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The University of Minnesota Duluth

BRIDGE - Fall 2006, Volume 24, #2

Message from the Chancellor

If you are planning for a year, sow rice;
if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
     --   Chinese proverb


Greetings, Alumni and Friends,

There is good news from Duluth, specifically from UMD! We have many things to report as we open our doors for yet another school year.

We have increased our student body steadily for the past eleven years to achieve the current enrollment of over 11,000, the largest group of students ever assembled at UMD. It is not just the number of students we celebrate, but the high quality of the student body and the outstanding caliber of the faculty who inspire them.

We continue a remarkable tradition, holding an early summer groundbreaking ceremony for one building and a dedication celebration for another building in the early fall. The groundbreaking event for the Labovitz School of Business and Economics was held in July and we opened our new 46,000-square-foot Sports and Health Center Addition in September. We are now a campus growing in all directions. If you have not been back recently, we hope you can visit soon and experience a changed and invigorated campus.

The University of Minnesota Duluth has much to celebrate! As I write this column I would like to particularly celebrate the wonderful experiences I have had in the past year with our students. We have an extremely dedicated group of young people attending UMD. As many of you know, on any university campus, often the first things that make the paper are incidents that reflect the irresponsibility of a only a very small percentage of students. On the other hand, during the course of the past year I have had the opportunity to spend a good bit of time traveling, talking and working with our UMD students.

This summer it was my pleasure and privilege to accompany our UMD Jazz Band to Montreux, Switzerland for the Montreux Jazz Festival and to Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the North Sea Jazz Festival. I was proud to hear their performances and to travel with such outstanding young people. UMD was selected the first time we applied. With over ninety applicants for the Montreux Festival, we were one of eight colleges chosen for both festivals.

In late Spring I traveled to Indianapolis, Indiana, with two of our student athletes, both of whom are members of the SAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee). Allison Boddy was an All-American volleyball player who graduated with high honors and is attending the University of Minnesota Pharmacy School in the Twin Cities next fall. Andrew Heieie is a member of the varsity baseball team and a delightful young man. We traveled to Indianapolis at the expense of the NCAA to participate in a Habitat for Humanity "Build-Out" to build a house, which traveled by semi truck down near Galveston, Texas, where the house will be assembled for one of the people who lost their homes during either Hurricane Katrina or Rita. We worked long hours, we enjoyed good food, we laughed and we had a wonderful time. And again, in each instance I received emails from these young people thanking me for the opportunity to serve and to build a house.   We finished the walls for the house and loaded the semi and the truck took off for Texas. Again, the opportunity to spend time with students proves to me day after day what a wonderful place we have at UMD, how your supportive scholarships and your support of this University have brought us to where we are at today -- responding to student needs, supporting students and working for a better future for northeastern Minnesota, for the region and the nation.

Enjoy this issue of the Bridge . Of special note is the focus on dedicated faculty researchers who teach undergraduates. You will read about just a few of the many UMD faculty who conduct world-class research, but who keep the instruction of undergraduates as their primary concern.

In the coming months, you will hear more about a special matching scholarship initiative, Reaching Higher , which we introduced during a summer celebration. This is a huge undertaking that promises to impact hundreds of students and increase the academic excellence of the entire university. As you receive mailings, we ask your consideration and commitment to participate in this initiative.

At the dedication of the Sports and Health Center Addition, Minnesota State Senator David Tomassoni read the following Chinese proverb, also shown at the top of this page, "If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."   I think you will agree with me, at this Great University on a Great Lake, we are educating students for a lifetime of learning. We are preparing them to make a positive impact on their communities and our world.

This is all good news and you are part of our UMD success. We thank you for all you have done to make us a vibrant, caring, and committed learning community.

Kathryn A. Martin
Chancellor, University of Minnesota Duluth

 


 

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