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Fall semester classes at the University of Minnesota Crookston begin Tuesday, August 26, 2014, and faculty and staff are on campus this week participating in a number of workshops and activities in anticipation of the arrival of students and the beginning of the semester. 

New Laptops

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The new laptops arrived earlier in August and are ready for students. Staff in the HelpDesk have loaded the 1,150 HP EliteBook 840 G1 Notebook PCs, which boast an Intel i5-4200U (1.6GHz w/turbo, 3MB cache) processor as well as a touch screen. Over the past several years, the campus has experimented with convertible tablet computers (2-in-1 devices) through pilot programs where many of the faculty and some staff members have participated. Technology Support Services continues to expand its pilot testing of various convertible and detachable tablet designs.

Pathway to Nursing

Recently, Chancellor Fred Wood and Vice Chancellor Barbara Keinath met with Connie Delaney, Ph.D., R.N., professor and dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing in Minneapolis. The meeting ended with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the U of M Crookston and the U of M School of Nursing (UMSN) on the Twin Cities campus. The purpose of the MOU is to develop a framework of cooperation or a "pathway to nursing" which would allow qualified UM Crookston graduates to enroll in the Master of Nursing program at the UMSN. 

U of M Crookston students would complete a series of required coursework that would prepare them for the Master of Nursing program.  The two institutions would work collaboratively in the recruitment and advising of students preparing for the UMSN program. UMC faculty and staff would coordinate with the Office of Student and Career Advancement Services there. Ideally, students going on to study in the Master of Nursing program would return to rural Minnesota to complete clinical training.  The program is an innovative response to an impending shortage of nurses. It also addresses the increased level of educational preparedness expected from nurses now entering this career field. 

Faculty and staff from the U of M School of Nursing are planning to visit the Crookston campus to further discuss the program 

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on October 23, and both institutions will continue to work on the process throughout the academic year. 

International Students

Of the 59 new international students on campus this fall, 35 of them are from Brazil. For one academic year, these students, funded through the Brazilian government, are studying mainly in the animal science pre-vet program area, but all of them are studying within the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, known as STEM. They will be joining two students from Brazil who have been on campus this summer.

Campus Garden

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The Allan and Freda Pedersen Garden has been providing fresh produce to the campus since mid-August and student-athletes have already enjoyed some of the harvest. The garden is a cooperative project between the University and community with a host of collaborators including the Office of Student Affairs, Office of Academic Affairs, Sodexo Dining Services, Center for Sustainability, and Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. U of M Extension provided guidance though Terry Nennich, a fruit and vegetable specialist, and Todd Cymbaluk, a local gardener and agriculturalist, provided technical expertise. 

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


In the photos:


Top right: HP EliteBook 840


Lower right: Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor for academic affairs, Connie Delaney, Ph.D., R.N., professor and dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and Chancellor Fred Wood.


Lower left: Campus Garden


Contact: Andrew Svec, director, communications, public relations, and marketing, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

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

To view or download photos, visit the photo gallery

ward recipients include the following students:

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

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

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

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

Marketing/Management Outstanding Leadership Award
Brooke Hoffman and Kayla Bellrichard

Outstanding Accounting Student
Abdou Niang with Scott Leckie

Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Student
Brennan Andreas with Scott Leckie

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

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

Outstanding SOS Leader
Cody Current

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Cayla Bendel with Dan Svedarsky

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


Outstanding Horticulture
Justin Goodroad with Theresa Helgeson

Outstanding Ag Systems Management Student
Alex DeBoer with Paul Aakre

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

Outstanding International Student Scholar Award
Brennan Andreas with Kim Gillette

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

Support of Diversity Award
Anthonette Sims

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

Computer Help Desk
Isaac Osei with Thea Oertwich

Student Employee of the Year
Marissa Dempsey with Ken Mendez

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Student Programmer of the Year
Emily Cauldis with Lisa Samuelson

Outstanding CSA Senator
Kayla Bellrichard with Alexmai Addo

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

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

Man and Woman of Year
Sean Rozell and Kayla Bellrichard 

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

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

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

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Matt Simmons, Ph.D. 

Most Supportive of Students
Lyle Westrom, Ph.D.

Outstanding Service to Students
Laura Bell

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

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

Get a taste of the world without the travel expense at the annual International Dinners Series 
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at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The 2014 series highlights the Caribbean, Japan, and Togo and are scheduled for March 3, March 10, March 24, and April 2. All dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. For tickets and information, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench.umn.edu). Adult tickets are $15 per dinner or $50 for the series. Children 13 years or younger are $10 per dinner or $35 for the series. Tickets are limited. 

On March 3, dinner guests will enjoy "Living Tropical in the Caribbean" with Abigail, a software engineering student who has lived between Guyana and the Bahamas. 

On March 10, the evening will take you to Japan where Riho, an accounting major will share the traditions and beauty of her country in her presentation on "Japan and its Traditions."

The next dinner takes place on March 24 when dinner guests will enjoy "The Smile of Africa" with Delali, an applied science major. She worked in Togo as a midwife and is interested in the maternal and child health care system, but enjoys the beautiful sights and sounds of Togo. 

The series will conclude Wednesday, April 2 with an international dinner hosted by the International Multicultural Club including talent showcases, along with demonstrations, table displays, and entertainment from countries all over the world. The student showcase will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m.

The International Dinner Series is a longstanding tradition at the U of M, Crookston and highlights the culture and cuisine of selected countries annually. To learn more about international programs, visit www.umcrookston.edu/international. 

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: Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Area students have been preparing since November for the opportunity to perform with the 
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CAAM Chinese Dance Theater dancers as part of the Lantern New Year Celebration at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The activities begin at 2 p.m. with workshops in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, followed by dinner in Brown Dining Room at 5 p.m., and concluding with a special dance performance at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Tickets include all activities and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased by calling Rae French at 218-281-8339 and also will be available at the door on the day of the event.  

The workshops are available for all ages and include a Paper Cutting and Lantern Making Workshop from 2-3 p.m.; a History of the New Year Workshop follows from 3-4 p.m.; and a Chinese Language and Writing Workshop will run from 4-5 p.m. At 5 p.m., dinner will be served in Brown Dining Room, followed by the dance performance at 6:30 p.m.

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To commemorate the close of the New Year celebration, children from the Crookston, Fisher, Thief River Falls, Moorhead, and Lengby areas will join students from the U of M Crookston and CAAM Chinese Dance Theater for several dances. 

The performance is made possible by Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Program; CAAM; CDT; International Programs Office; Confucius Institute; Concerts and Lectures Committee; Diversity Programs; Admissions, Sodexo Dining Services, and a grant from the Coke Community Initiative fund.

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

In the photos: UMC students prepare for the Ribbon Dance (top) and the Dragon Dance in Kiehle Auditorium.  

Contact: Rae French, coordinator of study abroad at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

For Sophomore Mawaye Appleton (In photo below, third from left), Brooklyn Park, Minn., it was much more than a visit to 
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company headquarters. For the accounting and management double major at the University of Minnesota Crookston, it was a time she will never forget. 

Appleton was selected to spend a day job shadowing in early January 2014 at the headquarters of Anytime Fitness in Hastings, Minn., by winning an essay contest in Kevin Cooper's small business entrepreneurship class.

Following a visit to campus by Anytime Fitness CEO and Co-founder Chuck Runyon in October 2013, Cooper's class was asked to write an essay reflecting on Runyon's presentation. "I did the assignment not knowing it was going to be considered in a contest," Appleton explains. "I took what I learned in the presentation and then in my essay applied it to an experience of my own and explained how I would make a different decision today." 

While at Anytime Fitness, Appleton met personally with Runyon and Chief Financial Officer Gerry Thomas. Hosted by Vice President of Operations Jennifer Yiangou, Appleton says she was treated to a day with professionals who care about their company and make the most of their work environment. It proved to be a powerful learning experience. 
"I took away so much from everyone at Anytime Fitness," Appleton says. "They shared job hunting tips, talked about their own experience, and offered professional advice. It was a pivotal experience for me as a student, and I cannot believe I was selected for such an amazing opportunity."

What she found during her visit was a culture that felt like family. "They took me in and made me feel like I was a part of the Anytime Fitness family even in the short time I was there," Appleton says." The environment was warm and welcoming and a great place for me to meet and learn from the best in the industry." 

While she would love an opportunity to work for Anytime Fitness someday, Appleton is currently focused on her college career. She chose to attend the U of M Crookston because of the size and the opportunity to go to school where the student/faculty ratio meant she would be able to build relationships with her instructors. She loves math, economics, and problem solving and is finding her choice of majors a great fit for her. She serves as secretary of the Accounting and Finance Society on campus and is a member of the Black Student Association. 

About Anytime Fitness
With more than 20 years experience managing, consulting, and owning health clubs, Chuck Runyon has distinguished himself as a leading authority in the field of fitness. He revolutionized the fitness industry when he and Dave Mortensen co-founded Anytime Fitness. They designed smaller, neighborhood clubs with features members wanted most: convenience, affordability, quality equipment and a friendly, non-intimidating atmosphere. From the initiation of Anytime Fitness, Runyon has been involved in virtually every facet of the business -- including strategic planning, operations, training, franchise development, and marketing. 

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

In the photo: Enjoying some time outside class are, left to right, Yazmin Jeylani, Christiana Boadu, Mawaye Appleton, and Mary Boateng.

Contact: Kevin Cooper, teaching specialist, Business Department, 218-281-8187 (coope474@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The public is invited to an area-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration taking place in Grand Forks, N.D., on Monday, January 20, 2014, and is the result of a collaboration between the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota Crookston. The Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is designed around the theme: "The Faces of Civil Rights: It isn't just a Black Thing." 
 
The day's events will kick off at 11 a.m. with a Unity Walk beginning at Central High School in Grand Forks. At 11:30, a celebration program will be held at the Empire Arts Center located at  415 Demers Ave, Grand Forks, N.D. Featured in the program will be the Northstar Council, Red River High School Building Bridges, Central High School art display, Spoken Word, the Diversity Award presentation, the UM Crookston Choir and UM Crookston Black Student Association. UM Crookston Chancellor Fred wood will be speaking. Following the program there will be a social.

At 1:30 p.m., the UND Student Senate and North Dakota Student Association service project at the Empire Arts Center. Students, faculty, and staff from the UM Crookston will be engaged in a service project at 2:30 p.m. at the North Country Food Bank in Crookston. 

Background

This event is an opportunity for everyone to honor legacy of Dr. King. As the spokesperson for the nonviolent civil rights movement, King worked tirelessly. He was assassinated in 1968, and a day commemorating his legacy is held the third Monday of January each year. The observance was first held in January 1986, after being signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, but it wasn't until 2006 that the holiday became official in all 50 states.
 
Sponsors for the event include Marcos Pizza; Caribou Coffee; Pizza Ranch; Olive Garden; Ground Round; Sam's Club, US Foods, O' for Heaven's Cakes N' More, Super-One Foods; Deeks Pizza, Maurices; Bonzers, and Buffalo Wild Wings, all of Grand Forks; Jimmy John's of North Dakota; Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region; UND Dining Services; UND Multicultural Services; and UMC Diversity and Multicultural Services. 

Evening Event

Later in the evening, the U of M Crookston is hosting Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Taylor Branch in the Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. 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. 

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: Lorna Hollowell, director, Diversity and Multicultural Services, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Taylor Branch will present "Civil Rights Then and 
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Now: Reflections on the King Years" in the Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome.  A book signing will be held in Kiehle 124 following the presentation and books by Branch will be available for purchase on site. Branch also will speak on Tuesday, January 21 at 10 a.m. at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library in Crookston as part of his visit.

About Taylor Branch

Taylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark narrative history of the civil rights era, America in the King Years. The trilogy's first book, Parting the Waters: America in the King Years, 1954-63, won the Pulitzer Prize and numerous other awards in 1989. Two successive volumes also gained critical and popular success: Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years, 1963-65, and At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-1968. Decades later, all three books remain in demand. 

In the October 2011 issue of The Atlantic, Branch published an influential cover story entitled "The Shame of College Sports," which author and NPR commentator Frank Deford said "may well be the most important article ever written about college sports."  The article touched off continuing national debate.  

Aside from writing, Branch speaks before a variety of audiences--colleges, high schools, churches, synagogues, mosques, political and professional groups. He has discussed doctrines of nonviolence with prisoners at San Quentin as well as officers at the National War College. He has presented seminars on civil rights at Oxford University and in sixth-grade classrooms. His 2008 address at the National Cathedral marked the 40th anniversary of Dr. King's last Sunday sermon from that pulpit. In 2009, he gave the Theodore H. White Lecture on the Press and Politics at Harvard. 

Branch began his career in 1970 as a staff journalist for The Washington Monthly, Harper's, and Esquire. He holds honorary doctoral degrees from ten colleges and universities. Other citations include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008 and the National Humanities Medal in 1999. More information is available at taylorbranch.com. 

Recent Work

In Branch's latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (Simon & Schuster), Branch has identified eighteen essential moments from the Civil Rights Movement, and providing selections from his trilogy, has placed each moment in historical context with a newly written introduction.  The captivating result is a slender but comprehensive view of America in the turbulent, transformative 1960s, by our nation's foremost authoritative voice on the subject.

Background

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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. 

Earlier in the day activities in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., designed around the theme "Faces of Civil Rights: It isnt' just a Black Thing" will be taking place. 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. 

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: Kenneth Mendez, office support assistant, Post Office, 218-281-8329 (mende089@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)

Salish educator Julie Cajune and world flutist Gary Stroutsos will provide a performance of 
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story and poetry interwoven with music. Some prose is from Cajune and co-write Jennifer Finley's play "Belief." Cajune will also share tribal and family histories that span generations of Salish people living in their beloved homelands. Stroutsos will carry the audience through time with melodies and sounds from the land. Special musical guests will be American Indian Woodwinds and Percussion. The event, scheduled at 7 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 20, 2013, is in the Kiehle Auditorum. It is free and the public is welcome. 

Cajune, a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of Montana, is an award-winning educator and documentary film producer. She was profiled in UTNE Reader as one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."  
The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Programs and Circle of Nations Indigenous Association on the Crookston campus.

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

An environmental sciences major at the University of Minnesota Crookston is the most recent 
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recipient of the prestigious Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. Senior Tashi Gurung (at right), who came to the UM Crookston from Nepal, will be recognized on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University's sixth annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast. During the breakfast, the University community and external stakeholders--alumni, donors, community organizations, and corporate entities--come together to recognize the students, faculty, and staff doing the work, and to reaffirm the University's commitment to equity and diversity. 

Gurung, who has a 3.8 grade point average, is from Lo-manthang, a remote village in the Himalayas of Nepal at 14,000 feet. Villagers still live a nomadic life: cooking over dung fires, riding horseback for days to reach the nearest town, and living without luxuries like electricity, healthcare, and transportation. He learned early that the "pen is more powerful than the gun." 

Starting small with UMC Multicultural Club events, such as "One Day without Shoes" that helps poor children in Africa, Gurung has grown to work on projects with local, regional, and international connections. He has been a part of a campus project turned nonprofit organization called "Clean Water for Everyone." 

"Last summer, I completed a clean water project in my village in Nepal. This social justice project impacted more than 2,000 lives by providing clean drinking water for the community." When the villagers expressed their gratitude and appreciation, Gurung realized that what was a project for him was a blessing to them and the experience has become a powerful moment in his life. 

"Engaging as a student at the University of Minnesota Crookston showed me the power and potential of education. Volunteering at community events, contributing to diversity training, fund-raising, organizing multicultural programs, and putting all of my education to work in real communities expanded my confidence beyond the classroom," Gurung explains. "Because of these golden opportunities I am better informed, skilled, and more knowledgeable. Inspired by the satisfaction earned from small projects, my commitment is strong, and I yearn to expand this impact beyond individuals and communities to change this world into a better, cleaner, and more resilient planet through sustainable practices."

Background

The Office for Equity and Diversity's SEED awards program honors and acknowledges diverse students who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom. Undergraduate SEED Award recipients are diverse students who demonstrate impressive achievement and leadership in the area(s) of academic performance and/or community outreach/activism.  

In addition, SEED Award recipients must demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community. Six to ten undergraduates are honored with the SEED Award each year.  For more information, visit www.academic.umn.edu/equity/awards/seed_awards.html. 
Past recipients of the SEED award from the U of M Crookston include Lhakpa Gurung in 2010, Yangchen Gurung in 2011, and Wemimo Samson Abbey and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee in 2012. 

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: Laurie Wilson, coordinator, disability services, 218-281-8587 (lwilson2@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Announces Crookston Student Association Officers and Senators

Student senators and officers were announced for the Crookston Student Association for fall 

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2013 semester at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

This year's 2013-2014 new Crookston Student Association (CSA) senators are Delaney Kohorst, a freshman from Cohasset, Minn., majoring in management, Senator for City Relations;  Jiwon "Peter" Park, a sophomore from South Korea and majoring in communication, Senator for Committee on Committees; Trevor Buttermore, a sophomore from North St. Paul, Minn., majoring in criminal justice; Senator for Community Services, Kayla Bellrichard, a junior from Elk River, Minn., double majoring in management and marketing, Senator for Constitution & Bylaws; Natalie Tym, a junior from Bristol, Wis., double majoring in animal science and equine science, Senator for Elections & Special Events; Gyaltso Gurung, a senior from Nepal, majoring in natural resources, Senator for International Relations; Brennan Andreas, a junior from Lumsden, Saskatchewan, Canada, double majoring in sport and recreation management and marketing, Senator Laison; Monika Sweet, ajunior from Niles, Ill., majoring in communication, Senator for Recycling;Sarah Muellner, a sophomore from Roseville, Minn., majoring in natural resources, Senator for Student Concerns; and Drew Underdahl, a senior from Zumbro Falls, Minn., majoring in agricultural business, Senator for Student Affairs.

CSA Officers include President Alexmai Addo, a senior from Minneapolis, Minn., majoring in communication; Vice President Justin Goodroad, a junior from Lindstrom, Minn., double majoring in animal science and agricultural education; Secretary Laura Gabrielson, a senior from Orr, Minn., majoring in software engineering; Treasurer Ross Sigler, a senior from Graceville, Minn., majoring in accounting; Student Senate Consultative Committee  Representative Rachelle Alcini, a junior from Ann Arbor, Mich., majoring in health sciences; Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment Chair Ashley Hoffman, a senior from Debs, Minn., double majoring in agronomy and agricultural business; and Board of Regents Representative Jesse Jennings, a senior from Robbinsdale, Minn., majoring in criminal justice. 

The University of Minnesota Crookston Student Association is the governing organization for the student body. Lisa Samuelson serves as the staff advisor, and Lyle Westrom, Ph.D., serves as the faculty advisor for the organization.

The Crookston campus believes students should have input on campus committees. Part of the duties of student members of the Crookston Student Association is to participate on campus committees representing the voice of the student body.

To learn more about the activities of the Crookston Student Association, visit http://www1.crk.umn.edu/services/studentactivities/csa/index.html.


In the photo, back row, left to right are Jiwon "Peter" Park, Ross Sigler, Jesse Jennings, Trevor Buttermore, Brennan Andreas, and Justin Goodroad. In the middle row are Monika Sweet, Laura Gabrielson, Sarah Muellner, Kayla Bellrichard, Ashley Hoffman, Rachelle Alcini, and Drew Underdahl. In the front row are Gyaltso Gurung, Alexmai Addo, Natalie Tym, and Delaney Kohorst. 


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 Minnesota State Arts Board Art's Learning Grant was awarded to CAAM Chinese Dance Theater to bring Chinese dance arts to Crookston and surrounding communities through collaboration with University of Minnesota Crookston.

