September 2009 Archives

Be a Hero! Sign Up to Donate Blood

Be a Hero!.jpgCan you spare one hour to help save a life?  
That's all it takes for you to be a volunteer blood donor.

Stop by the Sargeant Student Center anytime from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday to sign up.

Members from SIFE will be available all week during that time to assist you.

The blood drive is Monday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.

You can also sign up online at  Use the Sponsor Code, umc.

Celebrate Success at University Teaching and Outreach Center

UTOC Open House.jpgCome to the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) Open House "Celebrating over 15 years of Success"

Where: UTOC on the north side of campus
Date: Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time: 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Watch Equestrian (horse) riding team practices:
   4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Equestrian Horse Jumping Practice
   5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Equestrian Western Team Reining Practice

Meet, pet, and see the horses at UTOC and animals in the Meat Animal Facility (beef cattle and sheep)

Tours given every half hour by a member of the Equestrian Team, Horseman's Association, and Animal Science Club.

Cookies and Punch will be served.

Regal Visits Businesses for Maroon and Gold Friday

M&G Businesses 2.jpgOn Friday, Regal the Eagle and communications assistant Stephanie Onken visited SPF #12 - Cenex (left) and RBJ's (right) as part of Maroon and Gold Fridays.

Employees received complimentary game passes and are entered in to a drawing for the chance to win an office party prize pack!

Ag Industries Trap Shoot ... A Booming Success

Trap Shoot composite.jpgThe Ag Industries Club held their 14th annual trap shoot out at the Crookston Gun Club north of UMC on Monday evening. Twenty students participated in the event. Cory Kimball won the shooting contest  with 22 kills out of 25. Jake Hein was close behind with 21 kills. The Ag Industries club would like to thank Mr. Wayne Swanson (local Crookston attorney) for opening the facilities and operating the throwing mechanism for the clay targets.

(photos l to r) Club members at trap shoot, Rachel Keimig breaks a target, and Wayne Swanson (seated at right) at the controls.

Vote for Your Homecoming Royalty -- TODAY!

Homecoming Voting.jpgWhat: Homecoming Royalty Voting

When: Tuesday, September 29

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Place: Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Sponsored by S.P.A.C.E.

Evergreen Hall Dedication and Campus Energy Challenge This Friday

Campus Energy Event2.jpgOur future is in the hands of students like you, and we're excited about that!

Please join us as we dedicate Evergreen Hall and launch the Campus Energy Challenge. These are two campus energy-efficiency projects with tremendous positive impacts for future generations.

When: Friday, October 2, 2009, at 11 a.m.
Where: Evergreen Hall lobby, University of Minnesota, Crookston

>Enjoy cookies and beverages beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 2:30 p.m.

>Complete an energy use quiz to earn prizes.

>Receive a free reusable bag.

>Tour Evergreen Hall.

>Attend the press conference at 12 p.m.
(U of M President Robert Bruininks will speak.)

Click for link to pdf invitation

Click for Otter Tail Power Energy Challenge story

Celebrate HOMECOMING 2009 'Fly Through Time in 2009'

Homecoming Parade.jpgEnter your group or club in the U of M, Crookston 2009 Homecoming Parade.
Complete the Parade Entry Form for the Homecoming Parade

Prizes will be awarded for
   Best Crowd Pleaser
   Most Creative
   Best Theme 

Be sure to attend this fun Homecoming event!

When: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: Starting at 11 a.m.
Group Staging Area:  Parking Lot G behind Kiehle Building
Parade Route: Parade travels around the Campus Mall

Turn in your entry form no later than Wednesday, September 30, to the Development & Alumni Office in Kiehle 115

UMC Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet

Eagle logo.jpgThere is still time purchase tickets for the 2009 Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet!

When: Friday, October 2, 2009
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center
Time:  6 p.m., Social
           6:30 p.m. Dinner
           7 p.m. Program

Please join us as we honor our Outstanding Alumni
Mary Jo (Melbye) Eastes, '79
David Genereux, '80
Troy Olson, '89
Karissa (Dahl) Olson, '99

And our Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees
Chrissy (Nettum) Cyr, '97
Al Strandberg, ex. '79
Frank Fee, president and owner of KROX AM Radio

The cost of the banquet is $18 per person and reservations are required

Contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439 (

Thank You Crookston Businesses for Supporting UMC

Maroon & Gold Fridays.jpgThe Crookston Community Maroon and Gold Fridays program is off to a great start.  More than twenty community businesses have signed up to take part by having their employees wear maroon and gold in their businesses each Friday. 

