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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

Background

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

Evening Event

Later in the evening, the U of M Crookston is hosting Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Taylor Branch in the Kiehle Auditorium at the University of Minnesota Crookston at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. This activity is funded, in part, by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Other sponsors include the Northwest Minnesota Foundation, the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, Crookston High School, and Academic Affairs, Campus Ministry, Concerts & Lectures, Honors Program, and Career and Counseling at the U of M Crookston. 

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

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

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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)

Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian Taylor Branch will speak in the Kiehle Auditorium
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 at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. The event is free and all are welcome. 

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 his returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement(2013). More: http://taylorbranch.com/. 

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. 

Full release to follow. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

U of M Crookston Announces Crookston Student Association Officers and Senators

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

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2013 semester at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delegation from Jungwon University in South Korea Visit Campus

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

In the group photo, left to right:

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

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In the post_signing photo, left to right:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Award recipients include the following students:

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


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

Ambassador of the Year Award
Bryce Gillie


Outstanding First-Year Biology Award
Ashley Martell


Outstanding Future Educator Award
Dabitna Chung, Amy Van Treeck

Marketing/ Management Academic Achievement Award
Dain Park and Alex Buscher


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

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

Outstanding SRM Student
Kari Bodine

Outstanding Communication Student
Jessica Stuber 

Outstanding Communication Minor
Connie Vandermay 


SOS Service Award
Alexmai Addo, Catilin Kersting

Outstanding SOS Leader
Almir Krdzalik

Peer Connection Service Award
Alexmai Addo and Brooke Novak

Peer Mentor of the Year Award
Catlin Kersting

Regal Spirit Award
Kayla Bellrichard, and Tyler Lowithan

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

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Jenny DuBay 

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

The Wildlife Society Travel Award
Alisha Mosloff 

Outstanding Animal Science
Sara Scott (pre-vet) 

Outstanding Equine Science
Jess Charles (pre-vet)

Outstanding Ag Business Student
Amanda Crook 

Outstanding ASM Student
Leonard Will and Matt Green 

Outstanding Horticulture
Ashlynn Hartung


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

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

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

Support of Diversity Award


Outstanding Theater Student Award
Liz Massie
Tyler Lowithan
Nathan Anderson

Outstanding Music Service Award
Rebecca Apitz 
Miah Smith 

Outstanding Writing Tutor
Rowenna Fillmore

Computer Help Desk
Melissa Freitag 

Student Employee of the Year
Adam Hoff 

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

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

Justin Knebel Memorial Award
Broderick Schmidt

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

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

Student Volunteer of the Year Award
John Niemczyk with Lisa Loegering

Student Programmer of the Year
Ashley Hoffman

Outstanding CSA Senator
Alexmai Addo 

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate Award
Megan Luxford

Faculty and Staff Awards

Outstanding Educator
Ron Del Vecchio 

Most Supportive of Students
Phil Baird 

Outstanding Service to Students
Lisa Samuelson 

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

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


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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

The 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)

Semester in Italy is Life Changing Experience for Junior Hannah Reysen

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Wandering the country side with her camera in hand, Junior Hannah Reysen discovers beautiful places. But, what is more significant might be what she discovers inside during her study abroad semester in Italy.

Reysen, a business management and marketing major from Adell, Wis., grew up listening to her mother's stories about a trip to Brazil she took as a high school student. Those stories fostered an interest in Reysen that could not be quelled. There were moments of doubt over the years, but in the end, a few visits with Rae French, learning abroad coordinator, sealed the deal and opened up the possibilities.

Where she would travel was not really clear to Reysen until one night after looking at a variety of places she could go, it became clear to her that her destination would be Florence. "Rae re-inspired my desire to travel, and Florence spoke to my heart," Reysen says. 

Her trip was filled with history, culture, art, and the Italian people. "I think I was meant to go there," Reysen smiles. "I grew very close to some of the people I met, and I am even planning to go back over spring break to see them. They have become very near and dear to me.

"You hear that trips like this can be life changing, but I didn't really believe it," she continues. "But, my life has been forever changed by my semester abroad." 

