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

Vol. I, No. 17: January 21, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Morris Community Meal
  • Community of Scholars
  • Van Gooch is Science Museum online Scientist
  • Looking Back at David Hoppe’s research

    Upcoming events:

    Gallery exhibit: Sculpture from the U
    HFA Gallery, Opening reception: January 23, 7-9 p.m. Exhibit continues through March 13.

    Morris Community Meal
    Monday, Jan. 26, 5:30 p.m., Legacy Living Center, 108 E. 6th Street. Share a warm, healthy meal with the Morris community. Meals are free and open to all.

    Choir Fest
    Monday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Morris Area Public Schools Concert Hall. Dr. Ken Hodgson directs.

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

    News and announcements:

    Morris to receive BCBS funding for healthy eating
    The Morris campus will receive funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota’s (Blue Cross) tobacco settlement proceeds to promote healthier eating and thereby help to improve the health of Minnesotans. Morris was chosen to receive the funding to expand access to, and availability of fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods on campus, within greater Morris, and in Stevens County. Read more.

    Students studying abroad in top three
    Morris ranks third, among colleges that award bachelor’s degrees, in the percentage of students who participate in a study abroad experience during college, according to the recent Open Doors Report 2008 study by The Institute of International Education.

    Community of Scholars event February 6-7

    Morris will welcome approximately 200 students and their families to campus February 6-7 for the Community of Scholars event.

    The students have been offered admission and will be competing for the University’s most prestigious competitive scholarships, the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award.

    Read more.

    Greek and Roman Mythology
    The Morris campus and District 206 Community Education in Alexandria offer an in depth look into Greek and Roman Mythology. Join Professor Laird Barber, professor emeritus English, for an overview of stories explaining the creation of the world and the lives of the gods, goddesses, heroes and heroines with myths in the form of art and literature. Fee: $29 for 3 sessions at Nelson Wellness Center, 1220 Nokomis, Alexandria. Mondays, Feb. 9, 16 and 23, from 2-4 p.m. #RG01. For more information, contact Alexandria Community Education at (320) 762-2149.

    Alumni Association Midwinter gathering
    The UMM Alumni Association will host the annual Midwinter gathering at the W Hotel (Foshay Tower) in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 5. Alumni and friends are invited for complimentary refreshments from 6 until 8 p.m. A cash bar will be available. Guests are welcomed. For event and parking information or to RSVP, please call (320) 589-6066, e-mail Alumni Relations or RSVP online at MidWinter.

    Local UMM Young Alumni Gathering
    A good time was had by all as many young alumni from the surrounding Morris area gathered at Bello Cucina in Morris for a dinner and social gathering January 15. Enjoy the photos.

    Secondary education program applicants planning to graduate in 2010
    All material was to be submitted to Pat in the Education Division office by December 5. Remember to sign up NOW for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be January 26 and 27. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (211).

    Elementary or secondary education program applicants
    You must take the PRAXIS I - Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The next test is offered at UMM on March 14. Also, all education students MUST pass all three areas of the PPST before a Minnesota teaching license will be granted. Contact Pat Nelson, Education Division Office or Jane Kill, Counseling Office for information on registering now!

    Elementary education program 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. Interviews will be February 9 through 13. Sign up sheets are posted on the Education Division Office door (200).

    Read more news...


    Van Gooch, biology, will be a featured Scientist on the Spot on the online Science Museum of Minnesota, Science Buzz. Gooch will field questions related to his research from approximately January 23 - March 5.

    Lavendar magazine named “Leave” by Matthew Everett as one of the top 10 productions of 2008 in the Twin Cities. Many Morris campus people are involved, including director Justin S. Latt, Siobhan Bremer (theatre faculty), actors Alex Carlson, Nick James Parker, Tim Schmidt, Bennett Smith, and production staff Godfried Asante, Eric Aufderhar, Marco Avila, Katie Barron, Scott Bloom, Alex Clark, Lizzie Marcus, David Schilmoeller, and Dani Schmitz.

    The women’s soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) “College Team Academic Award” for the 10th time. To earn this honor the team’s cumulative team GPA must be a 3.0 or higher. The Morris women earned a collective cumulative GPA of 3.56 in the 2007-2008 academic year.

    Campus Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough was the featured speaker on ideas of sustainability at the Minnesota Council for Quality meeting January 8 on the Twin Cities campus.

    Christine Mahoney, University Relations, was elected to represent the Morris campus on the Morris Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors during the Chamber’s annual social event January 14. Judy Riley, University Relations, was recognized as the outgoing UMM representative to the Board, a capacity in which she served for 11 years, including as board chair in 1998. Read more.

    Rebecca Webb, computing services, is serving in her final semester as COPLAC (Council on Public Liberal Arts Colleges) Webmaster, having served in this capacity since fall 2004. Along with Susan Finkel, Webb developed the "News from our Colleges" page, which yielded an annual MSAF (Morris Student Administrative Fellow) position. The MSAF uses guidelines developed by Webb to search the member schools' Web sites for appropriate stories, which Webb adds weekly to the page to demonstrate that COPLAC schools provide some of the best education in the country.

    Julie Eckerle, English, has published an essay, titled "Recent Developments in Early Modern English Life Writing and Romance," in the most recent issue of Literature Compass.

    Chris Butler, English, conducted interviews and wrote the script for “A Journey to South Africa,” a documentary that will air on Pioneer Public Television (Morris channel 10) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. Butler was also interviewed for The Wall Street Journal story, “Why Ohio Makes the Best Coaches,” based on Butler’s book about Ohio high school football.

    Modern Fiction Studies has published "Secularization: An Academic Truism or a Dubious Hypothesis?" by Michael Lackey, English.

    James Gremmels, professor emeritus English, was among 10 Minnesota electors who participated in the meeting of the DFL Party electors at the State Capitol December 15. About 70 people attended the historic event, held in the Capitol rotunda. Gremmels was pictured and mentioned in the Pope County Tribune (Glenwood), where he is a longtime resident, as well as on KARE-11 (Twin Cities television) online, among other statewide media.

    Eric Klinger, professor emeritus psychology, has published the following: Klinger, E., Henning, V. R., & Janssen, J. M. (in press). “Fantasy-proneness dimensionalized: Dissociative component is related to psychopathology, daydreaming is not.” Journal of Research in Personality. Co-authors Vincent Henning and Jonathan Jannsen are recent UMM graduates. Also by Klinger: “Daydreaming and fantasizing: Thought flow and motivation.” In K. D. Markman, W. M. P. Klein, and J. A. Suhr (Eds), Handbook of imagination and mental simulation (pp. 225-239), New York, Psychology Press, 2009.

    Morris was Member of the Month for December on the American Council on Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) Web site.

    UMM in the News:

    The Advanced Biomass Workshop held at Morris January 15 was mentioned in the January 13, 2009, Agri News.

    The biomass facility was mentioned in a December 13, 2008, West Central Tribune (Willmar) story, “Ethanol producer hopes to create biomass market.”

    The deformed frog research by David Hoppe, professor emeritus biology, was cited in the December 13, 2008, Morris Sun Tribune “Looking Back” column.


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