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Severe Weather Drill
The Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management has declared this week, April 21-25, as Severe Weather Awareness Week. Stevens County will participate in tornado drills on Thursday April 24, at 1:45 p.m. and again at 6:55 p.m. The Morris campus will participate in the 1:45 p.m. test. As part of the test the radios will be activated, there will be a tone followed by a message regarding the test. At that time the Safety Committee has asked offices with the notification radios to activate the calling tree notification system. They should call areas/offices identified on their calling list and inform them of the test, and if it were an actual emergency they would need to take precautions. This test is a vital part of the campus emergency management plan and participation in the test is very important. The Safety committee members are asking for everyone’s cooperation with the test. This test is important to make sure that the campus notification system works and to determine if there are any problems or holes in the system. Classes will not be interrupted for this test. The committee has asked that buildings be posted with a written notice at the entrances, at the time of the test, NOT before the test. At the time of the test, we ask that individuals think about the nearest safe place to go, to seek refuge at the time of a potential tornado. Seek shelter by moving to the innermost room on the lowest level or to a pre-designated shelter area. Crouch down and protect your head from flying debris. Avoid areas with glass and large roof spans. Additional information regarding Severe Weather Awareness Week can be found on the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management web page, Homeland Security or at National Weather Service.

Senior Art Show starts Thursday
The work of 18 graduating seniors from the studio art program will be featured during the 2008 Senior Art Show 2008 April 24 to May 17. A public opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Humanities Fine Arts Gallery. Refreshments will be served and recognition will be given to the graduating seniors. Read the news release.

Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition event May 1
Seven long-time staff and faculty members will mark their retirement from the University of Minnesota, Morris at the end of this academic year. Their combined service and dedication to the campus will be recognized during the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner on May 1. The UMM Retirees Association will host a reception at LaFave House from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6 p.m. in Oyate Hall. RSVP to Maggie Larson, ext. 6053 or Maggie Larson by Friday, April 25, if you plan to attend. Read the news release.


Congratulations to the Science & Math Division Student Representatives for 2008-09: biology, Mathew Bombyk, chemistry, Zach Boser, computer science, Sarah Lahr and Eli Mayfield, geology, Beth Novak, mathematics, Charles Rudeen, physics, Matt Johantgen and statistics, Andrew Wey.

"Semantic Building Blocks in Genetic Programming," a paper by Nicholas Freitag McPhee, computer science faculty, Brian Ohs '08 and Tyler Hutchison '07, was voted Best Paper at EuroGP 2008, the Eleventh European conference on Genetic Programming ( in Naples, Italy. This paper was based on work started in 2005. Both Ohs and Hutchison were funded by the Morris Academic Partners program. Hutchison was also supported by the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. McPhee was also co-author (with Riccardo Poli, University of Essex) of a second paper nominated for Best Paper, "A linear estimation of distribution GP system.” The acceptance rate for full papers for EuroGP was 34 percent and seven of those were nominated for Best Paper. The conference proceedings are published by Springer (Volume 4971 in the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series). The paper is also available as Number 2, Volume 3 in the UMM Faculty Center Working Paper Series (

UMM in the News

Carol Marxen, elementary education, was interviewed by reporter Paul Stagg, KWLM radio, Willmar, about Marxen’s project with the Long Prairie/Grey Eagle School District. Marxen is mentoring seven teams of teachers who are implementing the co-teaching model for English Language Learners. Her research is supported by The Center for Small Towns.

[4/17/2008 The Daily Journal, Fergus Falls] Mike Reese, renewable energy director at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, was the focus of “Biofuels research moves on at UMM.”

[4/17/2008 The Minnesota Daily] UMM is the focus of a story by former UMM student, now Daily reporter, Kim Melchert, “U Morris practices green energy.”

[4/18/2008 Duluth News Tribune] Paula O’Loughlin, political science, is quoted in the story, “Democrats dream of a good congressional vote.” The story also published in the The Bemidji Pioneer.

[4/18/2008 MinnPost online] PZ Myers, biology, is the topic of the story, “Biologist PZ Myers: Expelled from creationist film, he's creating controversy with his passion for science.”

[4/19/2008 Morris Sun Tribune] The UMM Performing Arts Series is mentioned in “Arts Boosters prepare for annual Arts Festival April 26.”

[4/23/2008 Seattle Times/AP story] Jeff Ratliff-Crain, psychology, is quoted in “Study: Midwest has the worst drunken driving rates.”

[4/23/2008 Morris Sun Tribune] A story by UMM student and Morris Sun Tribune intern, Kim Ukura, mentions UMM: “Posehn’s smooth rise to stardom.”

[4/24/2008 Morris Sun Tribune] UMM research is mentioned in “Grant allows city to move ahead on school property redevelopment.”

[4/23/2008 U-St. Thomas Bulletin Today] UMM’s sustainability efforts are mentioned in “'Green' efforts at St. Thomas gaining momentum.”


Tinman Alumni Spaghetti Feed Friday
The UMM Alumni Association will host a pre-race spaghetti feed the night before the annual Tinman Triathlon. Carbo load with other alumni participants, family and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. April 25 at LaFave House. For more information and to RSVP for the spaghetti feed visit Tinman Spaghetti Feed or contact the Office of Alumni Relations at (320) 589-6066, Alumni Relations. To register for the Tinman Triathlon visit Tinman.

Chancellor’s Open Office Hours
The next Chancellor’s Open Office Hour is Monday, May 5, at 4 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 the chancellor’s 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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