Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies at the U of M Crookston Seeks Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Interested in Potential Project Partnership

Entrepreneurs and small business owners can receive valuable assistance through an opportunity offered by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) at the University of Minnesota Crookston. CRES is seeking regional entrepreneurs and small business owners interested in forming a unique partnership that would include valuable consulting services by U of M Crookston students under the guidance of qualified faculty at no cost.

Each semester, both spring and fall, CRES integrates projects into courses offered on campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs while providing students with real-world business experiences.
Applications for the program are accepted anytime; however, priority is given to applications received prior to the due dates. The 2014 fall semester application deadline is Friday, August 18 and the spring semester application deadline is Friday, December 5, 2014. Interested entrepreneurs can apply for this program at www.umccres.org/apply.

All applications are screened by CRES and the projects that best fit the mission of CRES and enhance the learner outcomes for the course will be contacted for a follow-up meeting to determine guidelines, client expectations, and to review other relevant information regarding participation.

For more information about the opportunity, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director of CRES at 218-281-8190 (rlundboh@umn.edu) or visit the CRES Web site at www.umccres.org.

Background
The Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies assists entrepreneurs in Northwestern Minnesota with the development and creation of their entrepreneurial enterprise. The services offered are based on the client’s needs.

The mission of CRES is to encourage entrepreneurship through educational leadership, applied research, and insightful consulting. It engages the students, faculty, and research facilities of the University of Minnesota Crookston in order to stimulate the entrepreneurial culture and strengthen the economic vitality of northwest Minnesota.

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Ken Broin Scholarship Established at U of M Crookston by Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust to Benefit Students in Business

Ken Broin

The Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust has made a $100,000 contribution to the University of Minnesota Crookston. The gift, given in memory of the late Ken Broin, who served as its lead trustee for more than a decade, will benefit students in business on the Crookston campus through the establishment of the Ken Broin Scholarship.

Broin had a heart for the U of M Crookston serving for 40 years on the UMC All College Advisory Board. “Ken loved the Crookston campus and education. He would be so very proud of this memorial in his honor knowing the investment will support students with scholarships for generations” says Harriet “Hank” Broin. “It’s been a privilege to work with the Veden Trust to create the Ken Broin Scholarship to support students in the areas of business, finance, and entrepreneurship.”

Broin served in the army and was stationed in London during WWII. After the war, he graduated from the University of Minnesota and began a 57-year career with US Bank. In 2008, he was presented with the University of Minnesota Regent’s Award for his four decades of service to the University of Minnesota Crookston. In 1975, he was recognized with the U of M Crookston’s Torch & Shield Award, the highest honor an individual can receive from the campus.

“Ken Broin had such a passion for education, and under his guidance, the Veden Trust has helped countless numbers of students,” says Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni Relations on the Crookston campus. “Establishment of the Ken Broin Scholarship continues his great legacy and reflects his passion and desire to help students achieve.”

U of M Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood agrees. “It was a great honor to meet with Ken to discuss the Veden Trust last year,” Wood says. “ Ken was an outstanding steward of the Trust and cared deeply about the campus. We are very thankful for his support of the campus over the years and also by Hank’s generous efforts to help establish this wonderful legacy in his name.”

About Dr. Frank W. Veden
Dr. Veden graduated from Detroit Lakes High School and later the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. He was dedicated to his profession, serving in the Fergus Falls area for 54 years. Dr. Veden was an officer in the U.S. Army and active in the American Legion, VFW, Masons, and the Episcopal Church. He was also committed to the advancement of rural Minnesota.

The Dr. Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust has been one of the largest financial contributors to scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Ken Broin was introduced to Dr. Veden when he was a junior officer at the bank. Through that contact, there developed a friendship and trust that continued until Dr. Veden’s death in 1996. Broin passed away in May 2013.

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.

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Research Projects keep Red Lake Falls, Minn., Senior Emmett LaCoursiere Engaged in Chemical Computation at the U of M Crookston this Summer

In a quiet corner of a lab University of Minnesota Crookston Senior Emmett LaCoursiere

Emmett LaCoursiere (left) and Assistant Professor Tim Dudley (right) work on chemical computations and modeling of small molecules that mimic biological behavior.

sits engrossed in chemical computation. LaCoursiere finds the work is both engaging and beneficial. The animal science major from Red Lake Falls, Minn., is working with Assistant Professor Tim Dudley modeling small molecules that mimic biological behavior. For LaCoursiere, the research has implications in the field of animal science as it relates to pharmaceutical use in the medical treatment of animals.
Benzimidazole is the name of the chemical LaCoursiere and fellow student Michael Laurich are investigating. With Dudley guiding, the two are responsible for all the calculations, and using both math and physics, the team attempts to predict chemical behaviors when the molecule is altered. “This multifaceted research began when I was working at Villanova University several years ago, and these two students are coming up with the data that eventually will be tested in the lab at Villanova,” Dudley explains.
The software modeling on the computer could lead to other opportunities. The work, funded by a University of Minnesota Grant-In-Aid, could take the students away from computer modeling to hands-on experience in the lab as well.
The research project is one of two that Dudley is leading. The other is related to the petroleum industry and the conversion of light petroleum, like propane, methane, or others, into more useful substances. For example, the molecules can be modified by the addition of oxygen, which turns the gas into a liquid. This simple oxidation process could make these species more useful.
“The field of modeling is relatively new, and as we learn more, we are using what we do know about modeling a molecule to predict what we do not know,” Dudley says. “It is a method that has the potential to save time in the lab.”
Dudley likes conducting research with undergraduates. “Research teaches students about chemistry and while they are discovering things I may already know, together we are learning making it a two-way street as we work through and experience the process together.”
Students interested in undergraduate research must have about a year and a half of chemistry to have enough understanding to get involved in a research project. “For students it is a great opportunity and it is one of the main reasons I enjoy teaching undergraduates,” Dudley says.

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U of M Crookston to host Thriving by Design Conference on July 30-31, 2014

The University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) will host “Thriving by Design,” a rural design conference at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday and Thursday, July 30-31, 2014. The event will be held from the evening of Wednesday, July 30, 2014, through the afternoon of Thursday, July 31.

Registration is available online at rsdp.umn.edu. In-person registration opens Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 4 p.m. and Thursday, July 31 at 7:30 a.m. in Bede Ballroom in Sargent Student Center at UMC. The registration fee is $75.
Design process inherently takes a systematic approach to defining problems and developing solutions. The system connects various components across sectors and disciplines as well as geographic and time scales. This conference will focus on three tracks or lenses through which to view these systems, and the challenges to be addressed.

Nature-based recreation and tourism focuses on the natural landscape and habitats, and the many ways people enjoy time in nature.

Food system explores cropping systems, food production at garden and farm scales, and the decisions people make individually and collectively about food choices.

Extension Reconsidered offers an opportunity to reflect on the role of University of Minnesota Extension over the past century and to consider the ways Extension can meet the challenges Minnesotan communities will face in the coming decades.
Dewey Thorbeck, director for Center of Rural Design, says, “Rural and urban futures are inextricably linked through design thinking integrating human, animal, and environmental wellness.”

A discussion featuring several panel guests from a variety of professions and areas of expertise will take place on Thursday, July 30 at 9:00 a.m. This discussion will address areas of concern within each track followed by a question and answer period. Breakout sessions will run from 12:30 p.m. and end at 4:30 p.m. Breakout sessions will provide participants an opportunity to learn how to apply design thinking and the design process to address the challenges faced by a community or organization through an iterative and collaborative approach to problem solving.

A traveling rural design exhibit will also be displayed throughout the conference.

