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

Vol. I, No. 16: December 10, 2008
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Meiningens presents "Closer"
  • Third annual Senior Banquet
  • Ted Pappenfus and Owen Kinsky research published
  • Arne Kildegaard study mentioned

    Upcoming events:

    Chanukah celebration
    Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Prairie Lounge, Student Center
    Come for an evening of dreidel spinning, music and a telling of the story of the Maccabees. Sponsored by the Kadima Club.

    Meiningens present "Closer"
    Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 11-13, 7 p.m. nightly, 2 p.m. Saturday matinee, Louie's Lower Level. Directed by UMM senior Justin Latt.

    Cougar Football Banquet
    Sunday, Dec. 14
    1 p.m.
    Old #1 Southside
    Downtown Morris

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

    News and announcements:

    UMMAA "on the road" to El Paso
    Alumni and friends gathered for an informal evening of dinner and conversation in December 2008 in El Paso, Texas. Susan Schmidgall, development officer, and Erin Christensen, program associate, hosted the event, sponsored by the UMM Alumni Association. Enjoy the photo: l-r, Ricardo Trevino, Violeta Hernandez '02, Erin Christensen '05, Tara Schmidt '05, Carolina Pallares '98, Juan Mazadiego and Susan Schmidgall.

    “A Christmas Carol” at the Guthrie
    Approximately 70 enthusiastic current UMM students, alumni, friends and staff gathered December 6 for a pre-performance reception in the Target Lounge of the Guthrie Theatre. After enjoying one another's company, desserts and beverages, the group attended the performance of “A Christmas Carol.” Adding to the festive occasion was the stellar performance of UMM alumna Ann Michels '93, who made the UMM delegation proud not only of her, but also of UMM for helping to shape this remarkable and talented actress and vocalist. View photos.

    You can volunteer to serve pancakes to students before finals
    The Great Pancake Dinner, sponsored by Sodexho Campus Services and coordinated by CAC Homecoming and Traditions, is set from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14. Faculty and staff can volunteer only one hour of your choice to serve pancakes to students before finals. Get involved in cooking pancakes, serving students and cleanup. If you're interested in helping, e-mail Tara Threadgill.

    UMMAA sponsors third annual Senior Banquet
    The UMM Alumni Association is proud to sponsor the third annual Senior Banquet on Friday, Dec. 12. The event is a special occasion for the Senior Legacy Committee to announce the Class of 2009's gift to UMM. It also honors seniors who graduate in December 2008 and those who will graduate in May 2009. The event, which is complimentary to all seniors, includes live entertainment, a reception and dinner. Speakers will include Chancellor Jacquie Johnson, UMMAA President Brian Ulrich '98, and MCSA and Senior Legacy President Patrick Chester '09. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Limited seating is available for faculty and staff who are also invited to attend the event. Contact Erin Christensen ‘05 in the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving to RSVP and for more information.

    Carol Concerts from last year will air on Pioneer Public TV
    The 2007 Carol Concerts will air on Pioneer Public Television, Appleton, at 4 p.m. December 21 and at 7 p.m. December 25.

    UMM at the Minnesota Vikings
    The University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association has reserved a limited number of tickets for alumni, friends, faculty and staff to cheer on the Vikings as they battle the Atlanta Falcons in one of the last regular season home games. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 21. Tickets are just $50 (regularly $60!). Reserve up to two tickets for the 3:15 p.m. game (please note: game time has been changed from the original noon kickoff as it has been selected as a premier national game broadcast). Tickets must be paid in advance and will be mailed to you prior to game day. Reserve your ticket(s) before Wednesday, Dec. 17, online, by e-mail or call (320) 589-6067.

    Weekly Bulletin wishes you a happy holiday
    This issue of Weekly Bulletin is the final issue for the Fall Semester. Weekly Bulletin will resume publication on Wednesday, Jan. 21, the first week of Spring Semester classes.

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    Sarah B. Buchanan, French, was invited by the Institute of International Education (IIE) to travel to Denver, Colo., December 9-11, as a member of the National Screening Committee for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Scholarships. The IIE is under contract to the U.S. Department of State to organize publicity, receive and process Fulbright applications and, through its National Screening Committee, composed of distinguished members of the academic community and the professions, recommend candidates for graduate study awards to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board for Fulbright grants. For more information about Fulbright grants, visit the Academic Center for Enrichment or consult Fulbright.

    Michael Eble, studio art, is among eight Louisiana artists selected for the Louisiana Artworks “Environs/Examined” exhibit. The artists presented in Environs/Examined create work that examines their relationship with unique landscapes and societal structures and the broader concepts of regeneration and hybrid elements in our environment. The opening will be December 13, 6 to 9 p.m. Public exhibition is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., through January 18, 2009. Visit Louisiana Artworks for more information.

    Senior outside hitters Briana Czer and Alison Pippo were named UMAC Honorable Mention All-Conference in volleyball this season. Read more.

    The University of Minnesota, Morris Jazz Band, under the direction of "Doc" Carlson, provided featured entertainment and after dinner dance music at the 2008 Presidents Club Holiday Party last week, hosted by the University of Minnesota Foundation and held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus. Chancellor Jacquie Johnson and Associate Vice Chancellor Maddy Maxeiner joined friends and guests for the annual event.

    Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, and researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering on the Twin Cities campus have published a novel method of carbon dioxide detection. The active layer for the sensor includes carbon nanotubes dispersed in a polymer matrix. The polymer used in the devices was synthesized by UMM undergraduate chemistry student Owen Kinsky in the discipline's Introduction to Research course. Although targeted for clinical ambulatory applications, the sensors could function equally as environmental sensors. Partial support of this research was supported by the National Science Foundation's Course, Curriculum, and Laboratory Improvement Program (DUE-0535763). This research is published in the December 10, 2008, issue of the journal Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical.

    An article by Julia Dabbs, art history, "Anecdotal Insights: Changing Perceptions of Italian Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century Life Stories," was published in the 2008 volume of Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in the Lives, Work, and Culture.

    UMM in the News:

    A study by Arne Kildegaard, economics, was mentioned in the December 8 West Central Tribune (Willmar) story, “Is this a last gasp for Big Stone Wind?” The story also appeared in the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald.

    UMM’s energy self-sufficiency goal is mentioned in developer and consultant Craig Wilson’s section in the online The Downtown Journal. The Journal serves downtown Minneapolis residents and workers, as well as visitors. The weekly newspaper provides in-depth neighborhood-level information about city government, community groups, fascinating people, cultural events and more.


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