Three Area Students at the U of M Crookston Receive Russell O. and Inez Sather Scholarship

Scholarship recipients were recently named by the University of Minnesota Crookston for the
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Kalli Peterson

 prestigious Sather Scholarship. Recipients of the Sather Scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year are Justin Cameron, a sophomore from Fisher, Minn., majoring in agronomy with an emphasis in crop production; Emmett LaCoursiere, a senior from Red Lake Falls, Minn., majoring in animal science with a pre-veterinary medicine emphasis; and Kalli Peterson, a senior from Hallock, Minn., double majoring in early childhood education and elementary education.
Students receiving the Russell O. and Inez Sather Memorial Scholarship must be advanced standing students maintaining at least a 3.0 grade point average and a high school graduate of Polk, Norman, Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Mahnomen, Clearwater, Roseau, or Kittson counties. Applicants were required to write an essay describing a person who has had a major impact on their life. Scholarship recipients are chosen by a committee including Ardell Knudsvig, chair; Adam Maruska; Carl Moland; Judy Neppel; and Lori Wagner.
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Justin Cameron

Dr. Russell Sather began serving as an internist with the Northwestern Clinic in Crookston in 1937. He was called to active duty during World War II from 1942 until 1946 and returned to Crookston in 1947 where he continued to practice until 1985. The scholarship was established in 1986.
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Emmett LaCoursiere

 

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Annual Student Awards Celebration Recognizes Excellence and Achievement for 2014-15 Academic Year at the U of M Crookston

The annual Student Awards Program, a celebration of student service, leadership, and academic and athletic achievement, was held recently at the University of Minnesota Crookston. To see photos from the Student Awards Celebration, visit the photo gallery.

Award recipients included the following students:

Builder of Diversity Award

Marina Farrow

Computer Help Desk Award

Cedric Citrowske

John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award

Renee Tomala

The Wildlife Society Travel Award

Megan Boetcher

Outstanding Agricultural Systems Management Student

Sam Jacobson

Crookston Student Association (CSA)

Bailey Braatz, Josee Plante, Delaney Kohorst, Younghwa “Gabriella” Byeon, and Joseph Wodarek. Emily Goff, Emily Campbell, Natalie Tym, Ann Baek, and Justin Goodroad. Emily Caldis, Monika Sweet, Cassie Hagg, Tareyn Stomberg, Mikala Guidinger.

Dale Knotek Community Service Award

Delta Theta Sigma

Female and Male Student Athlete of the Year

Ashley Martell and Matt Borowicz

Female and Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year

Katrina Moenkedick and Greg Lofquist

Justin Knebel Memorial Award

Lucas Reller

View all the student-athlete awards.

Outstanding Future Educator

Taoqin Shen

MCC President’s Student Leadership Award

Ashley Martell

Most Supportive of Students

Terrill Bradford

Outstanding Educator

Rachel McCoppin

Outstanding Service to Students

Chancellor Fred Wood

Outstanding Accounting Students

Manuella Brown and Cody Schoonover

Outstanding Animal Science Pre-veterinary Student

Jacqui Mueller

Outstanding Animal Science Student

Dylan Pratt

Outstanding Communication Student

Sumin “Nicki” Gwak

Outstanding Entrepreneurship Student

Jason Kulyk

Outstanding Management Student

Tyler Lowthian

Outstanding Environmental Science Students

Amber Suchy

Bryan Harvey

Outstanding Equine Science Student

Shannon Salm

Outstanding First Year Biology Students

Bryanna Grefthen

Kaycie Hagen

Outstanding Horticulture Student

Stephanie Reko

Outstanding Marketing Students

Delaney Kohorst

Bailey Braatz

Brennan Andreas

Kenzie Church

Outstanding Music and Theater Student

Alex Conwell

Outstanding Student Ambassadors

Emily Caldis

Tareyn Stomberg (Rookie of the Year)

