The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) Natural Resources program and conservation organizations recognize outstanding students with a number of awards and scholarships.
The Norman Pankratz Memorial Conservation Award was established to honor former UMC conservation student, Norman Pankratz (1950-1970). It is the Natural Resources Department’s version of an “Oscar” to recognize outstanding commitment to natural resources conservation, leadership, and academic achievement. The award, first presented in 1971, consists of a $1,000 scholarship given to a student returning for at least one semester. The name of the recipient is displayed on a plaque in the Natural Resources Department on the second floor of Owen Hall. Award winners are nominated by the department faculty each spring.
The Cabela's Conservation Award recognizes a senior NatR student who has demonstrated significant potential to contribute to the field of conservation. It was first awarded in 2001 and is made possible by a donation from Cabela’s® Inc., East Grand Forks, Minnesota. This $500 scholarship is awarded annually at UMC’s spring awards reception. Applicants must be majoring in Natural Resources at UMC to be eligible. The application contains a full description of the award and is due at the end of March and can be obtained from John Loegering.
The Natural Resources Department is pleased to announce the Pheasants Forever Award; made possible by a donation from the Red River Valley Chapter of Pheasants Forever. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded annually to applicants majoring in Natural Resources at UMC. This award is to recognize a new transfer student and a new freshman with significant potential to contribute to the field of conservation. The application contains a full description of the award and is due in April and can be obtained from Laura Bell.
Wildlife Leadership Award given to student active in conservation leadership and returning for at least one semester of school. Deadline is March 1 of each year. $2,000.
The John Polley Soil and Water Conservation Award was established at the 2002 Ag-Arama event on January 26, 2002, to honor a past faculty member who established the soil and water conservation program at the Crookston campus and who was a beloved teacher and mentor to students. The award is administered jointly by the UMC Natural Resources Club and the Natural Resources Department. The award consists of a plaque on a piece of solid walnut and a $100 cash award. The award fund is supported by donations from former students and friends of John Polley, and it is supplemented by the Natural Resources Club and individuals. The selection criteria serve to identify the student who best exemplifies the following text which is engraved on the plaque:
"To the student who, through words and action, best represents the application of the science and art of soil, water, and related natural resource management to achieve sustainability of people and the environment.”
Application procedures and selection criteria can be obtained from Phil Baird.
* Check with Agriculture & Natural Resources Department office for award application details.
Pheasants Forever Award
|2008||Kristin Fritz||Erick Elgin||Eldo Fosness|
|2007||not awarded||Mary Jo Geldert |
and Micah Meyer
|2006||not awarded||Tamara Saxton||Joe Backowski|
|2005||Nate Emery||Jen (Kaser) Tepovich |
and Nate Emery
|2004||Jessica Larson||Jessica Larson |
and Russell Kleinschmidt
|2003||Dan Weber||Cheryl Isder||Tyler Janke|
|2002||not awarded||Dan Oberg||Dan Weber|
|2001||Lisa Zlutichy||Dan Weber|| |
|Becky Seifert |
and Emily Spinler
|1992||Kim Vesey |
and Dave Marshall
|1989||Donovan Pietruszewski |
and Mary Sundstrom
|1978||Larry Haren |
and Daneil Vakock
|1977||Glen Fladmark |
and Douglas Winter
|1973||Jeffrey Pagel |
and Denis Ayotte
|1972||Kenneth Oehlke and Bruce Paulson|
John Loegering, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Natural Resources program at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, discusses the various emphases or program tracks in the major and what sets UMC apart. He describes the applied nature of the program and how that benefits students. One of his main areas of research is in wildlife ecology.
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