Community leaders, elected officials, and planners, especially those from rural and small urban areas, designers, and anyone interested in learning about the use of design and design thinking as a problem-solving opportunity are encouraged to attend. You will gain experience in visualizing and using design to achieve, sustain, and strengthen community vitality across our region. By using design and design thinking techniques, you will help create, select, and frame ideas and goals that can inform Minnesota’s community development.

The conference is sponsored by The University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, a part of UMN Extension; the UMN Center for Rural Design; University of Minnesota Crookston; the EDA Center at the University of Minnesota Crookston; and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota Center for Prevention.

For more information contact Linda Kingery at 218-281-8697.

To learn more about the work of the Northwest Regional Partnership go to http://blog.lib.umn.edu/rsdp/northwest.
The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, NW RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

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Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Association honors two Outstanding Alumni with Top Aggie award; Allan Dragseth receives Distinguished Service Award

The Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) Alumni Association welcomed alumni to the University of Minnesota Crookston campus for their annual reunion on Saturday, June 28, 2014. During the day’s events, two alumni received the Top Aggie award, the, and another alumni was given the Distinguished Service Award.

Top Aggies with Chancellor Wood and Corby Kemmer, director of Development & Alumni. Left to right: Chancellor Fred Wood, Dick Widseth, Marlys Engelstad, and Corby Kemmer.

Marlys (Sargent) Engelstad ’49 Adv; and Richard Widseth ’49 Adv were named the 2014 Top Aggies. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the Northwest School of Agriculture Alumni Association, which recognizes alumni who have displayed excellent commitment and service to community, church, education, family, or their occupational field.

Distinguished Service Award recipient Allan Dragseth (left) and Chancellor Fred Wood.

Allan Dragseth ’57, Eldred, Minn., was also honored during the reunion with the Distinguished Service Award. The award is given for exemplary service by the NWSA Alumni Association Board. Since it was established in 1991, Dragseth is only the 15th recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.

Marlys (Sargent) Engelstad, Florence, Ala., led a busy life as a student at the Northwest School of Agriculture. She was editor of the yearbook, a member of National Honor Society, active in vocal music groups, and played piano. After graduating, she attended the University of Minnesota, studying home economics. Later, she worked as a typist in the Ag Economics Department at the U of M, and also as a secretary for West Polk County Extension.

Engelstad sang in her church choir for 50 years along with serving on a number of church committees. She is a member and officer of the community garden club, and was a member of the Institute for Learning in Retirement.

Richard Widseth, Crookston, Minn., grew up on a small dairy farm, so living on campus was his first experience living independently. Following high school, he enrolled at the University of North Dakota to study civil engineering. Over his career, Widseth served as city engineer for Mason City, Iowa, and Crookston, Minn., and worked for consulting firms in both Mason City and northern Minnesota before he and two friends founded their own consulting engineering firm, Widseth Smith Nolting.

Widseth is active in the Chamber of Commerce, a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and served as president of Crookston Jobs. His is a member of the Rotary Club and NWSA Alumni Association, where he also has served as president for both organizations.

 

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UMC Teambacker Golf Classic Saturday, July 19, 2014, Supports Scholarships for Student-athletes at the U of M Crookston

It’s a great time for a great cause! Use your golf game to benefit scholarships at the University of Minnesota Crookston at the 24th annual UMC Teambacker Golf Classic on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Minakwa Golf Club in Crookston, Minn. The five-person scramble will begin with registration at 9 a.m. and shotgun start at 10 a.m. The entry fee is $95 per person and covers green fees, meal, mulligans, and games. If you are interested in participating in the tournament, contact John Hughes in the Office of Development & Alumni Relations at 218-281-8437.

The registration deadline is July 11 and is limited to the first 90 golfers. Handicap must equal 70 or more for the 5-person team and all players must be 18 years of age to play or a high school graduate.

