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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)

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)

Area students named to the fall semester 2013 Chancellor's 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. 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 on the Fall Semester 2013 Chancellors List are: 
NameAcademic Plan
  
Abramson,Joshua DAccounting B S
Ahsanullah,Anne LindseyAccounting B S
Anderson,Emily JMarketing B S
Anderson,Jennie RoseHealth Management B S
Andreas,BrennanSport & Rec Mgmt/Marketing B S
Bahls,AmandaNatural Resources B S
Barnes,James TylerAccounting B S
Bjorgo,Matthew JInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Borgerding,Lee RAgricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Breth,Tiffany NicoleAnimal Science B S
Buchhop,Heather JAnimal Science B S
Carter,Sean RobertManagement B S
Christopherson,William PatrickCommunication B S
Dammarell,KodyAccounting B S
Derosier,Sarah EManagement B S
Doan,Breanna RaeCommunication B S
Ecklor,CortneyMarketing B S
Englund,Kristina KHealth Management B S
Flaagan,Shandy LAnimal Science B S
Gerhart,Tiffany AnnManagement B S
Goehring,Alicia MargaretElementary Education B S
Gronwall,WillisInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Guyot,VincentNon Degree
Hasselius,Chad AndrewApplied Studies B S
Hauser,Baillee AManagement B S
Hellekson,CrystalAccounting/Finance B S
Holzmeier,TamaraNon Degree
Hosch,Abraham ChristianInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Hotakainen,KalaCommunication B S
Jabas,Melissa SCommunication B S
Jackson,Mark ThomasNatural Resources B S
Jacobson,SamAgricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Jennings,Jesse JCriminal Justice B S
Kappes,Jessica LPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Khan,SaifAccounting B S
Kim,Ki SunCommunication B S
Klang,EmilyAccounting B S
Koep,MarkNatural Resources B S
Kullerud,ErikCriminal Justice B S
Kuznia,Destiny EveManagement B S
Larson,Kyle AHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Lee,Jong WhaManagement B S
Lee,JyesungCommunication B S
Lund,Michael JSport &Recreation Mgmt B S
Lyke,Kelly JeanApplied Studies B S
Makhdumi,Amarah MannetteAccounting B S
Martell,Ashley EHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Mehlhoff,MelissaAgricultural Business B S
Meinen,RyanManagement B S
Milner,Mary ElizabethAccounting B S
Moenkedick,KatrinaEarly Childhood Education B S
Nagatsuka,RihoAccounting B S
Nelson,Evan DNatural Resources B S
Nelson,Kyle KAgricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Nichols,LukeAccounting B S
Palmer,Travis AManagement B S
Park,DainMarketing B S
Perry,CarolAccounting B S
Poisson,MalaeAccounting B S
Poling,Penny JeanAccounting B S
Prather,Emily RoseApplied Studies B S
Privratsky,Kendra LynnAccounting B S
Pronovost,Kristi DaleManagement B S
Radel,Paul JamesManagement B S
Radel,Stephanie IreneManagement B S
Robinett,Kristoffer JonManagement B S
Roscoe,Jesse TGolf and Turf Mgmt B S
Roscoe,RikkiCommunication B S
Sarsar,DeliSoftware Engineering B S
Schermer,Stephanie KayManagement B S
Schneider,AlyssaEarly Childhood/Elem Educ B S
Sewell,Marisa AnnBiology/Hlth Sciences B S
Sheppard,Kary AHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Stefanik,JosephAgr Business/Agr Systems Mgmt B S
Sterzick,Kimberly REquine Science B S
Strauch,Jared THlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Suchy,Amber MBiology B S
Sugar,Joshua LManagement B S
Tretter,KatrinaManagement B S
Van Dyke,Vayla MNatural Resources B S
Watts,Joshua ANatural Resources B S
Will,Kyle DanielManagement B S
Winter,Tiffany MarieManagement B S
Wood,AlisciaEarly Childhood Education B S
Yi,GwanwooAccounting B S
Ykema,Garrett MAccounting B S

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: Andrew Svec, director of communication, 218-281-8438, (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Fall Semester 2013 Deans List Announced by U of M Crookston

Area students named to the fall semester 2013 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.

Included on the Fall Semester Deans List are the following students:
NameAcademic Plan
  
Abdullahi,Ali MApplied Studies BS
Abikar,Abdikafi MayowHealth Management BS
Adams,Alisah AnnEquine Science BS
Adeniyi,Timilehin KoladeSoftware Engineering BS
Albertsen,AndrewNatural Resources BS
Anderson,Karli MarieAnimal Science BS
Anderson,Kimberly JoyAccounting BS
Apakova,Olya VFinance BS
Baek,GyungyounHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr BS
Bart,Ryan JNatural Resources BS
Barthel,Mitchel MDCriminal Justice BS
Beare,LoyApplied Studies BS
Beecher,ShionaManagement BS
Bendel,Cayla RNatural Resources BS
Berg,Steffanie JeanCommunication BS
Berglin,SamanthaCriminal Justice BS
Berglund,Tyler JamesBiology/Hlth Sciences BS
Bettencourt,SableEquine Science BS
Blomberg,JenniferHealth Management BS
Borowicz,Matthew GHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr BS
Braatz,Bailey LanaeCommunication BS
Breitenfeldt,Brady JoeAnimal Science BS
Brock,KariAccounting BS
Bucholz,BenjaminAgricultural Business BS
Buesing,Samuel TManagement BS
Bunning,CarliNatural Resources BS
Burns,Kelli LCommunication BS
Busch,EliAgricultural Business/Agronomy BS
Cesarek,Dustin MatthewManagement BS
Cha,NouCriminal Justice BS
Charchenko,Angela LeanneAccounting BS
Choi,YeSeulManagement BS
Church,KenzieManagement/Marketing BS
Conwell,Alexander WPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Craft,Jacqueline MarieAccounting BS
Crook,AmandaAgricultural Business/Agronomy BS
Cymbaluk,Zach DAgricultural Business BS
Dahlgren,Kaleb PAgricultural Business BS
Dauphinais,Ellen TeresaAnimal Science BS
DeBoer,Alex BridenAgricultural Systems Mgmt BS
Deboer,BradyMarketing BS
DeBuhr,John WAviation BS
Delaney,ToynellManagement BS
Derosier,EricAgricultural Business BS
Dohmeier,AlexaAnimal Science BS
Dufault,Dorene JoyElementary Education BS
Dunker,Shane WalterInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Eluzai,Wani OliverSoftware Engineering BS
Erickson,Kali JoHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr BS
Erickson,Kayla WAgr Education/Agr Business BS
Fillmore,RowennaAnimal Science BS
Finical,Gina JoHealth Management BS
Fliss,Courtney AnneAccounting BS
Gao,YaAccounting BS
Gau,Kallie NikolEarly Childhood Education BS
Gowan,Emily LHealth Management BS
Grams,AlishaNatural Resources BS
Gravelle,Matson PhilipGolf and Turf Mgmt BS
Guetter,RobertNatural Resources BS
Hagen,KatieAgricultural Business BS
Halligan,Rachel MarieEarly Childhood/Elem Education BS
Halvorson,Timothy MarcGolf and Turf Mgmt BS
Hartung,Ashlynn RGolf and Turf Mgmt/Horticulture BS
Heino,Laurel AshleyNatural Resources BS
Helle,MichaelInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Hennen,Jenna AshleyMarketing BS
Heppner,Seth ArnoldManagement BS
Herzog,Rochelle AAnimal Science BS
Hinzmann,Mary LAccounting BS
Hoffman,AshleyAgricultural Business/Agronomy BS
Homstad,Carolyn RoseAccounting BS
Horton,Jaimie LeeAccounting BS
Hughes,John DavidManagement BS
Hunt,Alexander JamesFinance BS
Jackson,Avery RochelleElementary Education BS
Jackson,Stephan TyleeAccounting BS
Jang,BomiMarketing BS
Jensen,Ashley NicoleHealth Management BS
Joerissen-Ward,Marcus AnthonySoftware Engineering BS
Johnson,Alexann KAccounting BS
Johnson,Angela LeeAccounting/Management BS
Johnson,Mehgan RoseMarketing BS
Joo,Jin KyungManagement BS
Joslyn,AmandaHealth Management BS
Khoshaba,Alexis SiobhanSport &Recreation Mgmt BS
Kim,YeonjinCommunication BS
Kleven,Kyle RAgricultural Business BS
Klungtvedt,Michael LeeManufacturing Management BMM
Knack,Jeffrey MCriminal Justice BS
Kolyesnykov,Pavlo OleksandrovichHealth Management BS
Korhnak,MatthewNatural Resources BS
Kwon,HanhaeManagement BS
LaCoursiere,Emmett PeterAnimal Science BS
Lamp,Kevin JNatural Resources BS
Larson,Dalton ChristianAccounting BS
Larson,Heather AnneManagement BS
Larson,RachelApplied Studies BS
Lawell,Travis JAgricultural Systems Mgmt BS
Lee,JaewooManagement BS
Lee,LauraAccounting BS
Lesch,IanCriminal Justice BS
Lowry,CynthiaAnimal Science BS
Lundquist,Darci DAgricultural Business BS
Madison Ocheltree,Amanda LynCommunication BS
Magdzas,TravisCriminal Justice BS
Manahan,Jordan RCommunication BS
McMahon,Michael ChristopherNatural Resources BS
McNamara,MollyCommunication BS
Medin,Jay BCommunication BS
Melin,Mariah CAnimal/Equine Science BS
Milner,GregAccounting BS
Mix,Michael AManagement BS
Morton,Angie LynnEarly Childhood/Elem Education BS
Morton,Kyle JacobNatural Resources BS
Nam,Seung JunAccounting BS
Navarro,RuthCommunication BS
Navratil,RichardSport &Recreation Mgmt BS
Nedrud,Hannah REquine Science BS
Newburg,Alyssa KEquine Science BS
O'Connell,StephanieAnimal/Equine Science BS
O'Neil,AddieAgricultural Education BS
Origas,Nicole MarieManagement BS
Ostergren,Kaitlyn MarieAccounting BS
Overman,Amanda REarly Childhood/Elem Education BS
Owl,ThomasSoftware Engineering BS
Page,Kristin LynnApplied Studies BS
Paris,Casey LeeAgricultural Business BS
Park,Hyo EunManagement BS
Pesall,Amberly JeanAgricultural Business/Equine Sci BS
Petersen,CoreyAgricultural Systems Mgmt BS
Peterson,Kalli AEarly Childhood Education BS
Peterson,Katrina JAnimal Science/Management BS
Pinder,JacobManagement BS
Plautz,Katelin MaryNatural Resources BS
Pollock,WhitneyAnimal/Equine Science BS
Potts,Douglas GAviation BS
Pruitt,JeffreyCommunication BS
Racette,JaredCriminal Justice BS
Ramsey,Megan CAnimal Science BS
Rieland,Katelyn AAnimal Science BS
Rozell,Sean JaredManagement BS
Rysavy,Kylie LApplied Studies BS
Schear,Samantha JeanAccounting/Management BS
Scully,Shannon RAnimal Science BS
Seifu,KirubelSoftware Engineering BS/Manufacturing Mgmt BMM
Selvestra,Drew ACriminal Justice BS
Sheetz,Kathryn ABiology BS
Shen,TaoqinEarly Childhood Education BS
Sigler,Ross AAccounting BS
Skwira,Zach JNatural Resources BS
Stang,Candice ElizabethManagement BS
Stay,JoyceInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Steinfeldt,Andrew RobertBiology/Hlth Sciences BS
Stomberg,TareynAnimal/Equine Science BS
Suchy,RebeccaAgricultural Business BS
Thielman,Alexa FHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr BS
Thoreson,Elizabeth JohannaAgronomy BS
Thorne,Martin ENatural Resources BS
Thostenson,Jeffrey AllenQuality Management BMM
Tilleraas,DaKota NAnimal Science BS
Tjepkes,ThomasNatural Resources BS
Toenies,MatthewNatural Resources BS
Trost,Sierra MBiology BS
Twardy,Joseph AldonInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Van Dyke,HannahAnimal/Equine Science BS
Vendetti,Dena NCommunication BS
Wacker,Kurtis JGolf and Turf Mgmt BS
Walker,Kolton JohnManagement BS
Wallace,Wade AEnvironmental Sciences
Walters,MckaylaPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Wauzynski,Brittany LynnHealth Management BS
Wiesner,Chelsea ABiology/Hlth Sciences BS
Worm,Daniel KennethManagement BS
Yoon,YerimManagement BS
Zwicky,AnnaEquine Science BS

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: Andrew Svec, director of communications, marketing, and public relations, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

The Business Department also offers majors and minors in accounting, finance, management, manufacturing management, marketing, quality management, and sport and recreation management. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/business/index.html.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 281-218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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The presentation, Civil Rights Then and Now: Reflections on the King Years, is free and all are welcome. Several unique opportunities are developing around his visit including a booksigning and a visit by Branch on Tuesday, January 21, to speak at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in Crookston at 10 a.m.

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years. He has returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement(2013).  More: http://taylorbranch.com.

The visit by Branch is part of a day of activities in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., designed around the theme "Faces of Civil Rights: It isnt' just a Black Thing." The day marks a Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. King with events at the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota Crookston throughout the day. 

This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Other sponsors include the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Crookston High School, and Academic Affairs, Campus Ministry, Concerts & Lectures, Honors Program, and Career and Counseling at the U of M Crookston. 

Representatives from some of the groups sponsoring the event in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr., 
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gathered recently for a photo.

In the group photo, left to right, are Laurie Wilson from Career and Counseling Services; Trey Everett from Campus Ministry; Lorna Hollowell, director of Diversity and Multicultural Programs; Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor for Academic Affairs; Dawn Ganje, program officer for the Northwest Minnesota Foundation; Chris Boike, Crookston hub supervisor, for the Lake Agassiz Regional Library; Lisa Loegering, assistant director of Community Engagement; Ken Mendez from Student Support Services; Associate Professor Brian Dingmann, advisor of the Honors Program; and Chancellor Fred Wood.


Contact: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (mende089@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Earns Three Additional Accolades for Its Online Degree Programs

The University of Minnesota Crookston recently earned additional recognition for the quality and affordability of its degree programs offered online. 

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Create a Career, an online career and educational resource, ranked the U of M Crookston at #17 nationally among U.S. colleges in its recent article "The 25 Best Colleges for 2014." The organization based its rankings "on an examination of features such as overall quality, reputation, cost, program availability, faculty credentials, student-to-teacher ratios, available financial aid, student and faculty support and technical support." Brian Rudin, managing editor for Create a Career, added, "We created the list to inform prospective online students they have an array of good schools to choose from; they don't have to limit themselves to well known for-profit schools." The article is available at www.createacareer.org/25-best-online-colleges-2014.

