November 2010 Archives

TODAY--UMC Holiday Scholarship Social Wed., Dec 1, 4-7 p.m.

Holiday Social09.jpgFourth Annual Holiday Social at U of M, Crookston Supports Scholarships, Promotes Holiday Spirit; Social is Wednesday, December 1, 2010, from 4-7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom

The most wonderful time of the year will get a jump start when the U of M, Crookston hosts its fourth annual holiday social. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with a silent auction, and throughout the evening until 7 p.m., there will be several raffles. All proceeds will be used to support scholarships on the Crookston campus. Wine and hors de oeuvres will be served. Admission is free and public is invited to attend.

Three new raffles have been added to this year's event. The holiday raffle is one of the most exciting additions. It includes a grand prize of a day spa courtesy of Shear Sisters, an overnight stay in a Jacuzzi suite from the AmericInn of Crookston, and Lynn Willhite Watercolor apparel.

Second and third prizes include a Hugo's After-hours Selection; and a maroon and gold ensemble sponsored by the U of M, Crookston Bookstore. The number of tickets is limited and may be purchased for $25 by contacting members of the holiday social committee. Also new are the $2 per chance wine raffle and a $2 per chance bucket raffle along with the many baskets/containers available on the silent auction. There will be something for everyone.

Back again this year is the UMC Horticulture Club selling their holiday arrangements, candy bouquets, and wreaths to decorate your home and to give as gifts. If you would like more information, visit the UMC Holiday Social webpage

Planning committee members for the holiday social include: Sherry Just, Emily Knutson, Jody Clauson, Ardith Pelton, Diane Bachmeier, Jeannine Windels, Barbara Muesing, Judy Neppel, Corby Kemmer, and Michelle Christopherson.

Photo is from the 2009 Holiday Social

Residential Life Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Holiday Events.jpgBored or Hungry over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend? Residential Life and Student Affairs have opportunities for you!

Thursday 25
7:00 p.m.
Dinner and Movie night with Hong's Chinese

Friday 26
6:30 p.m.
Subway sandwiches and free tickets to Grand Theater

Saturday 27
7:00 p.m.
Board games and Pizza

All dinners will be in Centennial Lounge

Information Desk Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

Thanksgiving2.jpgThe Sargeant Student Center Thanksgiving Weekend Hours

   Wednesday: Closing at 4:00 p.m.
   Thursday, Friday & Saturday: Closed
   Sunday: Open 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Samuelson
Director of Student Activities/Sargeant Student Center

UMC Establishes Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies

CRES Staff 2343.jpgThe U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $550,000 congressionally-directed grant to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to establish the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES). While additional financial support may be sought, currently, 100 percent of the funding will go directly to financing the CRES. The Center, housed in the Business Department, is physically located in 117 Dowell Hall at the U of M, Crookston, a campus known for its strong history of supporting innovation and entrepreneurship in the region.

The CRES will expand connectivity to the region's educational institutions, economic development organizations and financial institutions, as well as to state and federal small business support agencies and aspiring entrepreneurs in Northwest Minnesota. The CRES will launch a Web site this fall and preparations are underway to begin operations in January 2011.

"We are both excited and honored to be the home of this new Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies," says Sue Brorson, professor and head of the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston. "Our focus will be on entrepreneurship issues in rural areas, and we will be working to support and to find innovative ways to aide entrepreneurs and small business development."

Photo sitting (l to r) : Kevin Cooper and Rachel Lundbohm, UMC business department faculty members. Standing (l to r): Janessa DeBoer and Lindsey Fouts.

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On Tuesday, November 23, the Crookston Water Department will be in the last phase of connecting its new water supply line.  The City is again asking for all residents, businesses, and the University to conserve water during that day. 

Get Ready for the Holidays and Maroon and Gold Fridays

Eagle logo.jpgCome to the Holiday Sale at the UMC Bookstore

Monday, Nov. 22 -- 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 23 -- 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 24 -- 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Save 20-80% off your entire purchase of U of M & Golden Eagle fashions, novelties, general books and supplies.

Pick up a scratch-off card at the UMC Bookstore.
Select your favorite campus fashions, novelties, general books & supplies and bring the scratch-off card and your items to the cashier to uncover your savings!

