October 2012 Archives

Spring 2013 Class Schedule is Available for Viewing

Class Schedule photo.jpgThe Office of the Registrar has the Spring Semester 2013 Class Schedule posted and available for reference beginning Monday, October 29. The class schedule is available online.

Registration dates remain unchanged. Scheduled registration times will begin on Monday, November 12, and open registration will begin on Friday, November 30. Link to Registration Queue

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Spring 2013 schedule has been posted

Edgar Allan Poe the Focus of Essay by Rachel McCoppin

McCoppin_ Rachel.jpgOften the celebration of Halloween conjures up tales of suspense and for many the spooky stories of the famous author Edgar Allan Poe. A book published recently on Poe includes an essay by Associate Professor Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D., who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

The book entitled Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture published by Palgrave Macmillan includes the essay "Horrific Obsessions: Poe's Legacy of the Unreliable Narrator" authored by McCoppin.

"My article focuses on Poe's narrators in some of his most famous stories, like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" and connects them to leading characters in the popular films, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and M. Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense, to show how failing to know oneself may lead, given the right circumstances, to terror."

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Big Savings at the UMC Bookstore Balloon Sale!

Bookstore Sale.jpgPop in and save at the UMC Bookstore October 25, 26 & 27 only! *Save 20-80% on almost everything!

1. Select your favorite campus fashions, supplies & general books & novelties from the UMC Bookstore.

2. Pick from dozens of maroon and gold balloons loaded with discounts from 20-80% off your entire purchase.

3. Bring balloon and your items to the cashier & discover your savings!

Can't make the sale? Shop online at www.crookstonbookstore.com and save 20% off your entire purchase of eligible merchandise October 25-27, 2012 only.

Photos (l to r): Kate showing a warm UMC Golden Eagle pullover; Sale poster at Bookstore entrance; Wonderful selection of Halloween children's books. 

*One balloon per customer. Savings good on clothing, supplies, general books and novelties. Discount will be applied to your entire purchase. Bookstore staff must pop your balloon at the register to receive a discount. No other discounts apply. No other merchandise may be added once the balloon is popped. Savings valid at the UMC Bookstore October 25-27, 2012 only. Sale excludes textbooks, college rings, electronics, computers, graduation items, software and special orders.

UMC Halloween Carnival for Kids on Saturday, October 27

Pumpkin Border.jpgUMC Student clubs and organizations will host a Halloween Carnival for Kids on Saturday, October 27, from Noon to 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The event is FREE and intended for area children ages 2 to 12 years old.

Food donations for the North Country Food Bank will be accepted. Children can take part in many different games, coloring, and face painting. There will also be door prizes. 

Delta Theta Sigma will host the event with assistance from the Animal Science Association, Black Student Association, Pre-Vet Club, Peer Connections, and Ag-Arama.

GLBT Ally Day Held at UMC

GLBT Ally Day.jpgGay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Ally Day was held on campus on Monday, October 22. Allies of the GLBT community were encouraged to show their support for a safe and inclusive environment on campus for all community members.

An ally to the GLBT community is an individual who works to support and affirm GLBT people while challenging traditional notions of gender and sexuality that are unnecessarily restrictive and oppressive.

Sponsored by Student Engagement and Student Activities, a table in the student center had ally stickers and information pamphlets available. For additional information, contact Lisa Samuelson, director of student activities at samue026@umn.edu.

MACHS_team.jpgIt was another successful year for the University of Minnesota, Crookston at the annual conference of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) held recently in Brookings, S.D. Placing second overall, the team from Crookston consisted of four juniors all majoring in horticulture. Ashlynn Hartung, Lindstrom, Minn., placed first in woody plant identification, first in herbaceous plant identification, and earned first place overall individual honors. Tim Staudahar, Hibbing, Minn., walked away with first place in woody plant identification, as well as herbaceous plant identification, and finished as the third place overall individual. Other members of the winning team were Catlin Kersting, Cloquet, Minn., and Mitch Sledge, St. Louis Park, Minn.

The teams compete in the areas of plant judging, plant identification, and a general knowledge examination. This year's competition, which took place Oct 11-14, at South Dakota State University included teams from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Northwest Missouri State, and Western Illinois University. The theme for this year's event was Local Treasures and celebrated the organization's 40th anniversary.

In the photo (l to r): Front row, Catlin Kersting and Ashlynn Hartung. Back row, Tim Staudahar and Mitch Sledge.

