Greetings from the University of Minnesota Crookston!

Thank you, thanks to all who attended Homecoming festivities and athletic events last week. A valued tradition of University of Minnesota Crookston alumni, students, and fans, Homecoming has a rich history that is meaningful to many. Various stages of history with the University, the state, and the country have shaped what Homecoming is today.

Next year, the Crookston campus will celebrate its 30th year as a baccalaureate institution. Classes began at the University of Minnesota Technical Institute on September 21, 1966. Associate in Applied Science degrees were offered in three academic divisions: agriculture, business, and general studies. Dedication ceremonies for the new college were held on November 30, 1966. That fall, 187 students officially registered, adjusting to the new college atmosphere and learning from a faculty of 26. Students of the Northwest School of Agriculture and the U of M "Tech" shared the campus through the spring of 1968. Want more history? Make sure to visit our history pages as we look forward to next September’s celebration.

It is important to acknowledge the diverse religious and cultural observances that occur throughout the year. This diversity enriches our University community and the work and learning that occurs here. There are often questions on how to celebrate diversity while also being respectful of our individual differences. This week was the observance of Indigenous Peoples Day, which has replaced Columbus Day as a state holiday in more than a dozen states. Indigenous Peoples Day is centered around reflecting on the tribal roots of this nation and the tragic stories as they were forced out of their homelands.

As a four-year, public university with a current enrollment of 1,489 undergraduate students plus 814 students involved with Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) and College In The High School (CIHS), we continue to recruit a diverse student body and have increased our efforts within northwest Minnesota, eastern North Dakota and Wisconsin. UMN Crookston proudly carries on a tradition of over a century of educational service to northwestern Minnesota.

Always affiliated with the U of M, the campus was first established in 1906 as a residential high school - the Northwest School of Agriculture. Our roots run deep in natural resources and agriculture. As next week approaches our admission counselors and agriculture staff will travel to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The National FFA Organization is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Sok Leng Tan, director of global programs, and I, traveled to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam at the end of September and met our first cohort of joint program students majoring in English. This group of eight students have just completed their first year with our partner university, the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH), a member of Vietnam National University (VNU) public universities. Those students are in the process of obtaining their visas and coming to Crookston. Another 12 students accepted their admission offer on September 28 and will begin their first year at USSH before working their way to UMN Crookston the following year.

Remember to check our events calendar and come out and join us at our numerous events.

Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause

Story Contact: Jess Bengtson