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

Vol. I, No. 29: April 22, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Taste of Asia Dinner
  • Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner
  • Computer Science paper nominated
  • Alumna Alana Peterson named Al Franken’s state director

    Upcoming events:

    Asian Awareness Week: Taste of Asia Dinner
    6 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Oyate Hall. Annual dinner prepared by members of the Asian Student Association including live music, dance and traditional clothing. There will also be a silent auction. Tickets on sale in the Student Center.

    Asian Awareness Week
    Celebrated April 20-27, sponsored by the Asian Student Association

    Planet Earth film series screening
    2 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Science Auditorium. Sponsored by the Biology Club. Free admission. Popcorn sales benefit Relay for Life.

    Student recitals and senior seminars
    A number of student recital performances and senior seminars are scheduled. Visit the online events calendar for details.

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

    News and announcements:

    Six-Ton Campaign exceeds goal
    Fundraising for the first annual Six-Ton Campaign exceeded its goal: Students and community members raised the equivalent of 7.47 tons, or 744 pounds and $2,366 worth of food. The goods were donated to the Stevens County Food Shelf at the culmination of the campaign, which challenged participants to raise six tons of food throughout the month of March.

    U.S.O-OH! show this weekend will benefit jazz program
    Playrights Community Theatre in Morris presents “U.S.O-OH!” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, at the Morris Area Elementary School Concert Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students. Proceeds support the Morris campus jazz program and the Playrights Community Theatre.

    Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner
    Ten employees with nearly 300 years of combined service to the campus will be honored during the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner to be held Thursday, April 30. A UMM Retirees Association reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. at LaFave House. A dinner will begin at 6 p.m. in Oyate Hall.

    Morris representatives at Living Green Expo
    Visit the Morris campus booth at the Living Green Expo on Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, the free event provides solutions for people to live healthier lives with less impact on the environment.

    Summer Jazz Experience
    The second annual Summer Jazz Experience for high school musicians will be held on the campus June 14-17. The four-day residential clinic will feature artists in residence and international jazz greats.

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    The Mock Trial Team placed 31st overall at the national championship tournament April 18-19, where 48 best teams in the nation (out of over 600 total teams) competed. The team split all four rounds, garnering one judge's ballot and losing the other judge's ballot, completing the most successful year in the program's history. Team members are: Jonathan Bringewatt (senior, team captain), Jeremy Jost (junior, team captain), Eva Wood (junior), Adam Kopel (junior), Anne Krohmer (junior), Grace Reidel (junior), Collin Tierney (sophomore) and Katie Wutchiett (freshman).

    A computer science paper has received a best paper nomination. “Developmental plasticity in linear genetic programming” is one of perhaps four nominated papers in the genetic programming track at GECCO 2009: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. The paper was co-authored by Nic McPhee, computer science, Ellery Crane ‘05, Sara Lahr ‘10 and Riccardo Poli, University of Essex, UK. This research is a continuation of work begun with Poli during McPhee’s 2007-08 research sabbatical at the University of Essex. The winner of the best paper award will be decided at the conference to be held in Montreal in July.

    The Lake Region Arts Council has approved full funding to Rebecca Webb, computing services, for research at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Webb will investigate former Glenwood resident Bert Sawyer’s stay at the state hospital for the insane for a possible book on the topic.

    UMM in the News:

    [Mpls Star Tribune 4/20/2009] Alumna Alana (Christensen) Peterson has been named by “Sen.-elect” Al Franken as his state director. “Peterson has served in a variety of political roles, most recently as political director and state field director for Rep. Jim Oberstar. Franken is quoted as saying Peterson will allow him to ‘hit the ground running on Day One,’ citing constituent help that is likely to be needed by Social Security recipients, small business owners and veterans,” according to the story.


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