Weekly Bulletin


Call for Submissions: Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments

Poster submissions are sought for the sixth annual Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments, a showcase of outstanding scholarly activity at Morris. Sponsored by the Chancellor's Office, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean, the Grants Development Office, and Briggs Library, this event is a popular tradition highlighting the activities of faculty, staff, and retirees. Scholarly accomplishments posters highlight peer-reviewed (or equivalent) scholarly activity that took place between January 1 and December 31, 2015. Submit your poster information by September 6. For more information, contact Alisande Allaben, Roger Wareham, or LeAnn Dean.


Morris Named a 2016–17 College of Distinction

The University of Minnesota, Morris has been named a 2016–17 College of Distinction. The campus is one of four Minnesota schools, and the state's only public institution, to be included on this year's list. According to editors of the college guidebook, Colleges of Distinction stand out for their "engaged students," "great teaching," "vibrant communit[ies]," and "successful outcomes."

Morris is a Finalist for 2016 Clean Energy Community Award

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The city of Morris was selected as a finalist for the 2016 Clean Energy Community Award. The City as well as the collaborative "Morris Model" effort were recognized for statewide leadership in renewables and energy efficiency by the Minnesota Commerce Department. The Clean Energy Community Award recognizes work undertaken by Minnesota communities toward achieving the state's clean energy goals. The University of Minnesota, Morris has worked closely with the City and other local and statewide partners to help advance these efforts.

Kildegaard to Speak at Alumni Event

Arne Kildegaard, professor of economics and management and chair of the division of social science, will be a featured speaker at an all-university alumni event in Fergus Falls on September 27. Kildegaard will discuss “Technological Change, Competition, and Death Spirals: How the Renewable Energy Revolution Threatens Your Electric Utility.”

Work by Kuchenreuther, Goemann, and Haverkamp Published in The Loon

“Secretive marsh bird surveys at Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge”—an article summarizing the research of Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology, Aaron Goemann ’14, and Nathan Haverkamp ’14 that estimated the population sizes and habitat uses of breeding marsh bird populations at Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge—was published in the most recent issue of The Loon. This publication is an outcome of their summer 2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program projects.

Wilson Takes Part in OU NSF Undergraduate Research Experience

Elsie Wilson '18, Mound, was one of 10 students nationwide to participate in The National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Program in Structural Biology at the University of Oklahoma. This summer program teaches students skills in laboratory research.

Fuller ’17 Named Honorable Mention to CSDCAA Scholar All-America Team

Carissa Fuller '17, Zimmerman, was selected as an Honorable Mention to the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America Scholar All-America team. Fuller stands out for her grade point average and athletic performance at the national level.

Work by Stermer ’16 Stands Out at Audience Awards Adventure Shorts Film Festival

Pioneer intern Brendan Stermer '16, Montevideo, assisted Pioneer Public Television's Postcards team in making Adventure Unknown, an action-packed story about national wakeboard champion Alexa Score that became the top vote-getter in the 2016 Audience Awards Adventure Shorts Film Festival. The film will now be shown at the International Audience Awards Film Festival in April 2017. Watch the video

Athletics Announces 2016 Cougar Hall of Fame Inductees

Cougar Athletics is proud to announce inductees to the Cougar Hall of Fame Class of 2016:

  • Mari Sandom Destache '05
  • Donnay Green '05
  • Rebecca Witters Gunn '04
  • Roger Schnaser '67
  • Brad Svea '73

This year's class will be inducted on Friday, October 7, at the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and Cougar Hall of Fame Banquet, held in conjunction with Homecoming.

Anderson and Gades Present at 2016 Minnesota eLearning Summit

Chlene Anderson, online learning coordinator, and Pam Gades, technology for teaching and learning coordinator, presented "Piloting a Remote Proctoring Service—Lessons Learned" at the 2016 Minnesota eLearning Summit in Minneapolis. Their presentation reviewed Morris's spring pilot study of RPNow, a remote proctoring solution from Software Secure.

Hein Celebrates Recent Accomplishments

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Pat Hein, executive office and administrative specialist, has made a quilt for the Green Prairie Community that is now on display. She also recently completed 2,000 miles at the Regional Fitness Center.


In the News

Koslowski ’81 Talks about the Olympic Experience in the Star Tribune

Dennis Koslowski '81 is the subject of a recent Star Tribune story. Koslowski wrestled at Morris before going on to win an Olympic bronze medal in Greco-Roman wrestling as a heavyweight in 1988 and a silver in 1992.

Evolution of Hardy’s ’01 Kidblog Discussed in Star Tribune

Michels ’92 Talks Shop with the Pioneer Press

Ann Michels '92 talks about her rise to Twin-Cities theatre stardom and her latest role in the Saint Paul Pioneer Press's "'Paint Your Wagon's' Ann Michels doesn't need a backup job anymore.'"

Myers Quoted in Alphr

PZ Myers, associate professor of biology, and his skepticism over a successful human head transplant are mentioned in an Alphr article on the anticipated procedure.

Haman ’12 Mentioned in the Mille Lacs County Times

The Mille Lacs County Times reports that Megan Haman '12 is playing professional women's football for the Minnesota Vixen. The team was the runner-up in the Independent Women's Football League version of the Super Bowl.

Featured Events


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They will spend the academic year influencing policymakers and politicians for the betterment of science.

A young woman running on an indoor track with other women running behind her in the background

Borkenhagen was a three-sport athlete and double-major who graduated with honors in May.

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This new scholarship adds to the campus's demonstrated commitment to supporting military students.

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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education's accreditation system ensures teacher candidates are prepared to make a difference in P–12 student learning.

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Their successes affirm the strength of the Teacher Education Program at Morris.

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