She traveled during her stay, but remained in Italy exploring Rome, Cinque Terre, Siena, the Chanti region, and more. She was awed by the Vatican, and found herself putting her camera away and soaking up the experience. When time allowed, Reysen would wander with her camera. "I would walk the streets and country side and found myself enjoying the time alone," she reflects. "I feel like I know myself better and my travel abroad enriched this opportunity I had to discover who I am!"

Reysen took classes in Italian, three in business, and a class on digital photography.  Her 
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goals in life have always included making a difference. "I hope to someday work for a non-profit and give back," she explains. "I want to do something to bring out the best in people and inspire others to grow." 

She is not sure how it will all play out exactly. For now, Reysen is back on campus, but she believes her study abroad experience has changed how she views everything. 

"The world has opened up to me, and I want to share what I have learned with others," she says. "If you have a chance to study abroad, take it. You won't believe it, but it's truly a life changer!"

Contact: Rae French, coordinator, study abroad, 218-281-8339 (rfrench@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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In celebration of a rich culture and heritage, the month of November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. A number of events are taking place beginning on Friday, November 16 and running through Tuesday, November 20, 2012. As part of the recognition, a display will be featured in the Library and Bookstore windows for viewing from November 17-30. 

The events are sponsored by the Office of Diversity & Multicultural Programs, in collaboration with the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association (CNIA), University of Minnesota Extension, the Early Childhood Education Club, the Multicultural International Club, and Sodexo Dining Services. 

The public is invited to attend all of the events taking place on campus:

On Friday, November 16, from 5-7 p.m., as part of International Education Week, students in CNIA and the Multicultural International Club will be sponsoring an International Carnival for Kids with games in Bede Ballroom led by students from CNIA. The evening is geared toward families with children ages 10 and under and is free for everyone. 

On Monday, November 19, a traditional Native meal will be served in Brown Dining Room from 10:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Sponsored by CNIA and co-sponsored by Dining Services, Diversity & Multicultural Services, and U of M Extension. The public is invited to attend and cost for the meal is $7.65 per person. 

On Monday, November 19, at 7 p.m. a presentation of the "The Circle of Life, Sacred Medicines and a Celebration of Animals" will be conducted by JT Shining Oneside from the Turtle Mountain Community College/YouthBuild in Turtle Mountain, N.D. Her family-orientated presentation will be of interest for school-aged children.  

On Tuesday, November 20, Bill Paulson will be on campus to present "Thanksgiving: A Native's Perspective...History, Hope, and Healing." Attendees are encouraged to bring their own brown bag lunch or purchase a traditional Thanksgiving meal Brown Dining Room for $7.65. His presentation will take place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center at noon.

Concluding the events on Tuesday, November 20, at 7 pm, will be "Rivers Edge: An Evening 
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of Native Song, Dance and Music", in Kiehle Auditorium. Highlights include a parade of native regalia, the significance of Native designs/patterns, and story-telling. 

Rachel Quale, vice president of the CNIA at the U of M, Crookston, says that this is a month for both education and creating awareness. "The CNIA started on campus four years ago, but in the past two years, we have become increasingly active," Quale says. "We are using November to create a greater awareness of the club, which is open to all students, and even more importantly, to heighten everyone's consciousness of the great legacy of the Native people." Quale, a senior from St. Cloud, Minn., is an equine science major on the Crookston campus.  

Background
CNIA is a club dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and understanding of Native people in our region and Native students attending the University of Minnesota, Crookston; to increasing enrollment of Native students; and to promote a culturally connected environment for Native students. They welcome all students to join them. 

The month of November is American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. It is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. To learn more, visit http://www.ncai.org.

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

In the photo: Lorna Hollowell, center, is joined by members of Rivers Edge, the group will perform on campus on Tuesday, November 20 . 

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Student clubs and organizations will host a Halloween Carnival for Kids on Saturday, October 27, from Noon to 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  The event is free and intended for area children ages 2 to 12 years old. 

Food donations for the North Country Food Bank will be accepted.  Children can take part in many different games, coloring, and face painting. There will also be door prizes.  Delta Theta Sigma will host the event with assistance from the Animal Science Association, Black Student Association, Pre-Vet Club, Peer Connections, and Ag-Arama.

Contact: 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)

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)

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 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8.    Outstanding Academic Achievement Award - Business Department

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

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

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

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

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

Outstanding Communication Student (Minor) Award

Yangchen Gurung, senior, business management, Mustang, Nepal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit the Student Awards Program photo gallery.

