September 2010 Archives

The City of Crookston Water Department requests that students, faculty, and staff at the U of M, Crookston make every effort to reduce water usage on Thursday, September 30.   A new city water supply line is being rerouted due to the Highway 2 reconstruction project, and it will be connected to the water plant on Thursday, September 30.  UMC, local business and industry, as well as homeowners across the city will be asked to conserve water throughout the day on Thursday.  This will allow workers to shut down the original supply line and connect the new line while conserving the city's water supply in the water towers and underground lines.

Small Changes Help UMC Become More Environmentally Sustainable

PamS-newcups2010.JPGThis year the U of M, Crookston has taken a step in the green direction with the decision to use new recyclable cups in the Eagles Nest.  The innovative Earth Choice cups were chosen because they will help UMC reach the goal of becoming as sustainable as possible.  Unlike plastic or foam cups, these cups are renewable, compostable, and both earth- and user-friendly.  By using these new cups and recycling properly the student body, faculty, and staff are making a small but important difference and moving in the right direction towards achieving sustainability.  Pam Sullivan (pictured), who works in the Eagles Nest, is excited about the new recyclable cups and is working towards going green along with many others on the UMC campus.

Please Congratulate the UMC Homecoming Parade Winners

HC Parade Winners.jpgThe 2010 U of M, Crookston Homecoming Parade winners are (l to r) : Best Theme - SPACE; Most Creative - Multicultural International Club; and Best Crowd Pleaser - Crookston High School Marching Band

Thanks to all who participated as well as to those who came out to watch the parade. 

Ag Industries Club Helps Local Stable Owner

AgIndustriesBaleCrewSept2010.jpgLast week the Ag Industries Club made short work of a community service project at the local horse stable of Jeff Pierce.  The group unloaded and stacked 550 bales of alfalfa hay in the overhead hay loft of his horse barn. (information and photo submitted by Paul Aakre, assistant professor and club advisor)


Homecoming Spirit on Campus Filled with Glitz and Glam

HCroyalty2010-fun.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston celebrated homecoming coronation on Thursday evening, September 23, 2010. The coronation program carried out the week's running homecoming theme "Glitz, Glamour, and Golden Eagles." Royalty, who were selected by the student body through a vote earlier in the week, included King Joe Harren, a junior from Eagle Bend, Minn., majoring in agronomy; Queen Brittany Novak, a senior from Dahlen, N.D., majoring in biology; Prince Jeff Pryor,  a freshman from Havana, Ill., majoring in early childhood education; and Princess Gracie Bruzek, a freshman from Alexandria, Minn., whose major is undeclared.  Pictured above (l to r): Joe Harren, Gracie Bruzek, Jeff Pryor, and Brittany Novak.

Homecoming events continue through the weekend. For a full schedule visit

Below, the staff of the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices showed their maroon and gold spirit on Thursday while hosting a glitzy premier of a video starring Regal the Golden Eagle as he defeats dragons.   Students, faculty, and staff also had the option of having glitzy photos taken in the office after viewing the video.  To see the clip, visit the official U of M, Crookston Facebook page.


Wear Maroon and Gold to Saturday's Homecoming Events

Bookstore Sale.jpgCome to the Big Golden Eagle Homecoming Bookstore Sale! Check out this season's winning line-up of Golden Eagle and UMC Fashions at the UMC Bookstore in the Sargeant Student Center.

Save 20 percent on your favorite UMC or Golden Eagle tee, hoodie, sweat, jacket or cap at the UMC Bookstore on Saturday, September 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only. No other discounts apply.

Can't join us on campus? Order online at on Saturday, September 25 and enter coupon code UMC10 to receive your savings. No other coupons or membership offers apply.

Become A Bigger Part of Homecoming 2010!

HC Parade.jpgA friendly reminder to all clubs, organizations, faculty, staff and students!
Be sure to return your parade entry forms to the Alumni Office located in Kiehle 115.

Click for Parade Entry Form and return it to the UMC Alumni Office.

What: HOMECOMING PARADE 'Glitz, Glamour, and Golden Eagles'
Saturday, September 25, 2010, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Staging area is behind Kiehle Building, and the Parade travels around the campus mall

Prizes will be awarded for:
   Best Crowd Pleaser
   Most Creative
   Best Theme

Turn in your entry form no later than Wednesday, September 22

U of M, Crookston dedicates Centennial Park Flag Project

Flag Pole Dedication.jpgBlue skies and light winds provided a pleasant backdrop to the Centennial Park Flag Project dedication ceremony held at 10 a.m. Monday, September 13, 2010, on the University of Minnesota, Crookston Campus Mall. The brief ceremony featured a welcome and introductions from Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations. Chancellor Charles H. Casey extended greetings and shared historical information about the project and its benefactor, Harris A. Peterson, a 1942 alumnus of the Northwest School of Agriculture.

Peterson, who was unable to attend the ceremony, was represented by his son, Harold Peterson, grandson Shane Peterson along with his wife, Leah, and their twin sons, Matthew and Nathan, Harris' great grandsons. Shane shared remarks on behalf of his grandfather during the ceremony.

Crookston Student Association President Shawn Friedland thanked the Peterson family on behalf of the student body and the entire campus community and presented a framed photograph of the three flags that now fly over the campus. The dedication concluded with a flag ceremony, narrated by Mike Vivion, chief pilot and instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and Veterans Club advisor. The United States flag was raised while U of M, Crookston Senior Katherine Kezar, Farmington, Minn., played Reveille on the trumpet.

