July 2014 Archives

The 2014 Ox Cart Days celebration will kick off with the annual Ice Cream Social on 
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Wednesday, August 13 at the University of Minnesota Crookston. From 4-6:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall, free ice cream will be served, along with a musical performance by The WoodPicks. 

The UMC Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a special sale on t-shirts for $6.99, and Minnesota State Fair tickets will be sold for $10 each. 

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: The WoodPicks perform for the crowd at the gazebo on the Campus Mall during the ice cream social in 2013. 

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Steffanie Berg, communication assistant, (berg2140@crk.umn.edu)

Summertime means time for baseball and the University of Minnesota Crookston will sponsor the FM RedHawks game on Wednesday, August 6, 2014. The RedHawks will face the Witchita Wingnuts at 7:02 p.m. on Newman Outdoor Field, 1515 15th Ave., Fargo, N.D. Tickets may be purchased online.

Alumnus Carl Melbye '77 will throw out the opening pitch. An alumni social will be held prior to the game from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Labby's Grill and Bar, 1100 19th Ave N, Fargo, N.D.  All UM Crookston alumni are encouraged to attend the game and stop by the alumni table on the concourse. 

U of M Crookston night at the RedHawks is sponsored by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations. For more information, contact Garret Kollin in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8436. 

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)

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable assistance through an 
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opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique partnership that would include valuable consulting services by U of M Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.

Each semester, both spring and fall, CRES integrates projects into courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences. 

Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2014 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 22 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014.  Interested entrepreneurs can apply for this program at www.umccres.org/apply.

All applications are screened by CRES and the projects that best fit the mission of CRES and enhance the learner outcomes for the course will be contacted for a follow-up meeting to determine guidelines, client expectations, and to review other relevant information regarding participation. 

For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES at 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org. 

Background
The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. The services offered are based on the client's needs.

The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. It engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota.

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

Free screening of innovative design documentary at UMC July 30, 2014

The film "If You Build It" will be shown at a free public screening on Wednesday, July 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargent Student Center , University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC). Tickets are not required.

The independent documentary chronicles two designers as they lead rural North Carolina teens through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it demonstrates how design thinking, an innovative yet practical approach to problem solving, can re-invent not just these teens' down-on-its-luck town but their own sense of what's possible.

Slate called "If You Build It" "A heartening story about the power of design!" Variety reviewed it as "Well crafted and unexpectedly moving." Salon said it was "Provocative, inspiring ..." Director Michael Creadon is best-known for the quirky "Wordplay," a film that told the story of a crossword puzzle championship interspersed with clips of well-known Americans, such as former President Bill Clinton and filmmaker Ken Burns, who regularly solve crosswords. 
 
The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) are sponsoring the screening as part of a rural design conference, which will use design thinking to explore a number of challenges and opportunities facing rural communities. The conference, titled Thriving by Design II, is sponsored by RSDP (part of UMN Extension); UMN Center for Rural Design; University of Minnesota Crookston; EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention. More information on the conference is available at http://z.umn.edu/rdcii

RSDP connects greater Minnesota communities 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, 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. Northwest RSDP offices in Crookston and is led by Executive Director Linda Kingery and a board comprised of community and University representatives.  

Contact: Dan Gilchrist, (612) 626-9827, dang@umn.edu

The Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust has made a $100,000 contribution to the University of 
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Minnesota Crookston. The gift, given in memory of the late Ken Broin (in photo), who served as its lead trustee for more than a decade, will benefit students in business on the Crookston campus through the establishment of the Ken Broin Scholarship.
 
Broin had a heart for the U of M Crookston serving for 40 years on the UMC All College Advisory Board. "Ken loved the Crookston campus and education. He would be so very proud of this memorial in his honor knowing the investment will support students with scholarships for generations" says Harriet "Hank" Broin. "It's been a privilege to work with the Veden Trust to create the Ken Broin Scholarship to support students in the areas of business, finance, and entrepreneurship."

Broin served in the army and was stationed in London during WWII. After the war, he graduated from the University of Minnesota and began a 57-year career with US Bank. In 2008, he was presented with the University of Minnesota Regent's Award for his four decades of service to the University of Minnesota Crookston. In 1975, he was recognized with the U of M Crookston's Torch & Shield Award, the highest honor an individual can receive from the campus.

"Ken Broin had such a passion for education, and under his guidance, the Veden Trust has helped countless numbers of students," says Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations on the Crookston campus. "Establishment of the Ken Broin Scholarship continues his great legacy and reflects his passion and desire to help students achieve." 

