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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

October 25, 2011


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

From the Chancellor

The work of the fall semester continues to keep everyone engaged and busy.  Serving the increasing number of students continues to be our major priority.  Faculty are teaching more students in classrooms and laboratories while at the same time engaging in a number of research projects, advising students, department and campus committees and other endeavors.  Staff are busy across the campus creating a strong support system for students.  I want to again express my appreciation for the dedication and commitment to student success by our faculty and staff.

On Monday of this week, Richard Connell began his duties as Director of Facilities and Operations.  Rich comes to the University of Minnesota, Crookston after more than 20 years at the Iowa School for the Deaf at Council Bluffs, Iowa.  He has an extensive background in facilities management and is well prepared to provide leadership for the Crookston campus.  I encourage everyone to welcome him and support him in his new position.

Congratulations to our Early Childhood Education faculty on hosting a successful Board of Teaching site visit and the site visit team's recommendation to grant full 7-year Institutional Approval for teacher education programs on our campus.  Some issues will need to be addressed, but this is a significant accomplishment and an acknowledgment of the quality and hard work of our faculty. While we eagerly await the final word of the Board, kudos to Associate Professors Marilyn Grave, M.S.; Soo-Yin Lim-Thompson, Ph.D.; and Marsha Odom, Ed.D.

On Wednesday of this week there will be many visitors on campus for PIAC meetings, All College Advisory Council meetings, and the recognition of Torch & Shield Award recipients and campus donors.  This will be followed by a banquet in the Brown Dining Room.  I encourage everyone to attend the various programs and meetings during the day.

The great weather continues, and I hope everyone is able to enjoy the outdoors and the fall weather.

– Chuck

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

Concert by Pianist Stephen Carlson, Tuesday, October 25 – 7:30 p.m., Evergreen Hall Lobby, free and open to the public

Torch & Shield Recognition and Banquet, Wednesday, October 26 – 5 p.m. reception and registration, Bede Ballroom; 6 p.m. program, Bede Ballroom; dinner, following program, Brown Dining Room

Flu Shot Clinic for UMC Faculty and Staff, Thursday, October 27
– 2 to 3:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom

Delta Theta Sigma's Second Annual Halloween Carnival for Kids, Saturday, October 28 – Noon to 3 p.m., Bede Ballroom, open to the public

Flu Shot Clinic for UMC Faculty and Staff, Tuesday, November 1
– 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom

Concert by the Rose Ensemble: “100 Years of Restraint and Revelry in Minnesota,”
Tuesday, November 1 – 7 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium, tickets are $12, open to the public

Thursday Commons:  Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for Everyone, Thursday, November 3
– 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Dowell Hall 207

UMC Hosts the Minnesota State High School League 8A Girls Volleyball Tournament, Saturday, November 5
– 6 p.m., Lysaker Gymnasium, UMC Sports Center

Daylight Savings Time Ends, Sunday, November 6
– 2 a.m., set clocks back one hour

Registration Appointments for Spring Semester 2012 Classes Begin, Monday, November 7

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

Free flu shots for UMC employees will be offered on Thursday, October 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., and on Tuesday, November 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  Individuals should bring their employee ID.  The cost of this flu shot clinic is covered by the UPlan.   Free flu shots for UMC students will be offered on Tuesday, November 15, from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. and on Monday, November 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., also in Bede Ballroom.  The cost of the flu shots for students is covered by UMC Student Health.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend Thursday Commons: “Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for Everyone” on Thursday, November 3, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Dowell 207. This program is designed to provide an introduction to a variety of potential applications of GIS in various disciplines and programs at UMC and is appropriate for anyone from the novice to the more experienced user.  GIS has potential applications in almost every discipline and in interdisciplinary projects.  The following sessions will be offered:  Introduction and overview - Steve Hannah; Mapping addresses - a simple start to using GIS - Bill Peterson; Using GIS with business analytics - Eyad Youssef; State park customer analysis:  using statistical analysis with GIS - Art Nash; Teaching using GIS - Matt Simmons; GIS with precision agriculture - Paul Aakre; Using the new University GIS Interactive Campus Maps - Jeff Sperling.


Academic Affairs

At its September 8, 2011, meeting the University of Minnesota Board of Regents approved the Entrepreneurship Minor submitted by the Crookston Campus.  The minor will be available to both traditional on-campus and online students effective spring semester 2012.

Program Improvement Audit Committee (PIAC) meetings are scheduled for Wednesday, October 26.  Through the advice of professionals from respective fields, the campus and its programs are assisted in maintaining their curricular relevancy. The following PIACs will meet at the corresponding times and locations: 

  • Accounting - 2 to 4:30 p.m., Dowell Hall 208
  • Ag Business - 1 to 4 p.m., Evergreen Hall Classroom
  • Ag Systems Management – 1 to 4 p.m., UTOC Conference Room
  • Agronomy - 1 to 4 p.m., Evergreen Lounge, 2nd Floor
  • Animal Science - 1 to 4 p.m., UTOC 130
  • Aviation - 1 to 4 p.m., Hill Hall 104
  • Golf and Turf with Horticulture (two programs meeting together) - 1 to 4 p.m., Hill Hall 210
  • Health Management and Bachelor of Applied Health - 1:15 to 4 p.m., Dowell Hall 215C
  • Marketing - 2 to 4:30 p.m., Dowell Hall 116
  • Natural Resources - 1 to 4 p.m., Owen Hall 208
  • Sport and Recreation Management, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Kiehle Building 116

Student Affairs

The Advisory Council for Diversity (ACD) will be established on November 1 to promote and enhance an inclusive campus environment enriched by diversity and to help increase cultural competence among students, faculty, staff, and administrators.  The ACD will work collaboratively with and serve as an advisory group to the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs and its director.  Council members represent a diverse composition of racial, ethnic, gender, and underrepresented populations of individuals from across the University community as well as external resources.  For more information, contact Peter Phaiah, associate vice chancellor, Student Affairs.

The U of M, Crookston will host a concert by Stephen Carlson, professor of piano at Bemidji State University, on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m.  The musical selections will be performed on the grand piano located in the Evergreen Hall Lobby.  The evening will begin with Liszt's St. Francis of Paola Walking on the Water followed by Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111 by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Following a program intermission will be Ballade No. 4 in F minor, Op. 52 by Frederic Chopin and Three Movements from Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky.  This event is sponsored by Concerts & Lectures, and it is free and open to the public.

Delta Theta Sigma (DTS) will host its Second Annual Halloween Carnival for Kids on Saturday, October 29, from Noon to 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  Admission to the carnival is free, and it is open to the public.  Attendees are encouraged to bring donations for the North Country Food Bank (both monetary and food donations accepted).  Kids can wear their costumes as members of DTS provide various games and activities.  Games and activities are best suited for pre-K and elementary age children. The Delta Theta Sigma Fraternity is an agricultural-based fraternity that offers membership to both male and female students.

The Blood Drive held recently on campus was a success with a turnout of 53 donors.   The Office of Student Health would like to extend heartfelt thanks to everyone who made this such a successful day.

Development and Alumni Relations

Congratulations to the 2011 recipients of the Torch & Shield Award:  Robert Nelson, registrar and director of institutional research, U of M, Crookston;  Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for university services, University of Minnesota; Li Shuming, president of Zhejiang Economic and Trade Polytechnic, Hangzhou, China; and Carol Windels, professor, plant pathology Northwest Research and Outreach Center.  They will be honored at an event on the evening of Wednesday, October 26, with a 5 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. program in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.   The Torch & Shield Award honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region. 

A generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous recently made a gift totaling more than $138,000 to UMC in support of scholarships and research.  The donor has also pledged at least another $150,000 in future gifts.

The fall 2011 issue of Torch, the U of M, Crookston alumni magazine, has been published.  Printed copies are being distributed, and it is available online at


The Athletics Department recognized the recipients of the 2011 Ed Widseth and Agassiz Bowl Scholarships on Saturday, October 22, at a breakfast on campus and at half-time of the U of M, Crookston and St. Cloud State football game.  The Ed Widseth Scholarship recognizes those qualities epitomized by Ed Widseth – outstanding athletic, leadership, and academic achievements.  A scholarship of $1,500 is awarded, with preference, to an incoming freshman or a college transfer football player and is renewable for up to four years.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required to receive this distinguished award.  The 2011 award winners are A.J. Barge of Carrolton, Ga.; Brody Davidson of Crookston, Minn.; Lucas Foley of New Albany, Miss.; Grant Lokken of Eau Claire, Wis.; and Drew Selvestra of Eagan, Minn.  The Crookston Chamber Agassiz Bowl Scholarship is a $600 scholarship presented to a student-athlete preferably from the local area.  Crookston Chamber Agribusiness sponsors this scholarship to promote agriculture and strengthen the Chamber’s relationship with the campus.  The 2011 recipient of the Crookston Chamber Agassiz Bowl Scholarship is Mike Johnson  of Center City, Minn.

The Golden Eagle Western Equestrian Team will host its annual home show at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30, beginning at 1 p.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.  In addition to the host Golden Eagles; North Dakota State University (NDSU); Ellsworth Community College; Ripon College; Rochester Community and Technical College; St. Cloud State University; the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls will also compete.

Campus and Community

The UMC United Way Committee offers its thanks to the campus community for a successful 2012 United Way campaign.  Donations from UMC faculty and staff come to $9,139.20 with an additional $31.12 from Students for a grand total of $9,170.32 in contributions and pledges.  Anyone who would still like to give on behalf of the University should contact Peter Phaiah or Melissa Dingmann.

A concert by the Rose Ensemble, “100 Years of Restraint and Revelry in Minnesota,”
will be held Tuesday evening, November 1, at 7 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  The concert is open to the public.  Tickets are $12.  The Rose Ensemble, with special guests, Maria Jette (narrator) and Dan Chouinard (piano and accordion), present a delightful look at the history and humor behind Minnesota’s long-standing love/hate relationship with the saloon.  Semi-staged and fully costumed, this research-rich, yet light-hearted performance features the songs and stories of Carrie Nation and 19th-century Temperance Union meetings, balanced by many anti-Prohibition songs.  Projections of historical photos and narration from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby complement the show, as the performers engage in Victorian waltzes, croon 1920s jazz, launch into Irish reels, ragtime, and gospel, and belt out some of Irving Berlin’s best show-stoppers.  This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as the Minnesota Clean Water, Land, and Legacy Amendment.  Learn more about the Rose Ensemble at


The Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund is honoring U of M, Crookston First Lady Barbara Muesing as a 2011 Outstanding Community Builder.  The award is presented to women who have demonstrated leadership in improving the quality of life for those around them, making Northwest Minnesota a better place to live, work, and raise families.  A reception will be held in her honor in early November.  The Northwest Minnesota Women’s Fund is a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.  Learn more by visiting the Women’s Fund pages at

Junior Yangchen Gurung
was recently named a 2011 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award recipient.  Gurung is a business management major from Kathmandu, Nepal.  The University of Minnesota undergraduate SEED program honors outstanding diverse undergraduate students and are presented annually at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast, to be held November 16.

Nine UMC students received the FFA American Degree in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the National FFA Convention on Saturday, October 22.  The American degree is the highest degree that can be attained by active FFA members.  It is based on the member’s Supervised Agricultural Experience Program and their leadership experiences.  Less than two percent of FFA members nationwide achieve this degree level.  Those attending the Crookston campus who earned this honor include Maria Funk of Sebeka, Justin Goodroad of Chisago Lakes, Andrew Gorentz of Perham, Whitney Jacobson of Thief River Falls, Haley Koubsky of Glenwood, Whitney Lian of Thief River Falls, Kasey Okke of Hawley, Dustin Smith of Staples, and Kaitlyn Tollefsrud of Hawley.


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