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Rachel CRES 0105.jpgThe Bremer Foundation has awarded a grant for $50,000 to the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  The grant, which provides $25,000 each year for two years, offers operational support to extend the unique entrepreneurial assistance services and programming of CRES to northwestern Minnesota. It will also focus on developing entrepreneurial awareness among area high school and U of M, Crookston students.  Susan Brorson, Ph.D., head of the Business Department serves as the principal investigator for the grant which was written by Kevin Cooper, who serves as director of CRES, and Rachel Lundbohm, the Center's assistant director.

"We want to engage students and assist businesses by providing technical assistance to area entrepreneurs and conducting valuable research related to entrepreneurship," explains Lundbohm. "Encouraging students interested in entrepreneurship while getting them involved in the region is also a priority. We appreciate this award from Bremer to support our passion for entrepreneurship and to help us provide assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in the region."

Photo: Rachel Lundbohm outside of the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies located in 117 Dowell Hall 

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Think Before You Drink Display is TODAY!

Think Before You Drink comp.jpg'Think Before You Drink' - Visit Sargeant Jesse Grabow with the damaged Highway Patrol Car hit by a drunk driver. The display is in front of Sargeant Student Center

When: Thursday, 18 October, 2012
Time: 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Sargeant Student Center

Photos l to r: Vicky Svedarsky being interviewed by WDAZ reporter; The wrecked Highway Patrol car; Sargeant Jesse Grabow speaking with UMC Students.

This event is part of the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

UMC Natural Resources Club Helps Save Young Pines at Itasca

NatR Budcapping.jpgEighteen members of the UMC Natural Resources Club bud-capped more than 7,500 pine seedlings in Itasca State Park as part of the park's ongoing pine restoration efforts.

Photos (l to r): Capping a young pine; Group photo of Natural Resources Club members and faculty advisors at Itasca; Vanessa Lane, Ph.D. lends a hand and a budcap.

See more photos on UMC's Official facebook page

herren_chris.jpgYou are invited to a special presentation by former NBA player Chris Herren on Wed., Oct. 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Herren, who played for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics, shares the story of his struggle with substance abuse that lasted most of his basketball career. He will be available to answer questions and sign autographs following the program. The event is free and refreshments will follow the program.

The presentation by Herren will highlight Alcohol Awareness Week on the Crookston campus. Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising is excited about the opportunity to highlight Herren and his story. "We are so fortunate to host someone like Chris Herren on our campus," Tyrrell says. "This program is one no one should miss as it carries a powerful message by someone who has experienced it firsthand. There is a message for everyone in Chris's presentation."

Herren is also the subject of the Emmy Award-nominated ESPN Films documentary "Unguarded," directed by Jonathan Hock.

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"Dig Pink" Volleyball Match is Tuesday, October 16

Dig Pink.jpgCome out and support breast cancer awareness. Cheer on YOUR UMC GOLDEN EAGLES! WEAR "PINK" and be eligible for all prize give-a-ways. Lots of "PINK" Prizes to given away.

What: "Dig Pink" Volleyball Match
When: Tuesday, Oct. 16 
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Where: Lysaker Gym

In addition, it's also Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. Free pizza for all faculty/staff and all will be recognized at the game!

Members of Alpha Lambda Delta Clean their Adopted Roadside

ALD ditch clean up[1].jpgMembers of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) were out recently helping to keep the roadside ditches picked up along US Highway 2.

This section of highway became ADL's adopted highway in 2009.

Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., is the ALD advisor.

Sec Ritchie composite.jpgMinnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie visited UMC to speak to students, faculty, and staff on Monday, Oct. 8, in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.  He spoke about the importance of engagement in the upcoming election, the vital role students play in the election process, how to get involved and informed, and issues on the Minnesota ballot in 2012. 

A Q&A session followed the presentation.

Learn more at: www.sos.state.mn.us.

Photos (l to r): Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie speaking in the Prairie Room; CSA President Adam Switzer, Senator Alexmai Addo, Secretary Mark Ritchie, and S.P.A.C.E. Chairperson Brooke Novak visited with Secretary Ritchie.

Sign-Up for the UMC Blood Drive

Blood Drive buttonize.jpgEnactus (formerly SIFE) will be at the UMC Blood Drive registration table in the Sahlstrom Conference Center Entrance from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the week of October 8, for you to sign up to donate.

