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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

March 6, 2012


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From the Chancellor
Featured Events & Activities
Around Campus
Campus and Community
University of Minnesota System

From the Chancellor

On Thursday morning, March 8, I will attend our annual compact and budget meeting in Minneapolis, and Dr. Thomas Baldwin, Tricia Sanders, and Andrew Svec will join me.  We have received a large amount of information from across the campus to present to Senior Vice President Jones and Vice President Pfutzenreuter and support staff.   We have much more information than we will be able to provide in response to the specific questions in the instructions and within the seven page limit we are required to meet.  However, we will be able to use a great deal of the material as examples of accomplishments as we work through the document.  I offer thanks to everyone who provided information.  Special thanks to Andrew for compiling and editing the compact document and to Tricia for preparing the budget information.

Dr. Baldwin and I will stay in the Twin Cities to attend the March Board of Regents meeting on Thursday and Friday.  The agenda is quite light this month with little pertaining directly to the Crookston Campus.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff involved with the education program on campus for their hard work in obtaining continuing approval to prepare students for teaching licensure.  The Minnesota Board of Teaching recently made official notification.

The classroom committee is meeting weekly and making good progress on suggestions for improvements.  Facilities and Operations Director Rich Connell will be preparing cost estimates for a couple of classrooms that will be brought back to the committee for information.

Several candidates have been on campus recently interviewing for various faculty positions.  This is an important process, and I encourage faculty and staff to take part in it whenever possible.

Last Thursday evening I had the opportunity to attend our campus induction ceremony for the National Chapter for Leadership and Success.  It was a real pleasure to see these students from a broad range of backgrounds and academic majors inducted.  Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D., and Kim Cousins, Ph.D., were also recognized for their support of students.  Brian Dingmann, Ph.D.; Peter Phaiah, Ph.D.; Don Cavalier, M.S.; and Mary Feller, M.S., serve as advisors.

This Monday evening was the beginning of the International Dinner Series.  Some tickets remain, and if you haven’t had a chance to attend one of these special dinners, I highly encourage it.  Contact Rae French to purchase tickets.

Spring break will be during the week of March 12-18. I hope all students have an enjoyable, safe break and all faculty and staff are able to use this time to their benefit. 

– Chuck
Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston


Featured Events & Activities

Local Foods College Session:  Backyard Poultry, Tuesday, March 6– 6 p.m., Dowell 101

Mr. UMC Competition, Wednesday, March 7 (Rescheduled from February 29)
– 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

UMC Hosts High School Section 8A Boys Basketball Tournament Games, Thursday, March 8
– 6 and 7:45 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m., Lysaker Gym, Sports Center

Daylight Savings Time Begins, Sunday, March 11
– set clocks ahead one hour

Spring Break, Monday, March 12, through Friday, March 16

Moodle 2.0 Training Session for Faculty, Monday, March 12
– 9 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 4 p.m., 116 Dowell Hall

Local Foods College Session:  Marketing and Business Planning & Farm to School:  Find, Learn, Connect, Tuesday, March13
– 6 p.m., Dowell 101

U of M, Crookston Alumni Association Board Meeting, Wednesday, March 14
– 6:30 p.m., Kiehle 116

74th Annual Honor Banquet Sponsored by the Red River Valley Development Association, Saturday, March 17
– Noon, Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, tickets are $15

International Dinner Series:  Taiwan, Monday, March 19
– 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

International Dinner Series:  Germany – East and West, Monday, March 26
– 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

For details on these and a comprehensive listing of other events or to discover what’s happening this week, visit UMC Today at or review our news page at

Learn more about events across the entire University of Minnesota system via Brief.


Around Campus

Administrative Affairs

The Liberal Arts & Education Department recently received official notification that the Minnesota Board of Teaching has granted full continuing approval to the U of M, Crookston to prepare individuals for Minnesota teaching licensure in Early Childhood Education through June 30, 2019.  The official letter also commended faculty and staff in the department “for their expeditious response to the team findings report and for evidencing full compliance to all fifty-four institutional standards.”  The site visit of the Crookston campus by the Board of Teaching took place in October 2011.  Learn more.

In order to encourage undergraduate research on the Crookton campus, funding has been set aside for Undergraduate Research Opportunities – Crookston (UROC) projects.  The process for awarding these funds is separate from the University-wide UROP. Total dollars requested per proposal may not exceed $1700 (maximum of $1400 in salary for the student plus a maximum of $300 for expenses).  All proposals submitted for campus funding need to be approved by the appropriate unit head and submitted to the Academic Affairs office by March 12, 2012, 4 p.m., for summer or fall semester 2012 projects.  Late proposals will not be considered.  For application forms and guidelines, check e-mail or contact the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Student Affairs

Twenty-eight students were inducted into the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS) on Thursday evening, March 1, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  The U of M, Crookston has been a chapter site for the NSLS since 2010, and there are approximately thirty current active members.  Nine inductees received the NSLS Award of Excellence:  Wemimo Abbey, Michelle Boateng, Tiffany Breth, Kelly Gustofson, Maranda Miller, Stephanie Overgaard, Anthony Taylor, Jessica Wahlberg, and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee.   Additional awards presented at the ceremony included the Excellence in Teaching Award to Ron Del Vecchio, Ph.D.; Honorary Membership to Kim Cousins, Ph.D.; Ashley Hoffman; and Brooke Hamilton; and the Excellence in Service to Students Award to Anthony Taylor.  The U of M, Crookston Chapter of NSLS is advised by Don Cavalier; Brian Dingmann, Ph.D.; Mary Feller; and Peter Phaiah, Ph.D.; with students Michelle Boateng as its president and Tony Taylor as its vice president. 


Technology Support Systems

Richard “Ricky” Burch has been hired as an information technology professional – systems administrator.  He will begin his responsibilities on Monday, March 12.  He has thirteen years of cross-platform experience in systems administration, most recently working for Raytheon Technical Services Company at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.  He holds A.A.S. degrees in information systems technology and financial management from Air University, the U.S. Air Force's center for professional military education, and has completed numerous specialized training courses in the U.S.A.F.

Development & Alumni Relations –

The Fargo, N.D., Chapter of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association will host a reception for U of M President Kaler at the Plains Art Museum on Monday, March 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The special annual report edition of Torch alumni magazine will be distributed soon.  This annual edition focuses on various campus accomplishments from the past year.  It will also be available online.

University Relations -

The set of three television ads for the U of M, Crookston continue to air on TV stations across the region and state.  The ads may also be viewed on the U of M, Crookston’s YouTube channel:  The response to the ads has been very favorable.  They were created by the regional communications firm SimmonsFlint.


The 2011-12 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) All-Conference Teams have been announced.  Earning honors from the U of M, Crookston Women's Basketball team were Brittani Wiese, a junior from Albertville, Minn., and Megan Eul, a senior from Rosemount, Minn. Both were named to the NSIC Women's Basketball All-Conference Second Team.  Learn more.

Campus and Community

The 74th Annual Honor Banquet sponsored by the Red River Valley Development Association will be held on Saturday, March 17, at Noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  Tickets for the noon banquet are available for $15 from the Extension Regional Office, Crookston and can be reserved by calling 1-888-241-0781.  Payment can be made at the door.  Individuals from northwest Minnesota will be honored as Valley Farmers and Homemakers for the good example they have set with their family life, community service, farming or agribusiness operations and their efforts to conserve natural resources.  View the full listing of this year’s honorees.


University of Minnesota System

The name of the office overseen by U of M Senior Vice President Robert Jones has changed from System Academic Administration to Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System.  President Kaler recently announced the reconfigured name to more clearly delineate the scope of VP Jones's responsibility for academic, administrative, and operational leadership across the system and state, and to more closely align the U's two senior vice presidential roles—that held by Jones and the role held by Karen Hanson, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.  VP Jones’s portfolio, which is unchanged, includes shared leadership for the Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses and oversight of systemwide functions serving both the Twin Cities and statewide campuses.  These include equity and diversity, information technology, research and planning, international programs, college readiness, Extension, and public engagement.  The complete portfolio may be viewed at


An article titled “Foreign Trade Zones Benefit Rural Minnesota” by Denis Meier, Ph.D., Arthur Nash, M.S., and Jack Geller, Ph.D., was published in the February 2012 edition of MN Valley Business.  The article details current research being conducted through a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce at the EDA Center for Minnesota on the Crookston campus.

Karen Miller
, Ph.D., lecturer, communication, will travel to Chicago, IL, to read her short story, “Men’s Briefs,” at the Associated Writers Program Conference on March 6.  The piece was recently published in the Chicago Quarterly Review.

Theresa Helgeson
, lab services coordinator in the Agriculture & Natural Resources Department, recently fulfilled the necessary qualifications to earn the designation of Certified Professional (CP) with a Garden Center Specialty by the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA).  Helgeson is now certified in all three specialties of the MNLA Certification Program.  In addition to the Garden Center Specialty, she is also a CP in Landscape and Grower Specialties. To be granted certification status, she had to pass a comprehensive examination for each specialty.  The exams are administered by the MNLA and the University of Minnesota.  Prior to taking the exam, Helgeson was required to accumulate a minimum of 2,000 hours in horticulture-related employment, or two years in an educational program that includes a structured internship.


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