Mikaela Trowbridge

Emily Campbell

Dakota Grimm

Cassie Hagg

Julia Rinn

Outstanding Student Representative

Tareyn Stomberg

Outstanding CSA Voting Delgate

Johnnie Pauly

Outstanding Writing Tutor

James Aasen

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Ross Sigler

Tyler Lowthian

Jesse Jennings

Justin Goodroad

Joan Melichar

Matthew Patrick

Mikala Guidinger

Bailey Braatz

Mikaela Trowbridge

Dakota Grimm

Cassie Hagg

Alisah Adams

Andrew Buell

Gyungyoun “Ann” Baek

Ashley Martell

Vanessa Robbins

Tareyn Stomberg

Emily Caldis

Amanda Hoffman

Alisha Adams

Outstanding Health Management Senior

Brittany Wauzynski

Outstanding Manufacturing Management Student

Danne Brown

Outstanding Finance Students

Trista Robinson

Michael Roedl

McKayla Walters

Jessica Hood (online)

Julia Job-Neist (online)

SOS Service Award

Tyler Lowthian

Andrew Buell

Emily Caldis

Joanie Melichar

Outstanding SOS Leader

Mikala Guidinger

Outstanding Animal Science Pre-vet Student

Jacqui Mueller

Outstanding Animal Science Student

Dylan Pratt

Outstanding Equine Science Student

Shannon Salm

Outstanding Study Abroad Experience Student

Laura Gabrielson

Outstanding CSA Voting Delegate

Johnnie Pauly

Outstanding Writing Tutor

James Aasen

Student Employee of the Year

Josh Rudbeck

John Niemczyk

Student Programmer of the Year

Andrew Buell

Study Abroad Experience Award

Laura Gabrielson

Student Achievement Awards

Brennan Andreas

Tomas Parker

Matt Borowicz

Jesse Jennings

Katelyn Rieland

Brooke Vatthauer

Kenzie Church

Emily Goff

Ashley Martell

Julia Rinn

Heather Buchhop

Ann Baek

Mary Mikutowski

Justin Goodroad

Emily Campbell

Emily Caldis

Woman of the Year

Mary Mikutowski

Man of the Year

Justin Goodroad

 

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Entrepreneur David G. Ekman, Class of 1981, to Address Class of 2015 during Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015, at the University of Minnesota Crookston

Entrepreneur David G. Ekman will address the University of Minnesota Crookston Class of _MG_6449_small.jpg2015 during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Graduates will take part in the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m. in Lysaker Gymnasium. All are welcome to attend.
Ekman (in photo, right), a 1981 graduate of the U of M Crookston, grew up in Argyle, Minn., and has more than 30 years of business experience. During his time at the U of M Crookston, he played college basketball, served as student senate president, and earned his associates degree in agricultural business management. While attending North Dakota State University and majoring in agricultural economics, Ekman started in the computer business by purchasing a ComputerLand franchise at the age of 20. This began a series of business ventures including a technology company, an internet service provider, a travel agency, hotel development and investment, a self-storage business, and various real estate projects.
He recently retired as the CIO of Multiband Corporation, a NASDAQ-listed field services company with more than 3,000 employees which he helped start.  He serves on various boards and committees, including the Campus Advisory and Advancement Board for the Crookston campus, and stays active in his many business dealings. Ekman and his wife, Paula, reside in Fargo, N.D., with their three teenage children.
A reception in the Northern Lights Lounge, Sargeant Student Center, precedes the commencement ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend both events; no tickets are required. Additionally, a special reception for online graduates will be held at 10 a.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargent Student Center, and a reception for international student graduates will be held following commencement exercises at 4 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center.
On Saturday at 2 p.m., the formal procession of faculty, candidates for degrees, and platform guests will begin from the Sargeant Student Center to the gymnasium led by Mace Bearer William Peterson, professor in the Math, Science, and Technology Department. The procession also includes Faculty Marshal W. Daniel Svedarsky, professor and director of the Center for Sustainability on the Crookston campus.

