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Academic Year brings Excitement as Fall Semester Set to Begin

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fall semester classes begin August 22 at the University of Minnesota Crookston but the campus is already preparing to welcome back student-athletes on Tuesday, August 8. Along with the return of students for the new academic year and the anticipation of athletic competition, the campus is actively preparing for fall semester.

Chancellor Mary Holz-Clause began her duties in late June and is settling into her new role. She has enjoyed meeting a number of faculty and staff on campus this summer as well as members Mary Holz-Clauseof the Crookston community. The summer also included visits to campus by local legislators Debra Kiel and Mark Johnson along with a visit by Matt Kramer, vice president for university relations and government relations for the U of M system. Strategic planning continues as leadership looks at the campus now and plans the path to the future. Leading a retreat for the executive leadership and attending a retreat for University of Minnesota chancellors with U of M President Eric Kaler will highlight Chancellor Holz-Clause’s schedule the weeks before classes begin.

Barbara Keinath, vice chancellor for academic and student affairs announced University of Minnesota Board of Regents approval of the following U of M Crookston faculty members for tenure: Timothy Dudley, associate professor in the Math, Science and Technology Department; Abdorrahman Alghamdi, associate professor in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department; and Rani Bhattacharyya, associate Extension professor at Minnesota Extension.

A new program designed to help students build a home away from home will launch this fall. The Community Host Program is designed to facilitate informal friendships and networking for first-year students at the U of M Crookston with local community members, faculty and staff, and alumni.

A new laboratory, officially referred to as the University of Minnesota Crookston Center for Collaborative Research (UMC-CCR), will become a reality thanks to investment by the U of M Crookston and a grant from the University of Minnesota’s Office of the Vice President for Research. Construction will begin as soon as design plans are finalized.

The Wellness Center will mark its one year anniversary since opening to students in August 2016. Katy Johnson joined Wellness Center staff as the new director beginning her duties in July.

As part of an effort to enhance employee engagement, the U of M Crookston will launch its new Leadership Academy this fall. The program is designed to create a culture of leadership by assisting faculty and staff in the development of leadership skills, capacity and readiness, and help position them to move their programs, units, departments, and the campus forward. Informational sessions about the program will be offered during in August.

Along with 34 bachelor’s degrees, a new minor is available to students in sport and recreation management bringing the total number of minors to 23. A new virtual tour was added to the campus website last spring featuring interviews with students and footage of campus and the student experience:

Looking further ahead, Homecoming 2017 will take place September 29 and 30. The theme for this year’s activities is “Bleed Maroon, Finish Gold.” Plan to attend the Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, September 29 honoring Athletic Hall of Fame inductees Scott Oliver, former hockey and football coach; Joe Hasz 2006, men's basketball; and the 2002 Men's Golf Team. Outstanding Alumni honorees include Carl Wittenburg 1985; Jeff Stauffenecker 1990; and Abbey Award winner (young alumni award) Brittani (Boehlke) Fiecke 2006. For reservations, contact Rose Ulseth at 218-281-8439. To view all the homecoming activities, visit

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 23 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis 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


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations


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