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Weekly Bulletin takes Spring Break
Weekly Bulletin will not publish on Wednesday, March 19, during Spring Break. WB will resume on Wednesday, March 26.


CREB to fuel UMM’s energy goals
UMM has received three Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREB) that will continue to move the Morris campus forward as a national leader in renewable energy systems and to meet the campus goal of becoming energy self-sufficient by 2010. Read more CREB.

Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Barry McQuarrie receive Horace T. Morse Awards
Janet Schrunk Ericksen, associate professor of English, and Barry McQuarrie, associate professor of mathematics, have received the 2007-2008 all-University Horace T. Morse-Alumni Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. They join six others systemwide: Todd Arnold, fisheries, wildlife, and conservation biology, Leon Hsu, postsecondary teaching and learning, Timothy Johnson, political science, Terry J. Jones, astronomy, Kristopher McNeill, chemistry, and Kristen C. Nelson, forest resources.

Legislative Update: 2008 U of M Capital Request
The Minnesota House and Senate will vote later this week on their separate bonding proposals, including many of the University's bonding requests. Both the House and Senate support the Gateway Center Project for the Morris campus. The House plan offers $136.2 million in University support, the Senate provides $133.9 million, and include:
* University asset preservation and replacement ($40 M—system-wide)
* Science Teaching and Student Services building ($48.3 M--Twin Cities)
* Civil Engineering building ($10 M--Duluth)
* Gateway Center ($5 M--Morris)
* Bell Museum ($24 M--Twin Cities)
* Classroom renovations ($2 M—system-wide)
* Laboratory renovations ($3.33 M—system-wide)
* Research and outreach centers in Crookston and Morris ($1.33 M from Senate, Crookston only $3.5 M from House, both). Let legislators know the University's requests are essential to the health of our University and our state.

State of the U broadcast Thursday
University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will give the annual State of the U address, broadcast from the Twin Cities campus via interactive television to the Science Auditorium beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 6. Following the address, audience members from all University campuses may ask questions of the president. Read more State of the U.

Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company here Saturday
A melding of ancient Chinese forms with modern dance in artistic and inventive styles, the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company comes to Edson Auditorium Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. The company will be decked out in dazzling costumes and dance to original music with a mix of Chinese movement and ballet. For ticket information, contact the UMM Office of Student Activities at (320) 589-6080.

Register for 35th Creative Study Institute
The 35th Annual Henjum Creative Study Institute will be held June 16-27, featuring day and residential options with art, music and technology topics for students age 12 to 17. Participants who sign up before April 20 may qualify for discounts and scholarships. Registration forms without discounts or scholarships will be accepted through June 11. To request a free Creative Study Institute brochure and scholarship packet, call UMM Continuing Education, ext. 6450 or visit CSI.


Robert Ritzschke, campus police, and Mark Anderson received the Citizens Valor Award from Morris Police Chief Jim Beauregard for their bravery in directly saving a citizens life during a dangerous situation. In September 2007, Ritzschke and Anderson were traveling in a vehicle in Morris when they observed an individual with a rifle. It was apparent that the individual was preparing to her/himself harm. At great personal risk to themselves, the two intervened and were able to take the weapon away. (Information courtesy of the March 1 Morris Sun Tribune.)

Greg Thorson, political science, and Barbara Burke, speech communication, will be facilitators during the March 12 Learning Unlimited National Issues Forum at 1 p.m. in the Morris Senior/Community Center. The discussion on Issues in Contemporary Religion will involve sharing perspectives on separation of church and state and handling by the media.

Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed on WCCO radio's Dave Lee Show March 4. Thorson discussed the importance of the Ohio and Texas primaries, as well as the recrimination experienced by the six Republican House members that voted to override the governor's transportation veto last week.

UMM in the News

Dorothy DeJager, Registrar’s Office, is quoted in the February 20 story, “Free college credit program struggles for recognition,” in The Minnesota Daily.


Chemistry, geology disciplines purchase XRD with NSF grant
The chemistry and geology disciplines have acquired a Rigaku Miniflex X-ray Diffractometer (XRD) that will significantly increase analytical capabilities for both research and teaching in those disciplines. The XRD will be used primarily for the qualitative and quantitative mineralogical analyses of geologic and archeological samples and material characterization of organic and inorganic compounds. The instrument was purchased under the auspices of a $95,439 grant from the National Science Foundation written by lead principal investigators Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, and Keith Brugger, geology, and co-PI Jimmy Schryver, art history.

“Apricots, Pears, and Plums” next on Prairie Yard and Garden
Nothing beats the taste of home grown fruit freshly picked from the tree at its peak of ripeness. Frank Forcella, an agronomist from Morris, has taken on as a hobby the not-so-widely grown tree fruits and has found much success. He shares his tips and tricks and some delicious fruit with host Sue Gooch at 7:30 p.m. March 6 on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor’s Open Office Hour is Thursday, March 13, at 3 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.


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