September 2011 Archives

2011 UMC Homecoming Coronation Highlights

Highlights from the 2011 Homecoming Coronation event at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event was held on Thursday evening, September 29, 2011.

CSA Cleans their Adopted Highway

CSA Adopt-A-Highway.jpgCrookston Student Association (CSA) cleaned their Adopt-A-Highway on Sunday, September 25. A retreat was held earlier in the day and the board worked together to form committees and get to know each other better.

Left photo from (l to r): Kayla Bellrichard, Danny Lee, Brooke Novak, Alisha Aasness, Alexmai Addo, Issac Osei, and Michelle Boateng

Right photo (l to r): CSA Advisors Lisa Samuelson and Kevin Thompson

Homecoming Royalty Reign over Golden Eagle Empire

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Coronation was held Thursday, September 29 in Kiehle Auditorium. Candidates were introduced by Brooke Novak and Alisha Aasness.

Reigning over Homecoming 2011 are: Queen Katelyn Zins a senior from Starbuck, Minn., majoring in communication and King Austin Czichotzki, a senior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication; Princess Alexmai Addo, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minn., major undetermined; and Prince Brant Moore, a sophomore from Inver Grove Heights majoring in business management. 

In the photo, seated, left to right: Queen Katelyn Zins and King Austin Czichotzki. Standing: Princess Alexmai Addo and Prince Brant Moore. 

Enjoy all the homecoming events!

Attend Homecoming 2011!

Fall Semester Sustainability Supper is this Thursday, Sept. 29

Sustainability.jpgThe first fall semester Sustainability Supper is Thursday, Sept. 29, supper in Brown Dining at 5:00 p.m., with a program and discussion starting at 5:30 p.m. in Youngquist Auditorium of the Ag Research Center.

UMC Faculty, Staff, Students and community folks are invited to the first Sustainability Supper of the fall semester at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, September 29 in Youngquist Auditorium. Our program will be to discuss what's going on system-wide as far as sustainability, how our campus is doing, how individuals can get involved, and what goals we can set for our campus this next year.

Remember, supper is provided in Brown Dining at 5:00 p.m. but let Ben Williams ( know if you're coming, by Thursday morning, September 29. We will dine together and migrate over to Youngquist for our program and discussions.

Dan Svedarsky

Portable Fire Extinguisher Training Offered Wednesday, Sept. 28

08 RA Fire Training 016 web.jpgSeptember is Campus Fire Safety Month in Minnesota and around the U.S., and the first week of October is National Fire Prevention Week. 

In an effort to increase fire safety awareness and train UMC students, faculty, and staff on the proper use of fire extinguishers, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety and the Crookston Fire Department will provide portable fire extinguisher training on Wednesday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Sargeant Student Center.

Training will utilize a state-of-the-art system purchased by the University of Minnesota for use on all campuses that provides live fire extinguisher training in a controlled setting and is also environmentally safe. 

Feel free to stop by and participate.

Annual Fly-In, Drive-In Pancake Breakfast was a Success

Pancake Breakfast Composite.jpgAlpha Eta Rho (APH), UMC's aviation fraternity, served their annual pancake breakfast, on Sunday, September, 25, 2011 at the Crookston Municipal Airport, two and 1/2 miles north of the UMC campus on Highway 75.

Photos (l to R): Pancake flippers Chris Anderson, Anton Young and Dereck Bean; A crowd of happy eaters; Overhead view of the Crookston Municipial Airport with planes

Sponsored by Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity (AHP) and Crookston Aviation. Photos by Mike Vivion.

Vote for the 2011 UMC Homecoming Royalty

Homecoming 2011 button.jpgVote for your 2011 Homecoming Candidates on Monday and Tuesday, Setpember 26 and 27, in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, hours are 10AM to 2PM

PRINCESS: Alexmai Addo, Ebony Livingston, Kayla Bellrichard, Whitney Lian, Joanie Melichar

PRINCE: Brant Moore, Ben Genereux, Jonique Andrews, Kasey Okke, Michael Laurich

QUEEN: Jackie Dullinger, Katelyn Zins, Michelle Boateng, Amanda Swann; Holly Wrzos

KING: Austin Czichotzki, Anton Young, Tony Taylor, Klint Mahne, Trent Nyhus

 You can view the candidate photos on Facebook You may need to LIKE the UMC Facebook page.

They are also viewable on the UMC Homecoming Facebook page

You are encouraged to LIKE the University of Minnesota - Official, and the University of Minnesota, Homecoming Facebook pages!

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

Regal Wants You to Show Your Homecoming Sprirt!

