Meet us at the Minnesota State Fair
Visit the UMD Booth in the Crossroads
Building on Dan Patch Avenue.
Stop by the UMD booth and learn more about our vibrant campus and exciting programs. We’ll be at the UM building on Dan Patch Avenue and Underwood Street from Aug. 21 - 23. In addition to our Admissions staff, several departments and programs will be sharing information and greeting visitors. Alumni, current students, future students and anyone else who has a UMD connection are welcome to stop by. Meet staff from the American Indian teacher training program “Eni-gikendaasoyang” and the UMD Center for Diversity, among others. We're inside the UM Crossroads building on Dan Patch Avenue at the "Connect to the U" booth.
UMD's Ashlee Hartwig:
UMD student Ashlee Hartwig, 19, has been named Miss Congeniality and one of the two runners-up in the Princess Kay of the Milky Way 2008-09 competition. Kristy Mussman from Steele County was crowned Princess Kay. Twelve county dairy princesses competed for the Princess Kay of the Milky Way title. Ashlee, who is the daughter of Dan and Patti Hartwig of Swanville, in Morrison County, is majoring in theatre with an acting emphasis and a minor in journalism.
Ashlee's UMD academic advisor, theatre professor Tom Isbell, has been following her bid for the princess title. When she was named Morrison County Princess in May, he emailed to let her know he was jealous of her opportunity to get her likeness carved in butter.
Ashlee, who will be a sophomore this fall, credits her acting classes at UMD with helping her place in the competition. "I definitely feel more poised and confident," she said. "Acting has helped me calm my nerves. Now I'm used to getting up in front of people, as a character, and as myself too. I've learned to be professional, no matter what. In acting class, I learned after I make a decision, to stick with it. I go for it. That really helped in the interview part of the competition and it must have worked."
Ashlee's likeness will be carved in butter on Friday, Aug 29. Each day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m, fairgoers can see Princess Kay and members of her court get their likenesses carved into an 85-90 pound block of butter. Many watch the butter carvings in the Empire Commons Dairy Building after purchasing a malt or sundae.
Ashlee is following in her older sister's footsteps. Her sister was named Morrison County Dairy Princess 12 years ago. The Morrison County position involves dozen's of events. Ashlee said the experience, starting from the moment they first called her name, has been "a rush of excitement." She has served ice cream and malts to hundreds of people, participated in parades and made appearances at banks, town fun days, senior citizens homes, county fair grounds, libraries and the Morrison County Fair malt booth.
From Aug 27 - 29 Princess Kay and her court will make appearances all over the fairgrounds in several parades, at the Milking Parlor’s Moo Booth, in the cattle barn, and at other places.
As a college student and member of a farm family, Aslee's activities include milking, running, intramural sports, peer assistant at UMD Career Services, stage crew for UMD Theatre Department, box office worker for UMD Theatre Productions, and the church choir. Her hobbies include writing, acting, singing, spending time with family, hanging out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, laughing, playing tennis and playing basketball.
All of the Princess Kay finalists live or work on dairy farms and serve as county dairy princesses. The dairy princess program is sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association’s Minnesota Division through checkoff funds provided by dairy farmers to help increase sales and demand for dairy products.
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