The U of M Crookston recently earned acknowledgment and accolades regarding safety, affordability, and quality from a number of organizations.

USA TODAY College has listed the U of M Crookston at number five among the ten "safest college campuses in the U.S." The ranking, which is from College Factual, an online college comparison resource, considers crime reports on-campus, in the surrounding town or city, as well as in the surrounding region and utilizes data from the Office of Postsecondary Education and the FBI. View the rankings at . 

The Crookston campus also earned a spot among the top ten of the "50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students" by, a web resource intended to provide prospective college students with the accurate and relevant information on making higher education more cost-effective. On the list, UMC ranked #8. The organization factored average tuition and institutional financial aid rates into the rankings. The complete listing and methodology are available at

The U of M Crookston's online bachelor's degree in communication has been ranked at number one among the "Top Online Communications Degrees for 2015" by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online).  AC Online is an online resource that examines cost and quality of online degree programs across the nation. The organization collects and analyzes data from government sources and hundreds of colleges and universities to identify top online degree programs in various major fields. Among the scoring metrics used were tuition rates, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, and financial aid, among others. The full list is available online at 

Another of the U of M Crookston's online programs, its degree in accounting, has been ranked among the 50 best online bachelor's program in accounting and has received the 2014-15 "Students Before Profits Award" from Nonprofit Colleges Online. According to the organization, the award "was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line." Programs were ranked according to their affordability and were selected from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition costs. UMC's online accounting degree came in at #27 out of 50 ranked colleges and universities. The full list is available online at

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (

U of M Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2014 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of fall 2014 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during fall semester 2014.

The University of Minnesota Crookston enrolls approximately 1,800 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

Last NameFirst NameDegreeMajorMinorHonors
AbdiAbdukadirBachelor of ScienceManagement   
AhlbrechtAllenBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management and Quality Management High Distinction
AhsanullahAnneBachelor of ScienceAccounting   
AndersonEmilyBachelor of ScienceMarketing Management 
AudetteZacharyBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
AwenderMichealBachelor of ScienceCriminal Justice   
BartRyanBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
BendelCaylaBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources CommunicationHigh Distinction
BennettAngelaBachelor of ScienceAccounting  Distinction
BlaufussJosephBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Systems Management   
BoreenLauraBachelor of ScienceHealth Management   
BuccilliChrisCertificateManufacturing Management Certificate  
BundeKevinBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Systems Management   
BuschEliBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Business and Agronomy  
ButlerPaulBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
CarterSeanBachelor of ScienceManagement  High Distinction
ChungDabitnaBachelor of ScienceEarly Childhood Education   
CirksCodyBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management   
CounihanNoelBachelor of ScienceManagement   
CoxDerekBachelor of ScienceCriminal Justice   
CraneJosephBachelor of ScienceSport & Recreation Management Marketing 
CurtisStephanieBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementQuality Management   
CymbalukZachBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Business Agronomy 
Del MoralRachelinaBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies Management 
DermonTimothyBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management   
DiakiteOumarBachelor of ScienceManagement   
DoanBreannaBachelor of ScienceCommunication Marketing 
DollStephanieBachelor of ScienceAnimal Science   
DoucetteCourtneyBachelor of ScienceElementary Education   
DuvallJordanBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources Agricutlural Business 
EcklundJaredBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
EidsnessKaylaBachelor of ScienceMarketing   
ElshaugRachelBachelor of ScienceAgronomy Agricutlural Business 
ErnstJerrodBachelor of Applied HeathApplied Health   
FafardCatelineBachelor of ScienceElementary Education   
FiscusEllenBachelor of ScienceInformation Technology Management   
FridayJeremiahBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources Coaching Minor 
FurryMichaelBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
GilbertsonBenjaminBachelor of ScienceManagement   
GowanEmilyBachelor of ScienceHealth Management   
HagenPatrickBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
HallAndrewBachelor of ScienceCriminal Justice   
HarrellAshtonBachelor of ScienceSport & Recreation Management   
HaugenSamuelBachelor of ScienceAgronomy   
HayatSamraBachelor of ScienceManagement   
HeilMicahBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
HernandezAlissaBachelor of ScienceEquine Science and Animal ScienceAgricutlural Business 
HitchcockCharlesBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies   
HulinskyTiffanyBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Business Communication 
HusoNicholasBachelor of ScienceHealth Management  High Distinction
JacobsRickyBachelor of ScienceSport & Recreation Management   
JacobssonJoniBachelor of ScienceAccounting   
JaskolkaMichelleBachelor of ScienceHealth Management   
JohnsonMaxBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Systems Management Agricutlural Business 
KalinowskiEthanBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
KauffmanRyanBachelor of ScienceAviation Agronomy 
KimJoo HyunBachelor of ScienceManagement   
KimSow JungBachelor of ScienceManagement   
KlarKatherineBachelor of ScienceAnimal Science Agricutlural Business 
KoepMarkBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources  Distinction
KuersteinerBrandenCertificateManufacturing Management   
LampKevinBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources  Distinction
LarsonRachelBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies   
LeeYe EunBachelor of ScienceHotel/Rest/Tourism Management   
LenkClaytonBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
LoeslieKippBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Systems Management   
LofquistGregoryBachelor of ScienceCriminal Justice   
LuukkonenMeganBachelor of ScienceHealth Management   
MabururuJosephBachelor of ScienceHealth Management   
Madison OcheltreeAmandaBachelor of ScienceCommunication   
MassmannBrandonBachelor of ScienceAnimal Science   
McKenzieThomasBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
MearsErinBachelor of ScienceCriminal Justice Communication 
MedinJayBachelor of ScienceCommunication  Distinction
MesserKathrineBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Business Management 
MeyerBarbaraBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies   
MeyerCalvinBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
MileneStacyBachelor of ScienceManagement   
MillerTylerBachelor of ScienceAgronomy   
MishraEllinaBachelor of ScienceInformation Technology Management   
MohamedKhaliBachelor of ScienceHealth Management   
MohamoudAhmedBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementQuality Management   
MonjeauShaneBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
MooreMalcolmBachelor of ScienceManagement   
MyroldHayleyBachelor of ScienceManagement   
NagatsukaRihoBachelor of ScienceAccounting  Distinction
OachsBrianBachelor of ScienceAgricultural Business and Agronomy  
O'ConnellDeandraBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies   
OrigasNicoleBachelor of ScienceManagement Entrepreneurship/MarketingHigh Distinction
OwlThomasBachelor of ScienceSoftware Engineering Info Tech Management 
PerlasEricBachelor of ScienceCommunication   
PetersenAndreBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management   
PolingPennyBachelor of ScienceAccounting and a certificate in taxation Distinction
PotzmannJessicaBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
PradhanSujanBachelor of ScienceSoftware Engineering Info Tech Management 
PryorJeffreyBachelor of ScienceSport & Recreation Management   
QuittschreiberKyleBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
RasmussonHaleyBachelor of ScienceElementary Education   
Reddick Sr.EricBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management   
RupprechtDonovanBachelor of ScienceAnimal Science   
SakyiJosephineBachelor of ScienceInformation Technology Management  
Schnellman JrJosephBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies   
SchoenbornTylorBachelor of ScienceInformation Technology Management  
SmallChrisBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management   
Small Jr.CarltonBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementManufacturing Management   
SternToddBachelor of ScienceAccounting and a certificate in taxation  
SuppesScottBachelor of ScienceApplied Studies Marketing 
TalyanskyIngaBachelor of Manufacuring ManagementQuality Management and Manufacturing Management  
ThompsonAmandaBachelor of ScienceHorticulture and Golf and Turf ManagementCoaching  
ThompsonHannahBachelor of ScienceManagement   
ThompsonKaylaBachelor of ScienceManagement   
ThoresonElizabethBachelor of ScienceAgronomy  Distinction
ThorneMartinBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources  Distinction
ThorstadKelseyBachelor of ScienceMarketing Management 
TwetenAndrewBachelor of ScienceAgronomy   
VirnigDanielleBachelor of ScienceInformation Technology Management   
WallaceBlakeBachelor of ScienceManagement   
WickstromJoshuaBachelor of ScienceNatural Resources   
WittrockRebeccaBachelor of ScienceAnimal Science Equine Science 
XieJinyanBachelor of ScienceManagement   
YuhalaAnnaleisBachelor of ScienceCriminal Justice   
ZahlerHollyBachelor of Applied HeathApplied Health  

