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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • A legislative partnership with higher education

  • As our students settle in for fall semester at the University of Minnesota Crookston, I can’t help but wonder what each one will accomplish. Which one of our students will inspire
    a young child to love learning, start the next great small business, develop the next hot computer application, or advance agriculture?
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  • Note to readers: The Minnesota House Capital Investment
    Committee, in advance of the bonding bill debate that will occur
    during the 2014 legislative session, is making stops across
    Minnesota to see and hear about projects that could be included in
    the bill. Wednesday evening, they’ll visit the U of M, Crookston
    campus, where Chancellor Fred Wood and others will lead committee members on a tour of the UMC Sports Center and host a
    dinner while making the case for the inclusion of a Wellness
    Center on campus in the 2014 bill. Wood authored the following
    piece and submitted it to the Times.
        As our students settle in for fall semester at the University of Minnesota Crookston, I can’t help but wonder what each one will accomplish. Which one of our students will inspire a young child to love learning, start the next great small business, develop the next hot computer application, or advance agriculture?
        While each student is an individual, I know that each in their own way will carry forward our mission of learning, research and public service. That’s the impact of the University of Minnesota—the state’s only land-grant university.
        With about 1800 undergraduate students in total, including our on-campus and our online students, the Crookston campus carries on a modern land-grant mission in northwest Minnesota. We welcome students from more than 20 countries and 40 states who come to our campus to take advantage of our learner-centered, experiential model for teaching and learning. They want that small campus setting or high quality online experience offering those big, prestigious University of Minnesota degrees. Our personal approach prepares these students to ask good questions, solve complex problems, and fill workforce needs and critical industries in our region, state and nation.
        All this happens in large part because of investment from the State Legislature. We are grateful that our elected leaders continue to support students and the University of Minnesota.
        We especially appreciate today’s visit from House committee
    leaders and other members of the Legislature interested in
    understanding the needs of students and families in northwest
    Minnesota. We look forward to continuing to partner with legislators to support the University and advance our state.

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