• 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 and UMC Staff Downtown Crookston MN

Maroon & Gold Fridays are Back!
Don't miss out September 2021 - April 2022

Regal the Golden Eagle, students, faculty and/or staff will be visiting businesses on Fridays. Beginning September 2021 through April 2022. 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 $150 office party pack from a local establishment.  Two office parties will be awarded one at the end of fall and spring semesters, along with maroon and gold swag.

Register Your Business Now

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.

Maroon & Gold Friday Photo Archives - A special THANKS to these business!

Crookston United Insurance - Nate Lubarski and Andrea Weisse with Regal the Eagle on Maroon & Gold Fridays in 2019

  • (Maroon & Gold Fridays was not held in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • November 8, 2019
    Studio 108, Shear Sisters and Daroo's
  • November 1, 2019
    Hugo's Grocery, Brost Chevrolet and Christian Brother's Ford
  • October 25th, 2019
    B & E Meats, Opticare, Strandner Abstract, and RBJ's Restaurant
  • September 27, 2019
    American Federal Bank, Erickson Embroidery, City of Crookston, and Anytime Fitness of Crookston
  • September 20, 2019
    Hardware Hank, Choice Therapy, AmericInn, and First Community Credit Union
  • September 13, 2019
    Opticare of Crookston, El Gordito, City of Crookston, Strandner Abstract & Title, Studio 108, H & R Block, Crookston Times, Altru, and Biermaier Chiropractic
  • September 6, 2019
    Widseth Smith Nolting, Wonderful Life Foods, United Valley Insurance, Crookston Housing & Economic Development Authority, Garrett Kollin - Thrivent Financial, and the Crookston Inn & Convention Center

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Dir of Outreach and Engagement
(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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