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Kiplinger ranks UMM among nation’s “best values”
UMM is ranked among the top 100 colleges nationally as a best value for out-of-state students in the 2008 Kiplinger Best Values in Public Colleges exclusive survey. UMM and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus are the only schools in Minnesota to make the list. Read more at Kiplinger.

Environmental studies major begins at UMM next fall
A new interdisciplinary major in environmental studies will be available for UMM students next fall. The new major will complement the renewable energy and sustainability initiatives that are already in place or in progress at UMM. Visit Environmental Studies or read more at UMM News Service.

Sheldon Garon will present Driggs Lecture
Sheldon Garon, Dodge Professor of History and East Asian Studies, Princeton University, will give the 23rd Annual O. Truman Driggs Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. February 25 in HFA Recital Hall. Garon’s lecture, “Keep on Saving: How Other Nations Forged Cultures of Thrift When America Didn’t,” will focus on savings and thrift movements in the modern world with particular emphasis on Japan, the United States and Western Europe. A reception will follow the address.

Support the U Day February 20
UMM students, staff and faculty, alumni and volunteers will join with other U of M supporters at the Minnesota State Capitol for Support the U Day February 20. Hundreds of University supporters from across the state will be at the Capitol urging legislators to support the University’s legislative requests and sharing their personal University-related stories. To participate, register online at Support the U Day. There will be a meeting in the UMM Student Center at 8 a.m. on February 20. Buses will depart from the campus’ North Parking Lot at 8:30 a.m. and from the capitol at 3 p.m. the same day. For more information contact Escillia Allen, UMM student legislative coordinator. To contact your legislator, visit Legislative Network.


Sodexho Campus Services scored 100 percent on both physical and food safety during a recent NSF audit. The NSF is an international public health and safety group hired by Sodexho, but with no connection. The audit requires proof of compliance and proper food/safety for the building, employees and food, through documentation and employee interviews. Special attention is paid to hand washing, temperature taking and cleanliness (work areas, building and how staff appear).

UMM in the News

UMM’s partnerships with the USDA soils lab in Morris are mentioned in the February 12 Agri News story, “Budget cuts could take bite out of research labs.”

Steve Gross, history, was scheduled to be interviewed by Paul Stagg, KWLM radio, Willmar, on the history of Valentine’s Day.

KMRS radio, Morris, interviewed Chancellor Jacquie Johnson on the topic of graduation rates at the University of Minnesota. The segment aired February 11 on the local news.

PZ Myers, biology, is mentioned in the online Chronicle of Higher Education story, “Author of Peer-Reviewed Creationist Paper Seeks Retraction.”


Submit nominations for the UMMAA 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award
Nominees must be UMM alumni and may be nominated by anyone. A selection committee comprised of UMM alumni will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the UMM Alumni Association Board of Directors. The UMMAA Board of Directors will name the recipient. Visit Distinguished Alumni for further information. If you have questions, contact Carla Riley, ext. 6394 or Carla Riley.

“Garden Remedies: Fact or Fiction” next on Prairie Yard and Garden
Beer, vinegar, soap, eggshells, tobacco – what do they have in common? All represent one of the many garden remedies touted as being effective for one thing or another. But do they really work? University of Minnesota horticulturalist, Jeff Gillman, has been scientifically testing these remedies and will discuss his results with Prairie Yard and Garden host, Sue Gooch at 7:30 p.m. February 14 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.


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.

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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, UMM in the News and announcements in brief about the University of Minnesota, Morris. The deadline for submissions is noon each Wednesday.

To submit items or direct questions, contact Weekly Bulletin editor, Judy Riley.

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