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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

April 11, 2012


Inside this Issue

From the Chancellor
Featured Events & Activities
Around Campus
Campus and Community

From the Chancellor

I often refer to timelines or important dates in my messages.  None are more important than the last few weeks before commencement on Saturday, May 5.  Much remains to be done by students and faculty as they race to complete the academic year.  The good news is the situation is much the same each year, and we always successfully finish the work and confer degrees on our graduates.

We expect the largest number of graduates this spring, a little over 300 – the largest number ever at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Again this year, we will have an increased number of online graduates.  The Commencement Committee is planning a great day.  Everyone is welcome to attend and support the Class of 2012.

During the next couple of weeks, numerous groups and organizations will be holding their own recognition and award ceremonies.  If time allows, I encourage your attending and congratulating the many students, staff, and faculty for their accomplishments.  We need to take the time to celebrate and recognize exceptional service.

Student organizations are busy with local, regional, and national competition.  The SIFE Team won the regional award for the thirteenth time recently and will be traveling to Kansas City at the end of May for national competition.  NACTA members will be competing later this week in Coffeyville, Kansas.  UMC athletic teams are busy competing in baseball, softball, women’s tennis, and women’s and men’s golf.  All teams represent the University of Minnesota, Crookston well, and we wish all team members the very best.

Planning continues on classroom renovations, multiple small projects across the campus, and the construction of a new residence hall and classroom.  Favorable weather supports getting a good start on many projects.

Successful searches have resulted in the hiring of a number of new faculty who will join us this fall semester or spring semester 2013.  Thanks to the many individuals who have taken the time to seriously review candidate qualifications and encourage candidates to consider joining the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

It will be a busy three plus weeks and an exciting time.  While hectic for many and stressful for some, it is a great time of the year.  Enjoy it to the fullest.

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


Featured Events & Activities

International Dinner, Wednesday, April 11 – 4:30 p.m. booths, 6 p.m. dinner in Bede Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. mandala ceremony followed by international entertainment, Sargeant Student Center

Second Annual Alpha Lambda Delta Pi Run, Saturday, April 14
– 8 a.m. registration, 9:30 a.m. 1.05-mile kids fun run, 10 a.m. 3.14-mile Pi Run, all events begin at Kiehle Building Rotunda

Alpha Eta Rho Fly-In, Drive-In Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, April 15
– 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crookston Municipal Airport, cost is $8 at the door for adults, $3 for children 4 to 12

4th Annual Pancakes and Ponies, Sunday, April 15
– 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC), cost is $7 at the door for adults, $5 for students, $3 for children 12 and under

Luncheon Featuring U of M Historian Ann Pflaum, Tuesday, April 17
– 11 a.m., Bede Ballroom

Beautiful 'U' Day Dedication - Edible Tree and Shrub Planting Ceremony, Tuesday, April 17
–  Noon, Nature Nook (between Hill and Owen Halls)

Earth Week Campus and Community Clean-Up, Tuesday, April 17
– 1 to 7 p.m., get assignments at the Peterson Gazebo on the UMC Campus Mall

Thursday Commons: Earth Week Speaker Jim Farrell, Ph.D., “The Nature of Our Lives: How College Culture Degrades Nature and How It Might Be Different,” Thursday, April 19
– 12:15 p.m., Bede Ballroom

Student Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, April 19
– 6 p.m. program, Kiehle Auditorium, followed by reception in Kiehle Building Rotunda

Turf Club Hosts 10th Annual Carl Spackler Open, Friday, April 20
– 3 p.m., Minakwa Golf Course, Crookston, cost is $20 per person, $80 per team, four-person team scramble

Admissions Hosts Campus Preview Day, Saturday, April 21
– 10 a.m. check-in, Sargeant Student Center

Walk for Autism Hosted by RiverView Health, Saturday, April 21
– 10 a.m. registration, cost is $5, 11 a.m. walk and other activities, Lysaker Gymnasium

Annual Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, April 21
– 2 to 4:30 p.m. dance lessons, Lysaker Gym; 4:30 to 7 p.m. dinner in Brown Dining Room; 7 p.m. performance by Los Alegres Bailadores in Kiehle Auditorium; 9 p.m. to Midnight family dance in Bede Ballroom – all events are free and open to the public

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society Initiation Ceremony, Sunday, April 22
– 2 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Student Athletic Awards Program, Monday, April 23
– 5:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Online Programs Celebration, Tuesday, April 24
– Noon to 2 p.m., Prairie Room, 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 Chancellor Search Committee has been working hard, and the confidential part of the search process is on schedule.  The goal is to host public interviews for approximately three finalists on campus during the week of April 30-May 4.  At this point, the committee is on schedule to meet that goal.


Academic Affairs

U of M, Crookston students will be initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta, the first-year scholastic honor society, on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  Faculty and staff are welcome to attend.  Jim Schaar, lecturer, humanities, will be the speaker. Refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

A celebration of the numerous awards the University of Minnesota, Crookston has received in 2012 for its online degree programs will take place from Noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.  The entire campus community is welcome to attend.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Department students enrolled in GNAG 4652 Senior Seminar will host poster presentation sessions on Tuesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.  Members of the campus community are invited to learn more about the students’ research topics at these sessions.  There are two sections of the course, so different students and topics will be presented at each of the two sessions.

Student Affairs

The annual Student Awards Program will be held Thursday evening, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The event recognizes student leadership and accomplishment over the academic year through the presentation of various student achievement awards.  Among the awards presented are the highest student honors, Man and Woman of the Year.  The entire campus community is encouraged to attend.  Family and friends of students are warmly welcomed.  Refreshments will be served in the Kiehle Rotunda following the program.

The Second Annual Alpha Lambda Delta Pi Run (3.14 miles) will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2012. Registration begins at 8 a.m.  Start time for the race is 10 a.m.  Registration is $25 at the gate, and all registered runners will receive a long-sleeved technical shirt.  In addition to the 3.14 mile race for anyone 10 and older, there will be a Pi/3 (1.05 mile) fun run for kids beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Registration for the fun run is $5.  These events are open to the public who may run or walk; walkers with strollers are also welcome.  Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society will donate proceeds from this run to support the Crookston Public School District in a collaborative effort to promote extracurricular activities and leadership development.  Learn more and register online at


International Programs

A Tibetan Sand Mandala is currently on display in the International Lounge in Sargeant Student Center.  On Wednesday night, April 11, a special ceremony for the mandala will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom (and it is part of the annual International Dinner).  At 7:45 p.m. there will be a moment of silence and then the sand mandala will be taken down, wiped away, and thrown into the river as is custom.  Learn more.

Sustainability –

April is Earth Month.  Among the planned activities are a Beautiful “U” Day Dedication and Edible Tree and Shrub Planting Ceremony on Tuesday, April 17, at Noon in the Nature Nook; Campus and Community Clean-up on Tuesday, April 17, from 1 to 7 p.m., participants are asked to meet at the Peterson Gazebo on the Campus Mall at 1 p.m. for their assignments; and speaker Jim Farrell, Ph.D., Boldt Distinguished Teaching Professor at St. Olaf College, who will present “The Nature of Our Lives: How College Culture Degrades Nature and How It Might Be Different" on Thursday, April 19, at 12:15 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  Learn more.

Development and Alumni Relations -

The 17th Annual Teambackers Fun Nite will be held Friday, April 27, at the Crookston Eagles Club.  Tickets are $50 per person, and all proceeds go to support Golden Eagle student-athlete scholarships.  Last year’s event raised more than $20,000.  For more information contact Bill Tyrrell at 218-281-8439.


All Golden Eagle sports teams including more than 80 student-athletes are taking part in the Book Buddies program at Washington Elementary School in Crookston.  Student-athletes will read to the Washington Elementary students over the next two weeks.  Book Buddies has been an enrichment program in Crookston since 2001.

The U of M, Crookston will host the Pacesetter Region 8 Boys Basketball Championship Tournaments on Saturday, April 14 (7th grade level), and Sunday, April 15 (8th grade level) in Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center.  Learn more.



Campus and Community

Seven finalists for the 2012 IDEA Competition will present to a panel of judges on Thursday, April 19, between 8:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in the Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom, Dowel 116, on the Crookston campus.  Now entering its fourth year, the IDEA Competition was designed for one purpose: to grow the economy of Northwest Minnesota by outfitting the next generation of homegrown innovators for success in the global marketplace.  The competition judges select entrepreneurs with the most promising breakthrough ideas. Winners not only earn a $10,000 cash award to help them fund their business effort but also receive services and direction from some of the best business resources Northwest Minnesota has to offer.  The winning entrepreneurs will be honored at the annual IDEA Awards Banquet on Wednesday, April 25, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Sanford Event Center in Bemidji.  Learn more at

Members of the campus and Crookston communities are invited to take part in the 4th Annual Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo, Saturday, April 21.   Events scheduled for the afternoon and evening include dance lessons for all ages, authentic arts and crafts for children, traditional folk music, a professional ethnic dance performance, an evening meal, and a family video DJ dance.  All events are free and open to the public.  View a full schedule of events.  The Fiesta is sponsored and supported by the U of M, Crookston, Northwest Arts and Heritage Council, Minnesota Legacy Amendment funds, UMC Concerts & Lectures, Coca-Cola, the Northwest Mental Health Center, Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, Inc., RiverView Health, and others.



The U of M, Crookston Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Team claimed Regional Champion honors for a thirteenth consecutive year at the 2012 Regional SIFE Competition, held on March 22 in Minneapolis, Minn.  The team now advances to nationals on May 22-24 in Kansas City, Missouri, where 160 teams from across the U.S. will compete.  Learn more.

The 3rd Annual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference, held on Friday, March 23, on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, provided an opportunity for UMC students to represent the Crookston campus.  A poster titled Greater Diversity, Greater Awareness, Greater Results, developed by Kenneth Johnson, instructor in the Business Department, and Dae Yeul "Danny" Lee, a junior majoring in accounting from Seoul, South Korea, was part of a poster fair at the conference.  Additional U of M, Crookston student presenters included Donna Malarkey, a senior majoring in quality management from Crookston, Minn.; Fangjing Pan, a senior majoring in business management from Shaoxing, China; Abbey Wemimo, a junior business management major from Lagos, Nigeria; Tony Taylor, a senior majoring in marketing from Sheridan, Wyo.; Chengyu "Coco" Mo, a senior business management major from Jiaxing, China; Yun "Ashely" Zhou, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Jiazing, China;  Chen Jin, a senior majoring in agricultural business from Shaoxing, China; and Tashi Gurung, a junior majoring in environmental studies from Mustang, Nepal.

Polk County Public Health (PCPH) has named Stacey Grunewald, R.N., coordinator of Student Health Services at the U of M, Crookston, a 2012 Health Champion.  PCPH recognized Grunewald for her work as “an advocate for family planning and sexual healthcare [who] supports partnering with Public Health to provide these services for students at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.”

An article titled “Expanding Foreign Trade Zones in Minnesota” by Denis Meier, Ph.D., Arthur Nash, M.S., and Jack Geller, Ph.D., was published in the March 2012 edition of Prairie Business.  The article details some information resulting from 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.  Read the article.


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