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Enjoy the beautiful sounds of talented student, faculty, staff, and community musicians 
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during the fall music concert at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The concert featuring the UMC Jazz Band, the UMC Choir, and the Crookston Community Band, will take place on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium. There is no admission charge, but a freewill offering will be taken to support music programs on the Crookston campus. 

The Crookston Community Band and UMC Jazz Band are under the direction of TJ Chapman, a lecturer at the U of M Crookston, and the UMC Choir is directed by Associate Professor George French. 

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 UMC Choir performed at the 2014 Torch & Shield 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)

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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)

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)

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)

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)

GuidetoOnlineSchools2012.jpgThe University of Minnesota ranked number 2 out of more than 200 colleges and universities across the nation in the not-for-profit category for online education, according to the recently-released 2012 rankings by Guide to Online Schools, a leading college education website. 

 

View the top 30 listing of colleges.  

 

While the ranking was given to the entire U of M system, the Crookston campus provides ten online undergraduate degrees, and these degrees were included in the overall ranking by Guide to Online Schools.  These ten online degrees represent the majority of the U of M system's online undergraduate offerings.  

 

Divided into for-profit and not-for-profit categories, schools were evaluated and ranked based on criteria such as accreditation, tuition and cost of books, graduation and retention rates, student feedback, and student loan repayment rates.  The statistics used in the online school rankings were gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

 

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, mchristo@umn.edu

Music and theater students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will be performing the OklahomaMarch2012.jpgmusical Oklahoma! under the direction of Associate Professor George French. The production is scheduled to take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, March 29-31, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. along with a special matinee performance on Sunday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. Tickets for the performances are $6 for adults and $3 for children. Students at the U of M, Crookston are free with their U-card.

Oklahoma!, the first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, is set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906 around the town of Claremore. It focuses on the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams along with another romance between cowboy Will Parker and his fiancée, Ado Annie. The performance of Oklahoma! at the U of M, Crookston features an all-student cast and crew.

The musical is based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs and choreography based on the original dances by Agnes de Mille. Oklahoma! is presented through special arrangement with R&H Theatricals: www.rnh.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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston has been granted full-continuing approval from the Minnesota Board of Teaching to prepare individuals for Minnesota teacher licensure through June 30, 2019. UMC currently offers a licensure program in Early Childhood Education and is seeking to add a licensure program for Elementary Education beginning in the fall 2012 semester. The Board took the action during their February meeting and also commended campus leadership for their expeditious response to the findings report and for evidencing full compliance to the required standards. Full-continuing approval has a seven-year interval and is determined by the Board of Teaching.

The approval follows 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.

"This current action taken by the Board of Teaching to provide UMC its full 7-year continuing approval clearly affirms the quality of our faculty and curriculum," noted Jack Geller, Ph.D., head of the Liberal Arts and Education Department. "Equally important, it sets the stage for the addition and growth of the Elementary Education licensure program here at UMC," he added.

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 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, professor and head, Liberal Arts and Education Department, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

4 colleges in Minnesota made the list of 150:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

University of Minnesota begins search for new Crookston chancellor

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert Jones have launched a national search for a new chancellor of the Crookston campus.

University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Chancellor Charles H. Casey will retire on June 30, 2012, following seven years at the post.

President Kaler and Jones have appointed Bill Peterson, professor in UMC's Department of Math, Science and Technology, along with Carol Carrier, special assistant to the senior vice president for System Academic Administration and professor in the Department of Organizational Learning, Policy and Development on the Twin Cities campus, to co-chair the search committee.

Other search committee members are:
•    Alisha Aasness, undergraduate student, UMC, and president, Crookston Student Association
•    Sue Brorson, professor and head, Department of Business, UMC
•    Pam Elf, associate professor, Department of Math, Science, and Technology, UMC
•    Stephanie Helgeson, department director, Department of Athletics, UMC
•    Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, associate professor, Department of Liberal Arts and Education, UMC
•    Denis Maier, assistant professor, Department of Business, UMC
•    Harouna Maiga, associate professor, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UMC
•    Roger Moe, former majority leader, Minnesota Senate, and president, National Strategies, Inc.
•    Albert Sims, associate professor and director of operations, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Crookston
•    Pete Wasberg, director of human resources and safety, Otter Tail Power Co., and chair, UMC Advisory Council
•    Deb Zak, regional director, University of Minnesota Extension, Crookston

The search committee aims to develop as rich and diverse a candidate pool as possible, and invites both nominations and applications for the position. The search committee's goal is to name the next Crookston chancellor this summer.

"The Crookston campus strengthens the University and the state as a vital hub for applied research, teaching and outreach in Northwestern Minnesota," said Jones. "President Kaler and I seek a visionary leader for UMC who will build on Chancellor Casey's significant accomplishments - including new degree programs, enrollment gains, increased diversity and technological innovation."

For more information about the search, please go to www.umcrookston.edu/chancellorsearch.

News release announcing Chancellor Casey's retirement.

About the University of Minnesota, Crookston

Established as an institution of higher learning in 1966 and offering baccalaureate degree programs since 1993, the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) proudly carries on a tradition of a century of educational service to Northwestern Minnesota. As a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota, UMC is integral to the University's statewide land grant mission. The college provides its unique contribution through applied, career-oriented learning programs that combine theory, practice and experimentation in a technologically rich environment. UMC, with an enrollment of 1,600 students, connects its teaching, research and outreach to serve the public good. To learn more about UMC, please go to www.crk.umn.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, UMC University Relations, asvec@crk.umn.edu, (218) 281-8438 Chuck Tombarge, University News Service, ctombarge@umn.edu, (612) 625-8510

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

U of M, Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2011 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of fall semester 2011 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during summer 2011. 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.

Fall Semester Graduates:

Name Major Minor Honors
Alade, Abraham Babatunde Manufacturing Management B M M    
Alexander, Calvin Darius Applied Studies B S    
Awender, Christopher R Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S    
Bakken, Keith Jory Business Management B S and Quality Mangement BMM    
Bienias, Kevin Leonard Manufacturing Management B M M    
Blair, Jamie Lynn Health Management B S   Distinction
Borst, Ronald R Manufacturing Management B M M    
Brazier, Tyler  Jorden Software Engineering B S    
Bulger, Shawn Douglas Natural Resources B S    
Carter, Amanda Victoria Business Management B S   Distinction
Chen, Hui Business Management B S    
Collins, James  Matthew Business Management B S    
Cooley, Elizabeth  Shayna Organizational Psychology B S Business Mgmt  
Crowell, Tammy Lynn Business Management B S    
Dagoberg, Seth D Agricultural Bus B S and Agronomy BS    
Derisma, Shelton E Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S    
DeWitte, Cory Charles Haugen Manufacturing Management B M M Business Mgmt  
Ellerbusch, Kayla L  Business Management B S and Marketing B S   Distinction
Ellingson, Ryan  Patrick Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S    
Ericson, Amy Lea Business Management B S    
Gregg, Daniel Christopher Business Management B S    
Gullekson, Tim Troy Business Management B S    
Gustafson, Erik  Mueller Golf and Turf Mgmt B S and Horticulture B S Business Mgmt  
Habermehl, Aaron Matthew Applied Studies B S    
Haggerty, Stephanie  Ann Business Management B S    
Hagness, Cassandra K Applied Studies B S    
Harren, Joseph Agronomy B S Agricultural Bus High Distinction
Harrer, Chad  Jonathan Golf and Turf Mgmt B S and Horticulture B S    
Heier, Michael  Anthony Manufacturing Management B M M    
Heo, Joongi Software Engineering B S    
Hines, Nathan Alan Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof  (Certificate)    
Holzbauer, Skyler S Agronomy B S Agricultural Bus  
Hudon, Mark D Criminal Justice B S    
Johnson, Scott L Golf and Turf Mgmt B S and Horticulture B S    
Julian, Elizabeth K Natural Resources B S    
Kenfield, Colin Patrick Applied Studies B S and Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (Certificate)    
Khandwalla, Sabiha Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof  (Certificate)    
Koch, Joshua W Manufacturing Management B M M and Marketing B S    
Kotila, Sylvana Claire Applied Health B A H    
Kubica, Melanie Applied Studies B S    
Lawrence, Kaci Business Management B S    
Lechner, Amy  Jo Applied Health B A H    
Lee, Adam Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S    
Leeper, Kevin M Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
Lenneman, Theodore Thomas Horticulture B S and Golf and Turf Management B S Business Mgmt  
Linde, Kaitlyn Natural Resources B S    
Maki, Samantha J Early Childhood Education B S   High Distinction
Masters-Wolfe, Jenny Applied Studies    
McWilliam, Marissa  A Animal Science B S    
Metcalf, Cody M Agronomy B S    
Meyer, Andrew Fritz Business Management B S    
Miller, Eric W Manufacturing Management B M M    
Mirviss, Joel Arthur Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof  (Certificate)    
Murchison, Todd Shannon Manufacturing Management B M M    
Olson, Jonah Gregory Natural Resources B S    
Overby, Justin L Agronomy B S    
Overgaard, Stephanie Jo Business Management B S    
Packer, Benjamin J Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
Packer, Lindsey Renae Applied Studies B S and Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (Certificate)   Distinction
Parsons, Kalpana Gabrielle Early Childhood Education B S    
Pellerin, Misty Anne Business Management B S    
Perry, Collin Clifford Business Management B S and Marketing B S    
Plut, Eric  George Manufacturing Management B M M    
Qualley, Kristin Lynn Agricultural Bus B S    
Rarick, Jessica Ray Natural Resources B S    
Riepe, Mark Thomas Agronomy B S Agricultural Bus  
Rittenour, Kristin Louise Business Management B S    
Rollness, Jayden Thomas Agricultural Bus B S Agronomy  
Schliep, Michael Leroy Software Engineering B S    
Schmitt, Clayton Thomas Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
Schmitz, Gemma C Natural Resources B S Horticulture  
Shatley, Carol A Manufacturing Management B M M    
Skoien, Brittney Marie Equine Science B S and Agricultural Business B S Communication  
Soland, Aaron  J Business Management B S    
Sticha, Devin Agronomy B S    
Stoltenberg, Anita Denise Applied Health B A H    
Thompson, William Agronomy B S Agricultural Bus Distinction
Tjossem, Mitch R Natural Resources B S    
Tran, Lam Manufacturing Management B M M    
Trottier, Joshua M Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
Vant, Kyle Rutger Natural Resources B S    
Vedder-Miller, Kara Marie Applied Studies B S    
Visger, Jay Christian Biology B S Chemistry  
Vogel, Christopher Paul Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S    
Wallace, Jacqueline Kathleen Business Management B S Marketing  
Walter, Marc E Agronomy B S    
Werner, Kristin A Horticulture B S    
Williams, Latecia Maria Applied Studies B S    
Wilson, Laura  Anne Agricultural Bus B S and Equine Science B S    
Wimmergren, Joshua David Manufacturing Management B M M    
Wrzos, Holly Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S   Distinction
Young, Anthony Natural Resources B S    
Zhou, Xi Business Management B S and Marketing B S    

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)

Casey_Charles.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, D.V.M., announced today that he plans to retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.  Casey has been UMC chancellor since September 2005 and has held other University leadership roles over nearly 35 years, including serving as a member of the Board of Regents and as dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension.

Casey, whose last day as chancellor will be June 30, 2012, made the announcement during his "state of the campus" address to the UMC community.  He expressed pride in the growth of the campus during his tenure, citing accomplishments including new programs, gains in enrollment and diversity, strategic facility investments, and completion of a comprehensive strategic plan.

"This is the right time for me to step down after a long and satisfying career," said Casey.  This is a time of significant challenges for higher education, but by most measures, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is thriving and well positioned for further growth.  I have great confidence in the future under the leadership of University President Eric Kaler."

Casey added, "I will always be grateful for the support I've received.  The faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota, Crookston are incredibly talented and committed to the campus as well as to the success of our students."

University Senior Vice President Robert J. Jones, who with Kaler oversees the University's four coordinate campuses, said Tuesday that plans for a national search for Casey's replacement will be announced soon, with the goal of having a new chancellor on board at Casey's departure.

"Chancellor Casey has been an exceptional leader for the Crookston campus and for the greater University," said Jones, who was on campus for Casey's address.  "He has steered the campus to a new level of excellence as a teaching and applied research hub for northwestern Minnesota."

"Chuck's contributions to the entire University and state have been significant, including his leadership for UMC, Extension, and on the Board of Regents," said Kaler.  "I thank him for his exemplary service and look forward to working with him to ensure a smooth transition for the Crookston campus."

During Casey's tenure, the campus added several new degree programs, including bachelor's degrees in biology, criminal justice, environmental sciences, marketing, and software engineering.  The number of online degree programs, and student enrollment in such programs, expanded significantly, with an emphasis on high-quality educational services for nontraditional or continuing students, community organizations, and the workforce.  In 2009, the campus also became home to an online-learning support and referral center serving the entire University system.
 
The Crookston campus saw significant enrollment gains including four consecutive years of record high enrollment.  The number of degree-seeking students hit an all-time record of 1,600 for fall semester 2011, a 52 percent enrollment increase over the six-year period from 2005 to 2011. Two new residence halls, Centennial Hall (2006) and Evergreen Hall (2009), were built to accommodate the influx of students.  Casey said that securing approval from the Board of Regents for construction of an additional residence hall will be a priority during his final semester as chancellor.

The diversity of the UMC student body also grew under Casey's leadership, with increased enrollment of both students of color and international students.  In fall 2011, students of color represented approximately 11 percent of the student body, compared with 8 percent prior to Casey's arrival in 2005.  International students were 9 percent of the student body in 2011, compared with just under 3 percent.  Agreements that Casey signed with schools in Korea and China accounted for much of the international growth; overall, UMC now welcomes students from 30 countries and 40 states.

Casey, who holds a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, was a two-term member of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, from 1979 to 1991 (from 1989 to 1991 as chair). Prior to his appointment as chancellor, he served six and a half years as dean and director of University of Minnesota Extension; before that, he spent seven years as director of outreach services for the University's College of Veterinary Medicine.  He was the vice chair of the North Central Extension Directors and served on the University of Minnesota Foundation Board, Hubert H. Humphrey Institute Advisory Board, and the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Board.

Early in his career, Dr. Casey served as a captain in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, worked for 27 years as a practitioner in rural veterinary medicine, and was a partner in the Dodge Veterinary Clinic in West Concord and Dodge Center, Minnesota.  He is a lifetime member of both the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.  He has served on a number of local volunteer organizations.
 
He is a member of Phi Zeta Honor Society of Veterinary Medicine and Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society of Agriculture, and has received awards including the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota, Director's Distinguished Service Award from the Minnesota Extension Service, Torch & Shield Award from the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and Minnesota Veterinarian of the Year.

Casey is married to Barbara Muesing and has three adult children and three grandchildren.

Chancellor search committee announcement.

Contact: Andrew Svec, UMC director of communications, asvec@umn.edu, 218-281-8438; Kate Tyler, System Academic Administration, ktyler@umn.edu, 612-626-8535

retirees.jpgA retirement reception was held on Tuesday, January 10, to recognize the dedication of ten individuals during their many years of service at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The reception, held in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center, was filled with families, friends, and coworkers.

Honorees in attendance at the reception were Dennis Magsam, audiovisual operations manager in Media Services, 43 years of service; John Rodseth, senior office assistant in the Business Department, 37 years of service; Sonia Spaeth, assistant professor in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 36 years of service; Jacquie Normandin, administrative aide in Human Resources, 26 years of service; Bob Nelson, registrar and director of Institutional Research, 24 years of service; and Karen Murphy, executive operations/student services specialist in the Business Department, 24 years of service.  

Other individuals retiring who were unable to attend the reception but are recognized for their years of dedication were Trish Ramstad, executive administrative specialist in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 45 years of service; Arlene Tahran, executive administrative specialist in Business Department, 42 years of service; Cleon Melsa, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, 38 years of service; and Deanna Patenaude, community program specialist in Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 20 years of service.

In the photo (l to r) are Dennis Magsam, John Rodseth, Robert Nelson, Karen Murphy, Sonia Spaeth, and Jacquie Normandin.

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

The first-ever edition of Top Online Education Program rankings by U.S.News & World Report finds the University of Minnesota, Crookston ranked nationally among the top 40 colleges and universities in two separate categories for its online bachelor's  degree programs.  The U of M, Crookston earned the #32 spot out of 173 colleges and universities nationally in the Teaching Practices and Student Engagement category and the #40 spot out of 179 schools nationally in the category Student Services and Technology. The rankings were made public today by the news organization.

U.S.News & World Report created these rankings in response to today's high demand for education provided in a flexible manner.  Online education has become increasingly popular due to this flexibility.

"This kind of recognition certainly underscores the quality and dedication of our faculty and staff who have been working with online education for more than ten years," said Charles Casey, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston.  "It's yet another way we are able to serve students in a manner that addresses their needs and utilizes technology while helping them make important career connections."

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.).  These online programs are administered through the Center for Adult Learning.

"The U of M, Crookston's online degrees provide students with an exceptional brand in an accredited academic environment," said Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning.  "Our online learners value the flexibility of our online degrees--available 24/7 when they can fit it into their personal and professional responsibilities.  Being recognized by U.S.News and World Report's top 40 online ranking is validation and proof of our commitment to students and their academic future."

Susan Brorson, Ph.D., professor and department head of the U of M, Crookston's Business Department, added, "This recognition speaks to the dedication of our faculty and staff in meeting student needs with quality course designs and our commitment to a world-class learning experience.  It's also a tribute to the outstanding students who have been or currently are enrolled in our programs and the interaction they experience within our online learning environment."  Half of the U of M, Crookston's online degree programs are offered by its Business Department.

While U.S.News has applied some of its rankings standards used for traditional schools, many new measures have been developed and were used to evaluate online programs.  In order to be considered for the rankings, online degree programs needed to have at least 80 percent of their course content available online.

Online bachelor's degree programs were ranked in three different 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 both for-profit and not-for-profit schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, please go to www.usnews.com/onlinemeth. There were no numeric rankings for overall program quality this inaugural year.  

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.   For more information on the U.S. News Top Online Education Program rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/education/online-education or find U.S. News on Facebook or Twitter.

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: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 281-218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communication, 218-281-8423 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Students Named to Dean's List for Fall Semester 2011 at the U of M, Crookston

Students named to the fall semester 2011 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.

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.

Fall Semester 2011 Dean's List

Name Major


Abdullahi, Ahmad Applied Studies 
Addo, Alexmai B Undecided
Albertsen, Andrew Natural Resources 
Baek, Gyungyoun Health Management 
Bainter, Tiffany Business Management 
Ball-Warriner, Melissa Ann Applied Studies 
Barta,Michelle Lee Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Beattie, Morgan Marie Criminal Justice 
Benson, Amanda Marketing 
Benson, Christina Ann Communication 
Berens, Sean Andrew Natural Resources 
Berg, Steffanie Jean Communication 
Biermaier, Rachel LaVerne Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Bitschenauer, Anna Christine Accounting 
Blace, Jenna Natural Resources 
Brenny, Trenton Gene Natural Resources 
Breth, Tiffany Nicole Animal Science 
Buesing, Samuel T Business Management 
Carpenedo, Karen M Equine Science 
Chang, Feng Software Engineering 
Charles, Jessica L Animal Science 
Chen, Qi Business Management 
Chu, Yiqi Agricultural Business 
Church, Kenzie Business Management 
Crots, Jensen Health Management 
Cymbaluk, Zach D Agricultural Business 
Dagoberg, Seth D Agricultural Business/Agronomy
Darst, Ericka Ann Marketing 
Dohmeier, Nicole Marie Accounting 
Dutchak, Taylor Health Management 
Erickson, Kayla W Agricultural Education 
Feng, Jiaolong Business Management 
Fenno, Dillon J Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Fillmore, Rowenna Animal Science 
Flaagan, Shandy L Animal Science 
Flint, Amanda Kristine Agricultural Business/Equine Science
Flynn, Megan Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Folkert, Kelsey Animal Science 
French, Sarah Lynn Business Management 
Fu, Xianfeng Software Engineering 
Funk, Maria C Agricultural Education 
Goodroad, Justin J Agricultural Education/Animal Science
Gorentz, Andrew Agronomy 
Granfors, Jacob W Natural Resources 
Gregory, Stephen L Manufacturing Management 
Guetter, Robert Natural Resources 
Gurung, Tashi Wongdi Environmental Sciences
Gurung, Yangchen Dolker Business Management 
Gustofson, Kelly Jo Early Childhood Education 
Hagen, Katie Agricultural Business/Animal Science
Han, Myoung Don Business Management 
Hartung, Ashlynn R Horticulture 
Haug, Erika Maxine Equine Science 
Hedberg, Benjamin John Business Management 
Held, Blake Business-Undeclared
Hersy, Abdi E Applied Studies 
Hoff, Adam Software Engineering 
Holzbauer, Skyler S Agronomy 
Hong, JuA Accounting 
Hu, Wenjun Business Management 
Hua, Guogang Agricultural Business 
Huynh, Zachary Software Engineering 
Jackson, Mark Thomas Natural Resources 
Jackson, Wade Theodore Natural Resources 
Jacobson, Whitney M Agricultural Education/Animal Science
Jennings, Jesse J Criminal Justice 
Jensen, Tanner L Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Jeong, Seongbin Organizational Psychology 
Jin, Chen Agricultural Business 
Johnson, Scott L Golf and Turf Mgmt/Horticulture
Joppru, Caitlin M Business Management 
Jung, Eun Ki Business Management 
Jung, Sun Jung Communication 
Kalinowski, Ethan Natural Resources 
Keimig, Rachel F Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Kim, Deok-Won Business Management 
Kim, Hwee Accounting 
Kim, Ye Eun Organizational Psychology 
Klehr, Kayla Animal Science 
Kocina, Kathleen J Accounting 
Koep, Mark Natural Resources 
Kramer, Megan E Equine Science 
Kubica, Melanie Applied Studies 
Kutsev, Hionia Petrovna Health Management 
LaCoursiere, Emmett Peter Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Lamp, Kevin J Natural Resources 
Lee, Amy Rae Agricultural Education 
Lee, Jin-Seung Undecided
Li, Shuhang Software Engineering 
Liebl, Quinton Nels Natural Resources 
Lim, Ji-Su Business Management 
Lindstrom, Shannon Michelle Business Management 
Liu, Yundi Accounting 
Looker, Brittany A Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Lovins, John E Business Management/Quality Management
Lu, Yang Software Engineering 
McArthur, Leah Nicole Quality Management 
McGraw, Thomas A. Undecided
Meissner, Brendan Agricultural Business 
Melin, Mariah C Animal Science/Equine Science
Mikutowski, Mary C Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Miller, Geoffrey Marketing 
Moore, Malcolm Xavier Business Management 
Morris, Sarah E Animal Science 
Mosher, Presley E Horticulture 
Munson, Jeremy George Business Management 
Nedrud, Hannah R Equine Science 
Neu, Kristine M Communication/Horticulture
Novak, Brooke N Communication 
O'Neil, Addie Equine Science 
Pearson, Nicole Applied Studies 
Perea, Josh Criminal Justice 
Pierce, Cassandra Jean Business Management 
Plante, Josee Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Plautz, Katelin Mary Natural Resources 
Ramponi, Andrea L Animal Science 
Rarick, Jessica Ray Natural Resources 
Rattanasamay, Mariah Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Reed, Megan Elizabeth Marketing 
Reysen, Hannah M Business Management/Marketing
Ritter, Alena Quality Management 
Robinson, Trista Business Management 
Robles, Audrey Undecided
Roder, Ashley Megan Sport &Recreation Mgmt 
Rodriguez, Melanie C Animal Science 
Rollness, Jayden Thomas Agricultural Business 
Roy, Lindsey J Accounting 
Rupprecht, Donovan Reese Agri/NatRes-Undeclared
Samuelson, Rick Allen Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Schliep, Michael Leroy Software Engineering 
Schmierer, Jeremy Agricultural Business 
Schmitz, Gemma C Natural Resources 
Schneider, Alyssa Elementary Education 
Selvestra, Drew A Criminal Justice 
Setness, Blake David Animal Science 
Shin, Hye Won Health Management/Information Technology Mgmt 
Sigler, Ross A Accounting 
Sim, Ye Young Undecided
Skoien, Brittney Marie Agricultural Business/Equine Science
Sorlie, Katherine Marie Business Management 
Sorlie, Nicole E Animal Science 
Sorrell, Karlie Elizabeth Animal Science 
Stang, Candice Elizabeth Business Management 
Stanley, Christa Pauline Business Management 
Sugar, Joshua L Business Management 
Tan, Chong Agricultural Business 
Teixeira, Leonardo Business Management 
Trotter, Julie Ann Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt/Marketing
Van Dyke, Vayla M Natural Resources 
Vaughn, Craig Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Wacker, Daniel Accounting 
Walters, Nicholas Golf and Turf Mgmt 
Waters, Trenton R Golf and Turf Mgmt 
Wavra, Danielle Biology 
Weng, Yaowen Agricultural Business 
Westby, Abbie Agricultural Education 
Will, Leonard Thomas Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Williams, Benjamin Rex Natural Resources 
Wilson, William R Accounting 
Wright, Joscelyn Accounting 
Wrzos, Holly Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Yao, Jiabin Business Management 
Yimgnia, Christian Guy Accounting 
Zhou, Xi Business Management/Marketing
Zhou, Xiaowei Accounting 
Zhou, Yun Agricultural Business 
Zieska, Nicole A Accounting 
Zuck, Samantha Ann Animal Science 


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

Students named to the fall semester 2011 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 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.

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.

Chancellors List for Fall 2011

Name Major
   
Abbey, Wemimo S Business Management 
Bakken, Keith Jory Business Mgmt/Quality Mgmt/Health Mgmt
Bartholomew, Angela Marie Business Management/Equine Science 
Bauer, Janie M Early Childhood Education 
Bendel, Cayla R Natural Resources 
Beth, Brianna S Biology 
Bjorgo, Matthew J Undecided
Boen, Chase P Agricultural Business/Agronomy
Borowicz, Matthew G Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Bullo, Aman Amano Applied Studies 
Buscher, Alexandra W Business Management 
Chen, Xihao
Cho, Hyun Min
Agricultural Business 
Biology
Cloutier, Michael A Business Management 
Cook, Allison Joy Health Management 
Czichotzki, Austin Communication 
Denver, Megan I Natural Resources 
Dohmeier, Alexa Equine Science 
Eul, Megan Elizabeth Early Childhood Education 
Geller, Stephanie H Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Grahek, Adam Michael Marketing 
Green, Matthew Agr Systems Mgmt/Agronomy/Agr Business 
Gu, Yue Software Engineering 
Haggerty, Stephanie Business Management 
Harren ,Joseph Agronomy 
Hillstrom, Alisha Marie Business Management 
Hinzmann, Mary L Accounting 
James, Josh Natural Resources 
Jiang, Hong Cheng Business Management 
Johnson, Katy Natural Resources 
Kaiser, Kelsey S Natural Resources 
Kankelfritz, Megan Nicole Applied Studies 
Kenyon, Krista A Natural Resources 
Koo, Kyungwook Accounting 
Koval, Katelyn Elizabeth Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Krikke, Alyssa Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Kuznia, Destiny Eve Business Management 
Lee, Dae Yeul Accounting 
Lee, Dong Sung Undecided
Liu, Siyuan Business Management 
Lu, Zhou Software Engineering 
Maki, Samantha J Early Childhood Education 
Martell, Ashley E Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Miller, Maranda Natural Resources 
Mo, Chengyu Business Management 
O'Connell, Stephanie Animal Science/Equine Science 
Origas, Nicole Marie Business Management 
Packer, Lindsey Renae Applied Studies 
Palm, Heather Lea Health Management 
Pan, Fangjing Business Management 
Paris, Casey Lee Agricultural Business 
Park, Koung Un Accounting 
Pepper, Trista Business Management 
Pristanski, Madelyn K Equine Science 
Rindahl, April Jean Accounting 
Scully, Shannon R Animal Science 
Sibert, Jeremy L Criminal Justice 
Simon, Kassandra Joy Marketing 
Stanton, Dawn Marie Accounting 
Stolp, Shane A Accounting 
Sullivan, Brandi Nicole Equine Science 
Thompson, William Agronomy 
Van Treeck, Amy L
Wood, Aliscia
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education
Zastrow, Yahna K Equine Science 

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

Collectively, they represent 335 years of service to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The unwavering dedication and service of ten individuals will be recognized during a retirement reception to be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2012, from 3-4:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  The public is invited to attend the reception that includes a special program beginning at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Honorees who will be in attendance include Dennis Magsam, audiovisual operations manager in Media Services, 43 years of service; John Rodseth, senior office assistant in the Business Department, 37 years of service; Sonia Spaeth, assistant professor in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 36 years of service; Jacquie Normandin, administrative aide in Human Resources, 26 years of service; Bob Nelson, registrar and director of Institutional Research, 24 years of service; and Karen Murphy, executive operations/student services specialist in the Business Department, 24 years of service.

Other individuals retiring who are unable to attend the reception but are recognized for their years of dedication include Trish Ramstad, executive administrative specialist in Liberal Arts and Education Department, 45 years of service; Arlene Tahran, executive administrative specialist in Business Department, 42 years of service; Cleon Melsa, assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, 38 years of service; and Deanna Patenaude, community program specialist in Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), 20 years of service.

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)

For one class at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the end of the semester meant integrated_marketing_communication_class.jpgsharing ideas to help strengthen and promote local farmers markets. Students in Rachel Lundbohm's integrated marketing communication class were involved in a service-learning project to help farmers markets in northwest Minnesota. Service learning combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful community service, and the purpose of the project was to conduct research on farmers' markets, suggest ways to increase awareness, and devise options for helping to build the customer base.

Research results identified target markets and their characteristics including the demographics and psychographics of each. Students developed marketing slogans, logo suggestions, a methodology for advertising, and included a marketing budget. Recommendations were made ranging from sales promotions to reaching consumers through print, radio and other media. The students also addressed the use of social media as a marketing tool. In order to determine the effectiveness of the marketing, students suggested possible assessment tools to learn more about market customers.

The research project was the result of Lundbohm, who also serves as the associate director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), connecting a need identified through the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) with students in the integrated marketing communication course.

The markets and member vendors collaborated in seeking assistance in market promotion. During the second week of the semester, students met with representatives of farmers markets and Linda Kingery, executive director of the NWRSDP to learn more about the marketing challenges these farmers markets face. The NWRSDP works to sustain Minnesota's natural resource-based communities and industries by addressing community-identified agriculture, natural resources, and tourism issues in partnership with the University of Minnesota.

Joining Kingery for the presentations were Sarah Reese coordinator for Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) for Polk County; Chuck and Barb Schulstad, vendors at the Mentor Farmers' Market; Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning at the U of M, Crookston; and Kim Turner from the White Earth Community Farmers' Market.

Kingery was impressed with the marketing ideas the students presented. "The connection of Rachel Lundbohm to both CRES and the teaching of this class were a perfect combination for us," Kingery says. "The students learned practical application of what they were taught in the class by applying it directly to promoting farmers markets in this region. We gained a lot of fresh, valuable ideas through their work and what also is exciting is that many of these ideas can be easily implemented."

In February a compiled marketing plan will be presented to farmers markets in the region and a spring semester class will continue with a similar approach in a retail and merchandising management course.

The seventeen students in the class included Yu Cheng, a senior agricultural business major from Hangzhou, China; Kate Holmquist, a junior communication major from  Middleton, Wis.; Jean-Michel Habeck, a senior marketing major from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Josh Koch, s senior double major in marketing and manufacturing management from Cedar, Minn.; Joann Blom, a senior marketing major from Thief River Falls, Minn.; Melissa Blawat, a senior agricultural business major from Viking, Minn.; Jie Yang, a senior agricultural business major from Shaozing, China; Steph Thomas, a senior double major in business and marketing from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada; Yuan Ding, a senior agricultural business major from Hangzhou, China; Scott Steuck, a junior communication major from Dassel, Minn.; David Anderson, a junior business management major from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Tyler Roed, a sophomore sport and recreation management major from Devils, Lake, N.D.; Eric Fisher, a senior business major from Hartland, Wis.; Mike Boebel, a sophomore sport and recreation management major from Deerfield, Wis.; Amoy Carty, a senior hotel, restaurant and tourism management major from Sandy Point, St.Kitts & Nevis; and Xi Zhou, a senior business management major from Chong Sing, China; and Vaughn Loomis, a senior business management major from Walker, Minn.

Through the University of Minnesota, Crookston, CRES is a grant funded organization that assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. CRES serves eleven counties including Beltrami, Clearwater, Kittson, Lake of the Woods, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau.  CRES is located in Dowell Hall 117. For information, call 218-281-8595 (cres@tc.umn.edu), or visit www.umccres.org.

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

In the photo, back row (l to r): Lisa Loegering, Vaughn Loomis, Mike Boebel, Eric Fisher, Scott Steuck, Joann Blom (in front of Steuck);Tyler Roed, David Anderson, Jie Yang

Middle row: Rachel Lundbohm, Stephanie Thomas, Josh Koch; Amoy Carty, Yu Cheng, Yuan Ding, Melissa Blawat, Xi Zhou.

Seated: Courtney Bergman, Linda Kingery, Chuck Schulstad, Barb Schulstad, and Sarah Reese.

Not pictured: Kate Holmquist and Jean-Michel Habeck

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

Kick off the the holiday season with a concert of the holiday's best music performed by the University of Minnesota, Crookston choir under the direction of Associate Professor George French. The concert will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at 3 p.m. in the Hafslo Chapel located on the grounds of the Polk County Museum. The concert is free and all are welcome.

The Hafslo chapel, once a Norwegian country church built in 1888, closed in 1978. It was moved in 1983 to the Crookston campus where it was located for almost twenty years before it was moved to the Polk County Museum grounds located at 719 East Robert St., Crookston, 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: George French, associate professor, Music and Theater, 218-218-8266 (gfrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Campus Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, December 3, 2011

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

The musical-comedy "Zombie Prom" will be performed by music and theater students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on November 16-20, 2011. Performed in the historic Kiehle Auditorium, the play is nightly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 16-19 with a special matinee performance on Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults; $3 for students and children; and U of M, Crookston students are free with their U-Card. Anyone donating an non-perishable food item for the North Country Food Shelf in Crookston will receive a $1 discount on admission.

The musical is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal, Miss Delilah Strict, played by Brooke Hamilton. Pretty senior Toffee, played by Melissa Graf, has fallen for the class bad boy, played by Joe Harren. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. A tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50s keeps the action rocking across the stage. It is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Cast members of "Zombie Prom" are (cast names included in parentheses): Nathan Anderson (Jake), Appleton, Minn., a freshman majoring in agricultural education; Austin Czichotzki (Eddie), Barnesville, Minn., a senior majoring in communication; Mark Frenzel (Josh), Blackduck, Minn., a freshman majoring in agricultural systems management; Jessica Girgen (Candy), Madien Rock, Wis., a freshman majoring in health sciences; Melissa Graf (Toffee), Hokah, Minn., a sophomore majoring in animal science; Brooke Hamilton (Miss Delilah Strict), Adams, Minn., a junior majoring in animal science; Joe Harren (Jonny), Eagle Bend, Minn., a senior majoring in agronomy; Alissa Hermandez (Coco), Savage, Minn., a freshman majoring in equine science; Tyler Lowthian (Joey), Richfield, Minn., a freshman majoring in organizational psychology; Liz Massie (Ramona), Eagan, Minnesota, a freshman majoring in communication; Joanie Melichar (Sheila), Bloomington, Minn., a freshman majoring in animal science; Miah Smith (Ginger), Hutchinson, Minn., a freshman majoring n health sciences; and Amanda Wagner (Announcer), Fisher, Minn., a senior majoring 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.

Contact: George French, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education, 218-281-8266 (fgrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, November 19, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

Filled with more than 200 guests, Bede Ballroom was the site of the annual Torch & 2011_10-26_Torch & Shield group 2530.jpgShield Recognition held at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Wednesday, October 27, 2011.  The highest honor given by the campus, the Torch & Shield Award, celebrated the leadership of four individuals who have aided in the development of the Crookston campus, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) and Extension. The evening, hosted by Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston and Albert Sims, director of operations at the NWROC, also was an opportunity to recognize and thank donors.

This year's Torch & Shield honorees included  Robert Nelson, registrar and director of institutional research, U of M, Crookston;  Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for university services, University of Minnesota; Li Shuming, president of Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic, Hangzhou, China; and Carol Windels, professor of plant pathology, Northwest Research and Outreach Center.

President Li addressed the crowd via Skype from Hangzhou, China. The U of M, 2011_10-26_Torch & Shield Li Shuming 2600.jpgCrookston collaborates with ZJETP and a number of students from that institution currently attend the Crookston campus, where they are working to complete their bachelor's degrees.

Greetings from the University of Minnesota Foundation were brought by Frank Robertson, director of planned giving. Robertson was joined by Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations at the U of M, Crookston, to recognize members of the Presidents Club.

2011_10-26_Torch & Shield students 2582.jpgThe evening included a second focus showcasing student achievement. Brooke Hamilton, a junior from Adams, Minn., majoring in business management, opened the evening with the solo Silent Noon from "House of Life" accompanied by George French, director of music and theater on the Crookston campus. Ben Williams, a junior from Excelsior, Minn., majoring in natural resources, spoke to the audience about the importance of student academic scholarships. The evening was captured on video by Tony Taylor, a junior majoring in marketing from Sheridan, Wyo., who works as a student assistant in Media Services.

Concluding the evening was a research presentation by Katy Smith, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. Joining her were two students, Tyler Brazier, a senior from Greenbush, Minn., majoring in software engineering; and Beth Walters, a senior from Crosslake, Minn., majoring in environmental science. Together with Smith they presented their work on the impact of wetland plants on the restoration of contaminated soil sediments and the construction and design of a greenhouse gas collection chamber.

Allison Noll, a senior double majoring in agricultural business and agricultural education from Mahnomen, Minn., works as a student assistant in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations and was an integral part of the evening's activities. The string trio playing during the social included two student musicians, and a number of students attended the event as representatives on advisory committees. Students in the Horticulture Club were responsible for the floral arrangements and Student Ambassadors assisted during the evening. A number of students also were involved in serving the banquet following the program.

For more information on Torch & Shield, visit www.umcrookston.edu/torchandshield.

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

In the photos:
Top right photo: (left to right):Carol Windels, professor of plant pathology, Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC);  UMC Chancellor Charles Casey; Robert Nelson, registrar and director of institutional research, UMC; Albert Sims, director of operations, NWROC;  Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for university services, University of Minnesota.


Center right photo: President Li addresses the audience at Torch & Shield via Skype.

Bottom left photo:
Students featured at the Torch & Shield Recognition were (left to right): Ben Williams, Beth Walters, Brooke Hamilton, Tyler Brazier, and Tony Taylor.


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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of pianist and composer Franz Liszt's birth, the SteveCarlson copy-1.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston will host a concert by Stephen Carlson, professor of piano at Bemidji State University. The concert will be held on Tuesday, October 25, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be performed on the new grand piano located in the Evergreen Residence Hall lobby.  Evergreen Hall is located directly north of the UMC athletic fields on the south side of the campus. The performance, sponsored by Concerts & Lectures, is free and the public is invited.

The evening will begin with Liszt's St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Water followed by Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven. Following a program intermission will be Ballade No. 4 in Fminor, Op. 52 by Frederic Chopin and conclude with Three Movements from Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky.

A member of the Bemidji State University Music Department since 2006, Stephen Carlson is a versatile soloist and chamber musician who has performed at many colleges, universities, and festivals throughout much of the U.S. and Eastern Canada.  
In 2005, Dr. Carlson made his New York debut as a solo recitalist in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall with a program that included Schumann's Symphonic Etudes, Stravinsky's Three Movements from Petrushka, and various works by Beethoven, Debussy and Scriabin.  From 1995 to 2003, he appeared at Minnesota Valley Sommarfest in St. Peter, Minn., where he performed an array of solo and collaborative works.  Appointed to the Performing Artist Roster of the South Carolina Arts Commission, he has also performed chamber music with members of the South Carolina Philharmonic as well as the Charleston and Greenville [S.C.] Symphonies.  He has appeared with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra three times: last season in which he played Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, in 2009 when he played Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 and in 2007 when he played Beethoven's Triple Concerto along with Michelle Laliberte and Patrick Riley.  He also performed the Tchaikovsky with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, Mozart's Concerto in A major, K. 414 with the Gustavus Adolphus Chamber Orchestra, and Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals with the Mississippi Valley Chamber Orchestra.

He completed the doctor of musical arts degree in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa where he studied with Uriel Tsachor.  He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois and Gustavus Adolphus College where he studied with Ian Hobson and John McKay, respectively.

This season, Carlson has recitals scheduled in Arizona, Minnesota, North and South Carolina, North Dakota, and Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Also an innovative clinician with wide-ranging interests, he is frequently called upon to give master classes, piano teacher workshops, and to adjudicate contests. Most recently, he instituted "Piano Day" with the support of the Bemidji State University Foundation and Department of Music.  Prior to coming to Bemidji State where he is associate professor of music, Carlson was a tenured faculty member at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C.  He has also taught piano at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, Gustavus Adolphus College and St. Joseph's School of Music in St. Paul, Minn.

For more information, contact Associate Professor George French at 218-281-8266.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: George French, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education, 218-281-8266 (fgrench@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently hosted an institutional evaluation visit by an assessment team representing the Minnesota Board of Teaching. This site visit was a follow up to the Crookston campus earning initial institutional approval from the Minnesota Board of Teaching in 2007 to prepare students for state teacher licensure.

The evaluation team, chaired by Teacher Education Specialist JoAnn Van Aernum, was on campus for the three-day visit to review the 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.

Meeting these standards, which are designed to maintain high quality in teacher licensure candidates, is part of the process as the U of M, Crookston seeks to gain full-continuing approval for its teacher preparation program. Full-continuing approval has a seven-year interval and is determined by the Board of Teaching.
 
Van Aernum indicated she felt the visit was a positive one and clarified its importance. "The purpose of the visit by our team is to evaluate according to the criteria and make a recommendation to the Board of Teaching," she said. "It is critical that institutions meet these established rules for teacher preparation in order to provide the high quality teachers we need in our schools."

A report from the team will be prepared and delivered to the campus in early December, at which time the campus may provide further documentation if needed. A recommendation by the team will be sent to the Board for a final decision, and an announcement of the decision is expected in the first quarter of 2012.

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 26 bachelor's degree programs, 16 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 more than 1,500 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, professor and head, Liberal Arts and Education Department, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Fall Convocation is scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2011, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The convocation will be held in Kiehle Auditorium at 12:30 p.m., and celebrates student accomplishment including recognizing those earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average during spring semester 2011 and the contributions of student-athletes and student leaders. The public is welcome to attend.

The fall convocation guest speaker will be Linda Kingery, at right, executive director of the Kingery_Linda 6757.jpgNorthwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP), where she has served since 2000. Under Kingery's leadership the NWRSDP functions with the University to further research, education, and outreach consistent with sustainable development principles. Kingery is a 2006 Torch & Shield Award recipient.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of more than 1,500 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Tom Baldwin, senior vice chancellor, academic and student affairs, 218-281-8340 (tbaldwin@umn.edu): Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston honored six exceptional individuals during homecoming. Recognition for three Outstanding Alumni and three Athletic Hall of Fame inductees was held on Friday evening, September 30, 2011, in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center.

AHOF_OA_2011.jpgNamed Outstanding Alumni for 2011 were Ann Bailey '79, Larimore, N.D.; Kevin Fee '80, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Eric Klindt ex. '99, Campbell, Minn.  Athletic Hall of Fame inductees included: Nathan Pitt '97, Morden, Manitoba, Canada; Luther Huggins ex. '84, Frisco, Texas; and Ed Odland, Crookston, Minn. Odland was honored for his long time support of Golden Eagle Athletics and his leadership to the Teambacker organization, the athletic promotion and fundraising organization on the Crookston campus.

The evening began with a social, followed by a banquet and program. U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey brought greetings from the campus. The choir, under the direction of George French, performed a musical number and led the singing of "Hail! Minnesota" and the "Minnesota Rouser."   A presenter, selected by the honoree, introduced each award recipient. Outstanding Alumni received their "Alummy," the award designed specifically for outstanding alumni recipients, and a commemorative plaque was presented to the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees. An additional plaque with the inductee's photograph will be placed in the Sports Center on the Hall of Fame wall outside of Lysaker Gymnasium.

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on alumni by thehomecoming logo.jpg University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family or in their occupational field. More than 125 alumni have been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award since its inception in 1980.

The Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes achievement by a former athlete or team, or extraordinary support of student-athletes by an individual or organization.  There have been seven teams and more than 40 individuals inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame since 1999 when the award was presented for the first time in campus history.

The Crookston campus opened its doors in 1906 as the Northwest School of Agriculture educating high-school students for 60 years until 1968. During its last two years of operation, the campus transitioned to a two-year technical college, known as the University of Minnesota Crookston Technical Institute. In 1993, the campus transitioned again to offer baccalaureate degrees and became the first-ever laptop university in the nation.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, seated, left to right: Ann Bailey, Ed Odland, and Kevin Fee. Standing: Chancellor Casey, Eric Klindt, Luther Huggins, Nathan Pitt, Athletic Director Steph Helgeson, and Director of Development & Alumni Relations Corby Kemmer.

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)

The highest honor given by the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the Torch & Shield Award, will celebrate the leadership of four individuals who have aided in the development of the Crookston campus, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) and Extension.

Honorees for 2011 include: Robert Nelson, registrar and institutional research director at the U of M, Crookston; Carol Windels, professor of plant pathology at the NWROC; Li Shuming, president of Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic in Zhejiang, China; and Kathleen O'Brien, vice president of University Services at the U of M, Twin Cities. The evening is also designed to honor donors and will highlight the achievements of several students as part of the program.

Nelson_Robert 1010.jpgRobert Nelson, Ph.D., came to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1987 as the vice chancellor for student affairs and director of financial aid. In 1996, he became registrar along with his duties as vice chancellor, a combined role he held until 2005, when he added the director of institutional research to his role as registrar.

Over the years, Nelson has held significant roles in the transition of the campus to a baccalaureate institution from a two-year technical college and the conversion from quarters to semesters. He led efforts on the Crookston campus for web-based student self-registration, the University (U) Card, Academic Progress Audit System (APAS) for academic advising, the campus institutional research program, the student center design and construction project, and the "one-stop" student service center among others.

He has been very active in the community serving from 2003 to 2008 on the RiverView Health board of directors, a member of Crookston Rotary Club and serving as president in 1997-98, president of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce in 1992, and a member of the Crookston 2000 Community Design Team. Nelson was awarded the Linda Schrempp Alberg Outstanding Contribution to Minnesota Higher Education award by the Minnesota College Personnel Association in 1995 and was named the Northwest Minnesota Counselors Association Administrator of the Year for 1990-91.

Kathleen O'Brien has served as vice president for University Services since October obrien_k.jpg2002. Under her leadership, University Services has been transformed into a campus leader in accountability, efficiency and outstanding service. University Services, with a $394 million annual operating budget and more than 3,000 employees includes Facilities Management, Capital Planning and Project Management, Auxiliary Services (Bookstores, Dining Services, Housing and Residential Life, Parking and Transportation, Printing Services, and University Stores), Public Safety (University Police Department, Central Security , and Emergency Management), and Environmental Health and Safety, and Building Codes.

Vice President O'Brien has system-wide leadership responsibilities on issues related to emergency preparedness, facilities, sustainability, campus master planning and environmental health and safety. Vice President O'Brien directs the University's efforts on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit line which will travel though the heart of campus on Washington Avenue. From 2003 to 2009, she and Athletics Director Joel Maturi led the construction of TCF Bank Stadium, the first Big Ten football stadium built in more than a generation.

President Li.jpgLi Shuming has served as president of Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP) since 2000. ZJETP in Hangzhou, China, is a partner university with University of Minnesota, Crookston. For the past ten years, President Li has paid special attention to building ZJETP's relationships with institutions overseas. He successfully strengthened ties with international education partners when he signed a cooperative agreement with the University of Minnesota, Crookston. This agreement established a ZJETP-UMC joint English as Second Language (ESL) program as well as two joint programs in agriculture business and computer software technology and allows ZJETP students to transfer to the U of M, Crookston to earn their bachelor's degrees.

President Li has been awarded Outstanding President by the National Marketing and Supply Group. Under his leadership, ZJETP has grown to offer four international cooperation programs, two language centers, and is now in collaboration with more than 10 institutions overseas.

Carol Windels, Ph.D., is a world renowned expert in sugar beet root diseases and has windels_carol.jpgmade 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 started 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 is 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 under graduate students who have worked in her lab and on her projects these many years.  She is a member of several professional societies and 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.

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 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of more than 1,500 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

One of the highlights of homecoming week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Thursday, September 29, 2011, was the coronation of the homecoming royalty. The evening was designed around the theme for this year's homecoming festivities "Golden Eagle Empire."

2011_9_Group 4Royalty 9180.jpgThe homecoming court included: Queen Katelyn Zins a senior from Starbuck, Minn., majoring in communication and King Austin Czichotzki, a senior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication; Princess Alexmai Addo, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minn., major undetermined; and Prince Brant Moore, a sophomore from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., majoring in business management.

