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Homecoming Royalty Crowned at U of M Crookston

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

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


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


In the group photo:

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


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


Front row: Queen Mikala Guidinger and King Kevin Bunde.

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

U of M Crookston Marks Eighth Year of Enrollment Growth

Total number of degree-seeking students at 1,876 for fall semester

From official data released at the October meeting of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, enrollment at the University of Minnesota Crookston for fall semester 2014 is a new campus record of 1,876 undergraduate students. This number exceeds fall 2013's previous all-time record of 1,813 and continues an eight-year trend in enrollment growth. The official number represents all full- and part-time degree-seeking undergraduate students--those attending courses on campus as well as those pursuing their degrees entirely online--at  the end of the second week of the semester, as per University policy.

The enrollment figure is notable not only because it is another record-setter, but also because online enrollment is now approximately the same as enrollment on campus. Of the degree-seeking enrollment total, 941 students are attending classes on campus and 935 are classified as "online-only" students, a designation which means their entire course load is taken online.

The Growth of Online Education

Since 2001, when the U of M Crookston granted its first degree to a student who completed a major entirely online, the growth of both online enrollment and online options has been rapid and substantial. Contributing factors have included the demand for high quality online degree programs by students who may already be employed and looking to complete a bachelor's degree in order to advance in their career. The option to complete a degree online affords a level of convenience that meets these students' needs. UMC's typical online student is in his or her 30s, employed, and enrolled part-time with an average of 9 college credits. Many online students also have children.

Another factor has been the University of Minnesota brand name and quality. The U of M Crookston's online classes have earned a number of "best of" and "most affordable" accolades from a wide spectrum of organizations that rank online programs, ranging from U.S.News to OnlineU to the Guide to Online Schools. UMC's practice of having faculty teach both on-campus and online courses as a measure to ensure quality in the curriculum is considered a best practice. UMC also takes part in Quality Matters, a nationally recognized, faculty-centered peer review process that helps certify the quality of online courses and instructional materials. This comes at a time when scrutiny is revealing questionable practices, poor outcomes, and high costs among some for-profit online colleges. 

An additional factor to the growth in online enrollment is that the U of M Crookston has continued to add the online option for many of its majors. It currently offers thirteen of its twenty-nine degree programs entirely online as well as on-campus.

"We are very pleased by the continued interest in and growth of our online majors," said Fred Wood, chancellor of the Crookston campus. "As part of our long-term strategic planning, we have set a priority on growing our online enrollment to help meet the changing educational needs of the region and state. I am firmly convinced, as are our faculty and staff, that by offering our programs online as well as on-campus we are fulfilling our long-held commitment as a modern, land-grant university to provide access to educational programs in support of our mission." He added, "This is something we embrace, and we hope and expect continued growth in our online programs."

On-Campus Students Continue as a Priority as Well

Over the past few years, the number of students attending "on site" on the UMC campus has hovered between 900 and 1100, with 941 this year. The number of incoming freshmen is up roughly 60 from last year, an increase that is especially notable in light of flat or declining numbers of high school graduates and dips in new student enrollment being experienced at other Minnesota public colleges and universities. This fall, campus residence halls serve as home for just under 600 students, also up from last year.

Wood said, "In addition to our strides in online education, we maintain our commitment to offering a top-notch, robust on-campus experience for both residential and commuter students. A major focus of our long-term strategic planning is to achieve a strong critical mass of students on our campus because we continue to believe in the power of a face to face educational experience that maintains the practice of experiential learning, critical thinking, and the use of technology."

In addition to those students enrolled in a specific major or taking coursework toward a degree, there are a number of students living on campus who are considered "non-degree" since they are enrolled via an exchange program or other program that will bring them to Crookston for only part of their academic career. For example, the more than 35 new Brazilian students attending UMC this year are enrolled through a one-year exchange program, and several other students enrolled in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program are considered non-degree students because they are taking English courses to prepare for admission into a degree program.

"We definitely have a richly diverse student body in many dimensions," said Wood. "From international students representing more than 20 countries, to students of color from Minnesota and across the country, to students from both rural and urban backgrounds representing more than 40 states, we are bringing students together from around the globe. It's another dimension of growth that enriches the experience of everyone at the U of M Crookston."

The University of Minnesota, Crookston now delivers 29 undergraduate degree programs--thirteen of which are also available entirely online--and enrolls students from more than 20 countries and 40 states.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's birthday on Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014, there will be a program that honors his life at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The program, which takes place in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, begins at 3:30 p.m. and is free and open to all. 

From 3:30 to 4 p.m. Associate Professor Venu Mukku will present on the life of Gandhi followed by refreshments. A panel discussion will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the topic: "Gandhian values and their relevance to modern society" moderated by Lora Hollowell, director, Diversity and Multicultural Programs. The program will conclude with the showing of the movie Gandhi from 6 to 9 p.m. The movie is rated PG and pizza will be served.

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

Contact: Venu Mukku, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8097 (mukku002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background on Banned Books Week

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photos, top, right, are Nannenga, Harthoorn, Lauich, and Walker and in the photo, bottom, left, are Suchy, Nannenga, and Wallace. 

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

U of M Crookston Announces Faculty Members Awarded Promotion and Tenure

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

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

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

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

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

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

New Laptops

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

Pathway to Nursing

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

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

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

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

International Students

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

Campus Garden

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

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


In the photos:


Top right: HP EliteBook 840


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


Lower left: Campus Garden


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

U of M Crookston Announces Spring 2014 Graduates

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

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

Members of the graduating class include

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Altru Health System has made a significant pledge of $100,000 to the University of Minnesota Crookston. The pledge, which will provide $20,000 per year over the next five years, will support student scholarships through the existing Altru Scholarship Fund.

"Altru Health System is proud to support scholarships for UMC students pursuing education in medical fields. UMC is providing an excellent education for their students, and we appreciate having a number of these individuals as Altru Health System employees," said Dr. Casey Ryan, president, and Dave Molmen, CEO of Altru.

The U of M Crookston offers bachelor's degree programs in applied health, biology, health management, and health sciences, and many of its graduates go on to further their education in master's or professional programs in health related fields. The programs in applied health and health management are delivered online as well.

Corby Kemmer, director of the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at the U of M Crookston, expressed his thanks. He said, "We are grateful and appreciative for Altru's continuing support of student scholarships. This generous and most recent investment will benefit and assist many UMC students. We offer a sincere thank you to Altru Health System and Dr. Ryan."

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

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, Development & Alumni Relations, 218-281-8434 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

For all the photos and awards, visit the photo gallery

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

 

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

The University of Minnesota Crookston's online bachelor's degree program in information technology management has been named one of the "20 Best Online Bachelor of Information Technology Degree Programs" by TheBestSchools.org. The listing includes programs at colleges and universities across the U.S. and the U of M Crookston's program ranks 11 out of the 20 programs ranked. 

TheBestSchools.org selected the program based on several weighted factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty, return on investment, and reputation.

To view the U of M Crookston's listing, go to 

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

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

Three U of M Crookston Students Present at NCUR

Three students recently presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). Senior Younga Choi, an early childhood education major from South Korea, presented on her research with Associate Professor Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson; Senior Gyungyoun "Ann" Baek, a health sciences major from South Korea,  presented on her research with Assistant Professor Venugopal Mukku; and Junior Samuel Haugen, an agronomy major from Fertile, Minn., presented on his research with Assistant Professor Madeline Smith. 

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In photo above, left to right, Ann Baek, Younga Choi, with Associate Professor Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson. 

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In photo, at left, Samuel Haugen, and, at right, Younga Choi. 

Contact: Venu Mukku, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8097 (mukku002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

To view or download photos, visit the photo gallery

ward recipients include the following students:

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

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

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

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

Marketing/Management Outstanding Leadership Award
Brooke Hoffman and Kayla Bellrichard

Outstanding Accounting Student
Abdou Niang with Scott Leckie

Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Student
Brennan Andreas with Scott Leckie

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

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

Outstanding SOS Leader
Cody Current

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Cayla Bendel with Dan Svedarsky

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


Outstanding Horticulture
Justin Goodroad with Theresa Helgeson

Outstanding Ag Systems Management Student
Alex DeBoer with Paul Aakre

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

Outstanding International Student Scholar Award
Brennan Andreas with Kim Gillette

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

Support of Diversity Award
Anthonette Sims

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

Computer Help Desk
Isaac Osei with Thea Oertwich

Student Employee of the Year
Marissa Dempsey with Ken Mendez

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Student Programmer of the Year
Emily Cauldis with Lisa Samuelson

Outstanding CSA Senator
Kayla Bellrichard with Alexmai Addo

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

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

Man and Woman of Year
Sean Rozell and Kayla Bellrichard 

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

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

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

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Matt Simmons, Ph.D. 

Most Supportive of Students
Lyle Westrom, Ph.D.

Outstanding Service to Students
Laura Bell

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photos are, top, left, Tyler Grove; center, right, Alexmai Addo; and bottom, left, Justin Goodroad. 

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

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

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

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

The regional science fairs are a learning opportunity for students in middle school or high school interested in science, technology, engineering and math. They also provide selected students the chance to compete for prizes at the State Science & Engineering Fair in March. The science fairs are a chance for participants to present and to engage in dialogue about their research. Evaluation is based on four criteria: the process of science; effectiveness of communication; context of the project and their scope of understanding (www.mnmas.org).

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

Contact: Katy Nannenga, director, Western Regional Science Fair, 218-2818262 (katys@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

U of M Crookston Announces Fall 2013 Graduates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Semester 2013 Deans List Announced by U of M Crookston

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

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

Included on the Fall Semester Deans List are the following students:
NameAcademic Plan
  
Abdullahi,Ali MApplied Studies BS
Abikar,Abdikafi MayowHealth Management BS
Adams,Alisah AnnEquine Science BS
Adeniyi,Timilehin KoladeSoftware Engineering BS
Albertsen,AndrewNatural Resources BS
Anderson,Karli MarieAnimal Science BS
Anderson,Kimberly JoyAccounting BS
Apakova,Olya VFinance BS
Baek,GyungyounHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr BS
Bart,Ryan JNatural Resources BS
Barthel,Mitchel MDCriminal Justice BS
Beare,LoyApplied Studies BS
Beecher,ShionaManagement BS
Bendel,Cayla RNatural Resources BS
Berg,Steffanie JeanCommunication BS
Berglin,SamanthaCriminal Justice BS
Berglund,Tyler JamesBiology/Hlth Sciences BS
Bettencourt,SableEquine Science BS
Blomberg,JenniferHealth Management BS
Borowicz,Matthew GHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr BS
Braatz,Bailey LanaeCommunication BS
Breitenfeldt,Brady JoeAnimal Science BS
Brock,KariAccounting BS
Bucholz,BenjaminAgricultural Business BS
Buesing,Samuel TManagement BS
Bunning,CarliNatural Resources BS
Burns,Kelli LCommunication BS
Busch,EliAgricultural Business/Agronomy BS
Cesarek,Dustin MatthewManagement BS
Cha,NouCriminal Justice BS
Charchenko,Angela LeanneAccounting BS
Choi,YeSeulManagement BS
Church,KenzieManagement/Marketing BS
Conwell,Alexander WPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Craft,Jacqueline MarieAccounting BS
Crook,AmandaAgricultural Business/Agronomy BS
Cymbaluk,Zach DAgricultural Business BS
Dahlgren,Kaleb PAgricultural Business BS
Dauphinais,Ellen TeresaAnimal Science BS
DeBoer,Alex BridenAgricultural Systems Mgmt BS
Deboer,BradyMarketing BS
DeBuhr,John WAviation BS
Delaney,ToynellManagement BS
Derosier,EricAgricultural Business BS
Dohmeier,AlexaAnimal Science BS
Dufault,Dorene JoyElementary Education BS
Dunker,Shane WalterInformation Technology Mgmt BS
Eluzai,Wani OliverSoftware Engineering BS
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Hoffman,AshleyAgricultural Business/Agronomy BS
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Jang,BomiMarketing BS
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Johnson,Angela LeeAccounting/Management BS
Johnson,Mehgan RoseMarketing BS
Joo,Jin KyungManagement BS
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Klungtvedt,Michael LeeManufacturing Management BMM
Knack,Jeffrey MCriminal Justice BS
Kolyesnykov,Pavlo OleksandrovichHealth Management BS
Korhnak,MatthewNatural Resources BS
Kwon,HanhaeManagement BS
LaCoursiere,Emmett PeterAnimal Science BS
Lamp,Kevin JNatural Resources BS
Larson,Dalton ChristianAccounting BS
Larson,Heather AnneManagement BS
Larson,RachelApplied Studies BS
Lawell,Travis JAgricultural Systems Mgmt BS
Lee,JaewooManagement BS
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Lesch,IanCriminal Justice BS
Lowry,CynthiaAnimal Science BS
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Madison Ocheltree,Amanda LynCommunication BS
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McMahon,Michael ChristopherNatural Resources BS
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Pesall,Amberly JeanAgricultural Business/Equine Sci BS
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Plautz,Katelin MaryNatural Resources BS
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Skwira,Zach JNatural Resources BS
Stang,Candice ElizabethManagement BS
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Steinfeldt,Andrew RobertBiology/Hlth Sciences BS
Stomberg,TareynAnimal/Equine Science BS
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Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus--as well as 13 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Crookston Community Band, under the direction of TJ Chapman, will perform in Kiehle Auditorium on Sunday, December 8, 2013, at 3 p.m. All are welcome and there is no charge, but free-will donations will be accepted. 

