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Spring 2012

WCSA AlumNEWS Above: A panoramic view of WCSA Buildings, some time ago, shows Camden Hall a full three stories tall, and features Behmler at only two stories. Right: Who are the young ladies playing darts in the 1942 edition of the Moccasin? Find the answer inside, on page eight.

All-School Reunion 2012 set for Saturday, July 21, 2012 View a schedule of events on page ten, and find the registration form on page eleven. We invite you to return to Morris for a pleasant summer day of tours, reminiscing, and catching up with friends. While all alumni of the WCSA will be gathering, the classes of ’42, ’47, ’57, ’60, and ’62 have special events planned during the reunion, so we especially hope to see members of those classes on campus!

Higbies—bringing Caribou Coffee to an energized campus The University of Minnesota, Morris now boasts Caribou Coffee on campus! Higbies, opened in the Student Center in the fall of 2011, is an inviting space for students, faculty, staff, and the public to get a cup of classic Caribou Coffee, a variety of teas, or one of many specialty beverages. The establishment of Higbies on campus is the result of UMM negotiating an “upgrade” of dining facilities and options in its current contract with the dining services provider, Sodexo. Sodexo provided funding to build Higbies in conjunction with the remodeled information desk. “Higbies dramatically changes the whole Student Center experience,” says David Swenson, director of student activities. “The welcoming aroma of brewing coffee and Higbies’ sophisticated appearance make a great first impression on visitors and prospective students, as well as providing a pleasant amenity for the campus community.” Left: E. C. Higbie, first WCSA superintendent.

Higbies is named in recognition of the West Central School of Agriculture’s first superintendent, E. C. Higbie. Higbie was noted for his humanistic approach in the study of education and development of pedagogy. The connection to and respect for the land that was central to the WCSA’s mission is still celebrated at UMM with our commitment to furthering a sustainable education and way of life. Weekday mornings find Higbies buzzing with students, especially during the times when numerous classes let out. Information Center workers have taken on the duties of crafting Caribou drinks with a smile. We invite you to stop by and grab a tasty drink while you’re here for the All-School Reunion Saturday, July 21, 2012. page 1

Greetings from the Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving You have probably heard me say, on more than one occasion, that I enjoy working with “Aggies” on reunions or other projects because I admire the strong, almost familial bonds between them. Occasionally, I am asked by one or another of them if I can help them find a classmate who has been lost to them over the years. I am always happy to try to locate and contact the missing classmate regarding his or her friend’s inquiry, but it does happen that the person in question sometimes seems to have vanished. I mention this only to encourage all Aggies to always update their contact information with me if they move so that we don’t lose track of you. We are busy planning for your return to campus this summer in July for the annual summer reunion. Several special class reunions are being planned, including the classes of 1942, 1947, 1957, 1960, and 1962. Even if you aren’t a member of those classes, you are welcome to come back for the allschool summer reunion. For your convenience, a registration form is located on the last page of this issue and I encourage you to send it in. The Student Center will again be the location for reunion day activities and I think you will enjoy seeing the new coffee bar, Higbie’s, that has been installed near Edson Auditorium. It’s a delightful nod to the history of the campus while dispensing coffee and treats in a sleek contemporary setting. While on campus, I hope you will enjoy a stroll around the Mall and be sure to note the bronze plaques denoting the WCSA-era buildings; enjoy the beauty of the alumni garden; and visit the DeWall courtyard behind the Welcome Center (Engineering). These are all projects with a distinct WCSA footprint. The WCSA alumni board is again working with us on determining a suitable project for the second courtyard behind the Welcome Center. Feel free to contact me anytime with comments or concerns. I can be reached at rileycj@morris.umn. edu or 320-589-6394.

