Message from the Chancellor
Greetings, Alumni and Friends
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862, which led to the establishment of public, land-grant universities. At a time when education was only for the wealthy, the United States took a bold step that transformed the nation and continues to change education around the world. UMD follows the land-grant mission, and our Sea Grant mission as well, to teach, to research, and to serve the public.
In June, I had the privilege of joining many university presidents and chancellors from across the United States in a series of convocation activities in Washington, D.C. commemorating the Morrill Act. I was honored to represent UMD and the University of Minnesota at this celebration, which also included noted leaders from business, government, and foundations. One highlight of the events was a wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial.
In our Strategic Plan, we rededicate UMD's future endeavors to the land-grant mission. We celebrate our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and access for all students. For UMD, land-grant status means partnering with the First Nations of this land and serving the educational needs of the indigenous people of Minnesota and of this region. We reaffirm our dedication to teaching and solving real-world problems and our emphasis on undergraduate and graduate research. We embrace the challenge to contribute to the region's business and industry, and to care for the water and the land.
This fall, UMD opens its doors to the community at three special events. Please join us for "UMD and Mineral Resources: Challenges, Opportunities, and Land-Grant Perspective" on September 27; "Land, Law and Education: An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities" on October 16; and, a presentation on fresh water and the environment by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,
on November 9.
Thank you for your part in UMD's remarkable history. Your commitment, involvement, and gifts have made UMD what it is today. With your support, we will continue to excel in the land-grant tradition. I'm sure you will agree it is a great responsibility and a wonderful opportunity.
— Dr. Lendley C. (Lynn) Black. UMD Chancellor
UMD and Mineral Resources
Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 pm, UMD Kirby Ballroom
with Natural Resource Research Center Director Mike Lalich, Don Fosnacht, Dean Peterson, and Representative Tom Rukavina.
An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 7 pm, UMD Kirby Ballroom
with Colette Routel, law professor, William Mitchell College of Law; Tadd Johnson, UMD American Indian Studies Department head and director of the Master of Tribal Administration and Governance program; and Federal Magistrate Leo Brisbois (White Earth Band).
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. will speak on fresh water and the environment.
Friday, Nov. 9, 7 pm, Marshall Performing Arts Center
Fall 2012—Top: University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor, Dr. Lendley C. Black outside Bagely Classroom.