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

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


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



 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photos:
Top, left: Wongdue Sangbo Gurung

Top, right: Completed sand mandala

Middle, right: Gurung works on a sand mandala.

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

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

Students in kindergarten through adulthood will have an opportunity to learn Mexican folk dancing techniques during a series of one-hour dance sessions at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The dance sessions are part of the fourth annual "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" taking place on Saturday, April 21, 2012, and will be taught by dancers from Los Alegres Bailadores, a professional dance troupe from St. Paul, Minn. Students must be pre-registered by Wed., April 18, and the sessions, which are free, will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All dance sessions take place in Lysaker Gymnasium in the Sports Center on the Crookston campus.

The dance sessions will include age appropriate folk dance steps and begin at 2 p.m. for students in grades kindergarten through second grade; followed at 3 p.m. for students in third through sixth grades; and concluding with a session at 4 p.m. for students in grades seven through adult. Each session will begin promptly at the designated time in order to accommodate all interested students. Both boys and girls are encouraged to participate.

For more information or to pre-register for a session, contact Anna Corona at 218-521-0245; Rosa Quiroz at 218-289-7479, or Rae French at 218-281-8339.
Becky Cusick serves as the director as well as a dance instructor for Los Alegres. The dance troupe's mission is to genuinely bring and preserve Mexican culture through the art of dance for all sorts of occasions and education.  For more information, visit http://losalegresbailadores.com

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. Other activities during "Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo" are available online.

The event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, which LegacyLogo.jpgserves 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.

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

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

EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER:

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

Highlighting the evening will be the following performances:

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

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

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

Jamar Esaw and Triad: 4Christ (at right) is a 33 member voice choir on a mission to Triad.jpgpromote the Word of God through song. They have shared the stage with several other major gospel acts and have caught the attention of the gospel industry with their undeniable sound and performances.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 26 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and 36 concentrations, including 10 online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,600 undergraduates from 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photo: Nicolai Wilkins (left) and Ronny Jaeckel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Background

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

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

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

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

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


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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not pictured: Kate Holmquist and Jean-Michel Habeck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

A legend has passed. On September 25, 2011, Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and sustainable development activist died in Nairobi, Kenya, after a prolonged battle with cancer. In her memory and as a tribute to her legacy, the University of Minnesota, Crookston will plant a memorial apple tree on campus. In coordination with the hosting of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) conference, a Honeycrisp apple tree will be planted at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 21, 2011, in the Nature Nook, near the west entrance to Bergland Laboratory on the campus. The public is invited to attend.

The family of Maathai and the Green Belt Movement asks well-wishers to plant a tree to provide a living symbol of Wangari and her tireless work to make the world a better and more peaceful place. U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey will make comments during the tree planting along with Harouna Maiga, Ph.D., associate professor of animal science and a native of Mali, Africa.

The recipient of numerous awards commemorating her activities with sustainability, international conservation, women's rights, health, Maathai is perhaps best known for wangari.jpgfounding the Green Belt Movement in 1977. The movement was launched in Kenya primarily to inspire women to improve their livelihoods by planting trees for firewood, clean water, and soil protection. It has become a world-wide movement, particularly in third-world countries.

Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability had the pleasure of meeting Maathai at the U.N. Conference on Global Climate Change held in Copenhagen in December of 2009. "A group of us met with her at the Danish Film Institute to view the premier showing of, 'Taking Root,' a film featuring her life story. That film and discussions with her which followed, were an incredibly moving experience," according to Svedarsky.

Background

Wangari Maathai was born in Nyeri, Kenya (Africa) in 1940. The first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree, Professor Maathai obtained a degree in Biological Sciences from Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, Kansas (1964).(Her studies in American were supported by a Kennedy Foundation scholarship for Kenyans which also included President Obama's father.)  She subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh (1966). Professor Maathai pursued doctoral studies in Germany and later obtained a Ph.D. (1971) from the University of Nairobi where she also taught veterinary anatomy. She became chair of the Department of Veterinary Anatomy in 1976.

