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Vol. I, No. 12: November 11, 2009

Editor: Christine Mahoney
Please send comments, questions or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin is Tuesday, November 17, 4 p.m.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

UMM Choir

32nd annual Carol Concert tickets on sale

Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m.
Meal: 1 ˝ hrs prior to each performance
Morris Area Schools Concert Hall

Advanced tickets are available for the 2009 University of Minnesota, Morris Carol Concerts—“A Carol Concert with Charlie Brown”—to be held on Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m. at the Morris Area Schools Concert Hall.

2009 Cougar Health Fair

Friday, November 13
Oyate Hall
11 a.m.

Representatives from Stevens Community Medical Center, Stevens County Public Health, Regional Fitness Center, Environmental Health and Safety, Delta Dental, Medica, Benefit Counselor, Healthy Eating Initiative and Sodexo will be available. SEASONAL flu shots (free to UMM faculty and staff) will be provided if serum is available. Contact Angie Berlinger at 589-6486 for more info.

Dance Ensemble fall performance features 19 dances in a variety of styles

Friday, November 13, and Saturday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Sunday, November 15, 1 p.m.
Edson Auditorium, Student Center

The Dance Ensemble (DE) fall showcase, one of two presented during the academic year, features 19 dances in a variety of styles sure to please. The show, created around the theme “Stand Out” from A Goofy Movie, culminates in a finale involving all the dancers on stage. DE, the largest self-sustaining student organization on campus, allows students the opportunity to choreograph and/or dance. Nearly 200 students are expected to participate.

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News and announcements:

Morris campus strategic partner in the launch of new Minnesota GreenCorps program

The Morris campus has partnered with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and ServeMinnesota to launch a new program—Minnesota GreenCorps. The new program is an environmentally focused AmeriCorps program administered by MPCA that aims to protect and preserve Minnesota’s environment while developing the next generation of environmental professionals. Read more »

Northland College students and faculty visit Morris

Visitors at Biomass

A group of twelve students and two professors from Northland College, Ashland, Wisconsin. visited campus on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. Interested in the campus’s renewable energy initiatives, the group toured facilities and projects on the Morris campus and at the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

Academic Center for Enrichment (ACE) news

An informational meeting for students interested in learning more about and becoming a UMM nominee for the Boren scholarship (for undergraduate language study abroad) will be held Monday, November 6, at 7 p.m. in the ACE Office. For further information, visit or stop by the ACE Office (Student Center, lower level).

On Monday, November 16, at 8 p.m., there will be an informational meeting for students interested in learning more about and becoming a nominee for the Udall Scholarship (environmental policy, native American health care or tribal public policy). The meeting location is the ACE Office. For further information visit or stop by the ACE office (Student Center, lower level).

The ACE Office will host "Study Abroad Story Night" on Wednesday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in the ACE Office. UMM students will share stories and pictures from their study abroad experiences. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the ACE events, contact Paula O’Loughlin at 589-6205 or

Division of Education announcements

Elementary or secondary education program applicants: You must take Praxis I (Pre Professional Skills Test) before entering either the elementary or secondary education program. The test will be offered at UMM on January 9, 2010 March 13, 2010 and April 24, 2010. If you are an elementary education student planning to graduate in 2012 OR are a secondary education student planning to graduate in 2011, you MUST take this test no later than the January 9, 2010, test date to meet application deadlines. Also, all education students MUST complete all three areas of the PPST before entering the program. Contact Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office or Jane in Counseling for information on registering.

Secondary education applicants planning to graduation in 2011: All application materials are due to Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office no later than Friday, December 4, 2009. When you return in January, remember to sign up for your interview for the secondary education program. Interviews will be Monday, January 25, 2010, through Friday, January 29, 2010. Sign up sheets will be on the Education Division Office door (200) when you return in January.

Elementary education applicants planning to graduate in 2010: All application materials are to be submitted to Pat Nelson in the Education Division Office no later than Friday, January 29, 2010. Interviews will be Monday, February 8, through Friday, February 12, 2010. Sign up sheets will be posted on the Education Division Office door (211) when you return in January.

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Cougar men’s soccer team place seven on 2009 All-UMAC teams

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Capping off an outstanding 16-4-1 campaign, the men's soccer team was awarded seven spots on the All-UMAC first and honorable mention teams.

Three Cougar women’s soccer team members earn 2009 All-UMAC honors
For their outstanding play this season, Cougar midfielders Maddy Gerber and Amber O'Connor, were awarded spots on the All-Conference team for 2009 as voted by UMAC coaches. First-year defender Katie Kestner earned honorable mention.

In the News

Kau Chee Vang ’09 appears on the front page of the November 6, 2009, issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education. The article is titled, “Learning Goes Under a New Microscope.”

Associate Professor of Biology Paul “PZ” Myers has been named 2009 Humanist of the Year by Humanist Magazine. In the November/December 2009 issue, Professor Meyers is featured in the article, "Comes a Horseman.”

Rebecca Webb, computing services, was featured in a two-part interview on KMRS-AM segment Friday and Saturday, October 30 and 31, 2009. She discussed her recent "Spooky Spots" bus tour for the Pope County Historical Society as well as her work on a book about the Sawyer Ranch house of rural Glenwood.

An interview with Professor of Political Science Paula O’Loughlin aired on Morris radio stations KKOK/KMRS on Tuesday, November 10, 2009. The topic of the interview was cap and trade legislation.

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“The Rouser on 43rd Street” written by Kris Woll ’00 appears in the fall 2009 issue of Minnesota—the magazine of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.