December 2009 Archives




Knowledge and true understanding come through the sharing of our diverse perspectives as well as our individual talents and interests.   With students from 27 countries and 40 states working and learning together, we truly touch the quality of life locally,  nationally, and globally.


During this festive season of sharing, the students, faculty, and staff of the University of Minnesota, Crookston offer sincere thanks to everyone in the Crookston community for the friendship, support, and contributions given to help nurture student success and greater understanding.

Maathai+Svedarsky-webedit.jpgDan Svedarsky, Ph.D., professor, wildlife biologist, and director of the Center for Sustainability at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, recently returned from Copenhagen, Denmark, where he served as an official observer at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change.  He took part in the conference from December 7 through 14.

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Crookston Student Association Sponsors Santa Land

Winter Wonderland.jpgWinter Wonderland was recently held in Crookston. Crookston Student Association (CSA) Sponsored Santa Land for the event.

In the picture (standing l to r) are elves Anna Wagner and Athena Mussenden, (sitting) are Mrs. Claus Alyssa Jensen and Santa Claus Karl Syverson.

Happy Holidays!

Residential Life Semester Break Closing Procedures

Happy Holidays!.jpgUMC Campus Residence Halls Close at 4 p.m. on Thursday, December 17. Residence Halls reopen on Friday, January 8 at 8 a.m.

Residence Halls will be available for UMC students over the break. There is no extra charge, but students MUST register in the Office of Residential Life in Centennial Hall as soon as possible. You will be given access to your residence hall as the exterior door lock will be changed.

If you are not returning for Spring Semester 2010, check out procedures are listed in item 8 of the following Semester Break Closing Procedures pdf

Semester Break Procedures.pdf

Enjoy a safe and restful HolidaySeason!

UMC Campus Cookbooks Are Available

Campus Cookbook2.jpgThe first-ever UMC Cookbook, featuring recipes from faculty and staff, is now available in limited quantities, with additional copies printed each day. Those who pre-ordered may pick them up from Linda Wilkens at UMC Printing, 125 Kiehle Building  All the pre-ordered cookbooks will be printed by Tuesday, Dec. 22, with approximately 35 more for sale before Christmas, so you still can pick up an extra for a gift.

The price is $15 per copy, with proceeds after cost of production (approximately 75% of the cost) going to support student scholarships. 

Checks may be written to UMC.

Please Support "Every Child Deserves a Christmas"

j0436274.jpgThis is a reminder we are wrapping-up the "Every Child Deserves a Christmas" initiative this Friday.  Please take a few minutes before the semester winds down and consider this worthy cause.

We wish to inform you about operation, "Every Child Deserves a Christmas."  The idea behind this project is to buy gifts for the families at the Care and Share Center in Crookston.  There are currently 12 children between the years of one and 14 at the center as well as 24 adults.  What we would like to do is buy a $10 toy for the children and a $20 dollar gift certificate for the parents.  If you cannot spare twenty dollars or even ten dollars, partner up with a couple of friends and buy a gift together.  If everyone on campus gave just a dollar, we would have more than enough money to buy a gift for everyone at the center.

Unwrapped gifts and cash donations can be dropped off with any ACC/SSS staff members in 270 Owen Hall.

Computer Return Information for Students

Computer return.jpgTO: Students
Remember that if you are not coming back for Spring Semester 2010 or will not have 6 on-campus credits for spring, you need to have your computer turned in by this Thursday, December 17 by 4:30 p.m. If it is not returned by that time you will be assessed a $50 late fee and an additional charge each week until it is returned. If you have any questions please e-mail me or stop by the UMC Computer Help Desk.
Thank you,

Thea Holen
UMC Help Desk Manager
University of Minnesota, Crookston

marketing class fall 09.jpgRachel Lundbohm's marketing research class, a senior-level course, worked with the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) on some research addressing high school students' perceptions of career choices in general along with healthcare-related careers. The class conducted focus groups in high schools, in-depth interviews with guidance counselors, and developed surveys that were sent to every high school covered by the Northwest Minnesota AHEC. Members of the marketing research class presented their research findings to Executive Director Joan Tronson of the Northwest Minnesota AHEC on Friday, December 11, 2009.