Carla Riley ’85

University of Minnesota, Morris Happenings Campus accolades Forbes Morris ranked on Forbes magazine’s America’s Top Colleges and Best in the Midwest lists. The rankings are based on five general categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards. Morris also made The Forbes 100 Best Buy Colleges list, the only Minnesota college or university to make the list. Kiplinger’s Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Morris in the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges list. The Morris and Twin Cities campuses of the University of Minnesota were the only Minnesota institutions chosen for best value honors. Prairie Gate Literary Festival The second annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival was held the weekend of March 29-31, 2012. The event celebrates literature through workshops, discussions, and readings that are diverse in subject, style, and medium. Guest authors were poets Ilya Kaminsky, Michael Dekel, and Simone Muench; graphic novelist team Anna Bratton and Brittney Sabo, creative non-fiction writer and musician Michael Perry, and fiction author Susan Power. Jazz Fest The 34th annual Morris Jazz Festival made a splash the weekend of April 12–14, 2012. The West Central All-Stars, a festival favorite, opened the show. The Morris Jazz Fest offers young musicians the chance to work with and experience some of the most talented jazz performers in the country. Fans enjoy concerts by the Morris jazz ensembles and guest artists. Drummer Dennis Mackrel and saxophonist Gary Smulyan played alongside Morris’ Jazz Ensembles at the performances, and conducted Jazz Clinics during the day with invited high school and college students. Vocal jazz group Northern Colorado Voices added a fresh new sound to the musical palette this year. page 2

Greetings from the Alumni Association President It’s reunion time again, and I invite you to return to the campus, even if it is not your five year class year. Full details of the events are carried elsewhere in this paper. We had a delightful time February 6 in Mesa, Arizona, when 79 people, 49 of them Aggies, gathered to reminisce about our years at ‘the Ag School.’ Those who have never lived at a boarding school, like WCSA, can’t realize how close we got to each other, and the mischief some of us got into. It is an experience none of us would forego, and most wish our children and grandchildren could experience the same. We also agreed that for those of us who served in the military had an easier time than those who had never lived together, such as we did at WCSA. I also hear the reunion in Texas went well, and everyone there enjoyed the day. The Alumni Board meets in June, and if you’d like to add a comment about what the Alumni Association should do, contact Carla Riley. Among the discussions will be what to do with the area behind the Welcome Center, which we know as the Engineering Building. A sculpture garden has been mentioned, along with lots of other ideas, but nothing has been decided. See you at the July reunion.

Welcome Center rated Gold The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating to the Welcome Center (Engineering building). LEED is a third-party certification program and the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. LEED certification offers third-party validation of a project’s green features and verifies that the building is operating the way it was designed. LEED certification is a system in which building projects earn points for satisfying specific green building criteria. Within each LEED credit category a building project must satisfy particular prerequisites to earn points. Categories include Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. An additional category, Innovation in Design, addresses sustainable building expertise and design. A LEED Gold rating project needs to earn between 60 and 79 points out of 100. The Welcome Center earned credits in areas such as water efficient landscaping, water use reduction, optimal energy performance, site selection, building reuse, recycled content, and innovation in design. In addition to the LEED Gold rating, the Welcome Center has previously been awarded the 2011 Preservation Alliance of Minnesota’s Sustainable Design Award and the 2011 Minnesota Construction Association Award. Originally built in 1915, the Welcome Center is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its renovation was completed in February 2010.

Ted Storck ’54, president

Did you learn to type at the Ag School? Reminisce about the valuable skills you gained at the WCSA July 21 at the All-School Reunion! page 3

Calendar of Events May 16, 2012 Containers that Dazzle at the West Central Research and Outreach (WCROC) Garden, 5 p.m. May 25, 2012 Alumni Garden planting at 9 a.m. June 11, 2012 WCSA Alumni Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m., LaFave House June 20, 2012 Using Native Plants in the Landscape in the WCROC Garden, 5 p.m.

WCSA Alumni Garden planting

July 13, 2012 West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC) Summer Center Day, 7:30 a.m.

