Weekly Bulletin


You Are Invited: Upcoming Library Events

Game Night @ Briggs Library

Friday, September 23, 6–11 p.m.
Step into the Tardis, try your hand at some Doctor Who trivia, play some croquet on the campus mall, or choose from dozens of board and card games at Game Night @ Briggs Library. This event is sponsored by Briggs Library, the Croquet Club, and The Doctor Who Society.

Banned Books Reading

Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m.
Briggs Library McGinnis Room
Come celebrate the freedom to read at the Banned Books Reading. Individuals are invited to read a short excerpt of no more than 5 minutes from a banned or challenged book. Following the readings there will be an informal discussion on censorship. Refreshments will be served. To sign up to read, please contact Gabriella Wilke. The event is sponsored by Briggs Library and Sigma Tau Delta.

Update on the Chancellor Search

The search committee has reviewed the applications and we will be conducting off-site interviews of a selected group of applicants soon. It still plans to invite finalists to campus, tentatively on Oct 26-28 and Oct 31-Nov 4, which is according to our timeline. If you have questions or comments, please let me know.



INCREDIBLE STORIES FROM SPACE: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Missions Changing Our View of the Cosmos by Nancy Atkinson '82 is set to be released by Page Street Publishing Co. on November 15. In this, her first book, veteran space journalist Atkinson shares compelling insights from more than 35 NASA scientists and engineers, taking readers behind the scenes of the unmanned missions that are transforming our understanding of the solar system and beyond. Atkinson is the editor and writer for Universe Today and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador; she has written for Space Lifestyle Magazine, Wired.com, Space.com, NASA's Astrobiology Magazine, Space Times magazine and has been involved with the Astronomy Cast, 365 Days of Astronomy, and the NASA Lunar Science Institute podcasts.

Goodnough and Asche Take Part in Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening

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Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, and Kelly Asche, Center for Small Towns program coordinator, participated in the Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening, held in Saint Paul September 8–9. The event provided an opportunity for participants to learn how other rural communities are thinking about and preparing for extreme weather and climate challenges in Minnesota. Stevens County participants shared stories of progress and work from the past few years, especially the "Morris Model," which is a community-wide effort to advance energy conservation, clean energy, community resilience, cultural exchange, and celebration. Participants addressed, among other highlights, successes at the University of Minnesota, Morris, including 70 percent of the campus's electricity coming from wind power. The first Rural Climate Dialogue was launched in Morris in June 2014.

Truckers & Turnover Paper Released Online in Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics

A paper from Morris's Truckers & Turnover Project, "Toward the integration of personality theory and decision theory in explaining economic behavior: An experimental investigation," has been released online in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics. Using data from 1,065 trainee truckers who were then followed on the job, the paper first explores the empirical relationships in this subject pool between psychological measures (personality traits and intelligence) and economic ones (risk and time preferences). It then examines the relative predictive power of all the measures for job persistence, truck crashes, body mass index, and credit scores. Co-authors are economist Aldo Rustinchini (UM-TC), psychologist Colin DeYoung (UM-TC), Jon Anderson, professor of statistics, and Stephen Burks, professor of economics and management.

Briggs Library Announces Recent Publications

The following publications by Briggs Library staff have recently been released:

  • Peter Bremer, reference coordinator, "Librarian on the Loose: a Roving Reference Desk at a Small Liberal Arts College," Reference Librarian, July 6, 2016.
  • Kellie Meehlhause, instruction coordinator, "Two Parts Reflection, One Part Selfie: a Visual Alternative to the Minute Paper," Communications in Information Literacy, v.10:1, 2016.
  • Angela Stangl, digital services coordinator, "A Reference Interview Adventure : Enhancing Library Training with Interactive Fiction," E-Learning and the Academic Library : Essays on Innovative Initiatives. McFarland & Company, 2016.

In the News

Stermer's ’16 Manhood in Rural America Premieres

"Rural Minnesota men talk candidly about their masculinity" reports that Brendan Stermer's '16, Montevideo, Manhood in Rural America is now live on Pioneer Public Television. There was a premiere screening of the digital series at the Lac qui Parle Museum in Madison on Thursday, September 8. Stermer produced the series in his role as an intern with the Center for Small Towns.

Berberi Talks Disability Studies with Angles

Tammy Berberi was interviewed by Pascale Antolin for the journal Angles' "Tammy Berberi on Disability studies." Berberi discusses the history, scope, and evolution of disability studies in the United States and Europe.

Morrisons Honored in the Morris Sun Tribune

Friends of the University Edward J. and Helen Jane Morrison are the focus of the Morris Sun Tribune's "Some days and relationships are truly diamonds." The Morrisons, who played an integral role in the creation of the Morris campus, will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Saturday, September 17.

Morris Mentioned in GO Minnesota

The Morris campus is the "Partner Spotlight" in the latest GO Minnesota: News and information about semester and short-term programs at the University of Minnesota. Morris is highlighted for its work in sustainability, particularly for "deliver[ing] amazing programming to Innovations in Environmental Sustainability students each summer."

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The projects give students extended research opportunities to better prepare them for careers and graduate work.

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This is the 18th consecutive year in which the college has been named one of the nation's best public liberal arts colleges.

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