U of M, Crookston Recognizes Donors and Honors Recipients of the Prestigious Torch &Shield Award

CROOKSTON, Minn.  - The University of Minnesota, Crookston recently recognized three individuals and an organization with its highest honor, the Torch & Shield Award. The program, followed by a dinner, was also an opportunity for the Crookston campus to recognize donors. U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey served as the master of ceremonies and Clyde Allen, Jr., chair of the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents, brought greetings from the board along with Jan Sickbert, director of development for collegiate programs, who brought greetings from the University of Minnesota Foundation. Also present were Regents Venora Hung, Golden Valley, Minn.; and Richard Beeson, St. Paul, Minn.

Recipients of the 2009 Torch & Shield Award are Erma J. Vizenor, Ph.D., chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation and the first woman to lead the largest tribe in Minnesota; Orlyn Miller, director of Capital Planning and Project Management for the University of Minnesota; Jim Sims, who served head football coach at the U of M, Crookston from 1976-1995; and the Crookston Daily Times, owned by GateHouse Media, with eight full-time staff members, including Publisher Randal Hultgren and newsroom staff consisting of Managing Editor Mike Christopherson, City Editor Natalie J. Ostgaard, and Sports Editor Derek Martin.
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In the photo at right are the 2009 Torch & Shield Award recipients are (back row, l to r): Larry Smith, head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center; Mike Christopherson and Randy Hultgren, both representing the Crookston Daily Times; Chancellor Charles H. Casey, and Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations. Front row: Orlyn Miller, Erma Vizenor, and Jim Sims. 

The Torch & Shield Award is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Minnesota, Crookston and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. Since 1966, the campus has recognized those who have provided leadership and aided in the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston; the Northwest Research and Outreach Center; and Minnesota Extension. It has been awarded annually since 1988. Including this year's recipients, 215 community leaders have been recognized for their support of Crookston campus and the region and this year marks the first time an organization has been recognized with a Torch & Shield Award.
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 www.UMCrookston.edu.

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