April 2011 Archives

UMC Computer Contracts for Summer and Fall

UMC Computer.jpgStudents,
You can now open a web browser (Internet Explorer) on your computer or on your touch based smartphone, enter in this link http://cmyu.umcrookston.edu/computercontract and agree to the terms of the Computer Contract for summer and fall semester without having to visit the UMC Computer Help Desk before you leave.
When you enter that link, sign in with your user name and password, read and agree to the terms of the agreement, click the button to Accept and Submit at the top of the page and a copy of the accepted agreement will be e-mailed to you.
You will receive an error message if you try and sign in and you have NOT registered for summer, OR 6 on-campus credits for fall semester, OR if you have not picked up your computer from service at the UMC Computer Help Desk and you are using a loaner computer.  If you have questions or need help please stop by the UMC Computer Help Desk.
Remember that all contracts MUST be submitted, or the computer returned by 4 p.m., May 6, 2011, to avoid a $50 late fee.
Thank you and have a great summer!
Thea Holen
Help Desk Manager

Amazing Computer Software Prices for UMC Students!

Buy Software.jpgUMC Students,
If you are graduating, or not returning to UMC for Fall 2011, don't forget to order your Microsoft software. Office 2010 is $40 and Windows 7 is only $35. These discounts are for UMC students only.

All you have to do is go to www.msca.umn.edu, sign in with your x500, select the software you want, it gets charged to your student account and you can come down to the UMC Computer Help Desk and pick it up the same day.

If you have questions or would like help ordering, please stop by the UMC Help Desk, and myself or any of the staff will help you out.
Thea Holen, UMC Help Desk Manager

Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson Recognized for Excellence in Teaching

Lim-Thompson Soo-Yin.jpgRecognized for excellence in teaching, Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been honored as one of seven receiving the Horace T. Morse U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

Lim-Thompson is an associate professor in early childhood education on the Crookston campus. She provided campus leadership in gaining institutional approval for teacher education programs from the Minnesota Board of Teaching.  Concurrently, she also provided leadership in gaining program approval for early childhood education from the Minnesota Board of Teaching.  She actively serves the Minnesota Department of Education as a reviewer for the newly established Minnesota Teacher License Examination for future teacher candidates to obtain their teacher licenses.

"My students consistently motivate me to seek creative ways to reach each one, support them during times of challenges, provide and challenge them to discover their fullest potential, and guide and affirm their interest and aspirations in their future endeavor," Lim-Thompson says.

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Golden Eagle 2011 Athletic Awards Program

Athletic Awards.jpgThe annual Golden Eagle Student Athletic Awards Program was held Monday evening, April 25. 

(left photo) Student-Athlete of the Year honors were presented to Cody Brekken, a senior football player from Crookston, and Katie Bowar, a senior soccer and softball player from Moorhead, Minn. 

(middle photo) Eric Dearden, a senior men's basketball player from Riverton, Utah, and Jamie Zelinsky, a senior women's basketball player from Brooklyn Park, Minn., were named Athletes of the Year.

(right photo) Almir Krdzalic, a sophomore men's basketball player from Sioux Falls, S.D.,  is the 2011 Justin Knebel award winner.

Congratulations to all the 2011 Golden Eagle Athletes!

UMC NatR Students Mark Storm Drains

No Dumping-Drains to River.jpgDid you see this message near a storm drain?
It is a reminder to keep pollutants off streets, driveways and sidewalks and out of our storm drains. Storm drains are the grated openings in the street that collect water from rain and melting snow to minimize street flooding. As stormwater flows along streets, it collects trash, leaves, grass clippings, pet waste, car fuels and other pollutants into storm drains. Pesticides, paints, antifreeze, and used motor oil can end up in the storm drains when people dispose of them improperly.

Together we can help protect the Red Lake River from pollution!

Sponsored By:
  UMC Natural Resource Club
  Coke Grant
  MN GreenCorps

The 2011 Student Awards Photo Gallery is Online

Congratulations.jpgCelebration of Achievement was the theme for the annual student awards program and reception held April 14, 2011, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Students were recognized for outstanding achievement and service by faculty and staff.

Special thanks to the Northwest Educational Improvement Association and the Crookston Noon Day Lions Club for their continued support of the awards reception and program.

Link to the 2011 Student Awards Photo Gallery

LoegeringJohnP.jpgJohn Loegering, Ph.D., associate professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, was elected to the position of president-elect of the North Central Section of The Wildlife Society (TWS). The three-year commitment includes serving as the section's president and past-president as well.