Can't make the sale? Shop online and save 20% on all U of M and Golden Eagle fashions November 22-27, 2010.

For more information on the UMC Bookstore visit our web site at
Questions on this offer? Contact us at

One scratch-off card per customer. Savings good on regular and sale priced clothing, novelties, supplies and general books at the UMC Bookstore on Nov. 22, 23, 24 only. Discount will be applied to your entire purchase. Bookstore staff must scratch the card at the register to receive a discount. No other discounts apply. No other merchandise may be added once the card is scratched. Sale excludes textbooks, medical reference books, medical supplies, electronics, college rings, cap & gowns, computers, software, special orders, and gift cards.

Brown Dining Holiday Meal is Thursday, November 18

Thanksgiving.jpgPlease join us at the U of M, Crookston

What: Holiday Meal
Where: Brown Dining Room
When: Thursday, November 18, 2010
Time: from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Our menu will include:
 - Carved Turkey
 - Carved Ham
 - Mashed Potato & Gravy
 - Creamed Corn
 - Herb Stuffing
 - Roasted Acorn Squash
 - Cranberry Sauce
 - Green Bean Casserole
 - Fresh Fruit Salad
 - Cucumber Tomato Salad
 - Pecan, Banana Cream, Apple, Cherry and Pumpkin Pie

Everyone is welcome!  Regular door prices apply.

International Education Week Event for Friday

International Week.jpgClosing out the week on Friday, November 19 is a Kids Fair from 5 - 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and the International Lounge, both located in the Sargeant Student Center. There will be barnyard animals, button making, origami, face painting, games, tattoos, and items for sale all designed for children and families. The Kids Fair is free and children and families are especially invited to participate.

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International Education Week schedule.pdf

A Celebration of Giving - It's National Philanthropy Day!

"Change the world with a giving heart" is the theme for National Philanthropy Day. The day is set aside to recognize the great contributions of philanthropy in our lives, communities, and the  world. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this celebration of giving.

The Office of Development & Alumni Relations would like to thank those who give in support of the Crookston campus. Students reap the benefit of philanthropy through scholarships.

Jill Zelinsky 1026.jpgSenior Jill Zelinsky, Brooklyn Park, Minn., thanked donors recently at the annual Torch & Shield Recognition with these words:

Scholarships have helped me in so many ways. First, they helped both me and my sister attend the same university and get awesome degrees while playing the sports we love! I think playing basketball at UMC was one of the best decisions I have made. Although it is a lot of hard work and commitment to play a Division II sport, it was all worth it. I learned so much about working as a team and how one's actions affect everyone on the team.

Another thing scholarships helped me to do was to study abroad last semester.  Studying abroad is a huge commitment and extremely expensive.  I am 100 percent sure without the scholarships I received in the past three years I would never have been able to study overseas. ...It was absolutely the best 6 months of my life, and I already am planning trips to go back. 

For information on giving, contact Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations, at 218-281-8434 (

recycleday2010.jpg"I Recycle" is the theme of the 2010 America Recycles Day (ARD), which takes place on Monday, November 15.  Millions of Americans have pledged to increase their recycling habits at home and at work over the 13-year history of ARD, a nationally-recognized initiative which is organized by Keep America Beautiful and dedicated to encouraging people to recycle more at home, at work, and on the go.

University of Minnesota, Crookston student groups Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) and the Crookston Student Association (CSA) will proudly declare "I Recycle. Do you?" on November 15 on the Crookston campus.   Students across campus are encouraged to clean out desks and recycle their junk.  Free shirts will be handed out to the first 100 students who are seen recycling.

CSSD and CSA are two student-run organizations that work to speak on behalf of the student body, to advocate diversity and sustainability, to build support of the community, and to improve the student experience on and off campus.

This is a great opportunity for the campus to become more involved with an already functioning program and keep the campus clean and green. To get involved, contact Greg Summers, CSA senator on recycling.  Or visit for additional ideas.

Golden Eagle Baseball to Hold Third Annual Fundraiser Dinner

Baseball fundraiser.jpgWhat: Golden Eagle Baseball Fundraiser Dinner
Date: Thursday, November 11
When: Social at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Crookston Eagles Club

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Baseball program will be hosting its third annual fundraiser dinner at the Crookston Eagles Club on Thursday, November 11. Cost of the dinner is $30 for either prime rib or walleye. All proceeds will benefit the Golden Eagle Baseball program.

