October 2010 Archives

Torch & Shield Award Recipients Honored at UMC Recognition

Torch & Shield 2010 0094.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston recently honored three individuals and an organization with the Torch & Shield Award. Recipients Sue Brorson, Phil Baird, Dave Hoff and KROX AM Radio 1260 were honored at a special recognition event held on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Some 150 people attended the event honoring the Torch & Shield recipients as well as the many donors who give in support of the Crookston campus.

The award recognizes the leadership of individuals and organizations who have been influential on the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston; Northwest Research and Outreach Center; and Extension. It is the highest recognition awarded by the campus.

Photo - front row (l to r): Jeanette Fee, Sue Brorson, and Ray Frydenlund. Back row: Chancellor Charles H. Casey, David Hoff, Phil Baird, and Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations.

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Spring Semester 2011 Registration Begins November 8

register copy.jpgThe Spring 2011 Class Schedule and Registration Policies and Procedures are now available for your online viewing. Remember to make your appointment with your academic advisor.

Click this link for Spring 2011 Class Schedule and Section Status and UMC Registration Policies and Procedures.

Spring Semester 2011 Registration begins November 8, 2010.  Check the Registration Queue for your registration time -- queue-Spring2011.pdf

Register for GLBTA Systemwide Summit

diagrainbow.jpgRegister now to attend the 2nd Annual GLBTA Systemwide Summit on Friday, November 5 through mid-day on Sunday November 7, in Morris, MN. The theme of this year's summit is "Sustaining ourselves and our communities: Honoring histories, sharing resources, and affirming identities." The purpose of this weekend event is to encourage systemwide networking, resource sharing, strategic planning and visioning of campus climate change related to gender and sexual identities, as well as our other intersecting social and cultural identities (race, class, culture, age, ability, size).

For more information and to register for the Summit, please visit our website: http://glbta.umn.edu/summit/. Please RSVP to GLBTA Programs Coordinator - Kim Jorgensen (jorge382@umn.edu) to reserve a spot in a UMC vehicle for the trip!

Torch & Shield Award Event is Tonight, October 26, 2010

Torch and Shield.jpgThe Torch & Shield Award recognizes the leadership of individuals and organizations who have been influential on the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston; Northwest Research and Outreach Center; and Extension. It is the highest recognition awarded by the campus and this year three individuals and an organization will be honored with the award. A social, program, and banquet celebrating the award recipients will be held on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2010. The evening also  honors the donors who have given in support of the campus over the past year.

Click for live streaming of tonight's event. Click on "Connect to Live Event" -- Streaming starts at 6 p.m.

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UMC Aviation Students Prepare to Handle the Unexpected

Lo_Nongye.jpgYou are conducting an aerial census of bighorn sheep in mountainous terrain when a strong gust of wind causes a temporary upset of your aircraft. Your response in the next few seconds can mean the difference between life and death. Studies have shown that pilots exposed to such potential loss of control in training stand a much better chance of extricating themselves from an in-flight emergency.

Rich Stowell of Santa Paula, Calif., the 2007 National Flight Instructor of the Year, created his nationally acclaimed Emergency Maneuver Training™ program specifically to help pilots avoid loss of control emergencies and to improve their odds of survival in the unlikely event that they find themselves in such a situation.  Stowell has been so generous as to permit the U of M, Crookston to use his training syllabus in offering this invaluable training to students.  Federal and State conservation and law enforcement agencies and many airlines now require this type of training of their pilots.

Recently, nine U of M, Crookston aviation students participated in Emergency Maneuver Training™ at the Crookston Municipal airport. Students Kaitlyn Linde, a junior from Apple Valley, Minn.;  Nik Jiran, a senior from Hayden, Idaho; Nongye Lo, a junior from St. Paul, Minn.; Kyle Sveen, a senior from Hoople, N.D.; Lucas Rosemeyer, a senior from Dorchester, Wis.; David Carignan, a senior from Walhalla, N.D.; Anthony Young, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn.; Jeff Sieger, a senior from Grand Forks, N.D.; Cody McLean, a junior from East Grand Forks, Minn., participated in the training.

The course involves three blocks of training, including introduction to spin training in partner UNDAF Cessna 172s, followed by two blocks of spin and unusual attitude recovery training in a Bellanca Decathlon.  The training includes spins, spin avoidance and recovery, recovery from rolling upsets (inverted flight), recovery from jammed or failed controls, and an introduction to aerobatic flight.

