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Students at the U of M, Crookston Greeted by New Computers and Campus Updates as Fall Semester Begins; Momentum is Theme for Opening Week
August 12, 2008

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (August 13, 2008) – Building on the energy of the last three years, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is looking forward to an exciting fall semester. From August 18-22, 2008, faculty and staff at the Crookston campus will focus on a week of preparation and planning prior to the beginning of fall semester. U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey will address the faculty and staff during a luncheon on Monday, Aug. 18, on the this year’s theme for opening week, “Momentum.”

Students will return for classes, which begin Tuesday, August 26, to find several new degree options including criminal justice, bio-fuels and renewable technology and urban forestry. In addition, an honors program is in place this fall with a goal to recognize the achievements of students and to encourage continued high performance. Establishment of the honors program has been led by Brian Dingmann, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Math, Science and Technology Department. Work has begun on a new native plant demonstration garden behind Hill and Owen halls near the Shaver Butterfly Garden. A project of the U of M, Crookston’s Horticulture Club, the garden was established to encourage and educate students and the community about using native species.

Updates and equipment upgrades have taken place over the summer in the biology laboratories, several classrooms as well as the women’s locker room. A new state-of-the-art business conference classroom will serve as a focal point for the Business Department and provide students with many of the amenities they will use in their future roles as leaders in business and entrepreneurship. Much of the funding for the conference room classroom came from alumni of the Northwest School of Agriculture, the precursor to the U of M, Crookston. 

Renovation and enhancement have also been the keywords for campus dining services. Changes in the layout of the kitchen and serving areas as well as in the menus and variety of foods have taken place in conjunction with a new contract with Sodexo, a national leader in food management services.

New student orientation begins Friday, August 21 and continues through Monday, August 25. Plans call for all new full-time students to be issued a new notebook computer during that time. This is the fifteenth year that the U of M, Crookston has issued notebook computers to its students. In fact, it was the first campus in the nation to provide notebook computers to all faculty and full-time students in 1993. This year marks the first time the campus has selected a computer from Hewlitt Packard. A special event showcasing the new notebook computers will be held sometime in early September.

On Saturday, Aug. 23 students will be introduced to the community of Crookston through a series of service projects as part of the U of M, Crookston’s annual “Meet Crookston through Service.” A recognition dinner will highlight the students and their service projects, followed later in the evening by a dance on the campus mall.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate baccalaureate 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