March 2012 Archives

The 3rd Annual Internationalizing Campus and Curriculum Conference at the University of Team Picture 2.jpgMinnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC) provided an opportunity for students from the U of M, Crookston to represent the campus. A poster developed by Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department, and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, a junior majoring in accounting from Seoul, South Korea, both from the Crookston campus, designed a poster for the event held on Friday, March 23, 2012.

The poster titled, Greater Diversity, Greater Awareness, Greater Results, was part of a poster fair at the conference. Other U of M, Crookston students presenters were Donna Malarkey, who worked on the poster's design, a senior majoring in quality management from Crookston, Minn.; Fangjing Pan, a senior majoring in business management from Shaoxing, China; Abbey Wemimo a junior business management major from Lagos, Nigeria; Tony Taylor, a senior majoring in marketing from Sheridan, Wyo.; Chengyu "Coco" Mo, a senior business management major from Jiaxing, China; Yun "Ashely" Zhou, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Jiazing, China;  Chen Jin, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Shaoxing, China; and Tashi Gurung, a junior majoring in environmental studies from Mustang, Nepal.

Team Picture with President Kaler.jpgStudents had an opportunity to share their poster with U of M President Eric Kaler and received positive feedback from the conference organizers.

The conference was free and open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses. Organized by the GPS Alliance and co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning (UMTC), Instructional Development Service (UMD), International Education Office (UMD), Office of Information Technology, and the University Libraries. For more information, visit http://global.umn.edu/icc/conference.

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.

In the photos:
Top, right: Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department, with his students at the 3rd Annual Internationalizing Campus and Curriculum Conference at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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At left: U of M President Eric Kaler and Kenneth Johnson with students at the Conference.


Contact: Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The annual spring Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast, will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at the Crookston Municipal Airport. The breakfast, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., is sponsored by , hosted by Alpha Eta Rho, the aviation fraternity at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and Crookston Aviation. Tickets for the breakfast for adults are $6 in advance and $8 at the door; children 4 to 12 are $3 and children 3 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased from Alpha Eta Rho members or by contacting Chris Anderson at 612-715-2483.

The University of North Dakota (UND) Student Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association will be offering FREE airplane rides for those 8 to 17 years of age from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A legal guardian must be present to sign permission forms for the airplane rides. To learn more about these Young Eagle Flights, visit http://www.youngeagles.org.

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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218- 281-8141 (mvivion@un.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team traveled to the 2012 Regional Competition on March 22, 2012, in Minneapolis, Minn., where they were named Regional Champions for a 13th consecutive time. The successful team of students is advised by Sam Walton Fellows Kenneth Johnson and Rachel Lundbohm, instructors in the Business Department and assisted by Courtney Bergman, Lecturer in the Business Department.  

Students on the Presentation Team include Tony Taylor, a senior majoring in marketing from Sheridan, Wyo.; Alex Buscher, a senior majoring in business management from Brainerd, Minn.; James Kriegh, a senior majoring in software engineering from Tucson, AZ.; Yun (Ashely) Zhou, a senior majoring in agricultural business with a minor in marketing from JiaXin, China; Xiaowei Zhou, a junior majoring in accounting from Chongqing, China; and Abbey Wemimo, a junior double majoring in business management and organizational psychology from Lagos, Nigeria.

The Tech Team accompanying the Presentation Team consisted of Sean Rozell, a junior majoring in business management from Eveleth, Minn.; Wei (Ivy) Guan, a senior majoring in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management from Lang Fang, China;  Yunze Shi, a senior majoring in business management from Zhuji, China and Chen Jin, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Hangzhou, China.

The team will now prepare for the National Exposition competition by making changes to their presentation and annual report based on feedback they received during the competition. Some 160 teams from around the nation will compete at the Exposition held on May 22-24.

After the presentation, the team was free to attend a job fair which was hosted by SIFE as well as a luncheon and round-table discussion. During the discussion team members met with representatives from various businesses.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The mission of SIFE is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. To learn more about SIFE, visit www.sifeusa.org.

To learn more about the business program at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus.

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: Rachel Lundbohm, 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A cultural celebration with something for everyone, the Fourth Annual "Fiesta in the Spirit of 100_0057.jpgCinco de Mayo" will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The day is filled with activities for the whole family and celebrates the rich tradition of the Mexican people. This year's fiesta also recognizes the Month of the Young Child with many activities focusing on children and families.

