Initiative seeks to connect first-year students with community members

    Building a home away from home for University of Minnesota Crookston students is the objective of a new program launching this fall on the campus.

    The purpose of the Community Host Program is to facilitate informal friendships and networking for first-year students at the U of M Crookston with local community members, faculty and staff, and alumni.

    The program is designed to help ease the transition to college life for new students away from home, perhaps for the first time,” says Alysa Tulibaski, one of the program’s facilitators. “We also want to encourage our new students and to engage and nurture meaningful connections between students and community members.”

    The program starts with an application process online at to help match students with hosts who may share similar interests. An occasional dinner, a day at the lake, or attending an event on campus or in the community together allows the student and host to learn more about one another and fosters a relationship that could result in a lifelong friendship. The host and the student determine the kind of activities they would like to share.

    Six events sponsored by the Community Host Program will take place over the 2017-18 academic year including a Welcome Week Meet and Greet on Wednesday, August 23; Family and Community Day during homecoming on Saturday, September 30; and a spring semester reception on Wednesday, January 10, 2018; as well as three other dates to be determined.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Community Host Program, contact Aaron Meyer ( or Alysa Tulibaski 281-8570 or email at (