Speeches and Spotlights
President's Report to the Board of Regents: On new semester energy, gold medals, Wendell Anderson and campus climate in a turbulent world
Thank you, Chair Johnson … members of the Board.
One hundred and sixty five years ago — first as a prep school — what is now the University of Minnesota opened its doors, and this month more than 60,000 students from across the state and around the world walked through those doors once more, bringing with them big hopes, countless dreams and fantastic energy.
I know many of you joined me last week at the Convocation for the incoming Class of 2020 on our Twin Cities campus.
If you didn’t feel that energy then — and if that didn’t get you revved up for all we have to do this coming year — then, frankly, nothing will.
From Larpenteur Avenue near our St. Paul campus to the streets of Dallas and the horrors of an Orlando nightclub shooting, this summer's tragedies remind us that we live in painful and challenging times. The despair, passion, and sorrow evoked by acts of violence and hatred in our surrounding community and across the globe can't help but seep into our campus as the school year begins. And the divisive rhetoric of our country's presidential election may heighten tensions.
President Eric Kaler is seeking applications or nominations for two tenured faculty members to serve as Faculty Legislative Liaisons, a role that works closely with the FCC and Government Relations to provide a faculty voice and perspective at the State Capitol. The Faculty Legislative Liaison also serves ex officio on the Faculty Consultative Committee.
To learn more about the position go to here.
The qualities for a legislative liaison include:
We are seeking applications or nominations for two tenured faculty members to serve as Faculty Legislative Liaison.
This is an extremely important role that works closely with the Faculty Consultative Committe and Government Relations to provide a faculty voice and perspective at the State Capitol.
The Faculty Legislative Liaison also serves ex officio on the Faculty Consultative Committee.
Learn more about the position here.
Important qualities of a faculty legislative liaison include:
The role of faculty legislative liaison (hereafter faculty liaison) exists in recognition that:
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 with two events.
We're poised for another remarkable academic year, the 165th in the history of the University of Minnesota.
New General Counsel
We announced earlier today the new leader of our Office of General Counsel, Douglas Peterson. Many in the Twin Cities legal community know of and respect Doug. He comes to us from Stinson Leonard Street LLP and brings a remarkably broad range of experience and expertise.
Just want to let students know that we've set my Student Office Hours for the 2016-17 academic year. I'm always eager to meet with students to hear your concerns, your opinions and your suggestions.
They're set for: Wednesday, September 14, 3-4 p.m.; Tuesday, November 1, 9-10 a.m.; and Monday, December 5, 10-11 a.m.
And for the Spring Semester, Wednesday, January 25, 2017, 10-11 a.m.; Friday, March 3, 2-3 p.m.; and Thursday, April 13, 2-3 p.m.
For details on how to sign up and some very simple guidelines, go here.
The statement that Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert and President Kaler sent to the Twin Cities University community in the aftermath of the Dallas police killings.
We again write to condemn violence and offer support. The murder and injury of police officers in Dallas, who were on duty at a peaceful protest of the recent killings in Louisiana and Minnesota, is beyond reprehensible. At least five police officers serving to protect others were killed, and several were injured, as were civilians. We stand together in pain and mourning with the UMN Police Department and other members of our campus community affiliated with law enforcement.