A special concert highlight will be the performance of Joel Pugh, instructor of Low Brass at the University of North Dakota, as euphonium soloist.

Chapman teaches mathematics at the U of M Crookston. The principal tubist with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Chapman is also the acting principal tubist for the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with the North Dakota Trombone Choir.

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

Contact: TJ Chapman, band director and instructor of mathematics, 218-281-8384 (tchapman@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446, (nava0085@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

U of M Crookston Announces Crookston Student Association Officers and Senators

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

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2013 semester at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UMCAA to Host Alumni Social on Thursday, November 14

The University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) will host an alumni 
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social on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Fargo Billiards & Gastropub, 3234 43rd St S, Fargo ND  58104. Refreshments will be served. 

This marks the fourth time the UMCAA has hosted an alumni social in Fargo, and all alumni are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Rose Ulseth in the alumni office at 218-281-8439.
  
Today the University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 28 bachelor's degree programs, 20 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 11 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M Crookston Continues Trend Surpassing Enrollment Records

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M Crookston Crowns 2013 Homecoming Royalty

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fall Semester 2013 Brings Changes, Excitement to U of M Crookston

A new residence hall, new programs, and the latest in technology greets students at the 
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University of Minnesota Crookston this fall. Classes begin on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, following a weekend of orientation activities and the annual "Meet Crookston Through Service," a service event that introduces new students to the community. 

The most recent residential facility, Heritage Hall, will be open for only the second semester since it was first occupied last January. Of the three residence halls built on campus since 2006, each one has included a classroom: Centennial Hall (2006), Evergreen Hall (2009), and Heritage Hall (2013). The Harris A. Peterson Classroom located in Heritage Hall holds up to 118 and can be reconfigured from a classroom to a large space for hosting campus events. The inclusion of classrooms in the residence halls is designed to encourage a living and learning environment. 

The Undergraduate Collaborative Learning and Experiential Applied Research Lab (UCLEAR) allows students across disciplines to explore information in a whole new way. For example, students in the health sciences can "slice" into an MRI, which displays data in 3-D using BodyViz. Tissues can be isolated and examined. The data can be shared with the five Microsoft PixelSense tables in the room where the students can investigate the case while determining the history of the patient. The PixelSense tables and immersive visualization provide a technologically advanced interface for students to experience course or research material. A team could work on up to 9 different components of the same project or 9 projects can be investigated simultaneously.

New programs in elementary education and finance, which is also offered online, provide students more majors to choose from this fall. An update to Brown Dining room makes the space even more inviting and gives it a contemporary look. 

The campus also welcomes Barbara Keinath, the new vice chancellor of academic affairs, and Carola Thorson, the new director of admissions and enrollment management. Chancellor Fred Wood welcomed faculty and staff during a Welcome Week luncheon on Monday, August 19, and this fall, the campus is preparing to celebrate its 20th year as a four-year institution and its anniversary as the first-ever laptop university in the country.  Special recognition for the 20-year anniversary will kick off at homecoming on October 4, 5, and 6.

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

In the photo: Landscaping continues around Heritage Hall in preparation for the arrival of students and the beginning of fall semester. 

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

Written by Senior Alexmai Addo, communications assistant in University Relations.

College is all about self-discovery and finding a career path you will love.  For James Rogers, 

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a junior at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC), that is exactly what happened to him when he came to UMC.  Rogers is originally from Becker, Minnesota.  He chose to come to UMC because he thought it had one of the best criminal justice programs in the state. 

Rogers wanted to be a cop and came in as a criminal justice major with an emphasis in law enforcement.  However, as his college career went on, he realized that law enforcement wasn't the career field he wanted to pursue.  He liked math and science, so he decided to look for a major in the Math, Science and Technology Department.  After exploring different majors in that department, he found that he was fascinated with software engineering and wanted to pursue a major in that area of study. 

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Rogers is currently completing his internship in software engineering this summer.   All students must complete an internship to graduate from the University of Minnesota Crookston.  He is helping with programs for the board and surface tables in the Undergraduate Collaborative Learning and Experiential applied Research (UCLEAR) Lab.  The UCLEAR Lab features interactive computer surface touch tables with PixelSense technology.  It allows different groups to work collaboratively on different research or hands-on exercises.   Data or imagery can be distributed among the different systems in the lab, where teams of students or researchers can perform analysis in a large format, multi-touch display.  

Rogers and some of his classmates went in to see Adel Ali, former head of the Math, Science, and Technology Department, to acquire information on getting an internship in software engineering.  Ali told them to get in contact with Mark Gill, a lecturer at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  Gill was working on programs for the boards and could use some student interns.  With that, he got Rogers and some of his classmates a summer internship.   "I do a lot of coding, planning designing, and troubleshooting to figure out problems," said Rogers.  When Rogers started his internship he wished to gain experience and insight on what future jobs would be like, which is what he got.

his internship has added numerous attributes to Rogers's education at UMC.  He stated that it has improved his coding skills and helped him get an insight of what the industry will be like.  "It has helped me gain more experience in areas I lacked and improve my skills in areas I was already strong in."  Rogers was able to apply what he learned in his class to his internship, which is a wonderful thing for a student.  It helps the student see that what they are learning is practical to their future.  His classes, such as Programming one and two and Requirement Analysis Quality Assurance Test, were all helpful to him.  He is currently working on an aerial view of Crookston, where he is adding shapes of buildings and different points to the Crookston map. 


Aside from the internship, Rogers is highly involved in activities and academics at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  He plays on the club hockey team, which he is the vice president for.  Also, he is completing an undergraduate research study with Mehdi Mekni, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  When he leaves UMC, he will most likely go into the workforce but he is not sure yet.  Rogers is a wonderful student and the University is proud he chose to come here. 

For more information on software engineering or other majors at the U of M Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics.

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

In the photos: James Rogers demonstrates one of the touch sensitive screens that is part of the UCLEAR lab. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


DuBay worked last summer for the shallow lakes project for the 

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


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


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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photo, left to right, are Chancellor Fred Wood; Tim Moe, Teambacker vice president; and Corby Kemmer, director of development. 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Chris Winjum, assistant to the chancellor, 218-281-8343 (cwinjum@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Crookston Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) held its third annual induction ceremony on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Bede Ballroom at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The spring 2013 inductees included the following students:

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





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

To become a member, students must attend an orientation, three videoconference speakers, three consecutive Success Networking Team (SNT) meetings, complete community service hours, and participate in a three-hour long Leadership Training Day.  For more information about the National Society of Leadership and Success, visit www.societyleadership.org.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Award recipients include the following students:

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


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

Ambassador of the Year Award
Bryce Gillie


Outstanding First-Year Biology Award
Ashley Martell


Outstanding Future Educator Award
Dabitna Chung, Amy Van Treeck

Marketing/ Management Academic Achievement Award
Dain Park and Alex Buscher


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

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

Outstanding SRM Student
Kari Bodine

Outstanding Communication Student
Jessica Stuber 

Outstanding Communication Minor
Connie Vandermay 


SOS Service Award
Alexmai Addo, Catilin Kersting

Outstanding SOS Leader
Almir Krdzalik

Peer Connection Service Award
Alexmai Addo and Brooke Novak

Peer Mentor of the Year Award
Catlin Kersting

Regal Spirit Award
Kayla Bellrichard, and Tyler Lowithan

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

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Jenny DuBay 

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

The Wildlife Society Travel Award
Alisha Mosloff 

Outstanding Animal Science
Sara Scott (pre-vet) 

Outstanding Equine Science
Jess Charles (pre-vet)

Outstanding Ag Business Student
Amanda Crook 

Outstanding ASM Student
Leonard Will and Matt Green 

Outstanding Horticulture
Ashlynn Hartung


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

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

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

Support of Diversity Award


Outstanding Theater Student Award
Liz Massie
Tyler Lowithan
Nathan Anderson

Outstanding Music Service Award
Rebecca Apitz 
Miah Smith 

Outstanding Writing Tutor
Rowenna Fillmore

Computer Help Desk
Melissa Freitag 

Student Employee of the Year
Adam Hoff 

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

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

Justin Knebel Memorial Award
Broderick Schmidt

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

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

Student Volunteer of the Year Award
John Niemczyk with Lisa Loegering

Student Programmer of the Year
Ashley Hoffman

Outstanding CSA Senator
Alexmai Addo 

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate Award
Megan Luxford

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Ron Del Vecchio 

Most Supportive of Students
Phil Baird 

Outstanding Service to Students
Lisa Samuelson 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This event has been CANCELED. 

The University of Minnesota Crookston Music and Theater Department will perform the farcical black comedy "Arsenic and Old Lace" on Thursday and Friday, May 2 and 3, 2013. The performances, which begin at 7:30 p.m., will take place in Kiehle Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. 

The comedy is directed by Junior Beth Motley, an equine science major from Vadnais Heights, Minn., and is an undergraduate research project for Motley. "Arsenic and Old Lace," by playwright Joseph Kesselring, is the story of a drama critic named Mortimer Brewster who discovers his eccentric, elderly aunts are actually homicidal maniacs. The play was written in 1939 and made into a film in starring Cary Grant.  

Members of the cast include Martha Brewster played by Liz Massie, a junior from Eagan, Minn., majoring in communication; Abby Brewster played by Joanie Melichar, a sophomore from Richfield, Minn., majoring in early childhood; Teddy Brewster played by Justin Burogz, Crookston, Minn.; Elaine Harper played by Sarah Lanners, a sophomore from Nashwauk, Minn., majoring in horticulture; Mortimer Brewster played by Nathan Anderson, a sophomore from Appleton, Minn., majoring in agricultural education; Jonathan Brewster played by Dylunn Frazee, Crookston, Minn.; Dr. Einstein played by Sam Haugen, a sophomore from Fertile, Minn., majoring in agronomy; Officer Brophy played by Bomi Jang, a sophomore from Yangpyeong, South Korea, majoring in marketing; Officer O'Hara played by Johnnie Pauly, a junior from Wrenshall, Minn., majoring in equine science; Mr. Witherspoon/The Rev. Dr. Harper played by Emily Steenhout, a senior from Backus, Minn., majoring in equine science; Lieutenant Rooney played by Hyeseung Ko, a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea, majoring in marketing; Mr. Gibbs played by Cholong Sung, an ESL student from , Seongnam South Korea

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All proceeds to benefit the Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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


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


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

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

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

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

Contact: Christo Robberts, advisor, Crookston Student Association, 218-281-8144 (crobbert@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Travel the world and never leave campus during the popular International Dinner Series at the 
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University of Minnesota, Crookston. Dinners in the 2013 series feature Egypt, Canada, and Africa and are scheduled for March 4, 11, 25, and April 3. All dinners begin at 6 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets for the dinner series are available by contacting Rae French at 218-281-8339 (rfrench@umn.edu). Adult tickets are $15 per evening or $50 for the entire series. Children under 10 years of age are $10 per evening or $35 for the entire series. Tickets are limited. 