From 2-5 p.m., Children can choose from nearly a dozen arts and crafts activities in Bede Ballroom and the International Lounge in the Sargeant Student Center featuring more than 200 piñatas made by event volunteers this year. This important aspect of the Fiesta is led by Early Childhood Education (ECE) students, faculty, ECE program alumni, and Month of the Young Child volunteers. Games, music, and rhythm activities will take place in the International and Northern Lights lounges. Information booths, a scholarship table, and a mini marketplace will be located throughout the Sargeant Student Center and into the Eagle's Nest in the Sahlstrom Conference Center.

Music and a performance of an anti-bullying skit by True Players will also be part of the afternoon in the Prairie Room. Featured musical performers include both professional balladeers, Cathy and Abel Pineiro, and local talent Bryan Sanchez. Snacks for children will be available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

dancers.jpgFolk dance classes, for those who have pre-registered, will be held in the Lysaker Gymnasium in the Sports Center on campus. The dance sessions will include age appropriate folk dance steps and begin at 2 p.m. for students in grades kindergarten through second grade; followed at 3 p.m. for students in third through sixth grades; and concluding with a session at 4 p.m. for students in grades seven through adult. For more information or to pre-register for a session, contact Anna Corona at 218-521-0245; Rosa Quiroz at 218-289-7479, or Rae French at 218-281-8339. News release on dance sessions.

Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be appetizers in the Eagles Nest and an authentic Mexican dinner will be served in Brown Dining Room from 4:30 until 7 p.m. featuring the talent of several area cooking experts including two all-time favorites: tamales and Mexican rice.

Following the dinner at 7 p.m., entertainment moves to Kiehle Auditorium for a performance by Los Alegres Bailadores, a dance troupe from St. Paul, Minn. Many of the dances will feature the younger members of the dance troupe to draw attention to the children who dance with Los Alegres Bailadores.

Another highlight of the evening will be the announcement regarding the progress of the Ramona Mendez Endowed Scholarship fund drive. The academic scholarship honors the memory of Ramona Mendez, a long time employee of UMC Facilities, whose son Kenneth is a graduate of the U of M, Crookston and a lead member of the planning committee. The scholarship was initiated during last year's "Fiesta in the Spirit of the Cinco de Mayo."

The evening concludes with a family dance from 8 to 12 p.m. in Bede Ballroom featuring Crookston's own VJ (video disc jockey) Nico from Z Martin Entertainment, playing Cumbia, Tejano, and Mexicano music and more.
The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding, and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, which serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state.  The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature. Other sponsors include the Crookston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Northwest Mental Health Center; Tri-Valley Opportunity Council; RiverView Health; Crookston Police Benefit Association; and Concerts and Lectures; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; the Coca Cola Community Initiative Fund; and the Department of Liberal Arts and Education, all at the U of M, Crookston.

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.

In the photos: Children dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores, a dance troupe from St. Paul.

Contact: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (mende089@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The creation and destruction of a sand mandala will bring an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Yangchens_uncle.jpgtradition to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in April. Wongdue Sangbo Gurung (at left), a Buddhist monk from Nepal, will spend several days in the creation of the mandala leading up to the final dinner in the International Dinner Series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. This ceremony will also provide an opportunity for discussion with Gurung. The campus and the community are welcome to visit often to view the work in progress. The closing ceremony will follow the final International Dinner on completed_sand_mandala.jpgWednesday, April 11.

The sand mandala, involves the creation of an elaborate geometric design using colored sand and working from the design's center to the outer edges. The sand is applied until the desired pattern is achieved in intricate detail. When completed, the mandala is much more than a work of art and reflects the deeply held Buddhist belief in the fleeting nature of the material world. The destruction of the sand mandala is also ceremonial and materials used in its creation are released back into nature and never used more than once.

Sand Mandalas are part of the ancient Tibetan Buddhism tradition. Sand mandalas are working_on_sand_mandala.jpgalways set up to look like a palace with four gates pointed in the four directions. In the center of the mandala is the greater being, making it a three dimensional picture. The message of the sand mandala is that all living beings want to be happy and for that they need inner peace. On April 4, 2012, Wongdu Sangbo Gurung invites people to rid themselves of all the negative feelings and to discover inner peace.

Wongdue Sangbo Gurung is an uncle to Yangchen Gurung, a senior business management major at the U of M, Crookston. He was the former principal of the monastic school in Lo-manthang, the capital of the small Tibet-buddhist monastic_school_and_teachers.jpgkingdom of Mustang, which now belongs to Nepal. The school was built in 1994 to try to keep their identity and their Tibetan culture alive. There are some 70 young monks above the age of 8 attending the school. Gurung is currently pursuing education in Tibetan Buddhism in International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has traveled to Germany, Switzerland, and Thailand to demonstrate sand mandala paintings.

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.

In the photos:
Top, left: Wongdue Sangbo Gurung

Top, right: Completed sand mandala

Middle, right: Gurung works on a sand mandala.

