Seniors Austin Czichotzki and Kristine Neu named "Man and Woman of the Year" at U of M, Crookston

The University of Minnesota, Crookston held its annual Student Awards Program on Thursday, 41a-Man & Woman of Year 0290.jpgApril 19, 2012, to recognize student achievement across a variety of disciplines. From among the many the student achievement awards, two students were selected as the "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service, and leadership award.

Honors for 2012 (in photo at right) go to Man of the Year Austin Czichotzki, a senior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication, and Woman of the Year Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., and a double major in horticulture and communication.

Czichotzki is the son of Terry and Sandi Czichotzki. Neu is the daughter of Mark and Karen Neu. 

41b-Man & Woman of Year 0280.jpgPictured with the honorees in the photo at left is Dale Knotek, representing the Crookston Noon Day Lions, which helps sponsor the annual award.

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

Contact: Lisa Sameulson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507(; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (