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Bill and Mary Tyrrell Commit $34,000 in Support of Golden Eagle Athletic Program at the U of M, Crookston
August 6, 2008

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development, 218-281-8434 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (August 6, 2008) – As part of a focus on providing an exceptional student experience, a recent gift commitment by Bill and Mary Tyrrell of $34,000 will help student-athletes at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The four-year pledge of $8,500 annually will support the Golden Eagle athletic program and several endowed athletic funds on the Crookston campus.

To strengthen the gift, matching funds of $21,500 will be provided by the U of M, Crookston making a total of $55,000 available to support the Jim Karn, Gary Senske, Jim Sims, Scott Oliver, Marv Bachmeier and Mark Olsonawski endowment funds. The final year of the pledge will establish the Bill & Mary Tyrrell Endowed Athletic Scholarship in support of Golden Eagle Athletics.

“Supporting our student-athletes is vital to the success of our Golden Eagle athletic program,” states Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics. “Gifts like the one from the Tyrrells encourage our student-athletes and help them achieve both academically and athletically. I am deeply grateful for their gift and for this commitment to athletics on the Crookston campus.”

A longtime employee and supporter of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, Bill Tyrrell spent 18 years as head athletic trainer until he took over as director of athletic fundraising for the campus in fall 2005.

“My gratitude and appreciation to Bill, Mary and the Tyrrell family for their generous contribution,” said Corby Kemmer, director of development and alumni relations. “This marvelous gift will enhance the support of and investment in Golden Eagle Athletics while leaving a proud and lasting legacy.”

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Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston 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. To learn more, visit