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UMM’s Gateway Center Project passes
UMM’s Gateway Center Project in the state’s bonding bill has been approved by Governor Tim Pawlenty. The primary objective of the Gateway Center Project is to enhance access to the Morris campus by creating a portal for visitors, alumni, prospective students and their families, along with benefactors and friends. The project will renovate the historic Community Services building to transform the structure into a highly functional LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building. To learn more about the project visit Gateway Center.


Studio art majors—Ricky Noren (painting), Kristen Wendlandt (painting) and Amber Janey (photography)—are exhibiting their work during “Impact 08” at Northern State University. The exhibit’s intent is to “unite the powerful creative capacities of college/university students working in the visual arts in order to send a shockwave of awareness throughout the region.” "Impact "08" is the only exhibition of its kind in the Northern Great Plains.

A paper by Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, was highlighted on the home page site of the American Chemical Society. Three of the co-authors are UMM students: Bethany Hermanson '08, Tyler Helland '07 and Garett Lee '07. Helland is a first-year medical student at Duluth and Lee is a first-year chemistry graduate student at the University of Iowa.

Carol Marxen, associate professor of education and co-authors Kathy Ofstedal, St. Cloud State University, and Karen Danbon, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, have an article, “Highly Qualified Kindergarten Teachers: Have They Been Left Behind?” published in the January, 2008 Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. The themed issue was devoted to the implications of the No Child Left Behind Act for Early Childhood Teacher Education.

“Totally Red,” a children’s play directed by Siobhan Bremer, theatre, will run Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the AAAA Theatre in downtown Alexandria. UMM students Kelli Tucker and Ashli Tucker are stage manager and choreography assistant, respectively, for the production. Peter Bremer, library, wrote another version of Red Riding Hood, but from the wolf’s perspective, titled “The Wolf Misunderstood,” which will also be performed.

Two poems by Vicki Graham, English, are published in Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place, Spring 2008, vol. 6, no. 2. "Mountain Walking, Coast Range" and "Living by the Coquille River."

Julie Eckerle, English, has been selected to participate in the 2008 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography at the Huntington Library June 23-July 17.

UMM in the News

National, statewide and regional media continue to give significant attention to the April 3 U.S. Senate hearing that included testimony about universities’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, given by Chancellor Jacquie Johnson along with administrators from UC-Berkeley and Yale. In addition to coverage by the Morris Sun Tribune and KMRS/KKOK Morris radio, media who covered the topic include the Winona Daily News, WCCO-TV, KXMB (North Dakota), The Chronicle of Higher Education, Yale Daily News, UC Berkeley News, AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Bulletin, Kansas City infoZine News [online], IonE (U of M Institute on the Environment) News and the University’s Twin Cities campus news Web site.

[4/9/2008 Morris Sun Tribune] Steve Gross, history, and Barbara Burke, speech communication, are mentioned in “Church-state debate never simple, LU group discovers.” Gross and Burke provided expertise on this topic during the March Learning Unlimited program.

[April 2008 IonE (Institute on the Environment) News] An item about UMM’s ZEV vehicle was included and linked to the UMM Web site story.

Ben Winchester, The Center for Small Towns, was interviewed by Paul Stagg, KWLM radio in Willmar, about the Small Town Faculty and Student Fellows program with a special glimpse into the Hispanic School project in Long Prairie. Stagg is also developing a story with Winchester on the Collaborative School Bus Routing project.

[4/7/2008 Ethanol Producer Magazine and Biomass Magazine] “Corn cob research receives $100,000 boost”: The West Central Research and Outreach Center and UMM are mentioned as partners in a team with the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Agriculture Utilization and Research Institute of Minnesota in a project to determine the value and viability of corn cobs as biomass energy feedstock. UMM’s biomass facility is also mentioned in “Organizing Biomass Farmers” in the April issue of Biomass Magazine.


National Survey of Student Engagement: Let your voice be heard!
Thanks to first-year and senior students who have completed the 2008 National Survey of Student Engagement. Student participation in this survey is really important to us at UMM. The results of this survey tell us a lot about what we are doing well at UMM in terms of engaging students in the life of the campus and community, and just as importantly, what we need to do better. Invited first-year and senior students who haven't yet had a chance to complete the survey (or who may have thought the e-mails were spam) will be receiving another e-mail reminder this week. If you have deleted the passwords, call 1-800-676-0390 or e-mail NSSE Survey for assistance. The survey takes only 15 minutes to complete online. The questions are easy. The impact is great. For more information contact Nancy Helsper, Institutional Research director, ext. 6012 or Sandy Olson-Loy, vice chancellor for student affairs, ext. 6013.

Celebrate UMM’s new digital image database
The inauguration of UMM's new digital image database will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Alumni Room in Oyate Hall. High-resolution images may be downloaded from the database by both on- and off-campus audiences. Enjoy the history represented by the images in the Historic Campus collection, which features images collected for UMM's Campus Historic Preservation Plan and the UMM Heritage collection featuring UMM and West Central School of Agriculture photos. A third collection, UMM Today, will provide current photos of campus facilities and the UMM community.

Briggs Library Associates Annual Meeting
The Briggs Library Associates annual meeting will be held in the lower level of the Rodney A. Briggs Library at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15. In addition to a short business meeting and presentation of awards, there will be a presentation, titled "A World of Opportunity," featuring UMM students studying abroad and international students studying at UMM. Refreshments will be served.

Earth Day at the World Cafe
UMM students and area farmers will discuss sustainable food and farming systems, renewable energy and other hot topics (like global warming) that are changing our lives and affecting our future. Monday, April 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Turtle Mountain Cafe. Local sources snacks provided. Sponsored by UMM and the Sustainable Farming Association.

Tinman Alumni Spaghetti Feed
The UMM Alumni Association will host a pre-race spaghetti feed the night before the annual Tinman Triathlon. Enjoy the hospitality of LaFave House from 5-7 p.m. April 25 and carbo load with other alumni participants, family and friends. For more information and to RSVP for the spaghetti feed visit Tinman Spaghetti Feed or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at ext. 6066, Alumni Relations. To register for the Tinman Triathlon visit Tinman.

Volunteer to help during Tinman Triathlon
E-mail Corey Phelps or call ext. 6167 to volunteer for this year's Tinman Triathlon or for more information. Everyone who volunteers gets a free T-shirt. The 25th Annual Tinman Triathlon will be held on Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Mark your calendars—UMM at Living Green Expo in May
UMM will be participating in the Living Green Expo on Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, the free event provides real solutions for people to live better, healthier lives with less impact on the environment.

Nominations and Election of Discipline Student Representatives, Division of Science and Mathematics
Nominations for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open through Friday, April 11. Nominations should be submitted to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division office. Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor’s Open Office Hour is Tuesday, April 22, at 11:30 a.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.


Student Employment
The last day to submit your spring time sheets for student employment payroll is Friday, May 16, 2008. If time sheets are turned in after May 16, you will not be paid under the student employment payroll. You will need to deal directly with your employer to be paid from department funds. This may cause a delay in receiving your paycheck.

Student Loans
The last day to increase or apply for a Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized, SELF, or PLUS loan for Spring Semester is Friday, May 2, 2008.

Applying for May or Summer Session(s) Financial Aid
The last day to apply for May or Summer financial aid is June 6, 2008. To be eligible for May or Summer financial aid, you must be enrolled for all summer classes by June 10, 2008. Graduating students who have borrowed from federal loan programs should complete exit counseling before the end of Spring Semester.

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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