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The University of Minnesota Duluth

BRIDGE Summer 2010, Volume 28, #1

Celebrating Success
Kathryn A. Martin

Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin has served the University of Minnesota Duluth from 1995-2010. She was the first woman to be named a chancellor in the University of Minnesota system and has been honored on many occasions for her outstanding achievements and years of contribution to academia. During her 15-year tenure at UMD, her accomplishments were significant, from 12 important building projects, to the addition of new academic programs, to increasing enrollment. Her most prominent milestones are highlighted here.


2000 – Library
The state-of-the-art library, designed by local architect Ken Johnson, provides hundreds of computers for its users. The $26 million, four-floor building can accommodate nearly 1,400 people at a time, and provides ample study rooms, a lecture rotunda, and panoramic views. A chandelier, created by artist Dale Chihuly, is on display in the entry.

1997 — Blue Heron Research Vessel Acquired
The Blue Heron UMD Research Vessel provides important Lake Superior fresh water research by UMD professors
with worldwide significance and global implications.

1999 — Community College Transfer Program
2+2 Transfer Agreements were launched with six community colleges in 1999, ensuring seamless transfer of credits to UMD for thousands of students.

1999 — Best of Class Scholarship Established
The Best of Class Scholarship Program attracts first and second ranked high school students in every high school graduating class throughout Minnesota. Since its inception, approximately 2,660 students have received Best of Class Scholarships.

1999 — A New Women’s Hockey Team Dominates the Ice
The first seasons of UMD Women’s Hockey have been stellar, and the team promises to give fans many exciting games in the future. They won five NCAA Div. I national championships in their first 10 years, more than any other university in the country.


2002 — Weber Music Hall
Designed by the renowned architect Cesar Pelli, who is known for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings, the $9.2 million Weber Music Hall offers first-rate acoustics within an intimate venue. UMD received generous support from Mary Ann and Ronald Weber for its construction. Its high-capped dome makes an impressive statement on the campus.

2001 — UMD Creates Graduation Planner
The Graduation Planner is a dynamic
web-based tool that simplifies the degree planning process. It was inspired by a UMD staff member and is now being
used throughout the University of Minnesota system.
2002 — Honors Program Established
The Honors Program for high-achieving students brings dedicated faculty together with students who are serious about their intellectual growth. Special course offerings are enhanced by cultural events and activities.
2003 — American Indian Teacher Education
Group Graduates
UMD graduated the largest American Indian Teacher Education Group in Minnesota history. The Gekinoo’imaagejig (“The Ones Who Teach”) continues to be a successful, unique collaboration with Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and UMD.

2005 — James I. Swenson Science Building
Chicago architect Carol Ross Barney designed the science building, which features teaching labs, student/faculty research labs, and research support rooms. The open lab system allows interdisciplinary interaction. A gift from the Swenson Family Foundation propelled the construction of the building, which cost a total of $33 million to complete.

2003 — UMD’s ePortfolio Provided as an Open Source
UMD developed the Electronic Portfolio (ePortfolio), a system of entering, saving, organizing, viewing, and selectively sharing personal, professional, and educational records. The UMD system
is used by the majority of students at UMD, and in 2003 the source code was made freely available to universities
and other entities.
2004 — Kirby Plaza
Designed by the architectural firm Krech Ojard and Associates, this 121,000-square-foot project cost
$20 million. It houses many services for students including the Food Court, UMD Bookstore & Computer Corner, Bulldog Shop, a convenience store, UMD Print Shop, TCF Bank, a coffee house, student computer lab, College of Liberal Arts offices, University for Seniors, campus organizations, the Multi-Cultural Center, a childcare center, and a Duluth Transit Authority Bus Hub.
2005 — Children’s Place Opens
After years of planning, securing funding, and obtaining proper licensure, UMD opened a childcare center on campus. The center is a model program providing quality, nurturing care and educational experiences for young children and their families.

2006 — Wild Ricing Moon Sculpture
John David Mooney, an internationally known sculptor and environmental artist, created the Wild Ricing Moon sculpture for UMD. The 89-foot-tall steel sculpture was made possible by a gift from BendTec, Inc. owned by Robert and Diane Meierhoff. It contains a large ring, 40 feet in diameter, representing the full, rice-harvesting moon of late summer. The outstretched, curving lines moving through it depict the North Shore of Lake Superior and the natural features of the region.

