January 2014 Archives

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 30 university students to attend 
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USDA's 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled "The Changing Face of Agriculture," to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. University of Minnesota Crookston Senior Dustin Smith (at right), a double major in agronomy and agricultural business from Browerville, Minn., was one of twenty university juniors and seniors who were chosen on the basis of their essays on "Agriculture as a Career." Ten graduate students were selected for their response to "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years." The list of all winners is posted at www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/winners.htm

"The future of agriculture and rural America depends on the upcoming generation of leaders in farming, ranching and conservation, and the students selected to attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum are among the best young leaders our country has to offer," said Vilsack. "Participating in the Agricultural Outlook Forum will expose these students to a variety of perspectives on this country's most pressing agricultural challenges and lay the groundwork for bright futures in food, fiber and forestry."

USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is designed to introduce students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today's real world environment. The students are from land-grant, Hispanic-serving, and non land-grant agricultural and renewable resources universities. Since the program's start in 2007, annual sponsorship has been provided by CHS, Inc. and Farm Credit. 

USDA's Economic Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service also provide support. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore partners with USDA to make the program possible. Several of the 2014 winning essays are found here: www.usda.gov/oce/forum/diversity/diversity_program.htm.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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: Ron Del Vecchio, head, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8109 (delve004@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Alumni and community friends of the Northwest School of Agriculture and the University of 
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Minnesota Crookston will gather for a social on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at Terrace Green at ViewPoint Resort, 640 North Hawes Road, Mesa, Arizona. The annual alumni social begins at 11:30 a.m. and will run until 3 p.m. Lunch will be served at noon for $15 per person.

Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations will host this year's social and Chancellor Fred E. Wood will bring greetings from the Crookston campus. 

If you are interested in attending the Arizona Social, please call Mary Lou (Baird) Dostal '54, at 480-354-8568 or Sue Dwyer at the Alumni Office at 218-281-8401 by Feb. 14, to confirm attendance. Disability accommodations are available upon request.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A solemn reminder of the lives affected by violence against women will be on display at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The t-shirts in the Clothesline Project will hang in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center on Thursday and Friday, February 13-14, 2014. The display is open each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and everyone is welcome. 

The t-shirts represent the women whose lives have been touched by acts of violence in Minnesota and North Dakota. The shirts, designed by survivors of violence, their families and/or friends, are intended to educate the public, to mourn those who have died as a result of this violence, and to bear witness to the courage to survive and heal. 
"By moving the Clothesline Project to Bede Ballroom, we will have greater space for this project and easier viewing for those who come to see it," says Lisa Loegering, assistant director of Community Engagement. "It is a powerful graphic representation of violence against women and the countless lives affected by it."

The event is sponsored by the UMC Office of Community Engagement; UMC Student Health; UMC Student Experience; Polk County Coordinated Victims Services; and Migrant Health Service - Hispanic Battered Women's Program. For information, contact Loegering, at 218-281-8526. 

Background
The Clothesline Project (CLP) is a program started on Cape Cod, Mass., in 1990 to address the issue of violence against women. It is a vehicle for women affected by violence to express their emotions by decorating a shirt. The shirts are hung on a clothesline and displayed in a public location to create a visual memorial to the casualties and survivors of the war against women. With the support of many, the Clothesline Project has spread world-wide. To learn more, visit clotheslineproject.org. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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, Community Engagement, 218-281- 8526, (loege005@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The second gardening and local foods seminar is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 5:30 in Bede Ballroom. Randel Hanson, Ph.D., will present the seminar "Anchoring Food Systems Change: The Sustainable Agriculture Project at the University of Minnesota, Duluth." Hanson is the founder and "farmer-in-chief" of the Sustainable Agriculture Project at University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where he leads a faculty collaborative for systems change that includes a 10-acre campus garden and a 5-acre orchard on the former Northeast Experimental Station. The garden produces a substantial portion of the food for UMD's food service. 

Seminar suppers are free, but reservations are required. Attendees are requested to go through the Brown Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m. and bring their meal down the hall to the Bede Ballroom. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude around 7 p.m. For reservations, call or email Megan Luxford or Laura Gabrielson at 218-281-8128 (luxfo003@crk.umn.edu). For more information, contact Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@crk.umn.edu).

Earlier in the day, Hanson will be speaking to Svedarsky's capstone class in integrated resource management where his topic will be, "Managing Resources in Time and Space: The Case of our Agro-food system." The public is invited to attend that presentation from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Peterson Classroom in Heritage Hall on the U of M Crookston campus. 

Background
Hanson holds a faculty appointment in environment and sustainability at UMD, where he teaches courses in food systems, organic agriculture, urban ecology and ecological history. Before joining UMD, he held faculty positions at Arizona State University and Rice University. In addition to his work on regional food systems development, Hanson has published on challenges associated with locating and managing high-level radioactive waste, particularly with reference to American Indian communities.

