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

Vol. I, No. 34: August 12, 2009
Editor: Christine Mahoney

In this issue:
  • Ultimate Marvels of Morris: New Student Orientation 2009
  • GreenCorps Offers Opportunity for Juniors and Seniors
  • Alumna and artist Lonnie Broden Featured in Recent Star Tribune Article

    Upcoming Events:
    Ultimate Marvels of Morris: New Student Orientation 2009
    Sunday, August 23—Tuesday, August 25, 2009
    Never fear, new student orientation is here! Nearly 550 first-year and transfers students will participate in a three-day Morris campus orientation. Included in this year’s events: green energy tours, a chat with Chancellor Johnson, residence hall floor activities, a community picnic, and much more. For more information visit or contact Dave Swenson, director of student activities,

    Morris Area Chamber of Commerce Community Picnic
    Thursday, August 27, 2009, East Side Park, Morris
    5–7 p.m.
    Please join campus and community members at the annual Community Picnic as we welcome back University of Minnesota, Morris students! University of Minnesota, Morris students who present their student ID can enjoy a FREE meal. The cost for community members is $1. Many local businesses will have booths as well. The Morris Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors the picnic.

    Gallery Exhibit Opening—Touring McKnight Artists
    Monday, August 24—October 16, 2009, HFA Gallery
    Opening Reception September 3rd, 7-9 p.m.
    This annual exhibition of work by McKnight fellowship and residency recipients will include new work by 2007 McKnight Ceramic Artist Fellowship recipients John Kress and Mike Norman and four McKnight Resident Artists. The McKnight Ceramic Artist program reflects the McKnight Foundation’s interest in supporting outstanding individual ceramic artists who have already proven their abilities and are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. For more information, contact Michael Eble, assistant professor of studio art and curator,

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

    News and Announcements:
    Attention all University of Minnesota, Morris Juniors and Seniors
    This fall, the Morris campus plans to launch a new GreenCorps program. The program partners include the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and ServeMinnesota. This new program is modeled after the nationally successful AmeriCorps program and is focused on important environmental goals of the state of Minnesota. GreenCorps members will be working in several main areas related to: local government energy conservation, school waste prevention, local food systems, urban forestry, and living green outreach.
    For more information and to download an application, visit
    Please note: applications are due by August 21, 2009.

    Summertime Alumni and Friends Event Photos
    Summertime activities have provided great opportunities for alumni and friends of all ages to gather and reminisce both on and off campus. Enjoy the photos of these great summer events:

    Friends of Cougar Football Golf Event

    West Central School of Agriculture All-School Reunion

    Alexandria On-The-Road Alumni Event

    Morris at the Saint Paul Saints Event.

    University of Minnesota, Morris at the Stevens County Fair: Rise and Shine in 2009
    Thursday, August 13-Sunday, August 16, Stevens County Fair Grounds
    Representatives from the Morris campus will be at the Stevens County Fair again this year. There will be a general campus booth as well as a Morris Healthy Eating booth. Be sure to stop by the Lee Community Center and say hi. Thanks to everyone volunteering time at the booths! For a list of events visit

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    University of Minnesota, Morris in the News:
    Associate Professor of Economics Stephen Burks was quoted in the July 21, 2009, Wall Street Journal article, “On Navel Lint and Other Scientific Triumphs.” Read the article online here. Additionally, the July 27, 2009, issue of the national weekly trade journal of the American Trucking Associations published an op ed by Professor Burks titled, "Are You Smart Enough to Drive a Truck?"

    Professor of Political Science Paula O’Loughlin was interviewed by the Red Wing Republican Eagle regarding the Hatch Act, which prevents federal officials for running from public office. The article was published in the July 16, 2009, edition of the newspaper. Professor O’Loughlin was WCCO-830 AM Esme Murphy’s guest on the topics of Minnesota and national politics on Saturday, July 18, 2009. She was also the KWLM-1340 AM “Live at 5” guest on July 28 on the topic of “Pawlenty and Palin.”

    The University of Minnesota, Morris biomass course, Renewable Energy with Biomass Gasification—offered at the Morris campus earlier this summer—is mentioned in the Gasifer Experiment Kit (GEK) article, “GEK goes to University”.

    “Racism, Class and Profile,” an article written by Professor of Economics Cyrus Bina was published in the July 31–August 2, 2009, edition of

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology Julie Pelletier (right) is included in the August 2009 issue of Minnesota Women's Press. Pelletier is quoted in the section "So, What are U Reading?"

    University of Minnesota, Morris alumna and Orno, Minnesota artist Lonnie Broden is featured in the August 4, 2009, Star Tribune article “Artist blends high-tech, technique.”


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