March 2010 Archives

State of the University Address Canceled

President Bruininks.jpgThe 2010 State of the University Address, scheduled for Thursday, April 1, has been canceled as President Robert Bruininks works to recover his voice from a case of laryngitis.

"Each year I look forward to discussing our best thoughts and ideas for moving the University forward in this forum," he said. "Unfortunately, I am currently unable to speak audibly for extended periods of time-and while I remain hopeful that my voice will return to full capacity soon, we needed to make this decision today in order to communicate it with the Regents, the coordinate campuses, the media and the public in a timely manner."

Since the spring semester will end next month, the speech will not be rescheduled. Instead, the president intends to post his remarks in full on the Office of the President web site on Monday. President Bruininks also indicated his intention to look for additional opportunities to interact with the University community this spring and next fall.

Bowl-a-thon Project Is Very Successful

Bowl-a-thon composite.jpgMore than 60 people turned out Saturday at the Crookston High School art room to either throw bowls on one of the eight pottery wheels, or to hand build a bowl.  By the end of the afternoon, pottery students from UMC and CHS, community potters, as well as many first-time throwers created 194 bowls. 

UMC's Sonia Spaeth, as well as CHS art teacher Gary Stegman and Jenn Steinbrink, owner of the Krazy Kiln, were on hand to assist novice potters.  Creation of the bowls was the first step in an Empty Bowls Project, a fund raiser for the Crookston area food shelf. 

A "Glaza-a-thon" will be held on Saturday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crookston High School art room.  Even if you didn't create a bowl, you are welcome to come and decorate one.  For more information, contact Lisa Loegering (218-281-8526)  or Katya Zepeda.

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ALD group.jpgAlpha Lambda Delta recently held initiation for 22 students into the prestigious first-year honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The initiation was held on Monday, March 29, 2010, in the Kiehle Auditorium.

In the photo: Alpha Lambda Delta initiates (front row, seated l to r): Alisha Aasness, Karen Carpenedo, Jessica Charles, Thomas Chute, Amanda Flint, Maria Funk, Matthew Green, Trey Johnston, Samantha Zuck. Second row, standing: Kelsey Kaiser, Chunhui Liu, Margo McHugh, Tyler Nelson, Angela Peterson, Melanie Rodriguez, Sara Scott, Chelsea Swenson, Amy Van Treeck, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Sara Kaiser, Brian Dingmann, Ph.D. Not Pictured: Benjamin Williams and Jensen Crots, and two online students: Jane Terry, and Nicole Origas.

Eligibility for membership in the national honor society for first-year students is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better during the first term or year of college while a student is enrolled full-time. Less than 20 percent of college freshman achieve this high level of academic performance.  Alpha Lambda Delta is advised by Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and the Honors Program director, and Sara Kaiser, student experience and parent coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.

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Sacred Music Concert Tonight, Tuesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

Music Concert.jpgThe UMC Choir and Cooperative Campus Ministry will present a concert of sacred music tonight, Tuesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kiehle Auditorium. 

A concert of sacred music will be performed by the University of Minnesota, Crookston choir under the direction of George French on Tuesday, March 30, 2010, in Kiehle Auditorium. The hour-long concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Featured will be the cantata by Theodore Dubois "The Seven Last Words. All are welcome.  No admission charge.  Refreshments following the 60 minute concert.

Pictured are (l to r): Baritone soloist Kevin Anderson, tenor soloist Won Man Lee and choir director George French

The choir concert is sponsored by the Music and Theater Department along with Campus Ministries at the U of M, Crookston. For more information, contact George French at 218-281-8266.

UMC Women's History Month Book Discussion on March 31

Women's History Month Events.jpgThe National Women's History Project, originator of Women's History Month, recognizes that women have been missing from our history books and this year's theme will honor the legacy of women throughout history.

Wednesday, March 31 - A book discussion on Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China, an autobiographical family history by Chinese writer Jung Chang, will be held in the Prairie Room in the Sargeant Student Center. The discussion will be held at 3:30 p.m. Copies of the book are available at the UMC Bookstore.

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Let's Do It! -- Last Week of RecycleMania

Recycle Mania.jpgGreetings UMC Students!
Just a reminder about RecycleMania:
     It's our last week!
     Let's do extra well this week. Go UMC!

