May 2014 Archives

Although most students and many faculty and staff are off for the summer, there was still significant celebration on the campus of the University of Minnesota Crookston recently when Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2014 Legislative Bonding Bill. The bill included state funding for several projects for the University of Minnesota system, one of which was a $10 million allocation for a Wellness Center at the Crookston campus. 

Chancellor Fred Wood sees the facility as vital to the future of UMC. He said, "The addition of the Wellness Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston will be nothing short of transformational. Not only will the facility be an important recruiting tool, but it also will improve the overall student experience by building community among our students and serving as a gathering place that promotes healthy activities indoors when it's impossible to exercise outdoors." 

Wood said, "I think, as a campus, we were able to show the shortcomings of our existing facilities to state legislators who visited over the past year. And with the assistance of many individuals--not the least of whom were our student leaders--we were able to help everyone understand just how important this project is for student life as well as for retention and recruitment of new students." 

Wood added, "We especially want to thank Senator LeRoy Stumpf, who was instrumental to this process, and Representative Debra Kiel. We appreciate their advocacy and support of this project." Wood also acknowledged the work done by Chancellor Emeritus Charles Casey and his wife Barbara Muesing. "Chancellor Casey did a great deal of work to set the stage for this important project," said Wood, "and Barbara Muesing voiced her support whenever she had an opportunity. They deserve a share in the credit." 

Next Steps 

While a limited amount of pre-planning for the Wellness Center took place over the past year as the project was added to the priority list for the University of Minnesota system, the next major step will be to refine and finalize the official plans. That can now move forward full throttle. Initial site studies suggest the best plan of action would be to construct the building adjacent to and west of the existing UMC Sports Center. An added bonus, this location would provide a significant "wow factor" for people entering the campus via the main entrance drive on the west side just off U.S. Highway 2. 

A working timeline calls for this planning to take place over the next several months with the goal to have design development finalized by late 2014. Development of construction documents would be completed over the winter, and bidding would take place in February and March 2015. With that done, the project would move forward with excavation as soon as weather permits in the spring and continue into 2016. The ultimate goal is to open the new facility in time for use by students who arrive for the fall 2016 academic term. 

In addition to finalizing the plans, staff members in UMC's Office of Development & Alumni Relations will continue to build on the initial work they have done to identify organizations and individual donors who may be interested in contributing to the additional $5 million in funding for the entire project. 

Corby Kemmer, director of development, says, "We look forward to this challenge, and we've already identified some prospective donors. That said, a transformational project like this requires transformational levels of private investment." Kemmer says he has worked with the U of M and the Crookston campus to develop a case statement which details the scope of the project as well as opportunities for levels of investment, such as naming rights. Individuals who may be interested in speaking with him regarding this may contact Kemmer directly at 218-281-8434. 

Initial Plans 

Last year, as UMC's Wellness Center was added to the priority list for the University of Minnesota system, some initial planning occurred. The project will total $15 million, with $10 million from the state and $5 million raised from other sources. 

Plans call for a building of approximately 36,000 square feet featuring a two-court recreational gymnasium space, workout and fitness spaces, locker rooms, public spaces, a classroom, and a multipurpose room. 

As the third largest employer in the region, the U of M Crookston has full intention to make sure the Wellness Center not only benefits the campus, but also that it becomes an asset to the region. In Crookston and the surrounding community, it will provide another local venue for activities when not used by UMC students. Plans do not call for it to serve as a health club with memberships. 

The last building on the Crookston campus funded by state bonding dollars was the Sargeant Student Center, which was completed in the fall of 2005. That facility has proven to be indispensible to the campus as well as the community as it has become an important host site for numerous campus and community events. 

History and Need 

Originally built in 1930 when the campus was a residential high school, the current recreational facility, the UMC Sports Center, has been significantly updated only once--in 1980 when Lyasker Gymnasium was added along with some additional office space and training rooms. The central core of the facility, Knutson Gymnasium, is more than 80 years old and houses the current fitness and exercise area. 

The Sports Center is shared by varsity athletics, intramural sports, and the student body. Because of the need for student-athletes to use the facility for conditioning, practice and training, it is overcrowded and virtually inaccessible to most other students.