Candidates were chosen by a vote by the student body. Crookston Student Association President Alisha Aasness, a senior double majoring in horticulture and business management from Fergus Falls, Minn., served as emcee and joining her at the podium was Brooke Novak, a junior majoring in communication from Dahlen, N.D.

Activities and events taking place throughout the2011_9_Homecoming Court 1881.jpg week included a powder puff football game, a spirit banner contest, gladiator jousting, culminating with a weekend of athletic competition and an alumni-student dance. For a complete listing of events, visit www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/homecoming.htm.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos:
Top, left:

Seated, left to right: Queen Katelyn Zins and King Austin Czichotzki. Standing: Princess Alexmai Addo and Prince Brant Moore. 



Bottom, right:

Front Row, seated, left to right: King Austin Czichotzki - senior, communication, Barnesville, Minn.; Queen Katelyn Zins, senior, communication, Starbuck, Minn.; Prince Brant Moore - sophomore, business management, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.; and Princess Alexmai Addo - freshman, undetermined, Minneapolis, Minn.

Middle Row: Jackie Dullinger - senior, biology and health sciences, Hutchinson, Minn.; Holly Wrzos - senior; hotel, restaurant, tourism; Big Lake, Minn.; Michelle Boateng - junior, biology, Rosemount, Minn.; Ebony Livingston - freshman, organizational psychology, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Kayla Bellrichard- freshman, business management, Elk River, Minn.; Ben Genereux - freshman, agronomy, Crookston, Minn.; Whitney Lian - sophomore, agricultural education, Thief River Falls, Minn., and Joanie Melichar - freshman, animal science, Bloomington, Minn.;

Back row: Tony Taylor - junior, marketing, Sheridan, Wyoming; Klint Mahne - junior, business management, Lake Bronson, Minn.; Anton Young - senior, natural resources, St. Cloud, Minn.; Kasey Okke - sophomore, agricultural education, Hawley, Minn.; Trent Nyhus - senior, sport and recreation, Almena, Wis.; Jonique Andrews - sophomore, criminal justice, Stockton, Calif.; Amanda Swann - junior, health sciences, Rochester Hills, Mich.; and Michael Laurich freshman, biology, Lansing, Ill.




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

For the past three years, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has served as the umcedacenter_verticallogo.jpgEconomic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for the state of Minnesota. That designation will continue with the recent awarding of a grant appropriation of $615,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Under the guidance of Jack Geller, Ph.D., who serves as director, the EDA Center will work with economic development agencies to focus on two complementary areas: Fostering a climate of entrepreneurship in economically distressed rural communities and increasing digital literacy and technology adoption. Geographic regions in Minnesota each have their own unique regional economy as well as economic challenges and opportunities. The Center will leverage the intellectual resources of the U of M to help distressed rural communities facing these economic and demographic challenges and broaden the tools available to regional economic agencies.

"Economic development has traditionally focused on business recruitment and retention, but more and more we are realizing that the path towards rural economic prosperity also includes creating a climate for entrepreneurship and small business creation.  More than ever in rural Minnesota we realize that small business is big business," notes Geller.

The grant also facilitates greater collaboration with University of Minnesota Extension. Geller worked with Dick Senese, associate dean for public engagement and the Extension Center for Community Vitality, to identify Extension programs and applied research that can be tapped to inform decisions in regional economies. Extension has expertise in applied research for communities, especially as it relates to supporting community-driven approaches to economic development.

"When it comes to facing the new economy, local leadership matters - a lot," says Senese.  "Extension's Center for Community Vitality is eager to help the EDA Center make University research practical and useful for those local leaders who are ready to grow their economy through business retention and development."

Utilizing the intellectual resources of the University and Extension will allow the Center to continue to provide technical assistance and applied research as well as foster a culture of entrepreneurship and business development across the state.

The Crookston campus will leverage funds to provide strategic investments through cash support and in-kind investments to help increase both opportunities for undergraduate research and internships with an economic development agency. The Center provides the opportunity to utilize the capacity of the U of M, Crookston in partnership with economic development agencies to support job creation, capital investment, business recruitment, and job retention.

"Since 2008 under the direction of Professor Jack Geller, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has served as the EDA University Center with a focus on serving the rural, economically-distressed communities across Minnesota.  This new award will greatly enhance our ability to expand the geographic reach of the University Center, help foster a stronger entrepreneurial culture in these communities, and enhance the digital literacy skills of small rural businesses in economically-distressed areas of the state," explains Charles H. Casey, D.V.M., chancellor at the U of M, Crookston. 

"This is strongly tied to our mission as a land-grant university; to leverage the skills and talents of our faculty and students to provide technical assistance and conduct applied research to solve real-world problems in rural Minnesota," Casey added.

To learn more about the EDA Center, visit www.edacenter.org . For more information about Extension, visit www.extension.umn.edu/community.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Jack Geller, professor and head, Liberal Arts and Education Dept. and director, EDA Center; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

For a fourteenth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the Midwest in its category for the 2012 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.  This year's rankings place the Crookston campus in the top three public colleges in the category "Best Regional Colleges." Within the specific category, U.S. News compared 371 colleges by region. The exclusive rankings are available today at http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-colleges/top-public and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

"Recognition from U.S.News & World Report is a credit to our outstanding faculty and staff, who work diligently to provide the best academic experience for our students," says Dr. Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston. "We are dedicated to helping students achieve, and we are proud to provide an education that prepares them well and results in a degree from the University of Minnesota.

"The students on our campus represent a cross section of the country and the world. This diversity of backgrounds brings great value to our campus and to the classroom," adds Casey.  "We want to engage our students in hands-on learning with a scope that is global, diverse, and teaches them to think and problem solve in preparation for their careers and for leadership roles in the communities where they will eventually live and work."

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's category in the U.S. News rankings, Best 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.

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 research 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/collegemeth.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: 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 Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Thomas Baldwin has announced that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has approved the following U of M, Crookston faculty members for tenure.

Thompson_Kevin.jpgTang_Jingpeng.jpgKevin Thompson, Ph.D., at left, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department and Jingpeng Tang, Ph.D. ,  at right, who teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department were each promoted from assistant professor to associate professor with tenure effective August 15, 2011.


 


Several new faculty members have been hired in the Business Department and the Math, Science, and Technology Department on the Crookston campus. New faculty members include:

Chen_Baizhou.jpgBaizhou Chen, C.P.A., at left, has been hired as an instructor of accounting in the Business Department.  A 2003 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, he holds an M.B.A. from St. John's University in Queens, New York.  Since 2006 he has worked in Assurance and Advisory Business Services for Ernst & Young, LLP, in New York City.  He is a licensed certified public accountant registered in the state of New York.

Courtney Bergman, M.B.A., at right below, has been hired as a lecturer in the Business Department to teach marketing and management. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Bergman_Courtney.jpgNorth Dakota and her master's degree from the University of Mary, both degrees are in business administration. She most recently worked as director of marketing for Douglas Place, Inc., in East Grand Forks, Minn., where she was responsible for all marketing activities for the company.
 
Breaker_Marty.jpgMartin Breaker, J.D., at left, has been hired as a teaching specialist in the Business Department.  He holds a juris doctorate from the University of North Dakota's Law School as well as a master of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.  In addition to teaching experience at Bemidji State University and Vermillion Community College in Ely, Minn., he has been the owner and CEO of a successful all-year resort in northeastern Minnesota, as well as an active duty member holding the rank of colonel in the U.S Army Reserve with service in Iraq and with commendations including the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

Lacole Hook, Ph.D. (ABD), at right, has been hired as an instructor in the area of sport and recreation Hook_Lacole.jpgmanagement for the Business Department.  She is completing a doctorate in sport management from the University of Kansas and holds an M.S.E. in sports management from Southern Illinois University and an M.B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, where she completed her undergraduate work.  She has served as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Science and the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, since 2007.

Tian_Kun.jpgKun Tian, Ph.D., at left, holds a doctorate in computer science from the Eric Johnson School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he has served as a graduate teaching assistant for software engineering and programming courses since 2006.  He will be teaching in the Math, Science, and Technology Department.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

Preview Day Scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Summer 2011 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of summer 2011 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during summer 2011. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,400 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 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
NameMajor
Honors

   
Anderson, Tyler DeanBusiness Management B S 
   
Armbrust, BillieJo MAnimal Science B S 
 Agricultural Business B S 
   
Belony, Marie YDietetic Technician A A S 
   
Blair, Matthew DAviation B S 
 Natural Resources B S 
   
Bronstad, Jason MarcusManufacturing Management B M MHigh Distinction
 Quality Management B M M 
   
Canny, Robert W IIIBusiness Management B S 
   
Carnell, David JohnQuality Management B M M 
 Manufacturing Management B M M 
   
Cologna, Shannon KayOrganizational Psychology B S 
   
Cretesio, Joe PantaManufacturing Management B M M 
   
Deshler, Elizabeth AnnApplied Studies B S 
   
Diaz, Anthony RBiology B S 
   
Dorland-Roan, Raichell LynnDietetic Technician A A SHigh Distinction
   
Drinkall, Adam JohnApplied Studies B S 
 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care 
   
Duale, Saleban MohumedHlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care 
 Applied Studies B S 
   
Gibeault, Megan ACommunication B S 
   
Gray, Nichole AngelaInformation Technology Mgmt BS 
 Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof 
   
Green, Melissa EHealth Management B S 
   
Greener, Jeffrey JamesApplied Studies B S 
   
Haggar, Bret ThomasManufacturing Management B M M 
   
Hitchen, Lana JoDietetic Technician A A S 
   
Holloway, Christine Marie SchmidtBusiness Management B S 
   
Hough, Nathan JonApplied Health B A H 
   
Jama, Ayanle AhmedHlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care 
 Applied Studies B S 
   
Kang, Eun HyeCommunication B SHigh Distinction
   
Kang, EunhyeHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S 
   
Kecker, Stephanie MichaelaAccounting B S 
   
Kennedy, Terasena CaylaApplied Studies B SDistinction
 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care 
   
Lahr, Kevin MichaelBusiness Management B SHigh Distinction
   
Larsen, Michael ShawnBusiness Management B S 
   
Lee, HongGilHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S 
   
Lissick, JeffreyNatural Resources B S 
   
Mendez, KennethCommunication B S 
   
Miller, Amber AnnAnimal Science B S 
   
Misialek, Casey RaeOrganizational Psychology B SDistinction
   
Nelson, Nicholas MorrisBusiness Management B S 
 Business Management B S 
   
Olson, Kari AnnaAnimal Science B S 
   
Pankow, Nicholas AustinHotel/Restrnt/Inst Mgmt A A S 
   
Pondish, Jonathan FosterCriminal Justice B S 
   
Prestidge, SteffaneHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S 
   
Reinitz, Jeremy JonAccounting B S 
 Business Management B S 
   
Rodney, Jerome McKoyBusiness Management B S 
   
Sachwitz, Rebecca JeanEarly Childhood Education B S 
   
Schmitz, Derek JBusiness Management B S 
   
Schreiner, Shari AnnApplied Health B A H 
   
Snider, Julie AEquine Science B S 
 Animal Science B S 
   
Staus Jr., MarvinCriminal Justice B S 
   
Thomas, Jerryann JoannieAccounting B S 
   
Williams, Ashley MarieHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S

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 has announced its Outstanding Alumni for 2011. homecoming logo.jpgThis year's honorees include Ann Bailey '79, Larimore, N.D.; Kevin Fee '80, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Eric Klindt ex. '99, Campbell, Minn. Recognition of these three exceptional alumni will be held during homecoming on Friday evening, September 30, 2011, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Reservations are required for the recognition and banquet and may be secured by contacting the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439.

The Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed on U of M, Crookston alumni by the alumni association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family or in their occupational field. More than 120 alumni have been honored with the Outstanding Alumni Award since its inception in 1980.

The accomplishments of this year's honorees include:

Ann Bailey graduated in 1979, when the Crookston campus was a two-year technical college, with a degree in animal science. She went on to earn her bachelor's degree in English from the University of North Dakota (UND), Grand Forks, and has worked for 27 years for the news media. Bailey is currently a features writer and editor at the Grand Forks Herald. She is a member of the North Dakota Newspaper Association where she has been recognized with a number of awards for her writing including several for first-place. Active in the community of Larimore, N.D., where she lives with her husband, Brian Gregoire, and their three children, Bailey serves on the Larimore School Board. She is involved at St. Stephen's Catholic Church where served as Altar Society president and taught Sunday school and is currently a reader and lay Eucharistic minister. Bailey is a part of the Relay for Life, volunteers at her children's school, for the Children's Miracle Network, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Make-A-Wish® Foundation of North Dakota.

Kevin Fee majored in rural communications graduating in 1980 from the U of M, Crookston when it was a two-year technical college. He went on to UND and for 12 years worked at the Grand Forks Herald as a sports writer. During that time he won several awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE) and in 1998, won a Top-10 APSE award for his feature writing. He started the Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic in Grand Forks, and for several years was responsible for lining up teams and sponsors along with managing the tournament. He is a member of G&T Communicators and Toastmasters. Along with those professional organizations, he is a past-president of the Minnesota Associated Press Sports Association and a former member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He is currently a communications supervisor for Minnkota Power Cooperative providing communications for 11 cooperatives and 12 municipals. He and his wife, Renee, live with their three children in Grand Forks.

Eric Klindt ex.'99 majored in agricultural aviation while he was a student on the Crookston campus. He is currently a pilot for Wilbur-Ellis, a marketer and distributor of agricultural products, animal feed, and specialty chemicals. He works out of Whapeton, N.D., where he is an aerial applicator of crop protection products and aerial seeding. Since 1999, he has owned and operated Luxury Limo Bus. Klindt is a member of the Minnesota Agriculture Aircraft Association and is on the board of directors for the National Agriculture Aviation Association, serving as secretary in 2008. He has presented annually since 2006 at the Professional Aerial Applicators Support System program, and in 2007 was a recipient of the Opal and Bill Binnion Memorial award, for his contributions related to educating the public about aerial application. His has been a member of the Wilkin County Sheriff Posse and served as captain for two years. He is also a Campbell (Minn.) Lions Club member, and he and his wife, Shanna, were chosen to be ambassadors for the 2010-11 Emerging Leaders of the Red River Valley. The father of two children, he and Shanna live in Campbell, Minn.

For more information on the award, and to view past recipients of the Outstanding Alumni Award, visit www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/outstandingAlumniawards.htm.

The Crookston campus opened its doors in 1906 as the Northwest School of Agriculture educating high-school students for 60 years until 1968. During its last two years of operation, the campus transitioned to a two-year technical college, known as the University of Minnesota Crookston Technical Institute. In 1993, the campus transitioned again to offer baccalaureate degrees and became the first-ever laptop university in the nation.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Summer might be drawing to a close, but the University of Minnesota, Crookston is enthusiastically preparing for the beginning of a new academic year. Classes for the new semester begin on August 23, 2011, and returning faculty, staff, and students have a lot to look forward to when they return. Along with several new faculty members in both the Business Department and the Math, Science, and Technology Department, facilities updates have been taking place across the campus.

A laboratory installed last spring in Dowell Hall uses immersive visualization and has a new additional classroom making the combined Immersive Visualization and Informatics Lab an environment where students and faculty can interactively explore complex data. Five screens and three tablet monitors allow for running multiple applications and an opportunity to stretch applications across multiple screens.

Over the summer, the science laboratories in Hill Hall have been completely renovated providing much needed lab space and increased opportunities for research. A major heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) update has been completed in Dowell Hall.
Environmental sciences, the newest degree program on the Crookston campus, will enter its second year. The program offers students a broad range of study in areas like environmental protection, water quality, ecotoxicology, and environmental health and safety to name just a few.

For students interested in learning online, there are three new degrees in information technology management, health management, and communication. Together with online degrees in accounting, applied health, applied studies, business management, marketing, manufacturing management, and quality management there are a total of ten online degree options.

The installation of card-access security doors is nearing completion, and while on-campus living remains a challenge due to increased enrollment, the campus is finalizing an agreement to provide housing for students in the nearby Americas Best Value Inn, formerly the Northland Inn.

Welcome back week for faculty and staff kicks off on Monday, August 15 and includes new faculty orientation, workshops, and other special events. Student-athletes already on campus have begun practice for the fall sports season and new student orientation is slated to begin on Friday, August 19. Students will be volunteering in the community for the annual "Meet Crookston through Service" on Saturday morning, August 20. For more information about events and activities on the Crookston campus, visit www.umcrookston.edu/today.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

PrincetonReview2012Badge.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. This announcement marks the fifth consecutive year the Crookston campus has been recognized.  It is one of 153 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its website feature, "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 1, 2011, on PrincetonReview.com.

U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey says the campus is pleased with the recognition and that it reflects positively on the work of an excellent faculty and staff.  "The acknowledgement of the Crookston Campus by The Princeton Review recognizes the hard work by our faculty and staff to offer an exceptional academic experience for our students," Casey says. "We strive to offer students an opportunity for hands-on learning in an atmosphere where diversity is appreciated and our students can develop their skills using the latest technology in their chosen field."

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.  In the profile on U of M, Crookston on the site, one student said that "During the week, life at UMC is 'easygoing and enjoyable,' focused on studying, sports, and club meetings."  Another student commented that the small size of the campus "give[s] you an opportunity to be a student leader and be important on campus."

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 220 colleges in the Northeast, 121 in the West, and 135 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.  Collectively, the 629 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The schools in The Princeton Review's "2012 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 2010-11 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, headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University, and it is not a magazine. For more information, visit PrincetonReview.com.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

 Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Students interested in earning a degree online have three additional degrees to choose from at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The U of M Board of Regents approved the online delivery of Information Technology Management and Health Management degree programs during the May 2011 meeting and an online Communication degree was approved during the Board's June meeting held last week.

This has in effect grown the online offerings at the University of Minnesota, Crookston to MUMlgC_online_color.jpg10 degree programs in addition to three certificate programs.

The new online degrees join the existing degree programs in accounting, applied health, applied studies, business management, marketing, manufacturing management, and quality management.

Adel Ali, Ph.D., head of the Math, Science, and Technology Department is confident that the online delivery of the degree in information technology management will both enhance and strengthen what his department has to offer. "For students interested in the field of information technology, this is a great opportunity to complete a degree in an online environment," Ali says. "Our faculty will engage students online just as they do in the classroom by allowing them to explore some of the latest technologies while giving them the chance to interact with other students who share a similar passion for computer technology."

The Information Technology Management (ITM) degree is designed for students interested in working as an information technology specialist, application developer, network administrator or webmaster. Graduates are prepared to work integrating new and advanced computer technology into an organization's infrastructure and managing daily operations. Working on technology-based projects also helps students gain valuable work experience.

The Health Management degree offers students interested in healthcare the opportunity to earn a degree or further their professional career. It prepares graduates for management positions in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, human service organizations, government, and other health related organizations. The Health Management program meets the requirements and is approved by the state of Minnesota's Board of Examiner's for long-term care administration licensure. Upon completion of the B.S. degree, graduates are qualified to write the state and national Long-Term Care Administrator Licensure Examination.

Ali believes that students who seek the new online Health Management degree will find it greatly beneficial to their careers if they would combine that with the currently available online certificate for Health Informatics' Privacy and Security for Health Care Providers.   Similarly, the currently online offered certificate of Health Informatics for Software Engineers and Information Technology Professionals will be a great complement to the ITM degree. "The number of jobs available in health information technology is growing very fast now," Ali says, "And all indicators point to an even faster rate in the future to keep up with the computerization of medical records."
    
For those interested in the Communication degree, the Crookston campus can prepare students for a career in advertising, public relations, corporate communications, or as an editor, event planner, public affairs officer, political campaign leader or speech writer. Students can earn a degree with a concentration in an area of interest and one that will fit their career goals. Skills learned in communication will transfer to business, government, and public service.

Jack Geller, professor and head of the Liberal Arts and Education Department likes what the online degree in communication means for students. "Offering communication online will allow students to develop their writing, presentation and interpersonal skills and help them effectively translate those skills to the workplace," Geller says. "It augments the opportunities in the Liberal Arts and Education Department for students, and our faculty members are excited to engage students in the study of communication online as well as in the classroom."

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). For more information about the online degrees, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online  or call 218-281-8680 (cronline@umn.edu).
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Adel Ali, head, Math, Science, and Technology, 218-281-8268 (adelali@umn.edu); Jack Geller, head, Liberal Arts and Education, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); E

Czichotzki_Austin 9898.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston Senior Austin Czichotzki, Barnesville, Minn., will attend the Association of College Unions International Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) at State University of New York in Brockport, N.Y., on July 24-29, 2011. Czichotzki, a communication major, will be chair of Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE) at the U of M, Crookston for the 2011-12 academic year.

Czichotzki is the co-recipient of the ACUI Region 10 Jean Kendall I-Lead Scholarship and is also sponsored by the Sargeant Student Center at the U of M, Crooksotn.  Czichotzki has been a student center information desk staff member since January of 2010 and an information desk manager since August of 2010.

The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. Its members work on urban and rural campuses, in two-year and four-year institutions, and at large and small schools. They are students and administrators whose mission is to build campus community.

The Institute for Leadership Education and Development (I-LEAD) is a six-day, living-learning program designed to emphasize the key concept areas of leadership, community development, and change. I-LEAD offers an opportunity for the college students to focus on personal growth and other issues facing our world. The institute prepares students to develop skills that will serve them as leaders in any situation, regardless of role, organization, or environment.

Each year, ACUI Region 10, which consists of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba, and Western Ontario, offers the Jean Kendall I-LEAD award to two undergraduate or graduate students from the Region interested in the experienced-based learning program. For more information on ACUI, visit www.acui.org.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and nearly 40 concentrations, including seven online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: : Lisa Samuelson, Departmental Manager of Student Activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu) Jordan Melbye, University Relations Communication Assistant, 218-281-8446 (melby085@umn.edu) Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-843

Eight University of Minnesota, Crookston students studied abroad in China for three great_wall_group_photo.jpgweeks as a cultural immersion experience through the university. Cities visited in China included Beijing, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. Students were overseas from Monday, May 16 through Tuesday, June 7, 2011.

The time abroad was part of the curriculum of the GNED 3000 Global Seminar course taught by Associate Professor Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson. This three credit spring course fulfilled the liberal education requirement of global perspectives. The course was not major exclusive and encompassed a wide variety of career interests. The time abroad was about more than site seeing; the goal was to experience history, language, food, relational and cultural aspects of China.

Students in the Global Seminar course included Kristine Neu, senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn., majoring in horticulture and communication; Donna Malarkey, junior, Crookston, Minn., majoring in quality management; James Kriegh, junior, Crookston, Minn., majoring in software engineering; Allison Schumacher, senior, Crookston, Minn., majoring in sport and recreation management; Rob Canny, senior, Oshkosh, Wis., majoring in business management; Levi Atinda, sophomore, Maple Grove, Minn., majoring in biology; Sang Jun "Jeff" Lee, freshman, Incheon, Korea, majoring in business management; and Alysha Thielen, junior, Maple Grove, Minn., majoring in animal science. 

Beijing was the first city visited during the three weeks abroad. Students were climbing the Great Wall of China on their first day in the country. It was a once in a lifetime experience that tested everyone's endurance. Other stops in Beijing include the 2008 Olympic Village, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. The time spent in Beijing was filled with historic cultural experiences that allowed students to become part of China's long, rich history.

Hangzhou was where the students spent the majority of their trip. The city is famous for schumacher_neu_temple_cave.jpgWest Lake, which is a fresh water lake approximately 2.3 square miles in area.  Students were able to take a boat ride around the lake to absorb the sites of Hangzhou. Further appreciation of West Lake was instilled after the viewing of West Lake Impression, which is a theatrical performance set on the lake that encompasses music and lights to tell a Romeo and Juliet story of China.

While in Hangzhou students learned about Chinese commodities including tea and silk through visits to the Mei jia wu tea village, the China National Tea Museum, and the China National Silk Museum. Other visits in Hangzhou included the Six Harmonies Pagoda overlooking the Qiantang River, the Ling Yin Temple, Hu Xue Yan's Former Residence, and He Fang Street which is a noted shopping area.

levi_atinda_tea.jpgTo give U of M, Crookston students the opportunity to truly be international students, the time in Hangzhou included a one week stay at Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University (ZAFU). Students stayed on campus and were able to experience housing, meals, classes, and student life. ZAFU provided instructors for a variety of topics related to Chinese culture including language, history, tea culture, calligraphy & painting, traditional medicine, folk music, tai chi, and martial arts. This was a valuable portion of the trip as it allowed the U of M, Crookston students to learn what it is like to be an international student in China as well as compare and contrast the university systems between the two countries.

