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Homecoming Royalty Crowned at U of M Crookston

Coronation was held at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, October 15 in 

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celebration of Homecoming 2014. Crowned king and queen were seniors Kevin Bunde and Mikala Guidinger


Guidinger is from Rochester, Minn., and majoring in management, and Bunde is from Parkers Prairie, Minn., is majoring in ag systems management.  


In the group photo:

Back row, left to right, are Marcus Cheatham, a senior majoring in sport and recreation management from Stockton, Calif.; Justin Goodroad,  a senior majoring in horticulture from Lindstrom, Minn.; Tomas Parker, a senior double majoring in management and marketing from Pequot Lakes, Minn.; Tyler Lowthian, a senior majoring in management from Richfield, Minn.


Middle row: Natalie Tym, a senior double majoring in animal science and equine science from Bristol, Wis.; Ebony Livingston, a senior majoring in sport and recreation management from Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Joanie Melichar, a senior majoring in early childhood education from Richfield, Minn.; and Laura Gabrielson. a senior majoring in software engineering from Orr, Minn.


Front row: Queen Mikala Guidinger and King Kevin Bunde.

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

In true University of Minnesota Crookston spirit, the campus is preparing to "Paint the Town 
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Maroon and Gold", a theme that will run through all the activities taking place during homecoming week, October 13-19, 2014. 

Student activities begin Monday, Oct. 13. Highlights include coronation on Wednesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium and Powder Puff Football on Thursday at noon on the Campus Mall. 

The annual Alumni Awards Celebration will be held on Friday, October 17. Outstanding Alumni Theresa Helgeson '96 and Wayne Schertler '83 will be honored along with the 2014 inductees in to the Athletic Hall of Fame including the '97 Football Team; Bill Tyrrell; Scott Strohmeier '99; and Karla (Thormodson) Isley '98. For information and to make reservations, contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439.

Following the Alumni Awards Celebration, alumni are invited to gather for a social at Drafts Bar & Grill, 925 Fisher Ave, Crookston, Minn. 

Athletic competition kicks into high gear over the weekend with Golden Eagle Volleyball vs. Northern State on Friday evening at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Soccer takes on MSU Moorhead at 11 a.m.; Football at 1 p.m. in the homecoming game vs. University of Mary; and Volleyball on Saturday at 4 p.m. vs. MSU Moorhead. Athletic competition concludes on Sunday, Oct. 19 when Soccer takes on Northern State. 

Other activities on Saturday include a brunch for all business alumni at 9 a.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All business alumni should contact Jana Brekken at 218-281-8176 to RSVP for the breakfast. 

The annual Homecoming Parade is at 10:30 a.m. around the Campus Mall and the community is invited to enter. Contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439 for details. 

Prior to the kick off of Golden Eagle Football, everyone is invited to the Teambacker Tailgate, which will take place at 11 a.m. in the Evergreen Grill, Evergreen Hall. Following the game, an alumni social will be held at I.C. Muggs, 1500 University Ave, Crookston, Minn. 

Also taking place on Saturday is a Campus Showcase featuring events beginning at 9:30 a.m. and running through 1:30 p.m. Activities include a performance by the choir and special presentations by students and faculty in the Eagles Nest, Sahlstrom Conference Center. At noon, there will be a demonstration of the Interactive Lab using touch technology in Dowell 212 and from 12:30 to 1:30, the Horse Judging Club will demonstrate horse judging techniques in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC), located on the north end of campus. For details about the Campus Showcase, visit www.umcrookston.edu/today. 

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: Emily Caldis shows off the window clings offered to area business that show their maroon and gold spirit during a special homecoming promotion.  

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

A ceremonial ground breaking for a new wellness center at the University of Minnesota Crookston took place on Monday, September 22, 2014. The day began with an announcement of a $1 million gift for the wellness center project by Les and June Nielsen and names the lobby of the building in memory of their son, Mitch Lien Nielsen. 

Guests for the ceremony included University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, members of the U of M Board of Regents Clyde Allen and Thomas Devine, and several members of the Minnesota Legislature. Construction of the facility will begin next year with anticipated completion in 2016. 

"This project is a testament to the 'can do' collaborative partnerships that are a hallmark of this remarkable region, community, and campus," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M Crookston. "The Wellness Center will assist with student success by helping us recruit, retain, and graduate our students. It will strengthen our academic mission and teach our students to be well-rounded individuals."

The wellness facility will be transformational for the campus as well as an asset for the community. When completed, the new wellness center will be approximately 36,000 square feet featuring a two-court recreational gymnasium space, workout and fitness spaces, locker rooms, public spaces, a classroom, and a multipurpose room. 

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2014 Legislative Bonding Bill last May. The bill included state funding for several projects for the University of Minnesota system, one of which was a $10 million allocation for a Wellness Center at the Crookston campus.  An additional $5 million will be raised for the project through philanthropic efforts.

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

The Sports Center is shared by varsity athletics, intramural sports, and the student body. Because of the need for student-athletes to use the facility for conditioning, practice and training, it is overcrowded and virtually inaccessible to most other students. In addition to overcrowding and age, the inadequate size of the UMC Sports Center has meant limited space for equipment--there are only 15 cardio machines and a small weight room for a campus population of roughly 1000.

Winters, especially those like this past year's severely cold and long winter, make it difficult if not impossible for students to exercise outdoors for much of the academic year, and the need is great for students to have access to healthy recreation year-round. 

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

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

The University of Minnesota Crookston announced a $1 million gift to name the entrance/lobby of the new campus wellness facility, which will begin construction next year. The gift, from Les and June Nielsen, will name the area in memory of their son, Mitch Lien Nielsen. The announcement was made on Monday, September 22, 2014, at a press conference followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking for the wellness center.

Les Nielsen graduated in 1958 from the Northwest School of Agriculture, a residential high school located on what is now the University of Minnesota Crookston. He went on to earn a degree in business from the University of Minnesota. In 1968, the Nielsens along with long time friend, Gene Ellingson, started Herc-U-Lift Incorporated, a forklift truck and material handling equipment distributorship. Les served as the company's president for thirty-six years, and June worked alongside her husband in the business. Les remains as the company's chief executive officer.

"The Nielsen family has always placed a high priority on education," says Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M Crookston. "They are incredibly grateful for what the University of Minnesota has done for them, and in turn, have established scholarships to benefit students at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

"This most recent gift demonstrates once again the Nielsen's appreciation for the University and their wish to support the Crookston campus," Wood continues. "They are making a difference in the lives of our students today and tomorrow."

Background
Les Nielsen was raised near Euclid, Minn., in a home where reading and studying were encouraged. The Northwest School of Agriculture, established as part of the land grant mission of the University of Minnesota, offered rural Minnesota students a residential, agricultural high school designed to meet the needs of the region.

Along with Les, three of his brothers attended the Northwest School of Agriculture, and three of them went on to the University of Minnesota: Andrew graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and Richard earned a degree in business and worked for the Internal Revenue Service spending years in management. Les also earned a degree in business from the U of M.

The Nielsens have established two scholarships in memory of their son, Mitch Lien Nielsen, who was taken from them in 1989 in a motorcycle accident. 

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

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

A ceremonial ground breaking for a new wellness center will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The ceremony, which begins at 12:15 p.m., will be held on the site of the new wellness center just west of the Sports Center. All are welcome and parking is available in Lot G near the Kiehle Building on campus.

Prior to the ground breaking there will be a major gift announcement for the project by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations. The announcement will take place in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center at 11:30 a.m.

Guests for the ceremony include University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, along with several members of the U of M Board of Regents and the Minnesota Legislature.

When completed, the new wellness center will be approximately 36,000 square feet featuring a two-court recreational gymnasium space, workout and fitness spaces, locker rooms, public spaces, a classroom, and a multipurpose room. 

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed the 2014 Legislative Bonding Bill last May. The bill included state funding for several projects for the University of Minnesota system, one of which was a $10 million allocation for a Wellness Center at the Crookston campus.  An additional $5 million will be raised for the project through philanthropic efforts.

Background

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

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

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

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

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

Banned Books Week September 22-27, 2014, at the U of M Crookston

Celebrating the freedom to read will be the focus during Banned Books Week at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Beginning on Monday, September 22 and running through Saturday, September 27, the week will include public readings, a panel discussion and open forum, along with displays and more. Activities are free and everyone is welcome

Public readings from banned books will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center. There will several readings each hour.  Many of the readers will be faculty or staff and readers will select their own reading.  Each reading will be introduced, placed into context, and after the reading, there will be a few minutes for questions or comments.

On Wednesday, Sept. 24, a panel discussion will be held with faculty panelists from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Prairie Room. The panel is organized by Karen Miller, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, public readings will take place again from 10 a.m. to noon in the Prairie Room. Chancellor Wood is scheduled to read along with staff members from the Lake Agassiz Public Library in Crookston will be reading as well.

During the week, the Library at the U of M Crookston will have a display of banned books from its collections. The week is sponsored by the Academic Success Center on the Crookston campus. 

Background on Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types -- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. To learn more, visit www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek. 

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: Stacie Varnson, director, Academic Success Center, 218-281-8555, (svarnson@crk.umn.edu)

Marks Second Consecutive Year at Number One and Seventeenth in Top Four

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota Crookston ranks number one in U.S. News Best Colleges rankings in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges. The ranking is the 17th consecutive year that Crookston campus has appeared in the top four. The exclusive rankings, available at usnews.com on Tues., September 9 will be published in the September issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands on Tuesday, September 23. 

U of M Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood is pleased the campus held on to the top spot in the rankings. "Much of the recognition this campus has received over the years is the result of a highly dedicated faculty and staff," said Wood. "What sets our campus apart from others is that we provide students with an atmosphere that is remarkably supportive and personal, where learning is hands-on and where faculty and staff not only know students' names but also their strengths and interests." 

"Our students recognize the value of earning a highly recognized and respected University of Minnesota degree while studying at the University of Minnesota Crookston in an environment that gives them opportunities for learning, leadership, and a chance to develop skills that will prepare them for the workplace or graduate school. We are truly the small campus with the big degree." 

The U.S. News ranking system uses quantitative measures that education experts have proposed as reliable indicators of academic quality. Schools are categorized by their mission, which is derived from the breakdown of types of higher education institutions developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of teaching. The key measures of quality include graduation and retention rates; assessment of excellence; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources; graduation rate performance, which is the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates; and alumni giving. Scores for each measure are weighted to arrive at a final overall score. 

Other colleges ranked in the top four Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges include Valley City State University at number two, Northern State University at number three, followed by Dickinson State University at number four with Bismarck State College and Lake Superior State University tied at number five. The category focuses on undergraduate education with fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. There were 364 colleges ranked in four regions--North, South, Midwest, and West--in the Regional Colleges category. 

To view the rankings, visit  http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-colleges/top-public

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



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

Greenhouse Gas Research Takes to the Golf Course and the Athletic Field

Greenhouse gas research is a focus of Assistant Professor Katy Nannenga, who teaches environmental science at the University of Minnesota Crookston. In area fields, her work has gone on for almost a decade. Recently, however, the environmental science research has expanded into turfgrasses. There are two locations that are part of this study: the U of M Crookston football practice field and Lincoln Park golf course in Grand Forks, N.D.

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Nannenga, along with Assistant Professor Kristie Walker, who teaches in the area of golf and turf management, have taken the research to an area golf course thanks to the connection Walker has to U of M Crookston alumnus Aaron Motl '06. Motl is the assistant superintendent of Lincoln Park Golf Course and has allowed Nannenga and Walker to conduct research this summer and last with the help of several undergraduates Amber Suchy, a senior majoring in biology from Vining, Minn.; Wade Wallace, a senior majoring in environmental science from Euclid, Minn.; Michael Laurich, a junior majoring in biology from Lansing, Ill.; Nate Harthoorn, a junior majoring in natural resources from Reasnor, Iowa; and alumna Missy Geiszler '14, Bachelor of Science degree in agronomy from Mayer, Minn.

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At the golf course, there are three different areas that are part of the research project: the green, dry rough, and wet rough. Each week, samples are taken from these areas using collection chambers that are capped. The samples are taken through the caps using a syringe. Students take samples immediately after the chamber is set into the turf, and in two twenty-minute intervals following. Samples are transported back to the laboratory on campus for analysis.

Nannenga and Walker presented some of their findings in July 2014 in Osnabrueck, Germany, at the conference of the European Turfgrass Society. As part of this conference, they also published a peer-reviewed article in the European Journal of Turfgrass Science.
As the research continues through October, the data will be compiled and statistically analyzed to determine possible implications for the environment. Specifically, how cultural turfgrass management strategies on athletic fields and golf courses effect the environment. 

One of the unique aspects of the research using an athletic field and golf course in the study is the quality and canopy greenness measurements of the turf. Current findings indicate water is a huge factor in greenhouse gas emissions, thus Nannenga and Walker are proposing a new project to evaluate water use in golf course management--a factor that has not been a part of the earlier studies conducted in small grain and sugar beets. 

 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, are Nannenga, Harthoorn, Lauich, and Walker and in the photo, bottom, left, are Suchy, Nannenga, and Wallace. 

Contact: Katy Nannenga, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept.; 218-281-8262 (katys@umn.edu); Kristie Walker, assistant professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8116 (kswalker@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Announces Faculty Members Awarded Promotion and Tenure

The University of Minnesota Crookston Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Barbara Keinath has announced that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved the following U of M Crookston faculty members for promotion and tenure.

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Venu Mukku, Ph.D., (at right) who teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure.

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Ian McCrae, Ph.D., (at left) who works at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, along with Mark Huglen, Ph.D., (at right, below) and Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D., (at left,below) who both teach in the Liberal Arts and Education Department at the U of M Crookston were each promoted from associate professor to professor. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

For all the photos and awards, visit the photo gallery

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

 

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

The 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)

31st Annual UMC NatR Club Tree Planting Trip to the Chippewa National Forest

The UMC NatR Club launched the fourth decade of an annual spring pilgrimage to the Deer 
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River Ranger District of the Chippewa National Forest this past Saturday, April 26, 2014.

As part of one of the longest standing volunteer efforts with the Chippewa National Forest, 15 students, along with club advisors Phil Baird & Tom Feiro, planted about 1600 white pine seedlings on the Forest west of Big Fork, MN.  The site was a bit damp as it had received several inches of snow the day before, but smiles (and muddy boots) prevailed!

Student members of the 2014 Crookston Crew, as they're known as on the forest were: (all are Natural Resource Majors)
Kevin Lamp, Alex Dohman, Andy Albertsen, Mark Koep, Ben Datres, Alex Nemers, Ethan Kalinowski, Riley Bell, Larissa Fitzgerald, Sarah Muellner, Cole Sanders, Mat Supan, Grace Hoeft, Stacey Hanson, and Tim Lee.

Contact: Phil Baird, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8130 (pbaird@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to the music of the University of Minnesota 
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Crookston Jazz Band during the "Spring Swing Fling" on Saturday, May 3, 2014. The jazz band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, will play music from the swing era, along with pieces from the Duke Ellington and Count Basie libraries, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, from 8 to 10 p.m. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Interest from the recent revival of the U of M Crookston Community Band led to the formation of the new jazz ensemble. The 16-member band includes nine students and a faculty member from the U of M Crookston, two Crookston High School students, and four community members. They practice Wednesday evenings and recently performed during the International Dinner Series. The jazz band is a first for the Crookston campus and an exciting opportunity for those who love big band music to come out to campus for the evening. 

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

In the photo: The Jazz Band performed at one of the International Dinners earlier this semester.

Contact: TJ Chapman, director, bands, 218-281- 8384 (tchapman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Class of 2014 will be honored during commencement exercises at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Saturday, May 10. Nearly 250 students will take part in the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium. Graduates will represent 15 countries, 3 Native American Nations, and 29 states and include more than 35 online graduates who are setting foot on the campus for the very first time. The ceremony also recognizes the 20-year anniversary of the Class of 1994, who were the first to earn baccalaureate degrees on the Crookston campus.

A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, precedes the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required. A special reception for international student graduates will be held following commencement exercises at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.

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

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Clyde Allen, from Moorhead, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees. 

U of M Crookston alumnus Tyler Grove '94 will give the commencement address. Grove was 
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one of the first to earn a four-year degree from the University of Minnesota Crookston. His major was in plant industries management with an agronomy emphasis. While at the U of M Crookston, he participated in the Crops Team and in NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) competition. In 2007 he earned his master's degree in agronomy from Iowa State University. In 1995, he was employed with American Crystal Sugar Company as an agriculturist for the East Grand Forks district, and in February, 2013, he accepted a position as the ag strategy development manager at the corporate office in Moorhead, Minn. He was named Outstanding Alumni during Homecoming 2013. 

University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Rory Held '11 will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association. For the first time, the U of M Crookston Community Band under the direction of TJ Chapman will play along with selections during the ceremony by the campus choir under the direction of George French. 

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Graduating senior Alexmai Addo, Crookston Student Association (CSA) president, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2014 and pass the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to Justin Goodroad the incoming CSA president. Addo, from Monrovia Liberia, is a communication major. 

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The 2014 commencement exercises mark the 106th graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at www.umcrookston.edu/people/services/MediaServ/Stream.htm.  

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 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 are, top, left, Tyler Grove; center, right, Alexmai Addo; and bottom, left, Justin Goodroad. 

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

For the first time, the U of M Crookston will be hosting a bone marrow registry drive on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 29 and 30, 2014, in Bede Ballroom from 10am-2pm. For those looking for more information prior to the drive, an informational panel session will be held April 24 in the Evergreen Classroom at 4pm. This event is open to all of the Crookston community. 

The April 24 information session and panel discussion will feature Ashleigh, Justin and Michelle Erdmann; Ashley Rohr; and Lori Lucken-Bak. Come hear the stories of the panel members while also learning more about what it takes to be a donor. 

The goal of this registry drive event is to get 75 people on the Be The Match Registry®, the largest and most diverse bone marrow registry in the world. Those who are between the ages of 18-44, and especially those who come from a diverse background, are all prime candidates for the registry. With a person getting diagnosed every 4 minutes with a blood cancer, such as leukemia or sickle cell anemia, perhaps you can be the match for someone in need. 

Can't donate? Anyone can make a financial donation which helps get people placed on the registry list to help find a match, provides care and support services for patients, and supports medical research funding. To donate directly to our event, go to www.bethematchfoundation.org/goto/Nash

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

The award winning rock musical "Little Shop of Horrors" will be performed by students in the 
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Music and Theater Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston under the direction of Associate Professor George French. Performances will take place Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, April 5, 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. 

Little Shop of Horrors, a comedy horror rock musical, was composed by Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman and tells the story of an unfortunate florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh.

Starring in the performance are Alex Conwell, a post-secondary enrollment option student from Red Lake Falls, Minn.; Alissa Hernandez, a senior majoring in equine science from Savage, Minn.; Jessi Kappes, a post-secondary enrollment option student from Ada, Minn.; Tyler Lowthian, a junior majoring in management from Richfield, Minn.; Joanie Melichar, a junior majoring in early childhood education from Richfield, Minn.; Liz Massie, a senior majoring in communication from Eagan, Minn.; Johnnie Pauly, a senior majoring in equine science from Wrenshall, Minn.; Ryan Rynda, a sophomore majoring in software engineering from Argyle, Minn.; Mitch Sledge, a senior majoring in horticulture from St. Louis Park, Minn.; Jessie Stone, a sophomore majoring in equine science from Cloquet, Minn.; Brock Wood, a sophomore majoring in aviation from Alexandria, Minn. Crew members include Riley Mollerud, a freshman from Fergus Falls, Minn., and Joe Wodarek, a freshman majoring in agronomy from Six Lakes, Mich.

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: Cast and crew members include (front row, left to right): Brock Wood, Liz Massie, Alex Conwell, Jessi Kappes, Johnnie Pauly, and Tyler Lowithan.  Back row: Riley Mollerud, Joe Wodarek, Ryan Wynda, Mitch Sledge (in plant), Alissa Hernandez, and Joanie Melichar. 

Contact: George French, associate professor, Music and Theater, 218-218-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Bird conservation will be the focus of a presentation by Charlie Muise Georgia's Important Bird 
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coordinator on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The program will take place at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. The Important Bird Areas program of the National Audubon Society is designed to save birds and their habitats.
 
Muise has been involved in a number of bird conservation projects in Georgia and will explain the Important Bird Area program. For the past seven years, Muise has conducted research on a variety of bird-related subjects. Some of his projects include native prairie restoration on songbird populations; assisting with research on whimbrel and American oystercatcher migratory pathways; sharp-tailed sparrow (Nelson's, Henslow's, Seaside, and Saltmarsh) wintering habitat and distribution; Georgia's first ever northern saw-whet owl banding station; loggerhead shrike radio telemetry to determine home range sizes; and prescribed fire in longleaf, prairie, and loblolly pine habitats. 

Vanessa Lane, lecturer in the area of natural resources, is pleased to have someone with Muise's expertise on campus. "Mr. Muise is a great public speaker, extremely knowledgeable, with amazing stories, information and photographs," Lane says. "He will be engaging and the audience will take away great information on bird conservation." 

The event is sponsored by Natural Resources Club, the UMC Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. To learn more about the work of Georgia's Important Bird Areas program, visit http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/iba-georgia. 

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: Vanessa Lane, lecturer, Ag and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8111 (vlane@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

IRS Certified Free Tax Service Available at U of M Crookston

Students in the University of Minnesota Crookston Accounting and Finance Society are ready to help with tax preparation. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Monday, February 24 through Monday, April 14, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. in 110M Sahlstrom Conference Center. For more information, contact Wm. Scott Leckie at 218-281-8174 (wsleckie@crk.umn.edu) or Abdou Niang at 309-333-4787 (niang003@umn.edu). 

Through the VITA Program, IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation and tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors. 

Leckie, a certified public accountant and accounting instructor in the Business Department on the Crookston Campus, prepares students in his Income Tax Preparation class for the opportunity to assist in tax preparation. 

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

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: Wm. Scott Leckie, lecturer, (218) 281-8174 (wsleckie@crk.umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their science projects and compete at the 65th Annual Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair to be hosted at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The science fair slated for Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center is for students in the Western Minnesota Region which includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkins. 

Entries and required forms for projects must be postmarked by Monday, February 17, 2014. Papers must be postmarked absolutely no later than Monday, February 24, 2014. Mail forms/papers to Western MN Regional Science Fair, c/o Katy Nannenga, University of Minnesota Crookston, 2900 University Ave., Crookston, Minn., 56716. All forms, fee information, and additional details about the science fair are available at www.umcrookston.edu/sciencefair. 

Registration and project set-up begin at 8 a.m. the day of the competition with judging at 10 a.m. The public is invited to view the projects from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event culminates with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. 

The regional science fairs are a learning opportunity for students in middle school or high school interested in science, technology, engineering and math. They also provide selected students the chance to compete for prizes at the State Science & Engineering Fair in March. The science fairs are a chance for participants to present and to engage in dialogue about their research. Evaluation is based on four criteria: the process of science; effectiveness of communication; context of the project and their scope of understanding (www.mnmas.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: Katy Nannenga, director, Western Regional Science Fair, 218-2818262 (katys@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A project which has successfully provided clean drinking water and sanitation in developing 
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countries is in its third year at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The Clean Water for Everyone annual dinner, which helps to fund the Clean Water for Everyone project through UMC Enactus, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and may be purchased by contacting a member of Enactus or by contacting the advisor Courtney Bergman at 218-281-8188.

Clean Water for Everyone has provided clean drinking water and sanitation for communities in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nepal, and Nigeria. To learn more about Clean Water for Everyone, visit cwfe.org. 

Background
The Clean Water for Everyone initiative was established to help provide access to clean water in third world countries. In Nepal, Enactus helped provide 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. Proceeds from the 2012 dinner helped fund the two bore holes near Amai College with a second at the Amai Nursery and Primary school in  Ajangbadi, Ojo, local government of Nigeria. This work continued with support from the 2013 Clean Water dinner and other fundraising efforts in Nigeria and Nepal. 

The mission of UMC Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is to educate, inspire, and reinvest in our community while expanding our minds in the ever changing global business world. The global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries, encourages students to work in partnership with business and higher education where they are challenged to develop community outreach projects including: free market economics, personal success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, sustainability, and environmental sustainability.To learn more about Enactus, visit enactus.org/who-we-are/our-story. 

The UMC Enactus team is advised by Sam Walton Fellow Courtney Bergman, lecturer in the Business Department at the U of M Crookston.

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

Contact: Courtney Bergman, lecturer, Business Department, 218-2818188 (cbergman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Announces Fall 2013 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota Crookston recently announced its list of fall 2013 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during fall semester 2013. 

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

Last NameFirst NameDegreeMajor
AhmedDegaCertificateHealth Informatics Private Sector Health Care
AliYusufBS/CertificateApplied Studies/Health Informatics Private Sector Health Care
AmanAshleyBSCriminal Justice
BartaMichelleBSHotel Restaurant Tourism Management
BeareLoyBS/CertificateApplied Studies/Health Informatics Private Sector Health Care
BernatKristiB SNatural Resources
BosTylerB SCriminal Justice
BringgoldMichaelB SNatural Resources
Brown Jr.CecilB SSports & Recreation Management
ChambersCurtisB SAccounting
ChanAllanB SHealth Management
ChiangLi-YuanB SManagement
CokerOlufemiB M MManufacturing Management
CrookAmandaB SAgricultural Business/Agronomy
DoelgerPaulB M MManufacturing Management
DuBayJenniferB SNatural Resources
DunkerShaneB SInfortmation Technology Management
EluzaiWaniB SSoftware Engineering
FarahAbdiazizB SManagement
FingerZacheryB SNatural Resources
GessSarahB SHealth Management
GlassCodyB SSport & Recreation Management
GossTimothyB M MQuality Management
GuanWeiB SHotel Restaurant Tourism Management
GuetterCaseyB SNatural Resources
GuetterDanaBS/CertificateApplied Studies/Health Informatics Private Sector Health Care
GuetterRobertB SNatural Resources
GurungGyaltsoB SNatural Resources
GurungTashiB SEnvironmental Sciences
GustofsonKellyB SEarly Childhood Education/Elementary Education
HagenKatieB SAgricultural Business
HallMirandaB SHotel Restaurant Tourism Management
HeggemJakeB SHealth Sciences
HeinoLaurelB SNatural Resources
HillMeganB SAnimal Science
HoffmanThomasB SNatural Resources
HovetStacyB SManagement
HuangXiangziB SSoftware Engineering
IngallsBrantB SManagement
JohnsonDaneB SApplied Studies
KaharaAndrewB SAccounting
KangYijunB SManagement
KellumTevinB SCriminal Justice
KiemeleJarettB SAgricultural Systems Management
KohoutLevyB M MManufacturing Management
KondoYoheiB SAccounting
KoopmeinersLukeB M MQuality Management
KoubskyHaleyB SAnimal Science
KujavaPaytonB SManagement
LeakeKelseyB SHorticulture/Natural Resources
LecherJordanB SManagement
LeeJong WhaB SManagement
LienardPaulB M MManufacturing Management
LovinsJohnB M MQuality Management
LykeKellyB SApplied Studies
Malek AguerAyuelCertificateHealth Informatics Private Sector Health Care
MattsonEthanB SSport &Recreation Management
McCumberTylerB SApplied Studies
McGrawThomasB SCriminal Justice
McKeehenRobertB SNatural Resources
MeinenRyanB SManagement
MendezShaneB SApplied Studies
MexicanoKeyannaB SHealth Management
MitchellPaigeB SManagement
MorganLauraB SManagement
MortonKyleB SNatural Resources
MotleyAndrewB SNatural Resources
MrosakKristelleB A HApplied Health
MyersDerekB M MManufacturing Management
NavarroRuthB SCommunication
NelsonAngelaB A HApplied Health
NiemczykJosephineB SAgronomy
OlayiwolaDanielB SHealth Sciences
O'NeilAddieB SAgricultural Education
OstergrenKaitlynB SAccounting
OvreboPeterB M MManufacturing Management
PangYongzhaoB SSoftware Engineering
Patel Sr.ParulbenB M MManufacturing Management
PerryKyleB SCriminal Justice
PetersonKendraB SAccounting
PetersonTrevorB SAgronomy
PlautzKatelinB SNatural Resources
PratherEmilyB SApplied Studies
RakeJustinB SCriminal Justice
RamseyMegan B SAnimal Science
ReiersonBrandonB SAgronomy
ReinekeAmandaB SAgricultural Business
RenardNathanB SAgronomy
RodriquezHeatherB SCommunication
RoedTylerB SSports & Recreation Management
RohloffPatrickB SNatural Resources
SaidAbdirashidCertificateHealth Informatics Private Sector Health Care
SchiltzJamesB SAgronomy
ScholtenJohnB M MQuality Management
SchultzRichardB SApplied Studies
SchwagerAustinB SManagement
SkinnerKaylaB SCriminal Justice
SoltauAaronB SNatural Resources
SwitzerAdamB SSports & Recreation Management
TersteegJoshB M MManufacturing Management/Quality Management
ThomasEvanB SHealth Management
TroutJeffreyB M MManufacturing Management
UlmJenniferB SHealth Management
ValdezJonathanB SManagement
Van TreeckAmyB SElementary Education
VandermayConnieB SCommunication
VanzeeColtenB SNatural Resources
WebsterStevenB SAgricultural Systems Management
WieseDustinB SAnimal Science
WieseJoshuaB SCriminal Justice
WillKyleB SManagement
WoodAlisciaB SEarly Childhood Education
YuYantongB SHotel Restaurant Tourism Management
ZahlerTonyBS/CertificateApplied Studies/Health Informatics Private Sector Health Care
Zepeda de ObisakinKatyaBSOrganizational Psychology
Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Area students named to the fall semester 2013 Chancellor's List at the University of Minnesota Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

To qualify for a place on the Chancellors List, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 4.00 grade point average. The Crookston campus is the online leader in the University of Minnesota system and the only campus providing every full-time student with a laptop computer.

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

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

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

Fall Semester 2013 Deans List Announced by U of M Crookston

Area students named to the fall semester 2013 Deans List at the University of Minnesota Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

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

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

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

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

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)

The second gardening and local foods seminar is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, 2014, at 5:30 in Bede Ballroom. Randel Hanson, Ph.D., will present the seminar "Anchoring Food Systems Change: The Sustainable Agriculture Project at the University of Minnesota, Duluth." Hanson is the founder and "farmer-in-chief" of the Sustainable Agriculture Project at University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), where he leads a faculty collaborative for systems change that includes a 10-acre campus garden and a 5-acre orchard on the former Northeast Experimental Station. The garden produces a substantial portion of the food for UMD's food service. 