His current focus engages organizational and institutional development and change in building small and mid-sized food and agricultural systems for creating better outcomes in human health, economic development and ecological resilience. He is interested in ways of networking stakeholders within institutions, communities and regions to create ideas, policies, and actions to expand production of and access to "good food." 

In particular, he is focused on integrating "anchor institutions" such as education, medical and other place-based organizations that have become increasingly important in local and regional sustainable development for many urban and regional economies. Colleges and universities have a special responsibility in preparing future leaders for a world of rising challenges around, but not limited to, sustainably-produced food and health.

This event is part of a continuing supper seminar series scheduled the spring semester at the U of M Crookston to explore and inform aspects of gardening and local food production in the Crookston community and the Crookston campus. The programs are supported by a Mini-Grant from the U of M's Institute on the Environment to UMC's Center for Sustainability and are free and open to all interested in the topic.

The kick-off of the seminar series occurred January 23 and featured Noelle Hardin, a U of MN Extension Educator whose focus is Community Food Systems in northwest Minnesota.  Hardin and U of M Crookston student sustainability assistant, Laura Gabrielson lead a workshop to explore the many values of local foods and over 35 participants from the community and campus shared their experiences. "It was a cold night but people turned out with great ideas and warm enthusiasm," according Svedarsky, "Folks even had an opportunity to draw out their vision of gardening on paper with colored markers." 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The underlying quality of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to create and develop sustainable business ideas and adapt to changing conditions. A new major in entrepreneurship in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston will offer students the opportunity to develop skills needed to recognize ideas and potential ventures, evaluate feasibility, assemble resources, and launch new ventures. The entrepreneurship major is available to students on campus as well as online. 

The best entrepreneurs are those who possess a solid functional knowledge of the business world, the skills and vision to inspire and motivate others, and the ability to navigate change and persist in the belief of their ideas. Students will gain knowledge in business development, finance, and innovation along with developing their leadership and decision-making skills. Graduates will add immediate value to any organizational setting.

Under the leadership of Susan Brorson, professor and head, the Business Department is committed to excellence. "Offering an entrepreneurship major will help meet changing demands of employers, heightened competition, and enhance the economic and job growth realized from entrepreneurial activity," Brorson says. "Entrepreneurial behavior is increasingly recognized as a critical necessity for growth of the U.S. and international economy. It is an exciting major with a wide range of possibilities.

"The University of Minnesota Crookston has a tradition of providing experiential learning, and the Business Department as a unit has long embraced an applied approach to course delivery, infusing significant "learning by doing" elements in its curriculum," Brorson says. 
 
A student majoring in entrepreneurship can enhance the work of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) Center, both located on campus, by assisting entrepreneurs and economic development entities in their efforts to build businesses, communities, and regions. Through course-based team projects and coordination of internships, students gain experience and assist CRES and EDA in helping actual clients make better decisions about future actions.

The Business Department also offers majors and minors in accounting, finance, management, manufacturing management, marketing, quality management, and sport and recreation management. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/business/index.html.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Gardening and Local Foods Seminar Suppers Scheduled at U of M Crookston

A series of discussions about local foods and gardening will kick-off Thursday, January 23, 2014, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Suppers in UMC's food service are free but reservations are required. Attendees are requested to go through food service at 5:30 p.m. and then bring their meal down the hall to the Bede Ballroom. The program will commence at 6 p.m. and conclude around 7 p.m. For reservations, call or email Megan Luxford or Laura Gabrielson at 218-281-8128 or luxfo003@crk.umn.edu

 The programs are supported by a Mini-grant from the U of MN's Institute on the Environment to UMC's Center for Sustainability and are free and open to all interested in the topic.

"There has been a recent ground-swell of interest in home-grown foods, Farmer's Markets, and gardening and these programs will be a way of connecting people with similar interests, "according to Dan Svedarsky, program organizer and director of the Center. Thursday's speaker will be Noelle Hardin, a U of M Extension Educator whose focus is Community Food Systems in northwest Minnesota.  Noele has a broad familiarity with gardening at the community and campus level, having experienced gardening efforts at the U of M St Paul, the U of Wisconsin - Madison, and the University of Oregon. She will profile those efforts and lead discussions to identify various possibilities and priorities of attendees.  

Discussions have been underway at UMC for the last year to launch a campus garden that would provide produce to be served in campus food service. This might include smaller garden boxes/plots around campus and/or a larger plot. In addition, there has been interest expressed in having garden plots around the Crookston community; perhaps in vacant lots where houses have been removed to make way for flood protection efforts. "Urban Gardening" is growing in popularity in cities across the country and there is no reason why we can't have a version of it on the local scene," according to Svedarsky. 

