June 2014 Archives

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) will host the Rural Design Conference at the U of M Crookston Campus on Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 and 31, 2014.  This Rural Design Conference event will bring together people from many different disciplines to lift up design and design thinking as essential parts of planning and development for rural economic prosperity. It will emphasize the connections, interactions, and inter-dependencies between rural and urban people and places. The event will be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) from the evening of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, through the afternoon of Thursday, July 31st, 2014.   

Registration is available online at http://rsdp.umn.edu. In-person registration for the conference opens Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 4 p.m. and Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom in Sargent Student Center at UMC. The registration fee is $50 and will go to $60 after July 7, 2014.  A reception and light dinner will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. The program begins at 7 p.m. with opening remarks by Dean Beverly Durgan (University of Minnesota Extension) and a keynote address by Dean Thomas Fisher (University of Minnesota College of Design).

Beverly Durgan (in photo, right) is dean of U of M Extension. Durgan conducts research and provides 

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leadership for extension programs in small grain weed management systems. She also teaches one undergraduate course every other fall semester. She earned her bachelor's degree in agriculture business from Montana State University in 1981, her master's in agronomy/weed science from North Dakota State University in 1983 and her doctorate in agronomy/weed science from NDSU in 1985.  Thomas Fisher (in photo, left, below) is a professor of 

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architecture and Dean of the College of Design. Fisher received his education at Cornell University in architecture and Case Western Reserve University in intellectual history. He has lectured or juried at over 40 schools and 60 professional societies, and has published 35 book chapters or introductions and over 250 articles.

On Thursday at 8:30 a.m., the conference continues with plenary session in the morning and design workshop in the afternoon. Workshop topics include nature-based recreation and tourism, food systems and role of Extension in the future of our communities.

On Wednesday, July 30 from 1:00-4:00 pm, attendees can take part in a tour of regional activities, including paddling on the Red Lake River, learning about birds and flood mitigation in Warren, and learning about fruit trees and high tunnels in Mentor. Space is limited depending on the tour, please register ahead of time to secure your spot. On Thursday at 8:30 a.m., the conference continues with panel discussions in morning and design workshops in the afternoon. Workshop topics include nature-based recreation and tourism, food systems and role of extension in the future of our communities.

The conference is sponsored by The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, a part of UMN Extension; the UMN Center for Rural Design; University of Minnesota Crookston; the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention. 

For more information contact Linda Kingery at 218-281-8697.

To learn more about the work of the Northwest Regional Partnership go to http://blog.lib.umn.edu/rsdp/northwest.  

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, NW RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.


Contact: Linda Kingery, executive director, U of M Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, 218-281-8697 (kinge002@umn.edu)

Two University of Minnesota Crookston bachelor's degree programs--business management and marketing--have been ranked among the top five best online programs within their discipline in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org. The two separate listings include programs at colleges and universities across the U.S. 

TheBestSchools.org selected the programs based on several weighted factors, including  academic rigor, range of courses provided, faculty strength, rankings, awards, and reputation, including the school's demonstrated ability to provide effective online education. TheBestSchools.org is an online resource for prospective students seeking a college degree. 

To view UMC's #5 ranking business management listing, go to www.thebestschools.org/rankings/20-best-online-bachelors-business-management-degree-programs

To view UMC's #4 ranking marketing listing, go to www.thebestschools.org/rankings/20-best-online-bachelor-marketing-degree-programs

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 40 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 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: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

To benefit future leaders in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota will donate its share of Pennsylvania State University's forfeited 2013-14 football bowl revenue to 18 youth-oriented charitable organizations across the state. Sanctioned imposed on Penn State from 2012-13 through 2015-16 designate all its bowl revenue for charitable donations. 

University President Eric Kaler provided an equal share of the $229,368 to each of the University's five campuses. The Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities campuses will donate $45,870 each to local charities that support youth. 

"It's important to support organizations that improve the education, opportunities and quality of life for our young people throughout the state," Kaler said. "They are our state's future teachers, scientists, medical professionals, and civic and cultural leaders, and this is an extraordinary opportunity to partner with communities statewide."

Last year the University of Minnesota donated its share of more than $188,000 to support the Greater Twin Cities United Way. This year, the U's five campus chancellors were each given the opportunity to select their own charitable recipients. Those selections are:

  • Crookston campus: $45,870 to United Way of Crookston. 
  • Duluth campus: $10,000 to Life House; $10,000 to Damiano Center Kids Café; $10,000 to Mentor Duluth; $10,000 to First Witness Child Advocacy Center; and $5,870 to Myers-Wilkens Community School Collaborative.
  • Morris campus: $5,733 will go to each: Lazos of Morris; Someplace Safe of Morris; Morris Area Arts Boosters, Inc.; Morris Community Education Youth programs; Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance; Dakota Wicohan projects; White Earth Nation's Ochki Manidoo (New Spirit) Fund; and Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center. 
  • Rochester campus: $25,870 to Rochester Area Family YMCA; $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Rochester; and $10,000 to United Way of Olmsted County. 
  • Twin Cities campus: $45,870 to Greater Twin Cities United Way.

The total of Penn State's forfeited share this year is $2.752 million.

Fred Wood, chancellor of the Crookston campus, supported Kaler's decision to split the money among the five statewide campuses of the U of M system. "This money will do a lot of good in these communities across the state of Minnesota, including right here in our rural community of Crookston," he said. "We are happy to direct this donation to the United Way of Crookston, with whom we have partnered for many years. The United Way works with many youth oriented programs and organizations in our community, and it has a proven track record of positive impact."


