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Final Weekly Bulletin issue of Fall Semester
Next week’s Weekly Bulletin (Wednesday, Dec. 12) will be the final issue for the Fall Semester. Weekly Bulletin will resume publication on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Green prairie living and learning community planned
Planning is underway to build a new residential life facility at UMM. Designed for sustainable living, the green prairie community will provide contemporary undergraduate student housing for 80 students in suite-style dwellings. It is scheduled to open in Fall 2009. Read more at Green Prairie Community.

First Year Seminar Jamboree Thursday
A variety of presentations by first-year UMM students will be given during the annual First Year Seminar Jamboree from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 6). Students will showcase what they’ve learned during the semester’s First Year Seminar via posters, plays, games, displays and performances, held throughout the Student Center. Read more at Jamboree.

Second Annual UMM Senior Banquet
The University of Minnesota, Morris Class of 2008 will be honored during the Second Annual UMM Senior Banquet, complimentary to seniors, sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association. The semi-formal reception, dinner and short program will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, in Oyate Hall of the UMM Student Center. Students with 90 plus credits are invited to attend and will be joined by staff and faculty from the Morris campus. A short program will include remarks by UMM Chancellor Jacquie Johnson and UMM Alumni Association President Debra Carlson ’72. In addition, the Senior Legacy Committee will announce the Class of 2008 Senior Legacy Project to UMM. The banquet will be the official fundraising kickoff for the senior gift program, which was initiated by the UMM class of 2007 and the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving.

Consider a year-end 2007 gift of shares or securities
Contributions of stocks and mutual fund shares that have risen in value over the years may provide a smart way to make a gift to your favorite charity. Why? Because, if you already itemize your deductions, donating appreciated securities adds tax advantages over giving cash. If you have long-term capital gains (held more than one year) you typically receive a deduction for the fair market value of your gift and sidestep capital gains tax on the increased value of your shares. (Deductions for short-term gains typically are limited to your cost basis.)
Conversely, if you hold "loser" securities, you can sell your shares, take the loss and use the loss to trim your taxes while giving the proceeds to charity. Losses can be used to offset capital gains or for deductions against regular income. So, a smart strategy could be to donate the winners and sell the losers and use your year-end portfolio re-balancing to support good organizations like UMM -- while taking advantage of the tax code! If you are considering a year-end 2007 gift of shares or securities, remember to start early. It's a good idea to start now, at the beginning of the month, if your deadline is December 31 -- particularly if you intend to transfer shares of mutual funds. The stock market is open this year on December 31 and Maddy Maxeiner will be in the office! We can help with the process and provide some of the paperwork, especially if you let us know in advance of your intentions. For more information and assistance contact Maddy Maxeiner, external relations, ext. 6386.

Accomplishments


Director of UMM choirs Ken Hodgson and approximately 12 choir members will staff the telephones from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, during the Pioneer Public Television fundraiser. A Carol Concert performance, taped by UMM Media Services during the November 30 Carol Concert at the Morris Area Concert Hall, along with interviews with choir members, will air as well throughout the telecast. Roger Boleman and Mike Cihak, Media Services, will also be answering phones and taking pledges. Pioneer Public Television can be found on Morris television channel 10.

UMM jazz musicians will provide the after dinner dance music during the annual University of Minnesota Foundation Presidents Club party December 6 (tomorrow night).

UMM has garnered statewide media attention for its story about plans to build a green campus living and learning community. Media who have picked up the story, in addition to Morris local media, include KWLM radio (Willmar), WCCO-TV (Mpls.), Mpls Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press and KXMC-TV (Minot, N.D.).

Lori Borowski, registrar’s office, will have an exhibit, “Elemental,” featuring quilts on display, at the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance December 15-January 31. An opening reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, at the PRCA, 630 Atlantic Avenue, Morris.

Laird Barber, UMM professor emeritus of English, will present during Learning Unlimited at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, at the Morris Senior/Community Center. Barber will speak on “The Bible as Literature,” identifying the literary forms and techniques in the Bible and explore its influence on art, literature and history through the ages.

James Morales, admissions, is quoted in a Daily Yonder story, “Drumming Up Students for Rural Colleges.” Visit Daily Yonder.

The work of Therese Buchmiller, studio art, titled “Novel Things,” was on exhibit in the Bobbitt Visual Arts Center Gallery at Albion College November 10-December 1. The solo exhibition combined new and recent works including painting, temporary installation, digital photographs and sculpture. In addition, a recently completed installation by Buchmiller has been co-purchased by the UMM Student Center and UMM to remain on permanent display in the Student Center. The work, “From the Day’s Reading,” was initially created in 1997 as a response to the communication barriers between the artist and a relative struggling with Alzheimer’s. It has been reinstalled at numerous museums and galleries. Many of the items were collected locally from sites in the Morris region.

While the weather outside was frightful, the Guthrie Theatre's production of Charles Dickens' perennial favorite, “A Christmas Carol,” was delightful! On Saturday, Dec. 1, approximately 175 current UMM students, alumni, faculty and friends gathered at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis for a pre-performance reception, hosted by the UMM Alumni Association, which was followed by a performance of the play. Visit Guthrie Theatre reception to see photos taken during the alumni reception.

Announcements


Advanced Acting and Fundamentals of Directing class performances
Siobhan Bremer’s Advanced Acting and Fundamentals of Directing classes invite all to attend the following public performances: Tuesday, Dec. 11, noon, HFA Proscenium Theatre: the Fundamentals of Directing class will present 10-minute plays. Friday, Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. HFA Proscenium Theatre: the Advanced Acting class will present scenes from Shakespeare and Restoration plays.

Service-learning video project to be shown
The students of Barbara Burke’s SPCH 3321 invite friends and members of the Kiwanis organization to join them for a "public" showing of their Service-Learning video projects.
On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m. the four video segments will be shown in TV Studio A, Humanities Fine Arts.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The final Chancellor's Open Office Hour of the Fall Semester is Thursday, Dec. 6, at 11 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 ext. 6020.

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