In the photo, seated (l to r):Cynthia Weber a senior from Crookston, Minn.; Marketing Instructor Rachel Lundbohm; Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center Executive Director Joan Tronson; Thomas Melhorn, a senior from White Bear Lake, Minn.

Standing: Kyu Tae Kim,a junior from Seoul, South Korea; Jessica DeBoer, a senior from Crookston, MInn.; Matthew Heier, a junior; from Ray, N.D. Brett Wright, a senior from Cortland, N.Y.; Alyssa Jensen, a senior from Cameron, Wis.; David Bawdon, a senior from Harrisburg, S.D.; Abbie Tosh, a senior from Climax, Minn.; Stephanie Onken, a senior from Round Lake, Minn.; Chansouda Rattanavong, a senior from Warroad, Minn.; Jared Hendricks, a senior from Owatonna, Minn.; Adeboye Adeyeye, a junior from London, England; Treasure Clemons, a junior from Minneapolis, Minn.; Wilfred Kooser, a junior from Omaha, Neb.; Jacob Karras, a senior from Janesville, Wis.; and Benjamin Welch (not pictured), a senior from Edina, Minn.

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Chuck Habstritt Honored at Retirement Recognition Event

Habstritt Reception09.jpgA career spanning 40 years was honored during a retirement reception for Associate Professor Charles "Chuck" Habstritt at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event honoring Habstritt was held Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

Habstritt began his teaching career in 1969 at the U of M, Crookston where he specialized in agronomy and soils. He was named outstanding educator by students three times and in 1999, he was selected to receive the distinguished teaching award by his colleagues. In 2007-08, Habstritt was honored with the University of Minnesota's John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. In the University of Minnesota system, the Tate Awards recognize and reward high-quality academic advising.

For more than 35 years, Habstritt has served as a coach to the highly successful Collegiate Crops Judging Team on the Crookston campus. He was also responsible for compiling the rules and regulations book that has been used for national contests in both Chicago and Kansas City. He has coached his teams to top-three finishes more than 25 times.

Photo: Paul Mc Nelly '81 (left), and Mark Magnusson '79 (right), made a presentation to Chuck Habstritt recognizing his accomplishments and telling of their experiences with the UMC Crops Teams.

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Come to the Rejuvenation Room -- Prairie Room

Rejuvenation.jpgStudents! It's been a long fall semester... and you are winding things up... To Help you finish off the semester... be sure to visit the:

The Rejuvenation Room (Prairie Room)
Wednesday and Thursday - December 9 & 10
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Come and Relax - Even So Briefly During The Last Week of Classes - Where Amenities Will Help You Rejuvenate

Neck and Shoulder Massage
Amanda - Jess - Lynnae - Miranda
Sign in and Take a Number for Your 10 Minute Neck and Shoulder Massage

Essential Oil Lotion
Stop By the EEO Station and Rub a Bit of Scented Oil on Wrist, Behind Ear, On Throat,Temples

Hydration Bar
Hot Green Tea, Hot Water w/Fruited Tea Choices and Lemon Ice Water. Stop at the Hydration Bar and Replenish Your Body's Needed Moisture
Hope you will be able to take advantage of some time to rejuvenate
The "Rejuvenation" room is for all of UMC campus community

Come to the UMC Poinsettia Sale on December 10 and 11!

Poinsettia Class09.jpgThe U of M, Crookston Poinsettia Sale will be Thursday, December 10, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center.  There is another sale on Friday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the UMC Greenhouse

We have Red, Peppermint, and Creamy White poinsettias and another one that you must see for yourself, Ice Punch!  Everyone Welcome, students, faculty, staff and community members.

