April 2010 Archives

Fly-in, Drive-in Pancake Breakfast is Sunday, May 2

Fly-in Breakfast .jpgJoin members of UMC's aviation fraternity, Alpha Eta Rho, and Crookston Aviation for their annual pancake breakfast on:

Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Crookston Community Airport (KCKN). 

Tickets in advance from Alpha Eta Rho members are $6. At the door tickets are $8 for adults, $3 for kids ages 4-12; kids ages 3 and younger are free. Free breakfast for pilots in command. Pancakes, sausages, eggs, coffee, and orange juice will be served.

For more information contact Karl Syverson at syver073@umn.edu.

Members of Crookston Classic Cruisers will have their vehicles on display to view free of charge at the event.

Ginger Supports Dimes for the Dog Park, You can too!

Dimes for Dogs.jpgJust ONE more day to go through your change jars!

Efforts to build a dog park in Crookston where dogs can play, exercise, and socialize in a safe, confined area without disturbing others is currently underway.  The City of Crookston has donated the land, but is asking community members to come up with the $18,000 for the fencing.

Bring your dimes this week! 
A table will be set up in the Sargeant Student Center today from noon to 3 p.m.

Collection containers also are in the Eagle's Nest, Student Center Info Desk, Computer Help Desk, Academic Assistance Center, and the Centennial Hall Desk

Sponsored by the Office of Service Learning

TODAY -- Technology and Sustainability Speaker at 12:15 p.m.

Technology and Sustainability.jpgDon't forget the Thursday Commons program today where engineer, inventor, and futurist, Dr. Ed Anderson will share his unique perspectives on, The Role of Science, Technology, and Perception in the New Age of Resource Scarcity."

Anderson's presentation will be in Bede Ballroom at 12:15 p.m.

Anderson was the 2010 recipient of the Charles W. Britzius Distinguished Engineer Award given by the Minnesota Federation of Engineering Science and Technology Societies. He received a Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from MIT, M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University. He is one of the international leaders in Personal Rapid Transit.

What's Cooking On Campus?

Renewable Energy.jpgU of M, Crookston's Introduction to Renewable Energy class distilled their first batch of alcohol. Shown in the photo (l to r) are: Trevor Stromme, Jacob Newland, Jeremy Bodensteiner, Peter Huehn, Justin Erdmann, Keith Herberg, Tyler Nelson, Kevin Anderson, and Assistant Professor Kent Freberg.

Click for information about Bio-Fuels and Renewable Energy at UMC

Photo by Paul Aakre

Sigma Alpha Pi Induction.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston inducted 44 students into the National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi) at a gathering held in Bede Ballroom on Tuesday, April 27, 2010.  Keynote speaker Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department, spoke to the students about vision, leadership, and lifelong goals.

The National Society of Leadership and Success includes 227 colleges with 91,101 members nationwide. Four colleges in Minnesota belong to the National Society for Leadership and Success. They are Minnesota State University, Mankato, Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, the Humphrey Institute on the Twin Cities Campus and the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

A nation-wide organization, the National Society of Leadership and Success is dedicated to creating positive change. To become a member, students must attend an orientation, three videoconference speakers, three consecutive Success Networking Team (SNT) meetings, and participate in a three-hour long Leadership Training Day. In the past, speakers have included actress Goldie Hawn, Patch Adams, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul Series Jack Canfield, and Famous Amos founder Wally Amos, among others.

The society is designed to help students succeed by discussing such topics as leadership, creating a vision, and identifying goals.  The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.  Click for more information about the National Society of Leadership and Success.

2010-11 Officers.jpgOfficers elected for the 2010-11 academic year include: Publicity Chair Shanel Finke, sophomore, Grand Marais, Minn.; Vice President Brittany Novak, junior, Dahlen, N.D.; President Ashley Williams, junior, Big Lake, Minn.; Secretary Katie Bowar, senior, Moorhead, Minn.; and Events Coordinator Anna Ogaard, junior, Maple Grove, Minn. A treasurer for the group will be named at a later time.

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Sigma Alpha Pi Induction List.pdf

Today is the Last Chance for Great Software Prices!

Buy Software.jpgAttention UMC Students,
Don't forget to order your software before Friday, April 30, 2010
. The price for Office 2007 goes up from $12 to $40 (Best Buy's price is $219) and Windows 7 goes up from $7 to $35 (Best Buy's price is $239).

Please go to www.msca.umn.edu to purchase a copy of Office and Vista or Windows 7. The software will get charged to your student account and you can pick it up here at the UMC Help Desk the same day.
If you have any questions at all, please e-mail me at tholen@umn.edu or stop by and see me and I can help you order software as well.

Thea Holen
UMC Help Desk Manager
University of Minnesota, Crookston

UMC's Annual Bedding Plant Sale Is Thursday, April 29

Plant Sale.jpgThe UMC Horticulture Program offers its annual bedding plant sale Thursday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the hoop houses (production horticulture building) on the northest edge of campus.  Come see the exciting selection of student grown annuals, perennials, vegetables, and hanging baskets.  All members of the campus and community are welcome.

We have a wide selection of plants including: Alyssum, Bacopa, Calendula, Dahlias, Eschscholtzia, Fuchsia, Geraniums, Helichrysum, Impatiens, Johnny Jump-ups, Lilies, Marigolds, Nemesia, Osteospermum, Petunias, Qute pansies, Reisenstraube Tomato, Schizanthus, Thyme, Verbena, Watermelon, Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Zinnias, Uncommonly nice salespeople, and much, much more.  We also have hanging baskets and planters.

Hijab Tube at UMC's Kiehle Auditorium on Tuesday, April 27

Hijab Tube.jpgMixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis, Minn., will bring Hijab Tube to the stage in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Hijab Tube explores the American-Muslim identity as Rubiya, a 20 year-old second-generation, American Muslim college student, tries to figure out what makes her Muslim. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7 p.m. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

A young Muslim woman takes her questions about wearing a hijab (a traditional covering of Islamic women) to YouTube, drawing an illuminating range of responses from other American Muslims - despite the antics of her younger brother. Mixed Blood's newest program offers a unique perspective on Islam in 21st Century America.

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U of M, Crookston Blood Drive is Today In Bede Ballroom

Attention smiley.jpgPlease take this opportunity to 'save a life' this Monday, April 26, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., in Bede Ballroom.

Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
Time: 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Place: Bede Ballroom

This is UMC's last blood drive of the academic year.

U of M, Crookston 2010 Quiz Bowl Winners

Quiz Bowl winners.jpgOn April 13, the Sargeant Student Center sponsored a Quiz Bowl Tournament. There were four teams competing. 

The winning team (left photo) was "Bill's Team" with members (l to r): Klint Mahne, Jeff Runck, Ben Williams, and Robert Santaella.

The second place team (right photo) was "The Canadian Tuxedo" with members (l to r):  Phil Norvitch, Eric Zempel, Brett Arne, and Joe Adamski.

UMC's Donati-Lewis Presents at National Research Conference


The University of Minnesota, Crookston was represented at the 2010 National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) by student Heather Donati-Lewis (above center), who presented her research titled "Common Spices and Uncommon Properties."  Donati-Lewis's research was led by U of M, Crookston faculty mentors Brian Dingmann (above right), Ph.D.,  and Venu Mukku (above left), Ph.D., who accompanied her to the conference.  Her research focused on the anti-fungal properties of thirty-seven different but common spices and herbs, such as Thevetia peruviana or yellow oleander.  She tested the plant's ability to eliminate an important enzyme used in building fungal cell walls.  The research yielded two promising leads that may one day be used either as a fungicide or insecticidal product.  "It turns out that this enzyme is used by both fungi and insects and therefore could apply to either pest," according to Donati-Lewis. "The possibilities are endless."

Nearly 2,900 people representing over 350 institutions of higher education attended the 24th annual NCUR, hosted by the University of Montana in Missoula on April 15-17.  Donati-Lewis was selected to give an oral presentation at the conference from a pool of 2,600 students who applied.  Less than half the applicants were selected for this honor.  "I am just so happy for Heather to have been selected and then represent the campus so well at the meeting," Dingmann said.  "The conference celebrates and honors the very best research by top undergraduates from all over the country."  NCUR began in 1987 at the University of North Carolina Asheville.  The conference is held annually to promote undergraduate research and creative activity in all fields of study.

UMC Man and Woman of the Year

Thumbnail image for Man+Woman of the Year 0208.jpgOn Thursday evening at the student awards program, two students were named "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors go to (pictured l to r) Man of the Year, Anthony Dank, a senior animal science and equine science pre-vet major; and Woman of the Year Eun Hye Kang, a senior communication major.

Anthony is the son of Jim and Mary Dank from Sartell, Minn., and Eun Hye is the daughter of Syung Hyun Kang and Soon Rye Seo from Seoul, South Korea

The awards were presented last evening by Associate Professor Pam Elf and Daniel Wilson, president of Crookston Noon Day Lions Club. Each student receives a monetary award of $100. Visit the awards link to see past recipients of Man and Woman of the Year.

Congratulations to all students who were recognized for their outstanding achievement and service!

Campus Energy Challenge Works to Reduce UMC's Energy Use

Campus Energy display.jpgThe new Campus Energy Challenge microsite is up and running!

Campus Energy Challenge is on!  We're working to cut UMC campus energy use by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015 through better technology, changes in behavior, and education.

Photo (l to r):  Josh Jensen, energy conservation technician; Chris Waltz, energy conservation specialist with Minnesota GreenCorps; and Lisa Gentele, student sustainability assistant. The Campus Energy display is located in Sahlstrom Conference Center.

About the challenge:
The students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, are leading the Campus Energy Challenge to reduce the energy use of their campus. It's a fun project initiated by Otter Tail Power Company and a unique way to understand that the choices we make about our energy lifestyle have a global impact.

UMC Campus Goals:
> Reduce energy use on the entire campus by 10 percent to 15 percent by 2015.
> Identify and invest in more efficient heating and cooling systems, ventilation, and lighting.
> Save money on campus energy bills through operational and behavioral changes.
> Teach everyone involved how to optimize their energy use on campus and at home.

Thanks to Otter Tail Power Company for their support of the Energy Challenge!

UMC Residential Life Sponsors a Minnesota Twins Trip

Twins Baseball trip.jpgThirty-five students traveled to the new Twins Target Field. The Minnesota Twins beat the Kansas City Royals in an exciting 6-5 game. This was the first weekend game in the new outdoor baseball stadium in Minneapolis, and the weather was GREAT!

UMC Peer Connection Leaders Wanted -- APPLY TODAY!

Students Jumping.jpgThe Student Experience Office in partnership with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will be launching a new peer connection program for Fall Semester 2010.  The Student Experience Office is looking for ten current UMC students who would like to serve as Peer Connection Leaders.  Peer Connection Leaders will share their knowledge of UMC, school spirit, and keys for academic success with new students. 

Applications and a copy of the job description and job qualifications is available in the Student Experience Office (145G Sargeant Student Center) or at the Student Center Information Desk. Peer Connection Leaders will be paid $7.25 an hour not to exceed 35 hours a semester.  The commitment will be for the entire 2010-2011 academic year.  For more information please contact Sara Kaiser at kais0067@umn.edu, stop by the Student Experience Office, or contact Kristine Neu, Peer Connection Coordinator at neuxx019@umn.edu.

Applications are due Wednesday, April 21, so apply today!

NACTA Trophy presentation.jpgContinuing a long-standing reputation for success at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference, the University of Minnesota, Crookston won the four-year college division competition for 2010. The U of M, Crookston came out on top in a division that had 22 colleges and universities competing.

