November 2012 Archives

"Holidays Around the World" at U of M, Crookston

Holidays Around the World 4153.jpgMark your calendar for Holidays Around the World!
You and your family are invited to this wonderful event celebrating the diversity of our campus.

What: Holidays Around the World
When: Saturday, December 1, 7 to 9PM
Where: Evergreen Hall, U of M, Crookston

Korea, Togo, Kenya, Mali, France, and Mexico will be featured at this year's event!

Campus Community and Family Welcome

Santa will be taking pictures too

Sponsored by Residential Life

New Options for Students to Earn UMC Business Degree

Business 3920.jpgSeveral new articulation agreements have been implemented by the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Agreements were signed with Hibbing Community College (HCC) in Hibbing, Minn.; Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and Pine Technical College in Pine City, Minn.

Graduates with an associate of science degree in business administration from Hibbing Community College could consider pursuing a bachelor of science degree in business management from the U of M, Crookston. Associate of applied science graduates in industrial systems technology from HCC could pursue their bachelor of manufacturing management. Both degrees are offered online and on-campus.

For graduates earning an applied science degree from Inver Hills Community College, pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting at the U of M, Crookston would be an option. Those interested in pursuing a bachelor of science in business management could do so by earning their applied science degree from Inver Hills in either contemporary business or international business.

Pine Technical College graduates with an associate of applied science degree in accounting would also be able to pursue a bachelor of science in accounting at the U of M, Crookston.

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Come to "Smoke and Mirrors" Thursday, Friday, or Saturday

Smoke & Mirrors Cast.jpgIt will be all "Smoke and Mirrors" at the University of Minnesota, Crookston when the comedy/murder mystery is performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, 2012, in Kiehle Auditorium. The theatrical production by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and $1 for U of M, Crookston students with their ID. Refreshments will be provided at the intermission.

The cast includes Alan Frank, a sophomore majoring in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management from St. Michael, Minn.; John Habeck, a senior majoring in marketing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Tyler Lowthian, a freshman majoring in business management from Richfield, Minn.; Ross Sigler, a sophomore majoring in accounting from Graceville, Minn.; Liz Massie, a sophomore majoring in communication from Eagan, Minn., is the also the student director and is assisted by Travis Jones, a junior majoring in applied studies from Milwaukee, Wis. The production is under the direction of George French, associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.

In the photo, back row, left to right: Liz Massie and Anthonette Sims.
Front row: Alan Frank, Ross Sigler, Travis Jones, and Tyler Lowthian.
Not pictured: John Habeck.

BSA Candy Grams Are On Sale in the Student Center

Candy Gram 3932.jpgThe Black Student Association (BSA) is selling Holiday Candy Grams

When: Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30
Time: 10AM to 3PM
Where: Sargeant Student Center
Cost: $1.00

Come and buy a Candy Gram for someone special or a friend.
They will deliver on campus.

Photo (l to r): Allison Foster and Shelby Naab

Sargeant Student Center & Info Desk Holiday Hours

Thanksgiving.jpgThe Sargeant Student Center will close at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 21, and the Information Desk will be closing at 4 p.m. and both will remain closed until Sunday, November 25 at 5 p.m. 

Drive safe and have a great Thanksgiving!


As part of the search process for the new Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs position, the campus is conducting a series of listening sessions on Monday, November 26, in Kiehle 116 to gather input related to characteristics we should be seeking in a new person. Leaders have heard feedback concerning both people with conflicts as well as people who may not be included in any of the groups. As a result, they have added an open section for anyone on campus from 8:00 to 8:30 am. The full schedule is given below. Questions, contact search committee co-chair Bill Peterson (
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8:00 - 8:30 Open session for anyone
8:30 - 9:00 CSA Executive Board
9:00 - 9:30 Executive Board
9:30 - 10:00 Department heads
10:00 - 12:30 Break
12:30 - 1:00 Faculty Assembly Consultative Committee
1:00 - 1:30 Direct reports
1:30 - 2:00 LAE Department
2:00 - 2:30 Business Department
2:30 - 3:00 MST Department
3:00 - 3:30 Ag/NatR Department

Holiday Sale at the UMC Bookstore, Two Days ONLY!

Bookstore Sale.jpgSave on almost everything in-store and online and earn UMC Bookstore gift cards too!

Savings good on regular and sale priced clothing, novelties, supplies and general books at the UMC Bookstore on Nov. 20, 21, and online

No other discounts or membership offers apply. Promotional gift card amount based on eligible purchases after discount. Gift cards may not be earned and savings are not valid on textbooks, medical reference books, medical supplies, electronics, college rings, cap & gowns, computers, software, special orders, and gift cards.

Online savings expire at 11:59 p.m. CST on 11/24/12. Gift cards earned may not be used until 11/26/12.

Congratulations.jpgA $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State will fund a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) to establish an American Cultural Center in China. The purpose of the cultural center, to be located on the campus of ZJETP in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, is to cultivate greater understanding between the United States and China. One of the unique aspects of the American Cultural Center at ZJETP is the construction of a 3-D immersive lab similar to the one located on the Crookston campus.

