U of M Crookston Earns Additional Accolades for Online Degree Programs

The University of Minnesota Crookston recently earned additional recognition for the quality 

nd affordability of a number of degree programs offered online.

U of M Crookston's online degree program in accounting was ranked among the 30 most 

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affordable online accounting bachelor's degrees in the U.S. UMC's program came in at #19 on the list compiled by Accounting Degree Review. Only institutions with regional accreditation were considered. Accounting Degree Review is an independent online resource for current and prospective accounting and finance students that provides data-based rankings and critical reviews of the top traditional and online accounting and finance degree programs.  The rankings may be viewed in their entirety at

www.accounting-degree.org/most-affordable-online-bachelors-degrees-in-accounting.

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Another online resource, OnlineU.org, listed the U of M Crookston's online degree programs in accounting and health management among the 20 most affordable or "best value" online degrees in their respective categories for 2015. UMC's online program in accounting ranked #14, and its program in health management ranked #12 in the healthcare program listing. Both lists are available online at www.onlineu.org. OnlineU.org is operated by SR Education Group, a Kirkland, Washington-based education information company.

A third online resource, Computer Science Online, ranked the U of M Crookston among the 

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top 20 best colleges for online computer science degrees for 2015, specifically citing UMC's information technology management major. This ranking is available at www.computerscienceonline.org/degree-programs. The organization operates www.ComputerScienceOnline.org, a website that offers search tools, salary data, and articles and guides for students considering careers working with computers, software, and technology.

The U of M Crookston currently offers thirteen degree programs entirely online. These degrees are also offered more traditionally on campus as well. They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Entrepreneurship (B.S.), Finance (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), Quality Management (B.M.M.), and Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.).  The online programs are administered through the Center for Adult Learning and delivered through three academic units: the Business Department; the Liberal Arts and Education Department; and the Math, Science, and Technology Department.

For more information about the University of Minnesota Crookston and its online degrees, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees entirely online--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, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu)

Students and faculty in the music department at the University of Minnesota Crookston have 

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concerts planned in December. A mix of holiday tunes and classical music pieces will be combined in three separate concerts by the UMC Jazz Band, the UMC Choir, and in a special faculty chamber recital. All of the performances are free and everyone is welcome.

On Wednesday, December 10, a faculty chamber recital will be held beginning at 7 p.m.in the Kiehle Auditorium The recital will feature music for the trombone quartet and tuba quartet as part of a collaboration between TJ Chapman, instructor at the U of M Crookston and Joel Pugh, D.M.A., instructor of low brass at the University of North Dakota and his students. The music will include standard pieces for trombone and tuba ensembles as well as music for the holidays.

On Friday, December 12, the UMC Choir (in photo) will perform at 7 p.m. in the Hafslo Chapel at the Polk County Museum in Crookston featuring a musical mix that includes holiday music. Refreshments will follow the concert at the museum auditorium and a freewill offering will be taken on behalf of the choir. The UMC Choir is directed by Associate Professor George French.

The Hafslo chapel, once a Norwegian country church, was built in 1888 and closed in 1978. It was moved in 1983 to the Crookston campus where it was located for almost twenty years before it was moved to the Polk County Museum grounds located at 719 East Robert St., Crookston, Minn. 

On Saturday, December 13, the UMC Jazz Band will perform in Kiehle Auditorium at 7 p.m. The band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, instructor at the U of M Crookston will perform holiday tunes sure to put the audience in the holiday spirit.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--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, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Luke Taschuk, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Crookston from Andover, Minn., 
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double majoring in law enforcement aviation and natural resources law enforcement recently completed his first student solo flight. His flight instructor is Craig Radle, and the milestone flight was completed at the Crookston Municipal Airport. 

The first solo flight is a significant accomplishment in a pilot's career and creates a memory that will stay with the student forever. During this flight, a new pilot completes three takeoffs and landings in a row while his or her eager flight instructor watches from the ground and stays in communication via radio. Much preparation has gone into the first solo flight, with the student and instructor putting in hours and hours of flight and ground training on a wide range of subjects including FAA regulations, weather, and aerodynamics. Eventually, after passing a written test and satisfying the instructor that he or she can consistently make safe landings, the instructor gets out of the airplane and endorses the student's logbook for solo flight. Landing an aircraft is one of the most difficult skills to master for any pilot and involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination as well as good judgment.

Following American aviation tradition, removing a new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. This tradition stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios and intercom systems were not a part of early aviation, making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this tradition, aviation students at U of M Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The aviation program at University of Minnesota Crookston is a partnership between UM Crookston and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF). All academic classes and ground schools are conducted at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus while hands-on flight training is conducted by UNDAF and UM Crookston staff just 3 miles north of campus at the Crookston Municipal Airport. Unlike most university aviation degree programs which focus solely on aviation, U of M Crookston's "dual function" degree programs offer students both strong fundamentals in aviation, as well as significant coursework specific to their "other" field of study whether it be agriculture, law enforcement or natural resources. This integrated approach prepares graduates for a career in aviation and much more. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--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, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Les Dillard, aviation lecturer and flight instructor, 218-281-8114 (ldillard@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Crookston Student Association, along with nearly a dozen student clubs at the University of Minnesota Crookston will host the annual Santa Land celebration on Saturday, December 6. The Sargeant Student Center will be buzzing with crafts and activities for children from 1-4 p.m. Several of the crafts are free and all local children and their parents are welcome. Santa, Mrs. Claus, and several elves are scheduled to arrive from the North Pole for the Santa Land festivities. 


"Santa Land is a tradition near and dear to the hearts of U of M Crookston students as at allows them to be kids again, right alongside the real children," says Lisa Samuelson, director of Student Activities. 


 Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--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, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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