October 2011 Archives

Rose Ensemble 2011_formalindoor[1].jpgSongs of Temperance and Temptation is the theme of a concert to be performed on Tuesday, November 1, 2011, in the Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Rose Ensemble will bring the flavor and the music of the prohibition period to life beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults and $9 for students with an ID. With the purchase of two or more regular-priced tickets an additional ticket is free.

Prohibition leaps onto the musical stage in this delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota's long-standing love/hate relationship with the saloon. Semi-staged and fully costumed, this research-rich yet light-hearted performance features the songs and stories of Carrie Nation and 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, balanced by a full cup of good ol' anti-Prohibition songs. Projections of historical photos and narration from F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby complement the show, as the performers skip and prance to Victorian waltzes, croon 1920s jazz, launch into Irish reels, ragtime, and gospel, and belt out some of Irving Berlin's best show-stoppers.

Founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Jordan Sramek, The Rose Ensemble reawakens the ancient with vocal music that stirs the emotions, challenges the mind, and lifts the spirit. The Saint Paul, Minnesota group tours internationally with repertoire spanning 1,000 years and 25 languages, including new research in Middle Eastern, European and American vocal traditions. The Ensemble has released 9 recordings. For more information, visit www.roseensemble.org.

LegacyLogo.jpgThe concert is sponsored in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board through appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photo: The Rose Ensemble (Credit: Michael Haug Photography)

Ag Students Learn about Field Drainage

RTK Field Ditching 10_28_11.JPGPrecision Agriculture students enjoy a field visit to Luke Forness's farm near Dorthy, Minn. to learn about latest technology in field drainage using RTK GPS.  Water management is one of the most important parameters to maximizing crop yields. Luke Forness, shown to the left in the picture, is the Precision Ag specialist at Crookston Implement our local John Deere dealer.

Students pictured left to right include: Brandon Reirson, Christian Pester, Evan Collette, Mark Reipe, Josh Thompson, Allison Noll, Kyle Sveen, Kayla Erickson, Craig Vaughn, Alex Cull, Kelley Lucas, Kasey Okke, Christian Rohloff, Abbie Westby, Jessica Fenlason, and Luke Forness.

Submitted by Paul Aakre,  ASM Program

Ag Business Club Volunteers


Thirteen members of the UMC Ag Business Club spent the evening of Wednesday, October 26, at the North Country Food Bank taking part in a community service project.  The club packed more than 1000 backpacks with items of food (like oatmeal, canned goods, juice, and crackers) for children from needy families. All student clubs at UMC are asked to complete at least two community service projects per semester. It's one of the many ways students contribute to and enrich our campus and community. (photos submitted by Matthew Krueger, president, Ag-Business Club ) 

American_Degree_FFA.jpgNine University of Minnesota, Crookston students received the FFA American Degree in Indianapolis, Ind., at the National FFA Convention on Saturday, October 22, 2011. The degree is the highest degree that can be attained by active FFA members. It is based on the member's Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and their leadership experiences. Less than 2% of FFA member nationwide achieve this degree level.

FFA American Degree recipients pictured include:

Maria Funk,  a junior agricultural education major from Sebeka; Whitney Lian, a sophomore agricultural education major from Thief River Falls; Haley Koubsky, a sophomore double major in animal science and agricultural education from Starbuck/Glenwood; Whitney Jacobson, a sophomore double major in animal science and agricultural education from Thief River Falls; Justin Goodroad, a freshman double major in agricultural education and animal science from Chisago Lakes; Kasey Okke, a sophomore agricultural education major from Hawley; Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, a senior equine science and agricultural education double major from Hawley; and Dustin Smith,  a sophomore triple major in agricultural business, business management, and agronomy from Staples-Motley. Not pictured, but also receiving his degree was Andrew Gorentz, a senior agronomy major from Perham.

In the photo, front row (l to r):  Maria Funk, Whitney Lian, Haley Koubsky, and Whitney Jacobson. Back row:  Justin Goodroad, Kasey Okke, Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, and Dustin Smith.  Not pictured but also receiving his degree was Andrew Gorentz.

Jacob Pastoors Completes Solo Flight

Jacob Pastoors.jpgJacob Pastoors completed his first student solo flight on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Crookston Municipal Airport.  Jacob is an Agricultural Aviation major at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. 

Following his first solo flight, Jacob will continue to expand his flight skills toward achieving his Private Pilot Certificate.

Memorial Apple Tree Planted on UMC Campus

Memorial Apple Tree.jpgOn September 25, 2011, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and sustainable development activist died in Nairobi, Kenya, after a prolonged battle with cancer. In her memory and as a tribute to her legacy, the University of Minnesota, Crookston planted a memorial apple tree on campus.

