Retirement Reception to Honor Ten Individuals for their Dedicated Service to the U of M, Crookston on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Collectively, they represent 335 years of service to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The unwavering dedication and service of ten individuals will be recognized during a retirement reception to be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  The public is invited to attend the reception that includes a special program beginning at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Honorees who will be in attendance include Dennis Magsam, audiovisual operations manager in Media Services, 43 years of service; John Rodseth, senior office assistant in the Business Department, 37 years of service; Sonia Spaeth, assistant professor in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 36 years of service; Jacquie Normandin, administrative aide in Human Resources, 26 years of service; Bob Nelson, registrar and director of Institutional Research, 24 years of service; and Karen Murphy, executive operations/student services specialist in the Business Department, 24 years of service.

Other individuals retiring who are unable to attend the reception but are recognized for their years of dedication include Trish Ramstad, executive administrative specialist in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 45 years of service; Arlene Tahran, executive administrative specialist in Business Department, 42 years of service; Cleon Melsa, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, 38 years of service; and Deanna Patenaude, community program specialist in Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 20 years of service.

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

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