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Media Services gets Upper Midwest Emmy nomination
Media Services at UMM – the work of Roger Boleman, director, Mike Cihak, assistant director of marketing communication and design, and Chris Butler, English faculty, on "Echoes of the Cry of the Marsh" – has been nominated in the documentary category for an Upper Midwest Emmy. Other nominees in the category include Iowa and South Dakota Public Television stations, Fox Sport North, 5 Eyewitness News on the Road and Twin Cities Public Television. The Emmy Awards Gala will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20.

USDA Global Conference delegates visit UMM
Ninety delegates from over 40 countries stopped in Morris, Benson and Litchfield in August as part of the USDA Global Conference on Agricultural Biofuels. The group toured the campus biomass facility construction site, the wind turbine, located at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and attended a biomass presentation by Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, and Joel Tallaksen, biomass gasification project coordinator. The University of Minnesota co-sponsored the conference, held in partnership with the U. S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service, Agricultural Research Service and Rural Development agencies.

Homecoming 2007: A Red Carpet Affair”
You’ll receive star treatment during Homecoming 2007 – “A Red Carpet Affair” – September 24-30. A fun-filled week of activities, reunions, movies and athletic competition is planned. Visit Homecoming for a complete schedule of events.


A combination sculpture and collage exhibit by Jenny Nellis, studio art, will be displayed at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA). Opening reception at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at PRCA, 630 Atlantic Ave.

Carol McCannon, student activities, and students Blair Elliott and Sara Steigauf, CAC-Homecoming and Traditions co-chairs, will be the guests on "Community Connection" on Friday, Sept. 21. The topic will be UMM Homecoming. Tune in from 8:45 a.m.-9 a.m. to KMRS, 1230 AM, local Morris radio.

Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, was an invited speaker at the University of Minnesota, Duluth's seminar program in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He presented a seminar, "Strategies for bandgap control in organic materials" on September 7.

State Commissioner of Finance, Tom Hanson, and staff visited UMM August 30 to view the 2008 capital bonding projects at UMM and WCROC. UMM external relations staff, Maddy Maxeiner and Judy Riley, plant services staff, Lowell Rasmussen and Lisa Harris, along with MCSA President Eagan Heath and Mike Reese and Jerry Wright of WCROC toured the Community Services building, Imholte Hall, the wind turbine and Big Cat Stadium. The Senate Capital Investment Committee is tentatively scheduled for a similar tour on November 8.

Keith Brugger, geology, has a paper appearing in the recent issue of the Annals of Glaciology (v. 46, p. 275-282). The paper is titled "The non-synchronous response of of Rabots Glaciar and Storglaciaren, northern Sweden, to recent climate change: a comparative study."

Neil Leroux, speech communication, published a monograph, "Martin Luther as Comforter: Writings on Death," with Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, Netherlands, in their series, Studies in the History of Christian Traditions, in June. In July, he delivered a paper, "By the Mouth of Christ Alone: Martin Luther's 'A Sincere Admonition to All Christians' (1522)," at the 16th Biennial Congress of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric in Strasbourg, France.


Ken Burns’ ”The War” preview screening at UMM September 13
Pioneer Public Television and UMM will host a preview screening of the highly anticipated PBS series from filmmaker Ken Burns, “The War,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. The one-hour screening in Edson Auditorium will include selected highlights from the series. The event is free and open to the public. Read more at UMM News Service.

Activities, athletics and [free] admission during Cougar Fest
Join the fun during the fourth annual University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar Fest on Saturday, Sept. 15. Pre-game activities for the entire family and concessions begin at 10:30 a.m. Free inflatable games, face painting, music and much more will all be part of the fun. Cheer on the UMM Cougars during football action vs. Principia College. Kickoff is at noon in Big Cat Stadium. Pick up a free ticket at the gate for admission to the game and to enter a chance to win prizes during the halftime drawing. It’s also Parents’ Day Weekend for Cougar soccer vs. the College of St. Scholastica. Women begin play at noon men at 2 p.m., both games on the UMM Soccer Field.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The first Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Friday, Sept. 14, at 9 a.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in and chat with the Chancellor. Please note: these hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the following Web site: Open Office Hours the day you plan to drop in or call the chancellor’s office at 589-6020.

U-Card office hours
U-Card office hours for the Fall Semester are as follows: MWF, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tues. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Thurs. 11:30-1:30 p.m.

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. - 7 p.m. and on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m.-1 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.

Audition for UMM Theater Discipline’s Fall and Winter Productions
“A Lie of the Mind” by Sam Shepard, directed by Siobhan Bremer. Show dates November 1-3, HFA Proscenium Theatre. Please prepare short 30-45 second selection from the script for this audition. Scripts are available on two-hour library reserve in the Rodney Briggs Library. “The Birds” by Aristophanes, directed by Deirdre Onishi. Show dates February 7-9, HFA Black Box Theatre. Auditions for both shows will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Those attending the First Year Seminar Convocation: it is still possible to audition on Thursday at 8 p.m. It is possible and encouraged to audition for both shows. Callbacks “A Lie of the Mind,” Friday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. in Proscenium Theatre. “The Birds,” Monday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. in Black Box Theatre. You must be able to attend the callback to be cast in the show.

Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program
You must pass the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) [also known as PRAXIS I] BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on November 17. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education, OR Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering.

Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2010
There will be an informational/application meeting for all Elementary Education majors planning to graduate in 2010 on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. in MRC 205. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

Attention secondary education students planning to graduate in 2009
There will be an informational/application meeting for all Secondary Education students planning to graduate in 2009 on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 12 p.m. (noon) in Science 4655. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.


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