A social will be held at 6 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Shortly thereafter, a program will be held with special guest speaker Donald "Bucky" Burgau. Burgau is the head baseball coach at Concordia College - Moorhead and also an assistant coach with the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks.

There will also be small silent auction. One of the silent auction items is an autographed jersey from Minnesota Twins slugger Jim Thome.

For tickets contact: Chris Vito, (218) 281-8445, OR Bill Tyrrell, (218) 281-8436,

Photos (l to r): Guest speaker Donald "Bucky" Burgau, and Jim Thome autographed Minnesota Twins jersey.

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UMC Hort Students Place Fourth at MACHS Competition

MACHS Team 2010.jpgA team of horticulture students placed fourth in competition at the annual conference of the Mid-American Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS), held October 14-16, 2010, at Iowa State University in Ames.  The U of M, Crookston team, comprised of horticulture majors Jonathan Fillmore, a sophomore from White Bear Lake, Minn.; Ashlynn Hartung, a freshman from Lindstrom, Minn.; Keunyung Kim, a senior from Gwangju, South Korea; and Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., competed in a written general knowledge exam, herbaceous and woody plant identification, and judging categories.
The delegation from the U of M, Crookston competed against students representing Northwest Missouri State, University of Wisconsin - River Falls, South Dakota State, University of Wisconsin - Platteville.  University of Wisconsin - River Falls placed first followed by Michigan State University and South Dakota State University respectively.

In the photo (l to r): Kristine Neu, Jonathan Fillmore, Keunyung Kim, and Ashlynn Hartung.

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Thursday Commons: Focus on Technology Nov. 4, Noon to 2 p.m.

The Thursday Commons session for Thursday, November 4, will focus on technology from noon to 2 p.m.  Technology Support Services, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, and various faculty and staff members will offer sessions exploring new and emerging technologies available for students, faculty, and staff and for courses at UMC.

Session topics include: Clickers, Adobe Presenter, Camtasia, Informatics Lab Demo, Smartboards, Skype, Qualtrics Survey, Tablet PCs, Lecture Tools, and Video Technologies.  The sessions will be held in rooms 206, 207, 212, and 203C in Dowell Hall.  View the full schedule of sessionsPrintable schedule here. There are no classes scheduled on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m., so make plans to take part in this event.

Tuesday and Wednesday GLBTA Events at UMC!

Rainbow2.jpgI would like to invite you to a few upcoming events sponsored by GLBTA Programs and co-sponsored by Residential Life.

Tuesday, November 2
8:00 pm - Diversity Cafe GLBTA Film Screening: Straightlaced (
Evergreen Classroom)

Straightlaced includes the perspectives of teens who self-identify as straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning and represent all points of the gender spectrum. With courage and unexpected humor, they open up their lives to the camera: choosing between "male" and "female" deodorant; deciding whether to go along with anti-gay taunts in the locker room; having the courage to take ballet; avoiding the restroom so they won't get beaten up; or mourning the suicide of a classmate. It quickly becomes clear that just about everything teens do requires thinking about gender and sexuality.

10:00 pm - Discussion of the Film with Anne Phibbs from Twin Cities GLBTA Programs Office

Wednesday, November 3
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm - GLBTA Training: Ally II  - (Kiehle, Room 116)
*Please attend this training even if you will have to leave early.

Hope to see you there!

Kim Jorgensen, GLBTA Programs Coordinator
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Western Equestrian Team Moves Into First Place in Region

Western Team.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Western Equestrian team moved into first place in the region this past Friday and Saturday with a solid show at South Dakota State University (SDSU). The Golden Eagles had trailed North Dakota State University by four points but are now ahead by 22 points after an impressive showing.

"The classes at SDSU were large," says Golden Eagle Western Coach Nicky Overgaard. "Each class had between ten and 14 riders making ribbons hard to come by."