Professor Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent struggle for democracy, human rights and environmental conservation. She has addressed the UN on several occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly during the five-year review of the Earth Summit. She and the Green Belt Movement have received numerous awards, most notably the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. In 2005, Professor Maathai was honored by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and by Forbes Magazine as one of 100 most powerful women in the world.

Apple experts at the University of Minnesota were responsible for the development of the Honeycrisp apple making it an apt tribute to Maathai on the Crookston campus. The event is sponsored by the Crookston Students for Sustainable Development (CSSD) and the Center for Sustainability. It commences an initiative to develop an "Edible Campus Landscape" where fruit-producing trees and shrubs will be planted along with possibly campus gardening. "Wangari would have liked that," according to Svedarsky.

To learn more, visit www.greenbeltmovement.org.

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

In the photo: Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and sustainable development activist, from www.greenbeltmovement.org.

Contact: Dan Svedarsky, director, Center for Sustainability, 218-281-8129 (dsvedars@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, communications, University Relations, 218-281-8342 (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)

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

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

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

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

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

In the photos:
Top, left:

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



Bottom, right:

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

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

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




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Summer 2011 Graduates

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,400 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the photos:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M, Crookston Students Gain Firsthand Insight into Swiss Agriculture

Four University of Minnesota, Crookston students studied agricultural practices abroad in Switzerland from May 15 through May 29, 2011. Cities visited included Landquart, Chur, Sorenberg, and Luzern.

Abbie Westby, an agricultural education major from Pelican Rapids, Minn., was joined by group_mtn.jpgShelia Carleton, a senior majoring in agronomy and natural resources from Baxter, Minn.; Shelia Dombeck, a junior agronomy major from Perham, Minn.; and Alisha Fritz, a post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO) student from Perham, Minn.

The time abroad was the primary component of the Swiss mountain agriculture course through the U of M, Twin Cities College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). This three credit summer course was offered through the U of M, Twin Cities, but other university students were invited to join. The four U of M, Crookston students joined with twelve students from the U of M, Twin Cities. The group was lead by Julie Tesch, who is an employee of the MN Ag Education Leadership Council (MAELC).

The purpose of the course was to give students greater understanding of spring time agricultural activities in a mountain ecosystem. Students witnessed management of farming enterprises to be productive in the context of Europe, and learn how Switzerland has developed their agro-tourism industry. Students also had the opportunity to interact directly with farmers, researchers, students, professionals, and government officials who share expertise and interest in agricultural issues as well as experience rural Swiss family life.
The first four days abroad the students stayed at Plantahof, an agricultural college in Landquart.

Each day the group visited various farms that were within driving distance. Students made visits to various farms including a co-operative called Landi; a fruit farm specializing in strawberries, raspberries, and plums; and a barn owned and operated by three farmers to reduce overhead and share the work load. Westby also was introduced to two separate agro-tourist farms. The first tourist farm gave visitors an opportunity to actually "sleep in the straw," which was their slogan, while the second, Kuhe-Villa, the cow villa, was focused on teaching visitors about the dairy industry. The group also had the opportunity to tour the city of Chur, which is the oldest and biggest city in Graubunden, one of 26 cantons (states) in Switzerland.

During the first weekend stay in Switzerland each student had the opportunity to experience Swiss home life by staying with a host family. Westby was joined by a U of M, Twin Cities student at a home in the village of Jenins in the Graubunden canton. The two students not only got to experience daily life in Switzerland; they worked right alongside their host parents to complete chores on the farm. Westby assisted with the spring haying process and spent time in the family's vineyard. She was even asked to assist with putting cowbells onto the cows before they left for the Alp pastures; a true Switzerland experience.

During their second week abroad, the students stayed at a holiday farm called, Birkenhof, in the town of Sorenberg. The students stayed in a renovated barn that was used to house tourists. Agricultural visits included touring a Holstein and water buffalo dairy farm, a deer farm specializing in meat production, and a cheese making factory. One of the more interesting specializations Westby saw was a sheep dairy farm. The sheep would stand on a pedestal to make milking more ergonomically friendly. Besides agricultural adventures, Westby also had the chance to visit the "Top of Europe," one of the highest places on the continent that can be visited by train.

Spending so much time on farms, it was easy to see differences in farming practices. A noticeable change coming from the Midwest was the size of Swiss farms. Most operations were family owned and in the 50-100 acre range, and because of the small field sizes much of the work was done by hand. The farms with cattle usually had between only 10-15 head noted Westby. She appreciated how the people she encountered in agriculture really cared about what they were doing.