Since 1998, the Teambacker Golf Classic has raised more than $92,000 and in the past 12 years, has averaged almost $6,000 annually. All proceeds go to support Golden Eagle athletic scholarships.

The committee for the tournament includes Jerry Hasbrouck, Jason Tangquist, Stephanie Helgeson, Natasha Reierson, Rose Ulseth, Ray Dusek, Mark Lyczewski, Corby Kemmer, with student intern and junior Golden Eagle basketball player John Hughes taking the lead.

Background
UMC Teambackers is an athletic promotion and fundraising organization for the U of M Crookston. For more than 20 years, Teambackers has worked to promote athletics and to raise money for scholarships in conjunction with the UMC Development Office, the Athletic Department, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. UMC is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. To learn more, visit www.goldeneaglesports.com/teambackers.

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Campus Garden Dedication in Honor of Allen and Freda Pederson Slated for Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at the U of M Crookston; Dedication at noon at garden location on the north side of campus near the Valley Technology Park

The public is invited to attend a dedication of a campus garden at the University of Minnesota Crookston on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The garden, located on the north side of campus near the Valley Technology Park, will be dedicated at noon in honor of Allen and Freda Pederson. Visitors are encouraged to park in Lot A on the campus and walk across to the garden site for the ceremony.

The vegetable and flower garden is a first for the Crookston campus and the result of the generosity of Allen Pederson. The collaboration by Sodexo Dining Services, Valley Technology Park, and the U of M Crookston Center for Sustainability helped make the garden a reality. Produce from the garden will be used in the campus dining hall and a student intern will be hired to assist with the garden’s maintenance.

Allen and the late Freda Pederson were long time residents of Crookston and avid gardeners. They were quick to share garden bounty, whether vegetables or flowers, with others. Freda passed away in 2012 just shy of the couple’s 75th wedding anniversary. Allen, who celebrates his 98th birthday on May 22 is one of the speakers at the dedication ceremony that includes a welcome by Chancellor Fred Wood with Professor Dan Svedarsky, director of the Center for Sustainability serving as emcee.

For information about the campus garden, contact the Center for Sustainability at 218-281-8129.

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Fourth Annual ALD Pi Run Set for Saturday, April 26, 2014; 5K and 10K races begin at 10 a.m. at Highland School, Crookston, Minn.

All proceeds to benefit the Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund and the U of M Crookston Bone Marrow Registry Drive.

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) at the University of Minnesota Crookston is hosting the third

Runners celebrate at the finish of the 2013 ALD Pi Run.

annual Pi Run on Saturday, April 26, 2014. The run will include a new route starting at Highland School, 801 Central Avenue North, Crookston, Minn. Races include the 5K pi run, a race of 5 km (3.1 miles) a distance roughly equal to Pi, a 10K or 2Pi race (6.28 miles) and a children’s fun run. To register, visit www.theirrationalrace.com or call 218-281-8432 with questions. All runners and walkers are encouraged to participate.

The schedule for the morning begins at 8:30 a.m. with registration at the Highland School followed by the Fun Run at 9:30 and the 5K and 10K at 10 a.m. Awards will be presented to the top three overall female and male finishers. All children participating in the Fun Run will receive a finisher’s medal. Early registration guarantees 5K and 10K runners a shirt.

All proceeds from the race will benefit the Polk County Historical Society Carnegie Library Restoration Project Fund and the Bone Marrow Registry drive taking place on the Crookston campus on April 29-30.

The goal of the Polk County Historical Society’s library renovation is to possibly turn the Carnegie building into an arts and cultural center for the community and region. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1984 and the Lake Agassiz Regional Library of Crookston, built that same year, stands adjacent to it.

The race is once again sponsored by Herc-U-Lift. Anyone interested in contributing to the project should contact Brian Dingmann at 218-281-8249.

Background

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is an honor society at the University of Minnesota, Crookston for students who have maintained a 3.5 or higher grade point average and are in the top 20% of their class during their first year or term of higher education.