Seminar suppers are free, but reservations are required. Attendees are requested to go through the Brown Dining Hall at 5:30 p.m. and bring their meal down the hall to the Bede Ballroom. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude around 7 p.m. For reservations, call or email Megan Luxford or Laura Gabrielson at 218-281-8128 (luxfo003@crk.umn.edu). For more information, contact Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@crk.umn.edu).

Earlier in the day, Hanson will be speaking to Svedarsky's capstone class in integrated resource management where his topic will be, "Managing Resources in Time and Space: The Case of our Agro-food system." The public is invited to attend that presentation from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in the Peterson Classroom in Heritage Hall on the U of M Crookston campus. 

Background
Hanson holds a faculty appointment in environment and sustainability at UMD, where he teaches courses in food systems, organic agriculture, urban ecology and ecological history. Before joining UMD, he held faculty positions at Arizona State University and Rice University. In addition to his work on regional food systems development, Hanson has published on challenges associated with locating and managing high-level radioactive waste, particularly with reference to American Indian communities.

His current focus engages organizational and institutional development and change in building small and mid-sized food and agricultural systems for creating better outcomes in human health, economic development and ecological resilience. He is interested in ways of networking stakeholders within institutions, communities and regions to create ideas, policies, and actions to expand production of and access to "good food." 

In particular, he is focused on integrating "anchor institutions" such as education, medical and other place-based organizations that have become increasingly important in local and regional sustainable development for many urban and regional economies. Colleges and universities have a special responsibility in preparing future leaders for a world of rising challenges around, but not limited to, sustainably-produced food and health.

This event is part of a continuing supper seminar series scheduled the spring semester at the U of M Crookston to explore and inform aspects of gardening and local food production in the Crookston community and the Crookston campus. The programs are supported by a Mini-Grant from the U of M's Institute on the Environment to UMC's Center for Sustainability and are free and open to all interested in the topic.

The kick-off of the seminar series occurred January 23 and featured Noelle Hardin, a U of MN Extension Educator whose focus is Community Food Systems in northwest Minnesota.  Hardin and U of M Crookston student sustainability assistant, Laura Gabrielson lead a workshop to explore the many values of local foods and over 35 participants from the community and campus shared their experiences. "It was a cold night but people turned out with great ideas and warm enthusiasm," according Svedarsky, "Folks even had an opportunity to draw out their vision of gardening on paper with colored markers." 

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: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gardening and Local Foods Seminar Suppers Scheduled at U of M Crookston

A series of discussions about local foods and gardening will kick-off Thursday, January 23, 2014, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Suppers in UMC's food service are free but reservations are required. Attendees are requested to go through food service at 5:30 p.m. and then bring their meal down the hall to the Bede Ballroom. The program will commence at 6 p.m. and conclude around 7 p.m. For reservations, call or email Megan Luxford or Laura Gabrielson at 218-281-8128 or luxfo003@crk.umn.edu

 The programs are supported by a Mini-grant from the U of MN's Institute on the Environment to UMC's Center for Sustainability and are free and open to all interested in the topic.

"There has been a recent ground-swell of interest in home-grown foods, Farmer's Markets, and gardening and these programs will be a way of connecting people with similar interests, "according to Dan Svedarsky, program organizer and director of the Center. Thursday's speaker will be Noelle Hardin, a U of M Extension Educator whose focus is Community Food Systems in northwest Minnesota.  Noele has a broad familiarity with gardening at the community and campus level, having experienced gardening efforts at the U of M St Paul, the U of Wisconsin - Madison, and the University of Oregon. She will profile those efforts and lead discussions to identify various possibilities and priorities of attendees.  

Discussions have been underway at UMC for the last year to launch a campus garden that would provide produce to be served in campus food service. This might include smaller garden boxes/plots around campus and/or a larger plot. In addition, there has been interest expressed in having garden plots around the Crookston community; perhaps in vacant lots where houses have been removed to make way for flood protection efforts. "Urban Gardening" is growing in popularity in cities across the country and there is no reason why we can't have a version of it on the local scene," according to Svedarsky. 

The next program is scheduled for Thursday, February 6 and will featured a discussion of  the University of Minnesota - Duluth's campus garden, presented by Randel Hanson, environmental scientist and garden project leader. These programs are complementary to the "Local Foods College" sponsored by Extension beginning on Tuesday, January 21. For more information, contact Dan Svedarsky at 218-281-8129 or dsvedars@crk.umn.edu.

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


Contact: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@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)

Hundreds of rooted poinsettia cuttings arrive in August at the University of Minnesota 
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Crookston in anticipation of another holiday season. Under the skill and coaxing of students involved in the commercial floriculture class, those cuttings develop into a beautiful poinsettia crop.

This year's poinsettias create a beautiful and colorful display with their showy "flowers" known as bracts and include varieties such as Candlelight White, Christmas Beauty Nostalgia, Christmas Feelings Red, Christmas Feelings White, Cinnamon Star, Classic Red, Enduring Marble, Enduring Pink, Prestige Red, Cortez Early Red, Dramatic Red and Prestige Red. 

Members of the fall semester class include: Amanda Thompson, a senior majoring in horticulture from Pine River, Minn.; Ashley Radke, a junior majoring in horticulture from Grand Forks, ND; and Stephanie Reko, a junior majoring in horticulture from Andover, Minn.  

In October, students started the process of forcing the plants to induce bract color in time for the holiday season in October. Following a specific procedure to control the light, the students covered the plants with a dark cloth at 4 p.m. and uncovered them at 8 a.m. each day to regulate the length of daylight the plants receive. The students are responsible for greenhouse chores on the weekends as well. Although the class is taught by Sue Jacobson, the crop is in the hands of the students. The work and production of the poinsettia crop is entirely the responsibility of the class.  Jacobson says, "It's better to learn expensive lessons in school than at your job.  We don't fire the students."

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Department offers commercial floriculture as part of the horticulture program to teach students to produce quality plants for a specific date - a skill necessary for employment in a greenhouse or garden center. "Poinsettias form their colored bracts, when the light is regulated," explains Jacobson. "The poinsettia really doesn't have a blossom like most flowers. Instead, the colorful red, pink, or white petals are modified leaves known as bracts. The blossoms are actually the small yellowish clusters in the center."

Jacobson often allows problems to develop to see how the students will solve them--something they would have to do in an employment situation and giving them an opportunity to apply what they have learned. The class demands hard work, dedication, and a strong team effort to grow the best poinsettias. Leadership and responsibility are two of the qualities that develop in this type of teaching and learning environment.

"Students learn so much from applying their classroom learning to real-world experience," Jacobson explains. "By taking responsibility for the crop, the students are accountable for the outcome making the commercial floriculture class one of the most memorable for the students." The class is excellent training for a career in horticulture, a multi-billion dollar industry in the U.S. 

To learn more about the horticulture program with emphases in environmental landscaping and production horticulture, visit www.UMCrookston.edu/academics.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the group photo, left to right, are Amanda Thompson, Ashley Radke, Stephanie Reko and Sue Jacobson, instructor.

Contact: Sue Jacobson, horticulture instructor, 218-281-8118 (sjacobso@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston saw a need for additional on-campus housing and 
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started design work on Heritage Hall in 2011. At that point Ken Johnson, Energy Management Representative for Otter Tail Power Company, offered the company's Commercial Design Assistance (CDA) program, which encourages increased efficiency in new commercial buildings. The CDA program provides incentives to eligible building owners and their design teams to exceed Minnesota's energy code requirements in the building design and construction process.

Otter Tail Power Company has issued a $21,599.97 CDA incentive payment to UMC. "This building exceeds Minnesota State Building Code by 13.9 percent in terms of annual energy consumption," said Johnson. "The building envelope, lighting, heating, and cooling systems changes we recommended for this project will pay for themselves in energy cost savings in less than three years. Electricity consumption savings are projected to exceed 327,000 kwh with demand savings of 76 kw."

"Otter Tail Power Company has been an excellent partner with the University of Minnesota Crookston, especially in the areas of energy conservation and sustainability," said Fred Wood, UMC Chancellor. "We greatly appreciate the assistance and incentives they provided through the Commercial Design Assistance Program while we were building our newest residence hall, Heritage Hall. Through that program we can look forward to projected energy savings of more than $11,000 per year. Because of programs like this it's clear Otter Tail Power Company is committed to a sustainable energy future."

Among the energy-efficiency strategies employed in Heritage Hall are increased insulation in walls and ceilings, energy-efficient lighting and controls, high-efficiency heat pumps for heating and cooling in each room, and high-efficiency heating and cooling for the common areas and classroom.

First occupied in January and completed in August, this 47,774-square-foot building has two wings of dorm rooms with a lounge area in the center on both floors, a housing manager apartment, and a classroom on the north end. Heritage Hall is capable of housing 144 students in 35 two-bedroom four-student rooms and 4 one-student staff rooms.
Ruann Deschene was the project manager for Community Contractors Inc. of Grand Forks, North Dakota; the general contractor for the Heritage Hall project. JB Electrical Design of Coon Rapids. Minnesota; was the electrical engineering firm; Obermiller Nelson Engineering (ONE) of Fargo was the mechanical engineering firm, along with Michael J. Burns Architects, Bemidji. Jay Denny and Scott McCord from the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota also provided input.

How Otter Tail Power Company's Commercial Design Assistance Program works

Otter Tail Power Company's free Commercial Design Assistance Program allows qualifying building owners, architectural and engineering firms, and developers to participate in an integrated design process to increase energy efficiency in new commercial buildings.

"We bring in a third-party consultant who reviews the building's design and offers computer modeling of how it will use energy. The consultant then presents various packages of efficiency options, the customer selects one, and we provide an incentive to the customer based on how much the building's efficiency exceeds state code," explained Johnson. "When construction is completed we verify that the building matches construction documents and reflects original design intentions."

CDA incentives help offset the cost of more efficient materials and equipment, and incorporating energy efficiency into building plans may help reduce equipment maintenance and replacement costs for additional long-term savings. The CDA Program also compensates design-team members for their time to explore energy-saving alternatives.

In the photo: The University of Minnesota Crookston received an Otter Tail Power Company's Commercial Design Assistance Program incentive for its new residence hall. Pictured, left to right, at the presentation of the $21,599.97 check representing Otter Tail Power Company are Crookston Area Manager Leon Kremeier and Energy Management Representative Ken Johnson; representing the University are Chancellor Fred Wood and Chief Development Officer Corby Kemmer. 

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

The musical production "Church Basement Ladies" is based on recipes, food, and change in 
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the church. It's funny, heartwarming, and down to earth and will bring back memories of people in churches everywhere. This student-directed theatrical production is scheduled in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 13, 14, 15, 2013. On Friday and Saturday evenings the performance is at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under with a $15 maximum for families.  

Church Basement Ladies is a musical written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke with music and lyrics by Drew Jansen. The church basement kitchen throughout much of America is often the heart and soul of any church. In "Church Basement Ladies" we meet the pastor, three main kitchen cooks and one daughter, who run the kitchen and care for the congregation by preparing and serving the food. Like any great kitchen, problems are solved here as well. 

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Under the guidance of Associate Professor George French, Beth Motley, a senior from Vadnais Heights, Minn., majoring in equine science leads as the student director and choreographed by Jessica Kappes, a postsecondary enrollment option student from Ada, Minn. Cast members include Alissa Hernandez, a senior from double majoring in animal science and equine science in Savage , Minn.; Jessica Stone, a freshman from Cloquet, Minn., majoring in equine science; Cassie Hagg, a freshman from Pillager, Minn., majoring in health sciences; Cheyanne Bell,a freshman from Lakeville, Minn., majoring in sport and recreation management; and Alex Conwell, a post-secondary enrollment option student from Red Lake Falls, Minn. 

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, left to right, are Cassie Hagg, Alex Conwell, Cheyanne Bell, Jessica Stone, and Alissa Hernandez. 

Contact: George French, associate professor, Music and Theater, 218-218-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the University of Minnesota Crookston and its online degrees, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.
Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 12 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

December at the University of Minnesota Crookston brings the excitement and challenge of Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day. Students from more than 50 high schools, chapters and clubs will be on campus on Friday, December 6, 2013, to compete in more than 20 contests. The Ag and Natural Resources Day competition has been held for more than 30 years on the Crookston campus.

The day begins early with registration for the equine contests beginning at 7:15 a.m. With contests ranging from horticulture and forestry to ag mechanics, livestock and sales, the day brings out the competitive spirit of students culminating in an awards ceremony. The contests are overseen by U of M Crookston Agriculture and Natural Resources Department faculty.  All activities conclude with the awards ceremony at 1:15 p.m.in Lysaker Gymnasium. 

The awards ceremony recognizes the day's winning individuals and teams. Scholarships and plaques are awarded to school teams and individuals for each contest. Last year, $750 UMC scholarships were awarded for the high individual in each contest, $600 UMC scholarships were awarded for the second place individual, and $450 UMC scholarships were awarded for the third place individual. In all, more than $32,000 in scholarships is awarded during the competition. 

More information regarding Ag and Natural Resources Activities Day is available by contacting Leah Stroot at 218-281-8101 or visit www.umcrookston.edu/agnatrday

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: Leah Stroot, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281 8101 (stro0525@umn.edu) ; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu) ; Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446, (nava0085@umn.edu)

Stephanie Lane, a sophomore at the University of Minnesota Crookston from Holly Springs, 
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N.C., majoring in natural resource aviation recently completed her first student solo flight. Her flight instructor is Brandon Curry and the milestone flight was completed at the Crookston Municipal Airport. 

The first solo flight is a significant accomplishment in a pilot's career and creates a memory that will stay with the student forever. During this flight, a new pilot completes three takeoffs and landings in a row while his or her eager flight instructor watches from the ground and stays in communication via radio. Much preparation has gone into the first solo flight, with the student and instructor putting in hours and hours of flight and ground training on a wide range of subjects including FAA regulations, weather, and aerodynamics. Eventually, after passing a written test and satisfying the instructor that he or she can consistently make safe landings, the instructor gets out of the airplane and endorses the student's logbook for solo flight. Landing an aircraft is one of the most difficult skills to master for any pilot and involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination as well as good judgment.

Following American aviation tradition, removing a new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. This tradition stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios and intercom systems were not a part of early aviation, making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this tradition, aviation students at U of M Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The aviation program at University of Minnesota Crookston is a partnership between UM Crookston and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF). All academic classes and ground schools are conducted at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus while hands-on flight training is conducted by UNDAF and UM Crookston staff just 3 miles north of campus at the Crookston Municipal Airport. Unlike most university aviation degree programs which focus solely on aviation, U of M Crookston's "dual function" degree programs offer students both strong fundamentals in aviation, as well as significant coursework specific to their "other" field of study whether it be agriculture, law enforcement or natural resources. This integrated approach prepares graduates for a career in aviation and much more. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

Contact: Les Dillard, aviation lecturer and flight instructor, 218-281-8114 (ldillard@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)

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

Looking for inspiration, laughter, and tips on how to improve yourself?  A Women's Health Expo will be held at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Heritage Hall Classroom. The event is free and the public is invited to hear guest speakers Annabelle Narlock share her story of survival and success; Sue Thompson, a certified trainer in Laughter Yoga, will facilitate a session; and Megan Scott, an acupuncturist will share nutrition tips and tricks.

Appetizers and refreshments will be served following the expo.  Door prizes will be given away and you will have the opportunity to network with members of the campus and community. For information on the expo, contact Alysa Tulibaski at 218-281-8570.

The event is sponsored by the UMC Women's Commission. 

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: Alysa Tulibaski, Student and Family Experience coordinator, 218-281-8570 (hauge450@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Brock Wood, a freshman at the University of Minnesota Crookston from  
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Alexandria, Minn., majoring in agricultural aviation recently completed his first student solo flight. Flight instructor was Brandon Curry and the milestone flight was completed at the Crookston Municipal Airport. (In the photo are Curry, left, and Wood.)

The first solo flight is a significant accomplishment in a pilot's career and creates a memory that will stay with the student forever. During this flight, a new pilot completes three takeoffs and landings in a row while his or her eager flight instructor watches from the ground and stays in communication via radio. Much preparation has gone into the first solo flight, with the student and instructor putting in hours and hours of flight and ground training on a wide range of subjects including FAA regulations, weather, and aerodynamics. Eventually, after passing a written test and satisfying the instructor that he or she can consistently make safe landings, the instructor gets out of the airplane and endorses the student's logbook for solo flight. Landing an aircraft is one of the most difficult skills to master for any pilot and involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination as well as good judgment.

Following American aviation tradition, removing a new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. This tradition stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios and intercom systems were not a part of early aviation, making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this tradition, aviation students at U of M Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The aviation program at University of Minnesota Crookston is a partnership between UM Crookston and the University of North Dakota Aerospace Foundation (UNDAF). All academic classes and ground schools are conducted at the University of Minnesota Crookston campus while hands-on flight training is conducted by UNDAF and UM Crookston staff just 3 miles north of campus at the Crookston Municipal Airport. Unlike most university aviation degree programs which focus solely on aviation, U of M Crookston's "dual function" degree programs offer students both strong fundamentals in aviation, as well as significant coursework specific to their "other" field of study whether it be agriculture, law enforcement or natural resources. This integrated approach prepares graduates for a career in aviation and much more. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

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: Les Dillard, aviation lecturer and flight instructor, 218-281-8114 (ldillard@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Torch & Shield Award Recipients for 2013 Honored

Honoring those who have aided in the development of the University of Minnesota Crookston, 
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the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), and Extension is the purpose of the Torch & Shield award. This celebration of leadership is the highest honor presented by the Crookston campus and a special recognition event was held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, on the campus.

The Torch & Shield award recipients for 2013 include Charles "Chuck" Habstritt, retired from teaching, but he still farms with his brother near Roseau, Minn.; Lynn Willhite, studio artist in Crookston, Minn. for the past 25 years. 

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Charles "Chuck" Habstritt a retired University of Minnesota Crookston Associate Professor is highlighted with achievement and a legacy of dedication to students during a 40-year teaching career. 

He graduated in 1967 with a bachelor of science in agronomy/soil science from the University of Minnesota.  Transferring to North Dakota State University in Fargo, N.D., Habstritt obtained his master of science in 1969 majoring in agronomy with an emphasis in soils, biochemistry, and plant physiology. 

Habstritt began his teaching career in 1969 at the U of M Crookston where he specialized in agronomy and soils. He was named outstanding educator by students three times and in 1999, he was selected to receive the Distinguished Teaching Award by his colleagues. In 2007-08, Habstritt was honored with the University of Minnesota's John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. In the U of M system, the Tate Awards recognizes and rewards high-quality academic advising.

From 1970 to 2009, Habstritt served as a coach to the highly successful Collegiate Crops Judging Team on the Crookston campus. He was also responsible for compiling the rules and regulations book that has been used for national contests in both Chicago and Kansas City. He has coached his teams to top-three finishes more than 25 times. 

Habstritt has developed and taught 13 courses, advised some 40-50 students a year, trained teaching assistants, published, and solicited funding for scholarships to keep and attract top students for his program. He found time during his career to manage his grain, oil seed, and grass seed farm and was recognized with the Honorary State Farmer Degree. During his career, Habstritt also served as assistant coach for hockey, and in 1986, he received the University of Minnesota Regents Award for Excellence in Coaching. 

Together with collegiate hockey, Habstritt also found time to coach 32 hockey teams including squirts, peewees, and bantams. Today, Habstritt and his wife, Christine, reside in Casa Grande Ariz. in the winter and Rocky Point on the Lake of the Woods in the summer. Although retired from teaching, he still farms with his brother near Roseau, Minn.

Lynn Willhite has been a studio artist in Crookston, Minn. for the past 25 years. Primarily a 
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textile artist, she works with dye and fabric to create watercolors on fabrics. She sells and shows her work at regional and national art shows. She has generously donated several of her wearable art pieces to support scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

Willhite's creativity and innate talent have benefitted students across the Crookston campus where she has devoted her countless hours to decorating the residence halls, including Centennial, Evergreen, and most recent--Heritage Hall. These halls attest to her great style and her dedication to making the residence halls beautiful places for students to live and study. 

She is a graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead with a degree in elementary education.  Over the years, she taught at the Early Childhood Education Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston and served as an adjunct instructor, teaching drawing and design.  Sharing her talent has benefitted not only the campus but the Crookston community where she taught community education classes in watercolor for beginning students.
Willhite moved to Crookston in 1978, with her husband Gary, who is the director of Residential Life and Security. Together, they robustly worked on the very popular Community Stable Service, a live nativity showcased at the U of M Crookston in the arena in the University Teaching and Outreach Center. 

She has been an ongoing volunteer in the Crookston community through her church, as well as the schools, working on fundraisers and several committees.  She has been a past president of the UMC Faculty Association and has proudly been the leader of 4-H and was responsible for starting the first Cloverbuds program, a pre-school program for siblings of 4-H members.

The Torch & Shield Award honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognizes champions of the U of M Crookston, NWROC, and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguishes both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the Crookston campus. For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/torchandshield.

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 top, right, in the back row are Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations, Chancellor Fred Wood, and Albert Sims, director of operations at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. In the front row are Chuck Habstritt (left) and Lynn Willhite. 

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

It was down to the last few seconds when the answer to a question on herpetology led the 
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University of Minnesota Crookston to victory in the Wildlife Quiz Bowl held at the annual conference of The Wildlife Society. The conference contest, held in Milwaukee, Wis., was a big win for the UM Crookston over a team from Humboldt State University (HSU), Arcata, Calif., a perennial favorite. 

Coached by John Loegering and Vanessa Lane, the team of natural resources majors was led by captain Matt Toenies, a senior from Randall, Minn. Other members included Jennifer DuBay, a senior from Apple Valley, Minn.; Alisha Mosloff, a junior from Thief River Falls, Minn.; Emily Trappe, a senior from International Falls, Minn.; and Jacob Nelson, a senior from Lake Park, Minn. They competed through four rounds with sixteen other teams from across the country and finished against HSU with a final score of 105 to 100 and coming back after a 25 to 70 point deficit.

Loegering was proud of the team's professionalism and performance. "Our team won on a question in herpetology, taught by Vanessa Lane, and it's a class we just started offering this fall," Loegering says. "Our students were exemplary and Vanessa and I could not be more proud of the way they competed and represented the University of Minnesota Crookston." Students attending had an opportunity to visit the Leopold Shack and International Crane Foundation while at the conference along with valuable opportunities to network and meet professionals in the field.

Background
The Wildlife Society is an international, non-profit scientific and educational organization serving and representing wildlife professionals in all areas of wildlife conservation and resource management. The goal of the student chapter on the Crookston campus is to promote excellence in wildlife stewardship through science and education. For more information on natural resources at the U of M Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/natr.

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, left to right, are Matt Toenies, Jennifer DuBay, Alisha Mosloff, Emily Trappe, and Jacob Nelson. 

Contact: John Loegering, associate professor and U of M Extension wildlife specialist, Ag and Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston honored six remarkable individuals during 
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homecoming. Recognition for four Outstanding Alumni and three Athletic Hall of Fame inductees was held on Friday evening, October 4, 2013, in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center. Hosting the evening were Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations and Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics and Chancellor Fred Wood brought greetings from the campus. The choir, under the direction of George French, sang several numbers including Hail! Minnesota and the Minnesota Rouser. 

Outstanding Alumni award was presented to Tyler Grove '94, Timothy Rhonemus '84, Susan Jacobson '86 & '96 and Gene Dufault '68 and inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame were Michele (Johnson) Allen ex.'88, and Craig Talberg ex. '91. 

A few highlights of these seven accomplished alumni include the following: 

Gene Dufault '68 graduated with a degree in business and has been involved in a number of professions since his graduation. His work experience includes working in food and beverage sales, both stand-alone restaurants and hotels, and operating his own business. 

During the past 19 years Dufault has dedicated his time and talent to working closely with township government. He serves as the district director for the association, which covers 5 counties. He also assists in lobbying efforts for the state legislature, sits on numerous boards, and helps train township officers for their elected positions.

He graduated from the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) in 1963. He regards his time on campus as something very dear to him. Dufault remembers personally helping initiate both the Young Democrats and the Young Republicans along with participating in a number of other clubs and organizations. 

Timothy Rhonemus '84 graduated with a degree in dietetics. He first came to the university as a transfer student seeking to obtain his bachelor of science degree in restaurant management but all that changed when he found that the health care profession was just as rewarding. 

After graduating from U of M Crookston, he attended St. Cloud State University and received his bachelor of science degree in political science. In 1994 Rhonemus received his third degree this time in nursing. He currently works as a healthcare surveyor for the Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services. He assists in surveying nursing homes, out-patient surgical centers, dialysis units, rehab centers, out-patient physical therapy rehab clinics, and care facilities for the intellectually disabled. 

Rhonemus is grateful for his educational experiences at the U of M Crookston and knows that those experiences prepared him for his career in healthcare.  

Susan Jacobson '87 & '96 first graduated with her associate degree in floriculture/greenhouse management and later received her bachelor of science degree in plant industries management from the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

After relocating and being forced to change her career Jacobson found the perfect fit for her interests at the U of M Crookston. Jacobson is proud of the education that opened her eyes to the endless possibilities in the field of horticulture. Jacobson went on to work in the industry for a couple of years and also owned her own flower shop. 

She has worked at the U of M Crookston for the past twenty years and is excited to be teaching the very classes that stimulated her own interests in the beginning. Jacobson is heavily involved in the community she lives in and is part of many professional affiliations including the Minnesota Nursery Landscaping Association. She and her husband, David, make their home in Fertile, Minn.

Michele (Johnson) Allen ex. '88 was a multi-sport athlete at the University of Minnesota Crookston between 1986 and 1988. During that time she played Trojan volleyball, basketball, and softball. 

Allen's athletic skills helped the U of M Crookston place fifth in the 1986 State Junior College Tournament. She was the top passer in 1986 and 1987 and top server in 1988. Allen was named to the All-State Tournament Team, All-Region Tournament Team, and All-Northwest Division Honorable Mention Team in 1986. In 1987 she was named to the All-State Tournament Team and 1st Team All-Northwest Division.

Allen currently works as the laboratory director at Kittson Memorial Hospital where she's in charge of laboratory operations for critical access and oversees two rural health clinic laboratories.  She is also the director of ancillary services for the United States Army Reserve for laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology operations for a 146 bed combat support hospital. Allen received her master's degree from the University of North Dakota and currently resides in Kennedy, Minn., with her three children.

Craig Talberg ex. '91 had twelve interceptions in eight games in one season to lead the nation for the Trojan football team when the campus was part of the National Junior College Athletic Association. He was a First Team All-American in 1990 as well as section player of the year. Talberg was named All-Conference, All-Region, and Defensive Player of the Year in 1990. He went on to Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) where he holds the interception record with six and was named Second Team All-American.

He has a bachelor of science degree from MSUM in teaching and coaching and went on for his developmental and adapted physical education (DAPE) licensure at St. Cloud State University. He also holds a master's degree from Bethel University. 

Talberg teaches physical education at Milaca Public Schools in Milaca, Minn., where he is the head coach for baseball and the eighth grade football coach. He and his wife, Lana, are the parents of three.

Tyler Grove '94 was one of the first to earn a four-year degree from the University of Minnesota Crookston. His major was in plant industries management with an agronomy emphasis. 

While at the U of M Crookston, he participated in the Crops Team and in NACTA (North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture) competition. In 2007 he earned his master's degree in agronomy from Iowa State University. 

In 1995, he was employed with American Crystal Sugar Company as an agriculturist for the East Grand Forks district, and in February, 2013, he accepted a position as the ag strategy development manager at the corporate office in Moorhead, Minn. 

In 2008, he was selected to attend MARL (Minnesota Ag and Rural Leadership) Program.  He and his wife, Rhea, have two children, Ryan and Madison. Grove looks back on his years at the University of Minnesota Crookston and is thankful for the support and encouragement he received from faculty. 

For more information on homecoming at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/homecoming.htm.

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: Back row, left to right: Chancellor Wood, Craig Talberg, Tyler Grove, Stephanie Helgeson, and Corby Kemmer. Front row: Gene Dufault, Sue Jacobson,Michele Allen and Timothy Rhonemus.

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446, (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Meloni Rasmussen, principle administrative specialist, Career and Counseling Services, 218-281-8586 (melonir@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Continues Trend Surpassing Enrollment Records

Total number of degree-seeking students at 1,813 for fall semester

UofMCrookston-M+wrdmk-mid.pngBased on official data, enrollment at the University of Minnesota Crookston for fall semester 2013 has, again, surpassed previous record levels.  Official, confirmed data reports place enrollment at 1,813 degree-seeking undergraduates--the highest enrollment in the history of the campus.  That number exceeds fall 2012's all-time record of 1,802 and continues a seven-year growth trend.

The official enrollment number includes all full- and part-time degree-seeking undergraduate students--those attending courses on campus as well as those pursuing their degrees entirely online.
  Over the past several years, a major contributing factor to UMC's enrollment growth has been the increase in "online only" students, a designation which means all of their courses are taken online.  The U of M Crookston currently offers eleven of its twenty-eight degree programs entirely online as well as on-campus. This year more than 800 students are considered online only students, up from about 700 last fall.

This fall the number of students attending classes "on site" on the Crookston campus has dipped to just under 1,000, down roughly 100 students from last year's all-time high. Fred Wood, chancellor for the U of M Crookston, views this as a natural fluctuation involving variables such as UMC's large graduating class of 2013, a slight dip in the number of international students, the improving economy, and overall declining trends in the number of recent high school graduates in the Upper Midwest.  He says, "Our on-campus enrollment is still healthy, if somewhat down, and we have plans to grow that number."

"We are committed to offering an excellent on-campus experience for residential and commuter students," Wood states.
  "Our traditional college students, who are typically 18 to 22 years old, along with many of our older students want to interact face-to-face with faculty, staff, and other students. That said, we also have an important obligation to serve a growing segment of students, the vast majority of whom are in their 30s and 40s and choose to pursue their studies online due to career, family, or living situation. I see this obligation as an extension of our long-held commitment to access that truly supports our mission as a modern, land-grant university.  As technology changes, we will likely continue to see increased interest in our online programs, and we're very pleased to be able to offer a top quality online education to meet those needs."

Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor for academic affairs adds, "By offering some of our programs online, UMC makes it possible for online students to earn a valuable University of Minnesota degree, continue to work, and manage their family obligations."

