January 2012 Archives

Ag-Arama 2012 Royalty and True Grit Award Winners


Saturday was the annual Ag-Arama, hosted by students in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.  Royalty included (above left) Prince Justin Goodroad, a freshman from Lindstrom, Minnesota, majoring in animal science and agricultural education; Princess Victoria Martin, a sophomore from Worland, Wyoming, majoring in animal science pre-vet; Queen Kayla Klehr, a senior from Richmond, Minnesota, majoring in animal science pre-vet; and King Matthew Green, a senior from Greenbush, Minnesota, triple majoring in agricultural systems management, agonromy, and agricultural business.  Samantha Lahman, above right, a senior from Parker's Prairie, Minnesota, majoring in animal science and minoring in agricultural business and communication, won the True Grit Award--the highest honor presented at Ag-Arama.

To see additional Ag Arama photos go to the University of Minnesota, Crookston - Official facebook page

Ag Arama brings Agriculture into the Spotlight on Sat., Jan. 28

Ag Arama composite.jpgA legacy continues at the University of Minnesota, Crookston with hosting of the 37th annual Ag Arama. The weekend of events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 27-28, 2012, is hosted by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and includes fun and excitement for the entire family. Most of the activities take place on Saturday, January 28, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus.

Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources highlight Ag Arama weekend. They serve as an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by Terrill Bradford and Brenda Miller, who both teach in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

On Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the animal showmanship contests begin and the public is welcome to watch the competition as it unfolds in both novice and experienced categories. Students compete in western and English horse showmanship, lamb lead, and dairy, beef, sheep, and swine showing.  The novices are paired with experienced students prior to the contests to prepare for the day. Alumni showmanship will take place at 12:30 p.m.

From 9 a.m. to noon, an agricultural industries show features some of the latest in agricultural equipment. At noon, the Round Robin Showmanship will begin. Coronation of the Ag Arama royalty takes place at 1 p.m. followed by the presentation of specialty awards and the sweepstakes presentation. Several games and competitions, including men's and women's crosscut saw contests and log splitting, begin at 2:30 p.m.

Photos show the wide range of events that took place at Ag Arama 2011. Enjoy the fun and participate in this year's event.

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Chinese Dance Theater.jpgThe beautiful and vibrant culture of China will be brought to the University of Minnesota, Crookston by the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM) Chinese Dance Theater. The dance theater will perform on January 28, 2012, in Kiehle Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m.

Chinese dance incorporates a variety of forms and styles of movement derived from 53 diverse ethnic groups' traditions. It involves not just unique Chinese dance sequences and movements but also the cultural and historical basis of the dances. The CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Chinese cultural heritage and enriching a diverse community through the universal language of dance.

Since 1992, CDT has served families and delighted audiences with some of the best locally-produced Chinese dance concerts in the country. We are a community-based organization under the artistic direction of a world-renowned choreographer and teacher. A division of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, the oldest, largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota, CDT performs before 17,000 live audience members every year. With a dance school, annual concerts, and outreach performances, CDT is the largest Chinese dance organization in the Midwest. To learn more, visit www.caamcdt.org.

The performance is made possible by the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute; U of M, Crookston Concerts & Lectures; and in part, by a grant provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Apply for CSA Today... Make Your Voice Heard On Campus!

CSA Elections.jpgApplications are still available for the Crookston Student Association (CSA) through this Friday, January 27, 2012.

Two Senator positions are available:
   Senator of Committee on Committees
   Senator Liason

Applications can be picked up at the Sargeant Student Center Info Desk.

For additional information about Crookston Student Association, you may contact Alisha Aasness, CSA President

We "Chair"-ish Your Opinion (sorry, really bad pun)

chairs.jpgThe campus has plans to replace the chairs in a number of classrooms over the summer.  Chair samples from several vendors are now available in the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Each of the chairs comes with multiple options (cloth, vinyl, plastic, arm rests, no arm rests, casters, color, etc.).  Campus decision makers are seeking input from students, faculty, and staff.  Please stop by the west end of the International Lounge through Friday, January 27, to see and try out these chairs.  The chairs are numbered 1 to 14, and individuals will be asked for their top three choices.  Voting will take place online. Two laptops will be provided on site each day, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with the survey available to receive feedback.

