January 2011 Archives

Are YOU Looking for a Job or an Internship?

Job Fair2.jpgThe University of Minnesota Crookston Career Services together with SIFE and Frito Lay invite you to attend the Ninth Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair.

What: Ninth Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair
When: Wednesday, February 2
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Please remember to come prepared with resume in hand and dressed professionally.

Click for a list of companies attending the U of M, Crookston Job Fair

UMC Senior Theodore Lenneman Receives MNLA Scholarship

Lenneman_Theodore 0152.jpgOne student in the horticultural studies program at University of Minnesota, Crookston recently received a scholarship sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation.  The scholarship recipient was Theodore Lenneman, a senior double majoring in golf and turf management and horticulture from St. Michael, Minn.

The MNLA scholarship program recognizes superior students enrolled in horticultural or landscape studies programs at several area colleges and universities.  The scholarships are designed by MNLA and its member companies to help grow future leaders in the nursery and landscape industry.

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Ag Arama Royalty and True Grit Award Winner


Ag Arama royalty named at the 36th annual event on Saturday, January 29, included (from left):  King Sam Westby, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., majoring in animal science and agronomy ; Queen Alysia Osowski, a junior from Grafton, N.D., majoring in agricultural business and agronomy; Princess Maria Funk, a sophomore from Sebeka, Minn., majoring in agricultural education; and John Plass, a sophomore from Tule Lake, Calif., majoring in agronomy.  Pictured at the far right with Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., professor and department head for the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, is True Grit Award winner Amanda Thorsvig, an agricultural education major from Detroit Lakes, Minn.  The True Grit Award is an award given annually to a student who best demonstrates the hardworking, persistent spirit of Todd Opsahl, a UMC student in 1973-74.

SURE Scheduling System Upgrade Information

Female.jpgToday, Friday, January 28 from 3 p.m. through approximately 5 p.m., the SURE Scheduling System will be unavailable as it will be going through software upgrades. If you try to make any reservations during those times, they will not be kept.

This updated version will be fairly similar to navigate as the older version, however, it will have some enhanced features (running reports, e-mailing from within the system, pictures/details of rooms on campus, etc.). Individuals will use the same login and password and have the same level of access as they did in the older version. An e-mail will be sent out to the lists informing when the software upgrade is completed and it is OK to go in and create new reservations.

No problems are anticipated, however, it would be wise to check a few of your future reservations to confirm that nothing was lost during the upgrade. If you have any problems with the new version contact myself, Chris Winjum at cwinjum@umn.edu, or Kelly Nelson at kel@umn.edu..

Chris Winjum
Assistant to the Chancellor

Pink the Rink is Friday, January 28, 7 p.m.

Hockey.jpgJoin the UMC Golden Eagle Hockey Club at Pink the Rink on Friday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m.  They will be playing NDSU at the Crookston Sports Center. 

Support your Golden Eagles by wearing pink to support breast cancer awareness. Jerseys will be available for purchase through an auction open to all fans!  Free admission to all UMC students, faculty, and staff!

Thanks for your continued support of the UMC Golden Eagle Hockey Club!

Pink the Rink.pdf 

UMC Enters 2011 RecycleMania. Pitch In!

Recycle Mania 2011.jpgThe Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) and the UMC Sustainability Committee are proud to announce that UMC has entered a nation-wide recycling competition called RecycleMania. Over 575 colleges and universities will be participating in the 2011 RecycleMania competition that begins on January 23 and runs through April 2. The goal of this competition is to increase awareness of campus recycling. All participating schools are required to report measurements (pounds of recycled materials divided by campus population) on a weekly basis. The school that collects the most recycleables in a variety of categories per capita wins! 

Let's set a goal of placing 100% of our beverage containers and paper products in the appropriate recycling bins throughout campus. Cardboard should be flattened and placed behind the recycling bins. Student organizations will collect the recyclables and place them in outside containers for pick-up and weighing.

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Ag Arama is "Country Strong" Friday and Saturday, Jan. 28-29

Attention smiley.jpgUMC celebrates "Country Strong" during the 36th annual Ag Arama. Scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 28-29, 2011, Ag Arama is hosted by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. 
Most of the activities take place on Saturday, Jan. 29, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus. The weekend begins with contests for students in agronomy, horticulture and natural resources beginning on Friday, January 28 at noon. Friday evening from 6-8 p.m., the Animal Science Association will host a chili feed for $5 per person in UTOC.

Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources highlight Ag Arama weekend. They serve as an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members.

On Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the animal showmanship contests are held and the public is welcome to watch the competition as it unfolds in both novice and experienced categories. Students compete in western and English horse showmanship, lamb lead, and dairy, beef, sheep, and swine showing. The novices are paired with experienced students prior to the contests to prepare for the competition.

From 9 a.m. to noon, there is an ag industries show and a picnic style lunch is served at 12:30 p.m. Coronation of the Ag Arama royalty begins at 1 p.m. with the presentation of awards to follow. Several games and competitions, including men's and women's crosscut saw contests and log splitting, will be held beginning at 2:15 p.m.

Alumni from the U of M, Crookston are invited to a social at the Irishman's Shanty in Crookston from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Capping off the weekend is a dance with the band Silverado to be held at the Crookston Eagles Club.

Environmental Workshop comp.jpgSeven U of M, Crookston early childhood students, along with their professors, joined a group of 24 educators, childcare providers, naturalists, and early childhood specialists at an Early Childhood Project Learning Tree and Project WILD training workshop last week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston..

The enviromenental education workshop introduced the new Growing Up WILD and Environmental Experiences programs which help connect children to the outdoors and their natural world. Each participant received the curriculum guides to help engage children with nature. 

For more information on PLT or WILD please visit their websites: www.plt.org or www.projectwild.org.

Dr. King's Dream, Dinner Theater on Wednesday, January 26

What: Dinner Theater
When: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Start Time: 6:00 p.m.-The Witness from the Balcony of Room 306
                 7:00 p.m.-Dr. King's Dream with Mixed Blood Theatre
Location: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Come celebrate the history and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on January 26th in the Bede Ballroom. The program will be set up in a dinner theater format. For those not on the UMC meal plan the cost will be $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.

Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. During this time, there will be a showing of the documentary of The Witness From The Balcony of Room 306 which is narrated by Oscar Nominated Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles, who was a guest on our campus 2 years ago. This will be followed by a Mixed Blood performance of Dr. Kings Dream at 7 p,m. Hope to see you there!

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U of M, Crookston Writing Center Opens Monday, January 24

I would like to welcome all of you back for the opening of the Writing Center on Monday, January 24

Location: 270 Owen Hall
When:  The Writing Center opens Monday, January 24, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Regular Hours: Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
        Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walk-in hours: First come, first served, Monday to Friday: 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Remember, you can sign up two weeks in advance.

Be Aware.jpgOur student and professional tutors are able to help you in these areas and more:
  >don't know how to get started with a class paper
  >need help brainstorming
  >are not sure what a thesis statement or topic sentence is like
  >need writing strategies for a specific kind of audience
  >want to know how to narrow down a research topic
  >don't know how to find or evaluate sources
  >are confused about citation styles
  >need to practice a presentation or speech
  >need peer feedback for a term paper
  >don't know what your professor means when he/she says "dangling modifier"
  >don't know what to include in a resume or cover letter
  >Please feel free to contact me with any questions,

Here's to a great semester,
Linnea Barton, Master Tutor, Writing Center Coordinator

UMC Added as Member of New Century Learning Consortium

nclc-thumb-250x126-67721.jpgThe New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC), founded at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) has added University of Minnesota, Crookston as its 10th member. The Consortium is designed to assist universities in implementing high quality, large-scale online and blended learning programs.

"We welcome the University of Minnesota, Crookston to NCLC. As one of the fastest growing online programs in Minnesota and possessing a distinguished tradition of national awards and honors, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is a strong partner for the consortium," said Shari McCurdy Smith, NCLC director and associate director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS) at UIS.

The U of M, Crookston conferred its first online degree in 2001 and now offers seven of its bachelor's degree programs entirely online.

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RSVP Awarded $7500 Grant to Establish Two Pilot Programs

rsvp_logo-thumb-150x57-66900.jpgRSVP of the Red River Valley, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Crookston, has received funding for 2011 from Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging to start two pilot projects in Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Lake Falls, and Thief River Falls. The $7500 grant will help establish both the "RSVP Handyman Program" and "RSVP Groceries to Go Program" to help seniors remain safely and independently in their homes for as long as practicable.

Through the RSVP Handyman Program, trained volunteers will provide minor home repairs and safety modifications as well as providing safety assessments and educational material on falls and fire prevention in the home. The volunteers provide their labor free of charge, and the client pays for needed materials. The RSVP Groceries to Go Program will provide trained volunteers to shop for and deliver groceries for clients who  are no longer able to shop on their own.

