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

 

View the top 30 listing of colleges.  

 

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

 

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

 

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

U of M, Crookston Named Among 25 Best Offering Online Degrees

SuperScholarSmartChoiceBestOnlineColleges.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston has been named among the top 25 in SuperScholar's "Smart Choice" ranking of schools offering online bachelor's degrees.  For the full listing, visit www.superscholar.org/best-online-colleges.

Based in San Antonio, Texas, SuperScholar is an organization that provides online resources geared toward students searching for information about higher education and career options.  The organization also ranks colleges and universities by various educational programs and majors.

According to SuperScholar, in order to be considered for its Smart Choice ranking of top schools offering online bachelor's degrees the institution had to be a regionally accredited college or university, be listed in the National Center for Education Statistics database, and offer online bachelor degree programs in multiple disciplines.  Specialty schools focused on a narrow range of subjects were excluded. Schools that passed the initial screening process were then ranked by SuperScholar's editors based on each school's perceived market credibility and prestige, academic quality, support for students, and student satisfaction.

The U of M, Crookston currently offers ten of its degree programs entirely online as well as on-campus: Accounting, Applied Health, Applied Studies, Business, Communication,  Health Management, Information Technology Management, Manufacturing Management, Marketing, and Quality Management.  Learn more about these programs at www.umcrookston.edu/online.

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu)

HigherEdCommServHonorRoll.jpgThe University of Minnesota, Crookston has been named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).  This is the fourth time the campus has earned the honor.  To be named to the Honor Roll, a school must demonstrate that its students, faculty, and staff are engaged in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.  This national level honor recognizes a college or university for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

 

The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, has recognized more than 600 colleges and universities for exemplary, innovative, and effective community service programs.  It named 511 colleges and universities to the Community Service Honor Roll for 2010.  For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

 

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

 

At the U of M, Crookston in 2010, students tallied over 8,400 hours of service learning through their academic courses and nearly 9,500 hours of community service on their campus, in Crookston and their local communities, and across the country.   Additionally, the campus continued a commitment to designate 10 work study students in the community to serve as America Reads tutors at Crookston's Washington Elementary School, Highland School, and Our Savior's Lutheran Day School. 

 

Lisa Loegering, assistant director of service learning at the U of M, Crookston, confirms the positive influence on students who get involved in service projects, "Our students who choose to get involved with their community through service-learning and community service not only feel more connected to their community but also have a better context for the material they learn within the classroom."  Service-learning courses are found across all departments, and each of the nearly 40 student clubs and organizations strives to complete two service projects per semester.

 

"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS.  "Congratulations to the University of Minnesota, Crookston and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.  We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."

 

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve.   The agency is a strong partner with the nation's colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning.  CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.

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 of service learning, 218-281-8526 (loege005@umn.edu); Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu)

ALD group 8151.jpgAlpha Lambda Delta recently held initiation for 22 students into the prestigious first-year honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The initiation was held on Monday, March 29, 2010, in the Kiehle Auditorium.

The students initiated at the U of M, Crookston as part of Alpha Lambda Delta's Class of 2010 are Alisha Aasness,Fergus Falls, Minn.; Karen Carpenedo, Bessemer, Mich.; Jessica Charles, Belgrade Lakes, Maine; Thomas Chute, Aitkin, Minn.; Jensen Crots, Chesterton, Ind.; Amanda Flint, Aberdeen, S.D.; Maria Funk, Sebeka, Minn.; Matthew Green, Greenbush, Minn.; Trey Johnston, Angus, Minn.; Kelsey Kaiser, Streeter, N.D.; Chunhui Liu, Fuzhou Fujian, China; Margo McHugh, Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.; Tyler Nelson, Hinckley, Minn.; Nicole Origas, Lake Crystal, Minn.; Angela Peterson, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Melanie Rodriguez, Chanhassen, Minn.; Sara Scott, Spiritwood, N.D.; Chelsea Swenson, Fertile, Minn.; Jane Terry, Belmont, Mass.; Amy Van Treeck, Sheboygan  Falls, Wis.; Benjamin Williams, Excelsior, Minn.; and Samantha Zuck, Jamestown, N.D.

Eligibility for membership in the national honor society for first-year students is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better during the first term or year of college while a student is enrolled full-time. Less than 20% of college freshman achieve this high level of academic performance.  Alpha Lambda Delta is advised by Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and the Honors Program director, and Sara Kaiser, student experience and parent coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.

To learn more about Alpha Lambda Delta at the U of M, Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/events/AlphaLambdaDelta.

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.

In the photo: Alpha Lambda Delta initiates (front row, seated l to r): Alisha Aasness, Karen Carpenedo, Jessica Charles, Thomas Chute, Amanda Flint, Maria Funk, Matthew Green, Trey Johnston, Samantha Zuck. Second row, standing: Kelsey Kaiser, Chunhui Liu, Margo McHugh, Tyler Nelson, Angela Peterson, Melanie Rodriguez, Sara Scott, Chelsea Swenson, Amy Van Treeck, Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Sara Kaiser, Brian Dingmann, Ph.D. Not Pictured: Benjamin Williams and Jensen Crots, and two online students: Jane Terry, and Nicole Origas.


Contact: Sara Kaiser, advisor, Alpha Lambda Delta, 218-281-8527 (kais0067@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Crops Team 2009.jpgOnce again, the Collegiate Crops Judging Team from the University of Minnesota, Crookston was in the top three finishers at the national crops judging contests held in November. At the contests held in Kansas City, Mo., on November 17, and Chicago, Ill., on November 21, the team from the U of M, Crookston finished third overall. Members of the team included: Sophomore Theresa Hamel from Lakota N.D.; Junior Jakob Heggedal from Badger, Minn.; and Junior Mark Riepe from Perham, Minn. The team was coached by Associate Professor Charles "Chuck" Habstritt.

In the photo at left (l to r): Hamel, Riepe, and Heggedal.

The crops contests integrate a student's knowledge of agronomy into three categories: seed analysis, grain grading and crop and weed identification.

In Kansas City, individual finishes included a second place finish in grain grading by Heggedal, while Riepe was in sixth and Hamel in eighth. Overall, Heggedal finished fifth, Riepe finished seventh, and Hamel finished eleventh. The addition to their third place overall finish, the team finished second overall in grain grading and fourth in both seed analysis and crop and weed identification.

Results from the contest in Chicago included a first place finish for Heggedal in grain grading and a sixth place finish in seed analysis. Heggedal's individual finish was fifth overall. Other finishes included a sixth place finish by Riepe and eighth place finish by Hamel in grain grading.  Riepe finished sixth overall while Hamel was fourteenth. The team once again finished second overall in grain grading and fourth in seed analysis as well as crop and weed identification.

Out of a possible 1200 points in the grain grading portions of the Kansas City and Chicago crops contests, Heggedal missed just 8 points.

Preparation for the contests begins early in the semester and requires intense preparation. Crops teams from the Crookston campus have placed in the top three more than 25 times over their history. For more than 35 years, Habstritt has served as a coach to the highly successful Collegiate Crops Judging Team on the Crookston campus. He was also responsible for compiling the rules and regulations book that has been used for national contests in both Chicago and Kansas City.

The Chicago contest began in 1923 and has been held every year except in 1929 and during World War II (1942-'46). The Kansas City Contest was held the first time in 1929 and has been held annually through 1941, with the exception of 1942-'46.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

Contact: Rob Proulx, lecturer, 218-281-8136 (prou0041@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Windels-2.jpgThree University of Minnesota professors have been named Fellows to American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). These professors have been elevated to this rank because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished. Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Carol Windels, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) in Crookston, will be honored as one of the 2010 Fellows and welcomed into the prestigious society at its annual convention in February.

Windels was recognized for her definitive research on ecology of soil borne plant pathogens on field crops and integrated control of diseases and for national professional leadership. Windels is one of three from the University of Minnesota to be named a 2010 Fellow. Joining her are Marc A. Hillmyer, a professor in the Department of Chemistry in the Institute of Technology, and David J. Norris, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science in the Institute of Technology.
 
This year 531 members have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin during the AAAS Fellows Forum from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 at the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.

This year's AAAS Fellows were announced in the AAAS News & Notes section of the journal Science this month.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering groups of the association's 24 sections, or by any three Fellows who are current AAAS members (so long as two of the three sponsors are not affiliated with the nominee's institution), or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and a final list is forwarded to the AAAS Council, which votes on the aggregate list.

The council is the policymaking body of the association, chaired by the AAAS president, and consisting of the members of the board of directors, the retiring section chairs, delegates from each electorate and each regional division and two delegates from the National Association of Academies of Science.
The NWROC is located 300 miles from the St. Paul Campus and offers unique opportunities for plant pathology research in the agriculturally rich Red River Valley.  The Center has a plant pathology research laboratory, greenhouses, controlled environment chambers, and field facilities.  To learn more, visit www.nwroc.umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.
 

Contact: Maureen Aubol, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, 218-281-8602 (aubo0002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

Smith_Larry 5125.jpgLarry Smith, Ph.D., head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center has been named a recipient of the Sugarbeet Distinguished Service Award for 2009. The Sugarbeet Research & Education Board presented the award to Smith at the American Crystal Sugar Company annual meeting on Thursday, December 3, at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, N.D.

Smith joined the staff at Crookston in 1971 as an agronomist and was later appointed to the sugarbeet agronomist position that was created in 1978. He is widely known across the country for his field research and extensive education in sugarbeet production. His appointment as head of the NWROC began in 1983.

The Sugarbeet Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals for their recent,  significant contributions to the success of the sugarbeet industry in Minnesota and North Dakota. A recipient must demonstrate excellence in sugarbeet research, and/or sugarbeet education programs that have made a significant impact on the industry.

American Crystal Sugar Company is a world-class agricultural cooperative specializing in the production of sugar and related agri-products. American Crystal is owned by approximately 3,000 shareholders who raise 500,000 acres of sugarbeets in the Red River Valley of Minnesota and North Dakota. To learn more about American Crystal Sugar, visit www.crystalsugar.com.

The NWROC serves the prairie and adjacent land area of northwestern Minnesota.  Its activities are a part of the total agricultural research program for the University of Minnesota. The Research and Outreach Center, located adjacent to the UMC campus, owns approximately 1,500 acres of land.  The center provides laboratories, fields, and herds for use by U of M, Crookston students enrolled in agriculture programs. For more information, visit www.nwroc.umn.edu.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

Contact: Maureen Aubol, office supervisor, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, 218-281-8602 (audo0002@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

A career spanning 40 years will be honored during a retirement reception for Associate Habstritt_Chuck06.jpgProfessor Charles "Chuck" Habstritt at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The event honoring Habstritt is slated for Wednesday, December 9, 2009, from 3-5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center. The public is invited to attend.

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

For more than 35 years, Habstritt has served as a coach to the highly successful Collegiate Crops Judging Team on the Crookston campus. He was also responsible for compiling the rules and regulations book that has been used for national contests in both Chicago and Kansas City. He has coached his teams to top-three finishes more than 25 times.

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

Contact: Amy Lubarski, administrative specialist, Ag and Natural Resources Dept., 218-281-8101 (lubarski@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

The newly-established Honors Program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston teamed up with Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society on campus for a busy fall.

Five students were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta initiation in mid-October. Eligibility for membership in the national honor society for first-year students is based on a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better during the first term or year of college while a student is enrolled full-time. Less than 20% of college freshman achieve this high level of academic performance.  Alpha Lambda Delta is advised by Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, and the Honors Program director, and Sara Kaiser, Student Experience/Parent Coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.

ALD Initiation.jpgIn the photo: Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society Initiation: (Front row, l to r): Katherine Schliep, a junior from Holloway, Minn.; Erin Shaw a senior from Lancaster, Minn.; Elizabeth Kern, a senior from Ellendale, Minn.; Mindy Nieuwboer, a junior from Kenneth, Minn.; Jacquie Schlangen, a junior from Belgrade, Minn.; Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., advisor.  Back row:  Bradley Kappes, a junior from Borup, Minn.; Christina Blair, a junior from Brainerd, Minn.; Kristine Neu, a junior from Pelican Rapids, Minn.; Paul Myers, a freshman from Arden Hills, Minn.; Austin Czichotzki, a sophomore from Barnesville, Minn.; Holly Wrzos, a sophomore from Big Lake, Minn.; Ashley Williams, a sophomore from Big Lake, Minn.; Heather Donati-Lewis, a junior from Narcoossee, Fla.; and Brittany Schlosser, a junior from Frederick, S.D.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Honor's Program was developed to inspire and transform the students' writing, discussion and critical thinking skills that reflect high expectations for academically successful students. Dingmann serves as advisor for the Honors Program also. Every other Thursday, study sessions are held in the new Honors Lounge located in Evergreen Hall. These study sessions have been a big success and provide an opportunity for students to get to know and help one another. A Halloween pumpkin carving even lightened the mood of one study session.

The Honors Program is open to incoming high school students by invitation after review by the Honors Committee. Selection is based on several factors that include but are not limited to the following: high school rank, grade point average, rigor of high school coursework and SAT/ACT scores. To learn more about the Honors Program, visit www.umcrookston.edu/honors.

Clubs and organizations on the Crookston campus also engage in a number of service projects every semester. Alpha Lambda Delta and the Honors Program co-sponsor a section of Highway 2 east of Crookston as part of the Adopt-a-Highway program.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu. 

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

A team of students involved with the University of Minnesota, Crookston's  Horticulture Club competed and earned third place honors overall at the 37th Mid-American Collegiate Horticulture Society (MACHS) Conference, held October 8-11, 2009, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

The team (l to r), comprised of Jennifer Zoch,a senior from Remer, Minn.; Kristine Neu, a MACHS Winners 1473.jpgsophomore from Pelican Rapids, Minn.;  Jada Ellenberg, a senior from Perham, Minn.; and Stepheni Tietje, a senior from Hayfield, Minn.; placed third overall just after Iowa State and Michigan State.  Their coach is Theresa Helgeson, a lab services coordinator at the U of M, Crookston.

Zoch earned first place honors in individual knowledge and tied for first place in herbaceous identification. Tietje tied for second place in herbaceous identification.

 
Students Theo Lenneman, a sophomore from St. Michael, Minn.; Michael Field, a senior from Spicer, Minn.; Nathan Peikert, a freshman  from Woodbury, Minn.; and Katy Diers, a junior from Grand Forks, N.D., also attended the conference and competed as individuals.

The MACHS organization and contest provide a means of communication between horticulture clubs of participating schools. Sharing knowledge and ideas is an important part of the gathering. The MACHS competition includes collegiate horticulture clubs from 12 Mid-American states. A competition is held in four categories and tours are taken of various horticultural attractions.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science bachelor degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston - become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.


Contact: Theresa Helgeson, lab services coordinator, 218-281-8120 (helg145@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)

CROOKSTON, Minn.  - The University of Minnesota, Crookston recently recognized three individuals and an organization with its highest honor, the Torch & Shield Award. The program, followed by a dinner, was also an opportunity for the Crookston campus to recognize donors. U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey served as the master of ceremonies and Clyde Allen, Jr., chair of the University of Minnesota's Board of Regents, brought greetings from the board along with Jan Sickbert, director of development for collegiate programs, who brought greetings from the University of Minnesota Foundation. Also present were Regents Venora Hung, Golden Valley, Minn.; and Richard Beeson, St. Paul, Minn.

Recipients of the 2009 Torch & Shield Award are Erma J. Vizenor, Ph.D., chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation and the first woman to lead the largest tribe in Minnesota; Orlyn Miller, director of Capital Planning and Project Management for the University of Minnesota; Jim Sims, who served head football coach at the U of M, Crookston from 1976-1995; and the Crookston Daily Times, owned by GateHouse Media, with eight full-time staff members, including Publisher Randal Hultgren and newsroom staff consisting of Managing Editor Mike Christopherson, City Editor Natalie J. Ostgaard, and Sports Editor Derek Martin.
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In the photo at right are the 2009 Torch & Shield Award recipients are (back row, l to r): Larry Smith, head of the Northwest Research and Outreach Center; Mike Christopherson and Randy Hultgren, both representing the Crookston Daily Times; Chancellor Charles H. Casey, and Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations. Front row: Orlyn Miller, Erma Vizenor, and Jim Sims. 

The Torch & Shield Award is the highest honor bestowed by the University of Minnesota, Crookston and the Northwest Research and Outreach Center. Since 1966, the campus has recognized those who have provided leadership and aided in the development of the University of Minnesota, Crookston; the Northwest Research and Outreach Center; and Minnesota Extension. It has been awarded annually since 1988. Including this year's recipients, 215 community leaders have been recognized for their support of Crookston campus and the region and this year marks the first time an organization has been recognized with a Torch & Shield Award.
    
Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.
 

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

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently granted approval to the University of Minnesota, Crookston to offer two new bachelor's degree programs.  Coursework for the two programs--the Bachelor of Science in Marketing and the Bachelor of Manufacturing Management in Quality Management--is set to begin in January 2010.  A minor in marketing was also approved.

Both of the new degree programs will be offered on the campus as well as entirely online, bringing the number of online degree programs the Crookston campus offers to six. 

The U of M, Crookston's new marketing program builds on the strengths the campus has developed within its Business Department.  For many years, students have had the option of selecting a marketing emphasis within the bachelor's degree program in business management, but strong student interest, faculty expertise, and strategic planning to widen program offerings led campus leaders to pursue a full degree program. 

Business Department Head Susan Brorson, Ph.D., said, "We have been attracting an increasing number of students--both online and traditional students--into our business programs.  There has been a great deal of interest in a full-fledged bachelor's program in marketing, and we are pleased we can now offer that option to our students." 

Brorson believes the program is also attractive to transfer students who have completed associate degrees from regional technical and community colleges and who see the value in pursuing their bachelor's degree in marketing at the Crookston campus.  "There is no question the University of Minnesota is highly regarded as a brand name in education.  We look at that reputation as a benchmark for quality, and we work hard to exceed expectations. Our programs reflect our commitment to an exceptional student experience, and I believe our alumni as well as prospective students recognize that."

Since the mission of the campus involves offering students an applied, career-oriented education, the new marketing program has a strong connection to current marketing practices from today's information-rich business climate.  Technology is also directly integrated into the curriculum through the U of M, Crookston's laptop computer initiative, and that focus is clear in classes that lend directly to new and emerging marketing practices facilitated over the Internet.  Courses like Integrated Marketing Communication, Internet Marketing, Brand Management, and International Marketing reflect the contemporary, real-world aspects and the entrepreneurial nature of the program.

The second new degree program, quality management, also reflects a strong tie to today's workplace.  With a solid foundation in the U of M, Crookston's emerging strength in manufacturing management, this new degree exposes students to the global environment and prepares graduates for quality management positions in the manufacturing industry as well as in state and federal regulatory agencies.

The curriculum focuses on business operations, product functions, quality and cost analysis, as well as consumer expectations and profitability.  The degree program was designed to respond to increasing employer demand for professionals who possess a background in manufacturing techniques and who understand the roles and responsibilities in assuring high standards of product or service quality.  Many companies that outsource production have discovered the need for more stringent quality assurance of products, especially those made in foreign countries, causing an increased need for graduates with a background in quality management.

While the program will be offered on campus in a more traditional learning environment, it is a perfect fit to offer online as well.  Christo Robberts, M.B.A., explained, "This program is tailored to technical and community college graduates in industrial and business fields who have considerable experience in manufacturing or in other processing environments.  It is especially tailored to those working adults who would like to become part of the quality management team within their workplaces." 

The U of M, Crookston has demonstrated expertise in online education, and it has seen significant growth in enrollment in its online offerings. The number of students taking online courses has continued to grow as more degree programs are offered entirely online and as more students--many of whom are already in the workforce--discover the benefits of online study and the prestige of a University of Minnesota degree. 

Information, including course requirements, about the two new programs is available online at www.umcrookston.edu/marketing and www.umcrookston.edu/quality, respectively.

To learn more about the University of Minnesota, Crookston's online degree programs, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 bachelor's degree programs, and welcomes students from more than 20 countries and 35 states.  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Andrew Svec, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (asvec@umn.edu); Susan Brorson, Ph.D., head, Business Department, 218-2818186 (sbrorson@umn.edu)

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

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

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

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu. 

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

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

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

Following the program, all are welcome to attend an open meeting where they learn more about GLBTA programs at Crookston and contribute to planning the future of GLBTA services system-wide.  For information, contact Kim Jorgensen, U of M, Crookston GLBTA Programs Coordinator.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

U of M, Crookston Homecoming Court Chosen

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Homecoming Royalty (back row, l to r): Kim Nelson, Erin Barry, Ben Williams, Alex Lopez, Terrence Hopkins, Jeff Pryor, Kim Nelson, Austin Czichotzki, Gemma Schmitz, Anton Young, Brittany Novak, Tim Unke, Yuri Na, Lauren Williams, Treasure Clemmons. Front Row left to right: Cody Brekken, Tim Ennis, Sarah Nowacki, Joe Harren, Katelyn Zins, Broderick Williams

Crookston, Minn. - Homecoming royalty were recently nominated by the student body during University of Minnesota, Crookston Homecoming Week September 28 through October 3, 2009.

