Senior Yvonne Valgren, Halstad, Minn., to Receive the Breaking the Silence Award During GLBTA Community Awards and Recognition at the U of M, Crookston

Crookston, Minn.  - The University of Minnesota, Crookston will celebrate the GLBTA Community Awards and Recognition on Friday, October 23, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  During the program, staff from the U of M, Twin Cities GLBTA office will present the Breaking the Silence Award to Yvonne Valgren, Halstad, Minn., a senior majoring in communication. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that improve campus climate by addressing issues based on gender and sexuality across University of Minnesota system.  

After the award presentation, the U of M, Crookston GLBTA Programs Office will present several other awards and recognitions for UMC community members who have dedicated many service hours and other resources in the name of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people, and their allies.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Following the program, all are welcome to attend an open meeting where they learn more about GLBTA programs at Crookston and contribute to planning the future of GLBTA services system-wide.  For information, contact Kim Jorgensen, U of M, Crookston GLBTA Programs Coordinator.

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Contact: Kim Jorgensen, coordinator, GLBTA program, 218-281-8347 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (