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

Vol. I, No. 7: October 8, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast
  • UMM receives first ACORE award
  • Cihak, Butler, Boleman film accepted to festival
  • Michael Lackey interview

    Upcoming events:

    Pride of the Prairie Fall Feast
    Tuesday, Oct. 14, 4:45 to 7 p.m., Food Services building

    Coming Out Week
    Continues through October 9. Various events across campus.

    Trick or Can
    Monday, Oct. 13, throughout community of Morris, 4:45 to 7 p.m.

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

    News and announcements:

    ACORE Campus Excellence Award Presented to UMM
    The first American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) Campus Excellence Award for Outstanding Use of Renewable Energy was presented to UMM October 3 by Cheri Olf, ACORE’s director of education and program manager of the Higher Education Committee. Olf, who presented the award to Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Lowell Rasmussen and other campus leaders during the biomass facility dedication ceremony, noted that the University’s new facility “represents the highest level of commitment that our institutions of higher education can make to renewable energy.” She added that ACORE’s goal is to promote comparable efforts by all U.S. colleges and universities in both teaching about and transitioning to renewable energy sources. UMM has been an ACORE member since 2006. Watch a video about campus sustainability, created on the Morris campus by Minneapolis campus University Relations videographer Justin Ware.

    Chemistry/biochemistry seminar
    Dr. Ulrike Tschirner of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota will present a seminar on "Biofuels from Wood" at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Science 1020. All are welcome.

    Students interested in entering elementary or secondary education program
    You must complete the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) 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. You need to register by October 16 to avoid a late fee.

    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 Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. in Imholte Hall 101. 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 Friday, Oct. 17, at noon in Science 2200. 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.

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    The short documentary, “To Boeing and Back,” has been accepted in the 2008 Minnesota State Historical Society's Minnesota's Greatest Generation Moving Pictures Film Festival. The documentary is produced by Roger Boleman, directed, videographed and edited by Mike Cihak, both Media Services, and written by Christopher Butler, English. “To Boeing and Back” tells the story of Evansville resident Marion Johnson, who, at the age of 18, traveled to Seattle to find work at the Boeing aircraft factory during WWII. The festival will be held Sunday, Oct. 19, with the free screening of “To Boeing and Back” at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Theatre, 3800 42nd Ave S., Mpls. Awards program is at 7 p.m.

    Harold Hinds, history, and Duane Swanson, government records specialist at the Minnesota History Library, are featured speakers during The Initiative Foundation on family history Saturday, Oct. 11, in Little Falls. “Opening Windows to Your Past” is from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the foundation’s offices, 405 First St. SE. The $25 cost includes lunch. Registration materials are available from Duane Welle at (320) 745-2527.

    Lowell Rasmussen, vice chancellor for finance and facilities, participated in the 5th Annual Ammonia Fuel Conference The Key to US Energy Independence at the McNamara Center on the Twin Cities campus September 29-30, sponsored by the Iowa Energy Center. Rasmussen and Chancellor Jacquie Johnson traveled to Aurora, Ill., where they both participated in the GreenTown: The Future of Community Greening the Campus: How Educational Institutions Combat Climate Issues Conference, October 1-2.

    UMM in the News:

    The biomass facility was the primary focus of a story, "Sustaining a Dream," in the October 3 Minneapolis Star Tribune. Staff writer Bill McAuliffe and photographer David Joles visited the facility site and talked to students Matt Abbott and Brittany Crocker along with Jim Barbour, Mike Vangstad and Randy Wenz, plant services. Prior to his campus visit, McAuliffe also interviewed Lowell Rasmussen, plant services, Troy Goodnough, chemistry/campus sustainability coordinator, and Joel Tallaksen, West Central Research and Outreach Center. For additional biomass dedication coverage, visit University of Minnesota Moment, created by Andrew Swain, University Relations, Minneapolis campus. The Morris facility was also the topic of Biomass Magazine staff writer Sue Retka Schill’s blog.

    D.J. Grothe from the Center of Inquiry interviewed Michael Lackey, English, on its radio program this week. Listen to a podcast of the interview, "Science, Postmodernism, and the Varieties of Black Humanism." The interview is based on Lackey’s first book, named a Choice Outstanding Academic title of the year, and part of his next book. The Center of Inquiry is featuring Lackey and his work on its Web site this week.

    A story about public observation opportunities, which included an interview with Kristin Kearns, physics, aired this week on Morris radio station KMRS.

    UMM was mentioned in “regional news and notes” in the October 7 Agri News. Topic was corn cob harvest demonstrations, held in Holloway and Donnelly, Minn., a showcase for the 5,000 acres that are to be harvested for the bio-energy project on the Morris campus.

    Paula O’Loughlin, political science, was interviewed by City Pages (Mpls.) about the Senate race and the vice presidential debate.


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