Photo: Nongye Lo (in front) gives the "Thumbs Up" after a successful flight with his instructor.

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Please Take an Active Role in the Campus Energy Challenge

web-logosept2010.jpgUMC Campus Community,

I want to thank everyone for your participation in the Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge.  We are making progress in meeting our goal of reducing energy consumption on campus by 1.4 million kilowatt hours.  However, we can do more.  To do so everyone must be willing to make an effort every day to help the campus achieve that goal.

Many changes are already in place to save energy including replacing old lighting with new, calibrating meters to accurately record energy use, installing variable frequency drivers (VFD's) on large motors, and educating on how to conserve energy.  These steps will help but won't be enough to make our goal.

Throughout October Residential Life has been conducting an energy challenge in the halls on campus with groups competing against each other to see who can conserve the most energy.  I want to commend those who have been diligent in reducing energy use, but I want to encourage others to participate.  The results haven't met expectations, but I know if everyone participates, we can change that.

The efforts to conserve energy must not be the responsibility of only the students living in the residence halls.   It will take a concerted effort by all students, staff, and faculty to achieve our goal.  Mention of the energy challenge in classes, turning off lights when leaving any room, lowering thermostats over the weekend and other unoccupied hours, and many other small things will make a real difference.

Energy conservation is everyone's responsibility.   Your continued participation in the Otter Tail Campus Energy Challenge is appreciated.  Together, let's achieve this goal and demonstrate the University of Minnesota, Crookston is a leader in energy conservation and sustainability in the community and surrounding region.


Charles H. Casey, DVM
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Purchase Tickets for the UMC Empty Bowls Dinner on Nov. 16

EmptyBowls.jpgEmpty Bowls Dinner at U of M, Crookston Reminder of Suffering Caused by Hunger; Dinner to take place Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

An Empty Bowls Dinner, a combination service learning and community service project, is slated for Tuesday, November 16, 2010, from 5-7 p.m. The dinner, to be held in Bede Ballroom, brings to fruition a project that began more than a year ago under the direction of Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning.

Tickets for the event are $15 and available at the Krazy Kiln in Crookston, at the 2nd floor administrative desk in the Sargeant Student Center, or at the door.

In the United States, it is the season of giving thanks for the abundance so many enjoy, but for others, it is only a gnawing reminder of the suffering caused by hunger. A project at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will provide a way to help those who suffer and to remember the many empty bowls there are in this country and around the world.

Photo: UMC pottery class students and Crookston High School students along with community members joined together last spring for a "Bowl-a-thon" and "Glaze-a-thon"

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Think PINK! UMC Athletes Support Breast Cancer Awareness

Think Pink2.jpgGolden Eagle Home Volleyball DIG PINK vs. MSU Moorhead
   Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
   Time: Starts at 7:00 PM
   Where: Lysaker Gym

The UMC Golden Eagles face the MSU Moorhead Dragons in this home conference volleyball match.  It's the special DIG PINK match for breast cancer awareness.

And Remember Friday's Locks of Love event. Make a difference in a child's life...donate hair to Locks of Love!
The Golden Eagle Volleyball and Soccer teams are hosting an opportunity for you to donate your hair for Locks of Love without having to leave campus! On October 22nd, we will have stylists on campus in the International Lounge from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Appointments can be made at 15-minute increments (11:00, 11:15, 11:30, etc.) to donate your hair.  The stylists will measure and cut your ponytail/braid, and then even out the rest of your hair. They will also have coupons for you to make an appointment at the salon in order to go back and have your hair finished up (cut into layers, etc.). 

Guys, we haven't forgotten about you!
If you have the required length of hair to donate, you can make an appointment to donate your hair on Friday the 22nd. Or, you can come out to the Golden Eagle Soccer game on Saturday the 23rd and members of the volleyball team will cut your donation for you. Don't have the required length to donate? We'll cut your hair for a financial donation (the amount is your choice) to Locks of Love. All haircuts at the soccer field will be done with clippers and guards only.

For additional information read Heather Grieser's Locks of Love e-mail.

The UMC Facebook Scavenger Hunt Starts at NOON Today!

Awards.jpgWatch and win! Take a few minutes to watch the UMC scavenger hunt video and identify the six locations on campus.

The first person to identify all six campus spots correctly will win a prize from University Relations. Be specific. That's it, just watch and win!

Click on the Find us on Facebook icon in the right column. You will need to log in to post your entry.

