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Dear Friends of UMD:
This past academic year has added another year to the proud history
of UMD and our growing reputation as A Great University on a
Great Lake! As I have said before in conversations with many
of you as I have traveled across the country to meet alumni, I wonder
what could happen in succeeding years that could match or exceed the
UMD accomplishments of the preceding year. And once again, as it has
been for the past six years, the litany of achievements presents a
proud contribution to our past history and our expectation for the
On February 13, with pride and deep appreciation I placed the U.S.
flag at the peak of the Weber Music Hall, signifying the halfway point
or topping off in the construction of the steel shell
that will brace the copper dome. From the top of the dome structure
I had a unique perspective to see how UMD is changing. To the north,
the sun glistened off the copper dome of the UMD Library, which is
now sharing the skyline with the Weber Music Hall. To the west, scaffolding
laced around the new seven-story residence hall, which will provide
housing next fall for 250 students. Soon that side of campus will
be joined by the James I. Swenson Science Building, which has just
received legislative funding approval. As the landscape of the campus
changes, the impressive new facilities speak to our on-going commitment
to teaching and our commitment to UMD as a learning community.
While they were unable to share in the special topping-off
celebration, I was deeply grateful for UMD alumni Mary Ann and Ron
Weber, whose generous gift provided the foundation for the $9 million
Weber Music Hall construction. Our students eagerly await being able
to perform next October during the Weber Music Hall grand opening
gala October 24 and 25. Also, we plan to celebrate the generosity
of alumnus Jim Swenson and his wife, Susan Swenson, at the October
3 - 4 groundbreaking for the Swenson Science Building.
We view the learning community of UMD as a community that involves
outstanding academic programs, support for faculty research, supportive
services across the campus, campus recreation activities, and strong
athletic programs, all of which are contributing factors to a successful
academic community. Our record for the past several years, including
this immediate academic year, speaks well for our faculty, staff,
and our students!
The mission of UMD is to provide the strongest possible undergraduate
education with selected graduate programs and a keen emphasis on research,
specifically preservation of the environment and fresh water resources.
The Large Lakes Observatory, Natural Resources Research Institute,
and Sea Grant Program all contribute to our work on the structure
of our ecosystems through the biological sciences and geographical
sciences, and water research. This research contributes to protecting
and strengthening our ecosystem in northeastern Minnesota, the nation,
and the world. An important aspect of all of our research is the work
being done through our undergraduate research program as our undergraduate
students partner with our faculty in the research that is conducted
in a variety of areas of research. The undergraduate research program
is one of the leading academic opportunities for students at UMD.
Undergraduate research takes place across the campus in the arts and
humanities as well as in the sciences, and provides UMD students with
a foundation for graduate study that is unparalleled.
Throughout the campus, students and faculty have been involved in
a variety of external service activities in support of individuals
who are in need of assistance. Student athletes and other members
of the student body are involved in tutoring. Education students volunteer
in schools across the city and region. Students work with Northwood
Childrens Services and Woodland Hills residents, and work throughout
the non-profit community in the Duluth area. This work focuses on
taking advantage of student willingness as well as expertise. In addition
to the work with organizations, our students have had successful blanket
drives, food drives, and book drives all to assist those individuals
throughout our society who are often unable to provide themselves
with basic essentials and learning opportunities.
Last fall UMD engineering students, Mike Anderson, Mike Lackore, Dave
Halverson, and Joe Higgins, under the direction of Professor David
Wyrick, won an international mechanical engineering design competition.
They designed a fishing pole to be used by paraplegics that is operated
by the flow of air blown into an apparatus. Our students defeated
the major engineering schools from across the U.S. in solving this
problem. Obviously we are extremely proud of Professor Wyrick and
our student designers.
The Movie Game, a comedy written by UMD 2001 alumnus Adam Hummel,
was recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.,
having been selected as one of four productions from across the nation
to participate in the American College Theatre Festival. This is the
second time in four years and the fifth time since 1985 that UMD has
received the American College Theater Festivals highest honor.
The Movie Game was directed by Tom Isbell, UMD associate professor
of theatre who received the 2002 Horace T. Morse Alumni Award for
Distinguished Teaching. Professor Isbell, who exemplifies our facultys
commitment to our students success, is featured in this issue
of Bridge in a special section on UMD faculty.
As this academic year has come to a close our womens hockey
team repeated their success as Division I NCAA National Champions.
The Frozen Four was held at the University of New Hampshire, and in
the first round the UMD Bulldogs defeated Niagara University (42),
and in the final game defeated Brown University (32) for their
second National Championship. No other hockey team has won back-to-back
national victories, and the University of Minnesota Duluth Womens
Ice Hockey Team became the first womens team in Minnesota to
win national championships. We congratulate Coach Shannon Miller and
the members of the UMD Womens Ice Hockey Team. And as this issue
goes to press, we will again travel to the White House to be recognized
by President George W. Bush for the success of our womens hockey
Hopefully, you will share in my pride for all of the accomplishments
of our faculty and of our students and will visit campus soon to see
the evolving UMD skyline. It is an exciting time, and it would not
be possible without the support of so many of our alumni and friends!
Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin
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