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Students Recognized for Outstanding Achievement and Service at Annual Awards Ceremony at the U of M, Crookston
May 12, 2008

Contact: Kenneth Johnson, chair, student awards committee, 218-281-8178 (joh02053@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


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Crookston, Minn. (May 12, 2008), The University of Minnesota, Crookston recently honored students with achievement and service awards at the annual Student Awards Reception. The ceremony is held each year to honor those who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions or who have achieved high academic standing at the University's Crookston campus.

Among the recognitions and honors, student organization presidents and members of the Crookston Student Association were recognized for their work during the year.

Sixteen students received Student Achievement Awards, which the U of M, Crookston presents to recognize those students who have excelled not only academically, but also through leadership and service to the University and local community. Those students included

Student Achievement Awards
Jordan McCormick, San Leandro, Cal; Micah Meyer, Parkers Prairie, Minn.; Joe Field, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Theresa Crance, Timber Lake SD. James Irrgang, Grand Forks, ND; Cory Detloff, Bertha, Minn.; Subok Kim, South Korea; Scott Hoffman, Wilmont, Minn.; Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn; Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Dauline Menze, Starbuck, Minn.; Katie Jeremiason, Marshall, Minn.; Josiah Loll, Campbell, Minn.; Nicole Erickson, Starbuck, Minn.; Joyana Wardrip, Nelson, Minn. Not pictured: Mary Jo Geldert, Annandale, Minn.

From that group, two students were named "Man and Woman of the Year,"  the year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors go to Man of the Year Josiah Loll, senior majoring in agricultural business ; and Woman of the Year Katie Jeremiason, a senior with a major in business management with emphases in management and marketing and a minor in communication 

Loll is the son of Rick and Jo Dee Loll of Campbell, Minn. Jeremiason is the daughter of Cal and Jayne Jeremiason of Marshall, Minn. Each student received a monetary award of $100.

Other students recognized included:

Crookston Student Association
Thomas Haarstich, Vergas Minn.; Marshall Johnson, Pomona, Cal.; Matthew Scheerer, Vancover, Wash.; Kimberly Kuehn, Stillwater, Minn.; Leela Hier, Crookston, Minn.James Irrgang, Grand Forks, N.D.; Neal Brown, Kinsey, Mont.; Jill Leoni, Gilbert, Minn.; Heather Foreman, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada; Brittany Milne, Glendive, Mont.; Raldy Romero, Miami, Florida.Jordan McCormick, San Leandro, Cal.; Katie Jeremiason, Marshall, Minn.; Nicole Erickson, Starbuck, Minn.; Megan Hulst, Crookston, Minn.; Hee Eun Kim, South Korea.

Outstanding Tutor Awards
Kimberly Kuehn, Hugo, Minn.; Victoria Kolo, Chisholm, Minnesota

Student Support Services Scholars
Delano Robinson, Bloomington, Ill.; Kari Hendrickx, New York Mills, Minn.

Ambassador Awards
Jessica Schein, Cannon Falls, Minn.; Dani Harris, Stewartville, Minn.; Nicole Erickson, Starbuck, Minn.; Kayla Klein, Hazen, ND; Mariam Maiga, Crookston, Minn.; Kalil Field Mackall, El Paso, Tex.; Kari Hoffman, Syracuse, NY; Alyssa Aaland, Hatton, ND; Nik Jiran Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; Amanda Munch, Beltrami, Minn.; Cody May, Lowry, Minn.; Alvin Tong, Singapore

Outstanding Ambassador
Cody Fox, New Ulm, Minn.

Outstanding Leadership in FCA and Cooperative Campus Ministry
Josiah Loll, Campbell, Minn.; James Irrgang, Grand Forks, ND; Lisa Steinbrecher, Seward, Alaska; Theresa Crance, Timber Lake, SD
Nicole Erickson, Starbuck, Minn.

Outstanding Achievement in Math and Physics
Seokwon Ji - South Korea

Outstanding First-Year Biology Award
Christopher Chiejina, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Kiely Bladow, Monument, Colo.; Emily Gildner, Apple Valley, Minn.

SIFE Project Leadership Awards
Brittny Johnson, Warroad, Minn., Debra Simpkins, Crookston

Business Management Program Outstanding Academic Achievement and Leadership
Nari Kim, South Korea; Justin Klinkhammer, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Katie Jeremiason, Marshall, Minn.; Joe Field, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Maria Barchenger, Albany, Minn

Outstanding Sport and Recreation Management Student
Jeff Chandler, Warren, Minn.

Outstanding Communication Student  
Major: Amanda Munch, Beltrami, Minn.
Minor: Katie Jeremiason, Marshall, Minn.

Outstanding Turfgrass Student Award
Kerry Fredrich, New Holstein, Wis.

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award
Micah Meyer, Parkers Prairie, Minn.

Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award
Erick Elgin, Mora, Minn.

Cabela’s Award
Kristin Fritz, Fairmont, Minn.

Pheasants Forever Greater Grand Forks Award
Aldo Fosness (not pictured)
   
Outstanding Animal Science Student
Kyle Severance, Waterbury Center, Vermont

Outstanding Service to the Agriculture Department
Amy Schwartz, Monticello, Minn.

