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

Vol. I, No. 26: April 1, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Campus meeting with President Bruininks, VP Jones
  • Truman Scholars named
  • Mock Trial team advances to national competition
  • Jim Cotter on KSTP radio

    Upcoming events:

    CNIA 3K Peace Run
    Thursday, April 2, 3 p.m., Cougar Circle in front of MRC

    Rescheduled from March 25.
    Part of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week

    Campus meeting with President Bruininks and Vice President Jones
    Friday, April 3, 2 p.m., Science Auditorium. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and Vice President Robert Jones are the guests during an open meeting for the campus community.

    The public is invited to a Community Coffee with Pres. Bruininks and VP Jones from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Stevens County Historical Museum.

    Paul Newman Classic Film Festival screening
    Saturday, April 4, 1 p.m., Morris Theatre,"Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

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

    News and announcements:

    Juniors Kellcee Baker and Ashley Gaschk have been named 2009 Truman Scholars, two of the 60 selected nationwide. Baker is the only Truman recipient from Minnesota and Gaschk is the only North Dakotan named. They are the only students selected from the University of Minnesota. Read more online and watch for a story in tomorrow’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    Bradley Deane receives Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award
    Bradley Deane, English, is the 2009 recipient of the University of Minnesota, Morris Alumni Association Teaching Award. Thanks to the generosity of the UMM Alumni Association, the Morris campus recognizes its outstanding professors through the UMM Alumni Association Teaching Award, an annual award created by the alumni in 1994 and approved by the UMM Campus Assembly in 1995. This honor was bestowed for the first time in the spring of 1997. The purpose of the award is to honor individual University of Minnesota, Morris faculty members for their outstanding contributions to undergraduate education.

    Alumna Kerri Jamison to visit campus
    Kerri Jamison ‘96 will visit on Monday, April 6, to speak with students about her career path in the arts since graduation. Her presentation at 7:30 p.m. in HFA 2 will focus on the choices and opportunities that have led to her varied career. Jamison has worked with art patrons as a development associate for the Walker Art Center she has worked for three internationally renowned photographers as a teaching assistant, studio assistant, and studio manager and in her current position with the Fallon Advertising Agency, she functions as a liaison between the agency’s clients and an international roster of advertising photographers.

    Minnesota poet Todd Boss here April 8
    In celebration of National Poetry Month, the English discipline will host a reading, book signing and reception for Minnesota poet Todd Boss. Boss will read from his new book, Yellowrocket, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, in the McGinnis Room of the Briggs Library. Boss’ poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and a number of other prestigious literary journals. Yellowrocket, published in 2008 by Norton, has been praised by writers and reviewers alike, including Sherman Alexie, who writes, “Todd Boss is going to be a poetry all-star. He can make any rhyme feel like a concealed weapon. Yellowrocket is sure to be a classic and the beginning of a long and glorious career.” For the past five years, Boss has been the director of external affairs at The Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. He is the poet laureate of Nina’s Cafe in St. Paul, where he curates the Verse and Converse reading series in association with Garrison Keillor’s Common Good Books. He is the founding editor of Flurry, an online journal of wintry poetry from Minnesota and the Dakotas. For more information, contact Chrissy Kolaya.

    Undergraduate Research Symposium
    The ninth celebration of student research across all academic disciplines—the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium—will take place on campus Friday, April 17. Visit URS to learn more.

    Nominations and Election of Discipline Student Representatives
    Division of Science and Mathematics

    Nominations for Discipline Student Representatives in the Division of Science and Mathematics are open from Monday, March 30, through Friday, April 3. Nominations should be submitted to Carol Ford in the Science and Math Division Office. Elections will be held on Wednesday, April 8, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.

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    The Morris Mock Trial team is the only Minnesota team to qualify for the National Tournament. Jonathan Bringewatt (co-captain), Jeremy Jost (co-captain), Collin Tierney, Adam Kopel, Grace Riedel, Anne Krohmer, and Katie Wutchiett and Eva Wood will compete with teams from the nation in Des Moines, Iowa, during the tournament April 17-19.

    Students represent Morris at ACS conference
    Morris was well represented at the spring national meeting of the American Chemical Society held in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 21-25. Chemistry faculty Jennifer Goodnough and Ted Pappenfus and six students—Toria Bolton, Zach Boser, Seth Ferrey, Victor Melnichuk, Laura Thoma and Rory Turgeon—attended the conference. Morris students presented a total of five papers at the meeting in the areas of organic materials, analytical chemistry and chemical education.

    Eleven publications of Ted Pappenfus, chemistry, are highlighted in a recent review article in Chemical Reviews (2009, vol. 109, p. 1141). The article outlines the importance of organic materials in light of their current and future applications. Undergraduate co-authors contributing to the referenced works include the following current and former UMM students: Jacob Melby, Brent Hansen, Devin Sumption, Scott Hubers, Bethany Hermanson, Tyler Helland and Garett Lee.

    Comparative Critical Studies has just published "The Sacred Imagined Nation: Challenging the Modernist Secularization Hypothesis," by Michael Lackey, English. Lackey has also received a fellowship to attend the 14th Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University this summer.

    UMM in the News:

    [KMRS/KKOK 3/27/2009] An interview with Dr. Jooinn Lee lecturer Dr. John Barry and an interview with a student who has participated in the CNIA Pow-wow aired.

    Carol McCannon, Student Activities, and alumna Tina Didreckson, Morris Theatre, will be the guests on the Thursday, April 2, “Community Connection” to talk about the Classic Film Festival, which begins on Saturday, April 4, at the Morris Theatre.

    [KSTP radio, Twin Cities] James Cotter, geology, was asked to discuss the geology of the Red River and the Glacial Lake Agassiz on AM1500 Radio in the Twin Cities. Listen to the podcast. Select: Monday 7 a.m. (Patrick Reusse show).

    [Topeka Capital-Journal, 3/15/2009] Erica Riestenberg and John Holdvogt are profiled in “College students give up spring break to clean Topeka.”

    [Pope County Tribune 3/31/2009] “SolarSkies, UMM receive grant” mentions the Continuing Education grant to develop and implement a biomass gasification technology curriculum.


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