News Release

Student Stories from the University of Minnesota Crookston

By Andrew Svec on
Friday, July 13, 2018

The following is a compilation of features about students at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

ethan johnsonLast fall Ethan Johnson started thinking about law school. This fall, he took the entrance exam and is applying for gap year employment. Johnson, a senior double major in Business Management and Communication, always thinks ahead. If academics, playing varsity golf for the Golden Eagles, and managing officials for intramurals on campus wasn’t enough for the conscientious senior, Johnson serves as the representative to the U of M Student Senate Consultative Committee (SSCC). He meets monthly with representatives from the system campuses to go over resolutions and determine which of them need to go to the Student Senate. Learn more

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heidi sholA student work-study job in the greenhouse at the University of Minnesota Crookston helped lead to a major in Horticulture for Heidi Shol Reitmeier. “I didn’t know what I was going to major in, but my love for working in the greenhouse made me realize I wanted to work with plants,” she says. Attending college in her backyard was an easy choice, “It seemed like such a good place for me, and I liked the community connections.” Learn more.

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Richard Cobble When Richard Cobble was in first grade, a local police officer came to his elementary school to speak about the popular Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program. The officer also spoke about his personal experiences through his service to help and protect the people of his community. Wide-eyed and fascinated, Cobble knew he could become a real-life hero when he grew up. Fast forward years later, and the decision to attend the University of Minnesota Crookston to major in Criminal Justice seems like a perfect fit. Learn more.

bethany novakShe followed in her sisters’ footsteps when she chose to attend the University of Minnesota Crookston, but Bethany Novak has made her own way and carved her own path. The Business major from Dahlen, N.D., discovered her interests through business and marketing classes and through involvement in campus activities. Learn more.

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student Logan MilliganLogan Milligan of New York Mills, Minn., is dedicated to agriculture. He decided to attend the U of M Crookston after participating in Ag & NatR Activities Day and the FFA contests held on campus when he was a high school student. In 2018 he served as president of Ag Arama, a longstanding campus event where current students have an opportunity to showcase their knowledge and skills in contests related to agriculture and natural resources. Now the Agricultural Business major sees a possible future career in grain trading. Learn more.

kate howellOf the 200-plus graduates this spring at the University of Minnesota Crookston, it is hard to say how many were hired before they graduated. Certainly some of them were because they were working and going to school, but of the newly minted alumni who were looking for their first job as a professional, Kate Howell of Badger, Minn., was one who knew where she was headed. With her degree in Agricultural Business, Howell has sealed her future in agriculture. Learn more.

maggie gibbonsU of M Crookston graduate Maggie Gibbons is someone extraordinary. She loves talking about Harry Potter, playing soccer, and is passionate about animals. Gibbons graduated fall semester of 2017 earning her degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis in management and a minor in biology. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Minn., and came to Crookston with several things in mind: nature, academics, soccer, and the feeling of home. Learn more.

chase knickerbockerAn interest that began in high school developed into a major in college and a future in finance for University of Minnesota Crookston student Chase Knickerbocker. The Finance major and Accounting minor is spending his summer in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will be interning at one of the largest data and analytics companies in the country. He has been interested in finance and securities since high school, but it was through his business analytics class with Rutherford Johnson, a lecturer in the Business Department, he discovered something more. Learn more.

Ashlee Humble

Hockey has a strong physical connection to golf. Perhaps her 15 years of playing hockey helped make Ashlee Humble a serious contender on the golf course for the Golden Eagles.Humble, an Accounting graduate, picked up her first golf clubs when she a freshman in high school. She took some lessons but not too seriously but she eventually became serious about golf and it took her to the University of Minnesota Crookston to play. Learn more.

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Desariah SantillanezWhen she was only 16 years old, University of Minnesota Crookston Natural Resources graduate Desariah Santillanez experienced the loss of her northern Colorado home to wildfire. She remembers going to let the horses out and looking around to see fire on every side. She considered for a moment it might mean the end of her life, when suddenly she heard the question, “Do you want to die knowing your last action was giving up?” Her answer was a resounding “no” and with it, she ran for her life. Learn more.

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Jordan AdamsWhen Jordan Adams isn’t racing to finish the field work, he is racing against a field of competitors at the racetrack. Working a fourth generation farm near Reynolds, N.D., it seems only natural Adams would choose Agronomy as his major at the University of Minnesota Crookston. “I feel a lot of pride in farming, and I think a lot of farmers do,” Adams says. “I know that if I am not farming, I want to be working in the farming industry.” It’s the reason he chose agronomy and the reason he chose the U of M Crookston to earn his degree. Learn more.

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Resendiz in ThailandSometimes, the obvious choice is the very best one. For Kennedy Resendiz, choosing the University of Minnesota Crookston was not only the best choice, it was the perfect choice for her. Resendiz grew up in Crookston and graduated from Crookston High School. She knew she wanted to major in Animal Science with a pre-vet emphasis, and attending the U of M Crookston offered her the preferred degree as well as the scholarships to help make it work. An added bonus has been the opportunity to study abroad on four trips. One even allowed her to work with elephants! “I would not change anything about my decision to go to school here,” she says. “In fact, I wish everyone could experience education like this.” Learn more.

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abbey in barnWith hints of spring in the air, Abby Garin is excited to graduate but maybe even more excited to head back to the track. It has been part of her spring routine since she was 15 years old. For the Animal Science major from Andover, Minn., racing fever is something of a family legacy. Her grandfather and father have a history in the sport, and Garin grew up at the racetrack. Learn more.

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josh kauck with teachers in BlackduckUnsure about his plans after high school, Josh Kauck  of Coon Rapids, Minn. considered going right into the workforce. Then, an offer for a scholarship to play Golden Eagle Football made him reconsider.  Playing football took him to the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he plays defensive line for the Golden Eagles. A chance to help with a robotics camp over the summer may have changed the direction of his future altogether. This semester Kauck, who developed his own curriculum materials, is teaching public school teachers how to teach their students to program robots using EV3, a third generation robotics kit in Lego's Mindstorms line. Kauck enjoyed programming when he was in high school, which, in turn, influenced his choice of Software Engineering as a possible major, and later, he added a second major in Information Technology Management. Learn more.

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caleb rempelHe enjoys growing plants now, but one day Caleb Rempel hopes to help future college students grow to their full potential. The Agronomy and Horticulture double major from Mountain Lake, Minn., has been involved in a number of projects on campus within his field of study. Last summer he helped lay groundwork for ongoing hops research monitoring evaporation rates and mulch usage with the young hops. Learn more

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Mackenzie CochranOne can almost imagine it, several generations of family passing down gardening tips, trading varieties of their favorite plants, enjoying trips to the greenhouse together, while propagating their passion for growing things. Mackenzie Cochran of Grand Forks, N.D., doesn’t have to imagine it; her family shares a longtime love of gardening that started with her great grandmother. It isn’t surprising Cochran would find her way to the University of Minnesota Crookston to major in HorticultureLearn more.

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Jayde ProffittJayde Proffitt isn’t a competitive person, that is, until she finds herself in the arena competing for the Golden Eagles as a member of the Western Equestrian team. From Winsted, Minn., Proffitt grew up in town and enjoyed trail riding with friends but never owned a horse of her own. That fact hasn’t stopped her from pursuing a degree in Equine Science at the University of Minnesota Crookston. Learn more.

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payton voldWhen it came time to consider his future, Payton Vold of Lamberton, Minn., felt something of a natural inclination toward a major in Criminal Justice.  His uncle is a sheriff and his grandmother was a dispatcher, so it wasn’t a stretch for him to picture a future in law enforcement. Vold appreciates the focus on application in UMC's criminal justice major. From the classroom to the skills training, Vold says criminal justice majors have a chance to learn in-depth and hands-on. Learn more.

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Mazie PiniFor University of Minnesota Crookston student Mazie Pini, riding is second nature and riding competitively is something she has enjoyed since she was an early teen. When it came time for Pini to go to college, she had two primary selection criteria: She wanted to attend a college with a hunt seat team and one with a major in Animal Science that would lead to her goal to study veterinary medicine. The U of M Crookston offered both. Learn more.

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lexie ogdahlIn grade school, she hoped to be a veterinarian during the week and an archaeologist on the weekends. Lofty goals to be sure, but after meeting Lexie Ogdahl, you realize if anyone could achieve those goals, she can. The Animal Science major from Medina, Minn., chose the University of Minnesota Crookston because of its size and her desire to work hands-on. Learn more.

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Marta Dean in the Prairie Room

She describes her dad as highly intellectual with great depth of character and her mother as brilliant, discerning, caring and empathetic. If that description is accurate, then Marta Dean is a unique combination of genetics with the addition of her own unique determination and tenacity. The University of Minnesota Crookston Agricultural Business major is from Dellwood, Minn., and embraces her penchant for leadership. Learn more.

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Amanda MonsonWhen Amanda Monson started working with Jason Brantner, a researcher at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center, she knew very little if anything about sugar beets. Now, she spends time learning about them every week. The student from Bottineau, N.D., is majoring in Agronomy, and her work at the Research Center came about after a tour during plant pathology class. Learn more.