On Friday, September 18, student communications assistant Stephanie Onken and Regal the Eagle randomly visited Dodas Hardware Hank (left), Willow & Ivy (center) and The Irishman's Shanty (right) and distributed complimentary game passes and buttons.  The goal of the program is to encourage local community spirit in support of the U of M, Crookston.

UMC Faculty and Staff Present at HCAM Conference

HCAM Express 045.jpgJan Aamoth, Deanna Patenaude, Kenneth Johnson, and Kevin Thompson presented at the Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) Annual Conference 2009 at the Arrowwood Resort and Conference Center in Alexandria, Minn., on Thursday, September 17, 2009.

The Health Care Auxiliary of Minnesota (HCAM) is an organization of auxiliaries and/or volunteer groups serving health care facilities across Minnesota. HCAM represents 90 health care auxiliaries in Minnesota totaling in excess of 21,000 persons volunteering in services to hospitals and long-term care facilities.
UMC Presenters and their topics:
(Front row - l to r) Jan Aamoth and Deanna Patenaude, RSVP, It Starts With You...How to Initiate, Innovate, and Invigorate Your Volunteer Program, and Barbara Muesing, Conference Committee Member

(Back row) Kevin D. Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, Enhancing Involvement and Motivation Through Communication, and Kenneth Johnson, instructor of business, How to Leverage a Small Investment in Customer Service into Big Gains.

CLICK for Organization and conference Web site

Become a Facebook Fan of the U of M, Crookston

Regal frame.jpgJoin the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Regal the Eagle on Facebook!

CLICK University of Minnesota, Crookston - Official page

Stand up and be counted; let's see how many fans we can have by the end of Homecoming 2009!

Encourage your friends and family to join too!

CSA Senator Election Results Announced

Congratulations.jpgThe ballots have been tallied, and your new Crookston Student Association (CSA) Senators are:

· Duk Jin Ahn
· Bruce Felts
· Zach Hennings
· Eric Morgan
· Anna Wagner

If you see any of these people, be sure to congratulate them. As CSA president, I can say that I look forward to working with these newly elected senators who represent YOU, the students! Thank you to those who voted.

Thomas Haarstick
CSA President

University of Minnesota H1N1 Flu Update

UMC Health Services2.jpg2009 H1N1 Influenza is causing illness in infected people around the world. It is highly likely to impact faculty, staff and students and the University of Minnesota. Below is some basic information to help you stay informed and stay healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend these everyday steps to protect your health:

> Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. If you don't have a Kleenex, sneeze into your elbow.
> Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Hand sanitizers are also effective.
> Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
> Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
> Get a seasonal flu shot now and watch for information about the H1N1 vaccination later this fall.
> If you have underlying medical concerns such as diabetes, asthma, sickle-cell disease, cardiovascular disease, a compromised immune system, or a pregnancy you should establish a care plan with their medical provider now, before getting sick.

Read the September 16, 2009 H1N1 Update from the University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota's current information about H1N1

U of M, Crookston H1N1 Information:

University of Minnesota, Crookston's Emergency Preparedness Web site

U of M Crookston Student Health Services

UMC Natural Resources Students Band Ducks At Agassiz Refuge

Brent Arne NatR 0224.jpgBrett Arne is releasing a male mallard after he banded it. The USFWS staff at Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge used rocket nets to capture the ducks. The Wildlife Ecology class, taught by John Loegering, Ph.D., and the Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society assisted the refuge staff in banding them. They also assisted in testing the ducks for avian influenza. 

The numbered bands are recovered by biologists and hunters across the nation and are used to estimate dispersal, migration routes, and survival of mallards.

Photo by John Loegering

UMC Ag Clubs Team Up to Clean Highway

Fall09 Ditch Cleanup.JPGThe Ag Industries Club and the Agronomy Club at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) recently teamed up to clean the ditches for two miles on Highway 75 north of the U of M, Crookston campus.