"The Power of Egypt" is the focus of the first dinner in the series on Monday, March 4. The following Monday, March 11, will highlight the "Canadian Difference," and the organization Change Africa will be in the spotlight on Monday evening, March 25. Students representing each of the featured countries will share their favorite dishes and a special presentation related to their home country. 

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

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

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

In the photo: During the International Dinner Series in 2012, the country of Nepal was one of the featured countries.  

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2012 Graduates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students on the Deans List include

Last NameFirst NameMajor
AbbeyWemimoBusiness Management
AbikarAbdikafiHealth Management
AdelmanPaulSport &Recreation Mgmt
AfonyaBomaHlth Sciences
AlbertsenAndrewNatural Resources
AmanAshleyCriminal Justice
ArvellosMarcusBusiness Management
BaeIn HyopBiology
BaeJung SeokBusiness Management
BahlsAmandaNatural Resources
BaskervilleKathrynAccounting
BeckMitchellAgricultural Systems Mgmt
BergSteffanieCommunication
BerryShirleyApplied Studies
BetcherMeganNatural Resources
BlaceJennaNatural Resources
BlackwoodLisaCommunication
BoescheJonathanBusiness Management
BorowiczMatthewHlth Sciences
BreitenfeldtBradyAnimal Science
BrethTiffanyAnimal Science
BrownCatherineAnimal Science
BuesingSamuelBusiness Management
BurkeMarissaBusiness Management
ButtermoreTrevorCriminal Justice
CalderValarieApplied Studies
CampbellEmilyAgri/NatRes-Undeclared
CampbellMarcusGolf and Turf Mgmt
CarpenedoKarenEquine Science
CarterAndrewAccounting
CharlesJessicaAnimal Science
ChoiSo IEnvironmental Sciences
ChoiYoungaEarly Childhood Education
ChungDabitnaEarly Childhood Education
CitrowskeCedricAgricultural Systems Mgmt
CrotsJensenHealth Management
CurtisShaunSoftware Engineering
CymbalukZachAgricultural Business
DegbeyAfi DelaliHealth Management
DelaneyToynellHealth Management
DicksonMichelleNatural Resources
DoHuyBusiness Management
DuCloux-PotterSarahHealth Management
DunkerShaneInformation Technology Mgmt
EcklundJaredNatural Resources
FillmoreRowennaAnimal Science
FischerJamieMarketing
FlaaganShandyAnimal Science
FreySidneyMarketing
FunkMariaAgricultural Education
GabrielsonLauraSoftware Engineering
GagnerJillBusiness Management
GeiszlerMelissaAgronomy
GramsAlishaNatural Resources
GranforsJacobNatural Resources
GregoryStephenManufacturing Management
GurungTashiEnvironmental Sciences
GwakSuminCommunication
HaleSarahHealth Management
HaneyTravisNatural Resources
HargroveEmilyMarketing
HartungAshlynnHorticulture
HeggemJakeHealth Sciences and Biology
HerzogRochelleAnimal Science
HoffAdamSoftware Engineering
HoffmanAshleyAgricultural Business and Agronomy
HomstadCarolynAccounting
HovetStacyBusiness Management
HuaGuogangAgricultural Business
JackAlexandraApplied Studies
JacksonMarkNatural Resources
JangHae InBusiness Management
JaskolkaMichelleHealth Management
JirikJosephNatural Resources
JohnsonRachelEarly Childhood Education
JungEun KiBusiness Management
KaharaAndrewAccounting
KankelfritzMeganApplied Studies
KappesJessicaPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
KerrLisaAccounting
KhanSaifAccounting
KimBominUndecided
KimHweeAccounting
KlangEmilyAccounting
KoepMarkNatural Resources
KollmanTaylorNatural Resources
KreslBrandonPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
KruegerAmandaEquine Science and Agricultural Business
LampKevinNatural Resources
LarsonMichaelApplied Studies
LeafTiaBusiness Management
LeeAmyAgricultural Education
LeeDong GonBiology
LeeJong WhaBusiness Management
LeeSo YeonMarketing
LiuSiyuanBusiness Management
LiuXiaonanAccounting
LiuYundiAccounting
LookerBrittanyBiology and Health Sciences
LuukkonenMeganHealth Management
MachacekJosephSoftware Engineering
MaigaMariamSoftware Engineering
McArthurLeahQuality Management
MearsErinCriminal Justice
MeinenRyanBusiness Management
MexicanoKeyannaHealth Management
MoenkedickKatrinaEarly Childhood Education
MosherDavidAccounting
MyhreKatieAnimal Science
NaassanaFadelMarketing B S
NeaceChristieBusiness Management
NedrudHannahEquine Science
NelsonAngelaApplied Health
NelsonChloeBiology
NelsonTerranceHealth Management
NewburgAlyssaEquine Science
NollAllisonAgricultural Business and Agricultural Education
OlsonKariAgricultural Business
OstergrenKaitlynAccounting
OvreboPeterManufacturing Management
PachoudSarahAccounting
PahlKendraBiology
ParkDainMarketing
PerezAlize-MarineBusiness Management
PesallAmberlyAgricultural Business and Equine Science
PierceCassandraBusiness Management
PokelaDarrinQuality Management
PrudhommeKurtSoftware Engineering
QuittschreiberKyleNatural Resources
RadelStephanieBusiness Management
RobinsonTristaBusiness Management
RoeschAshleyPost-Secondary Enrollment Opt
RohloffChristianAgricultural Systems Mgmt
RothsteinCarlyEarly Childhood Education
RozellSeanBusiness Management
SchiwalBrandonAccounting
SchneiderAlyssaEarly Childhood Education
ScottSaraAnimal Science
SelvestraDrewCriminal Justice
SeoJung-WonBusiness Management
SibertJeremyCriminal Justice
SiglerRossAccounting
SkrabutCassandraApplied Studies
SlettenAshleyBusiness Management and Health Management
SoltauAaronNatural Resources
SorlieNicoleAnimal Science
SpildeBrileighUndecided
SpurdensKarlieAnimal Science
StampfleKaylaNatural Resources
StaudaharTimothyHorticulture
StearlyJosephHealth Management
SteeleyEmilyEquine Science
StefanikJosephAgricultural Systems Mgmt
SteinfeldtAndrewHlth Sciences
StolpShaneAccounting
ThompsonKaylaBusiness Management
ThorneMartinNatural Resources
ToeniesMatthewNatural Resources
TrautCalebUndecided
ValdezJonathanBusiness Management
Van DykeVaylaNatural Resources
WackerKurtisGolf and Turf Mgmt
WaltonChristopherSoftware Engineering
WiesnerChelseaBiology and Health Sciences
WillLeonardAgricultural Systems Mgmt
WilliamsBenjaminNatural Resources
WirthCaitlinAnimal Science
WoodAlisciaEarly Childhood Education
WrightNanetteBusiness Management
YoonSoheeCommunication
YuYantongHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt
ZahariaAndrewAgricultural Systems Mgmt
ZastrowYahnaEquine Science
ZauharConstanceEquine Science
ZhouYunAgricultural Business
ZuckSamanthaAnimal Science

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

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

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

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

Students on the Chancellor's List include

Last Name First NameMajor
AmbrassAbdissa Applied Studies
AndersonEmily Marketing
BabbishYukoQuality Management
BeareLoyApplied Studies
BendelCayla Natural Resources
Berge-EmeryEmily Accounting
BerglinSamanthaCriminal Justice
BrennyTrentonNatural Resources
BuscherAlexandraBusiness Management
ChellaBillisaa Applied Studies
ChenXihaoAgricultural Business
ChurchKenzieBusiness Management
DammarellKodyAccounting
FennellDanaeOrganizational Psychology
GemedaMergitu Applied Studies
GreenMatthewAgricultural Systems Management, Agronomy, and Agricultural Business
HallinJordan Accounting
HortonJaimieAccounting
HotakainenKalaCommunication
HuWenjunBusiness Management
JacksonWadeNatural Resources
JamesJoshuaNatural Resources
JenningsJesseCriminal Justice
JensenAshley Health Management
KaiserKelseyNatural Resources
KenyonKristaNatural Resources
KimBeom SeokAccounting
KimKyungbongCommunication
KohoutLevy Quality Management
KullerudErikCriminal Justice
KuzniaDestiny EveBusiness Management
LeeDae YeulAccounting
LeeJaewooBusiness Management
LeeJin HyungBiology
LeeYong JooAccounting
MartellAshleyHealth Sciences Pre-professional
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Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information about the University of Minnesota, Crookston and its online degrees visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.  
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 27 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of nearly 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Celebrate 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 Saturday, December 8, 2012, at 7 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, was built in 1888 and 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 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact: Jingpeng Tang, associate professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8182 (jptang@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It will be all "Smoke and Mirrors" at the University of Minnesota, Crookston when the 
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comedy/murder mystery is performed on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1, 2012, in Kiehle Auditorium. The theatrical production by Will Osborne and Anthony Herrera will begin each evening at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children and $1 for U of M, Crookston students with their ID. Refreshments will be provided at the intermission.

The cast includes Alan Frank, a sophomore majoring in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management from St. Michael, Minn.; John Habeck, a senior majoring in marketing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Tyler Lowthian, a freshman majoring in business management from Richfield, Minn.; Ross Sigler, a sophomore majoring in accounting from Graceville, Minn.; and Anthonette Sims, a junior majoring in communication from Robbinsdale, Minn. Liz Massie, a sophomore majoring in communication from Eagan, Minn., is the student director and is assisted by Travis Jones, a junior majoring in applied studies from Milwaukee, Wis.The production is under the direction of George French, associate professor in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.

Plot
This riveting mystery comedy will keep audiences guessing as they go on location to an isolated island off the Gulf coast to watch power hungry producer director Hamilton Orr lure his timid screenwriter Clark into a scheme to get rid of the insufferable star of their multimillion dollar film. The plot hinges on the rehearsal of a suicide scene and the only witness to the murder is Hamilton's wife Barbara, the film's quirky publicist and Clark's former lover. The wily eccentric sheriff unearths one surprise after another until the final stunning revelation. 

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

In the photo, back row, left to right: Liz Massie and Anthonette Sims.
Front row: Alan Frank, Ross Sigler, Travis Jones, and Tyler Lowthian.
Not pictured: John Habeck. 


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

U of M, Crookston Torch & Shield Award Recipients for 2012 Honored

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Honoring those who have aided in the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), and Extension is the purpose of the Torch & Shield award. This celebration of leadership is the highest honor presented by the Crookston campus and a special recognition event was held on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, on the campus.

The Torch & Shield award recipients for 2012 include Alan Cattanach, general agronomist at American Crystal Sugar Company in Moorhead, Minn.; Wayne Goeken, director of the International Water Institute's Center for Watershed Education; and Otter Tail Power Company, whose headquarters are located in Fergus Falls, Minn.