U of M Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood agrees. "It was a great honor to meet with Ken to discuss the Veden Trust last year," Wood says. " Ken was an outstanding steward of the Trust and cared deeply about the campus.  We are very thankful for his support of the campus over the years and also by Hank's generous efforts to help establish this wonderful legacy in his name."

About Dr. Frank W. Veden
Dr. Veden graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and later the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He was dedicated to his profession, serving in the Fergus Falls area for 54 years. Dr. Veden was an officer in the U.S. Army and active in the American Legion, VFW, Masons, and the Episcopal Church. He was also committed to the advancement of rural Minnesota. 

The Dr. Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust has been one of the largest financial contributors to scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Ken Broin was introduced to Dr. Veden when he was a junior officer at the bank. Through that contact, there developed a 
friendship and trust that continued until Dr. Veden's death in 1996. Broin passed away in May 2013. 

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)

In a quiet corner of a lab University of Minnesota Crookston Senior Emmett LaCoursiere sits 
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engrossed in chemical computation. LaCoursiere finds the work is both engaging and beneficial. The animal science major from Red Lake Falls, Minn., is working with Assistant Professor Tim Dudley modeling small molecules that mimic biological behavior. For LaCoursiere, the research has implications in the field of animal science as it relates to pharmaceutical use in the medical treatment of animals. 

Benzimidazole is the name of the chemical LaCoursiere and fellow student Michael Laurich are investigating. With Dudley guiding, the two are responsible for all the calculations, and using both math and physics, the team attempts to predict chemical behaviors when the molecule is altered. "This multifaceted research began when I was working at Villanova University several years ago, and these two students are coming up with the data that eventually will be tested in the lab at Villanova," Dudley explains. 

The software modeling on the computer could lead to other opportunities. The work, funded by a University of Minnesota Grant-In-Aid, could take the students away from computer modeling to hands-on experience in the lab as well. 

The research project is one of two that Dudley is leading. The other is related to the petroleum industry and the conversion of light petroleum, like propane, methane, or others, into more useful substances. For example, the molecules can be modified by the addition of oxygen, which turns the gas into a liquid. This simple oxidation process could make these species more useful.

"The field of modeling is relatively new, and as we learn more, we are using what we do know about modeling a molecule to predict what we do not know," Dudley says. "It is a method that has the potential to save time in the lab."

Dudley likes conducting research with undergraduates. "Research teaches students about chemistry and while they are discovering things I may already know, together we are learning making it a two-way street as we work through and experience the process together."

Students interested in undergraduate research must have about a year and a half of chemistry to have enough understanding to get involved in a research project. "For students it is a great opportunity and it is one of the main reasons I enjoy teaching undergraduates," Dudley says. 

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 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.

In the photo: Emmett LaCoursiere (left) and Assistant Professor Tim Dudley (right) work on chemical computations and modeling of small molecules that mimic biological behavior. 

Contact: Tim Dudley, assistant professor, Math, Science and Technology Dept., 218-281-8261 (dudl0006@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The U of M Crookston has been listed among the "Most Affordable Online Colleges" for three of its online Bachelor of Science degree programs: accounting, health management, and marketing.  The rankings were announced recently by OnlineU.org, a free and comprehensive online guide that compares all online colleges in the U.S. with the goal of "empower[ing] more Americans to go to college while lowering the overall cost of earning a degree." 

The U of M Crookston ranked among the top 15 in accounting (www.onlineu.org/college-rankings/most-affordable/accounting), among the top 15 in health management (www.onlineu.org/college-rankings/most-affordable/healthcare), and among the top 20 in marketing (www.onlineu.org/college-rankings/most-affordable/marketing). The U of M Crookston offers the three majors as well as ten others entirely online as well as on campus. Learn more at www.umcrookston.edu/online

SR Education Group, the creator of OnlineU.org, implemented a methodology to compile the 2014 Most Affordable U.S. Online College Rankings. To be considered for inclusion in the rankings, online colleges were required to currently be accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and offer fully online programs, so that students located anywhere in the country may pursue their degrees. All rankings were then compiled based on annual tuition for an online bachelor's degree for 24 specific subject areas. To see all subject areas, go to www.onlineu.org/college-rankings/most-affordable

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)

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) will host "Thriving by Design," a rural design conference at the University of Minnesota  Crookston on Wednesday and Thursday, July 30-31, 2014.  The event will be held from the evening of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, through the afternoon of Thursday, July 31.   

