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University Teaching and Outreach Center at U of M, Crookston Celebrates Fifteen Year Anniversary on Thurs., Sept. 25, 2008, with Open House and Tours
September 8, 2008

Contact: Ron Del Vecchio, head, Agriculture Department, 218-281-8109 (, Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

Crookston, Minn. (September 9, 2008) –  The University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) at the University of Minnesota, Crookston is celebrating 15 years of accomplishments with an open house on Thursday, September 25, 2008. From 4 -7 p.m. the campus and community will have an opportunity to meet the faculty and staff from the Agriculture Department as well as visit the horses, beef cattle and sheep in the UTOC facilities.

Guests can watch the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) teams practice beginning at 4:30 p.m. with horse jumping, and later at 5:45 p.m., the western team will be practicing reining.

Tours will be given every half hour beginning at 4 p.m. and running through 6:30 p.m. by members of the IHSA or Horseman’s Association. Students involved in the Animal Science Club will provide tours of the beef and sheep facility. All tours will begin at the south main lobby area doors in UTOC and self-guided tours are also an option during the open house. Visitors will have an opportunity to see the newly remodeled offices in the Agriculture Department and enjoy refreshments.

 UTOC, dedicated in 1993, serves as the center for animal and equine science on the Crookston campus and features a riding arena, stables and a tack room for the equine science program. The arena regularly serves as a host area for regional riding and horse shows. Nearly 40 horses call UTOC home. To learn more about the Agriculture Department at the U of M, Crookston, visit

 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