Another university visit was made by the students as they spent a day at Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechinic (ZJETP) which was the host university for the three week trip in China. Students were treated to a campus tour and had the chance to interact with ZJETP students who were interested in future study in America. University President Shuming Li formally recognized each U of M, Crookston student and presented them with a certificate of completion for their time abroad. President Li also treated to the students to a gracious Chinese meal for which they were joined by three U of M, Crookston professors. Business Department Head Dr. Susan Brorson, Associate Professor Margot Rudstrom, Associate Professor Jingpeng Tang, were each teaching Chinese students at ZJETP during the same time frame.

As the students traveled from Hangzhou they spent a day in Wuzhen Town in Tongxiang City. Wuzhen Town has a history of over 1,000 years and is a town built on the water. The students were able to walk the narrow streets and venture into various buildings to learn about the culture and history of the town. A boat ride on the canal through the town took students under the many bridges that span the vast amount of water. It was a quiet stop that allowed the students to see a less urbanized place in China.

The three week journey in China ended in Shanghai and gave students the opportunity to see a westernized city in Asia. U of M, Crookston students were able to overlook the city from the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which is the third tallest TV tower in the world. Time was spent on Nanking Road, the famous shopping district in Shanghai, as well as the Bund which runs along the western bank of the Huangpu River. A highlight of being in Shanghai was a nighttime boat tour along the Huangpu which allowed students to see the millions of lights from the buildings and skyscrapers of Shanghai.

This was the third time the U of M, Crookston has sent students to study in China. The study abroad experience is the result of an international partnership that was formed in 2005 with Zhejiang Economic & Trade Polytechnic (ZJETP), a three year university in Hangzhou, China. ZJETP serves as the primary coordinator for the U of M, Crookston's time in China. U of M, Crookston also has an exchange agreement with Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University and hosts students from ZAFU at the U of M, Crookston each year. Further collaboration with Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University (ZAFU), a four year university in Zhejiang province, provides a week of cultural classes for U of M, Crookston students and allows for immersion in a higher education program in China. Through the Global Seminar course the U of M, Crookston has sent students to China in 2008, 2009, and 2011. For more information about studying abroad visit www.umcrookston.edu/learningabroad.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, top, right: U of M, Crookston students prior to climbing up the Great Wall of China. Front row, l to r: Kristine Neu, Donna Malarkey, James Kriegh, Allison Schumacher, Professor Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Xie "Sara" Yu (2009 alumni), Back row: Rob Canny, Levi Atinda, Sang Jun "Jeff" Lee, Alysha Thielen

In the photo, bottom, right: Exploring caves near Ying Lin Temple outside of Hangzhou, China, are Allison Schumacher (left) and Kristine Neu.

In the photo, bottom, left: Levi Atinda, taking part in a tea culture class at Zhejiang Agriculture & Forestry University (ZAFU).


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

U of M, Crookston Announces the Spring Semester 2011 Deans List

Students named to the spring semester 2011 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.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Name Major
Aasness, Alisha Reneemae Business Management/Horticulture
Abbey, Wemimo S Business Management
Addo, Alexmai B Organizational Psychology
Adelman, Paul W Sport &Recreation Mgmt
Ahn, Won Jin Marketing
Albertsen, Andrew Natural Resources
Bae, Jung Seok Business Management
Basham, Jennifer Lynn Undecided
Bergemann, Brittany Carol Marketing
Bernhardt, Brianna Agricultural Education
Blair, Matthew D Aviation/Natural Resources
Blazek, Jonathon D Business Management
Bowen, Kori A Arts/Hum/SocSci-Undeclared
Bruggeman, James R Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Bruzek, Gracie Undecided
Caillier, Emily Biology/Health Sciences
Caldwell, Krystal M Animal Science
Cardinal, Jenna Mae Agricultural Education
Carnell, David John Quality Management
Carpenedo, Karen M Equine Science
Cha, Jihee Business Management
Chapin, Rick Remigio Marketing
Chei, Sung Woo Biology
Chen, Qi Business Management
Choi, Seong Cho Business Management
Choi, Younga Accounting
Christianson, Megan Lee Applied Studies
Cunningham, Katie Sue Business Management
Czichotzki, Austin Communication
Deboer, Janessa Rae Marketing
Denver, Megan I Natural Resources
Dunbar, Alisia Gayle Business Management
Erickson, Kayla W Agricultural Education
Fillmore, Jonathan W Horticulture
Flikka, Stacy Ann Early Childhood Education
Flint, Amanda Kristine Equine Science
Fouts, Lindsey J Accounting/Business Management
French, Sarah Lynn Business Management
Frisell, Wayne J Accounting
Gorentz, Andrew Agronomy
Granfors, Jacob W Natural Resources
Guan, Wei Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Gustofson, Kelly Jo Early Childhood Education
Guu, Ji-eun Marketing
Ha, Hye Mi Undecided
Hahne, Jessica L Business Management
Harren, Joseph Agronomy
Haug, Erika Maxine Equine Science
Heier, Michael Manufacturing Management
Heiser, Karlis Accounting
Hicks, Annessa Undecided
Hillstrom, Alisha Marie Business Management
Hoffman, Ashley Agricultural Business
Hong, JuA Accounting
Hong, SeongJong Business Management
Hong, SeungJu Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Hough, Nathan Jon Applied Health
Jackson, Mark Thomas Natural Resources
Jacobson, Whitney M Agricultural Education/Animal Science
Jenkins, Bethany Juliet Horticulture
Jensen, Tanner L Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Jirik, Joseph Robert Natural Resources
Johnson, Katy Natural Resources
Jordet, Emily Business Management
Kaiser, Kelsey S Natural Resources
Kang, Eun Hye Communication
Kang, Eunhye Health Sciences
Keimig, Rachel F Agricultural Systems Mgmt
Kessler, Lauren Brittney Early Childhood Education
Kim, Do-Kyung Communication
Kim, Joon Ho Business Management
Klehr, Kayla Animal Science
Koenig, Adam M Criminal Justice
Kollman, Taylor Natural Resources
Koo, Kyungwook Accounting
Kraus, Jason Robert Golf and Turf Mgmt
Langerud, Luke R Agronomy
Larson, Brian Manufacturing Management
Lavalla, Marissa Patrice Accounting
Lawrence, Kaci Jo Business Management
Lee, Sang Jun Business Management
Leeper, Kevin M Golf and Turf Mgmt
Lian, Whitney B Agricultural Education
Lim, Ji-Su Business Management
Liu, Chunhui Business Management/Marketing
Liu, Yundi Accounting
Lucken, Gretchen Marie Equine Science
Macy, John Curtis Marketing
Malarkey, Donna Quality Management
Melin, Mariah C Animal Science/Equine Science
Messner, Lincoln Joe Accounting
Michalski, Mark Golf and Turf Mgmt
Miedtke, Katie Jo Animal Science
Misialek, Casey Rae Business Management/Organizational Psychology
Mo, Chengyu Business Management
Murchison, Todd Shannon Manufacturing Management
Myers, Paul Michael Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr
Neace, Christie Business Management
Nenn, Katie Animal Science
Novak, Brittany K Biology
Oh, Taejun Accounting
Palm, Heather Lea Health Management
Pan, Fangjing Business Management
Park, Koung-Un Accounting
Paulson, Shanda Marie Business Management
Perea, Josh Criminal Justice
Peterson, Angela J Equine Science
Plaehn, Mitchell D Accounting
Pristanski, Madelyn K Equine Science
Reed, Megan Elizabeth Marketing
Regeimbal, Alexandra M Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Rodriguez, Melanie C Animal Science
Samuelson, Rick Allen Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Schliep, Katherine D Animal Science
Schmidt, Robert W Natural Resources
Schmitz, Gemma C Natural Resources
Schneider, Alyssa Early Childhood Education
Schroeder, Heather Ann Animal Science/Equine Science
Shin, Hye Won Undecided
Skoien, Brittney Marie Agricultural Business/Equine Science
Smith, Miranda M Applied Health
Song, Soyoul Undecided
Sontag, Shelly Biology
Sorlie, Nicole E Animal Science
Spohnholtz, Karly Deann Equine Science
Staehnke, Benjamin Donald Early Childhood Education
Stearly, Joseph R Marketing
Storm, William J Natural Resources
Sylvester, Nick L Agronomy
Thomas, Jerryann Joannie Accounting
Thorsvig, Amanda Agricultural Education
Trotter, Julie Ann Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Tschida, Calvin M Applied Studies
Tuladhar, Smriti Business Management
Van Treeck, Amy L Agricultural Business
Walker, Jeremy J Natural Resources
Walker, Nicole Business Management
Walsvik, Benjamin J Natural Resources
Walters, Nicholas Golf and Turf Mgmt
Wegner, Trevor Natural Resources
Wells, Sara Nicole Biology/Equine Science
Werner, Kristin A Horticulture
Williams, Benjamin Rex Natural Resources
Williams, Luke Christopher Sport &Recreation Mgmt
Wolfe, Megan Business Management
Woods, Stephen J Sport &Recreation Mgmt
Wright, Nanette Dawn Organizational Psychology
Wroblewski, Tammy D Communication/Golf and Turf Mgmt/Horticulture
You, Jae Eun Communication
Yun, Sang Jun Accounting
Zahler, Tony Applied Studies
Zweber, Mary R Business Management

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Spring Semester 2011 Chancellors List

Students named to the spring semester 2011 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 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.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Name Major
Ahn, Seri Undecided
Aho, Nathaniel Carl Business Management
Bae, Joo Hyun Accounting
Bakken, Keith Jory Business Mgmt/Quality Mgmt/Health Mgmt
Bauer, Janie M Early Childhood Education
Berg, Steffanie Jean Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Blace, Jenna Natural Resources
Boen, Chase P Agricultural Business/Agronomy
Borge, Jonathan C Agricultural Systems Mgmt/Agronomy
Bowar, Kayla N Business Management/Marketing
Breth, Tiffany Nicole Animal Science
Brooks, Brett Duane Business Management/Manufacturing Management
Buscher, Alexandra W Business Management
Cho, Hyun Jin Marketing
Cho, Kyu Tae Business Management
Chouinard, Eric David Business Management
Chung, Dabitna Early Childhood Education
Cloutier, Michael A Business Management
Diederichs, Sarena Sport &Recreation Mgmt
Drees, Chasity Mae Criminal Justice
Dufresne, Kylie R Communication
Ellerbusch, Kayla L Business Management/Marketing
Ellingson, Ryan Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Eul, Megan Elizabeth Early Childhood Education
Funk, Maria C Agricultural Education
Gait, Prerna Undecided
Gerhart, Tiffany Ann Business Management
Goodrich, Jessica Communication
Green, Matthew Agricultural Systems Mgmt/Agronomy
Guetter, Robert Natural Resources
Gurung, Lhakpa Early Childhood Education
Gurung, Tashi Wongdi Environmental Sciences
Gurung, Yangchen Dolker Business Management
Haarstick, Thomas Shane Agricultural Systems Mgmt
Hamel, Theresa A Agricultural Business/Agronomy
Han, Myoung Don Business Management
Hoff, Adam Software Engineering
Johnston, Trey Communication
Kenyon, Krista A Natural Resources
Kennedy, Terasena Cayla Applied Studies
Khan, Shozab Mahmood Manufacturing Management/Quality Management
Kim, Gyo-yeon Organizational Psychology
Kim, Ye Eun Organizational Psychology
Kim, Young Jin Information Technology Mgmt BS
Krdzalic, Almir Undecided
Krikke, Alyssa Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr
Lee, Dae Yeul Accounting
Lee, Hyun Seok Undecided
Lee, Kyung-Bin Accounting
Lee, Min Woong Undecided
Lee, Suna Business Management
Liew, Chan Business Management
McKeown, Cole Michael Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Meyer, Andrew Fritz Business Management
Miller, Maranda Natural Resources
Nedrud, Hannah R Equine Science
Neu, Kristine Horticulture/ Communication
Norris, Michael Alexander Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Origas, Nicole Marie Business Management
Packer, Lindsey Renae Applied Studies
Park, Sangyong Undecided
Pepper, Trista Business Management
Pierce, Cassandra Jean Business Management
Plass, John Agronomy
Ricke, Derek Thomas Sport &Recreation Mgmt
Schlangen, Jacqueline R Animal Science
Shaw, Erin Marie Accounting/Business Management
Sibert, Jeremy L Criminal Justice
Sibson, Kayli Jo Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Simon, Kassandra Joy Marketing
Sin, Seung-hwan Organizational Psychology
Sorlie, Katherine Marie Business Management
Stanley, Christa Pauline Business Management
Sullivan, Brandi Nicole Equine Science
Sulzbach, Peter J Business Management
Taddy, Diana Early Childhood Education
Thompson, William Agronomy/Business Management
Vaughn, Craig Agricultural Systems Mgmt
Wagner, Anna Jean Communication
Walberg, Brittany Ellen Equine Science
Wallace, Wade A Accounting
Wrzos, Holly Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
Zabel, Bri L Business Management
Zuck, Samantha Ann Animal Science

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

Spring Semester 2011 Graduates Announced at the U of M, Crookston

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of spring 2011 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during spring semester 2011. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,400 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 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Name Degree Emphasis Minor
Aaland, Alyssa D Animal Science B.S. Animal Science  
Aho, Nathaniel Carl * Business Management B.S.    
Anderson, Paul Nathan Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Bach, Maxine V Equine Science B.S.
Animal Science B.S.
Equine Science
Animal Science
 
Bahr, Molly McGinnity Health Management B.S.    
Bergquist, Carrie Lynn Business Management B.S. Management  
Bernard, Nicholas Steven Manufacturing Management B.M.M.    
Bodensteiner, Jeremy Lee Natural Resources B.S. Park Management  
Borge, Jonathan C ** Agricultural Systems Mgmt B.S.
Agronomy B.S.
Precision Agriculture
Crop Production
 
Bowar, Katie Marie * Business Management B.S.
Marketing B.S.
Management
 
Bowar, Kayla Nicole Business Management B.S.
Marketing B.S.
Management
 
Brekken, Cody Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Coaching
Bridgeman, Elliot William Manufacturing Management B.M.M.    
Brissett, Julianne Business Management B.S.    
Brummer, Ryan A Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Bryant, Christopher Allen Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Bultje, Christopher Craig Applied Health B.A.H.    
Cabrera Sanchez, Alejandra Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Caldwell, Krystal M Animal Science B.S. Animal Science  
Capper, Heather Rene'E Business Management B.S.    
Carignan, David Randall Aviation B.S. Agricultural Aviation  
Carter, Alex B Natural Resources B.S. Water Resource Management  
Chapin, Rick Remigio Marketing B.S.   Business Mgmt
Christopherson, Ben D Agricultural Business B.S.   Agronomy
Claybundy, Megan Elizabeth Equine Science B.S. Equine Science  
Coffield, Whitney P Accounting B.S.    
Cole, Rick Allan Information Technology Mgmt B.S.    
Cook, Jeffrey J Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Copple, Michael Robert Natural Resources B.S. Park Management  
Critchett, Laura J Equine Science B.S. Equine Science
Pre-Vet Medicine
 
Cunningham, Katie Sue Business Management B.S.    
Davis, Kristine C Applied Studies B.S.    
De La Guardia, Irma Teresa Business Management B.S. Management Communication
Deboer, Janessa Rae Marketing B.S.    
Delfosse, Charles W Business Management B.S. Management
Marketing
 
Diederichs, Sarena Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Coaching
Ditzler, Christopher J Manufacturing Management B.M.M.    
Donati-Lewis, Heather Shay Equine Science B.S. Pre-Vet Medicine  
Drees, Chasity Mae * Criminal Justice B.S. Corrections  
Dufresne, Kylie R Communication B.S.    
Duick, Benjamin R Criminal Justice B.S. Law Enforcement  
Dummer, Jesse Manufacturing Management B.M.M.   Marketing
Dunn, Nicholas K Criminal Justice B.S. Law Enforcement  
Ennis, Timothy W Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Business Mgmt
Evans, Chris Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Firoozi, Siamak Azimzadeh Manufacturing Management B.M.M.    
Flikka, Stacy Ann ** Early Childhood Education B.S. Primary Education
Program Management
Business Mgmt
Fouts, Lindsey J Business Management B.S.
Accounting B.S.
Management  
Freer, Loraleigh R Equine Science B.S. Equine Science  
Friedland, Shawn E Biology B.S.   Chemistry
Frisell, Wayne J ** Accounting B.S.   Business Mgmt
Gerardy, Mallory Early Childhood Education B.S. Primary Education Coaching
Gervais, Lynsey R Business Management B.S.
Marketing B.S.
Management  
Gregor, Alex Patrick Marketing B.S.
Information Technology Mgmt B.S.
   
Gurung, Lhakpa ** Early Childhood Education B.S. Primary Education  
Gutman Jr., Theodore Mathew Horticulture B.S.
Horticulture B.S.
Golf and Turf Mgmt B.S.
Environmental Landscaping
Production Horticulture
 
Haarstick, Thomas Shane ** Agricultural Systems Mgmt B.S. Farm and Ranch Management  
Halver, Thomas Golf and Turf Mgmt B.S.    
Hanson, Claire Hannah Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resources Law Enforce  
Hanson, Lowell T Sports & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Coaching
Haugen, Bryan Phillip Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resources Management  
Heggedal, Jakob Agronomy B.S. Crop Production  
Held, Ramon Rory Information Technology Mgmt B.S.    
Hoemberg, Daniel Ray Manufacturing Management B.M.M    
Hullman, Jennifer Koren Applied Studies B.S.   Business Mgmt
Hurley, Mary E Equine Science B.S. Equine Science  
Innes, Erik Aarrestad Natural Resources B.S. Park Management  
Jaroszewski, Gina Sports & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Marketing
Jihad, Jamal Applied Studies B.S.    
Johnson, Justin Eric Agricultural Systems Mgmt B.S. Farm and Ranch Management  
Johnson, Michael Kenneth Natural Resources B.S. Wildlife Management  
Kanten, Timothy N Agronomy B.S. Crop Production  
Kastonek, Lane Allen Manufacturing Management B.M.M    
Kim, Young Jin Information Technology Mgmt B.S.    
Knapton, Andrew Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resources Aviation  
Knudson, Timothy Wade Natural Resources B.S. Water Resource Management
Wildlife Management
 
Koscielniak, Scott Alan Applied Studies B.S.    
Kraus, Jason Robert Golf and Turf Mgmt B.S.    
Kuehn, Kimberly Marie Business Management B.S.
Marketing B.S.
Management  
Kuske, Daniel Mark Natural Resources B.S. Wildlife Management  
Lahr, Janet Katherine ** Business Management B.S.    
Langen, Kyle D Agronomy B.S. Crop Production  
Larson, Brian Manufacturing Management B.M.M    
Lelonek, Meranda M Business Management B.S.    
Lennox, Justin J Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Libbey, Jonathan R Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management
Water Resource Management
 
Liu, Qian * Business Management B.S. Management  
Lucas, Daniel J Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resourses Law Enforce  
Lucken, Gretchen Marie Equine Science B.S. Equine Science Communication
Lunden, Elsa Equine Science B.S. Equine Science  
Mach, Eva Marie Business Management B.S.    
Manning, Katie M Equine Science B.S. Equine Science Animal Science
McCoy, Eric Scott Natural Resources B.S. Park Management Music
Menze, Candice Natural Resources B.S. Park Management  
Messner, Lincoln Joe Accounting B.S.   Business Mgmt
Michalski, Jonathan Sports & Recreation Mgmt B.S.    
Michalski, Mark Golf and Turf Mgmt B.S.    
Mieras, Kathleen Sue Applied Health B.A.H.    
Miettunen, Jared S Business Management B.S. Management Marketing
Miller, Tara Lynn Applied Health B.A.H.    
Moen, Craig A Agronomy B.S. Crop Production Agric Business
Molden, Andrew Arthur Sports & Recreation Mgmt B.S.    
Mosher, David P Business Management B.S.    
Nerhus, Andrew Carlyle Agronomy B.S. Crop Production  
Nicola, Jessica Marie Applied Health B.A.H.    
Nielsen, Jesper Karl Villiam Agronomy B.S. Agronomic Science  
Nikkel, Jacqueline Equine Science B.S.
Agricultural Business B.S.
Equine Science  
Normandin, John Timothy Information Technology Mgmt B.S.    
Novak, Brittany K Biology B.S.    
Novotny, Charles Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Nustad, Joseph Timothy Natural Resources B.S. Wildlife Management  
Ofer, Nir Business Management B.S.    
Ogaard, Anna R Dietic Technician A.A.S.
Applied Studies B.S.
   
Pauly, Ryan Louis Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Law Enforce  
Perez, Veronica Esther Business Management B.S.    
Perry, Bill G Business Management B.S.    
Persson, Jerry Joseph Business Management B.S. Management  
Peterson, Amanda Marie Equine Science B.S.
Agricultural Business B.S.
Equine Science Communication
Proulx, Kurtis Michael Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B.S.    
Ramsay, Marcus Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Renville, Eli Allen Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Rhodus, Rebecca Louise Animal Science B.S. Animal Science  
Ricke, Derek Thomas ** Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Coaching
Rose, Caitlin Blair Animal Science B.S. Animal Science  
Rosemark, Nicolle E Business Management B.S. Management  
Roy, Dustin Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Sarpong, Doreen A Applied Health B.A.H.    
Schlangen, Jacqueline R* Animal Science B.S. Animal Science Agric Business
Schliep, Katherine D ** Animal Science B.S. Animal Science  
Schmid, Kenny Agricultural Systems Mgmt B.S. Precision Agriculture  
Schroeder, Heather Ann Animal Science B.S.
Equine Science B.S.
Pre-Vet Medicine
Pre-Vet Medicine
Biology
Seregin, Nikolay Anatolyevich Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Servaty, Jason Peter Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Business Mgmt
Coaching
Shaw, Erin Marie ** Accounting B.S.    
Business Management B.S. Management
Sherry, Savannah Leigh Applied Studies B.S. Respiratory Care  
Sistad, Terry Lynn Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management  
Skorheim, Craig Agronomy B.S. Crop Production  
Stevens, Stephanie Equine Science B.S. Equine Science  
Storm, William J Natural Resources B.S. Wildlife Management  
Sumner, David A Business Management B.S.
Manufacturing Management B.M.M.
Management  
Sylvester, Nick L Agronomy B.S. Crop Production  
Syverson, Karl Gilbert Business Management B.S. Business Aviation  
Management
Taddy, Diana Early Childhood Education B.S. Primary Education  
Thorsvig, Amanda Lynn * Agricultural Education B.S. Agri Sci and Technology Educ  
Ulland, Emily C Animal Science B.S.
Agricultural Business B.S.
Animal Science  
Unke, Timothy A Agronomy B.S. Agronomic Science  
Vanlear, Penny Accounting B.S.    
Wagner, Anna Jean Communication B.S.   Marketing
Walberg, Brittany Ellen * Equine Science B.S. Equine Science Agric Business
Walker, Nicole Business Management B.S. Entrepreneurship & Sm Bus Mgmt  
Westby, Samuel Robert Animal Science B.S.
Agronomy B.S.
Animal Science
Crop Production
 
Whalen, Stephen G Agronomy B.S. Crop Production Agric Business
Wise, Trent D Natural Resources B.S. Natural Resource Management
Water Resource Management
 
Wollangk, Casey William Animal Science B.S. Pre-Vet Medicine Equine Science
Woods, Stephen J Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.    
Wroblewski, Tammy D Golf and Turf Mgmt B.S.
Horticulture B.S.
Horticulture B.S.
Communication B.S.

Environmental Landscaping
Production Horticulture
 
Zabel, Bri L Business Management B.S. Management Coaching
Zelinsky, Jamie R Sport & Recreation Mgmt B.S.   Coaching
Zelinsky, Jill Michelle Business Management B.S.
Communication B.S.
Management  

* Distinction
** High Distinction

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

35 years 0106.jpgFaculty and staff at the University of Minnesota, Crookston tipped their hats to another successful academic year during Faculty Staff Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Bede Ballroom was filled to capacity as members of the campus community donned hats to coordinate with the theme "Hats off to Summer" to celebrate the accomplishments of faculty and staff over the past academic year.

Chancellor Charles Casey recognized staff and faculty celebrating service milestones including: Patricia Ramstad from the Liberal Arts and Education Department who was recognized for her 45 years of service and Larry Smith from the Northwest Research and Outreach Center for his 40 years of service. Celebrating 35 years of service were Don Cavalier from Career and Counseling Services; Jeff Sinks from Northwest Educational Telecommunication Services (NETS); Val Uttermark from the Registrar's Office, and Patti Tiedemann and John Zak from University Relations.