Let's continue our goal of placing 100% of our beverage containers and paper products in the appropriate recycling bins throughout campus. Cardboard should be flattened and placed behind the recycling bins. Student Organizations are collecting the recyclables and placing them in outside containers for pick-up and weighing.

Please get involved and help make a difference!

Of Mice and Men.jpgJohn Steinbeck's drama Of Mice and Men will be performed at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 25-27, 2010. Performances will be held nightly at 7 p.m. in the historic Kiehle Auditorium. A special performance will take place on Friday, March 26 at 1 p.m. especially for high school students and senior citizens groups. There is no admission charge, but donations will be accepted to help pay for the cost of the production. The play is best suited for mature audiences.

Under the direction of Teaching Specialist Linnea Barton, Of Mice and Men features a combination of community members and U of M, Crookston students in the cast and examines some tough themes including racism, sexism, class, discrimination against persons with disabilities. Assisting her is student director and junior Kenneth Mendez, a communication major from Crookston, Minn.

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Treanor and Jacobson Receive Honorary Region 1 FFA Degrees

Treanor-Jacobson FFA Award.jpgRecognized for their exceptional service and support for FFA and agricultural education, two instructors from the University of Minnesota, Crookston were recently honored. Assistant Professor Twyla Treanor (left), who teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department, and Sue Jacobson (right), an instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, were awarded an Honorary Region 1 FFA Degree during a banquet held on March 22, 2010, at the Norman County West High School in Halstad, Minn.

Treanor has been involved with regional FFA parliamentary procedure judging for 30 years beginning her involvement with Business Professionals of America (BPA). She has served on the National Board for Business Professionals of America for six years, and BPA parliamentary procedure teams have won various state and national awards over the years.

Jacobson has run a floriculture contest at the U of M, Crookston for 17 years. The contest consists of a written exam, identification of plants and plant disorders and insects, and judging. She has presented workshops for FFA advisors and other agriculture education instructors at their state meeting.

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UMC SIFE Students Win Big -- Named 2010 Regional Champions

SIFE Team 3-2010.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team traveled to the 2010 Regional Competition on March 22, at the Hilton hotel in Minneapolis, Minn. During an awards ceremony, the U of M, Crookston SIFE team was named Regional Champions marking the eleventh consecutive win for the team. They will be competing against teams from around the United States at the National Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 11-13.

The SIFE Presentation Team introduced a 24-minute video presentation that showcased a majority of the projects the SIFE team has done through the year, followed by a five minute question and answer session. There were 24 teams from 10 different states in attendance, and the team competed against five other teams in their league including teams from Wisconsin, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

SIFE Team (front row, l to r): Yangchen Gurung, Kathmandu, Nepal; Alyssa Jensen, Cameron, Wis.; Andrey Anfilofieff, Bejou, Minn.; Stephanie Onken, Round Lake, Minn.; Xiaowei Zhou, Chonqing, China;  Sandy Zepeda Hurtado, Crookston, Minn.; Abbie Tosh,  Climax, Minn.; and Athena Mussenden, Kenosha, Wis. Back row: Advisor and Sam Walton Fellow Kenneth Johnson, Andy Hughes, Crookston, Minn.; Eric Morgan, Crookston, Minn.; Nikolay Seregin, Moscow, Russia; Ben Humiston, Crookston, Minn.; and Advisor and Sam Walton Fellow Rachel Lundbohm. Not pictured: Rom Ogaard and Lincoln Messner.

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Results Released from UMC Campus Energy Challenge Survey

Energy Challenge.jpgOf the 286 students, faculty, and staff at the U of M, Crookston, who responded to a Campus Energy Challenge Survey in February, more than ninety percent believe reducing their electrical use will make some difference (183) or a meaningful difference (69) on campus. Results confirm that students, faculty, and staff, are concerned about our future and believe our actions can make a difference.

The Campus Energy Challenge survey showed that the strongest motivator for saving energy is the chance to save money: fifty-nine percent ranked it highest. Forty percent of respondents stated that concern for the environment is the strongest motivator for reducing their energy use.