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Alan Cattanach (left) has worked in cooperative research efforts in the past with 8 scientists from Northwest Research and Outreach Center and 6 from the University of Minnesota, St. Paul. He has served on U of M search committees and Extension planning teams and committees. He has participated in numerous sugarbeet and soil fertility extension meetings with other U of M Extension specialists and county extension agents and served as liaison to NWROC and St. Paul campus scientists for Sugarbeet research programs of interest to American Crystal Sugar Company.

Working as part of the Sugarbeet Research and Education Board of Minnesota and North Dakota, Cattanach has helped to provide extensive funding of projects at the NWROC and to St Paul campus scientists, as well as involved in an EPA grant partnership with NWROC (Biological control of Cercospora Leafspot) and provided gift funds to NWROC in support of sugarbeet research projects.

He earned his doctorate in soil science from the University of Minnesota, and master's of science, and bachelor's of science also in soil science from North Dakota State University (NDSU) and University of Wisconsin-Madison respectively. He has been general agronomist at American Crystal Sugar Company since July 1998 and prior to that worked for North Dakota State University and the U of M as Extension sugabeet specialist. 

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Over the years, Wayne Goeken (left) has worked with a number of personnel at the U of M, Crookston primarily with River Watch and watershed education and monitoring efforts. Recently he has worked with associate professors Katy Smith and Brian Dingmann on a river sediment research project involving high school and university students. 
Goeken has been involved in ongoing work with the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and Executive Director Linda Kingery in promoting the Red Lake River Enhancement Project, including leading a canoe/kayak trip of the entire 195-mile length of the Red Lake River to raise awareness of its cultural attributes and recreational potential. He continues to work with the NRSDP on development of initiatives to connect people to nature, especially children, including promoting nature-based interactive play spaces for children.

He coordinates the annual River Watch Forum on the U of M, Crookston campus during spring break, with high school River Watch teams coming from 25 schools throughout the Red River Basin to share their results and learn about current topics in watershed science. He also conducts annual training and certification workshops each spring for personnel from natural resource agencies who are involved in water quality monitoring, the only certification program of its type in Minnesota.

Goeken earned his bachelor of science in agribusiness and his master of science in economics from South Dakota State University in Brookings.
 
Named for the river that provided its first source of power, Otter Tail Power Company was 
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incorporated in 1907. The company began producing electricity in 1909 at Dayton Hollow Dam on the Otter Tail River near Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and home to the company's headquarters.

Today, Otter Tail Power Company is a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corporation. Its approximately 790 employees provide electricity and energy services to more than 129,000 customers in 422 communities and in rural areas in an un-crowded 70,000-square-mile service area in western Minnesota, eastern North Dakota, and northeastern South Dakota. The company has customer service centers in Crookston and ten other communities in its service area.

Otter Tail Power Company's mission is to produce and deliver electricity as reliably, economically, and environmentally responsibly as possible to the balanced benefit of customers, shareholders, and employees and to improve the quality of life in the area in which we do business. To learn more about Otter Tail Power Company visit www.otpco.com.

Otter Tail Power Company has supported the University of Minnesota, Crookston over the years through scholarships, the Campus Energy Challenge, and various sponsorships. 
Cris Oehler director of public relations for Otter Tail, accepted the award on behalf of Otter Tail Power Company. 

The Torch & Shield Award honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region; recognizes champions of the U of M, Crookston, NWROC, and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach; and distinguishes both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of the Crookston campus. For more information, visit www.umcrookston.edu/torchandshield.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo, at top, Fred Wood, chancellor of the U of M, Crookston, Goeken, Oehler, Cattanach, and Albert Sims, director of operations at the NWROC. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One of the highlights of homecoming week at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday, September 21, 2012, was the coronation of the homecoming royalty. The evening was designed around the theme for this year's homecoming festivities "Life's a Beach." 

The homecoming court included King Jeff Pryor, a junior sport and recreation management major from Havanna, Ill.; Queen Laurie Tyson, a junior sport and recreation management major from Rosemount, Minn.; Anthony Taylor, a senior business management major from Sheridan, Wyo.; Sabra Amundson, a junior, animal science major from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Michelle Boateng, a senior information technology management major from Bloomington, Minn.; Matthew Green, asenior, double major in agronomy and agricultural business from Greenbush, Minn.; Stephen Henderson, a junior sport and recreation management major from Chatsworth, Calif.; Walter Lunsford, a senior criminal justice major from Upatoi, Ga; Brooke Novak, a senior, communication major from Dahlen, N.D. and Sara Wiedmaier, a junior sport and recreation management major from Marengo, Ill. 

Candidates were chosen by a vote by the student body. Activities and events taking place throughout the week included a powder puff football game, a spirit banner contest, photo booth 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 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 39 concentrations on campus--as well as 10 degrees online--in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: 
Top, left, Jeff Pryor and Laurie Tyson
Top, right, Walter Lunsford and Brooke Novak
Center, right, Anthony Tahlor and Sara Wiedmaier
Bottom, right, Jeff Pryor and Michelle Boateng
Bottom, center, Stephen Henderson and Laurie Tyson
Bottom, left, Matthew Green and Sabra Amundson


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

Homecoming weekend at the University of Minnesota, Crookston focused on the achievements of four exceptional alumni. The Outstanding Alumni and induction into the Athletic Hall of Fame was held on Friday evening, September 21, 2012, on the campus. The Outstanding 
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Alumni award was presented to  Kirk Schultz '79, Doreen (Johnson) Roy '81, and Gerald Landby '82 and Ryan Driedger '97 from Golden Eagle Hockey was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

The recognition took place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center with a social followed by a banquet and presentation of the honorees. Hosting the evening were Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations and Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics and Chancellor Fred Wood brought greetings from the campus. The choir, under the direction of George French, sang several numbers including Hail! Minnesota and the Minnesota Rouser. 

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

Kirk Schultz '79 graduated with a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management and has more than 30 years of experience in the hotel and restaurant industry. He is currently the vice president at Madison Hospitality Group. 

His responsibilities include hotel and restaurant operations, new hotel development, renovation, management contracts, acquisitions and strategic planning as well as a partner in the Culvers Restaurant in Alexandria, Minn.

Schultz has been responsible for operating several hotels and restaurants in addition to multi-unit management. His leadership experience includes a wide array of properties and leading brands: full service, limited service, water parks, extended stay, independent and economy hotels along with casual theme and family dining restaurants. 

His experiences prior to joining the Madison Hospitality Group include 14 years with Torgerson Properties, Inc., a leading franchisee in Minnesota and Florida. Most recently, he served as their senior vice president and was a member of the board of directors. New hotel openings, repositioning properties, renovation programs and implementation of comprehensive, property-specific business and marketing plans are also part of his background. He is past-president of the Minnesota Lodging Association and active in his community and in civic organizations. 

Doreen (Johnson) Roy '81 completed associate degrees in business management and fashion merchandising, which laid the foundation for her future as an entrepreneur. Following her graduation, she went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in textiles from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., in 1983. 

She began producing natural goats' milk soaps for her family in 1999, and through the encouragement of family and friends, her online store "The Wholesome Basket" was born. The product line is also available at her store in downtown Burlington, Iowa, known as "Gypsi."  Today, her company makes and markets 30 variations of body and skin care products as well as an extensive line of accessories.

Johnson has been active in the Burlington Riverfront Farmers Market, which she helped organize, for the past ten years. She is a dedicated volunteer in her community including organizing activities for children; organizing a nutrition and recipe program; working with local organizations such as Area Aging, Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); Extension; and as an organizer of the Riverfront Market Basket drawings. She is a member of the Downtown Partners through the Chamber of Commerce and a speaker for women's groups, seniors, and community colleges on the topics of nutrition and healthy living. 

Gerald Landby is a 1982 graduate with an associate degree in landscape, turf, and grounds. He went on to Montana State University, Bozeman, to earn his bachelor of science degree in landscape management. He is currently director of grounds at Carroll College, Helena, Mont., where he has been since 1998. 

He is responsible for supervision of grounds staff, planning for and providing leadership for campus landscape, infrastructure planning, and capital projects at Carroll College. His work on grounds has led to several awards including the 2008 Grand Award in the athletic field category from the Professional Grounds Management Society, a "Field of Excellence" award from Pioneer Athletics for Nelson Stadium on the campus in 2009, and in 2011, the college received Tree Campus USA recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation, the first college in Montana to earn the honor. 

Prior to his current role, he was municipal arborist for the city of Great Falls, Mont. Landby is a member of the Montana State University of Agriculture Academic Advisory committee, and he has attended Professional Land Care Network Day (PLANET) on the Hill Legislative Day in Washington, D.C., five times, where he volunteered his time for grounds maintenance at "Renewal and Remembrance" at Arlington National Cemetery in conjunction with the event. Landby also volunteers as an athletic field consultant for the public schools in Montana. 

He is the member of a number of professional organizations in the turf and landscape field, has been featured in articles in professional magazines, and a guest speaker at numerous conferences in his area of expertise. 

Ryan Driedger '97 graduated with a degree in agronomy and left a legacy in hockey. He came to the U of M, Crookston in 1993 after playing hockey at Dakota College at Bottineau, N.D., on a championship team. He transferred to play Golden Eagle hockey and scored the winning goal in the championship game in 1993 when he was named to the All-Tournament Team and earned First Team All-American honors.

He has been referred to as one of the most naturally gifted hockey players in U of M, Crookston campus history. His talent in hockey led him to play junior hockey where he was part of the Winkler Flyers Junior Hockey Club championship team in 1992-93 and a team with a 42-5-1 record and a member of the 2012 Flyers Hall of Fame. He went on to play for a National College Hockey Association championship team at Bemidji State University in 1993-94.

He returned to the Crookston campus to finish his degree in 1994-95, when he was the captain of the hockey team that went 30-2 on the season. 

Driedger is the owner of Abode Building & Renovations where he is responsible for building new homes and major renovations, arranging sub-contractors and interacting with homeowners in Carman, Manitoba, Canada.

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

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

In the photo: Kirk Schultz, Doreen (Johnson) Roy, Gerald Landby, and Ryan Driedger

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director, Development & Alumni Relations, 218-281-8432 (ckemmer@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Ads focus on U's value to Minnesota and how investing in the university 'illuminates' the state and world

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (9/24/2012) - The University of Minnesota is taking a unique approach to higher education marketing when it launches its new "Driven to Discover" campaign today.

For the first time, the university's branding and marketing will directly tie the value the university provides to the state with the importance of public and private investment in higher education.

This year's ads focus on the university's mission of teaching, research and discovery and public outreach and engagement, and illustrate how that mission prepares future generations and illuminates the state and world. They are an evolution of previous years' Driven to Discover campaigns and were created around the theme of "Illumination." This year's iteration of the campaign, "Keeping our lights on illuminates everyone," emphasizes how the impact of the University of Minnesota benefits everyone.

"As Minnesota's only comprehensive research and land-grant university, the University of Minnesota works to solve the toughest challenges across the state and world," said President Eric Kaler. "But we can't continue to tackle those critical problems without continued investment in our young people and the U. The new campaign truly illustrates how our mission comes to life in Minnesota and how continued investment in the University of Minnesota will fuel the economy and keep our state shining bright." 

The first television spots begin airing Sept. 24 and continue for two months. They will reach most of the state, focused on news and prime-time programming in the Minneapolis-St. Paul and Rochester television markets. The campaign's second flight will air from mid-January to mid-March.

"This is unlike anything most people have seen from higher education," said Ann Aronson, the university's assistant vice president for marketing. "It has a dramatic look and feel, but we're interested in much more than grabbing attention. We want to change the conversation about higher education in Minnesota and inspire people. This is about communicating the U's value to the state and how investments in the university benefit everyone."

