U of M Crookston Senior Pat Hagen Receives Student Conservationist Award at Annual Meeting of Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society

Pat Hagen, a wildlife management student and fall 2014 graduate of the hagen_small-thumb-250x187-199612University of Minnesota Crookston was recently honored by the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society at their annual meeting hosted by the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston. The Student Conservationist Award, consisting of a plaque and cash award, recognizes a student at a Minnesota college or university who is majoring in the conservation field.

“In my years of study I learned a lot about how to properly manage our natural resources, but one thing that is hard to teach is the view from the other side of the conservation picture.  I was not raised on a farm, so I sought farm employment to learn more from the standpoint of those who make their living from the land,” Hagen says. “I was fortunate to get hired at Capistran Farms and Seed Company of Crookston where I’ve learned modern farming practices.

“I will use this information to help me make decisions in my future career along with information from my classes to mix the conservation of our natural lands with sustainable farming and production,” he continues. “I believe that if you know and care about the people you are working with they will trust and respect your opinions.”

Professor Dan Svedarsky, one of Hagen’s nominators, adds It was a pleasure to have Pat in two of my classes since he excelled in using critical thinking skills in resource management in practical application to the working landscape. I wish all our natural resource students could have the experience of working on a modern and highly successful operation like that of Wayne Capistran and his son, Kevin. Wayne is a fourth generation farmer on his land and applies a wonderful stewardship ethic in managing the soil.”

For more information on natural resources at the U of M Crookston, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics or call Svedarsky at 218-281-8129 or Leah Stroot at 218-281-8101.

In the photo, left to right, are Wayne Capistran, Pat Hagen, and Julie Reberg, president of Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

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U of M Crookston Named to 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

For students working together across campus and across the community adds meaning to classroom studies and life. Service by students at the University of Minnesota Crookston was recognized recently when the campus was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. This recognition marks the fifth time in the past six years the U of M Crookston has earned a listing on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
According to the definition of community service defined for recognition on the honor roll, the U of M Crookston engaged in 34,840 services hours. Community service includes activities designed to improve the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly those deemed low-income, and includes both direct service to citizens and indirect service.
Applications for the recognition are evaluated on the university’s three exemplary projects based on the scope of the project, evidence of project effectiveness, and impact on the community.  For each project, Lisa Loegering, assistant director of community engagement is required to provide the number of students and staff who participated in the project, the total number of service hours, the number of individuals served, and the effectiveness of the project.
Background
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.
More information about the U of M Crookston’s community service efforts can be found at www1.crk.umn.edu/services/ce. More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at nationalservice.gov.
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Confucius Institute at U of M Crookston Presents Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday. Feb. 19, 2015; Celebration begins at 5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota Crookston will present an Evening of Chinese New Year Celebration on Thursday, February 19, at 5 p.m. in Bede Ballroom. The event is open to the public. Admission is $5 per person, $15 for a group of three. The evening includes traditional activities, dinner, and performance.

This special celebration will feature characteristic aspects of Chinese culture such as folk songs, folk dance, Chinese instruments, and traditional customs in arts and crafts, children’s games, food and entertainment, and a drawing.

For more information, contact Chunhui Wang, assistant director, Confucius Institute, international programs, 218-281-8551. Mingzhu, Liu, Confucius Institute, international programs, 218-281-8443(liux3238@crk.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, visitwww.umcrookston.edu.

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

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University of Minnesota Crookston Earns Various Accolades Including Ranking Among the Safest College Campuses in the U.S.

The U of M Crookston recently earned acknowledgment and accolades regarding safety, affordability, and quality from a number of organizations.

USA TODAY College has listed the U of M Crookston at number five among the ten “safest college campuses in the U.S.” The ranking, which is from College Factual, an online college comparison resource, considers crime reports on-campus, in the surrounding town or city, as well as in the surrounding region and utilizes data from the Office of Postsecondary Education and the FBI. View the rankings at college.usatoday.com/2015/01/18/10-of-the-safest-college-campuses-in-the-u-s .

The Crookston campus also earned a spot among the top ten of the “50 Most Affordable Public Schools for Out-of-State Students” by AffordableColleges.com, a web resource intended to provide prospective college students with the accurate and relevant information on making higher education more cost-effective. On the list, UMC ranked #8. The organization factored average tuition and institutional financial aid rates into the rankings. The complete listing and methodology are available at www.affordablecolleges.com/rankings/public-schools-for-out-of-state-students.

The U of M Crookston’s online bachelor’s degree in communication has been ranked at number one among the “Top Online Communications Degrees for 2015″ by Affordable Colleges Online (AC Online). AC Online is an online resource that examines cost and quality of online degree programs across the nation. The organization collects and analyzes data from government sources and hundreds of colleges and universities to identify top online degree programs in various major fields. Among the scoring metrics used were tuition rates, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, and financial aid, among others. The full list is available online at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/communications-programs.

Another of the U of M Crookston’s online programs, its degree in accounting, has been ranked among the 50 best online bachelor’s program in accounting and has received the 2014-15 “Students Before Profits Award” from Nonprofit Colleges Online. According to the organization, the award “was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.” Programs were ranked according to their affordability and were selected from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition costs. UMC’s online accounting degree came in at #27 out of 50 ranked colleges and universities. The full list is available online at www.nonprofitcollegesonline.com/rankings/best-online-bachelors-in-accounting.

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

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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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