Respondents were given four choices as to what obstacles prevent them from reducing their energy use: 1) I don't know what actions will reduce my energy use, 2) I can't remember to do things like shut off lights, unplug things, and close doors, 3) it's too inconvenient, and 4) it's not important to me. Forty-four and forty-three percent of those responding selected options 1 and 2 respectively. This statistic combined with the ninety-four percent of individuals surveyed who stated they want to learn more about how to save energy, gives the U of M, Crookston, the potential for positive change through the  continued education of our campus community.

Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD), a sub-committee of Crookston Student Association, has worked closely with Otter Tail Power Company to put on the Campus Energy Challenge. CSSD serves as a group for exploration, research, and collaborative conception of a number of sustainability initiatives on campus and for the local community. The group is open to all U of M, Crookston students.

Click to learn more about Otter Tail Power Company 
Check out UMC Sustainability Initiatives

Time to Volunteer for the (Pottery) Bowl-a-thon

Potter making bowl.jpgSeeking all potters to help create 200 bowls for an Empty Bowls Project, a fund raiser for the Crookston Food Shelf 

What: Bowl-a-thon
When: Saturday, March 27, 2010
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Crookston High School Art Room

If you don't have experience throwing pottery but want to help, there are other techniques to hand build bowls that require no experience! Seeking all potters to help create 200 bowls for an Empty Bowls Project, a fund raiser for the Crookston Food Shelf. For more information or to reserve a wheel, please contact Lisa Loegering at 218-281-8526.

Come join the fun!

Office of Service Learning
UMC Art Department
Crookston High School Art Department
The Krazy Kiln

Be Aware.jpgMalicious "advertisements" have grown from a big problem into a HUGE problem in recent weeks. Web sites that display 3rd party advertisements cannot be considered safe anymore. Legitimate web sites such as newspapers, TV stations, blogs, and more are being exploited to deliver malicious software (i.e., computer viruses) via ads displayed in Web browsers. These malicious advertisements can potentially infect your computer simply by being displayed - you do not need to click on them to become infected.

There are several well-funded criminal organizations that have the resources to get their ads shown on the largest advertising networks and most popular Web sites. They are registering many different domains daily, and are often changing them several times each day as they are "caught." Recently the Star Tribune had to cut out their outside advertising feed because it was being used to deliver fake "anti-virus" software used to infect personal computers. However, other popular Web sites displaying 3rd party advertisements have recently been abused into silently installing Trojans that steal confidential data (anything you type into a Web form - such as credentials for banking, credit card, auction and social networking sites, online credit applications and more).

Link to U of M Safe Computing site lists ways to help protect your computer

Daylight Saving Time Starts at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14

Set Clocks Ahead.jpgSet your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Spring's Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 14, 2010, at 2 a.m.

We get an extra hour of daylight when we "spring forward" each March and then lose it when we "fall back" in November.

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UMC Students Visit Six Cities on STLF Spring Break Tour

Pay It Forward Spring Break.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston is sending thirty students on the Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) Pay It Forward Tour on Friday, March 12, 2010.

Over a nine day period, the students will travel by bus visiting six cities ending in the celebration city, Washington, D.C.  While in D.C., the UMC bus will be meeting up with different colleges to do one final service project. 

The team of students will volunteer by doing service projects in the cities they visit and learn about area cultures and social issues.

Student leader and Senior Kate Bentley, a communication major from St. Paul, Minn., shared her inspiration, "As a participant, I have had a lot of fun. You're helping a lot of people that need it. It's something that doesn't take a lot of time but makes a big impact." Other student leaders include Senior Nik Jiran, an aviation major from Hayden, Idaho; Sophomore Joe Harren, an agronomy major from Eagle Bend, Minn.; and Junior Steffane Prestidge, a hotel, restaurant, and institutional management major from Buffalo, Minn.

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UMC Equestrian Teams Show Strong at Regional Competition

Equine Team winners.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian teams could not have had a better venue to showcase their talents last weekend. The Golden Eagles hosted the regional competition at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus and did not disappoint.

The Hunt Seat team had a very successful regional championship competition. The team qualified for Zone Finals in DeKalb, Ill. on April 10-11. Team and individual riders are listed in the linked story.

