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

Vol. I, No. 25: March 25, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Latterell Lecture
  • Volunteers provide flood relief assistance
  • Students at political science conference
  • U.S. News & World Report online

    Upcoming events:

    WTCH Week events: Comedian Eliot Chang, CNIA Pow-wow
    Thursday, March 26, 8 p.m., Edson Auditorium. CNIA Pow-wow,
    Saturday, March 28, Grand Entries at noon and 7 p.m., P.E. Center. Concludes World Touch Cultural Heritage Week.

    Latterell Memorial Lecture
    “Chemometrics: Using Statistics Towards Chemical Discovery” is the topic to be presented by Jessica Kraker ’99 during the 2009 Joseph J. Latterell Memorial Visiting Alumnus Lecture on Thursday, April 2. Kraker will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Science Auditorium.

    Grad Finale 2009
    Tuesday, March 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Alumni and University Rooms, Oyate Hall. One-stop destination for all your graduation needs.

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

    News and announcements:

    Flood relief volunteers step up, Fargo residents say “thanks”
    Cougar volleyball, softball and track athletes traveled to Breckenridge Monday to help with flood relief efforts. On Tuesday, another campus group went to Fargo to provide assistance. Volunteers were coordinated by Carol McCannon, Community Service and Volunteerism in Student Activities. This message was received by University Relations from Fargo residents Annette & Steve Sprague: “We had the pleasure of working along side several University of MN Morris students last night at the Fargodome while making sandbags. We want to issue a "HUGE THANK YOU" to these young men and women for volunteering to come to Fargo to help us in our flood battle. The youth of MN and ND are truly amazing, and on behalf of the Fargo-Moorhead community we are sincerely grateful. We hope you will be able to post this message in some manner because unfortunately we do not have their names to thank them personally!” Sodexho on campus donated snacks for the volunteers. McDonalds (owners of Morris’ McDonalds also own in Breckenridge) and Subway of Morris both provided food. Facebook members can view photos from Breckenridge here. See a sample of the media coverage below under “UMM In the News.”

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    Grant to develop biomass curriculum
    Continuing Education was awarded a grant of $174,258 by the Renewable Energy Marketplace - Alliance for Talent Development initiative. Pending transfer of funds from the Department of Labor to the Renewable Energy Marketplace-Alliance for Talent Development, the funding will be used to develop new curriculum in biomass gasification technology which will serve participants during an intensive three-week pilot to be offered in May 2009 at Morris.

    Admissions hosts virtual booth at College Week Live
    The Office of Admissions is hosting a virtual University of Minnesota, Morris booth at world's largest virtual college fair—College Week Live—Wednesday and Thursday, March 25 and 26, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The college fair is open to international and national students.

    Open meeting with President Bruininks, Robert Jones
    University President Robert Bruininks and Vice President Robert Jones are scheduled to visit UMM on Friday, April 3. An open meeting for the campus community has been scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. A community coffee will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Stevens County Historical Museum. All are welcome.

    Anniversary plans underway
    Planning is underway to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Morris campus and the 100th anniversary of the founding of the West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station. Dian and Andy Lopez, professors emeriti of computer science, are co-chairs for the planning committee that is researching different ways to celebrate in 2010.

    Pre-Jazz Fest concert reception
    A pre-Jazz Fest concert reception will be held for James “Doc” Carlson and Kay Carlson, who will retire at the end of the academic year, at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4, in Turtle Mountain Care. All are invited.

    Alumna Laura (Sullivan) Moody to visit campus
    Biology graduate Laura (Sullivan) Moody '04 will return to campus to speak with current students regarding post-UMM such as graduate school and research. She will be on campus at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in Science 1020 to speak with students about grad school. On Friday, April 24, 9:15 a.m. in Science 2200, she will discuss her current research on prions for a microbiology class. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison, pursuing a doctorate in cellular and molecular biology.

    Lorie Line will perform
    Lorie Line will perform in Edson Auditorium on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. The show is open to all public and tickets are available at for $31. If not sold out, there will be tickets available at the door the evening of the event. Tickets are not available on the Morris campus. Please direct all calls and questions to or 1-800-801-5463.

    Young alumni served others through Second Harvest event
    Young alumni gathered to pack food boxes at Second Harvest Heartland in Maplewood on March 12. After the two-hour volunteer event, a total of 8,400 pounds of food was packaged for families in need. This marked the second year for a Morris young alumni service project. Enjoy the photos.

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    Nine students—Katrina Heimark, Kathy Julik-Heine, Jesh Livstrom, Mike McBride, Cody Miller, Alex Murphy, Saba Nasseri, Mark Privratsky and Matt Privratsky—traveled to Buena Vista College in Iowa to present their individual research projects at the Midwest Regional Undergraduate Political Science Conference over spring break. They were accompanied by Paula O'Loughlin, political science.

    Morris dance students performed "The Should," choreographed by guest artist Jeffrey Peterson, at the American College Dance Festival March 18 to 22 at the Barbara Barker Center for Dance at the University’s Twin Cities campus.

    An article by Pareena Lawrence, economics/management, “Tips to Reduce the Academic Leadership Learning Curve,” is published in the February 2009 Women in Higher Education (p. 22).

    Michael Lackey (English) delivered the keynote lecture at Northeastern University's Third Annual Graduate Student conference this past weekend. His lecture was titled "Sophie's Choice and The Remains of the Day: Contesting the Theological Origins of Totalitarianism."

    UMM in the News:

    [U. S. News & World Report online 3/24/2009] Morris campus volunteers are mentioned in “N.D. and Minn. Students Drive Hours to Aid in Flood Efforts.” The March 24 Minnesota Daily had a similar story, “Students head north to help with flood.”

    [Biomass Magazine 3/19/2009] “UM-Morris to offer gasification course in May” appears in the April 2009 issue.

    [The Daily Journal, International Falls, 3/23/2009] The Concert Choir performance in Backus Thursday is mentioned in the newspaper’s “Borderland Briefs.”

    [Morris Sun Tribune 3/20/2009] The Morris campus is mentioned in Local Commentary -- On This Earth: A green world? Go for it!” by former faculty Nathaniel Hart.

    [Morris Sun Tribune 3/24/2009] The campus is mentioned in “Stevens FORWARD! -- Stressing the need for education.”

    [Elk River Star News 3/13/2009] “ERHS jazz group wails to another superior” mentions that the Black Elk Jazz Band will attend Morris Jazz Fest.


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