Chancellor Wood says the campus has plans to grow enrollment strategically, both online and on-campus.  A recent planning retreat of campus leaders resulted in three major priorities:  1) growing both on-campus and online enrollment; 2) retaining and graduating more students, with a strong focus on enhancing student advising and support; and 3) examining the breadth of academic majors and program offerings.
 According to Keinath, new program options will be assessed according to how well they help achieve the UMC mission, address student interest, complement and build on strengths of the faculty and staff, and meet employment needs. She adds, "Any new programs, like our current programs, will have to demonstrate that they are worthy of carrying the University of Minnesota name."

"Our aspirations for growth are a continuation of our evolution," says Wood. "As we evolve, we must strive for quality and excellence in everything we do.
  We also must keep an eye on costs for our students and their families and focus on assessment as, increasingly, the public wants real value returned on their educational investments. Finally, placement--in jobs or graduate and professional school--must also remain a priority."

"The University of Minnesota Crookston has shown an amazing resilience and the ability to change," he concludes. "We have evolved to stay current and to find our place in the marketplace. Just as this has been so critical in the past, it will continue to be so in the future. We need to maintain our experimental spirit with technology as well as our innovative approach to our academic programs."

The University of Minnesota, Crookston now delivers 28 undergraduate degree programs--eleven of which are also available entirely online--and welcomes students from more than 20 countries and 40 states.
 To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Chuck Runyon, CEO and co-founder of Anytime Fitness will speak at the University of 
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Minnesota Crookston on Tuesday, October 22, 2014. The event, which takes place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at noon, is free and the public is invited. The first 300 people in attendance will receive a complimentary copy of Chuck Runyon's book, Working Out Sucks! (And why it doesn't have to).Runyon will be available following the presentation to sign copies of his book. 

The event is part of the speaker series sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), based on the Crookston campus. For information on Runyon's visit, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES at 218-281-8190 or call the CRES office at 218-281-8595. 

Runyon will focus on the four phases of being an entrepreneur, Level 5 leadership, and Return on Emotional Investment (ROEI). Anytime Fitness is the fastest-growing fitness club franchise in the world. In just 11 years, the Minnesota-based chain has grown to more than 2,000 clubs in all 50 U.S. states and 14 countries and serves more than 1.5 million members. 

About Runyon
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. 

Runyon and Mortensen 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. 

For his "unprecedented and unique contributions to the fitness industry," Runyon was honored as the John McCarthy Industry Visionary of the Year (2009) by the International Health, Racquet, and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). Runyon currently serves on the board of directors for IHRSA.

In January 2012, Runyon challenged the national discourse on obesity with a bold new message conveyed in the title of his first book Working Out Sucks! His "get real" approach to getting healthy struck a nerve with his industry peers and the public at large. Recognized as an expert on eliminating the barriers to healthy lifestyles, Runyon is frequently asked to speak or comment on issues related to why people claim that their health is a top priority, while typically spending less than 1% of their time exercising. 

About CRES
The mission of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting.  The CRES engages 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 visitwww.umccres.org.

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

U of M Crookston Crowns 2013 Homecoming Royalty

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

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

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

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


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

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)

Delegation from Jungwon University in South Korea Visit Campus

A delegation of officials from Jungwon University in South Korea visited the U of M Crookston 
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on Thursday, September 5. The delegation was on campus to discuss potential future collaborations and sign a friendship memorandum.  

In the group photo, left to right:

Sean Shin, director of ESL program; Seong-ho Kim, dean of academic affairs, Jungwon University; Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs; Byunghwan Ahn, president, Jungwon University; Fred Wood, chancellor; Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor for academic affairs; Kim Gillette, director of international programs; and David Chu, director, International Affairs Center, Jungwon University.

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In the post_signing photo, left to right:

President Byunghwan Ahn of Jungwon University and Chancellor Fred Wood hold the friendship memorandum following the signing on Thursday, September 5 at the U of M Crookston.

Contact: 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

The Crookston Community Band is being revived and Band Director TJ Chapman (in photo) is 
encouraging anyone interested in playing with the band to join. Rehearsals will take place on Monday evenings beginning September 9, 2013. The rehearsals will run from 7 to 8:30 in Kiehle 236, the music rehearsal room (located directly behind the stage of Kiehle Auditorium) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. All are welcome.

A concert is tentatively planned by the Crookston Community Band to take place later in the 
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semester, perhaps early December, so dust off your instrument and join them. Chapman, who teaches mathematics at the U of M Crookston, is taking over directing the band from Associate Professor George French, who will focus on a theater production this fall along with his other responsibilities. 

The principle tubist with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra who is celebrating their 75th concert season, Chapman is also the acting principle tubist for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the North Dakota Trombone Choir.

Chapman holds master of science in mathematics and a master of music with a major in performance from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. He earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and a bachelor of arts in music both from Bemidji [Minn.] State University. 

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: TJ Chapman, band director and instructor of mathematics, 218-281-8384 (tchapman@umn.edu) ;Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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)


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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Dan Svedarsky was an invited speaker and conference co-summarizer at a recent conference 
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on, America's Grasslands: The Future of Grasslands in a Changing Landscape. Svedarsky is a research biologist at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center and director of the University of Minnesota, Crookston's Center for Sustainability. The meeting brought together researchers, natural resources professionals, farmers and ranchers, representatives of Native American tribes, and policy experts and conservationists from California to Washington, D.C. to discuss the outlook and opportunities to conserve North America's grasslands. 

The biennial conference was held in Manhattan, Kan., and was focused on working collaboratively with ranchers to conserve grasslands but also included presentations on prairie ecology, interpretation, and restoration techniques. 

Primary sponsors of the conference were the National Wildlife Federation and Kansas State University along with the World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Ducks Unlimited, Sharp Brothers Seed Company, Grassland Heritage Foundation, and the Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. 
In his paper entitled, Prairie restoration - up close and personal - on a University Campus, Svedarsky reported on his long-time work with restoring prairie at the Red River Valley Natural History Area of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston and the use of prairie plants in interpretative demonstrations on the Crookston campus. 

He and other faculty, staff, and students have installed prairie plants in the Nature Nook, Youngquist Prairie Garden, and currently in a raingarden in front of Heritage Hall; the newest resident hall on the Crookston campus. "Prairie plants have the advantage of being adapted to local growing conditions, are readily available, low maintenance, and are the "architects" of the rich fertile soils of the Red River Valley," notes Svedarsky. A number of UMC natural resource graduates are currently employed in land management capacities where they use prairie plants in their work. Svedarsky has also worked closely with The Nature Conservancy in northwest Minnesota in projects such as the Pankratz Prairie, Pembina Trail Preserve, and the Glacial Ridge Project. He received the President's Stewardship Award from The Nature Conservancy in 1981.

Over 250 participants attended the conference which included field trips to the Konza Prairie Biological Station of Kansas State and the National Tall Grass Prairie Preserve. The regional setting was the Flint Hills region of the North American Tallgrass Prairie where limestone geology lies close to the surface thus favoring grassland development on the thin soils and a ranching culture. Kansas State has been the center of numerous research studies on tallgrass prairie ecology including vegetation and animal interactions including the Greater Prairie Chicken.

"Native grasslands and the wildlife that depend on them are disappearing at alarming rates," said Aviva Glaser, agriculture policy specialist at the National Wildlife Federation and conference co-organizer. Recent surges in grain prices have prompted the extensive conversion of native grasslands and CRP grasslands in the Dakotas, many of which are erosion-prone due to steep slopes and droughty soils. "We want to do what we can to help the conservation and careful management of the American grassland," said Dr. John Briggs, Kansas State professor of biology and director of the Konza Prairie Biological Station who also helped organize the conference. "It's going to take all of these groups working together. We can't just work in a vacuum."

In his summary remarks, Svedarsky posed the question of why people should care about prairies in the first place, with their rich diversity of plants and animals; large and small. "I think often of the following words of Larry Kruckenberg, former North Dakota Game and Fish Commissioner:  for people to care about something, they must; feel it is of consequence, believe that it affects them, and believe they can do something about it. Does an unemployed single mom in the Bronx care about the conversion of South Dakota grassland to row crops? I doubt it, but before real consequential action is taken at the regional and national level, the base of caring constituency must be broadened."

Svedarsky believes in educational solutions and also quoted the Central African Conservationist, Baba Dioum. "For in the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught." Being a college natural resources conservation professor, Svedarsky adds to this his mantra for teaching, "So let us teach often, and well."

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: Dan Svedarsky by a raingarden of mostly native prairie plants in front of the Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan, Kansas. Svedarsky and assistants are installing a similar raingarden in front of Heritage Hall on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus.

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, professor, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A birding open house is slated for Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, and hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Red River Valley Natural History Area, located across from the Crookston campus on the west side of U.S. Highway 2. The open house runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Visitors will have the chance to see mist netting and bird banding demonstrations and tour a number of education stations including bird identification, bird feeding, bird beaks, and more. Representatives from the Purple Martin Association of the Dakotas and the Minnesota Master Naturalist Program will be available, and children will have the opportunity to make and take home birdfeeders and hike along the trails that wind through the 85-acre Natural History Area. 

Driving Directions:  From US 2 on the north side of Crookston, turn west on North Acres Drive (El Metate restaurant and Crookston Armory are at this corner), drive 0.25 miles, pass the residence, and follow the road as it turns right and heads north.  Cross the railroad tracks and continue along the road as it turns west and northwest to the History Area parking lot.  Directions:  http://z.umn.edu/urocmaps

For more information, contact Laura Bell at 218-281-8131 (lbell@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: Laura Bell, lab services coordinator, Ag and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8131 (lbell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Mary Tyrrell, a devoted wife, mother, and nurse, gave tirelessly in support of student- 
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athletes at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The campus invites everyone to remember Mary, support scholarships, and help raise awareness of heart disease during the third annual Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships. The walk will be held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, and begins with registration at 5 p.m. in Parking Lot E near Ed Widseth Field on the campus. Registration is $25 for adults and $10 for students 18 and under. All registrants will receive a t-shirt designed especially for the walk. To register or for more information about the walk, contact Tricia Sanders at 218-281-8326. 

A free "healthy tailgate" will be served for walk participants. Door prizes will be awarded, and all participants are encouraged to stay for the Student-Athlete Meet and Greet at 6 p.m. and the Golden Eagle Maroon and Gold football game at 6:30 pm.

Background
The inaugural Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships was held in the fall of 2011. The event is designed to raise awareness about heart health and women's health issues. It is named in memory of Mary Tyrrell, wife of Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising at the U of M, Crookston. Mary passed away unexpectedly from heart disease in December 2010. 

Her untimely death ended the life of a woman who was passionate about helping student-athletes and caring for patients as a nurse at Altru Clinic in Grand Forks, N.D., as well as the life of a devoted wife and mother. It also serves as a reminder of the threat posed by heart disease and how healthy diet and exercise, along with knowing the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease can help provide protection. 

After 18 years as an athletic trainer at the U of M Crookston, Bill took over as director of athletic fundraising in 2005 and works closely with Teambackers, an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for Golden Eagle athletics.  In 2009, Mary and Bill established a scholarship to specifically support student-athletes through the Bill and Mary Tyrrell Endowment fund, and throughout the years, they have given both time and financial support to encourage student-athletes 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.

In the photo: Mary Tyrrell's smile brightened every thing around her.  

Contact: Tricia Sanders, director, finance, 218-281-8326 (sand0803@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable help through an opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique partnership that would include valuable consulting services by U of M Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.
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Each semester, both spring and fall, CRES integrates projects into courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences. 

Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2013 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 9 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2013, Applicants will be notified about their participation in the program no later than August 20 for fall semester and December 10 for spring semester. 

All applications are screened by CRES and the projects that best fit the mission of CRES and enhance the learner outcomes for the course will be contacted for a follow-up meeting to determine guidelines, client expectations, and to review other relevant information regarding participation. 
For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES at 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org. The CRES office is located in Dowell Hall 117 on the Crookston campus. 

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 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: Rachel Lundbohm, director, CRES, 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Even though Barbara J. Keinath has lived in the north Twin Cities metro area while pursuing a distinguished career at Metropolitan State University, her recent move to Crookston is proving to be a comfortable transition. Keinath, who began her duties as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the University of Minnesota Crookston on July 1, says, "I feel very much at home at UMC, thanks to the students, faculty, and staff. I'm excited to be part of the Crookston community. Crookston and the surrounding region remind me a lot of the area in Michigan where I grew up."

Keinath comes to the U of M Crookston as its new chief academic officer well prepared and eager to work with faculty, staff, students, and community members. She not only has strong teaching experience, having served as a professor of management, but she also has a wealth of administrative experience, having served as vice provost and dean of graduate studies at Metropolitan State University.  Additionally, she has experience working with online education, having served as director of online learning, also at Metro State.

"The area of online education is certainly a growing field in higher education, and the U of M Crookston has a reputation as a leader. I look forward to working with everyone on campus to further capitalize on and refine our strengths in this area," she says. "That said, I also know UMC has a very strong reputation for experiential, hands-on learning with its on-campus degree programs, and I look forward to that as well. In the end, it comes down to providing access to quality higher education for students--whether on-campus or online--and UMC has proven it does both quite well."

Keinath is no stranger to the University Minnesota system, as she holds a Ph.D. in educational administration with a focus on higher education and policy from the University of Minnesota. She also offers, "My son Brandon and his wife Molly are both graduates of the University of Minnesota Duluth."

Keinath earned her Master of Arts in college student personnel from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in German also from Michigan State. "I like to think I have a good understanding of the student affairs side of the equation as well as the academic side," she says, "and we know that when the two sides work together in tandem, the overall educational experience is strongest."

Keinath's husband Jim is city administrator of Circle Pines, Minn., where they've lived for the last 28 years. The two also have a lake cabin near Longville, Minnesota, where they enjoy spending weekends. "My hobbies and interests," she says, "include birding, gardening, reading, and sustainability and environmental issues."

"I couldn't wait to get started at UMC," says Keinath. "A rich history, strong academic programs, talented students, and dedicated faculty and staff mean a bright future. In the short time I've been here I can tell there is a wonderful feeling of community among the students, faculty, and staff here, and the campus is truly beautiful. I am pleased and humbled to become a part of it as vice chancellor for academic affairs."

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

Summer means going through a lot of hoops for Jenny DuBay, a senior from Apple Valley, Minn., majoring in natural 

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resources at the University of Minnesota Crookston. DuBay designed a series of floating vegetated mats out of hula-hoops and water noodles as part of an undergraduate research project that will assess phosphorus removal utilizing different plant species. 

Earlier in the spring, DuBay, under the guidance of Katy Smith, assistant professor in environmental sciences at the U of M Crookston, conducted a preliminary study assessing the ability of different plant species to remove phosphorus from the water they are growing in.  After the preliminary study a site was located that has significant run-off from agricultural land and farm animal waste. 

An earlier prototype of the mats led DuBay to her current design built on a hula-hoop frame and topped with burlap covered water noodles formed around the hoop. They have fabric across the opening and a screen around the top that allows the passage of water but keeps the plants contained. The mats are weighted with cement blocks to keep them positioned in the pond. 

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The mats are filled with plants including two of each kind and four replicates. The Lemma, a genus of free-floating aquatic plants from the duckweed family, doesn't need soil but the other mats contain peat as a growing media. Those mats include a fern, two different species of Rumex (Dock), and cattails. She planted the mats on Sunday, June 30, 2013, and is hoping to keep them there until the fall depending on the weather. The plan is to harvest the biomass in October. 

Contamination of surface and ground water is a serious environmental concern. Research has shown that floating vegetated mats can be used to grow biomass and remove nutrients from wastewater. Smith whose research interests include the use of plants to clean the environment, led the development of the environmental sciences program at the U of M Crookston and her work includes research on soil management practices to improve both soil quality and productivity. 

Funding for DuBay's project came from the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program and the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership. 


DuBay worked last summer for the shallow lakes project for the 

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Minnesota DNR and this summer is working banding ducks near Bemidji. 


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 photos: Students working on assembly of mats, at top, left to right, are Tucker Flaten, Gyaltzo Gurung, Jenny DuBay, and Andrea Ramponi.

Center, left: Tucker Flaten places the wire netting around the mat to be placed in the pond.

Bottom, right: A series of mats with the plants are held in place by cement blocks. The design of the mats is the work of  Senior Jenny DuBay. 




Contact: Katy Smith, assistant professor, environmental science, 218-281- 8262, (katys@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston will hold its annual summer robotics camp Tuesday through Thursday, August 6 - 8, 2013.  The camp will be three days filled with educational fun intended for students between the ages  9 to 14.  

The cost of camp is $80 per person, however there is a $10 discount per participant from the same household.  Students should arrive at 8:45 a.m. for check-in at Evergreen Hall each day and be picked up at 4:30 p.m. from Evergreen Hall.  Students should bring a bag lunch for the first two days.  Lunch will be provided for participants on the third day.

Robotics camps at the U of M Crookston will teach 4th -8th graders about math, science, and technology associated with robotics.  It will be a fun and challenging experience for boys and girls interested in learning more about robots.  Students will work in teams to design, build, and program robots.  Each student will be issued a complete Lego MINDStorm Nxt 2.0 robotic kit and a laptop to be used during the camp. 

Each camp session is limited to 30 participants and robotics camp only happens once every year. For more information go to camp Web site or download the registration form.  For questions, contact Mark Gill at 218-281-8258. 

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: Mark Gill, lecturer, Math, Science, & Technology, 218-281-8258 (mgill@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Research Collaboration Explores the Future of eBooks

Faculty inquiry often leads to innovative solutions in the scholarship of teaching and learning. 
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Technology has changed the classroom in many ways.  For University of Minnesota Crookston faculty members Sharon Neet and Sue Brorson, these changes are at the heart of some ongoing research on the role of eBooks in education at the university.

Their research provided them an opportunity to collaborate with Anders Berggren, an information technology professional at the U of M Twin Cities and an online instructor for the Crookston campus in software engineering.

The investigation began when Neet and Berggren began discussing the possibility of preserving and distributing old, out-of-print books that are no longer constrained by copyright. 

With Berggren's help on the technology side, Neet, who teaches history on the Crookston campus, made available as an eBook, Leaves of Life, a work originally published in 1912 by J. A. Wayland. It was the first foray into e-publishing for Neet, and it has fueled her curiosity. 
Interestingly, the University of Minnesota Crookston initiated a project exploring the use of tablet computers by faculty in spring 2012. This opportunity to use eBooks in the classroom together with Neet's interest in e-publishing was well-timed.

Brorson has a significant interest in eBooks particularly as head of the Business Department and as a longtime faculty member. Her department is also a leader in the effort to maintain the highest standard of quality for students learning online. 

"In fall 2012 according to our survey, the campus had 54 eBooks across 22 courses available to students on campus and online," Brorson said. "Cost for textbooks is more than $700 per semester and changes in the eBook world made offering textbooks as eBooks make sense. They are low cost and sometimes are available at no cost for students."

Early research shows that tablets or readers, i.e. iPad, Kindle, etc., are best suited for electronic textbook users. Students without a tablet were less like to enjoy the eBook experience. However, online students found them more desirable probably because they expect to access the information they need electronically.  

Berggren and Brorson joined Neet at a history conference in Omaha in March 2012 to present their respective work in the publishing and use of eBooks at the Missouri Valley History Conference. Interest in their presentation, "Books and eBooks: the future of textbooks and research materials," proved popular and that popularity will continue as publishers move toward more electronic access of textbooks. 

"The world of eBooks is changing things," Neet says. "This is a whole new paradigm for textbook use."

It also opens the door for anyone to publish as Neet explains, "Families can share a family cookbook or a family history in a whole new way. They are no longer restricted by printing costs or by having to learn to use publishing software. They can develop a Word® document, include photos if they want to, and publish it as an eBook. It is easy and anyone can do it."

The publishing tools are available free and are limited only by the available support for the device being used. Works that were once only part of a special collection and not available for interlibrary loan could become accessible to anyone through eBooks publishing. 

The Neet, Brorson, and Berggren collaboration represents interdisciplinarity and intercampus cooperation to move forward shared research and instructional material developments.  

Neet is working publishing her fifth book this summer--a 1920s marketing book. She combines her interest in history and eBooks to provide access to the very old books in a whole new way. Today's students will have the opportunity to read from an original text if it is available, and having them available makes them an exciting option for both instructor and student. 

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

The Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association welcomes alumni back to 
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the University of Minnesota Crookston campus on Saturday, June 29, 2013, for their annual reunion. Three outstanding alumni will be honored with the Top Aggie award, which is the highest honor a Northwest School alumnus can receive. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field. 

The Top Aggies for 2013 are Lowell Hamrick '53, Warren, Minn.; Beulah (Stolaas) Vad '58, Oklee, Minn.; and Willie Huot '63, Grand Forks, N.D. These outstanding individuals will be recognized during a special luncheon on Saturday. 

The NWSA was a residential high school located on the Crookston campus from 1906-68. The reunion is planned by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations in cooperation with the NWSA Alumni Association board and is always held the last Saturday in June. 

The NWSA alumni reunion, first held in 1918, brings back alumni from the Northwest School of Agriculture, a residential high school located on what is now the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. The NWSA graduated its first class of 8 students in 1909. 

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: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434, (ckemmer@umn.edu ); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446, (nava0085@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)

Tim Moe, vice president of UMC Teambackers presented a $20,000 check to support Golden 
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Eagle athletics at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The presentation was made to U of M Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood to support scholarships for student-athletes.

"Financial support is the focus of UMC Teambackers and this organization has benefitted countless athletes since it was organized 21 years ago," says Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising. "I am grateful to everyone who invests in our student-athletes, and I value their support for Teambackers."

The Teambackers Club is an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for the U of M, Crookston. It operates in conjunction with the development office, athletic department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. For the past 19 years the Teambackers Club has helped support athletic scholarships for student-athletes in 11 sports on the Crookston campus. 

Learn more about Teambackers by visiting www.goldeneaglesports.com/teambackers. 
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, left to right, are Chancellor Fred Wood; Tim Moe, Teambacker vice president; and Corby Kemmer, director of development. 


Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Enjoy an afternoon of playing golf and supporting scholarships for student-athletes at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Organize a team and plan on participating in a series of golf tournaments planned for summer 2013 by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations. 

Anyone interested in playing should contact Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, at 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu) for details. The golf tournament schedule is as follows:

Thursday June 27 - Mark Olsonawski Scholarship Tourney, Hallock, Minn., 10 a.m., $40, four-person teams

Thursday July 11 - Heart of the Valley/Teambacker Tourney, Ada, Minn., $50, 1 p.m., five-person teams

Saturday July 20 - U of M, Crookston Teambacker Golf Classic, Crookston, Minn., 10 a.m., $85, five-person teams

Friday, July 27 - Hwy 2 Classic, includes 9 holes in Fosston, Minn., and 9 holes in Erskine, Minn., $40, five-person teams

To learn more about athletics at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.goldeneaglesports.com. 
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: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu);Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Wade Jackson '13 and Senior Bob Guetter were recently named recipients of 2013 Student 
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Conservationist Awards from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Conservation Society. 
 
The Award is given to outstanding conservation students at a Minnesota college or university and consists of a $ 500 stipend. Students are typically nominated by one of more of their professors based on their academic and leadership achievements. They are also required to complete an essay in which they outline how they would personally address the range of current conservation issues but especially those related to soil and water conservation. 
 
Jackson, from Walker, Minn., recently graduated with a degree in natural resources management and is on a career track appointment with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). He will be based in Crookston on a training assignment this summer. In the summer of 2012, Jackson was on assignment in Duluth [Minn.] where he worked with Dan Weber, a 2003 graduate who is based there with the NRCS. Wade is an older-than-average student who made a considerable sacrifice to return to college and complete his degree. 

"We especially appreciated Wade sharing his life experiences in classes and their conservation implications," notes Professor Dan Svedarsky. "It was especially fitting that Kathy Fillmore was able to present Wade with his award since Kathy also completed her UMC degree as an older-than-average student." Fillmore, a '99 graduate, is now a district conservationist with the NRCS in Thief River Falls, Minn. 

Guetter is from Miltona, Minn., and is on a career track with the NRCS but has launched his career in North Dakota, having worked in Valley City, Bottineau, and now this summer in Fessenden. Guetter is maintaining a 3.75 grade point average while majoring in wildlife management and natural resource management and plans to graduate at the end of winter semester of 2013. He also finds time to provide key leadership to the Golden Ducks, Crookston Chapter of Duck Unlimited as well as being a member of the UMC Natural Resources Club. 

"Bob did not grow up on a farm but purposely wanted to gain first-hand farm experience since NRCS personnel work with private  landowners so he hired on part-time with Wayne and Kevin Capistran Farms of Crookston," according to Svedarsky. "Somehow or another, Bob was able to squeeze a lot into a full schedule and do a great job on all of it!" Guetter received the UMC John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award in 2012. 

Background

The Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Conservation Society is affiliated with the national Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), a nonprofit scientific and educational organization -- founded in 1943 -- that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. SWCS has over 5,000 members around the world, including researchers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions. Chapters, numbering 75 are located throughout the United States and Canada and conduct a variety of activities at local, state, and provincial levels and on university campuses. Discussions are underway between Regional One Representative, Kathy Fillmore and UMC conservation faculty to establish a student SWCS affiliated chapter on the UMC campus.

For more information, contact Svedarsky at 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@crk.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.


In the photo: Brenda Miller, lecturer in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; Robert Guetter; Wade Jackson; and Kathy Fillmore, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Thief River Falls, Minn. 

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Bowerman_Margo 2571.jpg Margo Bowerman has joined University of Minnesota Extension's Center for Youth Development as an assistant extension professor. She is based at Extension's Regional Office in Crookston, located in the Valley Technology Park building on the north edge of the U of M Crookston campus. 

Bowerman is a member of the northwest Minnesota regional 4-H Team of the University of Minnesota Extension Center for Youth Development.  In her role as a regional educator, she will work with 4-H program staff in the northwest counties of Minnesota to ensure the 4-H programs remain vibrant and abundant with opportunities for youth to reach their full potential.  She will also be directly supporting 4-H science programming and works with a team of three educators, housed in the Moorhead and Roseau offices, to provide support for the 19 counties in the northwest region of Minnesota.

Bowerman comes to the University of Minnesota following her work for Cornell Cooperative Extension in Orleans County as the 4-H team coordinator for 13 years. As coordinator, she was involved in every detail of the program, from food and nutrition to animal science to volunteer development to risk management.

She holds a bachelor of science degree in biology from the University of Albany, N.Y., and a master of science in wildlife ecology from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.

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: Deborah Zak, regional director, Northwest, Extension Regional Office, Crookston, 218-281-8684 or 1-888-241-0781; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Recognizing excellence and celebrating success was the highlight of Faculty and Staff Day held May 14, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The annual event is held to commemorate the completion of the academic year and honors achievement.

Faculty and staff were honored for years of service along with the retirement of Tom Baldwin, senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs; Vicki Svedarsky, assistant counselor in Career and Counseling Services; and Mike Vivion, chief pilot in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. The event was also an opportunity to recognize two department heads who are leaving campus for other opportunities: Jack Geller, head, Liberal Arts and Education Department and Adel Ali, head, Math, Science, and Technology Department. 

Individual faculty and staff were presented awards for their contributions to the Crookston campus: 

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Rachel McCoppin, associate professor, Liberal Arts & Education Department - Distinguished Teaching Award presented by Thomas Baldwin.

Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning - Distinguished Professional and Administrative (P&A) Award presented by Connie Camrud. 

Linda Wilkens, Copy Center Operator, UMC Printing & Design - Distinguished Civil Service and Bargaining Unit Award presented by Tom Sondreal.

Ken Bulie, lecturer, Business Department - Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award 
reented by Lisa Loegering.

Josh Parrill, student personnel coordinator, 
Academic Assistance Center - Outstanding Community Service Award presented by Kenneth Johnson.

Melissa Parkin, catering supervisor, Dining Services - Builder of Diversity Award presented by Lorna Hollowell. 
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The entire campus community was also thanked for its overall support for students with disabilities by Laurie Wilson. 

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: Chris Winjum, assistant to the chancellor, 218-281-8343 (cwinjum@umn.edu); 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)

It was the reason for running. Sharing proceeds to help with the restoration of the Carnegie 
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Building, a project spearheaded by the Polk County Historical Society, was the purpose of this year's third annual Pi Run. Several members of the board of the Polk County Historical Society were on hand on Tuesday, May 7 to accept a $1,000 check for the Carnegie restoration project from Junior Alex Skeeter, the president of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The race, hosted by ALD on April 20, 2013, included 100 runners in a 5K and 10K race along with 9 children participating in a fun run.  

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The Pi Run was sponsored by Herc-u-lift, Inc., headquartered in Maple Plain, Minn., with help from HB Light and Sound in Grand Forks, N.D., and from RBJs, Hugos, Anytime Fitness, and Erickson Embroidery all located in Crookston. 

Background
The goal of the Polk County Historical Society's Carnegie restoration project is to eventually use the building as an arts and cultural center for the community and region. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1984 and the Lake Agassiz Regional Library of Crookston, built that same year, stands adjacent to it. 

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 photos, at top right,  left to right, are Sandy Kegler, Kristina Gray, and Jerry Amiot from the Polk County Historical Society with Alex Skeeter and Elizabeth Tollefson, representing ALD. 

At bottom left, Alex Skeeter (seated) signs the check from ALD to help with the restoration of the Carnegie Building with Polk County Historical Society board members Jerry Amiot (right) and Kristina Gray (left). 

Contact: Brian Dingmann, associate professor, 218-281-8249 (dingm021@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 Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The spring 2013 inductees included the following students:

Last NameFirst NameMajorYear
ChinTiffanyaccountingsenior
HernandezAlissadouble major in equine science and animal sciencejunior
BendelCaylanatural resourcesjunior
RasmussonHaleydouble major in early childhood education and elementary educationjunior
HaugenSamuelagronomysophomore
SmithMiahhealth sciencessophomore
AmundsonSabraanimal sciencejunior
BerglinSamanthacriminal justicejunior
FurryMichaelnatural resourcesjunior
SelvestraDrewcriminal justicesophomore
BarsnessTianadouble major in health sciences and biologysenior
JenningsJessecriminal justicejunior
BergSteffaniecommunicationjunior
McMahonMichaelnatural resourcesjunior
VatthauerBrooke health sciencessophomore
HettverChelseyanimal sciencejunior
MaigaMariamsoftware engineeringsenior
BorowiczMatthewhealth sciencesjunior
FennellDanaeorganizational psychologysenior
GuetterCaseynatural resourcessenior
BellrichardKayladouble major in business management and marketingsophomore
JohnsonSarahanimal sciencejunior
MillerBrookssoftware engineeringsophomore
MikutowskiMaryhealth sciencessophomore
PetersonKatrinadouble major in animal science and business managementsenior
SchneiderAlyssadouble major in early childhood education and elementary educationjunior
RomeroAmberdouble major in animal science and equine sciencesophomore
MaungMyintcriminal justicesophomore
UnderdahlDrewagricultural businesssenior
SchmidtBradenhealth sciencessophomore
PedersonKolequadruple major in aviation, agronomy, agricultural systems management, and agricultural businessjunior
MearsErincriminal justicesophomore
OstergrenKaitlynaccountingsenior
LookerBrittanydouble major in health sciences and biologysophomore
TwaddleMarcusnatural resourcessenior
RozellSeanbusiness managementsenior
WoodAlisciaearly childhood educationsenior
SkeeterAlexandradouble major in health sciences and biologyjunior
PereaJoshcriminal justicejunior
BuscherAlexandrabusiness managementsenior
PrudhommeKurtsoftware engineeringjunior





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. 

