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Three U of M, Crookston Staff Attend National Conference in Orlando, Florida
June 12, 2007

Contact: Corby Kemmer, director of development, 218-281-8434 ( Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 ( Kathryn Webster, University Relations intern, 21-281-8432 (

CROOKSTON, Minn. (June 11, 2007) –
Three University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) staff attended the National Association of Developmental Directors (NAADD) conference in Orlando, Florida, June 6-8, 2007.  The conference was held at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando.


Corby Kemmer, director of development, Stephanie Helgeson, director of athletics and Bill Tyrrell, director of athletic fundraising attended many seminars, meetings and listened to nationally renowned speakers in development and athletics.  Some featured guest speakers included Ross Bjork, senior associate athletics director at UCLA; Bobby Purcell, executive director, Wolfpack Club, North Carolina State; Whit Babcock, executive director of athletic development, West Virginia University; and Chris Wyrick, associate athletic director of development at the University of South Carolina.  The keynote speaker Friday morning was the legendary Tom Brokaw from NBC News.


The conference gave Kemmer, Helgeson and Tyrrell a tremendous opportunity to connect with peers in the area of athletics and development from institutions across the nation and learn what they're doing. “This was a fantastic conference where we learned a lot and met many peers in our line of work from across the country.  We were fortunate to have this professional development experience and look forward to next years NAADD conference in Dallas,” Texas, said Kemmer.


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