Willhite_Gary 27.jpgSeveral special award presentations highlighted the event.  The Distinguished TeachingElf_Pam 330.jpg Award went to Pam Elf, Ph.D., associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. Gary Willhite, director of residential life, received the Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award, and Tricia Sanders, finance director, received the Distinguished Professional and Sanders_Tricia 8638.jpgAdministrative (P&A) Award.

Smith_Katy 0102.jpgThe Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award went to Katy Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department and the Outstanding Community Service Award went to Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department. Closing out the recognition portion of the dayJohnson_Kenneth 0147.jpg were the Builders of Diversity Awards which went to Kim Cousins, student personnel coordinator in the Academic Assistance Center and Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

Corky Miller, an application programmer in Northwest Educational Technology System (NETS) office, was also recognized on his retirement. Jeff Sinks, media resources producer who works closely with Miller hailed him for his "professionalism and competence and for adBuilders of Diversity 0124.jpgding great value and depth to their department." Miller has worked in the NETS office for ten years.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos: Top right (l to r): John Zak,Val Uttermark, Don Cavalier, Patti Tiedemann, and Jeff Sinks

In the middle at left: Gary Willhite, Tricia Sanders, and Katy Smith. At right, top: Pam Elf, Bottom: Kenneth Johnson

At bottom left: Kim Cousins and Peter Phaiah




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

NSLS.jpgThe Crookston chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success held its second annual induction ceremony on Sunday, April 10, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Seventeen members were inducted, along with three honorary members, and several members received a presidential membership for having a GPA of over 3.3.  

Along with inducting new members, the National Society of Leadership and Success announced its 2011-2012 Executive Board.  The elected Executive Board members for the coming year are President Michelle Boateng, a sophomore from Rosemount, Minn., majoring in biology; Vice- President/ Publicity Chair and IT Chair Anthony Taylor, a junior from Sheridan, Wyo., majoring in business management; Secretary Erin Fowle, a sophomore from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, majoring in early childhood education; Treasurer and Fundraising Chair Nana Boaten, a senior from Accura, GHA, majoring in marketing; SNT Coordinator James Schiltz, a freshman from North Lawrence, N.Y., majoring in agronomy; and Event Coordinator Abbey Wemimo, a sophomore from Albertville, Minn., majoring in business management. The Executive Board will be trained by the current President, Katie Bowar, a senior from Moorhead, Minn., double majoring in business management and marketing; and advisors Don Cavalier and Peter Phaiah.

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.

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


In the photo, left to right:

Back Row: Don Cavalier, director of counseling and career services; Mark Huglen, associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, Alvin Tong, a senior from Singapore double majoring in business management and natural resources; Brian Dingmann, associate professor in the Math Science and Technology Department; Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department; Chancellor Charles H. Casey, and Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor for student affairs.

Middle Row: Kayla Bowar, a senior from Moorhead, Minn., double majoring in business management and marketing; Alysia Osowski, a senior from Grafton, N.D., majoring in agricultural business; Matthew Krueger, a junior from East Grand Forks, Minn., double majoring in agronomy and agricultural business; Michelle Boateng, a sophomore from Rosemount, Minn., majoring in biology; Katie Bowar, a senior from Moorhead, Minn., double majoring in business management and marketing; Nana Boaten, a senior from Accura, GHA, majoring in marketing; Abbey Wemimo, a sophomore from Albertville, Minn., majoring in business management; and Shozab Khan, a senior from Dubai, ARE, double majoring in manufacturing management and quality management.

Front Row: Erin Fowle, a sophomore from Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada, majoring in early childhood education; Lhakpa Gurung, a senior from Mustang, Nepal, majoring in early childhood education; Alexandra Buscher, a senior from Merrifield, Minn., majoring in business management; James Schiltz, a freshman from North Lawrence, N.Y., majoring in agronomy; Anthony Taylor, a junior from Sheridan, Wyo., majoring in business management.

Not pictured: Christo Robberts, program manager in the Business Department.
 

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director of student activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu), Anna Wagner, communications assistant, University Relations, 218-281-8446 (wagne549

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2011 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium when more than 190 students, including more than 10 international students and some 20 online students, will participate in the largest commencement exercises in campus history.  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.

Thumbnail image for Torkelson_K_headshot124.jpgA reception from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will honor Kari Torkelson (at left), O.D., ex. '91, who will be receiving the U of M Alumni Service Award. This reception, taking place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, will include the signing of a proclamation declaring Saturday, May 7 as Dr. Kari Torkelson Day in Crookston. She will be recognized with the award during commencement exercises that afternoon.

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, Ph.D., 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, who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees.  The commencement address will be given by University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks (at right), 15thBruninks_Hagstrum.jpg president of the University of Minnesota who will be stepping down from the role at the end of June 2011. He has served the university for more than 40 years, formerly as a professor, dean, and executive vice president and provost. Susan Hagstrum (at right), Ph.D., wife of President Bruininks will join Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration Robert Jones as special guests at the ceremony.

Lopez_Juanita 0396.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Juanita Lopez (at left), will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association.

Graduating senior Shawn Friedland (at right), Crookston StudentFriedland_Shawn.jpg Association (CSA) president, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2011 and pass the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to Junior Alisha Aasness, the incoming CSA president. Aasness, from Fergus Falls, Minn., is a double major in horticulture and business management. Friedland, from New Bern, N.C., is graduating with a degree in biology.

The U of M, Crookston choir, under the direction of George French, and the string ensemble, A Touch of Brass will perform as part of the graduation ceremony. The choir will sing two selections: "Wings!" by Carl Strommen and "I Leave With A Song" by Cristi Cary Miller.

The 2011 commencement exercises mark the 103rd 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, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Photo of President Robert Bruininks and Susan Hagstrum, Ph.D., by Patrick O'Leary, University Relations, U of M, Twin Cities.



Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8434 (asvec@umn.edu)

Recognized for excellence in teaching, Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Ph.D., associate Lim-Thompson Soo-Yin 5x7 0898.jpgprofessor at the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been honored as one of seven receiving the  Horace T. Morse U of M Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education.

The 2010-11 Distinguished Teaching Awards Ceremony was held on April 25, 2011, in the McNamara Alumni Center in the Twin Cities. This annual event honors the University's best teaching professors for their contributions to undergraduate, graduate, and professional education. The ceremony included comments from recipients, presentations of the awards, and a reception.

Lim-Thompson is an associate professor in early childhood education on the Crookston campus. She provided campus leadership in gaining institutional approval for teacher education programs from the Minnesota Board of Teaching.  Concurrently, she also provided leadership in gaining program approval for early childhood education from the Minnesota Board of Teaching.  She actively serves the Minnesota Department of Education as a reviewer for the newly established Minnesota Teacher License Examination for future teacher candidates to obtain their teacher licenses.

Her leadership encourages opportunities to broaden students' international and cultural perspectives.  Lim-Thompson developed 3-week global seminar course to China and also developed a partnership with schools at the White Earth Indian Reservation to provide teacher candidates cultural diversity and immersion.

"My students consistently motivate me to seek creative ways to reach each one, support them during times of challenges, provide and challenge them to discover their fullest potential, and guide and affirm their interest and aspirations in their future endeavor," Lim-Thompson says.

She serves as a representative on the Children, Youth and Family Consortium Advisory Council and the Minnesota Children's Summit II Steering Committee, both U of M system-wide committees. A member of the Minnesota Association for Early Childhood Teacher Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Lim Thompson was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award at the U of M, Crookston in 2004.

Morse Alumni Award.jpgShe began working on the Crookston campus in 1998 as an assistant professor and student teacher coordinator. Her educational background includes a doctoral degree in teaching and learning, a master's of science degree in elementary education, and a bachelor's of science degree in music education all from UND.

Along with Lim-Thompson, other recipients of the Morse-Alumni award include Professor Christopher Cramer, Department of Chemistry; Associate Professor Kirsten Fischer, Department of History; Professor Jeanne Higbee, Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning; Professor Gary Jahn, Program in Slavic Languages and Literatures; Professor Susan Mantell, Department of Mechanical Engineering from the U of M, Twin Cities; and Associate Professor Michelle Page, Department of Secondary Education at the U of M, Morris.

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 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo at left (l to r):Cody Mikl, student member, Senate Committee on Education Policy; Phil Esten, president and CEO, U of M Alumni Association; Lim-Thompson; U of M President Robert Bruininks; and Thomas Brothen, chair, Senate Committee on Education Policy.  Photo by Patrick O'Leary, University Relations, U of M, Twin Cities.

Contact: Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, associate professor, Liberal Arts and Education Dept., 218-281-8185 (slimthom@umn.edu) ; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Campus and Community challenges on track to surpass energy-savings goals

Hard work to sustain savings begins

Fergus Falls, Minnesota, April 20, 2011 Otter Tail Power Company celebrated with the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and the community of Rothsay, Minnesota, as the company announced preliminary energy savings associated with the Campus and Community Energy Challenges.

In 2010 the University of Minnesota, Crookston, achieved metered kilowatt-hour savings of approximately 7 percent to 8 percent. From early 2009 through early 2011 Rothsay achieved metered kilowatt-hour savings of approximately 3 percent. When all technology improvements and behavioral change initiatives have been in place for a full year, and when results are adjusted for changes in weather and normally occurring growth, the University of Minnesota, Crookston, is on track to save 17 percent of its prior electricity use. Rothsay is on track to save more than 19 percent. The goals of these challenges are based on sustained savings over a five-year period. Pending regulatory review and approval, that means the campus and town are on track to surpass their energy-savings goals.

"We launched these challenges with a call to imagine all of the residents of a small rural community and all the students, faculty, and staff of a college campus working together to reduce the electricity use of their entire town and campus each by 10 to 15 percent," said Kim Pederson, Otter Tail Power Company Manager, Market Planning. "What they've accomplished so far was more than we imagined possible, but the hard work is still in front of them as they strike out on their own to sustain these savings."

The Crookston campus achieved much of its savings from upgrading campus lightingTree Planting 3598.jpg and installing automated controls on variable-frequency drives for some of the ventilation systems. Otter Tail Power Company assisted with the audits to identify high-level savings projects and provided more than $86,000 in grants and rebates to encourage the investments by reducing payback times.

"Significant savings also were noted when the Facilities Management Department implemented a new work order system in August that took deliberate steps to change operational procedures such as shutting off more lights than before, closing shades, and reducing heating levels in certain areas," said Chancellor Charles Casey. "I'm proud but not surprised about just how much the people on this campus have been able to accomplish. And I'm confident that the behavior changes we've been focused on will continue to show real results."

The community of Rothsay achieved more than half of its cumulative savings from behavioral changes on the part of Rothsay Public School, homeowners, and businesses. Otter Tail Power Company also granted almost $117,000 in rebates for energy-efficient lighting and technology improvements. "This program was developed as a three-legged stool," said Pederson. "Education, efficient end-use technologies, and incentivized behavioral changes each play a critical role in the success of these projects. And achieving long-term savings in Rothsay will be possible only with ongoing energy-saving behaviors and a community that won't settle for anything less than achieving its goal."

Rothsay Public School is committed to continuing its leadership role in this challenge. "The Community Energy Challenge has been an excellent program that has brought a new sense of awareness regarding energy use throughout the community," said Ehren Zimmerman, Dean of Students/Principal at Rothsay Public School. "And it has brought a new approach to hands-on learning for our faculty, staff, and students. Now it's our turn to pay it forward and keep the savings going."

Otter Tail Power Company, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: OTTR), is headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. It provides electricity and energy services to more than a quarter million people in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. To learn more about Otter Tail Power Company visit www.otpco.com. To learn more about Otter Tail Corporation visit www.ottertail.com.

In the photo: To celebrate the success of the Campus Energy Challenge at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Otter Tail Power Company donated two basswood trees. The shade trees were planted on the west side of the Early Childhood Building to help provide energy savings in the summer. Project leaders and guests marking the event include (left to right): Student Green Team leader Ben Williams, Center for Sustainability Director Dan Svedarsky, Vice Chancellor of Academics and Student Affairs Thomas Baldwin, Chancellor Charles Casey, Otter Tail Power Company Project Manager Jon Fabre, University of Minnesota, Crookston, Facilities Green Team member Brian Christianson; former Student Green Team lead Lisa Gentele, Otter Tail Power Company Crookston Area Energy Management Representative Ken Johnson, Otter Tail Power Company President and CEO Chuck MacFarlane, Minnesota Department of Commerce Deputy Commissioner Bill Grant, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar's Moorhead Office Representative Andrew Martin, U.S. Senator Al Franken's Northwestern Minnesota Field Representative Valerie Graveseth, and U.S. Representative Collin Peterson's Red Lake Falls Office Representative JoAnn Zutz.

Contact: Cris Kling, Otter Tail Power Compnay, 218-739-8297; Andrew Svec, director of communications, U of M, Crookston, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu)

Celebrating student achievement highlighted the annual Student Awards Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently. Associate Professor Rachel McCoppin, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, was the 2010 Outstanding Educator and hosted the evening's recognition of student service and achievement. "Celebration of Excellence" served as the evening's theme and provided an opportunity to recognize some of the University's top students, faculty, and staff.

2010 -2011 CSA Senators and officers
Shawn Friedland, president, senior, New Bern, N.C., biology
Anna Wagner, vice president, senior, Brandon, Minn., communication
Alisha Aasness, secretary, junior, Fergus Falls, Minn., horticulture and business management
Eric Morgan, treasurer, senior, Crookston, Minn., business management
Adam Switzer, senator, sophomore, Apple Valley, Minn., sport and recreation management
Brittany Novak, senator, senior, Dahlen, N.D., biology
Brooke Novak, senator, sophomore, Dahlen, N.D., communication
Joo Hyun Bae, senator, sophomore, Seoul, South Korea, accounting,
Nana Boaten, senator, senior, Accura, GHA, marketing
Dae Yeul Lee, senator, sophomore, Seoul, South Korea, accounting
Tim Knudson, senator, senior, Monticello, Minn., natural resources
Anthonette Sims, senator, freshman, Robbinsdale, Minn., health sciences
Christina Lenhart, senator, junior, Crookston, Minn., communication
Greg Summers, senator, senior, Beatrice, Neb., health sciences and biology
Brandon Sachwitz, senator, senior, St. Paul, Minn., health sciences and biology
Thomas Haarstick, SSCC representative, senior, Vergas, Minn., agricultural systems mgmt
Jenna Rasmussen, CSSD representative, senior, Dalton, Minn., health sciences
Lauren Snively, Board of Regents representative, junior, Herndon, Va., communication
Angie Bartholomew, S.P.A.C.E. chair, senior, Maple Grove, Minn., business mgmt and equine science
Advisors: Associate Professor Ken Myers and Director of Student Activities Lisa Samuelson

Student Ambassadors
Kate Manning, senior, Wrenshall, Minn., equine science
Joe Harren, senior, Eagle Bend, Minn., agronomy
Heather Schroeder, senior, Nevis, Minn., animal science and equine science
Alvin Tong, senior, Singapore, SGP, business management and natural resources
Danielle Rueter, junior, Burlington, Wis., sport and recreation management
Janie Bauer, senior, Durand, Wis., early childhood education
Alisha Aasness, junior, Fergus Falls, Minn., horticulture and business management
Bryce Gillie, junior, Hallock, Minn., agronomy
Kristine Neu, senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn., horticulture and communication
Jackie Dullinger, senior, Hutchinson, Minn., biology and health sciences
 Sam Westby, senior, Erhard, Minn., animal science and agronomy
Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture
Alyssa Aaland, senior, Hatton, N.D., animal science
Samantha Lahman, senior, Parkers Prairie, Minn., animal science

Ambassador of the Year
Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture

Academic Assistance Center Awards
Outstanding Tutor Awards
Joe Stearly, sophomore, Hamlake, Minn., marketing
Erin Hoium, sophomore, Little Canada, Minn., equine science and animal science
Alyssa Krikke, senior, Grand Rapids, Mich., health sciences
Heather Donati-Lewis, senior, Narcoossee, Fla., equine science
Yangchen Gurung, junior, business management, Kathmandu, Nepal
Alysha Thielen, sophomore, Maple Grove, Minn., animal science
 Tyrell Macheledt, senior, Battle Lake, Minn., natural resources

Together Everyone Achieves More
John Plass, senior, Tulelake, Calif., agronomy
Sheila Carleton, senior, Baxter, Minn., agronomy and natural resources
Heather Donati-Lewis, senior, Narcoossee, Fla., equine science
Tammy Wrobleski, , senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture
Andrew Gorentz, junior, Dent, Minn., agronomy
Brittney Walberg, senior, Aberdeen, S.D., equine science
Eric McCoy, senior, Williston, N.D., natural resources
Mike Copple, senior, Barnesville, Minn., natural resources
Jesper Nielsen, senior, Lamberton, Minn., agronomy
Shawn Friedland, senior, New Bern, N.C., biology

Outstanding Music Awards
Eric McCoy, senior, Williston, N.D., natural resources
Matthew Green, junior, Greenbush, Minn., agricultural systems mgmt and agronomy
Daniel Kuske, senior, Belle Plaine, natural resources

Outstanding Leadership in Campus Ministry
Jenna Rasmussen, senior, Dalton, Minn., health sciences
Jamal Jihad, senior, Port St. Lucie, Fla., applied studies

Outstanding Leadership in Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA)
Mark Michalski, senior, Silver Bay, Wis., golf and turf management

Outstanding Achievement in Math and Physics
Caroline Fritz, PSEO, Cyrus, Minn.,

First Year Biology Award
Shelly Sontag, freshman, Shoreview, Minn., biology

Excellence in Early Childhood Education   

Lhakpa Gurung, senior, Mustang, Nepal, early childhood education
Stacy Flikka, senior, Crookston, Minn., early childhood education
   
Marketing and Management Outstanding Academic Achievement Award
Katie Bower - management student, senior, Moorhead, Minn., management and marketing
Rick Chapin - marketing student, senior, Seal Beach, Calif., marketing
Chris Fowler - online management student, senior, Orlando, Fla., business management

Marketing and Management Outstanding Leadership Award
Yangchen, Gurung, junior, Kathmandu, Nepal, business management
Klint Mahne, junior, Lake Bronson, Minn., business management

Outstanding Accounting Student
Wayne Frisell, senior, Alexandria, Minn., accounting

Outstanding Achievement in Economics Award
Yangchen Gurung, junior, business management, Kathmandu, Nepal
Alexandra Buscher, senior, Merrifield, Minn., business management

Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Hospitality Award
Holly Wrzos, junior, Big Lake, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Julie Trotter, junior, Eagan, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Steffane Prestidge, senior, Buffalo, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Lauren Ferrara, junior, Eden Prairie, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Ashley Williams, senior, Big Lake, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Amoy Carty, junior, Sandy Point, KNA, hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Ryan Ellingson, junior, Wadena, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.

Outstanding Student of Communication
Major:
Eun Hye (Halie) Kang, senior, Seoul, South Korea, communication
Jill Zelinsky, senior, Brooklyn Park, Minn., communication and business management

Minor:

Amanda Peterson, senior, Rochester, equine science and agricultural business

Outstanding Turfgrass Student Award
Mark Michalski, senior, Silver Bay, Minn., golf and turf management

Turf Bowl Team Award
Theodore Gutman, senior, Burlington, Iowa, golf and turf management and horticulture
Thomas Halver, senior, Chaska, Minn., golf and turf management
Mark Michalski, senior, Silver Bay, Minn., golf and turf management
Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major in golf and turf management, horticulture, and communication

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Sheila Carleton, senior, Baxter, Minn., agronomy and natural resources

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award
Austin Link, junior, New York Mills, Minn., natural resources
Chris Anderson, senior, Becker, Minn., natural resources

Outstanding Equine Science Student
Sara Wells, senior, Calgary, Alberta, CAN, equine science and biology

Outstanding Ag Business Student
BillieJo Armbrust, senior, Forest River, N.D., animal science and agricultural business

Outstanding Ag Systems Management Students

Ken Schmid, senor, Minnewaukan, N.D., agricultural systems management

Horticulture Club Service Award
Kristine Neu, senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn., horticulture and communication

MACHS Team Awards
Kristine Neu , senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn., horticulture and communication
Ashlynn Hartung, freshman, Lindstrom, Minn., horticulture
Keunyung Kim, senior, Gwangju, Korea, horticulture
Jonathan Fillmore, sophomore, White Bear Lake, Minn., horticulture

Diversity Award
Kenneth Mendez, senior, Crookston, Minn., communication

Outstanding Achievement by an International Student
Qian Liu, senior, Guangdong, China, business management

Outstanding International Student Scholars
Yangchen Gurung, junior, Kathmandu, Nepal, business management
Alvin Tong, senior, , Singapore, SGP, natural resources and business management
Lhakpa Gurung, senior, Mustang, Nepal, early childhood education
Eun Hye Kang, senior, Seoul, South Korea, communication

Outstanding Theater Awards
Beth Motley, freshman, Vadnais Heights, Minn., equine science
Bethany Jenkins, sophomore, Grand Forks, N.D., horticulture
Joe Harren, senior, Eagle Bend, Minn., agronomy

Outstanding Music Awards
Eric McCoy, senior, Williston, N.D., natural resources
Matthew Green, junior, Greenbush, Minn., agricultural systems mgmt and agronomy
Daniel Kuske, senior, Belle Plaine, natural resources

Outstanding Service to the Music and Theater Department
Timothy Unke, senior, Crookston, Minn., agronomy

Outstanding ESL Recitation Tutor Award
Steffane Prestidge, senior, Buffalo, Minn., hotel, restaurant, and tourism mgmt.
Brianna Bernhardt, freshman, Sauk Rapids, Minn., agricultural education
Katy Baskerville, junior, Tracy, Minn., accounting

Outstanding  Help Desk Employee Award
Michael Schliep, junior, Holloway, Minn., software engineering

Dale Knotek Community Service Award
Horticulture Club

Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year
Rory Held, senior, Cold Spring, Minn., information technology management

President's Volunteer Service Awards

Gold Certificates:
    Rory Held, senior, Cold Spring, Minn., information technology management
Silver Certificates:
    Heather Donati-Lewis, senior, , Narcoossee, Fla., equine science
    Shawn Friedland, senior, New Bern, N.C., biology
Bronze Certificates:
    Austin Czichotzki, junior, Barnesville, Minn., communication
    Jackie Dullinger, senior, Hutchinson, Minn., biology and health sciences
    Jessica Fenlason, senior, Evansville, Minn., agricultural education and natural resources
    Joseph Harren, senior, Eagle Bend, Minn., agronomy
    Trey Johnston, sophomore, Angus, Minn., communication
    Annie Kelly, junior, Jordan, Minn., equine science
    Samantha Maki, senior, Hoyt Lakes, Minn., early childhood education
    Katie Manning, senior, Wrenshall, Minn., equine science
    Eric Morgan, senior, Crookston, Minn., business management
    Kristine Neu, senior , Pelican Rapids, Minn., horticulture and communication
    Brooke Novak, sophomore, Dahlen, N.D., communication
    Alysia Osowski, senior, Grafton, N.D., agricultural business
    Kalpana Parsons, senior, Mahtomedi, Minn., early childhood education
    Kaitlyn Tollefsrud, junior, Hawley, Minn., equine science and agricultural education
    Abbie Westby, senior, Erhard, Minn., agricultural education
    Benjamin Williams, sophomore, Excelsior, Minn., natural resources
    Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management,    communications, and horticulture.
    Katelyn Zins, junior, Starbuck, Minn., communication

UMC Athletic Department All Academic Team (3.2 grade point average or higher)
Janie Bauer - Volleyball, senior, Durand, Wis., early childhood education
Katie Bowar -- Softball/Soccer, senior, Moorhead, Minn., business management and marketing management
Kayla Bowar -- Softball/Soccer, senior, Moorhead, Minn., business management and marketing management
Cody Brekken - Football, senior, Crookston, Minn., sport and recreation management
Joe Stearly - Football, sophomore, Hamlake, Minn., marketing
Jessica Charles - Equestrian, junior, Belgrade Lakes, Maine, animal science
Laura Critchett - Equestrian, senior, Shoreview, Minn., equine science
Jensen Crots - Soccer, sophomore, Chesterton, Ind., health sciences
Sarena Diederichs - Softball, senior, St. Cloud, Minn., sport and recreation management
Timothy Ennis - Football, senior, Lancaster, Calif., sport and recreation management
Megan Eul Women's - Basketball, junior, Rosemount, Minn., early childhood education
Amanda Flint - Equestrian, junior, Aberdeen, S.D., equine science
Megan Flynn - Soccer, junior, Chanhassen, Minn., health sciences
Erin Fowle - Softball, sophomore, Winnipeg, MB, Canada, early childhood education
Theresa Hamel -- Women's Golf, senior, Lakota, Minn., agronomy and agricultural business
Gina Jaroszewski -- Women's Basketball, senior, Moorhead, Minn., sport and recreation management
Lauren Kessler -- Women's Basketball, junior, Albertville, Minn., early childhood education
Megan Kramer - Equestrian, junior, Owatonna, Minn., equine science
Alyssa Krikke - Volleyball, senior, Grand Rapids, Mich., health sciences
Walter Lunsford - Football, sophomore, Upatoi, Ga., criminal justice
Stacey Marcum - Softball, sophomore, Merrill, Wis., undeclared
Keith McBride - Football, sophomore, Lodi, Wis., business management
Mark Michalski -- Men's Golf, senior, Silver Bay, Wis., golf and turf management
Alisha Moritz -- Women's Basketball, senior, Emily, Minn., sport and recreation management
Addie O'Neil - Equestrian, sophomore, Redwood Falls, Minn., equine science
Anna Ogaard - Soccer, senior, Maple Grove, Minn., applied studies
Justin Overby - Football, junior, Langdon, N.D., agronomy
Angela Peterson - Equestrian, junior, Detroit Lakes, Minn., equine science
Brett Rice - Football, sophomore, Poynette, Wis., business management
Melanie Rodriguez - Equestrian, junior, Chanhassen, Minn., animal science
Danielle Rueter - Volleyball, junior, Burlington, Wis., sport and recreation management
Christopher Secrest - Football, sophomore, Hollywood, Fla., criminal justice
Amy Van Treeck - Equestrian, sophomore, Sheboygan Falls, Wis., agricultural business
Kaytlin Weiger -- Equestrian, equine science
Sara Wells - Equestrian, senior, Calgary, AB, Canada, equine science and biology
Tammy Wroblewski -- Women's Golf, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture
Bri Zabel -- Women's Basketball, senior, Northfield, Minn., business management

Outstanding Student Programmer Award
Brooke Novak, sophomore, Dahlen, N.D., communication

Outstanding Crookston Student Association (CSA) Senator
Greg Summers, senior, Beatrice, Neb., health sciences and biology

Outstanding Club Representative
Jakob Voight, sophomore, Minot, N.D., biology

Faculty Recognized by UMC Students for Service and Achievement
Most Creative Use of Technology: Brian Dingmann, Ph.D.
Most Supportive of Students: Kevin Thompson, Ph.D.
Outstanding Educator: Kevin Thompson, Ph,D.
Outstanding Service to Students: Pam Sullivan

Student Achievement Awards
Brittany Novak, senior, Dahlen, N.D., biology        
Nana Boaten, senior, Accra, GHA, marketing
Alyssa Krikke, senior, Grand Rapids, Mich., health sciences
Derek Ricke, senior, Park Rapids, Minn., sport and recreation managment
Kristine Neu, senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn., horticulture and communication
Joseph Harren, senior, Eagle Bend, Minn., agronomy
Heather Donati-Lewis, senior, Narcoossee, Fla., equine science
Alvin Tong, senior, Singapore, SGP, natural resources and business management
Lhakpa Gurung, senior, Mustang, Nepal, early childhood education
Shawn Friedland, senior, New Bern, N.C., biology
Eun Hye Kang, senior, Seoul, South Korea, communication
Austin Czichotzki, junior, Barnesville, Minn., communication
Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture

Man and Woman of the Year
Two students were named "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors go to Man of the Year, Austin Czichotzki, junior, Barnesville, Minn., communication; and Woman of the Year Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis., triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture.

