March 2011 Archives

Harouna Maiga Receives Award for Global Engagement

Global Engagement Award.jpgAssociate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., was named a recipient of the Award for Global Engagement for 2010, by the University of Minnesota. Maiga teaches in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston. An award ceremony was held on March 24, 2011, at the West Wing in the Campus Club.

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members--active or retired--in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline, or the University. In addition to honoring individual faculty and staff members, the award--by identifying excellence in global engagement and by recognizing outstanding work--serves as a resource to other faculty and staff.

"I am truly honored by this award, the 2010 Award for Global Engagement," Maiga says. "I would like to thank the Office of International Programs for making this award an opportunity for faculty to be engaged in international programming. The award will certainly help me do what I always want to do for my students; that is giving them the opportunity to learn abroad and to increase their international experience."

Award for Global Engagement recipients (l to r): James D. Neaton, Harouna Maiga, and Claudia Parliament. Photo by Jennifer Schulz, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, University of Minnesota.

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Cantus Concert, Thursday, March 31, Kiehle Auditorium

Cantus Poster.jpgCantus is touring Greater Minnesota as part of Classical MPR's Artists-In-Residence program. The group will perform at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on March 31.

More about Cantus
The members of Cantus rehearse and perform as chamber musicians, working without a conductor or music director. Committed to a cappella presentation of significant music, including newly commissioned work, their artistic excellence and programmatic accessibility have made them audience favorites in their Twin Cities home and in concerts around the world.

When: Thursday, March 31
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Where: Kiehle Auditorium
Tickets: $15; $8 for students; $5 for children (12 and under). MPR members receive a discount. For tickets, call 218-281-8266.
Reception: There will be a reception following the concert performance.

The Cantus Artists-In-Residence is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Become a Peer Mentor! Applications Due Wednesday, April 6

Become a Peer Mentor.jpgAre YOU a highly motivated student looking for a job for the 2011-2012 school year?

UMC Peer Connections had a successful first year of new student mentorship and we are looking to expand and improve our program for its second year. This program connects UMC upperclassmen with incoming, new students. We are in need of nine new Peer Connections Leaders (mentors) for the 2011-2012 school year. Peer Connections Leaders will receive $7.25 an hour, not exceeding 35 hours a semester.

As a UMC Peer Connections Leader you will have the opportunity to assist new students with the ins and outs of campus life. You would serve as a role model and "go to" person leading small group meetings for your mentees. In addition to small group meetings there are events and workshops hosted for the entire UMC Peer Connections group. Our goal is to double the number of new students in this program for the 2011-2012 school year, so we need flexible, fun, and knowledgeable individuals!

Applications can be picked up from Alysa Tulibaski in UMC Admissions, or at the Information Desk in the Sargeant Student Center. Application can be also be accessed by link on bottom of this post. Turn in a completed application and two reference letters no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, 2011 to Alysa Tulibaski in the UMC Admissions Office, 170M Owen Hall.

If you have any questions please contact:
Kristine Neu, UMC Peer Connections Coordinator:
Alysa Tulibaski, UMC Student Experience & Parent Coordinator:

UMC Peer Connections Leader Qualifications 2011.pdf

UMC Peer Connections Leader Application 2011.pdf

Pi Run.jpgThe Honors Program and Alpha Lambda Delta at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are planning a Pi Run this spring. The Pi Run, meaning 5 km (3.1 miles), roughly equal to Pi, is a road race to benefit after school programs in the Crookston Public Schools and will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Early registration for the race is open through Friday, April 1. Registration is $20 before April 1 and $25 following. Early registration participants are guaranteed a technical running shirt and there will be awards for the top three male and female competitors.

Race day registration will be held in the Kiehle Rotunda beginning at 8 a.m. with the race start at 10 a.m. All proceeds will go to the Crookston School District in a collaborative effort to encourage extracurricular activities and leadership development.

For more information, contact Heather at 321-276-1161 (

LoegeringJohnP.jpgUnder consideration for placement on the Threatened Species list by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), saving the Golden-winged Warbler, a small forest songbird, has brought recognition to a research team concerned with its survival. The Golden-winged Warbler Working Group was recently recognized for their efforts with the Region 3 Award for Strategic Conservation. The 12-member working group includes Associate Professor John Loegering, Ph.D., who teaches in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The award recognizes individuals and teams who apply the principles of Strategic Habitat Conservation in an exemplary manner to their conservation activities. The Golden-winged Warbler Working Group was a 2011 winner in the Notable Projects/Team Achievement category for their work in the Upper Midwest.

"One key benefit to this large-scale collaboration is that our potential management recommendations can be implemented broadly across the country," Loegering says.  "The research program is in its 4th year and as a part of the research team, I received a portion of the grant for field research during the past three summers."