In conjunction with the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) conference, a Honeycrisp apple tree was planted on Friday, October 21, 2011, in the Nature Nook, near the west entrance to Bergland Laboratory on the UMC campus.

The event was sponsored by the Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) and the Center for Sustainability.

To learn more about Wangari Maathai, visit www.greenbeltmovement.org.

In the photo (l to r): Sheila Carleton, Harouna Maiga, Dan Svedarsky, and Chancellor Charles H. Casey.

Golden Eagle Equestrian Teams to Host Spaghetti Feed Tonight


The Hunt Seat and Western Equestrian teams will host a fundraiser spaghetti feed on Friday, October 21, at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. The feed runs from 5 to 8 p.m.  Cost is $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. U of M, Crookston faculty, staff and students will receive a special rate of $5.00.  Spaghetti is all you can eat. There will also be pony rides, cart rides, face painting and roping


On Thursday, October 20 the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) 103_3343.jpgheld registration for their 39th annual conference. This is the first time the University of Minnesota, Crookston has hosted the event. The campus welcomed 33 students and three advisors from six universities including Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Western Illinois University, South Dakota State University, the University of Wisconsin- River Falls, and Northwest Missouri State University.

On Friday, the students will be in Bede Ballroom participating in a team competition that includes 100 general knowledge questions, identification of herbaceous and woody plants, and plant judging. In the afternoon campus will be visited by guest speakers including Linda Kingery, director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; Kathleen Brokke, author and researcher from North Dakota State Univesity; Bert Swanson, president of the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association; and Rusty Schmidt, co-author of The BlueThumb Guide to Raingardens.

Please welcome all of our guests if you see them on campus today!

In the photo (left to right): Mike Laurich, Kristine Neu, Ashlynn Hartung, Rebecca West, Chad Harrer,  and Catlin Kersting

  • Schedule for Thursday, October 20 
  • Schedule for Friday, October 21 
  • Schedule for Saturday, October 22 
  • Schedule for Sunday, October 23 
  • Alcohol Awareness Week.jpgNCAA and ATOD 2011 National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week is October 17-22. Many events are taking place. 

    Remember to bring your Alcohol Awareness Week activities card to receive stamps for a prize drawing for a Kindle e-book reader to be held Saturday, October 22, at the football game when the U of M Crookston Golden Eagles take on St. Cloud State at 1 p.m. at Widseth Field. 

    You must have three stamps from different events throughout the week to qualify for the drawings.

    Photos: The Crookston Police Department hosted a "Driving Under the Influence Driving Course" set up with pylon obstacles, Wednesday, on the UMC Campus Mall.

    Sponsored by SAAC and ATOD.

    Comment to Win Season Passes to All UMC Golden Eagles Games

    goldeneagles.jpgCalling all fans of the University of Minnesota, Crookston Golden Eagles! With our first comment-and-win giveaway, The Research @ the U of M blog is  reaching out to all of our readers near the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus.

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    What kind of stories and information are most relevant and useful to your work at the University of Minnesota?

    Leave a comment at the UM Research link webpage in response to the question by Friday, November 4, and you'll be entered into a random drawing. The editors will notify the winner via e-mail.

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    UMC Hort Club Hosts MACHS Conference October 20-23

    machs2011G.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Horticulture Club will host the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) 39th annual conference from Thursday, October 20, to Sunday, October 23. MACHS is comprised of horticulture clubs from universities and two-year colleges in the Midwest Region. The conference is expected to bring nearly 40 horticultural students from across the Midwest to the U of M, Crookston campus. Teams are expected from Iowa State, NDSU, SDSU, Western Illinois University, and UW-River Falls. This is the first time that the U of M, Crookston Horticulture Club has hosted this event. 

    Attention: On Campus Students - Spring Housing Info

    ResLife Aerial photo.jpgTo:  On Campus Students
    From:  Gary Willhite, Director of Residential Life

    The Fall Semester is moving quickly and our department is making plans for Spring Semester housing options. 

    If you will NOT be a student here at UMC next semester, please contact our office immediately. 

    If you are returning as a student - however wish to move off campus for Spring Semester, we will allow 20 on-campus students to be released from their housing contract on a first come basis, although housing contracts are for the entire year.

    We are expecting more new students for Spring and would like to offer our students currently residing at America's Best Value Inn an opportunity to move on campus.  And Yes, the University is proceeding with a new building project for Spring of 2013.  More details to follow.

