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Roland Guyotte serves as Interim Academic Dean
Roland Guyotte will serve as interim vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean for the 2007-2008 academic year. He began his duties on July 15. Leslie Meek will continue as the assistant dean for the coming academic year.

UMM to showcase biomass initiatives during Summer Field Day
The UMM Green Campus exhibit will be among those on display during the August 16 Summer Field Day at the Swan Lake Research Farm. The topic for the event, a collaboration of the Barnes-Aastad Association and the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory (Soils Lab), is “Biomass for Bioenergy: A Balancing Act.”

Fall Semester classes begin August 29
Classes at UMM will resume for the Fall Semester on Wednesday, Aug. 29. New faculty and staff, along with new students, will participate in orientation sessions that will acquaint them with UMM and prepare them for their campus experience. New Student Orientation will be held Sunday through Tuesday, Aug. 26-28. For a complete schedule of Orientation events, visit Orientation.


Maddy Maxeiner and Carla Riley, both of External Relations, attended the 2007 Summit for Advancement Leaders sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The Summit was held in Chicago and included sessions with David Brancaccio, Robert Reich and Ann Compton. Topics included college affordability, China's influence on the global economy, America's emerging demography and a variety of discussions about advancement. The Summit was attended by over 600 advancement professionals from around the world.

Sandy Olson Loy, student affairs, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the national professional association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education - NASPA – by NASPA President Jan Walbert to serve as Small College & University Division Chair through Spring 2009. She served as co-chair of the NASPA Small College and University Institute for senior student affairs officers in summer 2007. NASPA, student affairs administrators in higher education, is the leading voice for student affairs administration, policy and practice and affirms the commitment of student affairs to educating the whole student and integrating student life and learning.

A paper by Tamler Sommers, philosophy, "The Objective Attitude," was published as the lead article in the July edition of The Philosophical Quarterly. Sommers will have a paper coming out in September as a Chapter in Distributed Cognition and the Will, a book published by MIT Press, and an interview with Frans de Waal coming out in the September issue of The Believer (a literary magazine).

UMM chef Chris Serio gave a presentation, “Fresh Tastes Better,” during the July 26 Horticulture Night at the West Central Research and Outreach Center horticulture gardens. External Relations also hosted a UMM exhibit during the event.

On June 25 Eric Klinger, professor emeritus of psychology, served as the external examiner for a doctoral candidate at the University of Wales, Bangor. On July 5 he gave two invited talks at the European Congress of Psychology, held in Prague, Czech Republic. One of these was a symposium talk, titled “Implicit and explicit measures of motivation: Conceptual issues, traditional options, and idiothetic approaches.” This was part of the invited symposium, Implicit and Explicit Motivation I: Conceptual issues. The other talk was a “state of the art” talk, titled “From needs to goals to motivational structure: Evolution of concepts, findings, and conceptual problems.” Both talks showcased work originated at UMM.

The newly hired Morris city manager is Morris native and UMM alumnus, Blaine Hill.

Minnesota News Network (MNN-Mpls) broadcast a story about UMM’s biomass facility groundbreaking. The story was based on a news story received from University Relations at UMM.

UMM student William O’Brien was quoted in an MPR story, “Perspectives from residents and commuters,” a compendium of perspectives of area residents and commuters who had a connection with the I-35W bridge collapse. The story appeared on MPR’s Web site on August 3.

The July 28 Mpls. Star Tribune story, “Web reducing odds of dorm odd couples,” included a quote from UMM incoming student Amber McMahon.


Volunteer opportunities still await you during the Douglas County and State Fairs
Place a friendly face from UMM in the minds of fairgoers as they contemplate where their children should continue their education. Promote the excellence of your campus! There’s still time to volunteer to represent UMM during the remaining fairs this summer. Douglas County Fair, Alexandria, August 16-19: Thursday, Aug. 16, 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17, 1 to 4 p.m., 4 to 7 p.m., 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1 to 4 p.m., 4 to 8 p.m. Minnesota State Fair Sunday, Sept. 2, 6 to 9 p.m., 7 to 10 p.m. To volunteer contact Melissa Weber at Melissa Weber or ext. 6414.

Fall Faculty Retreat 2007
The 2007 Fall Faculty Retreat will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 20-21, at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria (see Arrowwood). Returning faculty members have the opportunity to share their summer experience, greet new additions to the faculty and welcome them into the UMM community. The theme for this fall is “Planning for the Future: Making it Happen.” The main three sessions will be “Planning,” “Learning and Teaching” and “Making it Happen | Current Issues for Academic Year 2007-08.” See complete details about the retreat at Fall Faculty Retreat.

Briggs Library Associates Book Sale
The Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates will hold their annual book sale on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Oyate Hall of the Student Center. Donations of videos, DVDs, CDs and all types of books are still welcome and can be left at the front desk of Briggs Library. Or, call 589-6226 to arrange for donations to be picked up. Donations will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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