Photos (l to r): Shane Peterson spoke on behalf of the Peterson family; Andrew Rice and representative of the American Legion with the American flag; and  Harold Peterson, Chancellor Casey, Leah Peterson, CSA President Shawn Friedland, Director of Development & Alumni Relations Corby Kemmer, and Shane Peterson. Shane and Leah are holding twin sons Matthew and Nathan.

Remember to turn off lights and unplug chargers...


Remember to turn off the lights when you are the last person leaving an empty room on campus and to unplug your cell phone charger when it's not actually charging your phone.  And don't forget to shut down and turn off your computer for the night.  Little things like these can and do add up to substantial energy savings.  Do your part to help the U of M, Crookston achieve its goal of reducing electric energy usage by 10 to 15 percent.   Learn more at



HackberriesNatR-Sept2010.jpgEighteen students enrolled in Associate Professor Phil Baird's Horticulture 1021 Woody Plants class spent Tuesday afternoon with their heads in the clouds (or at least the tree tops) at Wagner's Landscape Nursery in Fisher, Minnesota.  The class assisted Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Plant Materials Center staff with the collection of Prairie Harvest Hackberry seed.  Autumn Harvest was identified at the Nursery by Roger Wager, former head of the UMC horticulture program.  The group collected nearly 16 pounds of bulk seed, which NRCS staff will clean and distribute to conservation nurseries.  With about 4,300 cleaned seeds per pound, that adds up to quite a few future conservation trees. Eventually, those new hackberry trees will be planted in field windbreaks and farmstead shelterbelts across the northern Great Plains.   (photos submitted by Phil Baird)

Sonia Spaeth's Art Featured at "Autumn Colors" Art Exhibit

Sonia Spaeth-painting.jpgU of M, Crookston Assistant Professor Sonia Spaeth is one of featured artists exhibiting at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library. The East Grand Forks Campbell Library recently hosted an artist reception featuring a number of artists from the area. The reception kicked off the "Autumn Colors" Art Exhibit which runs from September 13 through October 16. The exhibit will highlight the talents of Author and Poet Lois Millette, Musician Sally Morris, and Artist in Residence Pat Danielson.

Art work will be exhibited from several different types of media and features visual artists from Crookston and the surrounding area including John Gilstad, Lisa Hatlestad, Ross Hier, Marita Kendig, Mary LaFrance, Hyley Lee, Sue Neufeld, Gary Stegman, Sonia Spaeth (at right), and the Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict. Spaeth, assistant professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, teaches art at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
The exhibit can be viewed during the East Grand Foks Campbell Library's regular hours:
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TODAY--Come to the Flag Project Dedication, Monday at 10 a.m.

Flag Pole dedication.jpgAll are invited to attend the Dedication of Centennial Park Flag Project on Monday, September 13, at 10 a.m. on the Campus Mall. The three flags that are a part of the project were raised initially in late June 2010 for the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) alumni reunion. The entire project was a gift of Alumnus Harris A. Peterson, a 1942 graduate of the NWSA.

The brief program will include:
     Welcome and Introductions
- Corby Kemmer
     Greetings - Charles H. Casey
     Remarks of behalf of the Peterson family
- Shawn Friedland
     Flag Ceremony - U of M, Crookston Veterans Club

Click for additional information

UMC International Students Visit the Minnesota State Fair

International Student Trip.jpgThere were 53 international students who enjoyed the Minnesota State Fair in St. Paul last Saturday. Students that went on the trip were primarily from Korea and China. There were a few students from Nepal, one from Ghana, and one from the USA.

The group visited the University of Minnesota Building on the Minnesota State Fair Grounds and saw the depth and breadth of the University's impact on education, technology and service.

On Sunday, some of of the students went to Como Park Zoo and later joined the rest of the group to shop at the Mall of America. It was a weekend filled with lots of fun.

Learn more about International Programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston

Sargeant Student Center is the Hot Spot for UMC Clubs

UMC Club Fair.jpgMore than 20 clubs and organizations participated in the annual University of Minnesota, Crookston Club Fair held in the Northern Lights Lounge at the Sargeant Student Center on Wednesday, September 8, 2010.

Students were able to find out about what clubs have to offer, when they meet and sign-up to be on mailing lists.

If you have questions regarding a specific campus club please contact Lisa Samuelson, Director of Student Activities at for club contact information.


University E-mail is Official Student Communication

University e-mail.jpgPolicy Statement
A University assigned student e-mail account shall be the University's official means of communication with all students. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their University assigned e-mail account. If a student chooses to forward their University e-mail account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments, sent to any other e-mail account.

Reason for Policy
The University of Minnesota provides students with an e-mail account upon the student's matriculation to the institution. This account is free of charge and currently is active as long as the student remains active. Increasingly, e-mail is becoming the primary mode of communication between students and the University. The information distributed via e-mail varies from college updates to registration summaries.

Some students do not use their University assigned e-mail account. Other students forward their University e-mail account to an alternative account (i.e., America Online, Yahoo, Earthlink, etc.). When students do not use or forward their University assigned e-mail account, vital information is often not conveyed as the e-mail is unopened or the associated attachment is not forwarded.

It is imperative that students understand that a majority of information will be communicated to them via their University assigned account while they are students. To better serve our students, upon matriculation students are informed that their University assigned email account is the primary means of communication from the University community and that they will be held responsible for the information in the e-mail.

Thank you,
Office of the Registrar

UMC Parking Permit Enforcement Reminder

Parking Permit reminder.jpgAll vehicles parked in University of Minnesota, Crookston parking lots must have a valid 2010-2011 Parking Permit properly displayed by Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

UMC Parking Permits can be purchased at the UMC Bursars Office, 121 Selvig Hall. Please remember to bring your vehicle license number with you.

Attached is a copy of the [UMC] Parking Permit Regulations.pdf