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February 10, 2011
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University Of Minnesota Duluth Celebrates Inauguration of Ninth Chancellor

Lendley C. Black will be inaugurated as the ninth chancellor of the University of Minnesota Duluth at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the Romano Gymnasium on the UMD campus. This historic campus celebration is open to the public.

The inauguration, which is the official installation of the chancellor, will feature an academic procession of UMD faculty and representatives from other institutions of higher learning in full academic regalia. UMD staff will also join the procession. The ceremony will include remarks from students, alumni, faculty and dignitaries, and an address by Dr. Black. A reception will immediately follow.

Dr. Black began his duties as UMD chancellor in August 2010. He served at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., from 2002 to 2010. There he was provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also served nine years at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kan. He earned his doctorate in theater at the University of Kansas.

Dr. Black succeeds Kathryn A. Martin, who was UMD chancellor from 1995 to 2010.

The inauguration ceremony will be the highlight of Inauguration Week, March 1-5, which will include academic presentations, concerts, a day of volunteering and a men's hockey game. (See attached schedule at

UMD consistently ranks among the top Midwestern, regional universities in U.S. News and World Report's "America's Best Colleges" issue. It is a comprehensive university – part of the University of Minnesota system – that offers 13 bachelor degrees in 74 majors. UMD has a two-year medical school and a College of Pharmacy among its graduate programs in 24 fields. Fall 2010 enrollment in all UMD programs was nearly 11,800 students.

UMD ranks among the top universities the country for its commitment to UROPs, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programs. The University is also leader in American Indian education, with nearly 20 related campus programs, including strong programs in medicine. The Center for Freshwater Research and Policy and the Large Lakes Observatory contribute to the university's international reputation for comprehensive research in freshwater.

Inauguration Week Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 1

Commission on Women Tea
Tweed Museum of Art, 1:30–3:30 pm
15-minute faculty / staff / student presentations on Technology, Entertainment, Design, and more. Kirby Student Center Lounge, 10 am–8 pm

Wednesday, March 2

Equity & Diversity Panels
Library Rotunda, 11:30 am–1 pm and 3–4:30 pm
Keynote Inauguration Speaker / Women's History Month Speaker
"Women, Global Migration and Human Rights" with Cathi Tactaquin, Executive Director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Kirby Ballroom, 7 pm
Exposition of faculty / student research projects
Posters on display across campus

Thursday, March 3

Sustainability Panels
Library Rotunda, 11:30 am–1 pm and 3-4:30 pm
Exposition of faculty / student research projects
Posters on display across campus
Faculty Artist Recital
"Just We Two," Rachel Inselman, soprano, Marcus McConico, tenor. Weber Music Hall, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $8-10, Contact the Box Office, 218-726-8877

Friday, March 4

Inauguration Ceremony
Romano Gymnasium, Sports and Health Center, 2 pm
Campus Reception
Recreational Gym, Sports and Health Center. Immediately follows the Inauguration Ceremony.
Ovation Guest Artist Series
Featured Jazz Artists: Benny Green Trio, Weber Music Hall, 7:30 pm. Tickets: $17-19. Contact the Box Office, 218-726-8877. A block of tickets is on reserve through February 28.

Saturday, March 5

CHAMP Day of Service
"Connecting Hopes with Action to Mobilize People," 10 am–5 pm. Sign up to volunteer throughout the Duluth area as a team, department, student group, or individual.
UMD at Spirit Mountain Day
Ski, snowboard, coaster rides, discounts, and chili lunch, 12-1:30 pm RSVP Alumni Office: 866-726-7164
Head of the Lakes Jazz Concert
Marshall Performing Arts, 5 pm, Limited seating. Tickets: $10-12. Contact the Box Office, 218-726-8877.
Feast of Nations
Kirby Ballroom, 5:30 pm, Limited seating. Tickets: $10-15, For more information email Trisha O'Keefe or call 218-726-7531.
Men's Hockey
UMD vs. Nebraska Omaha, 7:07 pm, AMSOIL Arena, Tickets: $26.05. Contact Ticketmaster or call 1-800-745-3000
Tweed Museum of Art
Selections from Collection
Ongoing Exhibit

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