Students voted into the court include:

Lauren Williams, a freshman from Chicago, Ill.; Gemma Schmitz, a sophomore from Thompson, N.D.; Kimberly Nelson, a senior Cold Spring, Minn.; Yuri Na, an ESL student from Seoul, South Korea;  Erin Barry, a junior from Crystal, Minn.; Katelyn Zins, a freshman from Starbuck, Minn.; Broderick Williams, a freshman from Minneapolis, Minn.;  Joe Harren, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Ben Williams, a freshman from Excelsior, Minn.;  Austin Czichotzki, a sophomore from Barnesville, Minn.; Alex Lopez, a freshman from Long Beach, Calif.; Jeff Pryor, a freshman from Havana, Ill.; Treasure Clemons, a junior from Minneapolis, Minn.; Kimberley Nelson, a sophomore from East Grand Forks, Minn.;  Athena Mussenden, a junior from Kenosha, Wis.;  Brittany Novak, a junior from Dahlen, N.D.; Sarah Nowacki, a senior from Argyle, Minn.;  Cody Brekken, a junior from Crookston, Minn.; Tim Ennis, a junior from Lancaster, Calif.; Terrence Hopkins, a senior from Long Beach, Calif.; Anton Young, a junior from St. Cloud, Minn.; Tim Unke, a sophomore from Crookston, Minn.

From these candidates the homecoming royalty were crowned for 2009: Prince Joe Harren and Princess Katelyn Zins, King Tim Ennis, and Queen Sarah Nowacki. CSA President Thomas Haarstick, a junior from Vergas, Minn.; and Vice Chair of S.P.A.C.E. Candice Menze, a junior from Starbuck, Minn., served as emcees for the coronation ceremony.

The full Homecoming Court was recognized during half time of the football game at Ed Widseth Field on Saturday afternoon.  To learn more about homecoming events, visit http://www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/homecoming.htm.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu. 

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director, student activities, 218-281-8507 (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu); Stephanie Onken, communication assistant, 218-281-8446 (onken015@umn.edu)

Crookston, Minn. - The highest  honor given by the University of Minnesota, Crookston will recognize three individuals and an organization who have provided leadership and aided in the development of the U of M, Crookston, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), and Extension. This year's recognition will be held on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, and marks the first time an organization has received the award.

Recipients of the 2009 Torch & Shield Award are:

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Orlyn Miller has worked for the University of Minnesota for 22 years and is currently director of planning and architecture. He plays a major role in the development and management of the capital planning and budgeting processes at the university. For the past two decades, he has provided assistance on capital planning and campus planning issues at the Crookston campus including Bergland Laboratory, Early Childhood Development Center, Kiehle Hall renovation, Student Center, and the two most recent residence halls, Evergreen and Centennial. Prior to his work at the university, Miller was a member of a landscape architectural/engineering firm, where he obtained broad experience in strategic planning, project design, project management and governmental relations. Miller and his wife, Sharon, have two children and four grandchildren.

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Jim 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. Sims taught health, physical education, and recreation and was the program manager for two years. He went on to serve as the co-curricular activities director for the high school in Thief River Falls, Minn., until he retired in 2007. In 2002, Sims was inducted into the U of M, Crookston's Athletic Hall of Fame, and in 2008, he was inducted into the Minnesota High School Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Sims, and his wife, Sharon, have two children and three grandchildren.

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Erma J. Vizenor, Ph.D., was elected as the chairwoman of the White Earth Reservation in 2004 and is the first woman to lead the largest tribe in Minnesota.  As chairwoman, she represents all districts on the White Earth Reservation. Vizenor has worked her entire career in education on the White Earth Reservation.  She holds an undergraduate degree in elementary education; a master's degree in guidance and counseling; and a specialist degree in education administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.  A Bush Leadership fellowship gave her the opportunity to earn a master's degree in community decision-making and lifelong learning; and a doctoral degree in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University.  Vizenor has two daughters and four grandchildren.

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The Crookston Daily Times has roots dating back to 1885 and was locally owned until 1972. It is currently owned by GateHouse Media, a Fairport, New York-based company that owns approximately 500 media properties. The Times' operation also consists of the Valley Shopper and the Halstad Shopper. The Times itself is widely considered to be the smallest daily newspaper in Minnesota, and one of the smallest dailies in the nation. The paper publishes Monday through Friday and is a rarity in the business in that it goes to press in the afternoon and is delivered in the afternoon. With eight full-time staff members, the staff at the Times includes Publisher Randal Hultgren and newsroom staff consisting of Managing Editor Mike Christopherson, City Editor Natalie J. Ostgaard, and Sports Editor Derek Martin. Through a program with the Carl and Eloise Pohlad Foundation and the Minnesota Newspaper Association, the Times is also able to employ a Crookston High School student as an intern each summer. Also, this school year, through the School to Work program in Fisher, a Fisher High School senior Nickole Wurden is currently spending two hours each morning in the newsroom.

The Torch & Shield Award presentation takes place in conjunction with the U of M, Crookston's annual donor recognition. The Torch & Shield Award was first presented in 1966 when it was initiated by Crookston campus Founding Provost Stanley Sahlstrom. For more information on Torch & Shield, visit www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/TorchShieldRecipients.htm.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

U of M, Crookston Students Earn FFA American Award

Crookston, Minn.  - Six students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston were honored with the FFA American Degree during their national convention held Friday, October 23, 2009, in Indianapolis, Ind.  The FFA American Degree represents the highest level an individual can achieve as an FFA member.

Students from the U of M, Crookston earning their degree are:

Amanda Adkins, a senior from Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Jonathan Borge, a junior from Ada-Borup, Minn.
Samantha Lahman, a sophomore from Parkers Prairie, Minn.
Michael Kitchell, a senior from Ada, Minn.
Bradley Kappes, a junior from Ada, Minn
Travis Stanton, a freshman from Detroit Lakes, Minn.