In the photo (l to r): BillieJo Armbrust, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Emily Espersen, and Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., during a reception held for the NACTA students on Monday, April 19, 2010. 

Forty students from the Crookston Campus, representing a cross section of majors, participated in the eight contests making up the competition: Agricultural Computers, Crops, Dairy, Horse, Horticulture, Ag Knowledge Bowl, General Livestock and Soils. Two seniors, BillieJo Armbrust, Forest River, N.D., and Emily Espersen, Brainerd, Minn., coordinated the NACTA team by organizing fundraisers and planning the trip to Oklahoma to compete. Seniors Bradley Kappes, Borup, Minn., and Tony Dank, Sartell, Minn., were responsible for the annual car washes by NACTA team members to raise money for the trip.

One of the coaches for the team, Rob Proulx, a lecturer in the Agriculture Department, praised the students for their hard work and dedication at a reception for the team held Monday, April 19. "Our students can stand shoulder to shoulder with any agriculture student from across the country," Proulx said. "We can compete with the best."

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Sign Up for the UMC Blood Drive This Week!

Blood Drive.jpgNinety percent of the U.S. population will need blood at some time, yet only five percent donate. What if it wasn't there when you, or someone you love, needed it?
Stop by the Sargeant Student Center from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday to Friday to sign up to donate. Members from Dr. Pam Elf's Anatomy and Physiology class will be available all week during to assist you.
The blood drive is Monday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.
You can also sign up online at www.bloodhero.com. Use the Sponsor Code, umc.
Thank you,
Stacey Grunewald, RN

Computer Return and Summer Rental Information

Computer return.jpgStudents,
As the last two weeks of classes are upon us, I would like to remind you of the requirements for summer rental.
You must be enrolled in online summer courses through UMC, or doing an internship, in order for you to keep your computer for the summer. If this pertains to you, you need come to the UMC Help Desk during finals week and sign a summer contract.
If you are not taking summer courses, or an internship, your computer is due back before 4:30 p.m., Friday, May 7, 2010. If your computer is not returned by that time you will be charge a $50 late fee with weekly occurring charges until your computer is returned.
This is a roll over year. We will be getting new computers for Fall semester and all of the current ones need to be returned. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me via e-mail at tholen@umn.edu, phone 218-281-8376, or stop by the UMC Help Desk Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thea Holen
UMC Help Desk Manager
University of Minnesota, Crookston

President Bruininks' State of the University Address Text

President Bruininks.jpgAs you know, President Bruininks' State of the University Address, scheduled for April 1, was canceled because he came down with laryngitis.  The text of his address is available online at his official website:  www.umn.edu/pres

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to read his address.

President Bruininks has scheduled two campus conversations during the next few weeks, in which faculty, staff, and students will have the opportunity to discuss the State of the University and ask him questions directly.

>Thursday, April 22,  from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Coffman Theater, open to Twin Cities faculty, staff, and students.
>Tuesday, May 4, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. via interactive television (ITV), open to coordinate campus faculty, staff, and students. Coordinate campus ITV locations will be announced as we near that date.

You will be notified of the location on the Crookston campus when it is confirmed.

Mark Huglen and Rachel McCoppin Publish Book Chapter

Rachel + Mark book.jpgTen essays by noted scholars address the significant topics in education including educational policy, methods, and ideology in the recently published book Humanistic Critique of Education: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action. Associate professors Mark Huglen, Ph.D., and Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D., are the co-authors of a chapter, entitled "Extending Kenneth Burke and Multicultural Education: Being Actively Revised by the Other," included in the work. Both teach communication courses in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

In the compilation, Huglen and McCoppin discuss active revision. One way to approach a situation is to argue, but another way is to listen, learn, and choose to change as a result of the encounter. Listening, learning, and changing are part of self-revision. The chapter articulates that too often people defend their own positions at the expense of missing a greater truth. Sometimes the other side is right.

