Speeches and Spotlights
Good morning …
We are a vast institution and a complex organization.
Nearly 70,000 students and more than 20,000 employees.
Our Twin Cities campus is the fourth most populous in the nation. The University is the state's fifth largest employer.
We teach everything — from courses entitled: Physiological Ecology of Plants in Natural and Managed Ecosystems … to one of my favorite courses, in our English Department.
Entitled: "Weird Books by Women."
How's that for diversity!!
Eleven … eleven … eleven.
Special numbers, special day.
For those of you who are historians — and those who are not — on the 11th of November, 1918, at 11 a.m. European time, World War ONE ended.
No one knew then there were would another World War.
Eleven … eleven … at eleven o'clock.
Sadly, of course, wars have continued these past nine decades.
And veterans emerge after defending our country.
In many nations in Europe, what WE 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.
I have the answers.
I have the answers to the fundamental questions we're all asking here today:
- Where do jobs come from?
- And how do we create the jobs that Minnesota will need to succeed in the 21st century?
I'm not shy about answering these.
Because the answer is the same: public higher education, our friends at MnSCU and the University of Minnesota.
We deliver jobs for this state.
The University of Minnesota is are our state's only public research University, where innovation is a major part of our business and discovery is an essential platform of our mission.
An op-ed published in the Star Tribune. October 7, 2011.
One hundred days as President of the University of Minnesota is not a very long time. But in that short period I believe I have clearly established the fundamental themes of my administration and the initiatives by which I want to be measured now, and for years to come.
A speech to the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
September 27, 2011
I plan to leave time at the end for questions-and-answers, but I'd like to jump the gun a bit and ask you a few questions first.
First, how many of you have a degree from the University of Minnesota?
How many of you have a spouse, significant other, son, daughter or grandchild who has a degree from the U?
How many of you have children or grandchildren who aspire to attend the University or are currently attending?
How many of you work with or have hired a University of Minnesota grad?
How many of you root for the Gophers?
Inaugural Speech of Eric W. Kaler
Sixteenth President of the University of Minnesota
Thursday, September 22, 2011, Ted Mann Concert Hall
I first came to the University of Minnesota in September of 1978.
I was about to be 22 years old.
And I was about to be a graduate student in the best chemical engineering program in the world.
I had a fellowship to support me, which was the only way this son of a working class family could go to graduate school.
That was my first encounter with the excellence of this University, and with the mission and public support that made it accessible to me.
Presentation to 3M Carlton Society Awards
September 15, 2011
I'm here today to talk to you about a crisis.
A crisis in science education and in the future of innovation in the United States.
It is not just an American problem. It has implications for the entire world.
If we as scientists and citizens don't work on this matter now and in a large way - if we don't push our political leaders to make science a priority in our national investments - our sons and daughters will not benefit from the kinds of discoveries that we have enjoyed because of the thoughtful investments of our parents and grandparents.
On behalf of every member of our staff and faculty, welcome to this great University of Minnesota and to the 2011–12 academic year!
As the crisp hint of autumn arrives, as a new semester begins, please take from this University all that it offers. Our superb faculty and staff, great facilities, state-of-the-art technology, important academic counseling, and our terrific libraries, to name a few.
Meanwhile, don’t forget to join a club, or participate on an intramural team. Study abroad. Volunteer at a day care center, a senior home, or an animal shelter. Save the environment. Make new friends. Support each other. Find your passion. Get involved.
For this avid baseball fan the past two months have felt a little bit like spring training, with the season off in the distance.
But now, with a hint of fall in the air and the thrill of students returning to campus, I'm committed to getting things moving...literally!
Dear graduate and professional students,
I am very pleased to welcome you to the 2011-12 academic year, and to send my support to you for your valuable research, rigorous course work and, for many of you, important teaching responsibilities.
My four years as a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota transformed me. They changed the direction of my life. My years as a professor advising Ph.D. students were among the most gratifying of my career.