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

Vol. I, No. 31: May 6, 2009
Editor: Judy Riley,

In this issue:
  • Student Honors and Awards and Commencement
  • Will Weaver public venues
  • Stephen Burks’ research featured in top general science journal
  • Former staff, students, faculty in the news

    Upcoming events:

    English Research Symposium
    Saturday, May 9, 3 p.m., Humanities 105. English majors in this semester's research seminar will present talks based on their research projects, focusing on narrative theory in relation to novels and comics.

    Student Honors and Awards
    The excellence of students will be celebrated during a series of events on Friday, May 15.
    American Indian Honoring Ceremony, Honors Recital, Parents’ Reception, Student Honors and Awards.

    Commencement 2009
    Nearly 300 seniors will receive their bachelor's degrees during the 46th Commencement on Saturday, May 16. Division receptions begin at 11 a.m. in the Student Center.

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

    News and announcements:

    Final Weekly Bulletin
    This issue of Weekly Bulletin is the final edition for the academic year. (Coder Rebecca Webb would like to point out that it is also the final of approximately 600 issues produced by Judy Riley during her career at Morris.)

    Staff and faculty honored
    Faculty and staff employees who have given extraordinary service to the campus were honored during the recent Faculty and Staff Recognition Dinner.

    Theatre courses performances
    Fundamentals of Acting students will present scenes at 10:15 a.m. Thursday, May 7. Each scene is 10 minutes long. Students in Voice and Movement will perform at 12:15 p.m. Thursday May 7. Both classes, taught by Siobhan Bremer, will perform in HFA Proscenium Theatre.

    Meet and greet Will Weaver
    Author and outdoorsman Will Weaver will provide the graduation address during the May 16 Commencement ceremony. Weaver will sign copies of his books in the lobby of the Student Center at 10:30 a.m. Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance will host a free community event featuring Weaver at 7:30 p.m. May 15, Common Cup.

    Registration still open for June 2-3 Symposium on Small Towns
    There’s still time to register to attend the June 2-3 Seventh Annual Symposium on Small Towns. Communities 2050: Building a Livable, Renewable and Responsible Future! will be the theme. The action-oriented Symposium will focus on rebuilding local economies, educating and motivating communities, capitalizing on political change and celebrating rural living. This year’s Symposium will be preceded by a conference of Higher Education, May 31-June 1, also on the Morris campus.

    Now showing on a Web site near you

  • Fashion Trashion photos by Alex McGreavey ’11.

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium photos by Alex McGreavey.

  • Results of the recent Tinman Triathlon. View Tinman photos taken by Ruth Hamberg ’09.

  • See Jazz Fest 2009, the Truman Scholar story and the Jooinn Lee Lecture Series on the public iTunes U.

    Asking the Big Questions Book Club concludes first year
    Asking the Big Questions Book Club has concluded its inaugural year. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month starting in September. Have an idea for the next Big Question? Help plan the discussion by e-mailing Peter Bremer.

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    Seung-Ho Joo, political science, has published an article: "Moscow-Pyongyang
    Relations under Kim Jong-il: High Hopes and Sober Reality," Pacific Focus, vol. 24-1 (April 2009), pp. 107-130. The full text of the article is online at

    Stephen Burks (center in photo), economics and management, co-authored a paper available online and coming out in print May 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), along with three other members of his project's research team, Jeffrey Carpenter, Middlebury College, Lorenz Goette, University of Geneva, and Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Twin Cites, and University of Cambridge, UK. The paper is about what the cognitive skills (such as IQ) of 1,065 trainee truckers reveal about their economic preferences, their social awareness, and their job success. This is the second published paper from the Truckers & Turnover Project, which is based at UMM and led by Burks, and also involves Jon Anderson, statistics, as well as over a dozen UMM students. This is the first time research work based at UMM has been featured in the PNAS, one of the top general science journals in the world. A story about the research, released by the University of Minnesota, “People with better cognitive skills make wiser economic choices,” has been published, among others, at - Sydney, Australia and by the United Press International. Burks was interviewed last week on WCCO AM's “Mondale and Jones Show” and by Minnesota News Network's Stan Turner. Burks is also quoted on an unrelated topic in the May 5 Minnesota Public Radio story, “Short line railroad seeks public help in improving tracks.”
    To learn more, or to download the paper, visit Truckers & Turnover Project.

    UMM in the News:

    [Pope County Tribune, 5/5/2009] Former campus Post Office staffer Betty Payne is featured and Dan Payne, plant services, is mentioned in “Payne’s lucky number 13.”

    [Morris Sun Tribune, late April] The campus environmental studies major was mentioned in “Stevens FORWARD! -- Green mentorship already red-hot idea.”

    [Morris Sun Tribune, 5/5/2009] The work of Morris campus students with Hoffman Economic Development is mentioned in “Stevens FORWARD! -- Energizing Stevens County’s retail centers.”

    [Minnesota Daily, 5/5/2009] Paula O’Loughlin, political science, is quoted in "U center director to run for governor."


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