2006 — Sports and Health Center Addition
The 46,000-square-foot addition to the Sports and Health Center was a project initiated and partially funded by the UMD student body. Highlights of the $12.4 million expansion include a two-level fitness center, two group exercise rooms, and a 37-foot climbing wall.
2007 — Life Sciences Building
This building qualified for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. LEED is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council to encourage sustainable development. Major remodeling almost completely gutted the building and all mechanical and electrical systems were replaced at the cost of $15 million.

2007 — Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
This degree program is the first
doctoral program to be delivered entirely from the UMD campus. It meets the needs of advanced degree students pursuing careers in K-12 education, in community college/university teaching and administration, as business professionals dealing with education and training, and in the human service field.


2006 — Sieur Du Luth Summer Arts Festival Opens
The UMD Sieur Du Luth Summer Arts Festival enriches and entertains thousands of area residents and visitors. Chancellor Martin directed the play for children A Year With Frog and Toad in 2007. She also directed The Secret of the Talking Bird in 2004.

2008 — Ph.D. Program in Integrated Biosciences (IBS)
The unique, cutting-edge Bioscience Program is one of only four in the nation. Students choose specialization in either a cell, molecular, and physiological biology emphasis or an ecology, organismal, and population biology emphasis.
2008 — Football Team Wins National Championship Title
The UMD Bulldog football team won the NCAA Div. II national championship, finishing the year with a perfect 15-0 record. Head coach Bob Nielson helped orchestrate the biggest one-year turnaround in NCAA Div. II history.
2009 — Mortar Board Chapter Established
Because of its dedication to excellence and enrichment, UMD was inducted into membership by the Mortar Board National Honor Society. The first members included 22 UMD students. The chapter has made a commitment to promoting literacy as a part of the Mortar Board’s national literacy initiative.

2008 — Labovitz School of Business and Economics Building
The Gold-certified LEED building received a $4.5 million gift from Joel and Sharon Labovitz. The “green” building provides students with a three-story sky-lit common area, a 133-seat auditorium, state-of-the-art computer labs, facilities for distance learning and conferencing, and multipurpose classrooms. The Financial Markets Lab, located just inside the front entrance, provides students with the opportunity to participate in the financial markets. The $23 million building had renowned architect Ralph Johnson as principal designer, and the architectural firm Perkins+Will led the project.

2010 — Bagley Classroom
This outdoor classroom, nearly 100 percent sustainable and designed by architect David Salmela, is tucked into the woods of the Bagley Nature Area. Constructed with many recycled materials and complete with earth-friendly toilets, the building is equipped with solar panels which are predicted to supply as much or more electricity than the building uses. The super energy efficient building envelope takes advantage of passive solar heating in winter months. The cost of the 1,400-square-foot classroom was $750,000.

2010 — Research and Grant Funding
UMD faculty research and federal grants total approximately $20 million per year, second only to the Twin Cities campus, and more than all of the other state colleges and universities combined.


2010 — Chancellor’s Small Grants Faculty Research and Travel
Since 1997, over 1,700 Chancellor’s Small Grants for faculty research and travel have been awarded. Funding of $100,000 has been awarded to approximately 135 individuals each year.

Diversity Grants
Over $250,000 has been awarded since 1999 to fund proposals to increase faculty diversity.



2010 — Swenson Civil Engineering Building
The $15 million civil engineering building is another LEED-certified “green building.” Forest Stewardship Council certified wood was used in the construction process, and recycled materials were incorporated into the building’s design. Designed by Carol Ross Barney, the building is complete with a large water flume and two 15-ton hydraulic cranes. Large labs, with two-story glass walls, put “Engineering on Display” and showcase what civil engineers actually do. The Swenson Family Foundation provided the leadership gift.

2010 — New Scholarship Funding
Scholarships have grown dramatically. Since 1995, 106 new funds, amounting to over $4 million, have been established to support scholarships.
2010 — Donor Support
Since 1995, $97 million has been raised through donor gifts to support UMD campus projects, programs, scholarships, and personnel. The average yearly amount raised has grown from $1 million to $8.5 million with three years topping the $10 million mark. Tuition, research grants, and legislative funding have also supported UMD’s work.
2010 — Campus Growth
UMD’s enrollment grew from 7,500 in 1995-96 to 11,300 in the 2009-10 school year. Under Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin’s guidance, UMD received funding and constructed the nine new buildings listed earlier and these additional projects: Robert W. Bridges Grounds/Fleet Building (2001), Malosky Stadium (2008), and the Chester Park Building (2009).



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