His leadership comes at an important time for the organization, "I appreciate the opportunity to serve and lead these large scale organizations at a time when interstate cooperation is critical to successful natural resource management," Loegering says. "Challenges such as chronic wasting disease, Asian carp, climate change, or invasive species management clearly will benefit from a regional strategy.  I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to the strategic conservation management of the resources in the Midwest."

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Student Center Information Desk Weekend and Extended Hours

Weekend.jpgThe Sargeant Student Center Information Desk Weekend Hours for April 21-24 

   Thursday, April 21:  Closing at 5:00 p.m.

   Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23:  Closed

   Sunday, April 24:  Open 5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Extended Information Desk Hours will begin this Sunday and will be effective Sunday-Thursday the week before Finals and Finals Week. Hours on those days will be 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

Lisa Samuelson
Director of Student Activities/Sargeant Student Center

Ag Industries and Agronomy Students Clean Road Ditches

Road ditch Cleanup Spr 11.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Ag Industries and Agronomy Clubs took advantage of the balmy weather and  teamed up and picked up trash along Hwy. 75 North on Tuesday evening.

The Ag Industries and Agronomy clubs have been cleaning the two mile stretch of Highway 75 north of the UMC campus for 15 years (since 1996).

Student Awards.jpg

The University of Minnesota, Crookston recently honored students with achievement and service awards at the annual Student Awards Reception. The ceremony is held each spring to honor those who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions or who have achieved high academic standing at the University's Crookston campus.

Thirteen students received Student Achievement Awards, which the U of M, Crookston presents to recognize those students who have excelled not only academically, but also through leadership and service to the University and local community.

Students receiving the Student Achievement Award were:
Brittany Novak, a senior from Dahlen, N.D., majoring in biology;      
Nana Boaten, a senior from Accra, GHA, majoring in marketing
Alyssa Krikke, a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., majoring in health sciences
Derek Ricke, a senior from Park Rapids, Minn., majoring in sport and recreation management
Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., majoring horticulture and communication
Joseph Harren, a senior from Eagle Bend, Minn., majoring in agronomy
Heather Donati-Lewis, a senior from Narcoossee, Fla., majoring in equine science
Alvin Tong, a senior from Singapore, SGP, majoring in natural resources and business management (not pictured)
Lhakpa Gurung, a senior from Mustang, Nepal, majoring in early childhood education
Shawn Friedland, a senior from New Bern, N.C., majoring in biology
Eun Hye (Halie) Kang, a senior from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in communication
Austin Czichotzki, a  junior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication
Tammy Wroblewki, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis., who is a triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture

In group photo back row (l to r): Kristine Neu, Heather Donati-Lewis, Joe Harren, and Derek Ricke. Middle row: Brittany Novak, Halie Kang, Alyssa Krikke, Nana Boaten, and Lisa Samuelson, director of student activities. Front row: Lhakpa Gurung, Tammy Wroblewski, Austin Czichotzki, and Shawn Friedland.

From this group, two students were chosen as the "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors for 2011 go to (l to r) UMC Man of the Year, Austin Czichotzki; and Woman of the Year, Tammy Wroblewski.

Faculty Staff Honors.jpgThree faculty and staff  were recognized during the 2011 Annual Awards Ceremony at the U of M, Crookston. 

Awards for Most Creative Use of Technology went to Associate Professor Brian Dingmann who teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department; Outstanding Educator, and Most Supportive of Students Awards were presented to Assistant Professor Kevin Thompson, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department; and Outstanding Service to Students was awarded to Pam Sullivan, who oversees operations in the Eagles Nest.

Faculty and staff awards are significant in that the entire student body votes to select the award recipients.

Photo (l to r): Kevin Thompson, Pam Sullivan, and Brian Dingmann

W.O.W. -- Recycled Prom Is Wednesday!

Recycled Prom.jpgWant an excuse to wear that prom dress one more time? Or maybe that old bridesmaid's dress? (Recycled, get it?) Then the Recycled Prom is definitely for you!  Or guys, maybe new life could come from Uncle Fred's old plaid sports jacket?  Join in the fun, play dress up, and get your formal on at this fun event.

Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 8 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Location: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Prizes for most creative recycled attire (i.e. newspaper, duct tape, bubble wrap...)

(Formal wear is not required) Dates are optional!

Free for UMC Students, Sponsored by S.P.A.C.E.

Natural Resource Students Become Project WILD Educators

Project WILD .jpgU of M, Crookston natural resources students in the Park & Recreation Management class have completed the training to become Project WILD Educators. Students completed classroom work as well as hosting the WILD about Nature Family Festival nature stations. 

Project WILD is a national environmental education curriculum and helps connect youth to nature and the outdoors.

Earth Week.jpgEarth Week 2011 will be marked by several events at the University of Minnesota, Crookston including a campus clean up, activities to raise awareness, and a celebration of campus efforts to save energy.

Thursday, April 21 -- The campus and community are invited to join in a Critical Mass Bike Ride. The ride begins at 5:30 p.m. and participants are asked to gather at Crookston High School parking lot for the ride. Helmets are required.

Earth Day, observed annually on April 22, marks the anniversary of what may be considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day was held in 1970. To learn more, visit www.earthday.org.

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"Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" at U of M, Crookston

Cinco de Mayo.jpgA celebration in the spirit of Cinco de Mayo to be held at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday, April 15, 2011, is part of a Minnesota Legacy Destination weekend. All "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" events are free and open to the public.
4:30 - 7 p.m. - Authentic Mexican dinner, traditional crafts and children's activities, a marketplace, Mexican folk music and Mariachi music,  Fresh Voices Hispanic Youth Leadership photography exhibit and youth video previews.

7:30 - 9 p.m. - Dance troupe, Los Alegres Bailadores, and local children's troupe in Kiehle Auditorium.

9 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Family dance featuring the music of Sonora Cafe' in Lysaker Gymnasium 

LegacyLogo.jpgMade possible by a grant from the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation Legacy Amendment, University of Minnesota Crookston Concerts and Lectures fund and the Coke Community Initiative fund, a grant for cultural projects from the Crookston High School, and a donation from RiverView Health in Crookston.

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Help Clean Up Crookston with CSSD on Tuesday, April 12

Clean up.jpgCome help Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) clean up downtown Crookston for the upcoming Legacy Weekend.

What: Community Service effort to clean up downtown Crookston
When: Tuesday, April 12
Time: 12 noon until 2 p.m. Come for all or some of the clean up.
Where: Meet at the Crookston Public Library at 12 noon. We will be cleaning up a two block section.
Why: To pick up litter and garbage and help make Crookston a nicer place.

Help Us Make A Difference!

Thank you from the Crookston Students for Sustainable Development

It's National Student Employee Appreciation Week

Thanks.jpgIn honor of National Student Employee Appreciation Week we invite you to stop by the Financial Aid Office Monday, April 11, 2011.

Turn in your Time Card to automatically register to win some awesome door prizes! Pick up some Cake, Pop and Popcorn. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

Thanks to all the student workers on our campus,

Emily R. Knutson
Financial Aid Officer

Take Some Time and Relax this Tuesday, April 12

Woman Relaxing.jpgExams! Group Projects! Homework! Final Projects! Work Study! Off Campus Jobs! Summer Jobs! Internships! Graduation! YIKES!

Just Relax...
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

All students are invited to take a break from the chaos.
There will be a variety of Relaxation Stations coordinated by Vicki Svedarsky and lead by UMC students:

Hydration Bar -o- Neck & Shoulder Massages
Essential Oils & Hand Massages -o- Meditation
Tai Chi -o- Stretches -o- Relaxing Breathing
Toning -o- Singing Bowls -o- Spine Alignment

Bring a friend and take some time to de-stress!

Sponsored by UMC Peer Connections

We Are Looking for UMC Student Ambassadors!

Looking.jpgAre YOU interested in becoming a Student Ambassador for the 2011-12 academic year? We have openings available!

What we do: UMC Student Ambassadors is a voluntary public relations organization of students who assist in the promotion of the University of Minnesota, Crookston to prospective students and their families, to current UMC students and to alumni.

The Purpose of Student Ambassadors are to:
· Relay positive and factual information to prospective students and their families.
· Represent the University of Minnesota, Crookston at various Admission, Alumni, and/or University related activities.
· Work in cooperation with other campus offices to promote UMC.

Activities of Student Ambassadors include:
· Giving campus tours and presentations at special events to prospective students, their parents, and alumni.
· Representing UMC's students as hosts or resource persons at campus public relations events.
· Attending meetings and annual training sessions.
· Enjoying special events such as the Holiday Party and End of Year Celebration.

Looks great on resumes and develops leadership skills.

Any questions contact: Josh Lunak, Admissions Counselor, 218-281-8429 or lunak005@umn.edu

Campus Clean-Up is Thursday, April 7

Thumbs Up to UMC.jpgJoin Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) and the Natural Resources Club in a campus and community clean-up!

