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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Crookston updates (May 2018)

April 6—Chancellor inauguration
The inauguration of Mary Holz-Clause as the sixth chancellor for the University of Minnesota Crookston took place on April 6th. The noon inauguration ceremony, in Kiehle Auditorium was followed by a public reception in Sargeant Student Center. Sign the guest book.

The 2018 commencement exercises mark the 110th graduating class to be recognized on the Crookston campus. Commencement exercises were on Saturday, May 5.

College rankings
The University of Minnesota Crookston has been ranked among the top 10 "Best Colleges" for returning students in Minnesota for 2018 by College Factual, an online educational resource. The "non-traditional" student label refers to any student that falls outside the norm of first-time, full-time students under the age of 25.

Staff Updates
  • Barb Phaiah’s last day with UMC will be July 5. Barb has been an important part of the OTR family and has served as a Principal Office and Administrative Specialist for five years. Barb played an important role in helping on special projects, updating all APAS reports, and implementing the new TES system. She will be joining her husband, Dr. Peter Phaiah, who has taken a new position as the Assistant Vice President for Student and University Relations at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico. We are going to miss both of them at UMC. We wish both of them success in their new endeavors.
  • Donna Hartel has been hired as a Principal Office and Administrative Specialist. Donna will start her new position on June 4. Donna has excellent experience with the Farm Service Agency/USDA in this region and earned a BS in communications from the University of Minnesota, Crookston. Welcome, Donna!
Senior vice Chancellor retiring
Senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Barbara Keinath, announced her retirement, effective at the end of June. Three finalists for the senior vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs position were invited to campus for interviews the week of April 23-27. You may view the recordings.

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