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Winning Posters.jpgSimmonsFlint recently received industry recognition with multiple awards for its work on the University of Minnesota, Crookston's 2010 student recruitment materials. The marketing and communications firm, located in Grand Forks, N.D., worked with the Office of Admissions and with University Relations staff to design and develop the materials for the campus.

Specifically in the field of higher education marketing, Higher Education Marketing Report announced SimmonsFlint as a winner of the 26th Annual Educational Advertising Awards, the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year over 2,500 entries were considered from more than 1,000 colleges, universities, and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

For the same promotional pieces, SimmonsFlint also received local Gold and Silver ADDY Awards from the American Advertising Federation, the world's largest advertising competition.

UMC's College Essentials campaign features a series of three posters with close-ups of necessary college foods: mac 'n cheese, pepperoni pizza, and red delicious apples. The entire campaign includes the poster search pieces, a mini-viewbook, and the first-ever international viewbook.

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AURI's Innovative Research Generates Dollars for Minnesota

charan ed.jpgYou may have seen the signs for the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) on  the campus and never realized that U of M, Crookston is headquarters for one of Minnesota's most innovative agricultural organizations.

AURI is an agricultural research organization that provides scientific and technical assistance to Minnesota industries and entrepreneurs. AURI generates economic activity in Minnesota communities by helping businesses take advantage of innovative opportunities in bio-based products, renewable energy, coproduct utilization and food. AURI provides a broad range of services to expand agricultural markets, develop new uses and improve processes.

Photo (l to r): Ed Wene, Ph.D., and Charan Wadhawan, Ph.D., are scientists working at the Crookston AURI.

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AURI overview.pdf

The Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge is in the home stretch.  With approximately 50 days left until commencement, the question is can we save an additional 5% of our electrical energy use on campus in that time?  Meter reports say we are close to the goal of saving 1.4 million KwH in electricity this academic year compared to last, but we're not there yet.  In order to obtain the Redirect Program money to be used for various programming and activities, we need to do more.  We need to continue to change our energy use behaviors.

5in50spring11.jpgWhat can you do?

Turn off all unnecessary lights! Don't forget to flip the switch off when the last person leaves a classroom or any other room.

Remind your friends and faculty to turn off lights.

Unplug your various cell phone and computer chargers.

Turn down or off your electric heaters, especially if you live in Evergreen or Centennial Halls.

Don't leave the TV on if no one is watching.

Pay attention to your energy use and ask yourself if the appliance that's plugged in really needs to be.

Help us reduce our electrical energy consumption.  What's more appropriate as we near Earth Month in April!  Do your part, and by working together we'll meet our goal!  Thanks for your help!

U of M President Bruininks is 2011 Commencement Speaker

Bruininks.jpgUniversity of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will address graduates at the U of M, Crookston during its commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The ceremony, which recognizes the 103rd graduating class on the campus, will begin at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium.

"Anytime we host the University's president on our campus, it is indeed a pleasure for us," said Andrew Svec, chair of the commencement committee. "But, having President Bruininks here to give the commencement address will make this day one of the most memorable in our history, and we are truly looking forward to having him here with us to celebrate the Class of 2011."

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UMC Seminar Series: Implementing Campus Sustainability Plan

Sustainability.jpgA mini-grant from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment will help fund a series of bi-weekly, "sustainability supper seminars" designed to educate the campus and the local community on sustainability applications.

What: Seminar Series at the U of M, Crookston
When: Thursday, March 24, 2011
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center
Time: 5 p.m.

Dan Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability and Scott Johnson will co-lead discussions and will launch the first seminar on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 5 p.m. Svedarsky will address, "The broad brush of sustainability, global and local" and Johnson, a systems design consultant from Grand Forks, will outline the application of the systems approach to complex campus-community sustainability initiatives. The session is scheduled for Bede Ballroom on the UMC campus.

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Sargeant Student Center InfoDesk Spring Break Hours

Eagle logo.jpgSargeant Student Center Information Desk

Spring Break Hours
, March 14 through Friday, March 18: Closed
If you need assistance Monday through Friday please see the second floor Administrative Offices (236 or 238)

Saturday, March 19: Closed

Sunday, March 20: Open 2:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.

Lisa Samuelson
Director of Student Activities/Sargeant Student Center

Attention UMC Students -- It's Time to Renew Your FAFSA

Smiley dollar signs.jpgDo your Spring Break plans include renewing your FAFSA?  Yes, it's that time again!

Get help paying for collegeSubmit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
> Start or continue your FAFSA
> Correct your FAFSA
> Check the status of your FAFSA, and more... 

Click for FAFSA on the WEB

Contact us if you need any assistance.  We'll be here.

