January 2013 Archives

Weather Delay at the U of M, Crookston

Weather conditions will affect the day's schedule at the U of M, Crookston today (Thursday, January 31). Schedule will begin with the regular 10:00 am classes. Campus offices and the Children's Center open at 10:00 am.

Come to the 2013 Winter Job Fair on Wednesday, January 30

Job Fair composite.jpgWhat: 2013 UMC Winter Job and Internship Fair
When: January 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

The 11th Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Bede Ballroom and the Northern Lights Lounge in the Sargeant Student Center on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus.

Everyone is invited to attend to meet and greet with representatives from fifty companies and graduate schools.

A complete listing of companies attending can be found at:

Aldo Leopold One-man Play is this Thursday, Jan. 31

Pfitzer_play[1].jpgWhat: Aldo Leopold Play by Jim Pfitzer
When: 7 p.m.
Where: UMC's Kiehle Auditorium

FREE and open to the public!

Set in one evening in and around the famous Wisconsin Shack that inspired much of his writing, Aldo Leopold -- A Standard of Change explores the influences and challenges that led to penning his masterpiece book A Sand County Almanac

Sponsored in part by: UMC Natural Resources Club, UMC Concerts and Lectures, and Coca-Cola Beverage Partnership

mentalistChrisBolterJan2013.jpgMixing magic, psychology, suggestion, and comedy, Christopher Bolter will enthrall and captivate you! With incredible demonstrations of apparent supernatural power, Chris will explain how he can really read your minds! The best part is...Chris is not a psychic, nor does he have any paranormal or supernatural abilities! He is guaranteed to display his witty humor, love of psychology, and impressive audience command in ways you can't even imagine. He is definitely NOT your typical mentalist!

Sign Up for UMC Blood Drive, January 28 through February 1

UMC Spring 2013 Blood Drive.jpgThe #1 reason blood donors say they give is because they "want to help others." January is National Blood Donor Month.

What: Sign up, Spring Blood Drive
When: Monday, January 28 through Friday, February 1

Time: 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Where: Sargeant Student Center
UMC's Blood Drive is Monday, Feb. 4, 9:00AM -3:00PM, Bede Ballroom
SAAC members will be available to assist you.
Or go to: http://www.bloodhero.com. enter sponsor code umc

Help others by giving blood!

Photo l to r: Ashley Martell and Alexa Thielman

38th Annual Ag Arama Scheduled Saturday, January 26, 2013

2012  Ag Arama.jpgMost Ag Arama activities take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus. New this year will be a petting zoo to be held at the same time as the games.

Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources highlight Ag Arama weekend.

On Friday evening, the Animal Science Association sponsors a chili feed from 5 to 7 p.m. in UTOC for $5 per person.

On Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., the animal showmanship contests begin and the public is welcome to watch the competition as it unfolds in both novice and experienced categories. Students compete in western and English horse showmanship, lamb lead, and dairy, beef, sheep, and swine showing.  The novices are paired with experienced students prior to the contests to prepare for the day. Alumni showmanship will take place at 12:30 p.m.

From 9 a.m. to noon, an agricultural industries show features some of the latest in agricultural equipment. At noon, the Round Robin Showmanship will begin.  Coronation of the Ag Arama royalty takes place at 1 p.m. followed by the presentation of specialty awards and the sweepstakes presentation.

In the evening, a dinner will be served at the Crookston Eagles Club from 5:30 to 7 p.m., along with an alumni social from 6 to 8 p.m. also at the Eagles. Cost of the dinner is Swiss steak $9 and walleye $11.

Capping off the weekend will be dancing to "Silverado" from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Eagles. Admission is $8.

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FREE Flu Shots -- Thursday, January 24, 11AM to 1PM

Flu Shot Clinic.jpgThere will be free flu shots for UMC students and employees on Thursday, January 24, 11:00AM to 1:00PM in the Prairie Room of the Sargeant Student Center.

With the current outbreak of Influenza, here is a notice of the symptoms, along with a reminder to:
1. WASH your hands- with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
2. Cover your cough, or cough into your elbow.
3. Avoid touching your face/nose/eyes.
4. Do not share utensils, towels, drinking glasses or other items that may spread germs.

