February 2011 Archives

UMC Women's Basketball Team Qualifies for NSIC Playoffs

Eagle logo.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Women's Basketball team has qualified for the 2011 Sanford/Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Women's Basketball Tournament. The Golden Eagles finished the 2010-2011 season with an overall record of 13-13 and NSIC record of 10-12.

U of M, Crookston gained the eight seed and will travel to top rated Wayne State College Wednesday night in Wayne, Neb. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Go Golden Eagles!

UMC Rewarded for Rising to the Campus Energy Challenge

Otter Tail check 2918.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston, received a check for nearly $80,000 for results achieved through Otter Tail Power Company's Campus Energy Challenge. According to U of M, Crookston, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, this payment and the savings they expect to redirect to students, staff, and faculty later this year are great, but the real reward is the heightened energy-saving awareness that is developing.

"When Otter Tail Power Company chose this school as its first Campus Energy Challenge participant, we knew the many opportunities for energy-efficient technology upgrades would result in savings," said Casey. "But our administration has been pleased to see how much difference operational and behavioral changes have made to our electric bills. We've also been very pleased with the efforts of our students, faculty, and staff and with the support and expertise everyone at Otter Tail Power Company has provided.  It has been a team effort."

State Legislators LeRoy Stumpf and Deb Kiel were on hand for the equipment rebate check presentation by Otter Tail Power Company to the U of M, Crookston on Friday, February 25..

Left to Right:  Minnesota State Senator LeRoy Stumpf (District 1); Minnesota State Representative Deb Kiel (District 1B); Ken Johnson, Energy Management Representative, Otter Tail Power Company; U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey; and Tim Norton, Director of Facilities and Operations, U of M, Crookston.

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CRES Launches Web Site; Open House is Tuesday, March 1

CRES staff and logo.jpgEncouraging and assisting entrepreneurs and small businesses in northwest Minnesota is the focus of a new a Web site launched recently by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) located at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. A grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education, CRES is designed to assist with the development and creation of entrepreneurial enterprises, the Web site showcases what the CRES has to offer. The Web address for the Center is www.umccres.org.  

An open house for CRES is planned for Tuesday, March 1, 2011, from 9 to 11 a.m. The open house will be held in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center, with an informational presentation on the services offered by CRES at 9:30 a.m. 

The CRES is housed in Dowell Hall 117. For information, call 218-281-8595 (cres@tc.umn.edu), or visit www.umccres.org.

CRES Staff front row (l to r): Kevin Cooper and Rachel Lundbohm. Back row: Janessa DeBoer and Lindsey Fouts. 

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Great T-shirts! Great Prices! Friday 2-hour Sale!

T-shirt 2896.jpgAdd to your Maroon and Gold wardrobe.  Featured UMC tees are only $4.99. Be the first to save! This offer is valid at the UMC Bookstore on Friday, February 25 from noon to 2:00 p.m., or while supplies last.

Check out these great looking cotton UMC tees in sizes S-2XL

Sale event price only $4.99. (Limit 6 t-shirts, no other discounts apply)

For more information on the UMC Bookstore visit our web site at www.crookstonbookstore.com. Questions on this offer? Contact us at umcbooks@umn.edu

GroupMrUMC2011.jpgSeven contestants representing various student clubs and organizations took to the stage on Wednesday evening, February 23, to see who would be named Mr. UMC 2011. It's a tradition!  Each year this tongue-in-cheek spoof of beauty contests makes for an entertaining evening.  It's all in good fun as these guys strut their stuff on stage while vying for this "coveted" title...  Contestants are judged on Formal Wear, Swim Wear, Q & A, Talent, and a Dance Routine. This year's theme was "Axe Men: Men in Flannel."  Contestants for 2001 included (from left to right):  Terry Hong, representing the Multicultural International Club; Jonathan Fillmore, representing the Horticulture Club; Mr. Congeniality Andrew Zaharia, representing the Animal Science Association; Mr. UMC Anton Young (wearing the plaid and fur hat denoting Mr. UMC), representing Alpha Eta Rho; Benjamin Wuebkers, representing the Pre-Vet Club; Benjamin Williams, representing S.P.A.C.E.; and Trey Johnston, representing Alpha Lambda Delta.  Thanks for being great sports, guys!  And thanks to S.P.A.C.E., the student programming board, for putting together this fun and funny event. See more photos at www.facebook.com/umcrookston.

