• UMC Career Fair
  • Agri Women
  • Artist Night in Crookston presented by UMC
  • Farm to Table cheers at supper table
  • UMC Students posing for a picture with sunglasses
  • UMC Career Fair employers talking with faculty
  • Employees at NAPA Crookston Welding in Crookston
  • Local manufactuer
  • Simplot at the UMC Career Fair
  • UMC Career Fair Banner
  • Welcome to Crookston banner
  • Red Lake Falls MN and Warren MN city logos
  • Widman's Candy and China Moon downtown Crookston MN

Outreach and Engagement

The Office of Outreach and Engagement works to develop relationships, plan, deliver and manage innovative pathways to strengthen the vitality of the campus and region. We do this by engaging corporate organizations to strengthen University events. 

UMN Crookston's Office of Outreach & Engagement collaborates with the Northwest Minnesota Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the Economic Development Administration (EDA) Center, and the Veden Center as well as educational opportunities for individuals and organizations, such as classes, workshops, and certificate programs for workforce, business to strengthen the vitality of northwest Minnesota.

Outreach and Engagement and Facility and Operations team up downtown Crookston to put together a planter.2021 Downtown Planter

The Office of Outreach and Engagement teamed up with facilities and grounds to beautify a bit of downtown Crookston. Flower beds and hanging baskets are part of the Crookston Chamber of Commerce and City of Crookston’s beautification efforts. Pictured below are Ryan Lisell, gardener; Rebecca Sanders, building and grounds worker; Michelle Christopherson, director of outreach and engagement; and student Jear Flage, horticulture/turf management intern.

Programs and Services

Programs and Services

Who we are:

The Office of Outreach & Engagement leads and coordinates promotion, and outreach efforts for the University. Through collaboration internally and externally to establish and advance UMN Crookston's reputation as a premier provider of education. By strengthening regional and state-wide relationships with corporate and community partners facilitating student needs such as internships, sponsorships, etc.  The Office of Outreach & Engagement to provides overall management, coordination, and leadership of University community programs, including strategic visioning and planning, and program budgeting and fundraising.  Special event coordination for the Campus such as invited speakers, celebrations and several annual events.

We build alliances and partnerships to deliver innovative programs and services in support of regional community and pathways for individuals to be involved with UMN Crookston as students, supporters and funders. By creating and sustaining strong relationships with public and private partners increased partnerships, generating new revenue while being accountable for budgets.  Work includes effective collaboration within and between UMN admin offices, campus committees and academic units. The Office too evelops, delivers and promotes innovative profitable programs for new, underserved or untapped markets.

The EDA and the SBDC area available to integrate projects into courses offered on the University of Minnesota Crookston campus. These projects become an integral part of the course curriculum and are designed to benefit small business owners and entrepreneurs, while providing students with real-world business experiences.  

  • Services for existing businesses
  • Services for start-ups
  • Training workshops and seminars
  • Professional, confidential consulting

We commit University resources to work with community partners on:

  • Advancing high-growth entrepreneurship.
  • Business expansion including small and medium sized as well as ethnically diverse enterprises.
  • Developing a high-skilled regional workforce.

What we do:

  • Engaging innovators and economic developers
  • Conducting research and provide analysis and technical assistance
  • Facilitating educational and entrepreneurial conversations
  • Disseminating what is learned to those who can use to lead and make data driven decisions

SBDC and EDA activities are no cost to the client and include, but are not limited to:

  • Marketing and management strategies
  • Business plans
  • Assistance with accounting software
  • Marketing research
  • Competitive analysis
  • Social media marketing

Other Services by the Office of Outreach and Engagement

  • Student to Business Initiative (SBI) Registration

  • Education & training opportunities

  • Facilities & planning services

  • Classes & events

  • Partner organizations

Maroon & Gold Friday's

Maroon & Gold Friday's

Regal the Eagle, students, faculty and/or staff will be visiting businesses on Fridays. Beginning Sept. 2019 through May 2020. Any participating and registered Maroon and Gold business/organization wearing maroon and gold during that visit will win tickets to UMC Athletics games. Winners will then be entered into a drawing to win the grand prize of a $250 office party pack from a local establishment.  Two office parties will be awarded one at the end of fall and spring semesters.

Register Now at z.umn.edu/mgfridays

Fall Semester Maroon and Gold Winner
American Federal Bank, November 15 2019 maroon and gold visits

American Federal Bank was among 28 Crookston businesses who participated, UMN Crookston thanks each and every one of them. The following businesses participated in Maroon and Gold Fridays: Crookston United Insurance, CHEDA - Crookston Housing and Economic Development Authority, Crookston Inn and Convention Center, Wonderful Life Foods, Widseth Smith Nolting, Crookston Times, Biermaier Chiropractic Clinic, Altru Clinic, Choice Therapy, Crookston Hardware Hank, AmericInn By Wyndham, First Community Credit Union, City of Crookston, Anytime Fitness, American Federal Bank, Erickson Embroidery, RiverView Health, Strander Guaranty & Title, Opticare-Crookston Vision Associates, RBJ's Restaurant, B & E Meats, Hugo's Grocery Store, Brost Chevrolet, Christian Brothers Ford, Studio 108, Shear Sisters, Daroo's, Crookston Chamber of Commerce. American Federal Bank is the recipient of the $250 Office Party, their choice, Crookston Inn.  

Maroon and Gold Friday's is a Community outreach effort within Crookston, and the surrounding area, to show support and camaraderie between businesses, organizations and the University of Minnesota Crookston.

For more information on Maroon and Gold Friday's contact Michelle Christopherson, Director of Outreach & Engagement mchristo@umn.edu or 218.281.8369


See our November 8, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to Studio 108, Shear Sisters and Daroo's.

See our November 1, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to Hugo's Grocery, Brost Chevrolet and Christian Brother's Ford

See our October 25th, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to B & E Meats, Opticare, Strandner Abstract and RBJ's Restaurant.

See our September 27, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to American Federal Bank, Erickson Embroidery, City of Crookston and Anytime Fitness of Crookston.

See our September 20, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to Hardware Hank, Choice Therapy, AmericInn, First Community Credit Union, 

See our September 13, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to Opticare of Crookston, El Gordito, City of Crookston, Strandner Abstract & Title, Studio 108, H & R Block, Crookston Times, Altru, and Biermaier Chiropractic.

See our September 6, 2019 maroon and gold visits here.
Special thanks to Widseth Smith Nolting, Wonderful Life Foods, United Valley Insurance, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority, Garett Collin - Thrivent Financial and the Crookston Inn & Convention Center.

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Outreach and EDA
(218) 281-8369

Outreach and Engagement

University of Minnesota Crookston

108-B Selvig Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8369

FAX: 218-281-8040



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