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Bringing greetings from the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is the Honorable Peggy Lucas (in photo, left), from Minneapolis, Minn., who will also assist with the conferring of the degrees.
University of Minnesota, Crookston Alumni Association (UMCAA) Board President Lauralee (Nicholas) Tupa ’05 will bring greetings from the UMCAA and welcome the new graduates to the alumni association. The U of M Crookston Community Band under the direction of TJ Chapman, lecturer in the Math, Science, and Technology Department, will perform along with selections during the ceremony by the campus choir under the direction of Associate Professor George French.
Graduating senior Justin Goodroad (in photo, right, below), a horticulture major from Lindstrom, Minn., Crookston Student Association (CSA) president, will speak on behalf of the Class of 2015 and pass the torch of education, a Crookston campus tradition, to the incoming CSA president

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Tareyn Stomberg, a junior double majoring in animal science and agricultural business from Menahga, Minn.
The 2015 commencement exercises mark the 107th graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. A live audio stream of the commencement exercises will be available at www.umcrookston.edu/people/services/mediaservices.
For more information, visit the commencement website at www.umcrookston.edu/commencement.
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Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) Seeks Members in Northwestern Minnesota to serve on its board of directors

Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) is seeking community members in Northwestern Minnesota to serve on its board of directors.

“We are one of five Regional Partnerships across the state that connects local communities and citizens with the resources of the University of Minnesota. For example, our board has supported innovative projects in Northwest Minnesota like Community Gardens, Connecting Children and Nature and Sustainable Tourism Assessment. We seek forward-thinking board members who will help us contribute to a more vibrant and sustainable Minnesota, now and into the future,” says Abby Gold, current board chair.

Each of the five Regional Partnerships (Southeast, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Central) is citizen-driven, building community-University partnerships that create new opportunities and solve problems in Greater Minnesota. The Partnerships are a division of University of Minnesota Extension.

According to Linda Kingery, executive director, board members function as a team, working with local communities to identify and implement projects that foster sustainability in agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

Members of the NWRSDP board also:
• solicit, evaluate, and vote on proposals
• participate in regular boards and focus area work group meetings–both in-person and by    conference calls–contributing time, energy, and insight to projects
• serve for three years with mileage and honorarium for agreed upon meetings and special    assignments.

Board membership is open to residents of Greater Minnesota and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students. To be considered for a position, please submit your application by Friday, May 28, 2015 for terms starting in July of 2015.

For more information, see “Board members information and application” at http://RSDP.umn.edu.

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.

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

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Reflections on the people, places, and incredible animals of South Africa to be presented at the U of M Crookston on Tuesday, April 21

University of Minnesota Crookston Chancellor Fred Wood and wildlife biologist Dan Svedarsky will give a joint presentation on Africa, on Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. in the Prairie Room, Sargeant Student Center.

Chancellor Wood visited South Africa in December 2014 since he has a daughter in Swaziland serving as a Peace Corp Volunteer. While there, he also visited Kruger National Park. “It was a rich cultural and natural history experience,” notes Chancellor Wood. “The conditions are very different from North America in so many ways, and I now have a deeper appreciation for that part of the world.”

Dan Svedarsky was in Durbin, South Africa, in 2012 presenting a paper at the International Wildlife Management Congress and also visited Kruger Park.

The joint presentation will feature many slides and accompanying narrative on the people, places, and incredible animals of the African Bush and Savannah. The event is open to the public and is part of Earth Month at the Crookston campus and sponsored by the Crookston Students for Sustainable Development. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Dan Svedarsky at 218-281-8129.

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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Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Healthcare Management and Accounting at the U of M Crookston Receive High Marks from TheBestSchools.org

The University of Minnesota Crookston recently had two of its online bachelor’s degree TheBestSchools.jpgprograms ranked among the best in the U.S. by TheBestSchools.org, an online resource for campus and online education. The U of M Crookston’s online bachelor’s degree program in health management was ranked number five among The 20 Best Online Bachelor in Healthcare Management Degree Programs, and its online bachelor’s degree program in accounting was listed at number twelve among The 25 Best Online Accounting Degree Programs.

The selections were based on quality of program, types of courses provided, and faculty strength, as well as school awards, rankings, and reputation.

TheBestSchools.org has given the U of M Crookston’s online degree programs accolades in the past. In 2014, the Crookston campus ranked at number four among The 20 Best Online Bachelor in Marketing Degree Programs; number five among The 20 Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Management Degree Programs; and number eleven among The 20 Best Online Bachelor of Information Technology Degree Programs.

To view the U of M Crookston’s listing, go to www.thebestschools.org/rankings. To learn more about earning a bachelor’s degree online, visit www.umcrookston.edu/academics/online.