Registration is available online at rsdp.umn.edu. In-person registration 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. The registration fee is $75. 

Design process inherently takes a systematic approach to defining problems and developing solutions.  The system connects various components across sectors and disciplines as well as geographic and time scales.  This conference will focus on three tracks or lenses through which to view these systems, and the challenges to be addressed. 

Nature-based recreation and tourism focuses on the natural landscape and habitats, and the many ways people enjoy time in nature. 

Food system explores cropping systems, food production at garden and farm scales, and the decisions people make individually and collectively about food choices. 

Extension Reconsidered offers an opportunity to reflect on the role of University of Minnesota Extension over the past century and to consider the ways Extension can meet the challenges Minnesotan communities will face in the coming decades. 

  
Dewey Thorbeck, director for Center of Rural Design, says, "Rural and urban futures are inextricably linked through design thinking integrating human, animal, and environmental wellness."

A discussion featuring several panel guests from a variety of professions and areas of expertise will take place on Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m.  This discussion will address areas of concern within each track followed by a question and answer period.  Breakout sessions will run from 12:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to apply design thinking and the design process to address the challenges faced by a community or organization through an iterative and collaborative approach to problem solving.

A traveling rural design exhibit will also be displayed throughout the conference.  

Community leaders, elected officials, and planners, especially those from rural and small 
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urban areas, designers, and anyone interested in learning about the use of design and design thinking as a problem-solving opportunity are encouraged to attend. You will gain experience in visualizing and using design to achieve, sustain, and strengthen community vitality across our region. By using design and design thinking techniques, you will help create, select, and frame ideas and goals that can inform Minnesota's community development.

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.

In the photo: A traveling rural design exhibit will be displayed throughout the conference. 

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

Students named to the spring semester 2014 Deans List at the University of Minnesota Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

To qualify for a place on the Deans List, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. The Crookston campus is the online leader in the University of Minnesota system and the only campus providing every full-time student with a laptop computer. Students named to the spring semester Deans List include

