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

Vol. I, No. 8: October 14, 2009
Editor: Christine Mahoney

In this issue:
  • Asian Student Association (ASA) “Morris Idol 2009” Semi-finals
  • Enjoy Homecoming 2009 Photos
  • Professor of Geology Keith Brugger and Kurt Refsnider ’04 Co-author Paper
  • Gasification Researcher Jim Barbour Featured in Article

    Upcoming events:
    Asian Student Association (ASA) “Morris Idol 2009” Semi-finals
    Wednesday, 14, 2009
    7 p.m.
    Edson Auditorium
    The remaining “Morris Idol 2009” contestants compete during the semi-finals for a chance to perform at the ASA Talent Show on Saturday, November 7, 2009, when the winner will be announced. For more information, contact

    Asking the Big Questions Discussion Group Meets October 15
    Thursday, October 15, 2009
    6:30 p.m.
    McGinnis Room, Briggs Library
    The campus/community discussion group Asking the Big Questions continues its yearlong exploration of issues related to women and gender with a conversation focused on the four waves of feminism. Read more.

    Annual Popcorn Concert
    Thursday, October 5, 2009
    7:30 p.m.
    Oyate Hall, Student Center
    The University of Minnesota, Morris, Concert Choir presents the annual Popcorn Concert with Associate Professor of Music Ken Hodgson as director. Admission is $1, which includes popcorn. Soda will be available for purchase.

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

    News and announcements:
    Enjoy Homecoming 2009 Photos
    Thank you to everyone who attended the many traditional and unique Homecoming events this year. Despite the cold and snow, much fun was had by all. Enjoy the photos!

    Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Deadline
    Students interested in a career in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering are invited to apply to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. In the spring of 2010, the foundation will award scholarships to students who will be college juniors or seniors during the 2010–2011 academic year. The scholarship award covers eligible expenses up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Interested sophomores and juniors should contact Nancy Carpenter ( by October 23, 2009.

    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.

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    Professor of Geology Keith Brugger is co-author of a paper titled "Last glacial maximum equilibrium-line altitude trends and precipitation patterns in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Southern Colorado, USA" that appears in the current issue (v. 38) of the journal Boreas. University of Minnesota, Morris graduate, and first author, Kurt Refsnider ’04 is completing his doctorate at the University of Colorado. Brugger and collaborators also presented two papers at the Third Annual Open Science Meeting of the Past Global Changes group of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme held in Corvallis, Oregon, July 8–11, 2009: "Late-Pleistocene climate on the Blanca Massif, Sangre de Cristo Range, Colorado" and "Last glacial maximum climate in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, USA."

    Professor of French Stephen Martin gave a talk titled "Vetting the Variorum for French-Language Studies," on Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at the Center for Medieval Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Martin discussed the absence in French studies of variorum editions—a kind of edition that privileges editorial commentary and interpretation—and explained his views on its absence and made the case that editions like his “Electronic Variorum Aucassin et Nicolete (EVAN)” will serve as a model for its use.

    Women’s Golf Coach Jana Koehler has been named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference's women's golf coach of the year. This year, under Koehler, the Cougar women's golf team won the UMAC championship while placing three individuals on the all-conference team. Koehler's team set a preseason goal of shooting below 400 as a team. On the second day of the UMAC championships, they posted a 395, clinching the title.

    Women’s Golf Team Wins UMAC—Five Golfers receive UMAC All-Conference Honors
    The University of Minnesota, Morris' women's golf team is the 2009 UMAC champions. Paced by three all-conference players, the Cougars finished 16 strokes ahead of second place Northwestern College. The men's team finished in fourth place, passing Martin Luther College on day two. Two Cougars earned all-conference honors by virtue of a top-five finish. North Central University (MN) won the men's team title. View the list of All-Conference winners.

    Cross-Country Runners Named UMAC Player of the Week
    Sophomore Kacy Nehowig, Paynesville, and junior Luke Toso, Falcon Heights, have been selected as UMAC players of the week for their respective cross-country performances this past weekend. Read more.

    In the News
    University of Minnesota, Morris Gasification Researcher Jim Barbour and ARS Soil Scientist Jane Johnston (right) are featured in the October 6, 2009, article “Biomass Feedstock Research.”

    Professor of Political Science Paula O’Loughlin was interviewed by Minnesota News Network on Friday, October 9, 2009, on the topics of politics and the significance of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Price.


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