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Chancellor Johnson to testify before U.S. Senate Committee
Chancellor Jacquie Johnson will be one of three university leaders nationwide to testify before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works in Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, a committee member, invited Johnson to testify Thursday, April 3, at 9 a.m. CDT during the Senate committee hearing on "Examining Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at U.S. Colleges and Universities." The hearing may be televised on C-SPAN. Watch C-SPAN for program updates.

Public Engagement Day at UMM Friday
The West Central Research and Outreach Center is among places featured as an example of public engagement efforts between UMM and the greater Morris community on Friday, April 4, as part of UMM's Public Engagement Day. Visit Public Engagement Day for more information.

You’re invited to attend the annual Recognition Dinner
Mark your calendars and plan to attend the annual Recognition Dinner on Thursday, May 1, in Oyate Hall. Staff, faculty and a guest are invited to the complimentary dinner at 6 p.m. Greet UMM retired staff and faculty during a 4:30 p.m. UMM Retirees Association reception at LaFave House. RSVP to Maggie Larson or ext. 6053 by Friday, April 25. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and UMM Special Events.


Mike Kopel, Plant Services gardener, has successfully completed the certified arborist examination administered through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and the local Chapter of the ISA. The examination included intensive questions regarding how to trim trees, identify and care for diseased trees and the proper application of fertilizer and nutrients. Kopel joins UMM gardener Mieka Hoffman as a certified arborist for the campus.

Julie Pelletier, anthropology, will kick off the Pope County Museum’s Sesquicentennial Chautauqua Series at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, with a presentation on Ojibwe Culture and the Helbing Collection. Several of Pelletier’s students have benefited from internships at the Pope County Museum, particularly in relation to the Native American collection.

Nancy Carpenter, chemistry, was an invited speaker for a biofuels mini symposium at the midwest section meeting of the American Society of Plant Biologists held March 29-30 at Iowa State University. She presented "Biodiesel from Microalgae: Extracting the Potential," her research in collaboration with Dr. Roger Ruan on the University’s St. Paul campus.

UMM in the News

A wind turbine photo, taken by Barb Hesse, The Center for Small Towns, accompanies the story, “Tilting at Turbines,” on page four of the Spring 2008 issue of M. Judy Riley, University Relations, facilitated the story by writer Deane Morrison.

[Morris Sun Tribune 3/29/08] Lowell Rasmussen, Plant Services, was mentioned in the Looking Back column, which recalled his transfer to UMM 15 years ago from the Waseca campus.

[KWLM radio, Willmar] Reporter Paul Stagg is developing two stories: Chancellor Johnson’s Washington, D.C., Senate testimony and a project in partnership between the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Schools, UMM Education Division and The Center for Small Towns.


Wine and Wikis 2008 postponed until Fall Semester
The Wine and Wikis Technology Showcase event originally set for Thursday, April 10, at LaFave House has been postponed until Fall Semester due to scheduling conflicts. Additional presentation proposals for the fall event will be accepted through August 1. For more information contact Pam Gades or Instructional Technology Partners group members Karen Cusey or LeAnn Dean.

Young Alumni Study Abroad Reunion Project
Pareena Lawrence, economics/management, Janet Erickson, English, and Sarah Buchanan, French, all who have recently traveled abroad with students, will reconnect with young alumni who studied abroad during their time at UMM during a Young Alumni Study Abroad Reunion Project. Along with their students, each faculty member will present a short slide show and discuss their travel abroad adventures from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 16 at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 2685 Southdale Center, Edina. Contact Erin Schellin for more information.

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. 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 immediately for information on registering.

UMM’s Carol Ford is next Prairie Yard and Garden guest
Cold winter conditions don't keep this Chippewa County Master Gardener from successfully growing veggies when the snow flies. Working out of a passive solar greenhouse, Carol Ford (UMM Science and Math Division staff) grows fresh greens and selected cold crops that are supplemented with an unusual variety of summer grown stored root crops. “Growing Veggies in Winter” will air at 7:30 p.m. April 3 on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton. This is the final segment of this season’s Prairie Yard and Garden programming.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor’s Open Office Hour is Monday, April 7, 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.


USA Scholarship applications
Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2008 United Staff Association (USA) $300 scholarship. Sons, daughters, stepchildren, grandchildren, spouses, registered domestic partners and children of registered domestic partners of UMM Civil Service or Bargaining Unit employees are eligible. Applicants must be attending UMM Spring Semester 2008. Applications are available at USA Scholarship or from a committee member: Rita Bolluyt, Grants Development, Judy Korn, External Relations, Lynn Schulz, Computing Services, or Melody Veenendaal, Student Affairs. Completed applications must be received by Rita Bolluyt in the Grants Development office by 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 18, 2008, for consideration. The scholarship will be awarded during Spring Semester 2008.

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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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