Weekly Bulletin


August Events for Faculty and Staff Posted

The August 2016 Schedule of Events for faculty and staff is available on the Academic Affairs homepage and at events.morris.umn.edu. Events take place Monday, August 15, (faculty fall appointments begin) through Wednesday, August 24 (fall semester classes begin). Please contact Darla Peterson with questions.

Update on the Chancellor Search

The search committee is at the recruiting stage of the process with the following timeline planned:

  • June–mid-September: national recruitment targets potential candidates; materials reviewed
  • Week of October 3: off-site interviews of semifinalists
  • October 26–November 4: anticipated dates for on-campus visits of finalists
  • November 28-December 2: anticipated dates for announcement of new chancellor

To nominate potential candidates, please email Ann Yates. For more information, future updates, and nominating procedures visit the search committee's webpage.

You Are Invited: Law Enforcement Appreciation Social

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to a Law Enforcement Appreciation Social on Tuesday, August 2, from 4–6 p.m. at East Side Park (7th Street, Morris, MN 56267). Attendees can enjoy root beer floats and meet the officers, deputies, and support staff who protect the Morris campus and community.


Campus is a Best Small-College Deal for Environmentally Minded Students

According to Great College Deals, Morris is one of the best small-college deals for environmentally minded students. Editors note that Morris stands out among "small campus communities that are particularly proactive in Earth advocacy" because of its "committed community of students who are passionate about their studies."

UMAC Honors 44 Cougars with Academic All-Conference Awards

Forty-four Morris student-athletes were named to the Academic All-Conference list by the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference in June. Individuals who earn a 3.5 or better grade point average during their respective semesters of competition are recognized with the prestigious honor.

Herrmann Meets with Sister City Officials in Saerbeck

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Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann '01 recently met with city officials, including the mayor, of Saerbeck, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The City of Morris has partnered with this sister city to learn more about community-level renewable energy projects.

Herrmann and Olson-Loy Present at NACUBO

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann '01 and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandra Olson-Loy presented at the National Association of College and University Business Officers' (NACUBO) 2016 Annual Meeting on "Net-zero Tools for Building and Operations" in Montreal, Quebec, on Monday, July 18. The presentation focused on setting ambitious sustainability goals, strategies for working with a design team, plug load and peak load reductions, and a case study on the Green Prairie Living & Learning Community.

Staff Anniversaries Celebrated at Eastcliff

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University of Minnesota civil service and bargaining unit employees celebrating milestone work anniversaries of 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, and 50 years were honored at a reception at Eastcliff on Thursday, June 16. Morris honorees were: Executive Office Administrative Specialist Jenny Quam (20 years), Senior Electronics Technician Ron Rosen (40 years), Executive Office and Administrative Specialist Terri Hawkinson (20 years), and Gift Funds Specialist Laura Thielke (20 years).

Work by Fairbanks Molin ’66 on Display at the Mitchell Museum

Work curated by Paulette Fairbanks Molin, PhD '66 is on display at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian. "Contemporary Native Women Opening Doors to Change" showcases 12 leaders whose contributions make a difference in the lives of countless people. The exhibition draws from their eloquent voices, stunning photographs, and selected objects to tell their stories.

In the News

Conde ’86 Profiled in Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and Stars and Stripes

Rafael Conde '86 is profiled in the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and Stars and Stripes. The Wisconsin Army National Guard's new command sergeant major was born in Cuba and fled the Communist country on a "Freedom Flight" at the age of five.

Mehr ’13 Named NDSU Women’s Basketball Director of Operations

KFGO reports that Emily Mehr '13 is now director of basketball operations for North Dakota State University's women's basketball program. According to North Dakota State University head women's basketball coach Maren Walseth, "Emily was an outstanding player at the University of Minnesota, Morris and has had some unique experiences since graduation."

Work by Schommer ’97 Discussed in St Cloud Times

The Saint Cloud Times discusses a new show by Jason Schommer '97. Mixtape! The Stories and Songs from a Crazy Life! follows Schommer as he recounts his life from his time in Little Falls to New York City and everything in between, including his comedic encounters with celebrities in Los Angeles.

Work by Jones ’00 Previewed in Pipestone County Star

Joos ’98 Profiled in the West Central Tribune

Phyllis Joos '98 is profiled in a West Central Tribune story on Studio Hop. The artist "started dabbling in art when she took pottery classes as part of a continuing education program at the University of Minnesota, Morris."

Morris Sun Tribune Reports on Campus’s Role in Community Goings On

The Morris Sun Tribune reports on happenings in the Morris community that involved the University. It notes ground has been broken on East Point Village, a 60-unit apartment complex; the University of Minnesota, Morris was represented at the groundbreaking by Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities Bryan Herrmann '01 and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandra Olson-Loy. University staff also took part in a countywide train derailment exercise to test emergency preparedness. During the exercise the campus activated its Emergency Operations Center to practice coordinating the campus response to such a disaster.

KKOK/KMRS Runs Tribute to Bert Ahern

KKOK/KMRS ran a brief tribute to the late Professor Emeritus Wilbert "Bert" Ahern. Ahern, who passed away on Wednesday, July 6, is remembered fondly for the profound impact he had on the Morris community and on higher education.

Star Tribune and Mille Lacs Messenger Report on Virnig’s ’83 Great Cycle Challenge

The Star Tribune and the Mille Lacs Messenger have followed Dr. Arden Virnig's '83 quest to complete the 2016 Great Cycle Challenge. The top rider in both the state and nation, Dr. Virnig finished with 983 miles under his belt and raised more than $18,000 dollars for the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

Featured Events


McQuarrie and Piehowski

Their work will help biology-driven researchers identify limitations and errors within their own parameters, allowing for a deeper understanding of the underlying mathematical model.

Two men discussing a projection of data

Professor of Computer Science Nic McPhee and Laverne Schrock '17 are creating program models that store and analyze change in the process of evolving computer programs.

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She will use this opportunity to provide a holistic picture of what happens to rural communities within the context of globalization.

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Morris stands outs for the success of its graduates in recent rankings by the personal finance publications.

Students and faculty gathered for a discussion

Projects connect community partners to resources within the University of Minnesota system and throughout the state.

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