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A weekly news digest for UMM faculty, staff, and students

Vol. I, No. 1: August 27, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Gallery opening exhibit has China focus
  • Fueled by the wind
  • Douglas Williams is delegate to DNC
  • Paula O’Loughlin is among U’s RNC political experts

    Upcoming events:

    Gallery exhibit featuring Vitone and Locey
    Continues through Friday, Sept. 26, 2008
    Humanities Fine Arts Gallery

    Morris Chamber/Community picnic: Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008, 5 p.m., Morris East Side Park (the park with the band shell, located on East 7th Street in Morris)

    Bienvenidos al Festival de Cine Español de 2008! Welcome to the first annual 2008 Festival of Spanish Cinema!, beginning September 21, Morris Theatre

    Check out all of the campus events on the campus-wide events calendar.

    News and announcements:

    Weekly Bulletin facelift
    In response to your feedback during the internal communications survey conducted last spring, this edition of Weekly Bulletin has a new look. Thank you for your participation in the survey. Please note that the new submission deadline is 4 p.m. each Tuesday. We hope you like the changes!

    The campus, my friend, is fueled by the wind
    As you read this issue of Weekly Bulletin, more campus buildings have been connected to the wind turbine located at the nearby West Central Research and Outreach Center, bringing the percentage of buildings powered by wind-generated electricity to nearly 100 percent. The Saddle Club Barn and the transportation facility are the only remaining offline campus buildings.

    Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar
    September 4, HFA 6, 5 p.m. Christopher Cole, biology, will present "Molecular Genetics Meets Climate Change: CO2 Fertilization of Northern Forests." Refreshments begin at 4:30 p.m.

    Cougar football games will be simulcast on the Web
    In cooperation with Morris radio stations KMRS/KKOK/KLVY, UMM will simulcast Cougar football games on the Internet. During all home games, fans can watch the game with an exclusive live video feed. The games are simulcast live from the official UMM Cougar Sports Network, which also has the Cougar schedule and broadcast times. The project is a cooperative effort of Media Services, Cougar Athletics, University Relations and the Southwest Higher Education Organization for Telecommunications and Technology. Intended audiences are traveling UMM students, alumni, players' parents and families and fans who would like to catch the game live, but cannot receive KKOK radio through the airwaves. To download RealPlayer, visit the UMM Cougar Sports Network.

    Attention UMM seniors
    If you are planning to graduate this year, attend one of the following Senior Meetings held in the Cougar Room/Oyate Hall: Tuesday, Sept. 16, 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Additional information will be sent out to students with 90 or more completed credits.

    Motorized vehicles parking policy
    All motorized vehicles such as motorcycles, motor scooters, golf carts, snowmobiles, etc., must be parked in designated "Motorcycle Parking" areas. Those areas are located at the (1) southwest corner of the Central Lot, (2) behind Gay Hall, the (3) northwest corner of the West Lot and the (4) southeast corner of the North Lot. Parking permits are not required for these vehicles. Violators may be issued a citation if parked anywhere other than these designated areas.

    U programming to complement RNC
    Four days of programming at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs' Center for the Study of Politics and Governance will take placed in conjunction with the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul in early September. Center Director Larry Jacobs and his team have arranged for a number of all-star panels on a range of interesting political topics. The Humphrey Institute will provide live video-streaming of all of the events.

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    UMM student Douglas Williams traveled as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention August 25-28.

    Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities, David Fluegel of the Center for Small Towns and student Tynell Kocer, were participants in The Environment and Great Outdoors Panel at the Minnesota State Fair August 26. The proceedings, a Minnesota Sesquicentennial event, were broadcast over Twin Cities Public Television (TPT).

    Chad Braegelmann is returning to UMM as the Cougar head women's volleyball coach and as campus intramural coordinator.

    Pamela Solvie, education, is the interim director of Global Student Teaching/English Language Teaching Assistant Program (GST/ELTAP) at UMM.

    A paper by Stephen Burks, economics and management, in collaboration with Ken Boyer of Michigan State University, on the topic of how changes in the composition of truck traffic potentially bias the measurement of labor productivity growth in the U.S. trucking industry, has been accepted by the Southern Economic Journal.

    Barbara Burke, communication, media and rhetoric, presented a summary of her research on "Media Literacy in the Digital Age: Implications for Scholars and Students" at the Russian International Communication Association meeting in Moscow this summer.

    UMM in the News:

    Paula O’Loughlin, political science, is among University-wide political experts to be included on the U’s Web site during the Republican National Convention—information, which was also sent to reporters nationally. According to Dan Wolter, director of the U’s news service: “One of the priorities of the University's central planning effort for the convention…was to ensure we are in a position to maximize that expected media attention to advance the reputation of the U of M. Accordingly, we have been diligently working to identify faculty experts and compile helpful information to make the U an easy-to-access resource for media.” O’Loughlin was recently interviewed by Bloomberg News in Chicago, and The Minnesota Daily, among others. Photo by David Nieves.

    UMM has received recognition in the following national publications: U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 America’s Best Colleges lists UMM alphabetically in the third tier, Forbes’ America’s Best Colleges 2008 ranks UMM number 496 of 569 colleges the University’s Twin Cities campus is number 524. UMM is listed among the colleges and universities recognized for having "higher levels of sustainability activities already in place (exemplary) or for having higher levels of “plans to do more" (committed) in the National Wildlife Federation’s "Higher Ed. in a Warming World—The Business Case for Climate Leadership on Campus." UMM is also mentioned in three other passages in the report.

    Paula O’Loughlin, political science, and Chancellor Jacquie Johnson are included in the August 2008 UWomen, a publication of the University of Minnesota Office for Equity and Diversity.

    UMM will be featured as the educational sponsorship feature in the April and May 2009 Minnesota Monthly. The April issue, due out in mid-March, will showcase Jazz Fest. The Symposium on Small Towns will be featured in May.

    The item about a UMM mention in the August 10 Minneapolis Star Tribune story, “Good food? It’s academic” inadvertently omitted that Donna Bauck, Sodexho Campus Services, was also quoted in the story.

    UMM is mentioned as part of the USDA-WCROC-UMM Research Triangle in the Agri News story, “Morris lab celebrates 50th anniversary.”


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