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Julie Sandman is new Online Student Support Services Assistant at U of M, Online Helping Meet the Needs of Growing Online Degrees
April 4, 2008

Contact: Susan Brorson, Ph.D., head, Business Department, 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Julie Sandman
Julie Sandman
Crookston, Minn. (April 4, 2008) – As online enrollment in business management increases, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is pleased to announce the hiring of Julie Sandman as the new online student support service assistant .

In her new role, Sandman will work with student support services for online and distance students advising potential and current online students on issues of application and registration processes, finances and technology. She will also review and revise online processes and policies for improvement; plan new articulations with online and distance education programs and work with academic departments and the Center for Adult Learning (CAL) to assist with online recruitment.

Sandman brings eight years of teaching experience to the position. Most recently, she was a program specialist for the University of Minnesota Extension Service in Duluth where she was responsible for developing and implementing program guidelines and volunteer sites for a youth volunteer program. Sandman earned her master’s degree in vocational education from the University of North Dakota (UND). Her bachelor’s degree, also from UND, is in marketing education and she received her associate’s degree from the U of M, Crookston in retail management and small business management.

“We are very happy to have Julie Sandman join our department,” said Sue Brorson, Ph.D., head of the Business Department. “Providing students with the tools and assistance they need to be successful learners online is critical, and Julie will be an integral part of our online team. Our online enrollment continues to grow and with Julie on board, we will continue to meet the needs of our online students.”

The U of M, Crookston was the first campus in the University of Minnesota system to offer an online degree with its bachelor of applied health in the mid 1990s. Since then, the Crookston campus added two more online degrees – the bachelor of manufacturing management and a bachelor of science in business management. To learn more about online learning, visit www.UMCrooksotn.edu/online.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. Invent yourself at the University of Minnesota, Crookston – become a leader, innovate through technology and research and secure the career you want. To learn more, visit
www.UMCrooksotn.edu.