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Hilda Ladner will join the campus
Hilda Ladner has been named as the Assistant to the Chancellor for Equity and Diversity and director of the Multi-Ethnic Student Program at UMM following a national search. Ladner will assume her role in March 2008. More at Hilda Ladner.

Bradley Deane to direct UMM Honors Program
Bradley Deane, English, will direct the UMM Honors Program beginning with Spring Semester. Deane will work closely with outgoing director Bart Finzel to recruit students and faculty for the program, collaborate with the undergraduate Honors Council and contribute to curricular and program development.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, legislators visit campus
At her office’s request, Senator Amy Klobuchar visited UMM January 10 to learn more about UMM’s sustainability initiatives as part of her tour of Minnesota’s counties. The Senator was given a green campus tour and viewed an interactive demonstration about UMM's carbon footprint reduction plan by Chancellor Jacquie Johnson and Lowell Rasmussen, plant services. A presentation on the Gateway Center Project was given the same day to local leaders, legislators and community members.

Prairie Yard and Garden (PY&G) season underway
Produced by Media Services at UMM, PY&G uses its affiliation with the University of Minnesota to bring important and tested horticultural information to gardeners in what is occasionally a difficult and frustrating growing region. Each season, PY&G travels the state to meet with researchers, gardening and nursery professionals, educators and backyard gardeners to discuss specific issues related to horticulture, landscaping and a host of other gardening topics. Host Sue Gooch will welcome Jeff Hahn, U of M entomologist, to the next Prairie Yard and Garden show, “Tree Insects,” which will air at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. PY&G airs each Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. programs are replayed on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Studio art faculty work in Gallery
Artwork from past and present University of Minnesota, Morris studio art faculty members who have made contributions to the studio art program over the past 47 years will be on exhibit January 24 through March 14 in the Gallery of Humanities Fine Arts at UMM. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, in the Gallery.

Ann Reed to perform at UMM
Minnesota Public Radio and UMM will present singer, songwriter and guitarist Ann Reed in a Minnesota Sesquicentennial celebratory concert, “Song for Minnesota,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Edson Auditorium. Special guest pianist Dan Chouinard will also perform. Call (320) 589-6080 or visit the Student Activities Office for ticket information. More at Ann Reed. Reed’s performance at UMM was mentioned in the Mpls. Star Tribune.

Alum Jeff Ulrich will give Latterell lecture
Jeff Ulrich ’95 will deliver the 2008 Joseph J. Latterell Visiting Alumnus Program Lecture on January 31. His speech, to be given at 7:30 p.m. in Science 1020, is titled “From molecular dynamics to hedge fund mathematics: the career of a UMM physics graduate.” More at Jeff Ulrich.


Michael Lackey, English, has been selected as a 2008-2009 resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study on the Twin Cities campus. His project is titled "Modernist God States: A Literary Study of the Political Scrambles for the World." Competition for these awards was particularly keen this year with only 16 fellows selected from 67 applicants. Lackey also presented a paper titled, "Revising the Secularization Hypothesis: The Postcolonial Critique of the God-Concept," at the Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago.

Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, Tara Schmidt, Admissions, Tom McRoberts, Continuing Education and Regional Programs and Center for Small Towns, Carol McCannon, Student Activities, Roger McCannon, retired UMM staff, and Judy Riley, University Relations, attended the Annual Morris Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner and Fundraiser January 16. Chuck Grussing, campus police, and Ken Hodgson, music, are members of the Kiwanis Quartet who provided the evening's entertainment. Winchester, who led the annual meeting portion of the event, was elected for a second term as chair of the Chamber Board of Directors. Riley assisted during the Lucky Buck Auction portion of the evening in the absence of the Chamber executive director. Riley, who represents UMM on the Chamber Board, and Winchester both serve the Chamber on its Executive Committee.

UMM Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson, Lowell Rasmussen, plant services, and Sandy Olson-Loy, student affairs, will present “Back to the Future: Re-inventing a "Green" Learning Environment” at 1:30 p.m. January 25. The presentation is part of the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., January 23-26. Focus of the conference is Intentional Learning, Unscripted Challenges: Knowledge and Imagination for an Interdependent World.

Julie Eckerle, English, has published an essay, titled “Urania’s Example: The Female Storyteller in Early Modern English Romance‚” in Oral Traditions and Gender in Early Modern Literary Texts, a collection of essays edited by Mary Ellen Lamb and Karen Bamford and published by Ashgate. Eckerle also presided over a panel on "Social and Material Genres in Early Modern Life Writing" at the Modern Language Association Annual Convention in Chicago on December 27.