Deanna Patenaude, Director of RSVP "We are excited to bring these two programs to our area and hope that their success will garner interest in other communities in the seven county region."

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Pianist John McKay to Perform on Thursday, January 27, 2011

john mckay.jpgConcert pianist John McKay will perform on Thursday, January 27, 2011, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Evergreen Hall and McKay will perform on the new Yamaha grand piano located in the lounge.  Evergreen Hall is located on the south side of the campus across from the athletic fields. This concert is open to the public and free of charge with light refreshments immediately following.

John McKay, who concertizes frequently in the upper Midwest, is the retired professor of piano from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.  This concert features the music of Robert Schumann and Frederick Chopin in honor of the bicentennial of their births.  Included in the program is the Arabesque and Carnival by Schumann and also several selections by Chopin that includes the Fantasie Impromptu. 

The concert is made possible through funding from the UMC Concerts and Lectures Committee with additional support from UMC Residential Life.  For more information, please contact George French at 218-281-8266.

Univ. of Minnesota E-mail is Official Student Communication

University e-mail.jpgA University assigned student email 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.

[UMCOFFICIAL] Email is Official Student Communication.pdf

NSIC Athletics to Expand to 16 Teams in 2012-13

Eagle logo.jpgActing Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and Winona State University President Dr. Judith Ramaley has announced the outcome from the NSIC Board of Directors meeting dealing with possible expansion of the league. The Board of Directors, consisting of the 14 NSIC Presidents & Chancellors, voted to expand the NSIC to 16 institutions with the addition of the University of Sioux Falls (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and Minot State University (Minot, N.D.). These two institutions will begin participating within the NSIC in the 2012-13 academic season.

The NSIC will now consist of 16 teams over a five state area with nine institutions hailing from Minnesota, three in South Dakota, two in North Dakota and one in Iowa and Nebraska. The NSIC will form two divisions, in the sports where appropriate, when the league expands to 16 teams.

The NSIC South Division will consist of Augustana College, Concordia University-St. Paul, Minnesota State University Mankato, University of Sioux Falls, Southwest Minnesota State University, Upper Iowa University, Wayne State College and Winona State University.

The NSIC North Division will consist of Bemidji State University, University of Mary, University of Minnesota Crookston, University of Minnesota Duluth, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minot State University, Northern State University and St. Cloud State University.

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Ice Fishing Tournament Supports UMC Scholarships

Knebel tournament.jpgThe Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament is supporting University of Minnesota, Crookston Scholarships

When: Saturday, February 5, 2011
Where: Zippel Bay Resort, Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn.
Registration: 10:00 a.m.
Time: Lines in the water, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

$25.00 tickets in advance, $30.00 day of tournament
(ticket price includes admission to tournament, road access fee and $5.00 raffle ticket)


For tickets contact Alysa Tulibaski,  218-281-8570, or e-mail: hauge450@umn.edu

Tournament Prizes:
   1st Fish Caught - Clam Gift Package
   Largest Walleye - Vexilar FL-12 ProPack II 12° Ice-Ducer
   Largest Sauger - Clam 2000 4' x 6'  2-Man Portable Ice Shelter
   Largest Northern - Vexilar Cold-Snap Apparel Set
   Largest Perch - StrikeMaster Gift Package
   Smallest Fish - Clam Gift Package
   Raffle prizes, door prizes and giveaways throughout the tournament.
For more information, full list of prizes and tournament rules check out our Website www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel

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U of M, Crookston Peer Connections Wants YOU!

Peer Mentors.jpgWhat is UMC Peer Connections?
UMC Peer Connections is a mentoring program for students in their first year at UMC. Peer Connection Leaders are UMC upper classmen who meet with their new student mentees and assist them with the ins and outs of college life.

There are large group activities and workshops. Last semester students in UMC Peer Connections had game nights, did community service at the North Country Food Bank, learned all about the registration process, had a pizza picnic, and organized a finals study night and holiday party (To name a few events).

Involvement in UMC Peer Connections is free, and all students who are in their first year at UMC are invited to join. This is a great chance to meet people, learn more about UMC, and have fun!

