May 2010 Archives

Memorial Day is a Time to Remember

memorial.jpgObservation of Memorial Day will take place on Monday, May 31. The day is set aside as a remembrance of the brave men and women in the U.S. military who have died in the service of their country.

Campus offices will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday and will re-open on Tuesday, June 1.

In the photo: The Soldiers' and Sailors' Memorial, constructed in 1920, stands at the entrance to the Crookston campus.

menardspeaks.jpgA partnership between Crookston's elementary schools and the University of Minnesota, Crookston encourages elementary students to think about attending college at an early age. Project Strong Start was designed as a college day, bilingual-learning experience prompting  fourth, fifth, and sixth  grade students, to  aspire to a college education. 

There were 112 fifth grade students who visited the campus on Thursday, May 27 as part of Project Strong Start. The project was fully funded through a grant from United Way.

In the photo: Tim Menard, admissions counselor, addresses fifth graders from the Crookston elementary schools as part of Project Strong Start. (Photo courtesy of the Crookston Daily Times.)

Delegation from Seoul National University of Education Visits Campus

On May 24-25, Dr. Kwang-yong Song, president of  Seoul National University of Education (SNUE) visited theKorean Delegation_signing.jpg University of Minnesota, Crookston. 

After meeting with various departments, President Song enjoyed a campus and community tour.  The Crookston campus entered into a 1+3 agreement with SNUE last November.
President Song used the visit to learn more about our campus where SNUE students will be coming in January 2011. 

Additionally, there is a possibility of deepening the relationship between the two campuses by adding other components, such as research and faculty exchange. President Song also visited the Twin Cities campus and Duluth campus prior to returning to Korea.

Crookston Campus Runners in Fargo Marathon Events

runners.jpgTen members of the faculty and staff at the U of M, Crookston took part in Fargo Marathon events over the weekend.

Congratulations to everyone who participated!

Back row: Jodie Steiner, Sara Kaiser, and Melissa Dingmann.

Front row: Elizabeth Tollefson, Jamie Fagerholt,Amber Wagner-Bailey, Lisa Samuelson, and Lisa Loegering 

Runners not pictured: Linnea Barton and Megan Tollefson

email copy.jpgStudents:
Please remember to check your University e-mail regularly during the summer months for important information
regarding registration, financial aid, your student account, and the start of the next school year. Your University assigned student e-mail account is the University's official means of communication. You are responsible for all information sent to you via your University assigned e-mail account. 
Have a great summer!
Office of the Registrar
Gophermail 2.0 Web Access -- a method of checking mail from any internet-connected computer. 
It works from ANY computer connected to the internet, whether you're at home on cable modem/DSL/dialup or at a library, hotel or another UM campus.

1. Open internet browser (Internet Explorer, Netscape or Mozilla Firefox)
2. Go to UMC's webhome:
3. In the lower right section of the screen under the heading "Quick Links" click on  "Email"
4. Enter User name
5. Enter Password

Iceland to Norway

icelandtonorwaymay2010.jpgA group of UMC students led by Professor and Business Department Head Sue Brorson, Ph.D., is currently traveling in Norway after spending a few days in Iceland.  The students, who prepared for the trip this spring semester, hope to better understand the business practices of Norway and learn firsthand about the social changes that have occurred over the past 100 years in relation to business. As they visit various businesses and institutions located in cities such as Moss, Stavanger and Oslo over the next weeks, they will experience how doing business internationally is different than in the U.S. Follow along with their trip on their travel blog:

NOW AVAILABLE -- UMC Commencement Photos and Video

Graduation composite.jpgThe U of M, Crookston 2010 Commencement Photo Gallery and link to the UMC Commencement Video are online.

The 2010 University of Minnesota, Crookston Commencement photo gallery is now available for viewing and downloading. Click for UMC Commencement photo gallery.

UMC Media Services has provided a link to the 2010 Commencement Ceremony video.

Tweten's Photography has mailed a proof of the posed and ceremony photos, with an order form, to each graduate's address of record. Please order photos directly from the photographer's studio. There is NO obligation to order photos. If you have not received your order form with PIN number, you can view the 2010 UMC Graduation photo proofs at Tweten's Photography Web site.