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

Alpha Lambda Delta Inducts Members in Ceremony at U of M Crookston

In a ceremony held Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2013, the University of Minnesota, Crookston
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 Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society welcomed its new members. Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., the society's faculty advisor welcomed the initiates and their guests and introduced the guest speaker, Chancellor Fred Wood, who shared with inductees his educational story and some words of advice. 

Along with welcoming the new members, the society announced its new executive board for the 2013-14 academic year led by President Alexandra Skeeter, a junior double majoring in health sciences and biology from Milwaukee, Wis.; Vice President Mary Mikutowski, a health sciences major from Still water, Minn.; Treasurer Brittany Looker, a sophomore double major in biology and health sciences from Rochester, Minn.; and Secretary Josee Plante, a sophomore majoring in health sciences from Manitou, Manitoba, Canada. All Senior members of ALD were awarded cords in recognition of their graduation. 

New inductees include the following students:  
Amberly Pesall, a double major in agricultural business and equine science from New Brighton, Minn.; Alyssa Newburg, an equine science major from Maple Grove, Minn.; Kathryn Sheetz, a biology major from Grand Rapids, Minn.; Shaun Curtis, a software engineering major from St. Cloud, Minn.; MeganBetcher, a natural resources major from Red Wing, Minn.; Brileigh Spilde, an elementary education major from Hillsboro, N.D.; Emily Steeley, an equine science major from Porstmouth, R.I.; Kayla Stampfle, a natural resources major from Arden Hills, Minn.; Chloe Nelson, a biology major from Little Falls, Minn.; Joseph Stefanik, a double major in agricultural systems management and agricultural business from Lebanon, Ind.; Kendra Pahl, a biology major from Fargo, N.D.; Ashley Reichert, an animal science major from Clearbrook, Minn.; Timilehin Kolade Adeniyi, a software engineering major from Bronx, N.Y.; Kaylin Beatty, an equine science major Andover, Minn.; Craig Gapinski, an animal science major from St. Cloud, Minn.; Kole Pederson, a quadruple major in aviation, agronomy, agricultural business and agricultural systems management from Bejou, Minn.; and Stephanie Lane, a natural resources major from Holly Springs, N.C. 

Eligibility for membership in the national honor society for first-year students is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better during the first term or year of college while a student is enrolled full-time. Less than 20% of college freshman achieve this high level of academic performance.

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: Back row, left to right: Kole Pederson; Timilehin Koladi Adeniyi; Curtis Shaun; and Chancellor Fred Wood. Middle row: Elizabeth Tollefson, staff advisor; Stephanie Lane; Craig Gapinski; Emily Steeley; Katie Sheetz; and Brian Dingman, faculty advisor. Front row: Megan Betcher; Ashley Reichert; Chloe Nelson; Brileigh Spilde; and Alyssa Newburg. Not pictured: Joseph Stefanik, Kayla Stampfle, and Amberly Pesall


Contact: Brian Dingmann, associate professor, 218-281-8249 (dingm021@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

For thirteen students from the University of Minnesota Crookston, spring break meant ten 
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days in Brazil and weeks in preparation for a powerful learning abroad experience. The trip, which took place from March 16-24, 2013, took students to sugar cane farms, dairy operations, huge cities, beautiful waterfalls, a tour of Itapu Dam, and much more. 

Chuck Lariviere, instructor in agricultural business, led the students on trip showing them the rich agricultural areas and giving them an opportunity to compare the agriculture they are familiar with to the work going on in Brazil. It was all a part of a global studies class that led to the study abroad in Brazil.   

"Students have a real opportunity for growth when they choose to study abroad," said Lariviere. "Learning to approach questions from more than one perspective and with a more global approach is a powerful tool in creating a deeper understanding of yourself and others. The trip to Brazil brought learning in my class to a whole new level."

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Unique aspects of the trip included visits to some  large farm operations to see the cultivation of such crops as corn, soybeans, and sugarcane; reaserch facilities to witness work being conducted on citrus, rubber, mango, coffee, and jatropha, along with other crops; visits to some of Brazil's dairy operations; and a chance to see the increased logistical challenges caused by lack of infrastructure and transportation. The students also had the chance to stand in two different countries while visiting the Itapu Dam  which spans the border between Paraguay, and Brazil. They also witnessed the incredible power and beauty of the water falls at Iguassu Falls National Park.

Sightseeing opportunities took them to the large cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and Lonrinda. It also included a visit to Christ the Redeemer, the famous statue of Jesus Christ in Rio de Janeiro, considered to be the largest art deco statue in the world. The beauty of Brazil intrigued them and it is an experience they will long remember, but the class agreed they came home with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for home. 

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Students traveling to Brazil over spring break included Ashley Hoffman, a senior double majoring in agricultural business and agronomy from Shevlin, Minn.; Matthew Green, a senior triple majoring in agricultural business, agronomy, and agricultural systems management from Greenbush, Minn.; Alex Prudhomme, a junior majoring in agronomy from Crookston, Minn.; Alex DeBoer, a junior majoring in agricultural systems management from Crookston, Minn.; Travis Duresky, a junior majoring in agricultural systems management from Waskish, Minn.; Johnathan Sorenson, a sophomore majoring in agricultural systems management from Fisher, Minn.; Gregory Sparby, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management from Grygla, Minn.; Brian Oachs, a junior double majoring in agronomy and agricultural systems management from Herman, Minn.; Max Johnson, a sophomore majoring in  agricultural systems management from Langdon, N.D.; Bryce Gillie, a senior majoring in agronomy from Hallock, Minn.; Kayla Erickson, a senior double majoring in 
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agricultural education and agricultural business from Scandia, Minn.; Amanda Crook, a senior double majoring in agricultural business and agronomy from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; and Jeremy Love, a junior majoring in agricultural systems management from Fisher, Minn. 

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 at top, right (left to right): Chuck Lariviere, Alex DeBoer, Brian Oachs, Johnathan Sorenson, Alex Prudhomme, Matt Green, ryce Gillie, Ashley Hoffman, Greg Sparby, Kayla Erickson, Travis Duresky, Amanda Crook, Max Johnson,and Jeremy Love.

Middle, left: Chuck Lariviere, Alex DeBoer, Travis Duresky, Kayla Erickson, Matt Green, Bryce Gillie, Johnathan Sorenson, Alex Prudhomme, Ashley, Hoffman, Brian Oachs, Gregory Sparby, Amanda Crook, Jeremy Love, Max Johnson.

Contact: Chuck Lariviere, business instructor, 218-281-8175 (clarivie@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) is hosting its inaugural Entrepreneur and Small 
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Business Exchange on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The exchange will be held in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The event is free and will provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and small business owners to learn from each other and address issues they face.  For more information or to register for this event, contact Rachel Lundbohm, associate director of CRES, at rlundboh@umn.edu or (218) 281-8190.

The Entrepreneur and Small Business Exchange will include speakers, a luncheon, and a roundtable discussion. All are welcome to attend from those thinking about starting a business to those who own an established business. 

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

CRES serves the eleven county region of northwest Minnesota, including Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties, and is located in Dowell Hall 117on the Crookston campus.

For more information, contact Lundbohm or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org.  
 
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: Rachel Lundbohm, associate director, CRES, 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Two Awarded Sather Scholarships for 2013-14 by U of M Crookston

Scholarship recipients were recently named by the University of Minnesota Crookston for the 
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prestigious Sather Scholarship. Recipients of the Sather Scholarship for the 2013-14 academic year are Brooke Holtman (top, right), a sophomore from Fertile, Minn., majoring in marketing and Kurt Prudhomme (bottom, left), a junior from Crookston, Minn., majoring in software engineering.

Students receiving the Russell O. and Inez Sather Memorial Scholarship must be advanced standing students maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average and a high school graduate of Polk, Norman, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Roseau, or Kittson counties. Applicants were required to write an essay describing an experience or person who has had a major impact on their life. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee including Ardell Knudsvig, chair; Adam Maruska; Carl Moland; Judy Neppel; and Lori Wagner.

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Dr. Russell Sather began serving as an internist with the Northwestern Clinic in Crookston in 1937. He was called to active duty during World War II from 1942 until 1946 and returned to Crookston in 1947 where he continued to practice until 1985. The scholarship was established in 1986.

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

The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Assistant Professor Denis Maier, who teaches in the Business Department, was the 2012 Outstanding Educator and hosted this year's recognition.


Award recipients include the following students:

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


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

Ambassador of the Year Award
Bryce Gillie


Outstanding First-Year Biology Award
Ashley Martell


Outstanding Future Educator Award
Dabitna Chung, Amy Van Treeck

Marketing/ Management Academic Achievement Award
Dain Park and Alex Buscher


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

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

Outstanding SRM Student
Kari Bodine

Outstanding Communication Student
Jessica Stuber 

Outstanding Communication Minor
Connie Vandermay 


SOS Service Award
Alexmai Addo, Catilin Kersting

Outstanding SOS Leader
Almir Krdzalik

Peer Connection Service Award
Alexmai Addo and Brooke Novak

Peer Mentor of the Year Award
Catlin Kersting

Regal Spirit Award
Kayla Bellrichard, and Tyler Lowithan

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

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Jenny DuBay 

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

The Wildlife Society Travel Award
Alisha Mosloff 

Outstanding Animal Science
Sara Scott (pre-vet) 

Outstanding Equine Science
Jess Charles (pre-vet)

Outstanding Ag Business Student
Amanda Crook 

Outstanding ASM Student
Leonard Will and Matt Green 

Outstanding Horticulture
Ashlynn Hartung


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

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

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

Support of Diversity Award


Outstanding Theater Student Award
Liz Massie
Tyler Lowithan
Nathan Anderson

Outstanding Music Service Award
Rebecca Apitz 
Miah Smith 

Outstanding Writing Tutor
Rowenna Fillmore

Computer Help Desk
Melissa Freitag 

Student Employee of the Year
Adam Hoff 

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

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

Justin Knebel Memorial Award
Broderick Schmidt

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

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

Student Volunteer of the Year Award
John Niemczyk with Lisa Loegering

Student Programmer of the Year
Ashley Hoffman

Outstanding CSA Senator
Alexmai Addo 

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate Award
Megan Luxford

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Ron Del Vecchio 

Most Supportive of Students
Phil Baird 

Outstanding Service to Students
Lisa Samuelson 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The University of Minnesota Crookston was named to the 2013 President's Higher Education 
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Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The Crookston campus was one of 690 institutions of higher education to receive this honor. The 2013 Honor Roll recipients were announced at the American Council on Education's 95th Annual Meeting Leading Change on March 4, 2013, in Washington, D.C. 

According to the definition of community service defined for recognition on the honor roll, the U of M Crookston engaged in 39,481 services hours. Community service includes activities designed to improve the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly those deemed low-income, and includes both direct service to citizens and indirect service.

Applications for the recognition are evaluated on the university's three exemplary projects based on the scope of the project, evidence of project effectiveness, and impact on the community.  For each project, Lisa Loegering, assistant director of community engagement, is required to provide the number of students and staff who participated in the project, the total number of service hours, the number of individuals served, and the effectiveness of the project.

Background
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact. 

More information about the U of M Crookston's community service efforts can be found at www1.crk.umn.edu/services/ce. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.  

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

The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society team took top honors in the wildlife quiz bowl 
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competition at the Midwest Student Conclave in Twin Lakes, Mich.  This is the first time University of Minnesota Crookston students attended the conclave and competed in the quiz bowl.    Members of the team were natural resources majors Senior Jennifer DuBay, Apple Valley, Minn.; Junior Michael McMahon, St. Paul, Minn.; Sophomore Alisha Mosloff, Thief River Falls, Minn.; and Senior Matt Toenies, Randall, Minn.

"We totally rocked!" said senior wildlife management student  Jennifer DuBay.  "It was great fun.  This was without a doubt a great victory for us and a great example of the education a student can receive in the Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston."

"I heard someone in the crowd say 'Is that kid a genius?'"aid Jim Schneider, advisor to the host chapter at Michigan State University.

"This is an incredible achievement," said John Loegering, U of M Crookston professor and student chapter advisor.  "To compete so well against the powerhouse programs of the Midwest at the team's first appearance at this level is a real testament to the commitment and dedication of these students to their studies, their academic performance, and their profession.  I am very proud of their performance." 

The student chapter won the state competition last February and will compete in the national competition next fall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The quiz bowl is a one-on-one competition between teams and features questions on  wildlife biology, taxonomy, ecology, biogeography, biodiversity, population ecology, management techniques, conservation policies, and other topics relevant to wildlife management majors. Other wildlife programs competing included Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, Lake Superior State University, Iowa State, Purdue University, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Central Missouri, Southern Illinois University, and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  

Conclaves are hosted by student chapters and offer professional training on a variety of topics.  This year students gained experience in several techniques including amphibian sampling, mist netting birds, capturing and handling small mammals, capturing fish with electrofishing gear, and locating animals with radio-telemetry.  There also was a resume workshop and networking events.  The conclave was at Camp Pinewood, a 200-acre YMCA camp near Twin Lakes, Michigan.  

The U of M Crookston Chapter has 25 members and is part of the over 10,000 members of The Wildlife Society, which represents and serves the professional community of scientists, managers, educators, technicians, planners, and others who work actively to study, manage, and conserve wildlife and habitats worldwide.

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, left to right, are Jenny DuBay, Matt Toenies, Alisha Mosloff, Michael McMahon. 


Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Jon Foley, Ph.D., director of the Institute on the Environment (IonE) at the University of the Minnesota, will speak at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 7 p.m. His presentation "Can we feed the world without destroying it?" will take place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The event is free and the public is invited. 

Foley holds a McKnight Presidential Chair in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and his work focuses on the behavior of complex global environmental systems and their interactions with human societies. In particular, Foley's research group uses state-of-the-art computer models and satellite measurements to analyze changes in land use, ecosystems, climate and freshwater resources across regional and global scales. 

He joined the University of Minnesota in 2008, after spending 15 years on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin. He has won numerous awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation's Faculty Early Career Development Award, the Samuel C. Johnson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship, the J.S. McDonnell Foundation's 21st Century Science Award, and the Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America. In 1997, President Bill Clinton awarded him the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He has also been named an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow.

The visit by Foley is part of a series of events taking place in recognition of Earth Week and as a keynote in a Sustainability Summit taking place on April 30 and May 1. For more information about the Sustainability Summit and all related activities, visit www.umcrookston.edu/today. 

To learn more about the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, visit www.environment.umn.edu. 

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Listening is a big part of learning. For Rachel McCoppin, Ph.D., associate professor in the 
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Liberal Arts and Education Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston, listening plays just as significant a role in teaching. McCoppin was recognized recently for her teaching when she was named a recipient of the prestigious Horace T. Morse U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.  

McCoppin has been teaching in the area of literature and humanities at the U of M Crookston since 2003. She will be recognized, along with six others, at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Mc Namara Alumni Center in Minneapolis.  The annual award recognition honors the University's best teaching professors for their contributions to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. The ceremony includes comments from recipients, presentations of the awards, and a reception. 

"The student voice is as important as any voice in my classroom," McCoppin says. "It is through listening that I grow as an instructor and I witness students in my classes develop." As a college student, McCoppin found she enjoyed classes most where students and the instructor interacted as equals in a discussion. While these kinds of classes are harder to prepare for, McCoppin feels they challenge her as well as build her confidence as an instructor. 

Diversity in the classroom is a deeply held value for McCoppin, and she sees teaching as transformative. She welcomes discussions in her classroom that include more than just western ideas, but rather, uses the topics as a path to uncover ideas and perspectives in ancient literature and incorporate them into the study. "It requires intense critical thinking and a search for evidence for my students and me," McCoppin says. "But, it has proven to be a way for me to bring the whole world to the study of humanities." 

McCoppin was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure in August 2009. She earned her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., her master or arts from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., and her bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan, Flint, in English. Her research interests include mythology, world literature, and the pedagogy of literature and ethics. 

In 2010, students recognized her with the Outstanding Educator Award, and in 2005, McCoppin received the Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award. She was also presented by students with the award for Most Creative Use of Technology in 2006.

Background
Along with McCoppin, other recipients of the Morse-Alumni award include Jennifer Deane, Social Sciences from the U of M Morris; Christopher Dovolis, College of Science and Engineering; Carrie Earthman, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; Karen LaBat, College of Design; Susan Staats, College of Education and Human Development; and Susan Wick, College of Biological Sciences, all from the U of M, Twin Cities. 

Recipients of the award are chosen by student and faculty members of the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, previous award recipients, and a representative of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. T he Distinguished Teaching Awards are sponsored by the Senate Committee on Educational Policy, the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and the University of Minnesota Alumni Association.

Since 1965, the University has recognized exceptional undergraduate faculty for their contributions to student learning through classroom teaching, research, and creative activities; advising; academic program development; and educational leadership. The award is named for the late Horace T. Morse, who served as the first dean of the University's General College from 1946-66 and who was a national leader in the field of undergraduate education. For more information, visit www.minnesotaalumni.org/DTA. 

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: Rachel McCoppin, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education Dept., 218-281-8273 (mccoppin@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

University-Community Forum in Warren, Minn., on Saturday, April 27, 2013

The annual Community Connect Forum, coordinated by the University of North Dakota Center for Community Engagement, will be hosted this year by Warren, Minn. on Saturday, April 27.  Community members, faculty, and students from around the region will gather for this year's theme of "Sustainable Communities".  

Registration for the forum is free, and can be found at http://communityengagement.und.edu.  The website also includes a schedule for the day of the forum. Dan Svedarsky, director of the U of M, Crookston Center for Sustainability, and Chris May, NW Clean Energy Resource Team coordinator, are panelists.  Deb Zak, Extnsion Regional Director, and Linda Kingery, executive director of the NW RSDP, will facilitate an afternoon session, as will Ben Anderson, Extension Regional director in the Moorhead office. 

The forum will focus on civic, economic, and environmental sustainability, addressing topics such as smart government, new business ownership models, and changes in agriculture and energy.  As hosts of the forum, Warren will have the opportunity to showcase its own town story and their efforts toward creating more sustainable practices in their community such as becoming a GreenStep City.  Warren will also highlight their unique assets with their downtown businesses and nearby Audubon wildlife preserve.  Participants will have the opportunity to network and view exhibits of different regional projects, agencies, and resources.  

The forum will be held in the Warren-Alvarado-Oslo School.  There will be free transportation available for UND participants on the day of the forum to travel to Warren; the bus will leave Memorial Union at 8 AM.  Warren is about 30 miles northeast of Grand Forks.  

About the Center:  The UND Center for Community Engagement links academic resources with community needs by connecting students and faculty to teaching and research projects off campus.  It was created by an act of the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education in 2004.  The Center serves as a catalyst for faculty and students to learn from and with nonprofit organizations, rural communities, tribal communities, and other public partners through local and regional initiatives.  

About Community Connect:  The Community Connect project provides opportunities for rural communities to work together with UND faculty and students on the challenges and opportunities in our region.  There are three components to the Community Connect project - a community-university forum, a print journal, and a website with an online academic journal.  

About our sponsors:  The Community Connect project is supported in part by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation and sponsorships from the United Valley Bank, the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, the Farmers Union Insurance, and private donations. 

Contact: Lana Rakow; lana.rakow@und.edu; 701-777-2287

Ceremonies for the inauguration of Fred E. Wood, Ph.D., as the fifth chancellor for the 
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University of Minnesota Crookston are scheduled for Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Kiehle Auditorium. The ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. and a reception will follow at 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge in the Sargeant Student Center. All faculty, staff, students, alumni, along with the public are invited to attend the inauguration and reception as guests of the campus in celebration of this historic event.

At 10 a.m. that morning, everyone is invited to attend the dedication of Heritage Hall, the newest residence hall on campus. Heritage Hall is located west of Centennial Hall and provides students with a new style of suite living. Designed primarily for freshman and sophomores, the two bedroom suites, with study room and private bathroom will provide a spacious living environment for four students. The 43,043 square foot, two-story building can house up to145 students in 35 two-bedroom suites furnished with a study room and bathroom facilities--approximately 700 square feet per suite. 

Special guests on campus for the dedication and inauguration will include University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler, Karen Kaler, and several members of the Board of Regents. 

An online guest book is available along with inauguration details at www1.crk.umn.edu/events/inauguration. 

Background
Wood comes to the University of Minnesota after a 26-year career at the University of California, Davis, a public, land-grant, research university within the University of California system. There, he served as vice chancellor of student affairs from 2007 to 2012, in addition to holding other leadership positions such as interim vice provost for undergraduate studies and associate dean of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science in addition to concurrently serving as a tenured chemistry faculty member there. He began his work as chancellor for the Crookston campus on July 2, 2012.

A first-generation college student, Chancellor Wood earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1980 and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1984, both from UC Davis. As chancellor, Wood will be the chief academic and executive officer for the Crookston campus, responsible for leveraging its unique strengths in undergraduate education, applied research and public engagement within the broader mission of the University of Minnesota. 

He has early ties to Minnesota and the Red River Valley. His mother was born in Crookston, and her family farmed in St. Vincent, Minn. during her youth, so although he grew up in California, he says he felt connected to Crookston and Minnesota right from the start. His wife, Mary, joins his excitement and enthusiasm for the Crookston campus and shares his connection to the campus, community, and region. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

U of M Crookston NACTA Team Wins Sweepstakes at 2013 Judging Conference

Students from the University of Minnesota Crookston headed for Texas ready for completion 
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at the annual National Association of Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference in early April and their preparation paid off. The NACTA Team won sweepstakes in the four-year college division and that win included a number of first place finishes.

Twenty-nine students went to the competition held this year at Texas Tech, Lubbock, Texas, ready to compete in eleven contests in ag business, ag communication, ag computers, crops, dairy judging, horse judging, meat judging, knowledge bowl, livestock judging, livestock management, and soils.  

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First place finishes included the following teams:

Ag Business Team, coached by Margot Rudstrom and Chuck Lariviere, included Katie Hagen, junior, ag business major from Epping, N.D., Kayla Erickson, senior, ag education and ag business double major from Scandia, Minn.; Matt Green, senior, agronomy, ag business, and ag systems management triple major from Greenbush, Minn.; and Dustin Smith, who took second place individual honors is a senior, ag business and agronomy double major from Browerville, Minn.;

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Ag Computers Team, coached by Christo Robberts, Amanda Crook, senior, agronomy and ag business major from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, took first-place individual; Brian Oachs, junior, ag business and agronomy double major from Herman, Minn.; Cedric Citrowske, second-place individual, freshman, ag systems management major from Canby, Minn.; and Drew Underdahl, senior, ag business major from Zumbro Falls, Minn.

Meat Judging Team, coached by Jeremy Breiland, 
Derek Suhonen, sophomore, ag systems management and animal science double major from Wright, Minn.; Justin Goodroad, first-place individual, a sophomore, animal science and ag education double major from Lindstrom, Minn.; Dustin Wiese, second-place individual, a senior, animal science major from Pequot Lakes, Minn.; and Katie Hagen, junior, ag business major from Epping, N.D.

Teams in livestock management and dairy judging finished in second-place; teams in ag 
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communication and knowledge bowl finished in third; and the team in crops judging finished in fourth place.
 
Members of the NACTA Team include Missy Geiszler, junior, agronomy major from Mayer, Minn.; Haley Weleski, junior, communication major from Lancaster, Minn.; Katie Hagen, junior, ag business major from Epping, N.D.; Dustin Smith, senior, ag business and agronomy double major from Browerville, Minn.; Rebekah Landmark, freshman, animal science major from Montevideo, Minn.; Matt Green, senior, agronomy, ag business, and ag systems management triple major from Greenbush, Minn.; Sarah Morris, senior, animal science major from Ramsey, Minn.; Kayla Erickson, senior, ag education and ag business double major from Scandia, Minn.; Rochelle Herzog, sophomore, animal science major from Randall, Minn.; Marilyn Lewis, freshman, animal science and ag systems management double major from Bemidji, Minn.; Amanda Guimont, freshman, ag business major from Anoka, Minn.; Rachel Grant, freshman, animal science major from Westminster, Md.; Brian Oachs, junior, ag business and agronomy double major from Herman, Minn.; Austin Moffett, senior, agronomy major from Manvel, N.D.; Cedric Citrowske, freshman, ag systems management major from Canby, Minn.; Travis Lund, senior, agronomy major from Brandon, Minn.; Lucas Kelley, senior, agronomy major from Minto, N.D.; Krista Dale, senior, equine science major from Sartell, Minn.; Amberly Pesall, freshman, ag business and equine science double major from New Brighton, Minn.; Justin Goodroad, sophomore, animal science and ag education double major from Lindstrom, Minn.; Nathan Renard, senior, agronomy major from Page, N.D.; Lindsey Homelvig, senior, agronomy major from Devils Lake, N.D.; Ben Wuebkers, senior, animal science major from Freeport, Minn.; Brandon Reierson, junior, agronomy major from Climax, Minn.; Amanda Crook, senior, agronomy and ag business major from Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; Bryce Gillie, senior, agronomy major from Hallock, Minn.; Drew Underdahl, senior, ag business major from Zumbro Falls, Minn.; Derek Suhonen, sophomore, ag systems management and animal science double major from Wright, Minn.; and Dustin Wiese, senior, animal science major from Pequot Lakes, Minn.

Students began preparing for the contests in November, and they are allowed to compete only one time per contest with the exception of soils which allows a student to compete twice. The contests are hands-on and the judging contests, like those in crops, dairy, and livestock, require the student to both rank and provide reasons for their decisions. The NACTA Team raises its own funding in order to participate in the competition.
 
As part of the trip to the judging conference, students take advantage of learning opportunities afforded by the location. This year students visited Bayer FiberMax, a cotton and genetics research facility; a custom feedlot operation; the National Ranching Heritage Center; and a tour of a local vineyard and winery.
 

Background

Included in some of the competition were teams from Kansas State University, Cal Poly, Iowa State University, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Texas A&M, Oregon State University, Purdue University, and many others.  The last time the NACTA Team from the U of M Crookston took sweepstakes was in 2010. The next NACTA Judging Conference will take place in Maryville, Missouri, in spring 2014.

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

Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 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 photos:

At top, right, NACTA Team, left to right starting at the bottom: Missy Geiszler, Haley Weleski, Katie Hagen, Dustin Smith, Brenda Miller, Terrill Bradford, Rebekah Landmark, Matt Green, Sarah Morris, Kayla Erickson, Rochelle Herzog, Marilyn Lewis, Amanda Guimont, Margot Rudstrom, Rachel Grant, Brian Oachs, Austin Moffett, Cedric Citrowske, Travis Lund, Lucas Kelley, Krista Dale, Amberly Pesall, Justin Goodroad, Nathan Renard, Lindsey Homelvig, Ben Wuebkers, Brandon Reierson, Amanda Crook, Bryce Gillie, Drew Underdahl, Derek Suhonen, Dustin Wiese, and Kristie Walker.

Top, left, Ag Business Team, bottom to top - Katie Hagen, Matt Green, Kayla Erickson,and  Dustin Smith

Middle, left, Ag Computers Team, front row - Drew Underdahl, Amanda Crook. Back row, Cedric Citrowske, and Brian Oachs.

Bottom, right, Meat Judging Team, bottom to Top - Katie Hagen, Dustin Wiese, Derek Suhonen, and Justin Goodroad.

Contact: Terrill Bradford, instructor, animal science, 218-281-8108 (tbradfor@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The annual University of Minnesota Crookston Teambackers Fun Nite promises to be the biggest one yet in the event's 18-year history. It all takes place on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Crookston Eagles Club, and all proceeds are used to support athletic scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Tickets are $40 per person through Friday, April 5. Following that date, tickets will increase to $50 per person. To purchase tickets, contact Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising at 218-281-8436. 

The evening begins with a social at 5:30 p.m. featuring hors d'oeuvres along with two drink tickets per person. Following the social at 7 p.m. are games, drawings for prizes, raffles, and both live and silent auctions with the final drawing for $1,000 taking place at 10:30 p.m. A framed Minnesota Wild jersey autographed by Zach Parise and donated by Invest Forward in Crookston will be one of the timed auction items. Dancing with Tommy Helgeson will follow the games. 

To see learn more about Fun Nite activities, visit www.goldeneaglesports.com/funnite

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: Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

All proceeds to benefit the Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund

Alpha Lambda Delta at the University of Minnesota Crookston is hosting the third annual Pi 

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Run on Saturday, April 20, 2013. The run will include a new route along with a new distance for runners. A 10K has been added to the traditional children's Fun Run and the Pi Run, a race of 5 km (3.1 miles), a distance roughly equal to Pi. Registration is $20 for adults and $5 for students.  For a registration form, visit www.theirrationalrace.com or call 218-281-8432 with questions. All runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.

The schedule for the morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration in the Carnegie building at Ash Street and 2nd Avenue in Crookston followed by the Fun Run at 9:30 and the Pi Run and 10K at 10 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three overall female and male finishers. All children participating in the Fun Run will receive a finisher's medal. Early registration guarantees 5K and 10K runners a shirt. 

The race route will follow a similar one to the 2012 Ox Cart Run hosted by the Crookston Running Club starting and ending at the Carnegie building. 

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Polk County Historical Society Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund.  The goal of the Polk County Historical Society's library renovation is to possibly turn the Carnegie building into an arts and cultural center for the community and region. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1984 and the Lake Agassiz Regional Library of Crookston, built that same year, stands adjacent to it. 

Major sponsors for the Pi Run include Herc-u-lift Inc. and HB Sound & Light. Anyone interested in contributing to the project should contact Brian Dingmann at 218-281-8249. 

Background

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is an honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

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: Chancellor Fred Wood hands in his registration forms for the 3rd Annual Pi Run to Alpha Lambda Delta President Alexandra Skeeter. 


