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"Aim, Reach, Dream" Theme of UMC Orientation August 26 – 28, 2006, Fall Semester Classes begin August 29
August 18, 2006

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (; Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (

CROOKSTON, MN (August 18, 2006) – With fall semester just around the corner, faculty and staff at the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) will return to campus on Aug. 21- 25, 2006, for a week of preparation and planning prior to the beginning of fall semester. The weekend of Aug. 26-28 will focus on student orientation activities planned around this year’s theme, “Aim, Reach, Dream.” Classes are scheduled to begin Tuesday, Aug. 29.  

 One of the highlights for faculty and staff will be a presentation by Mark Taylor, Ph.D., on “Generation NeXt,” understanding, teaching and serving today’s postmodern students on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Taylor has over 25 years of experience in higher education, management, and the helping professions. His research provides insight into how faculty and staff can respond effectively to bring about meaningful learning and developmental outcomes for this new generation.
Student orientation activities begin on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. and include orientation convocation, an ice cream social, and a performance by Mission IMPROVable, a group whose unique improvisational comedy style has been performed at campuses all over the country.  
“We have a full slate of activities planned to welcome students back and to introduce new students to college life,” Coordinator of Student Experience Sara Kaiser said. “We offer sessions on study skills, student success seminars, as well as events that encourage students to relax and enjoy getting to know one another.  It is a great time for everyone.”
UMC students will be greeted by changes, the new Centennial Hall student apartments, a number of newly refurbished classrooms and offices, and a new laptop computer, the custom-built IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad (R-60) laptop. The laptops are provided to all UMC faculty and full-time students as part of a technology initiative started by the campus in fall 1993.
On Monday, Aug. 28, students will be introduced to the community of Crookston through a series of service projects as part of UMC’s annual “Meet Crookston through Service.”  A recognition dinner will highlight the students and their service projects and will be followed later in the evening by a dance on the campus mall.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 24 different undergraduate degree programs in agriculture; arts, humanities, and social sciences; business; math, science, and technology; and natural resources. UMC is dedicated to helping students and the region aim higher, reach further, and dream big dreams. To learn more, visit