Teaching artists from CAAM Chinese Dance Theater, Ying Li, Malcom Peterson, and Lisa Veronneau will conduct a several month residency and classes in the Crookston community and beyond in preparation for a community performance with the Chinese Lantern Festival 2014. 

CAAM CDT and the University of Minnesota Crookston will bring Chinese dance to five area locations where students from all ages can participate. The University of Minnesota Crookston has several ITV sites throughout the Northwestern region and will be able to link school classrooms, laptops, and a dance studio together to learn these dances. The teachers will be in the area every other month to personally teach students as well.

Beyond direct participation in classroom and after-school instruction, art learners will be able to demonstrate to their community, family and friends their new Chinese dance skills and knowledge of Chinese culture in a public performance, specifically created and choreographed for these students by the CAAM CDT teaching artists. The final performance will be on February 22, 2013, at the U of M Crookston at 7 p.m. 

At the Ada and Fisher Schools on November 5 and Highland Elementary School on Wednesday, November 6, there will be a demonstration and introduction to Chinese Dance for the students. An informational session in Thief River Falls will take place on Tuesday, November 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Northland Community College in Thief River Falls. 

Later that evening another session will take place at the local school in Viking, Minn., at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, November 6, an informational meeting at 5 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Crookston in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center for the communities of Crookston, Fisher, Climax, and the Fertile Beltrami.

For information, visit, www.crk.umn.edu/international to download the registration form or contact Rae French at 218-281-8339 or e-mail at rfrench@umn.edu.  

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: Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A week of events is slated at the University of Minnesota Crookston during International Education Week, Sunday, November 10 through Friday, November 15, 2013. From culinary creations to an international market, International Education Week will include adventures from around the world. 

The community is invited to attend several events on campus during the week in celebration of International Week: 

On Sunday, November 10, at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, special guest speaker, Katy Westrom, daughter of Professor Lyle Westom, will speak about her journey traveling around the world. She will talk about her experience with The World Race, a mission trip spanning 11 countries in 11 months. The presentation is co-sponsored by Campus Ministries in conjunction with the Study Abroad Club.  Katy is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and currently teaches music at Wadena Public School.

On Monday, November 11, in Brown Dining Room enjoy international cuisine during a lunch from the four corners of the world. Featured countries are Africa, Germany, Brazil, and Japan. The public is welcome to join the campus for lunch at a cost of 7.65 + tax per person served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. From 2-3 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom A & B students from the English as a Second Language (ESL) class and students from the intercultural communication course will present on various topics. Teaching Specialist, Carol Simmons and Associate Professor, Rachel McCoppin paired students together in order to give students an applied intercultural communication experience. Using the skills and knowledge they have learned students are required to speak one sentence in their partners' native language and prepare a 5 minute presentation. Presentations will also be held on Friday, November 15. The community is encouraged to attend. 

On Tuesday, November 12, an international art & photography contest will be held in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center from 10-2p.m. Everyone is invited to view artwork and photograph exhibits by students as well as vote for their personal favorite. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear traditional clothing celebrating their heritage during the day.  From 1-5p.m. the Multicultural and International Club will host an event called "A Day without Shoes" in the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. The collection drive will receive shoe donations of all sizes. Everyone is encouraged to bring shoes they don't wear anymore. These donations are sent to people around the world. 

An International Market will be held on Wednesday, November 13 in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. There will be items for sale from 2 - 7 p.m. including handcrafts, art, food, and more. Everyone is encouraged to visit the market and shop. The event is sponsored by the Study Abroad Club and Multicultural and International Club (MIC). These events are all open to the public. 

On Thursday, November 14, there will be student presentations from those who have experienced traveling abroad.  Presentations will take place in the Prairie Lounge. Featured counties are, New Zealand from 12-1 p.m; China from 1-2 p.m. and Spain from 3:30 -4:30 p.m. students will talk about their experiences traveling abroad and what they learned from it.  Special appetizers will be served during each session. This event is free and open to the public. 
 
On Friday, November 15, things really heat up on campus with the "How Hot is Hot? Hot Sauce Contest" which will be held at 12 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge.  From 2-3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom students form the English as a Second Language (ESL) class and the Intercultural Communication course will conclude their presentations. The community is encouraged to attend. 

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: Rae French, coordinator, learning abroad/international student programming, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (l

A special performance by The Art College of Inner Mongolia University Troupe, an award winning troupe. The performance of traditional music and dance from China's Mongolian minorities will take place on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Crookston High School Auditorium. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no cost for admission. 

The Troupe explores, arranges, and develops Mongolian local music and dance art. It has choreographed and performed numerous dances and music and earned prestigious awards throughout China. The Mongolian folk art is significantly diverse in its styles and expressions, creating a unique culture of Chinese folk art.

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: Chunhui Wang, assistant director, international programs, 218-281-8551 (wang4854@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Recording artist Gary Stroutsos, master of the Native American flute, will bring his musical 
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talent to the Kiehle Auditorium stage at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend the concert free of charge.

Stroutsos brings a rare gift to the world with his music. With influences spanning rock, jazz, Latin, West African, Indian, Zen, in addition to his work with American Indian cultures throughout the West - he has consistently translated world music into music of the heart. 

He has more than 30 recordings to his credit, plus the sound tracks of several films including the Ken Burns PBS documentary, Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery. Never satisfied to rest on his accomplishments, Stroutsos took up the classical Chinese xiao and dize, bamboo flutes rarely heard outside of the Far East. Not long after, one classical master of these flutes, named him the best contemporary player in the world. 

Stroutsos has performed throughout North America and in the Far East. He has played at the White House for President Clinton and is a frequent headliner and master-of-ceremonies at flute festivals throughout the country. 

He continues to work in each of the genres for which he has become known. He continues to push musical boundaries while maintaining his romantic style. He teaches students that the magic of the flute is in loving each note and defining it carefully with the spaces around it. It is that magic that often draws fans to travel cross-country to hear him play. (See www.garystroutsos.com.)

For more information, contact Lorna Hollowell at 218-281-8580.

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

The University of Minnesota Crookston will host Bernard Franklin, Ph.D., (in photo) assistant to the vice 
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president at Kansas State University, on Thursday, September 5, 2013. Franklin, who is also the current president of Junior Achievement in Middle America, will be speaking during the campus Thursday Commons at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, on "Reengineering the Future." He will also give his presentation "Imagineering the Future" at 7 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium that same evening. Both events are free and the public is invited to attend either or both sessions. 

Franklin is known for his passion and vision along with his ability to motivate and inspire young people to succeed in today's world. He takes on such relevant topics as leadership, innovation, empowering the leader inside, as well as encouraging students to consider the important question: "do your skills, talents, and abilities meet the expectation of employers?" Of interest to educators will be Franklin's expertise on strategic planning, changing demographics, and the future of higher education.  And, community leaders and members will benefit from his knowledge of leadership, innovation, and education. 

For more information, contact Lorna Hollowell, director of diversity and multicultural programs at 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@umn.edu). Sponsors for the event include the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs, Crookston Student Association, Center for Adult Learning, and the Career and Counseling Center. 

Background
Franklin brings incredible knowledge and insightful personal experience as a role model to each audience he touches. His presentations are always moving experiences that inspire participants.

As an undergraduate at Kansas State University, he became the first black student ever elected president of the Student Government Association. At the age of 24, Franklin made Kansas history by becoming the youngest person ever appointed to the Kansas State Board of Regents and the youngest Chair of the Board at age 28. Franklin has been a Fellow for the Study of the United States Presidency and has served on an advisory commission to President Carter's Administration with Martin Luther King III and other prominent African Americans.

Franklin received his masters in Counseling and Behavioral Studies from the University of South Alabama and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Higher Education Administration, with an outside emphasis in Family Studies from Kansas State University. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Kansas State University. In 1984, he began his higher education career at the University of South Alabama as Director of Student Activities and Minority Student Affairs and followed with a similar position at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He served as Assistant Dean of Student Life and Director of Leadership Development Programs at his alma mater, Kansas State University. He was formerly the President of Metropolitan Community College - Penn Valley in Kansas City, MO.

He was recently named president of Junior Achievement of Middle America, an organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.
For more than 20 years Franklin has advised and worked with undergraduate men's fraternities and other male organizations. He is currently on the board of directors as president of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity.

Franklin has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential African Americans in Kansas City. His work and contributions to urban boys was recognized in the opening chapter of Bill Cosby's book, "Come On People" (2008). The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce honored him with their distinguished Leadership Award for contributions to urban education. Franklin is also a past recipient of the Urban Hero award presented by the Downtown Kansas City Council.

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

After a visit to his home country of Nigeria in May, 2013 graduate Abbey Wemimo reports the 
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completion of another Clean Water for Everyone (CWFE) project through the student organization, Enactus at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The completion of a project in the Bonjeh schools situated in Okokomaiko (PPL) Ojo Local Government Area in Lagos, Nigeria, is part of ongoing work in that country to provide clean water. 

"Our themes for the work in Lagos, Nigeria, this year were water, sanitation, and education and Enactus took several steps in order to bring this work to fruition," says Abbey, who spearheaded the effort. 

A 1600-gallon water system was installed providing access to water for more than 1,000 school students coupled with another 15,500 from the surrounding community receiving indirect benefit. They also renovated three toilet facilities and built two additional ones. Along with the work for increased access to clean water and sanitation, a reciprocal relationship with the school has resulted in one-year scholarships for 30 students in Bonjeh school. The average annual (three terms) school fees per student is $190. After a negotiation process with the principal and owners of the school, they agreed to award 30 Bonjeh School students one-year full scholarship. 

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This agreement means CWFE only paid 19% ($1300) and Bojeh schools invested $5700 in scholarship money bringing the project total to $7000. 

"The scholarship selection process was very competitive, as the students were required to submit an essay, a letter of recommendation, academic records, and a resume," Abbey says. "We received over 100 applications but painstaking selected 30 student based on the quality of their essay.

"Students of Bonjeh Schools will now have access to clean water, proper sanitation, and 30 students will have access to a one-year full scholarship, Abbey continues. This project would have been impossible without the boundless support of the Crookston community and the generous donations of people around the country. 

Abbey is deeply grateful on behalf of Clean Water for Everyone extends his gratitude to the University of Minnesota Crookston Encatus team, the Crookston community and the Clean Water for Everyone project team. 

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, at right, is Abbey Wemimo standing near the new 1600-gallon water system installed near Bonjeh schools in Lagos, Nigeria. 

In the photo, at left, Abbey Wemimo with students who received scholarships as part of reciprocal relationship with Bonjeh school to provide 30 students with one-year scholarships. 

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

Her time on campus has come to a close, but Yingying Chen (in photos)will take back to China many 
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lessons from her time on the Crookston campus as a visiting scholar. Chen came to the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston in late January 2013 from Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP), in Hangzhou China. The U of M Crookston established an international partnership with ZJETP in late 2005 to enhance opportunities for students to study and faculty to work collaboratively and Chen, the director of finance and insurance teaching and research at ZJETP.  

It was Chen's first time in the United States, and when she arrived, she was immediately impressed by the welcome and the helpfulness of others who introduced her to the Crookston campus. She is particularly grateful to Susan Brorson, head of the Business Department for the opportunity to be involved in a variety of learning environments. 

Brorson enjoyed the opportunity to host Chen. "It has been a pleasure to host Yingying Chen as a visiting scholar from ZJETP, one of our international partners," Brorson says. "Although she came to learn more about the U.S., the U of M Crookston, and teaching, we have learned much about China and ZJEPT from her." 

Chen and Brorson have discussed the potential of additional collaborative efforts between business programs in both universities.

The opportunity has been a powerful one for Chen. "I will use what I learned about the different styles of classroom teaching here when I return to my own classroom," Chen says. "I enjoyed the personalized, student-oriented teaching style that inspires students to learn more self-consciously, independently, and produces a good result."

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Chen observed classes in macro economics, managerial finance, risk management and insurance, and principles of management, Internet marketing, principles of marketing, along with some online courses. She has also presented to groups on economic growth in China, Chinese history, culture, geography, and demographics. These presentations she says "helped her to make comparisons between the two countries and allowed her to interact with students from different countries and backgrounds on campus."

Chen is also grateful to Kimberly Gillette and the faculty in Business Department. "I appreciate their help," she says. "And, I am thankful they allowed me to observe classes and have a chance to learn their diverse, distinctive teaching method."

She participated in campus assembly, department meetings, and online course meetings that provided her the opportunity to learn more about shared governance, campus management, and more. Chen also compared the management of a typhoon in Zhejiang province to the flood insurance offered in Minnesota. The opportunity for deeper discussions with business instructors Ken Bulie, Les Johnson, and Oxana Weiland gave her ideas and provided her with inspiration to further her research.

As a visiting scholar, Chen offered assistance to the Confucius Institute site located on the Crookston campus, working with Chunhui Wang, the institute's assistant director, to build a better understanding of Chinese culture and the Chinese language. 

Her last day on the Crookston campus was Friday, May 17, but she is not leaving the United States yet. She is headed to the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to continue her research, and she says she is sorry to go because of the many wonderful relationships she has made and the great learning experience she has had while she was here. 

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: 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)

Chunhui Wang, Ph.D., at right,has been appointed the assistant director of the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute satellite office on the campus of the University of Minnesota Crookston. The Confucius Institute at the U of M was created to promote the study of Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota. It is a collaborative initiative between the University of Minnesota, the Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters, and Capital Normal University in Beijing. Chunhui Wang's office is located in 4A Hill Hall. 
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The organization's namesake is the Chinese philosopher known for encouraging deep independent thought and the study of the outside world. 

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: Chunhui Wang, assistant director, international programs, 218-281-8551 (wang4854@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Spring means it's time for celebrating the fifth annual Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo at 
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the University of Minnesota, Crookston. This year's celebration will pay tribute to the artists of Northwest Minnesota and takes place on Friday, April 12, 2013, beginning at 3:30 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public. The food, art, and entertainment will strive to adhere to the artistry, materials, and ingredients indigenous to the Mexican people. 

From 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., there will be art demonstrations in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center; a Northwest Arts Exhibit in the Prairie Room and a Silent Auction in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center; and a drum-making and rhythm activity for young children in the Eagles Nest, Sahlstrom Conference Center. The Drum Circle, led by Diane Lagasse, is designed for music lovers of many ages, but younger children must be accompanied by a parent. The two Drum Circle sessions are limited to 35 per session and take place in Owen Hall 270, one session at 4:30 and one at 5:30 p.m. This activity is also popular with junior and senior high age as well as adults.

Video presentations from Fresh Voices youth leadership students will take place every half hour in the Northern Lights Lounge. Crookston High School students will have an exhibit in the International Lounge. 

From 4:30 to 7 p.m., a Mexican supper will be served in Brown Dining Room, followed at 7:30 p.m. by a performance of Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc, a professional dance and drumming group from St. Paul, Minn., in Kiehle Auditorium. The celebration concludes with a family dance from 9 until 11:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom with a DJ from Z Martin Entertainment. 

The art demonstrations will feature Crookston artists Irene Bertils working in chalk pastels; Trey Everett who uses words to create his art; and Mary Jane Doak, an artist who creates mosaics using a variety of materials. Joining these local artists will be fiber artist Sue Jacobson, from Fertile, Minn., and potter Karla Nelson from Grand Forks, N.D., who is an art teacher in the "Artists in the Classroom" program in the Grand Forks School District, and a teacher at Muddy Waters Clay Center. She will be making pottery and demonstrating the potter's wheel. Also taking place simultaneously will be opportunities for children to use comparable art materials to create their own works of art. 

The silent auction will to raise scholarship support for the Ramona Mendez Endowed Scholarship fund. The academic scholarship honors the memory of Ramona Mendez, a long time employee of UMC Facilities. Her son Kenneth is a graduate of the U of M, Crookston and a lead member of the fiesta planning committee. The scholarship was initiated during the 2011 "Fiesta in the Spirit of the Cinco de Mayo."

Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc (DMC) is a community of individuals and families that are dedicated to the preservation, promotion and practice of the Mexica/ Azteca culture including ceremonies, dance, accurate history, arts and craft, and philosophies. Fiesta organizers believe this troupe, with their dedication to the preservation, promotion, and sharing of the Mexican culture, reflects their own goal of providing quality artistic, cultural education for all who attend the Fiesta. To learn more about DMC, visit http://www.cuauhtemoc.org. 

Background
The fiesta is sponsored in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, which serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state.  The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature. Other sponsors include the Crookston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Northwest Mental Health Center; Tri-Valley Opportunity Council; and Concerts and Lectures; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; Career and Counseling Services; and the Coca Cola Community Initiative Fund at the U of M, Crookston.

The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding, and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine. The planning of the event includes students, faculty, staff from departments across the Crookston campus along with members of the Crookston community, and the Crookston High School VOICES Hispanic Youth Leadership group.

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.

In the photo: Tiles in the Eagles Nest on campus commemorate Cindo de Mayo. 

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)

Featuring Terri "Detroit" Hughes, Skid Row resident, whose story is part of recently released documentary "Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home" 

Skid Row, the homeless capitol of the world, is home for Terri Hughes, an inspirational 

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speaker and advocate for the homeless from Los Angeles, Calif. Hughes, whose story is featured in the documentary "Lost Angels: Skid Row is My Home," will be speaking on Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Kiehle Auditorium on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. Her presentation, which begins at 7 p.m., will be a follow up to the showing of the documentary "Lost Angels" at 3:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom that afternoon. Events are free and the public is invited to attend.

"Lost Angels," which was released on March 19, demonstrates how proactive approaches to homelessness-most specifically that of providing housing-are helping many to recover from mental illness and substance abuse and to find stability (www.skidrowismyhome.com). 

"The Soloist" will also be shown in Bede Ballroom on Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m. Hughes was one of many Skid Row residents who were extras in the 2009 movie starring Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey, Jr., and Catherine Keener. 

In many ways, the story of Hughes is the story of Skid Row and a testament to the human spirit. She has been a part of the Skid Row community since 1981 and in and out of homelessness her entire life. In "The Soloist" she says "there was no screen manipulation, it wasn't acting; we were given the space to be ourselves."

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"The Soloist" tells the story of Los Angeles journalist Steve Lopez, who befriends a homeless Juilliard-trained musician. He writes a series of stories on the homeless man in an effort to help him, but runs into trouble with the realities of the man's personal demons and the larger social injustices faced by the homeless. Those issues are also ones Hughes will address in her presentation Thursday evening. 

"There has been chaos on Skid Row even through the late 1990s when there were no services available," Hughes explains. "But places like the Midnight Mission, the L.A. Mission, and the Lamp community have provided support, and lives of Skid Row residents have been turned around. When the mentally ill, drug addicted, and those lacking housing have access to the assistance they need, they heal." 

Hughes story like so many others is important because at any time in life we could find ourselves or someone we care about facing homelessness. "I am you. We are your fathers and mothers, cousins, and grandkids," says Hughes. "If we don't unite on the issue of homelessness we won't be able to change anything. I want it to stop."

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: Lorna Hollowell, director, Diversity and Multicultural Services, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM) Chinese Dance Theater will 
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celebrate the culture of China with a dance performance at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The dance theater will perform on Saturday, February 9, 2013, in Kiehle Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the performance starting at 7 p.m.  Tickets will be available at the door at $5 for adults, $3 for children and high school students, and $1 for students at the U of M, Crookston with their ID. Advanced tickets are available by contacting Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu). 

Preceding the dance performance, a workshop will be held for all ages from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and the International Lounge both located in the Sargeant Student Center. The workshop will feature demonstrations of Kungfu, a tea ceremony, art display, lantern making, and more. The workshop is free. An option for dinner is also available in Brown Dining Room at 5 p.m. for $7.67. Activities are designed for families with children of all ages. 