According to Lyle Westrom, Ph.D., professor at the U of M, Crookston, this level of achievement represents a lot of hard work.  "Achieving the FFA American Degree takes  both a deep commitment and dedication to FFA," says Westrom. "These six individuals are to be commended for their accomplishment and recognition for attaining this level in the organization."

To qualify to receive the FFA American Degree, a FFA member must have received their State FFA degree, been an active member of FFA for the past three years, and graduated from high school at least 12 months prior to the national convention at which the degree is to be granted.  In addition, members must have a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project in place, demonstrating comprehensive planning, managerial, and financial expertise.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

Contact: Lyle Westrom, professor, 218-281-8110 (lwestrom@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Regal the Eagle is joined by Sara Kaiser, student experience and parent coordinator at the U of M, Crookston, during preparation for the homecoming parade in 2008.
Crookston, Minn.  - Alumni and friends are encouraged to visit campus during homecoming weekend at the University of Minnesota, Crookston on Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2009. Theme for homecoming is "Fly Through Time in 2009" and one of the highlights of this year's homecoming events is the dedication of a new student residence hall taking place on Friday, Oct. 2 at noon. Dubbed Evergreen Hall, the facility boasts the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a residence hall in the University of Minnesota system. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and First Lady Susan Hagstrum will be on campus for the dedication ceremony. The ceremony will also include the announcement of the Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge,  which  aims to  help develop habits of responsible energy use.  Learn more about the Otter Tail Power Company Campus Energy Challenge

LEED certification, an internationally recognized green building certification system, means that Evergreen Hall's apartment-style living was designed with consideration for sustainability and less environmental impact. Using green building materials, including countertops throughout the facility that feature recycled glass, banana peel fibers, or paper, it also features recycled vinyl and plastic in the flooring as well as energy-saving lighting. Another unique feature of the building is an innovative interactive classroom that showcases a technology advantage offered at the U of M, Crookston, the campus that has provided students and faculty with laptop computers since 1993 and that has a history of technological innovation.

On Thursday evening, October 1, the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) is hosting an open house. From 4-7 p.m. the campus and community will have an opportunity to meet the faculty and staff from the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department as well as visit the horses, beef cattle and sheep in the UTOC facilities.

On Friday evening, four outstanding alumni will be honored along with the induction of three individuals into the Athletic Hall of Fame. Outstanding alumni  include Mary Jo (Melbye) Eastes, '79; David Genereux,'80; Troy Olson, '89; and Karissa (Dahl) Olson, '99. The Athletic Hall of Fame inductees include Christina (Nettum) Cyr, '97, Al Strandberg, ex.'79, and Frank Fee, president and general manager of KROX AM radio in Crookston. A banquet and program will be held in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center on Friday, October 2 beginning with a social at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from the alumni relations office by calling Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439 (rulseth@umn.edu).

On Saturday, October 3, the homecoming parade will take place at 11 a.m. around the Campus Mall featuring Grand Marshal JoAnn Westburg. Following the parade is the Teambacker Tailgate with the band Four Wheel Drive in Parking Lot E and the Golden Eagles will face the Northern State Wolves in the annual football match-up at 1 p.m. on Ed Widseth Field. Alumni are invited to Minakwa Golf Course for a post-game social after the football game. At 5 p.m, the Golden Eagles will take on Southwest Minnesota State in volleyball in Lysaker Gymnasium.

The 2009 homecoming activities recognize the following honored classes: '69, '74, '79, '84, '89, '94, '99, '04, and '09. If you are interested in organizing class get-together during homecoming, contact the alumni office at 218-281-8439. Visit www.umcrookston.edu/homecoming to read about all the activities taking place during homecoming.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

Crookston, Minn.  - Two alumni and a local radio personality will be inducted into the University of Minnesota, Crookston Athletic Hall of Fame during homecoming weekend. The 2009 inductees include Christina (Nettum) Cyr, '97, Al Strandberg, ex. '79, and Frank Fee, president and general manager of KROX AM radio in Crookston. A recognition event will be held on Friday, October 2, 2009, in Bede Ballroom. The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by a program recognizing the Athletic Hall of Fame inductees and the outstanding alumni for 2009.

Tickets are available by contacting Rose Ulseth in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439 (rulseth@umn.edu). The event marks the tenth annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony for the Crookston campus.

The 2009 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees:

Strandberg_A_rszd.jpgAl Strandberg, ex. '79, played football for the U of M, Crookston Trojans. Named most valuable player, Strandberg was also named All American, All Region, and All Conference while playing with the Trojans. His remaining two years of eligibility he played for Minnesota State University Moorhead and was All Conference both years. He signed as a free agent in 1981 with the Dallas Cowboys and played two pre-season games with them before being released due to an ankle injury. Strandberg was picked up by the Arizona Wranglers of the United States where he played for a year for them and briefly for the Chicago Blitz.

Christina "Chrissy" (Nettum) Cyr
, '97, was an outstanding member of both the women's
Cyr_C_rszd.jpg basketball and volleyball teams. She was awarded student-athlete of the year in 1995 and again in 1997 for her outstanding athletic and academic performance. All Conference in the North Dakota College Athletic Conference (NDCAC) in 1996, Cyr was recognized as the most valuable player in both volleyball and women's basketball in 1995 and 1997 and a member of the all-academic team from 1995-97. In volleyball, Cyr holds the record for most solo blocks in a season and most career blocks.

