July 2012 Archives

MaryBoateng+Computer.jpgMary Boateng, an employee at the Computer Help Desk, shows off the new laptops that will be distributed to students this fall. They are the HP Elitebook 8470w (Workstation series). The workstation is a step up from the 'P' (Professional series) we have used for the past four years.  Here are the specs:

HP EliteBook 8470w Mobile Workstation

- Intel Core i5-3320M, 2.60GHz (Turbo up to 3.30GHz) 1600 MHz, 3MB L3 cache
- 320GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
- 14.0-inch LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare (1600 x 900)
- AMD FirePro M2000 with 1 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory
- Integrated HD webcam
- DVD±RW SuperMulti DL drive
- DualPoint keyboard
- Bluetooth 4.0
- USB 3.0
- Intel Centrino advanced N 6205 wireless LAN (802.11 a/b/g/n)
- Mobile Intel QM77 express chipset
- 56K v.92 modem
- Integrated fingerprint reader
- Slots - 1 express card/54, 1 smart card reader, and 1 SD/MMC
- 90W PS hardware hit
- 6-Cell 62 Whr Li-ion battery
- Windows 7 64bit operating system
- 3-yr std. parts and labor warranty, plus 9x5 NBD on-site coverage with disk retention


Senior Lauren Snively Presents at Sustainability Spotlight

merged.jpgSenior Lauren Snively, a communication major from Herndon, Va., is working as an environmental landscaping intern for the NWROC through the Center for Sustainability this summer. She has been busy caring for the Nature Nook and its bog garden, the Natural History Area, and the Youngquist Prairie Garden. 

Her work includes recording when the flowers bloom, observing insect and animal activity, maintaining the biodiversity in these special campus spaces, and more. 

During a recent Sustainability Spotlight presentation, Snively shared a word cloud she developed around the idea of community and sustainability. Snively is active in the Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) and served for two years as a member of the University of Minnesota Systemwide Sustainability Committee. 

In the photo are Lauren Snively (left) and the community/sustainability word cloud she used in her presentation at the Sustainability Spotlight on Thursday, July 19. 

Communication Major Stacey Marcum promotes Golden Eagle Athletics

marcum_murakami.jpgSenior Stacey Marcum is completing an internship that fits perfectly into her chosen major--communication with a concentration in sports and marketing--as she works with the athletic department on campus.

Marcum believes her internship with athletics has been very valuable. It has helped her realize this is the field she loves and where she would like to continue to work. Having been on the softball team for her past three years at the U of M, Crookston, Marcum knew quite a bit about athletics going into the position but has been surprised at how much she has learned, especially in terms of her future career.

Read more about Stacey Marcum and her internship with Golden Eagle Athletics. The story was written by Communications Assistant Austin Czichotzki '12.

In the photo: Marcum (right) reviews one of the pocket schedules she has been working to create with Assistant Athletic Trainer Takashi Murakami.

Check Out the Construction Cam for the New Res Hall


Construction is progressing on the new residence hall just west of Centennial Hall. Want to monitor the progress? Then check out the UMC Construction Cam with a view of the site looking west from Evergreen Hall. It takes photos on the hour and the half-hour, and there's even a cool time-lapse feature to play with.  Go to www.crookston.workzonecam.com.

Junior Catlin Kersting Enjoys Growing in the Greenhouse

Kersting_58.jpgWhile most of her fellow classmates were trying to find summer employment in the spring, Catlin Kersting was already being offered a job. This summer Kersting, a junior from Cloquet, Minn., majoring in horticulture, is working at Wagner's Landscaping Inc., in Fisher, Minn., near Crookston.

She attributes her current position with Wagner's to the hands on approach in her classes at the U of M, Crookston. At Wagner's, Kersting has been able to put a lot of what she has learned in the classroom into real-world, practical use and also had the opportunity to broaden her knowledge base.

Kersting views her summer job as more than just watering plants to help them grow. It's a great learning opportunity that is helping her to grow both personally and professionally.

Read more about Junior Catlin Kersting.

In the photo: Catlin Kersting, a junior horticulture major in one of the greenhouses at Wagner's Landscaping, Inc. where she has been working this summer.
DSC03977.jpgA "Sustainability Spotlight" taking place at noon on Monday, July 9, focused on some of the research of Abbey Wemimo, a senior majoring in business who is interning with the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) this summer.