February 4, 2013 Arizona All-School Winter Reunion at noon at 8350 East University Drive in Mesa

Invest a spring morning in the WCSA Alumni Garden, then return to campus for the reunion in July to see the fruits of your labor in full summer bloom. If you’d like to help with this tradition, mark your calendars for Friday, May 25, 2012, at 9 a.m. Although not necessary, letting us know if you will be attending helps with planning. Email alumni@morris.umn.edu or call 320-589-6066. See you in the garden!

February 20, 2013 Winter WCSA gathering at 11:30 a.m. at Gattie’s in McAllen, Texas.

Photo above: University of Minnesota, Morris students lend a helping hand at the 2011 WCSA garden planting.

July 21, 2012 WCSA All-School Summer Reunion July 26, 2012 WCROC Horticulture Night from 5 until 9 p.m.

Class News Wesley Anderson ’37, Dawson, passed away in September 2011. He is survived by his wife Myrtle and three children.

Genevieve C. Nielsen Dosdall ’41, Hancock, died in January 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Glen and son Larry. She is survived by four children, ten grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Julia Van Oterloo Bouma ’37, Hancock, passed away in April 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond. She is survived by her three daughters, one son, 11 grandchildren, and five greatgrandchildren. She and Raymond farmed near Hancock. She worked as a receptionist for Dr. Eide’s office in Hancock, and at the Morris Medical Center until her retirement in 1986.

Ada Koons ’42, Brainerd, passed away in February 2012. Ada worked as a nurse’s assistant and nurse. She is the aunt of Jim and Gladys Henricks, former WCSA staff member. Eldon A. Peterson, ’43, Granite Falls, passed away on August 14, 2011. Survivors include wife of 65 years Betty Kennel Peterson ’42, two sons, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Maurice Underwood ’38, San Diego, California, passed away in September 2011. Lloyd A. Brandt ’39, Donnelly, died in February 2012. He was retired from the University of Minnesota, Morris, where he worked as a custodian. He served as a Sunday school teacher at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church, where he sang with the men’s quartet and the choir. He was preceded in death by his wife Thelma.

Glenn L. Bennett ’44, Lowry, passed away in October 2011. He milked Holstein cows until 1975 and farmed until just a few years ago. He is survived by his five children and nine grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Elaine in 1996.

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Harold W. Fahl ’45, Morris, died in December 2011. After he graduated from WCSA he attended Gustavus Adolphus College and North Dakota State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering. He served for 25 years as superintendent of plant services at the University of Minnesota, Morris, retiring in 1993. He is survived by his wife Marion Wilberg Fahl ’47, two children, and two grandchildren.

UMM. She reported on the strides made in the areas of ecology, future development, resources, and progress. She also spoke of the University’s mission and needs for its up and coming young minds in order to achieve their potential and goals. Michela Brevig, granddaughter of Andrew Brevig ’47, will attend the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities this fall in engineering.” Orval Cawelti ’51 passed away in January 2012. He is survived by two daughters, his sister Ardith Sehldon, and sister-in-law Arabelle Cawelti. He was predeceased by brother Leon Cawelti ’45.

Jerry Ricks ’45 writes, “I am getting so old even my grand kids are getting old—but the wife and I are in good health. Greetings to all my former classmates and would love to get together again. We have retired in Alexandria—if you’re in town give us a shout—we are in the phone book. To all: good luck, and God bless.” Arthur Bailey ’48, Alexandria, died in December 2011. Art served in the Korean War before returning to farm. He also helped start a drainage contracting company known as MBC Drainage. He was preceded in death by his wife Martha and is survived by two children and four grandchildren. Arloa Zahrbock Knutson Larson ’48 went on a cruise to the Caribbean in March. She writes that she and her husband were joined by Vivian and Howard Janssen. Ruth Brevig West ’49 Fort Myers, Florida, reports that “Mr. and Mrs. Omar Metaweh attended the alumni dinner hosted by Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson of