Fee_F_rszd.jpgFrank Fee has covered University of Minnesota athletics for many years traveling thousands of miles to cover athletic events for KROX AM radio in Crookston. He is the president and owner of the station, serving as sales manager and sports director as well. Fee is a loyal supporter of the Golden Eagles with a dedication that is unprecedented. He also has served on numerous advisory committees for the campus. In 1983, Fee was recognized with the Torch & Shield award, the highest honor an individual can receive from the Crookston campus.

The induction ceremony for the U of M, Crookston Athletic Hall of Fame will also include recognition of this year's outstanding alumni: Mary Jo (Melbye) Eastes, '79; David Genereux,'80; Troy Olson, '89; and Karissa (Dahl) Olson, '99.

For more information on all the homecoming week events, visit Homecoming 2009 on our Web site.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

LeClair Field.jpgThe Jim LeClair Practice Field was dedicated on Friday, August 28, 2009, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. In the photo are (l to r) Shannon Stassen, head football coach; Chancellor Charles H. Casey; Stephanie Helgeson, athletic director, Jim LeClair, and Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations.

 LeClair, ex. '70, was captain of the 1969 football team at the U of M, Crookston. He was named for two consecutive years to the Minnesota State Junior College All-Conference Team. In 1970 he transferred to the University of North Dakota (UND), where he played two more seasons of collegiate football. In 1972, LeClair was drafted by the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals where he played twelve seasons. He finished his fourteen-year career with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League. In 1999, Le Clair was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, South Bend, Indiana.

For more photos, visit the photo gallery.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

Crookston, Minn.  - Four outstanding alumni from the University of Minnesota, Crookston will be recognized on Friday, October 2, 2009, as part of homecoming on the campus. The outstanding alumni honorees include Mary Jo (Melbye) Eastes, '79; David Genereux,'80; Troy Olson, '89; and Karissa (Dahl) Olson, '99. A banquet and program will be held in Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant Student Center beginning with a social at 6 p.m. Tickets are available from the alumni relations office by calling Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439 (rulseth@umn.edu).

Outstanding alumni for 2009:

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Mary Jo (Melbye) Eastes, '79
Mary Jo (Melbye) Eastes, '79, majored in fashion merchandising and minored in small business management at the U of M, Crookston. She went on to earn her bachelor of science in education from the University of North Dakota and following graduation was a distributive education teacher at Bismarck (N.D.) Century High School and Willmar (Minn.) High School. Today, she is a grant writer for Arts Visalia in Visalia, Calif., and is responsible for finding funding for operational expenses, children's art classes, and gallery exhibits. Eastes organized the Neighborhood Watch in her community; started the Monthly Birthday Party for the Visalia Rescue Mission in 2004, an ongoing event for the mission; has been involved with Banner of Hope, a fundraising effort to fight cancer; and partnered with a local newspaper and 18 non-profits to raise money in Newstands for Non-profits. She is a board member for Arts Visalia, and Events Visalia as well as a member of the Art Consortium. She and her husband, Rick, reside in Visalia.

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Dave Genereux, '80

David Genereux,'80, graduated with a degree in crop production from the U of M, Crookston and went on to earn a degree from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D., in 1983. Genereux is currently the mayor of the City of Crookston and a member of the Community Vitality Committee, New Arena Advisory Committee, Northwest Minnesota Emergency Planning Committee, and the All-College Advisory Committee at the Crookston campus. He is a senior crop consultant with Centrol, Inc., of Twin Valley, Minn. He is responsible for crop monitoring, soil testing, crop planning and providing technical service for the Natural Resources Conservation Service and others.  In 2006, Genereux was chosen to attend the Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership Program and he received the Pioneers Club Award for Centrol, Inc., in 1987, He and his wife, Linnea, are the parents of four children.

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Troy Olson, '89
Troy Olson, '89, is a marketing and business teacher at Bismarck (N.D.) Century High School and has served as the head hockey coach since 2005. After graduating with his associate's degree in business, Olson, attended the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, earning his bachelor of science degree in vocational marketing education. Olson is the advisor for the association for marketing students, known as DECA. He is a past president of the North Dakota Marketing Education Association and his community service includes volunteering for the American Diabetes Association. He was named the North Dakota Young Marketing Educator of the year in 1995 and was named North Dakota Class A Baseball Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003.Olson and his wife, Tara, have four children.

 

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Karissa (Dahl) Olson, '99
Karissa (Dahl) Olson, '99, administrator of Heartland Care in Devils Lake, N.D., graduated from the U of M, Crookston with a bachelor of science in health management. After graduation, she worked in Cannon Falls and Long Lake in Minnesota before moving back to her hometown to become CEO/administrator of the long term care facility there. Olson is the treasurer of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) of Devils Lake and a member of the Kiwanis Club and ambassador for the Devils Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. She is involved in various community projects including the annual BPW Tour of Homes which raises money to provide college scholarships for young women. She is a member of the North Dakota Long-term Care Association and North Dakota Department of Health Business Process Re-engineering Committee. She and her husband, Rich, have two daughters.

Theme for this year's homecoming at the U of M, Crookston is "Flying Through Time in 2009." Saturday's highlights include a parade, featuring Grand Marshal JoAnn Westburg; Teambacker tailgate with the band Four Wheel Drive; and Golden Eagle football vs. Northern State at 1 p.m. on Ed Widseth Field. Visit www.umcrookston.edu/alumni/homecoming.htm to learn about all the activities taking place during homecoming.

The Outstanding Alumni award is the highest honor bestowed on U of M, Crookston Alumni Association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family or in their occupational field. This award is given annually at homecoming during a banquet and program that also honors inductees into the Athletic Hall of Fame.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

U of M, Crookston Announces Summer 2009 Graduates

Crookston, Minn.  - The Office of the Registrar at the University of Minnesota, Crookston recently announced its list of summer 2009 graduates. Eighteen students completed their degree requirements during summer session 2009. 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 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.