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: Andrew Svec, director of communications, marketing, and public relations, 218-281-8432 (asvec@umn.edu); Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director, communications, 218-281-8432 (ltollefs@umn.edu)

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Learning Abroad Trip to Brazil Shows Differences and Similarities in Agriculture, Business, Culture to Students in Global Seminar in Agriculture and Natural Resources Class

As instructor Chuck Lariviere looked at the list of students in his global seminar in Brazil_study_abroad_2015.jpgagriculture and natural resources class and their majors, he began to adapt the planned spring break trip. Ten students with interests spanning all aspects of agriculture had an opportunity to learn more about culture, agriculture, business, and the natural beauty that is Brazil.

One of the highlights of the trip was a tour of SLC Agricola’s Paiaguas Farm, one of seventeen farm units of a Brazilian agricultural producer, founded in 1977 by the SLC Group, focused mainly on cotton, soybean and corn. The 915,000 acre corporate operation is owned by shareholders and the students were impressed by both its organization and its cleanliness. “If you walked into a show farm, it would look like SLC Agricola,” says Junior Lee Borgerding, a double major in agriculture business and agricultural systems management from Brooten, Minn.

Senior Katie Myhre, an animal science major from Whapeton, N.D., enjoyed a special opportunity to meet up with her former roommate while on the trip. “It was fun to reconnect with her and visit her in her home country,” Myhre says.

Brazil_scenic.jpgWhat Lariviere likes best about the time in Brazil is showing students the many aspects of agriculture and offering them the chance to compare similarities and differences between the two countries. “We learned about issues related to the jungle and sustainability, urban issues, and topics related to ag business, farming, agricultural mechanics and facilities, and animal science,” he says. “I hope they brought back an experience that taught them firsthand about things they had little knowledge of or they didn’t know before, and that they can relate to their own previous experiences.”

For Lacey Greniger, a sophomore majoring in animal science from Nashwauk, Minn., the trip has sparked an interest in another learning abroad possibility in the future. “In the twelve days we were gone, I learned about culture and about the people, which I really enjoyed,” she says. The grocery store was one place she saw a difference. “The Brazilian stores sell their ‘junk food’ in much smaller containers than you find in the U.S. and there were things we are used to that they do not have like peanut butter, chocolate chips, and pancakes and maple syrup.”

Tareyn Stomberg, a junior from Menahga, Minn., double majoring in animal science and agricultural business, says that the trip taught her greater respect. “They have a highly competitive educational system, and in order to go to college, they must be in the top of their class,” she explains. “I have an increased amount of respect for and a better understanding of the Brazilian students here, and I am also enjoying having things in common with them after visiting their country.”

Along with Stomberg, Greniger, Borgerding, and Myhre, students on the trip included IMG_20150318_110202.jpgKevin Bunde, a fall 2014 graduate in agricultural systems management from Parkers Prairie, Minn.; Brady Gillespie, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management from Graceville, Minn.; Sam Jacobson, a junior majoring in agricultural systems management from New York Mills, Minn.; Sheila Johnson, a senior majoring in agronomy from Viking, Minn.; Luke Lundeby, a senior majoring in agricultural systems management from Osnabrock, N.D.; and Amy Stadtherr, a junior majoring in agricultural business from New Ulm, 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, visit www.umcrookston.edu.

In the photos, left to right:
Top photo at Iguazu Falls Bird Park: Lee Borgerding, Chuck Lariviere, Kevin Bunde, Amy Stadtherr, Luke Lundby, Sam Jacobson, Tareyn Stomberg, Brady Gillespie, Sheila Johnson, Katie Myhre, Lacy Greniger, and Antonio Nogueira, who served as gide.

Middle photo – Sugarloaf Mountain overlooking Copacabana Beach: Front Row Katie Myhre, Tareyn Stomberg, Lacy Greniger, Middle Row – LtoR Antonio Nogueira, Sheila Johnson, Amy Stadtherr, Sam Jacobson, Back row – LtoR Luke Lundby, Kevin Bunde, Brady Gillespie, Chuck Lariviere, and Lee Borgerding.

Bottom photo is of students during the tour of SLC Agricola’s Paiaguas Farm.

