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

Vol. I, No. 10: October 29, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • CAC Films presents "The Rocky Horror Picture Show"
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium planning meeting
  • Kudos to MSP’s Mike Miller
  • Collin Sandoe and Jenna Sandoe in the news

    Upcoming events:

    UMM Cougars at Dome Day 2008 Alumni Association Pre-Game Reception
    Friday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m., HHH Metrodome Sections 228/229. Hosted by Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at UMM.

    “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”
    Friday, Oct. 31, midnight, Edson Auditorium.

    This is an annual Campus Activities Council Films Committee presentation.

    Asian Student Association Talent Show
    Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Edson Auditorium. A variety of acts from campus and community members will compete for prizes.

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

    News and announcements:

    Doug Lennick lecture can be viewed online
    Those who were unable to attend the October 23 Doug Lennick lecture, “Moral Intelligence,” can view it online.

    Healthy Relationship Expo
    In an effort to promote Domestic Abuse Awareness Month, the Violence Prevention Program will host a Healthy Relationship Expo from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. October 31 in the Alumni Room, Student Center. There will be table displays, mask making and a healthy relationship workshop (noon-1 p.m.). Hot chocolate and trail mix will be served. Contact Bridget Joos at or ext. 6061 with questions or for more information.

    Undergraduate Research Symposium planning meeting
    Faculty interested in helping organize this year's Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) are invited to attend a URS planning meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6, in the ACE office (Student Center room 5 and formerly the Blue Stem Room). The meeting will take no more than an hour and will consist primarily of an explanation of tasks that need to be accomplished and a division of labor. If you cannot attend but would like to help, e-mail Paula O’Loughlin. For newcomers to campus, the URS is an annual tradition at UMM to showcase the variety of undergraduate research on campus. About 150 students participate as presenters in one form or another. All students are eligible to apply as presenters. More information on submission deadlines, etc., will follow the organizational meeting.
    (Photo: improv performance during the 2008 URS)

    U-Card office has moved
    The U-Card Office has moved from 220 Behmler Hall to the Business Office at 205 Behmler Hall. The hours remain the same: Monday, 2-4 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon, and Wednesday and Friday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Please walk in.

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    UMM teams garnered first place in the primary competition (Flexible Tornados: Joe Cavanaugh, Jeremy Bleichner, Eli Mayfield, Jason Swanson) and second place in a secondary competition (Monkey Island Maniacs: Kevin Arhelger, Katie Froiland, Sara Lahr, Fernando Trinciante) during the 2008 Digi-Key Collegiate Computing Competition. This is the sixth consecutive year that a UMM team has placed in the top three at Digi-Key and the second win in three years.

    Assistant Director of the Multi-Ethnic Student Program Mike Miller received two awards during the 24th Annual Minnesota Indian Education Association (MIEA) Conference in Mahnomen. Erma Vizenor, chair of the White Earth Tribal Council, presented Miller with a plaque in recognition of his "Commitment and Dedication to Educational Excellence of the White Earth Nation." Miller also received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his many years of service to Minnesota Indian Students and American Indian Initiatives from the MIEA Board of Directors.

    Pam Solvie, education, gave an invited lecture, “Global Education and Support for Global Students: Challenges and Recommendations,” at the Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology on October 13 in Beijing, China. The lecture was part of the university’s 30th Anniversary Celebration Ceremony and President’s Forum.

    Stephen Burks, economics and management—and project organizer—gave two presentations from the Truckers and Turnover Project research team. Among the highlights of both presentations were results due to UMM student researchers Nicole Dobmeier and Lisa Lenzmeier. The first presentation was about the factors that predict driver exit in a high-turnover trucking job, given during a September 25 meeting of the Safety and Loss Prevention Management Council of the American Trucking Associations in Nashville, Tenn. The second was about the role of cognitive skills in predicting economic preferences, social awareness, job attachment and accident risk among truckers, given October 17 during the annual Behavioral Labor Economics Workshop at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), in Bonn, Germany. The Project is based at UMM, has been running for more than three years with funding from foundations and a large motor carrier and involves several UMM students and has as faculty co-investigators Jon Anderson, UMM statistics, Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College, Andrew Clark, Paris School of Economics, Lorenz Goette, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Kristen Monaco, California State University at Long Beach, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

    UMM in the News:

    A commentary, “A renewed commitment to recycling in Morris may be popular idea,” by student Collin Sandoe appeared in the October 22 Morris Sun Tribune.

    Student Jenna Sandoe is interning at the Southeast Como Improvement Association and taking classes on the Twin Cities campus this semester as part of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs environmental sustainability program. Sandoe is mentioned in an October 26 Minnesota Daily story, “Crafty fixes can help renters retain heat.”

    Michael Reese, renewable energy director at the University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), is quoted in an October 20 story in the Rochester Post-Bulletin, “Wind energy could spring up in central Minnesota, too.”

    UMM and the WCROC are mentioned in a recent Biomass Magazine story, “Manufacturers perfect corn cob harvesters.”
    (Photo by Matt Zaske, WCROC: Jim Barbour, emissions specialist, at UMM biomass facility.)

    The 2006 research of Arne Kildegaard, economics, and Josephine Myers-Kuykindall ‘05 is referenced in a letter to The Dickinson (N.D.) Press, “Wind, a promising resource.”

    An October 26 Minnesota Daily story, “Voting: On campus or at home,” includes comments from Paula O’Loughlin, political science.


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