UMC Wildlife Quiz Bowl Team Wins Championship


The UMC Wildlife Quiz Bowl Team, comprised of students  (pictured above left to right) Renee Tomala, Michael McMahon, Bailey Yliniemi, and Megan Betcher, earned the championship trophy for the competition at the Student Conclave of the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society, held March 27-29 at the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Sandstone, Minn. UMC's team competed against teams from nine other universities representing eight Midwestern states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin). UMC's team won the competition with the last question against Michigan Tech. Congratulations!

Students, Are You Prepared for the Upgrade?


The upcoming upgrade of the University's core technology systems will affect all students. The way you register for classes, apply for financial aid, pay bills, and more will change when the Upgrade is complete (scheduled April 20). We are all ready to help you through the change.


Prepare for a systems interruption

Many systems you use will be unavailable or view-only April 10-20. See this complete list of what is/is not available during the systems interruption. Key dates and deadlines are available at


·        If you are expecting financial aid that you have not yet received, please contact Financial Aid right away.

·        If you will have charges due with the April 4 bill, make a plan for how you will pay it. The online payment system will be unavailable beginning 4:30 p.m. on April 8. We recommend paying online prior to that date.

·        Make sure your Parent/Guest Access is set-up the way you want it before 4:30 p.m. on April 8.


Become familiar with the new and upgraded systems

When the Upgrade is complete, the systems you use will be new or upgraded--including a new MyU.

·        Take a look at the new MyU. The new MyU is where you will register, view financial aid, pay bills and more.

·        Learn how you'll take care of common tasks by checking out these step-by-step instructions.

·        If you're a student worker who submits your timesheet on paper, be sure you know how to submit your work hours online.  Workstudy students will continue to use paper time sheets through the end of this semester.


Departments are ready for the Upgrade. Staff are prepared to answer any questions you have about the systems interruption or how things will work in the new and upgraded systems. Webpages will be updated with new information. Until then, you can check out for more information and resources. 

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A free workshop about understanding your personal strengths and interests and matching them with a college major will be held on Monday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Dowell Hall 100. All students who have not declared a major are encouraged to attend. Pizza and beverages will be provided.

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Take a peek at features in the new MyU for students, including class schedules, grades, billing, and financial aid. The new MyU will be available across the University of Minnesota system at the end of April 2015.

Students, faculty, and staff will have options for dining on campus during spring break, Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20.

The Eagles Nest will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. during those days, with access to the convenience store, Regal's short order options, and the Caribou Coffee line. Erbert and Gerbert's Sandwich Shop will not be open during this time, however. Cash, checks, Eagle Bucks, and Flex Dollars may be used at the Eagles Nest.

In addition to the Eagles Nest being open for the entire campus, there will be a special offer for students on a meal plan. Dining Services will serve brunch Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20, in Brown Dining Room at 11:00 a.m. for students on a meal plan who have signed up in advance.

Also, a pre-ordered box meal will be delivered to the Centennial Hall Lobby for a pick-up time between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 20. Sign-up sheets are available at the food line at Brown Dining Room for students to update the list throughout the week. Students on a meal plan must sign-up in advance to have one of these extra meals provided at no cost.

Contact Peter Phaiah at 281-8505 (or ext. 8505 from a campus phone) if you have any questions. 



Join Student Activities for a fun-filled late afternoon for the little people in your life. The carnival will feature many activities for children (suggested age range of 2 to 8 years old) and fantastic prizes. This event is free and open to the public. 

Friday, March 6, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

College Quiz Bowl Winners

College Quiz winners.jpgOn Tuesday, March 3, the Sargeant Student Center Information Desk sponsored a College Quiz Bowl Tournament. Seven teams participated in the double elimination tournament.

The tournament was won by Zombie Lincoln (left photo) with team members (l to r): Emmett LaCoursiere, Michael Laurich, Courtney Armborst and Bryan Harvey.
Second place went to Team Rocket (center photo) with members: Kyle Stulen, Jesse Pallansch, Haitham Al-Twaijri and Ryan Rynda.
Coming in Third was Thinking Out Loud (right photo) with team members: Baillee Hauser, Kari Sheppard, Delaney Kohorst and Sierra Trost.

Congratulations to the winning teams and thank you to all who participated and to those who came out to support their favorite team.