In addition to overcrowding and age, the inadequate size of the UMC Sports Center has meant limited space for equipment--there are only 15 cardio machines and a small weight room for a campus population of roughly 1000. Winters, especially those like this past year's severely cold and long winter, make it difficult if not impossible for students to exercise outdoors for much of the academic year, and the need is great for students to have access to healthy recreation year-round. 

Studies indicate that college wellness facilities have a positive impact on successful student persistence, grade point average, and graduation rates. These studies also show that habits related to wellness directly impact lifelong health and are connected to a stronger workforce. In addition, the Wellness Center will help enhance academic programs such as UMC's sport and recreation management, and develop new opportunities to meet workforce needs for training in the areas of health and wellness.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

Explore the language and culture of India and/or China at the University of Minnesota Crookston beginning on Monday, June 9, 2014, during two exciting camp opportunities. 

From Monday through Friday June 9-13, from 10 a.m. to noon each day, children in grades 6-8 can learn about the ancient civilization of India as well as modern Indian culture and language through the exploration of a different topic in each of the daily sessions. The registration fee is $50 per participant for all five days (or $15 per participant for single-day registration). For details about each of the topics covered, visit www.umcrookston.edu/camps. The registration deadline is Saturday, May 31. For more information, contact Venugopal Mukku, Ph.D., at 218-281-8097 or mukku002@crk.umn.edu. Students should check in for the camp at the Sargeant Student Center.

In the afternoon, a Chinese Language camp designed to introduce children in kindergarten through 6th grade to Chinese language and culture, will run from 1 to 3 p.m., from June 9-12 (Monday through Thursday).  Attendees will spend time learning language, practicing calligraphy, and learning more about China. Cost is $40 per student and takes place in 4 Hill Hall. Scholarships are available. Contact Chunhui Wang, Ph.D., at wang4854@unm.edu, or Mingzhu Liu at liux3238@umn.edu for more information or visit www.umcrookston.edu/camps. 

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: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The National Society for Leadership & Success (NSLS) at the University of Minnesota 
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Crookston held their 2014 induction and awards ceremony on April 12, 2014. The mission of NSLS is to "build leaders who make a better world."

Included in this year's awards and induction ceremony were Ryan Rynda, a junior majoring in software engineering from Argyle, Minn.;  Jeanne Collins,a senior majoring in natural resources from Hibbing, Minn.; Johnnie Pauly, a senior majoring in equine science from Wrenshall, Minn.; Laura Neville, a junior majoring in management from Green Bay, Wis.;  Bryce Tradewell, a senior majoring in animal science from Cedar, Minn.; Katrina Peterson, a senior majoring in animal science and management from Thief River Falls, Minn.; Rachel Johnson, a senior majoring in early childhood education from Pine River, Minn.; Larissa Olson, a senior majoring in early childhood education and elementary education from Crookston, Minn.; Tyler Berglund, a senior majoring in health sciences and biology from Warren, Minn.; Oumar Diakite, a senior majoring in management from Yirimadio, Bamako, Mali; Ben Hallfrisch, a senior majoring in criminal justice from Saginaw, Minn.; Sean Rozell, a senior majoring in management from Eveleth, Minn.; Adam Hoff, a senior majoring in software engineering from Crookston, Minn.; Tomas Parker, a senior majoring in management and marketing from Pequot Lakes, Minn.; Brennan Andreas, a senior majoring in sport and recreation management and marketing from Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada; Braden Schmidt, a junior majoring in health sciences from Freeman, S.D.; Kole Pederson, a senior majoring in aviation, agronomy, agricultural systems management, and agricultural business from Bejou, Minn.;  Michael Furry, a senior majoring in natural resources from Omaha, Neb.; and Alyssa Schnieder, a senior majoring in elementary education from Racine, Wis.

About
NSLS 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. For more information, visit www.societyleadership.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.

In the photo, left to right, are, front row, Mary Feller (advisor) Ryan Rynda,  Jeanne Collins, Johnnie Pauly, and Laura Neville.

