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Construction updates
An overview of campus and campus-related summer construction projects. These are best-case scenarios and may vary due to the weather and/or changes in construction schedules.

College Avenue will be closed from Circle Pines to just past Fifth Street through approximately July 31. Though some stretches may remain be open at various times during construction, all students, visitors, and campus personnel are advised to enter UMM from 7th Street or the 59 Bypass. City engineer Jay Fier reports that the project has been hampered by the weather. There may be milling of College Avenue from Third to Fifth Streets possibly by the middle of next week.

Fire Alarm testing The annual testing of fire alarm and building sprinkler systems will take place June 23-27. This procedure by an outside contractor will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Short periodic beeps can be heard in the buildings at random times during the day although disruptions will be held to as much of a minimum as possible. Those who have a specific time of day during which a disruption will be a major problem in a particular building, contact Mike Vangstad, ext. 6110.

Campus digging Digging around Camden Hall may begin as early as tomorrow (June 12, weather permitting) and around the Education building the week of June 16.

Join in Showcase Day during Creative Study Institute
Thirty students ages 12 to 17 from 18 area schools will be on campus to participate in the 35th Annual Henjum Creative Study Institute June 16-27. Since its first two-week program in 1974, the Institute has provided a unique variety of arts enrichment opportunities for junior and senior high school gifted and talented students during the summer. Mark your calendars for Friday, June 27, for a Showcase Day program from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the HFA building, when participants in the Institute will share their projects with family and friends. The Creative Study Institute Showcase Day event is free and open to all campus and community members. Space is still available to register for the following topics: Robots and Computers, Junk Sculpture, and Creative Writing. For more information, contact Karen Cusey, (320) 589-6461.

Reserve up to four free tickets for UMM at the St. Paul Saints game
You can reserve up to four free tickets to join UMM at the St. Paul Saints game vs. the Wichita Wingnuts‚ Wednesday, July 23, at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. A limited number of tickets are available. RSVP by Friday, July 11. Tailgating starts at 4 p.m. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets and traditional tailgating fare, compliments of the Office of Admissions and the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, will be available at the game. Prospective students, current students, faculty and staff RSVPs will begin in the middle of June. Check your University e-mail address mid-June for RSVP information. For more information contact Mike Vandenberg, Admissions, or (320) 589-6042. Alumni and friends should contact Erin Schellin for more information or to RSVP at (320) 589-6067 or Saints. Click here to view photos of last year's event.

UMM Alumni Association on the road to New York
Join fellow alumni and friends for an alumni dinner in New York at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, at The View, Marriott Marquis Times Square, 1535 Broadway. Carla Riley ’85, alumni relations, and Susan Schmidgall, fund development, will host the event. RSVP by Monday, July 7, to Alumni Relations or call (320) 589-6066.


Jeff Ratliff-Crain, psychology, has been appointed assistant dean for the 2008-2009 academic year, with primary responsibility for student academic services. He will also coordinate the First Year Seminar this fall.

At the invitation of U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, Cyrus Bina, economics and management, participated in a Congressional Forum on Iran held in Minneapolis, which focused on the U.S.-Iran relationship. Read more at Preventing the next war?

UMM student Douglas Williams attended the Barack Obama rally in St. Paul June 3. As a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, he was given special seating and wore a UMM sweatshirt.

UMM student Nathan Lund is the recipient of the 2007-2008 University of Minnesota, Morris United Staff Association (USA) Scholarship. Employees at UMM who represent Civil Service, Teamsters and AFSCME staff contribute toward this annual $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 to apply. Applicants must be attending UMM during the semester in which the scholarship is awarded. Lund is the son of Chris and Jennifer Lund (Campus Police staff).

An article by Michael Lackey, English, "Moses, Man of Oppression: A Twentieth-Century African American Critique of Western Theocracy," has been accepted for publication in African American Review.

A study of Upper Midwest farmhouses, Homes in the Heartland, by Professor Emeritus of Art History Fred Peterson (and former Gallery curator), has been reprinted in a paperback edition by the University of Minnesota Press. The book was first published at the University Press of Kansas in 1992 and received favorable reviews in the New York Times Sunday book section as well as national and regional historical society journals. The writers of the popular public television Program, “Death of the Dream,” used the book as a basis for much of that production. The Stevens County Historical Society, Roger Boleman in Media Services, and Peterson worked with the program’s crew to provide interviews, historical visual material from the collections and a place to work while in Morris.

UMM in the News
A compendium of media coverage about UMM that illustrates the campus' mission, values and strategic initiatives.

UMM student Eric Aufderhar is quoted and pictured in this Bemidji Pioneer story.

UMM alumnus Andrew Svec has been named director of communications, public relations and marketing for the Crookston campus. Read more in the Crookston Times.

The Morris campus is mentioned in “Sustainability saves money, energy on Minnesota campuses." Read more in the TC Daily Planet.

UMM’s “energy gasification facility” is mentioned in “Agroforestry and renewable energy tour planned in Alexandria” in the Hutchinson Leader.

Michael Eble, studio art, is profiled in “A view from above:
Louisiana's vanishing wetlands make their way to canvas” in The Times.

Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, is quoted in “Site ensures closed schools more than just memories” at Chicago Tribune.

The June 3-4 Symposium on Small Towns received media coverage by the Morris Sun Tribune, KMRS/KKOK radio (Morris), Minnesota Public Radio, KXRA radio and KSAX-TV (Alexandria), U of M Institute on the Environment newsletter, U of M Brief newsletter, West Central Tribune (Willmar) and (St. Paul). Read a Symposium story by Minneapolis campus staff writer/editor Rick Moore at Leading the Way.


Symposium on Small Towns presentations online
Read presentations from the June 3-4 Symposium on Small Towns at Center for Small Towns.

Participate in the vision for UMore Park
Two forums will provide opportunities for University faculty, staff and students to learn more about UMore Park and Vermillion Highlands and view concept planning scenarios. Your suggestions can help to shape the future of the properties and create opportunities for research and learning experiences. Minneapolis Campus: Monday, June 16, 9:30 a.m. at Coffman Memorial Union, Campus Club, Rooms A, B & C. St. Paul Campus: Tuesday, June 17, noon at the Student Center, North Star Ballroom. Also, public Community Forums will be held at the Rosemount Community Center, Rosemount on Thursday, June 19, and Monday, June 23. View the event flyer at Campus Forums for additional information on the properties and forum timing and details. Learn more and RSVP at UMore Park or by calling (612) 626-3798. Participate in the campus forums live via UMConnect. Watch the forum presentation, including PowerPoint, through a Web cast. Submit questions via a moderator during the Q&A (additional UMConnect information will be available at UMore Park. Other ways to be involved include: View the concept scenarios for the properties and provide feedback at UMore Park after June 12. Comment on UMore Park or Vermillion Highlands anytime at Comments.

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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. Weekly Bulletin publishes once monthly during the summer.

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

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