Morris Students Provide Service to Local Organizations

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UMM's Center for Small Towns and the U of M Southwest Sustainable Development Partnership will offer assistance to local organizations through the Connecting Students and Communities (CSC) program. CSC will provide UMM student support in the areas of research and project administration to local units of government, K–12 schools, and community-based organizations.

An EPA Top 30

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

UMM appears at No. 27 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) January 2015 Top 30 On-site list of the largest green power users, up from No. 28 in 2014. According to the EPA, UMM is using 5,210,378 kilowatt-hours of green power annually.

Feb. 6-7 - Morris to welcome Community of Scholars

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UMM will welcome approximately 300 prospective students and their families at the ninth annual Community of Scholars event. Students from across the country will compete for the campus's most prestigious competitive scholarships: the Prairie Scholars Award and the Morris Scholars Award.

UMM ranked one of 10 best colleges in Minnesota

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

UMM has been named one of the 10 best colleges in Minnesota by ranking and review site Niche. Niche ranked UMM No. 7 in Minnesota and No. 243 nationwide. The campus also was ranked No. 94 on Niche's Top Public Colleges, No. 77 on its Top Liberal Arts Colleges list, No. 71 on the Best Colleges in Small Towns list, and No. 58 on the Safest Colleges list.

Morris Receives NSF STEM Education Funding

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The National Science Foundation has awarded $893,041 for the UMM Improving Undergraduate STEM Education program. The goal of the project, under the direction of Professor of Geology Jim Cotter, is to increase the number of Native American graduates in the areas of environmental sciences and sustainability. The five-year program will serve 190 students by its conclusion in 2019. 

Emo Partners with Local Reading Teacher

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Wendy Emo, assistant professor of education, has partnered with alumna Lori Boettcher ’93, a teacher at Morris Area Elementary School (MAES), to create additional opportunities for UMM students to work directly with elementary learners. Using small-group and individualized literacy activities, Emo’s students are helping Boettcher provide literacy intervention services to students at MAES.

Jan. 27 - Café Scientifique Looks at Oilseeds and Bees

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The next Café Scientifique will feature Matt Thom, research entomologist at the USDA-ARS Soils Lab. Thom will lead a discussion, “Oilseeds for You and Me: Crops That Provide Food for Bees.” He and his group are developing oilseed crops to be profitable for farmers and rich sources of food for bees and other important pollinators. Common Cup Coffeehouse, 6 p.m.

Morris Receives Carnegie Community Engagement Classification

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

UMM is among 83 colleges and universities selected to receive initial Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for 2015. Launched in 2006, the classification documents important aspects of institutional mission, identity, and commitments. The foundation has granted the Community Engagement Classification to 361 colleges and universities nationwide.

Four UMM Faculty Members Receive Grant-in-Aid Awards

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Four UMM faculty members received awards in the fall round of the U of M Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship Program. Recipients are Nancy Carpenter, professor of chemistry; Michael Eble, associate professor of studio art; Bradley Deane, associate professor of English; and Daniel Demetriou, assistant professor of philosophy.

Morrison Gallery Presents ‘Memory of Water’ and ‘Delicate Stranger’

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

UMM’s Edward J. & Helen Jane Morrison Gallery proudly presents Brian Fink’s “Memory of Water” and Joe Sinness’s “Delicate Stranger.” The exhibits run Jan. 15-March 6. An opening reception will be held on Jan. 15.

Jan. 23 - Ragamala Dance’s Sacred Earth

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The UMM Performing Arts Series continues with Ragamala Dance’s Sacred Earth. Ranee and Aparna Ramaswamy create a vision of the beautiful, fragile relationship between nature and humankind. The event is made possible by legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

UMM named Kiplinger Best Value

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

For the seventh consecutive year, UMM has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in public colleges (No. 54). The campus also was named one of the 24 Best College Values under $30,000/year. UMM was ranked sixth in this exclusive listing and is the only Minnesota college on the list.

Social networks bring learning opportunities

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

UMM instructors and students are using social networks like Skype and Twitter to create extraordinary learning opportunities. These communication platforms allow students to connect with experts and celebrities to whom they otherwise wouldn’t have access. Recent guests include actor Orlando Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Chief Marketing Officer/Senior VP Ted Johnson, and others.

MLK Day of Service

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

UMM’s offices of Community Engagement and of Equity, Diversity, and Intercultural Programs invite the campus and community to participate in the sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Jan. 19. This day, marking the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, includes pre-service discussion, service at sites throughout the community, and a free community meal. Registration is required.

Morris a Top 50 Most Affordable Public College

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

UMM has been named a Top 50 Most Affordable Public College for Out-of-State Students by One of four Minnesota schools listed, UMM is ranked No. 15 overall. "We are attracting students who appreciate the educational value UMM has to offer," says Bryan Herrmann, director of admissions.

Campus vegetable garden harvest

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

UMM students gathered more than 654 pounds of produce from the campus vegetable garden this harvest season at the U's West Central Research and Outreach Center. Led by Garden to Dining Services Liaison Peter Kvale '16, Duluth, the harvest represents another success in UMM's effort to increase the availability of local foods on campus.

First-year student scholarship deadline

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

UMM invites incoming first-year students to compete for its competitive scholarship packages. To be considered, students must submit their application materials by Dec. 15. Packages are awarded to students with exceptional academic and leadership records. Recipients are selected during a competitive interview held on campus in February.

Joe Alia named AISES Advisor of the Year

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

UMM's American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Chapter received the Outstanding Community Service Award at the 2014 AISES National Conference. UMM AISES adviser Joe Alia, associate professor of chemistry, was named Advisor of the Year. Eighteen UMM students attended; seven presented research, and two earned Certificate of Achievement awards: Sayge Wooldridge '16 and Dalia Whiting '16.

Buchanan contributes to Global Entrepreneurial Summit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Work by Sarah Buchanan, associate professor of French and francophone studies, contributed to the Global Entrepreneurial Summit. Her expertise in Moroccan folk tales rooted the event in the oral history and knowledge of the country's traditional culture. Her involvement was timely, given she recently joined a University initiative to facilitate educational, research, cultural, and business connections between the U of M and Morocco.

Founders Forum on the Liberal Arts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Last week UMM held its second annual Founders Forum on the Liberal Arts, which focused on UMM's approach to liberal learning and how it may or may not answer the challenge of "Minerva." The Founders Fund was established with gifts from a private donor in honor of the founding faculty of the University of Minnesota Morris on the occasion of UMM's 40th birthday.