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UMM unveils new campus digital image collections
UMM has inaugurated its new digital image database. Both on-campus and off-campus users may browse three online photograph collections. The Historic District Collection documents through photography the buildings and spaces that make up the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station Historic District. The collection features building and landscape images of the WCSA collected for UMM's Campus Historic Preservation Plan. The UMM Heritage Collection contains photographs of people, places, and events that span the 120-year history of the campus. UMM Today, holds current UMM photographs. The database is an ongoing, joint project of UMM Archives, Briggs Library, Media Services, Admissions, Computing Services and University Relations. More photographs and scanned materials such as speeches and coursework will be added to the database. If you have WCSA materials you would like to contribute to the West Central Minnesota Historical Archives for this project, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. The database can be accessed online at Digital Image Collections or stop in at Briggs Library or the UMM Archives on the UMM campus for assistance.

Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program participants present their work
Students who have participated in the 2007-08 Multi-Ethnic Mentorship Program (MMP) presented the results of their work April 7. This year’s MMP had 12 projects in the disciplines of art, biology, political science, economics, philosophy, computer science, French, environmental science and education. Read more.


UMM was well represented at the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society held in New Orleans, La., April 6-10. Three faculty—Joseph Alia, Jennifer Goodnough and Ted Pappenfus, all chemistry—and nine students—Amanda Albrecht, Bethany Hermanson, Ching-Wen (Katy) Hsu, Stuart Kohl, Kyung Mee (Janice) Lee, Meredith Lorig, Delaine McKenzie, Laura Thoma and Bess Vlaisavljevich attended the conference. UMM faculty and students presented a total of eight papers at the meeting. Pappenfus and Janice Lee received a Certificate of Merit from the Division of Environmental Chemistry for their paper on the environmentally friendly production of ammonia.

Carol Marxen and Gwen Rudney, education, hosted seven teacher education students and their professor from Chicago State University (CSU) from March 16-20. The students, who completed a practicum in Morris Area Elementary School and Cyrus Math, Science, and Technology Elementary School classrooms, are part of a rural-urban exchange program between UMM and CSU elementary education majors. This is an outgrowth of a program that Marxen started in 1994 where UMM teacher education seniors have the opportunity to complete a weeklong practicum in urban Chicago schools. Since 1994, Marxen and Rudney have placed over 200 students in Chicago schools.

Gary Donovan, Career Center, participated in the 2008 annual conference of the Minnesota Career Development Association (MCDA) held last week on the UM-St. Paul campus. He was a participant in a day-long workshop on Multicultural Career Counseling: Providing Culturally Effective Career Counseling Services to Clients of Color. Donovan is a past officer of the MCDA and the National Career Development Association.

As part of its commitment to increase the sustainability of its operations, Sodexho has announced that it will replace existing dishwashing projects and systems in all of its U.S. sites with the new Ecolab Apex dishwashing system. Sodexho Campus Services is the contracted food management service for the Morris campus. “Apex combines technology and products designed to save water and energy, minimize the impact of products on the environment, and has a built-in method of measuring results,” according to the company’s announcement.

Lowell Rasmussen and Dave Aronson, plant services, and Joel Tallaksen, West Central Research and Outreach Center, are attending the International Biomass ‘08 Conference & Trade Show in Minneapolis April 15-17. Rasmussen is moderator for the Permitting and Lifecycle Assessment Session. On April 18, all three will attend the Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability (UMACS) Conference in Decorah, Iowa, April 18-20. Rasmussen will speak about Developing a Carbon Master Plan. Tallaksen will also present during the UMACS Conference.

UMM in the News

[Inside Higher Ed 4/15/2008] Chancellor Jacquie Johnson was interviewed for the story, “Do Colleges Need Green Czars?” Chancellor Johnson was also interviewed April 11 by reporter Paul Stagg, KWLM radio, Willmar, on the topic of her recent U.S. Senate testimony.

[Mankato Free Press 4/14/2008] UMM student and Cougar tennis player, Tyson Mastin, is profiled in “Blue Earth native returns to local courts.”

Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed by the St. Paul Pioneer Press about the announced merger between Delta and Northwest Airlines. Read excerpts from the interview in the April 16 edition of the newspaper at Pioneer Press.

[Stillwater Courier 4/16/08] Gavin Nelson is mentioned for his work in painting, drawing and printmaking that is featured along with other UMM seniors in the UMM Senior Arts Show April 24 to May 17.

[Agri News 4/15/2008] Alumna Sue Dieter is interviewed and UMM is mentioned in “Morris soil lab’s backers making their voices heard.”


Beautiful U Day at UMM April 17
Habitat for Humanity’s Pot-Your-Own-Plant, Art Club renovations to the campus wood kiln, the Minnesota Public Interest Group's green energy building identifiers and energy efficient light bulb and reusable canvas grocery bag giveaways are all part of the annual Beautiful U Day April 17 at UMM.

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.

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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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