Click link to view the Mr. UMC highlight video on youtube

Attend the Legislative Briefing On Campus, February 25

Minnesota.jpgMinnesota State Representative Deb Kiel, District 1B, and State Senator LeRoy Stumpf, District 1, plan to visit the U of M, Crookston and take part in a legislative briefing.

When: Friday, February 25
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.
Where: Youngquist Auditorium, Agricultural Research Center 

Campus and community members are welcome to attend the session to discuss issues related to the current legislative session and state budget issues.

Please do not bring food or beverages into Youngquist Auditorium. 

EmeraldAshBorer.jpgAre you: 1. An involved citizen?  2. A believer in volunteerism?  3.Someone who likes to speak to your neighbors?  4. A lover of trees?  Yes, yes, yes, yes?  Then we need you!

Be a part of Minnesota's one-of-a-kind program to prepare communities for the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB).  You may not be able to stop the borer, but you can help prevent catastrophic losses to your leafy communities.

The University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has funded a program that helps communities get the best information for identifying and combating the nasty borer as well as replanting the streets and parks with a more diverse palette of trees. However, we can't do it without you!

We are looking for a few good volunteers that will become EAB-Community Outreach Volunteers. You will be the source of information for your community, the information that will help your town or county make the best decisions about managing the pest, recovering from the damage it causes, and planting a more diverse and healthy community forest for the future.

You will receive training on the use of a standardized Power Point program on emerald ash borer identification, management and recovery.  This training is 100% funded by the agency partners...we ask nothing more than your willingness to volunteer and help your community by providing the best, unbiased, research-based information.

The Emerald Ash Borer training is scheduled in Crookston on Friday, March 25, 6 to 8:30 p.m.,  and on Saturday, March 26, 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in 116 Kiehle Building at UMC. Training will consist of 8.5 hours of class activities and exercises.

Contact: Deborah Zak, Campus Regional Director, University of Minnesota Extension, Extension Regional Office, Crookston, 1-888-241-0781, or e-mail dzak@umn.edu

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Mr. UMC Contest is Wednesday, February 23 at 7 p.m.

Axe Men.jpgCome and see the Mr. UMC Contest for 2011! This year's theme is Axe Men: Men in Flannel.

When: Wednesday, February 23
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Kiehle Auditorium

Contestants will be judged on: Formal Wear, Swim Wear, Questiion and Answer, Talent, and Dance Routine.

Sponsored by S.P.A.C.E.

CA Recruitment for Fall 2011 Starts Soon

ResLife 9721.jpgResidential Life is in the process of recruiting students for Fall 2011 who:
  >Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher
  >Have good interpersonal skills
  >Have good time management skills
  >Able to work as a team
  >Hard worker
  >Able to commit to a demanding work schedule

The compensation is a CA scholarship of $1,870.00 plus $2,465.00 room cost per semester for a total of $8,670.00 for the year.

CA Info sessions will be held in the Centennial Hall Lobby
   Monday, February 21, 8:00 p.m.
   Monday, February 28, 8:00 p.m.

Contact Kristie Jacobsen for additional information at jacobsen@umn.edu

Brown Bag Session on Egypt this Friday at Noon

egypt.gifAdel Ali, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head of the Math, Science and Technology Dept., and Eyad Youssef, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Business, will hold a Brown Bag session over the lunch hour this Friday to discuss the current political situation in Egypt.

Both Dr. Ali and Dr. Youssef have close personal ties to Egypt and can provide some insight/information regarding the situation as well as do their best to answer any questions.  This session will be rather informal, so feel free to bring your lunch.

This will be held in the Prairie Room of the Sargeant Student Center, beginning at Noon on Friday, February 18.

SOS Applications Are Due Today!

Rejuvenation.jpgSOS Applications are still available and are due today! If you are interested in applying to be a Fall 2011 SOS Leader please contact me, or stop by the INFO Desk to pick up an application.

Alysa Tulibaski
Student Experience & Parent Coordinator
170 Owen Hall


Recycle Mania 2011.jpgWe are currently in a nationwide recycling competition! Please remember to use the recycling containers! The first two weeks were our "trial period." 

