May 2011 Archives

UMC Computer Help Desk Summer Hours

Help Desk Hours.jpgStudents,
Due to the high number of grad computers and the gifting process, along with a higher than average inventory to process and control this summer, effective May 19, 2011, the UMC Help Desk will be open 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fridays are by appointment only. Call 281-8000 to schedule an appointment.

We will resume normal hours on Monday, August 1, 2011.

Thank you,
Thea Holen, UMC Help Desk Manager

UMC Soldiers and Sailors Memorial.jpgAs we observe Memorial Day on Monday, May 30, let's make sure to consider the reason for the day:  to remember those who died while in U.S. military service. 

If you happen to be nearby, consider stopping at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial at the main entrance of campus. 

It's a fascinating monument.  Constructed in 1920, the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial commemorates the young men and women from the Northwest School of Agriculture, the University of Minnesota Technical Institute at Crookston, and the University of Minnesota, Crookston who died while serving their country.  We thank them for their ultimate sacrifice.

Campus offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

UMC Teambackers Support Student-Athletic Scholarships

Teambacker Check.jpgTreasurer of UMC Teambackers Adam Maruska, '00, recently presented a check for $20,000 to Chancellor Charles H. Casey at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The money will support scholarships for student-athletes on the Crookston campus. 

The Teambackers Club is an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for the U of M, Crookston. It operates in conjunction with the development office, athletic department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation.

Learn more about Teambackers by visiting

In the photo (l to r): Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations; Chancellor Charles H. Casey; Adam Maruska, Teambackers treasurer; and Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising.

UMC Commencement Photo Gallery is Online

Commencement Header.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston 2011 Commencement Photo Gallery is now available online. This gallery includes the Pre-Commencement Reception, Ceremony, and Post-Ceremony on the Campus Mall. Congratulations Graduates!

Click for the Photo Gallery of photos taken on May 7, 2011

Commencement Homepage with links to video

Faculty Staff Awards comp.jpgPhotos (l to r): Distinguished Teaching Award, Pam Elf; Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award, Gary Willhite; Distinguished Professional and Administrative (P&A) Award, Tricia Sanders; Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, Katy Smith; Outstanding Community Service Award, Kenneth Johnson; Builders of Diversity Awards, Kim Cousins and Peter Phaiah.

Faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota, Crookston tipped their hats to another successful academic year during Faculty Staff Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Bede Ballroom was filled to capacity as members of the campus community donned hats to coordinate with the theme "Hats off to Summer" to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff over the past academic year.

Chancellor Charles Casey recognized staff and faculty celebrating service milestones including: Patricia Ramstad from the Liberal Arts and Education Department who was recognized for her 45 years of service and Larry Smith, Ph.D., from the Northwest Research and Outreach Center for his 40 years of service. Celebrating 35 years of service were Don Cavalier from Career and Counseling Services; Jeff Sinks from Northwest Educational Telecommunication Services (NETS); Val Uttermark from the Registrar's Office, and Patti Tiedemann and John Zak from University Relations.

Several special award presentations highlighted the event.  The Distinguished Teaching Award went to Pam Elf, Ph.D., associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. Gary Willhite, director of residential life, received the Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award, and Tricia Sanders, finance director, received the Distinguished Professional and Administrative (P&A) Award.

The Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award went to Katy Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department and the Outstanding Community Service Award went to Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department. Closing out the recognition portion of the day were the Builders of Diversity Awards which went to Kim Cousins, Ph.D., student personnel coordinator in the Academic Assistance Center and Peter Phaiah, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

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Congratulations.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston has been named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  This is the fourth time the campus has earned the honor. 

At the U of M, Crookston in 2010, students tallied over 8,400 hours of service learning through their academic courses and nearly 9,500 hours of community service on their campus, in Crookston and their local communities, and across the country. Additionally, the campus continued a commitment to designate 10 work study students in the community to serve as America Reads tutors at Crookston's Washington Elementary School, Highland School, and Our Savior's Lutheran Day School. 
Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning at the U of M, Crookston, confirms the positive influence on students who get involved in service projects, "Our students who choose to get involved with their community through service-learning and community service not only feel more connected to their community but also have a better context for the material they learn within the classroom." 

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Bird Visitors to the UMC Nature Nook

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.jpgThe Rose-Breasted Grosbeak is a visitor to the University of Minnesota, Crookston's Nature Nook. This male is showing his breeding plumage.

Stop by the Nature Nook, located between Hill Hall and Owen Hall, and enjoy the flora and fauna this during this exciting time of year.

