November 2009 Archives

Have a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thanksgiving.jpgU of M, Crookston campus offices are closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday and will reopen on Monday, November 30.

Sargeant Student Center Information Desk Thanksgiving Weekend Holiday Hours
Wednesday: Closing at 3:00 p.m.
Thursday through Saturday: Closed
Sunday: 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

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UMC Ag Students See On-Farm Precision Agriculture

Precision Ag.jpgThe U of M, Crookston Precision Ag class visited AWG Farms, Inc., to learn about yield and protein monitors used on Gary Wagner's John Deere combine.  Gary, Daryl and Wayne Wagner use this information to verify variable rate fertilizer applications on their fields. The course is taught by Paul Aakre, assistant professor of agriculture.

The above photo shows Gary Wagner demonstrating some ot the precision agriculture equipment their farming operation utilizes at AWG Farms near Crookston, Minnesota. 

Holiday Social.jpgThe holiday season is a time for tradition, and once again, it is time for a University of Minnesota, Crookston tradition, the 3rd Annual Women's Holiday Social. The social, which raises money for student scholarships, takes place in the Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, on Tuesday, December 1, 2009. Holiday gift baskets can be viewed beginning at 3 p.m. with bidding and drawings from 4-7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend and participate in the live and silent auctions, vie for some unique raffle items, and enjoy holiday refreshments.

"We raised over $2,600 for women's scholarships last year so we added a few venues for additional bidding due to popularity," said Jeannine Windels, social co-chair. A spa treatment and dessert of the month are a few items set to be raffled off along with a live auction including a gourmet dinner for four beginning at 6:30 p.m.

In the past the primary audience for the social has been women within the Crookston community; however, last year the committee saw more men in attendance and bidding on items for their wives, friends, and co-workers.  "This is a great event, we are raising money for scholarships at the U of M, Crookston and we are welcoming all to this year's social so stop out, bid, and donate to UMC scholarships", said Michelle Christopherson social co-chair.

The above photo shows some bidders and winners at the 2008 Holiday Social

UMC Celebrates National Philanthropy Day on Friday, November 20

Tamara Luna.jpgExcerpt from remarks shared by U of M, Crookston Senior Tamara Luna at the recent Torch & Shield recognition event:

"I believe that the University of Minnesota, Crookston has given me everything that a bigger school could. I have made great friends, I have had good professors, I have been in interesting classes and fun clubs. I think my college career has been everything that a college career should be, and I thank you for helping me make it that way."

In the spirit of National Philanthropy Day, celebrated November 20, 2009, we recognize and thank our donors for their generous gifts.

An Active Semester for U of M, Crookston Honors Program

Honors Program Activities.jpgThe newly-established Honors Program and the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) First Year Honors Society teamed up for a busy fall semester. The Alpha Lambda Delta initiation was conducted October 15, 2009, with five new initiates. ALD is also co-sponsoring a section on Highway 2 east of Crookston for the Adopt-a-Highway program.  Thursday study sessions are held in the new Honors Lounge located in Evergreen Hall. The study sessions have been a big success. A Halloween pumpkin carving lightened the mood of one study session.

(Above left photo) ALD Initiation first row l to r: Katherine Schliep, Erin Shaw, Elizabeth Kern, Mindy Nieuwboer, Jacquie Schlangen, and Dr. Brian Dingmann, ALD advisor.  Back row:  Bradley Kappes, Christina Blair, Kristine Neu, Paul Myers, Austin Czichotzki, Holly Wrzos, Ashley Williams, Heather Donati-Lewis, and Brittany Schlosser. The above right photo shows UMC Honors Program and ALD students cleaning the ditch along their adopted section of Highway 2.

UMC Students Construct Picnic Shelter at Villa St. Vincent

VSV Shelter copy.jpgU of M, Crookston students in the Facilities Maintenance and Safety class were treated to a reception by grateful staff at Villa St. Vincent last Friday.  The project began last year when students prepared, placed, and finished the foundation slab for a park shelter located on the grounds of the Villa for their laboratory project in concrete construction.  Students in this year's same course recently completed the wood construction phase of the project. 

The picnic shelter is 22' x 18' x 8' high with a 20-inch roof overhang.  The shelter is constructed with a hip roof and the sides are open.  This service-learning project met a true community need and gave students an opportunity to learn through a "real-world" opportunity.

The above photo shows the construction process from the concrete slab to the class photo at the finished picnic shelter

UMC Music and Theater present "An Opera and a Comedy" Nov. 21-22

Theater2.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Music and Theater Department is presenting "An Opera and a Comedy" on Saturday and Sunday, November 21-22, 2009. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium on the U of M, Crookston campus. The one-act opera is Bastien and Bastienne by Mozart and the two-scene play is "Suppressed Desires" by Susan Glaspell.