Contact: Brian Dingmann, assistant professor, Math, Science and Technology Dept. 218-281-8249 dingm021@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

The Crookston Student Association at the University of Minnesota Crookston will host the first-ever Crookston Community Ball on Saturday, April 13, 2013, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The evening which begins at 7 p.m. with appetizers will be followed by a dinner at 8 p.m.and a dance with music from the 60s and 70s. A cash bar will also be available. Formal attire is preferred and tickets are $25 per person/$50 per couple. All proceeds will support student scholarships at the U of M Crookston.  Tickets are limited and may be purchased by contacting Chris at 218-281-8144. 

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: Christo Robberts, advisor, Crookston Student Association, 218-281-8144 (crobbert@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)

Non-profit agencies, local businesses, and faculty are invited to attend a Community Dialogue to be held on Tuesday, March 26, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The community dialogue, to be held in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, will focus on internships, service learning opportunities, and potential collaborations. The Community Dialogue is free, lunch will be provided, and participants should RSVP by contacting Lisa Loegering, assistant director of community engagement at 218-281-8526 (loege005@umn.edu). 

Representatives of non-profit agencies, business owners or managers, and faculty are encouraged to attend and engage in discussions on community needs and collaborative opportunities available through service-learning and internships. The purpose of the dialogue is to identify community needs and university resources. The event is hosted by the Office of Community Engagement and the Liberal Arts and Education Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

"There are many collaborative opportunities through both academic service-learning and internships," says Loegering. "Service-learning is done in all four of our departments, and every UMC student is required to do an internship. These experiences give students a unique opportunity and local businesses and non-profits a chance to co-educate and perhaps a first chance at hiring a new graduate." 

Background
The U of M, Crookston has a history of community engagement that began long before the office by that name was established.  Faculty realized early on that many of the courses taught on the Crookston campus were best taught beyond the doors of the classrooms. In 1996, the Office of Service-Learning was established and housed under student activities. In addition to coordinating the service-learning program, this office also coordinated community service projects and America Reads. In 2011, the name was changed to the Office of Community Engagement to better describe the goals and more accurately define the activities. They work directly with local agencies, organizations, and individuals to address community needs.

The mission of the Office of Community Engagement is to serve as a resource for faculty for the integration of service-learning, support students in their development as engaged citizens and scholars, and foster mutually beneficial campus-community partnerships to address community needs.

Service Learning is about service, but students are served as much as the community. Students who take part in service-learning projects learn about themselves, their peers, their community and their potential career choice, all in a real-world situation involving real people and real-life situations.

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Choir, under the direction of Associate Professor 
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George French, will perform on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at 4 p.m. The pops concert, to be held in Kiehle Auditorium, will be followed by a spaghetti dinner. Tickets for the event are $10 prior to the concert, $12 at the door, for adults and $5 for children. Children's tickets will be available at the door only. 

Tickets can be purchased by contacting a member of the choir, by e-mail at molte013@umn.edu, or by calling the choir office at 218-281-8266.

The dinner includes spaghetti, salad, refreshments, and dessert. Proceeds from the concert and dinner will go to support travel expenses for the choir as they prepare for trips to New York and Canada. Donations will also be accepted and checks can be made out to the UMC Choir. 

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: The choir performs during homecoming in fall 2012 at the Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame recognition. 

Contact: George French, associate professor, Music and Theater, 218-218-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Concert Choir will be performing in Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. The performance, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will include the joint performance of a piece by the MSUM choir and the U of M, Crookston choir. The concert is free and the public is invited. 

David Mahraun, D.M.A., directs the choir. It is one of four choirs at MSUM. They are accompanied by Olga Donner and are on a four-city tour (Hutchinson, St. Paul, Bemidji, Crookston). The centerpiece of concert is a nine-movement cantata on texts by Walt Whitman--Celebrations by 20th-century American Vincent Persichetti. Other pieces (both sacred and secular from the Middle Ages to 20th C.) are intermingled with those nine movements. To learn more, visit http://web.mnstate.edu/mahraun/concert_choir.html. 

The choir at the U of M, Crookston is directed by Associate Professor George French. 

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: George French, associate professor, Music and Theater, 218-218-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Panel discussion and special presentation by history of science expert Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Ph.D.: "Uncovering the Past, Charting the Future: The Rise of Women in Science."


The University of Minnesota Crookston Women's Consortium will host a presentation by 

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nationally recognized history of science expert Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, Ph.D. (at right), on the topic of "Uncovering the Past, Charting the Future: The Rise of Women in Science." The presentation, along with a panel discussion, will take place on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 7 p.m. in the Eagles Nest, Sahlstrom Conference Center. The event is free and open to the public and teachers and educators are especially invited to attend. Refreshments will follow and there will be an opportunity for networking, and Kohlstedt's book, The History of Women in the Sciences will be available for sale.

 

The panel will include regional women currently working in diverse math and science fields. They will share their personal stories of challenge and achievement. Panel participants include Candiss O. Williams, Ph.D., research social scientist at USDA-NRCS National Soil Survey Laboratory, Lincoln, Neb.; Susan Bornsen, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics at North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D.; Rebekah Aakre, a registered nurse residing in East Grand Forks, Minn.; and Gloria Ayuck, a nurse practitioner at Altru Clinic in Roseau, Minn. 


Also participating in the panel discussion are several U of M, Crookston faculty including, Katy Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental sciences and biology, Pamela Elf, Ph.D., associate professor in biology and health sciences, and Vanessa Lane, Ph.D., lecturer in fisheries and wildlife management. 


Kohlstedt is an earth science professor and a professor of the history of science and technology within the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering. At the national level, she has been president of her professional association, the History of Science Society, and served for five years on the board of directors of the largest scientific society in the country, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her book, Teaching Children Science: Hands-On Nature Study, 1890-1930, demonstrates that it was innovative women teachers who introduced science into the public schools in the early twentieth century. 


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The theme for National Women's History Month 2013 is "Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics." 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. 


This program is sponsored by UMC concerts and lectures, Northwest Minnesota Women's Fund, UMC Office of Academic Affairs, UMC Ag and Natural Resources Department, UMC Office for Students with Disabilities, UMC Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs. 


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, assistant education specialist, 218-281-8587, (lwilson2@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446, (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Accounting Society and Ken Bulie, lecturer in 
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accounting, have worked to establish a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) site on the UMC campus. The VITA/TCE site will operate from Friday, March 1, through Monday, April 15, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in 110M Sahlstrom Conference Center. For more information, contact Ken Bulie at 218-281-8194 orbulie001@umn.edu. 

Through the VITA Program, IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation and tax help to people who make $51,000 or less and who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The TCE Program offers free tax help for all with priority assistance to people who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement issues unique to seniors.

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An official from the Internal Revenue Service was on campus Wednesday, February 27, to provide training to students who will offer volunteer income tax preparation services for individuals within the community.

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, left to right, are Freshman Mawaye Appleton; Ken Bulie, instructor, accounting; Maria Jetty, IRS relationship manager; and Senior Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee.

Contact: Ken Bulie, instructor, accounting, 218-281-8194, (bulie001@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

This event has been CANCELLED due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Minor league baseball executive Tyler Tumminia will be speaking at the University of 
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Minnesota, Crookston on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 2 p.m. in Youngquist Auditorium, Northwest Research and Outreach Center. Tumminia is senior vice president with the Goldklang Group, a minor league baseball ownership consortium that currently owns/manages five ball clubs in various markets throughout the U.S. She oversees operations of the Group's five teams, as well as their marketing and broad scale sponsorship, baseball operations, and communication efforts. Her visit is sponsored by Concerts and Lectures at the U of M, Crookston. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

Tumminia developed the award winning marketing philosophy, "Be Your Own Fan," and her development of the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame has received tremendous recognition throughout the industry, and has been hailed as a game-changer in how scouts are perceived at the local levels. She is co-owner of the Pittsfield Suns, a collegiate summer baseball team located in Pittsfield, Mass.

Lacole McPherson, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Business Department is pleased to bring someone of Tumminia's caliber to campus. "The opportunity to hear Tyler Tumminia will be a highlight for our sport and recreation management students, but it is also a great chance for the campus and community to learn from her," McPherson says. "We are fortunate to have someone with her talent, influence, and leadership abilities coming to our campus to share."

This past September, Tumminia was the first female executive to partake in the MLB Scout School in Phoenix, Ariz. She developed the Group's marketing philosophy, Be Your Own Fan, in response to current market trends and industry analysis. In addition she is responsible for the largest group-wide partnership with a major brand and the largest singular themed promotional event.

She is a recipient of the Roland Hemond, MASA and Marcom awards for excellence in her field, and in 2011 was named Executive of the Year by NYU's Sports Management program. Beginning in September 2013, she is an adjunct professor in the sport business management program at Manhattanville College, a four-year liberal arts college and graduate school in Purchase, New York.

For more information about the sport and recreation management program at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics.

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: Lacole McPherson, assistant professor, Business Dept., 218-281-8267 (llhook@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is launching a project in Fosston, Minn., to design a natural play space somewhere along the Fosston Inspiration Trail (FIT). Eric Castle, assistant professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, teaches landscape design and construction courses on the Crookston campus.  Castle and Mitch Sledge, a junior majoring in horticulture from St. Louis Park, Minn., will be assisting Fosston in this project.  A design workshop to engage the community is scheduled for March 5 in Fosston starting with supper at 6 pm.  All are welcome.  Contact Chuck Lucken at City Hall for details at 218-435-1959. 

Funding for the design project comes from the U of M's Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP) and Polk County Public Health's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).  

Polk County Public Health is focusing on active living through its Statewide Health Improvement Plan work, and natural play spaces are an excellent way for families to be active together.  

A natural play space is a playground that uses things found in nature - the kind of things that children used to find on their own.  Getting help with the design of the space will ensure that it is not only fun, but also safe, and aesthetically pleasing.  The design portion of the project will be completed by May 1 in time for the community to move from design to action during the summer of 2013.  This coincides with progress on the FIT trail.  

"Fosston aspires to be one of the best communities in the state of Minnesota to live and do business.  That's why the Fosston Economic Development Authority (FEDA) went after the natural play space grants," said Mark Finstad, FEDA board chair.  Fosston City Administrator Chuck Lucken agrees, saying "Fosston has a long tradition of finding ways to improve the community.  This project will provide a safe natural play space for children and their families and friends of all ages."  

The Fosston Athenian Club, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, voted at their December meeting to take the lead for engaging the community in the process of designing the natural play space.  Club president Sue Balstad said, "This project is a perfect match with our Club Collect to be large in thought, word, and deed.  We look forward to convening a meeting to engage the Fosston community in this important project."  

The Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) serves the people in northwestern Minnesota as they experiment with innovative ideas, build and strengthen relationships and take practical steps into a hopeful future.  For more details see http://rsdp.umn.edu/northwest. 

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

The International Dinner featuring Egypt scheduled for Monday, March 4, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 5 due to the winter weather. 

Travel the world and never leave campus during the popular International Dinner Series at the 
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University of Minnesota, Crookston. Dinners in the 2013 series feature Egypt, Canada, and Africa and are scheduled for March 4, 11, 25, and April 3. All dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets for the dinner series are available by contacting Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu). Adult 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. 

"The Power of Egypt" is the focus of the first dinner in the series on Monday, March 4. The following Monday, March 11, will highlight the "Canadian Difference," and the organization Change Africa will be in the spotlight on Monday evening, March 25. 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 on Wednesday, April 4. The final event is a dinner hosted by the International 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 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: During the International Dinner Series in 2012, the country of Nepal was one of the featured countries.  

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

Associate Professor John Loegering and Senior Jenny DuBay, Apple Valley, Minn., were recently recognized at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of the Wildlife Society (TWS). Loegering, was honored with the Service to Chapter Award and DuBay with the Bob Fedeler Memorial Award. 

The Service to Chapter Award is presented for exceptional service and commitment to the 
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Minnesota chapter (that is a quote from the bylaws). Loegering was recognized for his long-term leadership on the executive board, his commitment as webmaster for the chapter since 2000, and his continuing work with digital communication with the membership. Loegering was president of the Minnesota Chapter in 2009. 

The Bob Fedeler Memorial Award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student who have a 3.0 or better grade point average, a strong interest in a career in wildlife biology, is active in extracurricular activities, has a strong sense of public service and has demonstrated good communication skills. DuBay will graduate in December 2013 with a degree in natural resources with an emphasis on wildlife management. 

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"Jenny consistently has been one of the most active students in our Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society and Natural Resources Club," says Loegering. "She is involved in or leading most of the activities in both clubs. Her enthusiasm and willingness to serve naturally draws other students into action instead of sitting on the sidelines! Jenny clearly excels in all of the criteria for the Fedeler award."

The Minnesota Chapter of TWS annual meeting meeting held, February 5-7, 2013, in Walker, Minn., focused on its theme "Ensuring Ecological Services from our Changing Landscapes

Background
Fedeler was a popular and longtime biology and natural resources instructor at Staples Technical College and in the Natural Resources Department at Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minn. He served as chapter president in 1997 and membership chair in 1998. He died of cancer in March 1999 after teaching for nearly two decades. 

The Award consists of two full memberships (one undergraduate student, one graduate student) in The Wildlife Society including all publications. The Fedeler Awards helps beginning wildlife professionals get started with membership in TWS providing them with high quality peer reviewed research, issues and discussions through the Society's various publications and access to TWS's regional and local networks of professional wildlife managers, researchers, conservation practitioners, policy makers, academics, other students and  opportunities to participate or attend conferences and meetings. For more information, visit http://www.mntws.org/mn/awards.html.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, right, Associate Professor John Loegering (right) receives the Service to Chapter Award at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society. The award was presented by Minnesota Chapter of TWS President Wayne Brininger (left), Detroit Lakes.

In the photo, left, Jenny DuBay (left) is presented with the Fedeler Award by John Loegering. 

Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8132 (jlogeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Tastefully Simple Founder and CEO Jill Blashack Strahan will speak at the University of 
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Minnesota, Crookston on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, as part of an entrepreneurship speakers' series sponsored by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES). Her presentation entitled Small Beginnings--Big Dreams will take place at noon in the Kiehle Auditorium. The event is free and the public is welcome.

 Following the presentation, Blashack Strahan will be available to sign her book, Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred the Fire.  In the book, she shares her inspirational journey with Tastefully Simple. The books will be available for purchase that day. 

As a top female entrepreneur and author, Blashack Strahan is an inspiration to entrepreneurs and women across the nation. She was born and raised in Villard, Minn., and grew up on her family's farm, where she was deeply influenced by her father's entrepreneurial spirit. She managed and owned Jill's Grill in Villard and eventually started a retail gift basket shop. Then her future took a revolutionary turn. Prior to selling her business in 1994, Jill participated in a Holiday Crafters Tour to promote her gift baskets. She provided samples of the easy-to-prepare foods and experienced remarkable sales. Jill realized the power of taste-testing and the idea of Tastefully Simple was born.

Tastefully Simple is an award-winning $100 million company with more than 300 employees and some 21,000 independent consultants. Blashack Strahan is recognized as an exceptional CEO, having won numerous awards for her achievements and unique philosophies of positivity and abundance. 

Background
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 mission of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting.  The CRES engages 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 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: Rachel Lundbohm, associate director, CRES, 218-281-8190 rlunboh@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Agricultural education students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston have been proving
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how extraordinary they are this past year. This fall, eleven agricultural education juniors and seniors traveled to various schools in Minnesota and North Dakota to complete their clinical teaching experience. These students had to observe and teach for 30 hours, not including travel time, and fulfill all other course, volunteer, and extracurricular requirements. 

This spring, ten students will be traveling even farther into Minnesota and North Dakota to teach agricultural classes to a wide range of students in grades 5 through 12 for three months. As student teachers, they will take on the responsibility of teaching today's youth about agriculture and natural resources. The teaching internship is a part of the licensure requirements. Teacher interns must pass the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations (MTLE) and gain CPR and First Aid Certification. 
 
Agricultural education students at the U of M, Crookston include the following:

Nathan Anderson, a sophomore from Appleton, Minn., will be transferring to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to complete his degree. His future plans are to teach somewhere in Minnesota. 

Jenna Cardinal, a senior from Mentor, Minn., spent the fall in Hawley, Minn., with Mr. Dave Swanson. This spring Jenna will be teaching with Mr. Stephen Funk in Mahnomen, Minn. Her future plans involve teaching in Northwestern Minnesota. She will be graduating in May 2013.  

Thomas Chute, a senior from from Aitkin, Minn., was at Norman County West in Halstad, Minn., with Mrs. Rita Olson in the fall. This spring Thomas will be teaching with Mr. Wes Anderson at Lac Qui Parle Valley High School. His future plans involve working in the agriculture sphere in rural Minnesota, either as a teacher or in the agriculture industry. Thomas also plans on having a small livestock farm. He will be graduating summer 2013.  

Kayla Erickson, a senior from Scandia, Minn., spent the fall in Lakota, N.D., with Mr. Levi Reese. Her future plans involve agricultural business, especially agriculture lending or grain merchandising.  Kayla will be graduating in May 2014.  

Maria Funk, a senior from Sebeka, Minn., was in Hawley, Minn., with Mr. Dave Swanson in the fall. This spring Maria will be teaching in Blackduck, Minn., with Mr. Mark Friesen. Her future plans involve teaching somewhere in Minnesota or North Dakota.  Maria will be graduating in May 2013. 

Justin Goodroad, a sophomore from Lindstrom, Minn., will be transferring to University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to finish his degree in agricultural education with animal science and horticulture minors. 

Jonathan Hruby, a senior from Thief River Falls, Minn., was in Ada, Minn., with Mr. Nathan Purrington in the fall. This spring semester, Jonathan will be teaching with Mr. Shawn Linder in Grand Rapids, Minn. His future plans involve moving to Idaho with his wife and beginning a career as an Agricultural Education instructor. Jonathan will be graduating in May 2013.  

Amy Lee, a junior from Mercer, N.D., spent the fall in Lakota, N.D., with Mr. Levi Reese. This spring Amy will be teaching with Mr. Glen Huettl in Garrison, N.D. Her future plans involve teaching in rural North Dakota, coaching volleyball, and assisting on the family ranch. Amy will be graduating in May 2014. 

Whitney Lian, a senior from Thief River Falls, Minn., was in both Detroit Lakes, Minn., with Mrs. Trescha Mitchell and Norman County East with Mrs. Bridget Sather in the fall. This spring Whitney will be teaching with Mrs. Rita Olson at Norman County West in Halstad, Minn., and Climax, Minn. Her future plans involve teaching agriculture in a rural community and advising their FFA Chapter. Whitney will be graduating in May 2013. 

Allison Noll, a senior from Mahnomen, Minn., was in both Detroit Lakes High School with Mrs. Trescha Mitchell and Detroit Lakes Farm Business Management with Mr. Mark Berg in the fall. This spring Allison will be teaching with Mrs. Katie Shaw at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls, Minn., and Farm Business Management with Mr. Ron Dvergsten at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Her future plans involve working in Farm Business Management and helping run the family farm in Mahnomen, Minn.  Allison will be graduating in May 2013. 

Kasey Okke, a senior from Hawley, Minn., spent the fall in Frazee, Minn., with Mr. Ken Hammer. This spring Kasey will be teaching with Mr. Richard Vannett in Rugby, N.D. His future plans involve teaching agriculture and advising an FFA program in a rural community. Also, Kasey would like to coach either football or throwers in track and field. Kasey will be graduating summer 2013.

Addie O'Neil, a senior from Redwood Falls, Minn., was in Mahnomen, Minn., with Mr. Stephen Funk in the fall. This spring Addie will be teaching with Mr. Gary Rodgers in Belgrade, Minn. (B. B. E. High School). Her future plans involve pursuing a master's degree, teaching, rodeo, and traveling. Addie will be graduating in fall 2013.

Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, a senior from Hawley, Minn., spent the fall at Norman County West in Halstad, Minn., with Mrs. Rita Olson. This spring Kaitlyn will be teaching with Mr. Shawn Feiring in New Salem, N.D. Her future plans involve educating youth about agriculture whether teaching in a high school or county extension. Kaitlyn will be graduating in May 2013. 

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, front row, left to right, are Whitney Lian, Maria Funk, Amy Lee, Addie O'Neil, Allison Noll, and Jenna Cardinal. In the back row are Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, Kasey Okke, Thomas Chute, Jon Hruby, Professor Lyle Westrom, and Kayla Erickson.


Contact: Lyle Westrom, professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8110 (lwestrom@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8423 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2012 Graduates

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Samuel Stafki, Perham, Minn., a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, 
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recently completed his student solo flight.  A law enforcement aviation major,  Stafki's advisor is Mike Vivion, chief pilot on the Crookston campus. His flight instructor is Chase Enghauser, a 2012 graduate of the U of M, Crookston with a business management aviation degree. The milestone flight was completed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The first student solo flight is a significant accomplishment and cannot be overemphasized.  Landing an aircraft involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination. A student pilot begins flight training by learning a wide variety of tasks of which landing is one of the most difficult.  As flight training progresses, the ability to solo is largely predicated upon the flight instructor's assessment of the student's landings. Consistency is critical and sometimes one of the most difficult to achieve as even the best pilot can attest. 

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Around the middle of a private pilot's flight training, the instructor flies with the student having him/her land. The instructor will exit the airplane and endorse the student pilot certificate and logbook for solo. With that designation, the budding aviator is sent off for three trips around the traffic pattern each followed by that all important landing.

Following American aviation tradition, removing new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. It stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios were not a part of early aviation making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this tradition, aviation students at the U of M, Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program is a partnership in which aviation fundamentals are provided by the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation. Students have the option to choose tracks in agricultural aviation, business aviation, law enforcement aviation, or natural resources aviation. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

Contact: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114(mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students named to the fall semester 2012 Chancellors List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

To qualify for a place on the Chancellor's List, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 4.00 grade point average. The Crookston campus is the online leader in the University of Minnesota system and the only campus providing every full-time student with a laptop computer.

Students on the Chancellor's List include

Last Name First NameMajor
AmbrassAbdissa Applied Studies
AndersonEmily Marketing
BabbishYukoQuality Management
BeareLoyApplied Studies
BendelCayla Natural Resources
Berge-EmeryEmily Accounting
BerglinSamanthaCriminal Justice
BrennyTrentonNatural Resources
BuscherAlexandraBusiness Management
ChellaBillisaa Applied Studies
ChenXihaoAgricultural Business
ChurchKenzieBusiness Management
DammarellKodyAccounting
FennellDanaeOrganizational Psychology
GemedaMergitu Applied Studies
GreenMatthewAgricultural Systems Management, Agronomy, and Agricultural Business
HallinJordan Accounting
HortonJaimieAccounting
HotakainenKalaCommunication
HuWenjunBusiness Management
JacksonWadeNatural Resources
JamesJoshuaNatural Resources
JenningsJesseCriminal Justice
JensenAshley Health Management
KaiserKelseyNatural Resources
KenyonKristaNatural Resources
KimBeom SeokAccounting
KimKyungbongCommunication
KohoutLevy Quality Management
KullerudErikCriminal Justice
KuzniaDestiny EveBusiness Management
LeeDae YeulAccounting
LeeJaewooBusiness Management
LeeJin HyungBiology
LeeYong JooAccounting
MartellAshleyHealth Sciences Pre-professional
McMahonMichaelNatural Resources
MouaChiaNatural Resources
PepperTristaBusiness Management
PereaJoshCriminal Justice
PerryCarolAccounting
PottsDouglasAviation
PronovostKristi DaleBusiness Management
ScholtenJohnQuality Management
SheetzKathrynBiology
SugarJoshuaBusiness Management
SuiterChelseaCommunication
Van TreeckAmyEarly Childhood Education
VandermayConnie SueCommunication
WeberAlanQuality Management
WeleskiHaleyCommunication
WengYaowenAgricultural Business
WheelerTiffanyAccounting
WinterTiffanyBusiness Management
ZhouXiaoweiAccounting

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

The 38th Annual Ag Arama brought people to the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, January 26, 2013, to watch the competition.

Highlights of the day included crowning the Ag Arama Royalty and announcing the True Grit 
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Award recipient. Royalty included King Ben Wuebkers, a senior animal science major from Freeport, Minn.; Queen Victoria Martin, a senior animal science major from Worland, Wyo.; Prince Brady Breitenfeldt, a sophomore animal science major from Frazee, Minn.; and Princess Olivia Fischer, a sophomore animal science major from Kimball, Minn.
Candidates were nominated by the faculty for Ag Arama royalty. The students must write an essay and turn in their resume, as well as go through an interview process. Students also vote for their choices and each of these criteria helps determine the winners.

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Matthew Green, a senior from Greenbush, Minnesota, triple majoring in agricultural systems management, agronomy, and agricultural business, won the True Grit Award -- the highest honor given out at Ag-Arama. The True Grit Award is dedicated to the memory of Todd Opsahl a UMC student in 1973-74. Opsahl was extremely active in campus activities especially in the Ag Division where he studied animal science. Todd's life was cut short by leukemia. In his remembrance, the True Grit award is presented to the student who best demonstrates Todd Opsahl's active participation and encouragement of others.

The day is filled with contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources. These contests serve as an opportunity for students in agriculture and natural resources degree programs to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Ag-Arama is hosted by students in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. 

Visit the Ag Arama photo gallery to see all the photos from the day. 

This year's Ag Arama was dedicated to the memory of Kent Freberg, a long time instructor in 
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the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. Each year, students and faculty in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department dedicate Ag Arama to someone who has been influential in agriculture at the U of M, Crookston. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 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, top right, left to right: King Ben Wuebkers, Queen Victoria Martin, Princess Olivia Fischer, Prince Brady Breitenfeldt 

Center, left: Matt Green, True Grit award winner

Bottom, right: Ag Arama 2013 was dedicated to Kent Freberg

Contact: Terrill Bradford, instructor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8108 (tbradfor@umn.edu); Brenda Miller, lecturer, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8140 (mill3707@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communicati

A grand evening of art and hors d'oeuvres will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the 
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University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Passion Art Auction, sponsored by UMC Enactus, will take place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the auction to follow at 7:30 p.m. There is no entry fee and the auction will follow a traditional format. Refreshments include a flavored water bar along with the hors d'oeuvres. Entry forms and additional information are available at www.umcenactus.com. 

The Passion Art Auction is an opportunity to support UMC Enactus and to celebrate artistic talent and entrepreneurship in the region. The auction is open to both amateur and professional artists. All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, February 13 in order to be included in the auction. Sellers are asked to voluntarily donate a portion of their proceeds (recommended 20%) to UMC Enactus for competition travel. 

Background
"Why passion? This year's theme for UMC Enactus is passion, demonstrating the power of entrepreneurship in enabling people to create value in doing what they love. In order for new members of our team to experience the passion of Enactus as a worldwide organization of students, it is important that we raise funds to attend competitions, where our members can interact with Enactus teams from all over the country and the world," says Alex Buscher, a senior majoring in business management from Merrifield, Minn., who serves as business management administrative and financial director for UMC Enactus.

The mission of UMC Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is to educate, inspire, and reinvest in our community while expanding our minds in the ever changing global business world. The global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries, encourages students to work in partnership with business and higher education where they are challenged to develop community outreach projects including: free market economics, personal success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, sustainability, and environmental sustainability.To learn more about Enactus, visit enactus.org/who-we-are/our-story. 

The UMC Enactus team is advised by Sam Walton Fellows Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department and assisted by Courtney Bergman, lecturer in the Business Department.

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: Courtney Bergman, lecturer, Business Department, 218-281-8188 (cbergman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A project designed to provide clean water for developing countries is in its second year at the
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 University of Minnesota, Crookston. The Clean Water for Everyone Dinner, which helps to fund this UMC Enactus project, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 12, 2013, at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and may be purchased by contacting a member of Enactus or the Business Department Office at 218-281-8176.

The evening will include musical performances by student talent and the dinner features Greek Chicken served on a bed of wild rice provided by Sodexo Dining Services. This year's Enactus team will debut their new donor levels and recognize those in the Crookston area who helped make providing clean water a reality.

Background
The Clean Water for Everyone initiative was established to help provide access to clean water in third world countries. The project has already helped people access clean water in the countries of Nepal and Nigeria.  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. Proceeds from the 2012 dinner helped fund the two bore holes near Amai College with a second at the Amai Nursery and Primary school in  Ajangbadi, Ojo, local government of Nigeria. 

The mission of UMC Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is to educate, inspire, and reinvest in our community while expanding our minds in the ever changing global business world. The global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries, encourages students to work in partnership with business and higher education where they are challenged to develop community outreach projects including: free market economics, personal success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, sustainability, and environmental sustainability.To learn more about Enactus, visit enactus.org/who-we-are/our-story. 

The UMC Enactus team is advised by Sam Walton Fellows Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department and Courtney Bergman, lecturer in the Business Department.

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: Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Courtney Bergman, lecturer, Business Department, 218-2818188 (cbergman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

A generous donation of some 590 fish specimens was recently added to the Wildlife Museum
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 in the natural resources program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The specimens, donated by the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum of Natural History curated by Andrew Simons, cover 79 species of fish in Minnesota.  

Simons is an associate professor in the U of M's  Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology and Curator of Fishes, Amphibians, and Reptiles at the Bell Museum of Natural History. He is also a colleague of Associate Professor John Loegering who has a joint appointment with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at the U of M and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the U of M, Crookston. Loegering serves as curator and manager of the Wildlife Museum on the Crookston campus. 

"I have taught an introductory principles of fisheries management course for years, and we did not have a very good fish collection until now," says Loegering. "The staff at the Bell collected these as part of a larger project with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to assess the biological condition of Minnesota waterways and our campus is reaping the benefit."

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This week Kristi Bernat, a junior natural resources major from Fisher, Minn.; Jenny DuBay, a senior natural resources major from Apple Valley, Minn.; and Jeremy Walker, a senior natural resources major from Villard, Minn.; processed the specimens and labeled them before placing them into the teaching collection for students to use for years to come.

The donation is also an example of inter-unit collaboration and the unique opportunities afforded the campus as part of the U of M system. To learn more about the Bell Museum, visit www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/index.htm. 

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 photos: Junior Kristi Bernat (left) assists John Loegering, Ph.D., in processing the donated fish specimens in the Wildlife Museum at the U of M, Crookston. 

Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the University of Minnesota, Crookston and its online degrees visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.  
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of nearly 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Aldo Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor 
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enthusiast. Storyteller Jim Pfitzer (right) will bring Leopold to life on the stage of Kiehle Auditorium on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 7 p.m. The performance titled "Aldo Leopold - A Standard of Change" is free and all are welcome. 

The one-man play, written by and starring storyteller Jim Pfitzer, is set during an evening in and around the famous Wisconsin Shack that inspired much of Leopold's writing, the performance explores the influences and challenges that led to the writing of the widely popular book A Sand County Almanac. 

