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Command Master Chief Evelyn Banks to the U of M, Crookston Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009; Presentation begins at Noon in Kiehle Auditorium
January 22, 2009

Contact: Eric S. Burgess, advisor, Black Student Association, 218-281-8190 (eburgess@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Master Chief Evelyn P. Banks, assigned as the Command Master Chief for the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Master Chief Evelyn P. Banks, assigned as the Command Master Chief for the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Crookston, Minn. (January 22, 2009) – The top-ranking enlisted person serving at the Naval Academy will be the guest speaker at the U of M, Crookston on Thursday, January 29, 2009. Master Chief Evelyn P. Banks, assigned as the Command Master Chief for the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., is slated to speak at noon in Kiehle Auditorium. The presentation is a part of the Black Student Association’s Power of a Dream celebration, honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ph.D, and the civil rights movement. This year’s theme, “serving in pursuit of a more perfect union,” will highlight African Americans and minorities in the armed forces.  The event is a special kick-off for Black History Month which is celebrated each year in February. The public is welcome and admission is free.

Master Chief Banks is a native of Memphis, Tenn., and honor graduate of Byhalia High School. Mindful of the privilege to serve her fellow Americans, she enlisted in the United States Navy on January 28, 1984. Master Chief Banks earned an associate of arts in general studies management and a bachelor of science in business management from the University of Phoenix.  Banks is a graduate of both the Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Montgomery, Ala., and the Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class 86 (Blue Group) in Newport, R.I.  She is also a graduate of the Executive Business Course at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, Calif., and National Defense University’s Keystone Senior Enlisted course. 

Master Chief Banks’ decorations include the Legion of Merit; Meritorious Service Medal (gold star); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four gold stars); Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four gold stars); Good Conduct Medal (four bronze stars); National Defense Service Medal (bronze star); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Southwest Asia Service Medal (bronze star); Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

For more information about the presentation, contact Black Student Association Advisor Eric Burgess, Ph.D., at (218)281-8190 (eburgess@umn.edu).

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 www.UMCrookston.edu.