Bottom, left: Gurung and his fellow teachers and the students at the monastic school in Mustang, Nepal.

Contact: Kim Gillette, director, International Programs, 218-281-8442 (gillette@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

CLIMB Theatre of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., will present "A Deeper Look," an original play about accepting differences, on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  The performance is free and open to the public.  

The play asks its audience to both embrace and disengage from a shared American history of prejudice and religious intolerance and its power to repeat itself.   Personal stories, bravely told through monologues, scenes, music, dance, and slides, provide a journey of deeper understanding.

Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body (CLIMB) Theatre, is a nationally recognized non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 38 years.  CLIMB's theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on topics like bullying, self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, methamphetamine-use prevention, and the environment. Their mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel people - especially young people - toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and the community.

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: Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, 218-281-8505 (phaiah@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students in the Natural Resource Management Program within the Agriculture and Natural 07 S-130 Classroom 003.jpgResources Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently completed wildland firefighter training. This year's class of 64 trainees included 48 students enrolled in the Introduction to Forestry class at the U of M, Crookston. They were joined by 16 faculty and students coordinated by Susan N. Ellis-Felege, Ph.D., an assistant professor in  the Biology Department from the University of North Dakota, along with 2 members of the Middle River Volunteer Fire Department.  A total of 623 students have completed this training on the Crookston campus in the last 14 years. 

Since 1999, both the S-130: Basic Wildland Firefighter Training and S-190: Basic Fire Weather & Fire Behavior courses have been offered for students.  These courses are the first level of training required nationally for anyone to work on a wild fire or prescribed burn for state and federal agencies. The S-130/190 training consists of at least 32 hours of classroom training and tests as well as "hands-on" training in the field using personal protective equipment, tools and working on a controlled fire. This certification has opened the door to many employment opportunities in the natural resource field for hundreds of our students and graduates. Another 33 UMC students took advantage of an annual Wildland Firefighters Safety refresher course also offered.

07 S-130 Classroom 007.jpg"Fire impacts natural resource management," says Tom Feiro, one of the wildfire firefighter trainers. "Whether it is in a wildfire situation or using fire to manage the resources, a career in this field will at some point involve fire. Our students need to know how to handle a wildfire or use fire effectively in management."

Offering the training began as a joint venture by U of M, Crookston and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service when staff from Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge provided the instruction. It has blossomed into a multi-agency training staff sharing their expertise with the students.  This year the instructors represented the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service from both Minnesota and North Dakota, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, U. S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.  Other years the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Nature Conservancy have also been represented. Several upperclassmen from the U of M, Crookston with firefighting experience also assisted with the instruction.

The training is coordinated by Associate Professor Phil Baird, and laboratory coordinators Laura Bell, and Tom Feiro, all from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department on the Crookston campus. In April students will have field training. This training is conducted by breaking the students into crews where they use different tools and techniques in a situation with fire present but under close supervision of the instructors.

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.

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Top, right: Classroom instruction takes place in Bede Ballroom. In April, students will use what they learned in a practice exercise in the field.

Middle, left: Students carry a fire shelter in their pack and during training they must be able to deploy the shelter in 25 seconds or less.  These fire shelters protect the firefighters when the fire is in danger of overwhelming them
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Contact: Tom Feiro, laboratory coordinator, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8300 (tfeiro@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Alpha Lambda Delta at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is planning its second annual Pi Run Race 035.jpgPi Run this spring. The Pi Run, meaning 5 km (3.1 miles), roughly equal to Pi, is a road race to benefit after school programs in the Crookston Public Schools and will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Children under the age of ten are invited to participate in the event's 1.05 mile fun run at 9:30 a.m. Walkers and runners are invited to participate including walkers and runners with strollers. Additional events for the family include a pie eating contest and a children's petting zoo.

Early registration participants are guaranteed a long-sleeved technical running shirt. Registration the day of the race begins at 8 a.m. in the Kiehle Rotunda Registration is $20 before April 6 and $25 through of the race. Registration for children under 10 competing in the fun run is $5. Visit the ALD Pi Run Web site at www.umcrookston.edu/pi for details and registration forms.

All proceeds from this run will support the Crookston School District in a collaborative effort to promote extracurricular activities and leadership development.

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.

In the photo: Runners take off in the first annual Pi Run in 2011 on a snowy April Saturday morning.

Contact: Brian Dingmann, assistant professor, Math, Science and Technology Dept. 218-281-8249 dingm021@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A spring Aviation Safety Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The seminar, which begins at 7 p.m., features Chuck Adams, a Grand Forks Air Traffic Control Tower supervisor, and Jim Neihoff, who is a maintenance inspector for the Minneapolis Flight Standards office. The Aviation Safety Seminar is open to all, pilot or non pilot, and everyone is welcome to attend.

