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April 27, 2008
Senior Blogger Receives Campus Award
This is an exciting time of the year for those of us in the admissions office as high school seniors are in their final few days of making college decisions. This year we have had the chance to get to know some really great students and we look forward to having them join our campus this coming fall.
Unfortunately it is also the time of the year when we have to say goodbye to seniors who will be leaving us for greater things. UMM has a great student body and we sometimes wish we could keep them forever. I was browsing through our website today and came across this article announcing that Simón Franco will receive this year's César E. Chávez award along with Anthropology professor Donna Chollet. If you have ever visited campus for an open house you may have met Simón as he is always happy to volunteer to be a tour guide and last week even served on a student panel for junior visit day.
April 20, 2008
Thank God for Morris.
So since I've been accepted to my study abroad program, I've been running around like a chicken with its head cut off. All the paper work to fill out, the doctor visits to assure Belgium that I have no horrible diseases, the visa application nightmare. I'm just thankful that I only took 14 credits this semester and have time for another class (ie getting ready to leave in 4 months). With all the paperwork that needs to be filled out, I have had more than one question on how, exactly, one answers these asinine questions. This is where I'm glad I can go up to anyone who works here, at Morris, and ask, and they'll not only answer it, but not make me feel like an idiot when they do. I'm really glad that I go the Morris campus where people know you and very helpful. This extends to the community as well.
So, last Thursday my van (that's right I drive a van, not a car) decided to not start...in Willies parking lot (one of the grocery stores in town). Well, of course it so happened that I had to leave on Friday morning and wouldn't be back to deal with it until Saturday. I told the manager/owner at Willies and they were completely cool with it. They said to leave it there for as long as I need, and not to worry. Needless to say I was relieved. I don't think even my hometown grocery store would be okay with that (I'm from a town roughly the size of Morris).
At the end of the day I'm glad to call Morris my home. I feel welcome and safe here. People take care of each other around here, and that sure is a comfort when you are far from home. I'm glad I chose Morris as a school, not only for it's great professors, but also for the community.
A friend says that a love
is never true.
And you know that this
don't apply to you.
A touch can mean so much
when it's all you've got.
When she says she loves you
that means a lot.
~That means a lot
April 15, 2008
Job Fair and Jogging
I don't have class until April 28th, so I could be really lazy, sleep till 2pm, and watch tremendous amounts of TV...but that is not my style and I've been staying productive. Yesterday was the education job fair at the convention center in downtown Minneapolis. I went to the fair with two main purposes: Get interview practice and meet and greet with some of the schools I’ve applied to. I ended up accomplishing both, and had a real interview with a school I’m really interested in! It went well and I’ll know by Friday if I move on to the next step of the application process. I’m staying hopeful but realistic as well.
Also, today I started my first day of training for the Irongirl duathlon. It's being held in Bloomington this September. What is a duathlon you say? Not to be confused with a biathlon, a duathlon consists of running and biking, so skipping out on the swimming section of a triathlon. I’m training early because I have a looonngg way to go considering last time I jogged outside for fun was never, and for sports it has been since 2004! So far, so good.
Until next time!
Warm and Windy
It finally feels like spring at UMM today. Some students were on the mall, although there probably would have been more without the 30 MPH wind gusts. It is sunny and warm...no coat necessary! This week is really busy at UMM because there are alot of social events as well as academic events going on. In only two of my classes I have two exams, and a major paper due not counting any of the regular homework I have due on a day to day basis. Sometimes I wonder how I get it all done...and somtimes you just don't.
On the social side the dance ensemble has its show which is always a great thing to see. Students work all semester on choreographed dances designed by other students or faculty or staff and then perform them in Edson Auditorium over two nights. Early in the week though there are elections for the Morris Campus Student Association and sadly that will mean my term as Vice President of MCSA will be over. With the elections come the debates between executive candidates, that is all candidates running for the presidency or vice presidecy positions. There was a debate that was aired on KUMM 89.7 last night from TMC. Students could come in and submitt questions to the candidates. I think the debate was alot of fun and I was happy to see engaged students there. The Briggs Library Associates, who are, "UMM friends who love books, who enjoy cultural pursuits and who believe in supporting an important campus and regional intellectual resource" have their annual meeting and elections tonight (BLA Website). The theme of this years event is UMM students and their study abroad experiences. I think it will be alot of fun because it brings together students, faculty, staff, administration, and Alums who all love the Briggs Library. The list could go on and on and the events I talked about are only a sampling of the variety that is available on campus. Next time you visit UMM check out the activities board in the Student Center for the latest happenings on campus.
April 14, 2008
Spring is in the Air...but it's not coming?