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Another organization, AffordableCollegesOnline.org (AC Online), analyzed online degree programs from more than 2,000 fully accredited public and private non-profit colleges and universities across the nation to compile a listing of the most affordable online degree programs by state. AC Online ranked the U of M Crookston among the top ten "Most Affordable Online Colleges in Minnesota." Dan Schuessler, founder and CEO of AC Online, said, "Offering students great online programs is only half the battle. The colleges on our list offer students quality, flexibility, and affordability." The list is available online at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/minnesota.

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A third organization, SR Education Group, a Kirkland, Washington-based company that operates OnlineU.org, a website that compares online colleges in the U.S., listed the U of M Crookston's online degree programs in Accounting and Health Management among the most affordable online degrees in their respective categories for 2014. The lists are available online at www.onlineu.org.

The U of M Crookston currently offers twelve degree programs entirely online (these degrees are also offered more traditionally on-campus as well). They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Finance (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), Quality Management (B.M.M.), and Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.).  The online programs are administered through the Center for Adult Learning and delivered through three academic units: the Business Department; the Liberal Arts and Education Department; and the Math, Science, and Technology Department.

As of fall 2013, more than 800 degree-seeking students are enrolled in online degree programs offered by the U of M Crookston.  Online student Tracy McGlynn says, "My faculty and academic advisors have made my online experience not only personal but professional. The quality of coursework is certainly preparing me in furthering my career in accounting."

For more information about the University of Minnesota Crookston and its online degrees, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.
Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 12 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, 281-218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Current Version of GED Test to Expire at the End of 2013

GED testing centers in Minnesota encourage adults to finish and pass before test deadlines


The University of Minnesota Crookston Counseling Services announced that the current version of the GED test will expire at the end of 2013. The current version, known as the 2002 Series GED test, will be replaced with the new 2014 GED test on January 2, 2014. 

Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED test, but not passed all five parts, have until the end of 2013 to pass or they will need to start over again in 2014 with the new GED test in order to receive their high school credential.   This includes paying additional fees to take the new GED test.  The fee will increase from $60 at the Crookston Testing Center to a nation-wide rate of $120.

"The GED test opens doors to college, better jobs, the respect adults deserve, and the satisfaction of earning a high school credential," said Meloni Rasmussen, GED Examiner of the University of Minnesota Crookston Counseling Services. "So we want to be sure that everyone is aware of this deadline. GED test-takers must act now to finish and pass before the current test expires." 

"Support is available, right here in Crookston," said Laurie Burkeholder, ABE Instructor for Crookston Adult Basic Education. "We can help adult learners get prepared to take the parts of the GED test they still need to pass. We want you to succeed!"  Laurie can be reached at (218) 281-4743.  The Crookston ABE is located at the Family Service Center at 1407 Erskine Street in Crookston, MN.

Interested GED test-takers can find more information at finishtheGED.com.

A few important tips you should know about testing at the University of Minnesota Crookston Counseling Service's Testing Center before the end of 2013:
- Registration deadline for repeat GED® test-takers is December 13, 2013
- Registration deadline for new GED® test-takers is November 29, 2013
- Last day to take the current version of the GED® test is December 18, 2103
- To schedule an appointment for testing call the testing center at (218) 281-8586

"To anyone who has already started the GED test, your future is calling. By passing the GED test, you can answer that call," said Randy Trask, president and CEO of GED Testing Service. "You owe it to yourself. Don't miss the chance to turn one small step into your next big opportunity in life." 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Meloni Rasmussen, principle administrative specialist, Career and Counseling Services, 218-281-8586 (melonir@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Crowns 2013 Homecoming Royalty

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, the University of Minnesota Crookston crowned 
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homecoming royalty in an evening that celebrated the 20-year anniversary of four-year degrees. Crowned homecoming queen was Kayla Bellrichard, a junior double majoring in management and marketing from Elk River, Minn. The homecoming king honors went to Brant Moore, a senior majoring in management from St. Paul, Minn.

Attendants included Ashley Hoffman, a senior doule majoring in ag business and agronomy from Debs, Minn., Katelyn Johnson, a senior majoring in animal science pre-vet from Monticello, Minn., Ashley Manusos, a junior majoring in sport and recreation management from McHenry, Ill., and Haley Weleski, a senior majoring in communication from Lancaster, Minn. Joining them were Ben Genereux, a senior majoring 
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in agronomy with a minor in ag business from Crookston, Minn., Justin Goodroad, a junior majoring in agricultural education from Lindstrom, Minn., Jesse Jennings, a senior majoring in criminal justice from Robbinsdale, Minn., and Tyler Lowthian, a junior majoring in management from Richfield, Minn.

In the photo at top right are (left to right, in the bottom row) are Ashley Manusos, Ashley Hoffman, and Haley Weleski. Middle row: Jesse Jennings, Katelyn Johnson, Ben Genereux, Queen Kayla Bellrichard and King Brant Moore. In the back are Tyler Lowthian and Justin Goodroad.

In the photo, left, are Homecoming Queen Kayla Bellrichard and Homecoming King Brant Moore. 


Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director of Student Activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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The University of Minnesota Crookston is proud and excited about a move to number one in this year's U.S. News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges. The rankings for 2014 mark the 16th consecutive year the Crookston campus has appeared in the top four and signals a return to the top spot moving up from number two in 2013. The exclusive rankings, available at usnews.com on Tues., September 10 will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands on Tuesday, September 24. 

Within the specific category, Top Public Regional Colleges, U.S. News compared 367 colleges by region. The University of Minnesota Crookston's category, Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges, is comprised of both public and private institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant less than half of their degrees in the liberal arts. 

Campus officials credit this move up to first and the high marks by U.S. News to a campus-wide focus on students and on their experience at the U of M Crookston. "Students are the top priority at the University of Minnesota Crookston," says Fred Wood, chancellor for the Crookston campus. "Our faculty and staff place a high value on providing an exceptional academic experience and preparing students for success after graduation whether they go into the workplace or on to graduate or professional school.

"This recognition by U.S. News acknowledges the work of our dedicated faculty and staff. It also builds on our legacy as one of the system campuses of the University of Minnesota," Wood continues. "We provide our students an opportunity for learning that results in a highly respected and well known U of M degree in an atmosphere that is small and personal and where faculty and staff know your name. This hallmark has spanned our campus history for more than 100 years." 

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be a comprehensive tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings of regional colleges, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.  For details, visit www.usnews.com.  

"While we know the methodology for the U.S. News rankings changes from time to time, we're additionally pleased with their most recent move to more highly weigh outcomes such as retention and graduation rates.  This makes our ranking all the more satisfying because we are very proud of what we do to support students and help them graduate with a University of Minnesota degree," said Wood.

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.


Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

It's time for homecoming at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and the Office of 
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Development & Alumni Relations is preparing to honor the 2013 Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees on Friday, October 4. During the evening, Outstanding Alumni Eugene Dufault '68, Timothy Rhonemus '84, Susan Jacobson '87 & '96, and Tyler Grove '94 will be recognized for their achievements. Michele (Johnson) Allen ex. '88, volleyball/softball, Craig Talberg '91, football, and Karla (Thormodson) Isley '98, women's basketball will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The recognition will take place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, beginning at 6 p.m. with a social followed by a banquet and presentation of the honorees. Hosting the evening are Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations and Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics along with greetings by Chancellor Fred Wood. To make reservations for the evening, contact Rose Ulseth in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439 by September 25. 

On Saturday, Oct. 5, everyone is invited to attend the annual homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m. on the Campus Mall. William "Bill" Peterson, professor of mathematics, will serve as the parade's grand marshal. Peterson is a senior faculty member and is currently serving as Interim Department Head for the Math, Science, and Technology Department. He has been with the University since 1968. Peterson received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1984 and 1994 and received the Torch and Shield Award in 2000. 

Following the parade, Golden Eagle Women's Soccer will take on  Sioux Falls at 11 a.m. Teambackers will host a tailgate with live music by the band Four Wheel Drive in Parking Lot E also beginning at 11 a.m. The Golden Eagle Football game will kick off at 1 p.m. against Bemidji State University Beavers.

Students will celebrate homecoming week with events planned around the theme "Golden Eagle Nation Celebration."  Highlights for students include a homecoming photo booth, the 2nd Annual Alpha Sigma Pi Powderpuff Football game, and the coronation of homecoming royalty, along with a number of other homecoming related activities. 

The class of 1994 will be recognized at this year's homecoming on their 20 year anniversary. It marks 20 years since the first baccalaureate degree was granted on the campus along with the laptop initiative.

Special events for the classes of 1968 and 1969 and all communication alumni and former faculty will also be held. 

Visit www.umcrookston.edu/homecoming or www.facebook.com/umcrookston.homecoming for more information. 

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 are some of the faculty and staff who were on campus in 1994 and will be celebrating with the Class of 1994 on their 20th anniversary. 

Left to right, back row: Andrew Svec, Don Cavalier, Don Medal, Linda Wilkens, Patti Tiedemann, Kent Freberg, Dan Svedarsky, Jeff Sinks, Mike Hanson, Tom Feiro, and Phil Baird.

Front row: Deb Chandler, Krista Proulx, Sue Jacobson, Lynne Mullins, Laurie Wilson, Sharon Stewart, Marsha Odom, Marilyn Grave, Twyla Treanor, Owen Williams, and Bill Tyrrell.

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston was recently informed that the website 
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StateUniversity.com has ranked University of Minnesota Crookston number 4 in Minnesota for campus safety. The scores of the top four schools ranked in the category were identical in a listing that includes 50 colleges and universities in the state. 

Colleges and universities ranked for campus safety on a scale that accounts for severity of a crime as well as frequency of crime. Data is compiled from reports submitted by college and university law enforcement between January 1 and December 31, 2012. 

The website StateUnivesity.com provides information about state universities and colleges across the United States including financial aid, academics, athletics and more gathered from a variety of sources. 

To view the rankings for the top ranked universities in Minnesota on safety, visit www.stateuniversity.com/rank_by_state/safety_score_rank/MN.html.

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.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Jake Sanders (in photo), a 2012 graduate of the University of Minnesota Crookston and former Golden 
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Eagle athlete, will facilitate a pilot project in three local school districts as part of Achieve More. Sanders will coordinate and manage Junior Achievement and College and Career Preparation 101 in three local school districts including Fisher, Fertile-Beltrami and Win-E-Mac. Achieve More.

Funded through a recent grant from the Northwest Minnesota Foundation in collaboration with the Center for Adult Learning at the U of M Crookston and Impact 20/20, Achieve More was a successful pilot in the Crookston School District in 2012-13. 

Achieve More focuses on helping high school graduates prepare for career and post-secondary success by helping students navigate the challenges and opportunities they encounter; increasing opportunities for students to pursue post-secondary credit while in high school; and strengthening assessments and support students and help them stay on track and identify those needing additional help. Along with these, the program will align state academic standards and teacher preparation with real-world learning and encourage schools and districts to take innovative, comprehensive approaches to preparing students for post-secondary success.

Christopherson, director of the Center for Adult Learning looks forward to what Sanders can bring to his new role. "Jake has many years of coaching and mentoring experience," Christopherson says. "He is a native of Crookston and has much to share with students, parents, and staff at Fertile-Beltrami, Fisher, and Win-E-Mac. He will bring his ability to lead and influence to this role in a way that will benefit high school students in these communities and beyond." 

Through this innovative partnership, the Center for Adult Learning, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, and IMPACT 20/20, together with educators and volunteers, will engage young people to connect with relevant occupations, both regional and local, while raising awareness of the importance of staying in school and thinking beyond the twelfth grade. 

For more information, contact Sanders at 218-281-8599. 

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.

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


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The Princeton Review, an education services company widely known for its test prep programs and college and graduate school guides, named the University of Minnesota Crookston to its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region." The information is posted on the Company's website at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx

U of M Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood says the campus is proud to offer degrees from the University of Minnesota, the state's land grant institution dedicated to promoting access to higher education along with learning, discovery, and engagement for the common good.

"We are certainly pleased to again receive this recognition by The Princeton Review because it serves as a reminder and affirmation for the work of our dedicated faculty and staff," Wood says. "We put students first at the University of Minnesota Crookston, and we strive to offer the highest quality academic experience possible.  This honor recognizes our efforts to offer a University of Minnesota degree in a small campus environment that provides our students a truly remarkable experience."

The 155 colleges chosen for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 226 colleges in the Northeast, 124 in the West, and 138 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists. Collectively, the 643 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of their science lab facilities -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.  

The schools in The Princeton Review's "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section are also rated in six categories by The Princeton Review. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99. The Princeton Review tallied these scores based on institutional data it obtained from the colleges in 2012-13 and/or student survey data. The rating score categories include: Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, Quality of Life, and Green. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx. The Princeton Review does not rank the 643 colleges in its "2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region" list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. 

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.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Quality Management a Priority for Online Education at the U of M Crookston

It has been 20 years since the University of Minnesota Crookston became the first lap top university in the country, and 12 years since the campus awarded the first online bachelor's degree. These years of experience have created a depth of knowledge in online education leading to a presentation recently on best practices at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago, Ill., in April. 

Sue Brorson, professor and head of the Business Department at the U of M Crookston was joined by Associate Professor Bruce Brorson and Assistant Professor Denis Maier for their presentation "Quality Management for Online Education: Best Practices & Implementation Challenges." The focus of the conference presentation provided background on online and quality at the Crookston campus; identified the pillars of the U of M Crookston quality system; and reflected on the lessons learned. 

Maier, who serves as chair of the quality management committee, says the campus has gained a great deal of understanding about what a student needs to be successful online. "The system we have for assuring quality here is a work in progress," he says. "But, applying best practices in course design and instructional delivery while capturing performance statistics gives us a view of how both faculty and students are meeting and exceeding expectations." 
The campus strives for a unique online learning experience that is at the same level of quality that on-campus students have. Online students have unique considerations: many of them must balance work and family alongside their educational pursuit. Learning online allows them flexibility to manage their time and obligations with their coursework. 

Because the online students don't have the same kind of in-person access to faculty that on-campus students have, one of the highest priorities is a timely response with helpful feedback from the faculty member when students have questions. The quality management committee provides support and also mentors instructors while monitoring quality and setting expectations for faculty who teach online. The committee is comprised of four faculty members, an online advisor, and representatives from the Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology and the Center for Adult Learning. 

The quest for quality is paying off. Student satisfaction is high and online growth continues to increase on the Crookston campus, but the quality management committee has no intention of resting on laurels. "Quality must be a continuous goal," Sue Brorson says. "We are committed to excellence and to our students whether they are on campus or online. We want the best learning environment and that drive to offer the best, keeps us vigilant. It takes leadership and support from the chancellor on down."