The two clubs have cooperated on the effort for more than 10 years and took advantage of the beautiful fall weather for the task.

Photo submitted by Paul Aakre

Dave Paul "Mower Man" was Guest Speaker at ECDC

Lawnmower 3272.jpgThe Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) Toddlers focused on "lawn mowers" the past week. 

Dave Paul from UMC Facilities Management mowed the playground lawn this summer and was a special guest speaking to an attentive audience.  When you introduce community helpers to children, do not forget the jobs they really care about. 

Constitution graphic.jpgThursday Commons: Diversity Discussion with Rusty Barcelo, Ph.D., in honor of Constitution Day.  She will integrate the Constitution, Constitutional Law or Civil Rights into her presentation. Dr. Rusty Barcelo is the University of Minnesota Vice President for Equity and Diversity.

When: Thursday, September 17
Time: Starting at 12:15 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Contacts: Peter Phaiah and Thomas Williams

The UMC Choir Fills the Hafslo Chapel with Music

UMC Choir-Hafslo 3177.jpgThe U of M, Crookston Choir, under the direction of George French, performed in the Hafslo Chapel located at the Polk County Museum as part of the annual Pioneer Days event on Sunday, September 13.  This chapel, once a country church, was located on the UMC campus for almost twenty years before being donated and moved to the Polk County Museum grounds located in Crookston.  An offering was taken during the performance to generate funds that will be used to help improve and maintain this structure which is currently used for occasional weddings and other special events.

VOTE for Five CSA Senators

+Vote 2.jpgCrookston Student Association (CSA) Elections are being held for five senator positions

When: Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Sargeant Student Center, Northern Lights Lounge

Register Today for TXT-U -- Stay Informed and Improve Safety

Sign up for Text U.jpgWe would like to remind you to stay informed and help improve campus safety by being aware and prepared. Register online today for TXT-U - the University of Minnesota, Crookston's emergency notification text messaging system. Students, faculty, and staff can stay informed about critical campus safety information by registering to receive TXT-U messages on their mobile phones. 

Registration is optional, but this is the easiest and most direct way to stay informed about that status of the campus during a weather-related event such as a blizzard or during a campus emergency. Please note, if you have previously registered for this service, there is no need to register again.

Only University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can register for TXT-U. However, you can add more than one mobile device to your account, registering parents, family, friends or others. We are pleased to provide this safety resource to our campus community. Please know that TXT-U will be used infrequently and specifically for real emergency situations. We will also use this system as one method of notifying the campus community of cancellations due to weather.

Thank you for helping make campus safety a priority. Remember to call 911 to report an emergency situation. To report suspicious activity on campus, call Campus Security Services at 218-281-8531 before midnight. After midnight call 218-281-3111 (Crookston Police dispatch).

If you have questions or concerns about TXT-U, please contact Director of Technology Support Services Jeff Sperling at or 218-281-8373.

Show Regal Your Maroon & Gold This Wednesday, Sept. 16

Regal 8455.jpgUniversity Relations invites all students, faculty, and staff to take part in an activity that will help promote our campus. 

If you are interested in taking part and are not involved with classes or other meetings during the scheduled time, wear maroon and gold clothing and gather at the south entrance of Sargeant Student Center.

Date and time: Wednesday, September 16, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. 

We will be working with KVLY TV on a video shoot for an "Invest in Your Valley" promotional spot that will air on channels 4, KXJB, and 11, KVLY, in October.  The goal is to gather a sea of people wearing maroon and gold for this video ad.  

Delta Theta Sigma Threshes Wheat the Old Way

DTS Threshing.jpgDelta Theta Sigma (DTS) fraternity and Little Sisters helped out with the wheat threshing at the Red River Vally Sugar Beet Museum's Fall Festival on Sunday, September 13.

Front row (L-R): DJ Dillon and Jake Andersion. Back row (L-R): Steven Webster, Derek Savage, Melanie Meyer and Nichole Shulstad.

DTS is hosting Greek Week. Check the Events Calendar for the week's schedule.

all-colleges-hi-res.pngFor twelve consecutive years, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been recognized by U.S.News and World Report as a one of the top four public baccalaureate colleges in its category in the Midwest.

