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

Vol. I, No. 13: November 19, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Performing Arts Series: pianist Chu-Fang Huang
  • Carol Concert advanced tickets on sale
  • Mock Trial team is successful
  • Biomass grant in the news

    Upcoming events:

    Performing Arts Series: Pianist Chu-Fang Huang
    Saturday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium.

    A finalist in the international Van Cliburn competition, pianist Chu-Fang Huang is a post-doctoral performer at Juilliard.

    Irish Social Dancing
    Sunday, Nov. 23, 1 p.m., HFA 125.
    Learn Irish social/ceilidh dancing.

    UMM community meeting
    Monday, Nov. 24, 3 p.m., Science Auditorium.
    A discussion of UMM’s current budget situation, budget management and review of budgeting practices, to acquire campus input and response as we model next year's budget, and an update on EFS implementation.

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

    News and announcements:

    Weekly Bulletin will publish early next week
    Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Weekly Bulletin will publish on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Please submit items for consideration in Weekly Bulletin by 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24.

    UMM represented in Eighth Annual Parade of Lights
    Don’t miss the eighth annual Parade of Lights Thursday, Nov. 20. Entertainment by the UMM Concert Choir begins at 5:30 p.m. on Sixth Street between McGinnis Appliance and Thrifty White Drug. This year’s route differs from previous years, starting at the Morris Co-op (on 10th and Atlantic) and proceeding down Atlantic Avenue. Look for UMM parade units. Student stilt walkers are expected to join the fun. Visit the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce for more details on Santa’s Great Giveaway and check out the Morris Sun Tribune following the parade for photographs of all the parade entries and names of the winning entries. (Photo of hearty volunteers from past Parade of Lights.)

    Carol Concert advanced tickets on sale
    Advanced sale of tickets is underway for the 2008 University of Minnesota, Morris Carol Concerts. These annual concerts are performed by the UMM Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, and the University Choir, under the direction of Melissa Hanson. Performances of this year’s holiday event will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. The UMM Flute Ensemble, under the direction of Jeanne Richards, will provide prelude music prior to each performance.

    Theatre discipline garage sale
    The theatre discipline is having a garage sale in the Costume Shop, located in the lower level of Humanities Fine Arts Building, room 25. November 24-25, 3-6 p.m., December 4-5, 3-6 p.m. and December 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Items for sale include coats, suits, dresses, fabric, patterns and miscellaneous. New items will be available each day. All proceeds will benefit future trips for UMM students to the American College Theatre Festival.

    Alumna appears in “A Christmas Carol,” UMM's annual Guthrie Theater event
    Group rate tickets are still available for a 1 p.m. matinee performance of “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie in Minneapolis on Saturday, Dec. 6. An added attraction to this year's annual alumni and friends event at the Guthrie will be Ann Michels '93 performing as the Ghost of Christmas Past. A motor coach from UMM to the Guthrie will be available for students, faculty and staff. Ticket holders are also invited to a pre-performance dessert and coffee reception, courtesy of the UMM Alumni Association, in the Target Lounge, Level Four, of the Guthrie Theater. E-mail or call (320) 589-6066 for more information or to purchase tickets for the Guthrie and to reserve a seat if you are interested in traveling by bus.

    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.

    Elementary or secondary education program applicants
    You must take Praxis I (Pre Professional Skills Test) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on January 10, March 14 and April 25, 2009. If you are an elementary education student planning to graduate in 2011 OR are a secondary education student planning to graduate in 2010 you MUST take this test no later than the January 10 test date to meet application deadlines. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office or Jane in Counseling for information on registering.

    Secondary education applicants planning to graduate in 2010
    All of the application material is due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Dec. 5. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday through Friday, Jan. 26-30, 2009. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200) when you return in January.

    Elementary education applicants planning to graduate in 2011
    All application material is to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office no later than Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. Interviews will be February 9-13, 2009. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Education Division Office door (211) when you return in January.

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    UMM’s Mock Trial team placed second with a record of 6-2-0 in their division of 18 teams and fifth overall during Harvard University's Crimson Classic Invitational in Boston. The tournament hosted 20 schools with 38 teams. UMM won both ballots against Penn State and Wellesley and split the ballots against U of Mississippi and UC-Berkeley. Adam Kopel won an outstanding witness award and was ranked as the top witness in the division. Collin Tierney won an outstanding attorney award and was ranked as the top attorney in the division. Members of the team who attended are: Jonathan Bringewatt, senior (co-captain), Jeremy Jost, junior (co-captain), Eva Wood, junior, Grace Reidel, junior, Adam Kopel, junior, Anne Krohmer, junior, Collin Tierney, sophomore, and Katie Wutchiett, freshman. The team attended the tournament with the help of the UMM Alumni Association and the office of the chancellor.

    Six members of the UMM chapter of MPIRG (Minnesota Public Interest Research Group) attended the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) Midwest Regional Conference held at Purdue University. As one of two Midwest Regional organizers for USAS, Matt Abbott was integral in organizing the conference. Abbott, Collin Sandoe, Ryan Rantanen, Lynn Bixler, Jessica Pederson and Ashley Gaschk attended from UMM.

    UMM in the News:

    Biomass Magazine published “Minnesota funds biomass projects,” which mentions the $50,000 Next Generation Energy Grant received by the Morris campus.
    UMM was mentioned on the same topic in Agri News, “Renewable energy projects get $3 million boost from state.” The topic was widely covered by Minnesota media.


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