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Retirement Recognition Scheduled at U of M, Crookston for Barney Selzler, Ed.D., and Barbara Ricord on Thursday, April 30, 2009; Reception from 3-5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center
April 23, 2009

What: Retirement Reception

When: Thursday, April 30, 2009, from 3-5 p.m.


The campus and community are invited to a retirement reception at the University of Minnesota, Crookston in honor of Professor Bernard “Barney” Selzler, Ed.D., and Barbara Ricord, assistant to the chancellor on Thursday, April 30, 2009. The reception is from 3-5 p.m. in the Sargeant Student Center Bede Ballroom. Everyone is welcome.

Barney Selzler, Ed.D.
Barney Selzler, Ed.D.
Selzler, who has been at the U of M, Crookston for 40 years, taught in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department. Over his career, he helped develop communication courses as the campus evolved from a two-year technical college to a four-year baccalaureate degree granting institution. He co-edited a textbook with Randolph H. Hudson that resulted in five edition of their textbook Business Communication: Concepts and Applications in an Electronic Age.

From 1966-69 prior to his time at Crookston, Selzler worked for the Grand Forks, N.D., Public Schools. He earned his master’s degree in American literature from East Texas
Barbara Ricord
Barbara Ricord
State University, known today as Texas A&M – Commerce and stayed there to complete his doctorate in British literature. He earned his bachelor’s dgree in English from Minot State College, Minot, N.D., and his associate of arts degree in liberal arts from Bismarck Junior College, Bismarck, N.D.

Ricord has served as assistant to the chancellor since 2004, prior to that time she worked at Northern Great Plains. She came to the Crookston campus in 1990 when she began working in the campus computer center. Over the years, she also worked in Student Affairs, Continuing Education, and the Registrar’s Office until moving to the Red River Trade Corridor, which later became Northern Great Plains. Ricord earned her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and her master of education from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Bobby Holder, Ph.D.
Bobby Holder, Ph.D.
Also retiring in spring 2009, but unable to be a part of the reception, is Associate Professor Bobby Holder, Ph.D., who came to the U of M, Crookston in 1988 to teach in the Agriculture Department. His teaching focused on areas relating to soils, hydrology, and geology. Prior to working on the campus, Holder worked for the Stauffer Chemical Company. He earned his doctorate from Michigan State University, East Lansing, in soil chemistry, and his masters in aquatic chemistry and biology. His bachelor’s degree in botany and plant ecology is from Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.

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.