Middle row: Bryce Tradewell, Katrina Peterson, Rachel Johnson, Larissa Olson, Tyler Berglund, and Don Cavalier (advisor).

Back row: Peter Phaiah (advisor), Oumar Diakite, Ben Hallfrisch,  Sean Rozell,  Adam Hoff, Tomas Parker,  Brennan Andreas, Braden Schmidt, Kole Pederson, Michael Furry, and Alyssa Schneider.

Contact: Don Cavalier, director, Career Development and Counseling Department, 218-281-8585 (cavalier@umn.edu)

Junior Achievement was a success this spring in Fisher Public Elementary School.  The success of the Junior Achievement program is dependent on the business and community volunteers who shared their time and talents working with the teachers in the classrooms. 

Junior Achievement volunteers come from all walks of life.  Business people, parents, and grandparents, have volunteered their time to be role models to students, helping connect education and the working world.  Junior Achievement enhances the social studies curriculum by involving volunteers from the community to go into the classroom and teach prepared (user-friendly) lessons in economics.  They also teach lessons in character and promote volunteerism by example. JA is another opportunity for students to learn about careers and the working world first hand.  Recent studies show, students who had consecutive years of Junior Achievement scored 27% higher in economic literacy, compared to students who did not have this opportunity.

Junior Achievement is a partnership between business, community, and education helping kids understand concepts of economics.  JA teaches financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and workplace skills, using materials that are fun and relevant.  JA has been in existence since 1919, changing with the times, reaching over 4 million students in the United States and more than 5 million young people worldwide.

This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Center for Adult Learning at the University of Minnesota Crookston and the Achieve More grant which has been partially funded by the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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: Diane Rapacz, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8678 (rapa0003@umn.edu): Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Faculty and Staff Day was held at the conclusion of spring semester at the University of Minnesota Crookston and celebrated excellence and service by faculty and staff. 

Those recognized with special awards included Terrill Bradford, instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, Distinguished Teaching; Linnea Barton, master tutor, Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit; and Chris Winjum, assistant to the chancellor, Distinguished P&A. 

Also recognized were those reaching years of service milestones and retirements. Susan Jacobson, instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; Dee Anne Leines, an assistant professor and Extension educator; and Laurie Wilson, an assistant education specialist and coordinator of Disability Services were all honored on their retirement. 

Dan Svedarsky, professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and director of the Center for Sustainability was recognized for his 45 years of service to the University. 

For all the photos and awards, visit the photo gallery

Chancellor Fred Wood and Albert Sims, Director of Operations at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, served as hosts for the annual event. 

 

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The public is invited to attend a dedication of a campus garden at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The garden, located on the north side of campus near the Valley Technology Park, will be dedicated at noon in honor of Allen and Freda Pedersen. Visitors are encouraged to park in Lot A on the campus and walk across to the garden site for the ceremony.

The vegetable and flower garden is a first for the Crookston campus and the result of the generosity of Allen Pedersen. The collaboration by Sodexo Dining Services, Valley Technology Park, and the U of M Crookston Center for Sustainability helped make the garden a reality. Produce from the garden will be used in the campus dining hall and a student intern will be hired to assist with the garden's maintenance.
   
Allen and the late Freda Pedersen were long time residents of Crookston and avid gardeners. They were quick to share garden bounty, whether vegetables or flowers, with others. Freda passed away in 2012 just shy of the couple's 75th wedding anniversary. Allen, who celebrates his 98th birthday on May 22, is one of the speakers at the dedication ceremony that includes a welcome by Chancellor Fred Wood with Professor Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability serving as emcee. 

For information about the campus garden, contact the Center for Sustainability at 218-281-8129.

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 relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston's online bachelor's degree program in information technology management has been named one of the "20 Best Online Bachelor of Information Technology Degree Programs" by TheBestSchools.org. The listing includes programs at colleges and universities across the U.S. and the U of M Crookston's program ranks 11 out of the 20 programs ranked. 

TheBestSchools.org selected the program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty, return on investment, and reputation.

To view the U of M Crookston's listing, go to 

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)

Eleven programs earn accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships

The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) announced today that it granted national accreditation to concurrent enrollment programs offered by eleven colleges and universities in Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Utah, and Washington. NACEP accreditation validates the quality of college courses offered in high schools and ensures that the course content and expectations for student work match the standards of the sponsoring post-secondary institution.

Concurrent enrollment programs at the following colleges earned initial accreditation or reaccreditation:

CONNECTICUT 
University of Connecticut*

IDAHO
College of Southern Idaho
Idaho State University

ILLINOIS
Lewis and Clark Community College*

KENTUCKY
West Kentucky Community and Technical College

*Reaccreditation

MINNESOTA
University of Minnesota Crookston*

MISSOURI
Crowder College

PENNSYLVANIA 
Pennsylvania Highlands Community College

UTAH 
Weber State University*

WASHINGTON 
Everett Community College
University of Washington - Seattle*

 
NACEP Accreditation Commission Chair Jaclyn Dumond, Manager of School Partnerships at the University of Southern Indiana, remarked: "We are very excited to award this prestigious recognition to these eleven programs. By undergoing NACEP's rigorous accreditation peer-review process, these schools have demonstrated that their concurrent enrollment programs are of the highest standard. The high school students enrolled in their programs are, without a doubt, receiving the same quality education as they would receive on the college campus. We are very proud to recognize these institutions for their commitment to concurrent enrollment program excellence."

Dr. Jay Box, Chancellor, Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) stated: "With the development of the 2010-2016 Business Plan for Transforming Kentucky, KCTCS established a transformation strategy for dual credit that would 'develop a consistent, statewide program of dual credit, using the NACEP standards as a framework.' West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has not only implemented NACEP standards in its dual credit program but has also gone the extra mile of seeking and receiving NACEP accreditation. We are pleased that WKCTC is the first in Kentucky to obtain this high recognition and to also be the first program within the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) region to become NACEP accredited."

To earn accreditation from NACEP, concurrent enrollment programs conduct a self-study, document how their programs adhere to NACEP's seventeen standards, and are evaluated by peer reviewers from NACEP-accredited programs. NACEP's standards were developed and refined over many years, serve as a model for quality standards in sixteen states, and are implemented by a wide range of higher education institutions.

The NACEP Accreditation Commission manages NACEP's accreditation process, reviews Peer Review Team reports and makes accreditation decisions. NACEP-accredited programs recently elected Leslie Hardaway of NorthWest Arkansas Community College to join the Commission as a two-year postsecondary institutional representative. Becky Carter of Indiana University was reelected to another two year term as a four-year postsecondary institutional representative. The full listing of ninety-two programs nationwide currently accredited by NACEP can be found at: http://nacep.org/docs/accreditation/NACEPAccreditedPrograms.pdf.


About the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships: NACEP works to ensure that college courses offered in high schools are as rigorous as courses offered on the sponsoring college campus. As the sole accrediting body for concurrent enrollment partnerships, NACEP helps these programs adhere to the highest standards so students experience a seamless transition to college and teachers benefit from meaningful, ongoing professional development. To advance the field and support our national network of 270 colleges and universities, 35 high schools and school districts, and 15 state agency and system office partners, we actively share the latest knowledge about best practices, research, and advocacy. Our annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, October 26-28, 2014, will once again be the premier destination for college officials, high school leaders, policymakers, and researchers interested in creating an effective academic bridge between high school and college.

www.nacep.org

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)

Three U of M Crookston Students Present at NCUR

Three students recently presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Senior Younga Choi, an early childhood education major from South Korea, presented on her research with Associate Professor Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson; Senior Gyungyoun "Ann" Baek, a health sciences major from South Korea,  presented on her research with Assistant Professor Venugopal Mukku; and Junior Samuel Haugen, an agronomy major from Fertile, Minn., presented on his research with Assistant Professor Madeline Smith. 

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In photo above, left to right, Ann Baek, Younga Choi, with Associate Professor Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson. 

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In photo, at left, Samuel Haugen, and, at right, Younga Choi. 

Contact: Venu Mukku, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8097 (mukku002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston NACTA Team Wins Sweepstakes at 2014 Judging Conference

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota Crookston team competing at the 
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annual North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) brought home the sweepstakes in the four-year college division. 
The win included a number of first place finishes.

Individuals finishing first included Eric Derosier, a senior from Red Lake Falls, Minn., majoring in agricultural business finished first in the contests in ag business, ag communications, and ag computers; Emily Goff, a senior majoring in equine science from Danvers, Minn., finished first in the livestock management contest; Justin Goodroad, a senior from Lindstrom, Minn., majoring in 
horticulture finished first in the contest in horticulture; Sarah Morris, a senior majoring in 
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animal science from Ramsey, Minn., finished first in the contest in meats; Travis Duresky, a senior majoring in ag systems management finished first in the ag mechanics contest; and Emily Campbell, a junior majoring in animal science from Aitkin, Minn., finished first in the dairy contest. 

The teams in horticulture, dairy, livestock management, ag mechanics, and ag computers finished in first place.



 
Members of the teams competing at NACTA were

First NameLast NameTeamYearMajor
Cassie AdamsLivestock managementjuniorAnimal Science
JoeBlaufussAg Communications; SoilsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
EmilyCampbellDairy; Livestock JudgingjuniorAnimal Science
CedricCitrowskeMeats; Quiz BowljuniorAgricultural Systems Management and Agricultural Business
AndrewClarkCrops; Quiz Bowl seniorAgronomy
Eric DerosierAg Business; Ag Communications; Ag ComputersseniorAgricultural Business
Travis DureskyAg MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
Ben GenereuxCrops seniorAgronomy
EmilyGoffLivestock Judging; Livestock ManagementseniorEquine Science
JustinGoodroadDairy; HorticultureseniorHorticulture
MatsonGravelleSoilsseniorGolf and Turf Management
Ashley HoffmanAg Computers; CropsseniorAgronomy and Agricultural Business
TiffanyHulinskyAg Business; Dairy; Horticulture; Quiz BowlseniorAgricultural Business
JeremyLoveAg MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
MitziMarlinAg Business; Ag Communications; Livestock JudgingseniorAgricultural Business
Sarah MorrisDairy; MeatsseniorAnimal Science
JaredNowackiLivestock Judging; Livestock ManagementseniorAgricultural Business
Brian OachsAg BusinessseniorAgricultural Business and Agronomy
DylanPrattMeats; Livestock JudgingjuniorAnimal Science
Ashley RadkeHorticulturejuniorHorticulture
StephRekoHorticulturejuniorHorticulture
DustinSmithCrops seniorAgricultural Business and Agronomy
JohnSorensonQuiz bowljuniorAgricultural Systems Management
GregSparbyAg Communications; Ag MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
Cody ThompsonSoilsseniorAgricultural Systems Management
BenTinkhamAg MechanicsseniorAgricultural Systems Mangement
KurtisWackerSoilsseniorGolf and Turf Management
HaleyWeleskiAg Computers; MeatsseniorCommunication
Reno WilliamsAg Computers; Livestock ManagementjuniorAgricultural Systems Management

The judging conference was held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Mo., April 10-12, 2014. Students began preparing for the contests in November and are allowed to compete only one time per contest with the exception of soils which allows a student to compete twice. The contests are hands-on and the judging contests, like those in crops, dairy, and livestock, require the student to both rank and provide reasons for their decisions. The NACTA Team raises its own funding in order to participate in the competition.

Background
NACTA is dedicated to advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning in the agricultural, environmental, natural, and life sciences. NACTA competitions have been held since 1957 and involve knowledge and skills contests covering various agricultural topics. The competition is rigorous, including college and university students from all across the nation. To learn more, visit www.nactateachers.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.

In the photo, at right: The 2014 NACTA team with their awards and the team's sweepstakes trophy.

In the photo, at left: back row: Dylan Pratt, Cody Thompson, Brian Oachs, Andrew Clark, Justin Goodroad, Emily Goff. Middle row: Dustin Smith, Ashley Hoffman, Jared Nowacki, Ben Genereux, Eric Derosier, Emily Campbell.  Front row: Mitzi Marlin, Haley Weleski, Cassie Jo Adams, Sarah Morris, Ashley Radke withAssociate Professor Margot Rudstrom. 


Contact: Margot Rudstrom, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8138 (rudstrmv@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

To view or download photos, visit the photo gallery

ward recipients include the following students:

CSA Student Senators and Officers
Back row, left to right: Jesse Jennings, Trevor Buttermore, Kisun Kim, Ross Sigler, Jiwon Park, Brennan Andreas, Justin Goodroad. Middle row: Drew Underdahl, Monika Sweet, Sarah Muellner, Delaney Kohorst, Emily Campbell, Natalie Tym. Front row: Ashley Hoffman, Laura Gabrielson, Alexmai Addo, Kayla Bellrichard, with Lisa Sameulson, advisor. 

Outstanding Ambassadors
Back row, left to right, are Brant Moore, Dustin Smith, Rochelle Herzog, Randi Bethel, Cassie Hagg (Rookie Ambassador of the Year), Justin Goodroad, with Lisa Loegering
Front row: Michelle Boateng, Sarah Muellner, Toynell Delaney, Emily Caldis, Catlin Kersting (Ambassador of the Year), and Sarah Morris. Not pictured: Chris Kohloff, Karli Anderson, Shaolei (Sorry) Jin, Kevin Lamp, Alisha Grams

Outstanding First-Year Biology Award
Kary Sheppard and Sierra Trost with Katie Sheetz

Outstanding Future Educator Award
Amanda Overman, Alyssa Schneider with Marsha Odom

Marketing/Management Outstanding Leadership Award
Brooke Hoffman and Kayla Bellrichard

Outstanding Accounting Student
Abdou Niang with Scott Leckie

Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Student
Brennan Andreas with Scott Leckie

Outstanding Communication Student
Steffanie Berg, Haley Weleski, and Ruth Navarro with Kevin Thompson

SOS Service Award
Katie Nenn, Kevin Lamp, Kayla Bellrichard, and Ross Sigler

Outstanding SOS Leader
Cody Current

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Cayla Bendel with Dan Svedarsky

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award
Mark Koep with Dan Svedarsky


Outstanding Horticulture
Justin Goodroad with Theresa Helgeson

Outstanding Ag Systems Management Student
Alex DeBoer with Paul Aakre

NACTA Recognition
In the photo, left to right, back row: Dylan Pratt, Cody Thompson, Brian Oachs, Andrew Clark, Justin Goodroad, Emily Goff. Middle row: Dustin Smith, Ashley Hoffman, Jared Nowacki, Ben Genereux, Eric Derosier, Emily Campbell.  Front row: Mitzi Marlin, Haley Weleski, Cassie Jo Adams, Sarah Morris, Ashley Radke with Margot Rudstrom. 

Outstanding International Student Scholar Award
Brennan Andreas with Kim Gillette

Multicultural and International Student Recognition
Rae French with Chia Moua, and Young A Choi

Support of Diversity Award
Anthonette Sims

Achievement in Music and Theater Award
Back row, left to right, are Justin Goodroad, Alex Conwell and front row TJ Chapman, band director, Tyler Lowthian, Alissa Hernandez, and George French, director of music and theater. 

Computer Help Desk
Isaac Osei with Thea Oertwich

Student Employee of the Year
Marissa Dempsey with Ken Mendez

NSIC Student Athlete Award
Josh Perea, Alyssa Schnieder with Natasha Kuhle and Stephanie Helgeson

Female and Male Student Athlete of the Year
Katie Sheetz and Jesse Jennings with Natasha Kuhle and Stephanie Helgeson

Female and Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year
Matt McClure and Katrina Moenkedick with Natasha Kuhle and Stephanie Helgeson

Justin Knebel Memorial Award
Natasha Kuhle and Tomas Parker with Stephanie Helgeson

Dale Knotek Community Service Award - National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS)
Top left to right: Brennan Andreas, Brandon Schmidy, Alyssa Schneider
Bottom left to right: Rochelle Herzog, Emily Caldis, Alissa Hernandez