One theme Westby noticed while in Switzerland was the conservation and conscientious use of resources. During her host family stay she was given the task of raking up all extra hay that was left in the field so that nothing was wasted. In the mountains, with less grass able to grow, every last bit is important for Swiss farmers to feed their livestock. Westby appreciated the fact that the best land the country had to offer was reserved for farming only. In the flat areas of the mountain valleys farmers produced their grain crops and other crops that couldn't survive in the higher, steeper altitudes. Very few houses and cities were put on the flat land which was more valuable for farming. Westby commented, "When they only have so much workable land to use it makes sense that agriculture is put first instead of personal use."

The time traveling in Switzerland put agriculture into a new perspective for Westby. She was able to take her knowledge past the farming practices of Midwestern America, "To truly understand agriculture you need to expand your experiences past what is common to what you already know." These experiences will prove valuable as Westby prepares for student teaching in the Spring of 2012.

From Westby's perspective, the push with American agriculture is to get everything done with bigger and better machines and technology, "This approach works just fine because we have vast areas of land and we need to be efficient. In other countries, bigger and faster are not always the most effective way to produce their products. "

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

In the photo, (l to r): Sheila Carlton, Abbie Westby, Shelia Dombeck, and Alisha Fritz spent two weeks studying agriculture in Switzerland.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Students named to the spring semester 2011 Dean's List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

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

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

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

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Spring Semester 2011 Chancellors List

Students named to the spring semester 2011 Chancellor's List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,400 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

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

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

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

* Distinction
** High Distinction

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

Commencement exercises for the Class of 2011 at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The ceremony begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium when more than 190 students, including more than 10 international students and some 20 online students, will participate in the largest commencement exercises in campus history.  A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, will precede the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 2011 commencement exercises mark the 103rd graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at www.umcrookston.edu/people/services/MediaServ/Stream.htm.  

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,300 undergraduates, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Fall Semester 2010 Graduates

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

The University of Minnesota, Crookston enrolls approximately 1,200 full-time students and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The U of M, Crookston is a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution, dedicated to learning, discovery and engagement in northwest Minnesota.

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Students Named to Dean's List for Fall Semester 2010

Students named to the fall semester 2010 Dean's List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

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

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

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

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

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

Students named to the fall semester 2010 Chancellor's List at the University of Minnesota, Crookston were announced by the Office of the Registrar. The U of M, Crookston is one of the most respected career-oriented, technology-based universities in the nation.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Senior Lhakpa Gurung Named 2010 SEED Award Recipient

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing out the week on Friday, November 19 is a Kid Fair from 5 - 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and the International Lounge, both located in the Sargeant Student Center. There will be barnyard animals, button making, origami, face painting, games, tattoos, and items for sale all designed for children and families. The Kid Fair is free and children and families are especially invited to participate.
 
International Education Week, scheduled November 15-19, 2010, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of our efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. To learn more, visit http://iew.state.gov.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

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

Learn about Chinese language and culture in a unique after school program designed for 100_0364 (2).jpgstudents of all ages. The University of Minnesota, Crookston International Programs Office is offering an opportunity for students at the Crookston Public Schools to learn about China during a 10-week after school Mandarin Language and Cultural Program. Students from China attending the U of M, Crookston will be hosting the classes scheduled after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Tuesday, October 5 and running through Thursday, December 9, 2010.

The pilot program, to be held at the Crookston High School (CHS), will include a language  component and/or a cultural component.  Students may attend either one or both. The cost is $25 for the Language Course (Tuesdays) and $25 for the Culture Course (Thursdays), or $40 for both courses.  The cost will include a snack and beverage during each class and a participation certificate. Parents will need to commit to dropping their son or daughter off at CHS at 3:45 p.m. and would need to pick up their child at 4:45 p.m.

The cultural classes held on Thursdays will include a wide variety of topics including language, dress, games, and art. The language classes held Tuesdays will be divided into small groups that are age appropriate to teach students basic Mandarin. The10-week session will conclude with a celebration with students and their families. For more information, contact Rae French at 281-8339 or rfrench@umn.edu.
 