Photo submitted by Dan Svedarsky

Link to Expressions of Nature on the UMC Campus pdf

Three from UMC Recognized with U of M System Awards

systemawardsreception5-12-11.jpgAn open house reception was held Thursday, May 12, to honor three U of M, Crookston recipients of University of Minnesota system awards:  Harouna Maiga (left), Ph.D., associate professor, animal science, and recipient of the 2010 U of M Award for Global Engagement; Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson (middle), Ph.D., associate professor, early childhood education, recipient of the 2010-2011 Horace T. Morse Alumni Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and inductee into the U of M Academy of Distinguished Teachers; and Jerry Rude (right), landscape maintenance supervisor (retired), recipient of the President's Award for Outstanding Service.  Congratulations to these three individuals for their outstanding accomplishments.

Cooper_Doris.jpgAre you looking for funding to support a research project or program?

Do you want help creating a proposal?

Unsure of steps to submit a grant?


Doris Cooper (photo at right) is now on staff to provide faculty and staff pre-award assistance to secure external and internal resources for research and outreach activities. As grants and contracts coordinator, she is available to assist with:


> Researching potential funding sources
> Monitoring funding agencies and foundations for deadlines and changes
> Reviewing criteria and request for proposal details
> Proposal editing assistance
> Submitting grant applications through the U of M's Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA)


Donna Larson, accountant, continues to support grants management efforts, assisting with budget preparation and funds management once a grant is awarded.


Cooper, who will work throughout the summer months, is developing a framework for this new campus role in an effort to increase support for faculty and staff and alleviate some of the workload involved in the process of finding and securing grants.


"I am excited to do what I can to find funding matches and help in the process to get proposals submitted," Cooper said. She encourages anyone who has a specific funding need or an idea they want to pursue to contact her.

Cooper can be reached via e-mail at or via phone at ext. 8342. Her office is located in 108 Selvig Hall.

U of M, Crookston Celebrates Commencement 2011

UMC Grad Comp.jpgOn Saturday, May 7, the University of Minnesota, Crookston celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2011. The commencement exercises included more than 185 students in the largest ceremony in campus history.The class included students from 21 states and eight countries.

U of M President Robert Bruininks addressed the graduates and also awarded the U of M Alumni Service Award to Dr. Kari Torkelson ex. '91. Outgoing CSA President Shawn Friedland passed the Century Torch to incoming president Alisha Aasness, a junior from Fergus Falls, Minn., and Alumna Juanita Lopez '08, president of UMCAA, welcomed the new graduates into the alumni association.

Special greetings were brought by the Honorable Clyde Allen, chair of the Board of Regents, and Senior Vice President Robert Jones.

Congratulations to the Class of 2011!

NatR Club Plants 4,500 Seedlings at Chippewa National Forest

treeplanting2011.JPGEighteen members of the U of M, Crookston Natural Resources Club along with several natural resources faculty and staff members returned to the Little Cutfoot Sioux region of the Chippewa National Forest the weekend of April 30-May 1 for the 29th consecutive tree planting trip for the U.S. Forest Service.  The Crookston Crew, as they've come to be known by Forest Service personnel, planted 4,500 red pine seedlings on a clearcut area near Talmoon, Minn. The crew was joined by former students from Washington and Wisconsin who couldn't pass up another shot at this rite of spring for the club. The club returns to the forest each spring to plant trees and again each fall to budcap some of their younger plantings to protect the seedlings from deer browsing.

Twyla Treanor Recognized with Honorary State FFA Degree

Twyla Treanor - State FFA 1462.jpgHer longtime, exceptional service and support for FFA and agricultural education brought recognition from the State FFA in Minnesota to an instructor from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Assistant Professor Twyla Treanor, who teaches in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, was awarded an Honorary State FFA Degree during a special recognition at the state convention held recently in the U of M's Mariucci Arena.

The 82nd annual convention was held in Minneapolis and brought more than 3,000 high school students to the campus at the end of April. Treanor was nominated for the award by the Region I FFA High School Advisors, and she was a recipient of the Honorary Region 1 FFA Degree in 2010.

Treanor has been involved with regional FFA parliamentary procedure judging for 30 years beginning her involvement with Business Professionals of America (BPA). She has served on the National Board for Business Professionals of America for seven years, and BPA parliamentary procedure teams have won various state and national awards over the years.

UMC's Dustin Smith Elected to State FFA Office

Dustin Smith.jpgThe 82nd annual Minnesota State FFA Convention brought more than 3,000 high school students to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus in early May. One of the items of business on the convention agenda was the election of state officers for 2011-12. Dustin Smith, a sophomore at the U of M, Crookston, was elected as the new State Sentinel, making him one of a very small group  of students from the Crookston campus to ever hold a position as one of the state's six officers. Smith, who is from Staples, Minn., is a triple major in agricultural business, business management, and agronomy on the Crookston campus.

Smith is honored by his selection to state office, "Being elected to state office has been my goal ever since I had my first interaction with a state officer," he says. "The impact that past state officers have left on my life are my motivation for doing the best I can and being able to make a difference in the lives of FFA members will make this the most meaningful thing I've ever done."