Background
Chinese dance incorporates a variety of forms and styles of movement derived from 53 diverse ethnic groups' traditions. It involves not just unique Chinese dance sequences and movements but also the cultural and historical basis of the dances. The CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Chinese cultural heritage and enriching a diverse community through the universal language of dance. 

Since 1992, CDT has served families and delighted audiences with some of the best locally-produced Chinese dance concerts in the country. We are a community-based organization under the artistic direction of a world-renowned choreographer and teacher. A division of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, the oldest, largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota, CDT performs before 17,000 live audience members every year. With a dance school, annual concerts, and outreach performances, CDT is the largest Chinese dance organization in the Midwest. To learn more, visit www.caamcdt.org

This performance is made possible by the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute and the Office of International Programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The workshop is made possible by the Multicultural International Club, International Programs Office, and the Korean Student Clubs on campus. 

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.

In the photo: CAAM CDT 2012 Recital. 

Contact: Rae French, coordinator, Study Abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A series of events in February 2013 will recognize Black History Month at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and the community and region are encouraged to attend these special events on campus. 

On Monday, February 4, is Multicultural Monday and features a panel discussion on "The Evolution of Africa" that will also include African food, the opportunity to wear authentic clothing, and a display of artifacts. The panel discussion will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center. Lunch may be purchased in Brown Dining Room for $5.00 per person. All are welcome. 

On Friday, February 8, the theatrical performance, "Daughters of Africa" presented by the Mixed Blood Theatre Company. The performance, to be held at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, is a commemoration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage. Fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, and many others, this exuberant, music-driven celebration of African American women's triumphs and accomplishments features a striking collection of profiles of the famous and the forgotten. The event is free and open to all. To learn more about Mixed Blood Theatre, visit http://www.mixedblood.com. 

Monday, February 25, Ron Spriggs will present the impressive history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Spriggs is an oral historian, lecturer and curator of Ron Spriggs Exhibit of Tuskegee Airmen (RSETA). He continues to bear the torch illuminating these "Gladiators of the Skies." He will be at the Crookston High School Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. and the Kiehle Auditorium at the U of M, Crookston at 7 p.m. There will be no admission charge. To learn more about RSETA, visit http://www.rseta.org. 

To conclude the month's activities, on Thursday, February 28, there will be a dinner theater featuring a "Celebration of Black History and Culture." The dinner theater will be held in Bede Ballroom at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in attending should contact members of the Black Student Association or Lorna Hollowell, director of Diversity and Multicultural Services at lhollowe@crk.umn.edu or 218-281-8580. The cost of the tickets is $12.00 for adults, $3.00 for students (with ID).

To view all events taking place during Black History Month at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/today. 

Background
This year marks two historic anniversaries, the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation (1863) and the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington (1963). These two significant events influenced the theme for the month which is "The Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington." 

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926. The commemoration originated with historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson. He established what is now known as the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1915, and a year later founded the widely respected Journal of Negro History. In 1926, he began an initiative for a special week to bring national attention to the contributions of black people throughout American history. It became a month-long recognition in 1976. 

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: Lorna Hollowell, director, Diversity and Multicultural Services, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The public is invited to the first area-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration taking place in Grand Forks, N.D., on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. The activities begin at 11 a.m. with a Unity Walk from Central High School to the Empire Arts Center. A program begins at noon in the Empire Arts Center with Chancellor Fred Wood bringing greetings on behalf of the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Following the program, there will be a community social and refreshments will be served. The day's activities are free and everyone is welcome to attend. Attendees are asked to RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mcss-mlk

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration is hosted by the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center at the University of North Dakota (UND) in partnership with the U of M, Crookston Office of Diversity Programs, UND's Black Student Association, the U of M, Crookston Black Student Association and others. 

This event is an opportunity for everyone to honor legacy of Dr. King. As the spokesperson for the nonviolent civil rights movement, King worked tirelessly. He was assassinated in 1968, and a day commemorating his legacy is held the third Monday of January each year. The observance was first held in January 1986, after being signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, but it wasn't until 2006 that the holiday became official in all 50 states. 

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.


Video of the event: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDMKvVrO8jI

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

Flutist Galen Abdur Razzaq of Flutejuice Productions will perform on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event, "An Evening of Jazz and Kwanzaa" will include several jazz selections as well as a presentation of the Kwanza ceremony. 

Galen Abdur-Razzaq, a talented and extraordinary flutist from Montclair, N.J., has performed both domestically and internationally for more than thirty years. A former student of the Berklee College of Music, Boston, Mass., and a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., Galen holds a master's degree in fine arts and education. He is an arranger, composer, director, educator, and writer.

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration honoring African heritage and based on seven core principles known as Nguzo Saba, including unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. It was first celebrated in 1966-67 and was created as the first specifically African-American holiday to reconnect African Americans with their African culture and historical heritage.  

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 programming, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@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)

Two seniors at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are the recipients of the prestigious Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. Wemimo Samson Abbey and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee were recipients of the Sue W. Hancock Undergraduate SEEDs of Change Award. The two will be recognized on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minneapolis campus. 

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Wemimo Samson Abbey (left), a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, has a passion for leadership, research, family, and country. He is majoring in business management and organizational psychology and has taken on leadership roles both on campus and outside campus organizations that have led to exciting opportunities for him in the areas of research and the creation of a non-profit. Inspired after attending the 22nd Annual Diversity Recruitment Program at Harvard University, Abbey established the non-profit organization "Change Africa," dedicated to fighting poverty with education and sustainable free enterprise endeavors. With a grade point average (GPA) of 3.7, he credits experiences at the University of Minnesota, Crookston with empowering him to devote his life to fight for the powerless, stand up for women, and never give-up on the hopeless. 

His advisor Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department admires Abbey's dedication. "It is safe to say, I cannot imagine any other student who could accomplish what he has while simultaneously excelling in classes, research, and a plethora of other activities," Johnson says. 

Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee (right), a senior accounting major from Seoul, Korea, is dedicated to issues of equity and diversity. A 4.0 GPA student, he has been a critical part of the 
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Crookston campus recently being named a tax preparation site, and as an IRS certified tax volunteer, he has helped many of the community's elderly complete their tax forms. When Lee first came to campus, he saw the need for increased awareness of diversity and worked with members of the Multicultural International Club to host an international market, game night, language lessons, and a celebration of holidays around the world, among others. Lee believes that empowering people and using what he has learned in his classes will change lives and continues to work to build a better world which respects diversity and strives for equity and social justice. 
  
Advisor to Lee, accounting instructor Ken Bulie, J.D., says Lee stands out. "I have had several very good students over the years, but probably none that have the unique combination of personality, determination, intelligence, and commitment to valuing diversity through service that Danny has," Bulie says. 

Background
The Office for Equity and Diversity's SEED awards program honors and acknowledges diverse students who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom. Undergraduate SEED Award recipients are diverse students who demonstrate impressive achievement and leadership in the area(s) of academic performance and/or community outreach/activism.  

In addition, SEED Award recipients must demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community. Six to ten undergraduates are honored with the SEED Award each year.  For more information, visit www.academic.umn.edu/equity/awards/seed_awards.html

Past recipients of the SEED award from the U of M, Crookston include Lhakpa Gurung in 2010 and Yangchen Gurung in 2011. 

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: Laurie Wilson, coordinator, disability services, 218-281-8587 (lwilson2@umn.edu); Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A celebration of International Education Week will be held November 12-16, 2012, and 
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includes a week packed with events and activities. Highlighting the week is a presentation by Fun wi Tita (at right), director of Making a Difference International (MADI) on Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. 

MADI specializes in poverty-alleviation activities including the provision of basic personal needs such as clothing and shoes, in tangent with the monetary support of child health, microfinance, agricultural and educational initiatives in Uganda. Tita's presentation will include photographs during an engaging session about the vital work of the MADI organization. 

If you are interested in international cuisine, you are invited to dine on Monday, November 12 on food from the four corners of the world. Featured countries include France, Mali, Vietnam, and Korea.  The public is welcome to eat lunch at a cost of $7.65 per person being served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Brown Dining Room. Everyone is encouraged to wear traditional clothing representing your heritage and at 3 p.m. that afternoon there will be pictures and prizes awarded.

Tuesday, November 13, is an opportunity to experience a day without shoes and everyone is encouraged to bring a pair of shoes for donation. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the International Lounge, there will be a variety of surfaces available to walk on as a way of experiencing the terrain of other countries in the world. 

From 12 to 1 p.m. in Brown Dining Room D, Sargeant Student Center, Senior Timothy Baker, a natural resources major from Copperas Cove, Texas, will share information about his three study abroad experiences in Thailand, New Zealand, and the Galapagos and the secrets to making these trips work. Bring your own lunch and join this discussion of learning abroad. 

From 12 to 2 p.m., English as Second Language (ESL) students will host a poster session in the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. The public is invited to ask questions and visit with these students and vote on the best poster. Prizes will be awarded to the "judges" as well as to the students. 

Students who spent spring break 2012 in Spain will be sharing their digital storytelling project from 4-5 p.m. during a reception for them in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center and refreshments will be served. 

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Wednesday, November 14 from 2-6 p.m. is the International Market (pictured in 2011, at left) in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. This year's market will feature items from Nepal, local community artists, along with many items from around the world.

From 7-8 p.m., Fun wi Tita will present his own childhood challenges and talk about the work of Making a Difference Internationally, Inc., in the Kiehle Auditorium. Admission to the presentation is a donated item of shoes or clothing or a canned good. Everyone is encouraged to come and hear about this important work in Africa. Refreshments will be served. To learn more about Making a Difference at www.madinc.org. 

On Thursday, November 15 is the International Photo and Art Contest held in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. Winners will be featured in a calendar produced by the Office of International programs. 

A program and reception will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center for Abbey and Dae Yuel "Danny" Lee who are 2012 recipients of the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. The program begins at 3 p.m. with the reception following. 

From 12 to 1 p.m. on Friday, November 16, Wemimo Samson Abbey, a senior from Lagos, Nigeria, majoring in business will share the story of Change Africa, an international cause dedicated to fighting poverty with education and sustainable free enterprise endeavors in developing Africa. The presentation will take place in Bede Ballroom A and B, Sargeant Student Center. To learn more about Change Africa, visit http://changeafrica.org. 

From 3 to 5 p.m. everyone is invited to a martial arts how-to session in Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. Learn some unique moves from a wide variety of martial arts styles.

Concluding the week from 5 to 7 p.m. is the International Kids Carnival held in the International Lounge with games in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center sponsored by Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) and the Multicultural International Club (MIC). Families with children 10 and under are especially invited to attend. 

Background
International Education Week, scheduled November 12-16, 2012, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. First held in 2000, today it is celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit http://iew.state.gov. 

To find out more about what is happening during International Education Week at the U of M, Crookston, visit the Today page at www.umcrookston.edu/today.   

Contact: Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Josh Caplan (right) will be on the University of Minnesota, Crookston for a special 
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presentation entitled "Hate Speech is Lame", in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, on Thursday, October 18, 2012, at 7 p.m. Caplan is a graduate student at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., working on a master of arts degree in public policy.  His presentation discusses how we use words and language that might be hurtful and discriminating. Sometimes hurtful language might be intentional, while other times, we may not even realize it or think about it. The program is free and public is invited to attend. 

Lorna Hollowell, director of diversity and multicultural programs on the Crookston campus is excited about hosting Caplan at the Crookston campus. "While serving as the director of cultural diversity at Owensboro Community & Technical College in Kentucky, I brought Josh to campus to speak," Hollowell says. "He is an excellent, engaging presenter, who interacts with students, faculty, and staff in a captivating manner. His presentation resulted in inclusive dialog that continued after his presentation had ended."

While earning his master of arts in political science at Purdue University, Caplan coached the nationally recognized Purdue Speech and Debate team.  His current studies focus on how individuals identify themselves and the effects of political context in public policy creation. He is an executive editor of the Georgetown Public Policy Review and was recently the policy fellow for the Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee. 

Caplan earned his master of arts in political science and his bachelor of arts in political science from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., and will graduate with his degree in public policy from Georgetown in 2013.

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 programming, 218-281-8580 (lhollowe@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)

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)

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Abbey Wemimo II, a junior majoring in business management and organizational psychology at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, is motivated through many principles he learned from his mother and a passion for research. Wemimo is working this summer on an internship with the University in the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP). An international student from Legos, Nigeria, Wemimo has been fascinated with the area of business since high school. 

Selling candy bars for fundraising initiatives in Nigeria, business was engrained into Wemimo at an early age. He highlights his time at the U of M, Crookston as a privilege and an opportunity to continue one of his many passions. During his experience thus far at UMC, Wemimo has been involved in many clubs and organizations such as the Crookston Student Association (CSA), Students' in Free Enterprise (SIFE), National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Lion's Club. 

"I'm an ardent believer that servant leadership should be a strong core of a businessman", Wemimo says. Quoting a practice of leadership from Robert K. Greenleaf, Wemimo prioritizes his efforts to give back to the community and country back home.

 Being an international student he still remembers difficulties in sourcing water, food, and even shelter; all the necessities that our society today often takes for granted. Recognizing an obligation to give back, Wemimo engages in his greatest core competency, research. 

During his attendance at UMC, Wemimo has been granted opportunities that span far beyond his imagination. In collaborative research with the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and Undergraduate Research Opportunities, Crookston (UROC), Wemimo has received two grants to conduct research projects regarding various topics of his choice. Following completion of the first research project, Wemimo was graciously selected as one of two students in the entire University of Minnesota system to travel to Edmonton, Canada, to present their projects for the country to see. 

"UMC has offered me a lot and research is just one of them and the privileges to work on campus and conduct research has been beyond my imagination and just wonderful", Wemimo says. 
 
Wemimo heard about an internship on campus through UMC e-mail highlighting the importance of research. Of course, without hesitating, Wemimo jumped on the opportunity and applied. Following a series of formal interviews, Wemimo was granted the internship and began work inside the NWRSDP office with fellow UMC students Tashi Gurung, Alex Buscher, and Kate Holmquist. While Wemimo's internship position is research focused, work efforts have included qualitative data comparisons and research papers highlighting residential communities, food availabilities, and energy consumption through data sets ranging from 1992 to 2010.

The University of Minnesota Crookston offers on-campus internships for students of all majors and minors. To learn more about the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and how sustainability is applied across the Northwest region visit: http://www.rsdp.umn.edu/northwest/index.htm. 

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: Business instructor Kenneth Johnson (left) joins Abbey Wemimo during the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Symposium held on April 18, 2012. 

Contact: Sean Rozell, communications intern, 218-281-8446; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

 Clue for the Ox Cart Days Medallion Hunt will be announced at 4 p.m. 

The University of Minnesota, Crookston will host its annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, August 15 to kick off the 2012 Ox Cart Days celebration. The social will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the Campus Mall and will provide free ice cream and musical performances by the Valley Fiddlers under the direction of Val Buchmeier. The event will also feature a reading and book signing by author Brenda Child at 3 p.m. and the Ox Cart Days Medallion Hunt clue will be announced at 4 p.m. KROX AM 1260 will be broadcasting live from 2 to 4 p.m. during the social. 

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Child will share about her most recent work Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women and the Survival of Community, which explores the remarkable role of women in holding together Native American communities through the hardest years of the last two centuries. The UMC Bookstore will have the books available for purchase and will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. State Fair admission tickets will also be available at the UMC Bookstore for $9.00 each. 

A member of the Red Lake Ojibwe tribe herself, Child is a leading scholar in this area, and she brings readers a fascinating new angle on Native Americans. The subject of women is vastly underexplored in literature on American Indians, even though much about Indian religion is matriarchal, and women themselves often held significant power within Indian communities from their importance in the fur trade, harvesting, farming and keeping the community together. 

She is the chair of American Indian Studies and 
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associate professor of American Studies and American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is consulting editor for the Penguin Library of American Indian History. Her other work includes the book Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Experiences, 1879-2000.

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, bottom, right: Author Brenda Child by Richard G. Anderson. 

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team traveled to the 2012 National Exposition held May 22, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. The successful team of students is advised by Sam Walton Fellows Kenneth Johnson and Rachel Lundbohm, instructors in the Business Department and assisted by Courtney Bergman, lecturer in the Business Department. 

Dae "Danny" Yeul Lee (at right) received the SIFE Student Leader Scholarship in honor of the Lee_ Dae Yeul Danny 0433.jpgSIFE Alumni of the Year. A panel of at least three past recipients of the SIFE Alumni of the Year Award reviewed the applications and selected the recipients. Lee was selected one of the top five recipients of the year and will receive a $1000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Applicants were required to submit an essay describing themselves, how the direction of their life has been positively impacted through their joining and participation in SIFE, and how they feel that this change will impact their future.

Lee appreciates what he has learned through involvement with the organization. "SIFE has given me the opportunity and experience to develop my leadership skills that will serve me well in the future, but more importantly, it helps me empower others to change the world for themselves," he said.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The mission of SIFE is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. To learn more about SIFE, visit www.sife.org.

To learn more about the business program at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus.

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: Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Dept., 218-281-8178, (joh02053@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The annual Student Awards Program, a night celebrating student service and achievement, 2012_4-19-Service Awards 0277.jpgwas held recently at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Associate Professor Kevin Thompson, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, was the 2011 Outstanding Educator and hosted this year's recognition.

Award recipients include the following students:
(Numbers correspond to the number of the photo in the online photo gallery.)

1.    Fall 2011 CSA Senators and Officers
Alisha Aasness, senior, horticulture, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea
Hannah Frey, junior, communication, La Crosse, Wis.
Kate Holmquist, senior, communication, Middleton, Wis.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.
Angela Bartholomew, senior, double major business management and equine science, Maple Grove, Minn.
Jennifer Rasmussen, senior, health sciences, Dalton, Minn.
Anthonette Sims, sophomore, communication, Robbinsdale, Minn.
Michelle Boateng, junior, applied studies, Bloomington, Minn.
Adam Switzer, junior, sport and recreation management, Apple Valley, Minn.
Brooke Novak, junior, communication, Dahlen, N.D.
Hannah Reysen, sophomore, double major marketing and business management, Adell, Wis.
Abbey Wemimo, junior, business management, Lagos, Nigeria
Kayla Bellrichard, freshman, business management, Elk River, Minn.
Jordan Melbye, senior, communication, Crookston, Minn.
Emily Goff, sophomore, double major animal science and equine science, Danvers, Minn.
Alexmai Addo, sophomore, communication, Minneapolis, Minn.

2.    Spring 2012 CSA Senators and Officers
Alisha Aasness, senior, horticulture, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea
Kate Holmquist, senior, communication, Middleton, Wis.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.
Angela Bartholomew, senior, double major business management and equine science, Maple Grove, Minn.
Anthonette Sims, sophomore, communication, Robbinsdale, Minn.
Michelle Boateng, junior, applied studies, Bloomington, Minn.
Adam Switzer, junior, sport and recreation management, Apple Valley, Minn.
Brooke Novak, junior, communication, Dahlen, N.D.
Hannah Reysen, sophomore, double major marketing and business management, Adell, Wis.
Abbey Wemimo, junior, business management, Lagos, Nigeria
Kayla Bellrichard, freshman, business management, Elk River, Minn.
Jordan Melbye, senior, communication, Crookston, Minn.
Emily Goff, sophomore, double major animal science and equine science, Danvers, Minn.
Alexmai Addo, sophomore, communication, Minneapolis, Minn.