The university's homepage, www.umn.edu, will provide multiple ways for others to "Be a light" and get involved with the campaign. Visitors can learn about university discoveries, advocate for the U and support students through scholarships. They will find an interactive illumination map that highlights discoveries and contributions made by U of M faculty, students and alumni by geographical area. Those inspired to tell their own stories about how the University of Minnesota has affected their lives, their families or their communities can submit them at www.umn.edu. Submitted stories may also be added to the interactive map.

A social media component encourages others to join the conversation about how discovery has illuminated them by using the hashtag #LightUMN in platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+. For example, a competition on the photo-sharing social network Instagram will invite users to depict how the University of Minnesota illuminates their lives.

The TV ads feature the song, "There's So Much Energy in Us," by the critically acclaimed Minneapolis-based indie-rock band Cloud Cult. Lead singer Craig Minowa is a U alumnus. Many other university students and alumni star in the ads:
Lucia Randle, a student in the College of Education and Human Development.
Danielle Berg, a PhD candidate in astrophysics with the College of Science and Engineering.
Larea Carter, an alumna of the College of Liberal Arts.
Danice Cabanela, an actress and student in the College of Liberal Arts.
Branden Hickey, a student in the College of Biological Sciences.
Eamonn McLain, an alumnus of the College of Liberal Arts and Guthrie Bachelor of Fine Arts Program and cellist for the local band Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapels.

The campaign also will feature digital outdoor billboards along major commuter routes in the Twin Cities and downtown Minneapolis, and bus shelters wrapped with messaging in key locations throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. Other tactics include online ads in key markets across Minnesota and scoreboard displays at the university's TCF Bank Stadium and Williams and Mariucci arenas.

Minneapolis-based OLSON, an independent agency, created the campaign for the U. OLSON has been the university's agency partner since the campaign was first launched in 2006. The two-year campaign will cost $2.5 million, with a majority of the funding from the University of Minnesota Foundation.

For more information about the Driven to Discover campaign, visit http://discover.umn.edu.

Contact: Julie Christensen, University News Service, jrchris@umn.edu, (612) 626-1720; Andrew Svec, director, communications at U of M, Crookston, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M, Crookston Continues Trend Surpassing Enrollment Records

Number of degree-seeking students nears 1800

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Summer 2012 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of summer 2012 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during summer 2012. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned. 

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,600 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

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


NameMajorEmphasisMinorHonors
Blasingame, Tanya AnnAccounting B S   
Bullo, Aman AmanoApplied Studies B SRespiratory Care  

 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care  
Carlson, Cassie Marie Grace Applied Studies B S   
Clark, Robert AManufacturing Management BMM   
Cole, Rick AllanHlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof   
Curtis, Hannah JoyBusiness Management B S   
Dahlstrom, Jesse RoyBusiness Management B S   
Fiege, Eric MichaelSport &Recreation Mgmt B S   
French, Sarah LynnBusiness Management B S  Distinction
Halland, Trista ElaineBusiness Management B SEntrepreneurship/Sm Bus Mgmt  
Haubursin, Chase ClaySport &Recreation Mgmt B S   
Hoefs, Stephanie MBusiness Management B S   
Holmquist, Kathryn AnnCommunication B S   
Johnson, Marshall EugeneBusiness Management B SManagement  
Johnston, TreyCommunication B S   
Kessler, Lauren BrittneyEarly Childhood Education B SPrimary Education  
Liu, ChunhuiBusiness Management B SManagement  
Paczkowski, Damian JohnAccounting B S   
Paulson, Shanda MarieBusiness Management B S   
Ratzlaff, Bobbielee MareeApplied Studies B S   
Rodriguez, Melanie CAnimal Science B SPre-Vet Medicine High Distinction
Rueter, Danielle RaeSport &Recreation Mgmt B S Marketing 
Simpson, Mark ANatural Resources B SNatural Resources Law Enforce  
Steuck, Scott JCommunication B S   
Templin, AprilNatural Resources B SNatural Resources Law Enforce  
Tschida, Calvin MartinApplied Studies B S   
Wagner, Amanda BethCommunication B S Music 
Wimmer, MichaelNatural Resources B SNatural Resource Management  
Wright, Staci LynnAccounting B S   
Health Management B S  
Zins, KatelynCommunication B S  

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

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)

New U of M, Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood Has Minnesota Ties

at work_day 2.jpgFred Wood, the new chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, spent most of his life in California, but he has family ties to Crookston, Minnesota, and the Red River Valley.

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

His first Minnesota tie comes through his mother, Jean Turner, who was born in Crookston in 1917. Her parents, Earl and Ada (Cameron) Turner, were both born in St. Vincent, Minn., near the Canadian border, and were farmers. During the Great Depression when she was 12 years old, Jean moved with her family to Libby, Montana, where her family found work in the lumber mills. As the Depression gave way to World War II, Jean and her sister, Lucille, moved to California where they found work in the oil refineries. Jean met and married Jack Winfred Wood, who later became a carpenter, and while living and working in Martinez, California, their son Fred was born along with his two sisters.

Although his father stopped his formal education at high school and his mother did not Mary+FredWood.jpgcomplete high school, both of Fred Wood's parents valued education, and they keenly encouraged him to attend college. "I'm a true first-generation college student," says Wood, "and as I look back, I can see just how important that single decision was to the story of my life. It really opened the world to me, and I appreciate my parents' encouragement and support of that decision."

Wood started out at a local community college and then earned a B.S. in chemistry and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry--both from UC Davis. He spent two years as a tenured faculty member at a small community college in northern Idaho before returning to UC Davis to serve as a tenured faculty member and vice chair of the chemistry department.

While attending community college in Pleasant Hill, California, he met Mary Williams, appropriately enough, in his first chemistry class. She accompanied him to UC Davis where she completed her undergraduate degree in entomology. Fred continued his doctoral work in chemistry there, and Mary earned her Master of Library Science degree at UC Berkeley, 50 miles away. The two were married in 1982, and subsequently had three children, Kiel, Meghan, and Moira.

WoodChildren.jpgThe value of education remains a strong force within the Wood family, and this is where another tie to Minnesota comes into play.   Kiel, Fred and Mary's oldest, is an environmental studies graduate from Willamette University and works as a wild land firefighter and rappeller for the U.S. Forest Service; he is also studying to complete a BS degree in nursing.  Meghan, their second child, attended and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and she is currently studying to obtain her doctorate in veterinary medicine at UC Davis. And Moira will be a senior at St. Olaf College in Northfield, where she is studying biomedical anthropology with career goals in international public health.

Wood admires the great regard the citizens of Minnesota have for higher education and considers the University of Minnesota system a gem among all of public education in the United States. "The size of the Crookston campus is one of the things that drew me to this opportunity--it allows for a strongly student-centered environment and provides a stellar educational experience for students. The size and mission also allow it to be nimble and move relatively quickly to deal with our changing environment," says Wood. "The faculty and staff here have a unique ability to adapt, as they have with the transformation over its history from a boarding school to a two-year college to a baccalaureate-level university several years ago." He also cites the focus on experiential learning and the integration of technology across the board with the laptop computer initiative as two other very important aspects of the UMC experience. "Since they have the opportunity to work with it every day I'm not sure the faculty and staff realize just how distinctive their use of technology is and just how well they are preparing graduates for their lives after college. It's really quite remarkable," he adds.

"Mary and I are extremely excited to be a part of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and the Crookston community," says Wood. He will reside in the guest suite on campus in Evergreen Hall until his apartment in town is ready in August. Mary will join him after she ties up some loose ends with her work and family matters, but she will visit regularly until then.

"The University of Minnesota system, much like the University of California system, continues to be integral to its home state, and the fact that a large number of students attending the Crookston campus are first generation students is not lost on me," Wood says. "Those first steps into higher education can be intimidating, but they can also be wonderful and inspiring. And with the supportive, friendly environment I see here, it's not surprising to me to see the growth and success that has occurred on this campus.

"My predecessor Chancellor Chuck Casey set the stage for continued growth and success," adds Wood, "and I'm honored and humbled to be able to follow him as the leader of U of M, Crookston campus."

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

In the photos, at top: Fred Wood at his desk during his second day as chancellor.

Middle, right: Mary and Fred Wood

Bottom, left: Moira, Meghan, and Kiel


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

U of M, Crookston Announces Spring Semester 2012 Graduates

The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of spring semester 2012 graduates. Students completed their degree requirements during spring semester 2012. Graduates are listed below with their degree(s) earned.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,600 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

NameMajorMinorHonors
Aasness, Alisha ReneemaeHorticulture B SBusiness Mgmt 
Ahmed, Shukri A IIApplied Studies B S  
Anderson, Jacolby FitzgeraldSport and Recreation Mgmt B S  
Aulabaugh, LanceQuality Management B M M  
 Manufacturing Management B M M  
Balfanz, Ashley AnnaBusiness Management B S  
Bartholomew, Angela MarieBusiness Management B S Distinction
 Equine Science B S Distinction
Bauer, Janie MEarly Childhood Education B S  
Benson, Christina AnnCommunication B S  
Bergemann, Brittany CarolMarketing B S  
Blawat, Melissa AAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Blazek, Jonathon DennisBusiness Management B SMarketing 
Blees, Samuel GCriminal Justice B S Distinction
Boaten, Nana SarkodieMarketing B S  
Boen, Chase PAgricultural Business B S Distinction
 Agronomy B S Distinction
Borgerding, Thomas JacobAgricultural Business B SAnimal Science 
Boutain, Bryan EdwardMarketing B S  
Bowen, Andrew WAviation B S  
    
