In This Issue
- Arizona Alumni Social
- International Dinner Series
- Annual Job Fair
- UMCAA Board to Meet at Evergreen
- 35th Annual Ag Arama
- Svedarsky Attends UN Climate Conference
- Habstritt Honored
- Western Equestrian IHSA Success
- U of M, Crookston Cookbook
- Alumni Award Nominations
- U of M, Crookston is on Twitter and Facebook
NWSA/U of M, Crookston Alumni Social, Feb. 19, 2010, in Mesa, Ariz.
Alumni and community friends of the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) and the University of Minnesota, Crookston will gather for a social on Friday, February 19, 2010, at the Terrace Green at ViewPoint Resort, 640 North Hawes Road, Mesa, Arizona 85207. The annual alumni social will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., with a buffet lunch for $15 per person served at noon. If you plan to attend and have not made a reservation, contact the alumni office at 218-281-8401 or 800-862-6466, ext. 8401 (email@example.com) immediately. This year's event is hosted by Corby Kemmer, director of development & relations, and will include greetings from U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey.
You're also invited to the Crookston-area Reunion which takes place on Saturday, February 20, 2010, at Dolce Vita in Apache Junction, Ariz. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a buffet lunch ($18 per person) at 1 p.m. Contact Dick Knutson for more information (480-982-3951 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
International Dinner Series Scheduled in March at U of M, Crookston
The popular International Dinner Series brings the wonderful flavors of food and culture from countries from across the world to the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus. The 2010 dinner series includes the countries of Korea, Dubai, and Panama. Students from each of these countries will share their favorite dishes and a special presentation related to their home country.
Advanced tickets are available for $12 for an individual evening or $40 for the entire series. Children tickets (10 and under) are $10 for an evening and $35 for the series. Contact Rae French, coordinator of study abroad at 218-281-8339 (email@example.com) for tickets or more details.
The dinners kick off on March 1 with the country of Korea; March 8 the featured country is Dubai; followed by Panama on March 22. On March 31 is the international dinner finale. Dinner is served each evening at 6 p.m. | more
Alumni Represent Employers at Annual Winter Job Fair
Thirteen U of M, Crookston alumni were among those representing more than 27 employers attending the annual Winter Job and Internship Fair held recently in the Sargeant Student Center Bede Ballroom.
Front row (l to r): Stanley Schrupp, '92; Shane Mendez, ex. '07; Alison Stone, '06; Becky Langlois, '09; Phil Seibel, '05; Draper Lundquist, '03; and Becky Clow, '69.
Back row: Jake Darsow, '08; Jean Ann Bieniek, '90; Dustin Hollerman, '03; James Davis, '08; Teal Plaine, '08; and Jerry Robinson, '78 and '96.
The Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair is hosted by Career and Counseling Services and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). Each year, companies from around the nation are invited to attend and students and members of the community are able to refine their resume and interviewing skills while networking with potential employers.
U of M, Crookston Alumni Association Board to Meet at Evergreen Grill in March
The U of M, Crookston's newest food service venue, the Evergreen Grill and gathering space, is located on the north end of Evergreen Hall. It's the location for the March 31 meeting of the U of M, Crookston Alumni Association board of directors. The Evergreen Grill offers students and the U of M, Crookston community a wide range of food items such as pizza, sandwiches, wraps, salads, burgers, fries, and other foods. Fountain and bottled beverages, coffee, and snack food items are also available. Board members will have an opportunity to tour Evergreen Hall and enjoy what the Evergreen Grill has to offer as they meet in the gathering space.
Ag Arama Royalty Crowned at the U of M, Crookston; True Grit Award Goes to Senior Desiree Severance
Nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community residents attended the 35th Annual Ag Arama on Saturday, January 30, 2010. Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, and natural resources highlight Ag Arama weekend. These contests serve as an opportunity for students in agriculture and natural resources degree programs to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members.
Among the awards presented, four students were selected as royalty. A rigorous application process involving student achievement and interviews by a panel of judges helps determine who best reflects the goals and spirit of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department. A student vote is also factored into the selection process. The 2010 Ag Arama Royalty are (l to r): Prince Leonard Will, Princess Samantha Lahman, Queen Virginia Carrlson, and King Thomas Haarstick.
Senior Desiree Severance, New York Mills, Minn., an animal science and agricultural education major, earned the True Grit Award, presented annually to a student who best demonstrates active participation in student activities and encouragement of others to participate.
Photo (l to r): Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., head of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and True Grit Award Winner Desiree Severance. | more
Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability at the U of M, Crookston Attends United Nations Climate Conference
Dan Svedarsky, a professor, wildlife biologist, and director of the Center for Sustainability at the U of M, Crookston, represented the 8,000 members of The Wildlife Society as an official observer at the United Nations Climate Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. The conference, held in December 2009, was attended by thousands and included 119 heads of state from around the world.
In the photo above: Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai with U of M, Crookston Professor San Svedarsky at the Danish Film Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark. | more
Habstritt Receives Achievement in Crop Improvement Award
Chuck Habstritt, recently retired from the U of M, Crookston was presented The Achievement in Crop Improvement Award at the 2010 MCIA Annual Meeting. It is MCIA's highest honor and is presented annually to recognize exemplary service by an individual to the seed industry. Throughout his career Chuck has shown dedication to the seed industry, encouraged the production of high quality seed and demonstrated leadership in agriculture and the local community. | more
At his retirement reception in December, Habstritt was honored for a career spanning 40 years at the U of M, Crookston. For more than 35 years, Habstritt served as a coach to the highly successful Collegiate Crops Judging Team. In the photo, Paul Mc Nelly, '81 (left), and Mark Magnusson, '79 (right), made a presentation to Chuck Habstritt recognizing his accomplishments and sharing their experiences with the UMC Crops Teams.
U of M, Crookston Western Equestrian Claims Zone 9, Region 3 IHSA Championship
The U of M, Crookston Western Equestrian team closed out a stellar regular season recently at North Dakota State University. The Golden Eagles captured the High Point Team Award and the Reserve High Point Team Award to claim the Zone 9, Region 3 Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Championship. The win qualifies U of M, Crookston's Western squad for the IHSA semi-finals hosted by Cal-Poly Pomona in Pomona, Calif. on March 27-28. | more
For more information on athletics at the U of M, Crookston, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics Web site at http://www.goldeneaglesports.com/.
U of M, Crookston Cookbook
You can now order copies of the U of M, Crookston Campus Cookbook which features recipes submitted by faculty, staff, and alumni. The price is $15 per copy, with proceeds after cost of production going to support student scholarships. To order a cookbook, contact Patti Tiedemann at 218-281-8402 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Linda Wilkens at 218-281-8403 (email@example.com).
Nominate Top Aggies, Outstanding Alumni, and Athletic Hall of Fame Recipients for 2010
The U of M, Crookston annually presents the following alumni awards and invite your nominations:
- Top Aggie - awarded at the NWSA Reunion, June 25-26, 2010
The highest honor bestowed on NWSA alumni by its alumni association. The award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field. Nominations are due by April 1 and be submitted via the online form.
- Outstanding Alumni - awarded during Homecoming, September 24-25, 2010
The highest honor bestowed on UMC alumni by the faculty, staff, administration, and alumni of the U of M, Crookston; the award recognizes alumni who have displayed exemplary commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field. Submit your nominations online by June 1.
- Athletic Hall of Fame - awarded during Homecoming, September 24-25, 2010
Nominate a team or an individual for this honor. The criteria and nominating form can be found online. Nominations are due by June 1.
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