3.    Student Ambassadors
Kourtney Brevik, sophomore, animal science, Erskine, Minn.
Jessica Stuber, senior, natural resources, Hill City, Minn.
Samantha Zuck, junior, animal science, Jamestown, N.D.
Rachel Keimig, senior, ag systems management, Princeton, Minn.
Alexandra Skeeter, sophomore, health sciences, Milwaukee, Wis.
Victoria Martin, sophomore, animal science, Worland, Wyo.
Tony Taylor, senior, business management, Sheridan, Wyo.
Amanda Pihlaja, junior, hotel, restaurant, and tourism management,  Duluth, Minn.
Erica Nelson, junior, double major animal science and equine science, Carols, Minn.
Whitney Lian, junior, agricultural education, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Bryce Gillie, junior, agronomy, Hallock, Minn.
Alisha Aasness, senior, horticulture, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Samantha Lahman, senior, animal science, Parkers Prairie, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Jordan Melbye, senior, communication, Crookston, Minn.
Josh Lunak, advisor

4.    Ambassador of the Year
Alisha Aasness, senior, horticulture, Fergus Falls, Minn.

Campus Ministry Award (No photograph available)
Jenna Rasmussen, senior, health sciences, Dalton, Minn.
Alexandra Buscher, senior, business management, Merrifield, Minn.

5.    Outstanding Leadership in FCA Award
 Jensen Crots, junior, health management, Chesterton, Ind.

Outstanding Achievement in Math and Physics Award (No photograph available)
Tyler Brazier, senior, software engineering, Greenbush, Minn.
Tyler Berglund, junior, health sciences, Warren, Minn.

6.    Outstanding First Year Biology Award
Brittany Looker, freshman, health sciences, Rochester, Minn.
Ashley Martell, freshman, health sciences, Somerset, Wis.

7.    Excellence in Early Childhood Education Award
Megan Eul, senior, early childhood education, Rosemount, Minn.
Janie Bauer,  senior, early childhood education, Durand, Wis.

8.    Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - Business Department

Alexandra Buscher, senior, business management, Merrifield, Minn.
Sheila Lynch, senior, business management, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
Alisha Hillstrom, senior, business management, Maple Grove, Minn.
Christopher Bargsten, senior, double major business management and quality management, New Brighton, Minn.
Michael Cloutier, senior, business management, Zimmerman, Minn.
Bryan Boutain, senior, marketing, Alexandria, Minn.
Adam Grahek, senior, marketing, Minneapolis, Minn.
Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal

9.    Outstanding Leadership Award -  Business Department
Abbey Wemimo, junior, business management, Lagos, Nigeria
Julie Trotter, senior, hotel, restaurant, and tourism management, Eagan, Minn.
Tony Taylor, senior, business management, Sheridan, Wyo.
Brittany Bergemann, senior, marketing, Good Thunder, Minn.

10.    Outstanding Accounting Student
Hwee Kim, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea
Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea

11.    Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Hospitality Award
Amoy Carty, senior, hotel, restaurant, and tourism management; Sandy Point, Saint Kitts.
Lauren Ferrara, senior, hotel, restaurant and tourism management; Eden Prairie, Minn.

12.    Outstanding Communication Student Award
 Kristine Neu, senior, double major, horticulture and communication, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.

Outstanding Communication Student (Minor) Award

Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal

13.    Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Student
Paul Adelman, junior, sport and recreation management, Bellingham, Minn.
Danielle Rueter, senior, sport and recreation management, Burlington, Wis.

14.    SOS Service Award
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Alysia Osowski, senior, double major in agricultural business and agronomy, Grafton, N.D.

SOS Leadership Award
Katelyn Zins, senior, communication, Starbuck, Minn.

15.    Peer Connections Service Award
Kristine Neu, senior, double major in horticulture and communication, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Brooke Novak,  junior, communication, Dahlen, N.D.

Peer Connections Peer Mentor of the Year (No photograph available)
Samantha Zuck, junior, animal science, Jamestown, N.D.

16.    Outstanding Turfgrass Student Award
Trenton Waters, senior, golf and turf management, Rush City, Minn.
 
Turf Bowl Team Members
Trenton Waters, senior, golf and turf management, Rush City, Minn.
Nick Walters, senior, golf and turf management, Plymouth, Minn.
Nick Harreld, senior, golf and turf management, New Brighton, Minn.
Kyle Rick, senior, double major golf and turf management and manufacturing management, Coon Rapids, Minn.

17.    Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Ben Williams, senior, natural resources, Excelsior, Minn.

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award
Bob Guetter, sophomore, natural resources, Miltona, Minn.

18.    Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation
Kelsey Kaiser, junior, natural resources, Streeter, N.D.
Austin Link, senior, natural resources, Sebeka, Minn.

19.    June Shaver /The Wildlife Society Scholarship
Krista Kenyon, junior, natural resources, Sanford, Manitoba, Canada
Austin Link, , senior, natural resources, Sebeka, Minn.

20.    Outstanding Animal Science Student of the Year
 Kayla Klehr, senior, animal science, Richmond, Minn.

Outstanding Equine Science Student of the Year
 Angela Bartholomew, senior, double major business management and equine science, Maple Grove, Minn.

21.    Outstanding Dedication to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department
Sara Wells, senior, double major equine science and biology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

22.    Outstanding Ag Business
Alysia Osowski, senior, double major agricultural business and agronomy, Grafton, N.D.

23.    Outstanding Ag Systems Management Student
 Matt Green, senior, triple major agricultural systems management, agronomy, and ag business, Greenbush, Minn.

24.    Hort Club Award and Exceptional Service to the Hort Club Award
Catlin Kersting, sophomore, horticulture, Cloquet, Minn. (Hort Club Award)
Kristine Neu, senior, double major horticulture and communication, Pelican Rapids, Minn. (Exceptional Service to the Hort Club

25.    Study Abroad Seniors
Emily Caillier, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Crookston, Minn.
Sheila Carleton, senior, double major agronomy and natural resources, Baxter, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.
Angela Bartholomew, senior, double major business management and equine science, Maple Grove, Minn.
Jennifer Rasmussen, senior, health sciences, Dalton, Minn.
Trista Halland, senior, business management, Crookston, Minn.

26.    International Student Scholars Awards
Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea
Tashi Wongdi Gurung, junior, environmental sciences, Mustang, Nepal
Amoy Carty, senior, hotel, restaurant and tourism management, Sandy Point, Saint Kitts
Nana Sarkodie Boaten, senior, marketing, Accra, Ghana

Outstanding achievement by an International Student
Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal

27.    Outstanding ESL Student    
Han Gyu Kang, Busan, South Korea

Outstanding ESL Tutor
Tashi Gurung, junior, environmental sciences, Mustang, Nepal


28.    Together Everyone Achieves More
Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal
Shirley Osborne, Crooskton, Minn.

29.    Support of Diversity Award presented by the Black Student Association
Ashley Crowe, Circle of Nations Indigenous Association, senior, sport and recreation management, Long Prairie, Minn.
Rae French, coordinator of study abroad
Alvin Killough, assistant professor, Liberal Arts and Education Department
Gary Willhite, director of residential life
Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs
Charles H. Casey, chancellor
Kristie Jerde, assistant director residential life and advisor for the Black Student Association

30.    Achievement in Music
Tyler Lowthian, freshman, business management, Richfield, Minn.
Bryce Gillie, junior, agronomy, Hallock, Minn.
Miah Smith, freshman, health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Liz Massie, sophomore, communication, Eagan, Minn.
Nathan Anderson, freshman, agricultural education, Appleton, Minn.
Chelsea Swenson, senior, software engineering, Fertile, Minn.
Beth Motley, sophomore, equine science, Vadnais Heights, Minn.
Casey Paris, sophomore, agricultural business, Fairmont, Minn.
Mark Frenzel, sophomore, agricultural systems management, Blackduck, Minn.

31.    Computer Help Desk Award
Kelsey Kaiser, junior, natural resources, Streeter, N.D.

32.    Student Employee of the Year Award
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.

33.    Athletic Department All Academic Team
To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better.  Furthermore, the athlete must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at her/his institution (true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible athletic transfers are not eligible) and must have completed at least one full academic year at that institution.

Janie Bauer, volleyball, senior, early childhood education, Durand, Wis.
Jonathon Blazek, men's golf, senior, business management, Owatonna, Minn.
Kari Bodine, women's golf, junior, sport and recreation management, Babbitt, Minn.
Carli Bunning, women's basketball, junior, natural resources, Boone, Iowa
Karen Carpendo, equestrian, senior, equine science, Bessemer, Mich.
Jessica Charles, equestrian, senior, animal science, Belgrade Lakes, Maine
Jensen Crots, soccer, junior, health management, Chesterton, Ind.
Megan Eul, women's basketball, senior, early childhood education, Rosemount, Minn.
Amanda Flint, equestrian, senior, double major equine science and agricultural business, Aberdeen, S.D.
Megan Flynn, soccer, senior, hotel, restaurant, and tourism management, Chanhassen, Minn.
Jessica Goodrich, soccer, sophomore, communication, Munster, Ind.
Kelly Gustofson, women's golf, junior, early childhood education, Hermantown, Minn.
Rachel Halligan, soccer, junior, early childhood education, Duluth, Minn.
Theresa Hamel, women's golf, senior, double major agronomy and agricultural business, Lakota, N.D.
Lauren Kessler, women's basketball, senior, early childhood education, Albertville, Minn.
Megan Kramer, equestrian, senior, equine science, Owatonna, Minn.
Almir Krdzalic, men's basketball, junior, biology, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Stacey Marcum, softball, junior, communication, Merrill, Wis.
Keith McBride, football, junior, double major business management and accounting, Lodi, Wis.
Addie O'Neil, equestrian, junior, agricultural education, Redwood Falls, Minn.
Amanda Overman, equestrian, junior, early childhood education, Lindenhurst, Ill
Casey Paris, tennis, sophomore, agricultural business, Fairmont, Minn.
Josh Perea, football, sophomore, criminal justice, Pico Rivera, Calif.
Angela Peterson, equestrian, senior, double major equine science and animal science, Detroit Lakes,  Minn.
Melanie Rodriguez, equestrian, senior, animal science, Minneapolis, Minn.
Danielle Rueter, volleyball senior, sport and recreation management, Burlington, Wis.
Alyssa Schneider, volleyball, senior, early childhood education, Racine, Wis.
Rachel Schoenborn, softball, sophomore, biology, Anchorage, Alaska
Christopher Secrest, football, junior, criminal justice, Hollywood, Fla.
Alexandra Skeeter, volleyball, sophomore, health sciences, Milwaukee, Wis.
Joseph Stearly, football, junior, health management, Hamlake, Minn.
Andrew Steinfeldt, football, sophomore, health sciences, Green Bay, Wis.
Annalee Sundin, equestrian, junior, double major equine science and animal science, Deer River, Minn.
Denise Thompson, equestrian, sophomore, equine science, Rochester, NY
Amy Van Treeck, equestrian, junior, early childhood education, Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Kaytlin Weiger, equestrian, senior, equine science, Duluth, Minn.
Sara Wells, equestrian, senior, double major equine science and biology, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Chelsea Wiesner, volleyball, sophomore, double major health sciences and biology, Rochester, Minn.
Yahna Zastrow, equestrian, senior, equine science, Easton, Minn.


34.    Student Programmer of the Year
 Alexmai Addo, sophomore, communication, Minneapolis, Minn.

35.    Dale Knotek Community Service Award
Student  Athletic  Advisory Committee (SAAC)

36.    President's Volunteer Service Awards
Alexmai Addo, sophomore, communication, Minneapolis, Minn.
Sabra Amundson, sophomore, animal science, Crooks, S.D.
Chris Anderson, senior, natural resources, Missoula, Mont.
Angela Bartholomew, senior, double major business management and equine science, Maple Grove, Minn.
Gyungyoun "Ann" Baek, sophomore, health sciences,  Seoul, South Korea
Samm Blees, senior, criminal justice, North St. Paul, Minn.
Nana Boaten, senior, marketing, Accra, Ghana
Michelle Boateng, junior, applied studies, Bloomington, Minn.
Tiffany Breth, junior, animal science, Upsala, Minn.
Kourtney Brevik, sophomore, animal science, Erskine, Minn.
Alexandra Buscher, senior, business management, Merrifield, Minn.
Sophie Cross, freshman, animal science, Farmington, Minn.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Bryce Gillie, junior, agronomy, Hallock, Minn.
Katie Hagen, sophomore, agricultural business, Epping, N.D.
Alissa Hernandez, freshman, double major animal science and equine science, Savage, Minn.
Catlin Kersting, sophomore, horticulture, Cloquet, Minn.
Moysey Kutsev, sophomore, business management, Erskine, Minn.
Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul,  South Korea
Whitney Lian, junior, agricultural education, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Nongye Lo, senior, business management, St. Paul, Minn.
Jordan Melbye, senior, communication, Crookston, Minn.
May Nabirye, junior, software engineering, Eagan, Minn.
Erica Nelson, junior, double major equine science and animal science, Carlos, Minn.
Kasey Okke, junior, agricultural education, Hawley, Minn.
Isaac Osei, sophomore, software engineering, Cottage Grove, Minn.
Alysia Osowski, senior, double major agricultural business and agronomy, Grafton, N.D.
Jennifer Rasmussen, senior, health sciences, Dalton, Minn.
Amanda Reineke, senior, double major, equine science and agricultural business, Fisher, Minn.
Hannah Reysen, sophomore, double major marketing and business management, Adell, Wis.
Donovan Rupprecht, freshman, undeclared, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Allison Schumacher, senior, sport and recreation management, Crookston, Minn.
Anthonette Sims, sophomore, communication, Robbinsdale, Minn.
Karlie Sorrell, senior, animal science, Altona, N.Y.
Anthony Taylor, senior, business management, Sheridean, Wyo.
Abbey Wemimo, junior, business management, Lagos, Nigeria
Abbie Westby, senior, agricultural education, Erhard, Minn.
Anton Young, senior, senior, natural resources, St. Cloud, Minn.
Katelyn Zins, senior, communication, Starbuck, Minn.

37.    President's Student Leadership Award
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) representing SIFE are
Tony Taylor, senior, business management, Sheridan, Wyo.
Abbey Wemimo, junior, business management, Lagos, Nigeria
Alexandra Buscher, senior, business management, Merrifield, Minn.
Dae Yuel "Danny" Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea

38.    Outstanding CSA Senator
Adam Switzer, junior, sport and recreation management, Apple Valley, Minn.

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate Award, in memory of Karolyn Joop (No photograph available)
Victoria Martin, sophomore, animal science, Worland, Wyo.

39.    Outstanding Educator
Dennis Maier, assistant professor, Business Department

Most Supportive of Students
Kim Cousins, student personnel coordinator, Academic Assistance Center

40.    Student Achievement Awards
Alisha Aasness, senior, horticulture, Fergus Falls, Minn.
Angela Bartholomew, senior, double major business management and equine science, Maple Grove, Minn.
Sheila Carleton, senior, double major natural resources and agronomy, Baxter, Minn.
Jackie Dullinger, senior, double major biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.
Megan Eul, senior, early childhood education, Rosemount, Minn.
Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal
Samantha Lahman, senior, animal science, Parkers Prairie, Minn.
Whitney Lian, junior, agricultural education, Thief River Falls, Minn.
Kristine Neu, senior, double major, horticulture and communication, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Brooke Novak, junior, communication, Dahlen, N.D.
Samantha Zuck, senior, animal science, Jamestown, N.D.
Chris Anderson, senior, natural resources, Missoula, Mont.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.
Matthew Green, senior, triple major agricultural systems management, agronomy, and agricultural business, Greenbush, Minn.
Dae Yeul Lee, junior, accounting, Seoul, South Korea
Abbey Wemimo, junior, business management, Lagos, Nigeria


41.    Man and Woman of the Year
Kristine Neu, senior, double major in horticulture and communication, Pelican Rapids, Minn.
Austin Czichotzki, senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.

42.    Student Volunteer of the Year Award
Alissa Hernandez, freshman, double major animal science and equine science, Savage, Minn.

43. Outstanding Service to Students
Phil Baird, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

From the group of students received the Student Achievement Awards, two students were chosen as the "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors for 2012 go to (pictured l to r) UMC Man of the Year, Austin Czichotzki, a senior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring communication; and Woman of the Year Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., who is a double major in horticulture and communication. Czichotzki is the son of Terry and Sandi Czichotzki and Neu is the daughter of Mark and Karen Neu.

Special thanks to the Crookston Noon Day Lions Club for their continued support of the awards reception and program.

Members of the Student Awards committee are Lisa Samuelson, Sue Jacobson, Lynne Mullins, Patti Tiedemann, Terrill Bradford, Christiana Boadu, Kayla Bellrichard, and Emily Goff.

Visit the Student Awards Program photo gallery.

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: Student Achievement Award recipients
Back row: Brooke Novak, Abbey Wemimo, Chris Anderson, Megan Eul, Dae Yuel "Danny" Lee, Alisha Aasness, and Angie Bartholomew.


Front row: Whitney Lian, Matt Green, Austin Czichotzki, Kristine Neu, Jackie Dullinger, and Yangchen Gurung.



 

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

The 3rd Annual Internationalizing Campus and Curriculum Conference at the University of Team Picture 2.jpgMinnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC) provided an opportunity for students from the U of M, Crookston to represent the campus. A poster developed by Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department, and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, a junior majoring in accounting from Seoul, South Korea, both from the Crookston campus, designed a poster for the event held on Friday, March 23, 2012.

The poster titled, Greater Diversity, Greater Awareness, Greater Results, was part of a poster fair at the conference. Other U of M, Crookston students presenters were Donna Malarkey, who worked on the poster's design, a senior majoring in quality management from Crookston, Minn.; Fangjing Pan, a senior majoring in business management from Shaoxing, China; Abbey Wemimo a junior business management major from Lagos, Nigeria; Tony Taylor, a senior majoring in marketing from Sheridan, Wyo.; Chengyu "Coco" Mo, a senior business management major from Jiaxing, China; Yun "Ashely" Zhou, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Jiazing, China;  Chen Jin, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Shaoxing, China; and Tashi Gurung, a junior majoring in environmental studies from Mustang, Nepal.

Team Picture with President Kaler.jpgStudents had an opportunity to share their poster with U of M President Eric Kaler and received positive feedback from the conference organizers.

The conference was free and open to all University of Minnesota staff and faculty interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campuses. Organized by the GPS Alliance and co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching & Learning (UMTC), Instructional Development Service (UMD), International Education Office (UMD), Office of Information Technology, and the University Libraries. For more information, visit http://global.umn.edu/icc/conference.

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 photos:
Top, right: Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department, with his students at the 3rd Annual Internationalizing Campus and Curriculum Conference at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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At left: U of M President Eric Kaler and Kenneth Johnson with students at the Conference.


Contact: Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team traveled to the 2012 Regional Competition on March 22, 2012, in Minneapolis, Minn., where they were named Regional Champions for a 13th consecutive time. The successful team of students is advised by Sam Walton Fellows Kenneth Johnson and Rachel Lundbohm, instructors in the Business Department and assisted by Courtney Bergman, Lecturer in the Business Department.  

Students on the Presentation Team include Tony Taylor, a senior majoring in marketing from Sheridan, Wyo.; Alex Buscher, a senior majoring in business management from Brainerd, Minn.; James Kriegh, a senior majoring in software engineering from Tucson, AZ.; Yun (Ashely) Zhou, a senior majoring in agricultural business with a minor in marketing from JiaXin, China; Xiaowei Zhou, a junior majoring in accounting from Chongqing, China; and Abbey Wemimo, a junior double majoring in business management and organizational psychology from Lagos, Nigeria.

The Tech Team accompanying the Presentation Team consisted of Sean Rozell, a junior majoring in business management from Eveleth, Minn.; Wei (Ivy) Guan, a senior majoring in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management from Lang Fang, China;  Yunze Shi, a senior majoring in business management from Zhuji, China and Chen Jin, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Hangzhou, China.

The team will now prepare for the National Exposition competition by making changes to their presentation and annual report based on feedback they received during the competition. Some 160 teams from around the nation will compete at the Exposition held on May 22-24.

