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

Vol. I, No. 6: September 30, 2009
Editor: Christine Mahoney

In this issue:
  • Homecoming 2009—Back in Black!
  • Division of Science and Mathematics Invitational Exhibition at PRCA
  • Professor of History Harold Hinds honored by Minnesota Genealogical Society
  • University of Minnesota, Morris Featured in Star Tribune Article

    Upcoming events:
    Asian Student Association (ASA) “Morris Idol 2009” Preliminaries
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009, 7 p.m.
    Thursday, October 1, 2009, 7 p.m.
    Edson Auditorium
    The Asian Student Association will be sponsoring Morris's version of "American Idol." Semi-finals are Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Winner announced at the November 7, 2009, talent show. For more information contact

    Rodney A. Briggs Library Associates Annual Book Sale
    Thursday, October 1, 2009, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
    Friday, October 2, 2009, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
    Oyate Hall, Student Center
    A wide selection of nonfiction and fiction books will be available at incredibly affordable prices. Hardcovers are $1 and soft-cover books are only 50 cents. There will also be some videos and LPs for sale as well as the resplendent table of oddities. For more information about the annual book sale, contact LeAnn Dean at or 320-589-6226.

    Homecoming 2009—Back in Black!
    Wednesday, October 7 through Sunday, October 11, 2009
    Chosen by Campus Activities Council Homecoming and Traditions Committee students, “Back in Black” is the theme for Homecoming 2009 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Alumni, current students, faculty, staff, and members of the community will be “glad to be back”—words from a 1980s AC/DC song that ring true on the Morris campus! No need to wear black. Maroon and gold is preferred. The complete schedule of events is online. For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 320-589-6066.

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

    News and announcements:
    Community Meeting with Chancellor Johnson
    Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson will host a community meeting Tuesday, October 6, at 3 p.m. in the Science Auditorium. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the campus’s reorganization efforts and to respond to questions regarding the changes that have occurred. During the meeting the chancellor will review these changes, share a revised organizational chart, and respond to questions.

    Division of Science and Mathematics Invitational Exhibition at PRCA
    The current Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance (PRCA) Gallery exhibit features the artistic expression of members of the Morris Division of Science and Mathematics. Everyone is invited to celebrate their work at a reception during Homecoming weekend on Saturday, October 10, 2009, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. Jim Togeas, chemistry, will read from his short story collection at 6 p.m. On the saxophone, Joe Alia, chemistry, will provide music.

    Political Science Discipline Announces Morris Chapter of National Political Science Honor Society
    Through the efforts of the University of Minnesota, Morris’s newest political science faculty member, Roger Rose, and Mike McBride, student representative, the Morris campus now has a chapter of the national political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha. For more information about the program, contact Roger Rose, associate professor of political science, at or 320-589-6200.

    Students Interested in Entering Elementary or Secondary Education Program
    You must complete the Pre Professional Skills Test (PPST) BEFORE entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The PPST will be offered at the University of Minnesota, Morris on Saturday, November 14, 2009. Contact Pat Nelson, Division of Education or Jane Kill, Counseling, for information on registering. Register by Thursday, October 15, 2009, to avoid a late fee.

    Attention Elementary Education Majors Planning to Graduate in 2012
    An informational/application meeting for all elementary education majors planning to graduate in 2012 will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at 5 p.m. in Imholte Hall 111. During the meeting, questions will be answered as to the pre-requisites required when you should apply to the program when you should begin the program student teaching graduation, etc. If you have already picked up your application packet, please bring it with you to the meeting. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris catalog.

    Attention Secondary Education Students Planning to Graduate in 2011
    There will be an informational/application meeting for all secondary education students planning to graduate in 2011 on Wednesday, October 14, at noon, in Science and Mathematics 3610. The meeting will provide information on recommendations, interviews, and deadlines for applying for admission to the program. Further information about admission requirements may be found in the University of Minnesota, Morris catalog.

    Read more news...

    Professor of History Harold Hinds was honored with an award for outstanding contributions to genealogy at the national level at the fall Minnesota Genealogical Society meeting, September 18, 2009.

    University of Minnesota, Morris chemistry alumni David Hermanson '07, Stuart Kohl '09, Jacob Melby '07, and Laura Thoma '09 coauthored the paper, "Regiochemistry of Poly(3-hexylthiophene): Synthesis and Investigation of a Conducting Polymer," which was recently accepted to the Journal of Chemical Education.

    Three Cougars again named UMAC Player of the Week
    Continuing strong performances across all fall sports, three Morris student athletes were named players of the week in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference.

      • Kelsey Duerr, Spring Lake Park, men's soccer
      Over the past weekend, Duerr, a senior midfielder, scored four goals on 15 shots, while handing out three assists in two straight UMM shutouts over Northwestern and Crown.

      • Linda Keller, Paynesville , women's cross country,
      Keller, a first year runner, finished fifth in a 500-runner field at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the highest first year finisher. In UMM's history at this race, the Cougars had never placed a runner in the top 50.

      • Nathan Lund, Cyrus, football
      In a difficult 22-16 loss to St. Scholastica, the junior safety put in a valiant effort on defense with 10 tackles, a forced fumble, and two interceptions, one of which he returned 93 yards for a touchdown and a school record.

    In the News
    The University of Minnesota, Morris was featured in the Saturday, September 26, 2009, Star Tribune article, "Colleges greening up classes, campuses."

    Professor of Political Science Paula O'Loughlin was Esme Murphy's, WCCO 830-AM, guest on Saturday, September 26, 2009. The topic was politics and race.


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