Crookston Community Social Capital Presentation on May 18

Social Capital Meeting.jpgIn 2009, a committee of interested citizens and University of Minnesota Extension staff worked to complete a Social Capital Assessment of the Crookston community.  Members of this steering committee included inviduals from education, local businesses, government, healthcare and other local agencies to represent a broad base of the community to assist in the process.

When: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Times: 5 to 7 p.m., and 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, U of M, Crookston

Social capital refers to the collective value of networks and the inclinations that arise from these networks to do things for each other. Social capital is built through hundreds of actions, large and small, that you take every day.  This data was collected in 2009 through face to face written surveys, online surveys, and random telephone surveys.  The data collected from the survey will highlight how strong our bonds are among common groups, how much we trust and engage with those that are different from each of us, how well we are linked to our governing systems, and how well are we engaging within the community.

On May 18, the steering committee will host two community presentations at the University of Minnesota, Crookston's Bede Ballroom.  The public is invited to attend either session, based upon their individual situation.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to gather with others in exploring ways to utilize the assets in your community!

Presented by University of Minnesota, Crookston and University of Minnesota Extension

Social Capital document.pdf

Adam Maruska, '00, Named UMC Teambacker of the Year

Teambacker of the Year.jpgThe fundraising arm of the athletic program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Teambackers, announces Alumnus Adam Maruska, 00, as Teambacker of the Year. Maruska, vice president of Crookston National Bank has served as treasurer of the Teambacker organization for five years. He is also an integral part of the planning for the annual Bill Tyrrell Walk-a-thon, a fundraising effort that raised more than $9,000 this spring.

In the photo (l to r): Bill Tyrrell and Adam Maruska

Maruska received his award during Fun Nite. The largest annual fundraising effort for Teambackers, Fun Nite raised more than $18,000 with record attendance numbers.

"It is very rewarding to work for an organization that benefits student-athletes," Maruska says. "I played football at the U of M, Crookston, and I know what it means to be a student-athlete and receive scholarship support."

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Distinguished FS Awards.jpgThe theme for the 2010 Faculty and Staff Day at the University of Minnesota, Crookston was "Put a Spring in your Step." The event is a celebration of the completion of the academic year and a time to recognize years of service, retirements, and outstanding service. Emcees for the event were Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising and Jason Brantner, research fellow at the Northwest Research Center (NWROC).

In the photo (l to r): Laura Bell, Kevin Thompson, and Bonni Buchmeier.

Faculty and staff recognized with awards were:
Distinguished Faculty presented to Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., assistant professor in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department, by Thomas Baldwin, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs.

Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Employee Award presented to Laura Bell, lab services coordinator in the Natural Resources Department, by Jason Brantner on behalf of Gary Willhite, director of residential life.

Distinguished P&A Employee Award presented to Bonni Buchmeier, teaching specialist, by Rand Rasmussen, director of the Academic Assistance Center.

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UMC Computer Help Desk Summer Hours

Help Desk.jpgOur summer hours are:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday and
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Friday

Thea Holen
UMC Help Desk Manager

Residence Halls Close at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8

Evergreen Grill.jpgResidence halls close at 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8 and all students need to be completely moved out by 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8, 2010. If you need to stay anytime after 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8, a rental form needs to be completed in advance with Residential Life.  You will be given special security key access.
If you are in the halls after 5 p.m., Saturday, May 8, without a prior authorization/rental form approved by Res Life, then a disorderly conduct violation and fine will be imposed.

Please stop by our office so we may answer any questions. 
Thank you & have a great summer!

Residential Life
1110 Centennial Hall

Computer Return for UMC Students

HP computer_7037.jpgStudents,
Don't forget that ALL computers are due back before Friday, May 7, 2010 by 4:30 p.m.

If you are taking online courses from UMC or an internship, you need to come down and sign a summer contract. Please have your UMC ID with you. If your computer is not turned in by this date and time you will be assessed a $50 late fee.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me, or stop by the UMC Computer Help Desk.

Thea Holen
UMC Help Desk Manager
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Faculty and Staff Day

FacStaffDay2010.jpgStep into Spring! 
Put on your pumps,
Lace up your boots,
Slip on your loafers,
Kick up your heels!
Celebrate another successful academic year.

All members of the campus community, including faculty and staff of UMC, NWROC, and Extension, are welcome to attend Faculty and Staff Day on Monday, May 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.