After the presentation, the team was free to attend a job fair which was hosted by SIFE as well as a luncheon and round-table discussion. During the discussion team members met with representatives from various businesses.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The mission of SIFE is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. To learn more about SIFE, visit www.sifeusa.org.

To learn more about the business program at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus.

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

A cultural celebration with something for everyone, the Fourth Annual "Fiesta in the Spirit of 100_0057.jpgCinco de Mayo" will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The day is filled with activities for the whole family and celebrates the rich tradition of the Mexican people. This year's fiesta also recognizes the Month of the Young Child with many activities focusing on children and families.

From 2-5 p.m., Children can choose from nearly a dozen arts and crafts activities in Bede Ballroom and the International Lounge in the Sargeant Student Center featuring more than 200 piñatas made by event volunteers this year. This important aspect of the Fiesta is led by Early Childhood Education (ECE) students, faculty, ECE program alumni, and Month of the Young Child volunteers. Games, music, and rhythm activities will take place in the International and Northern Lights lounges. Information booths, a scholarship table, and a mini marketplace will be located throughout the Sargeant Student Center and into the Eagle's Nest in the Sahlstrom Conference Center.

Music and a performance of an anti-bullying skit by True Players will also be part of the afternoon in the Prairie Room. Featured musical performers include both professional balladeers, Cathy and Abel Pineiro, and local talent Bryan Sanchez. Snacks for children will be available from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

dancers.jpgFolk dance classes, for those who have pre-registered, will be held in the Lysaker Gymnasium in the Sports Center on campus. The dance sessions will include age appropriate folk dance steps and begin at 2 p.m. for students in grades kindergarten through second grade; followed at 3 p.m. for students in third through sixth grades; and concluding with a session at 4 p.m. for students in grades seven through adult. For more information or to pre-register for a session, contact Anna Corona at 218-521-0245; Rosa Quiroz at 218-289-7479, or Rae French at 218-281-8339. News release on dance sessions.

Beginning at 4 p.m., there will be appetizers in the Eagles Nest and an authentic Mexican dinner will be served in Brown Dining Room from 4:30 until 7 p.m. featuring the talent of several area cooking experts including two all-time favorites: tamales and Mexican rice.

Following the dinner at 7 p.m., entertainment moves to Kiehle Auditorium for a performance by Los Alegres Bailadores, a dance troupe from St. Paul, Minn. Many of the dances will feature the younger members of the dance troupe to draw attention to the children who dance with Los Alegres Bailadores.

Another highlight of the evening will be the announcement regarding the progress of the Ramona Mendez Endowed Scholarship fund drive. The academic scholarship honors the memory of Ramona Mendez, a long time employee of UMC Facilities, whose son Kenneth is a graduate of the U of M, Crookston and a lead member of the planning committee. The scholarship was initiated during last year's "Fiesta in the Spirit of the Cinco de Mayo."

The evening concludes with a family dance from 8 to 12 p.m. in Bede Ballroom featuring Crookston's own VJ (video disc jockey) Nico from Z Martin Entertainment, playing Cumbia, Tejano, and Mexicano music and more.
The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding, and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, which serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state.  The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature. Other sponsors include the Crookston Convention and Visitors Bureau; Northwest Mental Health Center; Tri-Valley Opportunity Council; RiverView Health; Crookston Police Benefit Association; and Concerts and Lectures; Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; the Coca Cola Community Initiative Fund; and the Department of Liberal Arts and Education, all at the U of M, Crookston.

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 photos: Children dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores, a dance troupe from St. Paul.

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)

The creation and destruction of a sand mandala will bring an ancient Tibetan Buddhist Yangchens_uncle.jpgtradition to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in April. Wongdue Sangbo Gurung (at left), a Buddhist monk from Nepal, will spend several days in the creation of the mandala leading up to the final dinner in the International Dinner Series on Wednesday, April 11, 2012. The opening ceremony will be held on Wednesday, April 4 at 11 a.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. This ceremony will also provide an opportunity for discussion with Gurung. The campus and the community are welcome to visit often to view the work in progress. The closing ceremony will follow the final International Dinner on completed_sand_mandala.jpgWednesday, April 11.

The sand mandala, involves the creation of an elaborate geometric design using colored sand and working from the design's center to the outer edges. The sand is applied until the desired pattern is achieved in intricate detail. When completed, the mandala is much more than a work of art and reflects the deeply held Buddhist belief in the fleeting nature of the material world. The destruction of the sand mandala is also ceremonial and materials used in its creation are released back into nature and never used more than once.

Sand Mandalas are part of the ancient Tibetan Buddhism tradition. Sand mandalas are working_on_sand_mandala.jpgalways set up to look like a palace with four gates pointed in the four directions. In the center of the mandala is the greater being, making it a three dimensional picture. The message of the sand mandala is that all living beings want to be happy and for that they need inner peace. On April 4, 2012, Wongdu Sangbo Gurung invites people to rid themselves of all the negative feelings and to discover inner peace.

Wongdue Sangbo Gurung is an uncle to Yangchen Gurung, a senior business management major at the U of M, Crookston. He was the former principal of the monastic school in Lo-manthang, the capital of the small Tibet-buddhist monastic_school_and_teachers.jpgkingdom of Mustang, which now belongs to Nepal. The school was built in 1994 to try to keep their identity and their Tibetan culture alive. There are some 70 young monks above the age of 8 attending the school. Gurung is currently pursuing education in Tibetan Buddhism in International Buddhist Academy (IBA) in Kathmandu, Nepal. He has traveled to Germany, Switzerland, and Thailand to demonstrate sand mandala paintings.

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 photos:
Top, left: Wongdue Sangbo Gurung

Top, right: Completed sand mandala

Middle, right: Gurung works on a sand mandala.

Bottom, left: Gurung and his fellow teachers and the students at the monastic school in Mustang, Nepal.

Contact: Kim Gillette, director, International Programs, 218-281-8442 (gillette@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

CLIMB Theatre of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., will present "A Deeper Look," an original play about accepting differences, on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  The performance is free and open to the public.  

The play asks its audience to both embrace and disengage from a shared American history of prejudice and religious intolerance and its power to repeat itself.   Personal stories, bravely told through monologues, scenes, music, dance, and slides, provide a journey of deeper understanding.

Creative Learning Ideas for Mind and Body (CLIMB) Theatre, is a nationally recognized non-profit company that has provided programming to K-12 schools for 38 years.  CLIMB's theatre artists write, produce and present plays and drama classes on topics like bullying, self-control, respect, friendship, acceptance of differences, methamphetamine-use prevention, and the environment. Their mission is to create and perform plays, classes, and other creative works that inspire and propel people - especially young people - toward actions that benefit themselves, each other, and the community.

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: Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs, 218-281-8505 (phaiah@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Crookston Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held its third annual induction ceremony on Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Twenty- eight members were inducted into the chapter along with three honorary members.

Students inducted were: Wade Wallace, a junior accounting major from Euclid, Minn.; Dae NSLS Induction 2012.jpgYeul "Danny" Lee, a junior accounting major from Seoul, South Korea; Stephanie Overgaard, a senior business management major from Crookston, Minn.; Megan Ramsey, a sophomore animal science major from Park River, N.D.; Brant Moore, a sophomore health sciences major from Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; Jessica Walberg, a sophomore animal science major from Braham, Minn.; Kelly Gustofson, a junior early childhood major from Hermantown, Minn.; Hannah Reysen, a sophomore business management and marketing double major from Adell, Wis.; Maranda Miller, a senior natural resources major from St. Peter, Minn.; Erika Haug, asenior equine science major from Duluth, Minn.; Jenna Blace, ajunior natural resources major from Saginaw, Minn.; Ibitoru Afonya, a sophomore health sciences major from Crookston, Minn.; Erin Hoium, a senior animal science major from Little Canada, Minn.; Chelsea Swenson, a senior software engineering major from Fertile, Minn.; Andrew Fisher, a junior sport and recreation management major from Stewart, Minn.; Paul Adelman, a junior sport and recreation management major from Bellingham, Minn.; Mariah Melin, a junior animal science and equine science double major from Brookston, Minn.; Alexmai Addo, a sophomore communication major from Minneapolis, Minn.; Christopher Walton, a junior software engineering from Middle River, Minn.; Toynell Delaney, a sophomore health sciences major from Golden Valley, Minn.; Kurt Prudhomme, a sophomore software engineering major from Crookston, Minn.; May Nabirye, a junior software engineering major from Eagan, Minn.; Tiffany Chin, a sophomore accounting major from Hsinchu, Taiwan; Brendan Meissner, a senior agricultural business major from Evansville, Minn.; Allison Schumacher, a senior sport and recreation management major from Crookston, Minn.; Andrew Steinfeldt, a sophomore health sciences major from Green Bay, Wis.; Chelsea Wiesner, a sophomore health sciences and biology double major from Rochester, Minn.; and Tiffany Breth, a junior animal science major from Upsala, Minn.

NSLS Ashley Hoffman Honorary Membership.jpgHonorary members inducted were Ashley Hoffman, a junior majoring in agricultural business from Shevlin, Minn.; Brooke Hamilton, a junior business management major from Dubois, Wyo.; and Kim Cousins, Ph.D., who works in the Academic NSLS Brooke Hamilton Honorary Membership.jpgAssistance Center on the Crookston campus.

Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department was recognized with an award for excellence in teaching; and Tony Taylor received an award for NSLS Dr.jpgexcellence in service to students.

Along with inducting new members, the National Society of Leadership and Success announced its 2012-2013 Executive Board.  The elected Executive Board members for the coming year are President Michelle Boateng; Vice- President Tiffany Breth/ Hannah Reysen; Secretary/Recruitment Chair Alissa Hernandez; Treasurer/CSA Rep. Brant Moore; Public Relations Alexmai Addo; Event/Fundraising Ashley Hoffman; SNT Coordinator Chris Walton; IT Coordinator Kurt Prudhomme; Community Service Toynell Delaney and advisors Don Cavalier, Mary Feller, NSLS DrD.jpgBrian Dingmann, Ph.D., and Peter Phaiah, Ph.D.

The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.

NSLS Tony Taylor Excellence in Service to Students.jpgThere are currently chapters of the National Society of Leadership and Success at 243 colleges with a total of 130,442 members across the country.  The University of Minnesota, Crookston chapter is currently in its second year of membership.  To become a member, students must attend an orientation, three videoconference speakers, three consecutive Success Networking Team (SNT) meetings, complete community service hours, and participate in a three-hour long Leadership Training Day.  For more information about the National Society of Leadership and Success, visit www.societyleadership.org.

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 photos:

Top, right: NSLS inductees,from left to right: Wade Wallace, Dae Yeul Danny Lee, Stephanie Overgaard, Megan Ramsey, Brant Moore, Jessica Walberg, Kelly Gustofson, Hannah Reysen, Maranda Miller, Erika Haug, Jenna Blace,  Ibitoru Afonya, Erin Hoium, Chelsea Swenson, Andrew Fisher, Paul Adelman, Mariah Melin, Alexmai Addo, Christopher Walton, Toynell Delaney, Kurt Prudhomme, May Nabirye, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Tiffany Chin, and Brendan Meissner.

Not Pictured:  Allison Schumacher, Andrew Steinfeldt, Chelsea Wiesner, and Tiffany Breth.


Top, left: Ashley Hoffman with Peter Phaiah.

Middle, right: Brooke Hamilton with Peter Phaiah.

Middle, left: Kim Cousins with Peter Phaiah.

Bottom, right: Ron Del Vecchio with Peter Phaiah.

Bottom, left: Tony Taylor with Peter Phaiah.

 

Contact: Mary Feller, financial aid officer, 218-281-8563 (mfeller@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Women's History Month Events Highlight March at the U of M, Crookston

Women's History Month, held annually in March, will include several events at the University of Minnesota, Crookston that spotlight the theme for 2012: Women's Education - Women's Empowerment. All area women are especially invited to attend the Women's History Month events on campus and they are free.

Friday, March 23 will feature a "Celebrating U Women's Expo" with a focus on Empowering Women in Business. There will be women's stories of entrepreneurship from 5-6 p.m., vendors, along with a fashion and prom show. The event will take place in the Sargeant Student Center from 4-7 p.m. There will be refreshments served as part of the evening and all area women are invited.

On Tuesday, March 27, women will take over the Sports Center from 7 - 9 p.m. with activities including Pilates and yoga.  "Women's Night in the Sports Center" recognizes the historic Title IX legislation. The equal opportunity to learn, taken for granted by most young women today, owes much to Title IX of the Education Codes of the Higher Education Act Amendments. Passed in 1972 and enacted in 1977, it prohibited gender discrimination by federally funded institutions. It has become the primary tool for women's fuller participation in all aspects of education from scholarships, to facilities, to classes formerly closed to women. For more, visit www.nwhp.org/whm.

On Thursday, March 29, Women's History Month will conclude with "Women taking the Lead" featuring Prairie Rose Seminole as the keynote speaker. Sponsored by the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, this special event will be at 7 p.m. in the Prairie Room in the Sargeant Student Center.

Prairie Rose Seminole is an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota. She served as the immediate past chair of the Fargo Human Relations Commission. She is a speaker and trainer with the White House Project, a nonpartisan women's leadership initiative and trainer for the Native American Leadership Program with Wellstone Action. Currently, she is the director for the Native American Center Project in Fargo, N.D. For more information, visit www.prairieroseseminole.com.

From March 19-30, a display highlighting "Women in Math and Science" will be available for viewing in the large display case near the UMC Bookstore.

Members of the Women's History Month committee at the U of M, Crookston are Lisa Samuelson, chair; Alysa Tulibaski; Vicki Svedarsky; Lisa Loegering; Stacey Grunewald; Laurie Wilson; Ashley Crowe; Kristie Jacobsen; and Elizabeth Tollefson. President Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as the first National Women's History Week. Later, in 1987, Congress expanded the week to a month, and March is now National Women's History Month. For more information, visit www.nwhp.org.

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

EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:

Following a series of events celebrating Black History Month at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the month of February will close with a "Celebration of Black History and Culture." On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 6 p.m., the Black Student Association will host an evening in Kiehle Auditorium filled with a variety of performances followed by a dessert reception. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Highlighting the evening will be the following performances:

angel anderson.jpgAngel Anderson (at left) will bring her talent as a spoken word artist to the Crookston campus. She has been featured several times at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an inspiration to many young women and continues to create a powerful name for herself.

African Drumming and Dance, a part of the WISE Charter School since it first opened, will bring rhythm and excitement to the evening. Led by Brother Ghana MBaye from Dakaar Sengal and Brother Fatawu Sayibu from Ghana the students learn the culture, dances and different rhythms and sound from the coast of West Africa.

The Robbinsdale Cooper High School Step Team, known for their outstanding step performances, will demonstrate their skill. Step team routines are a form of dance with a history steeped in African-American culture. From New Hope, Minn., the Cooper High School Step Team is composed of students in grades 9-12 and they are widely known throughout Minnesota for their championship performances.

Jamar Esaw and Triad: 4Christ (at right) is a 33 member voice choir on a mission to Triad.jpgpromote the Word of God through song. They have shared the stage with several other major gospel acts and have caught the attention of the gospel industry with their undeniable sound and performances.
 
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: Kristie Jacobsen, assistant director, residential life, 218-281-Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The annual International Dinner Series will feature the culture and taste of three countries students_Germany.jpgduring Mondays in March 2012 along with the final international dinner on Wednesday, April 11 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The three international dinners will be held in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center highlight the countries of Cameroon, Taiwan, and Germany. The final dinner is hosted by the Multicultural International Club.

Tickets for the dinner series are available by contacting Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu). Adult and senior tickets are $15 per evening or $50 for the entire series. Children under 10 years of age are $10 per evening or $35 for the entire four dinner series. Tickets are limited.

All dinners begin at 6 p.m. and are scheduled for Monday, March 5, 19, and 26. The series finale will be held on Wednesday, April 11 starting at 4:30 with an international display prior to the meal.

The dinner on Monday, March 5 features Cameroon and the evening's theme is "L'Afrique en Miniature" Christian Yimgnia, a senior majoring in accounting will serve as the student host for the evening.

On Monday, March 19, guests will enjoy the tastes of Taiwan with Li-Yuan Chiang, a junior majoring in business management. The evening's theme will be "Taiwan will touch your heart."

On Monday, March 26, the focus will be on Germany and students Ronny Jaeckel, a sophomore agronomy major and Nicolai Wilkins, a senior majoring in health sciences will serve as hosts for the evening. The theme is "Germany-the East and the West."

The final event in the series on Wednesday, April 11, is an international dinner hosted by the Multicultural International Club and includes a talent showcase, along with demonstrations, table displays, and entertainment from countries all over the world. At 4:30 p.m. students will present displays representing a variety of countries  in the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center followed by the dinner in Bede Ballroom at 6 p.m.

The International Dinner Series is a longstanding tradition at the U of M, Crookston and highlights the culture and cuisine of selected countries annually. To learn more about international programs, visit www.umcrookston.edu/international.

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: Nicolai Wilkins (left) and Ronny Jaeckel.

Contact: Rae French, coordinator of study abroad at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A $10,000 grant awarded by the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council will support the Cinco de Mayo 2012 1159.jpgfourth annual "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event is slated for Saturday, April 21, 2012. The grant, offered through the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, helps support access and exposure to the arts in all corners of the region.

Area clubs or organizations interested in helping to support the "Fourth Annual Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" are encouraged to contact Kenneth Mendez at 218-281-8329. Since the first celebration in 2009, the event was designed to honor the rich heritage of the Mexican people.

The goal of the Cinco de Mayo celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine. It is held in honor of Cinco de Mayo, a day that historically, represents the victory of Mexico over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and culturally, represents Mexican heritage and pride.  

LegacyLogo.jpgThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state.  The Arts Council receives funding from the Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment from the Minnesota State Legislature.  This allows the Arts Council to develop services and grant programs for arts access, arts learning, and folk and traditional arts.  More information is available at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org   

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 at top, left to right:  Peter Phaiah, UMC, Rosa Quiroz, CHS, Anissa Moore, TVOC Head-Start, Ken Mendez, UMC, Laurie Wilson, UMC, Dale Knotek, NW Arts Council, Eryn Killough, NW Arts Council, Marsha Odom, UMC, Chuck Casey, UMC Chancellor, Patti Tiedemann, UMC, Tony Taylor, UMC.  NOT PICTURED: Leticia Sanchez and Anna Corona, Migrant Health Services.



Contact: Kenneth Mendez, UMC Post Office, 218-281-8329, (Mende089@umn.edu) or Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A dinner and program will celebrate the work of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston and raise awareness of the desperate need for clean water around the world. The Clean Water for Everyone Benefit Dinner will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The dinner will celebrate the first permanent water filtration site established by SIFE at a boarding school in the country of Nepal and educate guests on how they can become involved. The evening begins at 6 p.m. and tickets for the dinner are $20 per person. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Anthony Taylor at 218-275-3287.

The Clean Water for Everyone initiative was established to help provide access to clean water in third world countries. In Nepal, SIFE is funding a water pump station for a boarding school. The system pumps water out of a river, filters it, and then supplies the clean water to the school.

During the program, guests will have an opportunity to learn about a second clean water project planned for Nigeria to help supply a community with water. Both projects are the result of connections by students from Nigeria and Nepal who attend the U of M, Crookston.

Musical selections by Brooke Hamilton, a junior majoring in business from Adams, Minn., Kim "Blair" Na Young, a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea, along with the UMC Choir under the direction of Associate Professor George French will also highlight the evening program. The dinner is being sponsored in part by Sodexo Dining Services and if a business is interested in helping with sponsorship, they can contact Anthony Taylor or Kenneth Johnson at 218-281-8190.

