The UMC Torch & Shield Award Banquet will take place next week on Wednesday, November 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The Torch & Shield Award recognizes individuals who have provided leadership and aided in the development of the University of Minnesota Crookston, Northwest Research and Outreach Center, and Extension. It is the highest award an individual can receive from the campus.

This year’s recipients are Jason Brantner and Lyle Westrom.

The Torch & Shield Award:

  • Honors contributions of significance to higher education, the Crookston campus, and the region
  • Recognizes champions of UMN Crookston, NWROC, and Extension for their impact on the region through teaching, research, and outreach.
  • Distinguish both high profile individuals and those who have been “quiet” contributors to the success of UMN Crookston.

RSVPs are required by Monday, November 1 at noon and can be made by contacting Angelika Huglen at or 218-281-8401. The cost is $60 per person. Cocktail or black-tie attire is preferred.

Torch & Shield evening information:

5:30 p.m. Program | Kiehle Auditorium 

6:30 p.m. Social | Kiehle Rotunda

7:30 p.m. Dinner | Brown Dining Room