Braastad, Cory AntonNatural Resources B S  
    
Byram, Casey JayNatural Resources B S  
Caillier, Emily AnnHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
 Biology B S  
Calderwood, Tyler JAgronomy B S  
Caldwell, Michele MarieApplied Studies B S  
Cardinal, Eric DavidNatural Resources B S  
Carleton, Sheila Catherine ElizabethAgronomy B S  
 Natural Resources B S  
Carty, Amoy AnnessaHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B SMarketing 
Chen, QiBusiness Management B S Distinction
Cheng, YuAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Chouinard, Eric DavidBusiness Management B S  
Christensen, Brian KellyHorticulture B S  
Coyne, Kevin MichaelGolf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Czichotzki, Austin DeanCommunication B SBusiness MgmtDistinction
Dachel, Andrew ThomasBusiness Management B S  
Daly, Mitchell PAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Dearden, EricAccounting B S  
DeGrio, Deborah MarieHealth Management B S  
Denver, Megan INatural Resources B S High Distinction
Ding, YuanAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Doyle, Jena MarieEquine Science B S  
Dullinger, Jackie LeeBiology B S  
 Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Eben, Myrna DBusiness Management B S  
Enghauser, Chase KarlBusiness Management B S  
Eul, Megan ElizabethEarly Childhood Education B S High Distinction
Evans, Christin RBusiness Management B S  
Even, Angel AApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (certificate)  
Feely, Matthew DavidManufacturing Management B M M  
Finke, Shanel CherieCommunication B S  
Fisher, Eric EdwardBusiness Management B SMarketing 
Folkert, KelseyAnimal Science B S  
Forester, Payne AllenBusiness Management B S  
Gaukerud, CarlAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Gorentz, AndrewAgronomy B SAgric BusinessDistinction
Grabowski, David Ernest JamesCriminal Justice B S  
Grahek, Adam MichaelMarketing B S  
Graves, Trent BBiology B S  
Griffin, Cory AnnNatural Resources B S  
Hamel, Theresa AnnetteAgronomy B S  
 Agricultural Business B S  
Hardy, Brenyn DNatural Resources B S  
Hatch, Casey LouiseNatural Resources B S  
Hein, Jacob EltonAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAnimal Science 
Hendricks, Adam EBusiness Management B S  
Hersy, Abdi EApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (certificate)  
Horoshak, Jeffrey NicholasNatural Resources B S  
Hucko, Zachary J.Golf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Hulst, EthanAgronomy B S  
Huston, Antonia CalderonAccounting B S  
Jarvis, Cassandra ChristineCriminal Justice B S  
Jiang, LiyaAgricultural Business B S  
Johnson, Falyn RAgricultural Business B SAgronomy 
Johnson, Katy J.Natural Resources B S High Distinction
Johnson, Kristina LeeAnimal Science B S  
Johnson, Nicholas DanielNatural Resources B S  
Kappelhoff, Brianna MOrganizational Psychology B SCommunication 
Keimig, Rachel FernAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Khan, Shozab MahmoodManufacturing Management B M MBusiness MgmtDistinction
 Quality Management B M M Distinction
Kimball, CoryNatural Resources B S  
Klehr, Kayla AliceAnimal Science B S High Distinction
Kleinschmidt, Adam JNatural Resources B S  
Kocina, Kathleen JAccounting B S  
Koo, KyungwookAccounting B S High Distinction
Kopietz, Terence DanielNatural Resources B S  
Kramer, Megan ElizabethEquine Science B SCoaching Minor 
Kriegh, LoisBusiness Management B S  
Krikke, Alyssa AnneHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S High Distinction
Krueger, Kayla LeighEquine Science B SAgric Business 
Krueger, Matthew CalebAgricultural Business B S  
Kupferschmid, Brett AdamNatural Resources B S  
Kyarsgaard, Jameson RobertManufacturing Management B M M  
Lahman, Samantha CAnimal Science B SAgric Business 
  Communication 
Lakhan, Hansraj NarainApplied Studies B S  
 Hlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof (certificate)  
Langerud, Luke RAgronomy B SAgric Business 
Larson, Zachary RNatural Resources B S  
LaRussa, Dominic Frank JrBusiness Management B S  
Lazzari, Benjamin AlexNatural Resources B S  
Lee, Sung SooMarketing B S  
Liebl, Quinton NelsNatural Resources B S  
Limanen, Jesse WilliamNatural Resources B S  
Link, AustinNatural Resources B S  
Longar, Arol SalvatoryOrganizational Psychology B S  
Luo, XiSoftware Engineering B S  
Macheledt, Tyrell ThomasNatural Resources B S  
Malarkey, Donna MQuality Management B M MMarketing 
Matykowski, Kelsey JayneNatural Resources B SHorticulture 
McLean, CodyNatural Resources B S  
McVey, Eli WarrenBusiness Management B S  
Meyer, Megan MAnimal Science B SEquine Science 
Miller, Maranda RNatural Resources B S High Distinction
Mo, ChengyuBusiness Management B S High Distinction
Morgan, Eric J.Business Management B S  
Myers, Lucas AllenApplied Health B A H  
Myers, Paul MichaelHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Nelson, Kimberley AnnAgronomy B SAnimal Science 
Neu, Kristine MarieHorticulture B S High Distinction
 Communication B S High Distinction
Nguyen, Hai ThiManufacturing Management B M M  
Nyhus, Trenton DavisSport and Recreation Mgmt B SCoaching Minor 
Olson, Lori AnnApplied Health B A H  
Osowski, Alysia AnnAgricultural Business B S  
 Agronomy B S  
Ostrov, Jessica IrisApplied Studies B S  
Otten, Kristin MaryManufacturing Management B M M  
Palm, Heather LeaHealth Management B S Distinction
Pan, FangjingBusiness Management B S High Distinction
Paulson, Cheryl AnnApplied Health B A H  
Pearson, NicoleApplied Studies B S  
Pilger, Whitney MarieHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B SChemistry 
 Biology B S  
Plante, Kayla JaneCommunication B SCriminal Justice 
Plass, John MichaelAgronomy B S High Distinction
Powell, Corinne HApplied Health B A H  
Proulx, Kristopher JamesBusiness Management B S  
Ranweiler, Mark AnthonyNatural Resources B S  
Rasmussen, Jennifer LeeHlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Reed, Megan ElizabethMarketing B S Distinction
Rene, Tanya CHealth Management B S  
Robinson, Jeffrey ScottBusiness Management B S  
Rondorf, Jordan JAgricultural Business B S  
Rosemeyer, Lucas JeffreyNatural Resources B S  
Runck, Jeffrey PfaenderNatural Resources B S  
Rustan, Joshua MCriminal Justice B S  
Saeed, Mohamed AbdullaHlth Infor Priv Sec Hlth Care (certificate)  
Schabo, LisaEquine Science B S  
Schiller, Jeffrey JNatural Resources B S  
Schmidt, Robert WNatural Resources B S  
Schneider, Katie ElizabethEquine Science B S  
 Agricultural Business B S  
Schumacher, Allison AnnSport and Recreation Mgmt B SMarketing 
  Coaching Minor 
Seidel, Cory DNatural Resources B S  
Shaw, AllenAgricultural Business B S  
Shulstad, Nichole RaeAccounting B S  
Slover, Thomas GaryBusiness Management B S  
Smith, Miranda MApplied Health B A H High Distinction
Snow, Deandre Stafford BenjaminCommunication B S  
Stai, Lauren MAgronomy B S  
Stanley, Christa PaulineBusiness Management B S Distinction
Steen, AnnaEquine Science B SMarketing 
Stenger, ScottNatural Resources B S  
Stokes, Demi RaeEquine Science B SAnimal Science 
Strand, Lynsey RaeAccounting B S  
Stromme, Trevor JAgricultural Systems Mgmt B SAgric Business 
Suchla, Nicholas JohnHlth Infor Sftware Eng/IT Prof (certificate)  
Sullivan, Benjamin CharlesNatural Resources B SHorticulture 
Swenson, ChelseaSoftware Engineering B S  
Thomas, Stephanie MarieBusiness Management B S  
 Marketing B S  
Thomsen, Elisabeth MEquine Science B SAnimal Science 
Thon, Andrew NathanManufacturing Management B M M  
Tong, Jian Hao AlvinBusiness Management B S  
 Natural Resources B S  
Trotter, Julie AnnHotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt B S Distinction
 Marketing B S Distinction
Tweed, Brady AlanAgronomy B S  
Vaughn, CraigAgricultural Systems Mgmt B S High Distinction
Walters, NicholasGolf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Wang, YijunSoftware Engineering B S  
Waters, Trenton RobertGolf and Turf Mgmt B S Distinction
Wegner, Trevor DavidNatural Resources B S  
Wells, Sara NicoleEquine Science B S  
 Biology B S  
Wendt, Benjamin GNatural Resources B S  
Westby, Abbie JeanAgricultural Education B SCoaching Minor 
Wilson, Cassie AnnNatural Resources B S  
Wright, JoscelynAccounting B S  
Yang, JieAgricultural Business B SMarketing 
Yimgnia, Christian GuyAccounting B S  
Younggren, Savannah RAgricultural Business B SAgronomy

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston campus will hold its third annual summer Robotics Camp from Monday through Wednesday, August 6-8, 2012. The three day camp is geared for students between the ages of 9-14 and runs from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. The cost for the camp is $80, and it will take place in Evergreen Hall on the Crookston campus.

Students should bring a bag lunch for the first two days. Lunch will be provided for participants on the last day. The robotics camp is limited to 30 participants.

Learning about robotics is a fun and challenging way for students to experiment, learn the skills needed to program a robot and work as a team. Students will learn about the math, science, and technologies that go into making a robot. Each student will be issued a complete Lego MINDStorm Nxt 2.0 robotic kit and a laptop to be used during the camp. At the end of the session, participating students may purchase a Lego MINDStorm kit.

For more information go to camp Web site or download the registration form.

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: Mark Gill, lecturer, Math, Science, and Technology, 218-281-8193 (mgill@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Area students named to the spring semester 2012 Dean's List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

To qualify for a place on the Dean's List, students must complete 12 or more letter-graded (A-F) credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. The Crookston campus is the online leader in the University of Minnesota system and the only campus providing every full-time student with a laptop computer. University of Minnesota Regents officially changed the name of the Crookston campus to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1988.