Background
Of the eleven majors offered by the Crookston campus, six of them are offered through the Business Department including accounting, management, manufacturing management, marketing, quality management, and the latest addition, finance. Currently, planning is underway to offer the sport and recreation management major online. For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online. 

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.

Contact: Susan Brorson, Ph.D., head, Business Department, 218-2818186 (sbrorson@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A new major in finance has been added to the portfolio of degrees offered in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The degree will be offered both on campus and online giving students the greatest flexibility. A minor in finance will also be offered.  The bachelor of science major and minor in finance were approved at the May meeting of the U of M Board of Regents, the University system's governing body. 

As an interdisciplinary major, the finance curriculum draws heavily from courses in business, general education, management, marketing, and accounting.  It is designed to help students understand the dimensions of performance and risk relevant to financial services within a company; assess consumer financial needs, describe and apply financial concepts, theories, and tools; and prepare personal financial plans.  

Students in the major will focus on the skills needed to qualify for entry-level employment positions such as financial analysts, personal financial advisors, actuaries, and other positions in securities, commodities, and financial services.  According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projections, it is expected that the finance and insurance industry will increase the number of jobs by 9% from 2010 to 2020. Learn more about the major at www.umcrookston.edu/finance

Sue Brorson, head of the Business Department on the Crookston campus, is pleased with the addition. "Offering a degree in finance provides our students with another option for a career in a business field," Brorson says. "It is a major that will fill a need within an organization that is both relevant and critical to success. 

"Teaching contemporary financial measures of performance and risk as well as providing an understanding of how the financial services component industries interact with each other is an exciting opportunity for students and  will prove a benefit to their future employers."

A minor in humanities offered through the U of M Crookston Liberal Arts and Education Department was also approved at the May Board of Regents meetings, bringing the academic offerings to 28 majors, 20 minors, and 11 majors offered online.

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.

Contact: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu);Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 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. Assistant Professor Denis Maier, who teaches in the Business Department, was the 2012 Outstanding Educator and hosted this year's recognition.


Award recipients include the following students:

CSA Student Senators and Officers
Brooke Novak; Ross Sigler; Bryce Gillie; Aaron Soltau, Heather Rodriguez; Mariah Gautsche; Emily Goff; Molly Sheehan; Anthonette Sims; and Gyaltso Gurung, Laura Gabrielson; Ashlynn Hartung; Alexmai Addo; Adam Switzer; Kayla Bellrichard; and Shaolei "Sorry" Jin. 


Outstanding Ambassadors
Catlin Kersting, Tashi Gurung, Sam Zuck, Katie Hagen, Sarah Morris, Jordan Melbye
Tony Taylor, Kevin Lamp, Alex Skeeter, Alissa Hernandez, Jessica Girgen, Mikala Guidinger
Sorry Jin, Danny Lee, Bryce Gillie, Justin Goodroad

Ambassador of the Year Award
Bryce Gillie


Outstanding First-Year Biology Award
Ashley Martell


Outstanding Future Educator Award
Dabitna Chung, Amy Van Treeck

Marketing/ Management Academic Achievement Award
Dain Park and Alex Buscher


Marketing/Management Outstanding Leadership Award
Dain Park, Abbey Wemimo, Hannah Reysen, Kayla Bellrichard

Distinguished Service to the Accounting Program
Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee

Outstanding SRM Student
Kari Bodine

Outstanding Communication Student
Jessica Stuber 

Outstanding Communication Minor
Connie Vandermay 


SOS Service Award
Alexmai Addo, Catilin Kersting

Outstanding SOS Leader
Almir Krdzalik

Peer Connection Service Award
Alexmai Addo and Brooke Novak

Peer Mentor of the Year Award
Catlin Kersting

Regal Spirit Award
Kayla Bellrichard, and Tyler Lowithan

Outstanding Turfgrass Student Award
Kyle Kreklow, Kurtis Wacker, Joey Schmidt, with Kristie Walker

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Jenny DuBay 

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award
Trent Brenny and Andrew Albertsen with Dan Svedarsky

The Wildlife Society Travel Award
Alisha Mosloff 

Outstanding Animal Science
Sara Scott (pre-vet) 

Outstanding Equine Science
Jess Charles (pre-vet)

Outstanding Ag Business Student
Amanda Crook 

Outstanding ASM Student
Leonard Will and Matt Green 

Outstanding Horticulture
Ashlynn Hartung


NACTA Recognition
Meats  Team: Dustin Wiese,  Katie Hagen, Justin Goodroad and Derek Suhonen 
Ag Business Dustin Smith, Katie Hagen, Matt Green, and Kayla Erickson
Ag Computers: Cedric Citrowske, Amanda Crook, Drew Underdahl and Brian Oachs 

Outstanding International Student Scholars Award
Ashley Yun Zhor; Brennan Andreas; Danny Lee; and Tashi Gurung

Learning Abroad Office Ambassador Awards
Tim Baker; Amanda Corneliussen; and DeAndra O'Connell 

Support of Diversity Award


Outstanding Theater Student Award
Liz Massie
Tyler Lowithan
Nathan Anderson

Outstanding Music Service Award
Rebecca Apitz 
Miah Smith 

Outstanding Writing Tutor
Rowenna Fillmore

Computer Help Desk
Melissa Freitag 

Student Employee of the Year
Adam Hoff 

Female and Male Student Athlete of the Year
Chelsea Wiesner and Almir Kradzlik

Female and Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year
Brittany Wiese and Brittany Looker and Richard Haley

Justin Knebel Memorial Award
Broderick Schmidt

Dale Knotek Community Service Award - Delta Theta Sigma (DTS)
Joshua Bruggman, Tim Lee, Brett Carlson, Clayton Lenk, Aaron Soltau, Marcus Twaddle
Kasey Okke, Adam Switzer, Dan Kimm, Hannah Reysen, Sami Benoy, Evan Boreen, Amanda Corneliussen, Brittany Fox

Presidents Volunteer Service Award
Megan Luxford, Chia Moua, Kari Bodine, Bailey Stratton (online student), Katie Nenn, Kevin Lamp Tony Taylor, Krista Kenyon, Emily Goff, Alexmai Addo, Catlin Kersting, Kayla Bellrichard, Alissa Hernandez, Almir Krdzalic Kasey Okke, Sean Rozell, Tyler Lowthian, Bryce Gillie, Ross Sigler

Student Volunteer of the Year Award
John Niemczyk with Lisa Loegering

Student Programmer of the Year
Ashley Hoffman

Outstanding CSA Senator
Alexmai Addo 

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate Award
Megan Luxford

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Ron Del Vecchio 

Most Supportive of Students
Phil Baird 

Outstanding Service to Students
Lisa Samuelson 

Student Achievement Awards
en Williams, Bryce Gillie, Almir Krzadlic, Matt Green
Krista Kenyon, Tashi Gurung, Abbey Wemimo, Brooke Novak
Alexmai Addo, Danny Lee, Sam Zuck- Roscoe, and Alex Skeeter

Man and Woman of Year
Dae Yuel Danny Lee and Sam Zuck-Roscoe 


Athletic All-Academic Team - 3.2 GPA or higher and lettering in the same sport for two years

Rachelle Alcini - Women's Soccer
Matthew G. Borowicz - Football
Carli Bunning - Women's Basketball
Karen Carpenedo - Equestrian - Western
Jessica Charles - Equestrian - Hunt Seat
Jensen Crots - Women's Soccer
Zach D. Cymbaluk - Men's Golf
Amanda Krueger - Equestrian - Western
Kelly Gustofson - Women's Golf
Rachel Halligan - Women's Soccer
Shelby Hollinger - Softball
Jesse Jennings - Baseball
Caitlin Kelley - Equestrian - Western
Samantha Kramer - Equestrian - Hunt Seat
Almir Krdzalic - Men's Basketball
Brittany Looker - Women's Volleyball
Stacey Marcum - Softball
Ashley Martell - Women's Basketball
Myint Maung- Football
Keith McBride - Football
Erin Mears - Women's Soccer
Mary Mikutowski - Women's Volleyball & Golf
Brooks Miller - Baseball
Hannah Nedrud - Equestrian - Hunt Seat
Amanda Overman - Equestrian - Hunt Seat
Casey Paris - Women's Tennis
Josh Perea - Football
Angela Peterson - Equestrian - Hunt Seat
Josee Plante - Softball
Jordan Prill - Baseball
Jesse Roscoe - Men's Golf
Shannan Salm - Equestrian - Western
Hannah Schiller - Women's Volleyball
Broderick Schmidt - Men's Basketball
Alyssa Schneider - Women's Volleyball
Christopher Secrest - Football
Drew Selvestra - Football
Alexandra Skeeter - Women's Volleyball
Joseph Stearly - Football
Andrew Steinfeldt - Football
Annalee Sundin - Equestrian - Hunt Seat
Brooke Vatthauer - Softball
Chelsea Wiesner - Women's Volleyball
Yahna Zastrow - Equestrian - Western

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director of Student Activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota has been ranked among the top 25 in the 2013Online College Rankings by the Guide to Online Schools. This is the second year the U of M has been featured on this list. The ranking is based upon quality and affordability of online degrees. 

The UMC Center for Adult Learning's involvement as the Digital Campus Calling Center has positioned the campus not only for inclusion in this recognition but also UMC's prominent role in providing online degree programs in the undergraduate area for the U of M system.(Go to www.guidetoonlineschools.com/online‐schools/university‐of‐minnesota and click on Bachelor's.) 

The Guide to Online Schools portal lists over 500 institutions, all analyzed as part of the rankings study. Since this information is compiled from U.S. Department of Education sources, students are presented with a list of programs and data points but little custom content.

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Class of 2013 will be honored during commencement exercises at the University of 
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Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, May 11. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium and will include almost 200 students, representing 13 countries and 25 states and honoring more than 25 online graduates who are setting foot on the campus for the very first time.  A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, will precede the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required.

A special reception will be held on Friday, May 10 for all online graduates from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the NWSA Alseth Business Boardroom located in Dowell Hall. A reception for international student graduates will be held following commencement exercises at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

On Saturday at 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will begin from the Sargeant Student Center to the gymnasium led by Mace Bearer William Peterson, professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal W. Daniel Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability on the Crookston campus.

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable John R. Frobenius, from St. Cloud, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees. 

U of M, Crookston alumnus Kevin Kopischke '72 (in photo, top, right) will give the commencement address. Kopischke, who graduated from the U of M, Crookston with a degree in hotel, restaurant, and institutional management in 1972, is the president of Alexandria Technical College in Alexandria, Minn. Kopischke earned  his doctorate in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota; his master's in educational leadership and a bachelor's in marketing education, both from St. Cloud State University. 

University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Karl Syverson '11 will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association.

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Graduating senior Adam Switzer (in photo, left), Crookston Student Association (CSA) president, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2013 and pass the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to Junior Alexmai Addo (in photo, right, below) the incoming CSA president. Switzer, from Apple Valley, Minnesota is majoring  in Sport and Recreation Management. Addo is a communication major from Monrovia, Liberia.

The U of M, Crookston choir, under the direction of Associate Professor George French, will sing two selections, and the string ensemble, A Touch of Brass will perform as part of the graduation ceremony.

The 2013 commencement exercises mark the 105th graduating
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 class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at www.umcrookston.edu/people/services/MediaServ/Stream.htm.  

For more information, visit the commencement Web site at www.umcrookston.edu/commencement.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A Parent Night will be held at Crookston High School on March 14, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Crookston High School Commons. It will host all sophomore, junior and senior parents and students. Parent Night is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the financial, social, and academic aspects of attending a post-secondary institution. Topics during the evening include financial aid, FAFSA, ACT tests/scores, college applications, college visits, residential life and housing, as well as answering any questions parents might have.

Parent Night is sponsored through the Achieve More initiative. For more information on the Parent Night activities, contact Janessa DeBoer at 218‐281‐8673.

Background
Achieve More emerged from the regional IMPACT 20/20 Education Task Force's priority initiative to increase high school graduation rates and encourage more students to consider attending college. Launched in fall 2012, the project is a collaborative effort among UMC's Center for Adult Learning (CAL), the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce. Achieve More consists of two major components, College and Career Preparation 101, aimed at grades 7‐12, and Junior Achievement, which returns to the Crookston School District for grades 2-6.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Janessa DeBoer, student personnel coordinator, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281- 8673 (deboe053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281- 8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2012 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of fall semester 2012 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during fall semester 2012. 

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. 