Contact: Chuck Tombarge, director of public relations, University of Minnesota, 612-625-8510 (tombarge@umn.edu); Andrew Svec, director of communications, U of M Crookston, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

To benefit future leaders in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota will donate its share of Pennsylvania State University's forfeited 2013-14 football bowl revenue to 18 youth-oriented charitable organizations across the state. Sanctioned imposed on Penn State from 2012-13 through 2015-16 designate all its bowl revenue for charitable donations. 

University President Eric Kaler provided an equal share of the $229,368 to each of the University's five campuses. The Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester and Twin Cities campuses will donate $45,870 each to local charities that support youth. 

"It's important to support organizations that improve the education, opportunities and quality of life for our young people throughout the state," Kaler said. "They are our state's future teachers, scientists, medical professionals, and civic and cultural leaders, and this is an extraordinary opportunity to partner with communities statewide."

Last year the University of Minnesota donated its share of more than $188,000 to support the Greater Twin Cities United Way. This year, the U's five campus chancellors were each given the opportunity to select their own charitable recipients. Those selections are:

  • Crookston campus: $45,870 to United Way of Crookston. 
  • Duluth campus: $10,000 to Life House; $10,000 to Damiano Center Kids Café; $10,000 to Mentor Duluth; $10,000 to First Witness Child Advocacy Center; and $5,870 to Myers-Wilkens Community School Collaborative.
  • Morris campus: $5,733 will go to each: Lazos of Morris; Someplace Safe of Morris; Morris Area Arts Boosters, Inc.; Morris Community Education Youth programs; Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance; Dakota Wicohan projects; White Earth Nation's Ochki Manidoo (New Spirit) Fund; and Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center. 
  • Rochester campus: $25,870 to Rochester Area Family YMCA; $10,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Rochester; and $10,000 to United Way of Olmsted County. 
  • Twin Cities campus: $45,870 to Greater Twin Cities United Way.

The total of Penn State's forfeited share this year is $2.752 million.

Fred Wood, chancellor of the Crookston campus, supported Kaler's decision to split the money among the five statewide campuses of the U of M system. "This money will do a lot of good in these communities across the state of Minnesota, including right here in our rural community of Crookston," he said. "We are happy to direct this donation to the United Way of Crookston, with whom we have partnered for many years. The United Way works with many youth oriented programs and organizations in our community, and it has a proven track record of positive impact."


Contact: Chuck Tombarge, director of public relations, University of Minnesota, 612-625-8510 (tombarge@umn.edu); Andrew Svec, director of communications, U of M Crookston, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

Club Kid meets Thursdays from June 19 to August 7 at U of M Crookston

Club Kid, a collaboration between Crookston's Park and Recreation program and the University of Minnesota Crookston's Center for Adult Learning, continues to tap into campus academic expertise as well as the beautiful grounds and facilities to expose students at a younger age to a post- secondary environment. For the past four years Club Kid kids have been learning about many things while having fun with friends. 

Club Kid groups will be on campus each Thursday afternoon from 1 to 5 p.m. Pick up and drop off are typically at the Peterson Gazebo on the Campus Mall.

Planned events include:

June 19 - Water Wars on the Mall

June 26 - Track and Field - drop off at Gazebo

July 3 - no events due to 4th of July long weekend

July 10 - Art Day

July 17 - TBD

July 24 - TBD

July 31 - Space Day

August 7 - TBD (final event)

 

 

If you'd like to learn more about each day's events at UMC, contact Janessa Quanrud at janessa@crk.umn.edu. To enroll a child in Club Kid, contact Crookston Parks and Rec at www.crookston.mn.us/Parkrec


Contact: Janessa Quanrud, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8673 (janessa@crk.umn.edu)

Altru Health System has made a significant pledge of $100,000 to the University of Minnesota Crookston. The pledge, which will provide $20,000 per year over the next five years, will support student scholarships through the existing Altru Scholarship Fund.

"Altru Health System is proud to support scholarships for UMC students pursuing education in medical fields. UMC is providing an excellent education for their students, and we appreciate having a number of these individuals as Altru Health System employees," said Dr. Casey Ryan, president, and Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru.

The U of M Crookston offers bachelor's degree programs in applied health, biology, health management, and health sciences, and many of its graduates go on to further their education in master's or professional programs in health related fields. The programs in applied health and health management are delivered online as well.

Corby Kemmer, director of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at the U of M Crookston, expressed his thanks. He said, "We are grateful and appreciative for Altru's continuing support of student scholarships. This generous and most recent investment will benefit and assist many UMC students. We offer a sincere thank you to Altru Health System and Dr. Ryan."

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 & Alumni Relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Members of the public are invited to  learn about the "new safe food sampling at farmers' markets" legislation passed this year. Farmers' market managers and vendors should attend. Besides learning the provisions of the new law, food safety principles will be covered in the Safe Food Sampling at Farmers' Markets Workshop on Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 9 - 11 a.m. at the C'Mon Inn, Thief River Falls. Registration fee is $25. Suzanne Driessen, University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator, will provide an overview of the safe food sampling legislation allowing vendors and food demonstrators to prepare and offer food samples. Attendees will have an opportunity to complete a Safe Food Sampling Worksheet to comply with food safety regulations. Registration materials are available at www.extension.umn.edu/food/food-safety/. Registration deadline is June 13, 2014. For more information contact Connie Schwartau, Extension Program Coordinator in Food Science, at (507) 337-2819 or schwa047@umn.edu.

Contact: Connie Schwartau, Extension Program Coordinator in Food Science, (507) 337-2819, schwa047@umn.edu

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