Regal cut out.jpgNext week is Homecoming and as such S.P.A.C.E. is happy to announce a new event:

Homecoming Banner Contest
Offices, departments, and colleagues can get together to create a UMC Spirit Banner to be judged by the UMC Community on Friday, September 30 in the Northern Lights Lounge of the Sargeant Student Center.

There will be two categories; student club and department. Winning department will win a pizza party for up to 15 people.

>3 ft by 5 ft
>Must not be made with wood, metal or glitter
>Must be submitted to Leadership Room by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 with sponsoring department name on back
>Must register with Brooke Novak at to be entered on the ballot

Homecoming Dates are Sept. 26 - October 1
Homecoming Theme is Golden Eagle Empire (Roman/Gladiator)
Homecoming Football opponent is the University of Mary (Marauders)

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

Fly-In, Drive-In Pancake Breakfast Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

AHP Logo.jpgJoin members of Alpha Eta Rho, the University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation fraternity, for their annual pancake breakfast, where they will be serving pancakes, eggs, sausages, coffee, and orange juice.

Date/Time:  Sunday, September 25, 2011, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location: Crookston Municipal Airport, two and 1/2 miles north of the UMC campus on Highway 75.

Cost:  Advance $6; at door: $8; kids ages 4-12: $3; ages 3 and younger: FREE!
Free breakfast for any Pilot in Command.

Sponsored by Alpha Eta Rho International Aviation Fraternity (AHP) and Crookston Aviation

President Kaler's Inauguration is Today at 11 a.m.

President Kaler.jpgPresident Eric W. Kaler will be inaugurated today at 11 a.m.  The inauguration will be broadcast live in Bede Ballroom A & B if you plan to watch the event there. 

President Kaler's inauguration will be available for you to watch on your computer online by clicking on the link below.

It is a Beautiful Day! Come to Minakwa GC for Some Golf

Gopher It.jpgKeep in the swing this fall with the 9th Annual Carl Spackler Open to be held on Friday, September 23, 2011, at Minakwa Golf Course, at 3 p.m. Registration for the 9-hole, 4-person scramble is $20 per person or $80 per team and includes golf, food, and prizes. For more information about the tournament, contact Kristie Walker at 218-281-8116.

If interested, $50 hole sponsorships also are available by contacting Walker. Golf carts may be reserved through Minakwa if needed.

The Carl Spackler Open is open to all and proceeds will be used to assist students in the Turf Club at the U of M, Crookston to attend regional and national educational conferences.

Diversity Workshop comp.jpgRicky Hall, assistant vice-president, and other staff from the Office of Equity and Diversity on the Twin Cities campus were on the Crookston campus Thursday, September 15. They lead a thought-provoking discussion/workshop on diversity entitled "Diversity Is Everybody's Everyday Work: Leveraging Diversity to Achieve Excellence."

This interactive discussion was held as a Thursday Commons event in Bede Ballroom.

Sign Up for the UMC Homecoming Parade. Prizes Awarded!

HC Parade entry.jpgStudent clubs and organizations are encouraged to enter units in the 2011 Homecoming Parade, set for Saturday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.  Three $50 prizes will be awarded to the parade units judged as "Best Use of Homecoming Theme," "Best Crowd Pleaser," and "Most Creative."  The theme is "Golden Eagle Empire."

Parade entry forms, available from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439, are due by Thursday, September 29.  Faculty and staff are also encouraged to enter parade units.  For more information about Homecoming, refer to, and remember to like the Homecoming Facebook page at

Facilities Maintenance and Safety Class Makes a Concrete Statement

Concrete work.jpgOn Tuesday, the Ag NatR class SM 1043 Facilities Maintenance and Safety, taught by the Ag and NatR department finished a hands-on project between Selvig Hall and Bergland Laboratory. 

The class prepared the site for the new concrete slab by forming, installing  and compacting material for a uniform base, and installing reinforcement to increase the concrete's tensile strength.

The class is taught by Kent Freberg, assistant professor, agriculture and natural resources.

Photos (l to r): Students with shovels and concrete rakes are placing the concrete.  Concrete is being struck off by using a vibrating screed. The class standing by their finished project.

Crookston Student Association Fall Elections

+Vote.jpgCrookston Student Association (CSA) Elections are coming! Vote this Thursday and Friday for several Senator positions.

Senate candidates are: Jordan Melbye, Derrick Redd, Hannah Reysen, Emily Goff, Brant Moore, Boma Afonya, Chunhui Liu (Ray), Lindsey Homelvig, Kayla Bellrichard, Selina Moran, Jessica Girgen, Isaac Osei, Alexmai Addo, May Nabirye, and Irwin Sylvah.

When: Thursday and Friday, September 15 and 16, 2011 
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Students! Nominate Homecoming Royalty TODAY!

Homecoming Voting.jpgHomecoming 2011 is right around the corner!