Outstanding Equine Science Student
Sarah Christensen, Appleton, Wis.

Outstanding Ag Business Student
Josiah Loll, Campbell, Minn.

Outstanding Ag Systems Management Student
Jade Estling, Roosevelt, Minn.

Achievement in Music and Theater
Music: Ryan Worstall, Chandlersville, Ohio; Timothy Unke, Crookston, Minn.; Micah Meyer, Parkers Prairie, Minn.; Kevin Anderson, Spring Grove, Minn.

Theater: Gretchen Lucken, Melrose Minn.; Elizabeth Kern, Owatonna, Minn.; Ho Yeung Kim, South Korea

Horticulture Club Service Award
Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn. and Scott Hoffman, Wilmont, Minn.

Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Diversity
Marshall Johnson, Pomona, Cal.   

Multicultural and International Club Outstanding Achievement   
Joyana Wardrip, Nelson, Minn.

Study Abroad Awards
Will Enlow, Crookston, Minn.; Maria Barchenger, Albany, Minn.; Joyana Wardrip, Nelson, Minn.; Kiely Bladlow, Monument, Colo.; James Irrgang, Grand Forks, Minn.; Dauline Menze, Starbuck, Minn.

International Student Scholars
Lhakpa Gurung, Nepal; Martin Husicka, Czech Republic, Alvin Tong, Singapore; Yu Xie, China

Multicultural and International Dinners
Martin Husicka, Czech Republic, Victor Obisakin, Nigeria; Su Bok Kim, South Korea; Yu Xie, China;

Outstanding ESL Student
Yun Ho Jang -  South Korea

Outstanding ESL Alumnus
Nari Kim, South Korea
Subok Kim, South Korea

ESL Tutor of the Year
Brittany Milne, Glendive, Mont.

Computer Help Desk Award
Levi Webster, Kennedy, Minn.

Amanda M. Fickes Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award
Cyndy Weber, Crookston, Minn.

David DeMuth, Jr. Outstanding Math, Science and Technology Student of the Year Award
Seokwon Ji, South Korea

Dale Knotek Community Service Award
UMC Horticulture Club:

UMC Mentoring and Caring
Elizabeth Kern, Owatonna, Minn.; James Irrgang, Grand Forks, ND; Jill Leoni, Gilbert, Minn.; Jessica Schein, Cannon Falls, Minn.; Kayla Knopp, Fargo, ND; Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Nicole Erickson, Starbuck, Minn.; Josiah Loll, Campbell, Minn.

President’s Volunteer Service Award
Erick Elgin, Mora, Minn.; Tyler Anderson, St. Hilaire, Minn.; Dani Harris, Stewartville, Minn.; Jill Leoni, Gilbert, Minn.; James Irrgang, Grand Forks, ND; Cory Detloff, Bertha, Minn.; Subok Kim, South Korea; Joe Field, Thief River Falls, Minn.; Karl Syverson, Minneapolis, Minn.; Josiah Loll, Campbell, Minn.; Tom Melhorn, St. Paul, Minn., Juanita Lopez, Crookston, Minn.; Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Nicole Erickson, Starbuck, Minn.; Bradley Kappes, Borup, Minn.

Student Volunteer of the Year
Subok Kim, South Korea

Athletic All-Academic Team
Fred Kooser, Hockey, Omaha, Minn.; Bruce Felts , Men’s Basketball, Bemidji, Minn.; Joseph Kollar, Men’s Basketball, Norwood-Young America, Minn.; Shawn Motl, Baseball, Staples, Minn.; Lincoln Messner, Baseball, Winthrop, Minn.; Rebekah Fitzgerald , Women’s Basketball, Fairbault, Minn.; Theresa Crance , Women’s Basketball/Volleyball, Timber Lake, SD; Aaron Smith , Men’s Basketball- Cedar Rapids, Minn.; Jenae Hanson, Equestrian, Andover, Minn.; Jessica Hanson, Equestrian, Andover, Minn.; Brittney Skoien, Equestrian, Wannaska, Minn.; Lisa Steinbrecher, Volleyball, Seward, Alaska; Brittany Milne , Women’s Basketball, Glendive, Mont.; Megan Hannon , Women’s Soccer, Green Bay, Wis; Matthew Marchel, Hockey, Omaha, Neb; Lorelei McGee, Softball, Sturgeon, Minn.; Christopher McMullen, Football, Anchorage, Alaska; Ryan Tucker, Hockey, Crookston, Minn.; Matthew Waclawik, Hockey, Fergus Falls, Minn.; Britney Winkelman, Softball, Foley, Minn.; Cassie Yates, Volleyball, Buffalo, Minn.

Student Programmer Award - Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (S.P.A.C.E.)
Dauline Menze, Starbuck, Minn.

Outstanding CSA Senator
Marshall Johnson, Pomona, Cal.

Students also honored selected faculty and staff members with special awards. These awards are significant in that the entire UMC student body votes to select the award recipients. Faculty and staff awards were presented as follows:

Most Supportive of Students: Sonia Spaeth
Most Creative Use of Technology: Tom Sondreal
Outstanding Educator: Kevin Thompson
Outstanding Service to Students: Lisa Samuelson

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