Fall semester graduates include
NameMajorMinorHonors
Adelman, PaulSport & Recreation Mgmt B SCoachingDistinction
Ahmed, Shukri A IIHlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care  
Alleman, Bill CaseyNatural Res B S  
Anderson, ChristopherNatural Res B S  
Anderson, David ThomasBusiness Management B S  
Anderson, Dominique NicoleApplied Health B A H  
Arndt, Casey JeanAgricultural Business B SEquine Science 
Arnspiger, Chelsi MarieCriminal Justice B S  
Babbish, YukoQuality Management B M M High Distinction
Becker Jr, William CharlesBusiness Management B S  
Bedard, Shannon MarieApplied Health B A H  
Beger, Kyle JNatural Res B S  
Blackwood, LisaCommunication B S  
Blakey, Roy JrManufacturing Management B M M High Distinction
Blom, Joann CathyMarketing B S  
Braaten, Jeremy CarlManufacturing Management B M M  
Broas, Kevin GordonApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof  
Brooks, Brett DuaneManufacturing Management B M M Distinction
 Business Management B S Distinction
Buse, Karissa MEquine Science B S  
Chiejina, Stephen NnamdiSport & Recreation Mgmt B SCoaching 
 Business Management B S  
Cloutier, Michael AnthonyBusiness Management B S  
Cody, Claudia GanganaBusiness Management B S  
Curry, Trista JeanApplied Studies B S  
Debeltz, Beth MHealth Management B S  
Dixon, Christiana OlubukolaBusiness Management B S  
Dohmeier, Nicole MarieAccounting B SBusiness Mgmt 
Dolezal, JohnManufacturing Management B M M  
Eckroad, Joseph AllynQuality Management B M M  
 Manufacturing Management B M M  
Fennell, Danae LOrganizational Psychology B S  
Ferrara, LaurenHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S  
Garcia, Salvador EApplied Studies B S  
Gilbert, William Sidney IVManufacturing Management B M M  
Gomez, Maria EugeniaApplied Studies B S  
Granfors, Jacob WilliamNatural Res B S Distinction
Grefsrud, Daniel RAgronomy B S  
Gregory, Stephen LManufacturing Management B M M  
Grillo, Sonya MApplied Studies B S  
Grinnell, Jessica LynnNatural Res B S  
Groves, Daniel AAgronomy B S  
Gurung, Yangchen DolkerBusiness Management B SCommunicationHigh Distinction
Hagen, Melissa IAnimal Science B SAgric Business 
Haney, Travis JamesNatural Res B S  
Harreld, Nicholas WilliamGolf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Heil, JonathanNatural Res B S  
Herder, Jeremy JamesCriminal Justice B S  
Hoffman, Kindra MarieNatural Res B S  
Hoium, Erin NAnimal Science B SEquine Science 
Holmstrom, Nathan EdwardGolf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Huang, ZhengSoftware Engineering B SInfo Tech Mgmt 
Huynh, TinaApplied Health B A H  
Iticha, Abbi MBusiness Management B S  
Jin, JingSoftware Engineering B S  
Johnson, Carrie LApplied Health B A H  
Johnson, Charles LAgricultural Systems Mgmt B S  
Johnson, DrewNatural Res B S  
Jorgenson, Colin MNatural Res B S  
Kezar, Katherine ANatural Res B S  
Kim, Min-SeongHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S  
Klehr, Nicholas AllenNatural Res B S  
Koch, Kristen LeighCommunication B S  
Koenig, Adam MCriminal Justice B S  
Koethe, Nicholas JayNatural Res B S  
Krause, Michael JosephCriminal Justice B S  
Langner, Miranda JoAccounting B S  
Lee, Sang HyungSoftware Engineering B S  
Lestingi, Lydia HAnimal Science B S  
Lohmann, Jacob DCriminal Justice B S  
Lombardi, Brian OAccounting B S  
Lopez, Alexander RayCommunication B S  
Lorenz, Craig PatrickSport & Recreation Mgmt B S  
Maanum, Mitchell WadeNatural Res B S  
Matzke, Jarod TNatural Res B S  
Meissner, BrendanAgricultural Business B S  
Melbye, JordanCommunication B S  
Meyer, Todd JamesApplied Health B A H  
Pokela, Darrin EQuality Management B M M  
Qian, JieBusiness Management B SAccounting 
Rasset, Christopher GaryManufacturing Management B M M  
Reichert, Charles AndrewManufacturing Management B M M  
Roberts, Christopher DApplied Studies B S Distinction
Roder, Ashley MeganSport & Recreation Mgmt B SBusiness MgmtDistinction
Rohloff, Christian LeeAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Sanders, Jacob Charles MarvinBiology B S  
Sathoff, Elizabeth AprilApplied Health B A H  
Schmitz, Matthew PaulNatural Res B S  
Selzler, Darin BernardCriminal Justice B S  
Seufert, Matthew WilliamNatural Res B S  
Sherod, Kayla AnnAnimal Science B S  
Sibert, Jeremy LCriminal Justice B S High Distinction
Sikorski, Jacqueline MarieApplied Health B A H  
Sletten, Ashley ReneeBusiness Management B S  
 Health Management B S  
Snyder, Ryan MNatural Res B S  
Sorlie, Katherine MarieBusiness Management B S  
Sperling, Shawn DNatural Res B S  
Spurdens, Karlie ElizabethAnimal Science B S  
Sun, GuangxianSoftware Engineering B S  
Sutterfield, SamuelMarketing B S  
Teixeira, Leonardo CotrimBusiness Management B S  
Thorne, Natalie PixieannApplied Studies B S  
Ulschmid, DanielleEarly Childhood Education B S  
Undis, Nicholas MarkManufacturing Management B M M  
Walsvik, Benjamin JoelNatural Res B S  
Wangen, Coty AllenAgronomy B S  
Weisner, Cory RobertSport & Recreation Mgmt B S  
Wentzel, Meredith SusannahHlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care  
Zaharia, AndrewAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Zwach, Peter A. JrSport & Recreation Mgmt B S 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Andrew Svec, director of communications, marketing, and public relations, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Announces the Fall Semester 2012 Dean's List

Students named to the fall semester 2012 Dean's 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 Dean's 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 on the Deans List include

Last NameFirst NameMajor
AbbeyWemimoBusiness Management
AbikarAbdikafiHealth Management
AdelmanPaulSport &Recreation Mgmt
AfonyaBomaHlth Sciences
AlbertsenAndrewNatural Resources
AmanAshleyCriminal Justice
ArvellosMarcusBusiness Management
BaeIn HyopBiology
BaeJung SeokBusiness Management
BahlsAmandaNatural Resources
BaskervilleKathrynAccounting
BeckMitchellAgricultural Systems Mgmt
BergSteffanieCommunication
BerryShirleyApplied Studies
BetcherMeganNatural Resources
BlaceJennaNatural Resources
BlackwoodLisaCommunication
BoescheJonathanBusiness Management
BorowiczMatthewHlth Sciences
BreitenfeldtBradyAnimal Science
BrethTiffanyAnimal Science
BrownCatherineAnimal Science
BuesingSamuelBusiness Management
BurkeMarissaBusiness Management
ButtermoreTrevorCriminal Justice
CalderValarieApplied Studies
CampbellEmilyAgri/NatRes-Undeclared
CampbellMarcusGolf and Turf Mgmt
CarpenedoKarenEquine Science
CarterAndrewAccounting
CharlesJessicaAnimal Science
ChoiSo IEnvironmental Sciences
ChoiYoungaEarly Childhood Education
ChungDabitnaEarly Childhood Education
CitrowskeCedricAgricultural Systems Mgmt
CrotsJensenHealth Management
CurtisShaunSoftware Engineering
CymbalukZachAgricultural Business
DegbeyAfi DelaliHealth Management
DelaneyToynellHealth Management
DicksonMichelleNatural Resources
DoHuyBusiness Management
DuCloux-PotterSarahHealth Management
DunkerShaneInformation Technology Mgmt
EcklundJaredNatural Resources
FillmoreRowennaAnimal Science
FischerJamieMarketing
FlaaganShandyAnimal Science
FreySidneyMarketing
FunkMariaAgricultural Education
GabrielsonLauraSoftware Engineering
GagnerJillBusiness Management
GeiszlerMelissaAgronomy
GramsAlishaNatural Resources
GranforsJacobNatural Resources
GregoryStephenManufacturing Management
GurungTashiEnvironmental Sciences
GwakSuminCommunication
HaleSarahHealth Management
HaneyTravisNatural Resources
HargroveEmilyMarketing
HartungAshlynnHorticulture
HeggemJakeHealth Sciences and Biology
HerzogRochelleAnimal Science
HoffAdamSoftware Engineering
HoffmanAshleyAgricultural Business and Agronomy
HomstadCarolynAccounting
HovetStacyBusiness Management
HuaGuogangAgricultural Business
JackAlexandraApplied Studies
JacksonMarkNatural Resources
JangHae InBusiness Management
JaskolkaMichelleHealth Management
JirikJosephNatural Resources
JohnsonRachelEarly Childhood Education
JungEun KiBusiness Management
KaharaAndrewAccounting
KankelfritzMeganApplied Studies
KappesJessicaPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
KerrLisaAccounting
KhanSaifAccounting
KimBominUndecided
KimHweeAccounting
KlangEmilyAccounting
KoepMarkNatural Resources
KollmanTaylorNatural Resources
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Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Andrew Svec, director of communications, marketing, and public relations, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

With approval by the Minnesota Board of Teaching, the University of Minnesota, Crookston will add a bachelor of science in elementary education to the current 26 bachelor's degree programs offered. The bachelor of science degree in elementary education is a career-oriented program that prepares students to be effective teachers of children from kindergarten through grade six. Students have an option to double major in elementary education along with early childhood education, which includes the birth through grade three licensure already available on the Crookston campus.

Graduates of the teacher education program design, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children in elementary education classrooms. They are prepared to work collaboratively with families and in the community. A dual major with early childhood education provides significant opportunities for professional positions in these programs: kindergarten through sixth grade, infant and toddler care and education, preschool programs, Head Start, and early childhood family education. The elementary education program has three academic core areas of required coursework--education core, family core, and elementary education core.  A new Web page includes more detailed information about the major at www.umcrookston.edu/elementaryed

"The action taken by the Board of Teaching to provide the U of M, Crookston the opportunity to offer a licensure program for elementary education sets the stage for growth and improves the academic choices for students at the university, noted Jack Geller, Ph.D., head of the Liberal Arts and Education Department."Preparing students to earn a teacher's license that enables graduates to teach in schools from kindergarten through sixth grade is a significant addition to the strong program in early childhood education we offer on this campus." 

Background
The U of M, Crookston previously offered a licensure program in early childhood education only and the full-continuing institutional approval has a seven-year interval and is determined by the Board of Teaching. The UMC Teacher Education Unit was granted full-continuing approval from the Minnesota Board of Teaching to prepare individuals for Minnesota teacher licensure through June 30, 2019.

The approval followed a visit by an assessment team in October 2011, when the campus hosted a three-day visit to review data gathered since 2007 related to the 54 standards established by the Board. These standards are meant to ensure that teacher candidates have the opportunity to learn, develop, and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for teacher licensure. The evaluation team, chaired by Teacher Education Specialist JoAnn Van Aernum, delivered a report to the campus in early December 2011, and a recommendation by the team was sent to the Board for consideration in their final decision. 

The Board of Teaching, created in 1973, provides leadership for improvements in teacher education programs in order to assure that the state has well-qualified, professional teachers. The Governor appoints eleven members to the Board of Teaching: six classroom teachers, one higher education faculty member, one school administrator, and three members of the public, two of whom must have spent some time on a local school board. The Board determines the standards and practices that will serve the state's teachers and teacher preparation institutions. For more information, visit http://education.state.mn.us/mde/index.html.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Jack Geller, head, Liberal Arts and Education Department, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

USNEWSbadge-best-online-programs-2013.jpgU.S.News and World Report has ranked the University of Minnesota, Crookston among the nation's "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" for 2013. The U of M, Crookston was ranked in the top quartile at #60 out of the 247 higher education respondents in this year's survey. Rankings were based on factors such as graduation rates and academic and career support services offered to students among others. The campus ranked especially high in the sub-category Student Services and Technology coming in at number 18. 

U.S.News & World Report published these rankings for the first time in 2102 in response to today's high demand for education provided in a flexible manner.  

"Our faculty and staff are leaders in the field of online education and have been working for more than a decade to provide access to our high quality degree programs in a manner that is consistent with our public land grant mission. Their experience with and understanding of online students is unparalleled," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston.  "This recognition is confirmation of the exemplary efforts of our faculty and staff to provide quality programs and the best online learning experience for students who need the flexibility that online learning affords."  

The U of M, Crookston currently offers ten degree programs entirely online (these degrees are also offered more traditionally on-campus as well).  They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), and Quality Management (B.M.M.).  The online programs are administered through the Center for Adult Learning and delivered via three academic departments: Business; Liberal Arts and Education; and Math, Science, and Technology. The campus currently has more than 700 online only degree-seeking students. 

While U.S.News has applied some of its rankings standards used for traditional schools, measures were developed and used to evaluate online programs.  U.S.News defined a distance education program as "a program for which all the required coursework for program completion is able to be completed via distance education courses that incorporate Internet-based learning technologies. Distance education courses are courses that deliver instruction to students who are separated from the instructor and support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor synchronously or asynchronously." 

Online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in three different sub-categories: Teaching Practices and Student Engagement, Faculty Credentials and Training, and Student Services and Technology.  Ranking indicators for the Teaching Practices and Student Engagement category included class size, teacher response timeframe, student collaboration policy, and anti-plagiarism screening policy among others.  Student services and technology-based indicators included live tutoring and 24/7 tech support, the ability for students to receive classes through both audio and visual, and having all courses centralized into a single student information system, such as Blackboard or Moodle.

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

For more information about the University of Minnesota, Crookston and its online degrees visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.  
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of nearly 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, 281-218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Several new articulation agreements have been implemented by the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Agreements were signed with Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Moorhead, Minn., and Anoka Technical College in Anoka, Minn. These bachelor of science degree options at the U of M, Crookston are available to students both online and on-site.  

Graduates with an associate of science degree in business from Minnesota State Community and Technical College (MSCTC) would have the option to pursue a bachelor of science degree in business management from the U of M, Crookston. For those earning an associate of applied science degree in business management sales, and marketing could also consider the bachelor of science in business management for the Crookston campus. 

For graduates earning an associate of applied science degree in accounting from MSCTC, the option to pursue a bachelor of science in accounting at the U of M, Crookston would be an option.

Students graduating with an associate of science degree in either diesel equipment technology or carpentry have the option to pursue a bachelor of manufacturing management at the U of M, Crookston. 

For graduates earning an associate of applied science degree in accounting from Anoka Technical College, pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting at the U of M, Crookston would be an option. 

Articulation agreements are formal arrangements transferring a defined set of academic credits between an academic program of one institution, usually a two-year post-secondary institution, to a program within a college or campus of the University of Minnesota system in order to fulfill general education or program requirements. Benefits of an articulation agreement include a reduced chance of retaking the same coursework; and the opportunity to move from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree at the U of M, Crookston. 

 For more information on the degree programs available in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus or call 218-281-8176 (800-UMC-MINN).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Minnesota College Application Week has been proclaimed a success with the help of the 
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Achieve More Initiative. Janessa DeBoer, who works in the Center for Adult Learning, led the effort and reports that 39 students in the Crookston High School completed college applications and some 40 parents attended parents Night on Thursday, November 15.

The goal was to have more students applying to college in their senior year. Students could apply to any two-year or four-year college/university or training program in which they were interested. Parents Night helped answer questions surrounding the financial, social, and academic aspects of attending a post-secondary institution. More than 50 institutions of higher education waived their application fees during the week to encourage students to complete an application. 

During the week's events, prizes were given away to students including a 32-inch television, two printers, and a number of gift cards.

A competition designed around the theme "I want to go to college because..." was won by Ms. Swanson's and Ms. Darco's classroom. The students won based on a poster, participation in College Application Week, and by wearing college apparel. They were awarded a Happy Joe's pizza party. 

Background
Last year, as part of a national initiative through the American Council on Education, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the second week of November Minnesota College Application Week.  This week will provide a framework for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage and inform underrepresented students (first generation college students, students of color, and low-income students) about the college exploration and application process. While much of the focus of College Application Week is geared toward first-generation, low-income students, all students are encouraged to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for postsecondary education.

Achieve More emerged from the regional IMPACT 20/20 Education Task Force's priority initiative to increase high school graduation rates and encourage more students to consider attending college.   Launched in fall 2012, the project is a collaborative effort among the Center for Adult Learning (CAL), the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce.  Achieve More consists of two major components, UMC's current College and Career Preparation 101, aimed at grades 8‐12, and Junior Achievement, which returns to the Crookston School District for grades 3‐7.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Amber Schultz, director of admissions, stops to assist a student with the application process in the lab at the Crookston High School. 