"The recognition by U.S.News and World Report affirms our continued efforts to offer students an exceptional educational experience on our campus," says Dr. Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston. "We have a strong commitment to students, and we recognize that the quality of our programs depends on our faculty and the critical ways that staff contribute to our success. 

"Students have the opportunity to earn a degree from University of Minnesota, a degree recognized nationally and internationally, in a campus setting that is smaller and more personal," Casey states. "We also strive to help students gain both global perspectives and important leadership skills in order to prepare them for the workplace or graduate school, and as citizens of the world community."

Click for story

Join Clubs and Organizations at the U of M, Crookston

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Students came and saw what some UMC clubs and organizations are doing on campus at Club Fair 2009 in the Sargeant Student Center.  Many groups are having their first organizational meetings this month. Check out Today's Events on the UMC Today page for dates and times.

College life consists of much more than going to classes, taking tests, and doing research. Though these are all very important parts of the college experience, taking part in campus activities offers a chance to meet new friends and to have a great time. It also helps students develop their own potential for professional development, leadership, and creativity.

Click for Student Clubs and Organizations at the U of M, Crookston

Apply TODAY for Five CSA Senator Positions

Attention.jpgThe deadline to apply to the Crookston Student Association Executive Board is TODAY, Wednesday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m.

Applications are available and accepted at the Sargeant Student Center Information Desk
Five Senator Positions are Open for 2009-10

Candidates must be enrolled with a minimum of 6 credits and carry a 2.0 GPA


Voting takes place Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September 16

SCC Road Trip Prize Winners Announced

Prize Winners.jpgThe Thursday, September 3, Commons event "Sargeant Student Center (SSC) Road Trip" was successfully completed.  Many new and returning students went from destination to destination throughout the SSC and adjacent buildings to meet the staff and become more familiar with the services offered.  There were rest stops, information and snacks along the way. The students also stopped by the SSC's Northern Lights Lounge to visit with local community members at the Volunteer Fair hosted by the Office of Service Learning.

At the end of the road trip students turned in their stamped passports.  The completed passports were entered into a drawing. 

The winners of the drawings are:     
· $75 of Eagle Bucks - XiXi Zeng
· $50 UMC Bookstore Gift Certificate - Jordan Jacobson
· $5 Wal-Mart Gift Certificates - Brandon Rich, Eric McCoy, and Evan Thomas
· Football Mug - David Strand             
· Frisbees - Alisha Aaness, and Jangchen Doker Gurung
Winners should stop by Peter Phaiah's office (SSC 145J) to claim their prize

Sargeant Student Center Information Desk Hours

Sargeant Student Center 6373.jpgU of M, Crookston Information Desk Fall Semester Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend: Open Regular Hours
Monday, September 7 (Labor Day) Open 4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Evergreen Hall Construction Updates

Evergreen 9-3-09.jpgEvergreen Hall (above left): The Gathering Space is taking shape. It will be a fun place to hang out, meet friends, and have snacks.

Parking Lot Info (above center): The east side of E Lot has been re-surfaced and striped and is available for parking.  Thank you for your cooperation with this project.

Residence Hall Courtyard (above right): Additional sidewalks are constructed to the north and west of Evergreen Hall. The center area concrete has been poured and textured. The basketball half-court area has been surveyed and marked.

Reminder: Parking permits are to be displayed in all vehicles and can be purchased at the UMC Business Office in Selvig Hall.

Congratulations U of M Extension for 100 Years of Service!

Extension Centennial.jpg
University of Minnesota Extension Celebrates 100 years of Serving Minnesota
In 1909, state legislators saw fit to enable the University of Minnesota to take the latest research from University labs into people's lives. For a century, Extension faculty have extended the reach of the University into every corner of the state, providing Minnesotans with access to practical, research-based information to help improve their lives.

Click to explore U of M Extension's history 1909-2009

U of M, Crookston at the Minnesota State Fair

Loegering at State Fair.jpg

John Loegering, Ph.D., spent Saturday making presentations at the U of M stage and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) stage at the Minnesota State Fair, as well as working with the Minnesota Master Naturalist in the DNR building.

U of M, Crookston staff and SIFE students will be at the U of M building at the Fair on Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6.

Stop by and visit the U at the Fair

Check out the University of Minnesota State Fair map for more information