As a U.S. forester, Leopold was instrumental in the creation of our first federally designated wilderness in the Gila National Forest. In 1935, he and his family initiated an ecological restoration experiment on a worn-out farm along the Wisconsin River outside of Baraboo, Wisconsin where they planted thousands of pine trees, and restored prairies. 

A little more than a year after his death in 1948, Leopold's collection of essays A Sand 
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County Almanac was published and required reading for most wildlife management students across the country. With over two million copies sold, it is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published, and Leopold has come to be regarded by many as the most influential conservation thinker of the twentieth century as well as the father of the field of wildlife management. 

"When confronted with a modern conservation dilemma, those in the wildlife profession often ask, 'What would Aldo Do?' and there is generally a quote from Leopold's writings that nails it!" says Professor Dan Svedarsky, former president of The Wildlife Society. "Many of Leopold's writings are applicable to the sustainability movement as well."


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Best known for his nature-based personal tales told with a distinctly southern delivery, storyteller and native Chattanoogan Jim Pfitzer has been lauded a "true Tennessee treasure" and his work called "old fashioned and avant-garde at the same time." Pfitzer performs and teaches workshops from coast to coast. To learn more about Pfitzer and the performance, visit http://www.jimpfitzer.com. 

The event is sponsored by UMC Concerts & Lectures, UMC Natural Resources Club, and the Coca Cola Beverage Partnership Grant. 

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: Phil Baird, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 218-281-8130 (pbaird@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

2012 marked the first year wildlife management students from the University of Minnesota, 
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Crookston attended the annual meeting of The Wildlife Society, held this October at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Ore. Making the trip were Krista Kenyon and Austin Link. The annual meeting of wildlife managers, professors, students, and researchers is the premiere gathering of wildlife professionals in North America with several attendees from foreign countries as well. In addition to their own personal funds, students were aided with support from a special professional development fund established in 2011 by UMC benefactor, June Shaver. Shaver endowed the fund in honor of Dr. Dan Svedarsky, long-time wildlife professor at the University. 

Kenyon, a senior from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, notes, "I'm deeply grateful for the generosity of Ms. Shaver for without this support, this great trip would not have been possible. It was fascinating to attend the various presentations and meet wildlife researchers from the U.S. and Canada." Kenyon was also able to participate in a trapping techniques workshop which attracted several stares from passers-by as participants worked with traps on the Convention Center grounds. Austin Link, from Perham, Minn., was equally enthusiastic about the trip. "The opportunity was an invaluable part of my education and experience at the U of M, Crookston and is sure to benefit future students as well. These meetings expose students to a wealth of knowledge and the chance to meet future employers. I so appreciate the generosity and vision of those who make this opportunity possible." Link, a great-grandson of former North Dakota Governor, Art Link, graduated from the Crookston campus last spring and is attending graduate school at North Dakota State University where he is pursuing a master's degree in range management. 

To be considered for the professional travel stipend, students must be a junior or senior majoring in wildlife management and a member of both the U of M, Crookston student chapter of The Wildlife Society and at the national level. Link is the former president of the student chapter and Kenyon is the current president. Students must excel academically and display outstanding character and leadership. In addition, they must complete a 400-word essay on Aldo Leopold, the father of wildlife management and the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation. 

Svedarsky is a former national president of The Wildlife Society (TWS). Associate Professor John Loegering is advisor to the UMC Student Chapter of TWS, past president of the Minnesota State Chapter, and current president of the 8-state, North Central Section of TWS. "It is a real eye and ear-opening experience for students to listen to authors of their text-books give presentations and meet well-known wildlife professionals from other universities and agencies," according to Loegering. Several U of M, Crookston alumni, who are presently in graduate school or working for agencies, were also in attendance. 

"I can't thank June Shaver enough for setting up this wonderful professional development fund for wildlife students," Svedarsky says. "The impact of budding professionals attending a national meeting like this is hard to measure; but June's support goes much beyond that, she endowed the Shaver Butterfly Garden in the Nature Nook on campus and numerous scholarships in honor of faculty and staff."

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, left to right, are Dan Svedarsky, Krista Kenyon, John Loegering, Austin Link. 

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The national crops judging contests have a long and celebrated history. The University of 
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Minnesota, Crookston Collegiate Crops Teams have been a part of that history since 1967, and this year, the team from the Crookston campus placed second in both national competitions held in November in Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago, Ill. The 2012 team consisted of three agronomy majors including Dan Grefsrud, a senior from Hawley, Minn.; Travis Lund, a senior from Brandon, Minn.; and Missy Geiszler, a junior from Mayer, Minn. 

The team was coached by agronomy instructor Rob Proulx, assisted by Matthew Green, a senior from Greenbush, Minn., who is a triple major in agronomy, agricultural systems management, and agricultural business. Green was a member of the 2011 Collegiate Crops Judging Team from the U of M, Crookston.

In the Kansas City Crops Contest held November 13, each team member earned scores of 95% or above in seed analysis which qualified them each for All-American Recognition. Lund finished in second place in grain grading, tied for second place in seed analysis, and finished in fourth place in plant and seed identification, giving him a second place finish overall. Geiszler finished second in plant and seed identification, fourth in seed analysis, and sixth in grain grading, giving her a fifth place finish overall. Grefsrud tied for second with Lund in seed analysis and finished seventh in grain grading and sixth in plant and seed identification, leading to a sixth place finish overall. 

In the Chicago Crops Contest held November 17, All-American Recognition (scoring 95% or above) was earned by Lund in grain grading, seed analysis, and plant and seed identification; Geiszler in seed analysis and plant and seed identification, and Grefsrud in seed analysis. Lund finished first in seed analysis, third in plant and seed identification, and fifth in grain grading, giving him a third-place finish overall. Geiszler finished fourth overall, with fourth place finishes in grain grading and plant and seed identification and a third place finish in seed analysis. Grefsrud finished sixth overall, tying for second place in seed analysis, finishing seventh in grain grading, and finishing eighth in plant and seed identification. 

Both second place finishes by the U of M, Crookston team came just behind first-place Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., and ahead of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Okla., who placed third. Other top finishers were Purdue University; University of Wisconsin, Platteville; South Dakota State University; Australian National Team; Fort Hays State University; and Cloud County Community College. 

Background
The crops contests integrate a student's knowledge of agronomy into three categories: seed analysis, grain grading and crop and weed identification. The Kansas City and Chicago contests represent the national finals of collegiate crops competition for the year. Preparation for crops contests teaches evaluation of crops for quality relative to certification, viability, and marketing. 

The first Collegiate Crops Contest was held in 1923 and in Kansas City in 1929. Collectively in the 89 years of competition, 163 crops contests have taken place. Teams from the U of M, Crookston have competed in the crops contests for 45 years. They have finished in the top four more than 30 times and four times when the team fell out of the top four, the teams consisted of only two members rather than the usual three-member team. Both times those teams placed sixth overall. To learn more about the contests, visit www.crops.org/students/contests. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Second place Collegiate Crops Team at the 2012 Kansas City Crops Contest, left to right: Dan Grefsrud, Travis Lund, Missy Geiszler, Rob Proulx, and Matthew Green


Contact: Rob Proulx, instructor, agronomy, 218-281-8136 (prou0041@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A retirement reception honoring Carol Windels, Ph.D., professor/faculty member at the 
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Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) and in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota, St. Paul is slated for Wednesday, December 5, 2012. The reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Windels (at right) is retiring on December 31 following 28 years at the NWROC. Coffee and cake will be served and everyone is invited to attend the reception in her honor.

Windels is a world renowned expert in sugar beet root diseases and has made major contributions to the understanding of sugar beet root diseases and their control or management in the sugar beet industry of Minnesota and North Dakota.  Previous to that, she made significant contributions to the understanding of Fusarium Head Blight (scab disease in small grains) and the organism that causes it.  

Her professional career began with the University of Minnesota as a junior scientist rising through the rank of scientist.  In 1984, she came to Crookston and the Northwest Experiment Station as an assistant professor.  In 1998, she was promoted to full professor and has been a valued member of the faculty at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. She is also an adjunct professor at North Dakota State University's Department of Plant Pathology.

Windels has been teacher and mentor to several graduate students as well as numerous undergraduate students who have worked in her lab and on her projects these many years.  She has co-edited two books and authored/co-authored over 200 publications and 16 book chapters along with serving on the editorial boards of three journals. 

A member of several professional societies, Windels has served as an officer in various capacities, including president, of the American Phytopathological Society.  She has earned several awards and honors including the Sugarbeet Distinguished Service Award by the Sugarbeet Industry of Minnesota and North Dakota, the Meritorious Service Award by the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists, and is a Fellow in both the American Phytopathological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2011, Windels was recognized for her work with the Torch & Shield Award, the highest honor given by the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The award honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognizes champions of the U of M, Crookston, NWROC and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguishes both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the Crookston campus. 

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: Maureen Aubol, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, 218-281-8602 (aubo0002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Twyla Treanor, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8181 (ttreanor@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

U of M, Crookston Freshman Douglas Potts Completes First Student Solo Flight

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Douglas Potts, Williams, Minn., a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, recently completed his student solo flight.  An agricultural aviation major, Pott's advisor is Mike Vivion, chief pilot on the Crookston campus. His flight instructor is Chase Enghauser, a 2012 graduate of the U of M, Crookston with a business management aviation degree. The milestone flight was completed at the Thief River Falls [Minn.] Regional Airport due to runway construction activity at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The first student solo flight is a significant accomplishment and cannot be overemphasized.  Landing an aircraft involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination. A student pilot begins flight training by learning a wide variety of tasks of which landing is one of the most difficult.  
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As flight training progresses, the ability to solo is largely predicated upon the flight instructor's assessment of the student's landings. Consistency is critical and sometimes one of the most difficult to achieve as even the best pilot can attest. 

Around the middle of a private pilot's flight training, the instructor flies with the student having him/her land. The instructor will exit the airplane and endorse the student pilot certificate and logbook for solo. With that designation, the budding aviator is sent off for three trips around the traffic pattern each followed by that all important landing.

Following American aviation tradition, removing a new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. It stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios were not a part of early aviation making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this 
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tradition, aviation students at the U of M, Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program is a partnership in which aviation fundamentals are provided by the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation. Students have the option to choose tracks in agricultural aviation, business aviation, law enforcement aviation, or natural resources aviation. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@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)

The Veterans Support Group at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is marking Veterans Day on Monday, November 12, 2012, with several commemorative events. The public is invited to attend all activities. 

At 11 a.m. there will be a Veterans Day ceremony with a flag raising at 11:11 a.m. This specific time was chosen because it ties into the origin of Veterans Day.  The day was set aside and originally called "Armistice Day" and mainly recognized WWI veterans. Armistice Day celebrated the armistice which ended WWI. That armistice was signed at 11:11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. After WWII, Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day to honor all war veterans. 

Following the flag ceremony, everyone will move to the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial on campus for a wreath ceremony.

Concluding the day, Retired Colonel Martin Breaker (photo at right) will speak at 4:15 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Breaker, who is an instructor in the Business Department at the U of M, Crookston retired in 2003 from the Army Reserve after 32 years in active duty and National Guard and Reserve duty in Minnesota. Following the scandal of Abu Ghraib, Breaker volunteered to return to duty and served nearly three years in Iraq from 2005 to 2008.

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The Veterans Support Group mission is to raise awareness of veterans and their service to country along with currently serving. The group is open to everyone. The president of the group is Calvin Meyer, a senior majoring in aviation from Albertville, Minn. Breaker and Mike Vivion, chief pilot at the U of M, Crookston, serve as the group's advisor. 

The commemoration of Veterans Day is a long standing tradition on the Crookston campus dating back to the earliest days of the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial. The memorial was constructed in 1920 in honor of the young men and women who attended the Northwest School of Agriculture, predecessor of the U of M, Crookston, who died serving our country. 

Since then, more plates have been added commemorating not only those in the military who attended Northwest School of Agriculture but the University of Minnesota Technical Institute in Crookston and the University of Minnesota, Crookston as well. 

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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Travis Anderson, Prinsburg, Minn., a freshman at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, 
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recently completed his student solo flight.  An  agricultural aviation major,  Anderson's advisor is Mike Vivion, chief pilot on the Crookston campus. His flight instructor is Chase Enghauser, a 2012 graduate of the U of M, Crookston with a business management aviation degree. The milestone flight was completed at the Thief River Falls [Minn.] Regional Airport due to runway construction activity at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The first student solo flight is a significant accomplishment and cannot be overemphasized.  Landing an aircraft involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination. A student pilot begins flight training by learning a wide variety of tasks of which landing is one of 
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the most difficult.  As flight training progresses, the ability to solo is largely predicated upon the flight instructor's assessment of the student's landings. Consistency is critical and sometimes one of the most difficult to achieve as even the best pilot can attest. 

Around the middle of a private pilot's flight training, the instructor flies with the student having him/her land. The instructor will exit the airplane and endorse the student pilot certificate and logbook for solo. With that designation, the budding aviator is sent off for three trips around the traffic pattern each followed by that all important landing.

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Following American aviation tradition, removing new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. It stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios were not a part of early aviation making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this tradition, aviation students at the U of M, Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program is a partnership in which aviation fundamentals are provided by the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation. Students have the option to choose tracks in agricultural aviation, business aviation, law enforcement aviation, or natural resources aviation. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Billed as the "Academy Awards for high tech," rural Minnesota communities and partners 
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received a Tekne Award in Minneapolis on November 1, 2012, from the Minnesota High Tech Association for their work on broadband access and adoption. Representatives of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative collected the "Innovative Collaboration Award" in front of a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant, the MIRC coalition, which included as one of its partners the Economic Development Administration University Center (EDA Center)  located at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, brought together a network of resources and support to rural Minnesota individuals and communities--especially those unemployed and seeking employment, small businesses, coalitions of government entities, and local leaders. 
 
Jack Geller, director of the EDA Center served as the project's primary evaluator and was pleased to be a part of the award winning project. He also acknowledges the vital role played by the University of Minnesota Extension in the MIRC and their work in rural Minnesota.  

Selection of Tekne finalists and winners was made by an independent panel of judges. In choosing MIRC, an initiative convened by Blandin Foundation and involving 30 partners, judges noted that, "MIRC has benefited from a legacy of collaboration. MIRC partners are numerous and the impact the collaboration has had on broadband adoption is significant. In fact, the [broadband] adoption rate is 29.8 percent faster in MIRC partner communities when compared to the rest of rural Minnesota."

All rural regions of Minnesota have engaged in broadband projects as part of the MIRC Initiative. Individual communities initiated more than 70 locally designed and led demonstration projects, suchas Lac Qui Parle County's "Commuter Computer" (mobile learning lab) or Winona's "Project FINE" (language-specific computer literacy training in Hmong and Spanish).

Statewide MIRC partners provided training to more than 8,000 individuals, computers to more than 1,600 households and has resulted in more than 40,000 households in rural Minnesota subscribing to high-speed Internet. The two-year initiative was funded through a $4.3 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant administered by Blandin Foundation and will be completed at the close of 2012.

"Resilient, vibrant communities are connected communities," said Dr. Kathy Annette, Blandin
Foundation CEO. "And the quality and diversity of those connections is a hallmark of a community's leadership and sustainability. Through MIRC, engaged local leaders and statewide partners worked together to bring the promises of broadband to many of Minnesota's rural communities, including all residents in their progress. Blandin Foundation is thrilled that coalition's ambitious and innovative work has been honored through the Tekne Award."

Presented by the MHTA, the Tekne Awards honor those who play a significant role in discovering new technologies that educate, improve lifestyles, and impact the lives and futures of people living in Minnesota and all over the world. The program reinforces Minnesota's place as one of the most competitive and technologically advanced regions in the world. A full list of winners and finalists is available online at http://www.tekneawards.org/finalists

About the EDA Center at the U of M, Crookston
The mission of the EDA Center, located at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, is to engage university faculty, staff and students with local, county and regional economic development agencies in support of the rural economy. For more information, contact Jack Geller at 218-281-8248 or visit the EDA Center's Web site at www.edacenter.org.

About Blandin Foundation
Blandin Foundation stands with rural Minnesota communities as they imagine and claim ambitious, vibrant futures. It is one of only a handful of foundations in the U.S. focused exclusively on rural communities and the largest rural-based private foundation in Minnesota. Information on Blandin Foundation grant-making, leadership development programs and public policy initiatives are at www.blandinfoundation.org and broadband news at www.blandinonbroadband.org. On Twitter at http://twitter.com/BlandinFound. Media contact: Allison Ahcan, 218-326-0523.

About Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA)
MHTA, or the Minnesota High Tech Association, is an innovation and technology association united in fueling Minnesota's prosperity. MHTA helps bring together the people of Minnesota's technology ecosystem and leads the charge in directing technology issues to Minnesota's state capitol. MHTA is the only membership organization that represents Minnesota's entire technology-based economy. Its members include organizations of every size − involved in virtually every aspect of technology creation, roduction, application and education in Minnesota. Find out more online at http://www.mhta.org or follow MHTA on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MHTA.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: MIRC was awarded the Tekne "Innovative Collaboration Award." Jack Geller, director of the EDA University Center is on the far left. 

Contact: Jack Geller, director, The EDA Center, 218-281-8248 or 507-381-0720; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Three agricultural education majors at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were recently awarded the American FFA Degree. Nathan Anderson, a sophomore from Appleton, Minn.; Thomas Chute, a senior from Aitkin, Minn.;  and Amy Lee a sophomore from Mercer, N.D.; were presented their American FFA Degree on Saturday, October 27 at the 2012 National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Ind.  

The American FFA Degree is the highest degree that can be earned from the National FFA Organization.  Anderson, Chute, and Lee are all members of the U of M, Crookston Collegiate FFA Chapter as well as concurrently enrolled in their respective high school chapters.

Background
The Crookston campus has the only Collegiate FFA chapter in the state of Minnesota and Professor Lyle Westrom serves as the chapter's advisor.  The Collegiate FFA is part of the National FFA Organization which also held its 2012 National Convention concurrently with the ATA Conclave in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A new record of over 56,000 FFA members attended the National FFA Convention.  The convention returns to Louisville, Kentucky 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.

In the photo, left to right: Nathan Anderson, Amy Lee and Thomas Chute.


Contact: Lyle Westrom, professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-2818110 (lwestrom@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota Crookston Collegiate FFA earned the platinum level A.W. Nolan Memorial Leadership Award at the National ATA Conclave held recently in Indianapolis, Ind.  The award was presented to sixteen U of M, Crookston Collegiate FFA members on Friday, October 26, 2012. 

Four colleges earned the platinum award, the highest level attainable, and it is the first time 
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for the U of M, Crookston to garner the honor.  The Crookston students participated in all contest areas including parliamentary procedure, debate, quiz bowl, program of excellence and the essay competition.  

In addition, Addie O'Neil, a senior majoring in agricultural education from Redwood Falls, Minn., wrote two journal articles in the Horse Digest entitled "Ground Tying" and "Opening and Closing the Gate" for renowned horse trainer Dennis Auslam. 

Jennifer Spahn, a freshman majoring in early childhood education from St. Paul, Minn., won second place in the essay contest with her essay entitled "The American role in providing agricultural extension support in developing countries". Her placing in the contest marks the highest level ever attained by a U of M, Crookston student. 

The parliamentary procedure team consisted of two seniors, a junior and two sophomores: Whitney Lian, a senior majoring in agricultural education; Whitney Jacobson, a junior double majoring in animal science and agricultural education, both from Thief River Falls, Minn.; along with Thomas Chute, a senior majoring in agricultural education from Aitkin, Minn.; Justin Goodroad, a sophomore double majoring in animal science and agricultural education from Lindstrom, Minn.; and Katie Myhre, a sophomore majoring in animal science from Whapeton, N.D. Lian served as team's president and Myhre as its secretary.

Chute and O'Neil were joined by Maria Funk, a senior majoring in agricultural education from Sebeka, Minn., and Amy Lee, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education from Mercer, N.D., to make up the quiz bowl team.  

Emil Waskow, a sophomore double majoring in animal science and ag systems management from Hugo, Minn., and Emily Campbell, a freshman majoring in animal science from Aitkin, Minn., competed in the debate contest.   Contestants debated the statement "Should agricultural education teacher preparation programs continue the traditional teacher preparation curriculum as opposed to adopting more forms of alternative certification?"

The program of excellence presentation was given by Betsy Johannsen, a freshman from Hartland, Minn., and Sam Haugen, a sophomore majoring in agronomy from Fertile, Minn.  They discussed the highlights of the 2011-2012 year for the U of M, Crookston Collegiate FFA chapter.  Areas of professional development, fundraising, community service, and fellowship were the focal points. 

Background
The U of M, Crookston is home to the only Collegiate FFA chapter in the state of Minnesota and Professor Lyle Westrom serves as the group's advisor.  The Collegiate FFA is part of the National FFA Organization which also held its 2012 National Convention concurrently with the ATA Conclave in Indianapolis, Indiana.  A new record of over 56,000 FFA members attended the National FFA Convention.  The convention returns to Louisville, Kentucky in 2013.

The A.W. Nolan Memorial Leadership award, named in the memory of Aretas W. Nolan, former professor and head of agricultural education at the University of Illinois, recognizes agricultural education organizations for their pursuit of leadership, ensures professionalism, and improves communication between collegiate agricultural organizations. Nolan and his students conceptualized and started Alpha Tau Alpha (ATA), the National Professional Honorary Agricultural Education Fraternity, in 1921. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: 
CFFA Members in attendance at ATA Conclave and National FFA Convention (left to rght): Maria Funk, Lyle Westrom (Advisor), Amy Lee, Sam Haugen, Jenna Cardinal, Emily Campbell, Justin Goodroad, Jennifer Spahn, Betsy Johannsen, Thomas Chute, Addie O'Neil, Whitney Jacobson, Katie Myhre, Whitney Lian, Emil Waskow

Contact: Lyle Westrom, professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept., 218-2818110 (lwestrom@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)

It will be all "Smoke and Mirrors" at the University of Minnesota, Crookston when the 
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comedy/murder mystery is performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, 2012, in Kiehle Auditorium. The theatrical production by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and $1 for U of M, Crookston students with their ID. Refreshments will be provided at the intermission.

The cast includes Alan Frank, a sophomore majoring in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management from St. Michael, Minn.; John Habeck, a senior majoring in marketing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Tyler Lowthian, a freshman majoring in business management from Richfield, Minn.; Ross Sigler, a sophomore majoring in accounting from Graceville, Minn.; and Anthonette Sims, a junior majoring in communication from Robbinsdale, Minn. Liz Massie, a sophomore majoring in communication from Eagan, Minn., is the student director and is assisted by Travis Jones, a junior majoring in applied studies from Milwaukee, Wis.The production is under the direction of George French, associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.

Plot
This riveting mystery comedy will keep audiences guessing as they go on location to an isolated island off the Gulf coast to watch power hungry producer director Hamilton Orr lure his timid screenwriter Clark into a scheme to get rid of the insufferable star of their multimillion dollar film. The plot hinges on the rehearsal of a suicide scene and the only witness to the murder is Hamilton's wife Barbara, the film's quirky publicist and Clark's former lover. The wily eccentric sheriff unearths one surprise after another until the final stunning revelation. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, back row, left to right: Liz Massie and Anthonette Sims.
Front row: Alan Frank, Ross Sigler, Travis Jones, and Tyler Lowthian.
Not pictured: John Habeck. 


Contact: George French, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education Dept. 218-281-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Veterans and their families are invited to a unique opportunity to learn more about starting and operating a small business. A Veteran Entrepreneur and Business Networking event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event is free and lunch is included, but registration is requested by contacting the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center (NW MN SBDC) at 218-299-3037 (sbdc@cord.edu).

The event, sponsored by the NW MN SBDC and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies 
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(CRES) at the U of M, Crookston, will cover a wide range of topics including starting and 
financing a business. Information will also be available to those interested in strengthening a current business. Attendees will meet key partners who offer resources at no or low cost in their local communities. 

Background
The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting.  CRES engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota, Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota. CRES is located in Dowell Hall 117 on the Crookston campus. For more information, contact Lundbohm at 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@.umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org.   

Minnesota SBDC applies higher education, private sector and government resources to assist businesses and foster entrepreneurship. Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Small Business Administration, Concordia College and regional partners fund this nonprofit organization. The NW MN SBDC is located at 1103 Roosevelt Road SE Bemidji, Minn. To schedule an appointment, please contact the SBDC at (218) 299-3037 or email sbdc@cord.edu.  Additional information about services, workshops and trainings, and our partners can be found at www.offuttschoolofbusiness.org/sbdc. 

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: Jaimee Meyer, associate director, NW MN Small Business Development Center (SBDC) (218) 755-4255; Rachel Lundbohm, associate director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu)

Alumni from the University of Minnesota, Crookston are invited to attend an alumni social on 
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Thursday, November 15, 2012. The social will take place from 5 -7 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza Suites located at 1635 42nd Street South in Fargo, N.D. Refreshments will be served.

This marks the third time the University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association has hosted an alumni social in Fargo, and all alumni are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Rose Ulseth in the alumni office at 218-281-8439.

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: Rose Ulseth, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8439 (rulseth@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Often the celebration of Halloween conjures up tales of suspense and for many the spooky 
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stories of the famous author Edgar Allan Poe. A book published recently on Poe includes an essay by Associate Professor Rachel McCoppin, at right, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The book entitled Adapting Poe: Re-Imaginings in Popular Culture published by Palgrave Macmillan includes the essay "Horrific Obsessions: Poe's Legacy of the Unreliable Narrator" authored by McCoppin.

The book, edited by Dennis R. Perry and Carl H. Sederholm, is a collection of essays examining a wide range of genres and media all centered on Poe and his works. The compilation looks closely at Poe's influence on popular culture and his relevance today. 

"Poe is known for his psychological horror; his narrators terrify readers because their afflictions come from within their own minds," McCoppin says. "Poe narrators are famous for repressing their true selves, until the horrific culmination of the story shows the narrator as a slave of his own demanding psyche, usually forcing him to commit murder. 
 
"My article focuses on Poe's narrators in some of his most famous stories, like "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Black Cat" and connects them to leading characters in the popular films, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and M. Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense, to show how failing to know oneself may lead, given the right circumstances, to terror," she continues. 

McCoppin earned her doctorate from the University in Pennsylvania, Indiana, Pa., her master or arts from Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., and her bachelor of arts from the University of Michigan, Flint, in English. Her research interests include American transcendentalism, modernism, existentialism, and the pedagogy of literature and ethics. She has been teaching in the area of literature, oral interpretation, and communication ethics at the U of M, Crookston since 2003. 

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: Rachel McCoppin, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education, 218-281-8273 (mccoppin@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Michael McMahon, St. Paul, Minn., a sophomore at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, recently completed his student solo flight.  A natural resources aviation major,  McMahon's advisor is Mike Vivion, chief pilot on the Crookston campus. His flight instructor is Chase Enghauser, a 2012 graduate of the U of M, Crookston with a business management aviation degree. The milestone flight was completed at the Thief River Falls [Minn.] Regional Airport due to runway construction activity at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

The first student solo flight is a significant accomplishment and cannot be overemphasized.  

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Landing an aircraft involves difficult and complex eye-hand coordination. A student pilot begins flight training by learning a wide variety of tasks of which landing is one of the most difficult.  As flight training progresses, the ability to solo is largely predicated upon the flight instructor's assessment of the student's landings. Consistency is critical and sometimes one of the most difficult to achieve as even the best pilot can attest.

Around the middle of a private pilot's flight training, the instructor flies with the student having him/her land. The instructor will exit the airplane and endorse the student pilot certificate and logbook for solo. With that designation, the budding aviator is sent off for three trips around the traffic pattern each followed by that all important landing.

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Following American aviation tradition, removing a new pilot's shirt tail is a sign of confidence by the instructor in the student following the completion of the first solo flight. It stems from the days when a student sat in the front seat of the aircraft with the instructor behind. Radios were not a part of early aviation making it necessary for the instructor to tug on the student pilot's shirt tail to get his/her attention. A successful first solo flight is significant in that it means the student can fly without the instructor, and consequently, no longer needs a shirt tail. In observance of this tradition, aviation students at the U of M, Crookston have their shirt tails cut off by the proud instructor, and they are displayed at the Crookston Municipal Airport.

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The University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program is a partnership in which aviation fundamentals are provided by the University of North Dakota (UND) Aerospace Foundation. Students have the option to choose tracks in agricultural aviation, business aviation, law enforcement aviation, or natural resources aviation. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/aviation.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos:

Top, left: Michael McMahon

Top, right: Chase Enghauser (left) shakes the hand of his first solo flight student Michael McMahon after his successful completion of the important milestone flight.

Center, left: Enghauser cuts the shirttail of McMahon according to American aviation tradition.

Bottom, left: McMahon's signed shirttail is ready to go on display at the airport. 

Contact: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Ken Bulie, lecturer, Business Dept., 218-2818194 (bulie001@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

It was another successful year for the University of Minnesota, Crookston at the annual 
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conference of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) held recently in Brookings, S.D. Placing second overall, the team from Crookston consisted of four juniors all majoring in horticulture. Ashlynn Hartung, Lindstrom, Minn., placed first in woody plant identification, first in herbaceous plant identification, and earned first place overall individual honors. Tim Staudahar, Hibbing, Minn., walked away with first place in woody plant identification, as well as herbaceous plant identification, and finished as the third place overall individual. Other members of the winning team were Catlin Kersting, Cloquet, Minn., and Mitch Sledge, St. Louis Park, Minn.

Additional horticulture students who competing individually included Ethan Kojetin, a junior from Atwater, Minn.; Sarah Lanners, a sophomore from Nashwauk, Minn.; Ashley Radke, a sophomore from Grand Forks, N.D.; and Amanda Thompson, a junior from Pine River, Minn. The MACHS team from the U of M, Crookston is coached by Theresa Helgeson, lab services coordinator and Sue Jacobson, instructor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. 

The teams compete in the areas of plant judging, plant identification, and a general knowledge examination. This year's competition, which took place Oct 11-14, at South Dakota State University included teams from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Iowa State University, North Dakota State University, Northwest Missouri State, and Western Illinois University. The theme for this year's event was Local Treasures and celebrated the organization's 40th anniversary. 

The keynote speaker for the conference, Karl Schmidt, owner and founder of Glacial Lakes Permaculture, spoke on the topic of "Permaculture? That's nice, but how do I make a living doing it?" Conference attendees also had an opportunity to tour the Prairie Coteau Garlic Farm, Volga, S.D.; Shade Vineyard, Volga, S.D.; Linda's Gardens in Chester, S.D.; and North American Wholesale Florist and the Falls Park in Sioux Falls, S.D. The three day event concluded on Sunday, October 14 with the annual business meeting and awards ceremony at the McCrory Gardens Visitor Center.