This past week the competition actually started! Our "recycled materials" were up and our "waste" was down this week. Great job! AWESOME job to Centennial and Skyberg! Centennial's waste went down from 1575 pounds the first week to 900 pounds last week; Skyberg's waste went down from 5400 pounds to 5062 pounds. To see our results and how we compare to other schools, check out http://recyclemaniacs.org/university_detail08.asp?ID=1689. The top schools in the nation are recycling over 75% of their total waste.  Let's aim for 10% this upcoming week! 

Also, don't forget to answer the Recycle Mania Trivia Quiz in the Eagle's Eye for a prize! 

Week 1 (January 24-January 30)
    TOTAL Trash collected:  13,725 pounds
    TOTAL Recyclables collected:  691 pounds
    RECYCLING RATE:  4.79%

Week 2 (January 31-February 6)
    TOTAL Trash collected:  12,937 pounds
    TOTAL Recyclables collected:  922 pounds
    RECYCLING RATE:  6.65%

Week 3 (February 7-13)
    TOTAL Trash collected:  12,712 pounds
    TOTAL Recyclables collected:  976 pounds
    RECYCLING RATE:  7.13%

Help Restore Affordability! Attend the Minnesota Capitol Rally

logo_umc.gifHeard about the difficult budget situation for the upcoming year? The difficult budget situation is largely caused by a decline in state funding for the University of Minnesota system. The Rally to Restore Affordability (also known as Support the U day) is our chance to let State Legislators know how important it is for State funding of the University of Minnesota system. This year it is being held on February 22.

This will be an important day for University students across the state, and we'd love for you to attend. Join us at the Minnesota State Capitol Rotunda and hear Congressman Keith Ellison, Senator David Senjem, and your fellow students raise their voices in support of the University. As well, you will have the opportunity to sit down with your legislator and there's all the free pizza you could ever want!

Additional information for those interested:
The contingent from the UMC will be taking a charter bus. Due to our distance, it will be an all day event, and classes will be excused for those attending. Expect a 5:30 a.m. departure and a return at approximately 8:30 p.m. Meals throughout the day will be provided at no charge and they include: breakfast snacks on the bus, pizza and pop at the Capitol around 12:45 p.m., and a fast food meal on the way back. The day will include:

>Lobbying 101 training session @ 11 a.m.
>Rally in the Minnesota Capitol Rotunda @ 12 p.m.
>Lunch @ 12:45 p.m.
>Meet with legislators @ 1:15 p.m.
>Departure @ 2:30 p.m.

If you have any questions or would like to sign-up, please contact Thomas Haarstick, haars011@umn.edu

UMC Specialty Scholarship Application Deadline is TODAY!

Smiley dollar signs.jpgToday is the final day to turn in your UMC Specialty Scholarship Application to UMC's Financial Aid and Scholarship Office, 170 Owen Hall. Deadline for all supporting documentation is 4:00 p.m., February 15, 2011. 

The Specialty Scholarships Application is for awards for next academic year beginning Fall 2011. You do not need to complete the application if you are graduating this May 2011.

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UMC Music and Theater Presents "Dracula, the Musical?"

cast with student director2.jpgDracula: The Muscial promo link

The hilarious spoof based on everyone's favorite vampire, Dracula, the Musical? will be performed by the Theater and Music Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The musical-comedy, by Rick Abbott , is under the student direction of Freshman Beth Motley, an equine science major from Vadnais Heights, Minn. The play will be performed on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, February 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.

Admission for the performance is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for U of M, Crookston students. The Wednesday evening performance is free for all U of M, Crookston students. A light chili supper will be served after the Sunday performance for a free-will donation.

Motley directs the 8 member cast of the play set in 19th Century England. It centers on a madhouse run by Dr. Seward whose new neighbor is Dracula, the Hungarian Count with designs on the doctor's daughter. Associate Professor George French of the Music and Theater Department on the Crookston campus plays the piano accompaniment. Costumes for the production were made by Andrea Thibert from Red Lake Falls, MInn.

