Speeches and Spotlights
President Eric W. Kaler cordially invites you to the 2018 State of the University Address.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
3:30 pm to 4:30 p.m.
Coffman Memorial Union Theater
300 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis
The address will conclude with a moderated question-and-answer period.
You are encouraged to submit a question for President Kaler now through the end of his address on March 1. Beginning at 3:30 p.m. on March 1, President Kaler will also accept questions on Twitter (#UMNsotu) and from those in attendance in Coffman Theater.
The co-chairs of the search committee sent this message to the UMR community on January 3, 2018
Dear UMR faculty, staff, and students,
We want to provide you with a brief update on the chancellor search process.
President Kaler sent this message to all students, faculty and staff . . .
To the University Community,
I am pleased to report that the U.S. House and Senate have agreed to remove the graduate tax provision from any final federal tax reform bill. This is a victory for students here at the University of Minnesota and across the country.
Thank you, Chair McMillan, and good morning everyone.
As you know, I returned Tuesday night from a very productive visit to China. From Hong Kong to Shenzhen to Shanghai to Beijing during six days on the ground, I:
President Kaler sent this message to the entire University community and a similar message to civic, business and political leaders across the state.
As the federal tax bill works its way through the U.S. Senate, our graduate students who work as teaching (TA) and research assistants (RA) urgently need our help. Right now.
President Kaler's remarks to the 10th annual Equity and Diversity Breakfast: "Harness the spirit in this room to do better"
Good morning everyone, thank you Interim Vice President Goh, and thank you for your leadership of OED.
We’ve gathered once more to celebrate our engagement with and commitment to, equity, diversity, and inclusion. At the same time, in these troubling times, I also feel a need to use these moments together to contemplate our concerns, and address our challenges.
But, because it’s so early in the morning, first, let’s celebrate!
President Kaler's welcoming remarks to the University Law School's Summit on Civil Rights: "Justice Strengthens Us"
Good morning and welcome to the University of Minnesota. Greetings to our many distinguished civil rights, labor, faith and community leaders from our state and across the nation.
A special welcome to Congressman Clyburn. Welcome, sir, to Minnesota. And a big thank you to our friends at the Kresge Foundation for their support.
Eleven … eleven … eleven. Special numbers, special day.
For those of you who are historians – and those who are not – on the 11th day of 11th month at 11 a.m. European time, in 1918 World War I ended. No one knew then there were would be another World War. Sadly, of course, wars have continued these past 99 years, and veterans emerge every time after defending our country.
In many nations in Europe, what we in the United States call “Veterans Day” is known as “Remembrance Day.” I like that. In some parts of Belgium, it is even called, “The Day of Peace.” I like that even better.
President's Report to the Board of Regents: A month in which we showed the breadth and depth of what we do
You all know that we toss around a lot of adjectives to describe our University. We use them freely, and even casually. We’re global. We’re highly ranked. We’re open minded. We’re diverse, and support equity and diversity efforts. We’re empathetic. We believe in partnerships to advance our mission and help the state. We face tough issues head on.
We talk that way about ourselves a lot.
But in my more than six-and-a-half years as President, I can’t remember a month in which those adjectives came to life as clearly and tangibly as they did over the past four weeks, or since we last met in September.
We weren’t just telling our story. We were showing it.