The MACHS competition will be held at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2013 followed by North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2014. 

The MACHS organization and contest provide a means of communication between horticulture clubs of participating schools. Sharing knowledge and ideas is an important part of the gathering. The MACHS competition includes collegiate horticulture clubs from 12 Mid-American states. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Back row, left to right, Tim Staudahar and Mitch Sledge and in the front row Catlin Kersting and Ashlynn Hartung.

Contact: Theresa Helgeson, lab services coordinator, 218281-8120 (helg0145@umn.edu; Sue Jacobson, instructor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Dept. 218-281-8118 (sjacobso@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@u

cres_logos_final_wgreen.jpgThe Bremer Foundation has awarded a grant for $50,000 to the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  The grant, which provides $25,000 each year for two years, offers operational support to extend the unique entrepreneurial assistance services and programming of CRES to northwestern Minnesota. It will also focus on developing entrepreneurial awareness among area high school and U of M, Crookston students.  Susan Brorson, head of the Business Department serves as the principal investigator for the grant which was written by Kevin Cooper, who serves as director of CRES, and Rachel Lundbohm, the Center's assistant director. 

"We want to engage students and assist businesses by providing technical assistance to area entrepreneurs and conducting valuable research related to entrepreneurship," explains Lundbohm. "Encouraging students interested in entrepreneurship while getting them involved in the region is also a priority. We appreciate this award from Bremer to support our passion for entrepreneurship and to help us provide assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in the region."

Goals of CRES for the next two years include entrepreneurial and small business consulting, community education and outreach that facilitates entrepreneurial networking, and the dissemination of rural entrepreneurship research. 
The work of CRES positively impacts entrepreneurs and small businesses in northwest Minnesota by providing no-cost technical assistance to these individuals.  Entrepreneurs, companies, and non-profit organizations receiving the assistance of CRES have provided positive feedback regarding their experience with the program. Students who have worked on CRES-initiated projects have also received valuable experience, further contributing to their education and professional understanding.

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

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a $550,000 congressionally-directed grant to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to establish the CRES in 2010. Congressman Collin Peterson played an integral leadership role in this entrepreneurial initiative and was supported by both Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar. CRES serves the eleven county region of northwest Minnesota, including Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties, and is located in Dowell Hall 117on the Crookston campus.

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

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

The Minnesota EDA Center, based at the U of M, Crookston, recently published its latest report, Second_Stage_Business_Report_9-2012_Page_01.jpg"Successful Businesses in Rural Minnesota: Lessons Learned" by faculty members Eyad Youssef, Ph.D., Jack Geller, Ph.D., Ken Myers, and Denis Maier, Ph.D. 

The report details common traits and characteristics related to new business success across rural Minnesota in order to identify successful "second-stage" businesses and to understand the factors leading to their success. The report is available online

Contact: Jack Geller, professor and head, Liberal Arts and Education Dept. and director, EDA Center

Six Students from U of M, Crookston Attend World Dairy Expo, Madison, Wis.

Six students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston Dairy Club and their two coaches attended the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis., recently. The Expo is an event designed for all aspects of the dairy industry. All of the students competed in the International Post-Secondary Dairy Cattle Competition held September 30 through October 1, 2012. 

dairy expo1.jpgCompeting were Rachel Grant, a freshman from Westminster, Md., majoring in animal science; Rochelle Herzog, a sophomore from Randall, Minn., majoring in animal science; Marilyn Lewis, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn., majoring in animal science; Whitney Lian, a senior from Thief River Falls, Minn., majoring in agricultural education; Andrea Ramponi, a senior from Mountain Iron, Minn., majoring in animal science; and Corissa Robinson, a freshman from Monticello, Minn., majoring in equine science. They were joined by coaches Lyle Westrom and Harouna Maiga, both professors in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department on the Crookston campus. 

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Lewis, Lian, Ramponi, and Robinson competed as a team in the Practical Judging Contest. The contest consisted of three parts including linear evaluation, identified heifer selection, and non-identified heifer selection.  Linear evaluation requires evaluating numerous traits of the animal using a 1 to 50 point grading scale. Identified heifers selection requires the team to use pedigrees and visual appraisal to rank the animals. Non-identified heifers selection requires students to rank the animal first to last using primarily visual appraisal. Lewis, Lian, Ramponi, and Robinson placed first in the linear category as a team. Robinson placed first individually while Lian placed third individually. The team took home a $250 monetary award, a plaque, and sweatshirts. Individuals earned a monetary award and ribbons. 

Grant, Herzog, Lewis, and Lian competed in the Post-Secondary Traditional Contest. The traditional contest consists of judging twelve classes of four dairy cows or heifers and ranking them on the desired traits. Students must defend their placing by giving four sets of oral reasons. Lian placed fifth overall in the contest and also took home several top ten scores including 7th high individual on milking shorthorns, 7th high individual on Brown Swiss, 9th high individual for Holsteins, and 10th high individual for Ayrshires. The team placed eighth overall. 

During their visit to Madison, the team toured numerous dairy farms including Hoard's Dairymen Farm and Sunshine Genetics. The team also visited the Dairy Shrine which contains records of dairy history and important historical and technological improvements.  Westrom stated, "The educational value of experiences offered at the Dairy Exposition and dairy tours in nearby Madison, Wisconsin, are difficult to duplicate in a classroom." 

"The World Dairy Expo offers the ideal platform for students to compete at the international level and provides the global dimension of education for our students." Maiga said. 

Currently, the World Dairy Expo serves as a forum for dairy producers, companies, students, faculty, professional organizations and other dairy enthusiasts to come together to compete, and to exchange ideas, knowledge, technology, and commerce. To learn more about the expo, visit www.worlddairyexpo.com. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos:
Members of the Traditional Dairy Judging Team (at right) competing at the World Dairy Expo were, in front, Rochelle Herzog and Whitney Lian, and in back, Rachel Grant and Marilyn Lewis. 

Members of the Linear Team (at left) were Corissa Robinson, Andrea Ramponi, Whitney Lian, and Marilyn Lewis

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

U of M, Crookston Torch & Shield Award Recipients for 2012 Honored

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Honoring those who have aided in the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), and Extension is the purpose of the Torch & Shield award. This celebration of leadership is the highest honor presented by the Crookston campus and a special recognition event was held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, on the campus.

The Torch & Shield award recipients for 2012 include Alan Cattanach, general agronomist at American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead, Minn.; Wayne Goeken, director of the International Water Institute's Center for Watershed Education; and Otter Tail Power Company, whose headquarters are located in Fergus Falls, Minn.

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Alan Cattanach (left) has worked in cooperative research efforts in the past with 8 scientists from Northwest Research and Outreach Center and 6 from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. He has served on U of M search committees and Extension planning teams and committees. He has participated in numerous sugarbeet and soil fertility extension meetings with other U of M Extension specialists and county extension agents and served as liaison to NWROC and St. Paul campus scientists for Sugarbeet research programs of interest to American Crystal Sugar Company.

Working as part of the Sugarbeet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota, Cattanach has helped to provide extensive funding of projects at the NWROC and to St Paul campus scientists, as well as involved in an EPA grant partnership with NWROC (Biological control of Cercospora Leafspot) and provided gift funds to NWROC in support of sugarbeet research projects.

He earned his doctorate in soil science from the University of Minnesota, and master's of science, and bachelor's of science also in soil science from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of Wisconsin-Madison respectively. He has been general agronomist at American Crystal Sugar Company since July 1998 and prior to that worked for North Dakota State University and the U of M as Extension sugabeet specialist. 

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Over the years, Wayne Goeken (left) has worked with a number of personnel at the U of M, Crookston primarily with River Watch and watershed education and monitoring efforts. Recently he has worked with associate professors Katy Smith and Brian Dingmann on a river sediment research project involving high school and university students. 
Goeken has been involved in ongoing work with the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and Executive Director Linda Kingery in promoting the Red Lake River Enhancement Project, including leading a canoe/kayak trip of the entire 195-mile length of the Red Lake River to raise awareness of its cultural attributes and recreational potential. He continues to work with the NRSDP on development of initiatives to connect people to nature, especially children, including promoting nature-based interactive play spaces for children.

He coordinates the annual River Watch Forum on the U of M, Crookston campus during spring break, with high school River Watch teams coming from 25 schools throughout the Red River Basin to share their results and learn about current topics in watershed science. He also conducts annual training and certification workshops each spring for personnel from natural resource agencies who are involved in water quality monitoring, the only certification program of its type in Minnesota.

Goeken earned his bachelor of science in agribusiness and his master of science in economics from South Dakota State University in Brookings.
 
Named for the river that provided its first source of power, Otter Tail Power Company was 
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incorporated in 1907. The company began producing electricity in 1909 at Dayton Hollow Dam on the Otter Tail River near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and home to the company's headquarters.

Today, Otter Tail Power Company is a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation. Its approximately 790 employees provide electricity and energy services to more than 129,000 customers in 422 communities and in rural areas in an un-crowded 70,000-square-mile service area in western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota, and northeastern South Dakota. The company has customer service centers in Crookston and ten other communities in its service area.

Otter Tail Power Company's mission is to produce and deliver electricity as reliably, economically, and environmentally responsibly as possible to the balanced benefit of customers, shareholders, and employees and to improve the quality of life in the area in which we do business. To learn more about Otter Tail Power Company visit www.otpco.com.

Otter Tail Power Company has supported the University of Minnesota, Crookston over the years through scholarships, the Campus Energy Challenge, and various sponsorships. 
Cris Oehler director of public relations for Otter Tail, accepted the award on behalf of Otter Tail Power Company. 

The Torch & Shield Award honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognizes champions of the U of M, Crookston, NWROC, and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguishes both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the Crookston campus. For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/torchandshield.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, at top, Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston, Goeken, Oehler, Cattanach, and Albert Sims, director of operations at the NWROC. 

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

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)

U of M, Crookston SIFE Announces Name Change for Organization to Enactus

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), including the University of Minnesota, Crookston SIFE 
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team, are excited to announce a new name for the organization. While the guiding tenets of the organization remain the same, SIFE will be known moving forward as Enactus. The new name was revealed on September 30, 2012, by SIFE International at the start of the SIFE World Cup in Washington D.C., and notification of rebranding intentions was emailed to all registered SIFE members last year.  The name change typifies the work of the organization and they hope it will better reflect the organization as "entrepreneurs in action" for the greater good.

The organization still stands by the same principles of volunteerism and teamwork as well as the criteria of social, economic, and environmental progress. SIFE on the Crookston campus will take on a new identity as UMC Enactus. Students on the UMC Enactus team have been highly successful representing the chapter at the U of M, Crookston earning the title Regional Champions for 13 consecutive years. 

The team is advised by Sam Walton Fellow Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department and assisted by Courtney Bergman, a lecturer in the Business Department who is working on becoming a Sam Walton Fellow.  

Along with the new name have come a few technical changes, including adjustments of competition presentation rules, which can be found in the 2012-2013 Competitions, Awards, and Scholarships Guide located.

The mission of UMC Enactus remains to educate, inspire, and reinvest in our community while expanding our minds in the ever changing global business world. The global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries, encourages students to work in partnership with business and higher education where they are challenged to develop community outreach projects including: free market economics, personal success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, sustainability, and environmental sustainability.

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: Anthony Taylor, president, (tayl0787@umn.edu), James Kriegh, vice president, (krie0198@umn.edu), or Alex Buscher, treasurer, (busch206@umn.edu); Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assis

If you are interested in aviation or history, learn more about the Wright Brothers and the 
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history of the first flight at Kitty Hawk with renowned aviation historian Darrell Collins at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. His presentation, which takes place at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium, will be followed by a question and answer period. The presentation is free and open to the public and refreshments will follow.

Background
Collins is a native of the North Carolina's Outer Banks and resides in Manteo, on Roanoke Island, N.C.  He is a graduate of Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina and holds a B. S. degree in geology with a minor in history.

He has worked with the National Park Service in the division of interpretation and education for 33 years, spending the majority of his time at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, where he serves as the historian. He served with NASA is a series of educational programs promoting aviation and the Wright brothers to young children. 

In 1990, he was nominated as the National Park Service top interpretative ranger for the Freeman Tilden award.  He was nominated by the Department of the Interior in 1999 to represent the National Park Service for the "Park Ranger Tour Program", an outreach program for children in major U. S. cities. In 2003 the centennial year of the world's first flight at Kitty Hawk, he presented the National Park Service national and international promoting the 100th Anniversary of that great milestone in human history. 

For the past twenty-four years he has been on the aviation/ aerospace lecture circuit.  Pervious speaking engagements include the Aero Club of Washington's Wright Memorial Dinner, National Air Transportation, Aerospace Industries of America, Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association, 40th Ralph Barnaby Lecture, National Business Aviation Association.   

He is a regular speaker at the Speakers' Showcase Series at the Oshkosh Fly-In Convention. Australian International Airshow DownUnder and many other aviation/ aerospace oriented groups and events.  Collins ranks in the top 5 historians in the world on early aviation and the Wright brothers. He is the author on numerous articles and consulting editor for play writes and authors on early aviation and the Wright brothers. 

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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A day of discussion and presentations on creating nature-based community play spaces will be held at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. A $15 registration fee includes lunch and participants may complete their registration online at http://z.umn.edu/NaturalPlaySpace. The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The morning offers presentations by staff from the U of M, Crookston and local partners covering planning, installation, and the programming aspects of nature-based play spaces. In the afternoon, break-out discussions will address specific areas of interest to help move projects forward no matter what stage they are in currently. 

For more information, contact Marlne LeBlanc at the Extension Regional Center at 218-281-8696 or mleblanc@umn.edu. 

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: Marlene LeBlanc, Extension Regional Center, 218-281-8696 (mleblanc@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Homecoming weekend at the University of Minnesota, Crookston focused on the achievements of four exceptional alumni. The Outstanding Alumni and induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame was held on Friday evening, September 21, 2012, on the campus. The Outstanding 
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Alumni award was presented to  Kirk Schultz '79, Doreen (Johnson) Roy '81, and Gerald Landby '82 and Ryan Driedger '97 from Golden Eagle Hockey was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The recognition took place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center with a social followed by a banquet and presentation of the honorees. Hosting the evening were Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations and Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics and Chancellor Fred Wood brought greetings from the campus. The choir, under the direction of George French, sang several numbers including Hail! Minnesota and the Minnesota Rouser. 

A few highlights of these four accomplished alumni include the following: 

Kirk Schultz '79 graduated with a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and has more than 30 years of experience in the hotel and restaurant industry. He is currently the vice president at Madison Hospitality Group. 

His responsibilities include hotel and restaurant operations, new hotel development, renovation, management contracts, acquisitions and strategic planning as well as a partner in the Culvers Restaurant in Alexandria, Minn.

Schultz has been responsible for operating several hotels and restaurants in addition to multi-unit management. His leadership experience includes a wide array of properties and leading brands: full service, limited service, water parks, extended stay, independent and economy hotels along with casual theme and family dining restaurants. 

His experiences prior to joining the Madison Hospitality Group include 14 years with Torgerson Properties, Inc., a leading franchisee in Minnesota and Florida. Most recently, he served as their senior vice president and was a member of the board of directors. New hotel openings, repositioning properties, renovation programs and implementation of comprehensive, property-specific business and marketing plans are also part of his background. He is past-president of the Minnesota Lodging Association and active in his community and in civic organizations. 

Doreen (Johnson) Roy '81 completed associate degrees in business management and fashion merchandising, which laid the foundation for her future as an entrepreneur. Following her graduation, she went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in textiles from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., in 1983. 

She began producing natural goats' milk soaps for her family in 1999, and through the encouragement of family and friends, her online store "The Wholesome Basket" was born. The product line is also available at her store in downtown Burlington, Iowa, known as "Gypsi."  Today, her company makes and markets 30 variations of body and skin care products as well as an extensive line of accessories.

Johnson has been active in the Burlington Riverfront Farmers Market, which she helped organize, for the past ten years. She is a dedicated volunteer in her community including organizing activities for children; organizing a nutrition and recipe program; working with local organizations such as Area Aging, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Extension; and as an organizer of the Riverfront Market Basket drawings. She is a member of the Downtown Partners through the Chamber of Commerce and a speaker for women's groups, seniors, and community colleges on the topics of nutrition and healthy living. 

Gerald Landby is a 1982 graduate with an associate degree in landscape, turf, and grounds. He went on to Montana State University, Bozeman, to earn his bachelor of science degree in landscape management. He is currently director of grounds at Carroll College, Helena, Mont., where he has been since 1998. 

He is responsible for supervision of grounds staff, planning for and providing leadership for campus landscape, infrastructure planning, and capital projects at Carroll College. His work on grounds has led to several awards including the 2008 Grand Award in the athletic field category from the Professional Grounds Management Society, a "Field of Excellence" award from Pioneer Athletics for Nelson Stadium on the campus in 2009, and in 2011, the college received Tree Campus USA recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the first college in Montana to earn the honor. 

Prior to his current role, he was municipal arborist for the city of Great Falls, Mont. Landby is a member of the Montana State University of Agriculture Academic Advisory committee, and he has attended Professional Land Care Network Day (PLANET) on the Hill Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., five times, where he volunteered his time for grounds maintenance at "Renewal and Remembrance" at Arlington National Cemetery in conjunction with the event. Landby also volunteers as an athletic field consultant for the public schools in Montana. 

He is the member of a number of professional organizations in the turf and landscape field, has been featured in articles in professional magazines, and a guest speaker at numerous conferences in his area of expertise. 

Ryan Driedger '97 graduated with a degree in agronomy and left a legacy in hockey. He came to the U of M, Crookston in 1993 after playing hockey at Dakota College at Bottineau, N.D., on a championship team. He transferred to play Golden Eagle hockey and scored the winning goal in the championship game in 1993 when he was named to the All-Tournament Team and earned First Team All-American honors.

He has been referred to as one of the most naturally gifted hockey players in U of M, Crookston campus history. His talent in hockey led him to play junior hockey where he was part of the Winkler Flyers Junior Hockey Club championship team in 1992-93 and a team with a 42-5-1 record and a member of the 2012 Flyers Hall of Fame. He went on to play for a National College Hockey Association championship team at Bemidji State University in 1993-94.

He returned to the Crookston campus to finish his degree in 1994-95, when he was the captain of the hockey team that went 30-2 on the season. 

Driedger is the owner of Abode Building & Renovations where he is responsible for building new homes and major renovations, arranging sub-contractors and interacting with homeowners in Carman, Manitoba, Canada.

For more information on homecoming at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/homecoming.htm

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Kirk Schultz, Doreen (Johnson) Roy, Gerald Landby, and Ryan Driedger

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, Development & Alumni Relations, 218-281-8432 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Ads focus on U's value to Minnesota and how investing in the university 'illuminates' the state and world

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (9/24/2012) - The University of Minnesota is taking a unique approach to higher education marketing when it launches its new "Driven to Discover" campaign today.

For the first time, the university's branding and marketing will directly tie the value the university provides to the state with the importance of public and private investment in higher education.

This year's ads focus on the university's mission of teaching, research and discovery and public outreach and engagement, and illustrate how that mission prepares future generations and illuminates the state and world. They are an evolution of previous years' Driven to Discover campaigns and were created around the theme of "Illumination." This year's iteration of the campaign, "Keeping our lights on illuminates everyone," emphasizes how the impact of the University of Minnesota benefits everyone.

"As Minnesota's only comprehensive research and land-grant university, the University of Minnesota works to solve the toughest challenges across the state and world," said President Eric Kaler. "But we can't continue to tackle those critical problems without continued investment in our young people and the U. The new campaign truly illustrates how our mission comes to life in Minnesota and how continued investment in the University of Minnesota will fuel the economy and keep our state shining bright." 

The first television spots begin airing Sept. 24 and continue for two months. They will reach most of the state, focused on news and prime-time programming in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rochester television markets. The campaign's second flight will air from mid-January to mid-March.

"This is unlike anything most people have seen from higher education," said Ann Aronson, the university's assistant vice president for marketing. "It has a dramatic look and feel, but we're interested in much more than grabbing attention. We want to change the conversation about higher education in Minnesota and inspire people. This is about communicating the U's value to the state and how investments in the university benefit everyone."

The university's homepage, www.umn.edu, will provide multiple ways for others to "Be a light" and get involved with the campaign. Visitors can learn about university discoveries, advocate for the U and support students through scholarships. They will find an interactive illumination map that highlights discoveries and contributions made by U of M faculty, students and alumni by geographical area. Those inspired to tell their own stories about how the University of Minnesota has affected their lives, their families or their communities can submit them at www.umn.edu. Submitted stories may also be added to the interactive map.

A social media component encourages others to join the conversation about how discovery has illuminated them by using the hashtag #LightUMN in platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. For example, a competition on the photo-sharing social network Instagram will invite users to depict how the University of Minnesota illuminates their lives.

The TV ads feature the song, "There's So Much Energy in Us," by the critically acclaimed Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Cloud Cult. Lead singer Craig Minowa is a U alumnus. Many other university students and alumni star in the ads:
Lucia Randle, a student in the College of Education and Human Development.
Danielle Berg, a PhD candidate in astrophysics with the College of Science and Engineering.
Larea Carter, an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts.
Danice Cabanela, an actress and student in the College of Liberal Arts.
Branden Hickey, a student in the College of Biological Sciences.
Eamonn McLain, an alumnus of the College of Liberal Arts and Guthrie Bachelor of Fine Arts Program and cellist for the local band Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapels.

The campaign also will feature digital outdoor billboards along major commuter routes in the Twin Cities and downtown Minneapolis, and bus shelters wrapped with messaging in key locations throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. Other tactics include online ads in key markets across Minnesota and scoreboard displays at the university's TCF Bank Stadium and Williams and Mariucci arenas.

Minneapolis-based OLSON, an independent agency, created the campaign for the U. OLSON has been the university's agency partner since the campaign was first launched in 2006. The two-year campaign will cost $2.5 million, with a majority of the funding from the University of Minnesota Foundation.

For more information about the Driven to Discover campaign, visit http://discover.umn.edu.

Contact: Julie Christensen, University News Service, jrchris@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720; Andrew Svec, director, communications at U of M, Crookston, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Managing land to enhance wildlife, specifically birds, will be the topic of the "Bird-friendly Forest Management" workshop slated for Thursday, September 20, 2012, at the Forest 
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History Center near Grand Rapids, Minn. The workshop, which runs from 7 a.m.to 1 p.m., will include an optional birding walk. The cost is $10 and includes workshop materials, breakfast treats, and lunch. Pre-registration by September 18 is required and registration fees will be collected on the day of the workshop.  Participants should register online at http://z.umn.edu/BFFM (preferred) or call the University of Minnesota Extension-Itasca County at 218-327-7486.  

The workshop is open to the general public as well as natural resource professionals and is under the coordination of John Loegering, University of Minnesota Extension. Woodland Advisor Credit (WAC7) also is available (http://woodlandadvisor.org/classes).  Highlights include habitat management for wildlife; strategies for ruffled grouse, American woodcock, and other brushland species; financial assistance and incentives, property tax programs, invasive species; and a panel discussion of the implications for forests and wildlife in the future.  Workshop content questions may be directed to Loegering at jloegeri@umn.edu or 218-281-8132.

"This workshop will be a great opportunity for woodland landowners with an interest in managing their forest for birds," Loegering says.  "We will have several great presentations by resource professionals from three different agencies with a mission to offer technical assistance to landowners."

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Public interest in birds and birding has increased in the past decade.  Private forest landowners have an opportunity to manage their land to produce forest products as well as enhancing wildlife values, especially for birds.  The workshop will review the basics of private forest management as well as strategies to enhance forests for migratory songbirds, ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse, American woodcock, and cavity-nesting species. This workshop is supported by the Renewable Resources Extension Act Program, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and University of Minnesota Extension. To learn more, visit 
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http://z.umn.edu/BFFMinfo.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos: 
Top, right: workshop brochure
Middle, left: yellow warbler, courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service
Bottom, right: woodcock, courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Service

Contact: John Loegering, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8132 (jloegeri@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has implemented two new articulation agreements with Vermilion Community College (VCC). The agreement allows eligible students with an associate degree in business from VCC an option to transfer to the Crookston campus to complete a baccalaureate degree in business management either online or on site Students with an associate degree in sports management from VCC would have the option of a bachelor of science in sport and recreation management at the U of M, Crookston.  Vermilion Community College, a two-year residential college, is located in Ely, Minn.

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 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)

For students in public speaking at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the new course 
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textbook will have some very familiar names on the cover. The work is the result of years of teaching experience and research by Associate Professor Mark Huglen, who has been at the Crookston campus since 1996. In this most recent textbook Public Speaking: Strategies for Effective Public Speaking, Huglen was assisted by his colleague in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, Associate Professor Kevin Thompson. 

The textbook is not Huglen's first foray into publishing, but rather, it is the fourth book he has authored or co-authored since 2004. He has also authored a number of journal articles and presentations for regional and national conferences. 

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Learning to be an effective public speaker is an important aspect of communication in all academic majors making the class a valuable experience and a requirement at the university. Huglen's textbook is used in all public speaking classes on campus and covers such areas of study as topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of both informative and persuasive speeches. 

Huglen holds a doctorate in communication from Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich. He earned his master of arts degree in communication from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D., where he also earned his bachelor of science in speech education. Thompson earned his doctorate in adult and post-secondary education from the University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyo.; his master of arts from Ball State University, Muncie Ind., in organizational communication and training; and his bachelor of arts from the University of North Dakota in communication. 

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, top, right: Associate professors Kevin Thompson (left) and Mark Huglen hold a copy of the textbook. 

Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education, 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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It's a sweet story. University of Minnesota, Crookston Freshman Emily Campbell, Aitkin, Minn., just arrived on campus after 12 days at the Minnesota State Fair representing the beekeeping industry as Minnesota Honey Queen. An animal science major from Aitkin, Minn., she will compete for the national title in January 2013 when she travels to Hershey, Pa. 

To become Minnesota Honey Queen, Campbell first won the title of North Central Minnesota Honey Queen. "Winning this title is not like competing in a traditional pageant," she explains. "It is more like a job interview process and winning the North Central title qualified me for the state competition which was held in Duluth in mid-July at the state convention." 

She gave several speeches during the state convention, wrote an essay on propolis, a product produced by bees and used in the health industry, and went through an intense final interview where she had to demonstrate both strong communication skills and an in depth knowledge of bees.

Campbell knows her stuff. Her interest began in 4-H when she had a project in entomology focused on two diseases that plague honey bees. She won a grand champion ribbon on the project at the Minnesota State Fair and her projects on bees would eventually earn her a total of seven grand champion ribbons. For the past two years, she has owned her own hives, and she says her parents were very supportive of her interest in beekeeping.

"Bees are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet," Campbell says. "Everything 
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they do has a specific purpose." She says that while it might appear that honey bees just buzz around all day, "they do not do anything without a reason." 

"We lose 30 percent of the honey bee population every year," she explains. "It is important for us to keep bees around, and even if you can't have bees in your yard, you can grow plants that are bee friendly. Every third bite of food you take off your plate, bees had something directly to do with it." 

A passion for agriculture and a desire to attend a campus of the University of Minnesota brought Campbell to the U of M, Crookston. What made the Crookston campus the perfect fit for her was the size. "I wanted a small campus, but I still wanted a University of Minnesota degree," Campbell says. 

Her dream would be to bring honey bees to campus because of the important role they play in pollination 
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and to create awareness of how very important they are to humans. Right now though, she is busy with classes and with preparation for the national competition but that won't deter this honey queen from generating buzz about her passion for bees. 

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)

U of M, Crookston Continues Trend Surpassing Enrollment Records

Number of degree-seeking students nears 1800

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston are excited about the success of their project to provide access to clean water to locations in Nigeria and Nepal. Two bore holes were recently completed in Nigeria near Amai College with a second at the Amai Nursery and Primary school in  Ajangbadi, Ojo, local government of Nigeria. 

Placing the bore holes at a school allows them to be consistently monitored and creates a venue to allow the surrounding community members to gain access to clean water. 
The two bore holes in Nigeria were made possible in great part to the leadership of U of M, Crookston Senior Wemimo Samson Abbey, a business major from Lagos, Nigeria. After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Abbey taught UMC SIFE about the lack of access to clean water seen around the world. The Clean Water for Everyone initiative was established to help provide access to clean water in third world countries in response to this critical need. 

The clean water projects have been supported by members of the campus and community. Last February, SIFE hosted a Clean Water for Everyone benefit dinner which raised over $3,000. The proceeds from the dinner helped fund the two bore holes in Nigeria. 
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Others who have been involved in leading SIFE's clean water effort include Anthony Taylor, a senior majoring in management from Sheridan, Wyo.; Tashi Gurung, a senior majoring in environmental sciences from Mustang, Nepal; and Alex Buscher, a senior majoring in business from Brainerd, Minn. 

The organization is advised by business instructors Kenneth Johnson, Courtney Bergman and Rachel Lundbohm. 

Taylor, who is the president of UMC SIFE is excited about the way the project has come to fruition. "As a team, we are ever so grateful to Crookston and the surrounding community for their financial contributions and to the campus that has so graciously supported us," Taylor said. "If it weren't for the help of community members and departments like UMC Sodexo Dining Services the benefit dinner fundraiser would not have been so successful." Taylor also commented that the SIFE team was grateful that Abbey was willing to spend a part of his summer at work on the project in Nigeria as "he was the final push needed to make this dream a reality." 

The project in Nigeria is SIFE's second clean water project designed to help supply a community with water. In Nepal, SIFE is funding a water filtration system for a boarding school. The system pumps water out of a river, filters it, and then supplies the clean water to the school.  Both projects are the result of connections by students from Nigeria and Nepal who attend 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: : Anthony Taylor, UMC SIFE president, 218-275-3287 (tayl0787@crk.umn.edu); Kenneth Johnson, instructor, Business Department, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Announces Summer 2012 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of summer 2012 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during summer 2012. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned. 

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,600 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

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.