Adams will address the "Top Ten Pilot/Controller Mistakes" with his entertaining style while conveying important information about the business of pilots interacting with air traffic controllers. Neihoff will host a session entitled "Ask the FAA," a question and answer session for pilots.

For more information regarding the Aviation Safety Seminar, contact Mike Vivion, chief pilot on the Crookston campus, at 218-281-8114.

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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students in kindergarten through adulthood will have an opportunity to learn Mexican folk dancing techniques during a series of one-hour dance sessions at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The dance sessions are part of the fourth annual "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" taking place on Saturday, April 21, 2012, and will be taught by dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores, a professional dance troupe from St. Paul, Minn. Students must be pre-registered by Wed., April 18, and the sessions, which are free, will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All dance sessions take place in Lysaker Gymnasium in the Sports Center on the Crookston campus.

The dance sessions will include age appropriate folk dance steps and begin at 2 p.m. for students in grades kindergarten through second grade; followed at 3 p.m. for students in third through sixth grades; and concluding with a session at 4 p.m. for students in grades seven through adult. Each session will begin promptly at the designated time in order to accommodate all interested students. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate.

For more information or to pre-register for a session, contact Anna Corona at 218-521-0245; Rosa Quiroz at 218-289-7479, or Rae French at 218-281-8339.
Becky Cusick serves as the director as well as a dance instructor for Los Alegres. The dance troupe's mission is to genuinely bring and preserve Mexican culture through the art of dance for all sorts of occasions and education.  For more information, visit http://losalegresbailadores.com

The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding, and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine. Other activities during "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" are available online.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, which LegacyLogo.jpgserves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state.  The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (mende089@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Articulation agreements completed recently by the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will help provide a smooth transition for students interested in pursuing baccalaureate degrees. The Crookston campus has implemented several new articulation agreements with Alexandria Technical and Community College (ATCC), Alexandria, Minn., and Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC), Thief River Falls and East Grand Forks, Minn.

Graduates from ATCC earning an associate degree in accounting, business management, or marketing will have the option to continue their education in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston.

For NCTC graduates earning associate degrees in accounting; architectural technology and design; business, electronics technology -automated system; heating, venting and air conditioning technology; sales, marketing and management; including transfer agreements with a business emphasis or a pre-athletic training emphasis, there will be the option to earn bachelor's degrees on the Crookston campus.

The Business Department at the U of M, Crookston offers four-year degrees in accounting, business management, marketing, sport and recreation management, manufacturing management, and quality management.

"Cooperative agreements help students plan a course of study that will lead to a bachelor's degree," says Susan Brorson, Ph.D., professor and head of the Business Department. "We want to ensure that students fulfill their course requirements and transfer seamlessly from Northland Technical and Community College and Alexandria Technical and Community College. These articulation agreements provide additional options for students interested in continuing their education by pursuing a four-year degree."

Articulation agreements are formal arrangements transferring a defined set of academic credits between an academic program of one institution, usually a two-year post-secondary institution, to a program within a college or campus of the University of Minnesota system in order to fulfill general education or program requirements.
 
For more information on the degree programs available in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus or call 218-281-8176 (800-UMC-MINN).

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: Susan Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281- 8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu): Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Former NBA player Chris Herren, subject of the Emmy-nominated ESPN documentary, "Unguarded," will share his story on Wed., October 17, 2012, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Herren will speak at 7 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium about his basketball career, his struggle with addiction, and his life off the court.

A highly sought-after motivational speaker, Herren is also the subject of a book, Basketball Junkie: A Memoir, a chronicle of his life he co-authored with Providence Journal columnist Bill Reynolds. He played for both the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics during his career in the NBA and played on international teams from 2001- 2006.  He has been sober and drug free since 2008. He launched his own nonprofit to help others receive treatment in 2011 known as the Herren Project.

Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fund raising, is more than pleased about Herren's visit to the Crookston campus. "ESPN's documentary about Chris Herren has a powerful message, and to have him bring his story to our campus is both an honor and an opportunity. Students of all ages along with the community and region can hear Chris share not just his story but his incredible message. We hope everyone will save this date and plan to come to hear what Chris has to say."

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

The Crookston Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held its third annual induction ceremony on Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Twenty- eight members were inducted into the chapter along with three honorary members.