Three Halloween Tricks to Avoid

Happy Halloween.jpgCybercriminals operate 365 days a year, and they never pass up an opportunity to exploit a big holiday for their own gain. So this Halloween, keep your wits about you and don't get tricked by these scams.

1. Scareware. This is pretty much what it sounds like: software whose purpose is to scare you into doing something, well, dumb. Usually it's a popup window that issues dramatic warnings that your PC has been infected. When you click on the window to download "security software" or visit the advertiser's site, you may end up downloading the very viruses you sought to avoid.

2. "Funny" Halloween videos. If you get an e-mail telling you to watch a video--just don't. Especially if you don't personally know the sender. And particularly if the video promises something at once vague and topical, like a "funny" "Halloween" video. Click to view that video and the only person laughing might be the hacker who just downloaded a bunch of viruses onto your computer.

3. When somebody else's Halloween costume...is you. Don't fall victim to identity theft. Limit the amount of personal information you put on social networking sites, make sure you're using a secure connection to make purchases online, and don't use password prompts that ask for information that's readily available with a little research.

Information is reprinted from Trend Micro's October 2010 newsletter

Ag Clubs Do their Fall 2010 Highway Ditch Clean Up

Road Ditch Clean Up 2010.jpgThe Ag Industries Club and the Agronomy Club have once again teamed up to complete a Fall Community Service project. The two clubs have cleaned the two mile stretch of Highway 75 for 15 consecutive years.

The Club's Advisors are Paul Aakre and Rob Proulx.

UMC Rodeo Association Fall Fun Show is Saturday!

Cropped horse.jpgUMC Rodeo Association is hosting a Fall Fun Show.
   What: UMC Rodeo Association Fall Fun Show
  When: Saturday, October 16, 2010
Time: Start time 9:00 a.m.
Where: Outside at the Crookston Rodeo Barns but UTOC arena if the weather does not cooperate

Click to download the show bill for list of events and additional information

If you have any further questions, contact Heather Schroeder, schro445@umn.edu.

UMC Aviation Students Take to the Skies for Idaho Conference

Tong-Rice 0541.jpgWhat to do when you're a college student in Minnesota, and you want to attend a professional conference in Idaho?  Junior Andrew Rice (right in photo) and Senior Alvin Tong (left in photo) from the University of Minnesota, Crookston didn't let the distance stop them.  The two natural resources aviation majors climbed into an airplane and flew to the conference. 

The intrepid aviators took to the cockpit of Andrew's father's Piper Tri Pacer flying both to and from Boise, Idaho, to attend the annual Conference and Safety Workshop of the International Association of Natural Resource Pilots during the week of October 1 -5, 2010.

While crystal clear weather and tailwinds favored the two on the trip to Boise, headwinds, thunderstorms, rain, and darkness plagued them on the return trip.  They handled it all safely and with aplomb during a trip that provided great real-world experience for these budding professional aviators. 

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Mike Field is Student Ambassador for PLANET Conference

Field_Mike 0001.jpgAfter an extremely competitive selection process Mike Field, a senior at the University of Minnesota, Crookston was selected by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national organization for the landscaping industry, to be a student ambassador for the upcoming annual Green Industry Conference in Louisville, Ky.  Field who is from Spicer, Minn., is a double major in horticulture and golf and turf management.

The 2010 Green Industry Conference which takes place on October 27-10, 2010, provides the opportunity for both landscape professionals and business experts to network and learn the latest in this rapidly growing field. Jamie Clarke, extreme adventurer and motivational speaker will provide the keynote address at the conference.

As part of the ambassador program, Field will receive complimentary registration, hotel, meals, and a daily stipend.  He will be able to take advantage of the educational sessions as well as national networking opportunities, and he will assist PLANET staff with conference operations.

To learn more about the PLANET, visit www.landcarenetwork.org.

Attend the Institute for Advanced Study Conference

Attention smiley.jpgThe conference, held under the auspices of the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, 2010, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center beginning at 9 a.m. The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and communicators of all kinds to examine the power and presence of visual communication. The conference is free and open to the public.

Special guests for the conference are Bryan Crable, Ph.D., department chairperson and associate professor in the Communication Department at Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Villanova, Penn.; David Beard, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth; visual artists Annie Young, Burnsville, Minn., and Ethan Heidlebaugh, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Craig Dunn, executive director of VSA Minnesota in Minneapolis, the state organization on the arts and disability.