Within the last week it seems that the talk of this lovely town Morris has been the weather. One day before I went to class it was a little chilly and while in class I looked outside and there were MUTANT snowflakes falling...they were huge! Later that day it was in the forties and all the snow was gone. I feel like each day we get a glimpse of what is to come but then the nasty Minnesota weather decides to rain/snow and smash our hopes of spring. One of my favorite intramurals is kickball and if it the weather doesn't shape up it might be a shorter season then usual :(
Many spring events are here this week and it makes for a crazy time. The Blood Drive is Wednesday and Thursday (Whoo!), Dance Ensemble show is this weekend (always fun and entertaining), Relay for Life is Friday to Saturday (1st Relay for Life Event/Walk at UMM), and random acts of kindness day.
Up and coming...BRIAN POSEHN!!! Brian is a comedian and he is coming here to Morris April 26! I'm super pumped and can't wait for a night of laughs. This line from Batman Returns cracked me up this last weekend, "Eat floor!"
April 10, 2008
Undergraduate Research: Just another reason to come to UMM!
SO! Besides the fact that UMM students have gotten to experience the snow melting part of spring several too many times, life at Morris continues to be grand. This week is pride with ending with the infamous drag show on Friday. Next weekend we have UMM's own Dance Ensemble (starring moi!) and the following weekend our spring children's musical is having it's public performances! But, I'm going to take a minute and talk a little bit about undergraduate research here at UMM. Back in December I was offered to partake in a MAP or Morris Academic Partnership, with Pareena Lawrence, my advisor and the head of the social sciences division here at UMM. What a MAP does is it gives a chance for students to do research and work or projects with faculty. I will be spending the next year working on a project with Pareena that she started a while back on the economic effects of political equality for women in India. MAPs are just one of the many research opportunities here at UMM for students to take part in. Students can also do what is called a UROP which is an independent student research project done under a professor. But what does this mean to anyone that isn't a student at UMM? It means insane connections, amazing experiences, spectacular resumes, perfectly unique memories and opportunities that are once in a lifetime! Blog out.
April 4, 2008
Jazz Fest 2008!!!
Jazz Fest was amazing last night. I don't know if any of you guys have ever gone to Morris' Jazz Fest, but I think it's something everybody should do sometime in their lives. The event is AMAZING!
It's held every year at the end of March/early April on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Every year guest artists are brought in to do clinics with the high schools who come (oh yeah, this is all about the high school student), and then perform every night with the Jazz 1 Jazz band at Morris.
This year the artists are:Eric Marienthal, alto sax and Byron Stripling, trumpet. These guys are awesome! Not only do you get an evening of great music, but you get entertained too! (It's like taking Environmental Geology with Cotter.) They make jokes, sing, play music...it's pretty much the coolest thing ever.
I don't think I can do justice to what the atmosphere feels like at the Jazz Fests, mostly because it changes every night, depending on who is in the audience and how they interact with the guest artists. Long story short, if you ever can come to a Fest, then do it!
Good day sunshine, good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
I need to laugh, and when the sun is out,
I've got something I can laugh about.
I feel good in a special way,
I'm in love, and it's sunny day.
Good day sunshine, good day sunshine,
Good day sunshine.
~Good Day Sunshine
April 3, 2008
Springtime in Morris
Yesterday was the more meteorology-confused day I have ever experienced. I got up to go to Statistics around 9 and there was a flurry of wet and windy snow outside. It would have been mildly pretty had it not been April 2nd! By about mid-day I was convinced that spring would never come and I might as well learn to live with an endless summer as I made my way across campus to French. Of course by the time I was leaving the Humanities building the sun was shining the snow was melting and spring had arrived. No complaints here however! Springtime in Morris is becoming my favorite season thus far. As if UMM didn't have events galore before, now the campus schedule is more packed than ever. We have the Jazz Fest today, tomorrow and Saturday which I believe is noted on an earlier blog. I personally am speaking at "Refueler" this evening. Refueler is a weekly student worship service/mass done by the Newman Center (the Catholic student organization). I am a little nervous about speaking, but I am also really excited. The English course I am taking currently with Michael Lackey has been very inspirational and challenging for my faith. Going to a public university I was concerned with the challenges to my faith coming in. It has been a very individual journey for me, but very rich at the same time. The environment at UMM has given me a chance to really question my faith but at the same time feel like I am surrounded by others who have great faith and can relate to what I am going through. Tonight I am speaking on finding a balance between "the tortured faith" (always questioning, always skeptical) and "the passive faith" (basically the opposite). We'll see how it goes! Check out all of the religious organizations and opportunities on campus on the student organization page!