Greg Thorson, political science, testified before the Minnesota State House Health Care Policy Committee on December 17th. Professor Thorson presented the results of his research that he has done in conjunction with the West Central Healthcare Purchasing Alliance. Thorson, Tasina Nitzschke, a UMM graduate and an ABD doctoral student at Washington University, and Nick Maxwell, a UMM graduate who recently received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, announced that their co-authored paper, "Rule Assignment in the Postreform House: A Test of Three Competing Theories of Legislative Organization" has been published in the Autumn 2007 edition of Congress and the Presidency.

Former UMM history professor Barbara M. Posadas and Roland Guyotte, history and interim vice chancellor for academic affairs, have published "Filipino Families in the Land of Lincoln: Immigrant Incorporation in Springfield, Illinois, since 1965," in Elliot R. Barkan, Hasia Diner, and Alan M. Kraut (eds.), From Arrival to Incorporation: Migrants to the U. S. in a Global Era, published by New York University Press.

“Duet: Oil and Clay,” featuring pottery by Kevin Flicker, studio art, and paintings by Judy Flicker, will be on exhibit February 19-March 31 in A Center for the Arts Lobby Gallery at The Historic Fergus Theatre, 124 West Lincoln Avenue, Fergus Falls. An Artists’ Reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. February 22. Gallery hours are T-F, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

UMM in the News

Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator, and Lowell Rasmussen, plant services, were interviewed for a story, “Sustainability is everyone’s job, but some get paid for it,” in the January 21 Mpls. Star Tribune.

Roland Guyotte, history, was interviewed for a column in the January 21 The Daily Journal (Fergus Falls) for “King still a force after 40 years.” Guyotte was in Washington, D.C., when King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.


Gateway Center Project briefing during U of M Legislative Briefing Jan. 23
A UMM-specific briefing on the Gateway Center Project, which is part of the 2008 bonding request, will be held prior to the U of M Legislative Briefing January 23 at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. There will be a special informational session about UMM's Gateway Center Project from 5:15-6:15 p.m. The U of M Briefing begins at 6:30 p.m. Click here to learn more. Attending the event from UMM will be Christine Mahoney and Melissa Weber, University Relations, Maddy Maxeiner, external relations, Erin Schellin, alumni relations and annual giving, James Morales and Bryan Herrmann, admissions.

Lipman Hearne and KNOCK will present creative implementation plans
In response to UMM's creative services RFP, Lipman Hearne and KNOCK will be on campus next week to present their creative development capabilities. The firm that is hired to develop the creative executions will create new logos, admissions materials, alumni relations materials, etc., for UMM. Please attend the presentations as your feedback will be very important in the decision making process. The schedules for next week are as follows: Monday, Jan. 28-Lipman Hearne, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Oyate/University Room, Tuesday, Jan. 29-KNOCK, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Edson Auditorium.

Secondary education program applicants planning to graduate in 2009
All material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by December 21. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be January 28 through 31. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

Elementary or secondary education program applicants
You must take the PRAXIS I - Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The next test is offered at UMM on April 26. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Pat Nelson, Education Division Office, or Jane Kill, Counseling Office, for information on registering now.

Elementary education program applicants planning to graduate in 2010
All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Feb. 1. Interviews will be February 11 through 15. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).

UMM and District 206 Community Education in Alexandria to offer lifelong learning courses
UMM will partner with District 206 Community Education in Alexandria to offer lifelong learning courses in the Alexandria area in April 2008. For more information or to register for this course, contact District 206 Community Education at (320) 762-2149 or by e-mail at UMM’s story on this topic was published in the January 9 Alexandria Echo Press.

Violence Prevention group for couples
Starting Spring Semester the Violence Prevention program will offer an educational/discussion group for couples. This five-week group will cover such topics as effective communication skills dealing with conflict and spirituality in relationships. For more information and to register contact ext. 6061 or Violence Prevention Program.

UMM’s annual Midwinter Gathering
UMM’s annual Midwinter Gathering, sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association, will be held February 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Pracna on Main, 117 Main Southeast, Minneapolis. For more information and to RSVP, call (320) 589-6066 or visit Alumni Relations.


Reminder to seniors
Deadline to apply for degree for spring/summer/fall 2008 is February 4. Applications need to be submitted in order to be considered for Commencement. Web site is Contact Registrar's Office with questions.

Elementary education applicants planning to graduate in 2010
All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Feb. 1. Interviews will be February 11 through 15. Sign up sheets will be posted on the Education Division Office door (211) when you return in January.

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