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

Vol. I, No. 24: March 11, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Asking the Big Questions book club guest speaker
  • New campus logo, Web site unveiling
  • Sandra Benitez is WTCH Week keynote speaker
  • Christian Science Monitor, The Chronicle of Higher Education mention Morris

    Upcoming events:

    Mike Reese will address Asking the Big Questions book club
    Mike Reese, West Central Research and Outreach Center renewable energy coordinator, is the guest speaker on Thursday, March 12. Snacks and refreshments served at 6:30 p.m., discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room.

    Spring break
    Classes will not be in session, however campus offices will remain open during spring break, March 16-19. Campus offices will be closed on Friday, March 20.

    Juried Student Art Exhibit
    March 26-April 18, Humanities Fine Arts Gallery, public opening reception, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 26

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

    News and announcements:

    Weekly Bulletin takes spring break
    Weekly Bulletin will not publish on Wednesday, March 18, during the week of spring break. WB will resume its weekly schedule on Wednesday, March 25.

    New campus logo and Web site unveiling
    In conjunction with the campus branding initiative, the campus will officially unveil its new brand identity (logo) and the first phase of its new Web site next week. Watch your e-mail for a sneak peek of both in the coming days. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this initiative. It has truly been a community effort! Contact Christine Mahoney, director of communications, for more information or with questions.

    Young alumni to serve others through Second Harvest event
    Morris young alumni will be packing boxes for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) at Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12. In an assembly-line fashion, alumni will add food components to the package until it reaches the end of the line. These completed packages are distributed to low-income seniors and mothers with children under six years old. For more information and to RSVP, contact Erin Christensen '05 in Alumni Relations or call (320) 589-6067. Photo features young alumni during last year’s service event at Feed My Starving Children.

    Sandra Benitez is WTCH Week keynote speaker
    Sandra Benitez will give the keynote, “The Saving Grace of Stories,” at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Edson Auditorium as part of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, March 23-28. Other events include: Monday, March 23, Global Fashion Rocks the Runway, 7 p.m., Oyate Hall, Wednesday, March 25, CNIA Peace Run, 3 p.m., Cougar Circle in front of Multi-Ethnic Resource Center, poet and recording artist John Trudell, 7:30 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Thursday, March 26, comedian Eliot Chang, 8 p.m., Edson Auditorium, Friday, March 27, Ethnic Dinner—Latino theme, 5:30 p.m. Oyate Hall, African drum group, Hayor Bibimma, 7 p.m. Edson Auditorium, Saturday, March 28, Pow Wow, noon and 7 p.m., P.E. Center. Watch for

    Bonjour Francophiles on the Morris faculty and staff
    The 23rd Annual Edith R. Farrell French Poetry Reading Contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in Oyate Hall. Would you like to read a poem? Faculty or staff could win a fabulous prize by reading a poem written in French (no memorization needed—just a fabulous reading). Last year's champion was Michelle Page. Think you can best her this year? Send an e-mail to Stephen Martin, Viktor Berberi or Sarah Buchanan to be included in the program.

    Attention nontraditional women and men students
    Applications for the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship and the University of Minnesota Alumnae Scholarship are now available. You must be 28 years of age or older, returning after a five-year or longer break in education, and admitted to or enrolled in a degree-granting program at any of the University of Minnesota campuses. Financial need is critical. Six to eight awards, ranging from $1,000 to $4,000 are awarded annually. Letters of recommendation are required. The Macpherson is open only to women, the University Alumnae Scholarship is open to women and men. Stop by the Office of Continuing Education, 105 Blakely Hall, for an application or visit the Office for University Women site and click on Alumnae Scholarships to bring up the application for downloading. Deadline is April 30, 2009.

    Edward and Patricia LaFave Scholarship
    The Edward and Patricia LaFave Scholarship will provide two scholarships in 2009-10 to students at the University of Minnesota, Morris. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, a plus factor will be given to female students who fit the college guidelines for non-traditional age, who have demonstrated financial need and who show academic promise. By establishing this fund, (the late) Edward and Patricia LaFave wished to support students who may not have been able to attend college right after high school or who have been away from college for several years. Two $1,200 scholarships are available for 2009-10. Application deadline: Friday, March 13, 2009. Application forms are available in the Office of Continuing Education, 105 Blakely Hall. The final selection is made by the Morris Admissions and Financial Aid staff in consultation with Continuing Education, Regional Programs and Summer Session.

    Energy assistance
    Energy Assistance Program help is available for your energy costs. Average grant is $545. Funding is provided for oil, propane, wood, electric or natural gas costs. Residents of Pope, Traverse, Clay, Wilkin, Douglas, Grant and Stevens counties may call West Central Minnesota Communities Action, toll-free, at 1-800-492-4805 for an application. Certain income guidelines must be met. There is no asset limit. This program is funded by the Minnesota Department of Commerce and the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.

    Weekly Bulletin takes spring break
    Weekly Bulletin will not publish on Wednesday, March 18, during the week of spring break. WB will resume its weekly schedule on Wednesday, March 25.

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    UMM in the News:

    [Minnesota Daily, 3/4/2009] PZ Myers, biology, is quoted in "Richard Dawkins outlines theory at Northrop."

    [Christian Science Monitor, 3/6/2009] The Morris biomass gasification facility is mentioned and coordinator Joel Tallaksen is quoted in “Colleges wean off fossil fuels.”

    [The Chronicle of Higher Education] The publication’s online blog mentions the Morris campus’ biomass gasification facility.

    [Morris Sun Tribune, 3/6/2009] Students John Jones, Becca Baldridge, Samantha Esguerra and Michael McBride are quoted in the story, "UMM students: Senate votes vital even as race drags on.” The story also appeared in The Bemidji Pioneer.


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