September 2012 Archives

Collins Poster.jpgIf you are interested in aviation or history, learn more about the Wright Brothers and the history of the first flight at Kitty Hawk with renowned aviation historian Darrell Collins at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. His presentation, which takes place at 7 p.m., Thursday, October 4, in Kiehle Auditorium, will be followed by a question and answer period. The presentation is free and open to the public and refreshments will follow.

In 1990, Collins was nominated as the National Park Service top interpretative ranger for the Freeman Tilden award.  He was nominated by the Department of the Interior in 1999 to represent the National Park Service for the "Park Ranger Tour Program", an outreach program for children in major U. S. cities. In 2003 the centennial year of the world's first flight at Kitty Hawk, he presented the National Park Service national and international promoting the 100th Anniversary of that great milestone in human history.

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Four Alumni Recognized for Achievements at Homecoming

HC OA-AHOF.jpgHomecoming weekend at the University of Minnesota, Crookston focused on the achievements of four exceptional alumni. The Outstanding Alumni and induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame was held on Friday evening, September 21, 2012, on the campus. The Outstanding Alumni award was presented to Kirk Schultz '79, Doreen (Johnson) Roy '81, and Gerald Landby '82, and Ryan Driedger '97 from Golden Eagle Hockey was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

In the photo (l to r): Kirk Schultz, Doreen (Johnson) Roy, Gerald Landby, and Ryan Driedger

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The U of M, Crookston 2012 Homecoming Parade

HC Parade composite.jpgPhotos l to r: 2012 Homecoming Royalty: Queen Laurie Tyson and King Jeff Pryor; Best theme - Gilligan's Island by Residential Life; Best Crowd Pleaser - Multicultural International Club.

Check out more photos from the University of Minnesota, Crookston Homecoming Parade that was part of the 2012 Homecoming Week!

UMC Soccer Club Holds First Game Saturday, Sept. 22

mastersoccerclub2012.JPGOn Saturday, September 22, the UMC Soccer Club hosted its first game against Grand Forks at the Crookston Sports Center. The diversity of the Soccer Club is very evident through the different nationalities of the members of the team. While the final score was 1 to 8, the event showcased UMC's hard working team that holds a lot of potential.

UMC Powder Puff Football was a Great Time for ALL!

Powder Puff comp.jpgThe 2nd Annual Apha Sigma Pi (National Society of Leadership and Success) Powder Puff Football Game was held on Thursday, September 20, Noon to 2 p.m., on the UMC Campus Mall. It was the New Students vs. the Returners in this exciting contest for bragging rights!

The New Student Team won! UMC Powder Puff Football was a lively part of the 2012 UMC Homecoming Week Events.

Photos (l to r): The freshmen were the victors; Check out the cheerleaders; The game was exciting for all.

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UMC Ag Industries Club Holds Trap Shoot

Ag Industries Trap Shoot.jpgPhotos (l to r): Kate Plautz breaks a target; 2012 Ag Industries Club Trap Shoot; Top shooters were Brady Gillespie and Ross Anderson

The 17th annual Ag Industries Trap shoot had a great turnout on Tuesday evening. The club members would like to thank Wayne Swanson, local gun club member and Crookston Attorney, for setting up and scoring the event.   

Brady Gillespie and Ross Anderson were the top shooters with 23 kills on 25 attempts.  Members enjoyed burgers and hotdogs on the grill to feed their appetite. 

Paul Aakre, Club Advisor

Get YOUR Photo Taken at the Homecoming Photo Booth!

Photo Booth.jpgWhat: Homecoming 2012 Photo Booth
Where: Sargeant Student Center
When: Friday, September 21, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., AND
Saturday, Sepember 22, 10-10:30 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association is sponsoring a photo booth during Homecoming 2012. It will be set up in the Sargeant Student Center during Homecoming Week. Students, alumni, faculty, and staff will enjoy having their photos taken. Great memories of Homecoming 2012 and great times with friends!

REMEMBER to get your pictures taken in Sargeant Student Center. You can view the photos at:

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AdamG-sept19-2012.jpgAs Campus Activities Magazine's highest rated comedian in 2011, Adam Grabowski was named the magazine's 2012 HOT COMEDY PICK in its annual comedy buyer's issue. The creativity and charisma of this 25-year-old from Chicago makes him an exciting new act on the college circuit.  His clever and relevant brand of humor is designed specifically for a college audience, which is made apparent by his unparalleled connectedness to campus culture.