Students inducted were: Wade Wallace, a junior accounting major from Euclid, Minn.; Dae NSLS Induction 2012.jpgYeul "Danny" Lee, a junior accounting major from Seoul, South Korea; Stephanie Overgaard, a senior business management major from Crookston, Minn.; Megan Ramsey, a sophomore animal science major from Park River, N.D.; Brant Moore, a sophomore health sciences major from Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Jessica Walberg, a sophomore animal science major from Braham, Minn.; Kelly Gustofson, a junior early childhood major from Hermantown, Minn.; Hannah Reysen, a sophomore business management and marketing double major from Adell, Wis.; Maranda Miller, a senior natural resources major from St. Peter, Minn.; Erika Haug, asenior equine science major from Duluth, Minn.; Jenna Blace, ajunior natural resources major from Saginaw, Minn.; Ibitoru Afonya, a sophomore health sciences major from Crookston, Minn.; Erin Hoium, a senior animal science major from Little Canada, Minn.; Chelsea Swenson, a senior software engineering major from Fertile, Minn.; Andrew Fisher, a junior sport and recreation management major from Stewart, Minn.; Paul Adelman, a junior sport and recreation management major from Bellingham, Minn.; Mariah Melin, a junior animal science and equine science double major from Brookston, Minn.; Alexmai Addo, a sophomore communication major from Minneapolis, Minn.; Christopher Walton, a junior software engineering from Middle River, Minn.; Toynell Delaney, a sophomore health sciences major from Golden Valley, Minn.; Kurt Prudhomme, a sophomore software engineering major from Crookston, Minn.; May Nabirye, a junior software engineering major from Eagan, Minn.; Tiffany Chin, a sophomore accounting major from Hsinchu, Taiwan; Brendan Meissner, a senior agricultural business major from Evansville, Minn.; Allison Schumacher, a senior sport and recreation management major from Crookston, Minn.; Andrew Steinfeldt, a sophomore health sciences major from Green Bay, Wis.; Chelsea Wiesner, a sophomore health sciences and biology double major from Rochester, Minn.; and Tiffany Breth, a junior animal science major from Upsala, Minn.

NSLS Ashley Hoffman Honorary Membership.jpgHonorary members inducted were Ashley Hoffman, a junior majoring in agricultural business from Shevlin, Minn.; Brooke Hamilton, a junior business management major from Dubois, Wyo.; and Kim Cousins, Ph.D., who works in the Academic NSLS Brooke Hamilton Honorary Membership.jpgAssistance Center on the Crookston campus.

Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department was recognized with an award for excellence in teaching; and Tony Taylor received an award for NSLS Dr.jpgexcellence in service to students.

Along with inducting new members, the National Society of Leadership and Success announced its 2012-2013 Executive Board.  The elected Executive Board members for the coming year are President Michelle Boateng; Vice- President Tiffany Breth/ Hannah Reysen; Secretary/Recruitment Chair Alissa Hernandez; Treasurer/CSA Rep. Brant Moore; Public Relations Alexmai Addo; Event/Fundraising Ashley Hoffman; SNT Coordinator Chris Walton; IT Coordinator Kurt Prudhomme; Community Service Toynell Delaney and advisors Don Cavalier, Mary Feller, NSLS DrD.jpgBrian Dingmann, Ph.D., and Peter Phaiah, Ph.D.

The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

NSLS Tony Taylor Excellence in Service to Students.jpgThere are currently chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success at 243 colleges with a total of 130,442 members across the country.  The University of Minnesota, Crookston chapter is currently in its second year of membership.  To become a member, students must attend an orientation, three videoconference speakers, three consecutive Success Networking Team (SNT) meetings, complete community service hours, and participate in a three-hour long Leadership Training Day.  For more information about the National Society of Leadership and Success, visit www.societyleadership.org.

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.

In the photos:

Top, right: NSLS inductees,from left to right: Wade Wallace, Dae Yeul Danny Lee, Stephanie Overgaard, Megan Ramsey, Brant Moore, Jessica Walberg, Kelly Gustofson, Hannah Reysen, Maranda Miller, Erika Haug, Jenna Blace,  Ibitoru Afonya, Erin Hoium, Chelsea Swenson, Andrew Fisher, Paul Adelman, Mariah Melin, Alexmai Addo, Christopher Walton, Toynell Delaney, Kurt Prudhomme, May Nabirye, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Tiffany Chin, and Brendan Meissner.

Not Pictured:  Allison Schumacher, Andrew Steinfeldt, Chelsea Wiesner, and Tiffany Breth.


Top, left: Ashley Hoffman with Peter Phaiah.

Middle, right: Brooke Hamilton with Peter Phaiah.

Middle, left: Kim Cousins with Peter Phaiah.

Bottom, right: Ron Del Vecchio with Peter Phaiah.

Bottom, left: Tony Taylor with Peter Phaiah.