Dave Schmit ’51, writes, “My wife Chris and I are now Arizona residents living in Scottsdale. We have a home in the north part of the city, near the McDowell Mountains, which we love. This past November we sold our townhome in Minnesota. We still plan on spending some summer months there visiting family. I still work part time selling floor covering for a company called Direct Carpet One Floor and Home. I also play some golf. We can be reached at 480-563-1136 or my cell 480-529-9685.” Don Glimsdal ’54 lives in Saint Peter with wife Jan. He is active as an on site volunteer building supervisor for the local Habitat for Humanity chapter. He writes, “Our small chapter is able to build one house a year from foundation to completion.”

Report from the field: Loren Shoquist ’55 Loren sends this report: Who would have thought this shy young farm boy would one day travel the world representing the Gideons International distributing Scriptures? After graduating from WCSA I went on to graduate from college. I spent many years in the insurance business, but it was also during this time that God called me into the ministry of the Gideons International. That was 34 years ago. It has been during the past nine years that I have served on an international level. During this time I have had the opportunity to represent the Gideons in 20 different countries (30 trips) in the continents of Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. I typically travel by myself and rely on the local Gideons in their respective countries to transport me to the different locations. At the writing of this article I am making preparations for my trip to Cambodia. It will be interesting to see what God has in store for me on this trip! page 5

Gordie Swanson ’56 writes, “I have finished my second and last Bearman book. It’s the last because I have told everything I can tell. The name of the book is Bearman, the rest of the story. Again I painted the cover for it, and a friend of mine, Charles Denault, who is a very successful wildlife artist painted the back cover. Right now the editor has it, and when she is done it gets printed fast!” Connie Lundstrom, wife of Reverend Lowell O. Lundstrom ’57, died in December 2011. Connie was cofounder of Lowell Lundstrom Ministries and Celebration Church.

Jerry Koosman ’60, UMM ’64 was featured in the film “Kooz,” the story of his highlight career season with the 1969 New York Mets, and later life. Dave Mecklenburg ’61 wishes to thank his classmates from the Class of 1961 for the thoughts and prayers extended to him and his family upon the passing of his wife, Marjorie, who passed away last summer after losing her battle with cancer. Patricia Lesmeister Nelson ’61 and all WCSA alumni join in extending their sympathies to Dave and his family.

Gary W. Dehne, DVM ’62 writes “I live in Washington, DC. I’m a veterinarian. After graduation, I went to David Anderson, ’57, Litchfield, passed away in College of Veterinary Medicine, served in the army, February 2012. He is predeceased by wife Linda. ended up in the Washington, DC area, and never made it back home. My goal in life has been to have fun. I’m Virgil Nielsen ’57, Lake Benton, died in March 2012. pleased to announce that it’s pretty much worked out. No long list of kids or relatives to report. I happily took Margaret Ann Carrier Place ’57, Brainerd, passed a pass on that. My recollections of the WCSA are the away in February 2012. She was self-employed for many strongest when I think of the campus. I don’t think any years running her own upholstery shop and worked in of us fully appreciated the treasure we had at that time. Minneapolis as a mechanical draftsperson. She lived for Since our class was in the phasing out time for WCSA, many years on Sylvan Lake in Pillager. She is survived I think we missed something. When I read the WCSA by two children, three grandchildren, and one greatnews, it’s clear the bond formed between the students granddaughter. and the school was much stronger in classes before us. My parents both attended and graduated from WCSA. Dave Kill ’60 writes, “I finally retired from full time I recall their expressions of loyalty to the school being employment at the end of 2011 and spent the first part strong and deep.” of 2012 doing my winter passion—downhill skiing. I teach skiing two to three days each week in Minnesota Faculty/Staff and will have three ski trips to Colorado by early April. Leo “Bill” W. Connors, Jackson, passed away in My Minnesota ski buddy is my 12 year old January 2011. He taught business at WCSA for four granddaughter who thinks she is the next Lindsay Vonn. years, eventually retiring from teaching at the Jackson My two grandsons are the next ski project, but they are vocational school in 1991. He is survived by his wife only four and six and have far to go for snow as they are Lois, four children, and many grandchildren. in San Diego.” He fills his retirement time working out at the YMCA, traveling, and volunteering at church. Carol Pederson Meyer ’60 writes that she continues to enjoy an active retirement with volunteer activities and family. She has worked the past six years at a free Tax Clinic for low income families and finds it most interesting and the majority of the time rewarding. She enjoys following the second generation of swimmers in her family and is planning a trip to Omaha, Nebraska to watch her grandson compete in the Olympic Trials in Dorm living NOW! The photo above shows a typical June. She continues to mourn the tragic loss of room in Pine Hall. Easy chairs, zebra stripes, and posters—how is this different from Pine in your day? classmate Harriet Vaala Payne ’60 last November.” page 6

