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Tim Grove named head women’s basketball coach
Athletic Director Mark Fohl announces that Tim Grove has been named UMM head women’s basketball coach. Grove, who was selected following a national search, served as interim head coach for the Cougars women’s basketball team this past season. As interim head coach, Grove led the Cougar women’s basketball team to their second straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) post-season tournament berth. UMM finished second in the UMAC regular season standings with a 10-4 league mark, 15-12 overall. The Cougars advanced to the UMAC women’s basketball post-season tournament championship game for the first time in the program’s history. Read more at News Service.

Cesar Chavez Award
Miracle Obeta, student, and Andy Lopez, faculty, are recipients of this year's César E. Chávez Award. The award is presented each year by the United Latinos student organization to a UMM student and faculty or staff member to recognize their contribution to the Latino community, communities of color and for support of workers rights while personifying the values embodied by the late legendary labor and civil rights leader, César E. Chávez. These values include service to others, sacrifice, a preference to help the most needy, determination, non-violence, tolerance, respect for life, celebrating community, knowledge and innovation. The campus named a street in honor of Chávez, who was instrumental in the development of the National Farm Workers Association.

Public opening of student art at Salvation Army Thrift Store
Art students are learning the positive impact that art can have on a community, while honing their skills as artists. Students in Michael Eble’s Beginning Painting II class created several paintings for the Salvation Army Thrift Store in Morris, showcasing the organization’s rich history of community service. There will be a public opening to unveil these new paintings, which will be on permanent display, from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 7, at the Salvation Army.

Student Honors and Awards to be celebrated May 11
The excellence of UMM students will be celebrated on Friday, May 11. The day's events will begin at 4 p.m. in Oyate Hall with the fifth annual Honoring Ceremony for American Indian Graduates sponsored by the American Indian Advisory Committee. Graduates will receive honor blankets and an honor song will be performed by the Oyate Teca Singers. Following the ceremony a dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall. An Honors and Awards Reception for Parents will begin at 6 p.m. in the Turtle Mountain Café, followed by the 16th annual Student Honors and Awards Ceremony in Edson Auditorium, during which awards will be presented and students who have been selected for the annual Honors Recital will perform. Judith Kuechle, interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, will provide the welcome. Associate Professor of French Sarah Buchanan, the recipient of the 2007 UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award, will give the ceremony address, titled "Honors, Teaching, and the Liberal Arts." The public is invited to attend these events.

Commencement is Saturday, May 12
The 44th annual UMM Commencement ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, on the Campus Mall. Over 300 seniors will receive bachelor's degrees this year. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the UMM P.E. Center gymnasium. For more information about UMM Commencement, visit Commencement or UMM News.

Education Exposition 2007
The Division of Education faculty invites the campus community to attend the "Education Exposition 2007," showcasing the work of elementary and secondary teacher education graduates on Wednesday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

”Echoes of the Cry of the Marsh” will air again May 10 and May 16
“Echoes of the Cry of the Marsh” is a documentary that takes a deeper look at wetland restoration in Minnesota and chronicles one citizen’s dedication to that issue. The program, produced by Media Services at UMM, premiered locally April 29 on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. The program will rerun at 9 p.m. May 10 and again at noon on May 16.

Rusty Kath/UMM Night at the St. Paul Saints
Mark your calendars for a fun-filled night with baseball, hotdogs, UMM and Rusty Kath at the St. Paul Saints! Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Rusty Kath/UMM night at the St. Paul Saints. Rusty Kath '03, former public address announcer for the St. Paul Saints (minor league baseball), Minnesota Swarm (lacrosse) and Minnesota Wild (hockey), was recently “called up to the majors” in the same role for major league baseball’s Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Receive up to four free tickets to the game. Free food at tailgating tents. Sponsored by the Offices of Admissions and External Relations. For more information, contact Jillian Hiscock, Admissions, at ext. 6491.


Sarah Buchanan, French, was invited to St. Olaf on April 25 where she made several classroom visits and gave one of the keynote speeches in St. Olaf's "Global Citizenship" lecture series. Her talk was titled, "Tracing Spaces: Muslim Women in France. The Case of Yamina Benguigui's Inch'Allah Dimanche."

Stephen Burks, economics and management, presented "Adding Behavioral Economics Field Experiments to the Industry Studies Toolkit: Predicting Truck Driver Turnover in a High Turnover Setting" at the Sloan Industry Studies Research Conference in Boston on April 24. Burks is a research associate of the Trucking Industry Program, based at Georgia Tech. The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has funded the startup of 26 such "industry centers," each of which consists of a multidisciplinary group of faculty and students who study many aspects of a single industry. The presentation reported on an ongoing multi-year project which Burks has organized, that involves seven co-investigators from institutions around the country and in Europe and that has provided internships or research assistantships for six UMM students. The paper on which the presentation was based is co-authored with several of the co-investigators, including alumna Kay Porter (nee Saager), and is available at Stephen Burks.


Volunteer to join UMM at a fair this summer
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 an awesome campus in Morris and 2) deep-fried spaghetti can too be eaten on a stick! This year UMM will exhibit at two new fairs, in addition to the Stevens County and the 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 or call ext. 6398.

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