Students in China will be able to use the lab to demonstrate American historical scenes and visit sites in the U.S. including universities, national landmarks, and other places of interest. The lab combines the most recent computer technology, sensor technology, and visual technology to allow users to "immerse" themselves in a virtual environment and interact with that environment. Along with the 3-D immersive lab, the American Cultural Center at ZJETP will include a multimedia conference room and theater, a reading room, and an e-reading room.

Jingpeng Tang, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department on the Crookston campus is the grant's principal investigator. Kim Gillette, Ph.D., director of the Office of International Programs will join Tang to serve as the cultural center's deputy directors. Serving as their counterpart as deputy director in China is Mingdi Gu, who is the director of the international office at ZJETP.

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UMC Seniors Recognized with Prestigious U of MN SEED Award

SEED Award.jpgTwo seniors at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are the recipients of the prestigious Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. Wemimo Samson Abbey and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee are recipients of the Sue W. Hancock Undergraduate SEEDs of Change Award. The two will be recognized on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minneapolis campus.

Wemimo Samson Abbey (left), a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, has a passion for leadership, research, family, and country. He is majoring in business management and organizational psychology and has taken on leadership roles both on campus and outside campus organizations that have led to exciting opportunities for him in the areas of research and the creation of a non-profit. Inspired after attending the 22nd Annual Diversity Recruitment Program at Harvard University, Abbey established the non-profit organization "Change Africa," dedicated to fighting poverty with education and sustainable free enterprise endeavors. With a grade point average (GPA) of 3.7, he credits experiences at the University of Minnesota, Crookston with empowering him to devote his life to fight for the powerless, stand up for women, and never give-up on the hopeless.

Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee (right), a senior accounting major from Seoul, Korea, is dedicated to issues of equity and diversity. A 4.0 GPA student, he has been a critical part of the
Crookston campus recently being named a tax preparation site, and as an IRS certified tax volunteer, he has helped many of the community's elderly complete their tax forms. When Lee first came to campus, he saw the need for increased awareness of diversity and worked with members of the Multicultural International Club to host an international market, game night, language lessons, and a celebration of holidays around the world, among others. Lee believes that empowering people and using what he has learned in his classes will change lives and continues to work to build a better world which respects diversity and strives for equity and social justice.

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UMC's Veterans Day Commemorations Set for Monday, Nov. 12

Veterans Day.jpgThe Veterans Support Group at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is marking Veterans Day on Monday, November 12, 2012, with several commemorative events. The public is invited to attend all activities.

At 11 a.m. there will be a Veterans Day ceremony with a flag raising at 11:11 a.m. at the flag pole on the campus mall. This specific time was chosen because it ties into the origin of Veterans Day. The day was set aside and originally called "Armistice Day" and mainly recognized WWI veterans. Armistice Day celebrated the armistice which ended WWI. That armistice was signed at 11:11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. After WWII, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor all war veterans.

Following the flag ceremony, everyone will move to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial near the campus entrance for a wreath ceremony.

Breaker_Marty 0803.jpgConcluding the day, Retired Colonel Martin Breaker (photo at right) will speak at 4:15 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Breaker, who is an instructor in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston retired in 2003 from the Army Reserve after 32 years in active duty, National Guard and Reserve duty. Following the scandal of Abu Ghraib, Breaker volunteered to return to duty and served nearly three years in Iraq from 2005 to 2008.

The Veterans Support Group mission is to raise awareness of veterans and their service to country along with currently serving. The group is open to everyone. The president of the group is Calvin Meyer, a senior majoring in aviation from Albertville, Minn. Breaker and Mike Vivion, chief pilot at the U of M, Crookston, serve as the group's advisors.

Pileated Woodpecker Rescued and Released at UMC

Pileated Woodpecker.jpgA Pileated Woodpecker flew into the window on the north side of Sahlstrom Conference Center. After placing a milk crate over the bird to catch it, dining services staff called John Loegering, associate professor of Natural Resources.

Loegering retrieved the woodpecker, put it in a box for a couple hours, checked it out, banded the bird, and released it at UMC's Nature Nook.
NatR Student Tim Baker, at left, helped Loegering with the bird.  The woodpecker seemed recovered when it flew off.

Photos by Phil Baird

UMC Election Day Transportation to Ward 6 Poll Site

Remember to Vote.jpgExcercise your right to Vote!

On Tuesday, November 6, 2012, the UMC Campus will provide transportation to the local Ward 6 election poll site located at St. Paul's Lutheran Church (1214 University Ave.).  Attached are the times when T.H.E. Bus, assigned to our campus, will depart from the north entrance (near Info Desk/ATM machine) of the Sargeant Student Center and depart from the Ward 6 Poll Site.

The UMC bus will be conducting its regular Tuesday pick-ups between the above times, except there will be no runs to Wal-Mart.  Please plan accordingly.

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reFill, Baby, reFill. Reduce Waste and Save Money!

Hydration Station.jpgA new hydration station was installed this week in the Library. An electronic sensor provides touchless operation, so all you have to do is place your bottle and fill. The station is located near the steps leading to the second floor.

Not only are the water bottle refilling stations convenient, a digital readout at the top right of the station tells you how many plastic bottles have been saved from going to the landfill. The Library's hydration station is like the one installed earlier this year in Hill Hall across from the Center for Sustainability.

Now you have two locations on campus to fill your reusable water bottles. It is convenient, saves resources, reduces waste, and saves you money!