Dr. Kari Torkelson Named 2011 Teambacker of the Year by U of M, Crookston Teambackers Club

Kari T-Teambacker 0292-1.jpgThe UMC Teambackers Club is pleased to announce Kari Torkelson, O.D., as the 2011 Teambacker of the Year. Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising on the Crookston campus presented Dr. Torkelson with her award during Teambacker Fun Nite held in late April.

Torkelson, a member of the Teambackers board, attended the U of M, Crookston from 1989 to 1991 while the campus was still a two-year technical college. She transferred to North Dakota State University, Fargo, and from there transferred to Indiana University, Bloomington, where she completed her bachelor's degree. She went on to complete her doctorate of optometry at Indiana University as well.

Dr. Torkelson is currently an optometrist at Lifetime Vision Center in Grand Forks, N.D.

The Teambackers Club is an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for the U of M, Crookston. It operates in conjunction with the development office, athletic department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation.To learn more about UMC Teambackers, contact Tyrrell at 218-281-8436  or visit www.goldeneaglesports.com/teambackers/

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 www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Kari Torkelson, O.D. (left), presented with the 2011 Teambacker of the Year award by Director of Athletic Fundraising Bill Tyrrell.

Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)