Greetings alumni and friends:
You have impacted the lives of thousands of
Minnesotans and citizens of the world by helping
UMD provide education, outreach and cutting-edge
research endeavors. Your profound generosity has
made a difference from funding scholarships, graduate
fellowships, and endowed faculty chairs, to supporting
innovative campus projects.
I'd like to highlight a few of these initiatives that
speak to our goals of strengthening ties with our region's
communities, creating a positive and inclusive campus,
and advancing UMD's research and creative activities.
These goals are featured in UMD's recently developed
Strategic Plan, a campus and community-wide initiative
that provides a framework for all of UMD.
• CLA's Center for Sustainable Community
Development and the City of Silver Bay launched a
joint project to create jobs by producing fuel and food.
The ingredients are a greenhouse full of vegetables, fish
in tanks, and algae for algal oil, all grown together in a
closed ecosystem. This project also demonstrates another
Strategic Plan goal: bringing sustainability into our
curriculum and research activities.
• In November, UMD presented an original performance,
Land of Plenty, How Did You Come to be Here, directed by
UMD theatre professor Tom Isbell. This original modern
play explored the realities of the United States as a land of
opportunity and welcome, but also as a land of inequality,
exclusion, and forced relocation.
• A scientific discovery with the potential to prevent
life-threatening complications due to severe blood loss
has taken a major step. The work of Matthew Andrews,
McKnight Presidential Professor of Biology, and Lester
Drewes, professor and biomedical scientist in the UM
Medical School-Duluth, has moved to a private company
for development and commercialization. The therapy
will offer a simple, safe, and reliable product to first
responders, emergency department staff and military
There are dozens of additional instances of innovation
and commitment to sustainability at UMD. The Leadership
in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified
Swenson Civil Engineering Building recently received an
American Institute of Architects Chicago Honor Award.
The building was featured on the cover of the November/
December 2011 Chicago Architect magazine.
We opened a new residence hall, named in honor of
former Chancellor Lawrence Ianni. He and his wife,
Mary Ellen, joined many UMD friends on campus for a
delightful homecoming. Ianni Hall is another of UMD's
LEED buildings. As a result of its many energy-saving
components, UMD received a rebate check for $18,000
from our power company, Minnesota Power.
As you see, UMD is a good steward of resources and
your gifts. Your contributions are an investment in the
future for all of us and make our work possible. Thank
you for giving your time, talent, and resources. You are
Lendley "Lynn" C. Black, Chancellor
**Picture Description:(Chancellor Lendley C. Black visits with Shane Campbell, a student majoring in chemical engineering. Campbell is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and a recipient of the Presidential Distinguished Student Scholar Award.)**