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Crookston Campus E-Update
an internal administrative news digest

November 29, 2011


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

From the Chancellor

Welcome back to everyone after the Thanksgiving Day break.  I hope the time with family and friends provided rest, relaxation, and a lot of good food as well as an opportunity for reflection upon the many good things we all enjoy.  For those who used some time to participate in Black Friday shopping, I’m sure many great bargains added to your enjoyment of the four day break.  Our focus now turns to the remaining days of the fall semester and our work to provide the very best educational experience for our students.

On Thursday, December 1, Minnesota State Senate Capital Investment Committee members will be on the Crookston campus for a brief visit.  Their primary interest will be to learn about our HEAPR (Higher Education Asset Preservation and Replacement) requests for 2012.  We also plan to share with them how we have used HEAPR funds on recently completed projects.  Tricia Sanders and Rich Connell will be working with me in our meeting with committee members.

Last week President Kaler sent a message to the University community regarding reporting sexual assaults.  It’s a responsibility for all of us to report to law enforcement if we witnessed a sexual assault.  Reporting to a supervisor is not enough.  If you haven’t reviewed the message, please take a couple of minutes to do so.  The President’s message is available online.

While we will continue to refine plans for a new residence hall and classroom, we have forwarded materials to be presented for information on Thursday, December 8, to the Facilities Committee of the Board of Regents.  Final approval will be scheduled at the February 9-10 meeting.  Also on December 8, we will be making a presentation on the Campus Online Programs to the Faculty, Staff and Student Affairs Committee.  Associate Professor Bruce Brorson and Center for Adult Learning Director Michelle Christopherson will be joining me in the presentation.

I’m sure all are aware by now that with concurrence of Athletic Director Stephanie Helgeson, I accepted the resignation of Head Football Coach Chuck Moller on November 16.  We felt this was in the best interest of the our football program.  I ask you to support the student-athletes during this time of transition so they are successful in their academic programs.  Assistant Coach Paul Miller has accepted the interim head coaching responsibilities and will be working with the other coaches to support athletes.

I wish you all the best as we head into the home stretch of fall semester 2011.

– Chuck

Charles H. Casey, Chancellor
University of Minnesota, Crookston

Featured Events & Activities

Film: “Invisible Children,” Wednesday, November 30 – 8 p.m., Kiehle Auditorium, free and open to the public

Thursday Commons: Campus Assembly, Thursday, December 1 – 12:30 to 2 p.m., Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day, Friday, December 2 – 7:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., across campus; Awards Presentation at 1 p.m., Lysaker Gym, UMC Sports Center

Admissions Hosts Campus Preview Day, Saturday, December 3
– 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Check-in at Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Holidays Around the World, Saturday, December 3
– 8 to 10 p.m., Centennial, Evergreen, and Skyberg Halls

U of M, Crookston Choir Holiday Concert, Sunday, December 4
– 3 p.m., Hafslo Chapel, Polk County Museum, 719 East Robert St., Crookston, Minn., free and open to the public

Last Day of Classes for Fall Semester 2011, Friday, December 9

New Student Registration Session for Spring Semester 2012, Friday, December 9
– 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., check-in at the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center

Final Exams, Monday, December 12 through Thursday, December 15

Campus Community Faculty and Staff Holiday Get-Together, Thursday, December 15
– 11:30 a.m. to 1 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

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


Around Campus

Administrative Affairs

The fall semester meeting of Campus Assembly will be held Thursday, December 1, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.  Light refreshments will be served.  View the agenda.

Faculty and staff from across the campus community—the U of M, Crookston, the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, the Northwest Area Health Education Center, and the Crookston Regional Extension Center—are invited to the annual Campus Community Faculty and Staff Holiday Get-Together on Thursday, December 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Bede Ballroom.  A free lunch will be served followed by a short program.  Those who wish to take part in the white elephant gift exchange should bring a “garage sale worthy” white elephant gift.  Attendees are encouraged to dress in festive clothing and to bring a dessert to share.


Academic Affairs

Agriculture and Natural Resources Activities Day will bring hundreds of high school students from roughly 40 high schools to the Crookston campus on Friday, December 2. The annual event, which involves competitions in more than 20 contests ranging from horticulture and forestry to ag mechanics, livestock and sales, has been held on campus since 1969.  Contests are overseen by Agriculture and Natural Resources Department faculty. The day begins early with registration for some contests beginning at 7:15 a.m.  All activities conclude with the awards ceremony at 1 Lysaker Gymnasium. Scholarships, plaques and certificates are awarded to school teams and individuals for each contest. View the day’s full schedule.

Matthew Voigt has been hired as a teaching specialist in physics for spring semester 2012 for the Math, Science, and Technology (MST) Department.  He holds an M.S. degree in Space Studies from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D.

Valeria Stephanova has been hired as a lecturer in chemistry for spring semester 2012 for the MST Department.  She is currently working on a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at UND.  She holds a Diploma in Chemistry with honors (M.S. equivalent) from M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia.

Diane Rapacz has been hired as a principal office and administrative specialist in the U of M, Crookston Center for Adult Learning (CAL).  She has worked in CAL as a student personnel coordinator in a temporary appointment since August of this year.   She will assist with online recruitment while providing student support services to all non-traditional audiences and will work with online, College in the High School, the Digital Campus Calling Center, and Post Secondary Enrollment Options online.  She holds a degree from Moorhead Area Technical Institute and work experience at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Minn.

Student Affairs

The documentary film “Invisible Children,” which explores the plight of Central Africa's child soldiers, will be shown on Wednesday, November 30, at 8 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. It is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Programs.  Learn more.

Residential Life and the Multicultural and International Club (MIC) will sponsor Holidays Around the World on Saturday, December 3, from 8 to 10 p.m. in the campus residence halls.  Students, faculty, and staff are invited to pick up a passport at the front desk of Centennial Hall and enjoy free food and pictures with Santa in Centennial lobby. Completed passports will be eligible for raffle prizes.  Passport stops will include Eid-Ramadan in Evergreen Lounge, Korean New Year in Evergreen Game Room, Holi Color Festival in Evergreen Grill, and the Moon Festival in Skyberg Lounge.

A concert of holiday music will be performed by the U of M, Crookston Choir under the direction of Associate Professor George French on Sunday, December 4, at 3 p.m. in the Hafslo Chapel located on the grounds of the Polk County Museum, 719 East Robert St., Crookston, Minn. The concert is free and all are welcome.  The Hafslo Chapel, once a Norwegian country church built in 1888, closed in 1978. It was moved in 1983 to the Crookston campus where it was located for almost twenty years before it was moved to the Polk County Museum grounds.

Human Resources –

Sandra Herkenhoff
has been hired as a personnel specialist in the U of M, Crookston Human Resources Department.  She most recently served as a human resources generalist at RSM McGladrey, Inc., in Bloomington, Minn., and also has human resources experience with CB Richard Ellis in Minneapolis.  She holds a B.S. degree in business management with an emphasis in human resource management from Cardinal Stritch University in Edina, Minn., and is an alumna of the Crookston campus, holding an A.A.S. in business.  She will begin her duties on Monday, December 12, and will work with Jacquie Normandin through January 11, when Jacquie will retire.

Technology Support Services -

Proposals for the next round of Technology Innovation Program (TIP) grants (also known as technology mini-grants) are now being accepted through Monday, December 5, 2011. These grants are intended to specifically support the teaching and learning mission of the Crookston campus, to invigorate technology innovation and enhance the student academic experience, to develop projects/activities which enhance student learning or instructional efficiency through the application of technology, and to support faculty in their study, design, and development of course materials.  The review process and awarding of grants will be completed by Friday, December 9, 2011.  Information about the TIP program including the application process can be found at the following link:



Development and Alumni Relations

Reminder, donors age 70½ and above have the option of making up to $100,000 in Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA to the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  This remains in effect until December 31, 2011.  For further information, contact Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations, 218-281-8434.  Thanks to those considering the U of M, Crookston for your year-end giving.

Teambackers will host a Coaches Luncheon on Friday, December 2, at Noon at the Crookston Eagles Club, downtown Crookston.  Cost is $7 per person.  Everyone is welcome.


University Relations -

With the approach of winter and its ever-changing weather, the campus community is reminded to review the Campus Emergency Closing Policies and Procedures, which are available online


Catherine Connell has been hired a principal administrative assistant for the Athletics Department.  She will begin Monday, December 5.  She served as administrative assistant to the superintendent of the Iowa School for the Blind in Council Bluffs, Iowa, for more than ten years.  Prior to that she served as an administrative assistant for the Public Works Department for the City of Council Bluffs. 

The annual “White Out” event
will take place at the Women’s and Men’s Basketball games on Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m. women’s game, 6 p.m. men’s game, both against Bemidji State University in Lysaker Gymnasium, U of M, Crookston Sports Center.  Attendees can purchase a white t-shirt and be entered into a raffle for prizes including a gas gift card, Cabela's gift card, a flat screen TV, and Minnesota Wild Tickets.  Entertainment will be provided at halftime.  White Out is sponsored by the Sport and Recreation Management Club.

Four Golden Eagle Football players have earned All-Conference recognition
from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) following the 2011 season. Richard Haley, a junior from Detroit, Mich., was named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference First Team while Scott Steuck, a senior from Dassel, Minn., was named to the North Division Second Team.  Brody Davidson, a freshman from Crookston, Minn., and Jeremy Kelly, a freshman from Somerset, Wis., were named to the NSIC North Division All-Conference Honorable Mention Team.

The U of M, Crookston Athletic Department was represented by two student-athletes at the annual NCAA Student-Athlete Leadership Forum, held November 3-6 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hara Hotel in Chicago, Ill.  Women's soccer player Amanda Newman, a sophomore from Apple Valley, Minn, and baseball player Josh Brehmer, a sophomore from Roseville, Minn., attended the event.  At the forum NCAA student-athletes, coaches, and administrators enhance their leadership skills and formulate a strategy to positively affect their campus, conference, and communities in the future.  Attendees participate in numerous educational sessions that impact the development and growth of student-athletes on campus or within their conference.

Campus and Community

The Eleventh Annual Crookston Community Winter Wonderland will be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 2, downtown Crookston.  All are welcome!  Events include: Hot cocoa and cider from 5 to 6:30 p.m. outside the Crookston Chamber Office, 107 West 2nd Street; Santa Land (with help from UMC's Crookston Student Association) from 5 to 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 510 N. Broadway;  Sleigh rides and bonfire from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Central Park; Lighting of Crookston's official tree at 5:45 p.m., Bremer Bank Parking Lot.  Crookston businesses will be open until 8:30 p.m. that evening.  This event is sponsored by the Crookston Chamber of Commerce and the Retail Merchants Association.


The U of M, Crookston Collegiate Crops Judging Team competed in the national crops contests recently, finishing second in both the Kansas City and Chicago contests. Members of the 2011 team include seniors Chase Boen, Karlstad, Minn., double majoring in agronomy and agricultural business; Matthew Green, Greenbush, Minn., triple majoring in agricultural systems management, agronomy, and agricultural business; and Ethan Hulst, Crookston, Minn., majoring in agronomy.  The Collegiate Crops Team is coached for the second year by Rob Proulx, a lecturer in agronomy in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.  Learn more.


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