The next program is scheduled for Thursday, February 6 and will featured a discussion of  the University of Minnesota - Duluth's campus garden, presented by Randel Hanson, environmental scientist and garden project leader. These programs are complementary to the "Local Foods College" sponsored by Extension beginning on Tuesday, January 21. For more information, contact Dan Svedarsky at 218-281-8129 or dsvedars@crk.umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Fish for prizes and support scholarships during the 4th Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice 
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Fishing Tournament to be held Saturday, February 1, 2014. The tournament, which supports scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston, will be held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn. Tickets are available for $20 by contacting Alysa Tulibaski at 701-215-4300 or Bill Tyrrell at 218-281-8436. Tickets are also available at Zippel Bay Resort, 6080 39th St. NW, Williams, Minn., 800-222-2537. 

Registration, limited to the first 150, begins at 10 a.m. on the ice at the tournament site with fishing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first person to catch a fish, along with prizes for the largest walleye, northern, sauger, perch and other species caught during the tournament. The registration fee also includes a raffle ticket and road access fee. All proceeds from the tournament support the Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship Fund at the U of M Crookston.

The Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament corporate sponsors are Zippel Bay Resort and Streiff Sporting Goods in Warroad, Minn. A number of other businesses in Northwest Minnesota support the tournament through the donations of prizes and monetary support. 

Background
Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the U of M, Crookston Golden Eagles, grew up in Warroad, Minn., graduating from Warroad High School in 2001. A talented athlete, he lettered in basketball, cross country, and track. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he played basketball as a point guard for the Golden Eagles. Head Basketball Coach Jeff Oseth describes him as the ultimate team player working hard on the court and in the classroom.  

Besides his passion for playing basketball, Knebel loved the Warroad area and outdoor sports in Minnesota, making the ice fishing tournament an apt tribute to the memory of this outstanding student-athlete. For more information on the tournament, visit www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel.

Members of the planning committee for the event include Corby Kemmer, Bill Tyrrell, Stephanie Helgeson, Amber Bailey, Rose Ulseth, and Alysa Tulibaski.

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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)

U.S.News and World Report has ranked the University of Minnesota Crookston among colleges and universities offering the nation's "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" for 2014. The U of M Crookston was, again, ranked in the top quartile at #69 out of the 283 higher education respondents in this year's survey. U.S.News & World Report published rankings of institutions offering online degrees for the first time in 2102, and the U of M Crookston has ranked in the top quartile in each of the three listings.  

Rankings were based on factors such as graduation rates, faculty credentials, and academic and career support services offered to students, among others. The Crookston campus ranked especially high in the sub-category Student Services and Technology, coming in at number 25.

The U of M Crookston was one of only two Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 100, the other being Concordia University - St. Paul. The U of M Twin Cities campus came in at #160. Other regional campuses listed in the ranking included the University of North Dakota at #131, Valley City State University at #138, and Bemidji State University at #194. The full listing is available online at www.usnews.com/education/online-education/bachelors/rankings.

"Positive recognition by organizations like U.S.News is always welcome, and this particular ranking helps showcase the fact that our online programs are very high quality programs offering students a world-class education," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M Crookston. "Having graduated our first online student in 2001 means our faculty and staff have extensive experience from working for more than a decade to provide access to our programs in this manner online. Their understanding and expertise certainly help us offer the highest quality student experience."  

Wood added, "As the world changes, it's good for our students to know they can choose either a great, more traditional on-campus experience or a great online experience that allows them to maintain their workplace, family, and location ties. This is particularly helpful for non-traditional and older students.  It is, after all, part of our modern land grant mission to help create access to higher education in a way that meets our students' needs."

The U of M, Crookston currently offers thirteen degree programs entirely online. (These degrees are also offered more traditionally on-campus as well.) They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Entrepreneurship (B.S.), Finance (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), Quality Management (B.M.M. Q.M.), and Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.).  The online programs are delivered via three academic departments: Business; Liberal Arts and Education; and Math, Science, and Technology. UMC's Center for Adult Learning provides outstanding support to these online-only degree-seeking students, of whom the total number enrolled recently surpassed 800.

This year online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in four different sub-categories: Student Engagement, Faculty Credentials and Training, Student Services and Technology, and Peer Reputation. Ranking indicators for the Student Engagement category included teacher accessibility and response timeframe as well as student collaboration opportunities, among others.  Faculty Credentials and Training included the appropriate faculty credentialing as well as the institution having the resources properly train online instructors on how to teach distance learners. Student Services and Technology assessed colleges' level of offering "a strong support structure [that] provides learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs." Finally, a new category for 2014, Peer Reputation, included "industry opinion accounts for intangible factors on program quality not captured by statistics."

Data was collected from accredited for-profit, private, and public schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, go to www.usnews.com/education/online-education/articles/2014/01/07/methodology-best-online-bachelors-programs-rankings-2014

For more information about the University of Minnesota Crookston and its online degrees visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.   

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 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: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 281-218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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