Spearheading SIFE's clean water effort are Anthony Taylor, a junior majoring in management from Sheridan, Wyo.; Abbey Wemimo, a junior majoring in business from Lagos, Nigeria; and Tashi Gurung, a sophomore majoring in environmental sciences from Mustang, Nepal; and Alex Buscher, a sophomore majoring in business from Brainerd, Minn., who serves as the president of SIFE. The organization is advised by business instructors Kenneth Johnson, Courtney Bergman and Rachel Lundbohm.

"After the Earthquake in Haiti, our SIFE team recognized what a huge problem a lack of clean water for people was all over the world," explains Taylor. "It is our mission with this project to help as many areas as possible by providing them with a clean water source."

For more information on the business program at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus.

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: Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

To commemorate Black History Month in February the University of Minnesota, Crookston will 3557_b.jpghost the theatrical performance, "Daughter of Africa" presented by the Mixed Blood Theatre Company. The performance on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.

"Daughters of Africa" is a commemoration of the triumph of pride, determination, and courage. Fueled by the songs of Lena Horne, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, and many others, this exuberant, music-driven celebration of African American women's triumphs and accomplishments features a striking collection of profiles of the famous and the forgotten.

This event is one of several taking place at the U of M, Crookston as part of Black History Month.

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: Kristie Jerde, assistant director, residential life, 218-281-8533 (jacobsen@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The first new moon of the New Year heralds the start of the Lunar New Year and for many Language_room.JPGcountries and people across the world it is a time to celebrate new beginnings. Second graders at Highland Elementary joined members of the Multicultural International Club (MIC) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston in a celebration of 2012 as the Year of the Dragon.

On Tuesday, January 24, MIC students engaged the second grade classes in a variety of activities. Four different classrooms featured four different activities for students including games, languages, stories, and costumes. In the game room, students had a chopstick competition, played a Nepali game with rubber bands, as well as other games. In the language room, students learned to write their names and say "Happy New Year" in five different languages. Stories about the New Year were told in the story room and featured the traditions of China and Korea, and in the costume room, children had the opportunity to try on clothes from different countries.

Story room.jpgOn Thursday, January 26, MIC students performed the Dragon Dance in celebration of the Year of the Dragon and also as a preview of the program that will be performed on Saturday, January 28, by the Chinese Dance Theater from St. Paul, Minn. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door at $5 for adults and $1 for children/students. Following the program, everyone is invited to participate in a ribbon dance workshop.

For MIC member, Yangchen Gurung, a junior business management major from Mustang, Nepal, being involved with the elementary school students is a pleasure. "Members of MIC love to interact with the elementary students because of their enthusiasm," she explains. "Schools are a place to learn and the students there are as excited to learn from us as we are to share with them. Our club really enjoys being able to go out into the community."

Rae French, coordinator of study abroad, serves as advisor to MIC. The New Year celebration Costume room.jpgactivities are a part of the club's community service activities. For more information about international programs at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/international.

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.

Top right: Afi Delali Degbey (back table), an English as a Second Language (ESL) student from Lome, Togo, and Tashi Gurung, a junior environmental sciences major from Mustang, Nepal, help students write their names and practice saying "Happy New Year" in different languages.

In the photos:
Top, right: Afi Delali Degbey (back table), an English as a Second Language (ESL) student from Lome, Togo, and Tashi Gurung, a junior environmental sciences major from Mustang, Nepal, help students write their names and practice saying "Happy New Year" in different languages.

Center, left: Dabitna Chung, a sophomore majoring in early childhood education from Seoul, South Korea, and Yun "Ashley" Zhou a senior agricultural business major  from Haiyan, China, share stories of the New Year from their countries.

Bottom, right: Xiaowei Zhou, a junior majoring in accounting from ChongQing, China, helps students in the costume room.


Contact: Rae French, coordinator of study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Dave Anderson, better known as "Famous Dave" and founder of Famous Dave's Legendary famous dave anderson.jpgReal Pit Barbecue, will be at the University of Minnesota, Crookson on Thursday, February 2, 2012. Sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, Anderson will speak at 12 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The public is invited to attend; there is no admission charge.

Anderson, a highly sought after keynote speaker, has shared his business success secrets and leadership insights with millions throughout the United States and Canada. His incredible real life story of overcoming tremendous odds, adversity, and failure create one of America's best-loved restaurant companies.  With passion, energy, and enthusiasm Anderson shares how he overcame his own personal challenges. As a Native American, he is devoted to making a difference in the community and in the lives of others less fortunate.

With over 180 restaurants and growing, Famous Dave's has received unprecedented recognition as one of the "Hottest Concepts in America" by Nation's Restaurant News reaching over $480 million in sales.  Anderson has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street creating over 20,000 new jobs and billions in sales.

Anderson is part of the speakers series sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial cres_logos_final_wgold.jpgStudies (CRES). Funded through a grant from the Department of Education, CRES assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. CRES, located on the Crookston campus, serves eleven counties including Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. The services offered are based on the client's needs.

The mission of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting.  The CRES will engage the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota in Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota.

The CRES is housed in Dowell Hall 117. For information, call 218-281-8595 (cres@tc.umn.edu), or visit www.umccres.org.

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

The beautiful and vibrant culture of China will be brought to the University of Minnesota, CDT_2.jpgCrookston by the Chinese American Association of Minnesota (CAAM) Chinese Dance Theater in late January. The dance theater will perform on January 28, 2012, in Kiehle Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the performance starting at 7:30 p.m.  

Preceding the dance performance, there will be a Lunar New Year Dinner served at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom; limited seating available. Tickets for the dinner and show combined are $15 for adults and $5 for children/students. Tickets for the performance only, available at the door, are $5 for adults and $1 for children/students.

Advanced tickets are available for the dinner and performance together through the International Programs Office by contacting Rae French at 218-281-8339 (daytime) or at 218-289-0444 (evening). Families are encouraged to attend all evening activities.
Included in the evening are a dragon dance performed by U of M, Crookston students. Following the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater performance, the evening will conclude with a ribbon dance workshop beginning at 9 p.m.

Background

CDT_1.jpgChinese dance incorporates a variety of forms and styles of movement derived from 53 diverse ethnic groups' traditions. It involves not just unique Chinese dance sequences and movements but also the cultural and historical basis of the dances. The CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving and celebrating Chinese cultural heritage and enriching a diverse community through the universal language of dance.

Since 1992, CDT has served families and delighted audiences with some of the best locally-produced Chinese dance concerts in the country. We are a community-based organization under the artistic direction of a world-renowned choreographer and teacher. A division of the Chinese American Association of Minnesota, the oldest, largest Chinese American community organization in Minnesota, CDT performs before 17,000 live audience members every year. With a dance school, annual concerts, and outreach performances, CDT is the largest Chinese dance organization in the Midwest. To learn more, visit www.caamcdt.org.

The performance is made possible by the University of Minnesota's Confucius Institute; U of M, Crookston Concerts & Lectures; and in part, by a grant provided by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

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.

Photos from Chinese Dance Theater Web site located at www.caamcdt.org.


Contact: Rae French, coordinator, Study Abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A breakfast of German Toast, pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage will be served by HolidayPoster1[1].jpgthe Study Abroad Club from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The breakfast will be held on Sunday, December 11, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion, 102 South Ash Street, Crookston, Minn. Homemade holiday baked goods also will be available for purchase. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door for adults and $3 for children under 10 years old.

For more information, contact Rae French, advisor to the Study Abroad Club at 218-281-8339.

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: : Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The documentary "Invisible Children" will be shown at the University of Minnesota, invisible_children_logo.jpgCrookston on Wednesday, November 30, 2011. The documentary on plight of child soldiers of Central Africa will begin at 8 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The presentation is free and the public is invited.

This powerful film documents a trip to Uganda in 2003 by Jason Russell, Bobby Bailey, and Laren Poole, and the story of young, innocent children desperate for help.  As child after child related their heartbreaking stories, the men--only college students at the time--recorded everything turning it into the haunting documentary "Invisible Children." For more information, visit www.invisiblechildren.com.

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs at the U of M, Crookston.

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: Kristie Jacobsen-Jerde, program associate, residential life, 218-281-8533 (jacobsen@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Gurung_Yangchen 9523.jpgA junior business management major at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been awarded the Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) award. Yangchen Gurung, Mustang, Nepal, received the President's SEED Award for Outstanding Scholar- Activism. Gurung will be recognized on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast held at the McNamara Alumni Center on the Minneapolis campus.

The Office for Equity and Diversity's SEED awards program honors and acknowledges diverse students who are doing outstanding work at the University of Minnesota, both in and out of the classroom. When she graduates from the U of M, Crookston, Gurung will be the second woman from her remote village high in the Himalayan Mountains to do so.  She hopes to return to her village and work to improve the lives of the villagers, especially the women and girls who continue to grow up in the shadow of inequality and oppression.  

"My lifelong dream is to help lift the poor out of poverty by giving them education and skills necessary to sustain themselves, their families, and their communities," Gurung states.

Her involvement on campus includes tutoring students in mathematics and economics. Coordinator of Disability Services Laurie Wilson is quick to tout Gurung's skills. "Her gentleness and respectful, nurturing demeanor are hallmarks of her presence in every environment," explains Wilson.  "During the past summer, she was able to return home to her village and she used that opportunity to bring enrichment materials from her business program at the University to the children in her village. She plants 'seeds' of hope wherever she goes." Gurung is noted for her academic work as well as her service. Her grade point average is a stellar 3.94.

Gurung is in her second year of working as a community advisor in Residential Life on Gurung_Yangchen 9517.jpgthe Crookston campus, where she is charged with creating a positive living and learning environment for her residents and for upholding the expectations of the University for those environments. She also is involved with Students in Free Enterprise and a part of the highly successful SIFE Presentation Team. She has been involved with the Multicultural and International Club on the Crookston campus since she was a freshman.

Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department and an advisor for SIFE recognizes Gurung for her work in the classroom. "Yangchen is extremely bright," Johnson says. "Although this may be reflected in her grade point average, it is better reflected in her ability to think critically, see multiple sides of an issue, and learn new concepts with ease."
She follows in the footsteps of her cousin Lhakpa Gurung, a 2010 graduate and a recipient of last year's SEED award.

Undergraduate SEED Award recipients are diverse students who demonstrate outstanding achievement and leadership in the area(s) of academic performance and/or community outreach/activism. In addition, SEED Award recipients must demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community. For more information, visit http://academic.umn.edu/equity/awards/seed_awards.html.

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: : Laurie Wilson, coordinator, disability services, 218-281-8587 (lwilson2@umn.edu); Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

CNIA hosts Native American Games Night on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is hosting a Native American Game Night on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in recognition of Native American Heritage Month (November). The activities begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. There will be activities for all ages and the event is free and all are welcome.

The evening of games will include arts and crafts, traditional Ojibwe games, healthy snacks and refreshments, music and more. For more information on the evening's activities, contact Dana Trickey, advisor to the CNIA, at 218-281-8677.
The CNIA is a club dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and understanding of Native people in our region and Native students attending our campus; to increasing enrollment of Native students at the U of m, Crookston; and promote a culturally connected environment for Native students on the campus.

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: Dana Trickey, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8677 (tric0014@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A week of events is slated at the University of Minnesota, Crookston during International international market.jpgWeek, Monday, November 14 through Friday, November 18, 2011. From culinary creations to an international market, International Week will include adventures from around the world.

The community is invited to attend several events on campus during the week in celebration of International Week:
Enjoy international cuisine during a lunch from the four corners of the world on Monday, November 14 in Brown Dining Room. The public is welcome to join the campus for lunch at a cost of $8.15 per person served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, November 15 from 12 -2 p.m., everyone is invited to "Learn a Language" in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. There also will be an international photography contest in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. From 2-4 p.m., everyone is invited to view the artwork and photographs of students as well as vote for their personal favorites. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear traditional clothing celebrating their heritage during the day.

An International Market will be held on Wednesday, November 16 in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. There will be items for sale from 2 - 6 p.m. including handcrafts, art, food, and more. Everyone is encouraged to visit the market and shop. Earlier in the day, students will be participating in an English as a Second Language (ESL) Poster Board Contest in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. These events are all open to the public.
 
On Thursday, November 17, there will be a special interactive display on human trafficking entitled "The Dark Truth" in the Northern Lights Lounge from 2 - 6 p.m. Recycled cards, known as "Card-Again," will be for sale and money collected will be used for shelters for trafficked victims in the region.

On Friday, November 18, things really heat up on campus with the "How Hot is Hot? Hot Sauce Contest" which will be held at noon in the Northern Lights Lounge.  Later that afternoon, Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE) and International Programs will team up to host the popular International Kids Carnival from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. There will be barnyard animals, button making, origami, face painting, games, tattoos, and items for sale all designed for children and families. The International Kids Carnival is free and children and families are especially invited to participate.

International Education Week, scheduled November 12-16, 2011, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. To learn more, visit http://iew.state.gov.

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: Rae French, coordinator, learning abroad/international student programming, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Staying Out of the Neutral Zone

Call it a drive to excel, her competitive nature, or an intense form of stress relief, it doesn't matter to Sophomore Karen Celmer because she takes her ice hockey seriously. The equine science major finds herself on the ice in Minnesota after growing up on hockey in North Liberty, Ind., a small town located along the northern border of the state near South Bend.

celmer_k_3_years_hockey.jpgShe started skating when she was two years old graduating to hockey skates by the time she was three or four. "When I was learning to skate, you could not find small enough hockey skates," Celmer explains. "Now you can, but I had no choice but to start skating on figure skates."

Playing hockey meant regular trips to South Bend where she would play with and against players from Michigan and as far away as Valparaiso, Ind. She grew up playing in a wide variety of venues from an old munitions warehouse to the Joyce Center at Notre Dame, but most important, Celmer grew up playing on teams with rosters that were primarily boys.

As she made her way through hockey programs, celmer_k_high_school_hockey.jpgCelmer played for the Irish Youth Hockey League, Riley High School, and John Adams High School, all located in South Bend. She was one of three girls playing hockey until around her sophomore year of high school when the other girls left the team, and she was advised against continuing. In fact, she was told she could be a "liability to the team."

 "I switched teams at that point," Celmer says. "I wanted to play hockey, and I wanted to play for a team that believed in me enough to give me a chance."

When she was a high school senior, she helped to start a traveling girls' hockey team known as the Indianapolis Racers. She is proud of what the young team has accomplished in such a short while. Last March, the U19 team won the Mid-American District Championship to earn a berth in the national tournament in only their second year of existence.
As a college student, Celmer continues to play hockey with the Hockey Club at the U of M, Crookston. It took special permission from the league's commissioner, but she takes to the ice with the rest of the guys three nights a week for practice and twice during the weekend for games.

DSC_2107.jpgWhat she loves most about playing is when she knows she is playing well and outskates a competitor or manages to take the puck from them. "When I find myself playing well, I have a very deep sense of gratification," she smiles. "It makes it all worthwhile."

Outside of classes and hockey, Celmer represents the Hockey Club at full board meetings of the Crookston Student Association and plans to coach mites as part of the Crookston Youth Hockey Program this winter. She is also a member of the Collegiate FFA at the U of M, Crookston.

Celmer loves hockey; that goes without saying, but it isn't her only passion. Her horse, Bleu, is the other. She has been involved with horses since she was in grade school, and they are the reason this one time nursing major transferred to Crookston to earn her degree in equine science.

"I grew up in a small town, and I wanted to go to smaller college," she reflects. "Finding a place that had the degree program I wanted along with the chance to play hockey helped me decide."

While Celmer isn't certain of what is next in her future, she is considering her options. "I know I want to work in the equine industry or maybe go to veterinary school," she states. "I will have to see."

Right now though, it really doesn't matter, Celmer is too busy with hockey and horses to contemplate very far into her future. Whatever tomorrow holds, she will bring to it all the intensity she can muster because that's who she is.

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

Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis, Minn., will present the play "According to Coyote," an energetic collection of lightning-paced legends, on Monday evening, October 24, 2011, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The performance begins at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium and is free and open to the public.  

This collection of legends gives life to Coyote, the trickster, teacher, magician, and hero in American Indian traditions.  Playwright John Kauffman employs age-old techniques of music, dance, magic and narrative to bring to life this character in all his guises: Coyote the Creator, the namer of animals and bringer of fire; Coyote the Trickster, conniving for an advantage that usually backfires on him; and Coyote the Teacher, from whom lessons of humility, wisdom, and humanity are learned.  

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs. Learn more at http://www.mixedblood.com/regional-tour.

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: 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)

The Black-Jew Dialogues will be performed at the University of Minnesota, Crookston Kiehle Auditorium on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 8 p.m. The energetic and captivating two-actor play examines prejudice and racism with the goal of reuniting cultures and makes the audience think while being entertained. Cost for the event will be $2 for non-UMC Students and $5 for the public. UMC students should present their student ID at the door for free admission.

In The Black-Jew Dialogues, Larry Jay Tish and Ron Jones take the audience on a hysterical and poignant ride through three days they spent together in a cheap hotel room discussing their own experiences, the history of their people, and why there has been a growing rift between the two groups since the early 70's. Tish and Jones find humor in everything from the Jewish involvement in the Dutch slave trade to two rednecks on a joy ride of hate.

The show premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in August of 2006. In September 2007 it was the only American play invited to perform at the Leeds Jewish Performing Arts Festival in England. In the time between The Black-Jew Dialogues has been touring to universities, high schools, synagogues, and theatres throughout the US with great success.

The Black-Jew Dialogues combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, and multi-media to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S. and the U.K. This performance is an exhilarating and insightful look at the state of race and cultural relations in America. You will learn as much as you laugh.

For more information visit www.theblackjewdialogues.com. The Black-Jew Dialogues are part of the weekly What's on Wednesday series which is hosted by Student Programming and Campus Entertainment (SPACE). Concerts & Lectures is co-sponsoring this event.

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

lab_duhamel_macrae.jpgJoseph Duhamel, a student from outside of Rouen in the region of Normandy, France, completed his agriculture internship by conducting research on soybean aphids at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC). He worked under the supervision of Extension Entomologist Ian MacRae. Duhamel is a fourth year student from École d'Ingénieurs en Agriculture (Esitpa), the school of engineering in agriculture in Rouen.

Duhamel was one of two students from Esitpa who spent the summer months completing research internships in Minnesota. A fellow student worked with the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, Minn. Both students arrived in early June as part of an emerging exchange program between the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Esitpa; they will return to France at the beginning of September.

This summer was Duhamel's first experience in the United States. He chose the University of Minnesota for the completion of his required internship because he wanted the opportunity to study in an English speaking country. Working at the NWROC fulfilled a required component of his internship to develop and perform research. He has previous research experience working with agro forestry for five weeks in India, but that process was more about theory and did not include anything practical. At the U of M, Crookston, he is engaged in hands-on research, something he enjoys.

Under the direction of MacRae, Duhamel designed an experiment to test the research_plot.jpgeffectiveness of various insecticides on controlling soybean aphids. He was responsible for carrying out the experiment through sampling and coordinating the collection of data. The final process was analysis of results. MacRae explained that a chemical trial was a great project for Duhamel as it served as a relatively simple model on which to learn about research. MacRae also commented on how Duhamel's past experiences were evident during his time with NWROC, "Joe came with a lot of knowledge and was able to hit the ground running." MacRae was pleased with Duhamel's contributions this summer adding that he was a great addition to the crew.