Thank you,

Melissa Dingmann
Financial Aid Director
170 Owen Hall

UMC Writing Center is OPEN During Spring Break

We Are Open.jpgI am pleased to announce that for the first time the UMC Writing Center will have hours open during Spring Break!

The schedule has changed slightly so if you previously had an appointment please double check it. If you can not find a time that works for you, please let me know and we can arrange a separate time. If you have inadvertently scheduled a time not realizing it was Spring Break please cancel your appointment immediately. 

Students missing more than two sessions a semester will lose their privilege to sign up online.

Linnea Barton
Master Tutor
Writing Center Coordinator

Albert Sims Honored with ASSBT Meritorious Service Award

Sims_Albert.jpgThe American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists (ASSBT) recently honored Albert Sims, Ph.D., associate professor and director of operations at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) with the Meritorious Service Award. Sims was recognized at the organization's 36th annual awards banquet held in early March in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

One of three to receive the award in 2011, Sims was recognized as a member who made significant contributions to the beet sugar industry and for his role in the development of the industry.

Sims' background is in nutrient and fertilizer management in crop production.  He has been with the NWROC since 1995 and was appointed director of operations in October 2010.

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UMC Students Lead Crookston AP Biology Labs

AP Biology class.jpgCody Metcalf, far left, and Theresa Hamel, far right, students in Dr. Katy Smith's Plant Physiology course, led one of three labs for AP Biology students from Crookston High School (CHS) recently.  The UMC students worked in pairs to teach the high school students about plant cells.

This service-learning project was held in Bergland Lab, which gave the AP Biology students an opportunity to use Leica microscopes connected to laptops.  Specimens could be viewed on their computer screens, and images could be saved.  This is the second of two labs for the CHS students.

Students, Before You Leave for Break Prep for Energy Savings!

web-logosept2010.jpgStudents, if you live in campus residence halls remember to prep for energy savings before you leave for spring break. Unplug your TVs, DVD players, stereos, microwaves, clock alarms, or other appliances that use a little energy when plugged in, even when turned off.  And turn down your thermostats to at least 60 degrees.  Thanks for doing your part!


UMC Students Help with Crookston Sandbagging

Abbi Christensen Anton Young Sheila Carleton.jpgAbout 45 U of M, Crookston students joined Crookston High School students and other community members on Wednesday March 9. They helped build the up the flood protection dikes to 28 feet by the old hockey arenas and along Bridge Street.

Photo (l to r): Abbi Christensen, Anton Young and Sheila Carleton helped with the Crookston sandbagging efforts.

Women's History Month Panel Held at U of M, Crookston

Women's Panel 2993.jpgOn Tuesday, March 8, 2011, in recognition of Women's History Month, a panel discussion and reception were held in the Prairie Room. It was an opportunity to meet and learn more about some of the amazing women in our community and on our campus.

See more photos on our U of M, Crookston facebook page

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It's Not Too Late... Pay It Forward Leaves in 2 Days!

Spring.jpgStill don't have plans for Spring Break? The S.T.L.F. Pay it Forward Tour still has a few spots left so you can still have the experience of a lifetime!

The Final Tour Meeting will be tonight at 5:00 p.m. in the Student Center.

To Denver...and Beyond!

Have questions or need help signing-up... please just contact me!
    Lisa Samuelson
    Director of Student Activities/Sargeant Student Center
    (218)281-8507 - office

UMC Housing Signup Info for Fall 2011

+Sun 0424482.jpgLooking to sign up for an Apartment?
Want to make sure you get your same room next year?
Just interested in knowing how and when to sign up for Fall 2011 housing?


Come to the UMC Housing Sign up Info Sessions
Monday, March 7, 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8, 8:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall Conference Room

Kristie Jacobsen
Assistant  Director of Residential Life
Phone: 218-281-8533

Women's History Month Panel at UMC on Tuesday, March 8

 Rising.jpgWith International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has set aside the day to recognize Women's History Month on the campus. A reception and panel discussion featuring women in leadership from the region will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. The community and campus are invited to the reception and panel discussion.

What: Women's History Month Panel
When: Tuesday, March 8
Time: Starting at 4:30 p.m.
Where: Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

The members of the panel are women who have inspired us all with their leadership, passion, and daring including: Barb Erdman, Polk County sheriff; Jeannine Windels, former executive director of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce; Racha Khodr, a teaching specialist in the Liberal Arts and Education Department; Senior Halie Kang, a communication major from Seoul, South Korea, and Senior Lhakpa Gurung, an early childhood education major from Mustang, Nepal, among others.

The theme for International Women's Day is "The Rising of the Women is the Rising of Us All" and recognizes the contribution of women across the globe and throughout history.

