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


Janet Schrunk Ericksen, Barry McQuarrie are Horace T. Morse award recipients
Janet Schrunk Ericksen, associate professor of English, and Barry McQuarrie, associate professor of mathematics, have received the 2007-2008 Horace T. Morse University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. They join six other recipients from across the University system.

Congressman Keith Ellison will deliver Commencement address May 17
Congressman Keith Ellison, who has represented Minnesota's 5th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2007, has accepted the invitation of the UMM Functions and Awards Committee and will address this year's graduating seniors. Ellison is the first African American from Minnesota to serve in the U.S. Congress and he is the first person of the Muslim faith to serve as a U.S. Congressman.

Sherman Alexie will provide WTCHW keynote
A keynote presentation by novelist, poet and screenplay writer Sherman Alexie will kick off the 35th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage (WTCHW) Week, March 24-April 1. Alexie will speak at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24, in Edson Auditorium. Visit WTCHW for a schedule of WTCHW events.

”Echoes of Cry of the Marsh,” town hall meeting
A panel of experts in agriculture, biology and political policy will assemble for a town hall meeting to discuss wetland preservation, ecology and the environmental impact of humans on wetlands. The one-hour meeting will be broadcast live from the Black Box Theatre on Pioneer Public Television at 8 p.m. March 25. The meeting will also be Web cast live. “Echoes of Cry of the Marsh,” which will provide a basis for the town hall discussion, will be shown prior to the town hall meeting in a special screening to begin in the Black Box Theatre at 6:45 p.m. The program will also be shown on Pioneer Public Television beginning at 7 p.m. For more details on these events visit Echoes.


Deb Economou, economics/management, had a recent article, "Campaign Finance in Minnesota: Evaluating Minnesota's Ethics In Government Act" published in Volume 34, Issue 2 of the William Mitchell Law Review. The entire issue was devoted to the topic of election law and, according to the editor in chief, contributions solicited with the goal of providing the legal community with insight on the topic. Printing was completed February 20, 2008.

Susan Schmidgall, external relations, and Carla Riley, alumni relations, attended a Capitol Hill Gathering March 10 in Washington, D.C. The visit included a performance by the UMM Concert Choir, directed by Ken Hodgson, before the Minnesota congressional delegation as part of the choir’s 2008 Spring Tour, which continues with performances on the East Cast and Canada through March 22. The choir also performed later that day at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bethesda, Md. Schmidgall and Riley attended a UMM alumni and friends social gathering that evening.

Greg Thorson, political science, testified March 11 before the Minnesota House Health and Human Services Committee about two rural health care bills developed and drafted by the West Central Health Care Purchasing Alliance (WCHPA). Thorson has served as WCHPA's Research Coordinator since 2003. His work has been supported by the West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and the Center for Small Towns.

Judy Riley, University Relations, attended the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce Coffee Break, held March 12 at Taco John’s. Riley represents UMM on the Chamber Board of Directors. Chamber Coffee Breaks are hosted by Chamber member businesses and provide an occasional opportunity to meet those who own, manage and work in the Morris business community and to network with business colleagues.

On-the-Road alumni event in Sioux Falls
Carla Riley, alumni relations, and Susan Schmidgall, external relations, will join fellow alumni and UMM friends for an informal dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Minervas Restaurant, 301 S. Phillips Ave., Sioux Falls, S.D. E-mail Alumni Relations or call (320) 589-6066 by March 21 to RSVP if you plan to attend.

UMM in the News

Chancellor Jacquie Johnson commented during the March 6 KMRS Morris radio local news story about Clean Renewable Energy Bonds (CREB). Chancellor Johnson will also be the guest during the March 17 Community Connection program on KMRS to talk about the CREB (Clean Renewable Energy Bonds) and to give a bonding bill update. Community Connection airs each weekday from 8:45-9 a.m. on 1230 AM.

An interview with Christine Mahoney, University Relations, about the Gateway Center Project aired March 11 on KUMM.

Paula O’Loughlin, political science, was interviewed March 5 by reporter Paul Stagg, KWLM radio, Willmar, about the Texas and Ohio primaries and recriminations regarding the veto override of the transportation bill.

An interview with Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability coordinator, is published in the online Biomass Magazine story, “College students to build liberal arts degree on renewable energy.”

UMM’s local foods initiative is mentioned in the online Finance and Commerce.

UMM’s goal to become energy self-sufficient is mentioned in a March 7 story, "Students engage Pawlenty on climate change, MN policy," in the online The Mac Weekly.


Annual Planning begins March 24
Annual Planning is UMM's spring advising event for all students. It is your chance to create a long-range plan for your academic program. You will meet with your adviser to discuss goals, choose classes and explore options that will help you meet your goals. Students who have completed fewer than 60 credits are required to meet with their advisers to develop a plan before registering for fall classes. Schedule an appointment to see your adviser or contact the Center for Advising and Learning if you need assistance.

Calling all grads who are planning to participate in Commencement from UMM
What an exciting spring this is for you! The Commencement ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. May 17 on the campus mall (P.E. Center if rain). To make it even MORE exciting, we will host "Grad Finale" on March 25, immediately after you return from Spring Break. Grad Finale is your "one-stop shopping event” for all your Commencement needs. It will be held at Oyate Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pick up your cap and gown, check to make sure you are on the list to graduate, buy a class ring and visit many other booths during Grad Finale. PLUS there will be food and prizes and music and fun. Please make plans to stop by! Questions? Contact Maggie Larson in Special Events, ext. 6053.

“McCrory Gardens” next on Prairie Yard and Garden
Just off the interstate, McCrory Gardens serves not only as an outdoor horticulture research and teaching lab, but also as a welcome retreat of beauty for all to enjoy. Research director David Graper gives Prairie Yard and Garden host Sue Gooch a tour of this colorful public garden highlighting a variety of its specialized areas. “McCrory Gardens: A Brookings, South Dakota Gem” will air at 7:30 p.m. March 13 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.


Elementary or secondary education program applicants
You must take PRAXIS I - Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test is offered at UMM on April 26. You must register for this exam by March 27. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST and all required sections of PRAXIS II before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Counseling or Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office for information on registering immediately.

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