Contact: Janessa DeBoer, student personnel coordinator, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8673 (deboe053@umn.edu); Eric Morgan, student personnel coordinator, Center for Adult Learning, 218-2818685 (morga365@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, co

Adam Switzer (at right), a senior at the University of Minnesota, Crookston from Apple Valley, Minn., 
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majoring in sport and recreation management, successfully passed the Microsoft® Office 2010 Master Certification. He is the first student to earn the certification at the master level from the Crookston campus. The U of M, Crookston is Microsoft Testing Site for such certification.

The Microsoft Office Master certification denotes fluency in several important Microsoft Office applications. To achieve this highest designation, a candidate must pass three required exams and one elective exam. The required exams are Word 2010 Expert, Excel® 2010 Expert and PowerPoint® 2010.

The benefits of the certification as a Microsoft Office Master are to build credibility through proof of skills, to set yourself apart as a desktop computing expert, to differentiate yourself from your peers, to possess a professional recognition accepted around the world, and to demonstrate computing efficiency in the workplace. 

The Microsoft Office certification program within the university helps provide graduates tangible proof they possess skills that make them ideal hires. This certification gives students a leg up in a difficult job market.

"When our students are competing against other students from other business schools, if all things are equal, this is a differentiator for our students," explains Twyla Treanor, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. "We know students need to look at every angle possible to stand out and get ahead."

Microsoft Certified Application Specialist certifications are primarily for those who use Microsoft Office programs as a vital part of their job functions. To learn more about the Microsoft Certification available at the U of M, Crookston, visit http://www3.crk.umn.edu/academics/mst/itm/certification.htm. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Twyla Treanor, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8181 (ttreanor@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Several new articulation agreements have been implemented by the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Agreements were signed with Hibbing Community College (HCC) in Hibbing, Minn.; Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and Pine Technical College in Pine City, Minn. 

Graduates with an associate of science degree in business administration from Hibbing Community College could consider pursuing a bachelor of science degree in business management from the U of M, Crookston. Associate of applied science graduates in industrial systems technology from HCC could pursue their bachelor of manufacturing management. Both degrees are offered online and on-campus.

For graduates earning an applied science degree from Inver Hills Community College, pursuing a bachelor of science in accounting at the U of M, Crookston would be an option. Those interested in pursuing a bachelor of science in business management could do so by earning their applied science degree from Inver Hills in either contemporary business or international business.

Pine Technical College graduates with an associate of applied science degree in accounting would also be able to pursue a bachelor of science in accounting at the U of M, Crookston.

Articulation agreements are formal arrangements transferring a defined set of academic credits between an academic program of one institution, usually a two-year post-secondary institution, to a program within a college or campus of the University of Minnesota system in order to fulfill general education or program requirements. Benefits of an articulation agreement include a reduced chance of retaking the same coursework; and the opportunity to move from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree at the U of M, Crookston. 

 For more information on the degree programs available in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus or call 218-281-8176 (800-UMC-MINN).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State will fund a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) to establish an American Cultural Center in China. The purpose of the cultural center, to be located on the campus of ZJETP in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, is to cultivate greater understanding between the United States and China. One of the unique aspects of the American Cultural Center at ZJETP is the construction of a 3-D immersive lab similar to the one located on the Crookston campus. 

Students in China will be able to use the lab to demonstrate American historical scenes and visit sites in the U.S. including universities, national landmarks, and other places of interest. The lab combines the most recent computer technology, sensor technology, and visual technology to allow users to "immerse" themselves in a virtual environment and interact with that environment. Along with the 3-D immersive lab, the American Cultural Center at ZJETP will include a multimedia conference room and theater, a reading room, and an e-reading room.

To be eligible for the grant, an applicant had to demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following subject areas: people-to-people exchanges, cultural and academic programming, international cooperation, institution-to-institution partnerships, and the ability to develop and implement programs in China. The one-time grant funding, which runs from September 20, 2012, through September 20, 2013, will promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for American culture. 

Jingpeng Tang, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department on the Crookston campus is the grant's principal investigator. Kim Gillette, Ph.D., director of the Office of International Programs will join Tang to serve as the cultural center's deputy directors. Serving as their counterpart as deputy director in China is Mingdi Gu, who is the director of the international office at ZJETP. 

According to Tang, the American Cultural Center is the natural outgrowth of a long-term relationship between the U of M, Crookston and ZJETP. "We have been partners with Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic since 2005," Tang says. "This American Cultural Center will help foster mutual understanding between both countries, assist with student recruitment, and further our campus mission of outreach. We are excited about the opportunity and proud to be included among the campuses that have this kind of collaboration." The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is home to the only other center of this kind in the U of M system.

One of the long term goals for the American Cultural Center at ZJETP is to use it as a bridge to universities, businesses, industries, governmental and non-governmental agencies in the United States and Zhejiang province and the Yangtze River Delta of China, including Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces. The Center also opens doors for potential research opportunities across both campuses.

Background
Over their history, the U of M, Crookston and ZJETP have collaborated on student exchange, faculty exchange, curriculum construction, and joint programs. More than 50 students from ZJETP have attended the U of M, Crookston in the software engineering, business management, and agricultural business programs. These programs allow ZJETP students to transfer to the U of M, Crookston to complete a bachelor's degree. The Crookston campus also established an English as Second Language (ESL) Center on the ZJETP campus. Study abroad opportunities for both faculty and students at the U of M, Crookston have been enhanced by the relationship with ZJETP and many have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit the campus in China. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Jingpeng Tang, associate professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8182 (jptang@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A Parent Night will be held at Crookston High School on November 15, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. It will host all sophomore, junior and senior parents and students. Parent Night is an opportunity for parents to learn more about the financial, social, and academic aspects of attending a post-secondary institution. Topics during the evening include financial aid, FAFSA, ACT tests/scores, college applications, college visits, residential life and housing, as well as answering any questions parents might have. 

Parent Night is sponsored through the Achieve More initiative. For more information on the Parent Night activities, contact Janessa DeBoer at 218‐281‐8673.

Background
Achieve More emerged from the regional IMPACT 20/20 Education Task Force's priority initiative to increase high school graduation rates and encourage more students to consider attending college.   Launched in fall 2012, the project is a collaborative effort among UMC's Center for Adult Learning (CAL), the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce.  Achieve More consists of two major components, College and Career Preparation 101, aimed at grades 7‐12, and Junior Achievement, which returns to the Crookston School District for grades 2-6.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Janessa DeBoer, student personnel coordinator, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8673 (deboe053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

College representatives will visit the Crookston High School on November 13-15 during Minnesota College Application Week, which runs November 12-16, 2012. Thanks to Achieve More, an initiative designed to encourage students to consider attending and planning for college, students will have the opportunity to learn about and apply to regional Minnesota colleges for free.

Crookston High School Seniors will fill out applications from 10-11am each day. There will be representatives from local colleges to help fill out applications to regional colleges and answer questions. The visit schedule includes Northland Community and Technical College on November 13; University of Minnesota, Crookston on November 14; and Bemidji State University and North Dakota State College of Science on November 15. There will be prizes drawn throughout the week, so all seniors are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, students will learn about opportunities at each of the visiting institutions and have help filling out application forms. The goal of the program is to get more students applying to college earlier. During this event, students may apply to any two-year or four-year college/university or training program in which they are interested.

For more information on Minnesota College Application Week activities, contact Janessa DeBoer at 218‐281‐8673.

Background
Last year, as part of a national initiative through the American Council on Education, Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed the second week of November Minnesota College Application Week.  This week will provide a framework for high schools and postsecondary institutions to collaborate in a concentrated effort to engage and inform underrepresented students (first generation college students, students of color, and low-income students) about the college exploration and application process. While much of the focus of College Application Week is geared toward first-generation, low-income students, all students are encouraged to participate in events to help them explore and prepare for postsecondary education.

Achieve More emerged from the regional IMPACT 20/20 Education Task Force's priority initiative to increase high school graduation rates and encourage more students to consider attending college.   Launched in fall 2012, the project is a collaborative effort among UMC's Center for Adult Learning (CAL), the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), and the Crookston Area Chamber of Commerce.  Achieve More consists of two major components, College and Career Preparation 101, aimed at grades 7‐12, and Junior Achievement, which returns to the Crookston School District for grades 2-6.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Janessa DeBoer, student personnel coordinator, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8673 (deboe053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students interested in advancing as a tax professional will now have the opportunity to earn a Certificate of Taxation at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The certificate, offered through the Business Department, is available to students both on campus and online.
 
The certificate is designed to prepare the student for a career in tax preparation, including individual, farm, business, trusts, estates, payroll, estate taxes, etc. In addition, it prepares the student to pass the registered tax return preparer competency test. 

The certificate also would appeal to non-licensed paid preparers and to individuals interested in a new career as a tax preparer. In order to complete the certificate, students will take classes in income tax, tax preparation, and accounting systems. 

Background
Effective January 1, 2011, all paid preparers of 1040 income tax returns are required to obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) before preparing and filing tax returns. Current preparers will be issued a provisional PTIN, and have until the end of 2013 to pass the Registered Tax Return Preparer competency test administered by the IRS. 

The Crookston campus offers a bachelor of science degree in accounting designed to provide students with both the theoretical and the analytical framework required to work effectively in public, private or governmental accounting. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Ken Bulie, lecturer, Business Dept., 218-2818194 (bulie001@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

USnewsbadge_midwest_2013.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to announce a move up to second in this year's U.S.News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges. The rankings for 2013 mark the 15th consecutive year the Crookston campus has appeared in the top four and signals a move up from last year's placement at number three. The exclusive rankings, available at usnews.com on Wed., Sept. 12, will be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands on Tuesday, September 18. 
 

Within the specific category, Top Public Regional Colleges, U.S. News compared 371 colleges by region. The University of Minnesota, Crookston's category, Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges, is comprised of both public and private institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant less than half of their degrees in the liberal arts. 

Campus officials are pleased with the news and credit the improvement to a campus wide focus on excellence at every level. "The U.S. News rankings call out our adherence to high quality academic programs and student services by our dedicated faculty and staff," says Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston. "We offer the best academic and student experience in a small, closely-knit atmosphere where students earn a University of Minnesota degree. 

"In a year when we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established land grant universities, we are proud to continue our commitment to students and our legacy as a land grant institution," Wood continues. "We strive now, as we have since our earliest years, to provide access to higher education, to encourage discovery, and to serve the public good." 

Over the past two decades, the U.S. News college rankings, which group schools based on categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, have grown to be the most comprehensive tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings of regional colleges, the key measures of quality are:  peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.  For details, visit www.usnews.com.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is hosting a program that encompasses Hispanic history, storytelling, music, dancing, and refreshments on Sunday, September 16, 2012, the official Mexican Independence Day. The event, known as the "Celebration of Life, History, and Freedom" will take place in the Kiehle Auditorium, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All activities are free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will feature popular Mexican foods to sample. 

Highlights of the evening will include; vocal music by Bryan Sanchez, dancing by Las Rositas, presentations on Hispanic history, the Mexican Independence Day, and the flag by area elementary and middle school students. Special presentations by Alan Dragseth, president of the board of the Red River Valley Sugarbeet Museum and area sugar beet grower, and by Leticia Sanchez, Intervention Coordinator/Supervisor, for Migrant Health Services in Crookston, will bring to life the history of Hispanics and Latinos in the Red River Valley. 

Mary Farley, recipient of the prestigious 2012 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service, will be recognized during the evening. She spent her life's work in humanitarian efforts including advocating for immigrants and children, ministering to convicts, reintegrating homeless adults into community life, and finding treatment for individuals with mental illness.   For more on the award, visit www.mcknight.org. 

Cristina Rodriguez, from Fresh Voices in Progress, will provide an audio visual presentation chronicling the lives and culture of Hispanics in the Red River Valley. The evening will also include information about the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act by the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Programs, and a featured reading by local high school student Justin Burgoz. The legislation, if passed, would affect individuals ages 15 to 31, who came to the country before they were 16 and have lived here continuously for at least the past five years. They must be free of serious criminal convictions, be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military. The presentation will provide information and help raise awareness. For more information on the DREAM Act, visit www.ed.gov. 

The evening will conclude with piñatas and Mexican Bingo for kids of all ages. 

Hispanic Heritage Month begins September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries--Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and ends Oct. 15. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 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: : Lorna Hollowell, director, diversity and multicultural programs, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Continues Trend Surpassing Enrollment Records

Number of degree-seeking students nears 1800

While the final numbers will not be available for some time, enrollment at the University of Minnesota, Crookston appears to have surpassed previous record levels, continuing a six-year trend.  Preliminary, unofficial reports put enrollment at 1,773 degree-seeking undergraduates--the highest enrollment in the history of the campus.  That number beats 2011's all-time record of 1,600. 

A major contributing factor to the growth is the number of undergrads pursuing their degrees online.  Approximately 700 students enrolled for fall 2012 are considered "online-only" students, which means all of their courses are taken online.  The U of M, Crookston currently offers ten of its twenty-six degree programs entirely online in addition to on-campus. 

"There is no question we are serving two very distinctive groups of students," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston.  "We remain strongly committed to those students who are pursuing their degrees in the traditional sense of living on or commuting to campus and interacting with our faculty and staff in person.  We've proudly served as a residential campus all the way back to our first days as the Northwest School of Agriculture in the early 1900s, and this will continue to be a great strength of the campus," said Wood, "but there is also clearly a need for non-traditional students to access high quality online degree programs. By meeting this need we also are helping our online students achieve their educational goals consistent with the mission of a modern land-grant campus."

The number of students pursuing the more traditional on-campus experience remains near 1,100, and campus residence halls are at maximum capacity.  Lounges and other areas in the halls have been converted to student rooms for fall semester, and beyond that, as of Wednesday, August 29, more than 30 students are being housed at the America's Best Value Inn just south of campus in Crookston.  A new residence hall is currently under construction for planned occupancy in January 2013 when the U of M, Crookston begins its spring semester.

"We provide a nationally-recognized residential living and learning atmosphere that focuses on experiential learning for those students who choose the residential college experience, and we plan to build on that," said Wood.  "We have a campus strategic plan to pursue enrollment growth both on-campus and online, and we now plan to finalize our strategic plan for online programs," he added.  "Growth in online enrollment has been phenomenal--more than 45% compared to fall 2011--and we want to ensure a high quality experience online to match the high quality residential experience we offer."

