Weekly Bulletin


You Are Invited: 44th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week

The 44th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week continues through Friday, March 31. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Intercultural Programs invites members of the campus community to these remaining WTCHW events:

  • Wong Fu Productions Workshop: Wednesday, March 29, 3:30 p.m., Science 1020
  • Wong Fu Productions Keynote: Wednesday, March 29, 7 p.m., Edson Auditorium
  • World Touch Cultural Heritage Week Closing Dinner: Thursday, March 30, 6 p.m.
  • Improv Group: The 1491s: Friday, March 31, 7 p.m., Edson Auditorium

Feedback Needed: NSSE Survey

First-year and senior-year students recently received the NSSE survey via University email. The survey only takes 15 minutes to complete and is important in sharing perspectives about time spent at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Students who complete the survey by April 10 will be automatically entered to win an Alexa/Amazon Echo or a $50 Amazon gift card. Students should have received a reminder email to complete the survey around March 22 (Search for "NSSE" or look from an email from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Sandy Olson-Loy using the nsse@nssesurvey.org account.) If you have any questions about NSSE, please contact Nancy Helsper.

You Are Invited: Chancellor Behr’s Office Hours

Chancellor Behr will hold office hours on Thursday, April 27, from 11 a.m.–noon. This is a great opportunity to get to know the chancellor and share your thoughts about the University. Guests will meet with Chancellor Behr in the order in which they arrive. To accommodate as many guests as possible, each guest or group will have about a 10-minute visit. Please contact Carrie Grussing with questions.

Feedback Sought: University of Minnesota, Morris Technology Survey

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to participate in the UMM Technology Survey. Since many questions in the survey relate to perceptions and interactions with technology around the campus, please scope your answers to interactions with technology over the past 24 months wherever appropriate. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.


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Community Engagement Awards recognize students, faculty, staff, and community partners who have shown exemplary work and commitment to OCE programs.

Burks Presents at 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue

Professor of Economics and Management Stephen Burks presented an invited talk at the 10th International Conference on Managing Fatigue in San Diego, California, on Monday, March 20. The talk was titled "Non-Adherence with Employer-Mandated Sleep Apnea Treatment and Increased Risk of Serious Truck Crashes" and presented the paper of the same name published in 2016 in the medical journal Sleep based on the work of Morris's Truckers & Turnover Project and its co-authors at other institutions. Co-authors were: S.V. Burks, Professor of Statistics J.E. AndersonM. Bombyk '10, R. Haider '13D. Ganzhorn '08X. Jiao '12C. Lewis '15A. Lexvold '13H. Liu '14J. Ning '14A. Toll '14, J.S. Hickman (VTTI), E. Mabry (VTTI), M. Berger (PPD), A .Malhotra (UCSD), C.A. Czeisler (Harvard), and S.N. Kales (Harvard).

Donovan Receives CDN Lifetime Achievement Award

Gary Donovan

Gary Donovan, director of career services, has been recognized by the University system Career Development Network (CDN) with the CDN Lifetime Achievement Award. Recipients are selected based on demonstrated long-term commitment to student and career development over a minimum of 15 years, impact on students across the University system, and having made significant contributions to CDN or system/campus-wide career initiatives that have helped to raise career services at the University of Minnesota to a higher standard: "Given the international reputation for career research and program development at the U of M, I am humbled by this recognition," he says. "I have had great professional career colleagues over the years. Everything we have accomplished has been a team effort. I am very grateful to have had very supportive supervisors at UMM, especially Dr. Stephen Granger, who hired me."

Work by Boyd Included in International Cloud Atlas

Cumulonimbus Calvus with Pileus

Work by Sylke Boyd, associate professor of physics, is included in the recently updated International Cloud AtlasBoyd's selected photo features a Cumulonimbus Calvus with Pileus.

Linscheid ’04 Named a 2017 Bush Fellow

Neil Linscheid '04 is among 24 people chosen as 2017 Bush Fellows. The leaders were chosen "for their extraordinary potential to make significant contributions in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and 23 Native nations that share the same geography."

In the News

Whitlock ’88 Profiled by the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder News Online

Ira Whitlock '88 is profiled by the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder News Online. Whitlock specializes in "criminal law, defending those who—guilty and innocent alike—find themselves on the wrong end of a system whose due process is levied against them like cards dealt from a stacked deck."

Rambow ’78 Profiled by KMRS/KKOK

Lyle Rambow '78 is the subject of KMRS/KKOK's "Lyle Rambow: Morris Area Baseball Coach, to MSHBCA Hall of Famer." Rambow was recently inducted into the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Klemek ’81 Recalls Friend from Morris in the Bemidji Pioneer

Blane Klemek '81 recalls his reconnection with a friend and fellow Morris alum in his Bemidji Pioneer column "The BWCA: Memories of a special place of pure, natural beauty." Klemek is a Minnesota DNR wildlife manager.

Morris Students Met with State Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein, Says MinnPost

MinnPost reports that American Indian students from Morris recently met with State Representative Mary Kunesh-Podein in "Something new for the Minnesota Legislature: a caucus of first Minnesotans." Representative Kunesh-Podein "said, come back again and again and bring other Natives to the Capitol so that you're not nervous, so that you're not intimidated, so that some day you'll be sitting in this office doing the work that we're doing."

Morris Sun Tribune Lets Us Know What’s on the Menu

This Week on Pioneer Public Television

A lifelong love of gardening will be featured on Prairie Yard and Garden on Thursday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. on Pioneer Public Television. A 30-minute television show about gardening in the upper Midwest, Prairie Yard and Garden is produced by Instructional and Media Technologies in association with Pioneer Public Television.