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Cinco de Mayo.jpgA fiesta in the spirit of Cinco De Mayo will recognize the Mexican culture and tradition at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday, April 16, 2010. This year's schedule of events honors the rich heritage of the Mexican people beginning with an authentic Mexican meal in Brown Dining Room. The dinner begins at 4:30 p.m. and runs through 7 p.m. Dinner guests will enjoy live musical entertainment by Cathy and Abel with guests, a musical duo from St. Paul, Minn. All events are free and the public is welcome.

Following dinner, there will be a program of traditional Mexican music and dance performance in Kiehle Auditorium from 7-9 p.m. The program will feature Los Alegres Bailadores, a Mexican folk dance troupe who were also a part of last year's celebration. Las Rositas, a dance group from Crookston, Minn., will also take the stage to perform along with Cathy and Abel with guests.

The band Esquina will play for a family dance from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Esquina, from the Fargo-Moorhead and Dilworth area, will play Latin and regional music for the whole family.

The fiesta is funded by a grant from the McKnight Foundation through the Northwest Regional Development Commission and by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Come to Glaze-a-thon this Saturday, April 17

Glaze-a-thon.jpgEveryone is invited to a special 'Glaze-a-thon" on Saturday, April 17, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will take place at the Crookston High School (CHS) art room in an effort to glaze some 200 bowls for the Empty Bowls project coordinated by Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning at the U of M, Crookston (UMC). A dinner will be held in the fall at the UMC using the bowls with proceeds benefiting the Crookston area food shelf. Everyone is welcome to come to the Glaze-a-thon to decorate a bowl.

A "bowl-a-thon" was held in late March when the efforts of Sonia Spaeth, art instructor at the U of M, Crookston, CHS art teacher Gary Stegman, and local potter Jenn Steinbrink, owner of the Krazy Kiln, helped lead the creation of the bowls in an effort to raise hunger awareness. It doesn't matter if you were a part of the effort to create a bowl or not, you are welcome to come and decorate one.

For more information on the glaze-a-thon or the Empty Bowls Project at the U of M, Crookston, contact Loegering at 218-281-8526.

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CSA Vice Presidential Runoff Election is Today

Attention smiley.jpgVOTE Today for Crookston Student Association (CSA) Vice President

What: CSA Vice Presidential Runoff Election
When: Thursday April 15, 2010
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Sargeant Student Center

Come out and cast YOUR vote for the future CSA Vice President!

UMC Hort Students Compete at PLANET Career Days in Georgia

PLANET.jpgSix students from the Horticulture Club at the University of Minnesota, Crookston competed recently in the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Student Career Days, a three-day competition for students enrolled in collegiate horticulture programs. National celebrity garden designer P. Allen Smith was the keynote speaker at this year's PLANET Student Career Days held April 8-11 at Chattahoochee Technical College in Atlanta, Ga. Smith is a regular contributor on The TODAY Show.

Students competed against 900 of their peers from 70 universities and colleges in 26 different events. To place in the top 10 in any event is a challenge requiring thorough preparation and precise execution of both skill and application of knowledge.

Jada Ellenberg and Theo Lenneman finished 5th in paver installation and Keunyung Kim finished 6th in interior landscape design. Finishing in 10th in Landscape maintenance operations were Ellenberg and Michael Field. Jordan Jacobson, finished 14th in small engine repair. Field and Jacobson finished 20th in truck and trailer operations with Field finishing 21st in leadership skills.

"Our students have proven their ability to compete at the national level with peers from all over the country," says Assistant Professor Eric Castle, advisor for the Horticulture Club.

Team photo (front row, l to r) Assistant Professor Eric Castle, Keunyung Kim, Jada Ellenberg, and Justin Erdmann. Back row: Theo Lenneman, Jordan Jacobson, and Michael Field. The middle and right photos show UMC students during PLANET competition.

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Golden Eagle Student-Athletes Recognized for Achievements

UMC Athletes.jpgGolden Eagle student-athletes were recognized for their achievements during the 2009-2010 season on Monday evening, April 19, in Kiehle Auditorium. 