Join us for a free meal of pulled pork sandwiches, salad, dessert and beverages and help us congratulate those who are retiring, those who will be recognized for years of service, and those who earn outstanding faculty and staff awards.

Wear your wacky, wild, fun, or funky footwear and you might even win a nifty prize!  Door prizes will also be awarded.

Graduation3.jpgA professional photographer will take individual photos of graduates before and during the commencement ceremony. All graduates are encouraged to have an optional posed photograph taken on Saturday, May 8, in 107 Sahlstrom Conference Center from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. You can have your posed photos taken with family and friends.

The photographer will also take a photo of each candidate as he or she receives the diploma folder from Chancellor Casey at the ceremony. A few weeks after the graduation a proof of your photos, and an order form, will be mailed to each graduate's address of record.  You can order photos directly from the photographer's studio. There is NO obligation to order photos.

If you have suppressed your address, you will NOT receive a proof sheet and order form. As of today, six graduates have suppressed their address. Check your University e-mail, the Registrar's office sent an e-mail to students with suppressed addresses. You may contact the Registrar's office to lift your address suppression.

Information sheets and photo samples are available in the UMC Bookstore.

Link to the UMC Commencement Web page

NatR Club Plants Tomorrow's Forests

NatRtreeplant2010.jpgFrom April 29 to May 2, twenty natural resources students planted more than 2,700 pine, spruce, and fir seedlings on the Deer River District of the Chippewa National Forest.  This volunteer work marked the 28th Annual Tree Planting Trip, which has become a strong yearly tradition linking the Natural Resources Club with the U.S. Forest Service.

The group also removed more than 5,000 budcaps that they'd installed last October on white pine seedlings and saplings to protect the small trees from overwinter deer browsing. On the return trip they toured the Minnesota DNR Air Tanker Base in Bemidji, Minn.

The students were accompanied by club advisors Phil Baird, Tom Feiro, and Laura Bell. Since 1983, UMC students, faculty, and staff from the natural resources program have planted a total of more than 165,000 trees in the Chippewa National Forest.

Come to the U of M, Crookston Grad Dance this Friday

Grad Dance.jpgFinals will be complete... Students will be graduating... What better way to celebrate the end of the school year!

When: Friday, May 7, 2010
Time: 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Where: Northland Inn
Cost: 2010 Graduates FREE, $5.00 for all others

Graduates, students, faculty and staff, alumni, and friends are welcome.

Dance to DJ Jesse Adelman, Fubonic Productions

Sponsored by the UMC Alumni Association

SRM Students Help at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge

SRMClub-RydellApr2010.jpgOn Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, six students--Jeff Carr, Alisha Moritz, Danielle Rueter, Jason Servaty, Antonio Williams, and Bri Zabel (all members of the Sport and Recreation Club)--and David Rolling, Ph.D., lecturer, Business Department, helped with the initial phase of the construction of the Children's Outdoor Discovery Area at the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge about 30 miles east of Crookston.  The first phase of the project involved installing a fence to enclose the area and to help ensure children's safety.  As the project progresses, boulders, building logs, a meandering stream, tunnels, and other features will be added for visiting children to have a place to play freely and learn in nature.

UMC Business Students Focus on Marketing Plans

Eagles Presentation.jpgAfter several successful service-learning projects, Rachel Lundbohm, an instructor in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, engaged her classes in an effort to further previous research and to engage students in new learning opportunities. The projects her marketing classes took on involved the development of marketing plans for the Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), a continuation of work begun in fall semester 2009, and a new project working with the Crookston Eagles Club.
The marketing service-learning project her online integrated marketing communications class worked on this spring built on the research conducted last fall in her marketing research class for AHEC. The 25 students taking the course online developed a marketing plan for AHEC to help address high school students' perceptions of career choices in general and healthcare related careers specifically. Service learning combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful community service.

"To help students work on the project, we created a forum for the students to do an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for the organization, known more commonly as a SWOT analysis," explains Lundbohm. "Essentially we had an online brainstorming session."