Thursday April 7, 2011
Meet in the NatR Department prep room, Owen 208.
  >8:15 am - 10 am - Clean-up campus
  >10:15 am - 12 pm -Clean-up campus
  >2:15 pm - 4 pm - Clean-up campus

Tuesday April 12, 2011
Meet at downtown library
  >12 pm - 2 pm - Clean-up downtown

For more information, please contact Michael Knudson at knud0189@umn.edu or 281-8128.

Around The World In 90 Minutes is Thursday Commons

MartyEssen.jpgCome and hear Marty Essen's Around The World In 90 Minutes!

What: Thursday Commons
When: Thursday-April 7
Time: 12:00 PM in Kiehle Auditorium

The Crookston Student Assoication (CSA) and Concerts and Lectures are hosting a Thursday Commons Event- We will have Marty Essen who has a unique, high energy lecture/presentation/comedy called "Around the world in 90 minutes" where he tells his stories of his encounters with wildlife and dangerous species around the world.

We encourage all of you to attend, and encourage your students to attend as well. This may be of particular interest to those who in natural resources, biology and wildlife management. 

Here is Marty Essen's webpage if you would like to read more about him. http://www.coolcreatureshotplanet.com/index.html

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Attention smiley.jpgOn the morning of Saturday, April 16, between 8 a.m. and noon, the campus telephone system will change the prefix for accessing an outside line from '9' to '8' for all campus phones.  The reason for the change is to prevent misdialing for the 911 emergency system.  Incoming calls will not be affected.  Outgoing calls will be affected during the conversion process. 

When the conversion is completed, campus users must dial 8 for an outside line rather than dialing 9, as has been done up to this point.  After the conversion, if you are forwarding your phone to an off campus number, you will have to reenter that number with an 8 prefix instead of 9.  Please report any problems to Dennis Magsam at extension 8499.

Vote Today -- CSA Elections

+Vote.jpgAttention Students!
Crookston Student Association (CSA) Elections are taking place today -- Tuesday, April 5, from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the Sargeant Student Center.

Come and vote for the 2011-2012 CSA Executive Board, as well as voting to approve the Amendments made to the CSA Constitution.

SWCS Award Winners-1.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston students, Timothy Knudson, Monticello, Minn.,  and Adam Kleinschmidt, Glenwood, Minn., were the co-recipients of the 2011 Student Conservationist and Scholarship Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Both seniors, Knudson is majoring in wildlife management and water resource management and Kleinschmidt is majoring in wildlife management, natural resources law enforcement, and wildlife management. The award winners were announced by Chapter President, Russell Kleinschmidt, at the annual meeting of the professional organization held in St. Cloud, Minn., on March 22, 2011.

"We're extremely pleased with the track record of our Natural Resources students in receiving this honor," according to Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., professor and head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. "It reflects well on not only the students but the quality instruction delivered by faculty in the department." Brenda Miller, a civil engineer by background, is the primary instructor in the Soil and Water Conservation program and adds, "Our students respond well to the hands-on type of instruction which we provide and this also serves the needs of employers as well. Graduates are more 'job ready.'"

In the photo (l t r): Adam Kleinschmidt; Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., professor and head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; Soil and Water Conservation Instructor Brenda Miller; and Timothy Knudson.

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Congratulations! UMC SIFE Team, Regional Champions

SIFE Team winners.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team traveled to the 2011 Regional Competition on March 30, in Minneapolis, Minn., where they were named Regional Champions for a 12th consecutive time. They will be competing against teams from around the United States at the National Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 10-12. They are coached by business instructors Kenneth Johnson and Rachel Lundbohm.

Along with being named a Regional Champion, the team was also recognized with a 4.0 Club award which recognizes quality educational programs, success in SIFE, and long-term sustainability to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others, and a Club 44 award, recognizing a SIFE membership of 44 or more active members.

The SIFE Presentation Team, made up of six students from four different countries included: Alexandra Buscher, a senior from Merrifield, Minn.; Chan Liew, a junior from Seoul, South Korea; Dae Yeul Lee, a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea; Abbey Wemimo, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria; Yangchen Gurung, a junior from Kathmandu, Nepal; Klint Mahne, a junior from Lake Bronson, Minn. The team also included a Video Tech Team whose members were James Kriegh, a junior from Crookston, Minn.; and Xi Zhou, a senior from Chong Sing, China; presented a 24-minute video presentation that showcased a majority of the projects the SIFE team has done through the year, followed by a five-minute question and answer session.

Photo (l to r)  Alexandra Buscher, Chan Liew, Abbey Wemimo, Xi Zhou,  Dae Yeul Lee, Yangchen Gurung, Klint, Mahne, James Kreigh.

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