Or, you can go to www.bloodhero.com to sign up. User code umc

The blood drive will held Monday, October 15, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.

Questions, contact Stacey Grunewald, RN at sgrunewa@umn.edu or 218-281-8512

Bluebird Boxes and Snowmen on a NatR Student's Agenda

NatR Snowmen.jpgJust a little snow, at least for NatR types!

The U of M, Crookston Wildlife Ecology and Management students were monitoring Eastern Bluebird boxes and collecting data on past use Thursday, October 4, 2012.

Thanks to the weather, building a snowman was also on the agenda!

Photos are from from Thursday's outdoor lab at the Red River Valley Natural History Area.

Meet YOUR Crookston Student Association Executive Board!

CSA Executive Board 2012-13.jpgThe Crookston Student Association (CSA) is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 Executive Board Members: President, Adam Switzer; Vice-President, Kayla Bellrichard; Secretary, Emily Goff; Treasurer, Ross Sigler; U of M Board of Regent's Representative, Jesse Jennings; Student Senate Consultative Committee Representative, Gyaltso Gurung; S.P.A.C.E. Chairperson, Brooke Novak; Senator, Anthonette Sims; Senator, Alexmai Addo; Senator, Ashlynn Hartung; Senator, Aaron Soltau; Senator, Bryce Gillie; Senator, Shaolei Jin; Senator, Mariah Gautsche; Senator, Molly Sheehan; Senator, Laura Gabrielson; Senator, Mary Boateng; Faculty Advisor, Christo Robberts; and Staff Advisor, Lisa Samuelson.

Photo (l to r): Front row: Adam Switzer, Kayla Bellrichard, Laura Gabrielson, Mariah Gautsche, Gyaltso Gurung, Middle row:  Alexmai Addo, Ashlynn Hartung, Brooke Novak, Anthonette Sims, Mary Boateng. Top row:  Molly Sheehan, Emily Goff, Ross Sigler, Shaolei Jin, Bryce Gillie, and Jesse Jennings.

The 2012 Fall Semester Crookston Student Association members represent YOU the students and the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The CSA office is located in the Sargeant Student Center, second floor.

UMC Students -- Sign Up for a Free Academic Tutor!

SIGN UP for a FREE Academic Tutor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston's Academic Assistance Center (AAC). The AAC is located in 270 Owen Hall. 

You can contact Jamie Fagerholt, tutor and testing coordinator, at jfagerho@umn.edu

"Can Do Canines" Program is Tuesday, October 2, at 12:15 p.m.

Terri & Brody - Can Do Canines.jpgWhat: Can Do Canines program
When: Tuesday, October 2
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom
Please RSVP for Complementary Lunch

Before Terri Krake's life was abruptly changed, she was a new Deputy Sheriff for the New Orleans region. Like most young professionals she felt eager to prove who she was and what she could do.  Terri is doing just that again every day as an ambassador for Can Do Canines, but in a different way than she expected on those New Orleans streets.

Join us for a lunchtime presentation on October 2, 2012, 12:15 p.m., in Bede Ballroom as we recognize Disability Employment Awareness Month and learn about an organization that has literally 'gone to the dogs' to give their human companions real opportunities for independence.

RSVP to Laurie Wilson (lwilson2@umn.edu) in advance, if you would like to also join for the complementary lunch which begins at noon. Interested persons may choose to just attend the 12:15 p.m. program in the same location.

Ms. Krake and Brody will be available from 1:00-2:00 p.m. following the presentation for individual or informal conversation.

There is open parking (i.e. no ticketing) tomorrow, between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to make it easeir to attend this program for off campus folks

UMC's Precision Agriculture Students "Ride and Learn"

Wagner Farm composite.jpgUMC's Precision Agriculture class gave our students an experience with yield monitoringGary Wagner, of A.W.G. Farms, was one of the first pioneers in Yield Monitoring practices, beginning in 1993 with a company called Ag Leader.

The UMC students were given an opportunity to "ride and learn" with Wagner. Components and purposes of the yield monitoring equipment were shown and demonstrated.

Only about 25 percent of the class had previous precision agriculture technology experience on their home farms. Gary Wagner has participated with UMC Precision Ag courses for the last 13 years.

Photos (l to r): Harvesting sunflowers near Crookston; Gary Wagner (l) explaining yield monitoring; Members of Paul Aakre's Precision Agriculture class.