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

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Two Weekend Music Concerts feature U of M Crookston Jazz Band and Community Band on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26 in Kiehle Auditorium

Two special band concerts will feature the music of the University of Minnesota CrookstonJazz Band.jpg Jazz Band and the Community Band, both under the direction of TJ Chapman. The concerts are free and everyone is invited to attend.

The Jazz Band Concert will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The concert will feature guest artist Ted Chapman, a rock and blues guitarist from Hagerstown, Maryland. The audience will enjoy a cross section of music including swing, blues, rock, and funk. It will also feature several U of M Crookston students and members of the Crookston community.

On Sunday, April 26, the Community Band will perform a western-themed concert at 1 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. The concert will feature Rossini’s William Tell Overture, Copland’s Hoedown from “Rodeo,” and selections from Rogers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” as well as others.

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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U of M Crookston Finance Major and Sophomore Hunter Rauvola, Floodwood, Minn., Combines Penchant for Numbers, People

University of Minnesota Crookston business student Hunter Rauvola enjoys working withrauvola_h_small.jpg numbers but chose his major based on a desire to also meet and work with people. The sophomore finance major has been enjoying his classes in business management along with those dealing with tax preparation and finance.

Growing up on a farm near Floodwood, Minn., Rauvola was a three-sport athlete for Cromwell High School, and although he considered playing college sports, an ACL tear during his senior football season began to increase his focus on academics. He attended Lake Superior College as a senior in high school as a post-secondary enrollment option student. “The U of M Crookston accepted my credits and because the campus was transfer friendly, I chose to major in finance here,” he says.

“My dad went to school in Crookston in the late 1970s when it was a two-year institution, but I really chose the campus because I liked it when I visited, and the staff really worked with me and the credits I had accumulated,” Rauvola continues.

rauvola_h_alone_small.jpgA tax preparation class, taught by Associate Professor Scott Leckie, has students preparing taxes for elderly people in the community, for students, and for those who meet the income requirement. Rauvola has been enjoying the work. “I like helping the people who come in and it fits with my interest in numbers and people,” he says. “I also appreciate the patience people have with us as we learn to work in a real situation.” During tax season, he spent four hours a week working on tax preparation as a service-learning project in the class. Students prepare the taxes and a tax professional reviews them before they are completed for the client.

Lisa Loegering, assistant director in the Office of Community Engagement, has seen the benefits on both sides of this particular service-learning project. “An instructor could use other methods to teach many of the things students need to know when preparing taxes, but what makes this service-learning project special is that students are doing real work and learning valuable people skills as they deal with clients along the way,” Loegering says. “This project does what service-learning is designed to do–offer students meaningful community service with instruction and reflection activities that meet course objectives and address community-defined needs. It truly benefits everyone involved.”

Since he came to campus last fall, Rauvola has been active in the Accounting & Finance Society and the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS) chapter on campus as well as serving as the chairman of fundraising for Enactus, a campus club that is part of the international non-profit organization that brings together student, academic and business leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Kenneth Johnson, management lecturer, has had the opportunity to get to know Rauvola as his principles of management instructor and as an advisor to NSLS. “Hunter has a rare combination of excellent technical skills coupled with phenomenal communication skills,” Johnson says. “Because he is so well-rounded, and has such an engaging personality, I see him going far in his future career.”

This summer will find Rauvola at work in the Northview Bank in Floodwood, and he hopes to find a home in banking in the future. But, first, he plans to pursue his MBA after completing his bachelor’s degree, and as he goes, discovering exactly where his passions lie and where future opportunities might take him.

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.

In the photo, at top, are Hunter Rauvola (right) with Senior Ross Siegler working on tax preparation.

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

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U of M Crookston Senior Sumin “Nicki” Gwak, Finds Campus Filled with Opportunities for International Students

Written by Nicki Gwak (in top photo at right), a senior from South Korea majoring in communication

One of my aunts is a Canadian, another aunt and one of my uncles is from the United States and one of my 1960880_550061141774028_652063226_o.jpggrandmothers lives in Japan. With this diverse background in family, I had been dreaming of going abroad and being fascinated by exotic things.

Fortunately, I had a really good chance in one program in South Korea that transfers students from universities in South Korea to universities in the United States. I believed that I was grown up enough to live by myself, and I did not want to miss this chance. Finally, I applied for the program and I got in. For preparation, I studied English and took some general classes to help myself adapt to the new environment.

