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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

September 14, 2011


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From the Chancellor
Featured Events & Activities
Around Campus
Campus & Community

From the Chancellor

The start of the 2011 fall semester continues to go well.  As of September 12, unofficial registration for full time degree seeking students represents the fourth consecutive year of record enrollment.  It will be a few weeks still before this number is official.  I want to again thank everyone who worked so effectively to make this happen.  Now we need to focus our efforts on providing an outstanding academic experience and overall outstanding student experience.  Doing so will increase our retention and graduation rates.

In Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Tom Sullivan’s Accountability Report to the Board of Regents last Friday morning, he highlighted significant achievements of the Crookston Campus.  He mentioned the enrollment increases on campus, progress on our graduation rates, and made special mention of our online programs as a leader in the University of Minnesota System.  It was great to hear the Provost acknowledge to the Regents the progress we’ve made in these areas.

Last Friday, President Kaler presented his recommendations to the Regents for the additional $50 million dollar ($25 million each year of the biennium) allocation to the University of Minnesota that was part of the budget agreement between the Governor and legislative leaders.  His recommendation included an additional $250,000 to the Crookston Campus.  While this represents only a little over a one percent increase in our budget, it will allow us to address audit and compliance issues, health and safety concerns, and student support services.  I will ask directors to submit their requests for how these dollars can best address issues in their areas.

We continue to make progress on our proposal for a new residence hall.  Working with Capital Planning and Project Management (CPPM) we have chosen a contractor, Community Contractors, and architect, Michael J. Burns.  Our campus team is working with them on design along with developing a financial plan.  We have asked a representative of each academic department to work with our team to develop recommendations for a classroom in the residence hall.

I consider the above items to be good news for the campus.  However, the news regarding our proposal to host the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) for Northwest Minnesota was disappointing.  On September 2, I received and e-mail from Bruce Strong, state director of the SBDC, that Concordia College was designated as the host institution for the next two years.  Our team worked hard to develop what we believed was a strong proposal.  While disappointed with the decision, we will move forward and concentrate on our Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies and other efforts to support economic development efforts in the community and region.

While at the Regents meeting last week, I received many supportive comments from a number of individuals regarding the meetings the campus arranged for President Kaler during his visit on August 26.  I believe the President’s visit had an influence on his decision to allocate additional dollars to the campus.  Again, thanks to everyone for representing the campus so well.

I will be off campus beginning Friday, September 16, and returning on Monday, September 26.

– Chuck

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

Thursday Commons: Diversity Is Everybody's Everyday Work - Leveraging Diversity to Achieve Excellence, Thursday, September 15 – 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sahlstrom Conference Center

Live Video Broadcast of the Inauguration of Eric Kaler as 16th President of the University of Minnesota, Thursday, September 22
– 11 a.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Admissions Hosts Campus Preview Day, Saturday, September 24
– 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Check-in at Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Visit by Officials from Kisii University College in Kenya, Tuesday, September 27

Homecoming Week, Monday, September 26, through Saturday, October 1

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

President Eric Kaler took the reins as sixteenth president of the University of Minnesota on July 1, 2011, and the U of M system will celebrate his official inauguration the week of September 19 through 24, with the formal ceremony held Thursday, September 22, beginning at 11 a.m. in Ted Mann Concert Hall on the Twin Cities campus. Several viewing locations will be available across the U of M System, including Coffman Memorial Union, St. Paul Student Center, and Rarig Center on the Twin Cities campus; Bede Ballroom on the Crookston Campus; Kirby Rafters on the Duluth campus; Room 122 of the Welcome Center on the Morris campus; and Room 419 University Square on the Rochester campus. The event will also be available for viewing via live streaming from the University’s home page.  The theme of inauguration week is “Minnesota All.”  Learn more about inauguration week activities.

An official delegation will travel to the Twin Cities to represent the Crookston campus during President Kaler’s inauguration.
  On Wednesday, September 21, this group will attend a special reception for the coordinate campuses with President Kaler at 4 p.m. that day.  The group will also attend the inauguration ceremony on Thursday, September 22.  This delegation includes: students Alisha Aasness, CSA President, Jackie Dullinger, CSA Vice President, and Michelle Boateng; faculty members Kenneth Johnson, Faculty Assembly Chair, Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, 2011 Horace T. Morse - U Alumni Association Award winner, and Pam Elf, 2011 Distinguished Teaching Recipient; staff members Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics, and Don Cavalier, director, Career and Counseling Services and Civil Service Committee member; administration members Tom Baldwin, vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, and Sue Brorson, department head, Business Department; Linda Kingery, director, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership; and Les Neilsen, NWSA alumnus and UMC All-Campus Advisory Committee member.

Staff members from the Office of Equity and Diversity on the Twin Cities campus, including Assistant Vice President Ricky Hall, will be on the Crookston campus to lead a thought-provoking discussion on diversity entitled “Diversity Is Everybody's Everyday Work - Leveraging Diversity to Achieve Excellence” on Thursday, September 15, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. The discussion is a part of the Thursday Commons series.  All students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend.  There are no classes scheduled on Thursdays from noon to 2 p.m., so make plans to take part in this event.


Academic Affairs

A delegation of officials from Kisii University College (KUC) in Kisii, Kenya, is scheduled to visit the Crookston campus on Tuesday, September 27, to learn about the campus and discuss possible future collaboration.  Among the delegation will be KUC Principal Professor John Akama; Anakalo “Alfred” Shitandi, director of research, extension, and linkages; Evans Basweti, College of Agriculture; and Geoffrey Otomu, dean of health sciences.  U of M Senior Vice President Robert Jones and Extension Dean and Director Bev Durgan will also accompany the delegation.  Founded in 1965 as a teacher’s training college, Kisii University College was established as a constituent college of Egerton University, the premier public agricultural university in Kenya, in 2007 and has continued to expand.  KUC currently offers over sixteen undergraduate degrees and ten diplomas.  It employs 285 faculty and staff members and enrolls over 1,500 students.

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents promoted and granted tenure to two U of M, Crookston faculty members effective August 15, 2011.  Kevin Thompson, Ph.D., earned tenure and the rank of associate professor.  He teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department.  Jingpeng Tang, Ph.D., also earned tenure and the rank of associate professor.  He teaches in the Math, Science and Technology Department.

Student Affairs

Admissions will host a Campus Preview Day on Saturday, September 24.  Prospective students and their families will check in at the Sargeant Student Center by 10 a.m.   The schedule includes a welcome presentation by Admissions, campus tours, academic sessions, and lunch.

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.


Development and Alumni Relations

Student clubs and organizations are encouraged to enter units in the 2011 Homecoming Parade, set for Saturday, October 1, at 10:30 a.m.  Three $50 prizes will be awarded to the parade units judged as “Best Use of Homecoming Theme,” “Best Crowd Pleaser,” and “Most Creative.”  The theme is “Golden Eagle Empire.” Parade entry forms, available from the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439, are due by Thursday, September 29.  Faculty and staff are also encouraged to enter parade units.  For more information about homecoming, refer to, and remember to like the Homecoming Facebook page at

Three U of M, Crookston alumni will be honored as Outstanding Alumni for 2011. This year's honorees include Ann Bailey '79, Larimore, N.D.; Kevin Fee '80, Grand Forks, N.D.; and Eric Klindt ex. '99, Campbell, Minn. Recognition of these three exceptional individuals will be held during homecoming on Friday evening, September 30, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Reservations are required for the recognition and banquet and may be secured by contacting the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439Learn more.


The Men's Golf Team traveled to Moorhead, Minnesota, to take part in the Concordia Invitational Tournament on September 2-3.  The Golden Eagles finished third overall, but with the University of Manitoba playing it as an exhibition, UMC moved into second place.  Golden Eagle golfer Seth Heppner, a freshman from Crookston, took medalist honors finishing -1 (70-72=142) in the event.

Men's Golfer Matt McClure, a freshman from Grand Rapids, Minn., won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Fall Preview held September 11 and 12 at the Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, Wis. McClure shot an even par 71 in the first round to take the lead on day one and shot a +2 (73) in windy conditions on the second day but held on to take medalist honors by two strokes.

Eight members from six different volleyball squads made up the 2011 Courtyard by Marriott Lynn University Invitational All-Tournament Team including two from the U of M, Crookston.  Outside hitter Brittany Looker, a freshman from Rochester, Minn., amassed a tournament-high 63 kills while averaging just under five kills per set.  Libero Chelsea Wiesner, a sophomore from Rochester, Minn., helped Crookston to a 3-1 record in the tournament, and her 47 digs earned her a place on the all-tournament team as well.

Three individuals will be inducted to the University of Minnesota, Crookston Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, September 30.  The inductees include: Nathan Pitt '97, Morden, Manitoba, Canada; Luther Huggins ex. '84, Frisco, Texas; and Ed Odland, Crookston, Minn. The recognition will be held in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, and will also honor the 2011 Outstanding Alumni.  Learn more.

Campus and Community

Final concepts for nature-based play spaces for the cities of Crookston and Warren, Minnesota, have now been completed and approved.  The children's play space for Crookston was designed for Castle Park, located off Castle Street to the west of the Crookston medical complex.  The play space for Warren was designed for Island Park, located off of Warren's South Division Street.  The designs were a collaborative effort between the U of M, Crookston and Twin Cities campuses and the Children Discovering Nature in Northwest Minnesota Project, which is providing design and financial support for nature based-play spaces in six area communities. Learn more.


For a fourteenth consecutive year, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has been recognized as one of the top regional colleges in the Midwest in its category for the 2012 edition of Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group.  This year's rankings place the Crookston campus in the top three public colleges in the category "Best Regional Colleges."  Within that specific category, U.S. News compared 371 colleges by region.  The exclusive rankings are available at online and will also be published in U.S.News & World Report, available on newsstands on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.  Learn More.

Glenda Kim Cousins
, Ph.D., student success coordinator for the Academic Assistance Center, recently achieved her first publication in a refereed journal.  "Evolving Interactions in Higher Education Change" appears in the spring 2011 edition of the Journal of the National Association of Student Affairs Professional (NASAP).  Her research examined how direct service staff, directors, and administrators perceived and responded to changes created by increasing international student numbers and how an Academic and Student Affairs organization adapted to these changes. 

Alvin Killough
, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychology, was notified recently of a summer appointment as a visiting scholar with Chonnam National University, located in the city of Gwangju, South Korea.  The two-year appointment runs from September 1, 2011, to Aug 31, 2013.  Killough teaches in the Liberal Arts and Education Department on campus.

Three students from the U of M, Crookston were awarded the Carol E. Macpherson Memorial Scholarship, established in Macpherson's memory to assist “non-traditional” women in completing their education at the University. They have all been invited to the Celebrating University Women Awards and Recognition Event held on the Twin Cities campus on October 21.  Recipients include: Junior Donna Malarkey, Crookston, Minn., quality management major; Sophomore Nan Wright, Crookston, Minn., organizational psychology major; and Senior Beth Debeltz, Embarrass, Minn., health management major.


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