Forty Years of Fun Celebrated during Ag Arama on January 30-31, 2015

A campus legacy continues with hosting of the 40th annual Ag Arama at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The weekend of events, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, January 30-31, 2015, is hosted by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and includes activities for the entire family. The theme for this year’s event is “I Go Back.” Dedication of Ag Arama is dedicated to all past royalty and included some 95 past royalty from the event.

On Friday, January 30, the Animal Science Association sponsors a chili feed from 5 to 8 p.m. in UTOC for $5 per person. Earlier in the day, contests in agronomy, horticulture, natural resources, and agricultural business take place in the Greenhouse and Owen Hall.

Most of the Ag Arama activities take place on Saturday, January 31, in the University Teaching and Outreach Center (UTOC) located on the north edge of the campus. Everyone is invited to watch the animal science showmanship contests held in the arena in UTOC on Saturday. They serve as an opportunity for students to showcase their knowledge and skills and have a chance to interact with alumni and faculty members. Alumni Sarah Morris ’14 and Katie Wiese ’13 will serve as emcees for Ag Arama 2015.

Contests in agronomy, animal science, horticulture, agricultural business, and natural resources begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. At 1 p.m. is the Round Robin Showmanship contest followed by Alumni Showmanship. Coronation and the presentation of specialty awards begins at 2:30 p.m. in the UTOC arena.

The ag industries show runs from 9 a.m. until noon. Ag Arama is planned and operated by a committee of students advised by Terrill Bradford and Brenda Miller, who both teach in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department.

Concluding the day is a social at the Crookston Eagles from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with appetizers served from 6 to 7 p.m. and the Ag Arama dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. also at the Eagles. Admission to the dance is $10.

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers 29 bachelor’s degree programs, 20 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus–as well as 13 degrees online–in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Two International Fulbright Scholars to speak at the U of M Crookston on Thursday, January 29, 2015; Presentations begin at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

In keeping with the University-wide initiative of internationalizing the campus and curriculum, the University of Minnesota Crookston will host two visiting Fulbright Scholars in January. The Fulbright Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world and on Thursday, January 29, the campus and community are invited to attend presentations by the two during Thursday Commons. The presentations will take place at noon in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are invited and there will be no admission charge.

The presentations will be an opportunity to learn more about the history and culture of both Cameroon and Macedonia, along with the chance to ask questions of these two scholars.

Kennedy D. Nyongbela, will speak on the “The Bali Nyonga people of Cameroon: History and Culture.” He is a senior lecturer/ research chemist in the Faculty of Science at the University of Buea, Cameroon. Nyongbela obtained the doctorate degree from the University of Buea, Cameroon in 2011. His research interests include drug discovery and development from Cameroonian medicinal plants, synthetic organic chemistry and formulation of of chemical weapons. He is a visiting Fulbright scholar and currently pursuing research in the laboratory of Professor Thomas Hoye at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

He will give a second lecture titled ‘Chemistry of Medicinal Plants’ On January 30, at the University of Minnesota Crookston, Dowell Hall 208 from 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. All are welcome. This lecture will be repeated at White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen at 3 p.m. on January 30.

Tatjana Ruskovska, will speak on “Fulbright International Education Exchange: Fostering Science and Mutual Understanding between Nations and Cultures.” She is Associate Professor of Clinical Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of Macedonia. Rushkovska completed her higher education, including her doctorate degree, at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Institute of Biology, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. She was working as a clinical chemist in the Central Clinical Laboratory at Military Hospital in Skopje for 16 years, 7 of which as a Head of the Laboratory. In 2010 Dr. Tatjana Rushkovska joined Goce Delcev University in Stip where she started her academic career. At the moment, as a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Rushkovska is appointed as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota, in the laboratory of David Bernlohr, where she is working on her research project focused on the role of the white adipose tissue in obesity induced insulin resistance.