Final official enrollment statistics for the Crookston campus, as well as the other campuses of the University of Minnesota system, will be available in mid-October after they are reported to the U of M Board of Regents.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

It's time for homecoming at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and the Office of 
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Development & Alumni Relations is preparing to honor the 2012 Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame inductees on Friday, September 21. During the evening, Outstanding Alumni Kirk Schultz '79, Doreen (Johnson) Roy '81, and Gerald Landby '82 will be recognized for their achievements. Ryan Driedger '97 from Golden Eagle Hockey will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The recognition will take place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center beginning at 6 p.m. with a social followed by a banquet and presentation of the honorees. Hosting the evening are Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations and Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics and greetings will be brought by Chancellor Fred Wood. To make reservations for the evening, contact Rose Ulseth in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439 by September 17. 

On Saturday, Sept. 22, everyone is invited to attend the annual homecoming parade at 10:30 a.m. on the Campus Mall. Jim Sims will serve as the parade's grand marshal. Sims was head football coach at the U of M, Crookston from 1976-1995. During his tenure, the U of M, Crookston Technical College won three division team championships, and he was named division coach of the year twice.

Following the parade, Golden Eagle Soccer will take on the Augustana Vikings at 11 a.m. Teambackers will host a tailgate with live music by the band Four Wheel Drive in Parking Lot E also beginning at 11 a.m. The Golden Eagle Football game will kick off at 1 p.m. against Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs.

Following the football game, alumni are invited to a post-game social at I.C. Muggs, and at 5 p.m., the Golden Eagle Volleyball team will take on the Augustana Vikings. The weekend's events will conclude with an alumni/student dance at the Crookston Eagles. For all the events taking place during homecoming, visit www.umcrookston.edu/today. 

Students will celebrate homecoming week with events planned around the theme "Life's a Beach." Highlights for students include a homecoming photo booth, the 2nd Annual Alpha Sigma Pi Powderpuff Football game, and the coronation of homecoming royalty, along with a number of other homecoming related activities. 

A Campus Preview Day for prospective students is also slated for Saturday, Sept. 22 and includes admissions presentations, campus tours, and academic sessions. For more information on the day's schedule or to register for Campus Preview Day, visit www1.crk.umn.edu/admissions/visit. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 9ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according 
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to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 20, 2012, on PrincetonReview.com.    

"As a campus of the great University of Minnesota system, our place in the market calls us to pay close attention to quality and offer the best educational experience to our students," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston.  "It's rewarding to have outside agencies such as The Princeton Review recognize the efforts of our faculty and staff and include the U of M, Crookston on its list of best colleges in the Midwest.  

"It's especially timely given that we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act, which established land grant universities for the public good," Wood says.  "On that note, we are and always will be committed to service to the public in terms of offering excellent programs and in terms of maintaining access and affordability for our students."

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues -- from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food -- and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students, and their campus life.

The 153 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 222 colleges in the Northeast, 122 in the West, and 136 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.  Collectively, the 633 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges. For a full listing of the 2013 Best Colleges go to www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx

The schools in The Princeton Review's "2013 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website section are also rated in six categories by The Princeton Review. The ratings, which appear on the school profiles, are scores on a scale of 60 to 99.  The Princeton Review tallied these scores based on institutional data it obtained from the colleges in 2011-12 and/or student survey data. Review explains the criteria for each rating score on its site at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx

The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, MA, with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S.A. and abroad, the Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Lorna Hollowell (right) has been hired as director of diversity and multicultural programs at the 
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University of Minnesota, Crookston.  She comes to the campus from Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Ky, where she served as director of cultural diversity, and she previously worked as an educational talent search advisor for Madisonville Community College, also in Kentucky.  She began her responsibilities on campus on Monday, July 23, 2012.  

In the role of director of diversity and multicultural programs on the Crookston campus, Hollowell believes institutions of higher education should be flagships of diversity and multiculturalism.

"Forming bridges and collaborative relationships with community organizations, secondary partners, and other post-secondary institutions is vital to creating and maintaining a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community", she says. "I want to do my best to insure that all students, domestic and international, feel welcomed and included in coordinating and participating in community-wide events to explore and showcase various cultures."

She describes her philosophy on diversity "as the exploration, appreciation, and celebration of all the ways we differ", noting that "As we explore our differences, we realize how much we are alike." She is excited to be on campus. "I am impressed with the diversity I see on campus and in the community of Crookston," Hollowell says. "It is very refreshing and provides fertile ground for all that UMC desires to do to promote diversity throughout the campus and community. 

Since her arrival on campus, Hollowell has been busy meeting with student groups, staff, and administration. The first event she is coordinating is a celebration of Hispanic and Latino History Month and the Mexican Independence Day, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.  The evening will include history, storytelling, music, dancing, and refreshments. 

The event will conclude with an informational presentation on the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act, known as the DREAM Act. The legislation is open to individuals ages 15 to 31, who came to the country before they were 16 and have lived here continuously for at least the past five years. They must be free of serious criminal convictions, be enrolled in or have completed high school, or have served in the U.S. military. The presentation will provide information and help raise awareness. For more information on the DREAM Act, visit www.ed.gov. 

Her work is already focusing on the future including events in observance of Native American History Month, Black History Month, European History Month, Religious History, Asian/Pacific Islander History Month, Disability Awareness Month and more.  Hollowell encourages everyone to watch for details about upcoming events on the campus Web site at www.umcrookston.edu/today. 

Hollowell earned her bachelor of science in organizational management from Oakland City University in Indiana, and has completed coursework for certification in international student services at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.  She is currently pursuing an executive master of science in organizational communication through Murray State University, Murray, Ky.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  and is celebrating 150 years as an U.S. land grant university.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Lorna Hollowell, director, diversity and multicultural programs, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New articulation agreements have been implemented by the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Agreements were signed recently with Hennepin Technical College, located in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Pine Technical College, located in Pine City, Minn. The articulation agreements allow eligible students with specific associate degrees in business an option to transfer to the Crookston campus to complete a baccalaureate degree.  

Graduates earning an associate of science degree in business administration at Pine Technical College could consider a bachelor of science degree in business management from the U of M, Crookston. Those earning the associate in applied science in computer controlled precision manufacturing degree could pursue a bachelor of manufacturing management degree. Both of these options are available online or on-campus. 

Hennepin Technical College graduates with associate of applied science degrees in automation robotics engineering technology, electronics technology, or manufacturing engineering technology would have the option to pursue a bachelor of manufacturing management degree either online or on-campus at the U of M, Crookston.

For those earning a management or business analyst associate of applied science degree from Hennepin Technical College could consider the U of M, Crookston's bachelor of science degree in business management either online or on-campus. 

Articulation agreements are formal arrangements transferring a defined set of academic credits between an academic program of one institution, usually a two-year post-secondary institution, to a program within a college or campus of the University of Minnesota system in order to fulfill general education or program requirements. Benefits of an articulation agreement include Cost savings on tuition, fees, room and board; reduced chances of retaking the same coursework; and the opportunity to move from an associate degree to a bachelor's degree at the U of M, Crookston. 
 
For more information on the degree programs available in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus or call 218-281-8176 (800-UMC-MINN).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Announces Three New Emphasis Areas to Communication Program

A degree in communication from the University of Minnesota, Crookston offers students many career options. The bachelor of science in communication prepares students to be effective communicators in many professional settings. The U of M, Crookston has offered a communication degree since 2004, but after reviewing the current program, it was decided that three emphasis areas would be added. Essentially these emphases serve to clearly define the communication program of study for potential students.  

The three areas of emphasis are communication studies, organizational communication/public relations, and writing. 

The communication studies emphasis allows students to craft a personalized set of courses to suit their communication interests. Students will work closely with faculty to select 21 credits within the communication program or outside the communication program curriculum for a combined approach. A popular choice for students has been combining communication with a concentration of courses in marketing.  

The organizational communication/public relations emphasis allows students to study communication within organizations and communication with public systems. Students will learn about the internal organizational power and politics as well as making effective connections with the public. Students will take a wide range of courses preparing them for strategic external communication that allows them to connect with the public.

The writing emphasis allows students to focus on writing. This area addresses the theory and practice of writing in a wide range of settings.  Core writing courses will prepare students to be effective writers in both the corporate and public forum and to meet the marketplace realities of contemporary society.  

 "These new emphases help clarify the communication program for prospective students," says Mark Huglen, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department. Huglen has been teaching communication courses for the past 17 years.  

The Crookston campus also offers a minor in communication which serves as a complement to any major. The communication minor prepares students to be effective communicators in any profession. The minor also allows students to select courses that strengthen their professional career objectives. 

The communication degree is also entirely available online, giving professionals working rotating shifts and place-bound students a chance to complete their degree. 

Learn more about the communication program from Mark Huglen, Ph.D.:

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Jack Geller, head, Liberal Arts and Education Department, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

2012_4_Chuck and Barbara 9x7 0264.jpgA reception in honor of University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey and First Lady Barbara Muesing will take place on Thursday, June 14, 2012. The reception, which is open to all, will take place in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center from 2 - 4 p.m.  Crookston Mayor Dave Genereux will announce June 14 as Chancellor Charles H. Casey and Barbara J. Muesing Day at 3 p.m. the day of the reception.

Casey began his appointment as chancellor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on September 12, 2005. Prior to his appointment he served as dean and director of the University of Minnesota Extension Service. From 1979 to 1991, he was a member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and from 1989-1991 served as chair. He was the vice chair of the North Central Extension Directors, as well as serving on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Advisory Board, and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Board.

Barbara J. Muesing began working for the U of M in 1965, serving as an extension educator, program leader, and district director. She also served ten years as the executive director and corporate secretary to the U of M Board of Regents. She has dedicated herself to a variety of pursuits including University outreach, continuing education, rural health, and vital aging.

Chancellor Casey and Barbara have worked diligently throughout the years on behalf of the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Their service, leadership, and dedication have benefited the campus in countless ways. We thank them for their support and wish them the best in the future.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: First Lady Barbara J. Muesing and Chancellor Charles H. Casey

Contact: Andrews Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438, (asvec@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Ground Breaking for New Residence Hall on Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at Noon

A ground breaking ceremony will be held for the construction of a new $9,800,000 residence Perspective 1.jpghall at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Wednesday, May 2, 2012. The ceremony, which takes place at noon, will be held on the construction site located west of Evergreen Hall and adjacent to Parking Lot E. The public is invited to attend.

Among those speaking will be Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Crookston Student Association President Alisha Aasness, and Gary Willhite, director, Residential Life and Security Services.  Representatives from the University, Michael J. Burns Architects, and Community Contractors will also be on hand. 

The 43,043 square foot, two-story building will house 145 students in  35 two-bedroom suites furnished with a study room and bathroom facilities--approximately 700 square feet per suite. Public areas will include kitchenettes, study rooms, game room, fitness/exercise areas, and laundry rooms.

An academic classroom adjacent to the north side of the building will seat 100 some in approximately 5,000 square feet with a lounge and additional study areas.  The classroom will also serve as a multipurpose facility for students, faculty, and the public. The residence hall will be built using Minnesota B3 Benchmarking. B3 Benchmarking is a building energy management system for public buildings in Minnesota including state, local government, and public school buildings.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Architectural rendering of new residence hall.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communication, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston was one of five campuses in Minnesota named to the Honor Roll with Distinction as part of the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for 2012. The campus has been on the Honor Roll every year since 2006 with the exception of one, but this is the first year the campus has been recognized on the Honor Roll with Distinction. Other Minnesota campuses honored with the distinction designation include Augsburg College, College of St. Benedict, Metropolitan State University, and Winona State University.

To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff HigherEdCommServHonorRoll-thumb-180x180-82211.jpgare engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.  This national level honor recognizes a college or university for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. A total of 642 campuses were recognized on the 2012 Honor Roll from across the country.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of service.

At the U of M, Crookston in 2011, students tallied 59,683 hours of service through academic service-learning courses, club and individual community service, community-based work study primarily through the America Reads Program, community service internships, and AmeriCorps.  They served on their campus, in Crookston, in their local communities, and across the country. Service-learning courses are found across all departments, and each of the nearly 40 student clubs and organizations strives to complete two service projects per semester.

Lisa Loegering, who directs efforts in service learning and civic engagement on the Crookston campus, says meaningful service in the lives of students is invaluable. "Students engaged in service learning or in community service gain context for study in the classroom," Loegering says. "Their student experience is enriched as they discover the power of commitment to helping others and improving the community in which they live. We hope our students take these service experiences with them wherever they go."

The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education announced the 2012 Honor Roll recipients at the American Council on Education's 94th Annual Meeting "Ahead of the Curve" on March 12, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.  For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning, 218-281-8526 (loege005@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston has been named to the Princeton Review's "Best Value Colleges: 2012 Edition."

The list of best value colleges, announced Tuesday, February 7, 2012 on the Princeton Review website and in USA TODAY, features 75 public and 75 private colleges and universities.  The U of M, Crookston was listed among the 75 "Best Value Public Colleges."  The annual list is a project the education services company launched in 2004 identifying America's top undergraduate schools offering excellent academics, generous financial aid, and/or relatively low cost of attendance.

The Princeton Review bases its rankings on surveys of administrators and students at 650 institutions it identified as having excellent academics. The selection criteria examined more than 30 factors in the areas of academics, cost of attendance and financial aid, using data from surveys conducted from fall 2010 through fall 2011. This year's list included colleges in 37 states and the District of Columbia, with California having the most schools represented: 19.  Fifty-six colleges, including the U of M, Crookston, are new to the list this year.

Using institutional data and the student opinion surveys collected, the Princeton Review selected its "Best Value" list based on data supplied by more than 650 colleges.  The top schools were chosen based on academics, the cost of attending, and the amount of aid provided to students.  The Princeton Review asserts some of the high-tuition schools on the list keep out-of-pocket costs down by offering generous financial aid packages.

More than 30 data points were assessed across three primary areas: academics, cost of attendance, and financial aid. Cost and financial aid data along with academic data came from the Company's surveys of school administrators. The Princeton Review also factored in data from surveys of students attending the schools who shared assessments of their professors and their satisfaction with their financial aid awards.

4 colleges in Minnesota made the list of 150:

     Crookston / University of Minnesota - Crookston
     Minneapolis / University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
     Northfield / Carleton College
     St. Paul / Macalester College

No North Dakota colleges were named to the list this year.

In recent years, the U of M, Crookston has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition including being named in the top three in the U.S.News and World Report "Top Public Regional Colleges" and the their inaugural Top Online Education Program rankings.

Another important feature of the Crookston campus is its "one-rate" tuition, which maintains the same rate for students from any state or country as for Minnesota resident students.

For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com/best-value-colleges.aspx. USA TODAY's coverage can be found at bestvaluecolleges.usatoday.com. Users can click on an exclusive interactive map and access a database with stats and facts about each "Best Value" college plus a report on why the Princeton Review colleges were named a "Best Value." The Princeton Review has teamed up with USA TODAY to present this resource online since 2009.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Campus Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2011

New and prospective students are invited to visit the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, December 3, 2011, to learn more about the campus during Preview Day.  Students are encouraged to bring their families along for the in depth look at campus.  