First NameLast NameMajor
JamesAasenNatural Resources
SarahAlizadehHealth Management
TorAndersonMarketing
BrennanAndreasSport and Rec Management and Marketing
OlyaApakovaAccounting and Finance
Angelica ArandaHealth Management
Jessica ArcherManagement
LeviAtindaBiology and Health Sciences
GyungyounBaekHealth Sciences
AmandaBahlsNatural Resources
James BarnesAccounting
TianaBarsnessBiology and Health Sciences
Tyler BerglundBiology and Health Sciences
MeganBetcherNatural Resources
Jonathan BodinHealth Management
MatthewBorowiczHealth Sciences
Tiffany BrethAnimal Science
Catherine BrownAnimal Science
DanneBrownManufacturing Management
HeatherBruhaCommunication
CarliBunningNatural Resources
MelissaBurmeisterApplied Studies
EmilyCaldisAnimal Science
Gerardo CallesQuality Management
JustinCameronPost Secondary Enrollment Option
AshleyCarlsonHealth Management
NouChaCriminal Justice
Angela CharchenkoAccounting
Dan-AhChoEarly Childhood Education
WilliamChristophersonCommunication
AlexanderConwellPost Secondary Enrollment Option
Taylor CrasswellerHorticulture
ZachCymbalukAgricultural Business
KodyDammarellAccounting
AlexDeBoerAgricultural Systems Management
Afi Delali DegbeyApplied Studies
EricDerosierAgricultural Business
AdamDobsonInformation Technology Management
AlexaDohmeierAnimal Science
Melissa DraegerInformation Technology Management
Kalif Duale Sr.Applied Studies
RobertEckard Jr.Information Technology Management
AnthonyEckleyManufacturing Management and Quality Management
Kristina EnglundHealth Management
CatelineFafardElementary Education
AshleyFillManagement
RowennaFillmoreAnimal Science
ShandyFlaaganAnimal Science
CourtneyFlissAccounting
Chantel FoldenCommunication
KristenForbesManagement
Erin FowleCommunication
Gregory GalarneauManufacturing Management and Quality Management
DakotaGrimmAnimal Science
NicoleHammondHealth Sciences
TylerHansenNatural Resources
JaerodHansonAgricultural Business
BlakeHeldCriminal Justice
JennaHennenMarketing
SethHeppnerManagement
MaryHinzmannAccounting / Taxation
RobertHitchcockAgricultural Systems Management
AshleyHoffmanAgricultural Business and Agronomy
Brooke HoltmanMarketing
Sarah HovdenManagement
Daniel HubertyManufacturing Management
MarkJacksonNatural Resources
Justin JacobsenAccounting
SamJacobsonAgricultural Systems Management
Kelly JohnsonHealth Management
AmandaJoslynHealth Management
YouJinJungMarketing
LucasKelleyAgronomy
Alexis KhoshabaSport and Recreation Management
EunJiKimCommunication
JisuKimBiology
EmilyKlangAccounting
ChaseKleinschmidtInformation Technology Management
JeffreyKnackCriminal Justice
MarkKoepNatural Resources
EmilyKrullEquine Science
Benjamin KuceraNatural Resources
JasonKulykEntrepreneurship
EmmettLaCoursiereAnimal Science
LindseyLahrHealth Management
KevinLampNatural Resources
AmyLeeAgricultural Education
Hyun MiLeeCriminal Justice
IanLeschCriminal Justice
MichelleLorensonEarly Childhood Education
CynthiaLowryAnimal Science
MichaelLundSport and Recreation Management
JosephMachacekFinance
AmarahMakhdumiAccounting
Ashley MartellHealth Sciences
Charissa McGriffManagement and Marketing
Holly McKnightAccounting
Michael McMahonAviation and Natural Resources
ErinMearsCriminal Justice
JayMedinCommunication
MariahMelinAnimal Science and Equine Science
Charlene MelvieManagement
Megan MenkeMarketing
ElijahMiernickiManagement
GregMilnerAccounting
EllinaMishraInformation Technology Management
JohnMitzelAccounting and Finance
KatrinaMoenkedickApplied Studies
TiffanyMuellnerNatural Resources
JoseMunozCommunication
MayNabiryeInformation Tech Management and Software Engineering
RihoNagatsukaAccounting
RichardNavratilSport and Recreation Management
HannahNedrudEquine Science
LauraNevilleManagement
AlyssaNewburgEquine Science
SusanNiederkornAccounting
StephanieO'ConnellAnimal Science and Equine Science
ThomasOwlSoftware Engineering
SaraPacholkeAccounting
KristinPageApplied Studies
TravisPalmerManagement
SunghyunParkBiology
TomasParkerManagement and Marketing
AlexandraPetersonMarketing
KalliPetersonEarly Childhood Education
WhitneyPollockAnimal Science and Equine Science
PaulRadelManagement
AshleyReichertManagement
MichaelRoedlFinance
JesseRoscoeGolf and Turf Management
RyanRyndaSoftware Engineering
MelissaSchneiderEquine Science
CodySchoonoverFinance
SarahSchreiberAccounting
ShannonScullyAnimal Science
DrewSelvestraCriminal Justice
Yong JunSeoMarketing
KathrynSheetzBiology
TaoqinShenEarly Childhood Education
Ross SiglerFinance
ZachSkwiraNatural Resources
In HaengSongAccounting
DeniseStaehnkeApplied Health
LanceStanfordAccounting
TimothyStaudaharHorticulture
JosephStefanikAgricultural Business and Agricultural Systems Management
ElizabethStithFinance
TareynStombergAnimal Science and Equine Science
TaylorStorhoffAnimal Science
AmberSuchyBiology and Environmental Sciences
Sara ThomasAccounting
KaylaThompsonManagement
ElizabethThoresonAgronomy
DaKotaTilleraasAnimal Science
HannahVan DykeAnimal Science and Equine Science
Vayla Van DykeNatural Resources
DenaVendettiCommunication
KoltonWalkerManagement
MckaylaWaltersPostSecondary Enrollment Opt
BrittanyWauzynskiHealth Management
SaraWisniaAccounting
JosephWodarekAgricultural Business and Agronomy
JustinWojciechowskiSoftware Engineering
NanetteWrightManagement
GarrettYkemaAccounting
BonitaYsenFinance
AnnaZdonCommunication
AnnaZwickyEquine Science


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)

It's a great time for a great cause! Use your golf game to benefit scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston at the 24th annual UMC Teambacker Golf Classic on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Minakwa Golf Club in Crookston, Minn. The five-person scramble will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and shotgun start at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $95 per person and covers green fees, meal, mulligans, and games. If you are interested in participating in the tournament, contact John Hughes in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8437. 

