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October 16 - October 24, 2010

Global Issues Honors Consortium

The University will host the Global Issues Honors Consortium (GIHC) on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 15 and 16. Students from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and Morris will present capstone seminars on research developed during their GIHC experience. The campus and community are invited to attend the presentations that will be held in Imholte 112 beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 16. GIHC is a rigorous honors program oriented toward global issues. For more information about the GIHC or capstone presentation details, please contact Bart Finzel, Morris's GIHC director, at, or Pilar Eble, coordinator for International Programs, at, or 320-589-6094.


2010 Celebration Exhibit

Saturday, Oct. 16, is the last day to view the 2010 Celebration exhibition in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery that tells the story of the Morris campus through artifacts, photographs, and personal memorabilia. Items on display include a photo of Mother Mary Joseph who established an American Indian boarding school on the Morris campus in 1887, survey equipment used for the construction of West Central School of Agriculture and Experiment Station buildings in the 1920s, and "beanies" worn by UMM freshmen in the 1960s during orientation week. The exhibit can be viewed during regular gallery hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Fridays 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Saturdays 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Hands-on Gasification Workshops

The University of Minnesota, Morris (UMM) and West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) are presenting gasification workshops to inform and educate energy professionals, architects, engineers, businesses, planners, and citizens about new renewable energy technologies. Presented classroom/lab style, the workshops are conceived as an organized exploration of gasification and related biomass energy technologies. Instructors Joel Tallaksen, WCROC biomass project coordinator, and James Barbour, UMM gasification system emissions scientist, will conduct each workshop over three days. Industry expert guest instructors will also teach portions of the course. Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. with one hour for lunch. The first workshop is scheduled for Oct. 18-20. Each three-day workshop participant fee is $60. The student fee is $30. Workshops are scheduled in Morris on Oct. 18-20, Nov. 1-3, Dec. 1-3, and Dec. 13-15, and tentatively on Jan. 10-12, 2011. For more information or to register, contact Tallaksen or Jean Spohr at 320-589-1711, or So that organizers can best manage lab capacity for each workshop, please indicate both preferred and alternate dates.

HFA Gallery Exhibit

An exhibit featuring the work of Dennis Bertram and Ann Mills McCauley opens in the Humanities Fine Arts (HFA) Gallery on Thursday, Oct. 21, and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 24. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 7 until 9 p.m. Bertram's work, "Bouquet Skyships," will be displayed on the main floor of the gallery, and the work of McCauley, "proximity," will be exhibited on the mezzanine level. HFA Gallery hours are 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information contact Michael Eble at 320-589-6285 or

Wailin' Jennys

Canada's hottest folk band and frequent guests on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," the Wailin' Jennys will bring their signature harmonies and striking musicianship to west central Minnesota for the first time on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. In addition to their powerful vocals, the Jennys will exhibit their prowess on multiple instruments. Joining the singers will be first-class jazz and bluegrass sideman Jeremy Penner. Learn more about the group at For ticket information, contact the Office of Student Activities at 320-589-6080 or

Wailin' Jennys Extra

The Jennys will conduct a master class with the University of Minnesota, Morris choir and Morris Area Public High School vocal students on the art of bluegrass singing on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. The class is free and open to the public.

Senior Student Voice Recitals

On Sunday, Oct. 24, Don Hanson will perform at 2:30 p.m. and Crystal Biljan will sing at 5 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. No admission charge.

Festival of Spanish Language Cinema

Los abrazos rotos/"Broken Embraces" will be screened on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Morris Theatre at 12 East Sixth Street. This 2009 Spanish film directed by Pedro Almodóvar is a tale of passion, obsession, wealth, jealousy, family, guilt, and creativity. In Madrid, Harry Caine, a blind writer, reaches this moment in time when he has to heal his wounds from 14 years back. He was then still known by his real name, Mateo Blanco, and directing his last movie. The past comes rushing in when Harry learns of the death of Ernesto Martel, a wealthy businessman, and Ernesto's son pays Harry a visit. In a series of flashbacks to the 1990s, the story unfolds. Featuring Penélope Cruz. Rated R. 127 minutes.