Student Members of Alpha Lambda Delta and the Honors Program at the U of M, Crookston Team Up for Fall Activities and Service

The newly-established Honors Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston teamed up with Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society on campus for a busy fall.

Five students were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta initiation in mid-October. Eligibility for membership in the national honor society for first-year students is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better during the first term or year of college while a student is enrolled full-time. Less than 20% of college freshman achieve this high level of academic performance.  Alpha Lambda Delta is advised by Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and the Honors Program director, and Sara Kaiser, Student Experience/Parent Coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.

ALD Initiation.jpgIn the photo: Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society Initiation: (Front row, l to r): Katherine Schliep, a junior from Holloway, Minn.; Erin Shaw a senior from Lancaster, Minn.; Elizabeth Kern, a senior from Ellendale, Minn.; Mindy Nieuwboer, a junior from Kenneth, Minn.; Jacquie Schlangen, a junior from Belgrade, Minn.; Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., advisor.  Back row:  Bradley Kappes, a junior from Borup, Minn.; Christina Blair, a junior from Brainerd, Minn.; Kristine Neu, a junior from Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Paul Myers, a freshman from Arden Hills, Minn.; Austin Czichotzki, a sophomore from Barnesville, Minn.; Holly Wrzos, a sophomore from Big Lake, Minn.; Ashley Williams, a sophomore from Big Lake, Minn.; Heather Donati-Lewis, a junior from Narcoossee, Fla.; and Brittany Schlosser, a junior from Frederick, S.D.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Honor's Program was developed to inspire and transform the students' writing, discussion and critical thinking skills that reflect high expectations for academically successful students. Dingmann serves as advisor for the Honors Program also. Every other Thursday, study sessions are held in the new Honors Lounge located in Evergreen Hall. These study sessions have been a big success and provide an opportunity for students to get to know and help one another. A Halloween pumpkin carving even lightened the mood of one study session.

The Honors Program is open to incoming high school students by invitation after review by the Honors Committee. Selection is based on several factors that include but are not limited to the following: high school rank, grade point average, rigor of high school coursework and SAT/ACT scores. To learn more about the Honors Program, visit

Clubs and organizations on the Crookston campus also engage in a number of service projects every semester. Alpha Lambda Delta and the Honors Program co-sponsor a section of Highway 2 east of Crookston as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit 

Contact: Brian Dingmann, assistant professor, 218-281-8249 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (