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UMM has joined with 90 other college and university campuses to test the self-assessment tool called STARS—Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System. Visit STARS for more information.

Symphonic Winds members selected to CBDNA honor band
Jessica Henry (French horn), James Jarvie (trumpet) and Brian Kotila (euphonium), all members of the UMM Symphonic Winds, have been selected as members of the 2008 College Band Directors’ National Association (CBDNA) North Central Division Intercollegiate Honor Band, which features the leading musicians from all the university music programs in the Upper Midwest. Hosted in Omaha, Neb., by the CBDNA, the Honor Band will rehearse with guest conductor Ray Cramer March 13-14 at the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and perform March 15 at the Strauss Performing Arts Center as one of the capstone events of the CBDNA Convention. Martin Seggelke, music, will be guest conductor of the U.S. Air Force Heartland Band in a Saturday presentation of “Chosen Gems,” featuring significant repertoire for wind ensemble.

Cougar basketball teams head to post-season tournament
The Cougar men's and women's basketball teams will travel to the Twin Cities to participate in the 2008 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) post-season tournament. All games will be played at Northwestern College in St. Paul. The men will meet Bethany Lutheran College tomorrow (February 21) at 6 p.m. With a win they would play Northwestern College Friday at 8 p.m. The women’s team is seeded third and will play Northland College at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. Championship games are set for 4 and 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. For more information visit Cougar Athletics.

Feed My Starving Children Young Alumni Service Project
Volunteer with fellow UMM alumni at the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children, 6750 West Broadway, Brooklyn Park, Minn., on March 13, 6 -7:30 p.m. Refreshments at 7:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP contact Erin Schellin, call ext. 6067 or visit Alumni Relations.


Pracna on Main served as the venue for this year's Midwinter Event for UMM alumni and friends. Built in 1890, Pracna is billed as "the oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis." Chancellor Jacquie Johnson gave a lively UMM update to the approximately 50 alumni and friends who attended. Maddy Maxeiner, associate vice chancellor for external relations, Carla Riley, director of alumni relations and annual giving, and Erin Schellin, program associate, also attended and enjoyed the camaraderie of those who were happy to share their own "history" and fond memories of their time on campus.

Chancellor Johnson, Maddy Maxeiner and Carla Riley attended the annual West Central School of Agriculture winter reunion in Mesa, Ariz., on February 11. The highly successful event was hosted by Carone Lyng '49 and Arloa Larson '54 and held at the ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort. Over 60 alumni and friends of the WCSA gathered for brunch and a brief program that included an update of UMM happenings by Chancellor Johnson. The UMM contingency was warmly welcomed and thoroughly enjoyed the gracious hospitality of the WCSA alumni and friends who had gathered for the winter reunion.

After attending the West Central School of Agriculture annual winter reunion brunch in Mesa, Chancellor Johnson, Maddy Maxeiner and Carla Riley hosted a dinner gathering for UMM alumni and friends at the Annabelle's Restaurant in the Arizona Golf Resort in Mesa that same evening. On February 12 Chancellor Johnson, Maxeiner and Riley again hosted UMM alumni and friends at LaFuente Restaurant in downtown Tucson, Ariz. A good mix of ages, alumni, friends and former staff at these events made for very interesting and enjoyable social gatherings.

Lowell Rasmussen, plant services, will attend the February 21 Senate Higher Education at the capitol during which University President Robert Bruininks will present the 2008 capital bonding request to the legislature. The hearings are a routine part of the bonding bill process.

UMM in the News

Morris Sun Tribune, February 18, 2008: David Fluegel, Center for Small Towns, is mentioned in “Talking Points – Outdoors, arts amendment is right idea at right time.”

Morris Sun Tribune, February 18, 2008: Jessica Beyer, Center for Small Towns, is mentioned in “Minnesota’s Sesquicentennial: What do we wish for kids?” Visit Sesquicentennial.

Minnesota Public Radio online, February 20, 2008: Sandy Olson-Loy, student affairs, is quoted in the story, “SCSU seeks to teach tolerance.” Visit MPR.


“A Garden Choo-Choo” next on Prairie Yard and Garden
Trains in the garden? Why not? With some creative ingenuity Dick Mullen from Cottage Grove, Minn., has crafted a unique landscape to accommodate his hobby of model trains. He takes Prairie Yard and Garden host Sue Gooch for a tour of his scale communities of Smidgen River and Hosta Vista explaining what it takes to run a train through a garden at 7:30 p.m. February 21 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 Thursday, Feb. 28, at 4 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 Web site: Chancellor’s Open Office Hours the day you plan to drop in or call her office at ext. 6020.


Spring UROP deadline
The Spring 2008 UROP deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2008, for projects beginning on or after July 1, 2008. Projects should end by May 15, 2009. Proposals must be submitted electronically via UROP proposals. UROP is the University’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program that supports student research, scholarly or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty or staff member. For more information visit UROP. See the UROP Web page for additional information and to download application materials. Questions can also be directed to Van Gooch, ext. 6327, or Sharon Van Eps, 6464.

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.

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