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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

October 11, 2011


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

I want to welcome the Minnesota Board of Teaching Institutional Evaluation Team to the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Team members arrived on campus Sunday evening, October 9, and will complete their work on Wednesday morning, October 12.  They will prepare an institutional report based on evidence from offices on campus and the Early Childhood Education Program.  The campus goal is to achieve institutional approval for teacher preparation programs.  The faculty members of the Early Childhood Education Program have been working very hard to prepare for this visit.  We all wish them the very best.

Last Thursday morning, October 6, we hosted Senator Michelle Fischbach, chair of the Minnesota Senate Higher Education Committee, and her committee administrator for a campus visit.  We had the opportunity to show Senator Fischbach some of our facilities including those funded with state dollars.  She also met with members of the Crookston Student Association, Vice Chancellor Baldwin, department heads, and Faculty Assembly Chair Kenneth Johnson.  I felt it was a very beneficial visit and appreciated the opportunity to make them aware of the many strengths of our campus.

Some of you may have seen the article in The Crookston Times last week in reference to the ongoing discussions about the Valley Tech Building with the City.  We have provided a draft of a lease agreement to the city.  They have received it and are reviewing the document.  I expect it will take some time for them to respond.  I haven’t received any further information as to their intention to retain the ownership of the building or if they remain interested in coming to a lease agreement.

On Monday, October 10, I spent most of the day at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls attending an economic development roundtable hosted by Governor Dayton.  This is in association with the Impact 20/20 group Professor Jack Geller, Michelle Christopherson, and I have been working with.  I know others from campus will be attending as well.

This week in addition to the meeting on Monday, I will be traveling to the Twin Cities to attend Board of Regents’ meetings on Wednesday through Friday.

– Chuck

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

Workshops on Managing Transitions and Change at Work, Tuesday, October 11, and Wednesday, October 12– October 11, 9:30 a.m. for  faculty, professional and administrative, and civil service staff (repeated October 12 at 1:30 p.m.), October 11, 1:30 p.m. for AFSCME and Teamsters staff (repeated October 12 at 9:30 a.m.), 116 Kiehle Building

College Outdoor Skills Day, Wednesday, October 12
– 4:30 to 7 p.m., Crookston Gun Club, 26251 240th St. SW

In-Service Day for Faculty and Staff, Friday, October 14 – classes excused

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, October 16-22

Third Annual Major Fair, Tuesday, October 1810 a.m. to 2 p.m., Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Fall Convocation, Thursday, October 20
– 12:30 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Admissions Hosts Campus Open House October 20 and 21 and Campus Preview Day October 22

UMC Horticulture Club Hosts the 39th Annual Conference of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticulture Society (MACHS), October 20-23

Mixed Blood Theatre Presents “According to Coyote,” Monday, October 24
– 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

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

Major transitions at work are becoming increasingly common.  The U of M, Crookston, together with the U of M Office of Human Resources, will present professional development opportunities, Managing Transitions and Change at Work, for faculty and staff on the Crookston campus.  Sessions will be held Tuesday, October 11, at 9:30 a.m. for faculty, professional and administrative, and civil service staff (repeated Wednesday, October 12, at 1:30 p.m.), and at 1:30 p.m. for AFSCME and Teamsters staff (repeated October 12 at 9:30 a.m.), in 116 Kiehle Building.  These sessions will outline how change and transition affect one’s work and personal life.  Transition and change models will be introduced and explained.  Time will be taken to practice with tools that will help participants be successful in changing times by understanding key models describing transition and change, by examining changes and transitions in their own work and personal lives, and by applying specific tools to create an action plan for managing change.  Pre-registration is not required.  For additional information contact Les Johnson.


Academic Affairs

Classes are excused on Friday, October 14, to allow for an in-service day as faculty and staff within the four academic departments and other supporting units focus on strategic planning and discussions of goals.  Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact their respective department and unit leaders for more information on any activities scheduled for their unit.

