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Paula O’Loughlin is first director of ACE
Paula O’Loughlin will serve as UMM’s first director of the Academic Center for Enrichment, effective immediately. The unit will coordinate the work of entities and activities related to study abroad, national scholarships, Honors, Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP), Morris Academic Partners (MAP), Undergraduate Research Symposium and National Student Exchange.

Statewide education alliance receives $2.45 million NSF grant
A statewide alliance of 16 colleges and universities led by the University of Minnesota (including the Morris campus), along with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota High Tech Association, announced today that it will receive a $2.45 million grant over the next five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to participate in NSF's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation program -- a federal education initiative aimed at increasing the number of under-represented minorities who complete baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study.

Saving the Planet…One Campus at a Time
Chancellor Jacquie Johnson and Thomas Fisher, Dean of the College of Design, will discuss the role academia should play and what challenges exist during "Saving the Planet ... One Campus at a Time,” a presentation by the Institute on the Environment. The event will be held October 1, 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics (105), St. Paul campus, UM-Twin Cities. The presentation will be available via Breeze at Saving the Planet. For more information, visit IREE.


James G. Schryver, art history, co-authored a chapter, “Nabataean Landscape & power: Evidence from the Petra Garden & Pool Complex,” just published in the book Crossing Jordan: North American Contributions to the Archaeology of Jordan.

Much of the last academic year, Siobhan Bremer, theatre arts, dedicated her scholarly work to the nine month process of creating RE:Action, a collection of five playlets. She was honored by the ATHE board to be one of a select group chosen to organize, direct and act in the creation of the playlet, titled “Voodoo Rama.” The research and pre-planning rehearsals started in October 2006 and continued through July 2007. In New Orleans, in July, sight rehearsals were daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. After one week, RE:Action was presented to approximately 200 professionals in the theatrical arts.

Jennifer (Ropp) Goodnough, chemistry, had a paper, titled "Dynamics of Dilute Water in Carbon Tetrachloride," with UMM student Lauren Goodrich ‘07 as a co-author published in the July 19, 2007, issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry A. Goodnough was also invited back to Alumni Weekend at St. Francis University this summer to receive the "Outstanding Young Alumni" award. She graduated from St. Francis in 1997 with a degree in chemistry and math.

Julie Eckerle, English, was an invited speaker at the Elizabeth Isham at Princeton workshop at Princeton University September 7-8. She presented a paper, titled "Elizabeth Isham and the Re-Construction of Autobiography."

Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed live September 18 by Tim Russell, WCCO radio. Thorson discussed the retirement of Minnesota's 3rd District Congressman Jim Ramstad. Thorson was also interviewed September 14 on WCCO radio about President Bush's Iraq War address to the nation.

Stephen Burks, economics/management, gave a Web presentation, “Trucks and Turnover,” during the Center for Transportation Studies Fall Research Seminar. The seminar was held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities September 18 in conjunction with the CTS Transportation and the Economy Research Council Meeting.

UMM alumna Erin Schellin '05 will serve as program associate in the office of alumni relations and annual giving. In addition to assisting the alumni relations and annual giving director, Schellin will oversee and advance the senior gift program and banquet, as well as the young alumni program at UMM.


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.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Friday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.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.

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 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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