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daija williams

Daija Williams, majoring in Communication from Minneapolis, Minn., never imagined herself going out of the country, but a study abroad trip last summer changed all that and she’s glad it did. Her 18-day adventure would take her to both China and Japan. Learn more.

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Mikayla JonesFor any undergraduate, presenting at an international conference is extraordinary. When that conference takes you to the Swiss Alps for a presentation that combines both your love of sport and your love of marketing, that’s epic. When Assistant Professor Eddie Walker asked Sport & Recreation Management major Mikayla Jones to work on research looking at donor involvement in corporate responsibility within college athletics, she jumped at the chance. Learn more.

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Katie WarnerWorking as a veterinary technician intern at one of the most prestigious equine medical facilities in the country was the perfect setting for University of Minnesota Crookston Equine Science major Katie Warner to gain valuable skills and witness the latest techniques in the care of horses and foals. The Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, was home to Warner from January to July where she worked with thoroughbred mares and their foals during breeding season. Learn more.

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selena youngDuring the summer of 2017, Selena Young, a junior majoring in Equine Science (with an pre-vet emphasis) from Plymouth, Minn., spent three weeks in Thailand helping animals, discovering Thai culture, and learning what it’s like to be a veterinarian. Traveling with study-abroad organization Loop Abroad, Young was selected as part of a small team that volunteered giving care at a dog shelter. She also spent a week working directly with rescued elephants at an elephant sanctuary. Learn more.

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Shane Boehne

Natural Resources major Shane Boehne grew up in Henderson, Minn., a rural community with diverse wildlife. At a young age, his interest developed, leading him to study natural resources at the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC), with emphases in wildlife management and ecological restoration. Boehne exudes passion for wildlife and learning, all while having a radiantly positive attitude throughout his school endeavors. Learn more.

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Charli Schocker

Studying abroad is much more than an opportunity for students to travel. For Charli Schocker, an Agricultural Education major from Hines, Minn., a learning abroad trip to New Zealand is proof. “I came to the U of M Crookston because of my experience on the campus through both FFA and 4-H,” she reflects. “And, the opportunity to study abroad in one of my goal destinations was ideal. I am so grateful for the trip, for the friends I made, and for the chance to learn not only about New Zealand but also about myself.” Learn more.

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kobetskyHer major came as a bit of a surprise even to her. When Natalye Kobetsky, Grand Forks, N.D., transferred to the University of Minnesota Crookston, she planned to major in business management. And, she is, but the surprise came after visiting with friends and realizing she wanted to major in agriculture as well. So Kobetsky added a major in Agronomy and a minor in Agricultural Business to her major in business management. Learn more.

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Kevin Williams

Every year, the National Football League (NFL) hosts the NFL Experience, and one year a young Kevin Williams had an opportunity to attend with his dad. Since that day, Williams, who is from Houston, Texas, has had a passion for both sports and people. He found the right route in the study of Communication with a minor in Coaching. This combination is the perfect combination because his dream job is to become an athletic director of a university. Learn more

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Rupprecht and Charli Schocker at Hobbiton

In high school, she and a friend declared a goal to study abroad in college. This spring (2017), Malena Rupprecht, an Elementary Education major from Thief River Falls, Minn., achieved that goal with a trip to Australia and New Zealand. “It is interesting how you can learn all about a place before you go, but when you are really there, it is different and unexpected,” she says. Learn more.

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Baillee Hauser

She might not have known what her major would be when she came to campus four years ago, but Baillee Hauser 2017 leaves certain of her future career. The Health Management major from Raymond, Minn., fell in love with the campus the moment she pulled in for her visit, but she was uncertain what to study. Learn more. (Also refer to video below.)

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Hailee Rice

Her smile is the first thing you notice about Hailee Rice. And, the Accounting major from Fertile, Minn., smiles a lot these days with good reason. She loves her major and her internship at the Crookston office of Brady Martz & Associates, P.C. Learn more.

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buchhop holding lamb

A soon-to-be University of Minnesota Crookston alumna is headed to graduate school. Heather Buchhop, Cary, Ill., knows hard work pays off as she double majors in Animal Science, (pre-veterinary emphasis) and Biology with a minor in chemistry and graduate school at Purdue University just months away. Learn more.

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david zapata

A scholarship for David Zapata, Harvard, Ill., served as confirmation he chose the right major. The Golf and Turf Management  major transferred to the University of Minnesota Crookston after he received a mailing from the Office of Admissions, and he has never looked back. Last summer he completed his internship working for the Texas Rangers. Learn more.

