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U of M, Crookston Supporter June Shaver Establishes $30,000 Environmental Landscaping Internship Fund
December 13, 2006

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development, 218-281-8434 (, Krista Lemos, director of communications, 218-281-8438 (

CROOKSTON, MN (December 12, 2006) – Long-time Crookston resident June Shaver, an ardent supporter of the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC), has established the "June Shaver Environmental Landscaping Internship Fund" with a gift of more than $30,000. This endowment will support students at the Crookston campus who show academic promise and are full-time undergraduates.

Shaver Butterfly Garden
Shaver Butterfly Garden
UMC Director of Development and Alumni Relations Corby Kemmer said that the advancement of higher education in the region is dependent on the ongoing backing of committed individuals like Shaver.  "My sincere gratitude to June on this most recent and generous gift that will support UMC students for years and at the same time, enhance our applied, hands-on learning approach,” Kemmer said. “We thank June for her continued support of and involvement in the University of Minnesota, Crookston and her dedication to education."

Other gifts may be contributed to the “June Shaver Environmental Landscaping Internship Fund” by the donor or others at any time. The fund will provide partial funding of a summer internship at the Crookston campus. As a tribute to Shaver establishing this endowment and in recognition of her ongoing support, the University of Minnesota, Crookston is officially naming the butterfly garden in front of Owen Hall the Shaver Butterfly Garden – a legacy garden celebrating the memory of Shaver’s parents, Willis H. and Harriet (Ridley) Shaver.

Kemmer worked with Shaver, a 1974 UMC alumna, on this gift that creates a lifetime legacy and will be an asset to UMC students for generations to come. A promoter of both athletics and academics, Shaver has now established three endowments at the Crookston campus.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) delivers more than 24 different undergraduate degree programs, including online options, 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

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