Working with the effects of insecticides on soybean aphids was not the only project that kept Duhamel busy this summer. He also assisted with a project examining the management of the pesticide-resistant potato beetle. While at NWROC he expanded his research knowledge base and will be returning to France with a greater understanding of the agricultural processes in the United States.

research_plot_leaf.jpgDuring his time in fields, Duhamel noticed both differences and similarities between France and the United States. He grew up in a small village half an hour from Rouen in the deep countryside of the hills of Normandy. He considers himself "almost a farm kid," since he lived right next to a farm where cows grazing in the pasture was an everyday occurrence. This past experience helped Duhamel understand farming in Minnesota, "All that is going on around Crookston makes sense to me," explains Duhamel.

Something different for Duhamel was the scale of agriculture in the area. He was impressed by the tractors, fields, and crop planes, noting that everything here is big compared to his home country. In Europe, farming is very intensive because of the small amount of agricultural land available to support the population. For this reason, soil nutrient management and chemical laws that are a hot topic in the United States now were being addressed by Europe several years earlier.

Once he overcame the initial culture shock, living in rural Minnesota for the summer duhamel_alone.jpgallowed Duhamel the opportunity to experience the true "Minnesota nice." He noted that there were always people waving at the research crew when they were out on the road.  During trips to research plots across the state, he was able to experience long drives on straight roads. He described this experience as really American compared to travel on the winding roads through France.

Upon his arrival in Minneapolis, Minn., his first experience in an American city, Duhamel admitted he was surprised the city was laid out with the roads and buildings in perfectly straight lines. In Duhamel's opinion, it was something that looked like it was straight out of a Hollywood movie, "I kept thinking to myself where are the cameras?" commented Duhamel with a laugh.

While Crookston is a farming community he can relate to, there were items from home he occasionally missed aside from family and friends. French bread was something he could not find a replacement for in rural Minnesota. He also found himself missing the traditional French cheese, which most people describe as "smelly cheese," but Duhamel contests its name should be "tasty cheese" instead.

Surrounded by the flat prairie of the Red River Valley, Duhamel also found himself longing for the traditional Normandy picture of cows grazing on the hillsides. Occasionally traveling south to Morris to visit his fellow French student allowed Duhamel some opportunities to see rolling hills dotted with livestock. Other excursions around Minnesota included two different canoe trips. One of the things he noted from his time on the river was the amount of wildlife, something he does not see as much of in his home country.

Duhamel was grateful for his time in Crookston and reflects that while he was not used to the American way of life, it was a nice change of pace for the summer months. As he returns home to France, he will be completing his final year of studies. His future plans include another internship, this time working with organic farming. Afterwards he would like to work with extension services in France as he affirms, "I want to work with the farmers." Looking into the future, there is also the potential for Duhamel to start a farm of his own.

Educational and career goals aside, Duhamel will continue to travel. With India, Poland, and now the United States under his belt, next on his list of destinations is Russia. Duhamel shared that he really enjoyed how he was able to feel the spirit of the world while in the United States, and it is a spirit he will continue to encounter beyond the fields of the Red River Valley.

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.

In the photos:

Top, left: Joseph Duhamel (left) from Rouen, France served as a research assistant at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center under the supervision of research entomologist Ian MacRae.

Center, right: Associate Professor Ian MacRae (left) and research assistant Joseph Duhamel search for aphids on a soybean plant in the research plot located west of the U of M, Crookston.

Lower, left: Duhamel examines a soybean leaf for aphids.

Bottom, right: Duhamel, from Rouen, France, designed and conducted an experiment to test the effectiveness of various insecticides on controlling soybean aphids, the number one insect pest of soybeans.

Contact: Neu, communications assistant, (neuxx019@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey joined other college and university presidents who belong to Minnesota Campus Compact in nominating recipients of three statewide awards.  Recipients were honored June 14, 2011, at St. Catherine's University in St. Paul, Minn. Minnesota Campus Compact award recipients included Rae French and Nana Boaten from the U of M, Crookston and North Country Food Bank, a community partner of the Crookston campus.

The Presidents' Student Leadership Award recognized an individual student or a student organization that modeled a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

Boaten_Nana 9933.jpgNana Boaten (at left), a senior majoring in marketing, earned the Student Leadership Award.  Originally from Ghana, Boaten served as senator of international relations for the Crookston Student Association, president of the Soccer Club, treasurer for the National Society of Leadership and Success, and secretary of the Study Abroad Club this past year.  Additionally, he has been a member of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), UMC Rotary Club, Students Today Leaders Forever, and the Residential Housing Jury Board for Student Conduct.  He also served on six campus committees.  When asked to represent his country, Boaten steps up by giving presentations and cooking ethnic food for special events.  His service is not restricted to the Crookston campus community though.  He has delivered meals, coached Crookston Youth Soccer Association, assisted on the Habitat for Humanity house, served Thanksgiving meals at Villa St. Vincent, hosted high school students overnight for the Multicultural Excellence Program, raised funds for the Salvation Army, helped organize "Winter Wonderland," and helped sandbag the city of Crookston.  

The Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award recognized the faculty, administration, or staff or a group that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

Rae French (at right) was the recipient of the Steward Award.  French coordinates the Learning French_Rae 1724.jpgAbroad Program and works closely with international students to provide opportunities that are mutually beneficial to them and to our domestic students and local community.  In an effort to nurture relationships between new Chinese students and community, provide teaching opportunities for Chinese students, and provide enrichment opportunities for Crookston youth, French initiated a highly successful Chinese Language and Culture program this fall for students of all ages.  Additionally, she coordinates and brings groups of students to local classrooms to give presentations about their countries.  She also organizes the International Dinner Series, International Week, and passport drives for the campus and community.  She facilitates host families and does an amazing job making sure we all have many opportunities to learn a bit more about each other's culture.

The Presidents' Community Partner Award recognized a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has developed a sustained, reciprocal partnership with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

The North Country Food Bank (NCFB) received this award based on its ongoing partnership with the U of M, Crookston.  In August, NCFB hosted two orientation groups during Meet Crookston Through Service, UMC's service day during New Student Orientation.  Student excitement from that event spurred additional collaborations by a variety of student groups.  In September NCFB agreed to host an AmeriCorps member through UMC, who completed 300 hours and helped organize additional volunteers.  In addition to supervising her, they provided her with a life-changing education on the extent of the services and the need.  The Crookston campus and NCFB collaborated on a Mobile Food Drop in December, where over 27,000 pounds of food was distributed within two hours.  Students returned with a new perspective on hunger.  NCFB has accommodated the students' schedules and opened the warehouse during evening hours so that student clubs could pack boxes and backpacks.  Additionally, they have assisted with awareness events such as a Hunger Banquet and an Empty Bowls Project by providing local hunger statistics.  

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

The lives of a Hispanic family in Minnesota are the basis of "Minnecanos," a story to be minnecanos-web.jpgtold in a performance by the Mixed Blood Theatre at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Minneapolis-based theater company will be on stage in Kiehle Auditorium on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at 7 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs on the Crookston campus, has free admission and everyone is welcome to attend.

"Minnecanos," a term created to describe Minnesotans of Mexican descent, is also the name given by Mexican immigrants to the topping knife, the tool used to harvest and clean sugar beets. The performance is the story of an old man awakening his great-granddaughter's interest in their shared Chicano history in a touching and invigorating renewal of family and culture.
 
The play's author, Joe Minjares, turns his personal experiences growing up on Minneapolis' north side into the 45-minute performance that also addresses major milestones in Hispanic history.  For almost a decade, "Minnecanos" has been performed throughout the upper Midwest.

3557_b.jpgThe mission of Mixed Blood Theatre promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. To learn more, visit www.mixedblood.com.

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: Thomas Williams director , diversity programs, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team traveled SIFE.jpgto the 2011 Regional Competition on March 30, in Minneapolis, Minn., where they were named Regional Champions for a 12th consecutive time. They will be competing against teams from around the United States at the National Competition in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 10-12. They are coached by business instructors Kenneth Johnson and Rachel Lundbohm.

Along with being named a Regional Champion, the team was also recognized with a 4.0 Club award which recognizes quality educational programs, success in SIFE, and long-term sustainability to improve the quality of life and standard of living for others, and a Club 44 award, recognizing a SIFE membership of 44 or more active members.

The SIFE Presentation Team, made up of six students from four different countries included: Alexandra Buscher, a senior from Merrifield, Minn.; Chan Liew, a junior from Seoul, South Korea; Dae Yeul Lee, a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea; Abbey Wemimo, a sophomore from Lagos, Nigeria; Yangchen Gurung, a junior from Kathmandu, Nepal; Klint Mahne, a junior from Lake Bronson, Minn. The team also included a Video Tech Team whose members were James Kriegh, a junior from Crookston, Minn.; and Xi Zhou, a senior from Chong Sing, China; presented a 24-minute video presentation that showcased a majority of the projects the SIFE team has done through the year, followed by a five-minute question and answer session.

There were 20 teams from 10 different states in attendance, and the team competed against five other teams in their league including teams from Wisconsin, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming, and Minnesota. Of the five teams in the league in which Crookston's team competed, two were selected to go on to nationals. Along with the U of M, Crookston, the other team selected was North Central University in Minneapolis, Minn.

After the presentation, the team was free to attend a job fair which was hosted by SIFE as well as a luncheon and round-table discussion. During the discussion team members met with representatives from various businesses.

The team will now prepare for nationals by making changes to their presentation and annual report based on feedback they received during the competition. Some 400 teams will compete at nationals in May.

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders. Participating students form teams on their university campuses and apply business concepts to develop outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. The mission of SIFE is to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business. To learn more about SIFE, visit www.sife.org.

To learn more about the business program at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/bus.

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: Rachel Lundbohm, business instructor and SIFE co-advisor, 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu); Kenneth Johnson, business instructor and SIFE co-advisor, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (lt

Associate Professor Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., was named a recipient of the Award for Global Engagement for 2010, by the University of Minnesota. Maiga teaches in the Maiga_award.jpgAgriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston. An award ceremony was held on March 24, 2011, at the West Wing in the Campus Club in the Twin Cities.

The all-University Award for Global Engagement is given to faculty and staff members--active or retired--in recognition of outstanding contributions to global education and international programs in their field, discipline, or the University. In addition to honoring individual faculty and staff members, the award--by identifying excellence in global engagement and by recognizing outstanding work--serves as a resource to other faculty and staff.

Maiga joined the faculty at the U of M, Crookston in January 2001. He teaches courses in animal science, livestock facilities and environmental systems, applied animal nutrition, dairy production, reproduction, forages, and animal systems management. Prior to coming to the Crookston campus, Maiga worked for the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Becker County, and the Pine to Prairie Cluster, Detroit Lakes, Minn. He earned a bachelor of science in animal sciences from Polytechnic Rural Institute of Mali (West Africa); a master's in animal science from University of Maine, Orono; a master's in agriculture economics from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.; and his doctorate in animal science from South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

"I am truly honored by this award, the 2010 Award for Global Engagement," Maiga says. "I would like to thank the Office of International Programs for making this award an opportunity for faculty to be engaged in international programming. The award will certainly help me do what I always want to do for my students; that is giving them the opportunity to learn abroad and to increase their international experience."

Maiga's experience includes serving on the University of Minnesota System wide - Global Spotlight Committee since 2009. He was a key organizer of the Mali Symposium on Applied Sciences (MSAS), Bamako, Mali (West Africa) in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. He has presented scientific papers in 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010. In 2010, Maiga invited Dr. Lyle Westrom and his wife, Susan, to MSAS to present a workshop on how to start an Agricultural Education program in Malian High schools.  He has served as president of Maliwatch (Mali Scientific Diaspora) since 2009.

From 2002-06 he taught Agriculture Production classes and Extension Service Programming in 2002, 2002, 2006 at the Agricultural School of Mali (IPR). He was involved with France Agriculture Schools ESITPA of Rouen, and VetAgroSup of Clermont Ferrand, France in arranging collaborative agreements for academic programming. Memorandum of Understanding signed between UMC and these two schools. U of M, Crookston students (16) attended 10 days short course in France in spring 2010.

Other recipients of the award included James D. Neaton, professor in the School of Public Health and Claudia Parliament, professor in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources, both on the Twin Cities campus. Nominees must have been instrumental in promoting significant international education, institution building, or academic and global outreach programs. The award is sponsored by the Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration and administered by the Office of International Programs.

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.

In the photo: Award for Global Engagement recipients: James D. Neaton, Harouna Maiga, and Claudia Parliament. Photo by Jennifer Schulz, Global Programs and Strategy Alliance, University of Minnesota.



Contact: Harouna Maiga, associate professor, 218-281-8107 (hmaiga@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

It's a celebration Ramona Mendez would have loved, and one her son, Ken, is proud to have brought to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Music, dance, and authentic Mexican cuisine highlight the "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" taking place on the Crookston campus on April 15, 2011. With new activities, this year's event promises to be the best one yet and the evening will also mark the kick off of the Ramona Mendez Endowed Scholarship fund drive.

The "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" is the kind of event Ken feels his mother would have loved and planned herself. "The celebration would have been the perfect night with music and dancing and all the things she loved," Mendez says. "And, I know the scholarship announcement would have truly humbled my mother who was a very unassuming woman."

The scholarship was the idea of Leticia Sanchez who works for Migrant Health Services in Crookston Mendez explains. Sanchez shared the idea with some other women and it caught on. Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations on the Crookston campus is encouraged to see the creation of the scholarship fund. "We are here to support students as they pursue their dreams of an education," he says. "The scholarship fund created to honor the memory of Ramona Mendez is a tribute to Ken as he completes his bachelor's degree and an encouragement to others to do the same."

The scholarship is something Ken says he could not have imagined a few years ago. A senior majoring in communication, Ken will graduate in May and his only regret is that his mother cannot see him graduate. "I know how happy my graduation would have made her, and it is bittersweet that she cannot be here to share the day with me and my family."

The "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" begins at 4 p.m. and runs through midnight with a host of activities for all ages. From 4 to 7 p.m. there will be a marketplace and children's activities in the Sargeant Student Center. Authentic Mexican cuisine will be featured at a dinner beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Brown dining room and running concurrently will be a social with appetizers and music in the Eagles Nest. From 7 to 9 p.m. a program in Kiehle Auditorium will feature the dance troupe, Los Alegres Bailadores from Cottage Grove, Minn. The evening concludes with a family dance with the music of Sonora Café in Lysaker Gymnasium from 9 p.m. to midnight. All events are free and everyone is welcome.

The evening is made possible by a grant from the State of Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation Legacy Amendment, University of Minnesota Crookston Concerts and Lectures fund and the Coke Community Initiative fund, a grant for cultural projects from the Crookston High School, and a donation from RiverView Health in Crookston.

For more information on the Legacy Destination weekend, visit www.exploreminnesota.com/travel-ideas/legacy/crookston/index.aspx.

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: Thomas Williams, director of diversity programs, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

With International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has set aside the day to recognize Women's History Month on the campus. A reception and panel discussion featuring women in leadership from the region will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. The community and campus are invited to the reception and panel discussion.

The members of the panel are women who have inspired us all with their leadership, passion, and daring including: Barb Erdman, Polk County sheriff; Jeannine Windels, former executive director of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce; Racha Khodr, a teaching specialist in the Liberal Arts and Education Department; Senior Halie Kang, a communication major from Seoul, South Korea, and Senior Lhakpa Gurung, an early childhood education major from Mustang, Nepal, among others.

The theme for International Women's Day is "The Rising of the Women is the Rising of Us Rising.jpg All" and recognizes the contribution of women across the globe and throughout history. International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. 2011 marks the global centenary year for International Women's Day - 100 years since the first International Women's Day event. More than one million women and men attended rallies in 1911.

President Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as the first National Women's History Week. Later, in 1987, Congress expanded the week into a month recognizing March as officially National Women's History Month. For more information, visit www.nwhp.org.

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

The Black Student Association (BSA) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is holding a special tribute to recognize the meritorious service of African Americans in the military. The program, slated for Monday, February 28, 2011, will be held at 6 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The program, entitled HONOR, will feature a presentation by Master Sargeant Tamika Morales-Long from the Grand Forks Air Force Base. The program is free and everyone is welcome.

HONOR will recognize the efforts of African Americans who have played a role in our nation's past and present military conflicts. The program also will touch on "Civil War and the Struggle for Black Self-Determination," the 2011 national theme for Black History Month, held annually in February.

Students will pay tribute to a number of individuals they feel exemplify honor. Included in that list are: 54 Massachusetts Regiment; Tuskegee Airmen; 555th, better known as the "Triple Nickel"; along with veterans Comedian Bill Cosby; NBA star David Robinson, who played basketball for the San Antonio Spurs; Actor James Earl Jones, the voice of Star Wars, and others.

For more information about BSA or HONOR, contact Jamal Jihad, vice president of BSA, at jihad001@umn.edu.

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: Jamal Jihad, vice president, Black Student Association, 478-213-6492, jihad001@umn.edu ; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The wonderful flavors and unique cultures of countries across the world are the center of the popular International Dinner Series at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Dinners in the 2011 series, featuring China, Ghana, and Nepal, are scheduled for March 7, 21, 28, and April 6, and begin each evening at 6 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets for the dinner series are available by contacting Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu). Adult and senior tickets are $15 per evening or $50 for the entire series. Children under 10 years of age are $10 per evening or $35 for the entire series. Tickets are limited.

Students representing each of the featured countries will share their favorite dishes and a special presentation related to their home country. The series concludes with an international dinner and showcase.

The evening of Monday, March 7, features the country of China.  Join Senior Qian Liu, a business management major from Guangdong, China, as she presents "So you think you know China?" Traditional dance along with special selections from the U of M, Crookston choir will highlight the evening.

On Monday, March 21, Ghana is the featured country for the evening. Senior Nana Boaten, a marketing major from Accura, Ghana, will present with Senior Shawn Friedland, a biology major from New Bern, N.C., who worked at a health clinic in a village in Ghana in the summer of 2010. Music from the U of M, Crookston choir will be a part of the evening.
 
For guests on the evening of Monday, March 28, the country of Nepal will be the focus. Senior Lhakpa Gurung, an early childhood education major from Mustang, Nepal, will share information on educational systems of Nepal. The evening will include traditional dancing and  music from the music department on the Crookston campus.

The final event in the series on Wednesday, April 6, is a dinner hosted by the InternationalInternational Display 8242.jpg and Multicultural Club and includes talent showcase, along with demonstrations, table displays, and entertainment from countries all over the world. At 4:30 p.m. students will present a showcase of talent followed by the dinner at 6 p.m.

The International Dinner Series is a longstanding tradition at the U of M, Crookston and highlights the culture and cuisine of selected countries annually. To learn more about international programs, visit www.umcrookston.edu/international.

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: Rae French, coordinator of study abroad at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Mixed Blood Theatre will present the play "3557_b.jpgAfrican America" on Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event, sponsored by the UMC Office of Diversity Programs, is free and open to the public.

The plot of the production deals with the appearance of an African man which leads a modern interracial couple to a better understanding and appreciation of the experience of immigrants to Minnesota from Liberia, Ethiopia, and Somalia and helps them consider how to connect with and celebrate one's cultural heritage.

Mixed Blood Theatre is a professional, multi-racial performance company based in Minneapolis that promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence.

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: :Thomas Williams, director, diversity services, diversity and multicultural services, 218-281-8580 (willi3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston will welcome back to campus Mixed Blood Theatre for a performance of "Dr. King's Dream" on Wednesday, January 26, 2011. The performance, which will be held in Bede Ballroom at 7 p.m., is the acclaimed celebration of the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King. The event is free and the public is invited.

mixed_blood.pngWarren C. Bowles, the talented actor featured in the performance, has toured for Mixed Blood since 1981. His stirring solo performance movingly chronicles King's career from the beginning during the Montgomery bus strike, to his death in Memphis. The performance captures all of the dignity, courage, devotion and humanity of a unique American leader and is drawn from King's own writings including the timeless "I Have a Dream."

