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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

November 8, 2011


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

From the Chancellor

During the past few weeks I’ve been spending considerable time participating in search committees for two positions in central administration on the Twin Cities campus.  The first is for the director of planning and architecture in University Services.  The committee is forwarding three individuals for consideration to Vice President Kathleen O’Brien.  The second position is for the special assistant to the president in Government Relations.  We have identified six individuals who will be invited for interviews with the search committee on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  I will be in the Twin Cities for these interviews and, while there, will take the opportunity to meet with a number of other University officers on campus issues.

Some may have noticed the advertisements in newspapers for a number of support positions on campus.  Most of these are the result of the process we completed a few weeks ago.  I’m pleased that campus administrators have moved quickly to forward the approval forms, develop position descriptions, and get the positions advertised.  I know some are already reviewing applications.  In addition to the new positions, some positions will replace those who have accepted the Retirement Incentive Option (RIO) and will be retiring in early January.

Department heads are also moving forward with the process of filling some faculty positions.  This will be a combination of the RIO and some new positions.  Overall, we are creating nearly fifteen new jobs on campus and replacing eleven long-term employees who have already left or will be leaving in January.

I want to extend congratulations to Assistant Professors Katy Smith, Ph.D., and Eric Castle, M.L.A, who have been selected to participate in an International Teaching and Learning Cohort.  I also want to recognize Yangchen Gurung, an international student, who has been selected as a 2011 recipient of the President’s Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Award.  She will be recognized at the University of Minnesota Equity and Diversity Breakfast on Wednesday, November 16.

Work continues on the planning for the new residence hall and for a presentation to the Facilities Committee of the Board of Regents on December 8, 2011.

I offer special thanks to all current students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have served our country in the armed forces.

– Chuck

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

Second Annual Fargo Alumni Social, Thursday, November 10 – 5 to 7 p.m., Ramada Plaza and Suites, 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo, N.D.

Veterans Day Speaker: Stewart Bass, Naval Aviator in World War II, Friday, November 11
– 1 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium

Horse Owner Education Program, Saturday, November 12
– 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., University Teaching and Outreach Center, $25 registration, open to the public - CANCELED

International Week Events, November 14-18

International Market, Wednesday, November 16
– 2 to 6 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, open to the public

UMC Musical Theater Production, “Zombie Prom,” November 16, 17, 18, 19
– 7:30 p.m. nightly, Kiehle Auditorium

Thursday Commons:  Faculty and Staff Research Colloquium, Thursday, November 17
– 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

International Kids Carnival, Friday, November 18
– 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Bede Ballroom and International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, free and open to the public

Admissions Hosts Campus Preview Day, Saturday, November 19
– 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Check-in at Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Thanksgiving Holiday, Thursday, November 24 - classes excused, campus offices closed

Floating Holiday, Friday, November 25 - classes excused, campus offices closed

Open Registration for Spring Semester 2011 Begins Monday, November 28

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

Learn more about events across the entire University of Minnesota system via Brief.


Around Campus

Academic Affairs

The campus community is welcome and encouraged to attend the Fall Semester Faculty and Staff Research Colloquium during Thursday Commons on November 17 from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  A number of UMC faculty will present their research during this time, including David DeMuth, Katy Smith, and J.P. Tang.  Light refreshments will be served, and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.  There are no classes scheduled on Thursdays from Noon to 2 p.m., so make plans to take part in this event.

The musical comedy "Zombie Prom" will be performed by music and theater students at four evening performances Wednesday, November 16, through Saturday, November 19, at 7:30 p.m. nightly and one matinee performance on Sunday, November 20, at 3 p.m.  All performances will be held in Kiehle Auditorium.  Admission is free for UMC students with ID, $6 for adults, and $3 for students/children. Anyone donating a non-perishable food item for the North Country Food Shelf in Crookston will receive a $1 discount on admission.  Learn more.

Student Affairs

The Veterans Club will host a special guest speaker during a program commemorating Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, at 1 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium.  Stewart Bass, a naval aviator who flew a TBM Avenger torpedo bomber in World War II, will discuss the carrier war, operations in the Pacific, and what it was like to fly the TBM.   Mr. Bass fought in the Pacific and was awarded the Navy Cross for valor in action.  The honor is the second highest combat decoration our nation awards.   After the war, Bass returned to his home near Missoula, Montana, and attended the University of Montana.  He worked for American Crystal Sugar Company for many years, and from 1974 until his retirement in 1986, he was vice president for the company.

A week of events is slated for International Week, Monday, November 14, through Friday, November 18.  Highlights include a lunch from the four corners of the world on Monday, November 14, in Brown Dining Room at a cost of $8.15 per person; an International Market including handcrafts, art, food, and more on Wednesday afternoon, November 16, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center; a special interactive display on human trafficking entitled "The Dark Truth" on Thursday, November 17, in the Northern Lights Lounge; the "How Hot is Hot? Hot Sauce Contest" on Friday, November 18, in the Northern Lights Lounge; and the popular International Kids Carnival also on Friday, November 18, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and International Lounge, Sargeant Student Center. Learn more.

Technology Support Services -

The application “Google+” is now available to U of M students, faculty, and staff who already have University Google accounts. The U system became one of only 22 universities worldwide who brought Google+ to campus on October 27.  Users will have the option to use Google+ to connect with colleagues at the U and beyond through features such as "Hangouts," which enable up to ten people to video chat together using the virtual space for team activities including meetings, study sessions, project collaboration, virtual office hours for faculty, and more.  For more information on how to get started, see Google+.



Development and Alumni Relations

The Office of Development & Alumni Relations will host its Second Annual Fargo Alumni Social on Thursday evening, November 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ramada Plaza and Suites, 1635 42nd Street South, Fargo, N.D.  All faculty, staff, alumni, and friends are welcome to enjoy a great evening.  For more information, contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439.


The Golden Eagle Baseball Program will host its fourth annual fundraiser dinner on Thursday, November 10, with a social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. at the Crookston Eagles Club.  Cost of the dinner is $35 for either prime rib or walleye.  The post-dinner program will feature special guest speaker Josh Buchholz, general manager of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  For tickets contact Head Baseball Coach Chris Vito at 218-281-8445.

Women's Soccer player Nikki Hammond, a sophomore majoring in health sciences from Nelson, Minn., has been named All-Conference Honorable Mention by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).  Hammond played in all 18 games for the Golden Eagles, starting for 17.  She scored four goals for eight points including the game winners in all three of U of M, Crookston's victories. 

Campus and Community

CANCELED: The Agriculture and Natural Resources Department will host a Horse Owner Education Program on Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC).  This cooperative program between the Crookston and Saint Paul campuses is designed to assist current horse owners as well as those interested in owning a horse in the future.  The program is recommended for ages 13 and up but is open to everyone. A registration fee of $25 is required for this program, and the deadline is Wednesday, November 9.  Learn more.


Crookston campus Faculty members Katy Smith, Ph.D., assistant professor, biology, and Eric Castle, M.L.A., assistant professor, horticulture, have been selected to participate in the 2011-12 Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Cohort Program sponsored by the U of M’s Global Programs & Strategy (GPS) Alliance, the Center for Teaching and Learning, Instructional Development Services, and the Office of Information Technology.  They will take part in the January 2012 and June 2012 cohort groups, respectively.  The goal of the program  is to engage faculty in significant course design or redesign by participating in a multidisciplinary cohort of their peers from across the U of M system. They will develop an internationalized sense of “academic self,” identify global learning outcomes for their courses, expand their teaching strategies, and develop course materials, activities and assessments.  Learn more.


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