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

Vol. I, No. 12: November 12, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • International Country Fair
  • Next Generation Energy Grant
  • Christian DeVries named league coach of the year
  • Chancellor profiled in Minnesota Women’s Press

    Upcoming events:

    Existential Film Festival
    "21 Grams," Friday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m., HFA 6. Festival continues through December 5.

    Dance Ensemble Fall Recital
    “C’mon, Feel the Noize,” Friday-Saturday, Nov. 14-15, 8 p.m., Edson Auditorium

    International Country Fair
    Monday, Nov. 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Oyate Hall. Students, staff, faculty are welcome.
    Displays, Study Abroad, Global Student Teaching, English Language Teaching Assistance Program, semester and year exchange programs in China, Japan and Korea.

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

    News and announcements:

    UMM receives Next Generation Energy Grant
    Governor Tim Pawlenty has announced $2.7 million in Next Generation Energy Grants, aimed at accelerating the development of renewable energy projects and advanced biofuels in Minnesota. Among the eight awardees is a partnership between the University's College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) and the University of Minnesota, Morris, which received $50,000 to study the economics of businesses that store and supply biomass to energy facilities such as the one on the Morris campus.

    STEM Summit
    Matt Zaske, West Central Research and Outreach Center, and environmental studies major Luke Toso staffed an exhibit during the 2008 Greater Rochester STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summit held November 4 at Rochester Community and Technical College. The summit shared real examples of science, technology, engineering and math at work and in higher education with more than 700, 6th- through 11th-grade students in the Rochester area.

    Culture Matters conference
    Presenting during the Culture Matters: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Cultural Awareness and Intercultural Competence November 21–22 at the Sheraton Bloomington (Minn.) Hotel will be Sarah Buchanan, French, Jacob Croonenberghs, third-year student, philosophy, Fang Du, Multi-Ethnic Student Program, Tou Ger Pha, fourth-year student, environmental studies, and Pa Vang, third-year student, management. The session, Intercultural Learning in Study Abroad: Theory, Practice, and Assessment, will focus on intercultural learning theories and study abroad experiences as effective means of facilitating undergraduate students’ growth in intercultural competence.

    Chat with the Chancellor
    Chat with the Chancellor (formerly called Chancellor's Open Office Hours) has been announced for the fall semester. Students and faculty/staff are now given separate chat times and locations may vary. For students: Thursday, Nov. 20, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Prairie Lounge. For faculty/staff: Friday, Dec. 5 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Alumni Room. Refreshments will be served.

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    After leading the Cougar men's soccer team to its second straight Upper Midwest Athletic Conference post-season, Cougar Head Coach Christian DeVries has been named the league's coach of the year for 2008. Last year, UMM won their first ever post-season tournament championship wit a 2-1 victory of St. Scholastica. This year, the Cougars knocked off the regular season champion Saints 1-0 in the title game in Duluth.
    In his three seasons at the helm of the men's program at Minnesota, Morris, DeVries has put together a 36-19-12 overall record and 22-14-6 in the UMAC. Read more about men’s soccer all-conference honors here. Read about women’s soccer All-Tournament Team honors here.

    The UMM Jazz Band will provide music for dancing during the University of Minnesota Presidents Club Holiday Party December 4 at McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis campus.

    P.Z. Myers, biology, was the guest speaker November 13 during the Sigma XI: The Scientific Research Society-sponsored presentation at the University of Nebraska at
    Kearney on "Science Education: Caught in the Middle of the War Between
    Science and Religion." Myers also discussed his research, "The Pharyngula: How Ontogeny and Phylogeny have been tangled from von Baer to Evo-devo with awkward detours to Haeckel and creationism," with UNK students during a class.

    UMM in the News:

    Chancellor Jacquie Johnson is one of those profiled in “She rules the school: Minnesota women college presidents,” in the current issue of the Minnesota Women’s Press.

    Two articles—“Sustainability efforts prepare campus for future,” and “Campus sustainability efforts offer learning opportunities”—include comments by Lowell Rasmussen, finance and facilities, and profile UMM’s sustainability initiatives. Both stories appear in the current Dean & Provost: Building and Leading Successful Learning Communities, a national, monthly advice newsletter.


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