Students may go online to register for the Preview Day on Saturday, December 3 by visiting  www.umcrookston.edu/admissions or by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569. The welcome and admissions presentations begin at 10 a.m.

During Preview Days, students have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty, and staff as they learn about the U of M, Crookston. Throughout the day the students will be able to receive detailed information about the various opportunities available on the Crookston campus, participate in a question and answer session, tour the beautiful campus, and enjoy lunch in Brown Dining Hall.   Preview Day is designed to help students and their families as they make decisions about college.

For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/admissions.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 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: Amber Schultz, director, admissions, 218-281-8568, (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Campus Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2011

New and prospective students are invited to visit the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, November 19, 2011, to learn more about the campus during Preview Day.  Students are encouraged to bring their families along for the in depth look at campus.  

Students may go online to register for the Preview Day on Saturday, November 19 by visiting  www.umcrookston.edu/admissions or by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569. The welcome and admissions presentations begin at 10 a.m.

During Preview Days, students have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty, and staff as they learn about the U of M, Crookston. Throughout the day the students will be able to receive detailed information about the various opportunities available on the Crookston campus, participate in a question and answer session, tour the beautiful campus, and enjoy lunch in Brown Dining Hall.   Preview Day is designed to help students and their families as they make decisions about college.

For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/admissions.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Amber Schultz, director, admissions, 218-281-8568, (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Crookston fall semester 2011 has surpassed previous record levels, continuing a five-year trend of increasing enrollment and a fourth year of record high enrollment.  Official enrollment figures for all University of Minnesota campuses were announced at the Board of Regents meeting this afternoon.  

Enrollment data puts the number of degree-seeking students attending the Crookston campus at 1,600 for fall semester 2011. That number bests 2010's all-time record of 1,462 undergraduates and signifies an increase of 9.4% since last fall.  When comparing fall 2011 enrollment to fall 2006, the percentage is even more remarkable, reflecting an increase of 52% in degree-seeking students over that five-year period.

The number of undergrads pursuing their degrees online is also up, bringing the total of online-only students to 464.  The U of M, Crookston now offers ten degree programs entirely online, adding its on-campus programs in communication, information technology management, and health management to its online offerings this fall.

Not surprisingly, the growth in enrollment resulted from an increase in applications, but the Crookston campus also has made strides in retention and graduation rates.  It continues to attract quality students, indicated by the rise in the average ACT score for incoming students, which rose from 21.6 last year to 21.8 for fall semester 2011.

While the reputation of the Crookston campus has continued to advance--enhanced most recently by receiving recognition and "Best College" designations from both U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review again this fall--the enrollment growth is attributed to additional factors.  "Students are definitely attracted to the University of Minnesota brand, the educational options and degrees we provide, and the personal attention they receive here," says Charles Casey, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston.  

"Prospective students and their families who visit the campus instantly understand our marketing theme, 'Small Campus. Big Degree.'  They often comment on the friendly, personal feeling and compare it to that of a small private school," says Casey. "When I visit with our graduates and their families at commencement in spring, they express how important the attention and mentorship from faculty and staff have been to them," he adds.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston now delivers 26 undergraduate degree programs--ten of which are also available entirely online--and welcomes students from more than 25 countries and 40 states.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu) Robert Nelson, registrar, 218-281-8560 (nelson@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New and prospective students are invited to visit the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, October 22, 2011, to learn more about the campus during Preview Day.  Students are encouraged to bring their families along for the in depth look at campus.  

Students may go online to register for the Preview Day on Saturday, October 22 by visiting  www.umcrookston.edu/admissions or by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569. The welcome and admissions presentations begin at 10 a.m.

During Preview Days, students have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty, and staff as they learn about the U of M, Crookston. Throughout the day the students will be able to receive detailed information about the various opportunities available on the Crookston campus, participate in a question and answer session, tour the beautiful campus, and enjoy lunch in Brown Dining Hall.   Preview Day is designed to help students and their families as they make decisions about college.

For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/admissions.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 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: Amber Evans, director, admissions, 218-281-8568, (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A scholarship assisting "non-traditional" women in completing their education at the University of Minnesota has been awarded to three students from the Crookston campus. Recipients of the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship include: Senior Beth Debeltz, a health management major from Embarrass, Minn.; Junior Donna Malarkey, a quality management major from Crookston, Minn.; and Sophomore Nan Wright, an organizational psychology major also from Crookston.

"It is an honor for our campus to have three women awarded the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship," says Melissa Dingmann, director of financial aid at Crookston. "We know that sometimes students can feel daunted by the thought of re-entering the academic world, but help exists in the form of scholarships designed to assist them in the transition. These three award recipients are most deserving, and they are dedicated, hard-working students who are committed to their educational goals."

"I hope to develop and capitalize on my experience at UMC," says Malarkey.  "My mother was a 1945 graduate of the Northwest School of Agriculture, and I hope to be able to follow her example and call myself a U of M, Crookston alumni in 2012. As a non-traditional student, self-supporting, with limited resources, the scholarship assistance is deeply appreciated."

Recipients of the scholarship are chosen by a selection committee including University staff and faculty with particular interest and expertise in assisting non-traditional women students. In order to be considered for the scholarship, a student must be 28 years or older, been out of school for at least five years, be in good academic standing with the U of M, and meet half-time enrollment status. A weighted list of selection criteria includes the strength of the student's written personal statement, reference letters, and other special circumstances.  

Wright appreciates her scholarship. "I am grateful to the foundation and family for their belief in and support of me, and I assure you, I will do all I can to be worthy of the honor," she says.

It is much the same for Debeltz, an online student, "First of all I would like to say thank you to the family of Carol E. Macpherson. It is an honor to be selected and I am very grateful. I also would like to thank the staff and faculty at the University who selected me as well. This scholarship will help me attain my career goals as a wife and a mother, and I look forward to paying it forward to others in the future."

The scholarship was created in the late 1970s and is sustained through the generosity of Macpherson's family. To learn more about the scholarship, visit www.umn.edu/women/macphersonHistory.html.

The three recipients have been invited to attend an awards and recognition event on October 21, 2011, in Memorial Hall in the McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus. The Celebrating University Women Awards & Recognition event, which takes place from 3 -5 p.m., is designed to honor outstanding U of M women students, staff, and faculty. It is free and the public is welcome. RSVP online at z.umn.edu/2011wmcawards.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 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: Melissa Dingmann, director, financial aid, 218-281-8576 (Dingmann@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011

New and prospective students are invited to visit the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, September 24, 2011, to learn more about the campus during Preview Day.  Students are encouraged to bring their families along for the in depth look at campus.  

Students may go online to register for the Preview Day on Saturday, September 24 by visiting  www.umcrookston.edu/admissions or by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569. The welcome and admissions presentation begins at 10 a.m.

During Preview Days, students have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty, and staff as they learn about the U of M, Crookston. Throughout the day the students will be able to receive detailed information about the various opportunities available on the Crookston campus, participate in a question and answer session, tour the beautiful campus, and enjoy lunch in Brown Dining Hall.   Preview Day is designed to help students and their families as they make decisions about college.

For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/admissions.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 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: Amber Evans, director, admissions, 218-281-8568, (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New and prospective students are invited to visit the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, July 16, 2011,  to learn more about the campus during Preview Day.  Students are encouraged to bring their families along to visit the campus.

Students may go online to register for the Preview Day on Saturday, July 16 by visiting  www.UMCrookston.edu/admissions or by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569. The welcome and admissions presentation begin at 10 a.m.

During Preview Days, students have the opportunity to interact with current students, faculty, and staff as they learn about the U of M, Crookston. Throughout the day the students will be able to receive detailed information about the various opportunities available on the Crookston campus, enjoy lunch in Brown Dining Hall, participate in a question and answer session, and tour the beautiful campus.   Preview Day is designed to help students and their families as they make decisions about college.

For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/admissions.

 Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 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: Amber Evans, director, admissions, 218-281-8568, (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

UMCAerialAug2010-mid+logo.JPGThe number of degree-seeking students enrolled at the University of Minnesota, Crookston fall semester 2010 has hit historic high levels, marking a five-year trend of increasing enrollment and a third year of record enrollment.  While these figures are preliminary until the University of Minnesota Board of Regents meets in October, the Crookston campus expects to see an eleven percent increase over last year's record.


According to the preliminary data, the number of degree-seeking students attending the Crookston campus is reported at 1,462 for fall semester 2010.  That number bests last year's all-time record of 1,310 undergraduates and signifies an increase of 11.6% over fall 2009.  Total enrollment for the Crookston campus including all degree-seeking and non-degree students reflects an increase of 10.9 percent, from 2,279 last year to 2,528 this year. Non-degree students include those taking part in programs such as College in the High School, Post-Secondary Enrollment Options, and English as a Second Language.

 

Not surprisingly, the increased number of enrolled students resulted from an increase in applications.  Amber Evans-Dailey, director of admissions and enrollment management at the Crookston campus, reported applications for admission for fall 2010 were also at a record high, up nearly four percent from last year.  "Our admissions staff along with our faculty, staff, and coaches are dedicated to helping students find the right major and the right fit with the U of M, Crookston.  We've found that visits by students to campus essentially seal the deal, and our conversion rate from admission to enrollment is extremely high among those who've visited the campus.  Our marketing theme, 'Small Campus. Big Degree.' seems to resonate with prospective students, and when they see how welcoming everyone here is, these students and their families immediately feel at home."

 

The number of new online-only students--110 this fall--is up, bringing the total of online-only students to 353, and online credit hours have increased by 25 percent for fall semester 2010 compared to fall 2009.  The Crookston campus now offers seven degree programs entirely online, adding programs in accounting and marketing this past year.

 

Student housing on campus is also at record levels.  According to the Office of Residential Life, 600 students currently live in campus residence halls and apartments, and eight students have been assigned overflow housing at the Northland Inn, located less than half a mile south of the campus in Crookston.  The high demand for student housing on campus was accommodated last year with the construction of Evergreen Hall, a new 128-bed apartment-style residence hall.  As that structure enters its second year, it is at maximum capacity, as are the three other campus residence halls. 

 

This semester the Crookston campus launched a new bachelor's degree program in environmental sciences.  The program prepares students for a broad range of careers including environmental protection specialists, water quality managers, aquatic scientists, forest carbon specialists, ecotoxicologists, and environmental health and safety specialists, among others, and it also prepares students for graduate-level studies.

 

The U of M, Crookston received "Best College" designations from both U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review again this fall.  It was the thirteenth consecutive appearance on the U.S. News list as one of the top four public colleges in the Midwest in its category, and it was the fourth consecutive year of acknowledgement by The Princeton Review.


The University of Minnesota, Crookston now delivers 29 undergraduate degree programs--seven of which are also available entirely online--and welcomes students from more than 25 countries and 40 states.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

 

 

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Robert Nelson, registrar, 218-281-8560 (nelson@umn.edu)

A bachelor of science degree in accounting offered entirely online through the University of Minnesota, Crookston Online was approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents at their June meeting. The online accounting program will launch in fall 2010.

MUMlgC_online_color.pngThe accounting program in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston is designed to provide students with both the theoretical and the analytical framework they will need in the workplace and gain the skills required to work effectively in public, private, or governmental accounting. Offering it online allows students interested accounting to earn their degree on a schedule that fits their personal and professional lives. It provides greater convenience and flexibility for working adults and part-time students. It also benefits students who desire a University of Minnesota degree, especially those not living in close proximity to the campus or the ability to attend a physical classroom due to work schedules or personal commitments, to earn an accounting degree from the U of M.

The Business Department at the U of M, Crookston offers online baccalaureate degrees in management, marketing, manufacturing management, and quality management. Sue Brorson, Ph.D., professor and head of the U of M Crookston Business Department believes "the accounting degree online allows us to offer a diverse and comprehensive curriculum for all business degree seeking students.  The online accounting degree was creatively crafted with a focus on meeting the expectations of the accounting profession while exposing students to the technologies and economic trends that are reshaping business today.  A unique feature of the accounting curriculum is that it will feature an optional fifth year of study focused on preparation for the CPA exam.  This program enrichment is not only available to U of M, Crookston students but is also available to accountants that simply desire to prepare for certification."

With the addition of accounting to the online degrees, the Crookston campus delivers seven degree programs entirely online. Michelle Christopherson, director of the Center for Adult Learning, is excited about what this means for students. "The B.S. in accounting available entirely online is another feather in UMC's hat," Christopherson says. "Accounting is a popular degree and having it available entirely online is just one more opportunity to educate many and assist others in completing their degrees without leaving their personal or professional lives."

The U of M, Crookston has demonstrated expertise in online education and the campus has experienced significant enrollment growth since they began offering online degrees in 1996. The number of students taking online courses continues to grow as more degree programs are offered entirely online and as more students--many of whom are already in the workforce--discover the benefits of online study and personal satisfaction while earning a prestigious U of M degree.

Along with approval of the online accounting degree, the Board of Regents also approved the addition of a minor in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management.

For more information on the University of Minnesota, Crookston Online, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online or contact the Center for Adult Learning at 218-281-8681 (cronline@umn.edu).  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, 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, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

menardspeaks.jpgA partnership between Crookston's elementary schools and the University of Minnesota, Crookston encourages elementary students to think about attending college at an early age. Project Strong Start was designed as a college day, bilingual-learning experience prompting  fourth, fifth, and sixth  grade students, to  aspire to a college education.  There were 112 fifth grade students visiting the campus on Thursday, May 27, 2010, as part of Project Strong Start. The project was fully funded through a grant from United Way.

The learning objectives of Project Strong Start were to inspire college readiness, demystify the college experience by addressing the practical concerns of preparing for and paying for college, and learning about local colleges and career opportunities available to students.

Tim Menard from the Office of Admissions at the U of  M, Crookston was happy with the students' interest and enthusiasm. "The learning experience, based in the Wiley's Way curriculum, consists of three activities which let students know that they are expected to prepare for college by working hard and taking rigorous courses," explained Menard. "It's never too early to begin thinking about and planning for college."

Along with campus tours and lunch in Brown Dining Room, Regal the Eagle was on hand to meet the fifth graders. Funding from the grant was also used to provide a chapter book for each.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, 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: Tim Menard, admissions counselor, addresses fifth graders from the Crookston elementary schools as part of Project Strong Start. (Photo courtesy of the Crookston Daily Times.)

Contact: Tim Menard, admissions counselor, 218-281-8571 (menar021@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The first two recipients of the Zak American Indian Scholarship were announced recently at 2010-11 American Indian Scholarship 3.jpgthe University of Minnesota, Crookston. The 2010-11 recipients of the scholarship were Junior Dustin Roy, a natural resources major from Waubun, Minn., and Senior Krystal Caldwell, an agriculture major from Warwick, N.D.