The U of M, Crookston Horticulture Club with support from faculty and staff will host the 39th annual conference of the Mid-America Collegiate Horticultural Society (MACHS) from Thursday, October 20 to Sunday, October 23.  The MACHS conference is expected to bring nearly 40 horticultural students from across the Midwest to the Crookston campus.  This is the first time that the U of M, Crookston Horticulture Club has hosted this event.   The objective of MACHS is to promote an awareness of the profession of horticulture, furnish a medium of communication for horticulture students, and exchange club and professional ideas.  Learn more.

Student Affairs

Tuesday, October 11, is National Coming Out Day, and several members of the Student Affairs staff will coordinate an information table in the Northern Lights Lounge of the Sargeant Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day.  For those who may not be aware, National Coming Out Day is an internationally observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, and asexual people as well as GLBTA issues.  If you have any questions, contact Lisa Samuelson, Lisa Loegering, or Kristie Jacobsen-Jerde.

College students from around the region are invited to attend College Outdoor Skills Day, taking place on Wednesday, October 12, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at the Crookston Gun Club, located north of the U of M, Crookston campus on Highway 75 and 240th Street Southwest.  This free event is designed to help students experience new outdoor activities or sharpen the outdoor skills they already have. Programs will be offered throughout the evening, including fly-fish casting, target archery, slingshots/wrist rockets, outdoor survival, outdoor first aid, rifle shooting, trap shooting, and tree stand safety. These events are free, but students interested must pre-register. For more information or to register, contact Laura Bell, lab coordinator and naturalist at the U of M, Crookston, at 218-281-8131. This event is sponsored by the U of M, Crookston and the following groups:  Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, West Polk Deer Hunters, Crookston Gun Club, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Federal Cartridge, and the U of M, Crookston's Natural Resources Club and Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

The U of M, Crookston will be among the more than 800 college and university campuses across the country to take part in National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week (NCAAW) October 16 through 22.  A series of events will be held during the week to promote personal responsibility and making informed choices as well as to provide practical safety tips about the effects of excessive drinking, avoiding driving after drinking, and not riding with a driver who has been drinking.

The Third Annual Major Fair will be held Tuesday, October 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge of Sargeant Student Center.  All students, especially those who have not declared a major, are encouraged to learn more about the various majors and minors presented at the various booths.  Information will be provided by Career Services, Study Abroad, Service Learning, and the Area Health Education Center (AHEC).  Snacks and door prizes will be offered.  This event is sponsored by the Student Experience Office and Peer Connections.

Fall Semester Convocation will be held Thursday, October 20, at 12:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  Alisha Aasness, president, Crookston Student Association, will serve as master of ceremonies.  The featured speaker will be Linda Kingery, director of the Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership.  The U of M, Crookston Choir will perform musical selections under the direction of George French, associate professor of music; Chancellor Charles Casey and Vice Chancellor Tom Baldwin will recognize student academic achievement; and fall season varsity coaches will recognize their respective teams and provide team updates.

Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis will present the play “According to Coyote” on Monday evening, October 24, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  The event is open to the public.  This energetic collection of legends gives life to Coyote, the trickster, teacher, magician, and hero in American Indian traditions.  Playwright John Kauffman employs age-old techniques of music, dance, magic and narrative to bring to life this character in all his guises – Coyote the Creator, the namer of animals and bringer of fire; Coyote the Trickster, conniving for an advantage that usually backfires on him; and Coyote the Teacher, from whom lessons of humility, wisdom and humanity are learned.  This event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs.

Business Affairs

Training Services, part of Organizational Effectiveness in the Office of Human Resources, will offer reporting training on Thursday, October 13, in Bede Ballroom of Sargeant Student Center.  Participants are encouraged to bring laptop computers to the training.  Registration is available online at  Two sessions will be offered.  From 10 to 11:30 a.m. Manager Reporting, an instructor-led course, will provide information about the various financial reports available through  Managers will discuss the interpretation of the data available within the reports and the financial decisions the data supports.  From 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Open Topic Lab/Test Center, will offer employees seeking additional exposure or hands-on practice in the financial, HRMS, and SPA systems.  Employees can bring real work with them to get assistance with processing in the systems or questions answered. Registration for Open Topic/Test Center isn't required, but employees are asked to bring their own laptops.  Participants are assisted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Development and Alumni Relations

The next edition of Torch, the alumni magazine, will be out before the end of October.  The campus community will be informed when the magazine is available online, following which the print edition will be distributed.

Torch & Shield will take place the evening of Wednesday, October 26.  The campus will honor four individuals with the Torch & Shield Award and recognize annual and lifetime donors for their support.  Those who plan to attend should RSVP no later than October 17, by contacting Sue Dwyer at 218-281-8401.

Special thanks go to the many individuals who made Homecoming 2011 a successful and memorable event.  Thank you to those faculty and staff who took time to attend the Outstanding Alumni & Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and to engage with these special alumni and supporters.


University Relations

Printed copies of the updated Faculty and Staff Directory for 2011-2012 have been distributed to the campus community.  They are lime green this year to easily distinguish them from last year’s directory, which was goldenrod.  This version will also be posted as a PDF file to the campus directories web page.

Faculty and staff are reminded if they need business cards, official U of M nametags, or a new official photo, they should contact John Zak, 120 Kiehle Building, 218-281-8394

Faculty and staff are asked to consider joining the U of M,Crookston Experts List.  The purpose of this list is to provide a list of knowledgeable professionals for the media to use when working on a story and to recognize the expertise we have at the Crookston campus.  The list serves as a resource to strengthen relationships with the media as well as people living in communities across the region.  Submit information via this online form.


Women's Soccer player Amanda Stapleton, a junior from Jonesboro, Arkansas, was named Defensive Player of the Week for the week of October 3 by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).  Goalkeeper Stapleton was stellar in net for the Golden Eagles as U of M, Crookston captured its first two NSIC victories in shut-out fashion.  Stapleton recorded eight saves in a 1-0 victory over Northern State University on Saturday, October 1.  She followed that up with four more saves in a 2-0 victory over the University of Mary on Sunday, October 2.

Golden Eagle Football running back Richard Haley, a junior from Detroit, Michigan, broke the Golden Eagle 1,000 yard rushing record against Upper Iowa University on Saturday, October 8.  Haley, a transfer from Grand Rapids Community College, has played in just six games as a Golden Eagle.  In that time, he has rushed 178 times and amassed 1,026 yards, breaking the old record held by teammate Keith McBride , a junior from Lodi, Wisconsin, who accomplished the 1,000 yard feat in twelve games for UMC.  Haley now has his sights set on the all-time season rushing record of 1,549 yards held by R.J. Rollins recorded in 2004. Rollins also holds the all-time UMC career rushing record of 3,073 yards (2002-2005).

Campus and Community

Five students will be a part of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the U of M, Crookston fall semester. The student interns include Abbey Wemimo, a sophomore majoring in business management from Lagos, Nigeria; Julie Trotter, a senior majoring in hotel, restaurant, and tourism management from Eagan Minn.; Stephanie Thomas, a senior from  St. Albert, Alberta, Canada, double majoring in business management and marketing; Yulia Wieland, a junior majoring in quality management from Crookston, Minn.; and Alvin Tong, a senior from Singapore double majoring in business management and natural resources.  These undergraduate interns will be working in areas of strength related to their majors to help CRES provide services and technical assistance to regional entrepreneurs and small businesses and to assist them in starting or growing their business.

University of Minnesota System

On Monday, October 10, U of M President Eric Kaler announced that Karen Hanson, Ph.D., will be the University of Minnesota's new senior vice president for academic affairs and provost, pending approval by the Board of Regents.  Hanson has served as the provost and executive vice president at Indiana University Bloomington since 2007.  She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, receiving her bachelor of arts degree in philosophy and mathematics from the Twin Cities campus in 1970. She received her doctorate in philosophy from Harvard in 1980. Hanson will begin in her new position on February 1, 2012.  Tom Sullivan will stay on as provost until then.


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