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College Advisory and Advancement Board

Purpose
The University of Minnesota Crookston College Advisory and Advancement Board (CAAB) serves UMC in seeking ways to improve student and alumni success, provide excellent high priority programs and initiatives, actively support advancement, and enhance UMC partnerships and service to the community, region and beyond.

Responsibilities of Members

  • Develop an understanding of UMC’s unique mission and vision.
  • Provide insight and counsel on specific campus matters through their unique external perspectives.
  • Advance and connect this mission and vision to others by serving as ambassadors, advocates and supporters.
  • Support UMC by virtue of personal expertise, time, influence, and philanthropy, and identify and encourage others to become supporters.
  • Provide linkages to other organizations in order to create mutually beneficial partnerships.
  • Identify and help engage potential donors and supporters of UMC in collaboration with the campus.
  • As opportunities arise, engage with students to better understand their UMC experience and their aspirations for the future (e.g. attending meetings and events, mentoring, providing internships, etc.)
  • Respond to Chancellor inquiries and requests for assistance and commit to attending biannual meetings, typically on campus, at their own expense.

Criteria

  • Familiarity with the campus (e.g. alumni, donor, employer, policy maker, community and/or regional supporter).
  • Nomination of members solicited from current and former members, campus faculty and staff, alumni associations and Teambackers members, and supporters. Chancellor makes appointment and serves as Chair.
  • Members commit to a term of one to four years. If invited, members can elect to serve additional terms.

 

College Advisory and Advancement Board 2015-2016
Next Meeting: October 28, 2015
Spring Meeting: April 8, 2016

Fred Wood

Fred Wood

UMC Chancellor & Board Chair
Chancellor's Office

218-281-8343
fewood@umn.edu

 

Mary Jo Eastes

Mary Jo Eastes

Current Profession:  
Non-Profit Organizational Management Professional
Years on CAAB: 
Since 2014
Connection to UMC:
1979 Alumna

 


 

Term 2014-2018

Dave Ekman

Dave Ekman

Current Profession:  
CIO Multiband Corp
Years on CAAB: 
Since 2014
Connection to UMC:
1981 Alumnus


 

 


Term 2014-2018

Dave Genereux

Dave Genereux

Current Profession:
Ag Consultant for Centrol Inc. in Twin Valley
Years on CAAB:
Since 2009
Connection to UMC:
1980 Alumnus

 

 

 

Term 2014-2016

Coming Soon

Dick Hebert

Current Profession:
Founder, D &D Commodities Ltd.
Connection to UMC:
1968 Alumnus

 

 

 

Term 2015-

Deb Zak

David Hoff

Current Profession:
Retired from teaching at UMC in 2005
Connection to UMC:
Assistant professor of Ag Business & Economics; Agriculture Department faculty member at UMC 1967 to 2005

 

 

 

Term 2015 - 2018

Pete Kappes

Pete Kappes

Current Profession:  
Farmer
Years on CAAB: 
Since 2007
Connection to UMC:
1977 Alumnus



 

Term 2014-2016

Jerry Knutson

Jerry Knutson

Current Profession:  
Retired from teaching at UMC in 2004
Years on CAAB: 
Since 2005
Connection to UMC: 
Former faculty member who taught Biology at UMC for many years.

 


Term 2014-2017

Les Nielsen

Roger Moe

Current Profession:  
Consultant/Lobbyist
Years on CAAB: 
Since 2014
Connection to UMC:
Graduate of Crookston Central High School
1971-2003 MN State Senator
6th Minnesota Senate Majority Leader
2002 Ran for Governor of Minnesota


Term 2014-2018

Coming Soon

Judy Neppel

Current Profession:  
Retired Minnesota Rural Health Association Executive Director
Connection to UMC:
Directed the self-study for re-accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission from 2004-06, serves on Sather Scholarship Committee

 


Term 2015-

Les Nielsen

Les Nielsen

Current Profession:  
CEO/Chairman HERC-U-Lift
Years on CAAB:
Since 2005
Connection to UMC:
1958 NWSA Alumnus

 


Term 2014-2018

Jeff_Peterson

Jeff Peterson

Current Profession:  
Gate City Bank
Years on CAAB:
Since 2009
Connection to UMC:
1996 Alumnus

 

 


Term 2014-2017

Doug Sandstrom

Doug Sandstrom

Current Profession:  
Program Instructor for Safari Club International
Years on CAAB:
Since 2007
Connection to UMC:

1973 Alumnus  

 

 

 

Term 2014-2016

Dr. Kari Torkelson

Dr. Kari Torkelson

Current Profession: 
Optometrist
Years on CAAB: 
Since 2006
Connection to UMC: 
1991 Alumna

 

 

 

Term 2014-2018

Pete Wasberg

Pete Wasberg

Current Profession:
Otter Tail Power Company, Director of Human Resources
Years on CAAB:
Since 2002
Connection to UMC:
While living in Crookston, became involved with a variety of UMC committees.

Term 2014-2018

Deb Zak

Deb Zak

Current Profession:
Regional Director MN Extension
Years on CAAB:
Since 2009
Connection to UMC:
Longtime Supporter

 

 

 

Term 2014-2017