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Torch & Shield Award Banquet slated for November 3

By Michelle Christopherson, Director of Outreach and Engagement on
Thursday, October 28, 2021

CROOKSTON, Minn. - The Torch & Shield Award recognizes individuals who have provided leadership and who have aided in the development of the University of Minnesota Crookston, Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC), and Extension. It is the highest award an individual can receive from the campus.``We are excited to announce this year's recipients, Jason Brantner, the Frank W. Veden Charitable Trust, and Lyle Westrom, Ph.D.” said Chief Development Officer, Brandy Chaffee.

The Torch & Shield Award:

  • Honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region

  • Recognizes champions of UMN Crookston, NWROC and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach.

  • Distinguish both high profile individuals and those who have been "quiet" contributors to the success of UMN Crookston.

RSVPs are required by Monday, November 1 at noon and can be made by contacting Angelika Huglen at or 218-281-8401. Cost is $60 per person. Cocktail or black tie attire is preferred.

Torch & Shield evening information:

5:30 p.m. Program | Kiehle Auditorium 

6:30 p.m. Social | Kiehle Rotunda

7:30 p.m. Dinner | Brown Dining Room

About UMN Crookston

One of five campuses in the University of Minnesota System, the University of Minnesota Crookston cultivates curiosity by engaging students in hands-on learning connecting theory to practice. As the experienced leader in delivering education online, the Crookston campus offers a distinctive learning environment providing personal attention and mentorship to develop leaders, lifelong learners, and engaged citizens. Visit Crookston at  

About UMN

The University of Minnesota System, with campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and the Twin Cities, is driven by a singular vision of excellence. We are proud of our land-grant mission of world-class education, groundbreaking research, and community-engaged outreach, and we are unified in our drive to serve Minnesota. Learn more at


Shawn Smith

University Relations


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