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Summer 2009 Graduates

Name Degree Minor
Ballweg-Stremick, Nadine Marie Applied Studies B S  
Barchenger, Maria Elaine Business Management B S Music
Bergstrom, Debra J Dietetic Technician A A S  
Brorson, Megan Leigh Business Management B S Info Tech Mgmt
Buckentin, Jeremy Charles Natural Resources B S  
Dormanen, Paula Faye Dietetic Technician A A S  
Dugan, Tyler Christopher Applied Studies B S  
Fallon, Monica Rae Business Management B S  
Foreman, Heather Rae Hlth Sciences Pre Prof Tr B S  
Hulst, Megan Marie Communication B S  
Keefe, Kenneth Allan Manufacturing Management B M M  
Langlois, Rebecca Grace Communication B S  
Nitsch, Christa Lynne Communication B S  
Rau, Matthew E Applied Health B A H  
Reiner, Tyler Thomas Natural Resources B S  
Stone, John G Golf and Turf Mgmt B S  
Visness, Kaarina Mae Horticulture B S  
Yates, Cassie Mae Early Childhood Education B S Coaching

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

Crookston, Minn.- For twelve consecutive years, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been recognized by U.S.News and World Report as a one of the top four public baccalaureate colleges in its category in the Midwest.

"The recognition by U.S.News and World Report affirms our continued efforts to offer students an exceptional educational experience on our campus," says Dr. Charles H. Casey, chancellor at the U of M, Crookston. "We have a strong commitment to students, and we recognize that the quality of our programs depends on our faculty and the critical ways that staff contribute to our success.  

"Students have the opportunity to earn a degree from University of Minnesota, a degree recognized nationally and internationally, in a campus setting that is smaller and more personal," Casey states. "We also strive to help students gain both global perspectives and important leadership skills in order to prepare them for the workplace or graduate school, and as citizens of the world community."

This fall, the U of M, Crookston will dedicate a new residence hall that has been certified through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), an internationally recognized green building certification system. As the first LEED certified residence hall in the University of Minnesota system, Evergreen Hall offers apartment-style living designed with consideration for sustainability and less environmental impact.

Another unique feature of the building is an innovative "lecture-less" classroom that showcases another technological advantage offered at the U of M, Crookston, the campus that has provided students and faculty with laptop computers since 1993. The campus also was selected to serve as the University of Minnesota Digital Campus Calling Center. The calling center serves all five campuses and maintains student support and a referral call center to answer and respond to student inquiries concerning University of Minnesota for-credit and non-credit online programs.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston's category in the U.S.News rankings, Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges, is comprised of institutions that focus on undergraduate education and offer a range of degree programs but grant fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts.  Highlights of the college rankings will be published in the September 2009 issue of U.S.News & World Report, available for newsstand purchase on Monday, August 24. The 2010 America's Best Colleges guidebook will be available as of Tuesday, August 25.

U.S.News ranks colleges and universities in three basic steps. First each school is sorted by mission, and in some cases, region. Data is gathered from each institution for up to 15 indicators of academic excellence, including peer assessment; graduation and retention rates; faculty resources; student selectivity; financial resources and alumni giving. Each factor is assigned a weight reflecting the judgment of U.S.News about how much a measure matters. Finally, the colleges in each category are ranked against their peers, based on their composite weighted score.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.  

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

Crookston, Minn.  - The football practice field at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will be named in honor of Alumnus James "Jim" LeClair on Friday, August 28, 2009. The dedication will begin at noon on the field and the public is invited to attend. The Jim LeClair Practice Field is located just east of Evergreen Hall, the new residence hall on the Crookston campus.

LeClair, ex. '70, enrolled at the U of M, Crookston in the fall of 1968, and as a student-athlete, he excelled in football. He was captain of the 1969 football team that finished second in the conference and was named for a second consecutive year to the Minnesota State Junior College All-Conference Team. In 1970 he transferred to the University of North Dakota (UND), where he played two more seasons of collegiate football.

In 1972, LeClair was drafted by the National Football League's Cincinnati Bengals where he played twelve seasons. He finished his fourteen-year career with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.  Following his professional football career LeClair has been a successful coach, businessman, entrepreneur, and civic leader.  In 1999, Le Clair was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame, South Bend, Indiana.  He was inducted into the UND Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the U of M, Crookston Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu.

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

BestMidwesternSeal.jpgCrookston, Minn.  - The University of Minnesota, Crookston is one of the best colleges and universities in the Midwest according to The Princeton Review.  The education services company selected the school as one of 158 institutions it profiles in its "Best in the Midwest" section of its Web site feature 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region that posted July 27, 2009.   

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

"Our faculty and staff work hard to provide students with an exceptional experience on the Crookston campus," said Chancellor Charles H. Casey. "Our efforts to educate students as global citizens and attract a diverse student population to the campus, along with our extensive experience as a laptop university, have proven a great benefit to our students."

The 158 colleges The Princeton Review chose for this year's "Best in the Midwest" designations are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.  The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 123 in the West, and 141 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company's 2010 Best Colleges: Region by Region section on its site.  The 640 colleges named "regional best(s)" represent only about 25% (one out of four) of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

The Princeton Review is known for its tutoring and classroom test preparation courses, books, and college and graduate school admission services.  To learn more, visit the Web site located at www.PrincetonReview.com.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit www.UMCrookston.edu. 


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

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