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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

July 11, 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 for welcoming me to the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  I am honored and humbled to serve as your chancellor.  This is a very special place that is remarkable in so many ways, and I am dedicated to working with you as we continue to move forward in our journey to higher levels of excellence.  We can do great things by working together.

It has been a pleasure to meet with many of the students, faculty, and staff who have been on campus during the past week.  I want to especially thank those who were able to attend the reception last Tuesday morning and those who stopped by the office, sent me a note, or who just took a few moments in the hallway to welcome me to campus.  Thank you.

There are many aspects that I could mention from my past week, but I wanted to highlight my appreciation for the beauty of our campus.  As many of you know, I am temporarily living in our stellar Evergreen Residence Hall which allows me to easily walk the campus in the evenings and to enjoy our beautiful grounds.  You might be surprised by how many cars swing through the entrance and stop to enjoy the flowers and various gardens.  Please do encourage others to come to campus to enjoy them as well.  We have a beautiful campus, and I want to thank those who have worked so hard to make it so.

Summer is also a time for facilities renovations, and the many projects appear to be moving along well with anticipation of reaching their target completion dates.  I know these projects create stress in many dimensions, and I want to thank those who are being impacted for your resilience and cooperation.

As you know, during the summer there are many events on campus that are important in our role of serving our surrounding community.  I appreciate the welcoming atmosphere that is created by your efforts.  I could mention a number of these events, but wanted to highlight the excellent annual reunion and awards celebration of the Northwest School of Agriculture that occurred during my first day on campus.  The conversations emphasized the great affiliation and support these alums have for the campus and our continuing educational mission; I hope to regularly connect with many of them in the future.  I also want to highlight Camp RYLA, which is taking place on campus this week and provides an outstanding program in service to our region as well as a great opportunity to showcase our campus to so many excellent prospective students.

The next few weeks will be busy for me as I will attend my first meeting of the Board of Regents on Wednesday, July 11.  While there I will use the opportunity to have a number of meetings with senior leadership and to formally begin my advocacy for our campus.  After those meetings I will fly to Boston to attend the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents from July 12-18 through the encouragement and financial support of Vice President Jones.  After returning to campus I will attend President Kaler’s Executive Team Retreat in Chaska, Minnesota, on July 23 and 24.  I look forward to all these experiences and especially to meeting the Regents and administrators at the University of Minnesota.

Finally, I would be terribly remiss in this note if I did not personally thank Chuck Casey for his outstanding leadership and Barbara Muesing for her many contributions to the campus over the past seven years.  They have clearly left a great legacy and something that Mary and I will aspire to continue.

Fred E. Wood, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston


Featured Events & Activities


UMC Hosts Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camps July 8-14

University Relations Hosts a UMC Booth at the Polk County Fair, July 11-15 – 1 to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Polk County Fairgrounds, Fertile, Minn.

Heart of the Valley Golf Tournament, Thursday, July 12 – 11 a.m. pre-tournament brunch, 12:45 p.m. tournament orientation, 1 p.m. tee-off, Heart of the Valley Golf Course, Ada, Minn. - $40 per person, five-person scramble

22nd Annual Teambackers Golf Classic, Saturday, July 21 - 9 a.m. registration, 9:45 a.m. tournament orientation, 10 a.m. shotgun start, Minakwa Country Club, Crookston - $95 entry fee, 18-hole Texas scramble, five-person teams

Last Class Day of Summer Academic Term,
Friday, July 27

New Student Registration, Friday, July 27 – 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., check-in at Sargeant Student Center

Teambackers Highway 2 Classic Golf Tournament, Saturday, July 28 – nine holes at Fosston Golf Course starting at 10 a.m., nine holes at Oak Lake Golf Course in Erskine starting at 2 p.m. - $40 entry fee, 18-hole scramble, five-person teams

Robotics Day Camp, August 6-8 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Evergreen Hall Classroom, $80 camp fee

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

Jeff Bumgarner, PhD, has been hired as an associate professor in the Liberal Arts & Education Department, where he will teach and work in the criminal justice program.  He holds a PhD in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Arts in Public Administration (MAPA) form Northern Illinois University.  He comes to the U of M, Crookston from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he most recently served as professor and chair of the Department of Government (formerly the Department of Political Science and Law Enforcement).  Additionally, he has served as an adjunct professor of criminal justice for the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor of justice administration for the University of Alaska at Fairbanks as well as policy chief of the policy department in Bird Island, Minn., and as a special agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Student Affairs

A scheduled New Student Registration day will take place on Friday, July 27.  The daily schedule begins with a brief welcome session at 8:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  UCard photos, information sessions, meetings and registration with academic advisors, and a student success fair are scheduled throughout the morning, with lunch and campus tours rounding out the day through 2 p.m.  The final scheduled New Student Registration day for traditional students will be Tuesday, August 14, and a special New Student Registration day for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) students, is set for Wednesday, August 15.  Each day’s session can accommodate up to 60 students.  Learn more.  Direct any questions to Alysa Tulibaski, student experience and parent coordinator, 218-281-8570.

Lorna Hollowell has been hired as director of diversity and multicultural programs.  She comes to the U of M, Crookston from Owensboro Community and Technical College in Owensboro, Kentucky, where she served as director of cultural diversity, and previously worked as an educational talent search advisor for Madisonville Community College, also in Kentucky.  She earned her BS in organizational management from Oakland City University in Indiana, and has completed coursework for certification in international student services at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky.  She is currently pursuing an Executive Master of Science in organizational communication through Murray State University, Murray, Ky.  She will begin her responsibilities on campus on Monday, July 23.  Her office will be located in 242 Sargeant Student Center.

Jaime Jensen
has been hired as a financial aid officer in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.  She comes to UMC from Thomson-Reuters in Egan, Minn., where she served as a marketing copywriter and trainer.  She holds a BS in elementary education from Bemidji State University and is originally from Crookston.

Joshua Parrill has been hired as an online student personnel coordinator in the Academic Assistance Center.  He will serve as the tutor coordinator for students taking online courses and also will work with conditionally admitted online students.  Josh comes to UMC from Alerus Financial in Grand Forks, N.D., where he was an auditor.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in financial management from the University of North Dakota.

The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has launched its own Facebook page:  It will serve as another way to engage students and keep them informed about financial aid and scholarship issues and opportunities.

Facilities & Operations -

Renovation work is in progress in five classrooms on campus.
  The ceiling in Owen Hall 205 has been raised to allow for better sight lines to projection screens, and two new projectors will be installed.  In Dowell Hall 225 the tiered floor has been removed, and two new projectors and a SmartBoard with accompanying control system will be added.  Dowell Hall 206 will also receive two new projectors, a SmartBoard, and control system.  The room separation curtain between Dowell Hall 212 and 220 has been removed and replaced with a solid wall.  Room 220 will get a new projector and SmartBoard, and Room 212 will become an interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) lab that will eventually include equipment such as surface computing workstations, multi-input large touchscreen displays, and computer servers to host a variety of specialized software and large data sets.  Each of these classrooms has been repainted and will gain new flooring and chairs.

Construction is progressing on the new residence hall just west of Centennial Hall.  The building’s foundation is nearing completion, and exterior walls are expected to go up within the next two weeks.  A web cam with a view of the site looking west from Evergreen Hall has been set up.  It takes photos on the half hour and features a time-lapse video function.  Go to

Technology Support Services –

In an effort to improve security patching Technology Support Services has begun implementation of a new system for Windows Updates.  When a computer detects the updates, a "Software Update Installation" balloon will appear in the bottom right notification area of the computer's desktop and then hide (in fact, it probably won't be noticed by the user).  If a restart is necessary to complete the software update process, a restart counter will appear.  This counter will provide a 4-hour window.  If a computer is behind multiple months of updates, multiple restarts may be required.  Questions should be directed to Levi Webster, 218-281-8377.

Development & Alumni Relations –

The Dr. Charles H. Casey and Barbara J. Muesing Scholarship Fund for the U of M, Crookston has surpassed the initial $25,000 endowment level and will now provide support to students as an endowed scholarship.  If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, please contact Corby Kemmer at 218-281-8434.

The Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association welcomed alumni back to campus on Saturday, June 30, 2012, for their annual reunion.  Three outstanding alumni were honored with the Top Aggie award, the highest honor awarded by NWSA Alumni Association which recognizes alumni who have displayed outstanding commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or in their occupational field.  The Top Aggies for 2012 are Helen (Rasmussen) Tangen '41, Bemidji, Minn.; Mark Chisholm '52, Gary, Minn.; and Richard Olson '62, Grand Forks, N.D.  Charles "Chuck" Holmquist '52 , Crookston, Minn., was honored at the reunion with the Distinguished Service Award.  The award is given for exemplary service by the NWSA Alumni Association Board.  Next year's NWSA Reunion will be held Saturday, June 29, 2013.

Teambackers is planning a celebration tentatively slated for Thursday, August 23, in honor of the organization’s 20th Anniversary.  Further details will be forthcoming.  

University Relations –

Andrew Svec, director of communications, public relations, and marketing, and Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, will attend the University of Minnesota Communicators Forum on Thursday, July 26, at the St. Paul Continuing Education and Conference Center.  The purpose of this event is to promote excellence in communications and enhance cooperation among communications professionals working throughout the University.  Michele Norris, host of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” is scheduled to be the keynote speaker.  Student communications assistants Austin Czichotzki, Ruth Navarro, and  Sean Rozell will also attend the conference.

Several new videos, including showcase videos of rooms in each of the campus residence halls and a video about things for students to do in Crookston, have been added to the U of M, Crookston YouTube


Golden Eagle Football player Richard Haley, a senior running back from Detroit, Mich., has been named to the Beyond Sports College Network (BSN) Pre-Season All-American Team as a member of the second team.  Haley rushed for 1556 yards and eight touchdowns last season.  He averaged 141.5 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry to lead the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). He also ranked second in all- purpose yards with 1631. Haley holds the U of M, Crookston single-season rushing record with 1556. He also ranks first in single-season rushing attempts with 305.

Health and Wellness -

The U of M Wellness Program and the U of M, Crookston’s Center for Sustainability are teaming up to offer employees an incentive to bike to and from work.  The ZAP UMC Bike Commuter Program will allow bicycle commuters to accumulate points for their Wellness Points Bank.  Riders should contact Ben Sullivan in the Center for Sustainability to arrange to have a tamper-resistant, RFID tag installed on their bicycle.  The RFID tag is available during normal business hours at no cost.  During their commutes, riders should ride past the RFID reader, the metal pole with the solar panel located on the bike path near the entrance to Ed Widseth Field, and their commute will automatically be tracked and recorded.  More information is coming soon at

U of M Extension, Regional Office, Crookston –

As of July 2, 2012, the Regional Extension Office in Crookston, which includes the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, has moved to the Valley Technology Park just north of UMC campus.  Although the location is new, all staff phone numbers and e-mails remain the same.  Visitors may use the parking lot at the front of the building and use the Extension Office entrance at the east side of the building.

Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) –

The NWROC will host its annual Crops and Soils Day event on Wednesday, July 18, one mile north of the campus at the north farm.  Crop and Soils Day is intended for producers and agricultural professionals.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with plot tours beginning at 8 a.m.  The sugarbeet tour registration begins at 1 p.m. with the tour starting at 1:30 p.m.  For additional information contact Maureen Aubol at 218-281-8602.  Disability accommodations will be provided upon request.

The NWROC and the Department of Plant Pathology announce the arrival of Madeleine Smith, PhD, as the new assistant professor and extension specialist in plant pathology.  Her position is 60% extension and 40% research, and her office will be based at the NWROC in Crookston.  She will work to develop an applied research and extension program in the causes and management of diseases in the cropping systems of Northwest Minnesota with an emphasis on small grains and canola.


U of M System

Pending action by the Board of Regents at its July 11 meeting, Brian Steeves will be appointed executive director of the Board of Regents and corporate secretary of the University of Minnesota. The dual role of executive director and corporate secretary is a unique leadership position of significant importance to the Board.  The position serves as a liaison between the Board and senior leaders of the University, coordinates Board planning and communications with Regents, oversees Board of Regents policy review, and manages meeting logistics and day-to-day Board operations.  Steeves has served as deputy director in the Office of the Board of Regents for two years and, for the past six months, has been acting executive director and corporate secretary. Prior to joining the University, Steeves spent seven years as an executive budget officer/team leader at Minnesota Management and Budget where he managed a team of analysts and confidentially advised senior state government leaders on budget policy related to K-12 education, taxes, and state government operations.

Pamela A. Wheelock has been named the next vice president for university services
, effective August 15, 2012, and pending approval by the Board of Regents.  She brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in high profile, complex roles in both the public and private sector, most recently serving as interim president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, where she has served as board chair.  Prior to that appointment, she worked for the Bush Foundation leading a team to enhance the vitality of communities and advance solutions to tough public problems through learning and leadership.  As the chief operations officer, Pam will be responsible for creating and sustaining a physical environment and service culture that supports and advances the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University of Minnesota system. During the brief transition period between Kathleen O'Brien's June 30 end date and Pam's August 15 start date, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Richard Pfutzenreuter will serve as the interim vice president for University Services.


Don Cavalier, director, Career and Counseling Services, was officially inducted as governor for District 5580 of Rotary International on Friday, June 22.  District 5580 consists of Northwestern Ontario, the northwestern tip of Wisconsin, the northern half of Minnesota, and all of North Dakota.  It is home to more than 3,000 Rotarians in 65 clubs.  The district governor serves as the officer of Rotary International in the district and bears the ultimate responsibility for governance, which includes visiting each club in the district.  Don and his wife, Mary, will begin their club visitations on July 10 in Valley City, North Dakota.

A delegation from the U of M, Crookston attended Minnesota Campus Compact’s annual awards ceremony, held in June at Macalester College in Minneapolis.  The Presidents' Student Leadership Award was presented to UMC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) and accepted by Alexandra Buscher. The award recognizes an individual student or a student organization modeling a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.  The Presidents' Civic Engagement Steward Award was awarded to Rachel Lundbohm, instructor and associate director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies.  This award is presented to a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group who has significantly advanced the distinctive civic mission of the campus by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.  The Presidents' Community Partner Award was awarded to Rydell National Wildlife Refuge/Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge and accepted by Dave Bennett.  The award recognizes a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.  Learn more.


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