February 2012 Archives

Region 1 FFA Career Development Events on Campus

Thumbs Up to UMC.jpgRegion I FFA Career Development Events (CDE's)  are on campus this Tuesday, February 28.

The CDE's being held include Agricultural Sales, Parliamentary Procedure, Ag Mechanics, Small Animals, and Crops. 

Please welcome FFA members to campus.

Black History & Culture Celebration has been Cancelled


Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

Due to the forecasted snow storm, BSA is cancelling the Celebration of Black History and Culture.

Thank you for your understanding, Black Student Association

UMC Students at CHS.jpgPhoto l to r: Associate Professor Margot Rudstrom, Matthew Green, Drew Underdahl, Rachel Keimig, and Jacob Hein at the CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights. The students attended the College Conference on Cooperatives in Minneapolis from Feb 16-19.

More than 90 students from twelve states recently learned about cooperatives from experts across the country. The students were participants in the College Conference on Cooperatives, sponsored by the CHS Foundation and hosted by the National Farmers Union (NFU) Foundation. The four-day event included participants from Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Illinois, Texas, Vermont, North Dakota, Montana and Colorado. "This is an opportunity for Farmers Union and the cooperative community of the upper Midwest to teach young people about cooperative business principles and history, to introduce them to a wide variety of co-ops, and to show them that there are great careers in strong, ethical and community-minded businesses," said NFU President Roger Johnson.

To make cooperative education come alive for the participants, students visited CHS headquarters, heard cooperative leaders, farmers, and government experts explain current challenges facing co-ops, and toured housing, retail and marketing cooperatives across the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Add to Your Maroon & Gold Wardrobe!

t-shirt sale.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston Tee Sale on Friday, February 24, beginning at Noon in the UMC Bookstore!
Celebrate Maroon & Gold Friday

Featured tees only $4.99, Reg $9.99

Hurry in, quantities are limited. Once they are gone, they're gone!


Offer good at the UMC Bookstore on Friday, February 24 beginning at noon. Savings good on featured tees only. No other coupons or membership offers may be applied. Limit 6 tees per customer. Offer good while supplies last.

Become a SOS Leader! Applications are Due Monday, Feb. 27

SOS Leaders.jpgReminder that SOS Leader applications are available at the Sargeant Student Center Info Desk and at the UMC Admissions Office.

APPLICATIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 BY 4:30 PM. Turn in your applications to Alysa in the UMC Admissions Office, 170 Owen Hall. Interviews will be held March, 7, 8 and 9.

If you have questions, please contact Alysa Tulibaski at 281-8570, OR e-mail: hauge450@umn.edu

What's in it for YOU:
   > Great opportunity
   > Make new friends
   > Have tons of fun
   > Meet new students!

PLUS if you become a SOS Leader you will receive 4-5 free t-shirts plus additional perks.

Attached are the SOS Leader application forms in both the pdf format and a Word doc:  SOS job description pdf file.pdf --  SOS job description[1].docx

BestValue_banner.jpgThe list of best value colleges, announced recently on the Princeton Review website and in USA TODAY, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.  The U of M, Crookston was listed among the 75 "Best Value Public Colleges."  The annual list is a project the education services company launched in 2004 identifying America's top undergraduate schools offering excellent academics, generous financial aid, and/or relatively low cost of attendance.

The Princeton Review bases its rankings on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. The selection criteria examined more than 30 factors in the areas of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, using data from surveys conducted from fall 2010 through fall 2011. This year's list included colleges in 37 states and the District of Columbia, with California having the most schools represented: 19.  Fifty-six colleges, including the U of M, Crookston, are new to the list this year. 

Four colleges in Minnesota made the list of 150:

     Crookston / University of Minnesota, Crookston
     Minneapolis / University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
     Northfield / Carleton College
     St. Paul / Macalester College

In recent years, the U of M, Crookston has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition including being named in the top three in the U.S.News and World Report "Top Public Regional Colleges" and the their inaugural Top Online Education Program rankings.

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Social for NWSA and UMC Alumni, Feb. 17, in Mesa, Arizona

Arizona Social.jpgAlumni and community friends of the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) and the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) will gather for a social on Friday, Feb.17, 2012, at Terrace Green at ViewPoint Resort, 640 North Hawes Road, Mesa, Arizona. The annual alumni social begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon for $15 per person.

Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations will host this year's social and Chancellor Charles H. Casey will bring greetings from the Crookston campus.

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Time to Complete YOUR Specialty Scholarship Application!

Scholarships.jpgApplication Deadline is Wednesday, February 15.

The Specialty Scholarship application form is available online, and will close at midnight on Wednesday, February 15, 2012. All supporting documentation, if required, must be turned into the Financial Aid office no later than 4:00 p.m. on February 15, 2012.

Office hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Monday to Friday

Financial Aid & Scholarship Office
170 Owen Hall
2900 University Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716-5001

Toll Free: 1-800-862-6466
Local: 218-281-8569

Fax: 1-218-281-8065
E-mail: umc-fa@umn.edu

Link to UMC Financial Aid & Scholarship page

"Clean Water for Everyone" Dinner on Mon., Feb. 20 at UMC

Clean Water.jpgUMC SIFE will be selling dinner tickets Monday, Feb. 13 -- Friday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Sargeant Student Center
Monday and Tuesday: In the International Lounge (across from the bookstore)
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday: In the Northern Lights Lounge

A dinner and program will celebrate the work of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and raise awareness of the desperate need for clean water around the world. The "Clean Water for Everyone" Benefit Dinner will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The dinner will celebrate the first permanent water filtration site established by SIFE at a boarding school in the country of Nepal and educate guests on how they can become involved. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and tickets for the dinner are $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Anthony Taylor at 218-275-3287.