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Adam will perform on Wednesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  The performance is FREE for UMC students, staff, and faculty. Intended for college age audience.

Sponsored by S.P.A.C.E.

A Cooper's Hawk is Released at UMC Following Recuperation

Raptor Release composite.jpgA 105-day-old Cooper's Hawk was injured near Crookston in August. The young female was taken to the U of M Raptor Center and following recuperation the Cooper's Hawk was released on campus by students from the UMC Raptor Ecology class taught by Tim Driscoll, Ph.D. The Raptor Center is part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Cooper's Hawk was born and banded in Grand Forks but was discovered injured near Crookston. The hawk will migrate soon but return to the area next year.

The special topics class on raptor ecology is taught by Tim Driscoll, Ph.D., project director for the University of Minnesota's Urban Raptor Research Project.

See more photos on the University of Minnesota, Crookston Offical facebook page

Associate Professor Mark Huglen Authors Public Speaking Textbook

Huglen-Thompson book.jpgFor students in public speaking at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the new course textbook will have some very familiar names on the cover. The work is the result of years of teaching experience and research by Associate Professor Mark Huglen, who has been at the Crookston campus since 1996. In this most recent textbook Public Speaking: Strategies for Effective Public Speaking, Huglen was assisted by his colleague in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, Associate Professor Kevin Thompson.

Learning to be an effective public speaker is an important aspect of communication in all academic majors making the class a valuable experience and a requirement at the university. Huglen's textbook is used in all public speaking classes on campus and covers such areas of study as topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of both informative and persuasive speeches.

Photo (l to r): Associate professors Mark Huglen (left) and Kevin Thompson (right) hold a copy of the textbook.

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UMC Highlights Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, Sept. 16

Hispanic Dolls.jpgIn recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is hosting a program that encompasses Hispanic history, storytelling, music, dancing, and refreshments on Sunday, September 16, 2012, the official Mexican Independence Day. The event, known as the "Celebration of Life, History, and Freedom" will take place in the Kiehle Auditorium, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All activities are free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will feature popular Mexican foods to sample.

Highlights of the evening will include; vocal music by Bryan Sanchez, dancing by Las Rositas, presentations on Hispanic history, the Mexican Independence Day, and the flag by area elementary and middle school students. Special presentations by Alan Dragseth, president of the board of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum and area sugar beet grower, and by Leticia Sanchez, Intervention Coordinator/Supervisor, for Migrant Health Services in Crookston, will bring to life the history of Hispanics and Latinos in the Red River Valley.

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries--Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and ends Oct. 15.

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$2,000 Raised for Athletic Scholarships

footballguys.jpgSecond Annual Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships brought 112 Participants Together to raise $2,000 for Athletic Scholarships.

Mary Tyrrell had a beautiful smile, and if she had been present on Saturday, September 8,
2012, to see all the participants in the 2nd Annual Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships, she certainly would have been smiling. The walk, with its 112 participants, raised some $2,000 for scholarships for student-athletes.

Unfortunately Mary was not there, and the reason for the walk in her memory was not just to raise money but also to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of heart disease and to encourage healthy eating and exercise.

The inaugural walk in memory of Mary Tyrrell, wife of Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, was held in the fall of 2011. The Tyrrells established a scholarship to support student-athletes through the Bill and Mary Tyrrell Endowment fund in 2009, and throughout the years, they have given both time and financial support to encourage student-athletes on the Crookston campus.

Bill Tyrrell was deeply appreciative of the participation and this tribute to his wife. "I was touched by the generosity and kindness of those who walked and all those who gave financially to support our student-athletes," Tyrrell said. "I know Mary would have appreciated everyone, and it was great to see the turnout for the second year of this event. Thank you to all who made this walk possible and who supported this passion for student-athletes of Mary's and of mine."

In the photo: Several football players from '90-'91 and '91-'92 joined Bill Tyrrell for the 2nd annual Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships on Saturday, September 8. Left to right are Kenny Bond ex. '96, Jesse Maruska '93, Jon LaBine ex. '93, former head football coach Jim Sims, Chad Simons '94, Jimmy Miller ex. '93, Vance Johnson ex. '93, Bill Tyrrell.

UMC Moves to 2nd in U.S.News & World Report Rankings

Congratulations.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to announce a move up to second in this year's U.S.News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges. The rankings for 2013 mark the 15th consecutive year the Crookston campus has appeared in the top four and signals a move up from last year's placement at number three. The exclusive rankings, available at on Wed., Sept. 12, will be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands on Tuesday, September 18.

