Jan Aamoth named New Director of RSVP of the Red River Valley; Deanna Patenaude Stepping Down after 20 Years of Service

Aamoth_Jan 8830.jpgJan Aamoth (at left) will officially take over as the new director of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley on Thursday, January 12, 2012. After 20 years, Deanna Patenaude is stepping down as the organization's director. RSVP of the Red River Valley is housed in the Sargeant Student Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Patenaude knows RSVP is in good hands with Aamoth at the helm. "Jan has been the RSVP program coordinator for the past six years, so the transition into this position should go smoothly," Patenaude says. "I'm confident that Jan will do an excellent job."  

RSVP, one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation, connects volunteers age 55 and over with service opportunities in their communities that match their skills and availability. From building houses to immunizing children, from enhancing the capacity of non-profit organizations to improving and protecting the environment, RSVP volunteers put their unique talents to work to make a difference. The organization's mission is to offer maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers as it matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to serve their communities. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/rsvp.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 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.

Contact: Deanna Patenaude, community program specialist, RSVP, 218-281-8288 (dpatenau@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)