The registration deadline is July 11 and is limited to the first 90 golfers. Handicap must equal 70 or more for the 5-person team and all players must be 18 years of age to play or a high school graduate. 

Since 1998, the Teambacker Golf Classic has raised more than $92,000 and in the past 12 years, has averaged almost $6,000 annually. All proceeds go to support Golden Eagle athletic scholarships.

The committee for the tournament includes Jerry Hasbrouck, Jason Tangquist, Stephanie Helgeson, Natasha Reierson, Rose Ulseth, Ray Dusek, Mark Lyczewski, Corby Kemmer, with student intern and junior Golden Eagle basketball player John Hughes taking the lead. 

Background
UMC Teambackers is an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for the U of M Crookston. For more than 20 years, Teambackers has worked to promote athletics and to raise money for scholarships in conjunction with the UMC Development Office, the Athletic Department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. UMC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. To learn more, visit www.goldeneaglesports.com/teambackers. 

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, 218-281-8342; Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students named to the spring semester 2014 Chancellors List at the University of Minnesota Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation. 

To qualify for a place on the Chancellors List, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 4.00 grade point average. 

First NameLast NameMajor
AnneAhsanullahAccounting
AndrewAlbertsenNatural Resources
EmilyAndersonMarketing
Cayla BendelNatural Resources
MatthewBjorgoInformation Technology Management
JennaBlaceNatural Resources
Michelle BoatengInformation Technology Management
DebraBreemeerschMarketing
KariBrockAccounting
ManuelaBrownAccounting
HeatherBuchhopAnimal Science
SamuelBuesingAccounting and Business Management
MatthewCableAccounting
Lisa CampbellInformation Technology Management
Sean CarterManagement
DustinCesarekManagement
YoungaChoiEarly Childhood Education
KenzieChurchManagement and Marketing
MichelleCovingtonAgronomy
Brady DeBoerMarketing
BreannaDoanCommunication
CortneyEcklorMarketing
GinaFinicalHealth Management
YaGaoAccounting
Tiffany GerhartManagement
Alicia GoehringElementary Education
WillisGronwallInformation Technology Management
SarahHaleHealth Management
Rachel HalliganEarly Childhood Education and Elementary Education
Timothy HalvorsonGolf and Turf Management
Ashlynn HartungGolf and Turf Management and Horticulture
ChadHasseliusApplied Studies
JessicaHoodFinance
Brittany HoroshakInformation Technology Management
AbrahamHoschInformation Technology Management
KalaHotakainenCommunication
MelissaJabasCommunication
ShannonJohnsonAccounting
JessicaKappesPost-Secondary Enrollment Option
SaifKhanAccounting
DestinyKuzniaCommunication
Joshua LaineHealth Management
HeatherLarsonManagement
LauraLeeAccounting
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AmandaMadison OcheltreeCommunication
TravisMagdzasCriminal Justice
Angie MortonEarly Childhood Education and Elementary Education
Jacqueline MuellerAnimal Science
Evan NelsonNatural Resources
KyleNelsonAgricultural Systems Management
AmandaOvermanEarly Childhood Education and Elementary Education
JiwonParkCommunication
JoshPereaCriminal Justice
CarolPerryAccounting
Jada PolglaseCommunication
Penny PolingAccounting
DouglasPottsAviation
MadelynPristanskiEquine Science
Kendra PrivratskyAccounting
JaredRacetteCriminal Justice
Stephanie RadelManagement
Kristoffer RobinettManagement
RikkiRoscoeCommunication
DeliSarsarSoftware Engineering
StephanieSchermerManagement
AlyssaSchneiderElementary Education
MarisaSewellBiology -and- Health Sciences
JeromeSongAccounting
ShellySontagBiology and Health Sciences
Kimberly SterzickEquine Science
JaredStrauchHealth Sciences
MartinThorneNatural Resources
Jeffrey ThostensonQuality Management
KatrinaTretterManagement
SierraTrostBiology
BobbiVan DorpeFinance
KurtisWackerGolf and Turf Management
MatthewWavraManagement
ChelseaWiesnerBiology and Health Sciences
Tiffany WinterManagement
Daniel WormManagement
NathanWorshekSoftware Engineering
GwanwooYiAccounting


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)

U of M Crookston Announces Spring 2014 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of spring semester 2014 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during spring semester 2014. 

