Welcome to the University of Minnesota Duluth
Big things are happening at UMD. In fall 2011, UMD began implementing a new Strategic Plan to create a better university for all students. This roadmap includes a commitment to inclusivity, sustainability, community involvement, academic excellence, and new ways of teaching and learning. I am pleased to report that we have made great progress in all of these areas. Here are a few highlights.
Events at UMD are bringing awareness about diversity and inclusiveness, including the fall 2011 "Land of Plenty" performance event and the spring 2012 "What is America" series of events.
Academically, many students are thriving through our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). This program provides students with real world research and creative situations. We’re taking our ambitious students and giving them the experience to prepare them for success after graduation.
In addition, research and creative endeavors are flourishing. Our scientists and faculty continue to make world-class discoveries and foster creative projects. The external funding awards for the grants and contracts we receive are remarkable, exceeding $20 million a year in new projects and $68 million in continuing projects. That makes UMD one of the top two universities in the state for research funding. We currently have over 30 National Science Foundation projects and many other research projects funded by outside sources.
Students continue to take on internships with area businesses; and students, faculty, and staff support community organizations and volunteer in many ways, including through our annual CHAMP Day of Service.
With each passing week we are becoming a more sustainable campus. In fall 2011, we received an $18,183 energy rebate check from Minnesota Power for saving energy and water in our newest residence building, Ianni Hall. In spring 2012 we installed a series of filtered water filling areas to allow our campus to generate less waste.
Every effort counts; and by taking on big projects and making small changes we are becoming a better university.
I am grateful and proud to serve as UMD’s chancellor, and I look forward to joining you in the coming years.
- Lendley (Lynn) Black, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Duluth
Chancellor Lendley "Lynn" Black