    Please stop in to Residential Life with any further questions or concerns.

    Regal cut out.jpgThe number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Crookston fall semester 2011 has surpassed previous record levels, continuing a five-year trend of increasing enrollment and a fourth year of record high enrollment.  Official enrollment figures for all University of Minnesota campuses were announced at the Board of Regents meeting. 

    Enrollment data puts the number of degree-seeking students attending the Crookston campus at 1,600 for fall semester 2011. That number bests 2010's all-time record of 1,462 undergraduates and signifies an increase of 9.4% since last fall.  When comparing fall 2011 enrollment to fall 2006, the percentage is even more remarkable, reflecting an increase of 52% in degree-seeking students over that five-year period.

    While the reputation of the Crookston campus has continued to advance--enhanced most recently by receiving recognition and "Best College" designations from both U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review again this fall--the enrollment growth is attributed to additional factors.  "Students are definitely attracted to the University of Minnesota brand, the educational options and degrees we provide, and the personal attention they receive here," says Charles Casey, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston. 

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    John Niemczyk is First to Complete Solo Flight

    Niemczyk solo.jpgJohn Niemczyk completed his first solo flight on October 12, 2011. John is the first of his Private Pilot class to complete this important milestone: Flying an airplane without an instructor aboard. 

    In keeping with an age old tradition, Niemczyk's shirt-tail was "trimmed", his name and date of first solo was inked onto the cloth, which is now posted prominently at the Crookston Airport.

    Photos by Carolyn Clark, John's flight instructor

    Third Annual Major Fair Tuesday, October 18

    majorfair2011.jpgThe Third Annual Major Fair will be held Tuesday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge of Sargeant Student Center.  All students, especially those who have not declared a major, are encouraged to learn more about the majors and minors presented at the various booths.  Additional information will be provided by Career Services, Study Abroad, Service Learning, and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC).  Snacks and door prizes will be offered.  This event is sponsored by the Student Experience Office and Peer Connections.

    National Coming Out Day, October 11

    Rainbow.jpgNational Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an internationally observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about people that are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, etc. It is observed by members of the GLBT communities and their supporters on October 11 annually.

    Several members of the Student Affairs Staff will be at a contact table in the Sargeant Student Center from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. today handing out literature, buttons and resource materials.

    For additional information the attached PDF document is a handout which lists self-identified UMC campus allies, as well as links to both the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office at the University of Minnesota and Human Rights Campaign.

    Link to University of Minnesota site    Human Rights Campain Resources link

    National Coming Out Day 3.pdf

    Research projects.jpgReminder - Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Crookston (UROC) applications are due Monday, October 17, 2011

    In order to encourage undergraduate research on the UMC campus, funding has been set aside for projects approved on campus. The process for awarding these funds is separate from the University-wide UROP.  

    Total dollars requested per proposal may not exceed $1700 (maximum of $1400 in salary for the student plus a maximum of $300 for expenses).  All proposals submitted for campus funding need to be approved by the appropriate unit head and submitted to the Academic Affairs Office by the following date and time.  Late proposals will not be considered.

    October 17, 2011, 4:00 p.m. - for Spring Semester 2012 projects.
    For application forms and guidelines, please click on the attachments: 

    Policy and Procedures_2011-2012.docx

    Application_Fall 2011.docx

    Faculty Mentor Recommendation_Fall 2011.docx

    Submitted projects that do not follow the procedures and/or not submitted on the correct forms and do not include all requested information will be returned and run the risk of not being considered.

    Click link to Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Crookston (UROC) page for additional information.

    Minnesota Clothesline Project.jpgThe Clothesline Project was originally started as an art project by women in the state of Massachusetts in 1990 to honor the victims and survivors of domestic violence. A total of 31 shirts were put on display in Hyannis Massachusetts in October of 1990. Victims of domestic violence used this art form as a way of expressing their emotions and their struggles. They would hang the shirts on a clothesline to bring attention to the problem of violence against women. The Clothesline Project has been adopted by 41 states and five countries.

    The Minnesota Clothesline Project was created in 1992 by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women in Brainerd, MN. This Minnesota Project honors only those who fell victim to domestic violence and child abuse. Volunteer artists designed the shirts based on the information they collected from news accounts or through recollection of an incident that involved a family member or friend. The clothesline from 1992 is available for display throughout Minnesota.

    This week the Office of Service Learning and Student Health will be displaying the 2008 clothesline as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the Sargeant Student Center on Monday, October 10, 2011 and will be on display until Thursday, October 13, 2011. The clothesline display is usually shown every three years at UMC.