Karen Carpendo (So, Bessemer, Mich.) and Lisa Schabo (So, Appleton, Wis.) each took first place in the Intermediate Division while Sabra Amundson (Fr, Colton, S.D.) captured a blue ribbon in the Beginner Horsemanship Class. Mitzi Marlin (Fr, Nowthen, Minn.) had a great ride to a second place finish with Melissa Freitag (Fr, Wolverton, Minn.), Kayla Klein (Sr, Hazen, N.D.), Kayla Krueger (So, Walker, Minn.) and Amanda Flint (So, Aberdeen, S.D.) riding to third place finishes in large, difficult classes. U of M, Crookston finished the day with 23 points and a Reserve High Point team finish behind SDSU.

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Where to Vote in Minnesota

image002.jpgTo find the location of your polling place click the link and enter your street, city address.

It is that Easy!

Remember to VOTE on Tuesday, November 2, 2010!!!

Remember to Vote.jpgHopefully you are a registered voter and take time to vote tomorrow, or you have already sent in your absentee ballot.  Registered students voters living in the UMC residence halls can vote at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Other registered student voters can vote at the following voting sites for Crookston, depending on the Ward where they live (see Crookston Ward Map

Crookston Polling Locations
   Wards 1 & 5 - MnDOT Building, 1320 Sunflower St.
   Wards 2 & 6 - St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1214 University
   Wards 3 & 4 - Mount St. Benedict, 620 Summit Ave.
The polls open Tuesday, November 2 at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted in some townships.

In Minnesota, you may register 20 days before Election Day or on Election Day at your polling place.
Your registration remains current until you move, change your name, or do not vote for four consecutive years.  You may update your registration information by completing another Voter Registration Application.
   - will be at least 18-years-old on Election Day 
   - are a citizen of the United States
   - will have resided in Minnesota for 20 days immediately preceding Election Day
   - have any felony conviction record discharged, expired, or completed
   - are not under court-ordered guardianship where a court has revoked your voting rights
   - have not been ruled legally incompetent by a court of law

Registering on Election Day
If you are not registered to vote or need to update your registration information, you may do so at your local polling location on Election Day as long as you can provide proof of residence.

To register at your polling place on Election Day, you must bring one of the following with your current name and address to verify your residence in the precinct :
   - A valid Minnesota driver's license, learner's permit, Minnesota ID card, or receipt for any of these
   - A valid student ID card including your photo, if your college has provided a student housing list to election officials
   - A Tribal ID card that contains your picture and signature 
   - A valid registration in the same precinct under a different name or address 
   - A notice of late registration sent to you by your county auditor or city clerk
   - A voter registered in the same precinct as you who can confirm your address with a signed oath 
For UMC Students 
1) a photo ID and
2) a current utility bill, student fee statement or rent statement with your current name and address in the precinct. Students from the UMC residence halls/apartments will need to inform the officials at the polls that you live in the residence halls and they will confirm your name on an update list Residential Life provided.

Go to the Minnesota Secretary of State's site for additional voter information.

Also, any residential student needing transportation to St. Paul's Lutheran Church should contact Debi Chandler at 281-8572 or  Please contact her by 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning or at least 2 hours prior to needing a ride.  We will provide transportation from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. if you make a reservation.

UMC Senior Lhakpa Gurung Recipient of 2010 Tapestry Award

Lhakpa Gurung.jpgThe University of Minnesota University Women of Color (UWOC) recently announced the 2010 Tapestry Award winners. Lhakpa Gurung, Mustang, Nepal, was one of this year's recipients. Gurung a senior majoring in early childhood education at the U of M, Crookston, accepted the award at a breakfast at the University of Minnesota in Coffman Memorial Union on October 21, 2010.

Gurung is from Mustang, Nepal, which is a small village high up in the Himalayan mountains. It took her at least three days by foot, horse and bus to reach the capital city of Katmandu, in order to catch a flight to Crookston, Minnesota, a world where the daily living, culture and language is very different from hers. She believes in getting involved and is determined to help one human being at a time through numerous interactive presentations, open dialogues, and sharing ideas on issues of equity and diversity, and to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of being a role model for women of color in teaching, research and entrepreneurship.

Her determination to become a teacher and her aspiration to improve the lives of children, families, and adults in her village is one of the many ways of demonstrating her commitment to support equity and bring awareness to global issues of girls and women in education. This clearly supports her work in equity, diversity, and helps others see the world differently.

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