Remembering Harriet Vaala Payne, WCSA Class of 1960 Many of you know the alumni garden as a beautiful and favored spot for many on the Morris campus. It freely exudes a lovely calming presence to anyone who passes by. In much the same way, I remember Harriet Payne, who used to help plant that garden each spring. Harriet lost her life in an automobile accident on November 17, 2011, but her warm and beautiful spirit, which she freely shared with everyone, will never be forgotten. I worked with Harriet for many years as she held a seat on the WCSA Alumni Board of Directors. Harriet had a quiet disposition, but according to her husband Tom ’60, that was a bit deceiving as she had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick wit. Tom also told me that Harriet had a lot of common sense, and while she respected other people’s opinions, she also maintained a strong sense of her own values and views. In my working with her, Harriet never disappointed me on any level. Her generosity of spirit meant that she would never not do what she said she would do, and she said she would do a lot! Even after her term on the board ended, she continued to help with garden planting and remained active in the alumni association. Harriet’s life was full of service to others. She was an active member of Buffalo Lake Lutheran Church in Grace Township and Trinity Lutheran Church in Montevideo. She was also an active member of the Flying Geese Quilting Club, Minnesota Valley Community Concert Association Board of Directors, and Chippewa Valley Cruisers Car Club. She served as a 4-H Leader, fair judge, and election judge. She volunteered at Luther Haven, Ag in the Classroom, and at the Women’s Activity Building at the Chippewa County Fair. She was also a member of the Flying Farmers, serving as a chapter officer and queen. Harriet and Tom celebrated 50 years of marriage on September 30, 2011. Together they raised three children, Chad, Byron and Jan. Harriet was adored by eight grandchildren: Jenna, Brennan, Devon, Tatum, Tommy, Gavin, Samantha, and Alice. All who knew her benefited from her loving care and support as many of her hobbies and interests, such as sewing and baking, involved service to others. Dancing at the Lakeside Dance Club was also a favored activity for Harriet. If you look up Harriet Vaala in the 1960 Moccasin, you will note that her nickname was “Cooky.” Sweetly appropriate. You will also note that it says “She looks like an angel; you can never tell what angels will do.” I hope Harriet is dancing today with the other angels in heaven until Tom can one day be her partner again. Harriet lived a good and joyful life and we can all look to her as a model for our own living. Submitted by Carla Riley, UMM director of alumni relations and annual giving

WCSA Alumni at the 2011 garden planting. Back row from left to right, Andrew Brevig ’46, Reuben Luthi,’49, Tom Payne, ’60, and “Tex” Larson ’55. Front Row, Harriet Payne ’60, Carol Meyer ’60, and John Peternell ’60. page 7

“Cooky” 1960

From the WCSA all the way to Arizona ...and Texas!

Top left image: Carla Riley ’85, Marlys Thorstad Charles ’54, Ted Storck ’54. Center left image: George Henry ’56, Phil Brunner ’56, Eunice Kvale Hill ’56, Vi Henry. Bottom left image: UMM Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson addressing the group. Top right image: Reunion attendees from the classes of 1945–54. Bottom right image: Reunion attendees from the classes of 1955–61.

