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Women’s and men’s soccer advance to conference tournaments
Both the men’s and women’s soccer teams have qualified for the 2007 UMAC Conference Tournament to be held in Duluth on Friday and Saturday. The women’s team is the three-time defending tournament champions and currently boast a record of 13-4-0. The men will be competing in the tournament for the first time in just their second year. Currently the men have a record of 13-4-2. For team members’ names and more information visit the Cougar Athletics Web site at Cougar Athletics.

Festival of the Winds
The 29th annual University of Minnesota, Morris Festival of the Winds will take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, featuring guest artist Dr. Mark Davis Scatterday, professor of conducting at the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. Performances of the UMM Symphonic Winds, with conductor Dr. Martin Seggelke, and the 2007 Festival High School Honor Band, will be held each evening at 7:30 p.m. in HFA Recital Hall. Performances will also feature Dr. Elaine Ross, UMM music faculty, and the premiere performance of “Hurricane” by Benjamin Karlen ’07.


Freshmen Nathan Christensen, Ryan Klawitter, DeAnna Ricci, Tasha Young and Kathy Julik-Heine, Nick Maciej, senior, Tara Threadgill and Katrina Floyd, both sophomores, Josh Johnson, junior, and Heather Nicole Christian, RHA adviser, ORL, attended the annual Midwest Affiliate of College and University Residence Halls conference hosted by NDSU October 26 in Fargo, N.D. Maciej, the national communications coordinator, Threadgill, programming communications coordinator, and Christensen, president of Residence Hall Association, spent time in the national boardroom voting on new legislation and awarding bids for the region while other students spent time learning new programs, activities and skills to bring back to UMM. Highlights of the conference include UMM’s first program presentation prepared by Threadgill, Christensen and Maciej that received rave reviews from the region. The program included how to throw a “Zombie Prom” complete with scary recipes and a real zombie movie created by the students. Threadgill accepted an award (UMM’s first ever) for top passive program in the region for her social and alcohol awareness program, “Black and White Ball.”

Computer science students Eli Mayfield and Kyle Roth presented a poster about their research on Java generics at the OOPSLA (Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications) Conference in Montreal, Canada, on October 22. The UMM submission was apparently the only one by undergraduate students.

Kevin Stefanek, Tom McRoberts and Karen Ellis, all of Continuing Education, have been developing courses through Continuing Education, one of which is Taekwondo (a Korean martial art). Stefanek was recently an invited speaker and panelist at the 1st International Taekwondo Symposium.

Stephen Burks, economics and management, completed his year of service as the president of the Minnesota Economic Association by presiding over the MEA's Annual Conference October 26, held this year at Macalester College in St. Paul. With the theme "environmental economics," a major focus was on the economics of biofuels. In addition to Burks, 13 UMM students and Campus Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough attended the conference from Morris. The final event of the Annual Conference was the MEA's biennial "Hurwicz Distinguished Lecture," which honors Leonid Hurwicz, Regents Professor Emeritus of Economics at the Twin Cities Campus and this year’s recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics. CalTech economist John Ledyard recounted the 1990s development in California of the first pollution abatement regulations that used a "cap-and-trade" pollution permit market, a now widely emulated approach which grew from roots established in earlier work on "mechanism design" by Hurwicz. MEA officers, including Burks, hosted Dr. Hurwicz during a Friday evening dinner in Minneapolis.

UMM groundskeeper and gardener Gail Boe is featured in “Sun Spots” in the October 31 Morris Sun Tribune.


Free flu shots for employees November 7-8
The UPlan Wellness Program will provide free flu shots for all University employees as part of the UPlan health plan benefits. Flu shots will be provided at UMM Health Services Office in Gay Hall Wednesday and Thursday, November 7-8, 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary. All UMM employees are eligible regardless of their benefit status. Sponsored by UMM Human Resources, UMM Health Services and UPlan Wellness Program.

Elementary or secondary education program applicants
You must take Praxis I (Pre Professional Skills Test) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on November 17, January 12, and April 26. If you are an Elementary Education student planning to graduate in 2010 OR are a Secondary Education student planning to graduate in 2009 you MUST take this test no later than the January 12 test date to meet application deadlines. The January registration form should be submitted before December 1st. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office or Jane Kill in the Counseling for information on registering.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor's Open Office Hour is Monday, Nov. 5, at 3 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.


Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2009
All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, Jan. 28, through Thursday, Jan. 31. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200).

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Weekly Bulletin is the official campus newsletter for students, staff, faculty and friends of UMM, prepared by the Office of University Relations. Each issue features news, accomplishments and announcements in brief about the University of Minnesota, Morris. The deadline for submissions is noon each Wednesday.

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