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U of M, Crookston Dedicates Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom
February 24, 2009

Contact: Sue Brorson, head, Business Department 218-281-8186 (sbrorson@umn.edu), Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, and Charles "Chuck" Holmquist, president of the NWSA Alumni Association stand by the plaque commemorating the U of M, Crookston's state-of-the-art Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom.
Sue Brorson, head, Business Department, and Charles "Chuck" Holmquist, president of the NWSA Alumni Association stand by the plaque commemorating the U of M, Crookston's state-of-the-art Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom.
A technology-rich facility with a world-class teaching environment are the hallmarks of the University of Minnesota, Crookston Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom. This beautiful, state-of-the-art classroom was dedicated on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, in honor of Alumnus Stanley Alseth, ’35, and his wife, Hanorah “Pat” Alseth and the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA).

U of M, Crookston Chancellor Charles H. Casey, D.V.M., welcomed the more than 50 guests and talked about the collaboration that made the room possible. “The Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom is a collective effort with support from all across the campus,” Casey stated. “It is symbolic of our campus and how we work together.”

Director of Development & Alumni Relations Corby Kemmer and NWSA Alumni Association President Charles “Chuck” Holmquist, ’52, each recognized the contributions of the Alseths and the alumni association. The Northwest School of Agriculture was a residential high school which operated from 1906 through 1968 on the campus that is now the U of M, Crookston.

”The alumni association was able to make this beautiful room a reality through alumni gifts, both large and small,” said Holmquist. “The gift we gave for this room is the legacy of every individual who gave, and it represents a love that lingers in the hearts of those who attended school here.”

Junior Thomas Melhorn, president of Students in Free Enterprise, recognized the boardroom as a place that prepares students for the work world. A entrepreneurship and marketing major from White Bear Lake, Minn., Melhorn also noted that “the capstone business courses offered in the Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom allow students to experience work in a professional setting and prepares them well for the future.”

The boardroom boasts the latest in technology, and its capabilities were showcased through a video-conference with Associate Professor Bruce Brorson who interacted with the group from Alaska. He demonstrated the opportunity students have for collaborating and learning at a distance and the potential they have for interacting, through the use of technology, with people both nationally and internationally.

“This room is first and foremost for students,” said Sue Brorson, Ph.D., professor and head of the Business Department.”It allows us to bring resources to the campus from a distance and gives access to real-time data. The Alseth-NWSA Business Boardroom is a center for enriching the experience of our students and as a showplace for marketing and business. We are grateful, and we are proud of this beautiful focal point for our business programs.”

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.