The "Clean Water for Everyone" initiative was established to help provide access to clean water in third world countries. In Nepal, SIFE is funding a water pump station for a boarding school. The system pumps water out of a river, filters it, and then supplies the clean water to the school.

"After the Earthquake in Haiti, our SIFE team recognized what a huge problem a lack of clean water for people was all over the world," explains Taylor. "It is our mission with this project to help as many areas as possible by providing them with a clean water source."

During the program, guests will have an opportunity to learn about a second clean water project planned for Nigeria to help supply a community with water. Both projects are the result of connections by students from Nigeria and Nepal who attend the U of M, Crookston.

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Biometric Health Screenings Offered at U of M, Crookston

Health.jpgDear UPlan Member,
Gain a better understanding of your health and earn 100 points for your Wellness Points Bank by simply attending one of the two Biometric Health Screenings being offered at University of Minnesota, Crookston:

When: Wednesday, February 15, or Thursday, April 19, 2012
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To see the health-screening schedule or to make an appointment online, go to http://www.bhs.umn.edu/east-bank-clinic/health-screening.htm. Online appointments allow you to easily schedule, change, or cancel an appointment at your convenience. Walk-ins are also welcome. Questions? Send an e-mail to onlinereg@bhs.umn.edu.

Trained Boynton Health Service staff will perform tests and help you interpret the results. Each screening session takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

Tests offered in each screening session include:
   Total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides, and blood glucose testing*
   Body mass index and body composition testing
   Blood pressure check

*For more accurate results, you must fast (not eat anything) for at least eight hours before testing. You may drink water; but coffee, tea, or pop may interfere with the test and should be avoided.

To earn wellness points, Boynton Health Service must submit your results to StayWell after your screening. Your results will appear in your wellness assessment within two to three weeks.

Biometric Health Screenings take place from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and are NO COST to UPlan members as well as covered spouses or same-sex domestic partners. Please bring your U-Card or your photo ID -- an insurance card is not required.
We hope to see you there!

Boynton Health Service, University of Minnesota, 410 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455  http://www.bhs.umn.edu/east-bank-clinic/health-screening.htm

Highlights from the Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament

The Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament was held on Saturday, February 4, 2012. The daylong fishing tournament, which supports scholarships at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, was held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn. Next year's tournament date has been set for February 2, 2013. Find out more about the tournament and 2012 results at www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel

Mixed Blood Theatre Presents "Daughters of Africa" Tonight

Mixed Blood Theatre.jpgTo commemorate Black History Month in February the University of Minnesota, Crookston will host the theatrical performance, "Daughter of Africa" presented by the Mixed Blood Theatre Company. The performance on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

"Daughters of Africa" is a commemoration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage. Fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, and many others, this exuberant, music-driven celebration of African American women's triumphs and accomplishments features a striking collection of profiles of the famous and the forgotten.

This event is one of several taking place at the U of M, Crookston as part of Black History Month.

Ag Systems Students Begin Service-Learning Research Project

Dairy.jpgA team of students in Dr. Harouna Maiga's Animal Systems Management course stepped out of the classroom and onto a local dairy farm.  Erin Hoium, Karlie Sorrell, Kelsey Folkert, and Jonathan Hruby visited the Beyer Brothers Farm near Dorothy to begin their research as part of a service-learning project. 

The students interviewed Chip Beyer regarding the farm facilities, animals, staff, immunization and breeding schedules, food, as well as short and long-term goals.  They will perform a S.W.O.T. (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and research solutions to issues Beyer identified as goals for the dairy.  Later this semester, the team will return to the farm to provide a consultation with the results and recommendations.

UMC Blood Drive is TODAY in Bede Ballroom

Attention smiley.jpgThe UMC Blood Drive is being held TODAY! 
   When: Monday, February 6
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Be Sure to See "Famous Dave" Anderson at Thursday Commons

Famous Dave Anderson cropped.jpgWho: Rib King "Famous Dave" Anderson is coming to UMC
When: Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 12 p.m. 
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Dave Anderson, a highly sought after keynote speaker, has shared his business success secrets and leadership insights with millions throughout the United States and Canada. His incredible real life story of overcoming tremendous odds, adversity, and failure create one of America's best-loved restaurant companies. 

With passion, energy, and enthusiasm Anderson shares how he overcame his own personal challenges. As a Native American, he is devoted to making a difference in the community and in the lives of others less fortunate.
*Refreshments will be provided.  
cres_logo.jpgSponsored by the Center For Rural Entrepreneurial Studies at the University of Minnesota, Crookston   www.umccres.org

UMC Job and Internship Fair Starts at 10 a.m., TODAY!

Regal cut out.jpgThe University of Minnesota Crookston Career Services Office would like to extend an invitation to all students, faculty, staff and alumni to attend our 10th Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair. The fair is held Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.
This year 40 organizations will be on campus. As requested by students this year's attendees will include graduate schools for those wishing to further their education. Please make plans to stop by the fair. 
Come prepared by dressing professionally and having your resume in hand. This is a chance to showcase the University of Minnesota Crookston's finest.  For a complete listing of companies attending go to:  http://www3.crk.umn.edu/ccs/
In addition to the University of Minnesota Crookston and Career Services this event is also sponsored by: SIFE, FritoLay, and CHS.