Back row: Marshall Beebe (former WCSA employee), John Fuchs ’53, Doug Glesne ’56, Charlie Dupree ’54, Everett Holtz ’42, Clifford Johnson ’59, Jim Becker ’57. Middle row: Lawrence Findlay ’45, Barb Jorgensen Albertson ’57, Russ Erlandson ’54, Carol Dewey Erlandson ’55, Audrey Rinke Jackson ’50, Lucille Hensch Sorenson-Freitag ’55, Mary Anderson ’56, Janice (Finberg) Frazier ’56, LaVonne Schmock Dupree ’59. Front row: Arnold Koehl ’59, Loren Maahs ’56, Carmon Jackson ’49, Allen Albertson ’56, Gary Peterson ’56, Robert Danielson ’51. Who was that on the cover? Mignon Aamot ’42 and Millicent Jorgensen ’42 posed for the 1942 Moccasin. page 8

Class announcements for All-School Reunion Class of 1962—50th Reunion The class of 1962 is planning its 50th year reunion to coincide with the All-School Reunion on the weekend of July 21–22, 2012. Plan to take part in the All-School Reunion activities on campus on Saturday afternoon, with an evening banquet and program planned at Old No. 1 Bar and Grill for the class of 1962. A letter with reservation information has been sent. Additional suggestions are welcome! Please contact Mike and Diane Madsen at 605-753-1645 or dimimadsen@yahoo.com.

Class of 1947—65th Reunion A room has been reserved for the Class of 1947 to meet on campus on Saturday, July 21, 2012. The day’s activities will include a brunch and buffet dinner; a bus tour of the WCROC; and the WCSA Alumni Association annual meeting and program. You are also encouraged to stroll the campus and visit the alumni garden between the Music Building and Spooner Hall. For more information, contact Avanelle “Avy” Miller Gray at 320-732-8479 or agray50@embarqmail.com.

Class of 1942—70th Reunion The Class of 1942 will meet for our 70th reunion during the All-School Reunion. There will be an area reserved and marked for the class of 1942 to gather and reminisce. For those who care to pre-register, a late Class of 1957—55th Reunion morning brunch and early evening dinner will also be A room in the Student Center (former Edson Hall served. The brunch and banquet are open to all classes, building) will be reserved and marked for the Class of 1957 to gather and reminisce at the All-School Reunion but the Class of 1942 will be seated together. A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available on July 21. If you are not able to attend the reunion, near the Student Center, and a shuttle to and from please send an update, and include a current photo. the parking lots is also available. Please contact We will share whatever you send with classmates at the Mignon (Aamot) Randall at PO Box 51, Wendell, MN reunion. Submissions can be sent to Armand Aswege 56590-0051 or randall@runestone.net to let her know at P.O. Box 157, Graceville, MN 56240. Or, if you have any questions, you can call Armand at his home at if you will be attending or if you have any questions. 320-748-7795 or on his cell phone at 320-808-5202. Class of 1960—70th BIRTHDAY PARTY! Watch the mail for an invitation to our 70th birthday party, to be held as part of the All-School Reunion!

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Class News WCSA alumni love reading Class News, so send us your updates! Mail us a letter, give us a call, or send an email about your careers, families, travels, hobbies, activities, and WCSA memories. We will include your news in the next AlumNEWS issue. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2012. Funding for AlumNEWS Your donations fund AlumNEWS. Thanks to those who have given in the past! We appreciate your donations. Checks to support AlumNEWS should be made payable to the University of Minnesota, Morris and sent to the address at right. WCSA Web page The WCSA AlumNEWS is available online. If you would like to read the newsletter online and discontinue receiving a printed copy, please contact us. The newsletter, photos, and a history of the WCSA can be found on the WCSA website at morris.umn.edu/WCSA.