Join U of M "Campus Conversation" on Wednesday, Jan. 25

logo_uofm_D2D.jpgJoin the first "Campus Conversation" of 2012, on Wednesday, January 25, 9-10 a.m.

This month's conversation will be an opportunity to learn about the University's Capital Request to the Minnesota State Legislature and how you can be an advocate for the University during the 2012 legislative session, which begins on Jan. 24. You will also meet Jason Rohloff, who is the new Special Assistant to the President for Government Relations.

A discussion period will follow the presentation.

Join online the day of the event to join by UMConnect.

Commencement 2011.jpgMonday, 23 January, 2012
All Day Event

Degree candidates must complete an electronic application for degree with the Office of the Registrar by the end of the second week of the term/semester in which degree requirements will be met. Refer to the eDegree FAQ for additional information.

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The commencement ceremony is held once yearly at the end of spring semester. Attendance at the commencement ceremony is optional. Students registered for courses that complete their degree requirements may participate in commencement exercises. This includes the student's spring term, summer session, and up to 16 credits of fall term registration.

Any student who has outstanding financial debt to the University of $100 or more will not be allowed to graduate or participate in the spring commencement ceremony.

UMC Chancellor Charles H. Casey Announces Retirement

Casey_ Charles H.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, D.V.M., announced today that he plans to retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.  Casey has been UMC chancellor since September 2005 and has held other University leadership roles over nearly 35 years, including serving as a member of the Board of Regents and as dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension.

Casey, whose last day as chancellor will be June 30, 2012, made the announcement during his "state of the campus" address to the UMC community.  He expressed pride in the growth of the campus during his tenure, citing accomplishments including new programs, gains in enrollment and diversity, strategic facility investments, and completion of a comprehensive strategic plan.

"This is the right time for me to step down after a long and satisfying career," said Casey.  This is a time of significant challenges for higher education, but by most measures, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is thriving and well positioned for further growth.  I have great confidence in the future under the leadership of University President Eric Kaler."

Casey added, "I will always be grateful for the support I've received.  The faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota, Crookston are incredibly talented and committed to the campus as well as to the success of our students."

University Senior Vice President Robert J. Jones, who with Kaler oversees the University's four coordinate campuses, said Tuesday that plans for a national search for Casey's replacement will be announced soon, with the goal of having a new chancellor on board at Casey's departure.

"Chancellor Casey has been an exceptional leader for the Crookston campus and for the greater University," said Jones, who was on campus for Casey's address.  "He has steered the campus to a new level of excellence as a teaching and applied research hub for northwestern Minnesota."

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UMC Students Engage in MLK Day of Service

MLK Day of Service composite.jpgA group of 35 University of Minnesota, Crookston students participated in our first Martin Luther King (MLK) Day of Service on Monday, January 16. 

Projects were held throughout the day so that students could do one or more projects.  They walked dogs at the Humane Society, delivered meals to Crookston residents, packed backpacks at North Country Food Bank, and then played cards and worked on puzzles with senior citizens at the Summit Apartments.

Photos (l to r): Students working at the North Country Food Bank; Playing cards with residents of the Summit Apartments; Freshly bathed dog at the Humane Society. 

Sign Up for the TXT-U Emergency Notification System

Sign up for Text U.jpgTXT-U is the University of Minnesota's emergency notification text messaging system. Students, faculty and staff can stay informed about critical campus safety information by registering to receive TXT-U messages.

Only University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff can register for TXT-U. However, you can add more than one mobile device to your account, registering your parents, family, friends, or others.

TXT-U will be used infrequently and specifically for real emergency situations.

Be prepared! Register today for TXT-U!