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Ben Koisti

Ben Koisti’s favorite place to visit is Disney World because he believes dreams really do come true. At a young age of two years old, he was given his first set of golf clubs by his parents. Since then, golf has become second nature to Koisti even landing him a spot on the University of Minnesota Crookston Men’s Golf team. Koisti has a passion for golf but even a bigger passion for education. Attending the U of M Crookston from Lake Norden, South Dakota, he majors in Golf and Turf Management  with big dreams. Learn more.

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Robbie Case and GreenbergIn the spring of 2017, honors student Zach Greenberg had an opportunity to speak at a conference about something he loves—sports. The sport and recreation management major will present at the International Association for Communication and Sport’s summit conference, held March 30 through April 2 in Phoenix, Ariz. Greenberg will present with Assistant Professor Danielle Johannesen along with professors from Duquesne University and University of Wisconsin Stout on famous sports venues. Greenberg’s research and presentation are focused on the U.S. Bank Stadium and will expand on research from a recent book, Iconic Sports Venues: Persuasion in Public Spaces, published by co-editors Johannesen and Professor Mark Huglen.  Learn more.

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Tim and Alec at the Great WallOpportunities come in many forms, and sometimes the best ones are unexpected. University of Minnesota Crookston Senior Alec Koepp and 2016 graduate Timilehin “Tim” Adeniyi worked together to develop a tutorial that explains the step-by-step creation of a 3-D simulation of something real. Using a model created in Sketchup and importing it into Unity to add the animation, the two were able to continue the work of Alumna Mariam Maiga 2009 and 2015. Learn more.

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Maggie Mills

The campus tagline “Small Campus. Big Degree.” is not the only thing the University of Minnesota Crookston offers Maggie Mills, an animal science and communication double major from Lake City, Minn. “You gain a solid education, and a caring supportive system that is there to help you grow and thrive,” she says. Learn more.

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Trina Weisel

Dipping her canoe paddle into the tranquility of the Boundary Waters is one of the purest forms of happiness known to University of Minnesota Crookston's Trina Weisel. The elementary education major from Alexandria, Minn., spent the last six summers at the Northern Lakes Canoe Base, first as a camper and later as a guide taking Girl Scouts ages 12-18 on trips through the pristine wilderness of northern Minnesota. Learn more

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Kary SheppardKary Sheppard has always been interested in the medical field. For the exercise science and wellness major, the concept of being physically and emotionally well is something worth learning. This summer Sheppard was able to learn far outside the classroom, 3,710 miles away to be exact. She spent eight weeks in Dublin, Ireland, interning with a physical therapy outpatient clinic. Learn more.

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henry soung at the pianoMusic might be his minor, but it has played a major role in the life of Henry Soung. The Communication major from St. Paul, Minn., grew up playing piano, and while he left it as a teenager, it is once again an important part of his life. Learn more

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Hannah Van DykeWhat’s the connection between a horse, a trumpet, and a flute? At the University of Minnesota Crookston, it’s Hannah Van Dyke, and all three have played a central role in her academic career. Learn more.

 

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Maggie Gibbons

One way to describe Maggie Gibbons, Cohasset, Minn., is busy.  She’s a full-time student, a part of the Study Abroad Club, the Hospitality Association, and she is a student manager at the Evergreen Grill at the University of Minnesota Crookston.  The one thing Gibbons is never too busy for is her passion for animals. The wildlife management and biology double major has been put her passion to use while interning for the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  Her area of focus has been the World of Birds Show working with raptors and other exotic bird species.  She assists in cleaning, diet preparations, bird training, and works the shows. Learn more

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Catie Brown in a lab

It is difficult to find an open spot on Catherine “Catie” Brown’s calendar. The University of Minnesota Crookston Animal Science major is finishing her final semester classes, engaged in undergraduate research, leading the tennis team as its captain, and to top it off, applying to veterinary medicine programs. Learn more.

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In the labPratima Thapaliya has found her home away from home. Far from Kathmandu, Nepal, she shares that she misses the life she led back in Nepal but has come to find a whole new way of living in Crookston. It was not easy for Thapaliya to come to the United States; nonetheless, she persevered, endured, and found a way. Thapaliya is majoring in health sciences and hopes to earn a master’s in nursing school when she graduates from the U of M Crookston. Learn more.

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Emily Gruber

Communication major Emily Gruber from Big Lake, Minnesota, reflects on her decision to attend the University of Minnesota Crookston. Learn more

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