August 2012 Archives

Parking Permit Enforcement Begins TODAY, Tuesday, Sept. 4!

Parking Permit.jpgTicketing for "No Permit" will begin TODAY, Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

If you have a vehicle on campus, you will need a UMC Parking Permit displayed in your vehicle.  Permits can be purchased at the Business Office in Selvig Hall during regular office hours.   

Students - please print and fill out the linked form entitled Student - Parking Permit prior pmt form.doc

Faculty/Staff - please print and fill out the linked form entitled Parking Fee Authorization Form.xls. Bring the form to the Business Office.

Please remember that the reserved parking spaces in Lots C, D, E, and F are on a first come/first serve basis. You must come in person to the Business Office in Selvig Hall.

New Students Participate in "Meet Crookston Through Service"

Meet Crookston composite.jpgOn Saturday, August 25, as part of New Student Orientation, students volunteered at 11 different service sites. 

Students cleaned up the Winter Shows Building, helped teachers set up their classrooms at Washington School, placed pea gravel under sunken tomb stones, helped build the natural play space at Castle Park, packed boxes at North Country Food Bank, cleaned kennels and walked dogs at the Humane Society, and several other projects. 

Later that evening, students participated in a reflection dinner and celebrated their accomplishments.

Go to University of Minnesota, Crookston's facebook page for additional photos

John Loegering.jpgJohn Loegering, associate professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston shared some birdwatching basics at the Minnesota State Fair on Sunday, August 26.

His presentation took place at the Department of Natural Resources Outdoor Stage. As usual, he included several of his "birds on a stick," and he engaged the crowd as only John Loegering can!

UMC Student Computer Info and Pick Up Times

UMC Computer+Golden Eagle.jpgNew students only pick up computers on Monday, August 27 during orientation.

All students can pick up their new computer Tuesday, August 28 and later.

All students MUST have some form of picture ID (U card, drivers license) in order to pick up a computer. No exceptions.

If you are a returning a laptop you will need to have your data backed up before you come in.

If you had a computer over the summer and you are not returning to UMC, your computer is due back by Friday, August 31. After that date you will be charged a $50 late fee and $31.25 per week until it is returned.

If you have any questions please e-mail me at any time.

To ship your computer please send it to the address below:
    UMC Help Desk
    2900 University Ave
    Crookston, MN 56716

Thea (Holen) Oertwich, UMC Help Desk Manager, University of Minnesota, Crookston
E-mail: Office: 218-281-8366

The Chancellor's Team WINS 2012 Golf Championship!

Golf Outing composite.jpgThe Chancellor's team won the Faculty & Staff Golf Outing yesterday afternoon at Minakwa Golf Club. 

Team Members include left to right: Chris Winjum, Jason Tangquist, Peter Phaiah, Tom Baldwin, and Fred Wood. The photo on the right shows Chancellor Fred Wood accepting the prestigious "Champions" trophy from Eddie Walker.

One Tee Time Available for Golf Scramble

Golf Trophy.jpgWhat: UMC Faculty & Staff Golf Outing
Where: Minakwa GC
Date: August 21, 2012

We still have one tee time remaining if anyone would like to play golf tomorrow afternoon at the Faculty & Staff Golf Outing. For those of you who have already signed up for the outing, the tee times are listed in the e-mail that was sent earlier today.

Typically, groups will wait in the clubhouse to tabulate team scores and announce a winner. This year we will have to congregate outside at the picnic tables due to a prior engagement planned in the clubhouse. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Kristie Walker

Photo: Brenda and Kristie with the Golf Trophy

Wood_Fred.jpgAll UMC employees are invited to have lunch and meet UMC's newest faculty and staff.

UMC Chancellor Fred Wood (left) will offer remarks to set the stage for the new academic year.

When: Monday, August 20
Time: 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom

Hollowell_Lorna.jpgLorna Hollowell has been hired as director of diversity and multicultural programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She comes to the campus from Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Ky, where she served as director of cultural diversity, and she previously worked as an educational talent search advisor for Madisonville Community College, also in Kentucky. She began her responsibilities on campus on Monday, July 23, 2012. 

In the role of director of diversity and multicultural programs on the Crookston campus, Hollowell believes institutions of higher education should be flagships of diversity and multiculturalism.

"Forming bridges and collaborative relationships with community organizations, secondary partners, and other post-secondary institutions is vital to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community", she says. "I want to do my best to insure that all students, domestic and international, feel welcomed and included in coordinating and participating in community-wide events to explore and showcase various cultures."

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Ox Cart Days Ice Cream Social - Free and Open to the Public

IC Social 0761.jpgWednesday, August 15, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., on the Campus Mall near Peterson Gazebo.
Rain Site: Sargeant Student Center

Enjoy free ice cream as you listen to music during the kickoff event for Crookston's Ox Cart Days Festival -- music by the Valley Fiddlers, ice cream provided by Sodexo/Dining Services. 

At 3 p.m., Brenda J. Child, author of HOLDING OUR WORLD TOGETHER: Ojibwe Women And The Struggle of Community, will provide a short reading from the book after which she will be available to sign copies of the book at the UMC Bookstore.

At 4 p.m. the first clue for the 2012 Ox Cart Days Medallion Hunt will be announced.

Learn more about the events at Ox Cart Days:

Robotics Camp Builds Excitement

Twenty-four junior high students are busy in the classroom in Evergreen Hall engaged in Robotics Camp taking place under the direction of Mark Gill, lecturer in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. 

Students work in teams and each team is issued a complete Lego MINDStorm Nxt 2.0 robotic kit and a UMC laptop to be used during camp.They will use their critical thinking and problem-solving skills during the three-day camp to design, build, and program a robot.

The camp runs from August 6-8 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Twenty Year Anniversary for UMC Teambackers

Teambacker Color.jpgIt began in 1993 when the University of Minnesota, Crookston transitioned from a two-year technical college to a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution. Then director of athletics Marv Bachmeier and director of external relations Al Larson recognized the need for an organization to help raise money for athletic scholarships. The two brainstormed a number of times before a committee was formed, including members of both the campus and community, and through that committee, UMC Teambackers was born. 

"We had a lot of obligations with our own roles on campus, but we also knew we had to find a way to provide scholarships for our athletes," Bachmeier said. "Al and I understood the significance, and we looked at what others were doing and engaged people on campus and in the community who could help provide leadership."

After 18 years as an athletic trainer, Bill Tyrrell took over as director of athletic fundraising in 2005 and works closely with Teambackers. "For a number of students, excelling in sport is the door to a college education," Tyrrell said. "It is our goal to help those students continue to compete in the sport they love and to succeed academically. We appreciate every Teambacker member for their support and the difference they make in the lives of our student-athletes."

To mark their 20th year Teambackers is planning a number of anniversary events. They will kick off the start of their 20-year celebration on Thursday, August 23, when members and their guests will have an opportunity to meet Chancellor Fred Wood and Golden Eagle student-athletes during a special event designed to honor the history of UMC Teambackers.

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Alumnus Brock Anundson '05 Connects Campus to 2012 Olympics

The 2012 Olympics are exciting and athletes from all over the world are competing at the highest level. A lot of work goes into preparing the U.S. athletes for the games, and an alumnus from the U of M, Crookston helps make it happen.

Brock Anundson '05, a sport and recreation management graduate, has been working at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs since January 2011.  

Anundson is a programs coordinator/operations specialist, setting up everything that's needed for athletes to train at the complex, from lodging and meals to training schedules. 

More about Anundson and his work at the U.S. Olympic Complex will be featured in the upcoming issue of the Torch alumni magazine. 

Photo courtesy of Tom Kimmell Photography.