Photos left to right: Kayla Bowar, softball, and Cody Brekken, football, Female and Male Student-Athletes of the Year; Keith McBride, football, and Jamie Zelinsky, women's basketball, Male and Female and Athletes of the Year; Jason Servaty, men's basketball, was presented the Justin Knebel Memorial Award.

Earning Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year honors were Cody Brekken (Jr., Linebacker, Crookston, Minn.) and Kayla Bowar (Jr., SS, Moorhead, Minn.).  Brekken led the Golden Eagle defense with 60 total tackles, 32 of which were solo tackles. He was tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries and is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) President. Bowar currently has a .270 batting average in 20 games played.  She leads the team in runs scored and total bases. She is tied for the team lead in hits, homeruns and RBI.  She is a three-year starter and a member of SAAC. To be eligible for the Student-Athlete of the Year Award, an athlete must have a minimum of a 3.2 GPA and be a letter winner in their respective sport for at least two seasons.

The 2009-2010 Male and Female Outstanding Athletes of the Year were Keith McBride (Fr., Runningback, Lodi, Wis.) and Jamie Zelinsky (Jr., Guard, Brooklyn Park, Minn.). McBride played in all 11 games this season. He rushed 247 times for 960 yards, an 87.3 yards per game average which was good for fourth in the NSIC. He scored a team-high seven touchdowns and was named NSIC All-Conference Honorable Mention. Zelinsky started in all 27 games and averaged 31 minutes per game. She led the team with 16.4 points per game good for third in the NSIC. She led the team in rebounds with 146, assists with 70 and was named NSIC All-Conference Second Team. She is second in career scoring in Golden Eagle history, was named NSIC Player of the Week and is a SAAC member.

VOTE for Your CSA Officers Monday and Tuesday!

Remember to Vote.jpgRemember to VOTE for Your CSA Officers Monday and Tuesday!

Crookston Student Association (CSA) Elections

Dates: Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Sargeant Student Center

Positions are:

Quiz Bowl Tournament is Tonight, April 13

Thumbnail image for NAQT logo.jpgAttend UMC's National Academic Quiz  Bowl Tournament (NAQT). Cheer on your favorite team! 

When: Tuesday, April 13
Where: Bede Ballroom A & B
Time: Beginning at 6 p.m.

$200 First Place ($50 VISA Gift Card per team member)
$100 Second Place ($25 VISA Gift Card per team member)

UMC Native American Club Hosts First Event

NativeAmerClubhighlightsimage900.jpgMembers of the UMC Native American Club hosted their first major event on Thursday evening, April 8.  Students, faculty, staff, and community members joined the club in Lysaker Gym for a presentation of cultural traditions that included drummers from the Red Lake Nation, dancers in authentic dress, and the burning of sacred sage for cleansing and welcoming good spirits.  Audrey Thayer, who is a member of the White Earth Nation and who serves as greater Minnesota racial justice project coordinator, also spoke about issues facing the Native American community in Minnesota.

Check your computer.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Office of Information Technology has identified five applications which have resulted in a large number of computer infections on campus.

-Adobe Reader
-Adobe Flash
-Microsoft Office

To test if your computer has been receiving updates for these applications, run a scan from Secunia 

 When the page loads, click the red Start Scanner button.

If you notice that you have insecure versions installed, please contact
the UMC Helpdesk at 218-281-8000 for assistance with upgrading.

Spring Blooms on UMC's Youngquist Prairie Garden

Pasque flower.jpgA clump of beautiful Pasque Flowers has emerged from the dry prairie in the Youngquist Prairie Garden just outside the Sargeant Student Center.  The Pasque Flower, or sometimes called wild or prairie crocus, is one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring on the dry prairie.  Be sure to check it out as you go by.