    UMC's Blood Drive is Today!

    blood drive.jpgHave your blood pressure, temperature, pulse, cholesterol and iron level checked. It's a bonus when you donate blood today (Monday, October 10) 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM in the Bede Ballroom.

    Date: Monday, October 10, 2011
    Time: 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
    Place: Bede Ballroom

    Ag Industries Club Trap Shoot ends in a "Shoot Out"

    Ag Industries Trap Shoot.jpgTwelve club members competed for the "top prize" in this year's 16th Annual Ag Industries Club Trap Shoot.  In the end Reily Bata, Carl Gaukerud and Cory Kimball tied with 21 kills out of 25 shots.

    For the first time in club history the winner was determined by a "shoot out" between the three contestants. After several rounds, Reily Bata, using Advisor Paul Aakre's 870 Remington 12 ga., took the honors as top marksman.

    The Ag Industries Club would like to thank Wayne Swanson, local Crookston attorney and president of the Crookston Gun Club for making the facilities available and running the event.
    Photos (l to r): Ag Industries Club members: Wayne Swanson, Crookston Gun Club President, operates the trap and scores the event; (l to r) Paul Aakre, Cory Kimball, Carl Gaukerud and Reily Bata.

    Alpha Lambda Delta Participates in Adopt-a-Highway

    Alpha Lamda Delta.jpgMembers of Alpha Lambda Delta took advantage of the beautiful weather on Wednesday, October 5 to pick trash along Highway 2 as a part of the Adopt-a-Highway project. Seven members of the organization participated in the service project.

    Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and are in the top 20 percent of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

    The organization's faculty advisor is Associate Professor Brian Dingmann who teaches in the Math, Science, and Technology Department.

    Chelsea Wiesner Named Newcomer Athlete of the Year

    Chelsea Wiesner.jpgThe UMC Athletic Department announced that volleyball player Chelsea Wiesner (DS, 5-8, So., Rochester, Minn.) was named 2010-11 Golden Eagle Female Newcomer of the Year.
    Wiesner played in all 28 matches during the 2010 volleyball season. She led the Golden Eagles with 24 service aces and defensive digs with 377 good for eighth place in the NSIC. Chelsea tallied a season-high four service aces against Illinois-Springfield on September 10, 2010 and recorded a season-high 29 defensive digs against Southern Indiana on September 10, 2010. She is currently ranked fourth in the NSIC in digs with 268 and fifth in the conference in digs/set with 4.62 during the 2011 season.
    Wiesner is majoring in health sciences and biology at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She is from Rochester, Minn. and is the daughter of Lisa and Bob Wiesner.

    Criteria for this award is as follows - the student athlete needs to be a freshman or incoming transfer student athlete with significant accomplishments. The coaches nominate one student athlete per sport and this award is voted on by the entire coaching staff.

    Photo (l to r): UMC Athletic Director Stephanie Helgeson, Chelsea Wiesner, Chancellor Charles H. Casey

    2011_9-30 _OA_AHOF_group.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston honored six exceptional individuals during homecoming. Recognition for three Outstanding Alumni and three Athletic Hall of Fame inductees was held on Friday evening, September 30, 2011, in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center.

    Named Outstanding Alumni for 2011 were Ann Bailey '79, Larimore, N.D.; Kevin Fee '80, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Eric Klindt ex. '99, Campbell, Minn.  Athletic Hall of Fame inductees included: Nathan Pitt '97, Morden, Manitoba, Canada; Luther Huggins ex. '84, Frisco, Texas; and Ed Odland, Crookston, Minn. Odland was honored for his long time support of Golden Eagle Athletics and his leadership to the Teambacker organization, the athletic promotion and fundraising organization on the Crookston campus.

    The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on alumni by the University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family or in their occupational field.

    The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes achievement by a former athlete or team, or extraordinary support of student-athletes by an individual or organization.

    In the photo, seated, left to right: Ann Bailey, Ed Odland, and Kevin Fee. Standing: Chancellor Casey, Eric Klindt, Luther Huggins, Nathan Pitt, Athletic Director Steph Helgeson; and Director of Development & Alumni Relations Corby Kemmer.

    Link to story

    Horticulture Club Helps Fisher School

    HortClubatFisherOct2011-web.JPGMembers of the Horticulture Club recently helped Fisher Elementary School by turning over the mulch in the playground as a community service project. According to Horticulture Club President Catlin Kersting, the club felt very rewarded knowing that they were able to help the students, staff, and the community of Fisher.  This is just another example of how UMC students enrich and serve our region by donating their time.