Speeches and Spotlights
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.
You may have read or heard in the media that the University's Board of Regents voted yesterday to terminate a letter of intent with Fairview Health Services. The letter of intent was boldly aimed at creating a new, exciting and fully integrated academic health system from the resources and expertise of the University, University of Minnesota Physicians (UMP), and Fairview.
The statement that Vice President for Equity and Diversity Katrice Albert and President Kaler sent to the Twin Cities University community.
Today marks the first Board meeting in the sixth academic year of my presidency. It is a time to celebrate all that this Board, our faculty, staff and students across our system have done together for the University during the past five years. It is, especially, a time to look forward as we seek even higher heights for the University of Minnesota.
My vision for the coming year seeks to enhance our deepest strengths and to build on them. It also sees us redoubling our determination to keep this University accessible, affordable and powerful. My hope is that we all can work together as a unified team sharing that common determination.
The U.S. Supreme Court today issued a decision in Fisher v. University of Texas - or Fisher II - its most recent case considering the use of affirmative action in college admission decisions. It appears from initial review that the Court has affirmed its 2003 decisions involving the University of Michigan. Those decisions approved the consideration of race - among other factors - in the individualized, holistic review of applications for admission in order to attain a diverse student body.
The text of an email from President Kaler and Provost Hanson to the Twin Cities campus community.
Over the last several months, we've heard from many of you across the University about your concerns regarding student mental health - concerns about waitlists, about culturally competent services, and about overall approaches to care.
Office for Equity and Diversity Vice President Katrice Albert and I sent this message to the University community this afternoon.
This weekend, a tragic act of senseless violence took place at a nightclub in Orlando, taking the lives of 49 victims and injuring more than 50. Our thoughts go out to the families and communities most impacted by these events, and we support Orlando in this time of mourning.