December 2012 Archives

Happy Holidays from the University of Minnesota, Crookston

Eagle Sculpture w Wreath.jpgHappy Holidays! Enjoy your break.  Campus offices will be closed on December 24, 25, 31, 2012, and January 1, 2013.

Many offices and other areas will be closed or operating with reduced staffing on December 26, 27, 28, and January 2, 3, 4.

Individuals needing assistance are encouraged to call any specific office prior to stopping by the campus. Refer to the online campus directory at:

Spring Semester 2013 classes begin on Monday, January 14, 2013.

Photo: The Golden Eagle sculpture is located in front of the Sargeant Student Center.

UMC Holiday Luncheon for Faculty and Staff is TODAY

Holiday Present.jpgAll campus community faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual UMC Holiday Luncheon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, on Thursday, December 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This includes UMC, the NWROC, Extension, the NWRSDP, and the NW AHEC.

When: Thursday, December 20
Time: 11:30AM to 1PM
Where: Bede Ballroom: Sargeant Student Center

A complimentary meal of pasta with sauce and meat options, Italian vegetables, breadsticks, and assorted beverages will be served. Contact Melissa Parkin, Dining Services, with special dietary needs.

Attendees may bring an appropriate ornament to be placed on the new holiday tree that was purchased for the Student Center and Brown Dining room.

As in years past, attendees also are asked to bring a dessert to share.

Lastly, faculty and staff who are interested in participating in the "white elephant" gift exchange should bring a wrapped or bagged gently used "garage sale quality" item or inexpensive gift.

This event is optional; members of the campus community may attend/participate in those parts of the event in which they hold interest.

Come to "White Out" this Friday, December 14

White Out w border.jpgWhat: Golden Eagles Basketball Conference Home Openers
When: Friday, December 14
Times: 6PM Women and 8PM Men
Where: UMC's Lysaker Gym

Each person wearing WHITE at the games gets a chance to win a 32 inch LG LCD TV. Fans are also free to bring their canned goods to Friday's contest. Anyone who brings canned goods will also be entered into the drawing for a TV.

UMC faculty, staff (and their families) are invited to come out for Faculty & Staff Night at the men's and women's basketball games Friday night and be recognized. Enjoy complimentary Subway subs and soup & chili from Sodexo between the women's and men's games.

Photo: Brooke Timmins (softball) and Justin Rake (men's basketball) are shown selling special "White Out" t-shirts in the Sargeant Student Center. Purchase yours today!

A Wonderful Poinsettia Selection for 2012

Poinsettia Class tm.jpgWhat: Poinsettia Sale
When: Wednesday Dec. 12 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
and Thursday Dec. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Location: Sargeant Student Center

     Premium Poinsettias $15
     Regular Poinsettias $12
     Winter Rose $8
     Pixies $5
     House Plants $3
Floral arrangements are priced as marked

With the purchase of a poinsettia you will receive a FREE house plant while supplies last. Limit 2 free house plants per customer.  

Computer Return for UMC Students NOT Returning Spring Semester

Computer buttonize.jpgIf you are NOT returning to UMC for Spring semester, your UMC issued computer needs to be returned to the Computer Help Desk no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012.

After that time and date you will be charged a $50 late fee and also $31.25 per week until it is returned.

If you are a current student who is enrolled for 6+ on campus credits for Spring semester you do not need to do anything, just carry on like normal and have a good break.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Thea (Holen) Oertwich
UMC Help Desk Manager
E-mail: Phone: 218-281-8366

FREE Flu Shots for UMC Students, TUESDAY, Dec. 11

Flu Shot Clinics.jpgFlu Shot Clinics.jpgStudent Flu Shot Clinic

When: Tuesday, Dec. 11, 3:00 to 5:00PM 
Where: Evergreen Grill

Please bring your student ID.  This is FREE and paid for by Student Health.

Stop by for a Flu Shoot and holiday treats.   

Get a Flu shot! For more info on influenza, check out the following web site.

Santa Land is Saturday, December 8 at U of M, Crookston

Happy Holidays.jpgCelebrate the Holidays during Santa Land
When: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Time: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Sargeant Student Center at the U of M, Crookston
Admission is FREE for all area children
The Crookston Student Association in partnership with several student clubs and organizations at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are hosting Santa Land in celebration of the holiday season. The event will take place in the Sargeant Student Center at the U of M, Crookston on Saturday, December 8, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Visit with Santa, enjoy free cider and cookies, crafts, activities, and meet some of Santa's helpers.

Lisa Samuelson, director of student activities, says U of M, Crookston students enjoy hosting Santa Land as a way to thank the community for support. "Santa Land has become one of the students' all time favorite activities as it allows them to revisit their own childhood memories while giving back to the community that supports them throughout the year," Samuelson says.

Please Support the Mitten Tree Project at the U of M, Crookston

Mitten Tree 2012.jpgEach year we host a "Mitten Tree" with names given to us from the Care and Share. These gift requests are for children (up to age 13) who are either living at or whose families are receiving services through the Care and Share Homeless Shelter. If you choose to donate, please limit gifts to $15 each.

1) Select a mitten from the Christmas tree in the International Lounge in Sargeant Student Center. Sign your name on the sheet at the Info Desk by the corresponding number.

2) Bring the gift(s) back to the Sargeant Student Center Info Desk by December 14, 2012. Please do not wrap the gift(s), put them in a plastic bag and make sure the mitten is either attached to the bag or inside the bag

Thanks to all of you who have already picked up a mitten and to Katie Nenn who is organizing this project.

UMC Crops Judging Team Finishes Second in National Contests

UMC Crops Team 2012.jpgThe national crops judging contests have a long and celebrated history. The University of
Minnesota, Crookston Collegiate Crops Teams
have been a part of that history since 1967, and this year, the team from the Crookston campus placed second in both national competitions held in November in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago, Ill. The 2012 team consisted of three agronomy majors including Dan Grefsrud, a senior from Hawley, Minn.; Travis Lund, a senior from Brandon, Minn.; and Missy Geiszler, a junior from Mayer, Minn.

The team was coached by agronomy instructor Rob Proulx, assisted by Matthew Green, a senior from Greenbush, Minn., who is a triple major in agronomy, agricultural systems management, and agricultural business. Green was a member of the 2011 Collegiate Crops Judging Team from the U of M, Crookston.

In the Kansas City Crops Contest held November 13, each team member earned scores of 95% or above in seed analysis which qualified them each for All-American Recognition. Lund finished in second place in grain grading, tied for second place in seed analysis, and finished in fourth place in plant and seed identification, giving him a second place finish overall. Geiszler finished second in plant and seed identification, fourth in seed analysis, and sixth in grain grading, giving her a fifth place finish overall. Grefsrud tied for second with Lund in seed analysis and finished seventh in grain grading and sixth in plant and seed identification, leading to a sixth place finish overall.

In the Chicago Crops Contest held November 17, All-American Recognition (scoring 95% or above) was earned by Lund in grain grading, seed analysis, and plant and seed identification; Geiszler in seed analysis and plant and seed identification, and Grefsrud in seed analysis. Lund finished first in seed analysis, third in plant and seed identification, and fifth in grain grading, giving him a third-place finish overall. Geiszler finished fourth overall, with fourth place finishes in grain grading and plant and seed identification and a third place finish in seed analysis. Grefsrud finished sixth overall, tying for second place in seed analysis, finishing seventh in grain grading, and finishing eighth in plant and seed identification.

In the photo: Second place Collegiate Crops Team at the 2012 Kansas City Crops Contest, left to right: Dan Grefsrud, Travis Lund, Missy Geiszler, Rob Proulx, and Matthew Green

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