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HIGHER EDUCATION NOTES: King day events at UND ... 'Ski UND' on Wednesday ... Ag Arama at UMC ... more

UND plans MLK Day events today UND will be closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Day, but several events will be held on campus in recognition of the holiday. The activities begin with a march around the UND campus. Participants are asked t...

UND plans MLK Day events today

UND will be closed today in honor of Martin Luther King Day, but several events will be held on campus in recognition of the holiday.

The activities begin with a march around the UND campus. Participants are asked to meet at 2:30 p.m. in the Era Bell Thompson Multicultural Center for coffee and tea.

After the march, a mass meeting and meal hosted by the Christus Rex Center will be held from 3 to 6 p.m.

The events are sponsored by the Black Student Association, the UND Office of Multicultural Student Services, the UND Department of Geography and the Christus Rex Center.


'Ski UND' event set for Wednesday

UND will host its annual "Ski UND" event Wednesday and will hold various events over the next two months to showcase a new temporary cross-country ski trail.

The UND Student Wellness Center collaborated with campus and community members to create the ski trail, and events will be held from Wednesday through March 11, weather permitting.

The ski route is located just west of the Wellness Center on a portion of the bike path that runs along the English Coulee between Sixth Avenue North and Gateway Drive.

"Ski UND" kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday with opening ceremonies, refreshments and prizes at the Wellness Center.

Anyone with a UND ID card can check out ski equipment at the Wellness Center at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis. ID holders also can participate for free in 10-minute clinics in cross-country skiing for new skiers.

For more information on the clinics and upcoming events, visit www.wellness.und.edu .

UMC's Ag Arama set for Jan. 28-29


The University of Minnesota-Crookston's 36th annual Ag Arama will be held Jan. 28-29.

The event's theme this year is "Country Strong." Most activities take place Jan. 29 in the University Teaching and Outreach Center located on the northern edge of campus.

The weekend begins with contests for students in agronomy, horticulture and natural resources beginning at noon Jan. 28. The Animal Science Association is hosting a chili feed for $5 per person from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the teaching and outreach center.

Animal showmanship contests, which are open to the public, will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday. An ag industries show and picnic-style lunch will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, and coronation of the Ag Arama royalty begins at 1 p.m.

Several games and competitions, including men's and women's crosscut saw contests and log splitting, will begin at 2:15 p.m. Saturday.

Alumni are invited to a social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Irishman's Shanty in Crookston and a dance at the Crookston Eagles Club featuring live music from Silverado will wrap up the Ag Arama weekend.

UND's JFK digital archives on iTunes

UND's John F. Kennedy Digital Archives will be featured on iTunes on Thursday, the 50th anniversary of the president's inauguration.


Ten recordings of the late president, who was assassinated Nov. 22, 1963, in Dallas, are available on iTunes through UND. The recordings include a speech he gave at the university Sept. 25, 1963, as part of a five-day tour around the U.S.

Audio recordings on cassette tapes, speech text and photographs of Kennedy's 1963 visit to UND were preserved in the Chester Fritz Library's special collections section. They are now available online at the university's JFL Digital Archive website, available at http://und.edu


The digital collection includes eight of Kennedy's presidential news conferences held from August 1961 to February 1963, as well as the announcement of Kennedy's death made by KFJM, the public radio station on UND's campus.

Tourney held in memory of Knebel

An ice fishing tournament will be held next month in memory of Justin Knebel, who played basketball for the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles.

The tournament will be held Feb. 5 on Lake of the Woods at Zippel Bay Resort in Williams, Minn. The event honors the memory of Knebel, who loved the Warroad, Minn., area and outdoor sports in Minnesota.

Registration is set for 10 a.m. on the ice at the tournament site with fishing from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the first person to catch a fish and the smallest fish caught, along with prizes for the largest walleye, northern, sauger and perch caught during the tournament.


Tickets are available for $25 by contacting Alysa Tulibaski at (218) 281-8570 or Bill Tyrell at (218) 281-8436. Tickets also are available at Zippel Bay Resort, 6080 39th St. NW, in Williams.

All proceeds from the tournament support the Justin Knebel Memorial Scholarship Fund, which benefits UMC students.

Knebel grew up in Warroad, graduating from Warroad High School in 2001 and lettering in basketball, cross country and track. He then attended the UMC where he played basketball as a point guard for the Golden Eagles.

In fall 2002, Knebel became ill and was eventually cleared to resume activity by his doctor. The evening before the first official practice, Knebel passed away unexpectedly from complications.

For more information on the tournament, visit www.umcrookston.edu/justinknebel .

Pilot projects to benefit seniors

A $7,500 grant from the Land of the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging will be used to establish two pilot projects to benefit seniors in Crookston, East Grand Forks, Red Lake Falls and Thief River Falls.

The grant was awarded to RSVP of the Red River Valley, a program sponsored by the University of Minnesota-Crookston.


The funding will help establish the "RSVP Handyman Program" and the "RSVP Groceries to Go Program" to help seniors remain safely and independently in their homes for as long as possible.

The handyman program provides trained volunteers to perform minor home repairs and safety modifications as well as provide safety assessments and educational material on falls and fire prevention.

The groceries program provides trained volunteers to purchase and deliver groceries for clients who are no longer able to shop on their own.

If interested in volunteering, contact RSVP at (218) 281-8288 or e-mail dpatenau@umn.edu .

EGF native named to dean's list

A Northwestern College student originally from East Grand Forks was named to the dean's list for the fall semester.

Amanda M. Boushee, daughter of Jeff and Julie Boushee, was named with High Honors to the fall semester dean's list at the St. Paul college. She was honored with the distinction for earning a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.89 during fall semester.

Cinco de Mayo celebration awarded grant


The University of Minnesota-Crookston's upcoming Cinco de Mayo celebration will be supported this year by a $10,000 grant from the Northwest Minnesota Regional Arts Council.

The event is set for April 15.

The grant helps supports access and exposure to the arts in all corners of the region. The goal of the university's Cinco de Mayo celebration is to promote learning, understanding and appreciation for the Mexican culture through traditional Mexican entertainment, crafts and cuisine.

Hundreds of people have attended the university's annual celebration over the past two years. Cinco de Mayo represents the victory of Mexico over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and, culturally, represents Mexican heritage and pride.

This year's events include the Los Alegres Bailadores, a dance troupe that will perform in the Kiehle Auditorium, as well as a children's arts area and the Latin Groove Band.

UMC plans field days workshop

A workshop set for next month at the University of Minnesota-Crookston will focus on making the most of a field day for students.

The Best Practices for Field Days workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Bede Ballroom of the Sargeant Student Center. The $15 registration fee includes lunch.

The workshop is designed to help organizers and presenters improve the field trip experience for students by helping them learn and retain important concepts, plan a comfortable and memorable setting, ensure the day runs safely and smoothly, create more useful evaluations, market an event and employ designs that help connect youth with nature.

All attendees will receive a planning guidebook and a companion CD of tools and templates. For more information, visit www.extension .

umn.edu/FieldDays or contact Jolene Beiswenger at (218) 281-8027.

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