Within the specific category, Top Public Regional Colleges, U.S. News compared 371 colleges by region. The University of Minnesota, Crookston's category, Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges, is comprised of both public and private institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant less than half of their degrees in the liberal arts.

Campus officials are pleased with the news and credit the improvement to a campus wide focus on excellence at every level. "The U.S. News rankings call out our adherence to high quality academic programs and student services by our dedicated faculty and staff," says Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston. "We offer the best academic and student experience in a small, closely-knit atmosphere where students earn a University of Minnesota degree.

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UMC Homecoming T-shirts are on SALE!

Homecoming t-shirts.jpgUMC Homecoming t-shirts are now on sale at the Sargeant Student Center Information Desk.

Get Yours Today!

UMC Freshman Emily Campbell Crowned Minnesota Honey Queen

Honey Queen.jpgIt's a sweet story. University of Minnesota, Crookston Freshman Emily Campbell, Aitkin, Minn., arrived on campus after 12 days at the Minnesota State Fair representing the beekeeping industry as Minnesota Honey Queen. An animal science major from Aiken, Minn., she will compete for the national title in January 2013 when she travels to Hershey, Pa.

To become Minnesota Honey Queen, Campbell first won the title of North Central Minnesota Honey Queen. "Winning this title is not like competing in a traditional pageant," she explains. "It is more like a job interview process and winning the North Central title qualified me for the state competition which was held in Duluth in mid-July at the state convention."

Campbell knows her stuff. Her interest began in 4-H when she had a project in entomology focused on two diseases that plague honey bees. She won a grand champion ribbon on the project at the Minnesota State Fair and her projects on bees would eventually earn her a total of seven grand champion ribbons. For the past two years, she has owned her own hives, and she says her parents were very supportive of her interest in beekeeping.

"Bees are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet," Campbell says. "Everything they do has a specific purpose." She says that while it might appear that honey bees just buzz around all day, "they do not do anything without a reason."

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New Residence Hall Construction is ON SCHEDULE

New Residence Hall composite.jpgPhotos (l to r): 1) Gary Willhite, Director of Residential Life, shows building plans to Elizabeth Tollefson and Andrew Svec before a tour of the construction site. 2) The central lobby with elevator is progressing nicely. 3) Windows are being installed in the south wing.

The New Residence Hall is scheduled to be completed in December 2012 with occupancy set for Spring Semester 2013. The Office of Residential Life will have information forthcoming about about housing reservations.

The 43,043 square foot, two-story building will house 144 students in 35 two-bedroom suites furnished with a study room and bathroom facilities--approximately 700 square feet per suite. Public areas will include kitchenettes, study rooms, game room, fitness/exercise areas, and laundry rooms. Floorplans are available for viewing in Centennial Hall.

An academic classroom adjacent to the north side of the building will seat 100 in approximately 5,000 square feet with a lounge and additional study areas.  The classroom will also serve as a multipurpose facility for students, faculty, and the public.

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 time-lapse feature. Click to view!

Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships is Saturday, Sept. 8

Mary Tyrrell.jpgThe second annual Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships is about raising awareness of heart and women's health while raising support for student-athletes at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The walk will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Ed Widseth Field on the U of M, Crookston campus. Registration is $25 and all registrants giving $25 or more will receive a t-shirt designed especially for the walk.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m. From 9-11 a.m. there will be tables of information on heart health, women's health, and general wellness. At 11 a.m., a free "healthy tailgate" lunch will be served for walk participants and provided by Crookston National Bank. Door prizes will be awarded, and  all participants will receive two free tickets to the Golden Eagle Football game vs. Concordia St. Paul.

For more information or to donate to the Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships, contact Natasha at 218-281-8423 or e-mail:

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Stephen King and Ryan Dekoe make an odd and hilarious pair! Together, they have been performing and perfecting their unique brand of comedy since 1990. Their classic vaudevillian style, outrageous sideshow antics, and contemporary humor never fail to win the hearts of even the most hard-to-please audiences.

Magic and Mayhem - FREE for UMC students!
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium
Sponsored by: S.P.A.C.E.

Welcome to The University of Minnesota, Crookston

UMC Flowers 1711.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston wishes to welcome all new students, family and friends to the campus. Your S.O.S. Leaders want you to get to know the campus and your orientation group members. Welcome to UMC!