I remember the first day when I arrived at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The very first feeling I had was, “It is so cold.” And when I got to my room, nobody was there, but I knew that someone would be living with me, my roommate. A couple of days later, my roommate arrived. It was so awkward, and I was too shy to talk to her. Worse, I did not know what to say because I was pretty sure she was not going to talk to me. We looked different, and we did not speak same language. However, unlike all my assumptions full of worries, my roommate Christiana Boadu broke all these walls between me and her and filled me with confidence. She did not actually tell me what to do, but I naturally learned a lot hanging out with her and her friends. And I was so surprised when I found myself not feeling like I was a stranger anymore.

The most interesting part that I enjoy at UMC is the student organizations. With a high recommendation from my roommate and Community Advisor, I started to get involved in the student community through student clubs. Among many of them, Multicultural International Club (MIC) opened my mind and sight to learn how to get along with students from many different countries. Through the club, I had a great time talking with them and exchanging our own cultures with each other, and there were a lot of fun events as well! Starting with MIC, there were many opportunities for me to be involved in many groups, and wherever I went, everyone welcomed me, which was so sweet and a great comfort to an international student.

11048284_10153684533944128_8799671979719201048_n.jpgLike this, I got a lot of help from others including student communities, my friends, advisors, and teachers. Appreciating all the help, I was also dreaming of making myself useful to others and being someone who could help international students, like me, enjoy the campus life in United States. During the second semester, some Korean students and I founded the Korean Students Association (KSA) to help existing Korean students on campus and the future students. It was hard to be responsible for leadership but also fun to organize programs and help them practically. It is too great to describe verbally how great and satisfying it was to help others.

However, KSA did a great job and I was looking for more ways to be helpful to others in the community where I belonged. It was MIC. As an active member, I enjoyed a lot of fun things such as the International Dinner Series, several trips to Fargo and Grand Forks, and serving in the community. Especially in community service, such as working at the food banks, the Gala for Girls, the Humane Society, along with opportunities to engage in conversations through Soup and Substance, people were so nice and volunteering was not hard at all, rather I had fun a lot!

And one day, one of the members asked me to run for an election to serve on a board. And luckily, I grabbed the opportunity to become a president of MIC. It was different being one of official members of the board compared to just being an active member within the club. I needed to be more confident, more decisive, more responsible, and more open to others. There were some moments full of stress, but I chose it because I wanted to help others. There was no reason to be burdened. Instead, I enjoyed it, why not?

At the same time, I got an opportunity to be a Community Adviser (CA) in Residential Life. Being a CA sounded really difficult, and it required me to do many things as well. The most difficult thing is improving my English again, enduring pressure to be a student role model, and balancing my work and study. However, all the work improved me and made me more mature and confident. And I was involved in another community which was amazing. People liked to learn about my culture and they also liked to teach me about their cultures.

_MG_7596_small.jpgLikewise, I met many opportunities while at UMC being an international student. At the same time, I believed that I also gave opportunity to other international students to have a memorable time at UMC and for others to learn about differences we have and to understand those. For example, this year, I presented at the Korean Dinner coordinated by Rae French. It was another great chance to make my last semester memorable and to let my friends, the Crookston community, and all the people from UMC know about my home country, South Korea. I was surprised that so many people came to the dinner and people seemed interested in what I was talking about. I can say it was a great finale for my last semester.

During all my semesters at UMC, I have been both internationally and domestically involved in this small school. And I am going to graduate this May. Through all the opportunities UMC gave me, I feel such achievement. But at the same time I feel so sad to leave the school and the special people including my friends and all faculty I worked with that I will not forget forever in my life. I really appreciate all the experiences that I have had and that I might not be able to have as I get older.

And I also learned a lesson while I was a student here. If I get something from a community, I need to give something back to the community. Being a help to others is a great way to improve the community where one belongs and to improve oneself as well. And being an international student does not mean that one always needs help from others.

Grab the opportunities that lie in front of you. There are more chances than people actually thought. And through the opportunities, it will be amazing once you find yourself being around with great people and being a great person to others. Lastly, I would like to emphasize that University of Minnesota, Crookston has opened all sorts of possibilities and potential for me, and so it can for you.

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

 

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