The Western team finished the season with several riders qualifying to advance to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Semifinals March 27 - 28 in Pomona, California. Complete listings are in the linked story.

"I am so proud of how all of the ladies rode this past weekend," says Golden Eagle Western Coach Nicky Overgaard. "Not only did they work hard all season, but they truly came together to work as a team.  When you have team unity, great things can and do happen!"

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Sargeant Student Center Information Desk Spring Break Hours

Enjoy Spring Break!.jpgThe Sargeant Student Center Information Desk will be closing at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 12 and will be re-opening on Sunday, March 21. Sunday, March 21 hours will be  4:00 p.m. to  10:00 p.m.

If you need to pick-up a package prior to Sunday, March 21 please contact Meloni Rasmussen in 236 Sargeant Student Center during the following hours: Monday, March 15 through Friday, March 19 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Have a great Spring Break!

Lisa Samuelson
Director of Student Activities/Sargeant Student Center

UMC Accounting Students Assist with Tax Preparation

Preparing to file income tax isn't necessarily a task one looks forward to, but accounting students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, are honing their skills to assist others. Ken Bulie, a certified public accountant and accounting instructor in the Business Department on the Crookston Campus, has been preparing his Income Tax II class for this very opportunity.

During fall semester 2009, the students began working with the specialized software necessary for preparing taxes, and recently, they completed a two-day training session with an IRS representative. Following their exam, these newly certified income tax preparers will help the elderly or those with low income with their taxes preparation at the Golden Link Senior Center. Bulie has worked closely with Al Chesley, who runs the AARP Tax-Aide program in Crookston and supervises the student volunteers.

"This service is something students have been doing for the last several years," Bulie says. "It is an opportunity for our students to gain the skills and confidence they need as they work with people and with income tax preparation as well as to provide a valuable service to the community."

In the photo, front row: (l to r) Jordan Triestram, a senior from Shakopee, Minn.; Krista Nelson, a senior from Cokato, Minn.; Lincoln Messner, a senior from Winthrop, Minn.; and Jennifer Lund, a senior from Manvel, N.D. Back row: Jeremy Reinitz, a junior from Wadena, Minn.; JerryAnn Thomas, a junior from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; Bradley Kappes, a senior from Borup, Minn.; David Sumner, a senior from Warren, Minn.; Gwanwoo Yi, a senior from Seoul, South Korea; Erin Shaw, a senior from Lancaster, Minn.; and Eddie Hanson, a junior from Apple Valley, Minn.

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Meet Mucky Peat and the Macrophytes

MP+TMedit.jpgMucky Peat and the Macrophytes, a band comprised of UMC students, performed a set over the noon hour on Monday, March 8, for students in the Northern Lights Lounge.  The set of alt-country and Americana tunes included covers as well as original songs and was well received.  The group includes (left to right) Jeff Wilson, Paul Anderson, Jonah Olson, D.J. Salquist, Jake Anderson, and Chris Evans.  The band will perform in Crookston on Thursday evening, March 11, at local venue I.C. Muggs.

Mr. UMC Reigns over Wild, Wild West

Mr. UMC Group.jpgElected by their respective club or organization on campus,nine candidates vied for the title of Mr. UMC in a contest held Wednesday, March 3. Hosted by Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (S.P.A.C.E.), this year's theme was "Wild, Wild West."

Tyler Nelson, a freshman from Hinckley, Minn., majoring in agricultural systems management was crowned Mr. UMC, with Anton Young, a junior from St. Cloud, Minn., majoring in natural resources, named Mr. Congeniality.

In the photo:

Front row (kneeling, l to r): Tyler Nelson and Anton Young

Back row: Karl Syverson, a senior from Minneapolis, Minn., majoring in business; Clay Schmitt, a sophomore from Delano, Minn., majoring in golf and turf management
; Jakob Voight,a freshman from Jamestown, N.D., majoring in biology; Chad Harrer, a sophomore from Brooklyn Park, Minn., double majoring in golf and turf management and horticulture; Kurt Proulx, a senior from Red Lake Falls, Minn., majoring in health sciences; John Babin, a sophomore from Savage, Minn., double majoring in software engineering and information technology management; and Matthew Erickson, a senior from Erskine, Minn., majoring in business.

