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Return Jazz Fest ticket order form by Friday
Mail or bring in your Jazz Fest ticket order form to the Student Activities office before noon Friday, Feb. 29, to be included in the ticket lottery (orders are opened randomly and filled until all seats are taken for a given night). Jazz Fest is three days of non-stop, hot jazz with over 800 visiting high school musicians for the all-day clinics, 20-plus UMM jazz combos over the three evening performances—Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 3-5—the West Central All Stars (Friday night), the Alumni Jazz Band (Saturday night) and every night performances by guest artists Eric Marienthal, saxophone, and Byron Stripling, trumpet. Order forms are available at the Student Center Information Desk, Student Activities or by mail. Call ext. 6080.

ACE Open House
The new Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) office invites members of the campus community to stop by for a belated office warming and open house on Wednesday March 5, from 3-5 p.m. in 223 Community Services. ACE is a resource and advising center which brings together in a central location our existing programs in Honors, National Student Exchange, Study Abroad, National Scholarships and undergraduate research opportunities at UMM (UROPs, URS, MAPs, etc). Refreshments will be provided.

State of the U broadcast March 6
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the annual State of the U address, which will be broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to all University campuses. At UMM, the address can be viewed in the Science Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Following the address, time will be allotted during which members of the audiences from all University campuses may ask questions of President Bruininks.

“Echoes of the Cry of the Marsh,” Town Hall Meeting
A town hall meeting to discuss wetland preservation, ecology and the environmental impact of humans on wetlands will be broadcast live from the Black Box Theatre at UMM over Pioneer Public Television at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25. The meeting will also be Web cast live. The documentary, “Echoes of the Cry of the Marsh,” which will provide a basis for the town hall discussion, will be shown in the Black Box Theatre and on Pioneer Public Television at 7 p.m. Watch for further information at News Service.


The Mock Trial team finished first during the Upper Midwest Durst Memorial Regional Competition in Superior, Wis., February 8-10. UMM competed against teams from Madison, Carleton, St. John’s and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The first-place team from UMM is comprised of Jonathan Bringewatt, Jeremy Jost, Chris Omlid, Eva Wood, Collin Tearny, Mark Meyer and Adam Kopel. Omlid and Kopel each received Outstanding Witness Awards and Wood received the Top Attorney Award. Greg Thorson, political science, is the team’s faculty adviser.

Julie A. Eckerle, English, was recently awarded a 2008 University of Minnesota Faculty Summer Research Fellowship and a matching McKnight Summer Fellowship for the Arts and Humanities. The purpose of the fellowships, which are administered by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School and the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, is to encourage quality in research and artistic creation by faculty members by permitting them to devote time during the summer to intensive work on a specific, well-focused project. Eckerle will receive $12,000 for her project, Romancing the Self: A Study of Early Modern Englishwomen's Life Writing. She will research the writings and lives of 16th and 17th-century women authors. Her project will result in a book about the relationship between early modern Englishwomen's life writings and the romance genre. Watch for Eckerle to present her work at a Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar in the 2008-09 academic year.

Kevin and Judy Flicker are exhibiting their artwork at A Center for the Arts in Fergus Falls. The exhibition is titled "Duet: Oil and Clay" and features pots by Kevin and oil paintings by Judy. This is the first time the couple has exhibited their work together. Kevin is a ceramics teaching specialist at UMM and Judy is a 1974 UMM graduate who works as an Early Childhood Special Education teacher in the Morris Public Schools. The exhibition runs through March 30.

Chancellor Jacquie Johnson and Associate Vice Chancellor for External Relations Maddy Maxeiner attended a CASE development conference in Boston on February 19-22. While there, as part of the ongoing Alumni Relations and Annual Giving "On the Road" program, Johnson, Maxeiner and Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Carla Riley enjoyed the company of UMM alumni and friends for dinner at Boston Legal on February 19. As always, they were warmly welcomed by UMM alumni who were very appreciative for the opportunity to catch up on UMM happenings.

Several UMM alumni who are employed by West Central Environmental Consultants (WCEC) are among those who responded to the plating company fire in Wahpeton, N.D. They are: Jason Kirwin, senior project manager and team leader, biology major, Gary Perowitz, senior project manager and team leader, biology major, chemistry minor, April Pilarski, project manager staff biologist, biology major, Kurt Nelson, assistant project manager, staff geologist, geology major, and Jake Holthouse, assistant project manager, staff geologist, geology major. They are among UMM alumni that WCEC employs in five offices and among several other WCEC employees (some Morris residents) who also responded.

A poster, titled Accounting for Engagement in Minor Crimes: Risk Moderates Effects of Value, Pleasure Mediates Effects of Trait Aggression, was presented by Eric Klinger, emeritus, psychology, Pulum Kim ’07 and Ann Mielke ’06 during the February 9 Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kim is a graduate student at Cambridge U., England. Mielke is an executive team leader for assets protection at Target Corporation.

UMM in the News

Both Agri News and Sue Retka Schill, a writer for various biomass magazines, have picked up the environmental studies major story sent by University Relations. An item appeared in the online February 26 Agri News. Schill will interview Troy Goodnough from the perspective of biofuels, renewables and sustainability. The Schill story should be posted online soon at either or

Legislative override of the governor’s veto of the transportation bill has garnered statewide media attention. Paula O’Loughlin, political science, has been interviewed on the topic by Minnesota News Network, KFAI (Mpls. FM radio station) and Minnesota Public Radio.

Tara Greiman, UMM student and Miss Heart of the Lakes Princess, was mentioned in “Brownies go ‘Green’,” a story in the February 23 The Fergus Falls Daily Journal. A biology and environmental studies major, Greiman spoke to a local Brownie Girl Scout Troop about the environment and how to save energy. Greiman will participate in the Miss Minnesota America pageant in June.

The UMM Concert Choir performance in New York Mills was mentioned in the February 23 The Fergus Falls Daily Journal.


“A Garden Choo-Choo” 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 28 on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. Date for this program was incorrectly listed in the Pioneer Preview.

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, ext. 6464.

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