The University of Minnesota, Crookston campus will be closed Thursday, December 23, 2010, through Sunday, January 2, 2011. During this time, most campus buildings and services, the business office, the library, and other spaces will be closed or unavailable. This closure is a cost-savings measure purposely scheduled at a time when campus activity is naturally reduced and effects of reduced services are minimized. Utility savings will be realized by turning the heat down in most buildings, and labor savings will be achieved through a three-day furlough for many employees. Nearly all employees will be unavailable during this time. The campus will return to normal staffing and hours on Monday, January 3, and classes for spring semester 2011 will begin on Monday, January 10, 2011.
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The Admissions Office will be closed Thursday, December 23, 2010, through Sunday, January 2, 2011, and will reopen with regular hours on Monday, January 3. In order to be considered for spring semester 2011 admission, incoming students must have a completed application postmarked by December 22, 2010. Application materials postmarked December 22, 2010, or earlier will be reviewed and processed starting January 3, 2011. New students who have been admitted and still need to register for classes for spring semester should contact the Admissions Office for assistance on or after January 3.
The UMC Bookstore will be closed Thursday, December 23, through Sunday, January 2, 2011. The Bookstore will not be open to the public during this time. However, staff will be working December 27, 28, and 29, in order to keep up with web orders to students who take classes online, and to unpack and load shelves with books for spring semester.
Staff in the Business Office will not be available during the closure—in person, via phone, or by e-mail. Students are urged to keep this in mind and address any questions prior to December 23. Staff will be available again on Monday, January 3, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Regarding the payroll date, December 29: please note that the closure period includes one payday on Wednesday, December 29, 2010. For those on direct deposit, paychecks will be deposited as usual. For those not on direct deposit, paychecks will be mailed on December 27 to home addresses. Please allow time for mail processing and check Employee Self-Service to be sure that your correct home address is on file. If you are interested in signing up for direct deposit, you can do so through Employee Self-Service.
The Center for Adult Learning will be available electronically, but on a limited basis, during the closure: email@example.com. Students are urged to keep this in mind and address all online and concurrent enrollment questions prior to December 23. Phone, in person, and online chat will be available in full capacity again on Monday, January 3, 2011, beginning at 8 a.m.
The Office of Development & Alumni Relations will be closed Thursday, December 23, through Sunday, January 2, 2011. Anyone wishing to make a contribution prior to year-end is asked to please contact Corby Kemmer, director, Development & Alumni Relations. He will be on call December 27, 28, and 29 at 701-430-9880 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
No custodial service will be provided during the closure, and all campus doors will remain locked.
The contact number for Facilities and Operations services is 612-624-2900 (4-2900 on campus).
During the closure, utility services will be maintained. Heat will be turned down to approximately 60 degrees for campus buildings with the exception of campus residence halls, Lysaker Gym during scheduled practice hours, and the campus greenhouses.
Snow will be removed from main campus roads and around the Mall for emergency vehicle access. Snow will be removed from sidewalks as needed.
Staff in the Financial Aid Office will not be available during the closure—in person, via phone, or by e-mail. Students are urged to keep this in mind and address any financial aid questions prior to December 23. Staff will be available again on Monday, January 3, 2011, beginning at 8 a.m.
The UMC Library will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, and will remain closed until Monday, January 3, at 8 a.m.
Since it serves a number of constituents in addition to the University of Minnesota, the NETS office will remain open during the UMC furlough dates of December 27, 28, and 29. During these dates, please call Jeff Sinks at 218-281-8405.
The UMC Post Office will be closed December 27-29. No mail will be delivered on- or off-campus from December 23 through January 2, 2011. The following arrangements have been made with postage providers:
Staff in the Registrar’s Office will not be available during the closure. Students are urged to keep this in mind and address any holds, registration requirements, or related questions prior to December 23. Individuals will not be able to request official transcripts beginning at noon on December 22 and throughout the closure until Monday, January 3, 2011.
The online registration system will be available during the closure. Grades for fall semester 2010 will be available for viewing online on Wednesday, December 22.
All campus residence halls will close at 4 p.m., Thursday, December 16, and will reopen at 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 9, 2011. Residence halls will be open only to students who have registered with the Office of Residential Life and Security Services to stay. No visitors or guests will be allowed during the break.
Brown Dining Room will close on Thursday, December 16, at 1:30 p.m., and the Eagles Nest will close that day at 2 p.m. The Evergreen Grill will not be open that evening.
No meals will be provided by Dining Services during the break/closure.
On Sunday, January 9, 2011, Evergreen Grill will open at 7 p.m. On Monday, January 10, 2011, the Eagles Nest returns to regularly scheduled hours opening at 7 a.m., and Brown Dining Room returns to regularly scheduled hours, opening at 7:30 a.m.
RSVP will be closed Thursday, Dec. 23 through Sunday, January 2, 2011. The office will open for normal hours on January 3.
Lysaker Gymnasium, the weight room, the training room, and coaches’ offices will be open only for scheduled team practices Monday, December 27, through Sunday, January 3. These facilities will not be open to the general public or the rest of the campus community during this time. Student-athletes should consult with their coaches for specific schedules.
The Information Desk in Sargeant Student Center will close on Thursday, December 16, at 5 p.m. and will remain closed until Sunday, January 9, 2011, at 1 p.m. If students need assistance during normal business hours December 20-22 and January 3-7, they are directed to the second floor administrative offices.
The Student Center and Student Activities will be closed Thursday, December 23, through Sunday, January 2, 2011, reopening on Monday, January 3, 2011.
Student Health Services will close on Thursday, December 16, at 1 p.m. and will reopen on Monday, January 3, 2011. Anyone needing medical assistance, especially those students who have registered to stay in campus residence halls during the closure period, are directed to off-campus resources:
The UMC Computer Help Desk will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, and will remain closed until Monday, January 3, 2011. Staff will be on call to respond to campus network outages.
Centrally-supported systems, such as e-mail, wireless, telephone, NetFiles, Active Directory, and more are expected to function normally during the closure. If you have concerns about the availability of a particular system because you will be doing significant work during the closure, you are encouraged to contact Jeff Sperling, director, UMC Technology Support Services in advance of the closure to ensure you understand expectations for service.
If experiencing problems with centrally-supported systems, please check the System Status page before contacting technology support.
Please note: Because staffing is limited, Technology Help’s response time may be delayed.
University Relations will be closed Thursday, December 23, through Sunday, January 2, 2011. Andrew Svec, director of communications, public relations, and marketing, will be available via phone to consult in case of emergency communication needs: 218-280-2656.