Special thanks to the Northwest Educational Improvement Association and the Crookston Noon Day Lions Club for their continued support of the awards reception and program. Members of the Student Awards committee are Lisa Samuelson, George French, Sue Jacobson, Lynette Mullins, Patti Tiedemann, and Kristie Walker.

Visit the Student Awards Program photo album .

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (same026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston recently honored students with achievement and service awards at the annual Student Awards Reception. The ceremony is held each spring to honor those who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions or who have achieved high academic standing at the University's Crookston campus.

33+ Student Achievement Awards 1239.jpgThirteen students received Student Achievement Awards, which the U of M, Crookston presents to recognize those students who have excelled not only academically, but also through leadership and service to the University and local community.

Students receiving the Student Achievement Award were:
Brittany Novak, a senior from Dahlen, N.D., majoring in biology;       
Nana Boaten, a senior from Accra, GHA, majoring in marketing
Alyssa Krikke, a senior from Grand Rapids, Mich., majoring in health sciences
Derek Ricke, a senior from Park Rapids, Minn., majoring in sport and recreation management
Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., majoring horticulture and communication
Joseph Harren, a senior from Eagle Bend, Minn., majoring in agronomy
Heather Donati-Lewis, a senior from Narcoossee, Fla., majoring in equine science
Alvin Tong, a senior from Singapore, SGP, majoring in natural resources and business management (not pictured)
Lhakpa Gurung, a senior from Mustang, Nepal, majoring in early childhood education
Shawn Friedland, a senior from New Bern, N.C., majoring in biology
Eun Hye Kang, a senior from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in communication
Austin Czichotzki, a  junior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication
Tammy Wroblewki, a senior from Milwaukee, Wis., who is a triple major golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture

From this group, two students were chosen as the "Man and Woman of the Year," theMan+Woman of the Year 1247.jpg year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors for 2011 go to (pictured l to r) UMC Man of the Year, Austin Czichotzki (at left in photo), a junior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring communication; and Woman of the Year Tammy Wroblewski (at right in photo), a senior from Milwaukee, Wis., who is a triple major in golf and turf management, communications, and horticulture. Czichotzki is the son of Terry and Sandi Czichotzki and Wroblewski is the daughter of Diane and Jeff Wroblewski.

32+ Faculty Staff Honors 1231.jpgFaculty and staff, also recognized during the evening, are significant in that the entire student body votes to select the award recipients. Awards for Most Creative Use of Technology went to Associate Professor Brian Dingmann who teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department; Outstanding Educator, and Most Supportive of Students Awards were presented to Assistant Professor Kevin Thompson, who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department; and Outstanding Service to Students was awarded to Pam Sullivan, who oversees operations in the Eagles Nest.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In group photo, at top left: Back row, l to r: Kristine Neu, Heather Donati-Lewis, Joe Harren, and Derek Ricke. Middle row: Brittany Novak, Halie Kang, Alyssa Krikke, Nana Boaten, and Lisa Samuelson, director of student activities. Front row: Lhakpa Gurung, Tammy Wroblewski, Austin Czichotzki, and Shawn Friedland.

In group photo, at bottom, left: (l to r): Shawn Friedland, president of the Crookston Student Association; Pam Sullivan; Kevin Thompson; Brian Dingmann; and Anna Wagner, vice president of the Crookston Student Association.  


Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (same026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The sounds of sacred music will fill the Kiehle Auditorium during a concert by choir, under the direction of Associate Professor George French, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will follow the performance. Everyone is welcome.

Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria, one of his most familiar and popular sacred pieces accompanied by a string orchestra, will highlight the evening's concert. Along with this classical treasure, the choir will perform several selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, and others.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: 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)

Results of Campus Energy Challenge to Be Announced April 19

With measurements complete, results of the groundbreaking Campus Energy Challenge, a collaborative project between the University of Minnesota, Crookston and Otter Tail Power Company, will be announced on Tuesday, April 19, 2011.  The announcement will be made at a special energy-savings celebration at Noon in Sargeant Student Center on the Crookston campus.  The entire community is welcome to attend.

In a first-of-its-kind program, U of M, Crookston students, faculty, and staff worked with Otter Tail Power Company to reduce electric energy consumption on campus by as much as 15 percent in the first year.  In the case of the U of M, Crookston, that translates to approximately a million kilowatt hours.  Through a combination of encouraging simple behavior modification--such as assessing personal energy use, turning off lights, and unplugging phone chargers when not being used--and installing more energy-efficient lighting, ventilation, and other technologies, both organizations hope to attain or even surpass that 15 percent savings goal.

In Crookston the April 19 event begins at 11:45 a.m. in Sargeant Student Center with a community-wide networking opportunity.  Attendees will be able to meet U of M, Crookston and Otter Tail Power Company officials, get photos taken with Regal the Golden Eagle and Ollie the Otter, enter a drawing for a free energy-efficient landscape design and installation to be done by students, and enjoy light refreshments.

At noon in the Northern Lights Lounge in Sargeant Student Center, the announcement of energy savings will be made.  Scheduled to speak are Cris Kling, director of public relations, Otter Tail Power Company; Chuck MacFarlane, president, Otter Tail Power Company; Charles Casey, chancellor, U of M, Crookston; and William Grant, deputy commissioner, Minnesota Department of Commerce, Energy Division.  Following the announcement and speakers, a ceremonial tree planting will be held (weather permitting) near the Early Childhood Development Center.  The first 300 attendees at the energy-savings celebration will receive a free sapling tree that can be planted to help reduce carbon emissions.

The Campus Energy Challenge is a pilot project that is part of Otter Tail Power Company's Minnesota Conservation Improvement Program approved by the Minnesota Office of Energy Security.  Otter Tail Power Company will also announce the results of the Community Energy Challenge, a similar program working with the community of Rothsay, Minn., on the evening of April 19, in Rothsay.

Otter Tail Power Company, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: OTTR), is headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minn.  It provides electricity and energy services to more than a quarter million people in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. To learn more about Otter Tail Power Company visit www.otpco.com.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

A spring music concert by the choir and band at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2011. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium. One of the evening's highlights will be solo performances by graduating seniors.  Refreshments will follow the concert and everyone is welcome to attend.

The choir and band are under the direction of Associate Professor George French who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department on the Crookston campus. He has been the director of music at the U of M, Crookston since 1980.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: 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)

Doris Cooper Hired as Grants and Contracts Coordinator at U of M, Crookston

Doris Cooper was hired  recently as the grants and contracts coordinator at the University Cooper_Doris 0925.jpgof Minnesota, Crookston. Her major responsibilities will be to research, identify, and communicate potential sources of funding to support research projects and program development opportunities, to coordinate sources of funding for future grants and contracts, and to assist faculty members with grant writing and coordination of necessary resources.  She began her new role on Monday, April 4, 2011.

Cooper came to the U of M, Crookston from the University of North Dakota (UND), where she most recently served as executive director for the UND Alumni Association and UND Foundation.  She has also served as director of development marketing and communications at UND, as a marketing and communication coordinator for the Anne Carlsen Center in Jamestown, ND, and as associate director of public relations for Jamestown College.  Cooper holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from UND.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Thomas Baldwin, senior vice chancellor, academic affairs, 218-281-8340 (tbaldwin@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will address graduates at the U of M,BruininksCurrentHeadShot.jpg Crookston during its commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The ceremony, which recognizes the 103rd graduating class on the campus, will begin at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium.

Bruininks was appointed the 15th president of the University of Minnesota on November 8, 2002, and will be stepping down from the role of president at the end of June 2011. He has served the university for more than 40 years, formerly as a professor, dean, and executive vice president and provost. With more than 65,000 students system-wide, the U of M is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the country. Both as a faculty member and as an administrator, Bruininks has worked to advance the public mission and responsibilities of the University.

"Anytime we host the University's president on our campus, it is indeed a pleasure for us," said Andrew Svec, chair of the commencement committee. "But, having President Bruininks here to give the commencement address will make this day one of the most memorable in our history, and we are truly looking forward to having him here with us to celebrate the Class of 2011."

Since 2004, Bruininks has overseen a transformative strategic positioning effort at the University that has raised the bar considerably for the University's academic profile, its service to students and the community, and its stewardship of resources.

At the end of his presidency, Bruininks will join the faculty at the Humphrey Institute on June 30, 2011. The Humphrey Institute ranks among the top professional schools of public affairs at public universities in the country.

Events on graduation day begin with a reception in the Sargeant Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend the reception and the graduation ceremonies that follow. Commencement will begin with the traditional processional by faculty, staff, and graduates from the student center to Lysaker Gymnasium at 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/commencement.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Photo of President Bruininks by Patrick O'Leary, University of Minnesota, Office of University Relations.

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

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks will deliver his 2011 State of the BruininksCurrentHeadShot.jpgUniversity Address on Thursday, March 3, at 3 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union Theater on the Twin Cities campus.

The event will be videocast via ITV to the coordinate campuses, and a brief question-and-answer period will follow the address.  On the Crookston campus, the address will be available for viewing in 220 Dowell Hall.


The State of the University Address will available online. For more information, go to the State of the University Address Web site.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: 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 Turf Bowl Team placed 24th out of 87 turf bowl Turf Bowl Team 2011 2922.jpgteams from across the United States in the National Turf Bowl Competition held recently. Members of the team included: Theodore Gutman, a senior majoring in both golf and turf management and horticulture from Burlington, Iowa; Thomas Halver, a senior majoring in golf and turf management from Chaska, Minn.; Mark Michalski, a senior golf and turf management major from Silver Bay, Minn.; and Tammy Wroblewski, a triple major in golf and turf management, horticulture, and communications from Milwaukee, Wis.

The 3 ½ hour turf bowl exam  is comprised of nine sections including identification (turfgrass, seed, soil, weed, insect, and disease), turfgrass growth and development, soil and soil fertility, weed management, disease management, insect management, turfgrass calculations, business management, and  a case study essay. The competition was held during the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Education and Trade Show on February 10, 2011, in Orlando, Fla.

The Crookston campus requires internships for students as part of its commitment to applied learning. Michalski interned at the U of M, Crookston in golf and turf management, during summer 2010, and Halver interned for at the Bluff Creek Golf Course in Chaska. Gutman interned at Spirit Hollow Golf Course, in Burlington, Iowa, and Wroblewski interned at the U of M, Crookston in both golf and turf management and horticulture.

The advisor of the U of M, Crookston Turf Bowl Team is Kristina S. Walker, Ph.D. She earned her doctoral and master's degrees in agronomy specializing in turfgrass management from Purdue University. Walker has been teaching courses in agronomy and turfgrass management since January 2009 at the Crookston Campus.

With a degree in golf and turf management, graduates are qualified for positions in the golf industry, sports field management, lawn care, sod production, grounds maintenance, sales or pursue an advanced degree. For more information on golf and turf management at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/agri/golfturf.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo (l to r): Tammy Wroblewski, Mark Michalski, Teddy Gutman, Tom Halver, with their advisor, Kristina Walker, Ph.D.
 

Contact: Kristie Walker, assistant professor, Natural Resources Department, 218-281-8116 (kswalker@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

University rewarded for rising to the Campus Energy Challenge

The University of Minnesota, Crookston, received a check for nearly $80,000 for results Otter Tail check 2916.jpgachieved through Otter Tail Power Company's Campus Energy Challenge. According to U of M, Crookston, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, this payment and the savings they expect to redirect to students, staff, and faculty later this year are great, but the real reward is the heightened energy-saving awareness that is developing. "When Otter Tail Power Company chose this school as its first Campus Energy Challenge participant, we knew the many opportunities for energy-efficient technology upgrades would result in savings," said Casey. "But our administration has been pleased to see how much difference operational and behavioral changes have made to our electric bills. We've also been very pleased with the efforts of our students, faculty, and staff and with the support and expertise everyone at Otter Tail Power Company has provided.  It has been a team effort."

otpOtterLogoColor.jpgOtter Tail Power Company Energy Management Representative Ken Johnson presented the check, which combines three Campus Energy Challenge payments. The two largest payments are for rebates on lighting upgrades ($33,109) and for variable-frequency drives with an automated control system ($26,518). These technologies enable the campus to reduce its electricity use by 655,300 kilowatt-hours a year. "The overall goal is a 10 percent to 15 percent reduction in electrical use, and these changes alone result in about 8.9 percent," said Johnson. "We're confident that with the ReDirect program's behavior-related savings they'll reach the 10 percent goal and may even approach 15 percent."

The third payment of $20,000 reimburses U of M, Crookston, for expenses related to the ReDirect program, another component of the Campus Energy Challenge. Developed by Eugene A. Scales & Associates, ReDirect helps schools and other large organizations incentivize their students and employees to reduce energy use by "redirecting" most of the savings back to these stakeholders.

"We've seen notable reductions in electric meter readings that date back to our facilities staff's implementation of operations changes in their work order system.  I'm optimistic that with continued dedication by these employees, and even greater student, staff, and faculty behavioral changes through the end of the academic year, we'll be able to announce achievement of the goal during the Campus Energy Challenge's April 19 tree planting celebration," said Casey.  Governor Dayton, U.S. Senator Klobuchar, and many other state and local leaders and the public are invited to join the campus for that Earth Week event.

Otter Tail Power Company, a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select Market: OTTR), is headquartered in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. It provides electricity and energy services to more than a quarter million people in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. To learn more about Otter Tail Power Company visit www.otpco.com. To learn more about Otter Tail Corporation visit www.ottertail.com.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,450 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: State Legislators LeRoy Stumpf and Deb Kiel were on hand for the equipment rebate check presentation by Otter Tail Power Company to the U of M, Crookston.  Left to Right:  Minnesota State Senator LeRoy Stumpf (District 1); Minnesota State Representative Deb Kiel (District 1B); Ken Johnson, Energy Management Representative, Otter Tail Power Company; U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey; and Tim Norton, Director of Facilities and Operations, U of M, Crookston.

Contact: Cindy Kuismi, project communications specialist, Otter Tail Power Company, 218-739-8751 (CKuismi@otpco.com); Andrew Svec, director, communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

The Office of International Programs at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is sponsoring a passport drive, Tuesday, March 8, 2011, from 1 -6 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center.  The drive is open to anyone from the campus or from the Crookston community. The passport drive is a convenient opportunity to get your passport since they are no longer issued locally.

Each individual applying for a passport will need to provide:  a certified copy of his or her birth certificate; a $25 check or money order made payable to the Grand Forks County (cash not accepted); and a $110 check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State (cash not accepted).  Passport photos will be taken and will cost $5 for UMC students and children under age 16; $10.00 for faculty, staff and the public.  Make checks or money orders for photos payable to UMC.  Be prepared to respond to questions regarding your mother/father's birth date information.

You must have a copy of your birth certificate; photocopies are unacceptable. If you were born in Minnesota, you can obtain a copy of the certificate at the Polk County Courthouse in Crookston. If you were born out-of-state, you will need two forms of identification such as your driver's license and U-card. Passports may also be renewed at this drive. 

For more information regarding the passport drive, contact Rae French at 218-281-8339.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

Assistant Professor Alvin Killough quoted in Recent Study

This article written by Wynfred N. Russell, a public health writer at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota, quotes Assistant Professor Alvin Killough who teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department on the Crookston campus.

Fish is commonplace on most dinner tables of African American families in "stroke belt" states, which is a good thing, but a new study from Emory University in Atlanta finds that often times, the fish is fried; and, that may not be good for the heart.

The so-called stroke belt states comprising Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and South Carolina, are mainly in southeastern United States identified by public health officials for having increased rates of stroke and cardiovascular disease. "Stroke incidence in these eight states is about 20 percent higher than in the rest of the country," says Dr. Fadi Nahab, the lead author of the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study, a large U.S. government funded research.

Fish is good for you, he says. The omega-3 fatty acids found in most fish, have repeatedly been associated with a reduction in the risk of stroke and heart disease, when eaten at least two times a week. However, the process of frying the fish causes a loss of these helpful fatty contents.

Nahab and his research team interviewed, examined, and asked 21,675 people how often they ate fried fish and non-fried fish. Of the participants whose records were analyzed, 21 percent were from the "stroke buckle," the coastal plains of Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The incidence of stroke in the stroke buckle is even higher than in the stroke belt. Another 34 percent were from other parts of the stroke belt, while 44 percent were from other states.

Researchers looked at geographical as well as racial differences, where African Americans have twice the stroke incidence as their white counterparts, even though blacks consumed fish at a higher rate. The study sought to understand what is contributing to the racial and geographic differences in stroke acquisition.

"We have to be aware of and pay attention to cooking methods and not just the food intake itself," he said in a recent telephone interview, adding, "The majority of the higher intake was the result of twice, on the average, of fried fish. That is one of the key things to take and specifically relate to the racial differences."

However, there may be other factors responsible for why blacks in the southeast predominately choose to fry their fish.

"Aside from tasting very good, frying foods as a cooking method is historically an Killough_Alvin 8772.jpg established tradition in the southern region," says Dr. Alvin Killough, a cultural and ecological psychologist in behavioral medicine at the University of Minnesota. "In many respects, frying was 'the' method of cooking the fish many African Americans had or still have access to economically, which we now know are optimally low in omega-3 fatty acids."

Clearly, descriptive studies of this sort are an important beginning in attempting to unravel the basis for the differential consumption and preparation of fish in the U.S., Killough says.

Nevertheless, Professor Nahab cautions that The REGARDS study does not prove causality. "It does not show a link between eating fried fish and getting stroke, or cardiovascular disease. That will have to be another study."

When asked what makes fried fish a problem, he says, "Frying fish increases calorie and fat content." He notes that fried fish typically sold at U.S. fast food restaurants--like cod and haddock--are species with lower healthy contents. "There are studies that have shown that if you fry any fish the omega-3 leeches out of the fish and are replaced by the cooking oil; and what happens is that you end up with [a] lower level of omega-3 content."

Nahab, who is also an assistant professor at Emory University School of Medicine, recommends broiling, grilling, or baking as alternative ways to prepare fish; the main goal is to limit excessive weight gain. He says people should eat at least five servings of fruits or vegetables per week; engage in 30 minutes of daily physical activity; see a doctor to check for high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes; stop smoking; and limit alcohol use. "This study just assesses the habit of fish preparation, but based on what we know that absolutely avoiding fried fish and preferably going to the non fried options are better."

Researchers do not yet know if smoked or dried fish is a better healthy option to fried fish.

Contact: Alvin Killough, assistant professor, 218-281-8028 (killo010@umn.edu)

The Crookston Student Association (CSA), the student governing body at the University of terry_dullum.jpgMinnesota, Crookston, has invited Terry Dullum, anchor and producer of "WDAZ News at 5" as the keynote speaker for spring convocation scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2011. Convocation will be held in the Kiehle Auditorium beginning at noon and the public is invited to attend the special recognition.
 
Dullum, a lifelong reporter, has covered more than 3,000 news stories during his more than 30 years at WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks.  While the North Dakota native is an army veteran and past graduate of the University of North Dakota, he can still remember his beginnings in a one-room schoolhouse. As the anchor and producer of "WDAZ News at 5," he anchors the newscast weeknights on Channel 8.  For 15 years, The Dullum File, his popular commentary, was showcased Friday evenings on WDAZ and WDAY-TV in Fargo.  He also blogs at http://dullumfile.areavoices.com - a commentary about current events and other items of interest.

A tradition dating back to the founding of the Crookston campus, convocation is an opportunity to recognize student academic and athletic achievements. During convocation, Chancellor Charles H. Casey will present plaques to the students achieving a 4.0 grade point average. Senior Shawn Friedland, president of CSA, will serve as the event's emcee.

For information, contact Lisa Sameulson at 218-281-8507.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

Three students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston were selected to represent the campus at a luncheon with the U of M Board of Regents on Thursday, February 10, 2011. Junior Yangchen Gurung, Mustang, Nepal, and seniors Heather Donati-Lewis, Narcoossee, Fla., and Derek Ricke, Menahga, Minn., were selected for their high academic standing as well as campus involvement and leadership.

High Achievers.jpgAlso attending the luncheon was the Crookston Student Association representative to the board, Lauren Snively, a junior majoring in communication from Herndon, Va. The luncheon was held in the Maroon & Gold Room, McNamara Center on the Minneapolis campus.

Yangchen Gurung, a business management major with a communication minor, is a member of the UMC Lions Club, and Multicultural and International Club. She has been active in Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) serving as vice president of business ethics and vice president of fundraising for the club. This spring Gurung was selected to be part of SIFE's presentation team, which will compete at the regional competition later in the spring semester.  She is a tutor in the Academic Assistance Center as well as a community advisor for Residential Life. She is one of several students representing both SIFE and the campus to offer computer training to elderly residents at the Villa St. Vincent in Crookston.

Heather Donati-Lewis, a pre-vet major with a minor in chemistry, served as a student orientation leader, and is active in many clubs including serving as president of Alpha Lambda Delta, the student honor society. A member of the National Society for Leadership and Success, Donati-Lewis also presented at the 2010 National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) on research conducted with Associate Professor Brian Dingmann and Assistant Professor Venu Mukku on the anti-fungal properties of thirty-seven different but common spices and herbs. She has also been active as a member of the communication working group on sustainability.

