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This is the final issue of Weekly Bulletin for the academic year. Weekly Bulletin will be published monthly throughout the summer.


Volunteer to staff the UMM exhibit at fairs 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 the U has an awesome campus in Morris! 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.

Rusty Kath Night and UMM at the St. Paul Saints
Mark your calendars for a fun-filled night of baseball, hotdogs, UMM and Rusty Kath at the St. Paul Saints! Tuesday, Aug. 7, is Rusty Kath/UMM night at the St. Paul Saints game. 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” as the in-stadium emcee 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.

Concert Choir to tour Scandinavia
Thirty-six UMM Concert Choir members will travel to Scandinavia as a part of May session. The choir will arrive in Bergen, Norway, on May 16, Norway's National Independence Day. The choir will visit more than 12 cities in Norway, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Iceland, giving eight performances. They will perform in combined concerts with the Royken Vocal Ensemble Choir, Copenhagen Christian Church Congregation and the Musikgymnasium Choir.

Student Honors and Awards day 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. The event will culminate the UMM experience for over 300 seniors who 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. Listen to KMRS radio (1230 AM) or check the Information Desk in the Student Center on Saturday morning for location information. For more information about UMM Commencement, visit Commencement or UMM News.

”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.

Fifth Annual Symposium on Small Towns June 5-6
“Leveraging Resources to Improve Schools and Communities” will be the focus of the Fifth Annual Symposium on Small Towns, June 5-6 at UMM. The Center for Small Towns at UMM is partnering with Minnesota Campus Compact, Minnesota Public Radio and the University of Minnesota’s Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships to plan and present this year’s two-day event. The Symposium is open to people who care about rural schools and communities, parents, students and educators along with concerned citizens, practitioners and policy-makers. Peter Ostroushko is scheduled to return as a guest entertainer for this year’s Symposium. Fees are kept at a minimum to encourage participation. MPR members receive a 10 percent discount. Visit the Web site for possible scholarships, updated information and registration: Symposium.

Henjum Creative Study Institute registration open
Since 1974, over 4,000 students have participated in the Henjum Creative Study Institute at UMM. This two-week summer enrichment program with day and residential options offers a unique variety of art, music and technology topics for gifted and talented students age 12 to 17. The Institute will be held June 11-22. Registrations without discounts or scholarships will be accepted through June 1. To request a Creative Study brochure and a scholarship packet, contact Jacki Anderson, UMM Continuing Education, ext. 6456, e-mail Jacki Anderson or visit Creative Study Institute.

Register for Summer Scholars
For 22 years the University of Minnesota, Morris has offered high school students an opportunity to attend "summer college” through the Summer Scholars program. An alternative to attending a summer camp, UMM's two-week Summer Scholars program offers students a chance to earn two college credits and experience college life. Summer Scholars at UMM will be held July 8-20. The program accepts juniors and sophomores that are in the top 20 percent of their class. Information, along with an online application, can be found on the Summer Scholars Web site: Summer Scholars. For more information contact the director of the Summer Scholars program, Karen Ellis at Karen Ellis or ext. 6463.


UMM students, Sharon Jurina and Nicole LaFrinier, took first place as members of the Fond du Lac team during the First Annual Anishinaabe College Quiz Bowl at The College of St. Scholastica on April 28. Jurina and LaFrinier are enrolled in the Anishinaabe language course at the Fond du Lac Tribal Community College via ITV at UMM. Both grew up on the White Earth Reservation where Anishinaabe is spoken.

Harold E. Hinds, Jr., with Tina Didreckson, Nancy Cressey and Robert Cressey, Wilmington Cemetery Records 1804-2003, vol. 6 in Town of Wilmington, Essex Co., New York Transcribed Serial Record (Westminster, MD: Willow Bend Books, 2007. Tina Didreckson is a former UMM student majoring in history and the Cresseys are part of the Wilmington Project team residing in Wilmington, N.Y.

Christine Mahoney and Judy Riley, University Relations, volunteered during the May 9 May Sunrise Sale Breakfast in downtown Morris. The event was coordinated and sponsored by the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce Communications and Marketing Committee, of which both are members.

Scheduled guests on KMRS’ “Community Connection” program are: Karen Cusey, Henjum Creative Study Program, May 11 Carol McCannon, Ice Cream and Lollipops, May 15. “Community Connection” airs each weekday from 8:45-9 a.m. on 1230 AM.

Stephen Burks, economics and management, presented "Stuck in the Slow Lane: Traffic Composition and the Measurement of Labor Productivity in the U.S. Trucking Industry, 1982-1997," a paper co-authored with Ken Boyer, Michigan State University, at the Annual Research Conference of the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, in St. Paul on May 1. The paper argues that the U.S. trucking industry lags the U.S. economy in its growth rate of labor productivity, and that an appearance to the contrary is due to a change in the traffic mix towards longer-haul runs that was caused by declining driver's wages and fuel costs in the period after the industry was deregulated in 1980. Conference URL: Conference.
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