 

Contact: Mary Feller, financial aid officer, 218-281-8563 (mfeller@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

GuidetoOnlineSchools2012.jpgThe University of Minnesota ranked number 2 out of more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation in the not-for-profit category for online education, according to the recently-released 2012 rankings by Guide to Online Schools, a leading college education website. 

 

View the top 30 listing of colleges.  

 

While the ranking was given to the entire U of M system, the Crookston campus provides ten online undergraduate degrees, and these degrees were included in the overall ranking by Guide to Online Schools.  These ten online degrees represent the majority of the U of M system's online undergraduate offerings.  

 

Divided into for-profit and not-for-profit categories, schools were evaluated and ranked based on criteria such as accreditation, tuition and cost of books, graduation and retention rates, student feedback, and student loan repayment rates.  The statistics used in the online school rankings were gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

 

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, mchristo@umn.edu

Two students in the horticultural studies program at University of Minnesota, Crookston recently received scholarships sponsored by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA) Foundation. The scholarship recipients are Lexi Salonek_Lexi.jpgSalonek (at right), a freshman from Montrose, Minn., and Alisha Aasness (at left, below), a senior from Fergus Falls, Minn.

The MNLA scholarship program recognizes superior students enrolled in horticultural or landscape studies programs at several area colleges and universities.  The scholarships are designed by MNLA and its member companies to help grow future leaders in the nursery and landscape industry.

Two MNLA member firms sponsored the scholarships for the University of Minnesota - Crookston students. Countryside Gardens, Inc., based in Delano, sponsored the scholarship for Salonek and Hoffman & McNamara Nursery and Landscape, based in Hastings, sponsored the scholarship for Aasness.
 
Aasness_Alisha_notweb.jpgTo be eligible for an MNLA scholarship, applicants must possess a "C" grade average or better, present letters of recommendation from instructors and employers, and submit an essay stating their career goals and objectives. 

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is the state's largest green industry trade association with over 1,200 member companies.  Members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape contractors, landscape designers, irrigation contractors, commercial flower growers, tree care specialists, professional gardening services, and turf and landscape management professionals.
 

Contact: Jodi Larson, MNLA Foundation Program Director (jodi@mnla.biz)

Children ages 3 and up can explore the world of agriculture and farm animals during the University of Minnesota, Crookston Tours for Tots program to be held Wednesday through Friday, April 11-20, 2012. The tours, recommended for children ages 4 -7 years old, will take children to visit the beef and sheep barn, horse stable and arena, and the greenhouse. Groups of 5 or more with adult supervision are best suited to the tours. To set up a tour time, contact Leah Stroot in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at 218-281-8101.

Children will have the chance to see and interact with animals and hear about projects and activities from students on the Crookston campus. In the greenhouse, children will see the wide variety of plants that are grown and view research areas along the way. Tours for Tots is sponsored by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston.

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: Leah Stroot, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8101 (stro0525@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Women's History Month Events Highlight March at the U of M, Crookston

Women's History Month, held annually in March, will include several events at the University of Minnesota, Crookston that spotlight the theme for 2012: Women's Education - Women's Empowerment. All area women are especially invited to attend the Women's History Month events on campus and they are free.

Friday, March 23 will feature a "Celebrating U Women's Expo" with a focus on Empowering Women in Business. There will be women's stories of entrepreneurship from 5-6 p.m., vendors, along with a fashion and prom show. The event will take place in the Sargeant Student Center from 4-7 p.m. There will be refreshments served as part of the evening and all area women are invited.

On Tuesday, March 27, women will take over the Sports Center from 7 - 9 p.m. with activities including Pilates and yoga.  "Women's Night in the Sports Center" recognizes the historic Title IX legislation. The equal opportunity to learn, taken for granted by most young women today, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments. Passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977, it prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. It has become the primary tool for women's fuller participation in all aspects of education from scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closed to women. For more, visit www.nwhp.org/whm.

On Thursday, March 29, Women's History Month will conclude with "Women taking the Lead" featuring Prairie Rose Seminole as the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, this special event will be at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Room in the Sargeant Student Center.

Prairie Rose Seminole is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. She served as the immediate past chair of the Fargo Human Relations Commission. She is a speaker and trainer with the White House Project, a nonpartisan women's leadership initiative and trainer for the Native American Leadership Program with Wellstone Action. Currently, she is the director for the Native American Center Project in Fargo, N.D. For more information, visit www.prairieroseseminole.com.

From March 19-30, a display highlighting "Women in Math and Science" will be available for viewing in the large display case near the UMC Bookstore.