This lecture will be repeated on January 30 at 3 p.m. at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

For more information on the presentations at the U of M Crookston, contact Venu Mukku, associate professor in Math, Science, and Technology Department, at 218-281-8097.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Stephen Carlson, Ph.D., to Perform in Concert on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the U of M Crookston; Performance begins at 7 p.m. in Evergreen Hall Lobby

Professor Stephen Carlson (in photo), chair of the Music Department at Bemidji State (Smaller MB copy) SteveCarlson edited.jpgUniversity will perform a piano concert on Tuesday, January 27, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on the grand piano in the Evergreen Hall lobby. Evergreen is located on the south side of the campus with parking available in front of the hall. All are welcome and no admission will be charged.

The program will include the music of Haydn and Beethoven, Chopin, and conclude with selections by Stravinsky.

Background
Carlson, a member of Bemidji State University music faculty since 2006, is a versatile soloist and chamber musician. He has performed at a variety of colleges, universities and festivals throughout much of the United States and eastern Canada. He appeared at the Minnesota Valley Sommarfest in St. Peter, Minn., from 1995-2003, and in 2005 he made his New York debut as a solo recitalist at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. Carlson has appeared three times with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, played for the Bismarck-Mandan (N.D.) Symphony and also has played chamber music with the South Carolina Philharmonic, Charleston Symphony and Greenville (S.C.) Symphony. Carlson holds degrees from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Illinois, and earned his doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at the University of Iowa.

Prior to joining the Bemidji State faculty, Carlson was a tenured faculty member at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and also taught piano at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Gustavus Adolphus College, and St. Joseph’s School of Music in St. Paul, Minn.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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13th Annual Winter Job and Internship Fair at the U of M Crookston on Wed., January 28, 2015

Job seekers are invited to attend the 13th Annual Winter Job & Internship Fair on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The job fair takes place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. All are welcome. Admission is free.

Anyone interested in the job fair will have an opportunity to visit with more than 50 employers along with a number of graduate schools. For a listing of the employers and graduate schools, visit www.umcrookston.edu/career/fairs/umcfair.

The job fair is sponsored by University of Minnesota Crookston Office of Career Development. For more information, contact Meloni Rasmussen at 218-281-8586.

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Students invited to compete in the 66th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair on February 6, 2015, at University of Minnesota Crookston

Students in grades 6 through 12 (including public, private, and homeschooled students) interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are encouraged to compete in the 66th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair on Friday, February 6, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The science fair, which takes place in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, offers elementary and secondary students a chance to compete for scholarships, cash and non-cash awards along with the opportunity to advance to the state competition.

The deadline for entries and required forms for projects and papers must be postmarked by Friday, January 23, 2015, and details can be found at umcrookston.edu/sciencefair. Registration for the science fair includes: individual project entry fee is $12 per student; paper competition entry fee is $10 per student; and the team project entry fee is $12 per team member. Forms and fees can be submitted by mail to Western MN Regional Science Fair, c/o Katy Nannenga, University of Minnesota Crookston
2900 University Ave, Crookston, MN 56716.

Sixteen projects will be selected to advance to the state competition and the winner at the regional level will compete in the international competition. The Western Minnesota Region is one of the eight regions in Minnesota and includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Ottertail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkin.

Exhibit set up will begin the day of the science fair at 7:30 a.m. with judging beginning at 9:30. The public is invited to view the exhibits from 2-3 p.m. in Bede Ballroom and an awards ceremony will take place beginning at 3:30 p.m.

For additional information about the Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair, contact Nannenga at 218-281-8262 or visit the website for the science fair at www.umcrookston.edu/sciencefair.

The Minnesota State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF) will be held March 20-22, 2015. MSSEF is the culmination of Regional Science Fairs that occur throughout the state. From approximately 2,500 regional participants, 500 students in grades 6-12 are selected to advance and present their research at MSSEF. To learn more, visit http://www.mnmas.org.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Katy Nannenga, assistant professor, Math, Science, and Technology, 218-281-8262 (katys@umn.edu)

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5th Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tourney Slated for Saturday, February 7, 2015

Ice Fishing Tournament Logo-2.jpgFish for prizes and support scholarships during the 5th Raffletickets also are available for $5 for a chance to win prizes including the grand prize of a 2015 Lil’Skidder Skid Fish house, compliments of Troy Foss and Big Bite Manufacturing of Greenbush, Minn. Raffle tickets will be sold until 1:30 p.m. the day of the tournament.Annual Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament to be held Saturday, February 7, 2015. The tournament, which supports scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston, will be held at Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods, Williams, Minn. Tickets are available for $20 by contacting Alysa Tulibaski at 701-215-4300. Tickets are also available at Zippel Bay Resort, 6080 39th St. NW, Williams, Minn., 800-222-2537.

