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Benefit events for “BC”
The Student Athlete Advisory Committee has planned and will host two benefit events for UMM and UMAC Sports Information Director, Brian {Curtis] Brummond. Brian is undergoing treatment for cancer. A benefit spaghetti dinner will be held at the Morris American Legion (on West Fifth Street across from Casey's) on February 7 from 5-7 p.m. A bowl-a-thon will be held on February 10 at Crystal Lanes on West Fifth Street (heading toward Alberta) in Morris. UMM athletes will be bowling from 1-3 p.m. To sponsor a bowler contact a Cougar athlete or if you would like to bowl, a $20 minimum in sponsorships is requested. More details are available at Brian Curtis.

UMM Young Alumni Service Project
The culture and tradition of leadership and service that you begin as a UMM student continues through UMM Young Alumni Service Projects. You are invited to volunteer with fellow UMM alumni at the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children. Experience a sense of service and community as you package meals for the world's hungriest children. For more information, directions and to RSVP, e-mail Erin Schellin, call ext. 6067 or check the Web site at Alumni.

University Sesquicentennial Web site debuts
The University of Minnesota Sesquicentennial Web site includes information about University system events. Visit Sesqui.


Van Gooch, biology, has the cover article in the most recent number of "Eukaryotic Cell." Two UMM students—Julie Fox and Melissa Touroutoutoudis—are included in the list of co-authors. Additional students are mentioned in the acknowledgements: Nick Wohlner, Judy Olson, Brianna Johnson and Sue Gooch.

The presentation by Chancellor Jacquie Johnson, Lowell Rasmussen, associate vice chancellor for physical plant and master planning, and Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, during the American Colleges and Universities Annual meeting in Washington, D.C., is now online at AAC&U.

Chancellor Jacquie Johnson, Maddy Maxeiner, external relations, and Carla Riley, alumni relations and annual giving, will attend the West Central School of Agriculture annual winter reunion in Mesa, Ariz., February 11. They will attend informal “Dinners with the Chancellor” for UMM alumni, also on February 11 in Mesa and on February 12 in Tucson, Ariz. They will join UMM alumni during a “Dinner with the Chancellor” in Boston on February 18.

The Morris Area Junior High School Eighth Grade Concert Band will participate in the Minnesota Music Educator's Association Mid-Winter In-Service Clinic on February 14 in Minneapolis. The Band will present an interactive session with conductor and UMM alumna, Dot Vick, guest conductor John Ross, former UMM Wind Ensemble conductor, and Elaine Ross, music. The band will conclude the session with a performance of “Storm Chaser,” the piece commissioned by them as seventh graders. The performance will be at 1 p.m. in room 200, Minneapolis Convention Center.

Martin Seggelke, music, will present a session at the Minnesota Music Educator's Association Mid-Winter In-Service Clinic on February 14, titled "The Art of Conducting: Non-Verbal Communication.” The session will be at 2:15 p.m. in room 202, Minneapolis Convention Center.

Campus Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough is a presenter during the “Deploying a Wind Turbine” Web conference February 19 and 21.

UMM in the News

Paula O’Loughlin, political science, joined Cyndy Brucato during the KSTP-TV (Mpls.) Eyewitness News at 4:30 p.m. on Super Tuesday to talk about the role of media in politics. View the news clip online at KSTP. Paula was also interviewed for a February 5 story, “They came, they spoke, we caucus,” in The Minnesota Daily.

Al Franken mentions a speech given at UMM in the February 4 Crookston Times story, “Franken’s on a mission to restore America’s standing.”

UMM and Chancellor Jacquie Johnson are mentioned in a Morris Sun Tribune column, “Talking Points—Vestas project worth a healthy investment of Morris’ energies,” in the February 4 issue.


”Tree Selection” next on Prairie Yard and Garden
John Ball, professor of horticulture at South Dakota State University, explains the importance of proper tree selection, planting and maintenance to establish the beautiful specimen tree you have always wanted. “Tree Selection” will air at 7:30 p.m. February 7 on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. Each segment of Prairie Yard and Garden, produced by Media Services at UMM, is replayed at 4:30 p.m. on the Saturday following the initial episode.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor’s Open Office Hour is Friday, Feb. 15, at 3:30 p.m. All members of the UMM campus community are welcome to drop in and chat with Chancellor Johnson. Please note: these hours are subject to change. It is recommended that you check the following website: Chancellor’s Open Office Hours the day you plan to drop in or call her office at ext. 6020.

UMAC Food Drive 2008
Bring a non-perishable food item and get a free box of popcorn! Food brought to the UMM P.E. Center during the February 16 women’s and men’s basketball games vs. Northland College will benefit the Stevens County Food Shelf. Games start at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. respectively.

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.

Gathering for UMM choir, alumni and friends in Washington, D.C.
A gathering for the UMM choir, alumni, friends and legislators will be held on Monday March 10, in the House Committee on Agriculture room, 1300 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. There will be a short performance by the UMM choir with Ken Hodgson directing. Light refreshments will be served. An RSVP is appreciated if you plan to attend the Capitol Hill reception. For more information or to RSVP, call the UMM Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 6066.


Priority Deadline Date for applying for 2008-2009 Financial Aid at UMM is March 1, 2008
The priority deadline date to complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) or Renewal FAFSA to the federal processor is March 1, 2008. If the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA is submitted after March 1 you may not receive institutional grant funds. If you/your parent(s) have not completed a 2007 Federal Tax Form, you may estimate the 2007 tax information or use the 2006 Federal Tax Form. Make corrections to the processed FAFSA online once you/your parent(s) have completed your 2007 Federal Tax Form(s). Complete the FAFSA or Renewal FAFSA online at FAFSA. If you are unable to access the FAFSA online, you may obtain a paper FAFSA by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-433-3243. If you have questions or need assistance, Financial Aid staff will help you Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. by phone at (320) 589-6035/1-800-992-8863, in person at 105 Behmler Hall, or e-mail Financial Aid.

Elementary education applicants planning to graduate in 2010
All application material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by February 1. Interviews will be February 11 through 15. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).

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