Derek Ricke, a sport and recreation management major with a minor in coaching, is the co-founder, captain, and president of the Hockey Club on campus. He also serves as president of the Sport and Recreation Management Association, and presented on his undergraduate research project titled: "The Recruitment of Student-Athletes: College Selection Factors." He has been on the Chancellor List numerous times for a 4.0 grade point average, volunteers as a youth hockey coach, and assisted with youth football events. In 2010, Ricke was named Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Student at the annual student awards recognition held in the spring.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Photo by Patrick O'Leary, University Relations, U of M, Twin Cities.
 
In the photo ( l to r): U of M Board of Regent Chair Clyde Allen, Derek Ricke, Heather Donati-Lewis, Yangchen Gurung, U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Lauren Snively, and U of M President Robert Bruininks. 

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

The hilarious spoof based on everyone's favorite vampire, "Dracula, the Musical?" will bedracula_2.jpg performed by the Theater and Music Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The musical-comedy, by Rick Abbott , is under the student direction of Freshman Beth Motley, an equine science major from Vadnais Heights, Minn. The play will be performed on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, at 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, February 18-19 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.

Admission for the performance is $5 for adults, $3 for students and $2 for U of M, Crookston students. The Wednesday evening performance is free for all U of M, Crookston students. A light chili supper will be served after the Sunday performance for a free-will donation.

Dracula1.jpgMotley directs the 8 member cast of the play set in 19th Century England. It centers on a madhouse run by Dr. Seward whose new neighbor is Dracula, the Hungarian Count with designs on the doctor's daughter. Associate Professor George French of the Music and Theater Department on the Crookston campus plays the piano accompaniment. Costumes for the production were made by Andrea Thibert from Red Lake Falls, MInn.

The cast includes Austin Czichotzki, a junior  communication major from Barnesville, Minn.; Matthew Green, a junior ag systems management and agronomy major from Greenbush, Minn.; Joe Harren, a senior agronomy major from Eagle Bend, Minn.; Bethany Jenkins, a sophomore horticulture major from Grand Forks, N.D.; Daniel Kuske, a senior natural resources major from Belle Plaine, Minn.; Hionia Kutsev, a freshman health management major from Erskine, Minn.; Liz Massie, a freshman equine science major from Eagan, Minn.; Chelsey Wells, a senior equine science and animal science major from Paris, Mich.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo at top right. Front row: Standing (l to r): Beth Motley, Joe Harren, Matthew Green, Chelsey Wells, and Austin Czichotzki.  Seated: Hoinia Kustev and Liz Massie. Standing front, right: Bethany Jenkins and Daniel Kuske.

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2010 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of fall 2010 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during fall semester 2010. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,200 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 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.



Name Major Minor Honors
Aakre, Teresa A Animal Science B S    
       
Adeyeye, Adeboye O Business Management B S    
       
Anderson, Christopher Michael Manufacturing Management B M M    
       
Baszczynski, Melinda Katherine Equine Science B S    
       
Benoit, Jenna Christine Business Management B S   Distinction
       
Bentley, Kathleen Kelly Communication B S    
       
Beske, Andrew Zane Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
       
Biggers, Gerald Michael II Communication B S    
       
Bittmann, Christopher L Natural Resources B S    
       
Blank, Camren Dale Manufacturing Management B M M    
       
Boike, Kristopher M Applied Studies B S    
       
Brinkmann, Thomas Arnold Applied Health B A H    
       
Brosnan, Jacqueline E Quality Management B M M    
       
Burke, Amy Marie Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S Coaching  
       
Carrlson, Virginia Lee Agricultural Education B S    
       
Choc, Jessica M Animal Science B S    
       
Clemons, Treasure Rose Business Management B S    
       
Coffman, Matthew J Agronomy B S    
       
Craig, Katherine Anne Criminal Justice B S    
       
Enright, Michael James Plant Industries Mgmt B S    
       
Field, Michael Alan Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
  Horticulture B S    
       
Fite, David J Information Technology Mgmt BS    
       
Flaten, Singne R Animal Science B S    
       
Flicek, Paul Harvey Natural Resources B S    
       
Fowler, Christopher Scott Business Management B S   High Distinction
       
Gallivan, Mark Business Management B S   High Distinction
       
Gentele, Lisa Anne Natural Resources B S    
       
Giese, Emily Koelker Eaton Early Childhood Education B S    
       
Gold, Derek Thomas Business Management B S    
       
Graham, Kirk Neil Business Management B S    
       
Heier, Matthew James Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S    
       
Hilton, Jennifer Sue Applied Health B A H    
       
Hoffman, Brian Natural Resources B S    
       
Husicka, Martin Business Management B S Marketing  
       
Jacobson, Jordan Marcus Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
  Horticulture B S    
       
Jiran, Nikolas James Aviation B S    
       
Johnson, Becky Ann Animal Science B S    
  Equine Science B S    
       
Johnson, Jason David Quality Management B M M    
       
Johnson, Sean W Natural Resources B S    
       
Jones, Justine Nicole Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S    
       
Kappes, Bradley W Accounting B S    
  Agricultural Business B S    
       
Kim, Keunyung Horticulture B S    
       
Kruszynski, Joanne Business Management B S    
       
Kyllo, Aviva Mordecai Business Management B S    
       
LaPlante, Bonnie Jean Applied Health B A H   Distinction
       
Lenz, Maxwell D Golf and Turf Mgmt B S    
       
Letnes, Nicole Marie Applied Studies B S    
       
Linder, Matthew Daniel David Marketing B S    
       
Lucas, Jill Marie Applied Health B A H    
       
Lucia, James E Quality Management B M M    
       
Mahamud, Osman Maalim Applied Studies B S    
       
McAulay, Michael D Marketing/Management A A S    
       
Michealson, Charles Natural Resources B S    
       
Miller, David John Manufacturing Management B M M   Distinction
       
Moe, Joshua Everett Natural Resources B S    
       
Nelson, Jeffrey David Manufacturing Management B M M Bus Mgmt  
       
Nieuwboer, Mindy Adell Equine Science B S Animal Sci High Distinction
       
Olson, Bart Allen Manufacturing Management B M M    
       
Pease, Nicholas Richard Agricultural Education B S    
       
Ribar, Joshua Raymond Natural Resources B S    
       
Robinson, Paul Jeffrey Business Management B S    
       
Roskos, Jenny Rae Animal Science B S    
       
Sachwitz, Brandon Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S   Distinction
  Biology B S   Distinction
       
Salah, Rhoda Health Management B S    
       
Savage, Derek D Natural Resources B S    
  Natural Resources B S    
       
Sayres, Derek Manufacturing Management B M M   Distinction
  Quality Management B M M   Distinction
       
Sedorook, Robert Richard Applied Studies B S Biology  
    Bus Mgmt  
       
Sevigny, Monica J Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S    
       
Sieger, Jeffrey Scott Natural Resources B S    
       
Smith, Blake Andrew Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S    
       
Smith, Jared Michael Manufacturing Management B M M    
Summers, Gregory Ryan Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S Chemistry  
  Biology B S Coaching  
       
Thompson, Matthew P Natural Resources B S    
       
Ulmer, Isaiah K Animal Science B S    
       
Vargason, Alicia Ruth Natural Resources B S    
       
Volker, Melinda Nelson Applied Studies B S    
       
Waslaski, Gavin R Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S Ag Business  
       
Wawack, Derek Jon Animal Science B S    
       
Weber, Cynthia Joy Business Management B S    
  Marketing B S    
       
Wentzel, Meredith Susannah Health Management B S    
       
Wermager, Ryan Kevin Natural Resources B S    
       
Yaeger, Christopher Clinton Business Management B S    
       
Yook, Taehee Animal Science B S Ag Business  
       
Zawacki, Nicholas George Business Management B S    
       
Zhu, Yiyun Business Management B S    

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

The New Century Learning Consortium (NCLC), founded at the University of Illinois nclc.jpgSpringfield has added University of Minnesota, Crookston as its 10th member. The Consortium is designed to assist universities in implementing high quality, large-scale online and blended learning programs.

"We welcome the University of Minnesota, Crookston to NCLC. As one of the fastest growing online programs in Minnesota and possessing a distinguished tradition of national awards and honors, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is a strong partner for the consortium," said Shari McCurdy Smith, NCLC director and associate director of the Center for Online Learning, Research, and Service (COLRS) at UIS.

The U of M, Crookston conferred its first online degree in 2001 and now offers seven of its bachelor's degree programs entirely online.

"The faculty and staff of the University of Minnesota, Crookston are honored to join the NCLC," said Chancellor Charles Casey, "and we eagerly anticipate the exchange of ideas that will result from our interaction with the other members of the NCLC."

The Consortium plans to expand to 14 institutions by May of 2011. Consortium activities include developing a clearinghouse of online classes where there is excess capacity; shared research projects; shared IT expertise to support building infrastructure capacity; and peer support at the upper administration, dean, and faculty member levels. NCLC was founded utilizing a grant from the Sloan Consortium, who is also providing funding for the expansion.

"We are especially gratified to have the University of Minnesota, Crookston join us in NCLC. The Crookston campus - the original 'laptop U' - has a long history of innovation in the application of technology to enhance teaching and learning. They are a leader in online learning in the University of Minnesota system," said Ray Schroeder, director of COLRS and founder of NCLC.

NCLC member institutions are dedicated to developing vigorous online and blended learning initiatives to expand and stabilize student enrollments.

Current members are University of Illinois Springfield; California State University Easy Bay, Hayward; Southern Oregon University, Ashland; Chicago State University, Illinois; Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan; University of Southern Maine, Portland; Louisiana Tech University, Ruston; SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga Springs; and Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia.

For more information about the Consortium, contact Shari McCurdy Smith at 217/206-7360 or email smccu1@uis.edu.

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

Students Named to Dean's List for Fall Semester 2010

Students named to the fall semester 2010 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.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Name Degree
Aasness,Alisha Reneemae Horticulture B S/Business Management B S
Adelman,Paul W Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S
Aho,Nathaniel Carl Business Management B S
Albertsen,Andrew Natural Resources B S
Anderson,Tyler Dean Business Management B S
Bach,Maxine V Animal Science B S/Equine Science B S
Barta,Michelle Lee Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S
Bartholomew,Angela Marie Business Management B S/Equine Science B S
Basham,Jennifer Lynn Undecided
Benoit,Jenna Christine Business Management B S
Bernat,Judy Applied Health B A H
Bernhardt,Brianna Agricultural Education B S
Blasingame,Tanya Accounting B S
Bowar,Katie Business Management B S/Marketing B S
Brekken,Cody Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S
Capper,Heather Rene'E Business Management B S
Carpenedo,Karen M Equine Science B S
Chapin,Rick Remigio Business Management B S/Marketing B S
Charles,Jessica L Animal Science B S/Equine Science B S
Chei,Sung Woo Biology B S
Chi,Sukeoung Undecided
Choi,Seong Cho Business Management B S
Corneliussen,Amanda R Animal Science B S
Craig,Katherine Criminal Justice B S
Daly,Mitchell P Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S
DeBoer,Alex Briden Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Denver, Megan Natural Resources B S
Ding,Yuan Agricultural Business B S
Dufresne,Kylie R Communication B S
Ellerbusch, Kayla Business Management BS/Marketing BS
Fite,David J Information Technology Mgmt BS
Flaten,Singne R Animal Science B S
Flikka,Stacy Ann Early Childhood Education B S/Business Mgmt B S
Flint,Amanda Kristine Equine Science B S
Fouts,Lindsey J Accounting B S/Business Management B S
Freitag,Melissa Kay Software Engineering B S
Frisell,Wayne J Accounting B S
Fritz, Caroline
Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Funk,Maria C Agricultural Education B S
Gait,Prerna Undecided
Geiszler,Melissa Marie Agri/NatRes-Undeclared
Gervais,Lynsey R Business Management B S/Marketing B S
Goodrich,Jessica Communication B S
Gorentz,Andrew Agronomy B S
Granfors,Jacob W Natural Resources B S
Gurung,Lhakpa Early Childhood Education B S
Gurung,Yangchen Dolker Business Management B S
Haarstick,Thomas Shane Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Halligan,Rachel Marie Early Childhood Education B S
Hammond,Nicole C Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Harren,Joseph Agronomy B S
Hartung,Ashlynn R Horticulture B S
Haug,Erika Maxine Equine Science B S
Heppner,Seth Arnold Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Hicks,Annessa Undecided
Holloway,Christine Marie Schmidt Business Management B S
Hong,SeongJong Business Management B S
Hovet,Stacy Business Management B S
Jacobson,Whitney M Agricultural Education B S/Animal Science B S
Jenkins,Bethany Juliet Horticulture B S
Johnson,Katy Natural Resources B S
Jordan,April A Agricultural Business B S/Marketing B S
Kang,Eun Hye Communication B S
Keimig,Rachel F Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Kessler,Lauren Brittney Early Childhood Education B S
Khan,Shozab Mahmood Quality Management B M M/Manufacturing Mgmt B M M
Kim,Eun Chan Accounting B S
Kim,Joon Ho Business Management B S
Kim,Sow Jung Early Childhood Education B S
Kocina,Kathleen J Accounting B S
Koralewski,Ashley Dawn Accounting B S
Korhnak,Matthew Natural Resources B S
Krdzalic,Almir Undecided
Kubica,Melanie Applied Studies B S
Larson,Brian Manufacturing Management B M M
Lavalla,Marissa Patrice Accounting B S
Lechner,Amy Applied Health B A H
Lee,Juhyuk Horticulture B S
Liebl,Quinton Nels Natural Resources B S
Liew, Chan Business Management B S
Liu,Chunhui Business Management B S
Liu,Yundi Accounting B S
Lovins,John E Business Management B S
Maiga,Moussa Harouna Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Maki,Samantha J Early Childhood Education B S
Martin,Victoria Animal Science B S
Masters-Wolfe, Jenny S Applied Studies B S
McBride,Keith Business Management B S
Meyer,Andrew Fritz Business Management B S
Michalski,Mark Golf and Turf Mgmt B S
Miettunen,Jared S Business Management B S
Miller,Amber Ann Animal Science B S
Miller,Maranda Natural Resources B S
Mo,Chengyu Business Management B S
Myers,Paul Michael Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Nelson,Katie Lee Marketing B S
Nenn,Katie Animal Science B S
Neu,Kristine M Horticulture B S
Neu,Kristine M Communication B S
Oh,Suk Il Undecided
Palm,Heather Lea Health Management B S
Pepper,Trista Business Management B S
Perea,Josh Criminal Justice B S
Peterson,Amanda Marie Agricultural Business B S/Equine Science B S
Peterson,Angela J Equine Science B S
Peterson,Katrina J Animal Science B S
Reysen,Hannah M Agricultural Business B S/Animal Science B S
Rhode,Tori J Biology B S
Rodriguez,Melanie C Animal Science B S
Rohloff,Patrick G Natural Resources B S
Sachwitz,Rebecca Jean Early Childhood Education B S
Samuelson,Rick Allen Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S
Schlangen,Jacqueline R Animal Science B S
Schliep,Katherine D Animal Science B S
Schmitz,Derek Joseph Business Management B S
Sibson,Kayli Jo Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Simon,Kassandra Joy Marketing B S
Skoien,Brittney Marie Agricultural Business B S/Equine Science B S
Smith,Miranda M Applied Health B A H
Sontag,Shelly Biology B S
Sorlie,Nicole E Animal Science B S
Sparby,Kassi A Early Childhood Education B S
Stearly,Joseph R Marketing B S
Steinfeldt,Andrew Robert Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Summers,Gregory R Biology B S/Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Sylvester,Nick L Agronomy B S
Terry,Jane Ellen Business Management B S
Thompson,Matthew P Natural Resources B S
Thompson,William Agronomy B S/Business Management B S
Trotter,Julie Ann Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S
Ulmer,Isaiah K Animal Science B S
Van Dyke,Vayla M Natural Resources B S
Van Treeck,Amy L Agricultural Business B S
Vandenhemel,Chelsea Equine Science B S
Vanzee,Colten G Natural Resources B S
Volker,Melinda Applied Studies B S
Walberg,Brittany Ellen Equine Science B S
Walker,Jeremy J Natural Resources B S
Walker,Nicole Business Management B S/Hlth Sciences B S
Walsvik,Benjamin J Natural Resources B S
Walters,Bethany J Environmental Sciences
Walton,Christopher Math/Sci/Tech-Undeclared
Waslaski,Gavin R Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Wawack,Derek Jon Animal Science B S
Wells,Sara Nicole Biology B S/Equine Science B S
Wiesner,Chelsea A Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S
Williams,Ashley Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S
Williams,Benjamin Rex Natural Resources B S
Williams,Luke Christopher Sport &Recreation Mgmt B S
Wimmergren,Joshua David Manufacturing Management B M M
Yang,Jie Agricultural Business B S
Zabel,Bri L Business Management B S
Zawacki,Nicholas Business Management B S
Zhou,Xi Business Management B S/Marketing B S
Zhou,Xiaowei Information Technology Mgmt BS

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

Fall Semester 2010 Chancellor's List Announced by U of M, Crookston

Students named to the fall semester 2010 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 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.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. "Small Campus. Big Degree." To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


Name Degree
Ahn, Seri Undeclared
Ahn, Won Jin Marketing B S
Bae, Joo Hyun Accounting B S
Bakken, Keith Jory Business Mgt B S/Health Mgt B S/Quality Mgt B M M
Bauer, Janie M Early Childhood Education B S
Berg, Steffanie Jean Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Blace, Jenna Natural Resources B S
Blees, Samuel G Criminal Justice B S
Borge, Jonathan C Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S/Agronomy B S
Bowar, Kayla N Business Management B S/Marketing B S
Brenny, Trenton Gene Natural Resources B S
Breth, Tiffany Nicole Animal Science B S
Brooks, Brett Duane Business Management B S
Buscher, Alexandra W Business Management B S
Carlson, Anne E Health Sciences Pre-Profosseional Track B S
Carnell, David John Quality Management B M M
Chen, Qi Business Management B S
Cho, Hyun Jin Undeclared
Czichotzki, Austin Communication B S
DeBoer, Jessica Lynn Marketing B S
Drees, Chasity Mae Criminal Justice B S
Drinkall, Adam John Applied Studies B S
Eul, Megan Elizabeth Early Childhood Education B S
Fowler, Christopher S Business Management B S
French, Sarah Lynn Business Management B S
Giese, Emily Koelker Eaton Early Childhood Education B S
Green, Matthew Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S/Agronomy B S
Guetter, Robert Natural Resources B S
Ha, Hye Mi Undeclared
Heier, Michael Manufacturing Management B M M
Hillstrom, Alisha Marie Business Management B S
Hudon, Mark D Criminal Justice B S
Jirik, Joseph Robert Natural Resources B S
Kelley, Lucas L Agronomy B S
Kenyon, Krista A Natural Resources B S
Kim, Keunsoo Marketing B S
Klehr, Kayla Animal Science B S
Lawrence, Kaci Jo Business Management B S
Lee, Dae Yeul Accounting B S
Lee, Suna Business Management B S
McKeown, Cole Michael Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Messner, Lincoln Joe Accounting B S
Nedrud, Hannah R Equine Science B S
Nieuwboer, Mindy Adell Equine Science B S
Norris, Daniel Allen Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Norris, Michael Alexander Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Origas, Nicole Marie Business Management B S
Pan, Fangjing Business Management B S
Pierce, Cassandra Jean Business Management B S
Plass, John Agronomy B S
Pondish, Jonathan Foster Criminal Justice B S
Pristanski, Madelyn K Equine Science B S
Reed, Megan Elizabeth Marketing B S
Regeimbal, Alexandra M Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Sachwitz, Brandon Biology B S/Health Sciences Pre-Professional Track
Shaw, Erin Marie Accounting B S/Business Management B S
Shin, Hye Won Undeclared
Sibert, Jeremy L Criminal Justice B S
Sorlie, Katherine Marie Business Management B S
Stanley, Christa Pauline Business Management B S
Vaughn, Craig Agricultural Systems Mgmt B S
Wolfe, Megan Business Management B S
Woods, Stephen J Business Mgmt B S/Sport & Recreation Mgmt B S
Wrzos, Holly Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S
You, Jae Eun Undeclared
Zuck, Samantha Ann Animal Science B S

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

The University of Minnesota Music and Theater Department will present a Winter/Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 4, 2010, at 3:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The concert, under the direction of George French will feature the U of M, Crookston Choir and other small ensembles and soloists.  The one-hour concert will be followed by a light supper served by the choir featuring chili and other treats. A free-will donation will be taken at that time.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Students from Norman County East (NCE), a high school serving students in Gary and Twin Valley, Minn., will experience college life firsthand during a visit to the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

The students in the NCE 10th grade life skills class will attend a class in the Business Department, learn about sustainability initiatives, and have an opportunity to experience virtual reality in the new Informatics Lab on the campus. Along with a campus tour and lunch in the dining hall, these high school students will leave campus with a glimpse into collegiate life.

The campus visit is the result of a Ramp Up to Readiness grant collaborated through the Center for Adult Learning on the Crookston campus and written by Jolee Habadank, a counselor from Norman County East.
 
"We want students to experience a college or university campus at a younger age.  Doing so may bridge the gap and spark their intentions proving they can maneuver and succeed in a college environment," says Christopherson. "This visit will give students a chance to see, do and be a college student for a day, our hope is that they discover areas of study that may interest them and help them refine their career goals and get more involved."

This year at NCE, ninth, tenth and eleventh grade students will visit the different types of campuses; two and four year, to help them make informed decisions about what type of post-secondary schools will be best for them. At each of the institutions, students learn about opportunities available, admissions requirements, and the application process.

The purpose of the Ramp Up to Readiness program is to help University colleges, departments and offices launch new or enhance existing partnerships with preK-12 schools and systems to increase the number and diversity of students who graduate with the knowledge, skills, and habits for success in higher education. To learn more, visit www.rampuptoreadiness.org.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, December 1, 2010 from 4-7 p.m.

The most wonderful time of the year will get a jump start when the U of M, Crookston hosts its fourth annual holiday social on Tuesday, November 30, 2010. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with a silent auction, and throughout the evening until 7 p.m., there will be several raffles. All proceeds will be used to support scholarships on the Crookston campus. Wine and hors de oeuvres will be served. Admission is free and public is invited to attend.

Three new raffles have been added to this year's event. The holiday raffle is one of the most exciting additions. It includes a grand prize of a day spa courtesy of Shear Sisters, an overnight stay in a Jacuzzi suite from the AmericInn of Crookston, and Lynn Willhite Watercolor apparel.

Second and third prizes include a Hugo's After-hours Selection; and a maroon and gold ensemble sponsored by the U of M, Crookston Bookstore. The number of tickets is limited and may be purchased for $25 by contacting members of the holiday social committee. Also new are the $2 per chance wine raffle and a $2 per chance bucket raffle along with the many baskets/containers available on the silent auction. There will be something for everyone.

Back again this year is the UMC Horticulture Club selling their holiday arrangements, candy bouquets, and wreaths to decorate your home and to give as gifts. If you would like more information, visit the holiday social Web page at www.umcrookston.edu/holidaysocial.

Planning committee members for the holiday social include: Sherry Just, Emily Knutson, Jody Clauson, Ardith Pelton, Diane Bachmeier, Jeannine Windels, Barbara Muesing, Judy Nepple, Corby Kemmer, and Michelle Christopherson.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Senior Lhakpa Gurung Named 2010 SEED Award Recipient

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

CANCELED DUE TO WINTER WEATHER

Concert pianist John McKay will perform on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at the john mckay.jpgUniversity of Minnesota, Crookston. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in Evergreen Hall. McKay will perform on the new Yamaha grand piano in the main lounge.  Evergreen Hall is located on the south side of the campus across from the athletic fields. This concert is open to the public and free of charge with light refreshments immediately following.

John McKay, who performs frequently in the upper Midwest, is a retired professor of piano from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.  This concert features the music of Robert Schumann and Frederick Chopin in honor of the bicentennial of their births.  Among the musical selections featured in the program are the Arabesque and Carnival by Schumann and several selections by Chopin including the Fantasie Impromptu.  

The concert is made possible through funding from the UMC Concerts and Lectures Committee with additional support from UMC Residential Life.  For more information, contact George French at 218-281-8266.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

The University of Minnesota University Women of Color (UWOC) recently announced the Lhakpa Gurung 0097.jpg2010 Tapestry Award winners. Lhakpa Gurung, Mustang, Nepal, was one of this year's recipients. Gurung a senior majoring in early childhood education at the U of M, Crookston, accepted the award at a breakfast at the University of Minnesota in Coffman Memorial Union on October 21, 2010.

Gurung is from Mustang, Nepal, which is a small village high up in the Himalayan mountains. It took her at least three days by foot, horse and bus to reach the capital city of Katmandu, in order to catch a flight to Crookston, Minnesota, a world where the daily living, culture and language is very different from hers. She believes in getting involved and is determined to help one human being at a time through numerous interactive presentations, open dialogues, and sharing ideas on issues of equity and diversity, and to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of being a role model for women of color in teaching, research and entrepreneurship.