CSA Executive Board.jpgSpring Convocation, a celebration of student achievement, was held March 4, 2010. Academic and athletic achievements were recognized; in particular the Chancellor's 4.0 plaques were given out along with recognition of those in Spring sports. Amber Evans-Dailey, director of admissions, was the guest speaker for this event. Thomas Haarstick, president of the Crookston Student Association (CSA), spoke of changes to the CSA mission statement, notably the additions of diversity, sustainability, and leadership opportunities. The CSA Executive Board is working hard to speak on behalf of all students on campus. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to stop them in the hallway, visit the CSA office (SSC 237A), send an e-mail, or visit the CSA Blog.

Spring 2010 Crookston Student Association Executive Board:
Front row (L to R): Alyssa Jensen, Brittany Novak, Brandon Sachwitz, Eun Hye (Halie) Kang. Middle row: Zach Hennings, Eric Morgan, Shawn Friedland, Lauren Snively, Alisha Aasness, Yulia Wieland. Back row: Advisor Bill Peterson, Lincoln Messner, Greg Summers, Karl Syverson, Thomas Haarstick, and advisor Lisa Samuelson. Not pictured: Athena Mussenden, Anna Wagner.

Link to Crookston Student Association page

UMC Campus Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, March 6

Regal 8455.jpgNew and prospective students can connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more during Campus Preview Day on March 6, 2010. Families are also encouraged to attend Preview Day at the U of M, Crookston along with their new student.

Preview Day provides time for new students to interact with faculty, current students and staff as well as learn more about the Crookston campus. Highlights include receiving detailed information about opportunities for students at the U of M, Crookston, eating lunch in Brown Dining Hall, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus.

Students may go online to register for Preview Day on Saturday, March 6 by visiting or sign up by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569.

2010 Census Information for UMC Students

Census 2010.jpgIn March and April you will have an opportunity to participate in the 2010 Census, a unique tradition in the United States. As you may be aware, the Census is an effort to count all United States residents. The census has been mandated by the United States Constitution since 1790. It is used to determine representation in the House of Representatives in addition to helping determine the allocation of federal funding to states and communities. Your participation in the Census is vital.

If you live off campus, 2010 Census forms will be delivered to your residence in the second half of March. If you live at home with your parents or guardian, they should include you on their form. If you live off-campus, but not with your parents or guardian, you should fill out your own form. You should complete the form as a resident of the city and state where you currently live. This includes on-line students. Forms should be submitted by April 1, 2010.

If you live in the residence halls, Census workers will come to your residence to count you, beginning April 1. Your Community Assistant (CA) with also provide additional help the process.

You will receive more information about the 2010 Census throughout the month of March.  If you have questions in the meantime, you can go to

Peter G. Phaiah, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Leader of the Pack.jpgThe musical "Leader of the Pack," a theater production based on the life and music of Ellie Greenwich, will be performed in Kiehle Auditorium on Thursday- Sunday, March 4, 5, 6, 7. Performances are scheduled each evening at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under with a $15 maximum for families. Free for UMC Students with U-Card.

Greenwich was a well-known American pop music singer, songwriter, and record producer.This play, which features popular music from the 1960s, is produced by the U of M, Crookston Theater Department. Under the direction of George French in conjunction with the Office of Diversity Programs and sponsored by Concerts & Lectures, the cast is all U of M, Crookston students. The performance scheduled in March also Women's History Month Events.jpgcommemorates Women's History Month. The theme for Women's History Month is "Writing Women Back into History" and play's performance is one of a number of events taking place in March on the Crookston Campus.

Cast includes top row (l to r): Amber Schleicher, Austin Czichotzki, Kevin Anderson, and Kasey Bekkerus. Middle Row: Matt Green, Tyler Nelson, Trey Johnston, and Jordan Hasbrouck. Front row: Brooke Hamilton, Karen Carpenedo, Melissa Graf, Kay Plaisance, Bethany Jenkins, and Chelsey Wells. Not pictured: Thomas Chute, Emily Nelsen, and Chelsea Swenson.

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