Presidents Volunteer Service Award
Front row, left to right:  Gyungyoun "Ann" Baek, Julia Rinn, Emily Caldis, Kaylina Paulley, Kevin Lamp, Alissa Hernandez, Katie Nenn, with Lisa Loegering. 2nd Row:  Stephanie Lane, Laura Gabrielson, Ashley Hoffman, Katelyn Johnson, Alexmai Addo, Andrew Buell. 3rd Row:  Adam Roerish, Kayla Bellrichard, Faith Benassi, Megan Luxford, Joanie Melichar, Karly Spohnholtz. Back Row:  Jesse Jennings, Isaac Ossei, Dominic Becker, Cody Current, Tyler Lowthian, Ross Sigler

Student Volunteer of the Year Award
Adam Roerish, Andrew Buell, with Lisa Loegering

Student Programmer of the Year
Emily Cauldis with Lisa Samuelson

Outstanding CSA Senator
Kayla Bellrichard with Alexmai Addo

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate Award
Justin Goodroad with Aaron Bengston and Alexmai Addo

Student Achievement Awards
Back row: Andy Albertsen, a senior majoring in natural resources from Nelson, Minn.; Alexandra Skeeter, a senior majoring in health sciences from Milwaukee, Wis.; Justin Goodroad, a senior majoring in horticulture from Lindstrom, Minn.; and Alissa Hernandez, a senior majoring in animal science and equine science from Savage, Minn.
Middle row: Kevin Lamp, a junior majoring in natural resources from Long Lake, Minn.; Michael McMahon,a senior majoring in natural resources and aviation from St. Paul, Minn.; Tiffany Breth, a senior majoring in animal science from Albany, Minn.; Rowenna Fillmore, a senior majoring in animal science from Lake Nebagamon, Wis.; and Gyungyoun (Ann) Baek, a senior majoring in health sciences from Seoul, South Korea.
Front row: Cayla Bendel,a senior majoring in natural resources from Lakeville, Minn.; Man of the Year, Sean Rozell, a senior majoring in management from Eveleth, Minn.; Woman of the Year, Kayla Bellrichard, a senior majoring in management and marketing from Elk River, Minn.; Alexmai Addo, a senior from Monrovia, Liberia, majoring in communication; and Chancellor Fred Wood.

Man and Woman of Year
Sean Rozell and Kayla Bellrichard 

Athletic All-Academic Team (no photograph) - 3.2 GPA or higher and lettering in the same sport for two years

Softball         Women's Basketball
Cateline Fafard Avery Jackson
Alexis Khoshaba Kenzie Church
Kaylin Beatty Ashley Martell
Shelby Hollinger         Lindsey Lahr
Josee Plante Ericka McRoberts
Brooke Vatthauer Katrina Moenkedick
Allison Foley Alexa Thielman

Men's Basketball
John Hughes Soccer
Lucas Reller Erin Mears
        Delaney McIntyre
        Cayla Bendel
Football         Rachel Halligan
Ben Bucholz Samantha Berglin
Myint Maung Amanda Crook
Keith McBride
Josh Perea Baseball
Martin Throne Ryan Haggstrom
Jordan Manahah         Trevor Buttermore
Drew Selvestra Marcus Campbell
Andrew Steinfeldt Jesse Jennings
Matt Borowicz Travis Magdzas
Tennis Jon Mittag
Casey Paris Richie Navratil
Annaleis Yuhala         Equestrian
Emily Caldis Paige Clark
        Sabel Bettencourt
Women's Golf Hannah Nedrud
Mary Mikutowski Amanda Overman
Kelly Gustofson Amanda Guimont
Rikki Roscoe Emily Steeley
Katie Sheetz Chloe Nelson
        Amanda Stadtherr
Men's Golf
Zach Cymbaluk Volleyball
Matt Bjorgo Brittany Looker
Michael Roedl Mary Mikutowski
Jesse Roscoe Stephanie Pearson
        Alyssa Schneider
        Alexandra Skeeter
        Chelsea Wiesner

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Matt Simmons, Ph.D. 

Most Supportive of Students
Lyle Westrom, Ph.D.

Outstanding Service to Students
Laura Bell

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

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