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

Vol. I, No. 18: January 28, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Dance Program Recital
  • Warm Up To Giving
  • Stephen Burks at Social Science Association meetings
  • Nancy Carpenter comments in the Daily

    Upcoming events:

    Dance Program Recital
    Thursday and Friday, Feb. 5-6, 7:30 p.m.
    Edson Auditorium.

    "Moving into Focus" will feature works by guest artists Fatawa Sayibu from Northern Ghana and Jeffrey Peterson of Minneapolis.

    Symphonic Winds Performance
    Premiere multimedia event
    Sunday, Feb. 8, 3 p.m.
    Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall

    Lena Williams presents Convocations Lecture Series address
    Final lecture of the season
    Tuesday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m.
    Edson Auditorium

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

    News and announcements:

    Watching history
    Morris campus students Patrick Chester, Mike McBride, Rene Maes (in D.C. on an internship), Kathy Julik-Heine, Colin Sandoe, Talia Earle and Josh Preston have returned from Washington, D.C., where they witnessed first-hand the inauguration of President Barack Obama.

    Warm Up To Giving event Thursday for faculty and staff
    The Faculty and Staff Giving Committee invites all Morris faculty and staff to a complimentary "come and go" luncheon and informal informational event about giving to the University of Minnesota, Morris. The event will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Alumni Room, Oyate Hall. Bring your colleagues and coworkers and have lunch on us!

    Attention Seniors
    The deadline to apply for your degree for Spring, May, Summer or Fall 2009 is February 2 to be considered for eligibility for 2009 Commencement. Contact the Registrar's Office if you have questions.

    Eric Knoche ’01 pottery presentation
    Morris campus anthropology and English graduate, Eric Knoche will give a presentation in studio art at 2 p.m. February 2 in HFA 2. Knoche finished his studio art degree in 2002 at the Minneapolis campus. His passion for clay has led him to extended stops in India, Thailand, New York, California and North Carolina. He has built and fired numerous woodkilns and has exhibited his work across the country. A resident at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts and a studio assistant at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, he has just returned from Japan where he was an assistant to famed Bizen potter Isezaki Jun, recognized by the Japanese government as a National Living Treasure. Knoche specializes in woodfired handbuilt organic vessels that range in size from several inches to over six feet tall.

    USA Scholarship applications
    USA Scholarship applications are now being accepted for the 2009 United Staff Association (USA) $500 scholarship. Sons, daughters, stepchildren, grandchildren, spouses, registered domestic partners and children of registered domestic partners of UMM civil service or bargaining unit employees are eligible. Applicants must be attending UMM spring semester 2009. Applications and description of criteria are available from the USA Web site or from a committee member: Lynn Schulz, Computing Services, Jean Valnes, Continuing Education, Melody Veenendaal, Student Affairs, or Jana Koehler, Education. Applications must be received by Jana Koehler, Education Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2009.

    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).

    U-Card Spring Semester Office Hours
    Spring Semester U-Card Office Hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, 8-10 a.m.

    The New York Times and Star Tribune subscriptions
    The New York Times and Star Tribune subscriptions are available at the Student Center Information Desk. The New York Times is $31.05 for the semester excluding spring break. Star Tribune is $20.30 for the semester excluding spring break. Subscriptions are due by 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, to the Information Desk.

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    Joanna (JoJo) Jacques ‘08 has passed the prestigious Professional in Human Resources certification exam offered by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Jacques served as the first president of the UMM SHRM student chapter. SHRM is an organization of over 125,000 HR professionals worldwide. The UMM student chapter is one of over 400 college chapters in the U.S. Contact current UMM SHRM President Stephanie Messer or faculty adviser Philip Deger, ext. 6195, about the many benefits of SHRM student membership.

    Stephen Burks, economics and management, presented results from the Truckers & Turnover Project (a multi-year, multi-investigator, multi-funder research effort based at UMM) at the annual Allied Social Science Association meetings in San Francisco on January 4. The paper, with Jeff Carpenter, Middlebury College, Lorenz Goette, University of Geneva, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, was titled, "Cognitive Skills Explain Economic Preferences, Strategic Behavior, and Job Attachment." Burks was also invited to offer comments on a related paper in a session organized by one of the research teams of Jim Heckman (Nobel laureate, 2000). In addition, as editor, co-author and sub-committee chair, Burks presented a new draft and an update on progress towards "Trucking 101: A Primer on the Motor Carrier Industry" to Transportation Research Board (TRB) standing technical committee AT060-Trucking Industry Research on January 12. The committee met during the annual conference of the TRB, which is the transportation-related unit of the national academies of the U.S. in Washington, DC.

    UMM in the News:

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune has invited Sylke Boyd, physics, to be one of their bloggers for the new weather watcher site.

    A story about the upcoming Symposium on Small Towns was published in the January 24 Morris Sun Tribune.

    Nancy Carpenter, chemistry, is quoted in a story, “Pawlenty proposes $151 million cut to U,” in the January 27, 2009, Minnesota Daily.

    Chris Butler, English, is mentioned in a story, “Something From Nothing,” in the January 28 Morris Sun Tribune.


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