 

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Georgia’s Important Bird Area Coordinator Charlie Muise to Present Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the U of M Crookston

Bird conservation will be the focus of a presentation by Charlie Muise Georgia’s Important Bird coordinator on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The program will take place at 7 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. There is no admission charge and all are welcome. The Important Bird Areas program of the National Audubon Society is designed to save birds and their habitats.

Muise has been involved in a number of bird conservation projects in Georgia and will explain the Important Bird Area program. For the past seven years, Muise has conducted research on a variety of bird-related subjects. Some of his projects include native prairie restoration on songbird populations; assisting with research on whimbrel and American oystercatcher migratory pathways; sharp-tailed sparrow (Nelson’s, Henslow’s, Seaside, and Saltmarsh) wintering habitat and distribution; Georgia’s first ever northern saw-whet owl banding station; loggerhead shrike radio telemetry to determine home range sizes; and prescribed fire in longleaf, prairie, and loblolly pine habitats.

Vanessa Lane, lecturer in the area of natural resources, is pleased to have someone with Muise’s expertise on campus. “Mr. Muise is a great public speaker, extremely knowledgeable, with amazing stories, information and photographs,” Lane says. “He will be engaging and the audience will take away great information on bird conservation.”

The event is sponsored by Natural Resources Club, the UMC Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. To learn more about the work of Georgia’s Important Bird Areas program, visit http://www.atlantaaudubon.org/iba-georgia.

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U of M Crookston Professor Dan Svedarsky Receives Education Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society

Dan Svedarsky (center) with MN Chapter President-Elect, Julie Reberg (on left), and David Rose, Chapter President at the annual meeting at St. Olaf. Photo by Julie MacSwain, Public Affairs Specialist, Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Dan Svedarsky, professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston, was recently honored with the 2014 Education Award. Presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Svedarsky received the recognition at the annual meeting of the Chapter at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., on March 3, 2014. The award is given to an individual, group, or agency for their contribution to the conservation education of adults and/or youth.

In announcing the award, awards chair, Evan Ingebrigtson, noted, “You have been nominated and selected to receive this award for the countless contributions you’ve made to the field of conservation education in Minnesota.”

While attending the meeting, Svedarsky also had the pleasure of accepting the Student Conservationist Award for two U of M Crookston natural resources majors: Senior Andy Albertsen, a senior from Nelson Minn.; and Vayla Van Dyke, a senior from Edgerton, Minn. “They are industrious, great students in the classroom, active in leadership activities, and will be fine ambassadors of this award,” Svedarsky said.

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization founded in 1943 ?that serves as an advocate for conservation professionals and for science-based conservation practice, programs, and policy. SWCS has over 5,000 members around the world, including researchers, administrators, planners, policymakers, technical advisors, teachers, students, farmers, and ranchers. Members come from nearly every academic discipline and many different public, private, and nonprofit institutions. The Society publishes a journal six times a year which focuses on integrated land management.

Vayla Van Dyke and Andy Albertsen

The mission of the Society is to foster the science and art of natural resource conservation. Members strive to conserve soil, water, and related natural resources on working land–the land used to produce food, fiber, fuel, and other services that improve the quality of life people experience in rural and urban communities. They work to discover, develop, implement, and constantly improve ways to use land that sustains its productive capacity and enhances the environment at the same time.

Svedarsky is a long-time member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society as well as a past national President of The Wildlife Society. “The SWCS is a key organization which focuses on conservation at the private land scale and is very hands-on oriented to land management,” according to Svedarsky. “This is the go-to professional organization for numerous UMC natural resources grads who now work for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, soil and water conservation districts, watershed districts, consulting agencies, and land restoration organizations. Often, when I go to these meetings, it’s like a UMC alumni gathering.”

More information about the Minnesota Chapter of the SWCS as well as the national organization can be found at; http://www.minnesotaswcs.org/

 


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