The entire production, with a short intermission, will be 90 minutes in length. Admission at the door is $5 for adults, $3 for students, with U of M, Crookston students admitted free with their student ID.
In the opera, Bastien and Bastienne, Bastienne is played by Emily Nelsen, a sophmore from Atwater, Minn.; Bastien is played by Won Man Lee a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea; and Colas is played by Dan Kuske, a sophomore from Belle Plaine, Minn.

In "Suppressed Desires" the part of Henrietta is played by Bethany Jenkins, a freshman from Grand Forks, N.D.;  Mabel is performed by Kristina Selzer, a sophomore from Rising Fawn, Ga.; and Steve is played by Dan LeTourneau, a senior from White Bear Lake, Minn.  All cast members are U of M, Crookston students.

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Alvin Killough.jpgAlvin Killough, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as co-investigator for a grant application submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP). The proposal, the result of collaboration, seeks to examine the links between instructional strategies and the academic proficiency to student of color enrolled as English Language Learners (ELL).

The 5-year $2.6 million grant proposal includes a research center located in Minnesota specifically designed to provide a focused plan of research to document both the academic needs of and successful practices used for engaging recent immigrant students in the K-8 learning process.  The goal of the research is to effect changes in instructional practices to reflect scientific findings, and thereby, serve as science - practitioner advocate for policy change.

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UMC Students Help with Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener

Deer Opener.jpgStudents from U of M, Crookston Natural Resources helped with the 2009 Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener on November 6, 2009, in Thief River Falls. The UMC students assisted with and ran environmental education stations including tracks and scat, archery, name that caliber, and laser shoot. One hundred and eighty five 6th grade students from Thief River Falls and Red Lake rotated through the stations during the morning and afternoon

Latino Student Association Meeting -- TODAY

Today, Tuesday, November 17, will be our first Latino Student Association (LSA) meeting! It will be held in the Evergreen Grill at 7 P.M. We are sorry for the short term notice but, it is important that you show up, for we will be going over some very important information. Including, electing chairs on our committee. It will be fun to see all of you interested in this club, and remember to tell everyone who is interested to come!

Thank You,
Albert Rymer & Tiahna Simmers
Your President & Vice President

Reminder: IT Outage: Sunday, November 15, 2009

IT Outage.jpgOn Sunday, November 15, from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., many important University of Minnesota IT systems and applications will be unavailable for use. This outage is necessary so that the Office of Information Technology (OIT) can resolve ongoing stability problems with the current configuration of our Cisco load balancer.

For a list of services that will be impacted by this work, to view OIT's timeline for completing this work, and to view our backout plan, visit

UMC Student Center Staff Attend ACUI Conference in Iowa

ACUI Conference 09.jpgMembers of the Sargeant Student Center staff recently attended the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) Region 10 Annual Conference in Cedar Falls, IA on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.

Attending from the University of Minnesota, Crookston were Lisa Samuelson, Director of Student Activities and the Sargeant Student Center; Meloni Rasmussen, Principal Office and Administrative Specialist; Nik Jiran and Candice Menze, Building Managers and Brooke Hamilton, Information Specialist. 

ACUI Region 10 is made up of colleges from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Manitoba and Western Ontario. Conference attendees participate in various events and activities including education sessions, keynote speakers and roundtable discussions. Conference topics included sustainability, veterans issues and programming, diversity, branding and student union operations. Lisa and Nik served as members of the conference planning team.

The 2011 ACUI Region 10 Annual Conference will be held at Minnesota State, Mankato. For more information about ACUI Region 10 check out their website at:

(photo l to r): Meloni Rasmussen, Brooke Hamilton, Nik Jiran, Lisa Samuelson and Candice Menze shown at the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum in Waterloo, IA

international market.jpgThe sights and sounds of an open-air market will fill Bede Ballroom on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, when it is transformed into an international marketplace. The second annual International Market, open from 2-7 p.m., is part of a week of activities scheduled during International Education Week, November 16-20. The public is invited to visit the market and shop the many booths available.

Learning Abroad Advisor Rae French encourages the campus and community to participate in the market. "The International Market is so unique," French says. "Visitors will have an opportunity to share with our students the experience and excitement of the marketplace. We want to welcome everyone to campus for the International Market and for the many events taking place during the week."

Check "Today's Events" at the top of the this page view International Week Activities

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Plan to Attend the Community Dialogue on Thursday

Thumbs Up to UMC.jpgThe Service Learning Community Dialogue will be held Thursday, November 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in the Bede Ballroom.

If you are interested in incorporating a service-learning project into a course this spring or next fall, this is a great opportunity to learn what kinds of actual needs our community identifies. If you are not able to attend the dialogue but would like me to pass along information regarding courses and types of projects you might be able and interested in pursuing, please let me know by the end of the day today. Thank you.

Lisa L. Loegering
Assistant Director, Service Learning

Veterans Day Events at U of M, Crookston

Veterans Day 2009.jpgFaculty, Staff and Students,

I ask you to recognize the contributions our military personnel both veterans and current members and their families have provided to all or us. It's particularly relevant given the recent events at Fort Hood, Texas. Please consider showing your support by attending the Flag Ceremony at 8 a.m. on the Mall or attending the Veterans Program at 4 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.

