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Tinman Triathlon

The 28th Annual Tinman Triathlon begins on Saturday, April 28, at 9 a.m. at the Regional Fitness Center. Support Morris alumni and friends aiming to complete a 1k swim, 30k bike ride, and 10k run. Participants must have preregistered.

Asian Awareness Week: Taste of Asia

Enjoy Asian food, culture, and entertainment at a Taste of Asia on Saturday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in the Student Center's Oyate Hall. Tickets are on sale in the Student Center.

Meiningens Theatre Production: Medea

Meiningens Student Theatre Group will present Euripides' Medea as the final production of the 2011-12 season Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, in the Humanities Fine Arts Black Box Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available.

CAC Concerts: Battle of the Bands

The Campus Activities Council (CAC) presents the Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 28, at 9 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Performing on this evening are: Nuclear Paradise, For What It's Worth, Stay Positive, Broodmother, Bertram and the Itinerant Man Eaters, Baby Loves Head Rub, Josh Preston, Nietzsche's Cardigan, and the Anonymous 6. No charge for admission.

Symphonic Winds Concert

The UMM Symphonic Winds will play the last of this season's concerts on Sunday April 29, at 3 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Inspired by a "Seascapes" theme, works will include British composer David Bedford's "Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves," and the 1995 Ostwald Award winning work, "Sea Drift" by Anthony Iannaccone. Ann DuHamel, head of keyboard studies, will perform Frigyes Hidas' "Piano Concerto No 1," and the Symphonic Winds explores the world of contemporary music with a work for winds and electronics by the emerging American composer, Christopher Stark. The concert will be preceded by a preconcert chat at 2:30 p.m. between the conductor, Simon Tillier, and Janet Ericksen, associate professor of English. Tickets will be sold at the door and in advance at the Information Desk in the Student Center. 

Senior Percussion Recital

Adam Helgeson will perform his senior percussion recital on Sunday, April 29, at 6 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Free and everyone is invited.

Orchestra Concert

Spend an evening listening to live music with our accomplished musicians on Sunday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. The Chamber Orchestra and a student string quartet will perform works by Mozart, Schumann, and Ravel, and conductor Joel Salvo will be playing the first movement of the "Schumann Cello Concerto." Tickets are $2 for general admission and free for students.

Original Play

Theatre students present My Myth: From the Page to the Stage, performing the student-written play "Cre8ion of the Greek Gods" on Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Lammers Proscenium Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Jane Addams Project Meeting

Bringing the University, Morris area, and Hispanic communities together, the community-building project "Jane Addams" will continue to meet on Tuesday evenings throughout the spring term. This week's meeting is on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Imholte Hall 111.

Mixed Student Recital

Several student musicians will perform in recital on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall. Free and everyone is invited.

Asking the Big Questions

The final program of the 2011-12 series exploring the culture of Minnesota takes place on Wednesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library McGinnis Room. Former UMM Chancellor David Johnson will talk about the history of the Minnesota Iron Range in "Speaking Minnesotan with a Mesabian Dialect: The Boom(s) and Bust(s) on the Iron Range (with a whiff of Cuyunan and Vermilionen)." Snacks and refreshments will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. Discussion begins at 7 p.m. Asking the Big Questions is a campus/community discussion group that focuses on important issues and ideas and everyone is welcome.

Thursday Afternoon Faculty Seminar (TAFS)

Victor Berberi, instructor in Italian, will speak on "Albanian Voices in Italian Literature" on Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in Humanities Fine Arts, room 6.

Fifth Annual Bread 'n Bowls

The 5th Annual Bread 'n Bowls will take place on Thursday, May 3, from 5-7 p.m. at the Morris Area Elementary School. For this annual fundraiser to combat poverty and violence, UMM ceramics students, MAHS art club students, and community artists donate ceramic bowls that diners may keep after enjoying their meal. Tickets will be available at the Student Center April 30-May 2 or at the door. For more information or to volunteer, contact Jenna Deardorff at jdeardor@ or 320-589-6457.

University Choir Concert

The spring concert will be held on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Oyate Hall, featuring the choir performing the Schubert Mass in G Major, selections by the Chamber Choir, and selections directed by student directors, Derek Ziemer, Annie Voecks, Michael Jacobson, Elizabeth Halaas, and Zack Hildebrandt. Also featured will be a performance of Nox Aurunque by Eric Whitacre. The concert is free and open to the public.

CAC Films Presents Pokemon: The First Movie

The Campus Activities Council will screen Pokemon: The First Movie on Friday, May 4, at 9:30 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. In this 1998 film (75 mins.) scientists genetically create a new Pokémon, Mewtwo, but the results are horrific and disastrous. Free and open to all.

Breakfast for Dinner Improv Show

The Breakfast for Dinner Improv group presents their final show of the semester on Saturday, May 5, at 9 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. Free and fun for all.


The last day of instruction is Friday, May 4. Final exams will be held Monday through Thursday, May 7-10, and Commencement will be held on the campus mall at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Eric Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota, will serve as the 2012 Commencement speaker. The public is invited to attend to hear Kaler's speech, watch the streamed event online at, or listen to the address on KKOK radio.