The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programs and the Office of Student Affairs on the Crookston campus. For more information, contact Thomas Williams, director of diversity programs at 218-281-8580.

The performance is held in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, officially recognized on January 17. The holiday marks the birth date of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15.

Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial company, promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. To learn more, visit www.mixedblood.com

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the MN State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the MN State Legislature from the MN arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of MN on November 4, 2008.

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: Thomas Williams, director, diversity programs, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A $10,000 grant awarded by the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council will support Cinco d Mayo 2593.jpgthis year's Cinco de Mayo celebration at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event is slated for Friday, April 15, 2011. The grant, offered through the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, helps support access and exposure to the arts in all corners of the region. The goal of the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at the U of M, Crookston is to promote learning, understanding and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts, and cuisine.

As director for the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council, Mara Wittman is pleased to award the grant to help bring a cultural event of this caliber to the Crookston campus. "We are excited to be able to support a cultural event that highlights the Mexican culture and celebrates their arts, music, and customs," Wittman says. "This kind of event is what our funding is designed to support, and we are proud to be a part of helping bring this exciting opportunity to the Crookston campus and community, as well as the region."

Over the past two years, hundreds of people have attended the celebration at the U of M, Crookston. The event is held in honor of Cinco de Mayo, a day that historically, represents the victory of Mexico over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and culturally, represents Mexican heritage and pride.  

The year's events include the dance troupe, Los Alegres Bailadores, who will perform in Kiehle Auditorium, a children's arts area that will include homemade piñata making, and the Latin Groove Band.

Melissa Dingmann, director of financial aid and Laurie Wilson, coordinator of disability services worked closely with Kenneth Mendez, a senior communication major, on the grant proposal. Mendez, who has been involved since the first celebration three years ago, wants to see the tradition continue on the campus. ""The collaborative effort among the University, Crookston Public Schools through the VOICES program, Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council, and the potential for new partners joining us is evidence that when we work together across boundaries of all kinds, we can enrich the quality of life for everyone in our region," Mendez says. "It is exciting to see this come together, and I would like to thank Chancellor Casey and the campus community for embracing the celebration."

LegacyLogo.jpgMendez's desire to see the Cinco de Mayo celebration continue after he graduates are being encouraged by having Janelle Encinia, a junior at the Crookston High School, shadow the preparations for this year's event. Encinia is also a post-secondary enrollment option student at the U of M, Crookston and has been observing firsthand the event planning process to prepare her to take over the work Mendez started. "To know that the celebration will continue after I graduate is both gratifying and rewarding," Mendez says.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council serves the seven counties located in the northwest corner of the state. This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. To learn more about the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, visit www.nwrdc.org/arts.

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.

In the photo at top right, ( l to r):  Front row: Thomas Williams, director of diversity programs; Janelle Encinia, a junior at the Crookston High School; Chuck Casey, chancellor; Ken Mendez, a senior communication major; Mara Wittman, director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council. Back row: Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs; Melissa Dingmann, director of financial aid; and  Laurie Wilson, coordinator for disability services.

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

Senior Lhakpa Gurung Named 2010 SEED Award Recipient

The University of Minnesota undergraduate Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity Lhakpa Gurung 2127.jpg(SEED) Awards program honors outstanding diverse undergraduate students.  The Crookston campus is pleased to announce Senior Lhakpa Gurung, Mustang, Nepal, as a 2010 SEED Award recipient. The awards are presented annually at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast, held November 18.
 
Lhakpa Gurung has been a leader on the Crookston campus in advocating and supporting the campus diversity program. She has reached out to members of the campus and the Crookston community to share her story and to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of being a role model for women of color in teaching, research and entrepreneurship. She also recently received the 2010 Tapestry Award from the University's University Women of Color.

As an early childhood education major, Gurung aspires to work with children and families of diverse backgrounds and needs, and international issues regarding equity for children and their families. She has been very involved as a student on the campus serving as a community advisor for residential life and integrating diversity activities to spur discussion on issues relating to diversity and women's issues. She has also presented at various women's groups in the community, on campus, anf through Minnesota Extension in order to encourage dialogue on the importance of having women of color as role models in teaching, research, and business.

Gurung was involved in two undergraduate research projects and presented at an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) showcase at both Crookston and Twin Cities campuses.  In the summer of 2010, she went back to Nepal to her village to teach young children about the economic and societal importance of agriculture, the basics of capitalism, and how entrepreneurs add value to the marketplace. Students in Free Enterprise advisor Kenneth Johnson is proud of Gurung and her accomplishments. "Her work ethic, enthusiasm, and performance in completing this project was phenomenal," Johnson says. "She has been an integral part of the success of our eleven-time regional championship SIFE team."

Undergraduate SEED Award recipients are diverse students who demonstrate impressive achievement and leadership in the area(s) of academic performance and/or community outreach/activism.  In addition, SEED Award recipients must demonstrate a deep understanding of and commitment to issues of equity, diversity, and social justice through their academic work and/or service to the community. For more information, visit www.academic.umn.edu/equity/awards/seed_awards.html.

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: Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education Dept., 218-281-8185 (slimthom@umn.edu); Laurie Wilson, coordinator, disability services, 218-281-8587 (lwilson2@umn.edu); Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@um

international market.jpgThe sights and sounds of an international market come to life once again during a week filled with events focusing on International Education Week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The market, slated for Wednesday, November 17 from 3- 7 p.m., takes place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center and features items from around the world for purchase. The public is welcome to stop by the market to shop.

If you are interested in international cuisine, you are invited to dine on food from the four corners of the world on Monday, November 15. Featured countries include:  Korea, China, Nepal, and Kenya.  The public is welcome to eat lunch at a cost of $8.15  per person being served from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Brown Dining Room 

On Tuesday, November 16 there will be an international art show and photography contest in the Prairie Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. From 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to view the artwork and photographs of students as well as vote for their personal favorites.

Following the international market on Wednesday, there will be two presentations on Thursday, November 18 by internationally-renowned speaker, author, and explorer Broughton Coburn in Kiehle Auditorium. The first presentation begins at noon and is entitled "Secrets of the Shangri La" and the second, at 7 p.m., will be "Aama's Journey," the story of a woman who has virtually no exposure to Western civilization and her pilgrimage to the United States. Both presentations are free and the public is invited to attend.

Closing out the week on Friday, November 19 is a Kid Fair from 5 - 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and the International Lounge, both located in the Sargeant Student Center. There will be barnyard animals, button making, origami, face painting, games, tattoos, and items for sale all designed for children and families. The Kid Fair is free and children and families are especially invited to participate.
 
International Education Week, scheduled November 15-19, 2010, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. To learn more, visit http://iew.state.gov.
 
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: Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre's production of Theory of Mind will be performed at the mixed_blood.pngUniversity of Minnesota Crookston Kiehle Auditorium on Tuesday, October 26, 2010, from 7 to 8 p.m. This sensitive yet unsentimental story presents a portrait of a young man with Asperger's Syndrome.

Bill is a college-bound seventeen year-old, equipped with scholastic brilliance but low emotional intelligence; a keen self-awareness yet, an inability to read social cues, and a charming directness yet prone to taking everything he hears literally.  His outing with a young woman becomes a memorable, insightful look at the tugs, shifts, and about-faces found on the autism spectrum.

Theory of Mind is written by Ken LaZebnik, a veteran Mixed Blood company member whose other writing credits include Touched by an Angel and the Mixed Blood-produced plays Calvinisms, League of Nations and Vestibular Sense.  His yet untitled play about the online autism community is planned to debut in Mixed Blood's 2011-2012 season.

First toured by Mixed Blood in 2009, Theory of Mind again features Skyler Nowinski as Bill in a cast that also includes Brittany Bradford and Warren C. Bowles.  The production is again staged by Mixed Blood Artistic Director Jack Reuler.

The show is one of five culturally-specific productions toured this season by Mixed Blood, a professional, multi-racial theatre company based in Minneapolis that promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence.  The other touring productions include the Chicano cultural history Minnecanos; the Martin Luther King biography Dr. King's Dream; Daughters of Africa, a music-driven history of African American women; and African America, a look at the modern African diaspora in Minnesota.

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: Thomas Williams, director , diversity programs, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

In honor of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, the University of Minnesota, Crookston will host a performance of "Help Wanted" by Teatro del Pueblo. One of their most popular performances, Teatro del Pueblo will perform the one-act play on Wed., October 20, at 6 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium. The play is free and open to the public. Following the performance there will be a time for questions and discussion.

The play, written and directed by Virginia McFerran, focuses on the lives of impoverished immigrants who came to Minnesota to seek a better life and to help their family in Mexico.  Three actors playing multiple roles present scenes depicting life in Mexico, a dangerous border crossing, unionizing efforts, detention by the INS, and demonstrations in support of the hotel workers.  This satirical piece demonstrates the plight of workers whose labor is needed in Minnesota, but who risk harsh treatment and inequities when trying to fill this need. 

The original production is loosely based upon real events that took place in Minnesota surrounding the Albino sisters and their experiences. The stories of the sisters were transcribed through interviews with Dennis Valdez and other members of Teatro Latino of Minneapolis, Minn. The script has recently been updated to reflect the ever-changing immigrant experiences in the United States.

Teatro del Puelblo.gifTeatro del Pueblo is a small, non-profit Latino theater located in St. Paul, MN. Fostered by the Latino community on the West Side, it has grown since its inception in 1992 to serve St. Paul, Minneapolis, the metro area and greater Minnesota.Based in the West Side's Latino community, Teatro del Pueblo promotes Latino culture through the creation and presentation of performing arts. Teatro develops and supports Latino artists, provides educational opportunities for all to experience Latino culture and promotes cross-cultural dialogue.For more information about Teatro del Pueblo, visit www.teatrodelpueblo.org.
 
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. More information is available at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

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.
 
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: : Thomas Williams, director, diversity and multicultural services, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis, Minn., will bring Hijab Tube to the stage in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Hijab Tube explores the American-Muslim identity as Rubiya, a 20 year-old second-generation, American Muslim college student, tries to figure out what makes her Muslim. The performance will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, at 7 p.m. The public is invited and there is no admission charge.

hijab7.jpgA young Muslim woman takes her questions about wearing a hijab (a traditional covering of Islamic women) to YouTube, drawing an illuminating range of responses from other American Muslims - despite the antics of her younger brother. Mixed Blood's newest program offers a unique perspective on Islam in 21st Century America.

Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial company, promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society. Their vision is to be the definitive destination where theater artists and audiences representing the global village can create and share work that spawns a ripple effect of social change and revolutionizes access to theater.

The performance of Hijab Tube is sponsored by Thomas Williams, director of the Office of Diversity and Mulitcultural Services on the Crookston Campus. For more information, contact Williams at 218-218-8580 (will3140@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: Thomas Williams, director, diversity and multicultural services, 218-218-8580 (will3140@umn.edu). Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Zepeda_Katya 9901.jpgKatya Zepeda, Crookston, Minn., was one of two college students recently selected to receive a $1,000 Carter Academic Service Entrepreneur (CASE) grant supporting innovative service-learning projects.  Zepeda, a first-year student at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, will use her CASE grant to raise funds for the Crookston food shelf by hosting an Empty Bowls Dinner.

Zepeda will partner with students from a local high school to plan and implement the project, while at the same time increasing students' exposure to the University of Minnesota and higher education.

Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning at the Crookston campus, guided Zepeda through the grant proposal process and will serve as her advisor for the project.  Zepeda, an organizational psychology major, also will work closely with her academic advisor, Alvin Killough, Ph.D., on developing parts of the project into an independent study within her academic program.

Throughout the project's development, community and campus partners will play an integral role in the planning and execution of the many aspects of Empty Bowls Dinner, which will be held in fall 2010.
Zepeda was among several students from Campus Compact institutions to propose inventive projects serving their communities. The other CASE grant recipient was Christin Tomy, a senior at the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn. Tomy and Zepeda are the fifth and sixth students to receive CASE grants from Minnesota Campus Compact.

Minnesota Campus Compact is proud to support the work of students in their community. More information about Zepeda's project is available at www.emptybowls.net.

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

Mixed Blood Theatre will perform "Dr. King's Dream" on Wednesday, January 27, 2010, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The performance, which will be held in the Kiehle Auditorium at 7 p.m., is the acclaimed celebration of the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King. The event is free and the public is welcome.

Warren C. Bowles, the talented actor featured in 'Dr. King's Dream,' has toured for Mixed Blood since 1981. His stirring solo performance movingly chronicles King's career from the beginning during the Montgomery bus strike, to his death in Memphis. The performance captures all of the dignity, courage, devotion and humanity of a unique American leader.

Both the external events in King's career (the marches in Selma and Birmingham and winning the Nobel Peace Prize) and his thoughts on topics ranging from Malcolm X, to the police, to President Kennedy are included, as is his soaring "I Have a Dream" speech.

Mixed Blood Theatre, a professional, multi-racial company, promotes cultural pluralism and individual equality through artistic excellence, using theater to address artificial barriers that keep people from succeeding in American society.

For more information, contact Thomas Williams, director of diversity and multicultural services at 218-281-8580.

The performance is held in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, officially recognized on January 18. The holiday marks the birthdate of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of King's birthday, January 15.

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: Thomas Williams, director of diversity and multicultural services, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Alvin Killough, Ph.D., Collaborates on Grant Proposal for U.S. Dept. of Education

Killough_Alvin 737.jpgAlvin Killough, Ph.D., has agreed to serve as co-investigator for a grant application submitted to the U.S. Department of Education by the Minnesota Minority Education Partnership (MMEP). The proposal, the result of collaboration, seeks to examine the links between instructional strategies and the academic proficiency to student of color enrolled as English Language Learners (ELL).

The 5-year $2.6 million grant proposal includes a research center located in Minnesota specifically designed to provide a focused plan of research to document both the academic needs of and successful practices used for engaging recent immigrant students in the K-8 learning process.  The goal of the research is to effect changes in instructional practices to reflect scientific findings, and thereby, serve as science - practitioner advocate for policy change.

Killough explains, "We find this grant submission a tremendous opportunity to address, as a research collaborative, not only the overrepresentation of recent immigrant students in ELL and their disproportionately failure to achieve proficiency on standardized tests, but to establish the significance of examining the entire context surrounding ELL instruction delivery as well.  We believe the findings from this exploratory research will be invaluable for teachers and other practitioners, and policy makers."

The primary partners in the collaboration include Minneapolis Public Schools, Saint Paul Public Schools, Strengthening Africans Toward Excellence, and an allied host of national consultants.

Killough is an assistant professor in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department at the U of M, Crookston. He teaches as a cultural ecological psychologist and has long advocated for underserved and understudied populations through his scholarly research and public speaking engagements.
 
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: Alvin Killough, assistant professor,218-281-8208 (killo010@umn.edu) ;Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

international market.jpgThe sights and sounds of an open-air market will fill Bede Ballroom on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, when it is transformed into an international marketplace. The second annual International Market, open from 2-7 p.m., is part of a week of activities scheduled during International Education Week, November 16-20. The public is invited to visit the market and shop the many booths available.

International students from the Crookston campus will be selling treats and items from their home countries along with a number of campus clubs who also will have items for sale. Visitors can taste treats from all over the world and purchase many things that are not available locally during this second annual international market. The market is sponsored by the Learning Abroad office and Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE).

Learning Abroad Advisor Rae French encourages the campus and community to participate in the market. "The International Market is so unique," French says. "Visitors will have an opportunity to share with our students the experience and excitement of the marketplace. We want to welcome everyone to campus for the International Market and for the many events taking place during the week."

The public is invited to the Global Experiences Panel Discussion on Thursday, November 19. The discussion, also in Bede Ballroom, will feature faculty and students who have gone abroad for study or research. Beginning at 12:25 p.m., the Global Experiences Panel Discussion is part of the Thursday Commons series on the Crookston campus.

Also on Thursday everyone is invited to attend the Study Abroad Club (SAC) Norwegian Dinner Fundraiser at the American Legion in Crookston. The dinner will take place from 4:30 - 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from Study Abroad Club members in advance for $5 or they will be available at the door for $7. The menu includes meatballs, potatoes, klub, lefse and more.

On Friday, November 20, members of the Multicultural and International Club will host an International Kids Fair. Games and activities will take place form 5-7:30 p,n. in the International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Children and their families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the fun during this event designed just for them.

Other events taking place during the week for students and the community include a world lunch on Monday, November 16, from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Brown dining room and a cultural showcase taking place on Tuesday, November 17, from 12-2 p.m. in the International Lounge. Students and guests can learn more about studying in another country during the showcase.

For more information on International Week events, contact French at 218-281-8339.

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: Rae French, study abroad coordinator, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Crookston, Minn.  -  A special performance of Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen at the University of teatrodelpueblo.JPGMinnesota, Crookston will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2009, in Kiehle Auditorium. The performance, which takes place from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., stars Joy Chavarria as Rosita. Chavarria is a member of Teatro del Pueblo, a Latino theater based on the West Side of St. Paul , Minn. The performance is free, and everyone is welcome.

"Doña Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen" tells the story of restaurant owner Doña Rosita who is considering selling her business to make room for a shopping mall.  While contemplating her decision, Doña Rosita, surrounded by piles of chile peppers, shares her food and humor with the audience.   "Doña Rosita's Jalapeno Kitchen" has received exceptional recognition from both critics and audiences.

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: Thomas Williams, director, Diversity and Multicultural Services, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Crookston, Minn.  - The University of Minnesota, Crookston will celebrate the GLBTAValgren_Yvonne 9652.jpg Community Awards and Recognition on Friday, October 23, 2009, from 1 to 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  During the program, staff from the U of M, Twin Cities GLBTA office will present the Breaking the Silence Award to Yvonne Valgren, a senior majoring in organizational psychology. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that improve campus climate by addressing issues based on gender and sexuality across University of Minnesota system.  

After the award presentation, the U of M, Crookston GLBTA Programs Office will present several other awards and recognitions for UMC community members who have dedicated many service hours and other resources in the name of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people, and their allies.  Light refreshments will be served. 

Following the program, all are welcome to attend an open meeting where they learn more about GLBTA programs at Crookston and contribute to planning the future of GLBTA services system-wide.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Kim Jorgensen, UMC GLBTA Programs Coordinator.

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: Kim Jorgensen, coordinator, GLBTA program, 218-281-8347 (jorge382@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Event Canceled Due to Illness

In honor of Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month, the University of Minnesota, Crookston will host a performance of "Help Wanted" by Teatro del Pueblo. One of their most popular performances, Teatro del Pueblo will perform the one-act play on Thurs., Oct. 29, 2009, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium. The play is free and open to the public. Following the performance there will be a time for questions and discussion.

The play focuses on the lives of impoverished immigrants who came to Minnesota to seek a better life and to help their family in Mexico.  Three actors playing multiple roles present scenes depicting life in Mexico, a dangerous border crossing, unionizing efforts, detention by the INS, and demonstrations in support of the hotel workers.  This satirical piece demonstrates the plight of workers whose labor is needed in Minnesota, but who risk harsh treatment and inequities when trying to fill this need.  

The original production is loosely based upon real events that took place in Minnesota surrounding the Albino sisters and their experiences. The stories of the sisters were transcribed through interviews with Dennis Valdez and other members of Teatro Latino of Minneapolis, Minn. The script has recently been updated to reflect the ever-changing immigrant experiences in the United States.

Based in the St. Paul's West Side's Latino community, Teatro del Pueblo's mission as a non-profit theater company is to promote cultural pride in the Latino community, to develop and support Latino talent, to educate the community at large about Latino culture and to promote cultural diversity in the arts.

For more information about Teatro del Pueblo, visit www.teatrodelpueblo.org.
 
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. More information is available at www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

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: Thomas Williams, director, diversity and multicultural services, 218-281-8580 (will3140@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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