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Vol. I, No. 13: November 18, 2009

Editor: Christine Mahoney
Please send comments, questions or submissions to the editor. The submission deadline for the next edition of Weekly Bulletin is Monday, November 23, 4 p.m. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, Weekly Bulletin will be distributed Tuesday, November 24, 2009.

In this issue:

Upcoming events:

Concert Choir to provide prelude music at 9th annual Morris Parade of Lights

Parade float

Thursday, November 19, 2009
5:30 p.m., Concert Choir, 6th Street, Morris
6 p.m., parade begins

Caroling by the University of Minnesota, Morris Concert Choir begins at 5:30 p.m. on 6th Street, Morris, between McGinnis Appliance and Thrifty White Drug. The Parade of Lights begins at 6 p.m. The parade route begins at the Morris Co-op (south) and proceeds north on Atlantic Avenue.

Asking the Big Questions discussion group

Thursday, November 19
6 p.m., social time
6:30 p.m., discussion begins
Briggs Library, McGinnis Room

The campus/community discussion group will be meeting to discuss women, family, and career. Social time begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. For monthly reading information please check out the ATBQ blog.

UMM Alumni Association Movie Night for students, faculty, and staff

Thursday, November 19
9 p.m.
Morris Theatre, 12 East 6th Street

The campus community is invited to a complimentary showing of the original Back to the Future at the first annual UMM Alumni Association movie night. As part of the current student engagement initiatives, the UMM sophomore class chose the oldie-but-goodie movie, Back to the Future. The UMM Alumni Association is proud to host the free Movie Night at the Morris Theatre and all are invited! See you there. For more information, contact Erin Christensen at 589-6067.

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News and announcements:

GreenCorps members communicate importance of using compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

CFL Icon

Purchase a compact fluorescent lamp (CFLs) now through the end of November 2009 at Eul’s Ace Hardware or True Value Hardware, located in Morris, and save more than $3 per bulb. Otter Tail Power Company is subsidizing Energy Star-qualified CFL purchases at these local hardware stores, bringing the price per bulb to $1—$4, depending on wattage. Limit 12 bulbs per household. For more information, contact GreenCorps member Katie Laughlin ’10 or 589-6451.

USA/P&A Forum on Student Learning Outcomes

The Curriculum Committee seeks your feedback on Student Learning Outcomes on Friday, November 20, 2009, at 3 p.m., in Oyate Hall, Alumni Room. Student Learning Outcomes are statements that specify what students will know, be able to do, or be able to demonstrate when they have completed their Morris degree. The Curriculum Committee has drafted a set of Student Learning Outcomes and is seeking campuswide input before bringing it to the Campus Assembly for approval.

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 on the Morris campus on January 9, 2010 March 13, 2010 and April 24, 2010. If you are an elementary education student planning to graduate in 2012, or 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 graduate 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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book cover

Associate Professor of Art History Julia Dabbs’s book, Life Stories of Women Artists, 1550-1800&mdashAn Anthology, has been published by Ashgate. The book presents, for the first time, translated accounts of and commentary on the lives of 46 women who were the first to break social and cultural barriers in becoming professional artists. This project was greatly aided by translation assistance provided by Professor of Philosophy Pieranna Garavaso Italian Lecturer Viktor Berberi Associate Professor of Spanish Stacey Aronson and Professor of German Edith Borchardt. Research assistance was provided by then students Nastassia Fjestad ’08, Kristen Wendlandt ’08, and Rachel Worden ’08.

Assistant Professor of English Julie Eckerle participated in the Attending to Early Modern Women conference at College Park, Maryland, on November 5–7, 2009. Eckerle co-led a workshop on "Negotiating Lineage: Women and Genealogy." Eckerle has also been invited to serve as chair of the Awards Committee for the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women in 2010.

Campus Improv Troupe performs at regional college improv tournament

The Unusual Suspects, the campus’s official Improv Troupe, performed at the regional College Improv Tournament on November 7, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. Jill Bernard, touted as the "Queen of Improv," recommended the Suspects to Johnathan Pitts, College Improv Tournament producer. Although the Morris campus’s first appearance at this special competition ended in the first round, the students appreciated the honor of the invitation and the opportunity to perform in the city where Improv was born. Read more»

Vice Chancellor of Finance and Facilities Lowell Rasmussen presented at the E3 2009 Conference hosted by the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) in St. Paul on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. The presentation was titled “Lesson Learned from the Morris Biomass Plant.”

In the News

Writer and University of Minnesota, Morris alumnus Dennis Anderson ’73 pays tribute to the late Professor Emeritus of English Jim Gremmels in the Opinion Exchange section of the Sunday, November 15, 2009, edition of the Star Tribune.

Campus Sustainability Coordinator and GreenCorps Program Coordinator Troy Goodnough was interviewed by KWLM-1340 AM on Thursday, November 12, 2009, on the topic of the University of Minnesota, Morris GreenCorps program.

Professor of Physics Gordon McIntosh was interviewed for the KSAX-TV story “Finding Answers To The Standing Broom Mystery.” The piece aired Tuesday, November 17, 2009, at 10 p.m.


Shannon Lambert ’02 has been named to the list of 2009 L’Oreal Women of Worth.