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UMC Passport Drive is Scheduled for Tuesday, March 8

Passport.jpgThe Office of International Programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is sponsoring a passport drive, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from 1-6 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. The drive is open to anyone from the campus or from the Crookston community. The passport drive is a convenient opportunity to get your passport since they are no longer issued locally.

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 Grand Forks County (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.

Additional information is on page 2 of the Eagle's Eye. February 28, 2011 

Bruininks.jpgUniversity of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will deliver his 2011 State of the University Address on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the Twin Cities campus.

The event will be videocast via ITV to the coordinate campuses, and a brief question-and-answer period will follow the address.  On the Crookston campus, the address will be available for viewing in 220 Dowell Hall.

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2011
Time: 3 p.m.
Where: Videocast at Crookston Campus in Dowell 220
The State of the University Address will available online. For more information, go to the State of the University Address website.

Wroblewski_Tammy 9029.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston Senior Tammy Wroblewski, Milwaukee, Wis., was named a recipient of a $1,000 North Central Turf Grass Association (NCGTA) scholarship. Wroblewski, a triple major in golf and turf management, horticulture, and communication, was awarded the scholarship during the NCTGA annual meeting held in Fargo, N.D., in late February.

An active student at the U of M, Crookston, Wroblewski has been a member of the Golden Eagle Golf Team, served as an Ambassador, was named to the Athletic All-Academic Team, and worked as a tutor in the Academic Assistance Center.

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News Anchor Terry Dullum Is Spring Convocation Speaker

terry_dullum.jpgThe Crookston Student Association (CSA) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, has invited Terry Dullum, anchor and producer of WDAZ News at 5 as the keynote speaker for spring convocation scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2011. Convocation will be held in the Kiehle Auditorium beginning at noon.
Dullum, a lifelong reporter, has covered more than 3,000 news stories during his more than 30 years at WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks.  While the North Dakota native is an army veteran and past graduate of the University of North Dakota, he can still remember his beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse. As the anchor and producer of WDAZ News at 5, he anchors the newscast weeknights on Channel 8.  For 15 years, The Dullum File, his popular commentary, was showcased Friday evenings on WDAZ and WDAY-TV in Fargo.  He also blogs at - a commentary about current events and other items of interest

UMC Turf Bowl Team Places at National Competition

Turf Bowl Team 2011.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Turf Bowl Team placed 24th out of 87 turf bowl teams from across the United States in the National Turf Bowl Competition held recently. Members of the team included: Theodore Gutman, a senior majoring in both golf and turf management and horticulture from Burlington, Iowa; Thomas Halver, a senior majoring in golf and turf management from Chaska, Minn.; Mark Michalski, a senior golf and turf management major from Silver Bay, Minn.; and Tammy Wroblewski, a triple major in golf and turf management, horticulture, and communications from Milwaukee, Wis.

The 3 1/2 hour turf bowl exam  is comprised of nine sections including identification (turfgrass, seed, soil, weed, insect, and disease), turfgrass growth and development, soil and soil fertility, weed management, disease management, insect management, turfgrass calculations, business management, and  a case study essay. The competition was held during the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education and Trade Show on February 10, 2011, in Orlando, Fla.

In the photo (l to r): Tammy Wroblewski, Mark Michalski, Teddy Gutman, Tom Halver, with their advisor, Kristina Walker, Ph.D.

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Ice Fishing.JPGThe first annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament was held early in February on Zippel Bay & Resort on Lake of the Woods in Williams, Minn., to raise money for scholarships. More than $6,000 was garnered in support of the Justin Knebel endowment fund and University of Minnesota, Crookston for student-athletes.

Thank you to all sponsors, donors, participants, Zippel Bay & Resort, and a special thank you to Tournament Sponsor, Roseau County Ford. The tournament ran from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. with more than 70 fisher men & women participating.

"The Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament was a fun experience. It was great to see all the people that came to support the event," said Jeffrey Kroll, Custom Stripes, Inc. It was pretty easy to convince me to be a part of the tournament. I got to go fishing and support education, what a great combo! I am already looking forward to next year."

Special thanks to Justin's parents, Mark and Janet, for their tremendous support and to the tournament committee members from the U of M, Crookston: Alysa Tulibaski, student experience and parent coordinator; Amber Bailey, e-communications manager; Corby Kemmer, director of development; Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising; Stephanie Helgeson, athletic director; and Rose Ulseth, executive accounts specialist in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations.

Next year, the second annual tournament is slated for Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the same location. For information, contact Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8434. 

Standing (l to r): Bill Tyrrell, Amber Bailey, Stephanie Helgeson, and Corby Kemmer. Seated: Alysa Tulibaski at the registration table for the Justin Knebel Ice Fishing Tournament.