Jess Bengtson, Crookston Times
The University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni Association Board of Directors and Northwest School of Agriculture have teamed up with a campaign to raise money for a people mover on campus. The campaign, nicknamed “Movin’ Tail Feathers,” was started after Alumni Association board members wanted to get more involved with campus needs.
UMC Alumni board president Eric Morgan says the re-established board is hoping to make more of a presence on campus and in the community, as well as assist alumni who need a lift while they visit the University.
“Over the last year, the University of Minnesota Crookston Alumni Association decided it was time to really figure out our mission and purpose, and how we can gain awareness and show the importance of our board,” Morgan explained. “With our mission, “Promote and Support the University of Minnesota Crookston” we came up with three goals, Encourage-Inspire-Recognize Alumni, Build Lifelong Connections and Preserve Our Legacy.”
“From these goals, we came up with an idea to fund-raise for a six-person people mover,” he added. “Our campus may be considered small, but the 41 buildings are spread across 237 acres.”
“As our alum keep getting older, we do not want mobility to hinder their decision to come back and visit campus for different events and reunions,” Morgan continued. “Some events that the people mover will be used for (but not limited to) include graduation, alumni reunions, campus tours, handicapped visitors and community events/parades.”
A crowdfunding page has been set up to raise money for the people mover that will be used to conveniently transport UMC and NWSA alumni and friends who could use a lift around campus.
“It will essentially be a moving billboard to promote our alumni associations,” boasted Morgan. “In early October, I approached the NWSA board to partner with us on the project and they happily agreed to cover half of the cost.”
“One of the NWSA board members stated, “Everyone needs a golf cart” and made a motion to partner with the U of M Crookston Alumni Association on the project,” he added.
The campaign goal is to raise $7,000, after the NWSA’s partnership donation, to purchase the people mover.
If you are interested in donating, please visit crowdfund.umn.edu/UMCpeoplemover.