April 2012 Archives

UMC Chancellor Candidate Presentation by Steven S. Hardin

Steven S Hardin.jpgCandidate for Chancellor: STEVEN S. HARDIN
Present Position: Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Public Forum: 9-10:00 a.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom CDE, Sargeant Student Center

During their public interviews, each candidate will participate in a public forum during which they will deliver a presentation titled, "Opportunities and Challenges Facing University of Minnesota, Crookston." These forums will provide an opportunity for the greater University community to meet and hear from the candidates. The public forums will be recorded so that anyone who is unable to attend one or more of the sessions may still have an opportunity to view the candidate presentations. The presentations will be posted on the Chancellor search web site soon after the presentations are held.

For your convenience, we have posted the candidate vitas, the position profile, and evaluation forms on the search web site. (http://www1.crk.umn.edu/chancellorsearch/).

We invite all members of the University community to review the candidate materials, to attend or view the public forums for each candidate, and to provide feedback on the individual candidates by completing the online evaluation form on the search web site.

Chancellor Casey and Barbara frame.jpgStudents,

If you find yourself needing a break from your finals, or studying this afternoon...

Stop by the Prairie Room from 3-4:30 p.m., Monday, April 30, for a reception for Chancellor Charles H. Casey and First Lady Barbara Muesing.  This is an opportunity for students to say farewell and wish Chancellor Casey and First Lady Muesing well in their retirement.

Light refreshments and treats will be served.

Undergrad Research .jpgSix U of M, Crookston students took part in the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Symposium recently in Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus. The symposium is an annual poster fair that gives all undergraduate researchers across the U of M system a chance to share their research, scholarly, and creative projects with the University community. 

Abbey Wemimo, junior majoring in business from Lagos, Nigeria, presented a poster titled "Lessons learned: the Chinese approach to doing business in Africa"; Chris Anderson, a senior majoring in natural resources from Missoula, Mont., presented a poster titled "Post-pneumonic bighorn sheep recruitment"; and software engineering majors Andrey Anfilofieff, a senior from Bejou, Minn.; Tyler Brazier, a senior from Greenbush, Minn.; Kurt Prudhomme, a sophomore from Crookston, Minn.; and Michael Schliep, a 2011 graduate from Holloway, Minn., presented a poster titled "QA/QC during the construction of a modular neutrino detector, NOvA."

Joining the students at the symposium were Associate Professor David DeMuth, Jr., who teaches in the Math, Science, and Technology Department; and Kenneth Johnson, an instructor in the Business Department. To learn more about the symposium, visit www.urop.umn.edu/symposium.html.

In the above photos (l to r): (Left) David DeMuth, Abbey Wemimo, and Kenneth Johnson;
(Middle): David DeMuth and Chris Anderson; (Right): Tyler Brazier, Michael Schliep, Andrey Anfilofieff, and Kurt Prudhomme

UMC Retail Management Class Shares Research Results

Community Service Class.jpgStudents in Courtney Bergman's retail management class had an opportunity recently to share research results with area farmers on promoting their products at regional farmer's markets. The research was focused on how individual farmers can increase sales and grow their business. Bergman is an instructor in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and her students were involved in the research as part of a service-learning project in the classroom.
The students conducted research on six different areas for the project including display and design; payment options; communication and marketing; customer relations; and presentation. Each of the students presented on a specific aspect of the project followed by a question and answer session. The formal presentation allows participants in the audience to have their questions answered and provides valuable feedback for students.

In the photo (l to r): Courtney Bergman, instructor; Hwee Kim; Shanel Finke; Brooke Novak; Kate Holmquist; Allen Shaw; and Katelyn Zins

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Time to "Rejuvenate" in the Prairie Room

We Are Open.jpgWhat: TAKE THE TIME TO "Rejuvenate"
Where: Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center
When: Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27
Open:  10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
           Massages 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

One Last Semester 'End' PUSH


Sponsored by: NCAA, ATOD, and UMC Student Health

Outstanding Student-Athletes Recognized at U of M, Crookston

Athletic Awards composite.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston Athletic Department held its annual athletic awards program recently in Kiehle Auditorium on the Minnesota, Crookston campus. The event honored the 2011-2012 senior class, recognized the Male and Female Student-Athlete of the Year, Outstanding Male and Female Athlete of the Year, and individual team award recipients.
(Left photo, 1) University of Minnesota, Crookston Student-Athlete of the Year honors were presented to junior men's basketball player, Almir Krdzalic, Sioux Falls, S.D., and senior women's basketball player Megan Eul, Rosemount, Minn. Krdzalic is majoring in biology and is the son of Najka and Samir Krdzalic. Eul is majoring in early childhood education and is the daughter of Liz and Craig Eul.
(Middle photo, 2) The UMC Outstanding Male and Female Athletes of the Year were recognized. They are junior football player Richard Haley, Detroit Mich., and freshman volleyball player Brittany Looker, Rochester, Minn. Haley is the son of Kanita Walker. Looker is the daughter of Sherry and Jim Looker.
(Right photo, 3) The Justin Knebel Memorial Award, Men's Basketball: Almir Krdzalic, Sioux Falls, S.D. Krdzalic was also the 2010-11 Justin Knebel Memorial Award recipient.

