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 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.


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

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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;


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River Watch Recognizes U of M Crookston’s Laura Bell with Voyageur Award for 2014

She has been a part of River Watch since she was a freshman in high school, first as a student in their pilot program. Today, Laura Bell (photo, right) is lab services coordinator in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston and the “go-to” River Watch person on the Crookston campus. At the spring River Watch Forum, Bell was recognized with the Voyageur Award.

The award recognizes efforts that go above and beyond the normal monthly monitoring duties of the River Watch program and demonstrating the greater potential and contribution that River Watch can provide to a school, a community, and a watershed. Bell is the current River Watch liaison with Fisher, Climax, and East Grand Forks River Watch teams. She paddles with the River Explorers program and helps with both the River Watch Forum and the annual Water Quality and Water Monitoring Training and Certification Day.

More than 25 River Watch teams provide valuable water quality data at more than 150 river sites throughout northwest Minnesota. Teams presented posters of their monitoring and research results at the 19th Annual River Watch Forum held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Students visited with resource professionals at concurrent sessions on a wide range of topics, including stream ecology, groundwater issues, Red River fishing, invasive species, and river recreation options. To learn more, visit

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65th Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at the U of M Crookston

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their science projects and compete at the 65th Annual Western Minnesota Regional Science Fair to be hosted at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The science fair slated for Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center is for students in the Western Minnesota Region which includes the counties of Big Stone, Becker, Clay, Grant, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse and Wilkins.

Entries and required forms for projects must be postmarked by Monday, February 17, 2014. Papers must be postmarked absolutely no later than Monday, February 24, 2014. Mail forms/papers to Western MN Regional Science Fair, c/o Katy Nannenga, University of Minnesota Crookston, 2900 University Ave., Crookston, Minn., 56716. All forms, fee information, and additional details about the science fair are available at

Registration and project set-up begin at 8 a.m. the day of the competition with judging at 10 a.m. The public is invited to view the projects from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. The event culminates with an awards ceremony at 2 p.m.

The regional science fairs are a learning opportunity for students in middle school or high school interested in science, technology, engineering and math. They also provide selected students the chance to compete for prizes at the State Science & Engineering Fair in March. The science fairs are a chance for participants to present and to engage in dialogue about their research. Evaluation is based on four criteria: the process of science; effectiveness of communication; context of the project and their scope of understanding (

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Lantern New Year Celebration Features Area Students and CAAM Chinese Dance Theater Saturday, February 22, 2014, including Workshops, Dinner, and Performance

Area students have been preparing since November for the opportunity to perform with the CAAM Chinese Dance Theater dancers as part of the Lantern New Year Celebration at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The activities begin at 2 p.m. with workshops in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center, followed by dinner in Brown Dining Room at 5 p.m., and concluding with a special dance performance at 6:30 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium. Tickets include all activities and are $15 for adults and $10 for students. They can be purchased by calling Rae French at 218-281-8339 and also will be available at the door on the day of the event.

The workshops are available for all ages and include a Paper Cutting and Lantern Making Workshop from 2-3 p.m.; a History of the New Year Workshop follows from 3-4 p.m.; and a Chinese Language and Writing Workshop will run from 4-5 p.m. At 5 p.m., dinner will be served in Brown Dining Room, followed by the dance performance at 6:30 p.m.

To commemorate the close of the New Year celebration, children from the Crookston, Fisher, Thief River Falls, Moorhead, and Lengby areas will join students from the U of M Crookston and CAAM Chinese Dance Theater for several dances.

The performance is made possible by Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Learning Program; CAAM; CDT; International Programs Office; Confucius Institute; Concerts and Lectures Committee; Diversity Programs; Admissions, Sodexo Dining Services, and a grant from the Coke Community Initiative fund.

In the photos, top, right, dancers practice the Ribbon Dance and bottom, left, performers work on the Dragon Dance. 

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Third Annual Clean Water for Everyone Dinner to be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center

A project which has successfully provided clean drinking water and sanitation in developing countries is in its third year at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The Clean Water for Everyone annual dinner, which helps to fund the Clean Water for Everyone project through UMC Enactus, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Tickets for the dinner are $25 and may be purchased by contacting a member of Enactus or by contacting the advisor Courtney Bergman at 218-281-8188.

Clean Water for Everyone has provided clean drinking water and sanitation for communities in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nepal, and Nigeria. To learn more about Clean Water for Everyone, visit


The Clean Water for Everyone initiative was established to help provide access to clean water in third world countries. In Nepal, Enactus helped provide a water pump station for a boarding school. The system pumps water out of a river, filters it, and then supplies the clean water to the school. Proceeds from the 2012 dinner helped fund the two bore holes near Amai College with a second at the Amai Nursery and Primary school in  Ajangbadi, Ojo, local government of Nigeria. This work continued with support from the 2013 Clean Water dinner and other fundraising efforts in Nigeria and Nepal.