Carla Riley ’85 Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving University of Minnesota, Morris Welcome Center, 600 East Fourth Street Morris, Minnesota 56267-2132 320-589-6394 or rileycj@morris.umn.edu

Blacksmith Building at the WCSA before the rest of the Engineering Building was built. This wing of what is now the Welcome Center houses UMM External Relations today.

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All-School Reunion parking and free shuttle service

2012 All-School Reunion Tentative Schedule of Events

During the All-School Reunion, complimentary golf cart shuttle service will be provided from the North and West Lots on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus to the Student Center where the 2011 All-School Reunion will be held. All parking is free on the Morris campus during the reunion. Parking in the mall area around the Student Center will be restricted to vehicles with handicapped plates or permits. ALL mall-area parking spaces will be reserved for handicapped permits providing approximately 20 handicapped parking spots around the campus mall. If you have special transportation needs, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving by email at alumni@morris.umn.edu or call 320-589-6066.

Saturday, July 21 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Registration, Student Center 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Class reunions and brunch, Assigned rooms for special reunions and other classes, Student Center 1 and 2:30 p.m. Bus Tour of the West Central Research and Outreach Center, wind turbines, and biomass facility At your leisure Visit the WCSA Alumni Garden 4 p.m. Business meeting and program, Edson Auditorium, Student Center 5 p.m. Banquet, Oyate Hall, Student Center

Pine Hall, photo Erin Melzer ’15, Northfield

Morris Area Lodging Information Hotels Morris Motel 320-589-1212 Prairie Inn in Morris 1-800-535-3035 Super 8 Motel in Morris 1-800-800-8000 Cedar Inn of Starbuck 320-239-4300 Scotwood Motel in Glenwood 320-634-5105 Country Inn and Suites in Benson 320-843-4395 Rob’s Motel in Benson 320-843-3484 Super 8 Motel in Benson 1-800-800-8000 Prairie Waters Inn in Appleton 320-289-2500 Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the Prairie Inn and at the Super 8 Motel in Morris. Please request “WCSA Reunion” before June 21.

RV Parking RVs may be parked at Pomme de Terre Park on a firstcome, first-served basis. Prices are $15 per night without electricity and $20 per night with electricity. Bathrooms and water, but no water hookups available. Please register at the registration stand in the park. Free parking for self-contained recreational vehicles is available in all of the University of Minnesota, Morris campus parking lots. The East Lot has the most shade and is the largest, quietest area. No water or electrical hookups are available. On-campus Apartments On-campus apartments, which sleep four, are available at $50 per night. Linens will be provided free or you may bring your own. It is recommended that you bring a fan. Call 320-589-6066 to make a reservation. page 10

2012 WCSA All-School Reunion Registration Saturday, July 21, 2012 If you plan to attend the reunion, please return this form by Friday, July 13, 2012. Please make checks payable to the University of Minnesota, Morris. If you do not plan to attend the reunion, please use this form to update your address or to send donation. Return this form with your check(s) and updated address information to:

Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, Welcome Center, 600 East Fourth Street, Morris, Minnesota 56267 Name(s) for nametag(s) Permanent Address

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2012 WCSA Reunion Registration Registration Fee $7 per person for reunion booklet printing and other miscellaneous costs. (Please enclose $14 if you are bringing a guest.) Registration Fee $ Brunch 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at $14 per person ($17 if not pre-registered by 7/13) Please reserve ______ (quantity) meals at $14 each. $ Banquet 5 p.m. at $18 per person ($21 if not pre-registered by 7/13) Chicken, baby red potatoes, blend vegetables, spring mix salad, roll, dessert, and beverage. Please reserve______ (quantity) meals at $18 each. $ Afternoon Refreshments


Tour West Central Research and Outreach Center, campus, wind turbines, and biomass facility in air-conditioned motor coach at $3 per person Please reserve _______(quantity) seats at 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. (Circle first preference.) (We will do our best to provide you with your first time choice.) $



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