Thumbnail image for IAS_wordmarkcombo.jpgThe conference schedule includes faculty presentations, student presentations, and artistic displays. The lunch hour will be devoted to engaging the themes through discussion with the presenters and artists. The discussion concludes with a synthesis and review of the themes to that point by Crable, Dunn; and Mark Huglen, associate professor of communication at the U of M, Crookston.

For more information on the conference

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Natural Resources Club Helps Protect Tomorrow's Forests

budcapping2010.jpgThe UMC Natural Resources Club spent this past weekend at Itasca State Park bud-capping thousands of pine seedlings and saplings.  This process protects the young trees and prevents browsing deer from eating the buds needed for next year's growth. Stapling a 2" by 5" piece of paper around the terminal bud of the tree deters the deer from making a lunch out of the pines. The NatR Club has volunteered to assist Minnesota DNR State Parks Resource Management staff in protecting the young pines in the park for more than 10 years.  (photos submitted by Phil Baird, associate professor, natural resources)

Blood Drive is TODAY in Bede Ballroom

Donate.jpgThe blood drive is Monday, Oct. 11, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom.

Up to 80 percent of us will need blood at some time in our lives, yet only 5 percent of the population donates. What if it wasn't there when you or someone you loved needed it?

Thank you!

UMC Ag Industries Club Holds 15th Annual Trap Shoot

Ag Industries Trapshoot.jpgPhotos l to r: Ag Industries Club ready for their Annual Trap Shoot; Mitch Daly shot 22 of 25 for 2nd place; Empties fly from Craig Skorheim's shotgun.

U of M Crookston Ag Industries Club recently held its 15th annual trap shoot. Ag Industries Club thanks the Crookston Gun club for making this annual event possible.

Submitted by Paul Aakre

UMC Passport Drive Is Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Passport.jpgPlease make sure to get your birth certificate if you go home for the long weekend.

The Office of International Programs at the U of M, Crookston is sponsoring a passport drive, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. The drive is open to anyone from the campus or from the Crookston community. 

Each individual applying for a passport will need to provide:  a certified copy of his or her birth certificate; a $25 check or money order made payable to the Polk County Recorder (cash not accepted); and a $110 check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State (cash not accepted).  Passport photos will be taken and will cost $5 for UMC students and children under age 16; $10.00 for faculty, staff and the public.  Make checks or money orders for photos payable to UMC.  Be prepared to respond to questions regarding your mother/father's birth date information.

You must have a certified copy of your birth certificate; photocopies are unacceptable. If you were born in Minnesota, you can obtain a copy of the certificate at the Polk County Courthouse in Crookston. If you were born out-of-state, you will need two forms of identification such as your driver's license and U-card. Passports may also be renewed at this drive. 

For more information regarding the passport drive, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339.

UMC Wraps Up the 21 Days to Success Program

21 Days to Success.jpgU of M, Crookston held the "21 days to Success" wrap-up and New Student Appreciation Night Event in Evergreen Hall. The event was a success with a record attendance over 200 people on October 4, 2010.

The photo on the right shows the happy grand prize winners.

Submitted by Kristie Jacobsen
Assistant Director of Residential Life

TODAY -- 2011 UMC United Way Campus Kick-off!

United Way logo.jpgWhat: UMC United Way Kick-off
Date: Monday, Oct. 4, 2010
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Place: Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

Come out and join your co-workers in the University's support of the United Way of Crookston.  We will have snacks, beverages, door prizes and information about this year's campaign on campus.

You will meet the committee and Area Team Captains. Contact Lisa Loegering (218-281-8526), or Peter Phaiah (218-281-8505) if you needed more information.


Residence Hall Energy Challenge Begins October 1

reshallenergythermom.jpgCan the students living in the four campus residence halls and apartments reduce their energy consumption by 10% (or roughly 10,000 KWH)  by October 31?  That is the challenge they face over the next month.  The res hall energy challenge is part of the larger Campus Energy Challenge, a cooperative program between the U of M, Crookston and Otter Tail Power Company.  As an incentive, the students will receive special programming money if they can reduce the energy consumed by the residence halls in October as compared to the electrical meter reports for the same buildings from September of this year.  Graphs like the one at right will be displayed in the residence halls to let the students know how they're doing.  If you live in any of the campus residence halls you can help the cause by switching off lights when leaving a room, unplugging all non-active electronics chargers, turning off the TV or other appliances, and setting the energy conservation options on your computer.  Working together you can make a big difference, even with seemingly small changes in your energy use behaviors.