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor's degree programs, 18 minors, and more than 40 concentrations, including several online degrees, in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of about 1,400 undergraduates from more than 25 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photo: The U of M, Crookston has some 40 students from China. Over Labor Day weekend, international students visited the Minnesota State Fair and the Mall of America on a trip to the Twin Cities.
 

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

"Celebration of Achievement" was the theme for the annual student awards program and reception held recently at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Students were recognized for outstanding achievement and service by faculty and staff. Emcee for the evening was Pam Elf, associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department.

Awards and award recipients are listed below:

Crookston Student Association Officers and Senators

Brandon Sachwitz, senior, St. Paul, Minn.; Anna Wagner, junior, Brandon, Minn.; Alisha Aasness,  sophomore, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Karl Syverson, senior, Minneapolis, Minn.; Alyssa Jensen, senior, Cameron, Wis.; Brittany Novak, junior, Dahlen, N.D.; Greg Summers, senior, Beatrice, Neb.; Eun Hye Kang, senior, Seoul, South Korea; Athena Mussendon, senior, Kenosha, Wis.; Lauren Snively, sophomore, Herndon, Virg.; Eric Morgan, junior, Crookston, Minn.; Zach Hennings, senior, East Grand Forks, Minn.; Thomas Haarstick, senior, Vergas, Minn.; Lincoln Messner, senior, Winthrop, Minn.; Shawn Friedland, junior, Viera, Fla. Advisors: Lisa Samuelson and Bill Peterson.

 

Outstanding Student Ambassadors

Alisha Aasness, sophomore, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Janie Bauer, junior, Durand, Wis.; Joe Harren, sophomore, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Jackie Dullinger, senior, Hutchinson, Minn.; Nik Jiran, senior, Hayden, Id.

Samantha Lahman , sophomore, Parkers Prairie, Minn.; Kristine Neu , junior, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Danielle Rueter, sophomore,  Stratford, Wis.; Jessica Schein, senior, Cannon Falls, Minn.; Alvin Tong, senior, Singapore; Benjamin Williams, freshman, Excelsior, Minn.; Greg Summers, senior, Beatrice, Neb.

Heather Schroeder, senior, Nevis, Minn.; Yvonne Valgren , senior, Halstad, Minn.; Alyssa Aaland, junior, Hatton, N.D.; Steffane Prestidge, junior,  Buffalo, Minn.; Paige Eskelson, presenter

 

Ambassador of the Year

Greg Summers, Beatrice, Neb.; Paige Eskelson, presenter

 

Outstanding Tutor Awards

Benjamin Williams, freshman, Excelsior, Minn.; Kirstin (Fjosee) Mio, senior, Olympia, Wash.; Linnea Barton, presenter

 

Writing Center Tutor

Kristine Neu , junior, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Linnea Barton, presenter

 

Academic Assistance Center Awards

Brittany Schlosser, senior, Frederick, S.D.; John Plass, sophomore, Tulelake, Calif.; Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis.; Laurie Wilson, presenter

 

 

Outstanding Leadership in Campus Ministry

Jennifer Rasmussen, junior, Dalton, Minn.; Melinda Baszczynski, senior, Earlham, Iowa; Heather Fogelson, sophomore, West Lakeland, Minn.; Dale Knotek, presenter

 

 

Outstanding Leadership in Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA)

Mark Michalski, senior, Silver Bay, Minn.; Jason Tangquist, presenter

 

Oustanding Achievement in Math and Physics

Shawn Friedland, junior, Viera, Fla.; Bill Peterson, presenter

 

First Year Biology Award

Alyssa Krikke, junior, Grand Rapids, Mich.