In the photo: Front Row (l to r):  Treasure Clemons, Abbie Tosh, Yiyun Zhu, Stephanie Onken, and Cynthia Weber. Middle Row:  Krista Nelson, Rachel Lundbohm (instructor), Martin Husicka, Jessica DeBoer, Sung Soo Lee, Kyu Tae Kim, and Jack Bone, representing the Eagles. Back Row:  Mike Larsen, Collin Perry, Adeboye AdeyeyeJared Hendricks, Nicholas Nelson, Brett Wright,and Jake Fee, Eagles manager.

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Stephanie Jess Tammy Sarah.jpgTwo faculty members at the University of Minnesota, Crookston participated in a project with their classes involving collaboration with the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) staff in Northwest Minnesota, including Polk County. Assistant Professor Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., and Nancy Shay, a teaching specialist,  with the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department, coordinated the service-learning project.  Students in the design and management class and visual communication and editing class worked together to develop the pamphlet titled, SHIP Shape, which focuses on healthy food choices. Sarah Reese, Polk County SHIP coordinator worked closely with the students on the project.

SHIP Shape features schools in the county and region, such as East Grand Forks, who are making healthy food the easy choice for their students and staff.  An integral part of Minnesota's nation-leading 2008 health reform law, SHIP strives to help Minnesotans lead longer, healthier lives by preventing the chronic disease risk factors of tobacco use and exposure, poor nutrition and physical inactivity.

In the photo (l to r) are: UMC students, Tammy Wroblewski, Jess Seibel, along with Sarah Reese (Polk County SHIP coordinator) and Stephanie Onken

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Spring Clearance Savings at the UMC Bookstore

Students copy.jpgThe Spring Clearance Season is Here!

Pick your day. Pick your savings on a huge selection of UMC and Golden Eagle clearance fashions:

Monday: Save an extra 10%
Tuesday: Save an extra 20%
Wednesday: Save an extra 30%
Thursday: Save an extra 40%
Friday and Saturday: Save an extra 50%

Save on a big selection of clearance fashions at the UMC Bookstore. Shop Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Microsoft Certified App Specialist.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston students Kayla Jane Plante (l), Elizabeth Kern (r), Megan Flynn, Christine Radintz, and Stefanie Rude, have successfully passed the Microsoft Office certification exam. 

The students in the class received certification in three areas: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.  The students received the certifications at the U of M, Crookston, since it is a testing center for Microsoft Office System (MOS) and Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) certification exams.

Twyla Treanor, assistant professor and MOS certification proctor at the U of M, Crookston, view the training experience as an added bonus.  Microsoft Office certifications are widely recognized by employers as proof of competency with applications.  In today's market, having a certification on one's resume may make a big difference. Additionally, those who are seeking IC3 certification may also take the necessary exams on the Crookston Campus.

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Check presentation-Komen team.jpgThe U of M, Crookston Ice Hockey Club presented a check for $1,600 to Susan G Komen for the Cure on Friday, April 30, 2010, in a special ceremony held in the Business Boardroom on the Crookston Campus. Representative from Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Colin Guidinger was on campus to accept the donation.  The money was raised through the auctioning of the pink jerseys the hockey players wore during a "Pink the Rink" hockey game earlier this year. 

 The Ice Hockey Club would like to thank everybody who supported the "Pink the Rink" fundraising effort.

Ice Hockey Club Presentation, first row (l to r): Derek Ricke, Colin Guidinger (Representative from Susan G. Komen for the Cure), Coach Brett Saari, Brent Swanson, and Advisor Michelle Ramstad. Second row: Chase Haubursin, Eddie Hanson, Kyle Perry, Collin Perry, Martin Husicka, Ben SullivanMatt Steinmetz. Not pictured: Chris Vogel, Billy Thompson, Dan Fletcher, Brandon Sachwitz, Jeff Carr, Chuck Delfosse, Vaughn Loomis, Jacob Karras, Nick Sylvester, Jared Miettunen, and Gavin Waslaski.

How About a UMC Cookbook for Mother's Day?

Campus Cookbook.jpgMay 9 is Mother's Day! If you are wondering what to get her, we suggest this gift idea: a UMC Cookbook.

The cookbook is filled with hundreds of recipes from faculty and staff. The cost of the cookbook is only $15 with 75 percent of that amount going toward student scholarships -- so not only will you be giving your mom a wonderful gift, but you'll be supporting UMC students as well.

If you would like to purchase a UMC Cookbook for your mother or for anyone else who might like one, please contact Linda Wilkens at 218-281-8403 or e-mail her at