Sharing her story on the campus and in the Crookston community with women's groups, with those in residential life and other clubs, she can personally have an impact on others to recognize the dignity of every human being. She has an aspiration to work with children and families of diverse backgrounds and needs, and international issues regarding equity for children and their families. As a child, children's literature and toys were few to none for Gurung's family. Education in her village is a privilege, and poverty is common. Despite her background, Lhakpa remains optimistic and determined to provide awareness and education on diversity and global issues.

An integral member in advocating and supporting the mission of UMC's diversity program, Gurung seeks "...to increase and improve diversity awareness at all levels of the university..." and "support outreach, community and service learning opportunities for multi-ethnic students, GLBT students, and women's concerns." Gurung plays an active and vital role in providing leadership in diversity awareness and education for the Crookston campus and the community in advocating the mission of the diversity program.
Gurung knows the need for role models of teachers of color to work with children of color, English as a Second Language (ESL) children, and immigrant families.

Her determination to become a teacher and her aspiration to improve the lives of children, families, and adults in her village is one of the many ways of demonstrating her commitment to support equity and bring awareness to global issues of girls and women in education. This clearly supports her work in equity, diversity, and helps others see the world differently.

The UWOC Tapestry Award is granted to those that help create a thriving campus community where diversity in the widest sense is welcomed and supported. The selection committee particularly seeks efforts that affect the campus climate for women students, faculty, and staff of color.

While many view the ideal model of American society as being that of a "melting pot", an alternative theory is that of a tapestry. A tapestry allows all people to come together to create something stronger, greater and more vivid than each person is on their own but still gives opportunities for individuals to be acknowledged for the gifts each person brings. For more information, visit http://uwoc.umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Torch & Shield 2010 0094.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston recently honored three individuals and an organization with the Torch & Shield Award. Recipients Sue Brorson, Phil Baird, Dave Hoff and KROX AM Radio 1260 were honored at a special recognition event held on Tuesday, October 26, 2010. Some 150 people attended the event honoring the Torch & Shield recipients as well as the many donors who give in support of the Crookston campus.

The award recognizes the leadership of individuals and organizations who have been influential on the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston; Northwest Research and Outreach Center; and Extension. It is the highest recognition awarded by the campus.

The 2010 Torch & Shield honorees included:

Sue Brorson 0081.jpgSusan Brorson, Ph.D., is a professor and head of the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Her work on the campus spans more than 30 years and serving as head of the Business Department for the past six years. Brorson has embraced and nurtured educational innovation.  First, through teaching as the U of M, Crookston transitioned to a technology-focused baccalaureate campus in the 1990s and most recently, through her work as an administrator. Under her leadership, the Business Department has grown to offer five baccalaureate degrees online and serve more than 400 degree-seeking students.

Phil Baird is an associate professor in the Agriculture and Natural ResourcesPhil Baird 0090.jpg Department at the U of M, Crookston where he has served since 1979. An innovative and dedicated instructor, Baird has served as an advisor to countless students. For the past 28 years, Baird and Tom Feiro have taken his students each spring to the Deer River District on the Chippewa National Forest for a long weekend of planting trees and experiencing the meaning of service, hard work, teamwork, and responsibility. Their crews have planted more than 155,000 trees.

Dave Hoff 0087.jpgDavid Hoff joined the teaching staff at the University of Minnesota Technical College in Crookston in 1967. He is responsible for starting the ag business program in 1970. Over the years, he was involved in many of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conferences over the years serving as judging team coordinator from 1988-2004.

KROX AM Radio 1260
is only the second organization to beKROX 0080.jpg recognized with the Torch &Shield Award. Founded in April 1948, the station has been broadcasting everyday for more than 62 years. It is owned and operated by Gopher Communications Company, which is comprised of Frank and Jeanette Fee. A community-minded radio station, KROX works in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, Crookston and covers news stories from the campus as well as broadcasting Insight Radio and Golden Eagle athletic events.

The purpose of recognizing someone with a Torch & Shield Award is to honor contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognize champions of UMC, NWROC, and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguish both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the U of M, Crookston. For more information or to view past recipients of the award, visit www.umcrookston.edu/torchandshield.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: Back row (l to r): Chancellor Charles H. Casey, David Hoff, Phil Baird, and Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations. Front row: Jeanette Fee, Sue Brorson, and Ray Frydenlund.


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

Bringing high-speed broadband Internet access to rural areas in Northwest Minnesota will be the central topic of a community forum on Wednesday, October 27, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.   All broadband stakeholders are encouraged to attend, including business owners, elected officials, service providers, and residents.  

The meeting will be hosted by IMPACT 20/20, a group of Northwest Minnesota leaders representing diverse interests and working together for the region's economic success and its rural broadband initiative mission.  These leaders agree that high-speed broadband is one of the most important components of the rural economy, now and into the future.  

A similar community forum is scheduled for Thursday, October 28, from noon to 2 p.m. at North Point Lodge in Park Rapids, Minnesota.  

The broadband initiative was adopted in response to the findings of a Regional Competitiveness Assessment that was prepared for the IMPACT 20/20 Core Team.  IMPACT 20/20 has established two goals for this initiative:  1. All communities in the region with 500 residents or more will have business-grade broadband access of speeds greater than 20/10 (20 Mb download and 10 Mb upload) within five years.  2. All residents of the region will have access to broadband speeds of 10/5 (10Mb download  and 5 Mb upload) within the same time period.

Learn more at www.impact2020.org/broadband.html.  

IMPACT 20/20 is a group of senior executives and elected officials who came together in the fall of 2008 to explore the possibility of developing a collective action plan for the economy of Northwest Minnesota.  Participants included seven of the region's top business people, three heads of higher education, two tribal chairs, two officers of utility cooperatives, two presidents of healthcare institutions, two directors of economic development commissions, two directors of workforce development organizations, one school superintendent, one director of a K-12 service cooperative, one president of a foundation, and one state commissioner.

Contact: Jack Geller, professor and department head, Liberal Arts and Education Department, and member of the Governor’s Taskforce on High-Speed Broadband, 218-281-8248 (gelle045@umn.edu); Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

The Torch & Shield Award recognizes the leadership of individuals and organizations who have been influential on the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston; Northwest Research and Outreach Center; and Extension. It is the highest recognition awarded by the campus and this year three individuals and an organization will be honored with the award. A social, program, and banquet celebrating the award recipients will be held on Tuesday evening, October 26, 2010. The evening also  honors the donors who have given in support of the campus over the past year.

The event will be live streamed that evening at http://www3.crk.umn.edu/people/services/MediaServ/Stream.htm. Click on "Connect to Live Event"


The 2010 Torch & Shield Award recipients are:

Sue pic 1.jpgSusan Brorson, Ph.D., is a professor and head of the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. She has served as head of the department for the past six years.  Brorson has embraced and nurtured educational innovation.  First, through teaching as the U of M, Crookston transitioned to a technology-focused baccalaureate campus in the 1990s, and most recently, through her work as an administrator. Under her leadership, the Business Department has grown to offer five baccalaureate degrees online and serve more than 400 degree-seeking students. Her work on the campus spans more than 30 years, and she has served as a role model for young women and consistently championed the role of women through her support and encouragement. She has twice been honored by the U of M, Crookston with the Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2001 she was recognized by Women in Technology International for contributions to the advancement of technology. Brorson holds a doctorate in teaching and learning and a master's degree in marketing education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and a bachelor's degree in marketing education from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Phil Baird
is an associate professor in the Agriculture and Natural ResourcesBaird_Phil_lg_color.jpg Department at the U of M, Crookston where he has served since 1979. An innovative and dedicated instructor, Baird has served as an adviser to countless students. He has received Crookston campus recognition including UMC Student Association awards for Academic Adviser of the Semester, Outstanding Educator of the Year, and Outstanding Service to Students, as well as the Distinguished Teaching Award. He has also received the University of Minnesota's President's Award for Outstanding Service and the Horace T. Morse University of Minnesota Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education. For the past 28 years, Baird and Tom Feiro have taken his students each spring to the Deer River District on the Chippewa National Forest for a long weekend of planting trees and experiencing the meaning of service, hard work, teamwork, and responsibility. Their crews have planted more than 155,000 trees. Baird has also coordinated the Northwest Urban Forestry Workshop for the past 27 years; designed to provide training and the advancement of urban forestry for cities and counties in northwestern Minnesota and the region. Baird holds a master's degree in forest administration and management and a bachelor's degree in outdoor recreation resources management, both from Iowa State University in Ames.

Hoff.jpgDavid Hoff joined the teaching staff at the University of Minnesota Technical College in Crookston in 1967. He is responsible for starting the ag business program in 1970, served as interim chair of the Ag Division in 1988-89, and was involved in many of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conferences over the years serving as judging team coordinator from 1988-2004. Hoff initiated the discussion leading to a cooperative agreement with the Agricultural Education Department at the University of Minnesota in St. Paul which allowed students to earn their agricultural education degrees on the Crookston campus. In 1978-79, he was part of a teacher exchange to Berkshire College of Agriculture in England. He holds a master's degree in agricultural economics and a bachelor's degree in agricultural education, both from North Dakota State University in Fargo.

KROX AM Radio 1260 is only the second organization to be recognized with the Torch &
krox logo IN BLUE TIFF.jpg Shield Award. Founded in April 1948, the
station has been broadcasting everyday for more than 62 years. It is owned and operated by Gopher Communications Company, which is comprised of Frank and Jeanette Fee. A community-minded radio station, KROX works in cooperation with the University of Minnesota, Crookston and covers news stories from the campus as well as broadcasting Insight Radio, a weekly radio program featuring students, faculty, and staff on the Crookston campus. The station is also dedicated to the broadcasting of Golden Eagle athletics and has traveled countless miles to bring athletic action to the fans. Staff members at KROX include: Frank Fee,  general manager, sales, news and sports; Jeanette Fee, office manager; Chris Fee, traffic director, announcer, Web site and sports; Tom Helgeson, sales; Raymond Lee, morning announcer and host of Valley Talk; MaryAnn Simmons, news director; Jacob Fee, announcer and Web site coordinator; Joshua Leyh, afternoon/evening announcer; Cecil Malme, Alisa Cardinal, Mark Anderson who serve as weekend and part-time announcers; and Stan Mueller, station engineer.

The purpose of recognizing someone with a Torch & Shield Award is to honor contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognize champions of UMC, NWROC, and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguish both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the U of M, Crookston. For more information or to view past recipients of the award, visit www.umcrookston.edu/torchandshield.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Visual artists Annie Young and Ethan Heidelbaugh have been invited as guests to an Institute for Advanced Study Conference on visual communication and interdisciplinarity. Their work will be displayed throughout the conference, which will be held at the U of M, Crookston, on Thursday October 14, 2010, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Both artists reside in the Twin Cities. The artwork of Mary Carol Peterson also will be displayed during the daylongconference

IAS_wordmarkcombo.jpgYoung, Heidelbaugh, and Peterson are all members of VSA Minnesota, the state organization of the arts and disability. VSA Minnesota has sponsored artists with disabilities throughout the state through grants and exhibition programs. One of the VSA's more prominent programs, the Arts Ambassador Program, brings artists with disabilities into Minnesota schools to present on their art, work, and disabilities. On Friday, October 15, Young and Heidelbaugh will be visiting the Crookston High School to lead workshops.

"The goal of the VSA is to create a community where people with disabilities can learn about and participate in the arts," says Craig Dunn, executive director of the VSA. Dunn has also been invited to attend the Institute for Advanced Study, and will be part of the response team to the Uncommon Thursday panel at 12:30 p.m. the day of the conference. Young will be presenting as part of that panel.

Young, a resident of Minnetonka, Minn., is a visually-impaired painter whose work asks the question: "Do you see what I feel?" Her tactile paintings invite viewers to leave their comfort zones and broaden the way they perceive the world. Young is a working artist, volunteer, and curator of art exhibits in the Minnetonka area.

After being involved in a car accident that lead to a traumatic brain injury and a nine-day coma, Heidelbaugh woke to what he calls his "surreal reality." This surreal reality allows Heidelbaugh to be closer to his subject matter.

Mary Carol Peterson is an award-winning pastel artist from the Pelican Rapids, Minn., area. Peterson, whose mobility has been altered by polio, focuses her artwork on the beautiful landscapes near her home. Although she cannot attend the conference, several of her works will be on display.

Conference sponsors include the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota; Liberal Arts and Education Department and Office of Students with Disabilities at the Crookston campus; and the UMC Coca-Cola Beverage Partnership - Community Initiatives Grant. This activity is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

For more information about the conference and the artists, visit www.umcrookston.edu/ias.

The IAS, established in 2005 at the University of Minnesota, was designed to create intellectual community across and beyond the boundaries of the University. To learn more, visit http://ias.umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science, and technology. With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. "Small Campus. Big Degree." To Learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, communication, 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu); Molly Ramey, IAS Conference committee member and communication major, (rame0029@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn

For the first time the University of Minnesota Crookston will host an Institute for Advanced
IAS_wordmarkcombo.jpgStudy Conference focusing on the topics of visual communication and interdisciplinarity. The conference, held under the auspices of the University of Minnesota Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), is scheduled for Thursday, October 14, 2010, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center beginning at 9 a.m. The conference will bring together faculty, staff, students, and communicators of all kinds to examine the power and presence of visual communication. The conference is free and open to the public.

Special guests for the conference are Bryan Crable, Ph.D., department chairperson and associate professor in the Communication Department at Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in Villanova, Penn.; David Beard, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Writing Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth; visual artists Annie Young, Burnsville, Minn., and Ethan Heidlebaugh, Minneapolis, Minn.; and Craig Dunn, executive director of VSA Minnesota in Minneapolis, the state organization on the arts and disability.

The conference schedule includes faculty presentations, student presentations, and artistic displays. The lunch hour will be devoted to engaging the themes through discussion with the presenters and artists. The discussion concludes with a synthesis and review of the themes to that point by Crable, Dunn; and Mark Huglen, associate professor of communication at the U of M, Crookston. For more information on the conference, visit www.umcrookston.edu/ias.

The conference will encourage a dialogue across a wide spectrum of visual communication subjects including fine arts, math and science, business, and the liberal arts. Disability accommodations are available upon request by contacting Laurie Wilson at 218-281-8587 by Monday, October 4.

Conference sponsors include the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota; Liberal Arts and Education Department and Office of Students with Disabilities at the Crookston campus; and the UMC Coca-Cola Beverage Partnership - Community Initiatives Grant. This activity is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

The IAS, established in 2005 at the University of Minnesota, was designed to create  intellectual community across and beyond the boundaries of the University. The Institute for Advanced Study pursues its vision through three primary strategies. First, it provides a physical space at the Nolte Center where artists, scientists, and scholars can engage in and share their work. This strategy encompasses not only scheduled events and presentations, but also unplanned encounters and serious play that facilitate unexpected inspiration, revelation, and collaboration. Second, it supports faculty fellowships and research collaborative programs that bring together artists, scientists, and scholars from across and beyond the University. Third, it convenes an annual symposium that catalyzes conversations across the University of Minnesota and that highlights the most innovative research initiatives that exist in the United States and the world. To learn more, visit http://ias.umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


Contact: Mark Huglen, associate professor, communication, 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The East Grand Forks Campbell Library is hosting an artist reception featuring a number of artists from the area on Monday, September 13, 2010. The reception, scheduled for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., will kick off the "Autumn Colors Art Exhibit" which runs from September 13 through October 16. The exhibit will highlight the talents of Author and Poet Lois Millette, Musician Sally Morris, and Artist in Residence Pat Danielson.

 Art work will be exhibited from several different types of media and features visual artists from Sonia Spaeth-painting 9158.jpgCrookston and the surrounding area including John Gilstad, Lisa Hatlestad, Ross Hier, Marita Kendig, Mary LaFrance, Hyley Lee, Sue Neufeld, Gary Stegman, Sonia Spaeth (at left), and the Sisters of Mount Saint Benedict. Spaeth, assistant professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department, teaches art at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.
 
The artwork can be viewed during the library's regular hours:
Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Sonia Spaeth, assistant professor, 218-281-8280 (sspaeth@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

IAS_wordmarkcombo.jpgFor the first time in its history, the University of Minnesota, Crookston will host a conference
under the auspices of the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Study (IAS). The conference, scheduled for Thursday, October 14, 2010, will explore themes related to visual persuasion and interdisciplinarity.

The conference keynote speaker is Bryan Crable, Ph.D., chairperson in the Communications Department at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit the conference Web page at www.umcrookston.edu/ias.

For more information, contact Mark Huglen, Ph.D., at 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: : Mark Huglen, associate professor, communication, 218-281-8275 (mhuglen@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Interactions with nature when we are children make a difference in our health and well-being. Simple steps can help reconnect young children with nature, and create a mass movement encouraging these interactions to improve health and wellness in every child. Butterfly tagging 0205.jpg

The upcoming Connecting Children and Nature Conference, scheduled for September 29, 2010, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will engage K-12 educators, parents, and public health workers, along with community leaders and resource managers, in an effort to reconnect children with the natural world.

Keynote speaker Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., will present The Ecology of Hope:  Building a Movement to Reconnect Children and Nature.  Cheryl Charles is President and Co-founder, with Richard Louv and others, of the Children and Nature Network (www.childrenandnature.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to building a movement to re-connect children and nature.  Cheryl will speak about the growing disconnect between children and nature, indicators of what Richard Louv calls nature-deficit disorder, and the scientific as well as common-sense evidence of the benefits to children from direct experience with nature on a daily basis in their lives.  Grounded in research as well as experience, Cheryl offers practical suggestions for action by parents, grandparents, physicians, urban planners, architects, designers, business leaders, public officials, academics, educators and others concerned about the nature of childhood, the health of communities and the future of the Earth.  The presentation will address why it is important to connect children and nature and what is the role of the conference attendees to do this work.
During the noon lunch, participants will share stories of their childhood memories of interacting with nature.

During the day breakout sessions will include such topics as nature engaged families; using technology to connect students and nature; environmental education resources; organizing a community bike/walk audit; fundraising for community projects; and a look at the health benefits when children and nature connect.

The conference is funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is sponsored by US Fish & Wildlife Services, Rydell Wildlife Refuge, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, Extension Environmental Science Education, University of Minnesota, Crookston, NW Statewide Health Improvement Program Cluster, Northwest Regional Development Commission, and U of M Regional Extension - Crookston.

For more information on the Connecting Children and Nature Conference, visit www.umcrookston.edu/childrenandnature or Deborah Zak at 218-281-8684 (dzak@umn.edu).

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 17 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


Contact: Deborah Zak, director, Regional Extension Office, 218-281-8684 (dzak@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M, Crookston Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

As a new semester begins, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to announce the hiring of several new faculty and staff.

The Math, Science and Technology (MST) Department welcomes Marcella Melby, Ph.D., Melby_Marcella 0176.jpg(photo, right) who has been hired as a lecturer in mathematics. She recently earned her doctorate in teaching and learning in teacher education with a minor in mathematics education from the University of North Dakota (UND).

Youssef_Eyad 0169.jpgEyad Youssef, Ph.D., (photo, left) assistant professor, is teaching marketing in the Business Department. He holds a doctorate in international business and marketing from Old Dominion University. Denis Maier, Ph.D., (photo, right middle) assistant professor, will be teaching business management. He earned his doctorate in operations management from Technical University in Munich, Germany.

Lisa Leiran (photo, left middle) began her duties in March 2010 as a teaching specialist/online student support assistant in the Business Department.Maier_Denis 0173.jpg  She completed her undergraduate work at Minnesota State University, Moorhead and holds an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.
 
Leiran_Lisa 0255.jpgJoining the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department is Matthew Simmons, Ph.D., (photo, right below) assistant professor, in ecology.  Simmons holds a doctorate in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M University.


Additionally, Daniel Sherman (photo, left below) has been hired as a teaching specialist in a grant-funded position working with agricultural education through theSimmons_Matthew 0166.jpg Sparsely Populated Agricultural Education Program.  He will be working with the following high schools: Bagley, Clearbrook-Gonvick, Red Lake Sherman_Daniel 0181.jpgCounty Central (Oklee), and Lake of the Woods (Baudette).




Changes in appointment

David Rolling, Ph.D., assistant professor, teaches sport and recreation management in the Business Department.  Rolling, who has been a lecturer on the campus for the past four years, recently earned his doctorate in sport administration from the University of Kansas.

In the MST Department, Thomas Henderson, Ph.D., is a lecturer in biology. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member on the Crookston campus since 2008 and recently earned his doctorate in microbiology and immunology from UND.

Kristie Walker, assistant professor, is teaching agronomy on the campus and has served as a lecturer on the campus for the past two years. She holds a doctorate in agronomy from Purdue University. Brenda Miller is a lecturer in soil science and related areas.  She holds a master's of engineering from the UND and has previously taught at the U of M, Crookston. Walker and Miller are both in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

Two lecturer positions in the Liberal Arts and Education Department include Jim Schaar, M.Div., teaching in humanities, and Karen Miller, Ph.D., teaching composition.  Both have taught as adjunct faculty members for a number of years.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

For a thirteenth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been recognized as one of the top four public regional colleges in the Midwest in its category for the 2011 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.  The exclusive rankings, which include rankings of more than 1,400 schools nationwide, are available today at www.usnews.com/colleges, and will also be published in the September issue of U.S.News & World Report, available on Tuesday, August 31.  

"It's always gratifying to have our efforts recognized by organizations such as U.S.News & World Report.  It affirms a level of quality in what we do as we strive to offer our students an exceptional educational experience," says Dr. Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston. "Our strong commitment to students shines through, and I believe there is no question that the greatest contributing factors in the quality of our programs lie in our talented, caring faculty and staff and the distinctive atmosphere focused on experiential learning found on our campus."

"It's also rewarding to start the academic year knowing an eager incoming class of students has selected the University of Minnesota, Crookston as their college of choice," adds Casey.  "As we draw more students from across the U.S. as well as from all over the world and bring them together here, we all gain a better understanding of diverse viewpoints and cultures.  That certainly adds value to the educational experience."

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's category in the U.S. News rankings, Best Regional Colleges, is comprised of 319 public and private institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts.

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 research tool for students and parents considering higher education opportunities.

According to U.S.News & World Report the 2011 Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of up to 16 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are:  peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.  U.S. News has made some significant changes to the 2011 Best Colleges' ranking methodology and presentation. For more details on these changes, go to www.usnews.com/collegemeth.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of over 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota, Crookston was named one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review.  It is one of 152 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its Web site feature, "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region," that posted August 2, 2010, on PrincetonReview.com.
   
"We emphasize experiential learning on our campus and encourage engagement between Best-Midwestern_OL copy.jpgfaculty and students in research and the application of learning beyond the classroom," said UMC Chancellor Charles H. Casey. "At the U of M, Crookston, we want to create an atmosphere that offers students diverse perspectives and the opportunity for leadership development."

The U of M, Crookston, with its applied learning and rich technology, received the designation "Best in the Midwest" based on survey data submitted by the campus and student opinion data. Student comments are included as part of a profile on each institution compiled by PrincetonReview.com.

Student opinions reflect the importance placed on the application of learning, "No matter what your major, the school emphasizes 'hands-on learning' both in and out of the classroom and internships are required in the majority of majors." Another comment recognizes the personal feel and size of the campus, "Thanks to a low student-to-faculty ratio, it is a 'public school that feels like a private school.'"

 The 152 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 218 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West, and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's "2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.   Collectively, the 623 colleges named "regional best(s)" constitute about 25% of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

A minor in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism (HRT) Management was recently added to the array of academic program choices in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  The addition of the minor provides students majoring in business or another academic program the opportunity to explore the hospitality industry, complement their major, and broaden their skills.  

The new program name for the bachelor's degree in Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism Management was also approved by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents and better reflects current industry needs. It was formerly known as hotel, restaurant, and institutional management.  This name change along with recent curriculum updates fine tunes the program to best meet student job opportunities in the broad and expanding field of hospitality and development of tourism destinations.

Graduates have accepted management positions with Hilton, Marriott, Omni Hotels, Madden's on Gull Lake, Wingate, Walt Disney World Co., AmericInn, Big Sky Montana, Chilies, Red Lobster, Westin Hotels & Resorts, Grand View Lodge, Torgerson Properties, Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau, Reinhart Foodservice, and many more fine companies. 

The HRT degree program prepares undergraduate students for management positions in hotels and lodging properties, restaurants, convention bureaus, conference and meeting centers, private clubs, commercial, institutional and health care food services, and contract management companies.

For more information on HRT, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 17 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources;  business; liberal arts and eduction; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Ken Myers, associate professor, Business Dept., 218-281-8200 9kmyers@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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