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Dr. Cheryl Contant begins UMM appointment
Dr. Cheryl K. Contant has begun her appointment as vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean. Since 1999, Contant had been professor and director of the City and Regional Planning Program in the College of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She holds a master of environmental engineering and a doctorate in civil engineering, both from Stanford University.

Fall Semester brings a new energy
First-year students will participate in the annual New Student Orientation August 24-26. Fall Semester classes will begin August 27.

UMM reclassified to UMAC, NCAA Division III
The Upper Midwest Athletic Conference is an official member conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III, completing a five-year application process, and effective for the 2008-09 academic year. In addition to the league’s entrance into the NCAA, four UMAC member-institutions were also granted active NCAA membership. Bethany Lutheran College, Martin Luther College and Northwestern College all successfully finished their four-year provisional term, while UMM was approved in their reclassifying status, having previously been a part of Division II.

Sue Gooch will step down as PYG host
After 15 years of hosting the popular horticulture series, “Prairie Yard and Garden,” Sue Gooch will step down to concentrate on her own backyard garden. A 'garden party' will be held in Gooch's honor on Thursday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the WCROC Horticultural Display Gardens. The campus community is welcome to attend. “Prairie Yard and Garden” is a production of the University of Minnesota, Morris and is broadcast on Pioneer Public Television.

More wind power
More campus buildings are online with wind-generated electricity from the wind turbine located at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, bringing the percentage of buildings powered by wind-generated electricity to nearly 100 percent. The only remaining off-line campus buildings are the Saddle Club Barn and the transportation facility.

Biomass facility “first burn”
UMM will move one step closer to its goal of energy self-sufficiency by 2010 with a scheduled early morning "first burn" boiler commissioning at the biomass facility August 18. When fully implemented, the facility will provide heating and cooling for the campus.

Soccer: A Brazilian Experience
Soccer players are in Brazil through August 17 through the UMM Study Abroad course, “Soccer: A Brazilian Experience.” Follow the team’s experiences via their blog. KSAX-TV, Alexandria, aired a pre-trip story in July.

Rodriguez ’89 receives 2008 UMMAA Distinguished Alumnus Award
The UMM Alumni Association Board of Directors announces that Michael Rodriguez '89 will be honored as the 2008 UMMAA Distinguished Alumnus. An associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Rodriguez researches psychometric properties of tests and applied measurement with particular interest in Latino youth development and students with disabilities. He participates in a United States Agency for International Development project that is developing a national assessment program in Guatemala. The award-winning researcher and professor will be honored during Homecoming weekend at the UMMAA Annual Banquet on Friday, Oct. 3. Alumni, friends, family, staff and faculty are invited to attend. Please RSVP by e-mail or call ext. 6066.


Julia Dabbs, art history, and Pieranna Garavaso, philosophy, each gave talks in June during the International Auto/Biography Association conference held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dabbs presented on "Engendered Lives: Issues in Translating Life Stories of Women Artists" and Garavaso spoke on "Lost in Translation: Vicissitudes of a Woman's Death in Malvasia's Life Story of Artist Elisabetta Sirani."

Chancellor Jacquie Johnson will be among the dignitaries invited to speak during the 50th Anniversary celebration of the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory (USDA “soils lab”) August 20.

Jessica Beyer, Center for Small Towns, has completed the President's Emerging Leaders (PEL) Program, which provides a structured, yet flexible leadership development opportunity for high potential professional and academic, civil service and bargaining unit staff. The yearlong program, co-delivered with the Office of the Vice President of Human Resources, features educational and experiential components, fosters a broad perspective of the University as an enterprise, and promotes skill development to enhance leadership effectiveness. Bryan Herrmann, Admissions, is currently participating in the program.

UMM in the News

An interview with Lowell Rasmussen, finance and facilities, Mike Reese, West Central Research and Outreach Center, and Blaine Hill, UMM alumnus and Morris city manager, will be included in a story about green communities in the October 2008 Initiative Quarterly.

An opinion piece by Cyrus Bina, economics/management, was published in the July 5 Washington Times.

Eric Klinger’s (psychology emeritus) biography has been selected for the 2009 edition of Who's Who in America, which will be published in November 2008. This new edition, commemorating 110 years since the first edition was published in 1899, will profile the country's most accomplished men and women from all fields of endeavor. Klinger also participated in three symposia at the International Congress of Psychology in Berlin last month, and became a research consultant to colleagues at the U. of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

Paula O’Loughlin, political science, is quoted in the story, “Klobuchar fits into Washington scene,” by Minnesota Capitol Bureau reporter Scott Wente. The story was picked up statewide in mid-July. O’Loughlin was also interviewed for a recent Associated Press story, “GOP convention attracting array of demonstrators.” In addition, O'Loughlin will be featured in the August Minnesota Women's Press UWomen issue.

"Postcards from Twins Territory," a pre-game segment that airs over 70 Minnesota Twins (baseball) affiliate radio stations (including Morris radio station KMRS) before each Saturday's Minnesota Twins game, aired a segment August 9 about Morris and UMM.

UMM is mentioned in the August 10 Minneapolis Star Tribune story, “Good food? It’s academic.”


A fair to remember
Got a hankerin’ for eggplant on a stick? You can have your fair food and volunteer too! Contact Melissa Weber or call ext. 6414 to volunteer during one or more of the following remaining time slots during the Stevens County Fair: Saturday, Aug. 16, 6-8 p.m., 8-10:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, 2-4 p.m., 4-6 p.m. Thanks to staff and faculty who have already volunteered!

Campus construction updates
Blacktopping of MLK Drive west of the library is scheduled on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 19 and 20. On August 21 and 22 the East and West Annex buildings are scheduled to be moved by a house mover. They will be relocated by the P.E. Center. Adjacent to the campus, College Avenue is scheduled for blacktopping sometime next week (August 18-22).

St. Cloud gathering
The campus community is invited to join alumni and friends for a summertime social gathering at Mia Famiglia in Saint Cloud on August 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments, cash bar, guests welcomed. To RSVP, call 320-589-6066, e-mail, or RSVP online.

UMM Alumni Dinner in New York City
UMM Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving Carla Riley and Development Officer Susan Schmidgall attended a Council for Advancement and Support of Education development conference in New York City, July 13-15. While there, as part of the ongoing Alumni Relations and Annual Giving "On the Road" program, Riley and Schmidgall also enjoyed the dinner company of UMM alumni and friends.

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