Photo by Laura E. Bell, Natural Resources Lab Coordinator

Wiki entry about the Pasque flower

UMC Students Study Agriculture and Marketing in France

International Ag Production.jpgA trip to study production, processing, and marketing abroad has given 16 students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston an opportunity to have international experience in agriculture. A class in international agriculture production, processing, and marketing systems, taught by Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., and Terrill Bradford, both instructors in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, traveled to France from March 10 - 22, 2010, for study.

Amanda Adkins, a senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn., majoring in agricultural education, enjoyed the study abroad."The class was a great opportunity to view agriculture at an international level and through a very different set of production standards and consumer demands," Adkins said. "In addition, it allowed our group to view attractions that most people see and hear about on TV or the Internet but only dream of actually visiting."

Submitted photo first row (l to r): French host, Mr. Sebastin, Emily Espersen, Kari Olson, Amanda Adkins, Christina Blair, Katherine Schliep, Rebecca Rhodus, Nicole Koscielniak, Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., and Instructor Terrill Bradford. Second row: Krystal Caldwell, Amber Miller, Brianna Kaschmitter, and Samantha Lahman. Third row: Joshua Lamecker, Michael Kitchell, Jessica Choc, Teresa Aakre, and Marissa McWilliam.

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Come to Grad Fest - No Hassle for Your Tassel

UMC Graduation.jpgGraduating Seniors need to stop by the International Lounge in Sargeant Student Center for Grad Fest 2010

When: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Where: Sargeant Student Center
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

While at Grad Fest you can:
   --Receive commencement info
   --Check graduation status
   --Purchase cap and gown (10% discount April 7 only)
   --Enjoy refreshments
   --Receive info on graduation announcements, diploma frames, and graduation photos
   --Receive info on computer gifting
   --Receive financial aid loan exit info
   --Register with Career Services
   --Learn about UMC's Alumni Association and events

Sponsored by: Alumni Office, UMC Bookstore, Career & Counseling Services, Computing Services, Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, and Registrar's Office

Link to UMC's 2010 Commencement page

Visit to Hati Presentation this Tuesday, April 6

Flag of Haiti.jpgStory of a visit to Haiti,  presented by UMC Alumni James Lamb, class of 2003

Date: Tuesday, April 6
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kiehle Auditorium

Sponsored by UMC Concerts and Lectures

UMC Alumni Association Board Meets In Evergreen Hall

UMC Alumni Board.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board met on Tuesday, March 30 in the Evergreen Hall classroom. Sandy Desrosier, from Residential Life, took the board members on a tour of the new residence facility. Following the tour, Chancellor Casey addressed the group to give them a campus update and answer any questions they might have. The board also discussed the upcoming alumni golf tournament in Alexandria, Minn., the grad dance, and outstanding alumni nominations. The next meeting of the UMCAA board will be in late June.

UMCAA Board members attending the meeting were (l to r): Linda Morgan, '85 and '09; Jennifer Nelson, '06, Nancie Hoerner, '95; Katie Shaw, '07; James Kruize, '91; Cindy Bigger, '79; Paige Eskelson, '07; Kari Moe, '01 and '03; and Carl Melbye, '77.

Sargeant Student Center and Dining Services Holiday Hours

Eagle logo.jpgSargeant Student Center Hours
The Sargeant Student Center Information Desk
will be closing following the Pool Tournament Thursday evening, and will remain closed until Sunday, April 4, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. Sunday's hours will be 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Dining Services Hours
Brown Dining Room
will close Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. and will reopen Monday, April 5 at 7:30 a.m.
Eagles Nest will close Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. and will reopen Monday, April 5 at 7:00 a.m.
Evergreen Grill will be open from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday, April 1, 2010. Evergreen Grill will be closed Friday and Saturday and will reopen on Sunday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Campus Assembly is Today at 12:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom

Eagle logo.jpgThe Spring Semester Campus Assembly meeting will be held Thursday, April 1, 2010 at 12:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.

You will find the agenda for this meeting and minutes from the last meeting at:


Before the meeting, please take a minute and look at the agenda and let me know if there should be any changes regarding the individuals presenting the various committee reports.

Owen Williams, Campus Assembly Secretary