The cast includes Austin Czichotzki, a junior  communication major from Barnesville, Minn.; Matthew Green, a junior ag systems management and agronomy major from Greenbush, Minn.; Joe Harren, a senior agronomy major from Eagle Bend, Minn.; Bethany Jenkins, a sophomore horticulture major from Grand Forks, N.D.; Daniel Kuske, a senior natural resources major from Belle Plaine, Minn.; Hionia Kutsev, a freshman health management major from Erskine, Minn.; Liz Massie, a freshman equine science major from Eagan, Minn.; Chelsey Wells, a senior equine science and animal science major from Paris, Mich.

Cast with student director, standing (l to r): Beth Motley, Joe Harren, Matthew Green, Chelsey Wells, and Austin Czichotzki.  Front row seated: Hoinia Kustev and Liz Massie. Standing front, right: Bethany Jenkins and Daniel Kuske.

Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament Was Held Feb. 5

Ice fishing.jpgAn ice fishing tournament in memory of Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the University  of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles, was held on Lake of the Woods at Zippel Bay Resort, Williams, Minn.

The tournament was Saturday, February 5, 2011, and honored the memory of Knebel who loved the Warroad area and outdoor sports in Minnesota. Proceeds benefitted UMC Athletic Scholarships.

YouTube link to the highlights of the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament

Link to earlier story

UMC Students Attend Luncheon with U of M Board of Regents

High Achievers2.jpgThree students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston were selected to represent the campus at a luncheon with the U of M Board of Regents on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Junior Yangchen Gurung, Mustang, Nepal, and seniors Heather Donati-Lewis, Narcoossee, Fla., and Derek Ricke, Menahga, Minn., were selected for their high academic standing as well as campus involvement and leadership.

Also attending the luncheon was the Crookston Student Association representative to the board, Lauren Snively, a junior majoring in communication from Herndon, Va. The luncheon was held in the Maroon & Gold Room, McNamara Center on the Minneapolis campus.

In the photo (l to r): U of M Board of Regent Chair Clyde Allen, Derek Ricke, Heather Donati-Lewis, Yangchen Gurung, U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Lauren Snively, and U of M President Robert Bruininks. Photo by Patrick O'Leary, University Relations, U of M, Twin Cities.

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Golden Eagle Sports Launches New Website

Golden Eagle website.jpgUniversity Relations staff member Amber Bailey, e-communications manager, has been working with the UMC Athletics Department to develop a new website for Athletics. The new site launched Monday afternoon.

Utilizing the sports management software system by Sidearm Sports, a company that specializes in solutions for websites for college athletics programs, the new site promises to make managing stories, rosters, and schedules easier than ever before, including the ability for updates via mobile devices.

Check out the NEW UMC Golden Eagle Athletics website

Apply Today to be a 2011 SOS Leader!

SOS Happy copy.jpg-Want to be part of an unique leadership opportunity?
-Looking for a great way to get involved on campus?
-Want to serve as a volunteer for campus?
-Looking to add to your resume?
-Want to meet new students?
-Just wanna have fun?

If you answered YES to at least one of these questions, then apply to be a SOS Leader!

Pick up the SOS application at the INFO Desk in the Sargeant Student Center. The SOS application deadline is Thursday, February 17, 2011.

Check out an information session. Get your questions answered. Talk with past SOS Leaders!
Thursday, February 10, 10 a.m.
Friday, February 11, 9 a.m.
Friday, February 11, 2 p.m.

Sessions will be held in the Business Boardroom, Dowell Hall 116

If you have questions call Alysa at 281-8570, or e-mail her at hauge450@umn.edu

UMC Professors Take on the Fight Against Staph Infections

Mukku-Dingmann.jpgTwo University of Minnesota, Crookston professors are leading the fight in the war on germs. The duo is working on research to discover compounds to combat Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria, a type of germ common to even healthy individuals, but harboring the potential to cause serious infections.

In order for Assistant Professor Venu Mukku (photo on left) and Associate Professor Brian Dingmann (photo on right) to conduct their research, the campus installed a level 2 biological safety cabinet purchased with help from a University of Minnesota Grant-In-Aid. Early research, using the facilities at RiverView Health in Crookston, began in August 2009. Because the Crookston campus lacked the necessary facilities, the partnership between RiverView Health and the U of M, Crookston was invaluable to Professor Mukku and his research.

