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Crookston Campus E-Update
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April 24, 2012


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From the Chancellor
Featured Events & Activities
Around Campus
Campus and Community
U of M System

From the Chancellor

The past two weeks have been full of year-end recognition and award programs.  The next two weeks will include many more.  I encourage faculty, staff, and students to take the time to attend as many of these programs as possible.  These events represent the commitment and dedication to achieving the highest level of performance.  There is every reason to celebrate each individual, group, or team success.  Hard work and excellent performance should be recognized and celebrated by the campus community—to do so will continue to support and build a culture of excellence.

I want to congratulate the many individuals who have already received awards and have been recognized.  I look forward to additional programs that will continue to be held over the next few days.

This past Saturday, the 4th annual Fiesta in the Spirit of Cinco de Mayo was held.  The campus hosted members of the Hispanic community with a broad range of programs for children and adults.  It was great to see other members of the community attend the celebration as well.  My thanks to the UMC faculty and staff who provided leadership in planning and coordinating this event.  Many of our students contributed as well to the success of the day.

I’m reminded it was only two weeks ago that we experienced the creation of a sand mandala and learned much about the history and significance of this cultural tradition.  We also celebrated the last in this year’s series of international dinners with a large number of people in attendance.  Earlier in 2012, we celebrated the Chinese New Year on campus with similar success in attracting community members.  On campus we have clubs including the Circle of Nations Indigenous Association and the Black Student Association, which also help us become more aware of other cultures.  The opportunity for all of us to be able to learn more about other cultures is part of our mission of teaching, research, and outreach.  To learn about the food, clothing, music, dance, and customs of others is an important part of the education of our students and ourselves.  It is wonderful to see so many participate in these events and organizations.

I know the next two weeks will be busy and intense.  I wish everyone the very best and look forward to commencement on Saturday, May 5.

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


Featured Events & Activities

Online Programs Celebration, Tuesday, April 24 – Noon to 2 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

Concert Featuring 32 Below, Wednesday, April 25
– 9 p.m. to Midnight, Crookston Sports Center, 801 Fisher Ave, admission is free to UMC students, $5 for other students with ID, and $8 for all others

17th Annual Teambacker Fun Nite, Friday, April 27
– 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Crookston Eagles Club, 105 South Broadway, tickets are $50 per person

National Youth Service Day Activities Assisting the North Country Food Bank, Saturday, April 28
– 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., volunteers should meet at 10 a.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

Student Retirement Reception for Chancellor Casey and Barbara Muesing, Monday, April 30
– 3 to 4:30 p.m., Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center

Final Exams, Tuesday, May 1  through Friday, May 4

Business Department Graduate Reception, Friday, May 4
– 3 to 4:30 p.m., Alseth-NWSA Business Board Room

Grad Dance Featuring DJ Jesse Adelman, Fubonic Productions, Friday, May 4
- 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Crookston Eagles Club, 105 S. Broadway, admission is free for 2012 graduates, $5 per person for others

Pre-Ceremony Reception for Members of the Class of 2012 and Their Families, Saturday, May 5
– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sargeant Student Center and Sahlstrom Conference Center

Commencement Ceremonies for the Class of 2012, Saturday, May 5
– 2 to 3:45 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center, doors open at 1 p.m.

International Student Graduation Reception, Saturday, May 5
– 4 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

May Term Classes Begin (Three-Week Term), Monday, May 7

Faculty and Staff Awards Luncheon, Tuesday, May 8
– 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

U of M, Crookston Alumni Association Board Meeting, Wednesday, May 9
– 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kiehle 116

Faculty/Staff 9-month Appointments End, Sunday, May 13

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

Three finalist candidates for chancellor are scheduled to visit the Crookston campus next week to interview for the position and meet the campus community.  Each of the three candidates will be on campus for a single day over the period of May 1, 2, and 3.  Each day from 9 to 10 a.m. in Bede Ballroom there will be a forum for the entire campus community.  This forum will consist of a short presentation followed by questions for the candidate.  From 1 to 1:45 p.m. each day, the candidate will meet with UMC administrative and staff personnel, followed at 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. with a session for faculty hosted by the Faculty Assembly.  Finally, an open reception for each candidate will be held from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. when the entire campus community and larger Crookston community may meet the candidate.  The names of the three candidates will be announced soon in a University release with each candidate’s CV posted on the chancellor search website shortly after that.   The search committee offers its thanks to everyone for their interest in, patience, and assistance with this very important process.


Academic Affairs

Two-hundred students are expected to take part in commencement exercises for the Class of 2012 on Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center.  (Doors will open at 1 p.m.)  Jean Fischer Whalen, who graduated from the U of M, Crookston with an associate degree in court reporting in 1980 and a baccalaureate degree in applied studies in 2009, will provide the commencement address.  Regent David McMillan will confer degrees and offer greetings from the U of M Board of Regents.  Robert Jones, senior vice president, Academic Administration, University of Minnesota System, will bring greetings from the U of M system.  A reception for graduates and their families will be held prior to the ceremonies from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Sargeant Student Center. Learn more. published its first annual "Smart Choice" ranking of the top schools for online bachelor's degrees in business and business administration. The University of Minnesota, Crookston was ranked number 15 on the inaugural list of the Top 25 Smart Choice Schools.'s Smart Choice rankings are designed to assist prospective students in making a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree.  Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about accreditation, academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and cost.  Learn more.

Student Affairs

The recent Crookston Student Association (CSA) election finds the following students selected for the respective offices for the 2012-2013 academic year:  President - Adam Switzer; Vice-President - Kayla Bellrichard; Secretary - Emily Goff; Senators:  Alexmai Addo, Mikayla Guidinger, Ashlynn Hartung, Alissa Hernandez, and Anthonette Sims.  Additional elections will be held during the first two weeks of Fall Semester 2012 to fill the remaining positions.


International Programs

A reception for international students who are members of the Class of 2012 will be held immediately after commencement (approximately 4 p.m.) on Saturday, May 5, in Bede Ballroom.  The entire campus community is invited to attend.

Development & Alumni Relations –

Current fiscal year FY12 will be the sixth consecutive year of fundraising growth, the best in nine years, and up nearly 80% from FY07.  FY12 Teambackers memberships are at 180 with donations at $123,000.  Thanks go to all donors for their continued support of the U of M, Crookston.


The annual Student Athletic Awards Program was held on the evening of Monday, April 23, in Kiehle Auditorium.  In addition to honoring senior student-athletes, several awards were presented.  Student-Athlete of the Year honors went to senior women's basketball player Megan Eul, an early childhood education from Rosemount, Minn., and to junior men's basketball player Almir Krdzalic, a biology major from Sioux Falls, S.D.   Named Outstanding Athletes of the Year were freshman volleyball player Brittany Looker, a biology major from Rochester, Minn., and junior football player Richard Haley, a business major from Detroit, Mich.



Campus and Community

High school students interested in starting their own business will be able to experience the excitement of sharing ideas and competing with other future entrepreneurs during Entrepreneur Experience Camp, scheduled for Sunday, June 17, through Thursday, June 21, 2012, at the U of M, Crookston.  This unique program, hosted by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies, is designed to introduce young entrepreneurs to business concepts and to foster creativity, innovation, and teamwork.  Participants will learn about finance, credit, business contracts, and marketing.  The camp includes meals, accommodations, and activities for a $100 registration fee.  To reserve a spot or learn more, visit or contact Rachel Lundbohm at 218-281-8190.



U of M System

U of M President Kaler will host Syracuse University Chancellor Nancy Cantor for a discussion about the role of the 21st-century university in meeting urban challenges during a special Great Conversations Presidential Forum on Wednesday, May 2, at 4 p.m. in Coffman Union Theater and online via live-streaming.  The event is part of UMN Land Grant 150, a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1862.  For more information, see Great Conversations.

The Board of Regents will host a public forum on the University Budget on Friday, May 11, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Boardroom in McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus.  Through this forum the Board of Regents will address the fiscal year 2013 budget for the University of Minnesota and related issues.  The forum will be broadcast via ITV to the coordinate campuses.  On the Crookston campus, the forum may be viewed in Kiehle 116.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Pulse Survey, an online employee satisfaction survey developed and administered across the University of Minnesota system.  The 2012 Pulse Survey is the fifth administration of the biennial survey designed to better understand the work experiences of all employees. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, and work time may be used to complete it.  Faculty and staff have received an official, personalized e-mail with a direct link to this online survey.  Reporting from this survey helps inform decisions ranging from needs for supervisory training and better recognizing employee contributions to ways to support employees balancing work and family demands.  Employees may complete the online Pulse Survey through Friday, May 11, 2012. Learn more.



Six U of M, Crookston students took part in the University of Minnesota Undergraduate Symposium on April 18 in Coffman Memorial Union on the Twin Cities campus.  The symposium is an annual poster fair that gives all undergraduate researchers across the U of M system a chance to share their research, scholarly, and creative projects with the University community.  Abbey Wemimo presented a poster titled “Lessons learned: the Chinese approach to doing business in Africa”; Chris Anderson presented a poster titled “Post-pneumonic bighorn sheep recruitment”; and Andrey Anfilofieff, Tyler Brazier, Kurt Prdhomme, and Michael Schliep ’11,  presented a poster titled “QA/QC during the construction of a modular neutrino detector, NOvA.”

Lacole Hook, instructor for the Sport and Recreation Management Program in the Business Department, has successfully defended her dissertation and earned her Ph.D. in Sport Management from the Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences Department at the University of Kansas.  The title of her dissertation is “Athletic Identity, Vocational Identity, and Occupational Engagement in College Student-Athletes and Non-Athletes.”

Recipients of the prestigious Sather Scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year were recently selected.  Students receiving the scholarship must be advanced standing students maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average and a high school graduate or resident of Polk, Norman, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Roseau, or Kittson counties.  Applicants were required to write an essay describing an experience or person who has had a major impact on their life.  This year’s recipients are Matthew Green, a senior from Greenbush, Minn., majoring in agricultural systems management; Moysey Kutsev, a sophomore from Erskine, Minn., majoring in business management; Whitney Lian, a junior from Crookston, Minn., majoring in agricultural education; Presley Mosher, a sophomore from Fertile, Minn., majoring in horticulture; Ruth Navarro, a junior from Crookston, Minn., majoring in communication; and Leonard Will, a junior from Thief River Falls, Minn., majoring in agricultural systems management.


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