Above photos, l to r: (1) Student-Athlete of the Year: Cleon Melsa, Faculty Athletic Representative; Almir Krdzalic, Megan Eul; and Stephanie Helgeson, Director of Athletics. (2) Outstanding Male and Female Athletes of the Year: Richard Haley; Helgeson; and Brittany Looker. (3) Justin Knebel Memorial Award: Melsa; Almir Krdzalic; and Helgeson.

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We Need Your Books... Attention Students, Faculty & Staff!

Campus Bookdrive buttonize.jpgWe are collecting new and used books of all types, but we especially need textbooks

Your contributions to the Worldwide Book Drive helped bring books to thousands of the world's poor. Our goal is to donate over 500,000 books to qualified organizations in 2012, and we need your help!

Students and professors from all over the world have donated thousands of textbooks for this cause. Now you can help too!

logo.pngTo learn more about Worldwide Book Drive, visit their website at: www.WorldwideBooks.org

Drop off locations for the Campus Lions Book Drive are the UMC Library, UMC Bookstore, and Centennial and Evergreen Halls.

Sponsored by the UMC Campus Lions Club

Sather Scholarship Awarded to Six for 2012-13 Academic Year

Sather Scholarship 2012.jpgScholarship recipients were recently named by the University of Minnesota, Crookston for the prestigious Sather Scholarship. Recipients of the Sather Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year are Matthew Green, a senior from Greenbush, Minn., majoring in agricultural systems management; Moysey Kutsev, a sophomore from Erskine, Minn., majoring in business management; Whitney Lian, a junior from Crookston, Minn., majoring in agricultural education; Presley Mosher, a sophomore from Fertile, Minn., majoring in horticulture; Ruth Navarro, a junior from Crookston, Minn., majoring in communication; and Leonard Will, a junior from Thief River Falls, Minn., majoring in agricultural systems management.

Dr. Russell Sather began serving as an internist with the Northwestern Clinic in Crookston in 1937. He was called to active duty during World War II from 1942 until 1946 and returned to Crookston in 1947 where he continued to practice until 1985. The scholarship was established in 1986.

In the photos (l to r): Matthew Green, Moysey Kutsev, Whitney Lian, Presley Mosher, Ruth Navarro, and Leonard Will

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Forecast Calls for 32 Below This Wednesday Night

32Below2012.jpgWhat's on Wednesday?  It's the annual end of spring semester concert featuring the band 32 Below.  Check out 32 Below's website.


Concert featuring 32 Below
Wednesday, 25 April, 2012
9 p.m. to Midnight at the Crookston Sports Center, 801 Fisher Ave.
Open to the public.
Admission is free for UMC Students!
Other Students (with student ID card): $5
All others: $8

Sponsored by SPACE


Student Achievement Awards Presented April 19

2012 Student Achievement Awards.jpgStudent achievement, service, and leadership were celebrated on the evening of Thursday, April 19, at the annual Student Awards Program.  Student Achievement Award recipients included the following.

Back row (left to right): Brooke Novak, Abbey Wemimo, Chris Anderson, Megan Eul, Danny Lee, Alisha Aasness, and Angie Bartholomew.
Front row: Whitney Lian, Matthew Green, Austin Czichotzki, Kristine Neu, Jackie Dullinger, and Yangchen Gurung.
(Not pictured: Sheila Carleton, Samantha Lahman, and Samantha Zuck)

From among that group of student leaders, two were selected as the "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service, and leadership award. Honors for 2012 go to Man of the Year Austin Czichotzki, a senior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication, and Woman of the Year Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., and a double major in horticulture and communication. Congratulations and thanks to all of those who earned awards!

Additional photos from the Student Awards Program are posted on facebook

gopher.jpgOn Friday, April 20, at 3:00 p.m., the UMC Turf Club will host the 10th Annual Carl Spackler Open. This event is open to students, faculty, staff, and the community. All proceeds will assist in funding trips for Turf Club students to regional and national conferences.

What: 9-Hole, 4-Person Scramble
Date: Friday, 20 April, 2012
Time: Starts at 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 per person or $80 per team (includes golf, food and prizes)
Where: Minakwa Golf Course, contact them for Carts ($11 per cart)

For additional information contact Kristie Walker - kswalker@umn.edu or 218-281-8116

Hispanic Dancers composite.jpgJoin in an afternoon and evening of food, music, dance, and much more in the celebration of the fourth annual "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" on Saturday, April 21, 2012! Activities are available for the entire family.

The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding, and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine. This year's fiesta also recognizes the Month of the Young Child with many activities focusing on children and families.

LegacyLogo small.jpgThe event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, which serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state.  The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Additional sponsors include the Crookston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Northwest Mental Health Center; Tri-Valley Opportunity Council; RiverView Health; and Crookston Police Benefit Association. Also Concerts and Lectures; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; the Coca Cola Community Initiative Fund; and the Department of Liberal Arts and Education, all at the U of M, Crookston.