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 14 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. "Small Campus. Big Degree." To learn more, visit

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (

Professor Stephen Carlson (in photo), chair of the Music Department at Bemidji State University will 
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perform a piano concert on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on the grand piano in the Evergreen Hall lobby. Evergreen is located on the south side of the campus with parking available in front of the hall. All are welcome and no admission will be charged.

The program will include the music of Haydn and Beethoven, Chopin, and conclude with selections by Stravinsky. 

Carlson, a member of Bemidji State University music faculty since 2006, is a versatile soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at a variety of colleges, universities and festivals throughout much of the United States and eastern Canada. He appeared at the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest in St. Peter, Minn., from 1995-2003, and in 2005 he made his New York debut as a solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Carlson has appeared three times with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, played for the Bismarck-Mandan (N.D.) Symphony and also has played chamber music with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony and Greenville (S.C.) Symphony. Carlson holds degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Illinois, and earned his doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining the Bemidji State faculty, Carlson was a tenured faculty member at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and also taught piano at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Gustavus Adolphus College, and St. Joseph's School of Music in St. Paul, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more,

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (

In keeping with the University-wide initiative of internationalizing the campus and curriculum, the University of Minnesota Crookston will host two visiting Fulbright Scholars in January. The Fulbright Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world and on Thursday, January 29, the campus and community are invited to attend presentations by the two during Thursday Commons. The presentations will take place at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are invited and there will be no admission charge. 

The presentations will be an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of both Cameroon and Macedonia, along with the chance to ask questions of these two scholars. 

Kennedy D. Nyongbela, will speak on the "The Bali Nyonga people of Cameroon: History and Culture." He is a senior lecturer/ research chemist in the Faculty of Science at the University of Buea, Cameroon. Nyongbela obtained the doctorate degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon in 2011. His research interests include drug discovery and development from Cameroonian medicinal plants, synthetic organic chemistry and formulation of of chemical weapons. He is a visiting Fulbright scholar and currently pursuing research in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Hoye at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. 

He will give a second lecture titled 'Chemistry of Medicinal Plants' On January 30, at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Dowell Hall 208 from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. All are welcome. This lecture will be repeated at White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen at 3 p.m. on January 30. 

Tatjana Ruskovska, will speak on "Fulbright International Education Exchange: Fostering Science and Mutual Understanding between Nations and Cultures." She is Associate Professor of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. Rushkovska completed her higher education, including her doctorate degree, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. She was working as a clinical chemist in the Central Clinical Laboratory at Military Hospital in Skopje for 16 years, 7 of which as a Head of the Laboratory. In 2010 Dr. Tatjana Rushkovska joined Goce Delcev University in Stip where she started her academic career. At the moment, as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Rushkovska is appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, in the laboratory of David Bernlohr, where she is working on her research project focused on the role of the white adipose tissue in obesity induced insulin resistance.

This lecture will be repeated on January 30 at 3 p.m. at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

For more information on the presentations at the U of M Crookston, contact Venu Mukku, associate professor in Math, Science, and Technology Department, at 218-281-8097.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more,

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (