Summertime means time for baseball and the University of Minnesota Crookston will sponsor the FM RedHawks game on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The RedHawks will face the Witchita Wingnuts at 7:02 p.m. on Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave., Fargo, N.D. Tickets may be purchased online.

Alumnus Carl Melbye '77 will throw out the opening pitch. An alumni social will be held prior to the game from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Labby's Grill and Bar, 1100 19th Ave N, Fargo, N.D.  All UM Crookston alumni are encouraged to attend the game and stop by the alumni table on the concourse. 

U of M Crookston night at the RedHawks is sponsored by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations. For more information, contact Garret Kollin in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8436. 

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: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable assistance through an 
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opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique partnership that would include valuable consulting services by U of M Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.

Each semester, both spring and fall, CRES integrates projects into courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences. 

Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2014 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 18 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014.  Interested entrepreneurs can apply for this program at www.umccres.org/apply.

All applications are screened by CRES and the projects that best fit the mission of CRES and enhance the learner outcomes for the course will be contacted for a follow-up meeting to determine guidelines, client expectations, and to review other relevant information regarding participation. 

For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES at 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org. 

Background
The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. The services offered are based on the client's needs.

The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. It engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota.

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: Rachel Lundbohm, director, CRES, 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Free screening of innovative design documentary at UMC July 30, 2014

The film "If You Build It" will be shown at a free public screening on Wednesday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargent Student Center , University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). Tickets are not required.

The independent documentary chronicles two designers as they lead rural North Carolina teens through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it demonstrates how design thinking, an innovative yet practical approach to problem solving, can re-invent not just these teens' down-on-its-luck town but their own sense of what's possible.

Slate called "If You Build It" "A heartening story about the power of design!" Variety reviewed it as "Well crafted and unexpectedly moving." Salon said it was "Provocative, inspiring ..." Director Michael Creadon is best-known for the quirky "Wordplay," a film that told the story of a crossword puzzle championship interspersed with clips of well-known Americans, such as former President Bill Clinton and filmmaker Ken Burns, who regularly solve crosswords. 
 
The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) are sponsoring the screening as part of a rural design conference, which will use design thinking to explore a number of challenges and opportunities facing rural communities. The conference, titled Thriving by Design II, is sponsored by RSDP (part of UMN Extension); UMN Center for Rural Design; University of Minnesota Crookston; EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention. More information on the conference is available at http://z.umn.edu/rdcii

RSDP connects greater Minnesota communities to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy. Northwest RSDP offices in Crookston and is led by Executive Director Linda Kingery and a board comprised of community and University representatives.  

Contact: Dan Gilchrist, (612) 626-9827, dang@umn.edu

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