Garden Planting.jpgThanks to our talented grounds crew for making the campus bloom. The people in the group photo are (left to right) front row: Delaney McIntyre, Rebecca Sanders, Neal Vraa and James Warmack. Back row: Greg Benoit, Nell DeBoer, Larry Anderson and Jerry Rude.

Jerry Rude says that thus far some 8300 flowers have been planted. 

UMC Ag Mechanics Team Took First Place at NACTA in April

For the fourth year in a row, the Ag Mechanics team from the University of Minnesota Crookston placed first at the NACTA judging contest. Corey Peterson, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management took first place individual honors in the contest. Other members of the team include seniors Chad Roisland, Emil Waskow, and Luke Lundeby. 

The 2015 NACTA competition was held at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill., April 8-10, 2015. The Ag Mechanics team beat seven other teams including those from Northwest Missouri State University, Ohio State University, and West Texas A&M.

The North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) is a professional organization advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in agricultural, environmental, natural and life sciences:

Pictured from Left to Right.  Chad Roisland, Emil Waskow, Paul Aakre, Corey Peterson and Luke Lundeby.

Commencement Ceremony Video Now Available Online


The video of commencement ceremonies for the U of M Crookston Class of 2015 is now available to watch online. It is embedded on the Commencement 2015 website. A photo gallery featuring many photos from the entire day is now available as well. Congratulations to all the members of the Class of 2015!

Commencement for UMC Class of 2015 Set for Saturday, May 9


10  to 11 a.m.
Pre-Ceremony Reception for Online Graduates
Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Individual Photos with Photographer
Bede Ballroom A&B

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pre-Commencement Reception
for all graduates and their families
Sargeant Student Center

All friends and family are invited to both the reception
and ceremony.

The doors to Lysaker Gymnasium will open at 1:00 p.m.

2 to 4 p.m.
Commencement Ceremonies
Lysaker Gymnasium, Sports Center

4 to 5 p.m.
Reception for International Graduates
Bede Ballroom

Graduating seniors, please review your commencement instructions.

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Crookston!

Welcome to UMC 2011+ copy.jpgThe University of Minnesota Crookston welcomes visitors to the campus

If you would like to explore the possibility of attending U of M Crookston, please visit the Admissions Office located in 170 Owen Hall, or check out our Admissions Web page.

To schedule a campus tour, please call   1-800-UMC-MINN (1-800-862-6466) or 218-281-8569.


The UMC Music and Theater Program will present a dinner theater production on Wednesday, April 29, and Friday, May 1, featuring the comedy "The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged" in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Dinner will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m. followed by the performance at 7 p.m. each evening. Reservations are required for the dinner and are available for $15 for an Italian buffet and the show by contacting George French at 218-281-8266 (  

UMC students on a meal plan may use a $5 deduction from their plan, and the meal is only $5 for UMC students not on meal plan. Reservations are required for all those interested in the dinner; contact George French. For those who prefer to attend the theater performance only, the cost is $5 for adults, and admission is free for UMC students. No reservations are required to attend the play only.

The play, written by Adam Long, Daniel Singer, and Jess Winfield, parodies the plays of William Shakespeare in approximately 90 minutes. The cast will attempt to produce all 37 of Shakespeares works in that time! The three-person cast features the comedic and improvisational talents of U of M Crookston students: Michael Laurich, a senior majoring in biology from Lansing, Ill.; Alex Conwell, a post-secondary enrollment options student from Red Lake Falls, Minn.; and Ryan Rynda, a junior majoring in software engineering from Argyle, Minn.

The dinner and performance are coordinated by Associate Professor George French. Directed by the three actors, the play also includes pop culture references, spontaneous conversation, and local references making each show a unique experience. 

Seating is limited, so reserve right away. All UMC students who only attend the show will begin around 7:00 pm are admitted free, and others pay $5 for the show only. However, attending this performance as a dinner theater is highly recommended.

healingtouch2015.jpgWith all the end of semester stress in your life, take a break from your projects, papers, and tests at the Healing Touch Rejuvenation Spa on Thursday, April 30, and Friday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sign-up sheets are posted by Meloni's office, Sargeant Student Center 236. Please be aware that sign-up is first-come, first-served, with preference given to students. Also, note that the spa acupuncture clinic is available on Friday only. As in the past, the acupuncture clinic can be a drop-in option, but signing-up will help with planning. There are exciting new additions to the spa including a reflexology option, Pet Away Stress (PAWS) animals in the International Lounge, and Trey Everett will be hosting an "art while you wait" project in the Prairie Room Spa. 


Help Save a Life. Donate Blood on Monday, April 27.

United Blood Services will be on campus on Monday, April 27, for the blood drive. Help save a life; sign up through April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge. Everyone who donates blood during the month of April will be automatically entered in a $200 FREE FUEL GIVEAWAY!!