NameMajorEmphasisMinorHonors
Blasingame, Tanya AnnAccounting B S   
Bullo, Aman AmanoApplied Studies B SRespiratory Care  

 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care  
Carlson, Cassie Marie Grace Applied Studies B S   
Clark, Robert AManufacturing Management BMM   
Cole, Rick AllanHlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof   
Curtis, Hannah JoyBusiness Management B S   
Dahlstrom, Jesse RoyBusiness Management B S   
Fiege, Eric MichaelSport &Recreation Mgmt B S   
French, Sarah LynnBusiness Management B S  Distinction
Halland, Trista ElaineBusiness Management B SEntrepreneurship/Sm Bus Mgmt  
Haubursin, Chase ClaySport &Recreation Mgmt B S   
Hoefs, Stephanie MBusiness Management B S   
Holmquist, Kathryn AnnCommunication B S   
Johnson, Marshall EugeneBusiness Management B SManagement  
Johnston, TreyCommunication B S   
Kessler, Lauren BrittneyEarly Childhood Education B SPrimary Education  
Liu, ChunhuiBusiness Management B SManagement  
Paczkowski, Damian JohnAccounting B S   
Paulson, Shanda MarieBusiness Management B S   
Ratzlaff, Bobbielee MareeApplied Studies B S   
Rodriguez, Melanie CAnimal Science B SPre-Vet Medicine High Distinction
Rueter, Danielle RaeSport &Recreation Mgmt B S Marketing 
Simpson, Mark ANatural Resources B SNatural Resources Law Enforce  
Steuck, Scott JCommunication B S   
Templin, AprilNatural Resources B SNatural Resources Law Enforce  
Tschida, Calvin MartinApplied Studies B S   
Wagner, Amanda BethCommunication B S Music 
Wimmer, MichaelNatural Resources B SNatural Resource Management  
Wright, Staci LynnAccounting B S   
Health Management B S  
Zins, KatelynCommunication B S  

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

MaryTyrrell.jpgThe second annual Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships is about raising awareness of 
heart and women's health while raising support for student-athletes at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The walk will be held on Saturday, September 8, 2012, at Ed Widseth Field on the U of M, Crookston campus. Registration is $25 and all registrants giving $25 or more will receive a t-shirt designed especially for the walk. 

Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk at 10 a.m. From 9-11 a.m. there will be tables of information on heart health, women's health, and general wellness. At 11 a.m., a free "healthy tailgate" lunch will be served for walk participants and provided by Crookston National Bank. Door prizes will be awarded, and  all participants will receive two free tickets to the Golden Eagle Football game vs. Concordia St. Paul. 

For more information or to donate to the Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships, contact Natasha at 218-281-8423.

Background
The inaugural Mary Tyrrell Health Walk for Scholarships was held in the fall of 2011 with 147 participants. The event is designed to raise awareness about heart health and women's health issues. It is named in memory of Mary Tyrrell, wife of Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising at the U of M, Crookston. Mary passed away unexpectedly from heart disease in December 2010. 

Her untimely death ended the life of a woman who was passionate about helping student-athletes and caring for patients as a nurse at Altru Clinic in Grand Forks, N.D., as well as the life of a devoted wife and mother. It also serves as a reminder of the threat posed by heart disease and how healthy diet and exercise, along with knowing the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease can help provide protection. 

After 18 years as an athletic trainer at the U of M, Crookston, Bill took over as director of athletic fundraising in 2005 and works closely with Teambackers, an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for Golden Eagle athletics.  In 2009, Mary and Bill established a scholarship to specifically support student-athletes through the Bill and Mary Tyrrell Endowment fund, and throughout the years, they have given both time and financial support to encourage student-athletes on the Crookston campus. 

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is an NCAA Division II Institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). The Golden Eagle Equestrian team is a member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at www.goldeneaglesports.com.

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: Mary Tyrrell

Contact: Natasha Reierson, assistant director, athletics, 218-281-8423 (kuhle007@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twenty Years for UMC Teambackers

It began in 1993 when the University of Minnesota, Crookston transitioned from a two-year 
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technical college to a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution. Then director of athletics Marv Bachmeier and director of external relations Al Larson recognized the need for an organization to help raise money for athletic scholarships. The two brainstormed a number of times before a committee was formed, including members of both the campus and community, and through that committee, UMC Teambackers was born.

As a two-year institution, scholarships were not offered to student-athletes as determined by a decision of the conference, but that all changed when the four-year transition took place. This change made fundraising for scholarships both an opportunity and a challenge for the campus, and Bachmeier and Larson felt the importance for both the student-athletes and the athletic program. 

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"We had a lot of obligations with our own roles on campus, but we also knew we had to find a way to provide scholarships for our athletes," Bachmeier said. "Al and I understood the significance, and we looked at what others were doing and engaged people on campus and in the community who could help provide leadership."

After 18 years as an athletic trainer, Bill Tyrrell took over as director of athletic fundraising in 2005 and works closely with Teambackers. "For a number of students, excelling in sport is the door to a college education," Tyrrell said. "It is our goal to help those students continue to compete in the sport they love and to succeed academically. We appreciate every Teambacker member for their support and the difference they make in the lives of our student-athletes."

Over the years, Teambackers has investigated and held a number of fundraising events, but the two that have been around the longest are the Teambacker golf tournaments and Fun Nite, an evening of food, games, and auctions held annually in April. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has raised some $2 million dollars. 

"The role of Teambackers is vital to our campus," Tyrrell continues. "Our athletic programs need the financial contributions of individuals and organizations to help our student-athletes be successful in their sport as well as in the classroom. Anyone interested in Teambackers should contact me."

To mark their 20th year Teambackers is planning a number of anniversary events. They will kick off the start of their 20-year celebration on Thursday, August 23, when members and their guests will have an opportunity to meet Chancellor Fred Wood and Golden Eagle student-athletes during a special event designed to honor the history of UMC Teambackers. 

The mission of Teambackers today remains essentially unchanged from those early years. It continues to promote athletics and to raise money for scholarships and works in conjunction with the UMC Development Office, the Athletic Department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. UMC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. To learn more, visit www.goldeneaglesports.com/teambackers. 

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 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: : Bill Tyrrell, director, athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Feel like it's been a hot summer?  Looking to cool off? How about spending the afternoon in an ice arena and learning about how they keep it cool - while curbing their energy bills?
 
Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (NW CERT), Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA), and Minnesota Association of Small Cities (MAOSC) are co-hosting a free event for local units of government August 15th 1pm - 4pm in East Grand Forks. This free event will focus on financing tools and opportunities that are currently available to assist local governments and public school districts in funding clean energy projects in northwestern Minnesota.  We'll hear from folks at East Grand Forks Ice Arena and other ice arenas to learn how they have saved energy and money, and how your community can do the same!
 
This free event is relevant for counties, cities, municipalities, school districts, townships, municipal utilities, and other local units of government in northwestern Minnesota. 
 
We'll discuss: What funding is available? How do you do it? How have other local governments approached and accomplished such projects? 
 
Learn more, see the agenda, and register online at http://nwlocalgovt.eventbrite.com
or call 612-626-0555.

The Clean Energy Resource Teams--or CERTs--are a non-partisan, non-advocacy group that works with citizens across the state to strengthen their communities by supporting money-saving energy efficiency projects and building entrepreneurship around Minnesota's growing renewable energy industries. 

Contact: Margaret A. Kozak, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) Event Programming Coordinator, 612-626-0555.

marcum_bleachers.jpgThis summer Stacey Marcum, a senior at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, is completing an internship that fits perfectly into her chosen major--communication with a concentration in sports and marketing--as she works with the athletic department on campus. Marcum is a 2009 graduate of Merrill High School in Merrill, Wis.

In her position Marcum is experiencing the wide spectrum of activities taking place in a college athletic department, from working with compliance to events and marketing. The variety of the job is one of Marcum's favorite things. "I get to do so many different things here. One day I will be working with Club Kid doing athletic activities with the kids, the next I will be in a meeting to get advertising at the baseball field," she explains, "I have also been the communicator between UMC and the company that is printing pocket schedules to be handed out to people at games so they know when the fall athletic events are, and I am making posters to promote athletics. I love it all."

Marcum is one of many students who based their decision on what college to attend on the marcum_murakami.jpgathletics they are involved in. She came to the U of M, Crookston on a softball scholarship as a freshman and undecided about her major. "I really liked the campus and the softball program, I figured I would take some general classes and figure out my major from there," she explains.

With some classes behind her and some friendships formed, Marcum began talking to students in different majors trying to decide what path to follow. She really liked her communication classes, such as speech and writing, and she loved sports.  In her conversations with some students in the communication major she realized a career path with this major was one she was interested in. With an emphasis in communication studies she also saw she could tailor the major to her interests in sports and marketing by choosing 21 credits of classes in this concentration area.

marcum_poster.jpgMarcum believes her internship with UMC athletics has been very valuable. It has helped her realize this is the field she loves and where she would like to continue to work. Having been on the softball team for her past three years at UMC, Marcum knew quite a bit about athletics going into the position but has been surprised at how much she has learned, especially in terms of her future career. "In this role I have discovered that working in the college setting is a place I could see myself in the future," she says. "I would love to be an athletic director at a university one day or work in compliance. If I didn't do that, marketing for a professional sports team would also be a dream job." Softball is still and always will be a passion for Marcum, "I would love to coach a softball team at the college level as I work my way up to being athletic director."

For now Marcum is content doing all she can to help UMC athletics grow in the coming years, including working on posters and promotions to help the community become more aware of the athletic events that take place on campus and when they are happening.  "As an athlete, and now working with the athletic department, I know how important support from the campus and the community is, so come watch us!" she laughs.

A communication degree from the U of M, Crookston offers students the opportunity to develop a concentration area to fit individual interests and career goals. To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/communication. To learn more about U of M, Crookston Golden Eagle athletics, visit http://www.goldeneaglesports.com.

Listen to Marcum talk about her major in her own words:

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: Stacey Marcum, a senior communication major is spending her summer working with the UMC athletic department.

Middle, right: Marcum (right) reviews one of the pocket schedules she has been working to get created with assistant athletic trainer Takashi Murakami

Bottom, left: Marcum hanging posters for athletics around campus."I didn't expect everyone to have as much trust in me. I'm not used to that but it has been a great experience," she says
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Contact: Austin Czichozki, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (czich003@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2012 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 10 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012. Applicants will be notified about their participation in the program no later than August 20 for fall semester and December 10 for spring semester.

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

For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, Associate Director of CRES at 218-281-8595 (cres@tc.umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org. The CRES office is located in Dowell Hall 117 on the Crookston campus.

Background

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, funded through a grant from the Department of Education, 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 CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting.  It engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota, Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 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 (rlundboh@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

New U of M, Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood Has Minnesota Ties

at work_day 2.jpgFred Wood, the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, spent most of his life in California, but he has family ties to Crookston, Minnesota, and the Red River Valley.

Wood comes to the University of Minnesota after a 26-year career at the University of California, Davis, a public, land-grant research university within the University of California system. There, he served as vice chancellor of student affairs from 2007 to 2012, in addition to holding other leadership positions such as interim vice provost for undergraduate studies and associate dean of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science in addition to concurrently serving as a tenured chemistry faculty member there.

His first Minnesota tie comes through his mother, Jean Turner, who was born in Crookston in 1917. Her parents, Earl and Ada (Cameron) Turner, were both born in St. Vincent, Minn., near the Canadian border, and were farmers. During the Great Depression when she was 12 years old, Jean moved with her family to Libby, Montana, where her family found work in the lumber mills. As the Depression gave way to World War II, Jean and her sister, Lucille, moved to California where they found work in the oil refineries. Jean met and married Jack Winfred Wood, who later became a carpenter, and while living and working in Martinez, California, their son Fred was born along with his two sisters.

Although his father stopped his formal education at high school and his mother did not Mary+FredWood.jpgcomplete high school, both of Fred Wood's parents valued education, and they keenly encouraged him to attend college. "I'm a true first-generation college student," says Wood, "and as I look back, I can see just how important that single decision was to the story of my life. It really opened the world to me, and I appreciate my parents' encouragement and support of that decision."

Wood started out at a local community college and then earned a B.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry--both from UC Davis. He spent two years as a tenured faculty member at a small community college in northern Idaho before returning to UC Davis to serve as a tenured faculty member and vice chair of the chemistry department.

While attending community college in Pleasant Hill, California, he met Mary Williams, appropriately enough, in his first chemistry class. She accompanied him to UC Davis where she completed her undergraduate degree in entomology. Fred continued his doctoral work in chemistry there, and Mary earned her Master of Library Science degree at UC Berkeley, 50 miles away. The two were married in 1982, and subsequently had three children, Kiel, Meghan, and Moira.

WoodChildren.jpgThe value of education remains a strong force within the Wood family, and this is where another tie to Minnesota comes into play.   Kiel, Fred and Mary's oldest, is an environmental studies graduate from Willamette University and works as a wild land firefighter and rappeller for the U.S. Forest Service; he is also studying to complete a BS degree in nursing.  Meghan, their second child, attended and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and she is currently studying to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine at UC Davis. And Moira will be a senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, where she is studying biomedical anthropology with career goals in international public health.

Wood admires the great regard the citizens of Minnesota have for higher education and considers the University of Minnesota system a gem among all of public education in the United States. "The size of the Crookston campus is one of the things that drew me to this opportunity--it allows for a strongly student-centered environment and provides a stellar educational experience for students. The size and mission also allow it to be nimble and move relatively quickly to deal with our changing environment," says Wood. "The faculty and staff here have a unique ability to adapt, as they have with the transformation over its history from a boarding school to a two-year college to a baccalaureate-level university several years ago." He also cites the focus on experiential learning and the integration of technology across the board with the laptop computer initiative as two other very important aspects of the UMC experience. "Since they have the opportunity to work with it every day I'm not sure the faculty and staff realize just how distinctive their use of technology is and just how well they are preparing graduates for their lives after college. It's really quite remarkable," he adds.

"Mary and I are extremely excited to be a part of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and the Crookston community," says Wood. He will reside in the guest suite on campus in Evergreen Hall until his apartment in town is ready in August. Mary will join him after she ties up some loose ends with her work and family matters, but she will visit regularly until then.

"The University of Minnesota system, much like the University of California system, continues to be integral to its home state, and the fact that a large number of students attending the Crookston campus are first generation students is not lost on me," Wood says. "Those first steps into higher education can be intimidating, but they can also be wonderful and inspiring. And with the supportive, friendly environment I see here, it's not surprising to me to see the growth and success that has occurred on this campus.

"My predecessor Chancellor Chuck Casey set the stage for continued growth and success," adds Wood, "and I'm honored and humbled to be able to follow him as the leader of U of M, Crookston 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.

In the photos, at top: Fred Wood at his desk during his second day as chancellor.

Middle, right: Mary and Fred Wood

Bottom, left: Moira, Meghan, and Kiel


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

MCFI Mike Vivion, MN (Apr12).jpgMichael T Vivion (at left), a 6-time Master and Society of Aviation and Flight Education (SAFE) member, recently renewed his Master CFI accreditation.  Vivion is a check airman and teaching specialist in the University of Minnesota, Crookston's aviation program. The 1998 Nat'l Aviation Safety Counselor of the Year, he also serves as a FAASTeam representative in the FAA's Minneapolis FSDO area.  

Master Instructors LLC takes great pride in announcing a significant aviation accomplishment on the part of Michael T Vivion, a check airman in the University of Minnesota's aviation program and resident of Crookston, Minnesota.  Recently, Vivion's accreditation as a Master Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) was renewed by Master Instructors LLC, the international accrediting authority for Master Instructor designations as well as the FAA-approved Master Instructor Program.  He first earned this national professional accreditation in 2002, has held it continuously since then, and is one of only 24 worldwide to earn the credential six times.        

To help put these achievements in their proper perspective, there are approximately 96,000 CFIs in the United States.  Fewer than 700 of those aviation educators have achieved that distinction thus far.  The last 17 national Flight Instructors of the Year were Master CFIs (see www.GeneralAviationAwards.org/)  while Vivion is one of only eight Minnesota teachers of flight to earn this prestigious "Master" title.  

In the words of former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey, "The Master Instructor accreditation singles out the best that the right seat has to offer."

The Master Instructor designation is a national accreditation recognized by the FAA.  Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community, and must pass a rigorous evaluation by a peer Board of Review.  The process parallels the continuing education regimen used by other professionals to enhance their knowledge base while increasing their professionalism. 

Designees are recognized as outstanding aviation educators for not only their excellence in teaching, but for their engagement in the continuous process of learning -- both their own, and their students'.  The designation must be renewed biennially and significantly surpasses the FAA requirements for renewal of the candidate's flight instructor certificate.

Questions regarding the Master Instructor Program may be directed to 303-485-8136 or MasterInstrs@aol.com.  For more information about the Master Instructor Program and to locate other Masters, please visit the "Find a Master Instructor" section of www.MasterInstructors.org.  To learn more about the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE), visit http://SafePilots.org. The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) can be reached through their website at http://IAC.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: Mike Vivion, chief pilot, 218-281-8114 (mvivion@umn.edu); Ron Del Vecchio, professor and head, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8109 delve004@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@um

U of M, Crookston Announces Spring Semester 2012 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of spring semester 2012 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during spring semester 2012. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,600 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

NameMajorMinorHonors
Aasness, Alisha ReneemaeHorticulture B SBusiness Mgmt 
Ahmed, Shukri A IIApplied Studies B S  
Anderson, Jacolby FitzgeraldSport and Recreation Mgmt B S  
Aulabaugh, LanceQuality Management B M M  
 Manufacturing Management B M M  
Balfanz, Ashley AnnaBusiness Management B S  
Bartholomew, Angela MarieBusiness Management B S Distinction
 Equine Science B S Distinction
Bauer, Janie MEarly Childhood Education B S  
Benson, Christina AnnCommunication B S  
Bergemann, Brittany CarolMarketing B S  
Blawat, Melissa AAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Blazek, Jonathon DennisBusiness Management B SMarketing 
Blees, Samuel GCriminal Justice B S Distinction
Boaten, Nana SarkodieMarketing B S  
Boen, Chase PAgricultural Business B S Distinction
 Agronomy B S Distinction
Borgerding, Thomas JacobAgricultural Business B SAnimal Science 
Boutain, Bryan EdwardMarketing B S  
Bowen, Andrew WAviation B S  
    
Braastad, Cory AntonNatural Resources B S  
    
Byram, Casey JayNatural Resources B S  
Caillier, Emily AnnHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
 Biology B S  
Calderwood, Tyler JAgronomy B S  
Caldwell, Michele MarieApplied Studies B S  
Cardinal, Eric DavidNatural Resources B S  
Carleton, Sheila Catherine ElizabethAgronomy B S  
 Natural Resources B S  
Carty, Amoy AnnessaHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B SMarketing 
Chen, QiBusiness Management B S Distinction
Cheng, YuAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Chouinard, Eric DavidBusiness Management B S  
Christensen, Brian KellyHorticulture B S  
Coyne, Kevin MichaelGolf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Czichotzki, Austin DeanCommunication B SBusiness MgmtDistinction
Dachel, Andrew ThomasBusiness Management B S  
Daly, Mitchell PAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Dearden, EricAccounting B S  
DeGrio, Deborah MarieHealth Management B S  
Denver, Megan INatural Resources B S High Distinction
Ding, YuanAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Doyle, Jena MarieEquine Science B S  
Dullinger, Jackie LeeBiology B S  
 Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Eben, Myrna DBusiness Management B S  
Enghauser, Chase KarlBusiness Management B S  
Eul, Megan ElizabethEarly Childhood Education B S High Distinction
Evans, Christin RBusiness Management B S  
Even, Angel AApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (certificate)  
Feely, Matthew DavidManufacturing Management B M M  
Finke, Shanel CherieCommunication B S  
Fisher, Eric EdwardBusiness Management B SMarketing 
Folkert, KelseyAnimal Science B S  
Forester, Payne AllenBusiness Management B S  
Gaukerud, CarlAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Gorentz, AndrewAgronomy B SAgric BusinessDistinction
Grabowski, David Ernest JamesCriminal Justice B S  
Grahek, Adam MichaelMarketing B S  
Graves, Trent BBiology B S  
Griffin, Cory AnnNatural Resources B S  
Hamel, Theresa AnnetteAgronomy B S  
 Agricultural Business B S  
Hardy, Brenyn DNatural Resources B S  
Hatch, Casey LouiseNatural Resources B S  
Hein, Jacob EltonAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAnimal Science 
Hendricks, Adam EBusiness Management B S  
Hersy, Abdi EApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (certificate)  
Horoshak, Jeffrey NicholasNatural Resources B S  
Hucko, Zachary J.Golf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Hulst, EthanAgronomy B S  
Huston, Antonia CalderonAccounting B S  
Jarvis, Cassandra ChristineCriminal Justice B S  
Jiang, LiyaAgricultural Business B S  
Johnson, Falyn RAgricultural Business B SAgronomy 
Johnson, Katy J.Natural Resources B S High Distinction
Johnson, Kristina LeeAnimal Science B S  
Johnson, Nicholas DanielNatural Resources B S  
Kappelhoff, Brianna MOrganizational Psychology B SCommunication 
Keimig, Rachel FernAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Khan, Shozab MahmoodManufacturing Management B M MBusiness MgmtDistinction
 Quality Management B M M Distinction
Kimball, CoryNatural Resources B S  
Klehr, Kayla AliceAnimal Science B S High Distinction
Kleinschmidt, Adam JNatural Resources B S  
Kocina, Kathleen JAccounting B S  
Koo, KyungwookAccounting B S High Distinction
Kopietz, Terence DanielNatural Resources B S  
Kramer, Megan ElizabethEquine Science B SCoaching Minor 
Kriegh, LoisBusiness Management B S  
Krikke, Alyssa AnneHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S High Distinction
Krueger, Kayla LeighEquine Science B SAgric Business 
Krueger, Matthew CalebAgricultural Business B S  
Kupferschmid, Brett AdamNatural Resources B S  
Kyarsgaard, Jameson RobertManufacturing Management B M M  
Lahman, Samantha CAnimal Science B SAgric Business 
  Communication 
Lakhan, Hansraj NarainApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof (certificate)  
Langerud, Luke RAgronomy B SAgric Business 
Larson, Zachary RNatural Resources B S  
LaRussa, Dominic Frank JrBusiness Management B S  
Lazzari, Benjamin AlexNatural Resources B S  
Lee, Sung SooMarketing B S  
Liebl, Quinton NelsNatural Resources B S  
Limanen, Jesse WilliamNatural Resources B S  
Link, AustinNatural Resources B S  
Longar, Arol SalvatoryOrganizational Psychology B S  
Luo, XiSoftware Engineering B S  
Macheledt, Tyrell ThomasNatural Resources B S  
Malarkey, Donna MQuality Management B M MMarketing 
Matykowski, Kelsey JayneNatural Resources B SHorticulture 
McLean, CodyNatural Resources B S  
McVey, Eli WarrenBusiness Management B S  
Meyer, Megan MAnimal Science B SEquine Science 
Miller, Maranda RNatural Resources B S High Distinction
Mo, ChengyuBusiness Management B S High Distinction
Morgan, Eric J.Business Management B S  
Myers, Lucas AllenApplied Health B A H  
Myers, Paul MichaelHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Nelson, Kimberley AnnAgronomy B SAnimal Science 
Neu, Kristine MarieHorticulture B S High Distinction
 Communication B S High Distinction
Nguyen, Hai ThiManufacturing Management B M M  
Nyhus, Trenton DavisSport and Recreation Mgmt B SCoaching Minor 
Olson, Lori AnnApplied Health B A H  
Osowski, Alysia AnnAgricultural Business B S  
 Agronomy B S  
Ostrov, Jessica IrisApplied Studies B S  
Otten, Kristin MaryManufacturing Management B M M  
Palm, Heather LeaHealth Management B S Distinction
Pan, FangjingBusiness Management B S High Distinction
Paulson, Cheryl AnnApplied Health B A H  
Pearson, NicoleApplied Studies B S  
Pilger, Whitney MarieHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B SChemistry 
 Biology B S  
Plante, Kayla JaneCommunication B SCriminal Justice 
Plass, John MichaelAgronomy B S High Distinction
Powell, Corinne HApplied Health B A H  
Proulx, Kristopher JamesBusiness Management B S  
Ranweiler, Mark AnthonyNatural Resources B S  
Rasmussen, Jennifer LeeHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Reed, Megan ElizabethMarketing B S Distinction
Rene, Tanya CHealth Management B S  
Robinson, Jeffrey ScottBusiness Management B S  
Rondorf, Jordan JAgricultural Business B S  
Rosemeyer, Lucas JeffreyNatural Resources B S  
Runck, Jeffrey PfaenderNatural Resources B S  
Rustan, Joshua MCriminal Justice B S  
Saeed, Mohamed AbdullaHlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (certificate)  
Schabo, LisaEquine Science B S  
Schiller, Jeffrey JNatural Resources B S  
Schmidt, Robert WNatural Resources B S  
Schneider, Katie ElizabethEquine Science B S  
 Agricultural Business B S  
Schumacher, Allison AnnSport and Recreation Mgmt B SMarketing 
  Coaching Minor 
Seidel, Cory DNatural Resources B S  
Shaw, AllenAgricultural Business B S  
Shulstad, Nichole RaeAccounting B S  
Slover, Thomas GaryBusiness Management B S  
Smith, Miranda MApplied Health B A H High Distinction
Snow, Deandre Stafford BenjaminCommunication B S  
Stai, Lauren MAgronomy B S  
Stanley, Christa PaulineBusiness Management B S Distinction
Steen, AnnaEquine Science B SMarketing 
Stenger, ScottNatural Resources B S  
Stokes, Demi RaeEquine Science B SAnimal Science 
Strand, Lynsey RaeAccounting B S  
Stromme, Trevor JAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Suchla, Nicholas JohnHlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof (certificate)  
Sullivan, Benjamin CharlesNatural Resources B SHorticulture 
Swenson, ChelseaSoftware Engineering B S  
Thomas, Stephanie MarieBusiness Management B S  
 Marketing B S  
Thomsen, Elisabeth MEquine Science B SAnimal Science 
Thon, Andrew NathanManufacturing Management B M M  
Tong, Jian Hao AlvinBusiness Management B S  
 Natural Resources B S  
Trotter, Julie AnnHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S Distinction
 Marketing B S Distinction
Tweed, Brady AlanAgronomy B S  
Vaughn, CraigAgricultural Systems Mgmt B S High Distinction
Walters, NicholasGolf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Wang, YijunSoftware Engineering B S  
Waters, Trenton RobertGolf and Turf Mgmt B S Distinction
Wegner, Trevor DavidNatural Resources B S  
Wells, Sara NicoleEquine Science B S  
 Biology B S  
Wendt, Benjamin GNatural Resources B S  
Westby, Abbie JeanAgricultural Education B SCoaching Minor 
Wilson, Cassie AnnNatural Resources B S  
Wright, JoscelynAccounting B S  
Yang, JieAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Yimgnia, Christian GuyAccounting B S  
Younggren, Savannah RAgricultural Business B SAgronomy

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

NWSA 2012 Reunion Invite_Page_1.jpgThe Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association welcomes alumni back to the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Saturday, June 30, 2012, for their annual reunion. Theme for the weekend is "A Summer Place" and the day is filled with activities for alumni.

Three outstanding alumni will be honored with the Top Aggie award, the highest honor awarded by Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field. The Top Aggies for 2012 are Helen (Rasmussen) Tangen '41, Bemidji, Minn; Mark Chisholm '52, Gary, Minn; and Richard Olson '62, Grand Forks, N.D. These outstanding individuals will be recognized during a special luncheon on Saturday.

The NWSA was a residential high school located on the Crookston campus from 1906-68. The reunion weekend is planned by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations in cooperation with the NWSA Alumni Association board and is always held the last weekend in June.

The NWSA alumni reunion, first held in 1918, brings back alumni from the Northwest School of Agriculture, a residential high school located on what is now the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. The NWSA graduated its first class of 8 students in 1909.

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


Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, development and alumni relations, 218-281-8434, (ckemmer@umn.edu ); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446, (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Minnesota Campus Compact held their annual awards ceremony in early June 2012 at IMG_4314.jpgMacalester College in Minneapolis. University of Minnesota, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey attended the awards ceremony along with Rachel Lundbohm, instructor in the Business Department and Alexandra Buscher, a senior from Merrifield, Minn., majoring in business management. Also joining them was Dave Bennet who represented the Rydell National Wildlife Refuge and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge at the ceremony.  

Each year presidents and chancellors from the 40 college and university members are invited to give statewide recognition to effective civic engagement leaders in three categories including Presidents' Student Leadership Award, Presidents' Community Partner Award, and the Presidents' Civic Engagement Award.

The Presidents' Student Leadership Award was awarded to Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and accepted by Alexandra Buscher. The award is for an individual student or a student organization that models 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.
SIFE students work with small businesses and organizations. Locally, they assisted an entrepreneur with his startup taxicab service and a jam and bagel maker expand her business. They also worked with local elementary and high school students. Globally, they have been focused on the need for clean water. They established a permanent water filtration at a boarding school in Nepal and are currently working on a similar project in Nigeria.

The Presidents' Community Partner Award was awarded to Rydell National Wildife Refuge/Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge and accepted by Dave Bennett. The award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

Rydell National Wildlife Refuge and Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge have both served as sites for students to learn about resource management, assist with research studies, and recreate. Students, staff, and refuge staff work together on bluebird house monitoring, photo point monitoring, wood duck box monitoring, buckthorn control, forest restoration, and vegetation inventories.

The Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award was awarded to Rachel Lundbohm. This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) 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.

As an instructor and associate director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, Lundbohm has assisted local farmers marketing their produce and improved local farmers' markets through service-learning projects. She was an early proponent of service-learning and partners with several different organizations. Lundbohm says that "marketing students need to be able to market anything," and she is always willing to take on new challenges with her enthusiasm and creative ideas.

Minnesota Campus Compact supports civic engagement and democratic renewal through its diverse network of colleges and universities. To learn more, visit http://www.mncampuscompact.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, left to right, are Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Dave Bennett, Rachel Lundbohm, and Alex Buscher.

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

Area students named to the spring semester 2012 Dean's List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

To qualify for a place on the Dean's List, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. The Crookston campus is the online leader in the University of Minnesota system and the only campus providing every full-time student with a laptop computer. University of Minnesota Regents officially changed the name of the Crookston campus to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1988.

Name Academic Plan
Abikar,Abdikafi Mayow Health Management 
Adelman,Paul W Sport &Recreation Mgmt 
Afonya,Ibitoru Health Sciences
Albertsen,Andrew Natural Resources 
Arvellos,Marcus Business Management 
Atinda,Levi Magari Health Sciences
Bae,Jung Seok Business Management 
Baek,Gyungyoun Health Sciences
Baker,Benjamin Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Ball-Warriner,Melissa Ann Applied Studies 
Barta,Michelle Lee Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Bartholomew,Angela Marie Business Management/Equine Science
Beck,Mitchell L Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Benusa,Katherine Ann Communication 
Berens,Sean Andrew