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Lions Check for WBB.jpgThe 3rd Annual Hoops for Halloween hosted by the Crookston Lions Club and held in October 2011, included 57 teams from across the local area. Teams from both North Dakota and Minnesota participated in the basketball tournament which yielded $2,000 in support of Golden Eagle Women's Basketball at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Members of the women's basketball team serve as referees during the tournament. The competition is for boys and girls in grades 3 through 9. Next year's tournament is scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012.

The tournament initiative was led by Crookston Lions Club Member Garrett Borowicz, who recently presented a check to Head Women's Basketball Coach Mike Roysland.

In the photo (left to right): Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations; Garrett Borowicz, representing the Crookston Lions Club; Mike Roysland, head women's basketball coach; and Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston.

Welcome the New Veteran's Representative to Campus

Welcome.jpgThis semester, please welcome Mr. Tony Schnellbach to U of M, Crookston as our new Veteran's Representative.  Tony will be on campus Tuesdays, and is available to discuss veteran's affairs, VA benefits, and any other veteran's issues. 

Tony will be in Hill 15 (downstairs in Hill Hall) on Tuesdays. If you need to contact Tony about veterans issues, you may do so via e-mail: tony.schnellbach@state.mn.us or by telephone at: 218-208-7544.

Veterans, please drop in and say hello to Tony on a Tuesday, and welcome him to UMC.

What's on Wednesday (W.O.W.) - Mentalist Christopher Carter

christopher_carter-mentalist.jpgChristopher Carter cannot see a thing! You made sure of that when you and several other audience members placed a large coin over each of his eyes and covered both of his eyes with multiple layers of duct tape so that he is completely blind. Yet, without missing a single detail, Christopher just told you exactly what is in your pockets. A minute ago, he provided the audience with an intricate description of an object that a man was holding. Just before that, he stunned the crowd when he told a woman what was in her purse, including the specific compartment where each item was located. Next, he is going to leave you scratching your head in amazement when begins to reveal the detailed thoughts of dozens of people in the audience.

Witness this and much more on Wednesday, January 11, starting at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.

Learn more at his website: http://christophercartermentalist.com/

Sponsored by Student Experience Office

Thank You.jpgCollectively, they represent 335 years of service to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The unwavering dedication and service of ten individuals will be recognized during a retirement reception to be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, from 3 - 4:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  The public is invited to attend the reception that includes a special program beginning at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Honorees who will be in attendance include Dennis Magsam, audiovisual operations manager in Media Services, 43 years of service; John Rodseth, senior office assistant in the Business Department, 37 years of service; Sonia Spaeth, assistant professor in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 36 years of service; Jacquie Normandin, administrative aide in Human Resources, 26 years of service; Bob Nelson, registrar and director of Institutional Research, 24 years of service; and Karen Murphy, executive operations/student services specialist in the Business Department, 24 years of service.

Other individuals retiring who are unable to attend the reception but are recognized for their years of dedication include Trish Ramstad, executive administrative specialist in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 45 years of service; Arlene Tahran, executive administrative specialist in Business Department, 42 years of service; Cleon Melsa, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, 38 years of service; and Deanna Patenaude, community program specialist in Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 20 years of service.

UMC Wireless Network and Printer Connections

HP computer_7037.jpgWelcome back students!
Just a friendly reminder, since you all have been off campus for a couple of weeks, that if your wireless or printers are not working when you return, to restart your computer connected with a LAN cord. If you need to borrow a LAN cord stop by the UMC Computer Help Desk on Monday and we can help you out.

Again, welcome back!

Thea Holen
UMC Help Desk Manager
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Jan Aamoth named Director of RSVP of the Red River Valley

Aamoth_Jan 8830.jpgJan Aamoth will officially take over as the new director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley on Thursday, January 12, 2012. After 20 years, Deanna Patenaude is stepping down as the organization's director. RSVP of the Red River Valley is housed in the Sargeant Student Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Patenaude knows RSVP is in good hands with Aamoth at the helm. "Jan has been the RSVP program coordinator for the past six years, so the transition into this position should go smoothly," Patenaude says. "I'm confident that Jan will do an excellent job." 

RSVP, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation, connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference. The organization's mission is to offer maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/rsvp.