"It is quite likely we would not have been awarded the Grant-In-Aid without the preliminary work Dr. Mukku conducted at RiverView," Dingmann explains. "The grant process is very competitive and having access to the facilities at the hospital was imperative for Dr. Mukku's research, in fact, it would not have been possible without it."

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Mixed Blood Theatre is Presenting AFRICAN AMERICA

afamer-web1.jpgWhat: Mixed Blood Theatre AFRICAN AMERICA
Date:  Tuesday, Feb 8
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Kiehle Auditorium
Production is free and open to the public

In this insightful look at the modern Africans in Minnesota, the unexpected appearance of a magical African man leads a modern interracial couple to a better understanding and appreciation of the experience of immigrants to Minnesota from Liberia, Ethiopia, and Somalia and helps them consider how to connect with and celebrate one's heritage.

Mixed Blood Theatre's entertaining, eye-opening productions brilliantly spotlight the pluralistic threads of the American cultural fabric. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about other cultures! 

If you have any questions, contact Thomas Williams, Director of Diversity Programs at will3140@umn.edu or at 218-281-8580.

Remember, UMC's Blood Drive is Today!

Donate.jpgThe U of M, Crookston Blood Drive is TODAY
   Date: Monday, February 7
   Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
   Location: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Faculty and Staff Win Coveted Golden Boot at 2011 Campus Showdown


A team of students faced off against a team of faculty and staff as it tradion at the annual Campus Showdown, held Wednesday evening, February 2.  While it was close, this year the faculty and staff team took back possession of the Golden Boot, the traveling trophy marking the competition.  Events included Pictionary, Snack Cake Forehead Stacking, Balloon vs. Cup, Apple Stacking, the M&M Pencil Elevator, Eating Pickled Herring and Spam, and the Superhero/Wedding Story Switcheroo!  Representing the faculty and staff were Kenneth Johnson, Rob Proulx, Lisa Samuelson, Matt Simmons, Twyla Treanor, and Kevin Thompson.  The student teams consisted of Kayla Bowar, Gracie Bruzek, Thomas Haarstick, Ben Williams, Jamie Zelinsky, and Jill Zelinksky.  See more photos at UMC's official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/umcrookston

Are You Searching for Scholarship Money?

Scholarship Mints2.jpgHere is an idea! Complete your UMC Specialty Scholarship Application online by February 15, 2011.  Specialty Scholarships are selected by committees across the campus.

Did you know that you may start your application and it will automatically save if you don't finish it. You DO NOT need to have the FAFSA done in order to complete your Specialty Scholarship Application. Please update your Specialty Scholarship Application with your most recent information, such as School and Community Involvement, etc.

The Specialty Scholarships Application is for awards for next academic year beginning Fall 2011. You do not need to complete the application if you are graduating this May 2011.

Click link for U of M, Crookston Financial Aid

UMC Students Attend AgCountry Marketing Day


Members of UMC's Ag Business Club were invited to AgCountry Marketing Day in Fargo on January 26.  Fourteen students attended the event, the theme of which was  "Exploring Opportunities in a Global Environment."  The students had the opportunity to hear nationally renowned speakers including Michael Boehlje, Ph.D., distinguished professor, Purdue University; Edmond Seifried, Ph.D., professor emeritus, economics and business, Lafayette College in Easton, Penn.; and Mark Pearson, host of PBS's program "Market to Market."  The Ag Business Club would like to thank AgCountry Farm Credit Services for the invitation to attend.  The students are pictured with Joe Burgard, marketing specialist with AgCountry (second from left), and Howard Olson, senior VP of financial services with AgCountry (far right).  --photo submitted by Margot Rudstrom, associate professor, agricultural business

newemergencysiren.JPGWe'll all be eager to hear if the groundhog sees its shadow and we have to face several more weeks of winter.  Wednesday, Feburary 2, 2011, is also notable since as the first Wednesday of the month, it is the day designated for community and campus testing of emergency severe weather sirens.  The new outdoor siren on campus allows for broadcasting of voice-message alerts.  It will also be involved in the testing.  For your information, do not be alarmed when the city and campus sirens sound between 1:00 and 1:15 p.m.