Homecoming Coronation is Tonight!

HC 2014 Candidates composite.jpg2014 UMC Homecoming Royalty are: Queen Candidates (top row, l to r): Laura Gabrielson, Mikala Guidinger, Ebony Livingston, Joanie Melichar and Natalie Tym. King Candidates (bottom row, l to r): Kevin Bunde, Marcus Cheatham, Justin Goodroad, Tyler Lowthian and Tomas Parker. 

The King and Queen will be announced at Coronation Ceremonies held at 7:00 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium on Wednesday, October 15 which will be immediately followed by Comedian Pete Lee.

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre presents "Echos of Spain", a concert full of vibrant traditional flamenco dance, guitar and singing, and featuring an ensemble of critically acclaimed, masterful performers.  Inspired by the "Avante Garde" revolution in Paris in the early 1900's in which the glamour and fire of Spanish dance ignited the art scene, this performance will present songs, music and dances that echo the past while bringing forth contemporary spirit and virtuosity.  

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. U of M Crookston students (with ID) and children under 10 are admitted for free. 

Artistic Director, Susana di Palma directs master gypsy guitarist Chuscales, powerful flamenco singer Vicente Griego and dancers Jesus Munoz, Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde in an evening concert that you will not forget.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

"Paint the Town" at U of M Crookston Homecoming Events

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Click Link to UMC Homecoming Page for the schedule of the week. Plan to attend many 2014 Homecoming events!

Balloon Sale at UMC Bookstore.

Balloon Sale.jpgPop in and save at the UMC Bookstore Balloon Sale today through Saturday, October 4th.  Pick a maroon or gold balloon and save 20 - 80% on almost everything in the store, including campus fashions, supplies, general books & novelties!

Can't make the sale?

Shop online and save 20% off your entire purchase of eligible merchandise October 2, 3, & 4, 2014.

*One balloon per customer. Savings good on clothing, supplies and novelties. Discount will be applied to your entire eligible purchase. UMC Bookstore staff must pop your balloon at the register to receive a discount. No other discounts apply. No other merchandise may be added once the balloon is popped. Savings valid at the UMC Bookstore  October 2, 3 & 4 only. Sale excludes textbooks, college rings, electronics, computers, graduation items, software, gift cards and special orders.

We need Blood Donors! Can YOU Give the Gift of Life?

Blood Drive v3.jpgThe #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they "want to help others." Help others by giving blood. We still have over half of the times open for our first blood drive.

Sign up between 10:00 - 2:00, Mon - Fri this week in the Sargeant Student Center.

UMC's Blood Drive is Monday, Oct. 6, 8:30 a.m. -3:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom

Lions Club and Enactus members will be available to assist you.
Or go to www.bloodhero.com,  enter sponsor code umc
Stacey Grunewald, RN
UMC Student Health


Special guest speaker Mary (Noe') Sass will tell her story of living through WWII through the eyes of a child on Tuesday, October 1, from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.  An immigrant from Budapest, Hungary, she has survived the war, survived cancer, and in December 2013, she was chosen as one of the most inspirational people of Grand Forks, ND, by the Grand Forks Herald, who featured her in a cover story. 

Part of European American Heritage Month, this event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs. Hungarian food will also be served in Brown Dining Room that day over the lunch hour. Students may use their meal plan or pay cash; Faculty and staff cost is $5.50, and all others pay $7.80.

What's on Wednesday?  John Cassidy, October 1, at 7:00 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium
John Cassidy is a professional comedian, magician, and balloon artist who holds several Guinness World Records for balloon sculpting speed. His records include Most Balloon Sculptures Completed in One Hour and Most Balloon Sculptures completed in One Minute.

He has appeared numerous times on television as either a stand-up comedian, magician or as a Guinness Book of Records celebrity. He has been a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Martha Stewart Living, The Weakest Link, NBC's Today Show, Live With Regis and Kelly, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon four times.
Learn more at www.johncassidy.com

UMC Celebrates International Day of Non-Violence Thurs., Oct. 2


In celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, also recognized in his honor as the International Day of Non-Violence by the United Nations, a series of events commemorating his life will take place on Thursday, October 2. These events are free and open to all. 

From 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, Associate Professor Venu Mukku will give a presentation on the life of Gandhi. Refreshments will be served from 4 to 4:30 p.m. 

A panel discussion will be held in the Northern Lights Lounge from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the topic "Gandhian values and their relevance to modern society" moderated by Lora Hollowell, director, Diversity and Multicultural Programs. 

The day will conclude with the showing of the movie "Gandhi" from 6 to 9:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Free pizza and refreshments will be served in the Rotunda at intermission of the film.


The Confucius Institute at the U of M Crookston will present an Evening of Chinese Dance and Music on Tuesday, September 30, beginning at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.

This is a special performance by the award-winning Capital Normal University (CNU) Troupe. The performance will feature characteristic aspects Chinese culture such as folk songs, folk dance, Beijing Opera, Chinese red drums, Ba-wu, Zheng, Pipa, Erhu, dulcimer, diabolo, unicycle, Tai Chi, paper-cuttings. The goal is to entertain while teaching about Chinese culture

On Thursday, September 25, public readings from banned books will take place from 10 a.m. to noon in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. Chancellor Wood is scheduled to read at 11 a.m. There will several readings each hour. Many of the readers will be faculty or staff, and readers will select their own reading. Each reading will be introduced, placed into context, and after the reading, there will be a few minutes for questions or comments. All are welcome.