Registration, limited to the first 150, begins at 9:30 am. on the ice at the tournament site with fishing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first person to catch a fish, along with prizes for the largest walleye, northern, sauger, perch and other species caught during the tournament. The registration fee also includes a raffle ticket and road access fee. All proceeds from the tournament support the Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship Fund at the U of M Crookston.

The Justin Knebel Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament corporate sponsors are Big Bite Manufacturing, Zippel Bay Resort, and Streiff Sporting Goods in Warroad, Minn. A number of other businesses in Northwest Minnesota support the tournament through the donations of prizes and monetary support.

Background
Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the U of M, Crookston Golden Eagles, grew up in Warroad, Minn., graduating from Warroad High School in 2001. A talented athlete, he lettered in basketball, cross country, and track. After graduation, he attended the University of Minnesota, Crookston where he played basketball as a point guard for the Golden Eagles. Head Basketball Coach Jeff Oseth describes him as the ultimate team player working hard on the court and in the classroom.
Besides his passion for playing basketball, Knebel loved the Warroad area and outdoor sports in Minnesota, making the ice fishing tournament an apt tribute to the memory of this outstanding student-athlete. For more information on the tournament, visit www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel.

Members of the planning committee for the event include Garret Kollin, Corby Kemmer, Stephanie Helgeson, Amber Bailey, Rose Ulseth, and Alysa Tulibaski.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Alysa Tulibaski, Student & Family Experience Coordinator, 218-281-8570 (hauge450@umn.edu)

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U of M Crookston Again Recognized Among U.S.News Best Online Bachelor’s Programs

U.S.News and World Report has ranked the University of Minnesota Crookston among colleges and universities offering the nation’s “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” for 2015. The U of M Crookston was ranked #34 among the 215 schools who were ranked in this year’s survey, up from last year’s 64th place. Since U.S.News & World Report began publishing rankings of institutions offering online degrees in 2012, the U of M Crookston has ranked in the top quartile in each of the listings.

The U of M Crookston was one of only two Minnesota colleges ranked in the top 100, the other being Concordia University – St. Paul. The full listing is available online at www.usnews.com/online.

“We’re very pleased that the quality of our online programs and our excellent support for online students have once again been recognized by U.S. News and World Report”, says Barbara Keinath, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “Our online programs are a key way in which we help fulfill the University of Minnesota’s modern land grant mission. They provide educational access to students who could not otherwise complete their baccalaureate degree. Graduates advance in their careers, provide for their families, and contribute to the economic and social needs of their communities”

Of the 1,876 students enrolled fall semester on the Crookston campus, 935 were enrolled as online-only students in one of U of M Crookston’s fourteen completely online degree programs. (These degrees are also offered more traditionally on-campus as well.) They include Accounting (B.S.), Applied Health (B.A.H.), Applied Studies (B.S.), Business (B.S.), Communication (B.S.), Entrepreneurship (B.S.), Finance (B.S.), Health Management (B.S.), Information Technology Management (B.S.), Manufacturing Management (B.M.M.), Marketing (B.S.), Quality Management (B.M.M. Q.M.), Sport and Recreation Management (B.S.) and the recently added International Business (B.S.) The online programs are delivered via three academic departments: Business; Liberal Arts and Education; and Math, Science, and Technology.

Rankings were based on student engagement (40 percent); faculty credentials and training (20 percent); peer reputation (20 percent); and student services and technology (20 percent). Indicators for the Student Engagement category included teacher accessibility and response timeframe as well as student collaboration opportunities, among others. Faculty Credentials and Training included the appropriate faculty credentialing as well as the institution having the resources properly train online instructors on how to teach distance learners. Student Services and Technology assessed colleges’ level of offering “a strong support structure [that] provides learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources commensurate with quality campus-based programs.” Finally, the category Peer Reputation, added in 2014, included “industry opinion accounts for intangible factors on program quality not captured by statistics.”

