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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

July 31, 2012


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From the Chancellor
Featured Events & Activities
Around Campus

From the Chancellor

From the Chancellor

Our campus and our community continue to amaze me.  The commitment of the faculty and staff to our mission is truly remarkable and provides me with great optimism for our future.   One of the themes of these early meetings is the commitment to a high quality educational experience for our students, be they on-campus or online.  This is clearly important to faculty, staff, students and also members of our broader community.  As we work together in forging the future of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, I anticipate that this topic will be a focus of our many discussions.

Over this first month I have had the chance to meet briefly with members of the Board of Regents as well as the senior leadership of the central administration.  The Regents are clearly committed to the university, and the brief conversations I had with them were helpful in understanding their perspectives on higher education in Minnesota and at UMC.  They expressed clear support for our campus and our future.  I invited all of them to visit our campus and will work with the central administration to help make that happen at some point in the future.  

I have been equally impressed with the senior leadership of the University of Minnesota as well, having spent additional time with them at the recent retreat.  President Kaler is making substantial strides to enhance our support from the state of Minnesota.  We all need to join in this critically important effort; this can range from conversations with family members, to discussions at the grocery store, to joining organizations that help shape the opinions for the good of public education.

During the past month I have also had a chance to meet with increasing numbers of our students as they return to campus as well as with incoming new students during registration.  It is exciting to talk with them and their parents, and I have been impressed by their enthusiasm and positive descriptions of their many experiences.  I very much look forward to meeting with those who will be returning to campus over the next month as we all prepare for the beginning of the traditional academic year.

Regarding those back-to-school preparations, I want to thank our Facilities & Operations Department for all the work they’ve been doing with the remodeling of classrooms, moving and remodeling faculty and staff offices, and other routine maintenance that takes place in the summer months.   Other construction projects utilizing outside contractors include the new residence hall and the renovation of the Eagle’s Nest.  I know everyone is working hard to complete these projects in a timely manner.

Finally, I want again to express my appreciation of the numerous welcomes given to me during my first month on campus, in the Crookston community, and in the surrounding region.  I simply could not imagine feeling more welcomed during this first month of transition.

Fred E. Wood, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

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

Golden Eagle Football Practice for Fall Season Begins, Thursday, August 9

Golden Eagle Soccer and Volleyball Practice for Fall Season Begins, Monday, August 13

New Student Registration, Tuesday, August 14
– 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., check-in at Sargeant Student Center

New Student Registration for Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Students, Wednesday, August 15
– 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., check-in at Sargeant Student Center

UMC Hosts the Ox Cart Days Ice Cream Social, Wednesday, August 15
– 2 to 4:30 p.m., free and open to the public

Ox Cart Days Veterans Ceremony, Friday, August 17
– 3 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium, open to the public

Faculty and 9-Month Staff Return to Campus, Monday, August 20

Fall Semester 2012 Classes Begin, Tuesday, August 28

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

Student Affairs

This summer the U of M, Crookston has been working with Sodexo to incorporate Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop and Caribou Coffee into the Eagle’s Nest Convenience Store in Sahlstrom Conference Center.  A half-wall and a series of booths will be added to the seating area of the Eagle’s Nest.  Plans call for the construction to be completed by the time students arrive for fall semester classes.  The UMC community can use cash, check, credit card, Flex Dollars (associated with meal plans) and Eagle Bucks.  As always, the Eagle’s Nest is also open to the public and visitors.  There will be two designated 10-minute parking spaces located in front of the Sahlstrom Conference Center (Mall side) to accommodate quick pick-up orders.  Once classes begin the planned hours of operation for the Eagle’s Nest will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.  These hours may be adjusted based upon need and campus input.

A scheduled New Student Registration day will take place on Tuesday, August 14.  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.  A special New Student Registration 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.

Facilities & Operations –

Construction is progressing on the new residence hall just west of Centennial Hall.  The building’s exterior walls are currently going up.  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 –

The new laptop computers have arrived and are being loaded in preparation for distribution when students arrive.  The HP Elitebook 8470w (Workstation series) is a step up from the 'P' (Professional series) UMC has used for the past four years.   The specifications below describe the standard issue notebook for fall; however, the Help Desk will also issue HP 2790 tablet-PCs (convertible PCs) to many faculty in October.  The 2790 will not be released until that time (no specs at this time).

HP EliteBook 8470w Mobile Workstation:

  • Intel Core i5-3320M, 2.60GHz (Turbo up to 3.30GHz) 1600 MHz, 3MB L3 cache
  • 4GB DDR3 SDRAM SODIMM (1D), 1600MHz
  • 320GB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
  • 14.0-inch LED-backlit HD+ anti-glare (1600 x 900)
  • AMD FirePro M2000 with 1 GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory
  • Integrated HD webcam
  • DVD±RW SuperMulti DL drive
  • DualPoint keyboard
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • USB 3.0
  • Intel Centrino advanced N 6205 wireless LAN (802.11 a/b/g/n)
  • Mobile Intel QM77 express chipset
  • 56K v.92 modem
  • Integrated fingerprint reader
  • Slots - 1 express card/54, 1 smart card reader, and 1 SD/MMC
  • 90W PS hardware hit
  • 6-Cell 62 Whr Li-ion battery
  • Windows 7 64bit operating system
  • 3-yr std. parts and labor warranty, plus 9x5 NBD on-site coverage with disk retention

Development & Alumni Relations –

he University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) board of directors will meet Wednesday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle 116. The agenda will include homecoming planning, and raffle tickets will be disbursed.

In the first month of fiscal year 2013 a pledge of $500,000 has been made to the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  The donors wish to remain anonymous.

University Relations  –

Everyone is invited to enjoy free ice cream while listening to music during the annual UMC Ice Cream Social, the kickoff event for Crookston's Ox Cart Days Festival, on Wednesday, August 15, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Peterson Gazebo on the UMC Campus Mall.  This event is free and open to the public.  Music will be provided by the Valley Fiddlers, and ice cream provided by Sodexo/UMC Dining Services.  At 3 p.m., Brenda J. Child, author of “Holding Our World Together: Ojibwe Women And The Struggle of Community,” will provide a short reading from the book after which she will be available to sign copies of the book at the UMC Bookstore.  At 4 p.m. the first clue for the 2012 Ox Cart Days Medallion Hunt will be announced.

Several new videos, including student and faculty segments for many different majors, have been added to the U of M, Crookston YouTube channel:  Many of these videos will be part of the new academic program web pages currently under development.


Shawn Smith
has been hired as the new full-time sports information director for the Golden Eagles.  Smith comes to the U of M, Crookston from fellow NSIC school Bemidji State University (BSU) where he served as a graduate assistant for BSU's sports information department the last two years. Smith previously worked as an intern at the University of Memphis (NCAA Division I).  Smith is a 2008 graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications.  He also completed a Master of Science in Sports Studies at BSU.

Ty Knott
has been hired as an assistant football coach and will serve as defensive coordinator. He replaces Josh Hager, who recently accepted the position of defensive coordinator at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis.  This past season, Knott served as the secondary coach at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.  He was also the special teams coordinator there.  Prior to his time at Texas Southern, he was the director of player development for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.  He holds a master's degree in applied health science from the University of Indiana, and he completed his undergraduate degree at Southern Oregon University, where he majored in social science.

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 System

The Board of Regents
strengthened the U’s executive transition and compensation policies during its July meeting.  In addition, the Board approved alcohol sales at intercollegiate athletic events.  Itasca Project Higher Education Task Force chair Greg Page presented findings and a strategic vision for bringing together higher education institutions and Minnesota businesses to drive long-term prosperity for the state, and the Facilities and Operations Committee recommended that the U move forward with an $83.5 million multi-year update to student, financial, and human resources enterprise technology systems.  Learn more.

Campus and Community

The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the U of M, Crookston is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique relationship that would provide them with valuable consulting services by U of M, Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.  Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2012 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 10, and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, November 30, 2012. Applicants will be notified about their participation status no later than August 20 for fall semester and December 10 for spring semester.   For more information contact Rachel Lundbohm, associate director of CRES, at 218-281-8595,, or visit the CRES website at

Northwest Clean Energy Resource Team (NW CERT)
, Minnesota Ice Arena Managers Association (MIAMA), and Minnesota Association of Small Cities (MAOSC) will co-host a free event for local units of government on Wednesday, August 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. in East Grand Forks.  This free event will focus on financing tools and opportunities that are currently available to assist local governments and public school districts in funding clean energy projects in northwestern Minnesota.  Staff from the East Grand Forks Ice Arena and other ice arenas will discuss how they have saved energy and money, and how other communities can do the same.  This free event is relevant for counties, cities, municipalities, school districts, townships, municipal utilities, and other local units of government in northwestern Minnesota.  Learn more, see the agenda, and register online at or call 612-626-0555.



Amber Schultz, director of admissions and enrollment management, is among the graduates of the U of M President’s Emerging Leaders (PEL) Program.  On June 20, the 25 members of the outgoing 2011-12 PEL cohort were honored during a ceremony at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.  PEL participants were divided into five teams, each charged with devising a plan to address an important issue facing the University.  Each team spent the past year working on the issue to which it was assigned while also attending large-group leadership sessions and being mentored individually by a University leader.  At the graduation ceremony, the PEL teams presented their proposed recommendations in poster form.  Each team also prepares a detailed report presenting their solutions.  Posters are available to view on the PEL website.  PEL reports will be available to view later this year.



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