Students, please take a few moments and nominate candidates for the Homecoming Court this Monday and Tuesday via the attached link. There will NOT be in person nominations, so this is your only opportunity to nominate candidates.

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


Agriculture Students Compare GPS Receiver Accuracy

GPS driven wheel barrows+.jpgStudents in the ASM 3360 Precision Agriculture course fitted wheel barrows with various receivers to compare differential correction using WAAS, Coast Guard and RTK. 

"Data is collected, brought into a GIS program and analyzed for accuracy," said Paul Aakre, assistant professor, agriculture.

Support Maroon & Gold Fridays and WIN!

Regal cut out.jpgWear your school "colors" every Friday to show your spirit and keep the tradition alive! 

Regal will be wandering the campus hallways every Friday sometime between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. looking for students, faculty and staff wearing Maroon & Gold. Regal will be carrying a basket of Hersey  Kisses and offer a kiss to everyone seen wearing Maroom & Gold. There will be six (6) Golden Eagle Kisses mixed amongst the regular silver kisses.  The six lucky spirited individuals who randomly pick a Golden Eagle Kiss will receive a $5 gift certificate from the UMC Bookstore. The Bookstore will also offer these students a 20% discount when they redeem these gift certificates. This school spirit initiative will begin Friday, September 9, 2011 and run through December 2, 2011. Weekly winners will have their pictures posted on the campus' digital displays during the following week.

In another Maroon & Gold Friday initiative, the UMC Bookstore will give students, faculty and staff 20% off all purchases (with some exclusions, i.e. textbooks) made on Fridays if they are wearing Maroon & Gold. This offer will also be available through December 2, 2011. These individuals will also have their name entered into a drawing for a large prize (i.e.  I-Pod).  The drawing will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2011.  The winner will be announced and posted on the campus digital displays.  

Flip It Off and Help UMC Save Energy

web-logosept2010.jpgThe UMC Campus Community continues its participation in the Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge.  The goal is to reduce electrical energy consumption on campus through conservation and behavior change. To achieve that goal everyone must be willing to make an effort every day.

Many changes are already in place to save energy including old lighting replaced with new more efficient lighting, meters that accurately record energy use, and variable frequency drivers (VFD's) on large motors in ventilation systems, just to name a few.  These steps all help, but it is vital for everyone on campus to be aware of their energy use and to try to be as efficient as possible. Energy conservation is everyone's issue.

The efforts to conserve energy must not be the responsibility of only the students living in the residence halls.   It will take a concerted effort by all students, staff, and faculty to achieve our goal.  Discussion of energy use in classes, turning off lights when leaving any room including classrooms, lowering thermostats over the weekend and other unoccupied hours, unplugging phone chargers when not in use, and many other small things will make a real difference.

Your continued participation in the Otter Tail Campus Energy Challenge is appreciated.  Together we can demonstrate that the University of Minnesota, Crookston is a leader in energy conservation and sustainability in the community and surrounding region.

U of M, Crookston Student Works with Roseau Business Groups

abbeyroseaupresentationAug2011-web.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston student Abbey Wemimo is pictured presenting recommendations to members of the Roseau Civic and Commerce Association and the Roseau Convention and Visitors Bureau in late August.  He is a junior at UMC double-majoring in organization psychology and business management.  He is also a student intern for the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES).  CRES provides free technical assistance and research to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and non-profit organizations in Northwest Minnesota while giving students real-world business experience by engaging them with area entrepreneurs.   The Center was established in August 2010, when the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston recieved a grant from the Department of Education.  More information can be found at

Apply TODAY to Become a CSA Member

CSA is looking for YOU!.jpgAre YOU interested in taking an active role on campus? Looking to make a big difference on campus?

The Crookston Student Association (CSA) is looking for YOU!
We are accepting applications for:
   -- Senator Positions
   -- Student Senate Consultative Committee Representative

Applications are available until Wednesday, September 7, at the Sargeant Student Center Information Desk

Any questions? -- Contact Senator for Elections and Special Events, Anthonette Sims at

Alisha Aasness
Crookston Student Association President

Evergreen Hall Network Working Again

Thumbs Up to UMC.jpgFacilities was able to repair the cooling system for the network gear ahead of time! -- and I'm pleased to report that all Evergreen networks should be "up" again now.

If you're in Evergreen and have connection problems, please reset your computer. 

Don Medal
Network Engineer, Tech Support Services

Please Check Your University of Minnesota e-mail

E-mail.jpgE-mail is Official Student Communication

Policy Statement
A University assigned student e-mail account shall be the University's official means of communication with all students. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their University assigned e-mail account. If a student chooses to forward their University e-mail account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments, sent to any other e-mail account.

Link the University of Minnesota student e-mail policy