Students in the class include (l to r): Kristine Neu, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Stepheni Tietje, Kasson, Minn.; Jada Ellenberg, Perham, Minn.; Teddy Gutman, Burlington, Iowa; Steve Freeman, White Bear Lake, Minn.; and Tim Butson, Platteville, Wis.

Order Campus Cookbooks and Support UMC Scholarships

Campus Cookbook.jpgThe Office of University Relations has created a UMC Cookbook for the Holdiays. Patti Tiedemann created and designed the cookbook. Linda Wilkens edited and will print the cookbook and Stephanie Onken typed all the recipes into a file for us.

Faculty and staff from campus have graciously shared their favorite recipes with us. The UMC cookbook will go to print shortly. We would like to take any pre-orders from you so it gives us more of an idea on how many to print. We have set the cost at $15 per copy. Please remember that 75% of that amount goes to UMC student scholarships.

If you would like to pre-order a cookbook, please contact Patti Tiedemann by e-mail or by phone at 218-281-8402. You can also contact Linda Wilkens by e-mail or by phone at 218-281-8403.

The UMC Campus Cookbook would be a wonderful Christmas gift, so if you are interested, please let us know.

Larry Smith.jpgLarry Smith, Ph.D., head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) has been named a recipient of the Sugarbeet Distinguished Service Award for 2009. The Sugarbeet Research & Education Board presented the award to Smith at the American Crystal Sugar Company annual meeting on Thursday, December 3, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D.

The Sugarbeet Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals for their recent, significant contributions to the success of the sugarbeet industry in Minnesota and North Dakota. A recipient must demonstrate excellence in sugarbeet research, and/or sugarbeet education programs that have made a significant impact on the industry.

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Holiday Social.jpgThe third annual Women's Holiday Social at the University of Minnesota, Crookston raised more than $6,795 for student scholarships on the campus. More than 120 people gathered to celebrate the season, connect with friends of the University, enjoy refreshments and listen to holiday music on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, while bidding on some 20 holiday baskets with a value totaling more than $2,750; handcrafted items; artwork as well as participating in raffles and a live auction featuring a French gourmet dinner for four.

Two of the baskets received special awards during the social: Best of Show went to the Academic Assistance Center for their basket themed "Handmade from the Heart." The Chancellor's Choice was awarded to University Relations and the Office of Alumni & Development for their basket which featured the theme "The Good Life."  

A special thank you to Hugo's Family Marketplace, TLC Family Hair Care and Salon, Red River Massage, the UMC Horticulture and International Clubs, Sodexo, Two Fool's Vineyard and the entire community who shared their creative talents in raising awareness for women's scholarships at UMC.

(Photo composite l to r) Examining and bidding on the baskets: A happy winner; Students selling tickets for the Hugo's basket.

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Come to the Bookstore for Holiday Savings this Thursday

UMC Bookstore Sale.jpgSpecial Holiday Sale at the UMC Bookstore... Scratch-off for SAVINGS!  Save 20-80% on almost everything in the store during our scratch-off event.

When: Thursday, December 3
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: UMC Bookstore, Sargeant Student Center

Save 20-80% off your entire purchase of UMC & Golden Eagle fashions, general books and supplies.*

Pick up a scratch-off card at the Bookstore. Select your favorite campus fashions, supplies & general books and bring the scratch-off card and your items to the cashier to uncover your savings!

Stop by and enjoy free cookies & cider too! Live piano music in-store from noon until 7:30 p.m. Hope you can join us!

The fine print: *One scratch-off card per customer. Savings good on regular and sale priced clothing, supplies and general books at the UMC Bookstore on December 3 only. Discount will be applied to your entire purchase. Bookstore staff must scratch the card at the register to receive a discount. No other discounts apply. No other merchandise may be added once the card is scratched. Sale excludes textbooks, medical reference books, electronics, college rings, cap & gowns, computers, software, and special orders.