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In the photos: Children dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores, a dance troupe from St. Paul.

Students! CSA Election Voting -- Tuesday and Wednesday

Remember to Vote.jpgCrookston Student Association (CSA) Election Time is HERE! Voting is Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17 and 18, 2012
Please click on the link below to vote online for the following positions for next year:
   >Vice President
   >Senator Positions (5)

Let your voice be heard! You can only vote once! Click Link to Vote 

Ann Pflaum to Speak at Luncheon on Tuesday, April 17

Ann Pflaum.jpgAnn Pflaum, Ph.D., historian for the University of Minnesota, will speak at a campus luncheon on Tuesday, April 17, starting at 11 a.m. in Bede Ballroom. She will share stories about women throughout the history of the University of Minnesota.

Learn more about the history of the University of Minnesota and the women who helped shape higher education.

Sponsored by UMC's Women's History Month Committee

farrell2010.jpgJim Farrell, Ph.D. (at left), a professor of history at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn., will highlight Earth Week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. On Thursday, April 19, 2012, he will speak on "The Nature of Our Lives: How College Culture Degrades Nature and How it Might be Different" beginning at 12:15 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

His presentation explores the intersections of college culture, consumer culture and the environment by looking at the social construction of common sense and at the emerging uncommon sense of sustainability that's increasingly a part of campus cultures.

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Sand Mandala at UMC -- Showing Tuesday and Wednesday

Sand Mandala.jpgLama Wongdue Sangbo Gurung is a Tibetan Buddhist monk from Nepal creating a sand mandala in the International Lounge of the Sargeant Student Center.
Sand Mandala is a geometric composition made by monks and it is a representation of a palace wherein the deity resides. First, the monk sketches different geometric shapes and then fills the outlines with colored sand. They then create different symbols and designs on the mandala, each having a deep meaning.

After the intricate design is done, the mandala is swept off and it is dispersed into a flowing water. It sends the message that everything in this world is not permanent and we have to learn to let go.

There are different types or designs of sand mandala. The sand mandala being created at UMC is offered to Cherisig also known as Symbol of compassion. This sand mandala is created to spread compassion and love.

Information provided by Yangchen Gurung

See additional photos of the Sand Mandala on UMC's Official facebook page

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is Today -- Free Lunch!

Attention smiley.jpgUMC Faculty and Staff -- We Appreciate YOU!

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is Tuesday, April 10 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom Come and enjoy some FREE lunch! :)


Sponsored by the Crookston Student Association on behalf of the student body

Do You Want to be Heard? Join UMC's Student Government

Student Government.jpgThe Crookston Student Association (CSA) has extended the application deadline for next year's student government!

Can YOU serve? Applications are now due on Monday, April 9 at 12:00 p.m

If you are interested in serving as:
  > President
  > Vice President
  > Secretary
  > Treasurer
  > Student Senate Consultative Committee Rep
  > Regent's Rep
  > 5 Open Senator Positions

If you would like to apply. Attached is the application.   CSA Application.doc   Please fill out and e-mail back the form to CSA President Alisha Aasness at aasne003@umn.edu

If you have any questions please contact CSA President Alisha Aasness

Celebrate Spring and Decorate a Cookie!

Cookie.JPGThe Student Experience Office and Peer Connections are hosting cookie decorating on Thursday, April 5, in the International Lounge (right across from the Bookstore) from Noon until 2 p.m., or until the cookies are gone!

Come decorate a cookie and celebrate SPRING!

Peer Connections small.jpgSponsored by Student Experience Office and Peer Connections

GradFest2.jpgOn Wednesday, April 4, graduating seniors can receive information about important things regarding the process of graduation.  Stop by the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and you can:

> receive commencement information
> find out about graduation photos
> purchase cap, gown, tassel, graduation announcements, diploma frame, class ring
> check your graduation status
> receive info about keeping your computer after graduation
> receive financial aid loan exit info
> register with UMC Career Services
> learn about the UMC Alumni Association
> enjoy free refreshments
> enter a drawing for door prizes

Get ready for graduation with just one stop!

Sign Up for the Second Annual Pi Run!

Pi Run.jpgRun the second annual Pi Run on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at the Univeristy of Minnesota, Crookston!

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and start time for the race is 10 a.m. Registration is $20 for early registration by Friday, April 6, and $25 following that date.

All registered runners for the Pi Run will receive a long-sleeved technical shirt. 

In addition to the 3.14 mile race for anyone 10 and older, there will be a Pi/3 (1.05 mile) fun run for kids beginning at 9:30 a.m. Registration for the fun run is $5. All fun run participants will receive a medal.

You can walk or run and/or use a stroller, we want to encourage everyone to join the fun!

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society will donate proceeds from this run to support the Crookston School District in a collaborative effort to promote extracurricular activities and leadership development.

Please click to access the Pi Run Registration form