July 2011 Archives

Highway 2 Classic Golf Tournament

Teambackers held their 3rd Annual Highway 2 Classic Golf Tournament on Thursday, July 1st Place11.jpg21. Participants played nine holes at the Fosston Golf Club and nine holes at the Oak Lake Golf Course in Erskine, Minn. Forty-nine golfers participated in the 18-hole scramble which raised money to support student-athlete scholarships. 

The tournament championship was captured by the team of Mark Bagaason, Chris Westrum, Rocky Eck, Dan Lindom and Wayne Watkins.

To become a Teambacker, contact Bill Tyrrell at 218-281-8436 or btyrrell@umn.edu.

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Learning Leadership at I-LEAD

Senior Austin Czichotzki is attending the Association of College Unions Czichotzki_Austin 9898.jpg
International Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) at State University of New York in Brockport the week of July 24-29. 

Czichotzki, a communication major from , Barnesville, Minn., will be chair of Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE) at the U of M, Crookston for the 2011-12 academic year.

Czichotzki is the co-recipient of the ACUI Region 10 Jean Kendall I-Lead Scholarship and is also sponsored by the Sargeant Student Center at the U of M, Crookston

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) is a six-day, living-learning program designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change. Read more.

The Campus in Bloom

campusinbloomjuly2011.jpgJuly is a great time to stroll along the campus gardens and see the many beautiful flowers in full bloom.  The multi-colored daylilies are now at their peak, and the entrance gardens are looking great.  There are also a few surprises to be found in various places!

Prairie Skies

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The weather lately has been warm and humid with widespread thunderstorms. On Tuesday morning, a storm approached from the west creating a breathtaking view of the prairie sky and the Echinacea growing on the Pankratz Memorial Prairie. These wildflowers grow in moist to dry prairies like Pankratz. The 920- acre prairie is owned by The Nature Conservancy and is located near Glacial Ridge, the Conservancy's largest prairie-wetland restoration project. Photo by Dan Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability.

Learn more about the Pankratz Memorial Prairie and Glacial Ridge.

Teambackers Host Golf Classic

1stPlace.jpgUMC Teambackers held their 21st  annual Teambacker Golf Classic at Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston on Saturday, July 16.

Ninety golfers participated in the18-hole scramble that saw wind and rain early but sunny skies by the end of the tournament. 

The overall tournament champion, decided in a playoff with the Widseth, Smith and Nolting team was the Ampride/ True Value Hardware team of Wayne Melbye, Greg Lerum, Mark Lyczewski, Bruce Hanson, and Don Forney.  Read more.

In the photo:
First Place (l to r): Mark Lyczewski, Don Forney, Bruce Hanson, Wayne Melbye, Mark Lerum, and Director of Athletic Fundraising Bill Tyrrell.

Three Degrees Added to Online Offerings

Students interested in earning a degree online now have three additional degrees to
choose from giving them more options than ever.

Information technology management, health management, and communication join the existing degree programs in accounting, applied health, applied studies, business management, marketing, manufacturing management, and quality management.

The online offerings have grown to a total of 10 degree programs in addition to three certificate programs.

Learn more.

Fun at Camp RYLA 2011

Enjoy this video from Camp RYLA at the U of M, Crookston!

UMC Bookstore Crazy Day Sale is TODAY!

Attention smiley.jpgWhat: Crazy Day Sale
Where: UMC Bookstore
Date: Today, July 14, 2011
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Extra 25% Off All Clearance Items
20% Off Other Selected Racks

Leanne Butt
UMC Bookstore Manager

Taking Count of the Western Prairie Fringed Orchid

prairieorchids2011.jpgSince early July, volunteers have been out on the Minnesota prairie taking a very special census of a threatened prairie wildflower. The prairie fringed orchid has been on the U.S. List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants since 1989, and the annual census gives researchers important data necessary in the protection of the delicate orchid and its habitat.

Under the direction of Nancy Sather, botanist and the statewide orchid count coordinator, volunteers are out all over the state of Minnesota gathering data. Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at the U of M, Crookston and research biologist with the Northwest Research and Outreach Center along with seniors Kristine Neu, Pelican Rapids, Minn., a double major in horticulture and communication; Ben Sullivan, Crookston, Minn., a natural resources major; and Michael Knudson, Glencoe, Minn., GreenCorps member and UMC alum,  recently  assisted with the census at the Pankratz Prairie located 11 miles southeast of Crookston and owned by The Nature Conservancy.

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Rae French, Nana Boaten Honored at Minnesota Campus Compact Awards Summit

Boaten_French2.jpgMinnesota Campus Compact recognized  recipients of three statewide awards at their awards summit held June 14, at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul.

Senior Nana Boaten (above, left), a marketing major from Ghana, was awarded the Presidents' Student Leadership Award for modeling a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.
Rae French
(above, right), coordinator of the Learning Abroad Program, was the recipient of the Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award for advancing the distinctive civic mission of the campus by forming strong partnerships, supporting civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

The North Country Food Bank, a community partner of the Crookston campus, was recognized with the Presidents' Community Partner Award .

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What's Blooming Now in the Nature Nook


The red flowers of a pitcher plant with a blue flag iris (left) and the elegant blooms of the showy lady's slipper, Minnesota's state flower, are among the current sights to be seen in the Nature Nook between Hill Hall and the Owen Hall Complex.  Thanks to Professor Dan Svedarsky for sharing his photos!

Happy Fourth of July!

Flags.jpgIndependence Day is a national holiday in the United States. Also known as the Fourth of July, the day commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776.

Enjoy a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Happy Independence Day! 

Students Gain Firsthand Insight into Swiss Agriculture

group_mtn.jpgFour University of Minnesota, Crookston students studied agricultural practices abroad in Switzerland from May 15 through May 29, 2011. Cities visited included Landquart, Chur, Sorenberg, and Luzern.

Abbie Westby, an agricultural education major from Pelican Rapids, Minn., was joined by Shelia Carleton, a senior majoring in agronomy and natural resources from Baxter, Minn.; Shelia Dombeck, a junior agronomy major from Perham, Minn.; and Alisha Fritz, a post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO) student from Perham, Minn.

Read more on the story written by Senior Kristine Neu, communications assistant in University Relations. Neu is a double major in horticulture and communication.

In the photo, (l to r): Sheila Carlton, Abbie Westby, Shelia Dombeck, and Alisha Fritz spent two weeks studying agriculture in Switzerland.