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

Vol. I, No. 22: February 25, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • State of the U address
  • Science Museum site features PZ Myers
  • Matt Lauer selected to Madison Scouts
  • Morris campus interviews with KWLM radio

    Upcoming events:

    “Of Mice and Men”
    Theatre discipline production, February 26-28, 7:30 p.m. (also 2 p.m. Saturday), Black Box Theatre

    Public observation of the night sky
    February 28, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Science building observatory (special early event-best for kids, waxing crescent moon, Venus setting). See Spring Semester observatory schedule.

    State of the U
    University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will deliver the annual State of the U address, Thursday, March 5, 3 p.m., broadcast to the Science Auditorium. University Senate meetings will precede the address. Details will be forthcoming from the President's Office.

    News and announcements:

    Support the U Day
    Morris campus students join University of Minnesota students from around the state for a “Support the U Day” rally at the Minnesota State Capitol Feb. 25.

    PZ Myers is featured scientist
    Paul (PZ) Myers, biology, is a featured Scientist on the Spot on the topic of evolution on the Science Museum of Minnesota’s “Science Buzz” Web site.

    Chat with the Chancellor new date
    A "Chat with the Chancellor" has been scheduled on Friday, Feb. 27, from 8:30-10 a.m. (please note new date) in the Alumni Room. This chat is for faculty and staff. If there is something you'd like to ask the chancellor or if you have ideas/suggestions you'd like to tell her, this is your chance.

    Spring choir tour
    The Concert Choir, under the direction of Ken Hodgson, will tour northern Minnesota and Canada March 26-30. The choir will perform in a home concert at 7:30 p.m. March 30 in HFA Recital Hall.

    CFANS Solution-Driven Science Symposium
    The University of Minnesota's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) will sponsor a Solution-Driven Science Symposium, "New Frontiers in Plant Health: will climate change tip the balance toward disease?" Wednesday, March 25, 12:30–5 p.m. Northstar Ballroom, St. Paul campus Student Center. The event is free, but registration is required. Register online by March 18.

    Tinman Triathlon Alumni Spaghetti Feed
    The UMM Alumni Association will sponsor a carbo-loaded dinner on Friday, April 24, at LaFave House, 305 College Avenue, in preparation for the annual UMM Tinman Triathlon. Alumni, friends and their families participating in the triathlon are welcome to attend a spaghetti dinner from 5-7 p.m. as preparation for the triathlon on Saturday, April 25. For more information, and to RSVP, contact Erin in Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at ext. 6067, Erin Schellin Christensen, or online.

    Tinman Triathlon registration open
    Registration is now open for teams and individual entries for the 25th annual Tinman Triathlon. The triathlon features an 1100-yard swim in an eight-lane competition pool, a 19-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run. All participants and volunteers receive T-shirts. Visit the Tinman Web site to register or contact Chad Braegelmann, ext. 6167, for more information.

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    Matt Lauer, trumpet player with the Symphonic Winds, has successfully completed the highly competitive national audition process to become a member of the Madison Scouts, one of the leading Drum & Bugle Corps in the nation. The corps has an alumni base of over 5,000 members. Lauer will play mellophone in the 76-member horn line. The Madison Scouts hold monthly winter camps from November to May. Following the spring semester, daily rehearsals will be held in Madison, after which the ensemble performs nationally throughout the summer. Minnesota performances are set for June 20 in Stillwater and June 22 in Mankato.

    Campus Sustainability Coordinator Troy Goodnough has been invited to speak about Morris’ green initiatives during a conference March 18-19 at Assiniboine College, Manitoba, Canada.

    Continuum has just published the book, Foucault's Legacy, in its Continuum Studies in Continental Philosophy series, which contains an essay by Michael Lackey, English. The essay is titled "Michel Foucault, Secularization Theory, and the Theological Origins of Totalitarianism."

    UMM in the News:

    Senior Kate Grabosky and Chancellor Jacquie Johnson were interviewed by KWLM radio (Willmar) for a story about their experiences during the Clinton Global Initiative University.

    Jessica Beyer, Center for Small Towns, was interviewed by KWLM about the University’s Community Assistantship Program. Listen to interviews at “Live [at] Five on Demand” for an approximate 10-day period following the interview. You'll need Real Player or Safari to listen.

    The Morris wind turbine is mentioned in the February 22 story, “A wind-blown competition between St. Olaf and Carleton.”

    Paula O'Loughlin, political science, was interviewed by KUOM (Radio K) about the financial aspects of the Coleman-Franken recount, specifically their fundraising efforts that are geared toward the recount. Radio K is the student-run radio station of the University of Minnesota.

    A February 24 story in the Thief River Falls Times, “Orchestras to conduct concert on Monday, March 2,” mentions Kay Carlson, music.

    Chancellor Jacquie Johnson is mentioned in the February 20 Morris Sun Tribune story, “Lawmakers: Times are tough, all must pitch in.”


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