Data was collected from accredited for-profit, private, and public schools. For more information about the rankings methodology, go to www.usnews.com/onlinemeth.

For more information about the University of Minnesota Crookston and its online degrees, visit www.umcrookston.edu/online, call 800-862-6466 ext. 8681, or e-mail cronline@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online. These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology. With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree. “Small Campus. Big Degree.” To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Michelle Christopherson, director, Center for Adult Learning, 218-281-8679 (mchristo@umn.edu)

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U of M Crookston, University of North Dakota, and Northland Community and Technical College to Co-sponsor Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration on Monday, January 19, 2015

Activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Unity Walk followed by a program and recognition.

An area-wide Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration will take place in Crookston, Minn., on Monday, January 19, 2015, and is the result of collaboration between the University of Minnesota Crookston, the University of North Dakota and a new addition of Northland Community and Technical College. The Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is designed around the 2015 national theme: “Remember! Celebrate! Act! King’s Legacy of Courage for Our World.” Everyone is invited to participate in the activities during this special day-long remembrance of Dr. King.

Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a Unity Walk. Individuals who wish to take part in the Unity Walk should go to UMC, park in Lot G near the Kiehle Building, and gather in the Kiehle Rotunda between 10 and 10:15 a.m.  Shuttles will take participants to the starting point at the Crookston Inn, 2200 University Ave. in Crookston. They will walk as a group north to the U of M Crookston’s Kiehle Building via the walking/bike path. Clubs and organizations are encouraged to create a banner during the walk. International students will be carrying flags to represent their countries. The Unity Walk is contingent upon favorable weather conditions, which may result in an alternate route or cancellation.

At 11 a.m., a celebration program will be held in the Kiehle Auditorium on the second floor of the Kiehle Building.  UM Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood, Mayor Gary Willhite, and Crookston Student Association President Justin Goodroad will bring greetings followed by a program consisting of performances by the North Star Council-River Edge Drum Group, the UM Crookton Choir, the Gospel Outreach Ministries Praise Dance Team, UMC Jazz Band,  Gospel Soloist DeeDee Downs, remarks from UM Crookston Assistant Professor Venu Mukku about the impact of Mahatma Gandhi upon Dr. King, and recitial of excerpts of the “I Have a Dream Speech” by international students in various languages. The highlight of the program will be the presentation of the 2015 Spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. The special honor, first awarded in 2013, recognizes a Red River Valley native or resident who has actively impacted their community by promoting diversity, multiculturalism, equality, and human rights through demonstrated leadership, service, and advocacy on behalf of underrepresented populations and diverse individuals. 

The morning’s activities will conclude with a free lunch social for all attendees in the Brown Dining Hall located on the Crookston campus. 

Students, faculty, and staff from the UM Crookston will be engaged in a service project for the Polk County Historical Society from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. at the Carnegie Building, Ash Street North and 2nd Avenue, in Crookston. 

Later in the afternoon, everyone is invited to the University of North Dakota for a program in the Chester Fritz Auditorium at 4 p.m. followed by a time of food and fellowship.

Background

This event is an opportunity for everyone to honor legacy of Dr. King. As the spokesperson for the nonviolent civil rights movement, King worked tirelessly. He was assassinated in 1968, and a day commemorating his legacy is held the third Monday of January each year. The observance was first held in January 1986, after being signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. It wasn’t until 2006 that the holiday became official in all 50 states.

For more information on activities taking place during the Red River Valley Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., contact Lorna Hollowell, director of diversity and multicultural programs at the U of M Crookston, at 218-281-8580 (lhollowell@umn.edu); Heather Meng, director of learning services at Northland Community and Technical College, at 218-683-8560 (heather.meng@northlandcollege.edu); or Malika Carter, director of multicultural student services at the University of North Dakota, at 701-777-4259 (malika.carter@und.edu). 

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International Business and English Added to Academic Majors at the U of M Crookston

By Elizabeth Tollefson on December 17, 2014 10:53 AM

Two new majors will be added to the list of academic offerings at the University of Minnesota Crookston following recent approval by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. A major in International Business will be added to the degree programs in the Business Department, and a major in English will be offered in the Liberal Arts and Education Department. Both new majors lead to Bachelor of Science degrees, and International Business will be available to students entirely online as well as on campus. Students will also have the option for a minor in each area. The programs will be available to students beginning spring semester 2015.
“We are very excited to begin offering these two new majors,” said Barbara Keinath, the U of M Crookston’s vice chancellor for academic affairs. “They provide our students more educational options than ever before. With English or International Business as a major, graduates will be able to move on to exciting employment opportunities. They will also be prepared for advanced studies in graduate or professional programs. Both of these new majors build on existing coursework and curricular strengths and capitalize on the expertise of current faculty members.”
International Business Major
The major in International Business at the University of Minnesota Crookston will help meet the need for graduates who understand and have experience in global business. Students will develop valuable skills to help streamline global pursuits with companies that trade, manufacture, or use contract manufacturing globally. The International Business major is designed to cultivate a global mindset that can support a company’s international production and marketing needs.
Classes like international business cultures and etiquette, international business law, international financial management, international marketing, international business management, and senior seminar in international business strategy are combined with field experience in international business and/or study abroad. The curriculum is designed to broaden graduates’ understanding of global business operations. The curriculum also permits a student to incorporate subjects focused on their specific interests as well as marketing, financial management, supply chain management, technology services, human resource management, and many other traditional business support and leadership subjects.
Opportunities for graduates with the international business major from the Crookston campus include supply chain management, operations management, human resources management, sales and marketing, or financial management. Graduates may be contract workers or entrepreneurs.
English Major
English is among the most popular degrees in the nation, and English graduates have created careers in such diverse areas as writing, editing, publishing, advertising, research, and in education, law, medicine, government, administration, sales, non-profit agencies, and cultural, entertainment, and communications industries.
Students majoring and minoring in English will take writing-intensive courses and will work on skills unique to the humanities, as large portions of the English major and minor focus on the field of literature.  UMC’s program will include literature from multicultural and global perspectives with the intention of developing and expanding the cultural awareness of graduates. The study of literature allows students to form and articulate aesthetic judgments on creative works; analyze personal, philosophical, and global issues; and learn about diverse cultural practices.
The English major will aid students in developing analytical and communication skills, aesthetic responsiveness, moral imagination, and intellectual integrity.  English majors and minors present the best of both worlds, as they are exposed to both applied and theoretical aspects. A degree in English also prepares students for graduate school.
For more information on academic majors at the U of M Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics, call 800-862-6466, or e-mail umcinfo@umn.edu.
The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor’s degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  ”Small Campus. Big Degree.”  To learn more, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Local Foods College to begin on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 and Run through March 3, 2015

Join us for the 2015 Local Foods College. This 4th annual series of eight sessions is designed for gardeners and farmers that are part of the growing community-based food system. The webinar format is handy for many participants to acces from home or office locations. Sessions focus on fertility, pollination, marketing and fermentation.

The first session of the series will be held on evening of Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and will continue on Tuesday evenings through March 3. The series will be available via webinar, so participants can join at home or at one of several locations throughout northern and central Minnesota. Registration is FREE with print-your-own materials.

Session topics include: Natural Soil Fertility; Vegetable Production Tips and Tricks; Marketing and Business Planning; Pollination; Deep Winter Greenhouses; Growing in Small Spaces; Food Hubs and Farm to Bottle.

Participants will learn from practitioners, educators, and those involved in the growing movement to build resilient local foods systems.

The Local Foods College is part of a movement to strengthen local and regional food systems. The 2015 Local Foods College is supported by University of Minnesota Extension, the Statewide Health Improvement Program and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

For more detailed information and registration, visit: http://localfoods.umn.edu/college or call 888-241-0781.

Contact: Linda Kingery, executive director, U of M Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, 218-281-8697 (kinge002@umn.edu)

 

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