The University of Minnesota Crookston enrolls approximately 1,800 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

Members of the graduating class include

First NameLast NameMajorMinor
AbdikafiAbikarHealth Management  
AlexmaiAddoCommunication Humanities
AndrewAlbertsenNatural Resources  
SteveAllardNatural Resources  
IsrarulAmirAccounting  
ColeAmundsonAgricultural Systems Management Agric Business
SabraAmundsonEquine Science and Animal Science  
KimberlyAndersonAccounting Finance
Mary-JoAntonsenApplied Studies 
PaulArensAgricultural Business  
MarcusArvellosManagement  
AmandaBahlsNatural Resources  
JamesBakerApplied Studies  
TianaBarsnessHealth Sciences and Biology Chemistry
KendraBauleyManagement  
BoeBeitoCommunication  
KaylaBellrichardManagement and Marketing  
JonathanBengtsonManagement  
SeanBerensNatural Resources  
AmyeBergHealth Sciences  
SteffanieBergCommunication  
SamanthaBerglinCriminal Justice  
TylerBerglundHealth Sciences and Biology Chemistry
DavidBertheaumeNatural Resources  
AnnaBitschenauerAccounting Finance
JennaBlaceNatural Resources  
MichelleBoatengInfo Tech Management and Information Technology Management  
JoshuaBrehmerCommunication Marketing
TiffanyBrethAnimal Science  
KourtneyBrevikAnimal Science Equine Science
BaileyBrionMarketing  
JonathanBristowAgronomy  
ChristopherBrozNatural Resources  
ZacharyBruerAgronomy  
LindseyBueglerAccounting  
SamuelBuesingManagement and Accounting  
CarliBunningNatural Resources Coaching Minor
MarissaBurkeManagement  
KelliBurnsCommunication  
BrandonCarrMarketing  
BetsyCarrasquilloMarketing  
RandyCavalierManagement  
AndrewChambersNatural Resources  
TiffanyChinAccounting  
YoungAChoiEarly Childhood Education  
JacyChristensonNatural Resources Criminal Justice
AndrewClarkAgronomy Agric Business
EvanColletteAgricultural Systems Management  
HaleyCollinsAnimal Science  
AllisonCookHealth Management  
KyleCorneliusSport and Recreation Management  
RachelCrawfordEquine Science Animal Science
KodyDammarellAccounting  
AlexDeBoerAgricultural Systems Management Agric Business
BradyDeBoerMarketing Management
ToynellDelaneyManagement  
DruDeLangeManagement  
EricDerosierAgricultural Business  
SarahDerosierManagement  
ScottDoyscherManagement  
ChelseaElkerCommunication 
RobertEmersonNatural Resources  
AshleighErdmannHealth Sciences Coaching Minor
KaylaEricksonAgricultural Education and Ag Business  
CesarEspinozaCriminal Justice  
AshleyFillManagement  
RowennaFillmoreAnimal Science  
ShandyFlaaganAnimal Science  
ErinFowleCommunication  
AndrewFrankNatural Resources  
GrantGagnerManagement  
RyanGarrettManagement  
MelissaGeiszlerAgronomy  
BenjaminGenereuxAgronomy Agric Business
JohnathanGensmerInfo Tech Management and Information Technology Management  
TiffanyGerhartManagement  
KaraGilbertAccounting  
RachelleGlunzAccounting  
SarahGorterApplied Studies  
MelissaGrafAnimal Science  
WillisGronwallInfo Tech Management and Information Technology Management  
RaChelleGrubaManagement  
JessicaHahneManagement  
RachelHalliganEarly Childhood Education and Elementary Education Management
NicoleHammondHealth Sciences Biology
StaceyHansonNatural Resources  
AshlynnHartungHorticulture and Golf and Turf Management  
ChadHasseliusApplied Studies  
BenjaminHedbergManagement  
BlakeHeldCriminal Justice  
StephenHendersonSport and Recreation Management  
ChelseyHettverAnimal Science  
MaryHinzmannAccounting  
AdamHoffSoftware Engineering  
AshleyHoffmanAgricultural Business and Agronomy  
BrookeHoltmanMarketing Management
CarolynHomstadAccounting  
HeatherHuweManagement  
RyanIngemanAgronomy  
MarkJacksonNatural Resources  
JustinJacoenAccounting  
RonnyJaeckelAgronomy  
Hong ChengJiangManagement  
KatelynJohnsonAnimal Science  
SarahJohnsonEquine Science Animal Science and Music
ShannonJohnsonAccounting 
TimothyJohnsonManagement 
TravisJonesApplied Studies  
Jin KyungJooManagement  
YoujinJungMarketing Management
CaitlinKelleyEquine Science Agric Business
LucasKelleyAgronomy Agric Business
CharityKernNatural Resources  
CatlinKerstingHorticulture Agronomy
Jung MinKimManagement  
ChaseKleinschmidtInfo Tech Management  
JoshuaKnaackAgronomy Agric Business
JordanKoehnAccounting 
MichelleKohagenManagement  
EthanKojetinHorticulture Entrepreneurship
MatthewKorhnakNatural Resources  
AlmirKrdzalicBiology  
EmilyKrullEquine Science Animal Science
JessicaKukowskiManagement and Marketing  
AlexLakinskeSport and Recreation Management Marketing
SharonLamoureuxManagement  
KayleeLappMarketing  
AndreaLariviereManagement  
ThaneLarsonNatural Resources  
TravisLawellAgricultural Systems Management  
TiaLeafManagement Marketing
AmyLeeAgricultural Education  
LauraLeeAccounting  
XinLouBiology Chemistry
JeremyLoveAgricultural Systems Management Agric Business
JohnLovinsManagement  
MitchellLundeenNatural Resources  
