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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

May 9, 2012


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

From the Chancellor

Thank you to everyone who planned and participated in commencement activities that concluded on Saturday afternoon.  The planning committee chaired by Laurie Wilson and Andrew Svec did a great job in coordinating the many individuals involved in making the commencement program go so well.  It’s a great example of everyone contributing to the success of an event.

In conjunction with the commencement activities were special receptions held for Business Department, online, and international student graduates.  Thanks to those departments for coordinating these special receptions.  Adding these events reinforces the personal attention given to UMC students.

The last week of the semester is always busy and this year was no exception.  However, faculty, staff and students found time to attend the meetings with the three candidates for chancellor.  I’m sure the candidates were impressed with the number of people who attended.  Many questions were asked that provided valuable insight into how each candidate will lead the campus in the future.  I know they appreciated the interest from everyone. 

Thanks to the chancellor search committee co-chaired by Professor Bill Peterson and Carol Carrier.  This is a real time commitment for everyone but very important to the campus.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence hall was held on Wednesday, May 2.  Construction work will begin this week.  The plan is to complete the building by December 2012.

I want to recognize and congratulate Les Johnson, EdD, Director of Human Resources; Amber Schultz, EdD, Director of Admissions and Enrollment Management; and Lacole Hook, PhD, Sports and Recreation Management faculty member, on the completion of their doctoral degrees.  A reception was held on Monday, May 7, for them.

On Tuesday, May 8, the annual Faculty and Staff Awards Program was held.  Congratulations to Kenneth Johnson, who was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Award; Donna Larson, who received the Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award; and Melissa Dingmann and Ken Bulie, who received the Distinguished Professional & Administrative Award.  Congratulations to all the others who also earned recognition for performance and support of students.  As was said at the awards program, we all are the University of Minnesota.

Thanks to you all for another great academic year.

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


Featured Events & Activities

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

Board of Regents Public Forum on the University Budget, Friday, May 11
– 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., webcast viewing available online

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

Northwest Minnesota Foundation Regional Summit, Thursday, May 17
– 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Great North Show Providers Presents “Deer Camp: the Musical” Saturday, May 19
– 3:30 and 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Crookston Community Theatre Presents “Sylvia” May 23, 24, 25
– 7 p.m. nightly, Kiehle Audtorium

Graduation Ceremonies for the Crookston High School Class of 2012, Friday, May 25
– 6 to 9:30 p.m., Lysaker Gynasium, UMC Sports Center

Memorial Day Holiday, Monday, May 28
– classes excused, campus offices closed

College in the High School Annual Workshop, Monday, June 4
– 9 a.m. to 3 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

Academic Affairs

The Center for Adult Learning (CAL) will host its annual College in the High School (CIHS) workshop on Monday, June 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  This free workshop gives CIHS instructors the opportunity for discipline-specific interaction with UMC faculty, promotes CIHS instructor networking, and aids in compliance with National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP) standards. Contact Dana Trickey at 218-281-8677 for more information, or e-mail

The Business Department has implemented several new articulation agreements with Minnesota State Community and Technical College (MSCTC) in Fergus Falls, North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Saint Paul College, a community and technical college in St. Paul, Minn. The articulation agreements allow students with specific associate degrees in business an option to transfer to the Crookston campus to complete a baccalaureate degree.   Learn more.

Student Affairs

A ground breaking ceremony was held for a new residence hall on the Crookston campus on Wednesday, May 2.  Among those speaking at the event were Chancellor Charles H. Casey, Crookston Student Association President Alisha Aasness, and Gary Willhite, director, Residential Life and Security Services.  Representatives from the University, Michael J. Burns Architects, and Community Contractors were also on hand.  Located west of Centennial Hall, the 43,043 square foot, two-story building will house 145 students in 35 two-bedroom suites.  Completion of the project is expected in December 2012 at cost of $9.8 million. 


Facilities & Operations

Facilities & Operations will undertake several projects over the summer.  Classroom renovations for Dowell 206, 220, 225, and Owen 205 will begin shortly, a track sprayer for the Agronomy Program will be installed in Bergland Laboratory, and new divider curtains for Lysaker Gym will be installed.  A more comprehensive list will be provided in the June E-Update.

Development & Alumni Relations –

Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising attended the Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE) Athletic Fundraising Conference, held May 1-3 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Development & Alumni Relations employee Sue Dwyer will be off for the summer starting May 29 and will return in mid-August.  Sue will be back on campus for one week in June to assist with the NWSA Reunion set for Saturday, June 30.  


University Relations –

University Relations has hired three student interns for the summer of 2012:  Austin Czichotzki, a recent UMC graduate in communication from Barnesville, Minn.; Ruth Navarro, a junior majoring in communication from Crookston; and Sean Rozell, a junior majoring in business management and marketing, from Eveleth, Minn.  These three will assist with public relations and summer events, and they will work to help develop and refresh content for the various websites for each academic degree program, including interviews with faculty, alumni, current students completing internships, and employers. 

The Printing and Design Office on campus will move to its regular reduced summer staffing on Monday, May 14.  Graphic Designer Patti Tiedemann will be off for the summer after Friday, May 11.  Campus units needing design work for a summer project should contact Patti immediately as design work will not be supported on campus until she returns in early August.  Linda Wilkens will be on staff and will be able to assist with printing through mid-June, but she will be off June 15-29 and the entire month of July.  Editor and Photographer John Zak will be on campus only one day a week starting May 14 through early August.  If there are any questions or concerns, please contact Andrew Svec at 218-281-8438.  As always, if any unit or individual requires consultation for printing or design needs while staff members are off, Andrew Svec can assist in identifying off-campus vendors.  Also, any design or printing work for official University documents should meet the standards established by the U of M:


Sports Information Director and Head Women's Softball Coach Mitch Bakken has resigned his position at the U of M, Crookston to pursue other opportunities.  A search for a new SID and head softball coach will begin immediately.


Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC)

Madeleine Smith, PhD, will begin employment with the NWROC on Thursday, May 31, as an Extension plant pathologist, assistant professor.  She completed her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at the University of Leicester in England, her master’s in biological sciences at the University of East Anglia in England, and her doctorate in plant and environmental sciences at the University of Warwick in England.  She comes to the NWROC from the University of Texas AgriLife Research in Amarillo, Texas, where she served as an assistant research scientist conducting research in the dynamics of intraplant spread of resistance breaking strains of BNYVV by its plasmodiophorid vector.

NWROC Crop Update:
 all sugarbeet research plots have been planted, and soybean research plots are being planted.   The commercial crops of sugarbeets, corn, and wheat are planted and are progressing well.  With only 1.90” of rain in March, 1.31” of rain in April, and only .44” so far in May, additional precipitation is needed.



Campus and Community

The Northwest Minnesota Foundation recently announced the winners of the 4th Annual IDEA Competition.  The U of M, Crookston is a cosponsor of this competition. Five winners were awarded $10,000 each for the advancement of their innovations.  The winners were Jeff Sullivan of Bemidji, Mark Landes and Jennifer DeBarr of Bemidji, William and Julia Stephani of Puposky, Brady and Jodi Dyrdahl of Shelvin, and Jay Fisher and James Marvin of Warroad. In addition to the cash award, each of the winners will receive business support coaching services for a year.  Applications for next year's IDEA competition will open up again on September 1, 2012, and will remain open until November 30.  Learn more at

In celebration of National Senior Corps Week, May 7-11, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of the Red River Valley, sponsored by the University of Minnesota, Crookston, tallied the time donated by the organization’s volunteers last year in the counties it serves.  Within the seven-county region last year, 728 volunteers were active, contributing a whopping 82,862 hours of service.  Part of the Minnesota Senior Corps, RSVP has worked to improve lives and strengthen communities through the skills and experience of men and women age 55 and above.  Learn more.



U of M System

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 received an official, personalized e-mail on April 23, 2012, 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.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will review and take public comment on University President Eric Kaler’s FY13 operating budget at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, in McNamara Alumni Center on the Twin Cities campus.  Learn more.



The annual Faculty and Staff Day Program was held Tuesday, May 8, in Bede Ballroom.  Faculty and staff from all units across campus attended the luncheon and program that followed.  Kenneth Johnson, MBA, instructor, Business Department, was presented with the Distinguished Teaching Award.  Donna Larson, accountant, Business Affairs Office, received the Distinguished Civil Service/Bargaining Unit Award.  Two individuals received the Distinguished Professional & Administrative Award: Melissa Dingmann, MEd, director, Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Kenneth Bulie, JD, CPA, lecturer, Business Department.  The Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award was presented to ADawn Melbye, MEd, instructor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department, and the Outstanding Community Service Award went to Jamie Fagerholt, tutor and testing coordinator, Academic Assistance Center.  Rachel Lundbohm, MBA, instructor, Business Department, was recognized for receiving the President’s Civic Engagement Stewardship Award from the Minnesota Campus Compact.  Jim Schaar, MDiv, lecturer, Liberal Arts and Education Department, was presented the Support Award for Students with Disabilities.  And Tom Feiro, environmental health and safety specialist, presented the campus with a special award of recognition on behalf of the Crookston Fire Department.

The annual Student Awards Program was held Thursday, April 19, in Kiehle Auditorium. Many students were honored for achievement and service.  From among the many the student awards, two students were selected as the "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service, and leadership award.   Honors for 2012 went to Man of the Year Austin Czichotzki, a senior from Barnesville, Minn., majoring in communication, and Woman of the Year Kristine Neu, a senior from Pelican Rapids, Minn., and a double major in horticulture and communication.  Both graduated on May 5.  View a full listing of awards presented

Each spring, U of M, Crookston students nominate a number of faculty and staff members to be considered for various awards.  These awards are significant in that the only students vote to select the recipient, meaning the award recipients have captured the imagination and gratitude of the student body.  The following awards were presented by students at the Student Awards Program on April 19:  Outstanding Educator - Dennis Maier, PhD, assistant professor, Business Department;  Most Supportive of Students - Kim Cousins, PhD, student personnel coordinator, Academic Assistance Center; and Outstanding Service to Students - Phil Baird, MS, associate professor, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

Dae Yeul “Danny” Lee, a junior accounting major from Seoul, South Korea, is the recipient of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) Student Leader Scholarship in Honor of the SIFE Alumni of the Year.  He is one of only five SIFE students in the nation to earn the recognition and will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Lee will be recognized during the 2012 National Convention in Kansas City, Mo., taking place May 22-24.  To earn the award, students are nominated by a Sam Walton Fellow and are evaluated by a two-page essay in which they explain how the direction of their life has been positively impacted through their participation in SIFE and how they feel this change will impact their future.


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