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Friendship Ties It All Together

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Hockey has a strong physical connection to golf. Perhaps her 15 years of playing hockey helped make Senior Ashlee Humble a serious contender on the golf course for the Golden Ashlee HumbleEagles. 

Humble, an accounting graduate, picked up her first golf clubs when she a freshman in high school. She took some lessons but not too seriously but she eventually became serious about golf and it took her to the University of Minnesota Crookston to play.

Hockey and golf taught Humble different lessons.

“Golf has taught me patience and to believe in myself,” Humble says. “While hockey taught me to be a team player.” What she also picked up along the way were deep and lasting friendships through sport. 

The senior who graduated in early May from the University of Minnesota Crookston was already employed in Medical Business Services for Aurora Medical in Grand Forks, N.D., and worked part time there through the final weeks of her spring semester.

Adding working to her classes and her golf schedule became challenging, but Humble is well versed in the art of time management. She learned to drive time to golf tournaments as an opportunity to work on her class assignments.

“Originally I didn’t think I would be interested in such a small university,” Humble says. “I attended Rosemount High School and enjoyed the large high school, but a scholarship to play golf enticed me, and the great friends I made kept me here.”

Her biggest influences in life are her mother and grandmother, both examples of “working hard, living fiercely independent, and getting the job done on their own.” For Humble, these role models serve as motivation and inspiration for living.

Her faith also carries Humble forward. The result of her membership in the Newman Club, Humble developed a deep friendship with alumna Katrina Nordick 2016 who served as a mentor and friend as well as sponsoring her through confirmation.

Ashlee HumbleBeing busy didn’t cause Humble to shy away from involvement on campus including serving as a Crookston Student Association club representative for two years; a member of the Accounting and Finance Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Her membership in the student United Way organization developed her friendship with group’s advisor Brenda Bozyk, who works in Facilities and Operations on campus.

She enjoyed a summer internship with Crookston Paint & Glass using her accounting expertise on the job. Spending the summer there also gave her the opportunity to stay close to friends in Crookston and in the region before she began her senior year.

It is friendships that connect people all across campus to Humble and those connections have given her more than just social opportunities; they have provided a network of support for her and she values them all.

Humble would like to stay in the healthcare industry in the future. “I am excited to be done with homework; I am ready for a career,” she says.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 23 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 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


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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