 

Excellence in Early Childhood Education

Kimberly Nelson, senior, Cold Spring, Minn.; Amanda Russell, senior, Crookston, Minn.; Marsha Odom, presenter

           

Business Department Outstanding Academic Achievement Award

Keith Bakken, senior, Crookston, Minn.; Jessica DeBoer, senior, Crookston, Minn.; Rachel Lundbohm, presenter; Ken Johnson, presenter

 

Business Department Outstanding Leadership Award

Lincoln Messner, senior, Winthrop, Minn.; Alyssa Jensen, senior, Cameron, Wis.; Rachel Lundbohm, presenter; Ken Johnson, presenter

 

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Exceptional Project Leader Awards

Heather Donati-Lewis, senior, Narcoossee, Fla.; Trista Kleinwachter, freshman, Mentor, Minn.; Jared Hendricks, senior, Owatonna, Minn.; Abbie Tosh, senior, Crookston, Minn.; Stephanie Onken, senior, Round Lake, Minn.; Rachel Lundbohm, presenter; Ken Johnson, presenter

 

Outstanding Accounting Student

Erin Shaw, senior, Lancaster, Minn.; Ken Johnson, persenter

 

Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management (SRM) Student

Derek Ricke, junior, Menahga, Minn.; David Rolling, presenter

 

Hotel, Restaurant & Tourism Hospitality Award

Monica Grenell, senior, Maple Plain, Minn.; Amoy Carty, sophomore, Sandy Point, KNA; Ashley Williams, junior, Big Lake, Minn.; Holly Wrzos, sophomore, Big Lake, Minn.; Lauren Ferrara, sophomore, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Ryan Ellingson, sophomore, Wadena, Minn.; Ken Myers, presenter

 

Outstanding Student of Communication

Heather Herrig (minor), senior, Mountain Lake, Minn.;  Max Saaarinen (major), senior, Lakeville, Minn.

Lynnette Mullins, presenter

 

Outstanding Turfgrass Student Award

Thomas Halver, junior, Chaska, Minn.; Kristie Walker, presenter

 

Turf Bowl Team Award

Thomas Halver, junior, Chaska, Minn.; Philip Holland, senior, New London, Minn.; Mark Michalski, senior, Silver Bay, Wis.; Weston Wander, senior, Sauk Centre, Minn.; Kristie Walker, presenter

 

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award

Tim Knudson, senior, Monticello, Minn.; Cory Oestreich, sophomore, Florence, Mont.; Dan Svedarsky, presenter

 

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award

Nick Sylvester, junior, Crookston, Minn.; Phil Norvitch, senior, Mountain Iron, Minn.; Josh Larson, senior, Park Rapids, Minn.; Amanda Bochow, senior, Wahlawa, Hawaii; Matt Thompson, senior, Karlstad, Minn.;

Dan Svedarsky, presenter

 

Outstanding Equine Science Student

Amanda Peterson, senior, Rochester, Minn.; Ron Del Vecchio, presenter

 

Outstanding Animal Science Student

Isaiah Ulmer, senior, Fullerton, N.D.; Ron Del Vecchio, presenter

 

Outstanding Service to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department

Tony Dank, senior, Sartell, Minn.; Ron Del Vecchio, presenter

 

Outstanding Ag Business Student

Cole Dimmler, senior, Crary, N.D.; Margot Rudstrom, presenter

 

Outstanding Ag Systems Management Students

Thomas Haarstick, senior, Vergas, Minn.; Kent Freberg, presenter

 

Outstanding Horticulture Student

Michael Field, senior, Spicer, Minn.

 

Horticulture Club Service Award

Jada Ellenberg, senior, Perham, Minn.; Eric Castle, presenter

 

MACHS Team Awards

Nate Peikert, freshman, Stillwater, Minn.; Theo Lennemen, sophomore, St. Michael, Minn. ; Kristine Neu, junior, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Jada Ellenberg, senior, Perham, Minn.; Jennifer Zoch, senior, Remer, Minn.; Stepheni Tietje, senior, Hayfield, Minn. ; Michael Field, senior, Spicer, Minn.; Eric Castle, presenter

 

PLANET Team Awards

Theo Lenneman, sophomore, St. Michael, Minn.; Jada Ellenberg, senior, Perham, Minn.; Justin Erdmann, freshman, Hoarce, N.D.; Jordan Jacobson, senior, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Keunyung Kim, senior, Gwangju, South Korea; Michael Field, senior, Spicer, Minn.; Eric Castle, presenter

 

Certificate of Appreciation for International Student Programming

Keunsoo Kim, sophomore, Gwanju City, South Korea; Qian Liu, junior, Guangdong,  China; Taehee Yook, senior, Seoul, South Korea; Yangchen Gurung, sophomore, Kathmandu, Nepal ; Rae French, presenter

Kim Gillette, presenter

 