Certificates were presented to the recipients after the first annual powwow held on the Crookston Campus on Saturday, April 24, 2010. For a student to be eligible for the scholarship, he or she must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe; must have completed at least one year of college; and have a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

The Zak American Indian Scholarship was established in 2010 by John and Deborah Zak.  John works in University Relations at the U of M, Crookston, and Deborah works for the University of Minnesota Extension where she is the campus regional director, Extension Regional Office, Crookston.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, 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 (l to r): Students Dustin Roy and Krystal Caldwell with Deborah Zak.

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New and prospective students can connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more during Campus Preview Day on March 6, 2010.  Families are also encouraged to attend Preview Day at the U of M, Crookston along with their new student.

Preview Day provides time for new students to interact with faculty, current students and staff as well as learn more about the Crookston campus. Highlights include receiving detailed information about opportunities for students at the U of M, Crookston, eating lunch in Brown Dining Hall, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus.

Students may go online to register for Preview Day on Saturday, March 6 by visiting www.UMCrookston.edu/admissions or sign up by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, 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: Amber Evans-Dailey, director, admissions, 218-281-8568 (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)

Designed for employees to network and share best practices, the annual, systemwidedingmann_knutson_quality_fair_2010.jpg University of Minnesota Quality Fair is all about driving excellence. Included in this year's top finishers during a poster session was a poster by Melissa Dingmann, financial aid director and Emily Knutson, a financial aid counselor and workstudy coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Their poster, entitled "Tracking Workstudy Study Funds Effectively Across Campus," was awarded third place overall of the 35 posters entered in the Quality Fair. Each year the top six entries in the poster session are recognized with a $500 prize for the department responsible for the poster's creation.

Dingmann and Knutson were interested in a better way to manage student workstudy. In 2007, the two enlisted the expertise of Tom Mulvaney, an information technology professional on the Crookston Campus. Mulvaney, in turn, built an online, Web-based database for them as a better way to manage the workstudy funds while allowing access by students, faculty and staff to help with such tasks as printing contracts and tracking hours. The database also automatically sends out timecard notices and let's students and their employees know when they are close to exhausting the available hours.
 
"It gives a lot of people access to information that is important to them," Dingmann says. "Before we had this tool, the whole process of keeping everyone informed was extremely time consuming."
Knutson, who works with the information daily, is especially pleased with the way they can track important information and how it gives easy access to those who need it. "We are looking at next steps to improve the database," Knutson explains. "We will be adding new things as time goes on and are currently considering the creation of a paperless timecard submission process." In 2008, the Morris campus decided to implement the database as a way to track the workstudy funds on their campus.

The U of M, Crookston also was represented by another poster during the session.  Rand Rasmussen, Ph.D., director of the Academic Assistance Center and Professor Bill Peterson from the Math, Science, & Technology Department presented a poster on "Caring for the At-Risk Student."

The 2010 Quality Fair, held on February 4 at the TCF Stadium on the Minneapolis campus, was one of the most successful in its history with some 1,000 registrants. A keynote address was given by Stuart R. Levine on "Strengthening Your Leadership Capacity to Achieve Quality Results with Passion." Levine is current chairman and CEO of Stuart Levine & Associates LLC, an international consulting and leadership development company, and former CEO of Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.

The U of M Quality Fair is designed to positively impact service and productivity, reduce costs, enhance revenue, education and research. It is sponsored by the Office of Service and Continuous Improvement (OSCI), an internal consulting group created by President Robert Bruininks in 2004 to enhance service, value, and efficiency at the University of Minnesota. To learn more about the Quality Fair, visit http://www1.umn.edu/osci/programs/q_fair/index.html.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, 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: Melissa Dingmann (left) and Emily Knutson with their poster entered in the poster session at the University of Minnesota Quality Fair. 
 

Contact: Melissa Dingmann, director, financial aid, 218-281-8576 (dingmann@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New and prospective students can connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more during Preview Day on February 20, 2010.  Families are also encouraged to attend Preview Day at the U of M, Crookston along with their new student.

Preview Day provides time for new students to interact with faculty, current students and staff as well as learn more about the Crookston campus. Highlights include receiving detailed information about opportunities for students at the U of M, Crookston, eating lunch in Brown Dining Hall, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus.  

Students may go online to register for Preview Day on February 20 by visiting www.UMCrookston.edu/admissions or sign up by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, 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: Amber Evans-Dailey, director, admissions, 218-281-8568 (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New and prospective students can connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more during an upcoming Campus Preview Day scheduled for Saturday, November 21, and Saturday, December 5, 2009.  Families are also encouraged to attend Campus Preview Day at the U of M, Crookston along with their new student.
    
Campus Preview Days provide time for new students to interact with faculty, current students and staff as well as learn more about the Crookston campus. Highlights include receiving detailed information about opportunities for students at the U of M, Crookston, enjoying lunch in Brown Dining Room, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus. 

Students may go online to register for Campus Preview Day on November 21 or December 5 by visiting www.UMCrookston.edu/admissions or sign up by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston - become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.
 

Contact: Amber Evans-Dailey, director of admissions, 218-281-8568 (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently granted approval to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to offer two new bachelor's degree programs.  Coursework for the two programs--the Bachelor of Science in Marketing and the Bachelor of Manufacturing Management in Quality Management--is set to begin in January 2010.  A minor in marketing was also approved.

Both of the new degree programs will be offered on the campus as well as entirely online, bringing the number of online degree programs the Crookston campus offers to six. 

The U of M, Crookston's new marketing program builds on the strengths the campus has developed within its Business Department.  For many years, students have had the option of selecting a marketing emphasis within the bachelor's degree program in business management, but strong student interest, faculty expertise, and strategic planning to widen program offerings led campus leaders to pursue a full degree program. 

Business Department Head Susan Brorson, Ph.D., said, "We have been attracting an increasing number of students--both online and traditional students--into our business programs.  There has been a great deal of interest in a full-fledged bachelor's program in marketing, and we are pleased we can now offer that option to our students." 

Brorson believes the program is also attractive to transfer students who have completed associate degrees from regional technical and community colleges and who see the value in pursuing their bachelor's degree in marketing at the Crookston campus.  "There is no question the University of Minnesota is highly regarded as a brand name in education.  We look at that reputation as a benchmark for quality, and we work hard to exceed expectations. Our programs reflect our commitment to an exceptional student experience, and I believe our alumni as well as prospective students recognize that."

Since the mission of the campus involves offering students an applied, career-oriented education, the new marketing program has a strong connection to current marketing practices from today's information-rich business climate.  Technology is also directly integrated into the curriculum through the U of M, Crookston's laptop computer initiative, and that focus is clear in classes that lend directly to new and emerging marketing practices facilitated over the Internet.  Courses like Integrated Marketing Communication, Internet Marketing, Brand Management, and International Marketing reflect the contemporary, real-world aspects and the entrepreneurial nature of the program.

The second new degree program, quality management, also reflects a strong tie to today's workplace.  With a solid foundation in the U of M, Crookston's emerging strength in manufacturing management, this new degree exposes students to the global environment and prepares graduates for quality management positions in the manufacturing industry as well as in state and federal regulatory agencies.

The curriculum focuses on business operations, product functions, quality and cost analysis, as well as consumer expectations and profitability.  The degree program was designed to respond to increasing employer demand for professionals who possess a background in manufacturing techniques and who understand the roles and responsibilities in assuring high standards of product or service quality.  Many companies that outsource production have discovered the need for more stringent quality assurance of products, especially those made in foreign countries, causing an increased need for graduates with a background in quality management.

While the program will be offered on campus in a more traditional learning environment, it is a perfect fit to offer online as well.  Christo Robberts, M.B.A., explained, "This program is tailored to technical and community college graduates in industrial and business fields who have considerable experience in manufacturing or in other processing environments.  It is especially tailored to those working adults who would like to become part of the quality management team within their workplaces." 

The U of M, Crookston has demonstrated expertise in online education, and it has seen significant growth in enrollment in its online offerings. The number of students taking online courses has continued to grow as more degree programs are offered entirely online and as more students--many of whom are already in the workforce--discover the benefits of online study and the prestige of a University of Minnesota degree. 

Information, including course requirements, about the two new programs is available online at www.umcrookston.edu/marketing and www.umcrookston.edu/quality, respectively.

To learn more about the University of Minnesota, Crookston's online degree programs, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs, and welcomes students from more than 20 countries and 35 states.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Susan Brorson, Ph.D., head, Business Department, 218-2818186 (sbrorson@umn.edu)

CROOKSTON, Minn.  - New and prospective students can connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more during Preview Day on Saturday, November 7, 2009.  Families are also encouraged to attend Preview Day at the U of M, Crookston along with their new student.

Preview Day provides time for new students to interact with faculty, current students, and staff as well as learn more about the Crookston campus. Highlights include receiving detailed information about opportunities for students at the U of M, Crookston, eating lunch in Brown Dining Hall, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus.

Students may go online to register for Preview Day on November 7 by visiting www.umcrookston.edu/admissions or sign up by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.


Contact: Amber Evans-Dailey, director, admissions, 218-281-8568 (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

CROOKSTON, Minn. (October 8, 2009) - The University of Minnesota, Crookston continues on a growth trajectory.  The 2009-2010 academic year marks the second consecutive year the campus has seen record undergraduate enrollment.  As a reflection of that enrollment growth, campus residence halls, including a new apartment-style complex, are at capacity.

According to official enrollment data, the number of degree-seeking students attending the Crookston campus is reported at 1,310 for fall semester 2009.  That number bests last year's historic high mark for undergraduate enrollment and signifies an increase of 8.5% over fall 2008.  It also marks the third consecutive year the Crookston campus has recorded an undergraduate enrollment increase.  The number of degree-seeking students was 1,207 for fall semester 2008 and 1,142 for fall semester 2007.  Total enrollment for the Crookston campus has seen an increase of 3.6 percent, from 2,199 last year to 2,279 this year.

The number of students taking online courses continues to grow as more degree programs are offered entirely online and as more students--the majority of whom are already in the workforce--discover the benefits of online study and the prestige of a University of Minnesota degree.  The number of new online-only students, 107 this fall, has more than doubled as compared to fall of 2008, and online credit hours have increased by 30% percent for fall semester 2009 compared to fall 2008.

Again this year the profile of incoming students reflects improved academic preparation.  For the incoming freshman class, average ACT composite scores increased to 21.8 this year from 21.5 in 2008

This year's student body is also the most diverse in the history of the campus.  Of the 1,310 undergraduates, 99 international students representing 25 countries of origin account for 7.6% of the total, and 149 students of color represent 11% of the total.  

The number of students living on campus is also at a record high.  According to the Office of Residential Life, 563 students currently live in campus residence halls and apartments.  The newly-opened 128-bed apartment-style residence hall, Evergreen Hall, has helped address the demand for campus housing, and it is full, as are three other campus residence halls.  Gary Willhite, director of residential life and security services, said, "There has been increasing demand for campus housing over the past few years.  The fact that return rates for students choosing campus housing are higher than ever not only tells me students are satisfied with their experience here but also reinforces the concept that campus living directly helps retention."

In addition to improved facilities and expanded recruitment efforts, the U of M, Crookston has made strategic choices in widening its academic offerings.  This fall, the first students in a new criminal justice program arrived on campus, and the U of M Board of Regents recently approved two new bachelor's degree programs: marketing and quality management.  Coursework for those two programs--available both on campus as well as entirely online--is set to begin in January 2010.

Growth and change are nothing new to the Crookston campus, as it has seen a significant transformation over the past 16 years since becoming a baccalaureate-level university in the fall of 1993.  At the helm since 2005, Chancellor Charles H. Casey credits the dedication and hard work of the faculty and staff for where the campus is today.  "Students who choose the U of M, Crookston recognize the value of the friendly, personalized atmosphere and of the leadership opportunities provided by our exceptional faculty and staff," Casey said.  "More and more often we hear from students how they recognize the brand name value of a University of Minnesota degree and the quality it represents.  They also seem to understand how the day-to-day use of technology can help them achieve their career goals."  

The U of M, Crookston uses the phrase "Small Campus. Big Degree." when marketing the campus.  That phrase seems to resonate with students.  In a survey of this fall's incoming class, over 72% of those responding cited the size of the campus as the primary reason they chose to attend.  In the survey, which allowed respondents to select numerous reasons, 64% listed the type of academic programs offered as a top reason, 41% cited the U of M, Crookston's use of laptop computers and related technology for all students, and 35% acknowledged academic reputation.  Cost, availability of scholarships and financial aid, and the prestige and recognition of attending the University of Minnesota rounded out the list of top reasons student gave for choosing the Crookston campus.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs, and welcomes students from more than 20 countries and 35 states.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu) Robert Nelson, registrar, 218-281-8560 (nelson@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

CROOKSTON, Minn.  - New and prospective students will be able to connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston during two special events in October 2009. An open house will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 15-16, and a campus preview day is scheduled for Saturday, October 17.

While a schedule has been planned for the open house, students are welcome to stop by anytime during the two day event. Sessions are planned for the morning and afternoon that include an admissions presentation, campus tour and if students request it, faculty appointments can be arranged.

During the preview day, students can explore more than one area of interest and spend more time considering their options with activities that include eating lunch with faculty members in Brown Dining Hall, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus.  

"Discover if the University of Minnesota, Crookston is the place for you," says Amber Evans-Dailey, director of admissions. "Preview days and the open house are great opportunities for any student interested in attending the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Our campus has a lot to offer and we would encourage students to take a look at what is available here and use these days as a chance to experience things firsthand."

Register online today for the University of Minnesota, Crookston open house or campus preview day on October 15-17, 2009, at www.UMCrookston.edu/admissions or sign up by contacting the Admissions Office at 218-281-8569 or 800-862-6466.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

Contact: Amber Evans-Dailey, director of admissions, 218-281-8568 (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)

CROOKSTON, Minn.  - New and prospective students can connect with the University of Minnesota, Crookston to learn more during Campus Preview Day on September 19, 2009.  Families are also encouraged to attend Campus Preview Day at the U of M, Crookston along with their new student.

Preview Day provides time for new students to interact with faculty, current students and staff as well as learn more about the Crookston campus. Highlights include receiving detailed information about opportunities for students at the U of M, Crookston, lunch in Brown Dining Room, interacting during question and answer sessions and touring campus.

Students may go online to register for Campus Preview Day on September 19 by visiting www.umcrookston.edu/admissions or sign up by contacting the Office of Admissions at 218-281-8569.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston - become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Amber Evans-Dailey, director of admissions, 218-281-8568 (evan0331@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)

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