The mission of UMC Enactus, formerly Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is to educate, inspire, and reinvest in our community while expanding our minds in the ever changing global business world. The global non-profit organization active in more than 40 countries, encourages students to work in partnership with business and higher education where they are challenged to develop community outreach projects including: free market economics, personal success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, business ethics, sustainability, and environmental sustainability. To learn more about Enactus, visit

The UMC Enactus team is advised by Sam Walton Fellow Courtney Bergman, lecturer in the Business Department at the U of M Crookston.

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Workshops on Social Media and Government Contracting for Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners on Tuesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the U of M Crookston

Two workshops designed for small business owners and entrepreneurs are slated for February at the University of Minnesota Crookston. The topics will include the basics of getting your business online and social media tools that can lead to business success on Tuesday, February 18 and an introduction to government contracting on Thursday, February 20.

An introduction to social media workshop will take place on Tuesday, February 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Business Boardroom, Dowell Hall, on the Crookston campus. Presenting the workshop will be Maren Hamilton from the Flint Group in Fargo, N.D. Hamilton will discuss the basics for small business owners and go over information about deciding if social media is right for you and the social media strategies. She will also go over how to combine your business goals with social media marketing as well as the basics of the most popular social media sites. Registration is $10 interested participants can register online at workshop is sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES), and the Small Business Development Center.

On Thursday, February 20, the Northwest Minnesota Foundation and CRES will sponsor a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Workshop on the Introduction to Government Contracting. The workshop runs from 9 to 11 a.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center. Arlette Abrahamson a specialist from PTAC will be presenting and the workshop is free. Registration is available online at

A follow-up to the social media workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 12 from 9-11 a.m. in Bede Ballroom. This training will be focused on how you should design a website with goals in mind, learn what SEO (search engine optimization) is and why it’s important, and what social media sites to use for specific businesses. There is a $10 registration fee. Register at

For more information about these workshops, contact Rachel Lundbohm, director, CRES, 218-281-8190 or by visiting the CRES website at

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U of M Crookston Senior Dustin Smith Selected to Attend USDA 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum February 20-21, 2014

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of 30 university students to attend USDA’s 2014 Agricultural Outlook Forum, titled “The Changing Face of Agriculture,” to be held Feb. 20- 21, 2014, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, Va. University of Minnesota Crookston Senior Dustin Smith (in photo), a double major in agronomy and agricultural business from Browerville, Minn., was one of twenty university juniors and seniors who were chosen on the basis of their essays on “Agriculture as a Career.” Ten graduate students were selected for their response to “The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.” The list of all winners is posted at

“The future of agriculture and rural America depends on the upcoming generation of leaders in farming, ranching and conservation, and the students selected to attend the Agricultural Outlook Forum are among the best young leaders our country has to offer,” said Vilsack. “Participating in the Agricultural Outlook Forum will expose these students to a variety of perspectives on this country’s most pressing agricultural challenges and lay the groundwork for bright futures in food, fiber and forestry.”

USDA’s Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program is designed to introduce students to contemporary agribusiness, future trends, scientific research, and agricultural policy in today’s real world environment. The students are from land-grant, Hispanic-serving, and non land-grant agricultural and renewable resources universities. Since the program’s start in 2007, annual sponsorship has been provided by CHS, Inc. and Farm Credit.

USDA’s Economic Research Service, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources Conservation Service also provide support. The University of Maryland Eastern Shore partners with USDA to make the program possible. Several of the 2014 winning essays are found here:

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Entrepreneurship Major Offers Unique Advantage to Business Students at U of M Crookston

The underlying quality of a successful entrepreneur is the ability to create and develop sustainable business ideas and adapt to changing conditions. A new major in entrepreneurship in the Business Department at the University of Minnesota Crookston will offer students the opportunity to develop skills needed to recognize ideas and potential ventures, evaluate feasibility, assemble resources, and launch new ventures. The entrepreneurship major is available to students on campus as well as online.

The best entrepreneurs are those who possess a solid functional knowledge of the business world, the skills and vision to inspire and motivate others, and the ability to navigate change and persist in the belief of their ideas. Students will gain knowledge in business development, finance, and innovation along with developing their leadership and decision-making skills. Graduates will add immediate value to any organizational setting.

Under the leadership of Susan Brorson, professor and head, the Business Department is committed to excellence. “Offering an entrepreneurship major will help meet changing demands of employers, heightened competition, and enhance the economic and job growth realized from entrepreneurial activity,” Brorson says. “Entrepreneurial behavior is increasingly recognized as a critical necessity for growth of the U.S. and international economy. It is an exciting major with a wide range of possibilities.

“The University of Minnesota Crookston has a tradition of providing experiential learning, and the Business Department as a unit has long embraced an applied approach to course delivery, infusing significant “learning by doing” elements in its curriculum,” Brorson says.

A student majoring in entrepreneurship can enhance the work of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurial Studies (CRES) and Economic Development Administration (EDA) Center located on campus by assisting entrepreneurs and economic development entities in their efforts to build businesses, communities, and regions. Through course-based team projects and coordination of internships, students gain experience and assist CRES and EDA in helping actual clients make better decisions about future actions.

The Business Department also offers majors and minors in accounting, finance, management, manufacturing management, marketing, quality management, and sport and recreation management. To learn more, visit

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


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