Members of the Women's History Month committee at the U of M, Crookston are Lisa Samuelson, chair; Alysa Tulibaski; Vicki Svedarsky; Lisa Loegering; Stacey Grunewald; Laurie Wilson; Ashley Crowe; Kristie Jacobsen; and Elizabeth Tollefson. President Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as the first National Women's History Week. Later, in 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month, and March is now National Women's History Month. For more information, visit www.nwhp.org.

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: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Music and theater students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will be performing the OklahomaMarch2012.jpgmusical Oklahoma! under the direction of Associate Professor George French. The production is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 29-31, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. along with a special matinee performance on Sunday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Students at the U of M, Crookston are free with their U-card.

Oklahoma!, the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, is set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906 around the town of Claremore. It focuses on the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams along with another romance between cowboy Will Parker and his fiancée, Ado Annie. The performance of Oklahoma! at the U of M, Crookston features an all-student cast and crew.

The musical is based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs and choreography based on the original dances by Agnes de Mille. Oklahoma! is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

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: George French, associate professor, Music and Theater Dept., 218-281-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston was one of five campuses in Minnesota named to the Honor Roll with Distinction as part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. The campus has been on the Honor Roll every year since 2006 with the exception of one, but this is the first year the campus has been recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction. Other Minnesota campuses honored with the distinction designation include Augsburg College, College of St. Benedict, Metropolitan State University, and Winona State University.

To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff HigherEdCommServHonorRoll-thumb-180x180-82211.jpgare engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.  This national level honor recognizes a college or university for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. A total of 642 campuses were recognized on the 2012 Honor Roll from across the country.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of service.

At the U of M, Crookston in 2011, students tallied 59,683 hours of service through academic service-learning courses, club and individual community service, community-based work study primarily through the America Reads Program, community service internships, and AmeriCorps.  They served on their campus, in Crookston, in their local communities, and across the country. Service-learning courses are found across all departments, and each of the nearly 40 student clubs and organizations strives to complete two service projects per semester.

Lisa Loegering, who directs efforts in service learning and civic engagement on the Crookston campus, says meaningful service in the lives of students is invaluable. "Students engaged in service learning or in community service gain context for study in the classroom," Loegering says. "Their student experience is enriched as they discover the power of commitment to helping others and improving the community in which they live. We hope our students take these service experiences with them wherever they go."

The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2012 Honor Roll recipients at the American Council on Education's 94th Annual Meeting "Ahead of the Curve" on March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.  For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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: Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning, 218-281-8526 (loege005@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) is offering mini-grants for gardens for communities and schools. The mini-grants can be used for gardening supplies, equipment and tools, and communication and outreach activities, up to a maximum award of $500. The application deadline is March 26, 2012, by 5 p.m. Grant awards will be determined by March 30. The application form is available at www.rsdp.umn.edu/northwest

The grants are part of an effort to strengthen a gardening culture and engage new gardeners in northwestern Minnesota. The mini-grants are funded through a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Minnesota and its Growing up Healthy Program.

The NWRSDP connects University resources and citizen leaders in support of regional aspirations for natural resources, clean energy, agriculture and food systems, and resilient communities. Linda Kingery serves as the executive director.  For more information, visit http://rsdp.umn.edu/northwest.

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: Linda Kingery, executive director, Northwest Minnesota Sustainable Development Partnership, 218-281-8697 (kinge002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston has been granted full-continuing approval from the Minnesota Board of Teaching to prepare individuals for Minnesota teacher licensure through June 30, 2019. UMC currently offers a licensure program in Early Childhood Education and is seeking to add a licensure program for Elementary Education beginning in the fall 2012 semester. The Board took the action during their February meeting and also commended campus leadership for their expeditious response to the findings report and for evidencing full compliance to the required standards. Full-continuing approval has a seven-year interval and is determined by the Board of Teaching.

The approval follows a visit by an assessment team in October 2011, when the campus hosted a three-day visit to review data gathered since 2007 related to the 54 standards established by the Board. These standards are meant to ensure that teacher candidates have the opportunity to learn, develop, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for teacher licensure. The evaluation team, chaired by Teacher Education Specialist JoAnn Van Aernum, delivered a report to the campus in early December 2011, and a recommendation by the team was sent to the Board for consideration in their final decision.

"This current action taken by the Board of Teaching to provide UMC its full 7-year continuing approval clearly affirms the quality of our faculty and curriculum," noted Jack Geller, Ph.D., head of the Liberal Arts and Education Department. "Equally important, it sets the stage for the addition and growth of the Elementary Education licensure program here at UMC," he added.

