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Message from the Chancellor

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Chancellor Black


As alumni and friends, you know there is a special authenticity here at UMD. You may have heard the new phrase "Those who can, Duluth." It's a statement that expresses the spirit of UMD.

This statement is the result of hours of work by a blue-ribbon task force made up of dozens of alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff. Individuals from around the region joined UMD in a planning process with an advertising agency that took nearly a year. The results truly reflect UMD, a community both grounded and elevated by the raw beauty of its surroundings.

Our alumni are contributing in countless ways around the world. Recently, UMD alumnus Brian Kobilka, along with fellow researcher Robert Lefkowitz, accepted the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Brian's discoveries in cell interaction will help scientists create more effective medications. 

The stories in this magazine resonate with that "can do" spirit. Research, scholarship,
community engagement, and creative work continue to be the essence of the University
of Minnesota Duluth. Thank you for being one of "those who can."

Lendley C. Black, Chancellor

P.S. I think you'll enjoy the videos created by UMD design students that express the gratitude so many of our students feel for your continued involvement. Visit

Spring 2013—Top: Chancellor Lendley C. Black and his wife, Connie, enjoy a walk at Bagley Nature Center..

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