Name Academic Plan
Abikar,Abdikafi Mayow Health Management 
Adelman,Paul W Sport &Recreation Mgmt 
Afonya,Ibitoru Health Sciences
Albertsen,Andrew Natural Resources 
Arvellos,Marcus Business Management 
Atinda,Levi Magari Health Sciences
Bae,Jung Seok Business Management 
Baek,Gyungyoun Health Sciences
Baker,Benjamin Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Ball-Warriner,Melissa Ann Applied Studies 
Barta,Michelle Lee Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Bartholomew,Angela Marie Business Management/Equine Science
Beck,Mitchell L Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Benusa,Katherine Ann Communication 
Berens,Sean Andrew Natural Resources 
Bergemann,Brittany Carol Marketing 
Berglund,Tyler James Health Sciences
Blackwood,Lisa Communication 
Boeddeker,Karen Denise Animal Science 
Borowicz,Matthew G Health Sciences
Brenny,Trenton Gene Natural Resources 
Brooks,Brett Duane Business Management/Manufacturing Mangement
Bruggman,Joshua J Natural Resources 
Buesing,Samuel T Business Management 
Bullo,Aman Amano Applied Studies 
Caillier,Emily Biology/Health Sciences
Chang,Feng Software Engineering 
Chen,Qi Business Management 
Chen,Xihao
Chouinard, Eric
Agricultural Business 
Business Management
Chu,Yiqi Agricultural Business 
Church,Kenzie Business Management 
Conway,Janie Louise Applied Health 
Cymbaluk,Zach D Agricultural Business 
Darst,Ericka Ann Marketing 
Derosier,Sarah E Business Management 
Dettman,Patricia Ann Business Management 
Dobias,Chesnay Business Management 
Dohmeier,Nicole Marie Accounting 
Doyscher,Scott James Business Management 
Dullinger,Jackie Lee Biology/Health Sciences
Dunbar,Alisia Gayle Business Management 
Dunker,Shane Walter Information Technology Mgmt
Erickson,Kayla W Agricultural Business/Agricultural Education 
Fenlason,Jessica Lynn Agricultural Education/Natural Resources
Fillmore,Rowenna Animal Science 
Flaagan,Emily A Animal Science 
Frey,Sidney F Marketing 
Fu,Xianfeng Software Engineering 
Funk,Maria C Agricultural Education 
Geiszler,Melissa Marie Agronomy 
Goodrich,Jessica Communication 
Gu,Yue Software Engineering 
Gustofson,Kelly Jo Early Childhood Education 
Gwak,Sumin Communication 
Halligan,Rachel Marie Early Childhood Education 
Hamel,Theresa A Agricultural Business/Agronomy
Hartung,Ashlynn R Horticulture 
Heino,Laurel Ashley Natural Resources 
Hillstrom,Alisha Marie Business Management 
Hoff,Adam Software Engineering 
Hollinger,Shelby Health Sciences
Holmquist,Kate Communication 
Hulst,Ethan Agronomy 
Jennings,Jesse J Criminal Justice 
Jin,Chen Agricultural Business 
Johnson,Falyn R Agricultural Business 
Johnson,Katy Natural Resources 
Johnston,Trey Communication 
Joransen,Victoria Environmental Sciences
Jung,Eun Ki Business Management 
Jung,Sun Jung Communication 
Jung,You Jin Non Degree
Kahara,Andrew Lee Accounting 
Kang,Hyun-Jae Biology 
Kankelfritz,Megan Nicole Applied Studies 
Keimig,Rachel F Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Kelley,Lucas L Agronomy 
Kenyon,Krista A Natural Resources 
Kim,Beom Seok Accounting 
Kim,Hyun-jin Communication 
Kim,Joo Hyun Undecided
Kim,Ye Eun Organizational Psychology 
Klehr,Kayla Animal Science 
Krdzalic,Almir Biology 
Krueger,Matthew Caleb Agricultural Business 
Kwon,Kipyo Business Management 
LaCoursiere,Emmett Peter Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Leaf,Tia Marie Business Management 
Lee,Dong Ick Non Degree
Lee,Hyo Sub Non Degree
Lee,Jin Hyung Biology 
Lee,Sang hyo Business Management 
Lee,So Yeon Marketing 
Lee,Yi Seul Biology 
Lee,Yong Joo Accounting 
Li,Shuhang Software Engineering 
Lindstrom,Shannon Michelle Business Management 
Liu,Siyuan Business Management 
Liu,Xiaonan Accounting 
Liu,Yundi Accounting 
Lundquist,Darci D Agricultural Business 
Macy,John Curtis Marketing 
Malarkey,Donna M Quality Management 
Markor,Kelly Ann Business Management 
McIver,Colin Van Keuren Business Management 
Meissner,Brendan Agricultural Business 
Melbye,Jordan B Communication 
Melin,Mariah C Animal Science/Equine Science 
Mexicano,Keyanna T Health Management 
Meyer,Megan M Animal Science 
Mikutowski,Mary C Health Sciences
Miller,Geoffrey Marketing 
Mo,Chengyu Business Management 
Moore,Malcolm Xavier Business Management 
Morris,Kelli Animal Science/Equine Science 
Mosher,Presley E Horticulture 
Munson,Jeremy George Business Management 
Myers,Lucas Allen Applied Health 
Myers,Paul Michael Health Sciences
Novak,Brooke N Communication 
O'Connell,Amber L Applied Health 
Oh,Juyeon Business Management 
Osowski,Alysia Ann Agricultural Business/Agronomy
Ostergren,Kaitlyn Marie Accounting 
Owl,Thomas Software Engineering 
Pan,Fangjing Business Management 
Pearson,Nicole Applied Studies 
Pepper,Trista Business Management 
Perea,Josh Criminal Justice 
Peterson,Kayla J Business Management 
Plautz,Katelin Mary Natural Resources 
Prudhomme,Kurt Robert Software Engineering 
Reed,Megan Elizabeth Marketing 
Ritter,Alena Quality Management 
Robinson,Trista Business Management 
Robles,Audrey Undecided
Roder,Ashley Megan Sport &Recreation Mgmt 
Roy,Lindsey J Accounting 
Samuelson,Rick Allen Hotel/Rest/Tourism Mgmt 
Schmidt,Broderick Health Sciences
Schmidt,Robert W Natural Resources 
Schneider,Alyssa Early Childhood Education 
Scully,Shannon R Animal Science 
Secrest,Christopher A Criminal Justice 
Shaw,Allen Agricultural Business 
Shin,Seunghun Undecided
Sontag,Shelly Biology/Health Sciences
Sorlie,Katherine Marie Business Management 
Sorlie,Nicole E Animal Science 
Spurdens,Keanan Scott Criminal Justice 
Stokes,Demi R Equine Science 
Stolp,Shane A Accounting 
Stuber-Benzie,Jessica Natural Resources 
Sun,Guangxian Software Engineering 
Sun,Sung Rae Non Degree
Teixeira,Leonardo Business Management 
Thorne,Natalie Pixieann Applied Studies 
Trotter,Julie Ann Hotel, Rest, Tourism Mgmt/Marketing 
Van Dyke,Vayla M Natural Resources 
Vandermay,Connie Sue Communication 
Vaughn,Craig Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Von Rueden,Lee Edward Golf and Turf Mgmt 
Walker,Jeremy J Natural Resources 
Wallace,Wade A Accounting 
Walsvik,Benjamin J Natural Resources 
Wark,Jessica Marie Health Sciences
Waters,Trenton R Golf and Turf Mgmt 
Wavra,Danielle Biology 
Wells,Sara Nicole Biology/Equine Science 
Weng,Yaowen Agricultural Business 
Will,Leonard Thomas Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Worshek,Nathan D Software Engineering 
Wright,Joscelyn Accounting 
Wright, Nanette
Yan,Yu
Business Management
Software Engineering 
Yang,Jie Agricultural Business 
Yimgnia,Christian Guy Accounting 
Zastrow,Yahna K Equine Science 
Zuck,Samantha Ann Animal Science 

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

Students named to the spring semester 2012 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. The University of Minnesota Regents officially changed the name of the Crookston campus to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1988.

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.

Name Major
Abbey,Wemimo S Business Management 
Amundson,Angela Business Management 
Babbish,Yuko Quality Management 
Bainter,Tiffany Business Management 
Bauer,Janie M Early Childhood Education 
Bendel,Cayla R Natural Resources 
Berg,Steffanie Jean Communication 
Bjorgo,Matthew J Undecided
Blace,Jenna Natural Resources 
Blees,Samuel G Criminal Justice 
Boen,Chase P Agricultural Business/Agronomy 
Boutain,Bryan Marketing 
Breth,Tiffany Nicole Animal Science 
Buscher,Alexandra W Business Management 
Charles,Jessica L Animal Science 
Cho,Hyun Min Biology 
Cloutier,Michael A Business Management 
Cook,Allison Joy Health Management 
Czichotzki,Austin Communication 
Denver,Megan I Natural Resources 
Eul,Megan Elizabeth Early Childhood Education 
Feeney,Erika Accounting 
Fiege,Eric Michael Sport &Recreation Mgmt 
French,Sarah Lynn Business Management 
Friezen,Jessica Rae Accounting 
Geller,Stephanie H Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Grahek,Adam Michael Marketing 
Granfors,Jacob W Natural Resources 
Green,Matthew Ag Business/Ag Systems Mgmt/Agronomy
Gurung,Tashi Wongdi Environmental Sciences
Gurung,Yangchen Dolker Business Management 
Hallin,Jordan C Accounting 
Han,Myoung Don Business Management 
Hong,JuA Accounting 
Hu,Wenjun Business Management 
Hua,Guogang Agricultural Business 
Huang,Zheng Software Engineering 
Jackson,Mark Thomas Natural Resources 
James,Joshua Aaron Natural Resources 
Jiang,Hong Cheng Business Management 
Kaiser,Kelsey S Natural Resources 
Kim,Deok-Won Business Management 
Koenig,Adam M Criminal Justice 
Kohout,Levy Quinompot Quality Management 
Koval,Katelyn Elizabeth Post-Secondary Enrollment Opt
Kullerud,Erik Criminal Justice 
Kuznia,Destiny Eve Business Management 
Kyarsgaard,Jameson Robert Manufacturing Management 
Langerud,Luke R Agronomy 
Lee,Dae Yeul Accounting 
Looker,Brittany A Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Lu,Yang Software Engineering 
Lu,Zhou Software Engineering 
Martell,Ashley E Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
McArthur,Leah Nicole Quality Management 
Miller,Maranda Natural Resources 
Nedrud,Hannah R Equine Science 
O'Connell,Stephanie Animal Science/Equine Science
Oh,Yoon Woo Non Degree
Orlovski,Duane E Business Management 
Pierce,Cassandra Jean Business Management 
Plass,John Agronomy 
Pristanski,Madelyn K Equine Science 
Pronovost,Kristi Dale Business Management 
Proulx,Kristopher James Business Management 
Rodriguez,Melanie C Animal Science 
Rohloff,Christian L Agricultural Systems Mgmt 
Rozell,Sean Jared Business Management 
Sakyi,Josephine Information Technology Mgmt
Seo,Jung-Won Business Management 
Shin,Hye Won Business Management
Sibert,Jeremy L Criminal Justice 
Simon,Kassandra Joy Marketing 
Steinfeldt,Andrew Robert Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr 
Sugar,Joshua L Business Management 
Suiter,Chelsea Ann Communication 
Valdez,Jonathan Eric Business Management 
Van Treeck,Amy L Early Childhood Education 
Wacker,Daniel Accounting 
Walton,Christopher Software Engineering 
Wiesner,Chelsea A Biology/Heallth Sciences
Williams,Benjamin Rex Natural Resources 
Zhou,Xiaowei Accounting 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Treasurer of UMC Teambackers, Adam Maruska '00, recently presented a check for $25,000 2012_5-16_TeambackersCheck.jpgto Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The money will be used for scholarships to support student-athletes.

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

Learn more about Teambackers by visiting www.goldeneaglesports.com/teambackers.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 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 (l to r): Chancellor Charles H. Casey; Adam Maruska, Teambackers treasurer; Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics, Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations.



Contact: Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising, 218-281-8436 (btyrrell@umn.edu); Ruth Navarro, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (nava0085@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

UMC - Wood.jpgFred E. Wood has been named chancellor of the University of Minnesota's campus in Crookston. He will begin the position July 2, 2012, pending approval by the university's Board of Regents.

Wood comes to the University of Minnesota from the University of California, Davis, where he has been vice chancellor of student affairs and has held other leadership roles for 26 years.

As UMC chancellor, Wood will be the chief academic and executive officer for the Crookston campus, responsible for leveraging its unique strengths in undergraduate education, applied research and public engagement within the broader mission of the University of Minnesota. One of five U of M campuses, UMC is a public baccalaureate institution in Northwestern Minnesota enrolling 1,600 students.

A first-generation college student, Wood earned a B.S. in chemistry in 1980 and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry in 1984, both from UC Davis, a public land-grant research university within the University of California system. He spent two years as a tenured faculty member at a small community college in northern Idaho before returning to UC Davis in 1986 as vice chair of its chemistry department, responsible for coordinating curricular and co-curricular experiences for undergraduate and graduate students.

From 1991 to 2004 he was associate dean of the UC Davis College of Letters and Science. In 2004, he was named interim vice provost for undergraduate studies, a position he held until becoming vice chancellor of student affairs in 2007.
 
"The University of Minnesota, Crookston, is an innovative campus with distinctive strengths in student-centered education, technology-rich learning and applied research," said Wood. "I look forward to joining the Crookston community and to continuing to advance the excellence of UMC and the entire University of Minnesota system."
  
"Fred brings outstanding administrative and academic credentials, a passion for ensuring innovative and supportive educational experiences, and a strong understanding of a multi-campus system with a land-grant mission," said Robert J. Jones, the university system senior vice president for academic administration. "President Kaler and I believe that Fred will be an outstanding addition to the University of Minnesota leadership team and will bring a strong vision that will continue to chart a course for excellence for our Crookston campus."

Integral to the University's land-grant mission, UMC connects its teaching, research and outreach to serve Northwestern Minnesota while delivering 26 degree programs, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.

Wood, who was recommended by a systemwide search committee, succeeds Charles H. Casey, who is retiring after seven years as UMC chancellor and 26 years in other top University leadership roles.

View Fred E. Wood's Curriculum Vitae

Contact: Kate Tyler, University of Minnesota, ktyler@umn.edu, 612-626-8535

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The annual Faculty and Staff Day Program was held Tuesday, May 8, in Bede Ballroom.  Faculty and staff from all units across campus attended the luncheon and program that followed.  The theme for the day was "We're from Everywhere," and faculty and staff commemorated their heritage by donning clothing representing some part of their heritage. Hosting the event were Rachel Lundbohm, instructor in the Business Department, and Kristie Jerde, assistant director of residential life.

Kenneth Johnson, MBA, instructor, Business Department, was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Award.  Donna Larson, accountant, Business Affairs Office, received the Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award.  Two individuals received the Distinguished Professional & Administrative Award: Melissa Dingmann, MEd, director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Kenneth Bulie, JD, CPA, lecturer, Business Department.  

The Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award was presented to ADawn Melbye, MEd, instructor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, and the Outstanding Community Service Award went to Jamie Fagerholt, MBA, tutor and testing coordinator, Academic Assistance Center.  Rachel Lundbohm, MBA, instructor, Business Department, was recognized for her Presidents Civic Engagement Stewardship Award from the Minnesota Campus Compact.  