DarciLundquistAgricultural Business Animal Science
BethanyLysneAccounting and Management  
AnthonyMadsenNatural Resources  
AyuelMalek AguerApplied Studies  
AshleyManusosSport and Recreation Management  
MitziMarlinAgricultural Business Equine Science and Communication
VictoriaMartinAnimal Science  
ElizabethMassieCommunication  
KeithMcBrideManagement and Accounting  
DanielMcCulloughApplied Studies  
FreedomMcCulloughSport and Recreation Management  
MariahMelinEquine Science and Animal Science  
JonathanMittagSport and Recreation Management  
AmandaMoenAccounting  
KhadroMohamedHealth Management  
AhmedoMohammedApplied Studies  
BrantMooreManagement  
SarahMorrisAnimal Science Agric Business
BethanyMotleyEquine Science Music
KraigMotzkoNatural Resources  
KevinMyers Jr.Sport and Recreation Management  
FadelNaassanaMarketing  
MayNabiryeSoftware Engineering and Information Technology Management  
RichardNavratilSport and Recreation Management Marketing and Coaching
LouiseNdowoHealth Management  
HannahNedrudEquine Science  
EricaNelsonEquine Science and Animal Science  
RachelNelsonAccounting  
TannerNelsonNatural Resources  
KatieNennAnimal Science Equine Science
AmandaNewmanAnimal Science and Agricultural Business  
AbdouNiangAccounting Finance
SuzyNiederSouth KoreanAccounting  
JaredNowackiAgricultural Business Animal Science
KaseyO'BrienEarly Childhood Education  
RoryOberhelmanApplied Studies  
IsaacOseiSoftware Engineering and Health Infor Sftware Engand IT ProfInfo Tech Management
KaylaOsterbauerAnimal Science and Equine Science  
AmandaOvermanElementary Education and Early Childhood Education  
CaseyParisAgricultural Business Equine Science
DainParkMarketing Management
JacobPastoorsAviation  
WilliamPattenManagement  
KaylinaPaulleyAnimal Science Equine Science
JoshuaPereaCriminal Justice  
CarolPerryAccounting  
KatrinaPetersonAnimal Science and Management Agric Business
CassandraPierceManagement  
JennaPodnarAnimal Science Agric Business and Equine Science
MalaePoissonAccounting  
WhitneyPollockAnimal Science and Equine Science  
MadelynPristanskiEquine Science Animal Science
KristiPronovostManagement  
AlexPrudhommeAgronomy Agric Business
KurtPrudhommeSoftware Engineering Info Tech Management
JeffreyPruittCommunication  
OmarQalinleManagement  
RachelQualeEquine Science  
NoahReichertManagement  
AaronReichowApplied Studies  
AprilRindahlAccounting  
CarlyRothsteinElementary Education  
SeanRozellManagement  
MichaelRuffaAccounting  
CamilleSchaferAgricultural Business  
SamanthaSchearManagement and Accounting Marketing
StephanieSchermerManagement  
AlyssaSchneiderElementary Education  
SarahSchreiberAccounting  
TravisSchwartzAccounting  
JacobSchwintNatural Resources  
MollySheehanCommunication  
AlexandraSkeeterHealth Sciences Chemistry
MitchellSledgeHorticulture  
DustinSmithAgricultural Business and Agronomy  
ShellySontagBiology and Health Sciences  
GregorySparbyAgricultural Systems Management Agric Business
KarlySpohnholtzAnimal Science equine Science
CandiceStangManagement  
TimothyStaudaharHorticulture Agronomy
BrianSteffenNatural Resources  
AndrewSteinfeldtBiology and Health Sciences  
MalcolmStrootNatural Resources  
ChristopherSuihkonenNatural Resources  
AnnaleeSundinAnimal Science and Equine Science  
TimothyTallman Jr.Management Info Tech Management
CodyThompsonAgricultural Systems Management Agric Business
DeniseThompsonEquine Science Animal Science
MattTimmAccounting  
BenjaminTinkhamAgricultural Systems Management Agric Business
EmilyTrappeNatural Resources  
JonathanTweedAgricultural Business  
KristiUlrichManagement  
DrewUnderdahlAgricultural Business Agronomy
VaylaVan DykeNatural Resources  
KurtisWackerGolf and Turf Management  
KoltonWalkerManagement  
ChristopherWaltonSoftware Engineering Management and Information Technology Management
JessicaWarkHealth Sciences Chemistry
KristiWeekApplied Studies Communication
HaleyWeleskiCommunication Agric Business
CourtneyWhelanEquine Science  
SaraWiedmaierSport and Recreation Management  
ChelseaWiesnerBiology and Health Sciences  
ChristopherWinterInfo Tech Management and Information Technology Management  
SaraWisniaAccounting  
NathanWorshekSoftware Engineering Info Tech Management
GwanwooYiAccounting  
YudongZhangSoftware Engineering  
LindaAltermattApplied Health  
BreannaCarlsonApplied Health  
SusanCipraApplied Health  
DawnLindApplied Health  
BarbaraManuellApplied Health  
DeniseStaehnkeApplied Health  
KevinGrahamManufacturing Management  
JohnHissomManufacturing Management  
DanielHubertyManufacturing Management  
RyanKlathQuality Management  
RandyLaPlanteManufacturing Management  
MichaelLeslieQuality Management  
NadyaMesserQuality Management  
CarolMurrayQuality Management  
TylerRappQuality Management  
NicholasWoonerManufacturing Management Finance
JerryYohoManufacturing Management  
AndreaGreccoMarketing


