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Commencement Vignettes

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On the heels of Commencement, take a moment to enjoy a few thoughts from members of the Class of 2017:

Call for Submissions: Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments Posters

Poster submissions are sought for the seventh annual Celebration of Scholarly Accomplishments, a showcase of the outstanding scholarly activity at Morris. Scholarly accomplishments posters highlight peer-reviewed (or equivalent) recent scholarly accomplishments. Please submit your poster information by September 6. For more information, contact, or

Summer Health Service Available for Students

Summer health service for Morris students is available at Stevens Community Medical Center until August 11, 2017. Students registered for classes during the spring semester of 2017 or the summer of 2017 are eligible for this medical appointment service. For more information and to access a medical appointment, please contact the Student One Stop Office.


Morris Named One of the 25 Best Colleges in Minnesota

College Choice has named the University of Minnesota, Morris one of the 25 Best Colleges in Minnesota for 2017. College Choice rankings are based on academic quality, student body diversity, and return on investment.

Morris One of the Top 20 Small Colleges for Computer Science

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The University of Minnesota, Morris has been included in The Bookmark's "Top 20 Small Colleges for Computer Science" list. The list considers factors like student-faculty ratio, average annual cost, graduation rate, and median salary 10 years after attending, and was compiled using data from the National Center for Education Statistics, The Princeton Review, and the Department of Education's College Scorecard.

Sustainability On the Road

On May 11 Troy Goodnough, sustainability director, presented at the 2017 National Climate Adaptation Forum about the Morris Model and the development of the Rural Climate Dialogue process with the Jefferson Center and Institute for Agriculture for Trade Policy. On May15 Goodnough spoke at the Minnesota Energy Storage Alliance about the potential of large-scale battery integration at the Morris campus, and on May 16 he spoke at the Minnesota Society of Cosmetic Chemists meeting about Morris sustainability progress over the past decade.

Gandrud ’65 Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Robert (Bob) Gandrud '65 was named the 2017 Community Volunteer of the Year by the Glenwood Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

Lieser ’05 Is BestPrep’s Carpenter Teacher of the Year

Amanda Lieser '05, an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) coordinator and teacher at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, has won BestPrep's Carpenter Teacher of the Year Award. The award is given in memory of Joan Carpenter, an elementary school teacher in the Robbinsdale District for more than 25 years who worked closely with BestPrep to develop curriculum.

Knealing ’95 Named VP for Academic Affairs and Provost at Briar Cliff University

The Sioux City Journal reports Todd Knealing '95 has been named vice president for academic affairs and provost at Briar Cliff University. Knealing "has the broad responsibility of ensuring the university's programs and faculty are of the highest quality."

In the News

Brand ’95 Garners Attention as U.S. Associate Attorney General

Rachel Brand '95 earned national media attention when she was confirmed as U.S. associate attorney general and became third in command at the U.S. Department of Justice in late May. She has been the subject of even more interest since it became apparent Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could recuse himself from the probe into Russia's alleged meddling with the 2016 presidential election, leaving Brand in charge of the investigation. In recent days Brand has been profiled by FOX NewsCosmopolitanAxiosHeavy, and others.

Burks Interviewed by the Times of London and New York Times

Professor of Economics and Management Stephen Burks has earned national and international media mentions in the last several weeks. Burks was recently interviewed by Trip Gabriel of The New York Times for "Alone on the Open Road: Truckers Feel Like 'Throwaway People'" and "Interviewing Truck Drivers at a Crossroads." He also was interviewed by Will Pavia of the Times of London for his review of The Long Haul, "End of the road for America's truckers."

Kildegaard Quoted in the Star Tribune

Athena Kildegaard, teaching specialist in English, is quoted in the Star Tribune's "Rural Midwestern artists on cultural divide: 'We can save this world'." Kildegaard discusses the Rural Arts and Culture Summit held on campus earlier this month.

Privratsky ’11 Urges Others to “Walk the Green Line”

Matt Privratsky '11 recently discussed his Green Line Challenge Grant project in the Star Tribune. Privratsky hopes to encourage others like him to "Walk the Green Line."

LeFebvre ’87 Talks (Costume) Shop in Minnesota Monthly

Mathew LeFebvre '87 recently discussed costuming the plays of August Wilson in a Q&A with Minnesota Monthly. A longtime costumer for Penumbra Theatre, LeFebvre recently costumed the company's production of Jitney.

Baldry ’13 Earns 2017 Zinpro/Schugel Scholarship

According to National Hog Farmer, Hunter Baldry '13 earned the 2017 Zinpro/Schugel scholarship. The award honors outstanding academic accomplishments by a third-year veterinary student studying food-animal medicine at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.

2017 Grads Profiled on Postcards and in the Stevens County Times

The Stevens County Times profiled Chandler Erickson '17 and Anne Ternes '17. A recent episode of Pioneer Public Television's Postcards profiled Katy Evenson '17Naomi Shanti Ballard '17Brennan Bassett '17Eric Dymit '17, and Ethan Klee '17.

Featured Events



Grants act as seed money for projects that demonstrate the vitality of the University.

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Broemmelhaus is working to develop clean energy solutions with the campus, the City of Morris, and the West Central Research and Outreach Center.

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Dennis Gimmestad '73 and Teresa Peterson '91 have made noteworthy contributions in their professional lives, in public service, and in service to the University of Minnesota.

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