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U of M, Crookston Associate Professor Charles Habstritt Receives the John Tate Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
March 6, 2008

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Crookston, Minn. (March 7, 2008) –Charles “Chuck” Habstritt, associate professor of agronomy at the University of Minnesota, Crookston was recently named as a recipient of the 2007-08 John Tate Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising. Habstritt is being recognized at a ceremony on Friday, April 4, 2008, in the Radisson Hotel Metrodome from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. A recognition event was held on the Crookston campus in early March.

“Chuck’s deep passion for students makes him an extremely effective advocate for them,” explains Ron Del Vecchio, head of the Agriculture Department.” I have witnessed his deep belief in placing a priority on the rights and concerns of students through his actions in departmental meetings and in one-on-one conversations. It is not difficult to see why Chuck is so well liked and respected by the student population at the U of M, Crookston.”

Habstritt began his teaching career with the U of M, Crookston in 1969, teaching in the areas of agronomy and soils in the plant industries management program. For the past 36 years, Habstritt coached the highly successful crops judging teams on the Crookston campus and is responsible for compiling the rules and regulations book used for the national contests. Habstritt describes his advising style simply as, “Treat all students as equals, have open lines of communication, be a good listener, and make sure the student feels free to come in and visit even if it has nothing to do with academics.”

U of M, Crookston Senior Amy Schwarz, one of several students writing support letters, stated, “Chuck provides so much integrity and hard work in advising students. He spends numerous hours in his office and is always willing to drop the task at hand and visit or advise with his own advisees or students in unrelated majors. He is a great listener and creates a comfortable atmosphere for discussion with not only class schedules but some of life’s major decisions.”

“In many ways, I consider Professor Habstritt the gold standard as an advisor,” says Dan Svedarsky, Ph.D., head of the Natural Resources Department and professional colleague. “He’s certainly one of the very best that I’ve encountered in over 37 years in higher education.”

The Tate Awards, established in 1986-87, recognize and reward high-quality academic advising at the University of Minnesota. The award calls attention to the contribution academic advising makes to helping students formulate and achieve intellectual, career and personal goals. By highlighting outstanding advising examples, the Tate Awards identify professional models and celebrate the role that academic advising plays in the University’s educational mission. The award is named in honor of John Tate, professor of physics and first dean of University College (1930-41).

Habstritt joins the other prestigious 2007-08 Tate Award winners from the Twin Cities campus: Randal Barnes, civil engineering, Institute of Technology; Gary Cooper, applied economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; and Holly Hatch-Surisook, psychology, College of Liberal Arts.

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