Chuck Casey

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

The flag ceremony was held on the Campus Mall this morning. There will be a Veterans Day program at 4:00 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium today.

Honor Veterans on Wednesday, November 11

Veterans Day.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston invites the campus and community to honor veterans on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, beginning at 8 a.m. with a flag ceremony on the Campus Mall.

A wreath will also be placed at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial at the campus entrance. An honor guard from the U.S. Air Force ROTC Det. 610 from the University of North Dakota will also participate in the morning ceremonies. Refreshments will follow.

PLEASE NOTE: The 4 p.m. Veterans Day event in Kiehle Auditorium is Cancelled. Mr. Stewart Bass, World War II Naval Aviator will not be able to speak due to illness.  We wish him the best for a speedy recovery.

All Veteran's Day events on campus are sponsored by the U of M, Crookston Veteran's Club with assistance from the Student Affairs office.

Come to UMC's Major Fair on Wednesday, November 11

Choices.jpgFind out if you have declared the right major for you. Do you need add a major and/or a minor? Should you change your major? Maybe you still need to declare a major?

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 11, student and faculty representatives from across the campus will be available to talk to you about each major on campus. Come check it out!

When: Wednesday, November 11
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

 You can win:
   > Six $50 Walmart gift cards
   > Six $50 Bookstore gift cards
   > Fleece blankets
   > T-shirts

We will be awarding door prizes throughout the day!

Any Questions? Contact Amber Evans-Dailey, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management,, or 218-281-8568

Outstanding Contributions Recognized at U of M, Crookston

T&S_Group09.jpgRecognition was paid to three individuals and an organization for their outstanding contributions to the University of Minnesota, Crookston with the awarding of the University's highest honor -- the Torch & Shield Award -- on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

Recipients of the 2009 Torch & Shield Award are Erma J. Vizenor, Ph.D., chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation and the first woman to lead the largest tribe in Minnesota; Orlyn Miller, director of Capital Planning and Project Management for the University of Minnesota; Jim Sims, who served as head football coach at the U of M, Crookston from 1976-1995; and the Crookston Daily Times, owned by GateHouse Media, with eight full-time staff members, including Publisher Randal Hultgren and newsroom staff consisting of Managing Editor Mike Christopherson, City Editor Natalie J. Ostgaard, and Sports Editor Derek Martin.

Donors were also recognized for their lifetime and annual giving during the evening's festivities in the Sargeant Student Center Bede Ballroom at the U of M, Crookston.

In the photo are the 2009 Torch & Shield Award recipients (back row, l to r): Larry Smith, head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center; Mike Christopherson and Randy Hultgren, both representing the Crookston Daily Times; Chancellor Charles H. Casey, and Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations. Front row: Orlyn Miller, Erma Vizenor, and Jim Sims.

UMC Veteran's Day Recognition Events Set for November 11

Veterans Button 5290.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston invites the campus and community to honor veterans on Wednesday, November 11, 2009, beginning at 8 a.m. with a flag ceremony on the Campus Mall.

A wreath will also be placed at the Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial at the campus entrance. An honor guard from the U.S. Air Force ROTC Det. 610 from the University of North Dakota will also participate in the morning ceremonies. Refreshments will follow.

At 4 p.m., the U of M, Crookston Veteran's Club will host Stewart Bass, a naval aviator in World War II, in Kiehle Auditorium. Bass fought in the Pacific and was awarded the Navy Cross, the second highest combat decoration our nation awards, for valor in action while flying a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber.  He will discuss the carrier war, operations in the Pacific, and what it was like to fly the TBM. Everyone is welcome.

All Veteran's Day events on the campus are sponsored by the U of M, Crookston Veteran's Club with assistance from the Student Affairs office.

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Come to Thursday Commons -- Meet with U of M Regents

Thursday Commons Logo.jpgWhat: Thursday Commons
Date: Thursday, November 5
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center
Time: 12:15 to 2 p.m.

All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend a panel discussion with the three visiting members of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, Clyde Allen, Venora Hung and Richard Beeson in Bede Ballroom.

The discussion will also feature a question and answer session.

China Trip2.jpgUMC Chancellor Charles H. Casey recently returned from a two-week visit to China.  He was joined by his wife, Barbara Muesing, and Jingpeng Tang, assistant professor of computer software technology.
The UMC delegation (left photo) made connections with prospective students planning to attend the U of M, Crookston from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) in Hangzhou.
ZJETP has been working with the Crookston campus for more than five years on various exchange programs for students and faculty.  In addition to touching base with prospective international students, the Crookston contingent participated in the 30th anniversary celebration of ZJETP, during which (center photo) Chancellor Casey presented a congratulatory plaque to ZJETP President Lee.
On another leg of the trip, (right photo) Chancellor Casey joined U of M Senior Vice President Robert Jones and Associate Vice President Meredith McQuaid (not pictured) in the grand opening celebration of the University of Minnesota's new office in Beijing.