p.m., Sun., 12:30-8 p.m., Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, September 1 and 2, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. To volunteer, contact Christine Mahoney, mahoneyc or ext. 6398.

Responsible Conduct of Research Part 1 (RCR-1) Tuesday, April 24, 1-4 p.m.
RCR 1 will be presented in Studio A via ITV. Regents Policy requires instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) prior to release of grant or contract funds including some internal funds such as Grant-in-Aid awards and Summer Research Fellowships. This will probably be the only chance this academic year to complete RCR 1 on campus. For more information contact Philip Drown at ext. 6358 or 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.


FINAL NOTICE 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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