If you are sick with a flu-like illness, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Refer to CDC site for more information.  http://www.flu.gov/prevention-vaccination/prevention/index.html#

MLK Day Service Project was a SUCCESS

MLK Service Day composite.jpgThe weather may have been frigid, but 18 University of Minnesota, Crookston students and staff had warm hearts as they packed 1260 backpacks at the North Country Food Bank (NCFB) during the MLK Day service project. 

NCFB volunteer coordinator, Russ Tate, said the crew set a new packing record.

Thank you to all the volunteers!

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr Martin Luther King.jpgJoin UMC in celebrating the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, JrTWO OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED:
#1, Monday, January 21, 2013 
Unity Walk, Program, & Free Lunch / UMC Chancellor Wood is on the program to provide the official greeting. Partnership between UMC and UND - Contact the UMC Office of Diversity Programs, Lorna Hollowell, Director, lhollowe@crk.umn.edu
Vans leaving UMC to travel to Grand Forks at 10:00AM.
#2, Monday. January 27, 2013
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service - North Country Food Bank, Crookston, 3:00PM--4:30PM
Pack boxes and backpacks - Contact the Office of Community Engagement, Assistant Director, Lisa Loegering, loege005@crk.umn.edu
Sign-up sheet in hallway next to Leadership Room, 2nd floor, Sargent Student Center
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ... A day ON, not a day OFF!

UMC Among the Nation's Best Online Bachelor's Programs

Online degree image.jpgU.S.News and World Report has ranked the University of Minnesota, Crookston among the nation's "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" for 2013. The U of M, Crookston was ranked in the top quartile at #60 out of the 247 higher education respondents in this year's survey. Rankings were based on factors such as graduation rates and academic and career support services offered to students among others. The campus ranked especially high in the sub-category Student Services and Technology coming in at number 18.

U.S.News & World Report published these rankings for the first time in 2102 in response to today's high demand for education provided in a flexible manner. 

"Our faculty and staff are leaders in the field of online education and have been working for more than a decade to provide access to our high quality degree programs in a manner that is consistent with our public land grant mission. Their experience with and understanding of online students is unparalleled," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston. "This recognition is confirmation of the exemplary efforts of our faculty and staff to provide quality programs and the best online learning experience for students who need the flexibility that online learning affords.

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jonathanburns.jpgJonathan Burns always thought he was "special." He was the kind of kid who would put his leg over his head at the family reunion or perform musical armpit farts to impress the girls. In 2004, contorting his body and impressing people with his unusual talents became his full-time job. Since then he has performed at over 200 colleges & universities, at festivals across the US, Canada, China, Ireland, & New Zealand, and was recently featured on the Jay Leno Show & the Late Show with David Letterman. He will perform Wednesday night, January 16, in Kiehle Auditorium on the U of M, Crookston campus. The event is free and sponsored by the UMC Student Experience.

E-mail is Official Student Communication

University e-mail.jpgPolicy Statement
A University assigned student e-mail account shall be the University's official means of communication with all students. Students are responsible for all information sent to them via their University assigned e-mail account. If a student chooses to forward their University e-mail account, he or she is responsible for all information, including attachments, sent to any other e-mail account.

Reason for Policy
The University of Minnesota provides students with an e-mail account upon the student's matriculation to the institution. This account is free of charge and currently is active as long as the student remains active. Increasingly, e-mail is becoming the primary mode of communication between students and the University. The information distributed via e-mail varies from college updates to registration summaries.

Some students do not use their University assigned e-mail account. Other students forward their University e-mail account to an alternative account (i.e., Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo, etc.). When students do not use or forward their University assigned e-mail account, vital information is often not conveyed as the e-mail is unopened or the associated attachment is not forwarded.

It is imperative that students understand that a majority of information will be communicated to them via their University assigned account while they are students. To better serve our students, upon matriculation students are informed that their University assigned e-mail account is the primary means of communication from the University community and that they will be held responsible for the information in the e-mail.

University of Minnesota E-mail Policy

New Filly Born at University of Minnesota, Crookston

Norma Jean and Filly.jpgUMC's mare, Norma Jean, gave birth last night to her first foal, a filly (girl)! She has been named Belle.

Andrea Reed, Lab Services Coordinator for Equine Science, with the help from Animal Science Pre-Vet student, Sabra Amundson, assisted Norma Jean with the delivery of Belle.

Photo by Andrea Reed