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Farewell for Jean Sasek
The campus community is invited to join in wishing Jean Sasek a fond farewell after 19+ years of service in Continuing Education. An open house for Jean will be held in the lower level of the Community Services Building on Wednesday, May 7, from 2-4 p.m., with a short program at 3 p.m.

Farewell for Dian and Andy Lopez
A reception in honor of Andy and Dian Lopez, computer science faculty, on the occasion of their retirements and to celebrate their service to UMM over the past 30+ years, will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, May 9, at LaFave House. A short program will start at 4:15 p.m., appetizers and beverages will be served. Send written stories, memories or experiences about Andy or Dian to Peh Ng by May 2. In lieu of a retirement gift, they will accept contributions by May 8 toward the Andy and Dian Lopez Scholarship Fund. For information about how to make a contribution, contact External Relations and Fund Development, ext. 6386.

Save the date: Sixth annual Symposium on Small Towns June 3-4
"The Power of Small: Building Solutions for Energy Self-Reliance" is the theme of this yearís Symposium on Small Towns June 3-4. The event is hosted by UMMís Center for Small Towns in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio and the U of M Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. Visit Center for Small Towns or call ext. 6451 for more information and to register.


Char Lo, a senior sociology major from St. Paul, was one of the students selected to receive a prize for pre-registering and attending the 2008 University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair held February 25 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Lo received a $250 gift card from Macy's. About 100 UMM students were among a total of 2,700 University of Minnesota students who attended the fair and talked with representatives from 260 employing organizations. The 2009 Fair will be held on Monday, February 9, 2009, in Minneapolis. For more information, contact the UMM Career Center.

The following awards were given during the Student Leadership dinner: Outstanding Faculty/Staff Support of Student Leadership: Tammy Berberi. Outstanding Student Leader: Sarah Vig, Julie Fox, Kim Ukura, Latrice Robinson, Ian Jentz. Outstanding Student Organization: Black Student Union, Circle of Nations Indian Association, Campus Activities Council - Performing Arts Committee. Student Community Service Award: Shawn Olson.

Philip H. Deger, management instructor, presented a paper, titled "HR Hotdish: Feeding Student Appetites," at the 5th Innovations in Teaching HRIR conference, hosted by the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management April 25-26 in Minneapolis. The conference was attended by nearly 200 Human Resource Management professors and instructors from the U. S. and several other countries.

UMM in the News

UMMís energy initiatives are prominently featured in advertising and news formats in a Green Living Earth Day 2008 supplement to the April 22 Fargo Forum.

Joel Tallaksen, biomass gasification coordinator at the WCROC, was the guest on ďThe Early Morning ShowĒ April 30 on KMRS Morris radio. Tallaksen talked about attending a recent world conference on energy in Decorah, Iowa and mentioned that UMMís energy initiatives were well-known by conference attendees. He also talked about the process of purchasing biomass from area producers.

Greg Thorson, political science, was interviewed by WCCO radio's Dave Lee on the results of the Pennsylvania primary and the overall outlook of the race for the Democratic nomination for President.

Minnesota News Network was developing a story on the federal government regulating industry in light of record profits from oil companies. Paul Stagg, KWLM-Willmar, called on a similar topic: the possibility of oil prices going to $200/barrel in the near future. Cyrus Bina, economics and management, agreed to be interviewed.

[4/27/2008 AASHE Bulletin] This issue linked to the UMM Web story about UMMís ZEV (zero emission vehicle).


Thank you
Thank you to the UMM community for the beautiful plant in memory of my father, Leroy Wente. The many cards and comforting words are greatly appreciated. --Diane Kill, Registrar's Office

Chancellorís Open Office Hours
The next Chancellorís 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: Chancellorís Open Office Hours the day you plan to drop in or call the chancellorís office at ext. 6020.


Student Employment
Final notice: 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
Final notice: 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
Final notice: 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.

To submit items or direct questions, contact Weekly Bulletin editor, Judy Riley.

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