Outstanding Leadership for international Students

Eun Hye Kang, junior, Seoul, South  Korea; Lhakpa Gurung, junior, Kathmandu, Nepal; Rae French, presenter; Kim Gillette, presenter

 

Outstanding Music Awards

Matthew Green, sophomore, Greenbush, Minn.; Brooke Hamilton, freshman, Adams, Minn.; George French, presenter

 

Outstanding Theater Awards

Austin Czichotzki, sophomore, Barnesville, Minn.; Emily Nelsen, sophomore, Atwater, Minn.; George French, presenter

 

Outstanding Service to the Music and Theater Department

Kevin Anderson, senior, Spring Grove, Minn.; George French, presenter

 

Outstanding ESL Student Award

Xiaowei Zhou, ESL student, Chongquing, China

 

Outstanding ESL Recitation Tutor Award

Justin Hassa, senior, Wadena, Minn.

 

Outstanding  Help Desk Employee Award

Rory Held, junior, Cold Spring, Minn.; Thea Holen, presenter

 

Dale Knotek Community Service Award

Multicultural International Club

 

Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year

Nik Jiran, senior, Hayden, Idaho

 

President's Volunteer Service Awards

Nik Jiran, senior, Hayden, Idaho; Tracy Nyhus, senior, Almena, Wis.; Brittany Novak, junior, Dahlen, N.D.; Jackie Dullinger, senior, Hutchinson, Minn.; Kate Bentley, senior, St. Paul, Minn.; Shawn E. Friedland, junior, Viera, Fla.; Karl Syverson, senior, Minneapolis, Minn.; Sarah Nowacki, senior, Argyle, Minn.; Katelyn Zins, sophomore, Starbuck, Minn.; Annie Kelly, sophomore, Jordan, Minn.; Jessica Fenlason, junior, Evansville, Minn.; Ramon Rory Held, junior, Cold Spring, Minn.; Joe Harren , sophomore, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Tony Dank, senior, Sartell, Minn.; Heather Donati-Lewis, senior, Narcoossee, Fla.; Austin Czichotzki, sophomore, Barnesville, Minn.; Kristine Neu, junior, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Brittany Bergemann , sophomore, Good Thunder, Minn.; Lauren Ferrara, sophomore, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Kristie Johnson, senior, Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Eun Hye Kang, senior , Seoul, South Korea

QIan Liu, junior, Guangdong, China; Nongye Lo , sophomore, St. Paul, Minn.; Katie Manning, junior, Wrenshall, Minn.; Steffane Prestidge, junior, Buffalo, Minn. ; Tammy Wroblewski, senior, Milwaukee, Wis.; Jill Zelinsky, senior, Brooklyn Park, Minn.; Lisa Loegering, presenter

 

 

UMC Athletic Dept. All Academic Team (3.2 grade point average or higher)

Jaclyn Slepicka, volleyball, senior, Palatine, Ill.; Danielle Rueter, volleyball, sophomore, Burlington, Wis.;

Trent Graves,  mens basketball, sophomore, Hartford, S.D.; Jessica Biddle, equine, senior, Elburn Ill.; Katie Bowar, softball, senior, Moorhead, Minn.; Kayla Bowar, softball, junior, Moorhead, Minn.; Cody Brekken, football, Crookston, Minn.; Amy Carlson, softball, sophomore, Rush City, Minn.; Laura Critchett, equine, junior, Shoreview, Minn.; Sarena Diederichs,  softball, junior, St. Cloud, Minn.

Megan Eul , womens basketball, sophomore, Rosemount, Minn.; Megan Hannon, soccer, senior, Green Bay, Wis.; Justine Jones, soccer, senior, Richland, Wash. ; Lauren Kessler,  womens basketball, sophomore, Albertville, Minn.; Stephanie Lee, soccer, junior, Santa Fe, NM; Paul Myers, baseball, sophomore, Arden Hills, Minn.; Anna Ogaard, soccer, junior, Maple Grove, Minn.; Justin Overby,  football, sophomore, Langdon, N.D.; Nicole Veres, equine, senior, Random Lake, Wis.

Stephen Woods,  baseball, Naples, Fla.; Tammy Wroblewski, womens golf, senior, Milwaukee, Wis.

Bri Zabel , womens basketball, junior,