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Tiffany Thielke is Relay for Life co-chair
UMM student Tiffany Thielke and fellow cancer survivor Barb Lesmeister, are the co-chairs for Friday’s Stevens County Relay for Life.

WCSA Reunion Saturday
The annual West Central School of Agriculture 2008 Reunion will be held at UMM July 19. Of special note will be celebrations for three WCSA class reunions: the Class of 1948’s 60th Reunion, Class of 1953’s 55th Reunion and the Class of 1958’s 50th Reunion.

Gateway begins
The Multi-Ethnic Student Program staff welcomed 25 incoming students of color into the Gateway program on July 14. Students are from six different states, three countries and represent a wide range of diversities. Mentors for Gateway 2008 are Meng Her, Tara Myers, Katie Froiland and Ciana Cullens.

Chancellor signs pledge with City
Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson and Morris Mayor Sheldon Giese have signed a pledge to continue to sustain programs and progress realized through the Community Outreach Partnership Centers (COPC) grant. (7/02/2008 Morris Sun Tribune).

Briggs Library adds to collections
The Briggs Library Associates (BLA) Board has added $3,500 to the Briggs Library collections. For the second consecutive year, the BLA board solicited proposals from students, staff and faculty for the purpose of enhancing and diversifying the library collection. Seventeen proposals were received totaling over $5,000. Eight proposals were chosen on the basis of the quality of the items, potential for wide campus interest and the needs of the library collection. For more information or to become a member of the BLA, call ext. 6226.

UMM at “Hort Night”
Stop by the UMM booth during the annual Horticulture Night, set for July 31 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the West Central Research and Outreach Center gardens in Morris. Eleven demonstrations and garden tours are planned. Discussion topics include growing roses, high-tunnel production, low-input annual flowers, culinary herbs and much more.

UMM and you at the St. Paul Saints game July 23
Over 500 alumni, current students, staff and faculty will attend the UMM at the St. Paul Saints game vs. the Wichita Wingnuts July 23 at Midway Stadium in St. Paul. Tailgating starts at 4 p.m. Game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets have been given out and traditional tailgating fare, both compliments of the Offices of Admissions and Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, will be available at the game. For more information contact Mike Vandenberg, Admissions. Alumni and friends may contact Erin Schellin for more information.

Construction updates
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Art meets science in Michael Eble's (studio art) exhibition, Endangered Lands, through the end of July at the Grand Contemporary Art Gallery, Lafayette, La. Read more at Grand Contemporary.

Edith Borchardt, German, has had published her book translation of Charles S. Chiu's FRAUEN IM SCHATTEN [Women in the Shadows] with Peter Lang Publishing (July 2008). The book deals with five women born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, who were pioneers in their fields: Mileva Einstein-Maric (physics), Lise Meitner (physics), Margarete Jeanne Trakl (music), Milena Jesenska (journalism), and Margarete Schutte-Lihotzky (architecture). In her introduction, she deals with the controversial issue of how much Mileva Einstein-Maric contributed to Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity and to his 1905 papers in general, and she explores why Lise Meitner did not receive the Nobel Prize which she and nephew Robert Frisch deserved for explaining the process of atomic fission. The book will be available at or

Cyrus Bina, economics and management, has had three pieces published recently: “Bubbles, risk, crunch and war” with Fernando Dachevsky in Asia Times (6/21/2008), El Aromo (May 2008) in Spanish and an opinion/editorial piece in the Washington Times (7/07/2008).

Paula O’Loughlin, political science, was interviewed by Capitol Bureau Reporter Scott Wente regarding the senate race. The story published in the June 14 West Central Tribune. An interview with O’Loughlin is also the basis for a June 30 U of M Moment, "Minnesota: National Politics' 'Crystal Ball.'"

Biomass gasification project coordinator Joel Tallaksen addressed members of the Breckenridge Rotary Club in mid July on the topic of renewable energy.

Ray Schultz’s (theatre) direction of “The Little Dog Laughed” at Performance Network Theatre, Ann Arbor, Mich., is profiled at Performance Network Theatre. The Ann Arbor News, Detroit Free Press, Between the Lines/Encore Michigan and Encore Michigan Blog published previews. Schultz was recently nominated for a Wilde Award for Best Actor in a Drama for his performance in “Doubt” last fall at the Detroit Repertory Theatre. The Wilde Award, sponsored by Between The Lines newspaper, annually honors excellence in Michigan theatre. Schultz won the same award in 2006 for his performance in “Take Me Out.”

UMM in the News

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

An interview with Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson is included in ClimateWire’s “Building green not always easy on the budget” (07/01/2008 story available by subscription at ClimateWire.

UMM is mentioned in “COPC: Morris Rental Housing Commission example of grant's legacy” (Morris Sun Tribune, 7/02/2008).

An interview with Ben Winchester, Center for Small Towns, is included in “U of M researcher finds encouraging news buried in rural population loss.” The Associated Press story published/aired in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, West Central Tribune (Willmar), Winona Daily News, WCCO (Twin Cities) and WKBT (LaCrosse, Wis.).

UMM is mentioned in “Juhnke announces re-election bid for 7th term.” (6/12/2008 West Central Tribune, Willmar).

Argie Manolis, English and service learning coordinator, and Pareena Lawrence, economics/ management, are mentioned in the July 12, 2008, Morris Sun Tribune story, “Residents asked to complete survey on environment, personal habits.”


What’s the most unusual food item you’ve eaten on a stick?
While you’re thinking, make a note to volunteer at the UMM booth during the Stevens County Fair, August 14-17. Contact Melissa Weber or call ext. 6414 to volunteer during one or more of the following time slots: Thursday, August 14, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, August 15, 12-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m., 6-8 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 16, 12-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m., 6-8 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. Sunday, August 17, 12-2 p.m., 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m., 6-8 p.m.

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