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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

September 27, 2011


Inside this Issue

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

From the Chancellor

Chancellor Casey was out last week.
He will have a column for the next edition of the E-Update.

Featured Events & Activities

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

Portable Fire Extinguisher Training, Wednesday, September 28
– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., outside of Sargeant Student Center

Sustainability Supper, Thursday, September 29
– 5 p.m. meal, Brown Dining Room; 5:30 p.m. program, Youngquist Auditorium, please RSVP with Ben Williams

Coronation of Homecoming Royalty, Thursday, September 29
– 8 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Teambackers Coaches Luncheon, Friday, September 30
– noon to 1 p.m., at the Crookston Eagles Club, cost is $7 per person

Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Recognition, Friday, September 30
– 6 to 9 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Homecoming 2011 Parade and Festivities, Saturday, October 1
– 10:30 a.m. - Parade Around the Campus Mall; 11 a.m. - Soccer vs. Northern State; 11 a.m. - Tailgating with music by Four Wheel Drive; 1 p.m. - Football vs. U of Mary;  4 p.m. - Post-Game Social at Minakwa Golf Course;  9 p.m. - Homecoming Alumni/Student Dance with Music by October Road at Crookston Eagles Club

Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Conference, Monday, October 3
– 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., across campus

Performance, “The Black-Jew Dialogues,” Wednesday, October 5
– 8 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Blood Drive, Monday, October 10
- 9:30 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


Around Campus

Administrative Affairs

The University of Minnesota, Crookston has been renewed as host site for the Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center for the state of Minnesota.  The designation will continue with the recent awarding of a grant appropriation of $615,000 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and that grant will be administered over the next five years.  The Crookston campus has served as the host site since 2008.  Under the guidance of Jack Geller, Ph.D., who serves as director, the EDA Center will continue to work with economic development agencies to focus on two complimentary areas:  1) fostering a climate of entrepreneurship in economically distressed rural communities and 2) increasing digital literacy and technology adoption.  The Center will leverage the intellectual resources of the U of M to help distressed rural communities facing economic and demographic challenges and broaden the tools available to regional economic agencies.  The grant also facilitates greater collaboration with University of Minnesota Extension.  To learn more about the EDA Center, visit

Student Affairs

An energetic and captivating two-actor play examining prejudice and racism, “The Black-Jew Dialogues” will be performed on campus on Wednesday, October 5, at 8 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  The play combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, and multi-media to create a show through which the audience gains insight into the true nature of prejudice and how our inability to face our own biases separates us in ways we may not even think about.  Sponsored by S.P.A.C.E. and Concerts and Lectures, this performance is free for UMC students, faculty, and staff, $3 for other students, and $5 for adults.  Learn more at

The Minnesota Clothesline Project, designed to bring awareness of the effects of domestic violence, will be on display in the Sargeant Student Center the week of October 10-13.  The Project was established in 1992 to tell the stories of women and children murdered in the state as a result of domestic violence.  It is sponsored by the Office of Service Learning and Student Health and will be displayed as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Facilities and Operations

Richard Connell has been hired as director of Facilities and Operations on the Crookston campus and will begin his responsibilities in late October.  He brings a broad range of experience and responsibilities in facilities management and planning. He has served as director of facilities at the Iowa School for the Deaf (ISD) in Council Bluffs, Iowa, since 1988. The ISD is a state operated institution, under the governance of the State of Iowa Board of Regents.  His responsibilities have included facilities master planning, recycling program, environmental health and safety, central purchasing, facilities planning and design, energy efficiency programs, emergency response, and many other areas.

Health and Safety –

September is Campus Fire Safety Month in Minnesota and around the U.S., and the first week of October is National Fire Prevention Week.  In an effort to increase fire safety awareness and train UMC students, faculty, and staff on how to properly use a fire extinguisher, the Department of Environmental Health & Safety and the Crookston Fire Department will provide portable fire extinguisher training on Wednesday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Sargeant Student Center. Training will utilize a state-of-the-art system purchased by the University of Minnesota for use on all campuses that provides live fire extinguisher training in a controlled setting and is also environmentally safe.  Everyone is encouraged to feel free to stop by and participate.


Technology Support Services –

Levi Webster has been hired as an information technology professional - systems administrator for Technology Support Services and will begin in this position on Wednesday, September 28.  He is a 2008 graduate of the U of M, Crookston with a bachelor’s degree in information technology management.  He has worked for Microsoft Dynamics and RDO Equipment Company, both in Fargo, N.D., in the area systems support.

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.  For more information, see

A scheduled information technology (IT) service disruption will occur October 1-2, beginning at 6 p.m.  Service restoration will begin 12 hours later at 6 a.m., with all services restored by noon on Sunday.  The interruption will occur when the Office of Information Technology shuts down its main data center to perform necessary maintenance, testing, and repairs of facility infrastructure. A full list of IT services that will be impacted is available online. 


Development and Alumni Relations

After the first three months of fiscal year 2012, fundraising contributions are up more than $200,000 from this time one year ago.  Many thanks to those who have continued support of the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Giving makes greatness possible!

Attending the Outstanding Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, September 30, is vital in showing your support of our alumni as a past or present faculty or staff member.   Please strongly consider attending this event to show your support of U of M, Crookston  alumni.  The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social followed by dinner and a program.  The 2011 Outstanding Alumni are Ann Bailey '79, Kevin Fee '80, and Eric Klindt ex. '99. Luther Huggins ex. '84, Nathan Pitt '97, and Ed Odland will be inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame.  Tickets are $20 per person.  Reservations are required and available by contacting Rose Ulseth in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8439.

Everyone is encouraged to attend this week’s many events for Homecoming 2011
. For a full schedule, visit


University Relations

University Relations has invited the local business community to take part in Maroon & Gold Fridays for fall semester 2011.  Participating businesses receive discounts on maroon and gold clothing from the UMC Bookstore.  Three Fridays each month Regal the Eagle and student communications assistant Katelyn Zins will visit randomly selected businesses that choose to take part in the program.  The businesses whose employees are wearing maroon and gold when visited will win Golden Eagle Athletics game passes and will be entered into a drawing to win a grand prize of an office party pack from a local catering establishment and/or restaurant.


The Golden Eagles and Crookston Park and Recreation have teamed up with the NFL for the official Youth NFL Flag Football League.  Intended for 3rd and 4th graders, Youth NFL Flag Football is scheduled for Monday nights, September 19 through November 14, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Ed Widseth Field.  The league runs for six weeks and concludes with playoffs on October 31 and November 7 and a “superbowl” on November 14.  For more information, contact Natasha Kuhle  at 218-281-8423.

Campus and Community

Hundreds of high school students involved in Minnesota Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will take part in the annual regional conference, held on campus Monday, October 3, in Bede Ballroom, Kiehle Auditorium, and Kiehle 105 and 116.  The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.  FCCLA is a student leadership organization that focuses on youth, peer education and family. FCCLA empowers young women and men to be active leaders in their family, school and community by addressing important personal, family, work and societal issues.


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