2012_5-8_F-S Day-40 yr 1117.jpgJim Schaar, MDiv, lecturer, Liberal Arts and Education Department, was recognized with the Support Award for Students with Disabilities.  And Tom Feiro, environmental health & safety specialist, presented the campus with a special award of recognition from the Crookston Fire Department.

Chancellor Charles H. Casey and Albert Sims, director of operations  at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center recognized faculty and staff for their years of service. Dale Kopecky, 2012_5-8_F-S Day-35 yr 1121.jpgfarm foreman at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center was recognized for 40 years of service. Paul Aakre, assistant professor in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department; Susan Brorson, professor and head of the Business Department; Tom Feiro, environmental health and safety specialist; Krista Proulx, library assistant; John Schleicher, building and grounds worker; and Deb Zak, campus regional director for Extension were all honored for their 35 years of service. Recognition was also given for 25, 20, 15, and 10 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.

In the photos at top: Jim Schaar, Donna Larson, Kenneth Johnson, ADawn Melbye, Rachel Lundbohm, Melissa Dingmann, Jamie Fagerholt, and Kenneth Bulie.

At left, center, Dale Kopecky

At bottom, right (left to right): Deb Zak, Paul Aakre, Sue Brorson, Tom Feiro, Krista Proulx, and John Schleicher.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.    Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - Business Department

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

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

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

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

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

Outstanding Communication Student (Minor) Award

Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Student Awards Program photo gallery.

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

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


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



 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photo: Architectural rendering of new residence hall.

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

Six U of M, Crookston students took part in the University of Minnesota Undergraduate wemimo_poster.jpgSymposium on April 18, 2012, in Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus.  The symposium is an annual poster fair that gives all undergraduate researchers across the U of M system a chance to share their research, scholarly, and creative projects with the University community.  

Abbey Wemimo, junior majoring in business from Lagos, Nigeria, presented a poster titled "Lessons learned: the Chinese approach to doing business in Africa"; Chris Anderson, a IMG_0064.jpgsenior majoring in natural resources from Missoula, Mont., presented a poster titled "Post-pneumonic bighorn sheep recruitment"; and software engineering majors Andrey Anfilofieff, a senior from Bejou, Minn.; Tyler Brazier, a senior from Greenbush, Minn.; Kurt Prudhomme, a sophomore from Crookston, Minn.; and Michael Schliep, a 2011 graduate from Holloway, Minn., presented a poster titled "QA/QC during the construction of a modular NoVA_poster.jpgneutrino detector, NOvA."

Joining the students at the symposium were Associate Professor David DeMuth, Jr., who teaches in the Math, Science, and Technology Department; and Kenneth Johnson, an instructor in the Business Department. To learn more about the symposium, visit www.urop.umn.edu/symposium.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.

In the photos:
Top, right (l to r): David DeMuth, Abbey Wemimo, and Kenneth Johnson
Center, left: David DeMuth and Chris Anderson
Bottom, right: Tyler Brazier, Michael Schliep, Andrey Anfilofieff, and Kurt Prudhomme


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

Public interviews begin Tuesday, May 1

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/26/2012) -- University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and U of M System Senior Vice President for Academic Administration Robert J. Jones have announced candidates and the public interview schedule for the position of chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC). Public interviews will begin Tuesday, May 1.

A 13-member search committee held confidential interviews last weekend with a select group of candidates for the UMC chancellor position. Based on the candidate materials and interviews, the search committee recommended candidates to meet with key university stakeholder groups next week.

The following candidates have been invited to the Crookston campus for public interviews (in order of appearance on campus):

UMC - Hardin.jpgSTEVEN S. HARDIN (left)
Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs, University of Pittsburgh-Bradford
Public forum: 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, Bede CDE, U of M, CrookstonUMC - Hughes.jpg

KARLA V. HUGHES (right)
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Morehead State University, KY
Public forum: 9-10 a.m. Thursday, May 3, Bede CDE, U of M, Crookston

FRED E. WOOD (left, below)
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of California-Davis
UMC - Wood.jpgPublic forum: 9-10 a.m. Friday, May 4, Bede CDE, U of M, Crookston

During their public interviews, each candidate will deliver a presentation, "Opportunities and Challenges Facing the University of Minnesota, Crookston." The forums will provide an opportunity for the greater university community to meet and hear from the candidates. They will be recorded and posted on the chancellor search website soon after the presentations are held.

In addition to the public forums, each of the candidates will interview with select university stakeholder groups on the Crookston and Twin Cities campuses.

The candidate vitae, the position profile and evaluation forms are posted on the search website, www.umcrookston.edu/chancellorsearch.  

One of five campuses of the University of Minnesota, UMC is a public baccalaureate institution enrolling 1,600 students. Integral to the University's land-grant mission, Crookston connects its teaching, research and outreach to serve Northwestern Minnesota while delivering 26 degree programs, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. To learn more, visit umcrookston.edu.



Contact: Chuck Tombarge, University News Service, tombarge@umn.edu, (612) 624-5551; Andrew Svec, Director of Communications, Public Relations, and Marketing, U of M, Crookston, asvec@umn.edu, (218) 281-8438.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston was the recipient of five nationally recognized awards2012_4_CAL Online Staff 0481.jpg in 2011-12 for its online programs and the campus took time to celebrate during a reception on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Paying tribute to the online accomplishments were Chancellor Charles H. Casey; Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Thomas Baldwin; Susan Brorson, professor and head of the Business Department; and Director of the Center for Adult Learning Michelle Christopherson.

Joining them in giving remarks were Assistant Professor Denis Maier who teaches in the Business Department; Paula Viker, instructor in the Math, Science and Technology Department; and Lisa Leiran, who works as an online advisor in the Business Department. The celebration, held in the Prairie Room, included many of the faculty who teach students online as well as the staff who provide assistance.

Maier's remarks reflected the sentiment of most. "These awards represent the work of the past for which we are now reaping the rewards. We need to continue on the path of success that has been established over the years," Maier said. "We offer as good an experience online as we can, and we strive to make it as good as the experience students get on campus."

Over the past year, the online programs at the U of M, Crookston have earned recognition from The Princeton Review "Best Value Colleges", Smart Choice "25 Best Offering Online Degrees", U.S.News & World Report inaugural "Top Online Education Program Rankings", and The Best Colleges top five ranking for the online business degree.

To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online or call 218-281-8680.

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: Center for Adult Learning staff: (l to r): Dana Trickey, Janessa DeBoer, Mark Belanger, Michelle Christopherson, and Diane Rapacz

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-218-2818679 (mchristo@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The Class of 2012 will be honored during commencement exercises at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Saturday, May 5. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium when some 200 students, including some 34 international students  representing 14 countries and more than 20 (of the 94) online graduates, 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.

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

Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable David McMillan, from Duluth, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees. Joining McMillan on the platform and bringing greetings from the U of M will be Robert Jones, Senior Vice President, Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System.

Whalen_Jean.jpgU of M, Crookston Alumna Jean (Fischer) Whalen (at left) will give the commencement address. Whalen, who graduated from the U of M, Crookston with an associate degree in court reporting in 1980 and a baccalaureate degree in applied studies in 2009, currently works as an official court reporter in the Second Judicial District in St. Paul, Minn. News release.

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

Graduating senior Alisha Aasness (at left, below), Crookston Student Association (CSA) president, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2012 and pass the Aasness_Alisha_notweb.jpgtorch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to Adam Switzer (at right, below), the incoming CSA president. Aasness, from Fergus Falls, Minn., is graduating with a degree in horticulture. Switzer is a sport and recreation management major from Apple Valley, Minn.

The U of M, Crookston choir, under the direction of Associate Professor George French, will Switzer_Adam 9357.jpgsing two selections, and the string ensemble, A Touch of Brass will perform as part of the graduation ceremony.

The 2012 commencement exercises mark the 104th 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 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)

Working under a short-term contract for the United Nations as an official court reporter at the Whalen_Jean.jpgInternational Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda changed the life of University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumna Jean Fischer Whalen (at right). The Class of 2012 will learn how taking advantage of this opportunity influenced her life during her address at commencement on Saturday, May 5. Commencement exercises will take place at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium and will also mark the final graduation celebration for Charles H. Casey as the University's chancellor.

Whalen, who graduated from the U of M, Crookston with an associate degree in court reporting in 1980 and a baccalaureate degree in applied studies in 2009, currently works as an official court reporter in the Second Judicial District in St. Paul, Minn. The degree Whalen earned in 2009, she completed entirely online, making her the first online graduate to be a part of the platform guests at commencement. She values both her on-campus and online experiences at the U of M, Crookston and believes they provided her with the background she needed to take advantage of the opportunities life has given to her. She believes graduates need to be ready to take a chance.   

Working at the genocide trials in Rwanda, Whalen was on a team of English court reporters. English and French were the two official languages of the trials which took place in Tanzania. She worked with a group of 16 court reporters from all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the Gambia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia in the fast paced environment. Her experience working for the United Nations changed the way Whalen views global citizenship and heightened her recognition that we all share similar dreams and desires for happiness, peace, and dignity.

In 2008, Whalen received the Minnesota Association of Verbatim Reporters and Captioners Distinguished Service Award. She is a Registered Diplomate Reporter and Certified Realtime Reporter.

For commencement details, visit www.umcrookston.edu/commencement.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photos:

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

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


Top, left: Ashley Hoffman with Peter Phaiah.

Middle, right: Brooke Hamilton with Peter Phaiah.

Middle, left: Kim Cousins with Peter Phaiah.

Bottom, right: Ron Del Vecchio with Peter Phaiah.

Bottom, left: Tony Taylor with Peter Phaiah.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4 colleges in Minnesota made the list of 150:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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


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

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

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their science projects and compete at the 63rd Annual Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair to be hosted at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The science fair slated for February 11, 2012, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center is for students in the Western Minnesota Region which includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkins.

Entries and required forms for projects must be postmarked by Monday, January 30, 2012. Papers must be postmarked absolutely no later than Friday, January 27, 2012. Mail forms/papers to Western MN Regional Science Fair, c/o Katy Smith, University of Minnesota, Crookston, 2900 University Ave., Crookston, Minn.,  56716. All forms, fee information, and additional details about the science fair are available at www.umcrookston.edu/sciencefair.

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

The regional science fairs are a learning opportunity for students in middle school or high school interested in science, technology, engineering and math. They also provide selected students the chance to compete for prizes at the State Science & Engineering Fair in March. Besides competing, the science fairs are a chance for participants to present and to engage in dialogue about their research. Evaluation is based on four criteria: the process of science; effectiveness of communication; context of the project and their scope of understanding (www.fair.mnmas.org).

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

Contact: Katy Smith, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology Dept., 218-281-8262, (katys@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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)

U of M, Crookston Named Among 25 Best Offering Online Degrees

SuperScholarSmartChoiceBestOnlineColleges.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston has been named among the top 25 in SuperScholar's "Smart Choice" ranking of schools offering online bachelor's degrees.  For the full listing, visit www.superscholar.org/best-online-colleges.

Based in San Antonio, Texas, SuperScholar is an organization that provides online resources geared toward students searching for information about higher education and career options.  The organization also ranks colleges and universities by various educational programs and majors.

According to SuperScholar, in order to be considered for its Smart Choice ranking of top schools offering online bachelor's degrees the institution had to be a regionally accredited college or university, be listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database, and offer online bachelor degree programs in multiple disciplines.  Specialty schools focused on a narrow range of subjects were excluded. Schools that passed the initial screening process were then ranked by SuperScholar's editors based on each school's perceived market credibility and prestige, academic quality, support for students, and student satisfaction.

The U of M, Crookston currently offers ten of its degree programs entirely online as well as on-campus: Accounting, Applied Health, Applied Studies, Business, Communication,  Health Management, Information Technology Management, Manufacturing Management, Marketing, and Quality Management.  Learn more about these programs at www.umcrookston.edu/online.

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@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)

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)

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)