If you are interested in joining UMC Peer Connections this semester contact
Kristine Neu neuxx019@umn.edu or Alysa Tulibaski hauge450@umn.edu

Peer Connections Information Flyer.pdf

MLK Day of Service Volunteer Opportunity this Monday

MLK day.jpgMLK Day of Service, North Country Food Bank, 424 N. Broadway. People across Minnesota will be participating in projects as part of the MLK Day of Service. In Crookston, we have the opportunity to pack boxes or backpacks at North Country Food Bank next Monday, January 17, from 1 - 3 p.m. The event is organized by the InterCorps Council of Minnesota. 

There will be people across Minnesota and the country working on similar projects!  In order to get an accurate count of participants across Minnesota, we have been asked to EACH register at http://bit.ly/iccMNmlk2011

If you could please do that, it would help out the food bank as well as the organizing council with their planning and reporting. It should just take a minute or two. Anyone needing a ride, or anyone who doesn't know where North Country Food Bank is located, should meet me in Parking Lot A behind the Sargeant Student Center at 12:40 p.m. so that I can give you a ride or help you find the site.

Lisa L. Loegering
Assistant Director, Office of Servi
ce Learning
240 Sargeant Student Center

Plastic Musik to Perform at UMC Wednesday, January 19


PlasticMusik.jpgStudent Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment, known as SPACE, brings the eclectic musical style of the percussion-based ensemble Plastic Musik to campus on Wednesday, January 19.  The unique group, which takes its name from playing all plastic instruments including tubes known as "Boomwhackers,"  will perform in Kiehle Auditorium at 7 p.m. that evening.  The event is open to the public.  Admission is free for U of M, Crookston students, $3 for other students, and $5 for adults.  For more information about Plastic Musik, visit www.plasticmusik.com.

Cinco de Mayo Celebration Awarded $10,000 Grant

Grant Awarded.jpgA $10,000 grant awarded by the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council will support this year's Cinco de Mayo celebration at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event is slated for Friday, April 15, 2011. The grant, offered through the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, helps support access and exposure to the arts in all corners of the region. The goal of the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine.

LegacyLogo-thumb-150x279-66790.jpgAs director for the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council, Mara Wittman is pleased to award the grant to help bring a cultural event of this caliber to the Crookston campus. "We are excited to be able to support a cultural event that highlights the Mexican culture and celebrates their arts, music, and customs," Wittman says. "This kind of event is what our funding is designed to support, and we are proud to be a part of helping bring this exciting opportunity to the Crookston campus and community, as well as the region."

Photo (l to r):  Front row: Thomas Williams, director of diversity programs; Janelle Encinia, a junior at the Crookston High School; Chuck Casey, chancellor; Ken Mendez, a senior communication major; Mara Wittman, director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council. Back row: Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs; Melissa Dingmann, director of financial aid; and  Laurie Wilson, coordinator for disability services.

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Sheila Carleton Receives Award from Minnesota's TWS Chapter

Carleton TWS Award.jpgA University of Minnesota, Crookston student has again won the Student Conservationist award given by the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society (TWS) at its recent annual meeting in Minneapolis, Minn. Senior Sheila Carleton, Baxter, Minn., is the 9th student to be honored in the last 14 years. The award gives recognition to students studying a wildlife related major at a Minnesota college or university. Carleton is double majoring in natural resources management and agronomy at the U of M, Crookston and carries a 3.8 grade point average.

"We're delighted that a student representing two programs in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department received this prestigious award," according to Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., professor and department head. "It reflects not only on the academic and many service contributions of Sheila but also the quality of our academic programs."

Photo (l to r): Sheila Carleton and Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., director, Center for Sustainability

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Emergency Alert System Installed at UMC

Siren 1 final.jpgOn January 5, an outdoor emergency siren and voice alert system was installed on the U of M, Crookston Campus just east of the Sports Center. In the case of an emergency, the siren and voice alert system will sound and provide information to anyone outdoors on campus.

The project was funded by the University of Minnesota's Department of Emergency Management and was installed by UMC Facilities and Operations staff.

Apply for UMC Specialty Scholarships

University of Minnesota, Crookston Speciality Scholarships.jpgSpecialty Scholarships are open for application starting on January 5 through February 15, 2011.  Students can apply by clicking the Application Form link located on the U of M, Crookston Financial Aid webpage.

The Specialty Scholarship application form is available and will close at midnight on February 15, 2011. All supporting documentation, if required must be turned into the Financial Aid office no later than 4:00 pm on Feb. 15, 2011.

Thank you.
Mary Feller
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships