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U of M, Crookston Celebrates Public Engagement Day, Thurs., Apr. 17, 2008
April 4, 2008

Contact: Linda Kingery, chair, Public Engagement Day campus planning, 877-854-7737 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (April 3, 2008) – Recognizing the work of community and University partners will be one of the highlights of Public Engagement Day on the University of Minnesota, Crookston campus on Thursday, April 17, 2008, in the Student Center Bede Ballroon. Andrew Furco, Ph.D., associate vice president for public engagement at the University of Minnesota and Michelle Kuhl, program associate, will be on campus for the celebration and to underscore the publicly engaged work taking place across the Crookston campus as well as to recognize the valuable partnerships the campus and community share.


The public is especially invited to a poster session with refreshments beginning at 10:30 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., Furco will address students, faculty and community members outlining his vision of what it means to be an engaged university followed by a time of reflection by a campus/community panel.


Public Engagement Day 2008 is a system-wide recognition of the work that community and University partners do together to address important societal issues and strengthen democratic values. The breadth of the University of Minnesota, Crookston is recognized by the many partners who share the campus and contribute widely to its mission of education, research and outreach. Recognizing these partnerships during Public Engagement Day highlights the expertise and the many talents they bring along with their power to make a difference in northwest Minnesota.  


 “This is a day for recognizing community and University partnerships and the many dimensions of public engagement,” said Linda Kingery, executive director of the Northwest Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnership and chair of the planning committee. “We are not only celebrating the work we already do together, but this is a chance to cultivate new relationships and inspire one another.”


Engagement is defined as the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.


For more information on Public Engagement Day, contact Kingery at 877-854-7737 (


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