His presentation, "Visualizing Indicators - Affecting Change" highlighted several key areas including resilient communities, local foods and sustainable agriculture, and clean energy. Wemimo is working closely with Linda Kingery who serves as the executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.

The NWRSDP, working with the U of M College of Design, explored the use of sustainability indicators applied to local, regional and statewide scales.  Indicators enable people to start with a common understanding of the region as we work toward a sustainable future. You can view the full report on the NWRSDP Web site.

Wemimo's presentation is the third in a series of "Sustainability Spotlights" taking place on campus this summer.

In the photo, left to right, are Linda Kingery, Abbey Wemimo, and Tashi Gurung, who is also working with the NWRSDP this summer. Gurung will be a presenter at an upcoming "Sustainability Spotlight."

NWSA Alumni Association Celebrates Outstanding Alumni during Reunion

2012_6-30_NWSA Top Aggies.jpgThe Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association welcomed alumni back to the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Saturday, June 30, 2012, for their annual reunion. Three outstanding alumni were honored with the Top Aggie award, the highest honor awarded by Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Association.

The Top Aggie award recognizes alumni who have displayed outstanding commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field. The Top Aggies for 2012 are Helen (Rasmussen) Tangen '41, Bemidji, Minn; Mark Chisholm '52, Gary, Minn; and Richard Olson '62, Grand Forks, N.D.

Charles "Chuck" Holmquist '52, Crookston, Minn., was honored at the reunion with the Distinguished Service Award. The award is given for exemplary service by the NWSA Alumni Association Board. Holmquist is the 14th recipient of the Distinguished Service Award since it was established in 1991.

In the photo, left to right, back row: Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations; Charles H. Casey, former chancellor at the U of M, Crookston; and Richard Olson. Front row: Mark Chisholm; Charles "Chuck" Holmquist; and Helen (Rasmussen) Tangen.

As of July 2, 2012, the Regional Extension Office of Crookston, which includes the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, has moved to the Valley Technology Park just north of University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. The Valley Technology Park's newest tenants began the move late last month and have officially vacated their prior occupancy at the U of M, Crookston in favor of the new location.

Though they have moved, all staff phone numbers and e-mails remain the same. The increasing growth at the U of M, Crookston and the need for more office facilities created the opportunity for the change. The new address for the Regional Extension Office of Crookston is 510 Country Road 71, Crookston, Minn., 56716. Their phone number is 888-241-0781.

In the photo, left to right: Deb Zak, director, Crookston Regional Office, U of M Extension; Marlene LeBlanc, executive administrative specialist; Bill Craig, Extension educator/instructor; Linda Kingery, executive director, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; Karen Myszkowski, community program specialist; DeeAnn Leines, Extension educator/assistant professor; U of M, Crookston student workers/summer interns Alex Busher, Brooke Novak, and Abbey Wemimo.

sustainability spotlight _2.jpgA "Sustainability Spotlight" held at noon on Tuesday, July 3, featured the work of Alumnus Ben Sullivan '12 with the Minnesota GreenCorps. Launched in 2009, Minnesota GreenCorps is a statewide program to help preserve and protect Minnesota's environment while training a new generation of environmental professionals.

The presentation by Sullivan, who majored in natural resources, included work on Crookston InMotion, Earth Day, Club Kid, B3 benchmarking, stormwater outfall water testing, and a new bicycle commuter program.

Chancellor Fred Wood joined a number of faculty, staff, and students for the presentation by Sullivan. It was a great opportunity for fielding questions and engaging in discussion about issues surrounding sustainability on the Crookston campus.

In the photo, left to right, are Tashi Gurung, a junior majoring in environmental science from Mustang, Nepal; Ben Sullivan; Lauren Snively, a senior communication major from Hernadon, Va.; Chancellor Fred Wood; Jake Granfors, a senior natural resources major from Kettle River, Minn.; Abbey Wemimo, a senior business management major from Lagos, Nigeria; Austin Czichotzki, a 2012 graduate in communication from Barnesville, Minn.; and Alex Buscher, a senior business management major from Merrifield, Minn.

More Sustainability Spotlights will be presented. Watch your e-mail for the next spotlight date and time!