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Chancellor Johnson joins in Climate Commitment pledge
UMM Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson joined over 250 other college and university presidents June 12 and 13 in formally committing to sharply reduce and eventually eliminate the campus’ global warming emissions. Chancellor Johnson also pledged to accelerate the research and educational efforts to equip society to re-stabilize the earth’s climate. The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) was adopted at a summit of higher education leaders in Washington, D.C.

New weather station
Thanks to Sylke Boyd, a new weather station on top of the science building delivers online real-time weather data to a Web page at
Weather Station.

Volunteers still needed this weekend at the Red River Valley Fair
You can still volunteer to staff the UMM booth during the Red River Valley Fair this weekend. The following times are still available: Fri., June 15, 6-9 p.m., Sat., June 16, 3-6 p.m., Sun., June 17, noon-3 p.m., 3-6 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. (plus tear-down). Contact Melissa Weber at x6414, as soon as possible. C’mon, it’ll be fun!

”I Heart Rusty” event with 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), is now 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 tail-gating tents. Sponsored by the Offices of Admissions and External Relations. For more information, contact Jillian Hiscock, Admissions, at ext. 6491.

Henjum Creative Study Institute underway
Forty-seven students ages 12 to 17 from 22 area schools are on campus to participate in the 34th Annual Henjum Creative Study Institute through June 22. Since its first two-week program in 1974, the Institute has provided a unique variety of arts enrichment opportunities for junior and senior high school gifted and talented students during the summer. Join students and staff on Friday, June 22, in the HFA building for a Showcase Day program from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Student participants will share their projects. Showcase Day is free and open to all campus and community members.

UMM presence at GLBT Pride Festival
UMM will again have a booth at the Twin Cities GLBT Pride Festival June 23-24. The booth will provide information to prospective students and serve as a networking site for the many GLBT and allied alumni and friends who attend the Pride Festival each year. Volunteer to sit at the booth during the festival by contacting Argie Manolis at ext. 6257 or Argie Manolis.


UMM instructor and service-learning coordinator Argie Manolis, U Mass-Lowell professor (and former UMM faculty) Andrew Hostetler and Deb Economou, teaching assistant for the trip, led a group of 12 UMM, UMD and U Mass-Lowell students in a service-learning/study abroad course in Greece. Students spent three weeks planning activities and completing lasting projects with nursing home residents on the small, rural island of Ikaria, as well as touring ancient and modern historical sites in Athens, Kalavrita and Ikaria.

Greg Thorson, political science, has agreed to serve on the Minnesota Office of Rural Health and Primary Care’s Rural Health Advisory Committee to examine rural health care reform options for the 2008 session of the Minnesota Legislature.

James Morales, Admissions and Financial Aid, and Judy Riley, University Relations, have agreed to serve on the search committee to recommend a new city manager for the City of Morris.

The following faculty was promoted during the Board of Regents meeting on May 11: Jon Anderson-professor, Keith Brugger-professor, Nancy Carpenter-professor, Bart Finzel-professor, Steve Gross-associate professor, Gordon McIntosh-professor, Nick McPhee-professor, Peh Ng-professor.

The United Staff Association (USA) at UMM presented its 2007 USA Scholarship to Mitchell D. Grussing, son of Carrie (USA member, Chancellor’s Office) and Chuck Grussing (Campus Police). Mitch is in his junior year at UMM and is majoring in music. He will be studying in China during the 2007-2008 school year.

The University Senate election is complete and the following faculty members will represent the Morris campus. Senate Regulars: Michelle Page (2007-2010), Bart Finzel (2007-2010), Arne Kildegaard (2006-2009), Peh Ng (2006-2009), Janet Ericksen (2005-2008). Senate Alternates: Margaret Kuchenreuther (2007-2010), Brad Deane (2007-2010), Wilbert Ahern (2007-2010), Paula O'Loughlin (2006-2009), Gwen Rudney (2005-2008).

UMM’s local foods efforts are included in a story by TC campus and M editor, Martha Conventry, titled “Eating Close to Home.” To read the story online, visit Close to Home.

Morris junior Jared Walhowe was interviewed and quoted in the May 12, 2007 Mpls Star Tribune story, “U rethinks outstate tuition policy.”

A story by UMM senior Rebekah Deutl, titled “Liubing Chen reflects on exchange program,” was published in the May 11, 2007 issue of Asian American Press.

Greg Thorson, political science, was a guest on WCCO’s “The Dave Lee Show” May 16. The show was guest-hosted by Tim Russell. Thorson discussed with Russell the stalemate at the Minnesota State Legislature and prospects for the successful completion of the session.


A Summer Activities Bulletin Board has been completed that lists many of the area's special events and activities taking place this summer. The board is located directly across from the entrance to TMC in the Student Center.

There will be a Dog Days of Summer event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 on the mall (rain site: Oyate Hall) featuring free hot dogs.

UMM will have a Relay for Life team during the Stevens County American Cancer Society fundraiser. Donations sent to Argie Manolis, Humanties 124, will be distributed evenly among all UMM team members. Faculty, staff, students and community members can purchase a luminary in honor of a cancer survivor or in memory of a loved one for $10 each. Team members who are accepting donations and luminary purchases include Heather Nicole Christian, Ashley Corbett, Toby Depulta, Troy and Jennifer Goodnough, Bridget Joos and family, Ryan Kalmoe, Ron Kubik, Argie Manolis, Tami Pelowski and family, and Jared Walhowe. Please contact Argie Manolis, ext. 6257, if you want to join the team.

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