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Student Achievement Recognized at U of M, Crookston during Annual Awards Ceremony; Seniors Erick Elgin and Tiffany Benning Named 2009 Man and Woman of the Year
April 27, 2009

Contact: Lisa Samuelson, director of student activities, 218-281-8507, (samue026@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)


The University of Minnesota, Crookston recently honored students with achievement and service awards at the annual Student Awards Reception. The ceremony is held each year to honor those who have made outstanding leadership and service contributions or who have achieved high academic standing at the University's Crookston campus.

Student Achievement Awards: Back row (L to R): Alvin Tong, Singapore; Tony Dank, Sauk Rapids, Minn.; and Ryan Boyer, Cadillac Michigan. Middle row: (L to R): Lhakapa Gurung, Kathmandu, Nepal; Deisree Carlson, New York Mills, Minn.; Kim Nelson, Cold Spring, Minn.; Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn.; and Nikolas Jiran, Hayden, Idaho. Front row (L to R): Eunhye Kang, Seoul, South Korea; Erick Elgin, Mora, Minn.; Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn.; and Raldy Romero, Miami Springs, Fla.
Student Achievement Awards: Back row (L to R): Alvin Tong, Singapore; Tony Dank, Sauk Rapids, Minn.; and Ryan Boyer, Cadillac Michigan. Middle row: (L to R): Lhakapa Gurung, Kathmandu, Nepal; Deisree Carlson, New York Mills, Minn.; Kim Nelson, Cold Spring, Minn.; Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn.; and Nikolas Jiran, Hayden, Idaho. Front row (L to R): Eun hye Kang, Seoul, South Korea; Erick Elgin, Mora, Minn.; Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn.; and Raldy Romero, Miami Springs, Fla.
Twelve students received Student Achievement Awards, which the U of M, Crookston presents to recognize those students who have excelled not only academically, but also through leadership and service to the University and local community. Students receiving the Student Achievement Award were: Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn.; Kaarina Visness, Karlstad, Minn. ; Lhakpa Gurung, Kathmandu, Nepal; Kim Nelson, Cold Spring, Minn.; Eun hye Kang, Seoul, Korea; and Desiree Carrlson, New York Mills, Minn.; Erick Elgin, Mora, Minn.; Tony Dank, Sauk Rapids, Minn. ; Nikolas Jiran, Hayden, ID ; Raldy Romero, Miami Springs, Fla.; Alvin Tong, Singapore; and Ryan Boyer, Cadillac Mich.
   
From that group, two students were chosen as the "Man and Woman of the Year," the year's top academic, service and leadership award. Honors for 2009 go to U of M, Crookston Man of the Year Erick Elgin, Mora, Minn., a senior majoring in natural resources management and water resources management; and Woman of the Year Tiffany Benning, Eagle Bend, Minn., a senior with a major in animal science with a minor in communication.
Erick Elgin and Tiffany Benning are the 2009 Man and Woman of the Year.
Erick Elgin and Tiffany Benning are the 2009 Man and Woman of the Year.


Elgin is the son of Beth Elgin and Don Elgin. Benning is the daughter of Gary and Bonnie Benning. Each student received a monetary award of $100.

Pam Elf, Ph.D.
Pam Elf, Ph.D.
Pam Sullivan
Pam Sullivan
Students also honored selected faculty and staff members with special awards. These awards are significant in that the entire UMC student body votes to select the award recipients. Awards for Most Creative Use of Technology, Outstanding Educator, and Most Supportive of Students all went to Pam Elf, Ph.D., associate professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. Outstanding Service to Students was awarded to Pam Sullivan, who oversees operations in the Eagles Nest.

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.