Bill Tyrrell Bobbleheads Help Raise Support for Student-athletes at the U of M, Crookston

It was his wife's idea, and Mary Tyrrell would have loved to see her husband, Bill Tyrrell, Bill T bobblehead 0054.jpgdirector of athletic fundraising at the University of Minnesota, Crookston immortalized as a bobblehead. Mary originally proposed the plan to sell bobbleheads in the likeness of her husband in an effort to support student-athletes at the Crookston campus last fall. She would never see the idea come to fruition however.

Following her untimely death in December 2010, Bill never considered the bobbleheads any further until Athletic Director Stephanie Helgeson and Director of Development Corby Kemmer encouraged Bill to reconsider Mary's plan. Designed to raise money for athletic scholarships, the bobbleheads honor Mary Tyrrell's memory and are a reminder of how much the Tyrrell's love Golden Eagle athletics.

"It has been fun for us to see the bobblehead of Bill take shape over the last few months," Kemmer says. "Supporting athletics along with her husband's work was a passion of Mary Tyrrell's, and I think she would be pleased with the outcome. It will help student-athletes and the project also pays tribute to Mary and Bill's relationship, which was truly special."
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Contact Tyrrell at 218-281-8436 or send your check for $20, plus $3 shipping/handling, to the following address:

Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising
University of Minnesota, Crookston
Kiehle 215
2900 University Ave.
Crookston, Minn. 56716

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 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

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 ( ; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (