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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

August 24, 2011


Inside this Issue

From the Chancellor
Featured Events & Activities
Campus & Community

From the Chancellor

Welcome to the 2011-2012 academic year.  Welcome back to students, faculty, and staff who have been away for the summer.  Many of you have worked, interned, continued your research projects, attended conferences, or engaged in other professional development.  We look forward to hearing all about it, especially the contributions your summer activities will make to improve the educational experience for everyone.

A special welcome to our new students, faculty, and staff.  Our goal is for each of you to be successful.  Your success is our success.  The Crookston Campus is a great place to study and work, and I know the other students, faculty, and staff in your department look forward to getting to know you.  We all do.

We also welcome our colleagues from the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, Regional Extension Center, Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, and Area Health Education Center.  We look forward to continuing our work together and finding additional ways we can collaborate.

Looking forward, we anticipate another great year at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Some might wonder why, given that much of the news around us is so troubling.  Reductions in state funding for higher education, the state of Minnesota shutdown, the debate about raising the debt limit, continuing unemployment for people who want to work, floods, storms, and, well, the list could go on.  Sometimes it is difficult to sort through all the distractions and focus on our own situation.  There is plenty of evidence to suggest that maintaining focus helps to ensure success.  The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.  And the main thing is our students.

Some wonder how I stay positive.  It’s because of the people on this campus. Let me begin with our faculty, who are hardworking, resourceful, and compassionate.  They are dedicated to our students and increasingly productive and engaged with the community and beyond.  The campus is served by highly qualified faculty, which ensures academic quality.  We are especially positive about the faculty-driven expansion of program offerings that have attracted additional students and provided more options for those who are undecided about their major or want to change their major.

Our students are also a great source of optimism for me.  The experience of Crookston students compared to the other coordinate campuses of the University ranks high in a number of areas.  We score well on community service, internships, quality of teaching in the major, access to small classes and required courses, cultural diversity, and quality of advising.  The individual attention provided to students makes a difference, and the things they learn and do are a great testament, not only to their experience here, but also to their own talent and determination.

Staff support is important to student satisfaction and success as well.  The recruitment and registration process is when students gain their first impression of the campus.  And, as the saying goes, “you only have one chance to make a first impression.”  Staff are processing an increasing number of students and they continue to do it well.  When students arrive on campus, their experiences in the residence hall and dining services all matter, as does the appearance of the campus - our classrooms, laboratories, and other community spaces.  I know we know this, but it bears repeating:  We all have a role when it comes to the satisfaction and success of our students.

Speaking of first impressions, I hope each of you will help me welcome our new U of M President Eric Kaler and his wife Karen for their first visit to the Crookston campus this coming Friday, August 26.  The day’s agenda will be full of meetings with various groups, and everyone on campus and in the local community is welcome to attend the open forum at 2:30 p.m. in Kiehle.  We are excited to have the opportunity to showcase this campus and its students, faculty, and staff to our new president.  Let’s make him and the first lady feel welcome.

With that, let me offer each of you the best this semester and academic year.  Enjoy it, because it will go quickly.

– Chuck

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

Crookston Retail Merchants Association (RMA) Welcome Back Picnic for UMC Students, Staff, and Faculty, Thursday, August 25– 5 to 7 p.m., Brown Dining Room, Sahlstrom Conference Center

Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Bridges into Health Workshop, Friday, August 26
– 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, registration fee is $10

U of M President Eric Kaler’s Visit to the Crookston Campus, Friday, August 26

Opening Home Football Game vs. Mayville State (Non-Conference Game), Friday, September 2
– 6 p.m., Widseth Field

Labor Day Holiday, Monday, September 5
– classes excused, campus offices closed

Student Club and Organization Fair, Wednesday, September 7
– 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

UMC Hosts the Crookston Farmers Market Wednesday, September 7
– 3 to 6 p.m., on the Campus Mall near the Peterson Gazebo, open to the public and the campus community

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


Around Campus

Administrative Affairs

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and First Lady Karen Kaler will visit the Crookston campus on Friday, August 26. Other U of M officials joining the President and First Lady on their visit include Regent Clyde Allen, Regent Maureen Ramirez, Senior Vice President Robert Jones, Extension Dean and Director Bev Durgan, and Chief of Staff Amy Phenix.  President Kaler will meet with various groups throughout the day.  Students, faculty, staff, community leaders, and citizens are welcome and encouraged to attend an open forum with President Kaler from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. that afternoon in Kiehle Auditorium.  View the full schedule of events.



Academic Affairs

Courtney Bergman has been hired as a lecturer in marketing.  She holds an MBA from the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., and completed her undergraduate work in management and marketing at the University of North Dakota.  Additionally, she has experience in retail sales, and has served as director of marketing for Douglas Place, Inc., of East Grand Forks.

U of M Grant-in-Aid applications are being accepted through September 19.  The grants, administered by the Office of the Vice President of Research, promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and academic excellence within the U of M.  Learn more at  Contact UMC Grants Coordinator Doris Cooper for assistance or with questions.

Faculty and staff looking for grants information can now visit The website provides information on funding, the proposal process, and post-award resources as well as listings of funding opportunities and upcoming deadlines.

Student Affairs

On Wednesday, August 31, What's On Wednesday (W.O.W.) presents "The J-Spot: A Sex Educator Tells All” at 8 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Geared specifically toward college students, this program features Jay Friedman, an educator who has his finger on the pulse of sexual issues in our society and who tackles the toughest of topics in an up-front way.  Learn more at  The event is sponsored by Student Health, Concerts & Lectures, and Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (SPACE).

The U of M, Crookston and Tri-Valley Heartland Express (T.H.E. Bus) have partnered to provide local transportation service between the campus, Americas Best Value Inn (ABVI), and other locations in Crookston.  This bus will be dedicated to the UMC Campus Mondays through Fridays for fall and spring semesters.   ABVI pick-ups and drop-offs will be at the hotel’s north entrance.  Campus drop-off and pick-up will be at north entrance of Sargeant Student Center.  Free bus service within the city of Crookston will be provided for UMC students and employees with a valid UCard on this bus or any local Tri-Valley bus service. The initial bus route will integrate pick-up and drop-off services to and from selected local apartments, based upon need.  These routes will run for at least the first two weeks of classes, after which an assessment on utilization will occur, and the route may be modified as needed.

Facilities and Operations

Three candidates will be brought to campus to interview for the position of director of facilities and operations.  An open forum for staff, faculty, and students will be held with each candidate.  The open forum with candidate Jeff Orvedal is scheduled for 1 p.m., Wednesday, August 31, in Bede Ballroom.  The open forum with candidate Richard Connell is scheduled for Noon, Friday, September 2, in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.  The open forum with candidate Randy Bach is scheduled for 1 p.m., Tuesday, September 6, in Bede Ballroom.

Technology Support Services –

UMCal is scheduled to be decommissioned on Friday, September 30, 2011.
  Effective October 1, UMCal will no longer be available, and Google Calendar will become the U's official calendar.  Users who have migrated to Google already and only use UMCal in order to collaborate with other UMCal users may disregard the migration instructions.

There will be a planned twelve-hour interruption to IT services at the University of Minnesota beginning on Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 6 p.m., with service restoration beginning on Sunday, October 2, at 6 a.m.  All services will be restored by noon on Sunday.  This service interruption will result from the Office of Information Technology (OIT) shutting down its main data center to perform necessary maintenance, testing, and repairs of facility infrastructure.  The interruption will affect users on all campuses of the U of M. A full list of the IT services that will be impacted by this work is available online.  The Fire Marshal requires that the Emergency Power Off (EPO) and the fire suppression system in the data center be tested.  This requires that the data center be powered down to protect the IT equipment from damage.  Since this power down is necessary, the OIT data center services team intends to leverage the downtime to fulfill some additional data center activities that are less urgent but require the power to be off.  During the service interruption, status updates will be available on the University of Minnesota System Status page.



Development and Alumni Relations

Fundraising and development efforts for Fiscal Year 2011 (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) resulted in a fifth consecutive year of increased growth in new gifts, future commitments, and pledges.  FY11 was also the best fundraising year in eight years and was up 19.7% from FY10.  Sincere thanks are offered to all donors for their investments in the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  FY12 has started out well with a $250,000 commitment.

The annual Teambackers Fund Drive is underway. Everyone is asked to consider making an investment in support of Golden Eagle student-athletes.


University Relations

The Official U of M, Crookston Facebook Page received its 1000th “Like” on August 24.  The page is a great way to stay connected to the campus and its various events and activities.  All faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the campus are encouraged to “Like” the page at

Faculty and staff members who need new or updated business cards or nametags
should first visit with their departmental support staff to verify budgets before contacting John Zak, editor and photographer, 120 Kiehle Building, ext. 8349.  New or updated photos can be arranged directly.  Individuals are reminded to avoid wearing white for photos.


The Golden Eagles Soccer Team will face Jabroni F.C. from Winnipeg in a home exhibition game Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. at the UMC Soccer Field.

The Golden Eagles Football Team will take on the Mayville State Comets in the home opening game (non-conference) on Friday, September 2, at 6 p.m., at Ed Widseth Field.  It's also Midcontinent Communications Night—names of one UMC student and one non-student attending the game will be randomly drawn to each win a new 32" flat screen TV, courtesy of Midcontinent Communications and Dakota TV and Appliance.  The drawing will be held at the end of the third quarter of the game; you must be present to win.  There is no additional charge for your free ticket for the drawing.

Campus and Community

The Northwest Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will sponsor the Bridges into Health Workshop on Friday, August 26, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m., in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.   The workshop will cover a continuum of policy and practice critical to improving health among the disadvantaged including research linking overall health to economic stability, education, safe and affordable housing, nutrition/food security, and other factors.  Intended for community leaders from all sectors as well as clinical staff at all levels in the private nonprofit and public health sectors, the workshop is limited to the first 50 registered participants.  Cost to register is $10 which covers lunch, book, and workbook for each participant. To register, e-mail or fax participant name(s), e-mail, and phone contact and entity to be invoiced to, fax: 218-281-92305.

UMC will host the Crookston Farmers Market on the Campus Mall near the Peterson Gazebo on Wednesday, September 7, from 3 to 6 p.m. (or as long as supplies last).  The market is open to the public and the campus community.


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