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ALD Pi Run Check.jpgUMC's Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) President Heather Donati-Lewis, a senior majoring in equine science from Narcoossee, Fla., was on hand before her graduation on Saturday to present a $500 check from ALD to Wayne Gilman, superintendent of the Crookston Public Schools and Lon Jorgenson, principal at the Crookston High School.

The funds raised were the result of the first ever Pi Run Sponsored by ALD in mid-April. There were 50 runners/walkers who participated in the event. The successful effort was an opportunity for students at the U of M, Crookston to support programs for high school students.

In the photo (l to r): Elizabeth Tollefson; Lon Jorgenson, principal at the Crookston High School; Heather Donati-Lewis, ALD president; Wayne Gilman, superintendent of the Crookston Public Schools; and Brian Dingmann.

Important Graduation Photo Information

Smiley grad.jpgAttention UMC Graduates!
Congratulations on your graduation.  This year, Tweten's Photography will be photographing ALL the graduates as they walk across the stage to receive their diploma from Chancellor Casey.

They will also take a posed photo during Saturday morning's reception.  The posed photos will be taken in 107 Sahlstrom Conference Center.  It only takes about one minute to take the posed photo.  We are trying to get 100% of the graduates to take a posed photo this year.  The only thing they need is your name when you take a posed photo.

Please come to 107 Sahlstrom Conference Center between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. to take your posed photo.  You may also have posed photos taken with your parents and friends.

There is no charge to take the photos.  The only charge you will receive is if you order any photos.

Sample photos and price lists are in the UMC Bookstore. Graduation Photo Information.pdf

UMC's Grad Dance 2011 is Friday Evening

Grad Dance.jpgJoin us for the annual UMC GRAD DANCE
   When: Friday, May 6, 2011
   Time: 8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
   Where: Crookston Eagles Club, 105 South Broadway

Dance to DJ Jesse Adelman of Fubonic Productions

This event is for all U of M, Crookston graduates, students, faculty, staff, alumni, family and friends. 

Cost is $5.00 per person and graduates get in FREE

This event is sponsored by the UMC Alumni Association

Check Your University E-mail During the Summer

University e-mail.jpgStudents:
Please remember to check your University e-mail regularly during the summer months for important information regarding registration, financial aid, your student account, and the start of the next school year.

Your University assigned student e-mail account is the University's official means of communication. You are responsible for all information sent to you via your University assigned e-mail account. 
Have a great summer!

Office of the Registrar

ALD Initiation.jpgIn a ceremony held on Thursday evening, April 29, 2011, the University of Minnesota, Crookston Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society welcomed some 30 new members. Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., the society's faculty advisor welcomed the initiates and their guests and introduced the evening's speaker Rand Rassmussen, Ph.D., director of the Academic Assistance Center on the campus.

Initiates for 2011 included: Levi Atinda, Maple, Grove; Steffanie Berg, Crookston, Minn.; Jenna Blace, Saginaw, Minn.; Tiffany Breth, Albany, Minn.; Kourtney Brevik, Erskine, Minn.; Alex Buscher, Merrifield, Minn.; Anne Carlson, Fort Ransom, N.D.; Taryn Davis, Wahkon, Minn.; Megan Denver, Grand Rapids, Minn.; Merran Dingmann, Crookston, Minn.; Adam Drinkall, Lanesboro, Minn.; Shandy Flaagan, Aneta, N.D.; Robert Guetter, Miltona, Minn.; Kelly Gustofson, Hermantown, Minn.; Erika Haug, Duluth, Minn.; Jake Heggem, Princeton, Minn.; Mark Jackson, Delta Junction, Ark.; Lucas Kelley, Minto, N.D.; Catlin Kersting, Cloquet, Minn.; Matthew Korhnak, Earlville, Ill.; Michael Krause, Moreno Valley, Calif.; Moysey Kutsev, Winger, Minn.; Quinton Liebl, Alexandria, Minn.; Victoria Martin, Worland, Wyo.; Mariah Melin, Brookston, Minn.; Hannah Nedrud, St. Louis Park, Minn.; Katie Nenn, Wyoming, Minn.; Amanda Overman, Lindenhurst, Ill.; Trista Pepper, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Mitchell Plaehn, Spring Valley, Minn.; Madelyn Pristanski, Geraldton, Ontario, Canada; Tori Rhode, Crookston, Minn.; Alex Skeeter, Milwaukee, Wis.; Shelly Sontag, Shoreview, Minn.;  Karly Spohnholtz, Monticello, Minn.; Andrew Steinfeldt, Green Bay, Wis.; Denise Thompson, Rochester, N.Y.; Vayla Van Dyke, Edgerton, Minn.; Kolton Walker, Crookston, Minn.; Christopher Walton, Middle River, Minn.; Chelsea Wiesner, Rochester, Minn.; and Cheng Yu, Hangzhou, China.

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