The Board of Teaching, created in 1973, provides leadership for improvements in teacher education programs in order to assure that the state has well-qualified, professional teachers. The Governor appoints eleven members to the Board of Teaching: six classroom teachers, one higher education faculty member, one school administrator, and three members of the public, two of whom must have spent some time on a local school board. The Board determines the standards and practices that will serve the state's teachers and teacher preparation institutions. For more information, visit http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html.

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: Jack Geller, professor and head, Liberal Arts and Education Department, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The 74th Annual Honor Banquet sponsored by the Red River Valley Development Association will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2012, beginning at 12 noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Tickets for the noon banquet are available for $15.00 from the Extension Regional Office, Crookston and can be reserved by calling 1-888-241-0781.  Payment can be made at the door.

Individuals from northwest Minnesota will be honored as Valley Farmers and Homemakers for the good example they have set with their family life, community service, farming or agribusiness operations and their efforts to conserve natural resources.  Funding for the Red River Valley Development Association is provided by the 14 counties in northwest Minnesota.

The Northwest Minnesota Youth Leadership Awards will be presented to several outstanding young adults from the area.

The Red River Valley Development Association includes directors from 14 northwest Minnesota counties.  The 2012 Directors and Honored Couples are:

County

Director

Honored Couple

Town

Becker

Bruce Hein

Don and Pam Skarie

Detroit Lakes

Clay

Clarice Schmidt

Mark and Judy Anderson

Hawley

Clearwater

Allen Paulson

Dale and Lois Miller

Leonard

Kittson

Gary Johnson

Justin and Donna Dagen

Karlstad

Lake of the Woods

Ken Horntvedt

Lyle and Millie Wiskow

Baudette

Mahnomen

Jean Nelson

Robert and Kathleen McNamee

Mahnomen

Marshall

Gary Satre

Mike Baird

Warren

Norman

Burton Rockstad

Paul and Carol Houglum

Perley

E Otter Tail

Roger Fremming

Vince and Becky Crary

New York Mills

W Otter Tail

Daniel Roehl

Greg and Dawn Johnson

Pelican Rapids

Pennington

Gladys Hallstrom

Michael and Linda Hanson

Goodridge

E Polk

Jerry Erickson

Chuck and Barbara Schulstad

Erskine

W Polk

Curt Knutson

Greg and Marlene LeBlanc

Crookston

Red Lake

Larry Johnson

Roger and Janel Walter

Plummer

Roseau

Buddy Erickson

Gene and Eunice Millner

Roseau

Wilkin

Milan Drewlow

Lowell and Connie Seidler

Rothsay


For more information, contact Deborah Zak, Regional Director, Northwest, Extension Regional Office, Crookston.  Phone:  218-281-8684 or 1-888-241-0781.  E-mail:  dzak@umn.edu




Contact: Deborah Zak, Regional Director, Northwest, Extension Regional Office, Crookston. Phone: 218-281-8684 or 1-888-241-0781. E-mail: dzak@umn.edu

Theresa Helgeson, a lab services coordinator in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Helgeson_Theresa 110.jpgDepartment at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, recently fulfilled the necessary qualifications to be awarded the designation of "Certified Professional (CP) with a "Garden Center Specialty" by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).  Helgeson is now certified in all three specialties of the MNLA Certification Program.  In addition to the Garden Center Specialty, she is also a Certified Professional in Landscape and Grower Specialties. Helgeson is a resident of Crookston.

To be granted certification status, Helgeson had to pass a comprehensive examination for each specialty listed above.  The exams are administered by the MNLA and the University of Minnesota.  Prior to taking the exam, Helgeson was required to accumulate a minimum of 2,000 hours in horticulture-related employment, or two years in an educational program that includes a structured internship.

The certification exam consists of plant identification, landscape planning, sales and marketing procedures, general knowledge of horticulture, and practical application skills.  The exam was developed through the efforts of faculty members from the Department of Horticultural Science at the University of Minnesota and members of the MNLA Certification Committee.  Since the program's inception in 1978, nearly 770 individuals have achieved the status of MNLA Certified Professional.

The test is designed to measure the skills of practicing professionals and to improve the quality and standards of the nursery and landscape industry.  As a continuing education requirement, Helgeson must earn recertification points every three years to maintain the MNLA Certified Professional status.

The Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association is a statewide trade association with over 1,300 members.  Association members include nurseries, garden centers, landscape designers, landscape contractors, irrigation contractors, professional gardening services, tree care specialists, commercial flower growers, and turf and landscape management professionals from throughout Minnesota and neighboring states.  MNLA represents and provides service to its member businesses through educational programs, conventions and trade shows, marketing activities and public policy initiatives.

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: Theresa Helgeson, lab services coordinator, 218-281-8120 (helg0145@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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