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

Vol. I, No. 2: September 3, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Don’t miss Cougar Fest this Saturday!
  • Annual Barber Lecture
  • Burke attends Moscow conference
  • Heather Waye interviewed for salamander story

    Upcoming events:

    Restore the Roar during Cougar Fest: Saturday, Sept. 6. Pre-game activities for the entire family, concessions and much more will all be part of the fun. Cheer on the UMM Cougars vs. Trinity Bible College.

    Public telescope observation
    Saturday, Sept. 6. First quarter moon, best lunar viewing. Dress warmly.

    Minnesota Primary Election
    Tuesday, Sept. 9. Be involved in the political process. Vote in the Minnesota Primary.

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

    News and announcements:

    Cougar Fest is this Saturday
    Restore the roar during the fifth annual Cougar Fest on Saturday, Sept. 6. Admission is free!

    Café Scientifique begins
    This year’s Café Scientifique begins September 23 at the Common Cup Coffeehouse with P.Z. Meyers, biology, and the topic, “A Galapagos Travelogue.” Cafe Scientifique is a opportunity to talk informally about science, to hear an informal presentation and have a community dialogue. Talks should be under an hour, encourage audience questions and should be geared to a lay audience.

    Barber Lecture September 22
    Russ Castronovo, the Jean Wall Bennet Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Dana Nelson, the Gertrude Conaway Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, will give the 2008 Barber Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The annual Barber Lecture is made possible through philanthropic gifts from the late Dorothy Barber and Laird Barber, UMM professor emeritus of English.

    Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program
    You must pass the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) [also known as PRAXIS I] BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at UMM on November 15. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education, OR Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering.

    Attention elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2011
    There will be an informational/application meeting for all Elementary Education majors planning to graduate in 2011 on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 5 p.m. in Imholte Hall 112. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

    Attention secondary education students planning to graduate in 2010
    There will be an informational/application meeting for all Secondary Education students planning to graduate in 2010 on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at noon in Science 3610. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris Catalog.

    Recycling review
    Effective immediately, the UMM Recycling Department is now accepting ALL plastics that bear the universal recycling symbol. Examples of newly acceptable items include: plastic grocery bags, Naked (brand) juice bottles, numbered 3-7 plastics. Unacceptable items still include any and all containers used to hold oil.

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    Kevin Flicker, ceramics, will show during the “Many Windows, Many Worlds” 2008-09 Northern Galleries exhibition at Student Center Gallery, Northern State University in Aberdeen, S. D. “Kevin Flicker: Recent Ceramics” will be on display until October 10. Gallery hours are Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Flicker also shows three stoneware Prairiegrass Vases at the Second Annual Horizontal Grandeur Exhibition at the Stevens County Historical Museum in Morris.

    Barbara Burke, communication, media & rhetoric, attended the Russian International Communication Association conference in Moscow. Burke presented the Thursday plenary session, "Recent Trends in American Media Scholarship," with Joseph Daley of Carroll University.

    UMM in the News:

    An interview with Heather Waye, biology, on the topic of salamanders aired this week on local radio station, KMRS AM.

    Cheryl Contant, vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean, spoke on behalf of UMM during the August 28 City/Chamber Community Picnic. Contant was also interviewed, along with UMM students selected by the radio station, during a live remote at the picnic by Power 106.3 radio, Watertown, S.D.

    Carol McCannon, Student Activities, was the August 28 “Community Connection” guest on KMRS local radio. The discussion was to publicize Homecoming entertainment by Johnny Holm.

    Paula O'Loughlin, political science, was a guest on the "Mondale and Jones" (Eleanor Mondale/Susie Jones) show on WCCO-Radio August 29 to discuss John McCain's vice presidential choice, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin. O’Loughlin was also interviewed for the story, “Good Question: What's The Point Of Protesting?” online at

    Senior Douglas Williams was the topic of the story, “UMM student revels in convention chaos, excitement,” published in the August 30 Morris Sun Tribune.

    UMM and the wind turbine are mentioned in the September 2 West Central Tribune (Willmar) story, “Emerging bio-energy markets are here to grow (and see).”


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