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 Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association welcomed alumni to the University of Minnesota Crookston campus for their annual reunion on Saturday, June 28, 2014. During the day's events, two alumni received the Top Aggie award, the, and another alumni was given the Distinguished Service Award. 

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Marlys (Sargent) Engelstad '49 Adv; and Richard Widseth '49 Adv were named the 2014 Top Aggies. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Association, which recognizes alumni who have displayed excellent commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or their occupational field. 

Allan Dragseth '57, Eldred, Minn., was also honored during the reunion with the Distinguished Service Award. The award is given for exemplary service by the NWSA Alumni Association Board. Since it was established in 1991, Dragseth is only the 15th recipient of the Distinguished 
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Service Award. 

Marlys (Sargent) Engelstad, Florence, Ala., led a busy life as a student at the Northwest School of Agriculture. She was editor of the yearbook, a member of National Honor Society, active in vocal music groups, and played piano. After graduating, she attended the University of Minnesota, studying home economics. Later, she worked as a typist in the Ag Economics Department at the U of M, and also as a secretary for West Polk County Extension. 

Engelstad sang in her church choir for 50 years along with serving on a number of church committees. She is a member and officer of the community garden club, and was a member of the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Richard Widseth, Crookston, Minn., grew up on a small dairy farm, so living on campus was his first experience living independently. Following high school, he enrolled at the University of North Dakota to study civil engineering. Over his career, Widseth served as city engineer for Mason City, Iowa, and Crookston, Minn., and worked for consulting firms in both Mason City and northern Minnesota before he and two friends founded their own consulting engineering firm, Widseth Smith Nolting. 

Widseth is active in the Chamber of Commerce, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served as president of Crookston Jobs. His is a member of the Rotary Club and NWSA Alumni Association, where he also has served as president for both organizations. 

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, top, left, are Top Aggies with Chancellor Wood and Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni. Left to right: Chancellor Fred Wood, Dick Widseth, Marlys Engelstad, and Corby Kemmer.

In the photo, top, right are Distinguished Service Award recipient Allan Dragseth (left) and Chancellor Fred Wood.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Steffanie Berg, communication assistant, 218-281-8446 (berg2140@crk.umn.edu)

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