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Volume 17 • Number 1 • Winter 2000


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Letter From Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin

As we embrace the new opportunities of the year 2000, it is fitting that we recognize in this issue of the Bridge a few of our many alumni and friends who truly are "hometown heroes."   I'm proud to be part of such a vibrant UMD community, which has a rich tradition of giving back so others can live their dreams.

In my travels across the country, I have met many UMD alumni who each day demonstrate their commitment to community service. I have met educators preparing tomorrow's leaders, business leaders shaping the economy, environmentalists preserving our nation's core, graphic artists making visual impacts, communicators spreading our country's messages, scientists making breakthroughs, and physicians embracing rural health care. Many alumni also shape our political agenda both locally and nationally.

UMD's faculty and staff regularly give back to the community in a variety of ways. From serving on public boards and commissions to volunteering at their churches and their favorite charities, UMD community members donate countless hours to make their neighborhoods better places to live. I was proud to lead the community's Education Team during last September's American Heartwalk in Duluth, where more than 250 educators from across the city came together to walk three miles along the Lakewalk to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Our students regularly give back to the community. Student athletes make time to visit area schools along with dozens of volunteers in the America Reads literacy program. Other students help each other through the Tutoring Center, with many student organization members working as advocates for community groups.

While many of your accomplishments might not be publicly recognized, they do make a lasting impact in your community. Our alumni and donors have shaped UMD's history, and I am grateful to be a part of that rich tradition. A special thank you for continuing to make UMD a "great university on a great lake."

-Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin

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