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

Vol. I, No. 33: July 15, 2009
Editor: Christine Mahoney

In this issue:
  • 6th Annual University of Minnesota, Morris at the Saints Game
  • Gateway Program Closing Banquet
  • Eble’s Grand Isle Featured

    Upcoming events:

    West Central School of Agriculture Alumni All-School Reunion
    Saturday, July 18, 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m.
    A large turnout of WCSA alumni is expected on campus this Saturday, July 18, for the WCSA Annual All-School Reunion. Activities include a brunch, a bus tour of the campus and of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, and an annual meeting and program. The day's activities culminate with a dinner in Oyate Hall.

    6th Annual University of Minnesota, Morris at the Saints Game
    Wednesday, July 29, 4 p.m., Midway Stadium, St. Paul
    The Morris campus community and their families are invited to join the Office of Admissions and the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving for the annual "Morris at the Saints Event." Complimentary tailgating begins at 4 p.m. with prospective students and alumni. The St. Paul Saints will take on the Sioux Falls Canaries at 7:05 p.m. You and your families are invited to attend and may reserve up to four free tickets. Join us for an evening of fun! There are a limited number of complimentary tickets. Contact Mike Vandenberg at with questions.

    WCROC Horticulture Night
    Thursday, Jul. 30, 2009 4–9 p.m., West Central Research and Outreach Center
    Stop by the Morris campus booth during the annual Horticulture Night. The Morris Healthy Eating program will also have a booth. Horticulture Night 2009 includes demonstrations and garden tours—including the raspberry high tunnel, annual flowers, tried-and-true perennial flowers—are planned. There will also be many hands-on family activities and food booths.

    Stevens County Fair begins
    Wednesday, August 12-16
    The University of Minnesota, Morris will once again have a booth at the Stevens County Fair. We are looking for faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer their time at the booth. Please contact Melissa Weber, 589-6414 or to volunteer or for more information. The Morris Healthy Eating program will also have a booth at the fair. For more information contact Healthy Eating Coordinator Mary Jo Forbord, 589-6075 or

    Alumni Association on the road to Alexandria
    Tuesday, July 21, 5-7 p.m.
    Join fellow alumni and friends for a summertime social gathering at Sixth Avenue Wine & Ale in Alexandria. Complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, cash bar, guests welcomed. For more information and to RSVP visit the Web page,

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

    News and announcements:

    Brigg’s Library Announces EndNote Subscription
    Briggs Library's announces its subscription to the bibliographic software EndNote.
    The Library recently upgraded to version X3 for Windows. It's available for download from the Library's EndNote webpage at as well as being available in most campus computer labs. Contact Peter Bremer at 589-6173 or or Jayne Blodgett at 589-6227 or

    New Student Registration Friday, August 7
    We welcome new students to campus as they begin their academic careers at the University of Minnesota, Morris and register for their first semester of classes! For more information, contact Dave Swenson at 589-6080 or

    Gateway Program Closing Banquet, Friday, August 7
    The 2009 Gateway Program—a four-week transition program, which includes a four-credit umbrella course covering the areas of mathematics, English, and computer science—will wrap up with a banquet in the Student Center (University and Cougar rooms) on Friday, August 7, 2009. For more information, contact Fang Du, 589-6097 or

    Fall Faculty Retreat 2009
    August 17-18
    The annual Fall Faculty Retreat will be held at Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria. This year's retreat will focus on "Developing an Effective Intercultural Campus Community," a topic critical to our global and multi-ethnic initiatives and one intended to move beyond the theory to the practice of teaching, advising, and serving our students in preparation of their entry into a global and diverse world. For more information contact Darla Pederson,

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    University of Minnesota, Morris in the News:

    Professor of Political Science Seung-Ho Joo was phone interviewed by the Lynn Rivers Show, WEMU (Public Radio from Eastern Michigan University), on June 12, 2009. He
    discussed his new book North Korea's Foreign Policy under Kim Jong Il
    and the current North Korean crisis. His co-edited book was recently published by
    Ashgate Press (2009).

    Professor of Political Science Paula O’Loughlin was the featured expert on Esme Murphy’s radio show on WCCO-AM on June 27, 2009. Professor O’Loughlin provided commentary on the political events of the week, Minnesota and national. On June 29, she was interviewed by the Red Wing Republican Eagle on the topic of DFL gubernatorial candidate Tim Bakk. She was also a guest on Metro Network and KWLM-AM “Live a 5” June 30. The topic of the interviews was Senator Franken. To listen to the KWLM-AM interview, scroll to “Live @ Five on Demand.” On July 1, O’Loughlin was interviewed by Wilmington, Delaware radio station WDEL-AM on the same topic.

    Assistant Professor of Studio Art Michael Eble's Grand Isle painting depicting the loss of wetlands in coastal Louisiana is currently featured on the University of Minnesota's home page. View the full story.

    Assistant Professor of English Julie Eckerle's research on sixteenth and seventeenth century women's “life writings” will be the subject of her interview on Willmar’s KWLM-AM “Live at 5” show on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. To listen to the interview visit and click on “On Demand.”

    West Central Research and Outreach Center Biomass Gasification Project Coordinator Joel Tallaksen was interviewed by the about green jobs and green economies in Morris and rural Minnesota. To view/hear the audio show—scroll to the bottom of the story.

    Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Lowell Rasmussen was interviewed by the Morris Sun Tribune in the July 8 article, “Modified fuel might be the answer for UMM gasifer.”


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